This week we’ll be covering Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Arthur Crudup, Charles Bradley, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Jawbreaker, George Harrison plus loads more…
Rance Allen Group, Say My Friend, sealed 1977 original US pressing on Capitol Records. Produced by Larry and Fonce Mizell. A stone cold classic rare groove LP.
Metallica, Ride The Lightning, double 12inch, limited edition, 1987 pressing. Direct metal mastered edition on Music For nations
Metallica, Master Of Puppets, limited edition, 1987 pressing on Music For Nations. Direct metal mastered edition, comes in a gatefold sleeve.
George Harrison, Electronic Sound, UK Zapple label original from 1969. This was Harrison’s second solo studio album and the second and final release on the short-lived Zapple label set up by The Beatles. The album consists of two tracks made on a Moog. Synthesist Bernie Krause pursued legal action against Harrison, claiming that “No Time Or Space” was essentially a recording of him demonstrating the Moog III to Harrison. Krause also claimed that the demonstration was recorded and released without his knowledge or consent. Krause’s name was originally credited on the front cover under Harrison’s cover credit, but it was painted over at Krause’s insistence. Despite this, the words “Assisted by Bernie Krause” can still be read from under the silver ink on original LP pressings. From the sleeve notes:
“There are a lot of people around, making a lot of noise, here’s some more.”
– Arthur Wax
Labradford, Labradford, from 1996 on Kranky. Lovely Post Rock goodness from Virginia, Labradford were a hugely influential group in various scenes, artists like Kid 606 and Clouddead have voiced their praise for this trio of gloom’s musical stylings. There are lots of different flavours to this album, for fans of Mogwai, Stars Of The Lid, Tortoise and Godspeed.
Jawbreaker, Unfun, 1990 pressing on Shredder records. This was San Fransisco group Jawbreaker’s first studio album and demonstrates their raucous and brutally emotive sound well. The band split in 1996 following frictions between group members but if this hadn’t happened then maybe we’d have never been given the glorious gift of Blake Schwarzenbach’s Jets To Brazil so I ain’t complainin’
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, I See A Darkness, UK press on Domino from 1999. This album is like an Oldham family collaboration! There’s Will, Paul, Joe and Joanne all present in different forms. Joanne (Will’s Mother) painted the beautiful sleeve, Paul is on bass, and Joe taking photos… Will does everything else beacuse he’s a god and you better fucking recognise. This album is a pure masterpiece from start to finish and received much critical acclaim upon it’s release. It put Will firmly in the position of ultimate maudlin comedic werido (a position he still holds to this day) but also burrowed his way into our dark coal-like hearts where he will reside foreverever. This album will move even the deadest of dead inside.
Bagga Worries/Scribbla & Millitant/Terrorist, Ride De Punany/The Good Design/Oh Me Oh My, UK press on Ruthless Chris. This utterly ridiculous track is produced by Ruthless Chris and was sampled on the Giggs self released CDr Str8 Murkin featuring Kyze.
Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup, Mean Ole Frisco, rare Blue Horizon press from 1970. Plagued by legal disputes over royalties for the majority of his career Arthur Crudup was a major player in the Delta Blues scene. Elvis Presley said of him “if I had any ambition, it was to be as good as Arthur Crudup.”
Jamiroquai, Revolution 1993, promo only 12″ copy of this UK press on Sony Soho Square from 1993. It’s the only single release of this track that appears on the debut album Emergency On Planet Earth.
Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band, No Time For Dreaming – The Instrumentals, instrumental versions of the stunning tracks featured on this outstanding album by Charles Bradley. Very limited edition on the Dunham label. Unfortunately this instrumentals version doesn’t feature the track Stay Away from the expanded edition of this album. His cover of the Nirvana track is by far the best cover I’ve ever heard; better than the original and a completely different flavour, just as covers should be.
Esbjörn Svensson Trio, From Gagarin’s Point Of View, 2014 double LP German pressing on the ACT label. This Swedish piano trio blur the boundaries of Jazz, Classical, Rock and Electronic music in their endeavors and nicely walk the line between all of their musical influences. As a trio they pushed their unique brand of Jazz into fresher and newer places that Jazz musicians of today would find almost sacrilegious. This album was originally recorded in 1999, nine years before Svensson’s untimely death. The remaining members of the trio still perform under the moniker e.s.t. Symphony and continue to play Svensson’s beautiful melodies with a symphonic twist.
As always, a playlist version of all the tracks featured on this week’s blog can be found here.