Pink Floyd – the Man & The Journey

This is another what-if album I put together because of the mock up sleeve that was on the website ‘The Man & The Journey’ was a suite of music the band performed during their tour of 1969. The songs in this concert included some that had already been released, some that would appear on some future releases (like ‘Ummagumma’, ‘More’ & ‘Relics’), and some would stay unreleased. Even though a live album was considered at the time, it didn’t happen due to the overlap of material with ‘Ummagumma’. One of the shows from the tour was widely bootlegged as it was take from a show played in Amsterdam, but it was missing some of the material. 

An almost complete show was eventually released in 2016 on ‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ box set. It was almost complete because in the set list, there was a performance called Teatime which was positioned between Work and Afternoon. It was removed because it was during this time that the band would not play anything but instead be served with cups of tea. This was essentially 3 mins and 36 of near silence. The estate of John Cage would most probably sue. 

The loose concept of the album is that the first disc follows the man during his everyday life, but the second disc is the journey. What this journey is and where it goes is unclear. However, what is clear is that this was the beginning of Pink Floyd as a band that would produce music based on a theme which would be developed over the next few years until it culminated in the release of Dark Side of the Moon. 

If it had actually been released in 1969 as suggested, it would have worked as a double vinyl album because the timings of the sides actually match up quite closely. The timing was also helped with Teatime being removed. On reflection, it is a shame that this wasn’t released in place of ‘Ummagumma’ because even though it is a definite period piece, The Man & The Journey works better as a piece of music and as an album. ‘Ummagumma’ may have its fans but I am not one of them. 

Side A

  1. Daybreak (Grantchester Meadows)
  2. Work
  3. Afternoon (Biding My Time)

Side B

  1. Doing It
  2. Sleeping
  3. Nightmare (Cymbaline)
  4. Labyrinth

Side C

  1. The Beginning (Green Is the Colour)
  2. Beset by Creatures of the Deep (Careful with That Axe, Eugene)
  3. The Narrow Way, Part 3
  4. The Pink Jungle (Pow R. Toc H.) 

Side D

  1. The Labyrinths of Auximines
  2. Footsteps/Doors
  3. Behold the Temple of Light
  4. The End of the Beginning (A Saucerful of Secrets)

Harry Nilsson – Songs by Other People

On 15th January 1994, Harry Nilsson passed away. With this in mind, I had a think about about how I could celebrate the life of the great man, especially as I have already posted a good deal of Nilsson related material of late. Well, this is what I came up with.

Nilsson wasn’t just a great singer, he was also an innovative songwriter who could work in many genres. Nilsson was also that prolific with only the ‘Skidoo’ Soundtrack, ‘The Point’, ‘Duit On Mon Dei’ and ‘Knnillssonn’ albums having no cover versions on them. It could be argued that the songs Nilsson is best known for were both covers; ‘Without You’ and ‘Everybody’s Talkin’. He even produced an album that was a show case for another songwriter in the then up and coming Randy Newman. I therefore thought that it would be an interesting exercise to put together a What-If release containing all of the covers that Nilsson recorded whilst on the RCA label.

I decided not to include any songs from ‘Nilsson Sings Newman’, as this was designed to be an album completely made up of covers. The same with ‘A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night’. This was a standards album and therefore designed to be made up of from the Great American Songbook, none of which Nilsson wrote. I also did not include covers from his pre-RCA days (as these have already been covered in previous posts), nor from ‘Flash Harry’. Including songs from those albums would have made this project too big and unwieldy. As it turns out, it is quite big enough as it is as it would have to be a three LP set and ‘Flash Harry’ was on a different label to everything else on this collection so we will go for the fact that a rights issues meant they weren’t included. 

