This track was the theme tune to my Friday night. As a long haired 13 year old, I’d lie on my bed listening to Tommy Vance on the Friday Night Rock Show, drinking cheap larger recording the show on a portable cassette recorder and heading into town the next day to purchase records that he played. This track was written by George Martin and his version was the opening and closing tune for Radio 1, but the Generators version is the best!
Today I’m repping my home town & going for a local release. Edentree hail from Norwich & only released one 45 on the Major Minor label. “Call My Name” is the B-Side of “You Are All I Need”. I love blue eyed soul like this track, the hammond player sounds very reminiscent of Alan Hawkshaw & overall this sounds like it was recorded earlier than 1970. It surprises me that they didn’t get past one release as this is a strong tune & really deserves more exposure.
Edentree “Call My Name”
Few can boast a career as long as Little Anthony & The Imperials, forming in the late 50’s as a Doo Wop/R&B combo to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009. The 45 that I’ve chosen for today, is their version of “Let The Sunshine In”, which was composed by Galt MacDermot (who wrote the music to the hit musical “Hair”). The vocal on this cover drips with energy & sweat & I think this is my favorite version of this track.
Little Anthony & The Imperials “Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)”
This is a collaboration between Pierre Henry & Michel Colombier, Henry is widely known for his “concrete music” & Colombier for his soundtrack composition. Psyché Rock is the track that most seek out on this EP, & it sounds very reminiscent to the theme tune to Matt Groening’s “Futurama”. I picked this EP up at a great record shop in Rennes (France) called “Blind Spot”, & I would recommend visiting the shop when you’re in that neck of the woods. “Jericho Jerk” brews a heady mix of beat & psych, with crazy organ, moog & FX’s firing off all over the place, like a Turkish delight fused with a Crunchie, that sounds wrong, but is oh so right!
Les Yper-Sound “Jericho Jerk”
I only discovered the Left Banke a few years ago, when a work colleague brought in a couple of their albums, so I have to say a big thanks to Derek for introducing me to them. The term “Baroque Pop” is often used to describe their sound, & actually it’s a pretty good description, as they fuse chamber music with pop music, & I’ve got a soft spot for a harpsichord! This track features some lovely harmonies & I would recommend checking out all of their back catalogue, as it’s all great.
The Left Banke “She Will Call You Up Tonight”
Few can lay claim to shaping modern music in the way Little Richard has, from playing a major part in the foundation of Rock ‘n’ Roll, to his wild on stage antics, he really deserves the title of a legend. “Hurry Sundown” features in the film of the same title, & was composed by Buddy Kaye & Hugo Montenegro. This is a beautiful song that lifts & builds, & Little Richards vocal is soaked in soul, makes you want to testify!
I think people are more familiar with the Mighty Clouds Of Joy’s version of “Time”, which is great, but doesn’t hold a candle to Jackie’s version. This powers along with some seriously fat drums, choppy wah wah guitar & some tight memphis sounding horns, I love this track, & I remember when I first found this single, playing it over & over again, because I couldn’t believe just how good it is!
Jackie Moore “Time”
I watched a program on Giogio Moroder last night, & it made me realize what a phenomenal talent he is, as well as a humble & funny fella. His disco outings are well documented, but his early bubblegum pop career seldom is mentioned, so I thought I would readdress the balance! “Stop” sounds very much like a number penned by Syd Barrett on some early Pink Floyd album, with strange keyboard lines & heavy phasing, the tripped out psychedelics make this a great acid track.
The Clefs Of Lavender Hill “Stop Get A Ticket”, the Clefs were a short lived 4 piece combo from Miami, & this was their most successful single. This track is a fine example of 12 string infused garage beat, and strangely came out of the same box of singles as the “Arabian Funk” (see day 1!)
The Clefs Of Lavender Hill “Stop Get A Ticket”
Instagram have been running a record a day for a few months, due to the constraints that they put on the criteria of each day, I found it difficult to find something everyday to post. So I’ve decided to do my own vinyl challenge, & I’m going to post up a 45 (7″ Single) everyday from my collection. I’m not sure weather to go in alphabetical order, but it just so happens that today’s platter is by Ray Anthony & is called the Arabian Funk.
I found this a few years ago in a charity shop, along with a really good bunch of other singles. It’s got a great hard sound to it, with an over blown sax line, juicy moogs & some concrete drums, niceness all round! This has appeared on a compilation called “Movements”.
Day 1 Ray Anthony “The Arabian Funk”