Various Artists – Under the Influence Vol.3

Here on the third volume of my Under The Influence Series, the theme is once again 60’s soul but we have moved later into the decade with some songs coming from the early 70’s.

Disc 1

  1. Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley
  2. In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
  3. Do The Funky Chicken – Rufus Thomas
  4. I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
  5. A Certain Girl – Ernie K-Doe
  6. Mojo Hannah – Little Esther Phillips
  7. See Saw – Don Covay & The Goodtimers
  8. I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) – Eddie Floyd
  9. Walk On By – Dionne Warwick
  10. I’d Rather Go Blind – Etta James
  11. I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder
  12. 25 Miles – Edwin Starr
  13. Ain’t To Proud To Beg – The Temptations
  14. Memphis Soul Stew – King Curtis
  15. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave – Martha & The Vandellas
  16. Shop Around – The Miracle
  17. I Thank You – Sam & Dave
  18. You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
  19. Land Of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett
  20. Respect – Aretha Franklin
  21. Mr. Pitiful – Otis Redding
  22. Heaven Must Have Have Sent You – The Elgins
  23. Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
  24. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever – The Four Tops
  25. Lonely Lover – Marvin Gaye
  26. You’re No Good –  Betty Everette
  27. Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
  28. You Don’t Miss Your Water – William Bell
  29. I Don’t Know What You’re Got (But It’s Not Me) Parts 1 & 2

Disc 2

  1. Feeling Good – Nina Simone
  2. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag Pt.1 – James Brown
  3. Last Night – The Mar-Kets
  4. Green Onions – Booker T & The MG’s
  5. Walking The Dog – Rufus Thomas
  6. B-A-B-Y – Carla Thomas
  7. Soul Finger – The Bar-Kays
  8. Soul Man – Sam & Dave
  9. Who’s Making Love – Johnnie Taylor
  10. Respect – Otis Redding
  11. Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
  12. Private Number – Judy Clay & William Bell
  13. Can’t See You When I Want To – David Porter
  14. Piece Of My Heart – Erma Franklin
  15. Harlem Shuffle – Bob & Earl
  16. When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
  17. Oh No Not My Baby – Maxine Brown
  18. Stop Her On Sight (SOS) – Edwin Starr
  19. (I Know) I’m Losing You – The Temptations
  20. Road Runner – Junior Walker & The All Stars
  21. Dancing In The Street – Martha & The Vandellas
  22. Reach Out, I’ll Be There – The Four Tops
  23. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  24. For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
  25. I Get The Sweetest Feeling – Jackie Wilson
  26. Tracks Of My Tears – The Miracles
  27. Abraham, Martin & John – Marvin Gaye
  28. Stay With Me (Baby) – Lorraine Ellison

Various Artists – Psychedelic Pernambuco Vol.1

I have a real soft spot for music that came out in the Psychedelic Years of 1966-1969, and when I first getting into ‘it’, I only thought that this sort of music was produced in the UK and USA. A little digging though on the surface, it wasn’t hard to discover that the rest of the world wasn’t that far behind. I covered this topic in Episode 80 and 81 of the my podcast under the title of ‘Mundo Psych’. Those shows only scratched the service of what there was, and so this month I present Volume 1 in a more comprehensive look at this genre from around the world. 

Some of these songs could be argued to be bordering on Progressive Rock, but this works well as a compilation and a genre label is pretty loose anyway. 

Disc 1

  1. Same – McCully Workshop Inc.
  2. I Wonder Who – Aguaturbia
  3. Hang Out – The Kaleidoscope (Mexico)
  4. Hop Dedik – Erol Buyukburc
  5. Dark Thoughts – New Dawn
  6. People – Ladies W.C.
  7. Turkuz Turku Cagiririz (Sur Efem Atini) – Mahzar Ve Faut
  8. Quero Companheira – Rubinho E Mauro Assumpção
  9. Sweet Sixteen – Ros Sereysothea
  10. A Madman’s Cry – Otis Waygood
  11. Lenon Blues – Three Souls In My Mind
  12. Run & Hide – Speed, Glue & Shinki
  13. Yesterday – Lightyears Away – Astral Navigation
  14. Magic Colours – Teddy Robin & The Playboys
  15. En Medio De La Lluvia – La Revolución De Emiliano Zapata
  16. Glória Ao Rei Nos Confins Do Além – Os Mutantes
  17. Así Serás – Congreso
  18. Spring – Kim Jung Mi
  19. The Evening Sun – Shin Jung-Hyeon & There Men
  20. Foto De Primera Comunión – Los Jaivas

