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paul g adsett

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thanks, everyone, so far.
we sure do ramble about here, this week,
naked in flagrante, in the elements.

- much as i thank you for looking up dean owens
and including that fine 'elvis was my brother' song
(dean just got to play it last month across tennessee / kentucky and at elvis's haunts),
i'm afraid i have to escort you off the pitch for a surfeit of clapton.
breaches all rules of common decency...

- 'coming up'?
impersonating a musician is a serious crime.
he'll be going down...

- that 'disco' version of 'coming up'?
ill- advised, what!
this ain't no disco.
this ain't no talking heads...
not that alexis t's angsty dirge improves it
(slight -isms of the wondrous peter lacey,
but without any of his humour and flair and, um, talent).
plus, you manage to find a version that bolloxes 'fire'
by some self-obsessed twerp whose technique is eclipsed by his narcissism.
sorry, pal.
but, redeemed by the very fine cat stevens.

- you mention one of my secret real-likes,
the secret sisters.
i put a few quid into their crowdfunding project last year
and hope to get 'em to play here when they come over.

'santa ana wind'
wish i could've seen one of these al j dates
(we did see him play las vegas one time
with onetime blueboarder's band
(senior moment - name slipped my, thingummy
- shall add when i remember)
homely, low key.
i do hope the tales change night by night,
not scripted beyond endurance.
some fine vocals,
even if necessarily stripped down arrangement.
if it was 'the first time we did that',
then they got away with it and i hope they ironed out some edges.
a bit schticky, but, hey, it's al and boy.
and that's good...

- jacques brel's 'la mer' ('beyond the sea') keeps popping up here.
and so it should.
gordon haskell played 3 dates at my favourite little pub venue,
the greys brighton quite a few years back (29, it seems!).
a couple of times as a very entertaining duo with robbie mcintosh
(fine guitarist, was in the pretenders / and paul mccartney's guitarist at the time
- he also played the greys with hamish stuart of the average white band,
even though this robbie mc isn't the same chappie who was in the awb.
confussed? why not be...)
mr haskell, with his dorset burr,
has never properly been recognised as a quality singer-songr=writer.
he was, briefly, part of a quirky band i loved to bits, stackridge
(i promoted a band date here in brighton, after they'd reformed,
which was an ambition fulfilled!)
he contributed this 'no one's more important than the earthworm'
to them, which stayed in their repertoire
(i've a live video recording of the show, but here's a youtubube version)
here sung by andy davis, who, amongst other things,
korgis / tears for fears, played guitar on lennon's 'imagine' album
and i booked his trio for the greys, too - deep joy!

doorbell's gone and bruv's turned up.
time for (late) breakfast.

Cantina Margarita

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Hi Paul & all,

no long beating around the bush. Here‘s my picks:

1. (best) air

2. fire

3. earth

4. (worst) water

Hope you have a list in your drawer about which one was which. I have.

Given you‘d have asserted that my no. 1 was an underrated Fleetwood Mac track from the Rumours sessions, I‘d easily have believed you. It‘s the only one from this week which will make it to my „depression“ playlist.

On the fire song, I like the siren hooters during the chorus. This is funny, though I‘m not sure if it once was intended to be funny.

On the earth song, I haven‘t quite succeeded in making friends with the vocals. If somebody might be allowed to sing in poofter mode, then it‘s Freddie M. This doesn‘t refer to the KoP, of course, whose „Earth Song“ is one of the very few other ones whose queeny shouting is really appreciated.

Water, to me, is …. far beyond words. „Never mind the formula … let‘s take one of his spooky tracks from the strange wrecking sessions in 67, he seems to be very proud of it … I‘ll add some nice lyrics that people in Omaha might understand … maybe that‘ll make him feel a little better.“ That might have been the words from the Bhagwan Singsang man with the Catweazle beard, spoken in best intention.

The problem, dealing with Brian Wilson, is that we‘re always dealing with premium stuff, which will make other songs stink … some late D-Man might have put it like that. I can‘t do anything but post the real thing … for the undereducated, in case they might read here (which I‘m doubting). He did that in his sixties because he couldn‘t do it in his twenties. With some poofter backgrounds in it, too, performed by Foskett/Sahanaja/Bennett, being in the pink. This one is dragging me, even when isolated from its context, right into a swirl of feelings and adoration. Therefore, bye bye, I think I‘ll take another dose of it now, in its entirety …


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- forgot link to  haskell song by  stackridge

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and, talking of rambling...
it appears the margaritas have taken over the cantina!
the only siren i hear is the ambulance arriving to take you away, maaan
(plus, your recreational habits on walkabout are not our concern, really)
and, finally, someone dared to fan the obvious 'fire'.

