Monday, 24 July 2017

SPECTRUM - (I LOVE YOU) TO THE MOON & BACK





















Silvertone Records 1991.

01. (I Love You) to the Moon & Back
02. Capo Waltz (Live)

Sonic Boom formed a new band in 1991. Spectrum was put together with Richard Formby, Mike Stout and Geoff Deakin. They would continue to be his main musical outlet for the remainder of the nineties.

SPIRITUALIZED - ANYWAY THAT YOU WANT ME






















Dedicated 1990.

01. Anyway that You Want Me
02. Step into the Breeze, Pt. 1
03. Step into the Breeze, Pt. 2


The first record from Jason Pierce using the name Spiritualized was a cover of The Troggs 'Anyway that You Want Me'. The A-Side was actually recorded during the sessions for 'Recurring'.

SONIC BOOM - ANGEL





















Silvertone Records 1989

01. Angel
02. Angel (Extended Mix)
03. Help Me Please (Drum Mix)


The first solo release by a member of Spacemen 3 was Sonic's 'Angel'. Recorded at the same sessions for his debut album 'Spectrum'.

SPACEMEN 3 - RE-RECURRING






















Fan made compilation. 2017.

01. Big City (Remix)
02. Why Couldn't I See?
03. Just to See You Smile (Instrumental)
04. The World is Dying
05. I Love You (Remix)
06. Just to See You Smile (Honey, Pt. 2)
07. Big City (Waves of Joy)
08. When Tomorrow Hits
09. Drive
10. Feelin' Just Fine (Alternate Mix)
11. Drive (Demo)
12. Drive (Remix)
13. Drive/Feel So Sad


If you haven't had quite enough Spacemen 3, here's my own round up of b-sides and rarities from the 'Recurring' era.

'Just to See You Smile (Honey, Pt. 2)' and 'The World is Dying' are from the 'Hypnotized' single.

'Drive', 'Big City (Waves of Joy)' and 'Drive (Demo)' from the 'Big City/Drive' single.

'Big City (Remix)' and Drive '(Remix)' are from a limited remix 12".

'I Love You (Remix)' is from a mis-press of that release.

'When Tomorrow Hits' was an unreleased Mudhoney cover, intended for a split 7". On the other side, Mudhoney were to cover 'Revolution'.

'Why Couldn't I See?', 'Just to See You Smile (Instrumental)', 'Feelin' Just Fine (Alternate Mix)' and 'Drive/Feel So Sad' are from the European compact disc version of 'Recurring'.

Spacemen 3 fans need not despair; from this month I will be posting the first single and E.P. releases from Sonic Boom/Spectrum and Spiritualized.

VARIOUS ARTISTS - ESOTERICA BRITANNICA NUMBER 9






















01. Kate Tempest - Picture a Vacuum
02. Tristram Cary - Divertimento (Start)
03. The Beta Band - Dogs Got a Bone
04. Fovea Hex - The Golden Sun Rises Upon the World Again
05. The Advisory Circle - We Cleanse this Space
06. Cate Le Bon - Wonderful
07. David Bowie - Come and Buy My Toys
08. Delia Derbyshire - Blue Veils and Golden Sands
09. Julian Cope - Sunshine Playroom
10. Goldfrapp - Utopia (Genetically Enriched)
11. Basil Kirchin - The Freelance (Abstract Jazz 1)
12. Robyn Hitchcock - I Often Dream of Trains
13. Joachim Ngol et Les Troubadors De Roi Baudouin - Missa Luba-Sanctus
14. Belbury Poly - My Hands
15. Virgina Astley - Love's a Lonely Place to Be
16. Tristram Cary - Divertimento (Performance Tape Section 2)
17. Television Personalities - Diary of a Young Man
18. Micachu and The Shapes - Calculator
19. The Focus Group - Danse & Atoms
20. Young Marble Giants - Cakewalking
21. The Beatles - Revolution 9 (Mono Version)


Another volume of the Esoterica Britannica has arrived.

Courtesy of original curator, David Thompson.

THE FREE SPIRITS - OUT OF SIGHT AND SOUND






















ABC Records 1967/Sunbeam Records 2006

01. Don't Look Now
02. I'm Gonna Be Free
03. LBOD
04. Sunday Telephone
05. Blue Water Mother
06. Girl of the Mountain
07. Cosmic Daddy Dancer
08. Bad News Cat
09. Storm
10. Early Morning Fear
11. Angels Can't be True
12. Tattoo Man

bonus track

13. I Feel a Song (B-Side of 'Tattoo Man')


This album is a lost jazz psych great. The Free Spirits are from New York and they mixed psychedelia, jazz and freak out. They supported the likes of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Doors and The Velvet Underground.

Apparently lumped with a jazz producer that disliked rock music, the songs here are not the double figures freak outs they became known for. The compositions are tight and most are a mix of free jazz and psych.

Sometimes sounds like two records playing at once, I love it.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

GOATHERDER - SOOTHER OF GRIEF






















TOR55. 2017

01. Soother of Grief I
02. Short Term Memory Loss Replaced by Nostalgia that Never Existed
03. Soother of Grief II


Between late 2014 and early 2017, I archived any recordings I made; field recordings, demos,
experiments and so on. I put them to one side, unsure of what to do with them.

Occasionally I would review an experiment or refer to a demo. It occurred to me that most of these
recordings would go nowhere, so I decided to give them a home.



In February and March of this year I 'performed' collages of these tracks, the live mix being the
performance.

The end result is like an aural mind diary; ideas and sounds all together. It makes some kind of
sense to me.

As always, there is a free download over at Bandcamp.