Disc 2

  1. Toward The Sunlight – Kim Jung Mi
  2. Hermano Perro – Almendra
  3. Sniffin’ & Snortin’ Part 2 (Vitamin C) – Speed, Glue & Shinki
  4. Inferno No Mundo – Bango
  5. Sen Varson – Bulent Ortacgil & Benimle Oynar Misin
  6. Walderez Walderea – Flavio Kurt
  7. Inento N°.2 – Antorcha
  8. Tatli Dillum – Cem Karaca & Kardaslar Apaslar
  9. E.V.O.L. – Aguaturbia
  10. Planetario – Geraldo Azevedo
  11. Parque Industrial – Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes & Caetano Veloso
  12. Cuando Era Nio – Los Ovnis
  13. Vous – Michel Pagliaro
  14. Une Petite Fille – Empreintes
  15. No Mundo Da Lua – Rubinho E Mauro Assumpçao
  16. Valley Of Sadness – The Third Eye
  17. Los Pajaros – Kissing Spell
  18. Beautiful Rivers & Mountains – Shin Joong Hyun & The Men
  19. Michael Of Hair – Tokedashita Garasu Baku
  20. Towards The Sunlight (Reprise) – Kim Jung Mi

Some of these songs have had a bit of an edit in places. A intro taken off here, and outro edited down there. The biggest edit is to Kim Jung Mi’s song ‘Towards The Sunlight’. I took the coda from the song and used is as the last song on Disc 2. It sounded better there than as the end of the opening song.

The title for this compilation comes from a CD released back in 2011 of the same name. It was a Various Artists disc looking at the music scene in Pernambuco, and area in northeast Brazil that had its own thriving music scene outside of the hubs of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The cover is also adapted from that compilation as well. 

The Who – Who’s Missing

1968 was an interesting year for The Who. I covered this in a lot more detail last month in my post, ‘Who’s For Tennis’ so see that to find out more. Since I posted that post (and a further what-if release from John Entwistle), the Super Deluxe Box Set version of ‘The Who Sell Out’ dropped through the door. What was evident from the booklet contained within was that main songwriter Peter Townshend struggled to have enough material for the albums they actually did release. This might explain why John Entwistle has three songs on the LP. Entwistle would only have this amount of material on a Who album on 1978’s ‘Who Are You’ and 1982’s ‘It’s Hard’.  With Townshend consumed by producing ‘Tommy’ which would not see the light of day until 1969, did this box set give me enough material for an album for release in 1968 that would not cross over with the two other what-is records I put out last month?  

Well, the Entwhistle record would never have seen the light of day in reality, but ‘Who’s For Tennis’ might have been, even if it was not in the configuration that I proposed. That means, none of the covers from that album could be used. That leaves about 15 tunes that could be placed on some vinyl. Some of these did see the light of day in 1968 so I thought I would continue to use these as singles in this fantasy time line. ‘Magic Bus’ and ‘Dogs’ are the A-Sides, but the B-Sides are a little different. ‘Call Me Lightning’ was used as an A-Side in the US, but this is B-side material of the highest order. It sounds like it was from earlier in the 60s, which is exactly when it was written. If you are really interested, a video was shot for ‘Call Me Lightning’ in an abandoned warehouse in the USA which the rest of the band chases a robotic Keith Moon about. Watching this, I feel that it took one whole day to think up the concept and film it. Videos were different in the 60s. Anyway, I digress.

