After hearing Fairport Convention's "Reynardine" the other night at our monthly "Shut Up and Listen" session, I was struck by the Led Zeppelinesqueness (yes it really is a word - google it!!) of said track.
This really is a thing of great beauty and restraint. I would only need to listen to the nearly 18 minute version of "Night Falls In Hoboken" to be completely satisfied. However, the other 12 tracks are equally engaging.
One of my favourite slabs of vinyl gets some rotation time this afternoon. This is a stunning set of absolutely essential demos and early versions of brilliant material. "Painful" is a masterpiece. This just takes it to another level. One of the bands I most want to see live.
I laughed myself silly this morning while walking the dog with my wife Sarah. On the last stretch home, Sarah stopped walking, hopped on to one leg and proclaimed "I've got stones in my groove". What a great line I thought, I'll use that!
I continue to be mesmerised by Channy Leanagh's pitch shifted vocals and the inventiveness and sparseness of just twin drummers, bass and keyboards. A band I love that I really hope no ones ever "gets".
I was really hesitant about playing this record today and as I later found out, for very good reason. "Here goes, be brave" I thought to myself as I dropped the needle on the first track (figuratively speaking that is - it was actually a CD). My experience with Miles Davis's "Bitches Brew" lasted all of 10 minutes.