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Dread – an introduction. Slightly unhinged. https://markramsden13.wordpress.com/2015/08/
‘A truly beautiful and original collection of Ramsden compositions, baroque and thirteenth century dance. It won praises from The Wire to BBC music magazine with a heartfelt ‘amazing’ from Nigel Kennedy along the way.’
Brian Blain Jazz UK
Another Facebook album cover challenge, from Charlotte Rodgers, artist and author of, among others, P for Prostitution (which is ace). I bought Jack Johnson aged 17, never tired of it. Rock’n’raunch. Ferocious bass and drum grooves. John McLaughlin channelling Hendrix, driving the soloists to climax after climax. His final solo is monstrous. Carnage.
There’s a blistering contribution by Herbie Hancock 20 mins in, not bad considering he just popped in to the studio while shopping. The second side is a sustained twilight trance, equally successful. Neat production touches throughout, trippy bits which haven’t aged.
The Miles pic was a pull out poster, maybe ‘pull out’ unfortunate in this context. Speaking of ‘Johnsons’ (American slang), the pic reminded me of Morecambe and Wise. “What about Rudolf Nureyev?’ ‘Didn’t you see it last week?’ ‘I’m sure everybody saw it last week.’”
Ahem. Probably the best rock, funk and jazz album. (Maybe the best funk, jazz and rock album would be ‘Headhunters’- both of them inspired by Sly Stone).
side 1 Right Off
There’s more of Jake Thackray’s unique fusion of Yorkshire folk and French Chanson? Fantastique! (And if this is cultural appropriation there’s nowt wrong with it, mon ami). Unreleased songs, some newly completed from material discovered while Mr Watterson was researching his forthcoming biography of Jake.
The vocals are very reminiscent of Jake Thackray. Paul Thompson has captured the guitar style and composed fresh music when only the original lyrics could be found. The music is flawless as are the expanded lyrics from short originals, perfect invisible mending. ‘You can’t see the join’ to quote another Northern genius.
Jake’s son Sam is pleased as are Ralph McTell, Neil Gaiman, Don Black and radio producer Victor Lewis Smith. So who cares if I like it? It’s more ‘who wouldn’t like it’?
Having recently heard Ted Hughes reading his Ovid (pretentious, moi?), couldn’t help seeing a connection: dark, handsome, manly men. The accent. Wordplay. Might be sacrilege but I prefer Jake Thackray. Maybe I was hexed by the Castleford Ladies Magic Circle.
Great project, perfectly realised. Attractively packaged, informative sleeve notes, flyer and introductory letter from Mr Watterson.