In the UK, ‘Dogs’ was the A-Side to ‘Call Me Lightnings’ B-Side. ‘Dogs’ a curious beast. It sounds nothing like any other Who song, and I thought it was a piss take when I first heard it. It might well have been, but I was surprised this was released back in the day, let alone be an A-Side. The final single would have been an exclusive for the US Market. ‘Little Billy’s Doing Fine’ and ‘Kids! Do You Want Kids’ were written on belief of the American Cancer Society and were designed to warn against the dangers of smoking. Neither saw the light of day in 1968, and ‘KIds! Do You Want Kids’ was never recorded by The Who. The version here is Pete Townshend demo recording. 

As for the album, The Who did not have enough material to release a complete studio album. What they did have was a live recording recorded at the Filmore East in April of 1968. The plan for these recording was to release a live album, but when playing back the tapes, it was found that only some of the first night had been successfully recorded. The second night had been recorded completely but these would stay in the archive until 2018 when the tapes were dusted down and released. What if these live recordings were used in conjunctive with the studio cuts that were in the can?

A half live/half studio album is still a rarity in this day and age, let alone the 1960s. The inspiration for this set was ‘Wheels on Fire’ and the soon to be released ‘Goodbye’, by Cream.  Both of these records had live and studio cuts on them. This would follow the template of ‘Goodbye’ though, as this is only a single album. Listening to it, it sounds exactly what it is. An album made up of outtakes with live tracks thrown in to make up the time. It does work reasonably well, though, even though the edit between ‘C’Mon Everybody’ and ‘Boris The Spider’ is a bit sharp. It is doubtful that an album like this would have been released by The Who, especially as their records at the time were not selling that well compared to the previous years. It was their live work, especially in the USA that kept the band going until ‘Tommy’ was unleashed in 1969.  

Side A

  1. Fortune Teller (Live)
  2. Tattoo (Live)
  3. Little Billy (Live)
  4. I Can’t Explain (Live)
  5. Happy Jack (Live)
  6. I’m A Boy (Live)
  7. My Way (Live)
  8. C’Mon Everybody (Live)
  9. Boris The Spider (Live)

Side B

  1. Glittering Girl
  2. Inside Outside (Demo)
  3. Jaguar (Original Mono Mix)
  4. Girl’s Eyes
  5. Glow Girl
  6. Melancholia
  7. Faith In Something Bigger
  8. Signal 30 (Sodding About)
  9. Rael Naïve (Full Coda)

Singles 

  1. Magic Bus (UK Single Mix)
  2. Facts Of Life (aka Birds & Bees)
  1. Dogs (Single Mix)
  2. Call Me Lightning (Single Mix)
  1. Little Billy’s Doing Fine
  2. Kids! Do You Want Kids (Demo)

The cover is adapted from the Bootleg LP, ‘Little Billy Relaxes At The Filmore’. I chose the title ‘Who’s Missing’ (which would later be used for a couple of compilation albums in the 1980’s) because it accurately describes the contents within. 

Episode 101 – Eric Clapton: The Later Years Part 1

After 100 shows, I thought that it would be a while before I produced another podcast but this just goes to show you how wrong you can be. Following on from my shows looking at the early career of Eric Clapton, I am joined by author Andrew Wild for the this, the first of two shows looking at the years 1973 onwards.

Andrew has written books on musicians/bands such as The Beatles, Dire Straits as well as Crosby, Stills & Nash. His books can be on Amazon via this link. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-Wild/e/B0868S3NDL?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1619853917&sr=8-1

  • Sally Simpson (Tommy OST – The Who
  • Catfish – Bob Dylan
  • Ol’ Ben Lucas – Kinky Friedman
  • April Fool – Pete Townsend & Ronnie Lane
  • Lost in Austin – Marc Benno 
  • Hate You – Danny Douma
  • Leave The Candle – Gary Brooker
  • The Roof Is Leaking (Demo) – Phil Collins
  • Jenny Fey – Corey Hart 
  • 4:41AM (Sexual Revolution) – Roger Waters
  • The Beat of the Night – Bob Geldof 
  • Labyrinth – Liano Boyd
  • Cloud Nine – George Harrison