Welcome back to the KMA Sunday Service!
Today I will be in Toronto, with my Dad. We’re just headed down for a wander, to see what we can see. It’s good to get out and go to different places now and again. Our town is pretty homogenous, so it’s good for us to take in other cultures and sights and sounds! And if I play my cards right, I might get a few minutes in a record shop or two. We’ll see what happens, and if I gets some scores, you can be sure I’ll report back to you all here, in these pages!
And you. You’re all so beautiful. I mean, look at you! Mm. Damn! Hotness! Rarr!
Let’s GIVE ‘ER!!!
Alright, let’s get to it shall we? Yes we frickin’ well shall!
Hit It Or Quit It!
Yes, this week I delved into a few more LPs from my collection that have gone unheard (thus far), and here they went on the chopping block!
Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express – Straight Ahead (1974)
Side A is two long bombers. Beginning Again (9:22) is cool music but the vocals make it cheesy and of its time. My fave track on the LP is next, the instrumental Bumpin’ On Sunset (10:57). Classic tune. Side B has the title track which is funky but, again, could do without the vocals. Change is the same, but with bongos. You’ll Stay In My Heart closes off the album with total cheese.
Overall, cool jams that would’ve made a brilliant instrumental record.
H or Q? Q. One track isn’t enough to keep it.
Discogs: VG is at about $10, but this one’s not that nice.
Babe Ruth – Babe Ruth (1975)
Here’s one I knew nothing about. This whole thing has a cool 70s rock blues swing to it. Damn, Jenny Haan can sing! Total sound of the Wilson sisters on these vocals, hot damn, and Rush too (on Sad But Rich). There are even covers of Ennio Morricone’s A Fistful Of Dollars, and Curtis Mayfield’s We People Darker Than Blue.
H or Q? H. Great fun, but I’ll want a nicer copy.
Discogs: about $6 (I’d ask less for this one, for sure)
Babe Ruth – Stealin’ Home (1975)
Freakin’ fantastic stuff. Funky 70s space rock and soul, all heart-felt and with a great belter in vocalist Jenny Haan. She sounds like Heart and, at certain pitches, like Geddy Lee or Robert Plant, too. What a voice! Awesome rockers and sweet gentleness too.
H or Q? H. For sure! Same as above, I’ll want a nicer copy.
Discogs: about $15? Wow. This one ain’t worth that much.
John Baldry – It Ain’t Easy (1971)
Holy hell. This album rules! Side A was produced by Rod Stewart, Side B by Elton John. Ron Wood plays, Madelene Bell (among others) adds her backing vox. Remember the Stones song Gimme Shelter? Yeah. Lots of cover tunes here (Leadbelly, Willie Dixon, Randy Newman, and others) and originals from both producers. This is soulful blues and rock, clear and strong.
H or Q? H! H! H! Really need a nicer copy of this one.
Discogs: $5, but I’d rate this copy’s condition lower.
Also: Check this out!
The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
“He has been called Long John Baldry for most of his life, possibly because he’s 6 feet 7 inches tall and sometimes wears hats that brush the ceilings. He’s very famous and successful and has a history throughout England and most of the civilized wolf – except America.
Back in 1961, before the Beatles were the Beatles, John Baldry was a folk singer for four years, touring England with Ramblin’ Jack Eilliott (a hero over there himself). In 1962 John Baldry stopped being a folk singer when he found Alex Koerner and formed Blues Inc. It was the first electric white blues band anyone had ever seen in England, and John thinks it might have been the first anywhere. Blues Inc. featured Charlie Watts on drums and a slender fellow named Mick Jagger doing backup vocals.
John spent most of 1962 in Germany for reasons unknown, after which he returned to England to join Syril David All Stars, which lasted until 1964 when John founded the Hoochie Coochie Men. Rod Stewart was the vocalist.
The H.C. Men disbanded in 1965, whereupon John teamed up with Rod again and Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll (the latter two became members of the Brian Auger Trinity). Drummer Mickey Waller (Jeff Beck Group most recently), guitarist Vic Briggs (until two years ago guitarist with Eric Burden’s Animals). This amalgamation was christened Steam Packet.
Each group seemed to last one year, through no one’s fault or design. In 1966 the group became Bluesology, John hired a young organist/pianist called Reg Dwight, who later combined the names of Elton Dean, Bluesology sax player, with John Baldry’s name and came up with Elton John.
In 1968 John Baldry abandoned the idea of a group and started making pop records with lush orchestrations by Tony Macauley. And it was then that he became huge. Housewives everywhere loved him and bought his records by the millions. He did a Royal Command Performance and crooned on countless television shows. “Let the Heartaches Begin” was his biggest, the year’s fastest-selling single in England. It rested Number One in the English charts for weeks, and only the Beatles’ “Lady Madonna” dislodged it.
Early in 1971 John Baldry signed with Warner Bros. and returned to his blues/rock roots, “although I never really left them. I was never a Perry Como type.” John prefers to compare his pop experience with that of Brook Benton of O.C. Smith.
Side one of this album was produced by old friend Rod Stewart, Side Two by old friend Elton John. This is his first album released in the U.S. since the now out-of-print Long John’s Blues, recorded with the Hoochie Coochie Men and released by United Artists in 1964.
It Ain’t Easy is the eighth of ninth musical incarnations of John Baldry, which awesome quantity has been ably countered here with awesome quality.
– Judith Sims”
Dio \m/ \m/
Other Things In My Ears This Week!
Black Sabbath – The End
Folks, I have said this countless times over the years, but it’s so true: James rules. Rules! No aw shucks, James! It’s true!