cheers a bundle 
Cantina Margarita

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the only siren i hear is the ambulance arriving to take you away, maaan

What's that, imitated by the ooh-ooh-ers in the background, in the video from 1:10 to 1:20 ? Ok, they seem to have connected to a way too high voltage, that's what I call funny. And the song's intro is not an Alps Yodeling, either.
Or could it be that one of us has trouble in matching song and element ?
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cantina m
- yodelling?
do you know what you've raised
(apart form the blood pressure of a substantial proportion of viewing readers here)?
quite by chance,
i've anxmas gig coming up at the greys brighton
hank wangford & brad breath
(that's local boy, my friend, andy roberts of
liverpool scene / pink floyd / bonzos / roger mcgough /
grimms / iain matthews /
 plainsong /
cat stevens / roy harper / everyman theatre / albion band
... reknown)
purveyors of finest country (and western) songs of despair, 
in what's become an annual outpouring of seasonal gloom and dismay
as they bring us 'yule be yodelling'
see them and weep.
i've loved 'em both in various guises for decades.
if you're at a loose end, do pop in and ring a bell for us, eh...
here they are at the greys a few years back
(first time i booked 'em i think)
as andy, gulp, yodels and practices rabbit roping
in 'riding high in the saddle again'..
Cantina Margarita

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"Another broken cowboy in life's great rodeo is dusting down his jeans to try again"

that's a metaphor my underengined brain will need to analyze for the length of a few days

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I just can’t imagine the tough times of those who lost their everything in the California fires. It is going to be slow to heal. Whether to Steve or other resource, help if you can.

Gold - The Beach Boys - Cool, Cool Water, original or later version.
Silver - Dean Owens - Southern Wind - wishing good luck for a good song.
Bronze - The Move - Fire Brigade - very good, bronze may not be good enough, but it has to do.
Tin - Spark - Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth - odds are not in your favor.

I’m sure the California/Thousand Oaks trip will be memorable, paul. It will be a bittersweet holiday.

I try hard to be strong
But sometimes I fail myself
And after all I've promised you
So faithfully
You still believe in me
I wanna cry . . .”

Larry Franz

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Originally Posted by paul g adsett

... and so, a proper 'elemental' theme arose.
'earth, water, fire and air
met together in a garden fair...'

Yet the fifth element, sometimes called the first element, has been given short shrift this week.
in his Book On the Heavens Aristotle introduced a new "first" element to the system of the classical elements of Ionian philosophy. He noted that the four terrestrial classical elements were subject to change and naturally moved linearly. The first element however, located in the celestial regions and heavenly bodies, moved circularly and had none of the qualities the terrestrial classical elements had. It was neither hot nor cold, neither wet nor dry. With this addition the system of elements was extended to five and later commentators started referring to the new first one as the fifth and also called it aether, a word that Aristotle had not used.

It was also known as ether or quintessence, and is no longer believed to exist, unlike earth, air, fire and water, all of which apparently do.

Wilco -- "Sky Blue Sky"

Grizzly Bear -- "Sky Took Hold"

La Luz -- "Clear Night Sky"

R.E.M. -- "Near Wild Heaven"

Also, what space would sound like if it sounded like something:

Yo La Tengo -- "Spec Bebop" (almost 11 minutes long)

Tom Tobben

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A nicely eclectic collection of element-ary songs to enjoy and vote on this week:

Gold -- "Cool Cool Water", Beach Boys. Yet another song adaptation from the legendary SMiLE sessions, and a fascinating one. By the end of the 60s, I was pretty much over with more of the old Beach Boys "formula" stuff ("Do It Again", and again, and again). This unusual song is anything but the old formula music and reflects Brian and the Boys experimenting with new sounds, structures, and themes. And that was a good thing!

Silver -- "Fire Brigade", the Move. Great stuff and a delightful bit of late 60s British pop rock. Love the twangy guitar! In the US, at least, I felt that both the Move and subsequently Roy Wood's Wizzard were underappreciated talents, while Jeff Lynne's ELO soared up the charts. 

Bronze -- "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth", Sparks. Though I had heard and read of Sparks back in the day, I was never familiar with their music or with the Mael brothers specifically. A fascinatingly different song with good lead vocals and lyrics. But what's up with Ron Mael's Hitleresque mustache?

Tin -- "Southern Wind", Dean Owens. That opening guitar sure reminded me of early acoustic Neil Young, and the song certainly has a similar feel. A good song, but it doesn't quite jump out at me as much as the others above. It's interesting how the term "americana" music covers a broad swath of music that seems to bridge country, classic southern rock, bluegrass, and folk. In the US, at least, it also seems to be a musical home for musicians and fans who no longer feel a strong connection with what modern rock has become, and for those who are not into the current slick pop-inflected country artists who have to a large extent become part of the popular music mainstream.  

