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Rediscovering old albums...

Discussion in 'music' started by Tony L, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. Andrew C!

    Andrew C! Been around a while....

    I was trying to Romberg the details of this album only the other day! Thanks, David:D

    This is a belter, classic etc etc. Especially Song of Life.
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  2. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    Basia - Time and Tide is getting a lot of play since Karousel, its really quite amazing.

    Christy Moore - Ordinary Man and Smoke and StrongWhiskey have both been keeping me company too.
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  3. Jason P

    Jason P pfm Member

    Timbuk 3 -Greetings From... A really underrated band forever tainted with the 'one hit wonder/novelty' label after 'The Future's So Bright' but they had some cracking songs.

    Paul Young - No Parlez Loved this in my teens, and there are bits that still stand up today. Very 80s production though!

    Data - Opera Electronica - thought this was the bees knees when it came out first off, classic retro synth pop with a heavy dose of nuclear armageddon paranoia thrown in...
  4. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    Records from the Ottoman:

    I've got a ottoman box full of vinyl I put in the spare room when we moved into our house in summer 2002 that has been pretty much untouched since then. Like Tony's list its nearly all 80s and early 90s rock/pop vinyl and some older 60s stuff: I guess thee are probably are 200 - 250 records in total. By the time we'd moved in I'd switched to playing CDs most of the time and kept a shelf of favourite records downstairs for when the kids were in bed, but that was mainly jazz. At that point my CD player was much better than my turntable so I tended to pay new CDs rather than old records. Over the years I've occasionally had a rummage but over 90% of it hasn't been played this century.

    As I'm doing some part time consultancy from home and the kids are doing remote school learning on their laptops I've decided to use this lockdown period to play a record a day. There are some great records in there (and lots of records by Spirit for some reason) : I've no idea why I've not played them :confused:

    Yesterday : Graham Parker - Heat Treatment - If is was asked in the late 70s this would have been one of my favourite records. I saw them a few times and remember loving Fools Gold, which is still a great, great song. At the time I thought he was better than Costello or Springsteen but it's not aged as well as something like Born to Run or even Costello's first record, maybe one of those groups that never really transcends their influences - but it has some fine songs on it.

    Re Tony's OP, I saw Pere Ubu opening for Graham Parker and the Rumour at The Roundhouse just after Modern Dance came out. One of the most amazing live performances I've ever seen. They nearly cleared the hall - but the 100 or so who stayed were blown away. I bought Datapanik in the Year Zero and Modern Dance the following day.

    Today: The Only Ones - Even Serpents Shine - Id forgotten what great songs they wrote - and such great guitar playing. I've got their first record in the same box and it'll be out soon. Love this.

    There's a box of singles in the loft which I might check them out later - mainly punk / new wave stuff.

    Listening to them after all this time is quite strange - like opening a portal to my younger self.
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  5. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    My son has gone back to Uni, one of his housemates has a turntable so other half has let him take some of her singles with him. I managed to salvage the original pressing of ‘Love will tear us apart’ though. Didn’t bother to go through the rest but they were all Depeche Mode singles.
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  6. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    Records from the Ottoman:

    Today: Dr John, In The Right Place - not sure I can recall when I last played this - may have only been once or twice when I got it. With The Meters and Allan Toussaint it is seriously funky. A keeper and in very cool fold out sleeve with some very fabulous early 70s graphics.
  7. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    Edie Brickell , shooting rubber bands.
  8. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    I dug out two Magazine albums last year, "Real Life" and "Secondhand daylight". It must be at least 10 years since I listened to them, and 25 years since they were played regularly - was really into them during my first year at university. A couple of cracking tracks on "Real Life" (Burst is my favourite). "Secondhand daylight" is a better overall album I think - more flow to it.

    I transferred them onto CD and pop them on very month or two.
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  9. Ridoves

    Ridoves Active Member

    Have spun OK Computer for the first time in many a year tonight. By no means a Radiohead obsessive but there are some sublime moments on this album.
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  10. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK I had amnesia once or twice...

    I went through a period of playing that album obsessively of all the albums I have it's the most affecting (and I have a lot of other 'miserableist' music) - it's not sad, or angry, or melancholy, it's just permeated with a sense of weariness and fatigue and "oh, I just give up with the whole World, what's the point" - it just slowly works on you. It changed my mental state for the worst.

    I can play a couple of tracks at a go but cannot listen to it all the way through, even 20-odd years later.
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  11. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK I had amnesia once or twice...

    The first three Magazine are 'must haves' along with the Peel Sessions.

    My only gripe is that the best version of 'Shot by Both Sides' is the single (recorded before Dave Formula joined, I think) and not on the album.

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  12. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    I knew I'd heard a slightly different version of "Shot by Both Sides". On a similar theme here's another blast from the past:

    Love the A sides. The B sides not so much.
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  13. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    Record from the Ottoman:

    Today Prefab Spout: Jordan the Comeback: for the first 15 minutes I was wondering why this had been neglected for so long. Then I got very bored. There are some great songs on this but as a whole record its nothing like as good as Swoon ( my favourite) or Steve McQueen which have stayed on the shelf. I think this one will go back in the box I'll and stream the songs I like.

    The Correct Use of Soap is in my box of neglected vinyl and is on the list to dig out sometime soon.
  14. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK I had amnesia once or twice...

    There are 6 officially issued versions:
    • Single version.
    • 'Real Life' version.
    • 'Play' version (live in Melbourne 1980).
    • 'Play +' version (Live in Manchester 1978).
    • 'Alternative' version (sounds like a demo version to me) on Disc 1 of the 'Maybe It's Right to Be Nervous Now' set.
    • Live the Russel Club Manchester (date U/K) on disc 2 of 'Nervous'.
    And they're all f**king great, just not single version great.

    Then there was this song that nicked the riff.

    And of course, Radiohead's 'Just' is erm, inspired by that riff too.
  15. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    Just did a scan through my albums and this will go on next

    Must be at least a decade since I listened to it.
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  16. Scottymac

    Scottymac Member

    Hi all,
    Just dug out , in my tribe by 10,000 maniacs.
    Just brilliant.
  17. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    That's a great album - particularly "City of Angels" - one of my favourite songs.
  18. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    The follow-up Blind Man's Zoo is a belter I think, and the one of theirs I play the most. The last 4 tracks especially, which also get used when assessing system changes.
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  19. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    Here's another not listened in a long while. I don't care for any of their other albums (save for the single "Jesus just left Chicago", but I think this is a great album
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  20. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    I've not heard that - must check it out.

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