On the version I made for myself, I included a couple of edits. There is a spoken outdo to ‘River Deep – Mountain High’ which has nothing to do with the song, but everything to do with how the parent album ‘Pandemonium Shadow Show’ starts. I also edited out the fluffed take of ‘Sweet Lorraine’ but kept in the second half of the song as it meant that the sides of that disc matched up more closely. ON Spotify though. these edits could not be made. Nilsson also covered ‘Ballin’ The Jack’ in 1970 and 1976, but I decided to include both as they are significantly different to each other. For the completist, I included an alternative version of ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ that was the closing track on the original soundtrack album of ‘Midnight Cowboy’.  The songs included from 1967 and 1968 were the mono version, as these would not have been as well known as their stereo equivalents. The Italian song ‘Leggenda’ is repeated here from the previous post, but it is a cover version so it needed to be included. 

Side A

  1. She Sings Hymns Out Of Tune (Mono)
  2. You Can’t Do That (Mono)
  3. She’s Leaving Home (Mono)
  4. There Will Never Be (Mono)
  5. Freckles (Mono)
  6. River Deep – Mountain High (Mono)
  7. As I Wander Lonely (Mono)
  8. Leggenda (Mono)
  9. She’s Just Laughing At Me (Mono)

Side B

  1. Everybody’s Talking (Mono)
  2. Searchin’ 
  3. Fairfax Rag
  4. Mother Nature’s Son
  5. Mr Bojangles
  6. Simon Smith & The Amazing Dancing Bear
  7. Ballin’ The Jack (1970 Version)
  8. Blackbird
  9. Lucille

Side C

  1. Early In the Morning 
  2. Let The Good Times Roll
  3. Isolation
  4. Without You
  5. Walk Right Back
  6. At My Front Door
  7. Campo De Enchino

Side D

  1. Save The Last Dance For Me
  2. Many Rivers To Cross
  3. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  4. Loop De Loop
  5. Rock Around The Clock
  6. I’ll Take A Tango

Side E

  1. Just One Look/Baby I’m Yours
  2. That Is All
  3. I Need You
  4. Sail Away
  5. Shuffle Off To Buffalo
  6. Zombie Jamboree (Back To Back)
  7. That Is All (Reprise)

Side F

  1. Ballin’ The Jack (1976 Version)
  2. A Thousand Miles Away
  3. She Sits Down On Me
  4. Sweet Lorraine
  5. Ain’t It Kinda Wonderful
  6. Everybody’s Talkin’ (Soundtrack Version)

The sleeve is adapted from Belle Ghoul’s release called ‘Songs By Other People’. The title was perfect. If only my computer skills were as good. 

Episode 103 – That Was The Year That Was (2021)

It is always a pleasure to catch up with Darryl Bullock for a chat about music. In this episode, we take a look at some of our favourite record purchases over the last twelve months.

  • Don’t Let Me Down (1st Rooftop Performance) – The Beatles
  • Wouldn’t It Be Nice To Live Again (Extended Version) – The Beach Boys
  • Monika – Henryke Debich
  • Exploding In Your Mind (Blue Injection Mix) – Sun Dial
  • Fallait Pas Ecraser La Queue Du Chat – Clothilde
  • Tonight – Sibyle Baier
  • If Not For You (Take 2) – George Harrison
  • Mystic Moon – Johanna Elisa
  • Ghost Train – Andy Partridge
  • Billy – John Grant
  • Man Of The World – Clifford David
  • Dinamica (II Versione) – Oronzo De Filippi
  • Switch Out The Sun (Single Version) – Bread, Love & Dreams
  • Tallahassee Lassie – Trio
  • Another Fine Mess – Laurel & Hardy with The Boston Barbers
  • Daddy – Man On Man
  • Tell me Mama – Boilerhouse
  • Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) – John Lennon
  • You’re The Reason Why – Adam, Mike & Tim

Episode 102 – Eric Clapton: The Later Years Part 2

In this, the second show looking at the later career of Eric Clapton, I am joined once again by author Andrew Wild.

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.

  • Ships In The Night – Jack Bruce
  • A Wonderful World (Italian Language Version) – Zucchero
  • The Calling – Santana
  • Contre Vents Et Marees – Francoise Hardy
  • Creepin’ – The Crusaders
  • Never Without You – Ringo Starr
  • Dirty City – Steve Winwood
  • And So Is Love (Directors Cut Version) – Kate Bush
  • Madame X – Robbie Robertson
  • Dive – Ed Sheeran
  • Everything You Need – Doyla Bramhall II
  • Yo So Quiero – Pedrito Martinez

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.

