We’ve been enjoying this podcast series by Ryan Brady & Chris Mercer. Each Episode picks apart a McCartney solo or Wings album, track by track, in chronological order.
For McCartney fans, this podcast promises “no more lonely nights” (yesss!) & car journeys from heaven. Ryan & Chris’ love for McCartney can clearly be felt & they must have done their homework in prep for each episode. They have a good handle on the history of each track & comprehensive knowledge regarding the technical side of the recordings.
As well as the history, the recording details & the general Macca chit chat, they play generous snippets of each track they discuss. Which is always nice when people are discussing the details of a song. Whether it’s talking about music, a scene from a film or whatever, it’s helpful to have that instant reference. The shows always start with a nice cheesy, Macca friendly synth version of “Martha My Dear” too which will kick each episode off for you with a smile.
One thing that did surprise me about the series was which of the tracks they deemed as mediocre or disliked. I mean we all have those Macca tracks we tend to skip past or, yeah.. dislike, but there did seem to be quite a few of those. I was particularly surprised at their luke warm summary of McCartney, Maccas 1970 debut solo album, one of my all time favourite albums. I would occasionally find myself responding to them in disbelief.. “what?? “That Would be Something?? that’s a great track!” or.. “the medley on Red Rose Speedway?? How can you not love that??”…. “Live & Let Die? C’mon! Surely you like that??”. It is interesting how opinions differ between fellow Macca enthusiasts. Also, personally I’m not bothered about dissecting lyrics or finding meanings in them etc. Gobbledegook or not I just love the hooks Macca creates in the way he puts words together.
I think that their opinions & critique add to what makes this a really interesting listen though. Probably the kind of things you would debate or disagree with your mates over down the pub. Actually, that is what this series is like, like being with your mates, discussing every single Macca solo track in order. Singing the parts you like to each other, laughing, disagreeing. Not a bad idea that.. must text the lads.
In summary Take it Away is bloody great. Every Macca fan will enjoy it.
This has a more reflective mood to the usual upbeat Christmas mixes. A nice mix to listen to by the fire with a drink. A collection of UK folk artists from the late 60’s through 70’s with a slight psychedelic vibe.
Our latest instalment of our Behind the Tymes series. We’ve done a UK mix, a US mix & now we’ve compiled Volume 3, a mix of worldwide artists. Always the same theme, songs that are maybe a little behind the times at the time they were released. Artists still favouring the psychedelic sound of 1967-68 in the post-psych era of 1969 to the mid 70’s.
1) Pholhas – Dead Faces (Brazil 1973)
2) Pan & Regaliz – Waiting in the Monsters Garden (Spain 1971)
3) Jason’s Fleece – Rusty (Sweden 1970)
4) Air – So Many People (Aus 1974)
5) Petards – Cowboy (Germany 1971)
6) Triangle – Le Matin du Premier Ju (France 1972)
7) The Flying Circus – 3667 (Aus 1970)
8) Resan – Solens Van (Sweden 1973)
9) Pirana – Here it Comes Again (Aus 1972)
10) Madden & harris – Fools Paradise, Pt 2 (Aus 1975)
11) Huinca – Gritar (Argentina 1972)
12) Sam Imaginario – Poison (Brazil 1970)
13) Jason’s Fleece – Damn Long Way Between Us (Sweden 1970)
14) Serenity – Sea Time Rain (NZ 1972)
15) The Masters Apprentice – Thyme to Rhyme (Aus 1972)
16) Equipe 84 – Meglio (Italy 1973)
17) Modulos – Otra Vez (Spain 1972)
We’ve put together an album that could have been the Zombies follow up to Odessey & Oracle. There is a lost album which does the rounds, usually goes by the title “R.I.P”. This is different, we’ve used different tracks & mixed the album to work better as a piece. It works pretty well & better than R.I.P in our opinion.
I like everything about sgt pepper era Beatles. Apart from the music, it’s the way they changed. The shorter hair, the sergeant major style clipped moustaches, their outfits & even just the way they looked..they all looked slimmer & wiser somehow. In 1966 The Beatles were donning their out grown mop tops & smart suits. They were cleanly shaven but looking jaded & they left the world with a cliff hanger Tomorrow Never Knows. This track was the highly experimental, possibly eternally timeless final track on their 1966 album Revolver. The Beatles then went eerily quiet for 6 months, unusually so for them, sparking rumours of a break up & prompting sections of the media to report that the band had lost their creative edge & it was all coming to a spluttering, disappointing end. You can imagine how eager the band must have been, sitting in Abbey Road’s studio 2, anxious to reveal their next single to prove everybody wrong. Then they jump out of their supposed slumber with a big “SSSURPRISE!” and they release the most advanced pop record in history, Strawberry Fields Forever, re-emerging from the shadows, looking like a gay section from the American civil war.
