Drums and Wires is the third studio album by the English band XTC, released on 17 August 1979. It reached No. 34 on the UK album chart, and No. 176 on the U.S. Billboard album charts. It contained the successful single “Making Plans for Nigel”, which was released on 14 September 1979, and reached No. 17 on the UK singles chart.
Spell is a collaboration between Rose McDowall and Boyd Rice on which they pay homage to tragic love songs from the ’60s and ’70s.
Originally recorded and released in 1993, this one album they released, ‘Seasons In The Sun’, stands as a beautiful and timeless reinterpretation of these classic songs.
Rose McDowall was one half of the pop duo Strawberry Switchblade and Boyd Rice has been experimenting with sound since the mid ’70s and stands tall as an innovator and pioneer of sound.
John Barry is one of the few British composers to have established a high profile status as a film composer in Hollywood. There is a funny story about his harmonica theme for the Jon Voight/Dustin Hoffman 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy”. One day Tommy Reilly had a call from Polydor Hamburg. They played him a record of a new film score and asked him if he could play the harmonica exactly the same as the uncredited player on the American record. The first take was perfect. The producer said: “You are a genius”, and Tommy started to laugh. The producer said: “What are you laughing for?” and Tommy admitted: “That”s me playing on the original record”! In fact Tommy Reilly was touring Australia when John Barry recorded the actual music for the film, so Toots Thielemans did the sound-track, and Tommy did the LP of the the original “motion picture score”. His single, made in Hamburg, climbed the charts in many countries, and this is the vintage arrangement used on that particular single. [Source]
SIDE ONE (Track 04) – written by João Gilberto and Dorival Caymmi
“The Astrud Gilberto Album” is the first album recorded by Astrud Gilberto, hot off the success from guesting on the landmark jazz album “Getz/Gilberto” (1964), a collaborative project between tenor saxophonist and her husband, the famous Brazilian guitarist/bossa nova pioneer João Gilberto.
Although, Gilberto had never performed professionally, she was requested by her husband to sing in the English verses written for the album’s tracks. One of these cuts was “The Girl from Ipanema”, a song that would forever be immortalized by her voice, and a rendition that would be the definitive recording of that song. The single sold over one million copies and helped established her as a bossa nova darling and a pop culture superstar. The rest, we can say, is history.
A recording contract was set, and a solo album was immediately made to strike while the iron is summer hot. This was the result.
Released in 1965 by Verve Records.
No Smoke Without Fire is the ninth studio album by rock band Wishbone Ash. It is the first album since 1972’s Argus to be produced by Derek Lawrence. It is also the heaviest Wishbone Ash album in years, featuring rockers like the hit single “You See Red” and the multi-part progressive rock epic “The Way of the World.” After a 1978 tour to support the album, Wishbone Ash would take a one-year hiatus during 1979 before regrouping for songwriting sessions at the end of the year.
Prince informs his lover to stop playing games on the track, “This Could Be Us,” from Art Official Age. It is a slow burning candle of Rhythm and Blues, surely to be on the bedroom playlist from here on out. The legend is ready but is meeting an obstacle this time, from an established independent woman who thinks she does not need a man, which makes the record all the more impressive.
As usual, Prince accomplished vocally, giving off a sensational delivery, which benefits this track in a huge way. It’s remarkably evident during his verse, “U… u say u ain’t ready / Ready to go steady / Ain’t ready for ‘us’ (no) / Cuz what I got make u weak in in the knees / Take your energy (oh baby) / make u sleep for a week / Sex with me ain’t enough / That’s why we gotta do it metaphysically.” Prince is transferring something extraordinary to the song, and it is his best vocal performance in years.
It appears Prince can still present a creative take on a subject heard before, but with an original approach on the hunt to make her love him. Additionally, this time, the production by Prince makes it effortless to fall into the groove of the record’s beautiful melody. The hook makes this song even more worthy of praise: “This could be us / But u b playin’ / This could be us / But u keep on foolin’ around / Ur the cage to my dove / I’m just saying / Forever and ever in love / Oh baby yeah, this could be us.” Surely, the marvelous chorus will have no problems, making a place in the heart. [Source]
Algiers fuses the rapturous call and response of millenarian gospel, the bellowing urgency of 60s protest soul and the unhinged ferocity of no wave into a visceral music. With an aesthetic informed by sonic revolutionaries from Nina Simone to Suicide, The Minutemen to PJ Harvey, these three émigrés of the American Deep South conjure dead sounds to life in frightening new directions.
“It’s dark stuff, but good grief they’ve got soul” – Marc Burrows, The Guardian
Algiers’ self-titled debut album is coming later in 2015 from Matador.
But She Was Not Flying
I’m going home to see the king
He’s gonna take my pain away
I’m gonna see my friends again
If only I can make it in
But there’s a lizard with a human face
He says he’s standing for democracy
And every wealthy man has earned his place
As did the undeserving in their poverty
He told my brother that he wasn’t a man
He broke my sister down again and again
His fathers stole and wrote the laws of the land
And now he flips the coin of power with all of his friends
Deciding who is fit to go out and die
And who is black enough to be left behind
And who will model their exceptional lie
And just how many they can murder at the border line
I knew a women with a scale in her hand
They bound and gagged her with the laws of the land
She couldn’t tell what she was measuring
So they tilt the scale to meet their own personal ends
Saying “I’ll shoot your son if he’s out of line”
“I’ll rape your daughters underground where I hide”
“And I can murder anytime that I like”
“cause I’m protected at my left and my right”
“I got a side that says I’m only a man”
“Another side that puts the gun in my hand”
“I’ll trade your product of environment”
“For any alibi for consequence”
[Dedicated to Mogens Toudahl]
“Have a Cigar” is the third track on Pink Floyd’s 1975 album Wish You Were Here. It follows “Welcome to the Machine” and on the original LP opened side two. In some markets, the song was issued as a single. English folk singer Roy Harper provided lead vocals on the song. It was one of only two Pink Floyd recordings to feature guest lead vocals.
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