  • 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

Episode 100 – Goodbye

Back in late 2012, I was listening to a number of music related podcasts and fancied putting a show together of my own. The first thing was the name. Well, The Squire was a nom de plume I had used for a number of years before hand so that was easy. The origin of the name though is something for another time and place.  The tag line of ‘the podcast that brings you the wonderful, the obscure and the just plain bizarre’ came to me rather quickly as well. What took the longest time was trying to work out what the hell would the first show contain. I eventually settled on the idea that it would contain records from the Squire Archive that were just before the time in which The Beatles became the musical behemoth they were to become. I also remember those early podcasts stating that this would be an irregular podcast because I felt that I would neither have the time or the subject matter to complete a new episode a month. Well, that went out of the window pretty quickly and there has been a new episode every month since November of 2012. 

Well, that was then and this is now. So after 99 episodes, I have decided to make the 100th the last of the initial run. It seems a good place to finish. I have rediscovered some records in the archive I forgot I had, bought in new ones to complete shows and interviewed some wonderful guests.  I must thank them for giving up their time to talk to me. I must also thank the people behind the scenes who have help in one way or another to bring this show to life. For the theme of this show, I will be using songs that say goodbye in one way or another as this seems like a fitting way to say farewell, adios, adieu and most probably the most fitting would be arrivederci. 

  • Hello, Goodbye – Sparrow
  • Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers. 
  • Goodbye – Mary Hopkins
  • Go & Say Goodbye – Buffalo Springfield
  • Goodbye Forever – The Association
  • I Said Goodbye To Me/One – Harry Nilsson
  • It’s Us Who Say Goodbye – We All Together
  • Goodbye – John George
  • Rhymes of Goodbye – Scott Walker
  • Goodbye – Rusty Harness
  • Goody Goodbye – Sandy Salisbury
  • Goodbye – Andwella’s Dream
  • Farewell – Fleetwood Mac
  • Last Farewell – Kula Shaker
  • Farewell – The Yardbirds
  • Farewell My Friend – Dennis Wilson
  • Farewell, Farewell – Fairport Convention
  • I Gotta Go Now – The Kinks
  • The End – Greenfield and Cook
  • Departure and Farewell – Hem
  • Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone – The Haden Triplets
  • The End – Sibylie Baier
  • Goodbye-ee – Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore
  • Last Song – Traffic Sound

Episode 99 – You Won’t Hear This On The Radio Pt. 2

In the second of two shows with guest Darryl Bullock, we once again look at songs that you will not hear on the radio and the reasons why. 

  • Kick Out The James – The MC5 (Uncensored Version)
  • You’re Breaking My Heart – Harry Nilsson
  • Fuck Off – Electric Chairs
  • Working Class Hero – John Lennon
  • GLC – The Menace
  • The Man Don’t Give A Fuck – Super Furry Animals
  • Animal (Fuck Like A Beast) – W.A.S.P.
  • Song For The Dumped – Ben Folds
  • Too Drunk To Fuck – Nouvelle Vague

A Squire Commercial Break #1

  • Things Go Better With Coke (A Man & A Woman) – Otis Redding
  • Woke Up In The Morning (Rice Krispies) – The Rolling Stones
  • Heinz Baked Beans – The Who
  • Rotosound Strings – The Who
  • Levi’s Jeans- The Millennium
  • Coke – The Who
  • Little Willie – Sweet
  • Only Women Bleed – Julie Covington
  • Pictures Of Lilly – The Who
  • Ohio – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Invisible Sun – The Police
  • Dear God – XTC
  • A Cry From The Heart – Father Francis
  • Hide My Sin – Lorene Mann
  • The Hostage Prayer – Pat Boone

A Squire Commercial Break #2

  • Stretch Levi’s – Curt Boettcher
  • Falstaff Beer – Cream
  • Kellogg’s – The Monkees
  • Slicker Beauty Hints – Mortimer
  • US Radio Ad – Pink Floyd
  • Death of Samantha (Single Edit) – Yoko Ono
  • Shorty Blackwell – The Monkees
  • Ringworm – Van Morrison
  • He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss) – The Crystals

Episode 98 – You Won’t Hear This On The Radio Pt. 1

In the first of two shows with regular guest Darryl Bullock, we take a look at songs that will not be played on the radio and the reasons why. 