See, he asked if he should go see Black Sabbath while he was in Calgary, and I was not to just answer YES!!! without giving good reasons. So I answered YES!!!! and then gave him many reasons why he should go besides. And he went! Read about it here!
James also bought copies of The End (a CD only available at shows, right now) for himself, myself, and Mike! The CD arrived here at KMA’s Eastern offices this week. And even crazier, he says it’s my birthday present! Thanks HEAPS, James!! YEAH!!! \m/ \m/
There are 8 tracks here, and it clocks in at just under 55 minutes of solid fucking SABBATH!
Season Of The Dead starts us off with that inimitable Iommi riffery. Seriously, where the fuck does he come up with all of this amazing stuff? By the time Ozzy started singing, I was already blissfully lost in the music. Yes! Cry All Night keeps things stomping heavily with such aplomb and menace. Oh my goodness. Take Me Home maybe speeds things up a bit, and throws in some brilliantly-placed Spanish guitar… and Isolated Man is an absolute killer metal tune with spacey vocals and mind-blowing bass and guitar section around 3:14… holy hell, this is all so incredibly good (this may be my favourite of the four new tracks today)…
Folks, how did these tracks not make it onto 13? How, I ask you?! HOW?? There are so many bands who would all give their left testicles to have one songs as good as any of these! And here they are, b-sides for one of the greatest acts ever. Wow.
But we’re not done yet. Oh hell no. Now we shift into four live tracks!
First up is the single God Is Dead? (live from Sydney, AUS on 2013-04-27). It’s a bang-on awesome version. I’d swear you’d never really know this wasn’t a slightly different studio version from the album until the little bit of crowd noise at the end.
Under The Sun (live from Auckland, NZ on 2013-04-20) chugs along with typical Sabbath savagery, built on yet another riff designed to strip paint and crush cars… and then the pace doubles and the drummer (Tommy Clufetos) goes absolutely bonkers with the fills. It’s awesome! This really must’ve been something to behold in a live setting.
End Of The Beginning (live from Hamilton, ON, Canada on 2014-04-11) plays pitch perfect and even manages to add even more edge to the track live, and then Ozzy tells everyone to go nuts, and they all do! What a track! To have been there.. hot damn.
And finally, Age Of Reason (also live from Hamilton, ON, Canada, on 2014-04-11) starts off hilariously. Is Ozzy making cuckoo noises at the crowd? Haha wtf. But then there’s lift-off, and this track rips us a new one with buzzsaw guitars and that inimitable Sabbath groove.
1) The CD fucking RULES. Every track is a monster, and an incredible testimony to the power, longevity, and brilliance of this once in a lifetime band. I really hope that it sees wider release, some day. I get that it’s a nice add-on for the dedicated fans who went out to the shows (and were lucky enough to get a copy). But there are so many more fans out there who need to hear these tracks. Exclusivity will only last for so long, with a total gem like this one.
2) James RULES> Thak you James, for getting this amazing CD into my hands, and for making it my July birthday in March!
Also, you all should go and read Brian’s review of this same CD RIGHT HERE. He wrote it up way better than I have, and he was at that very Hamilton show, so the man’s got perspective on it. Go go go!
AC/DC – Back In Black
That damn 1537 slapped up a great post about this heat seeking missile and it inspired a full album, full volume jam session in my living room when no one else was home but me and the cat. The cat gave up and went downstairs. Alas.
Anyway, you know this record. As you were. And turn it the fuck UP! \m/ \m/
This is a brilliant, jazzy swingin’ groove mix for parties, or just chilling in your own casa of an evening. It’s a great international mix of 23 smooth tracks. I loved this top to bottom.
I tried looking up what CASA was, from the included web site, and it’s a TV station in Québec that seems to focus on home improvement and cooking shows. So this CD must’ve been a promo for them. Great choice of tunes!
Check out the track list!
Lynda Thalie – Mi Casa Es Tu Casa
Nat King Cole – L-O-V-E
Eartha Kitt – Je Cherche Un Homme
Andy Williams – Under The Skies Of Paris
Bïa – Baby Neném
Fred Astaire – Puttin’ On The Ritz (remix)
Stéphanie Lapointe – Bang Bang
Monogrenade – Ce Soir
Ann-Margret – C’est Si Bon
Robert Lafond – 5 p.m. At Café De Flore
8 ½ Souvenirs – Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas
François Hardy – Le Temps De L’Amour
Blossom Dearie – Plus Je T’Embrasse
Alex Nevski – L’Hiver
Serge Gainsbourg – La Chanson De Prévert
Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata
Nina Simone – Tomorrow Is My Turn
Marilyn Monroe – I Wanna Be Loved By You
Waldeck – Bei Mir Bist Du Schön
Ozark Henry – Le Temps Qui Reste
Magali Noël – Fais-Moi Mal Johnny
Claude Nougaro – Le Jazz Et La Java
Tom Jobim – Garota De Impanema
Metallica – Ride The Lightning
Once again it was clean-up time at the house, and the kids wanted Metallica as their clean-up music again. But this time my boy wanted to choose which record. He chose this one because the lightning on the front cover looked dangerous.
I really don’ tneed to tell you about this album, do I? So much greatness. I really like early Metallica. The riff on For Whom The Bell Tolls is built to crush, and Fade To Black sounds like a template for The Unforgiven (I may have said that before, in these pages?). Anyway, you already knew that. Creeping Death, the title track, Fight Fire With Fire, and… and… oh man. Classic. Turn it UP!! \m/ \m/
And that’s it for now. Not as much as the past couple of entries, but enough to call this a successful week of music listening! Thanks, as always, for making the KMA Sunday Service a part of your complete breakfast. See you next time!