Another fine selection for you this week, so good we have an extra one because I couldn’t resist the chance to start and end with Jeff Beck. Thanks to all contributors, and please keep sending your worms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Beck: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – abahachi: The coincidence of arranging to start guitar lessons again after a couple of years and listening to a lot of Charles Mingus records reminded me that I’d never got round to listening to Beck’s version of this classic. Often denigrated by hardline jazzers for not playing the original changes properly – but the same could sometimes be said of Lester Young, the dedicatee of the original…
The Dovers – The Third Eye – CaroleBristol: I am reading the book 1966 by Jon Savage at the moment. In it he discusses a record I’d never heard of before, by a band I’d never heard of before, either. It is called The Third Eye by The Dovers and is a piece of early psychedelia that tries to evoke the effects of mind-expanding substances.
King Creosote – You Just Want – glassarfemptee: Blimpy turned me on to King Creosote and the whole menagerie from the Kingdom of Fife. The Fence Collective legacy lives on, and Kenny Anderson’s latest is a cracker. I can’t stop listening to this track, it’s so wonderful. I ration myself to one listen a day, so I don’t get tired of it.
Sexwitch – Kassidat El Hakka – severin: Sexwitch is a collaboration between Natasha Khan – she of Bat For Lashes – and British rock band Toy. Last year they released an album of cover versions – covers of folk and psychedelic rock songs from Iran, Morocco, Thailand and the USA. I only know any of this btw because Beth recommended them on The Spill last year. Anyway, it is IMHO utterly wonderful and this is the longest and, I think, best track. A Moroccan song, since you ask, but lyrically and musically stripped down to essentials. Hypnotic stuff. When I die, I’ll go back to where I was.
Priyam Mallick – Sundari Kamola – Ravi Raman: Priyam Mallick is a young modern folk singer from Kolkata and is a very new singer to me though I’ve heard this Bengali folk song sung by somebody else. (Charming Kamala dances merrily. With anklets on her feet, Kamala is a jingling melody). Just a tuneful ditty reworked beautifully here.
Third World – Freedom Song – goneforeign: Recorded in Kingston in the mid 70’s on Island records right after the emergence of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Third World were also reggae pioneers.
Jeff Beck – Scared for the Children – tincanman: He’s imaginative, experimental to the point of unevenness (as should be), and the best of his cohort. And has the humility to make bandmates feel THEY are doing HIM the favour. Here he is from his latest, Hailer, with hard-nosed Londoners Carmen Vandenberg (guitar) and Rosie Bones from their band Bones.