  • I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song On The Radio – Monty Python
  • My Pussy Belongs To Daddy – Faye Richmond
  • The Book Mama Gave Me About Sex – Kaye Martin
  • Davy’s Dinghy – Ruth Wallis
  • Triad – The Byrds
  • Killing An Arab – The Cure
  • Big Six – Judge Dread
  • Rufus Is A Tit Man (Alt. Version) – Loudon Wainwright III
  • Why D’ya Do It? – Marianne Faithfull
  • The Heel – Eartha Kitt
  • The Old Dope Peddler (Including Spoken Intro) – Tom Lehrer
  • I Want To Take You Higher – Sly & The Family Stone
  • Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (UK Mono Single Mix) – Bob Dylan
  • The Pusher – Steppenwolf
  • A Day In The Life (Mono Mix) – The Beatles
  • Chinese Bandit I – Hong & Kong
  • The Poor Chinee – George Jones
  • What Made The Red Man Red/Tinknapped – Candy Candido/Jud Conlon Chorus
  • Black Betty (Single Version) – Ram Jam
  • Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered – Ella Fitzgerald
  • Woman Love – Gene Vincent
  • Homer, The Happy Little Homo – Byrd E Bath & The Gentle-Men
  • Erotica – Aguaturbia
  • Erotica – Rita
  • Whiplash – The 101 Strings Orchestra with Bebe Bardon
  • Fluid – Twink
  • Infinity – Aphrodite’s Child
  • Sex Dwarf – Soft Cell

Episode 97 – Jumping The Shark

When your in the music business long enough that you feel comfortable enough to ask for a pre gig rider that specifies what colour your ashtray needs to be, this can lead to some interesting ego driven recordings. Be it that you spend too much time and money making sure all the notes are in the right place, get in a hot shot producer to paper over the cracks of substandard material or just take too many drugs for the creative process to function properly, we take a look at records that can only be described as having Jumped the Shark. 

  • My Destiny – The Byrds
  • Down The Dolce Vita – Peter Gabriel
  • Baby I Love You – The Ramones
  • Velcro Fly – ZZ Top
  • Def Leppard – Armageddon It
  • Sunshine & Love – The Happy Mondays
  • Still Life – Suede
  • I Need Your Love – Boston
  • D’You Know What I Mean – Oasis
  • Knockers – The Darkness
  • Chinese Democracy – Guns ‘n’ Roses
  • Pretty Vegas – INXS 
  • C’Lebrity – Queen & Paul Rodgers
  • Hostage of Love – Razorlight 
  • Whatcha Say – Jason Drulo

Episode 96 – Songs About London

From being the centre of Empire to the Swinging Sixties and beyond, London has been an inspiration to songwriters for many a year. Here we look at just a few of those songs that have done just this. 

  • London Calling – Hayseed Dixie 
  • London Town – Laura Marling 
  • I’m Trying To Make London My Home – Sonny Boy Williamson 
  • Portobello Road – Ellie Janov
  • The Boy From Chelsea – Truly Smith
  • Chelsea Girl – Simple Minds 
  • Meet Me In Battersea Park – Peter Knight & Petula Clark
  • The Guns Of Brixton – The Clash
  • The Underground Train – Lord Kitchener
  • Waterloo Sunset (Mono) – The Kinks
  • ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street – The Jam
  • Werewolves Of London – Warren Zevon
  • Rainy Night In Soho – The Pogues
  • Soho (Needless To Say) – Al Stewart
  • Soho – Bert Jansch & John Renbourn 
  • Sunny Goodge Street- Tom Northcott
  • A Nightingale In Berkley Square – The Manhattan Transfer
  • Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
  • Mornington Crescent – Belle & Sebastian
  • The Battle Of Epping Forest – Genesis
  • Cockney Translation – Smiley Culture
  • Streets Of London – Mary Hopkin