Category Archives: Rock

Tim Buckley – Make it Right (1972)

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With Greetings From L.A., Tim Buckley is pure californication. He had been sleazy before, but the seven tracks on this album were full on sex. The album’s closing track ‘Make It Right’ grooves away the night with a disco-like set of accompanying strings. “Come on and beat me, whip me, spank me, come on make it right again,” he begs, with a rawness that would make Robert Plant swoon.

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Elbow – Any Day Now (2001)

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‘Any Day Now’ is the opening, standout track from Elbow’s debut album Asleep In The Back. Depite the fame and popularity that would follow a few years later, they would sound no better than this. Drummer Richard Jupp lays down a signature snare beat accompanied by singer Guy Garvey’s Peter Gabriel impression. Have a good week.

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Lenny Kravitz ‎- It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over (1991)

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I heard this song earlier this week for the first time in a while. Lenny Kravitz released his album Mama Said in 1991 at a time of his break up with Lisa Bonet. He was cool, but he was hurting. ‘It Ain’t Over ’till It’s Over’. Have a good weekend.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2017

Samuelsounds begins a short hiatus this festive season. I leave you with my favourite sounds of 2017 in no particular order. See you in the new year.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Over Everything

Dan Auerbach – King Of A One Horse Town

Dornik – God Knows

LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police

Future Islands – Ran

Father John Misty – Total Entertainment Forever

Arcade Fire – Everything Now

The National – The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness

Kamasi Washington – Truth

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Honourable mentions also go to: Real Estate for ‘Darling‘; Foxygen for ‘On Lankershim‘; Mac DeMarco for ‘This Old Dog‘; John Mayer for ‘Moving On and Getting Over‘; Big Thief for ‘Shark Smile‘; Kevin Morby for ‘Come To Me Now‘; St. Vincent for ‘New York‘; Rex Orange County for ‘Edition‘; Public Service Broadcasting for ‘Progress‘; Lorde for ‘Green Light‘; and alt- J for’3WW‘.

 

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Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side (1972)

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Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ off 1972’s Transformer. Have a great festive weekend.

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The Beatles – Across The Universe (1970)

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The Beatles’s ‘Across The Universe’ off 1970’s ‘Across The Universe’.

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The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter (1969)

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The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ off 1969’s Let It Bleed.

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Van Morrison – Sweet Thing (1968)

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In this week leading up to Christmas, I will feature some tracks that need no introduction.
Van Morrison’s ‘Sweet Thing’ off 1968’s Astral Weeks.

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The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony (1997)

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What can you say about the The Verve’s ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ that has not already been said before. The song was ubiquitous in 1997/98.  Richard Ashcroft had taken Andrew Oldham Orchestra’s strings cover of The Rolling Stones ‘Last Time’ and realised its potential by writing those sublime lyrics. The bitter sweet would follow when the Stones’ former manager Allen Klein reneged on an agreement they had with Decca and demanded 100% of the song’s royalties, stripping the Verve of their undoubted achievement.

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Steely Dan – Do It Again (1972)

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Donald Fagen, Walter Becker and friends have never really rung my bell. Like a number of bands from before my time, it has been the musical references of others that have gifted some insight. ‘Peg’ had been sampled by De La Soul on 3 Feet High And Rising. More recently, ‘Kid Charlemagne’ was sampled by Kanye on Graduation. But still, their penchant for jazz rock and disdain for rock gods like Led Zeppelin were never going to endear me. But I’ll give Steely Dan this one, the intro on ‘Do It Again’ is something to behold. It featured on 1972 album Can’t Buy A Thrill. R.I.P. Walter Becker.

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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Don’t Do Me Like That (1979)

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Tighter than a tight thing, Tom Petty sings ‘Don’t Do Me Like That’ off his 1979 album Damn The Torpedoes. R.I.P. you heartbreaker.

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The Doors – People Are Strange (1967)

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50 years ago, to the day, The Doors’ ‘People Are Strange’ hit the Billboard charts. The day before, the band had performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show, during a set they’d secured owing to the success and brilliance of ‘Light My Fire’. The track would kick off the flipside of their sophomore studio album Strange Days. Strange Days indeed. One assumes Jim was experiencing some form of drug-induced realisation or depression or both. Have a great week.

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The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again (1971)

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For me, the climactic finish to The Who’s classic album Who’s Next is all about Pete Townsend. Firstly, there’s his decision to use the synthesizer throughout, and then, his delivery of the most awesome power chords… sweeeet. Even Roger Daltrey could only scream. In 1971, these guys were on fire. Have a great weekend.

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Shack – Comedy (1999)

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Mick Head was inspired to start his own band during his formative years in Liverpool listening to the sounds of Echo & the Bunnymen and Teardrop Explodes. Shack was his second group with his brother John and together they made music on the band’s third long player, HMS Fable. ‘Comedy’ is the type of carefully crafted single that Noel G would be proud of. Despite support of the critics, the band would not deliver the hit that their sparkling work warranted.

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Led Zeppelin – Kashmir (1975)

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A delayed comment, but what is there to say? Jimmy Page cited this track when asked about his view on the greatest Zeppelin riff of all. The hypnotic signature tune from their 1975 album Physical Grafitti wasn’t just about the guitar. Bonham’s titanic drums and the progressive mellotron section are unmistakably from another planet.

Have a great summer all. No doubt there will be the odd post here an there, but I am officially signing off for August. See you on the other side.

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