Music Tips

I love vinyl! I play old 78’s that crackle like a warm fire. I have a Bob Crosby LP on red vinyl from the forties! I have old sound effects records, more Barry Manilow than anyone I know and about 80 Burl Ives recordings. Also plenty of jazz, some punk, funk and music of all genres. My favourite five LP’s currently are:

Ry Cooder being effortlessly brilliant: One of my favourite recordings.

“Bop Till You Drop” by Ry Cooder – Incredible roots music that includes folk, blues, gospel and more. It’s an early direct-to-disc recording that sounds as good as anything ever made. “Look At Granny Run” should be used for a Viagara ad!

This LP was released on (at least) 31 different Crown Wallpaper designs. I have this one.

“Do It Yourself” by Ian Dury & The Blockheads – It might be hard to make out some of the lyrics to this masterpiece (unless you are Cockney) but the non-stop grooves and wild ideas are relentless. I haven’t bored of this LP and I’ve played it off and on for most of my adult life!

Not just for kids!

“The Lollipop Tree” by Burl Ives. This is a seriously “trippy” kids album with some far out string arrangements. Another gem I have never tired of…and I’ve owned this one for as long as I can remember.

“33” by Alex Pangman. This recording was released as a CD last year and just came out on vinyl. I totally prefer the fidelity on the LP…not that there is anything wrong with the CD!…and this comes after she released a 45 and 78 in the past…so this was a logical move!

I’ll never forget the day Dick Hyman called me and said “I just got a check…from Beck!”

“The Electric-Eclectics of Dick Hyman” by Dick Hyman. Beck sampled it, a summer festival was named after it (www.electric-eclectics.com), I’ve heard this music in “Chillout Rooms” in the early 90’s rave days. Dick was asked to make some Moog recordings after Walter (pre-Wendy) Carlos had a hit with “Switched on Bach”. Smart move!

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One Response to Music Tips

  1. mark macdonald says:

    Excellent blog James, Bop til You Drop was the very first digitally recorded and mixed rock album to my knowledge

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