I love to imagine what I would’ve been feeling had I been alive at the time, impatiently waiting to hear what my favourite band were going to do next & then being slapped around the face with Strawberry Fields, a knockout blow! For anyone who wasn’t around at the time of it’s release it’s easy to just accept that song as just, a great song. But I’m guessing in 1967 it was like hearing. ..well basically like hearing nothing you’d ever heard before, or even thought possible of hearing in the future. A huge step forward, a progression, fast forwarding everybody else in popular culture towards new horizons & opportunities. And this was just the first taster of what the band had been up to all those months. The album, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band was coming next & this was to contain more of the same. Big, new sounds, new song structures & concepts. It’s just a really interesting, intriguing period in The Beatles history, which was the turning point to a completely new approach for the band & every other band around at that time.
We’ve been collecting images of the Pepper sessions for a while & have cross referenced what we found with the “Complete Recording Sessions” book & the “Recording The Beatles” book for dates. We checked on what days they wore what clothes so we know what session they were currently involved in on each picture we found. Check out the collection so far on our Pinterest board.
1. End of the Day – Kytes
2. Dougal – Bulldog Breed
3. Today is the Day – Ola & the Janglers
4. Somewhere Up High – The Guess Who
5. Lake Hope – Chrysalis
6. Friendly With You – Del Shannon
7. Days Are Only Here & Gone – Gandalf
8. Twenty Ten – Tinkerbell’s Fairydust
9. Eileen’s Haberdashery Store – Bulldog Breed
10. Wendy – Malcolm Holland
11. Lonely Am I – Stained Glass
12. We’re Not Those People Anymore – Rifkin
13. Wintry Morning – Maury Muehleisen
14. Not So Young Today – Five Steps Beyond
15. Pat’s Song – The Peppermint Trolly Company
16. I Don’t Need Love – The Tidal Waves
17. Hear My Lamentation – The Tages
18. Shelly Tell Me Why – River Deep
The Zombies have a lot to answer for. When you read almost any interview with US bands of the 60’s, The Zombies (along with The Beatles & The Stones) are invariably mentioned as a key influence on their sound. They were a huge part of The British invasion, & bands like The Left Banke, or The Turtles may have never existed in the form that they do were it not for The Zombies. Listen to any US Garage compilation & you’ll no doubt hear more than one track that bears a resemblance to “She’s Not There”. And this isn’t just limited to US or UK bands, you could do the same with any European garage compilation too. Swedish bands in particular seem to favour The Zombies minor chord, polite, English baroque style. Jorgen Johansson, the Swede behind the Fading Yellow compilations, kind of opened up a new genre for many 60’s pop fans to delve into; minor chord baroque pop. It kind of has a mood of it’s own, & the term “Fading Yellow” is now frequently used to describe the sound of records on music blogs, or to catch the eye of record collectors on ebay. Would the Fading Yellow series have existed without The Zombies? Not sure. With Rod Argent mimicking the classic baroque style of playing on his Hohner Pianet, did The Zombies help to re-popularise the clavichord & harpsichord too? Suddenly an instrument not utilised in popular music since the late medieval period was appearing on pop records by the coolest bands in the 60’s, used alongside the latest electric musical instruments.
Anyway, Odessey & Oracle is obviously one of the finest albums ever made. Not exactly psychedelic but welcomed into the genre because of it’s mood, inventiveness, lyrical content & its use of echo & mellotron throughout. We really wanted to find the essence of that album in other artists music so we put a compilation together of what we could find. It’s been hard to find anything close to being as good as any of the tracks on Odessey, but this compilation should be an interesting listen for fans. We would have loved to have unearthed more tracks with a mellotron, but searching for tracks sounding specific to Odessey & Oracle was challenge enough, without finding ones that also contained a mellotron. Maybe we’ll find some for a future volume. Again, as always, we’ve done our best to steer away from anything too obvious, & maybe some songs you’ll listen & think “nothing like the Zombies” yet listen again & you might go “ah yeah”.
