Thursday, May 8, 2008

Featured Artists

A bunch of tracks to feature tonight, what a great show!

I'll start off with a great one by Long John Baldry called Flying. I was actually disappointed not to find this one on iTunes - I really thought it would be there as I was able to pick up a copy of the great album that this track is from (It Ain't Easy) back when it was re-released on CD back in 2005 - shortly after Long John's unfortunate death. I still remember David's show where he did a great tribute to Long John at that time. What can I say about Long John and this great album? I guess I'll just re-tell a story that I'm pretty sure I've heard David tell. Long John was at least part of the reason that the U-Know Awards (which eventually became the Casby's) were created - when Long John was nominated in the 80's as best 'New Artist' by the Juno Awards, that showed just how far out of touch with music those awards were and David decided that there should be an alternative. The nomination in that category completely ignored the incredible legacy that Long John had already established in his long career to that point!

If you enjoy the track I've posted, please go to Long John's website and order a copy of the CD - you won't be disapponted. My favourite selection on that album is actually a combination of the first two tracks - a spoken word opener: 'Conditional Discharge' and the amazing 'Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of Rock'N'Roll'. Fortunately, both those tracks are available on iTunes (the Canadian store anyways) on a release titled 'Rhino Hi-Five - Long John Baldry EP'. That selection is VERY high up on my all-time favourite tracks!

Long John Baldry - It Ain't Easy

Long John Baldry - Flying

Next up is a great track by Thunderclap Newman - Accidents. If you've never heard of Thunderclap Newman - you still might still have heard their great track 'Something In The Air' - that was a reasonably big hit in when it was released in 1969 and was featured in the movie 'Almost Famous' in 2000.

Thunderclap Newman - Accidents / I See it All

Thunderclap Newman - Accidents

Another great song - Grand Hotel by Procol Harum.

Procol Harum - Grand Hotel / A Rum Tale

Procol Harum - Grand Hotel

This is another great track - 1849 by Lighthouse. There's a recent band also called Lighthouse that I know nothing about. This track is from a Canadian band from the early 70's that featured Skip Prokop who was once a CFNY DJ! Skip has a website that sells CD's but unfortunately not any Lighthouse CD's that I could find.

Lighthouse - One Fine Morning

Lighthouse - 1849

David just kept them coming, here's Leon Russell's It's A Hard Rain Gonna Fall - a great Dylan cover.

Leon Russell - Leon Russell and the Shelter People

Leon Russell - It's A Hard Rain Gonna Fall

and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes - Walk Away Renee

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes - All I Want Is Everything - The Best of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes - Walk Away Renee

Next up is Be Bop Deluxe with the track 'Japan'. I originally thought that this was on their 1978 album 'Drastic Plastic', but it may have been just released as a single in 1977. That's what's great about David's show - he preserves obsure tracks like this that everyone else has forgotten about (or never noticed in the first place!)

Be Bop Deluxe - Japan / Futurist Manifesto

Be Bop Deluxe - Japan

And a band I've featured a couple times before, here's Closer Together by The Box

The Box - Closer Together

The Box - Closer Together

And last for tonight is the track Photography by Fiat Lux

Fiat Lux - Hired History

Fiat Lux - Photography


Miss Parker said...

It was a great show and I look forward to listening in this evening.

The one song that struck me was "Photography." After David teased everyone about who did it, and finally said "Fiat Lux," I was off and running to find it, to no avail.

I should have known you'd have it! Thanks so much.

Marsden Planet said...

I have to come clean - I actually didn't know I had this specific track until David played it and I did a search of my iTunes library for it. I knew of the band from their great track 'Blue Emotion' that David also plays from time to time. At some point I found a blog with a full CD of their music posted - in typical fashion, of course I downloaded it, but never really have had a chance to dig into it, but there it was when I did my search! Maybe I have too much music in my iTunes library.... Never mind - I just got a tip on another album to download - gotta go! :-)

Miss Parker said...

LOL! I have 4 Fiat Lux tunes that someone kindly sent me and have not catalogued yet. I still have them on the DVD that was sent. I tore into that file and was very disappointed to *not* find "Photography."

Somehow I think there's very little you don't have. ;-) You are an incorrigible collector - good for you!

Marsden Planet said...

I disagree, there's far too much that I don't have.... :-)