Wednesday, 30 December 2015

After Makin' Time - The Gift Horses, The Charlatans, The Prime Movers, Phaze, The Upper Fifth, The Fay Hallam Trinity and Deep Six

Makin' Time - one of THE best bands of the mid-eighties Mod Scene

It's hard to believe that it's now over 30 years since the heyday of this great band from the mid-eighties period (along with other superb bands such as The Prisoners, The Moment, The Direct Hits, The Jetset etc.).

Almost all of their recordings have been released and are still available on two CD compilations via Big Beat, whilst a 'live' set from 1984 was given a CD release by Detour Records.

I don't know about you, but they are still part of my regular listening experience!

New Breed Workin' - Blues With A Rhythm (Kent) available to pre-order on Amazon now (release date: 29th January)

Product Description 

This Kent CD is aimed at R&B lovers who want to hear something new and a third of the tracks are debuting here. Ace/Kent's tapes and contacts are considerable. As well as new finds, they have looked through their collection assembled over the last forty years of catalogues. They found a rich vein of New Orleans R&B in the AFO vaults; they feature Nookie Boy's 1962 release I've Got A Feeling For You Baby alongside Robbie Lee's Let Me Know, which only emerged during their fabulous 1990s Gumbo Stew CD series and a totally unknown tape of Lucky Girl by Joan Dovalle which had evaded the earlier compilations. A further triumvirate of scorching sounds comes from the world of Cleveland Ohio indie blues labels. The barely known or recorded Pee Wee, Papa Jarvis and Big Charley & The Domans supply top-notch blues busters from the early 60s unheard since the studio date. Chet Poison Ivey takes that Crescent City approach to Now We Must Part, a recent tape find. From the same Arock/Sylvia New York stable come the nerve-tingling Cruel World and an alternate version of the Buddy Lucas-penned Steamboat. More master tape magic can be heard on Mary Johnson's R&B dance classic These Tears which comes with added brass section and sax solo. Apart from Robbie Lee's Let Me Know, they have resurrected a couple of belters from earlier Ace CDs that may have been missed by New Breed fans. Lord Luther's Poor Boy's Song is a great black pop number and loved by the Popcorn scene. Somewhat earlier and unheard until its Ace CD issue is Yes It's You by Big Boy Groves with Little Margie another perfect track for retro-dancers. From the singles of the 60s, they have Danny White's super-groovy The Twitch , whose sexy French intro has made it a hit in hip-DJ circles around the world. Varetta & The Thomases, Bertha Tillman, Beatrice Lee, Billy Ray, Little Betty and the Music City Soul Brothers provide the elusive tracks that singles collectors crave, as does Ray Agee with the compilation's latest offering (1967) which features soulful traits not often associated with the bluesman. The normally soul-oozing Ovations, on the other hand, go R&B for once in their careers with What Did I Do Wrong; tellingly it stayed in the can until issued on CD. 

Track Listing: -  

1. The Twitch - Danny White

2. My Baby's Gone - Pee Wee

3. Cruel World - Roosevelt Powers

4. I Can't Even Enjoy My Home - Big Charley & The Domans

5. You Never Know - B B King

6. (I Believe) Something Funny Is Going On Or Other - Bertha Tillman

7. Poor Boy s Song - Lord Luther

8. I've Got A Feelin For You Baby - Nookie Boy

9. Boss Man - Dean Hawley

10. Keep A Hold On Him - Beatrice Lee

11. These Tears (Brass Version) - Mary Johnson

12. Lucky Girl - Joan Dovalle

13. Steamboat - Arthur Grant & The Red Shoes

14. Workin' Man - Papa Jarvis

15. Real, Real Love - Ray Agee

16. What Did I Do Wrong - Ovations

17. Let Me Know - Robbie Lee

18. Breaking Hearts - Varetta & The Thomases

19. Playboy - Billy Ray

20. Yes It's You - Big Boy Groves & Little Margie

21. Big John - Richard Berry

22. Looking For My Baby - Music City Soul Brothers

23. Twistin School - Little Betty

24. Now We Must Part - Chet Poison Ivey

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

The Specials drummer John Bradbury dies at the age of 62 reports the BBC

John "Brad" Bradbury, drummer with The Specials, has died at the age of 62. 

The ska group tweeted the news: "It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to our great friend, the world's greatest drummer, our beloved Brad. RIP." 

Bradbury joined The Specials in 1979, and continued with the reversioned band The Special AKA, who had a top 10 hit with Free Nelson Mandela.  

Bradbury took part in The Specials reunion tour in 2009. He also headed up a band called JB Allstars. 

The band's representatives said the drummer died in England but no cause of death was given. 

In a statement, his family said: "It is with deepest regret that we have to announce the very sad news that our much loved husband and father John 'Brad' Bradbury passed away on Monday the 28 of December. 


"Brad's drumming was the powerhouse behind The Specials and it was seen as a key part to the Two Tone sound. He was much respected in the world of drumming and his style of reggae and ska was seen as genuinely ground-breaking when The Specials first hit the charts in 1979. 

"He was an integral part of The Specials reforming in 2008 and toured with them extensively up to the present day. His contribution to the world of music can not be understated and he will much missed by family, friends and fans alike. 

"It is the family's sincerest wish that they are allowed the time to remember him privately." 

The news comes three months after the band's trombonist, Rico Rodriguez, died. 

The band, famed for their 1960s mod-style outfits, had seven UK top 10 singles including Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town. 

Founder and songwriter Jerry Dammers dissolved the band in 1981 but they re-grouped and continue to perform and record without their former leading man. 

Billy Bragg was one of the first musicans to pay tribute to Bradbury.: "A bad day for good music. First we lose Lemmy, now news that Brad from the Specials has passed away. RIP." 

Bradbury was born and brought up in Coventry where the band was formed in 1977. 

Music producer Pete Waterman, also from Coventry, expressed his shock at the news of the Bradbury's death.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Redcar Ska Festival Warm Up DJ Night with Terry Hall on Friday 22nd April

Loose Goose Radio Christmas Podcast courtesy of Peter Jachimiak

But my latest podcast amid which I interview Matt Deighton (ex-Mother Earth, ex-Paul Weller band, and now, of course, of The Family Silver). Enjoy! Best wishes, Peter.

Peter Jachimiak's Quadrophenia themed podcast

"kick-starting with a cracking track by The Times ('From Chelsea Green To Brighton Beach') - and featuring an exclusive interview with Gary Shail (aka 'Spider') - here's the latest LGR podcast. Free to both play and download, it's a "Quadrophenia"-themed special. Enjoy!"