Yup we’re now on Mixcloud. You can download our uploads to listen to in the car or on your way to work. Expect all of the usual stuff.. psychedelic pop, folk rock, 60’s pop, lost albums, albums that never were etc.
About 10 years ago we made a series of themed mixes for blogs & forums. We called those compilations “Behind the Tymes”. It was a mix of psychedelic tunes that sounded slightly behind the times between 1969 to mid 70’s. Basically artists making psychedelic music in the post-psych period which, ideally would not have been compiled anywhere else previously (a couple have since appeared on compilations.) We were initially inspired to make these compilations after hearing Jörgen Johansson’s Fading Yellow Volume 5, a flawless compilation of 1970’s soft psychedelic album tracks. So if you love that volume you should understand & hopefully dig Behind The Tymes. We started with UK only artists on volume 1 & eventually made a US based mix with volume 2 & then a worldwide mix with volume 3. We really dug deep to find the tunes but think it was worth the hours spent when we listened back.
Unfortunately a few of the tunes we originally mined are not currently available on Apple Music or Spotify, but we have re-compiled volume 1 with a few extras to make up for whatever is missing from apple music or Spotify’s current library. We will add those missing tracks at a later date.. if they ever appear on either of those hosts.
TRACK LISTING & ALBUM INFO:
1) Galliard – Open up your Mind (from new dawn 1970)
2) Strawbs – Where is this Dream of My Youth (from s/t 1969)
3) Cochise – lost hearts (from swallow tails 1971)
4) Quicksand – empty street empty heart (Home is where I belong 1973)
5) Stackridge – Percy the penguin (from S/T 1970)
6) Lindisfarne – Lady Eleanor (from nicely out of tune 1970)
7) Gringo – Emma & Harry (from S/T 1971)
8) Byzantium – I am a stranger to my life (from S/T 1972)
9) Pacific drift – grain of sand (from feelin free 1970)
10) Dave cousins – two weeks last summer (from two weeks last summer 1972)
11) Jackson Heights – bebop (from ragamuffins fool 1972)
12) Ironbridge – getting older (from S/T 1973)
13) Clifford T Ward – jigsaw girl (from escalator 1975)
14) The Pretty Things – Peter (from freeway madness 1973)
15) Richmond – Clifftop (from frightened 1973)
16) Alan Hull – Picture a Little Girl (from squire 1975)
17) Camel – spirit of the water (From Moonmadness 1976)
18) Mother nature – where did she go? (From orange days and purple nights 1971 single)
19) Marvin, Welch & Farrar- (From S/T 1971)
20) Trader Horne – here comes the rain (from here comes the rain 1970 single)
21) Music motor (Swinging blue jeans) – where am I going (from happy 1970 single)
If you like The Band but you’ve listened to the albums, you dig them but wish they’d made another album, maybe around 1970 time, then this Compilation should appease you. We’ve been searching, listening & compiling this mix for about 3 years, it will probably be an ongoing playlist which we add to as we find more, but this makes a terrific Band-esque album as it is. We actually found lots more tracks which were not available on Apple Music so we couldn’t add those, but luckily the majority were available.
Uncut made a similar compilation available in 2005 as a free CD, but that was made up mostly of modern artists & no real rarities. We wanted the mix to sound authentic, so we’ve made sure all of the tracks were recorded in 1969 – early 70’s. Some artists clearly want to be The Band, but a few I’m sure actually inspired The Band’s sound.
Track Listing & Album Info:
Street people – Bobby Charles (from s/t 1972)
Hoona spoona – Hungry Chuck (from s/t 1972)
Roll em down – Morning (from s/t 1970)
Lay me back – Alvin Lee & Mylon Lefevre (from on the road to freedom 1973)
Yazoo City Jail – Roger Tillison (from Roger Tillison’s Album 1970)
Trouble – Little Feat (from sailin’ shoes 1972)
The slow one – Brinsley Schwarz (from despite it all 1970)
Humming bird – Leon Russell (from s/t 1970)
I won’t go through that again – Goose creek symphony (from welcome to goose creek 1970)
Good morning Mr. Railroad man – Ry Cooder (from boomer’s story 1972)
Motorcycle man – John Simon (from John Simon’s album 1971)