Little Gems

Re: Little Gems

Postby maximus » November 18th, 2017, 12:07 pm

Undie wrote:Listening to Patrick Cowley, electronic wizard from the late 70's. Max you'll know him as the instrumentalist with Sylvester.
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Really like those Undi.

You're right, I'm aware of him through his work with Sylvester and I've heard a couple of his other things along the way but I obviously wasn't paying attention because I don't remember them being that enjoyable.

In particular it's a relief that they're not too fast, a problem with a lot of the HiNRG stuff.

On that theme, I picked up a boxed set of Grace Jones's first three (disco) albums for under a tenner the other day. Some of it is a touch too camp, even for me, but the class of the Tom Moulton production and Grace's distinctive vocal shine through - recording at Philly's legendary Sigma Sound studio probably didn't hurt either.

I particularly like the bass on this one:

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Re: Little Gems

Postby maximus » December 18th, 2017, 3:02 pm

As mentioned elsewhere, Iggy talks jazz-poetry:

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Re: Little Gems

Postby Undie » January 12th, 2018, 10:27 am

Listened to a couple of "unusual" Bowie tracks the other night, ones that I wouldn't naturally go to. 2 years, where did that time go?
I liked them before but rarely listen outside the obvious half a dozen tracks that I love


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Not heard this one before but again a dark one, and what's not to like about Trent Reznor's voice


And now for something completely different, came up on a release radar list on Spotify. It isn't new but it's a nice summery song about not so summery topic from the 80's
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Re: Little Gems

Postby maximus » January 12th, 2018, 11:51 am

Not so sure about the drum & bass on the first but all of them very enjoyable.

The Absolute Beginners film is no classic but I think has unfairly been slagged off - I enjoyed it. The book is worth a read too.

To go to a very different era, when I see the live jazz at the old serviceman's club they usually play at least one Glenn Miller number and, considering it's never been my type of music, I'm amazed how many of his I know and how good they are.

In The Mood is rightly his best known but here are two slightly less well-known tunes, one uptempo and one downtempo, both of which I love:



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Re: Little Gems

Postby Undie » January 18th, 2018, 9:29 am

I know I have seen the film Absolute beginners but it was such a long time ago and pretty sure I wasn't keen . The title song has only just started growing on me.

I can't rate The End of the F***ing World on Netflix highly enough, the soundtrack is pretty decent, although I didn't know much of it. This is the main theme song from Graham Coxon, it's a country song at heart.
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Re: Little Gems

Postby maximus » January 22nd, 2018, 2:01 pm

That's pretty good Undi. Lamarr had a session from Graham Coxon on his show back when it was on and very good it was too. I think he can always be relied on to come up with something of quality in a variety of styles.

I've been listening to a lot of the late Elis Regina recently. I've posted her before but I'm enjoying her vocals more and more as the years go by and it's easy to tell why she's Brazil's favourite singer.

This song was voted the all-time best Brazilian song in a poll of more than 200 Brazilian journalists, musicians and other artists conducted by Brazil's leading daily newspaper. Needless to say it's written by Antonio Carlos 'Tom' Jobim who I consider one of the all-time great songwriters and he performs it in a duet with Elis.

The song is about what the future will bring, good or bad, as signified by the march rains (the Waters of March) and this version is just full of life, joy and the love of music and rhythm. It's hard for me to praise it too highly:

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