A few more element-al songs:

Here's an old one by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, with no connection to the Deep Purple classic:

And I suppose this early one by McCartney & Wings is a bit earth-y:

I love this eccentric nugget from the Beach Boys' Wild Honey album:

Why not throw a bit of remixed early 60s Elvis into this week's fiery mix:

Good battle, paul, and with an untypical batch of songs and artists to enjoy!
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righty ho, chaps.
hoope y'had fun.
i'll be closing the listening room in an hour
it'll take longer for me to remove socks
(which i've only just put on)
in order to count the figures on fingers'n'toes,
but time ticks down.
'this little piggy went...'...
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oh, yes - the ether!
we all listen to this stuff via an invisible link
here in the internettydomness.
it is, indeed, the very ether itself,
present throughout
so, in honour of the 5th element,
here's a gentle english , pastoral, psychedelic outfit from the turn of the 60's.
- they were prone to noodle on a bit jerry gratefully and floydish attimes.
they came complete with hindu inflences and own guru,
plus (more effectively than the moody blues) they sported a funky flute
(as did my faves stackridge)!
here's aa whole album to enjoy if you've nothing better to do worth your ears for a 3/4 hour:

and, a chance to include the mighty squeeze 
from 1981's fab album 'east side story'
here's a very very fine example of lyric writing set to a jaunty booker t beat,
with great guitar by glen tillbrook.
immaculate pop!

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my own picks of the week.
i sort of pinted
('pinted'? oh, freudian slip1 i won't edit it out, but just add 'painted') m'self into a corner,
picking 4 that i really, really, like.
and, having to choose, they turned out in a different order
than i'd've anticipated:

gold: 'never turn your back on mother earth'
- has stood the test of time as an early, almost immaculate piece of pop
that doesn't grate on my ears now after all this time,
by a unique sibling pairing.

silver: 'southern wind'
- dean's written some better songs ('elvis was my brother'
being one example 'a man from leith', about his father,
maybe his finest personal offering),
but this one, i do hope gets next year's amauk award.

bronze: 'fire brigade'
- a jangly hit for the move and, for me, 4evah,
roy wood 's music stretches way above what jeff lynne brought to that band.
their pairing in electric light orchestra was excting,
but, when wood quit and formed wizzard
that's when i lost real interest in elo.

'cool cool water'
- how could i?
well, it's luvverly.
and i lurv it,
in above company,
it shows itself as the overpolished, unfinished, sculpture oddment it really is.
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the time has come to unfurl the figures and fling ‘em to the elements.
my elementary school adding up seems to be correct
(though teacher hasn’t yet checked).

gold:  the beach boys ‘cool cool water’: 54 
(9 g / 4 s / 2 b / 2 t = 17)

silver:  the move ‘fire brigade’: 46
(4g / 6 s / 5 b / 2 t = 174)

bronze: dean owens ‘southern wind’: 36 
(1 g / 6 s / 4 b / 6 t = 17)

tin: sparks ‘never turn your back on mother earth’:  34 
(3 g / 1 s / 6 b / 7 t = 17) 

scores = 17 entrants = 170 points
(unless djr finds a miscalculation).

ta for all the contributions – plenty of lateral thinking there
and a good few to treasure.
i must say I’m surprised in several ways
- over nicely spread votes
- just how divisive sparks were (with so many tins and bronzes)
and how little known they were
- how many actually enjoyed my pal dean, despite being an outsider,
and recognise how 'good' country / americana stylee music differs from the mainstream, formulaic  idiot windbags that are churned out.
- there's definitely a bunch of roy wood afficionadoes out there,
but i thought the move had a bigger global impact. 

and, do remember, if your spirit moves you
- the campfire / paradise appeal awaits your pennies.

i’ll sign off with, for me, one of the greatest disco records,
which, when contemplating the quintessence of heaven,
fits into the ethereal 5th element…
certainly one of my favouritest 12” singles ever
(only topped by a couple of soft cell singles, really)
and you’ll get all glorious 7 ½ minutes here.
wig out to sparks with georgio moroder

‘it’s number one all over heaven…
lyrically weak, but the music's the thing.
abriel plays it
god how he plays it
gabriel plays it
god how he plays it
gabriel plays it
god how he plays it
gabriel plays it,
let's hear him play it…’ 

here's the diveo for the 7" (but go for broke with all 12")

John E

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Paul - I can bypass all this Sparks nonsense (couple of poseurs if you ask me), but thanks for posting Quintessence who I saw a lot back in the day. I once left the Lyceum in a state of exhilaration on a Sunday night and chanted their Krishna mantra all the way to the Strand!

John (A)Etherington
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