Greetings on this sad day for many, today we lost a giant of the music world and I’m sure many hearts are broken beyond repair.
David Bowie 1947-2016
It’s been a long week at Reckless, we started work on our January Sale and by the end of the week the shop was filled with tons of titles that have been reduced in price. It’s often surprising to find the things that don’t sell in the shop and it can be quite satisfying to reduce something and see someone take a punt on it when we know they’ll love it. Head on down to the shop over the next few weeks and you’ll be sure to pick up an absolute bargain out of our reduced sections.
On with the regulars, as it’s been a quiet week for fresh product going out on the floor so this week I’m going to be concentrating on some classic rock and blues selections. Everything in the shop has been reduced across the board, not just the blues and rock, I’m just choosing to concentrate on writing about these as we’ve had some lovely stuff come in recently of that ilk.
To start with we had these new reissues arrive this week:
The Master Works series are limited compilations of Blues and R&B artists released on double 180g vinyl and housed in a gate-fold sleeve. They also come with a CD copy of the comp and an mp3 download code for you to enjoy the music on whichever format you wish. They’re lovely things and really reasonably priced considering how much you’re getting. Each compilation features a wide variety of the artists’ work and if you’re looking to get into blues music then these comps are a great place to start.
A lot of people out there consider B.B. King to be the undisputed king of the blues, he certainly was hugely talented and created a sound that many musicians would go on to be inspired by. With a beautifully crisp voice and lyrics that could leave anyone a heartbroken mess on the floor he definitely was one of the great true Blues artists. This four CD box set arrived in the shop this week and covers a lot of ground:
106 tracks spread across four CDs, this box set was released in 2004 on Ace and features four compilations of his music under the titles The Great B.B., Memphis Blues ‘n’ Boogie, Take A Swing With Me and King of The Blues. It’s in really lovely condition with little to no wear on the box itself. Again, if you’re looking to get into the Blues or helping someone on their journey through the genre, or even if you’re just a total completest and want everything possible by The King then this is the box set for you. Here’s a selection of what you can expect:
There have been a number of nice Blues and R&B 7inches put out this week in the Oldies section:
Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley, Chuck & Bo, Mono EP from 1963 on Pye International, features two tracks by each artist: Roll Over Beethoven, Our Little Rendezvous, Pills (Love’s Labours Lost), The Greatest Lover In The World.
Various Artists, Blues On Parade – 1, a mono EP from 1963 on Columbia features four tracks by four artists: Brownie McGhee – Walk On, Sonny Terry – Rockin’ And Whoopin’, James Cotton, Rock Me Mama, Roosevelt Sykes – Let It Rock.
Muddy Waters self titled EP in mono on Pye International from 1963 features four tracks: You Shook Me, Little Brown Bird, You Need Love, Muddy Waters Twist.
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Pawnshop Blues, four track EP from 1964 on Realm: Dissatisfied Woman, Pawn Shop Blues, Goin’ Down Slow, Mean Old Frisco.
To round off this journey through our Blues collection is this divine Leadbelly box set Negroe Folksongs Sung By Lead Belly. It’s an incredibly old selection of his superb songs pressed in 1943 on three fragile Shellac (a resin secreted by the female lac bug) 78s. Shellac has an usual odor, is very fragile and has an appreciable weight, it makes owning something like this in the format really quite special. You have to be so careful with it and really selective about when you’d even take it out of the sleeve. The side of each record is broken down into categories and titled as follows: Work Songs, Spirituals, Country Dances, Cowboy, Bad Man, Bad Women. On the side titled Bad Man is his celebrated John Hardy:
Being able to listen to this song on this format would be a thing of wonder, knowing that someone from an entirely different time would have once held the same thing you’re holding and listened to it for the very first time. It’s a piece of history and at £50 completely affordable.
On with this Classic Rock I mentioned, the wall is once again awash with great Rock stock and these three Pink Floyd LPs all went out this week:
Ummagumma, UK Harvest second pressing from 1969 on two LPs, the box still has the factory sample sticker affixed to it.
Atom Heart Mother, earliest possible possible UK pressing of this album from 1970 on Harvest in a gate-fold sleeve with the factory sample sticker still affixed to the back.
Echoes, a four LP box set compiling mixed songs from various albums so that each side works as one long song. On EMI from 2001. Lovely stuff.
Also out this there week are these two Jethro Tull LPs:
Jethero Tull, This Was and Stand Up, both are pink Island label issues with rough textured labels and the “i” logo. A nice pair.
And finally this Harpsichord heavy, lively Prog nonsense
As always, a playlist of all the tracks on this week’s blog entry can be found here.
I mentioned last week that the playlist this week would be a 2015 round-up. Working in a second-hand record shop doesn’t necessarily mean that you get to listen to a lot of new releases as it takes a while for them to filter through to the shop. We spend most of our time listening to any old music and the playlist has ended up being things that were released in 2015 or got a lot of play by staff last year.
Anyway, here it is.