Friday, October 24, 2008

great moments in "sports" #1...

This bootleg (?) DVD is a great example of why the Kenney Jones era WHO were a return to the force they were before they lost track - at least of their "live" show selves - in the 70s. What was it Weller said to Pete in that infamous Melody Maker interview, "change yer set..."? He was right IMHO. The band's boozing, fashion sense and rock star status had them out of touch, sloppy and a fair target for the critics. Especially considering the quality of their 70s studio output. Anyone seen the Who's '77 Kilburn show DVD? Sorry, I don't believe the hype... I'll take this Kenney Jones driven tour de force anyday of the week over the Kilburn release! The band is driving and their playing and singing top notch. Sure, maybe - other than Roger - the guys were indulging but it sure doesn't show here.

I agree the 60s had some great of their classic stuff - I'm not denying it (see the French LP shot for my personal fave collection of the band's 60s sides)- but the class of Quadrophenia, the brilliance of "You Better You Bet", "Who Are You" and "Another Tricky Day" are certainly right up there for me as a fan. Yes, they were a different band - a rock band in fact - but as far as I'm concerned none of the other so-called "Legends of Rock" have ever even come close to the Who's recorded, and live, legacy and power. Nowadays is a different story, and I really kinda wish Pete and Roger might have gone out as Townshend/Daltry but that's a whole other, uh, opinion/topic to discuss somewhat later, maybe... Just a note too on the recent Clash article in Mojo; the Clash wish! They wish they were half the band the Who were, they wish they survived as long as the Who did, put out as much important music, learned to tune their guitars AND had their own cars to ride to the show in! Jeez... "Punk" in Shea Stadium? Gimme a break guys, that's where it all went wrong I'm afraid. "Radio Clash"? More like "Radio Crap". Humbug...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Makin the scene maaan...


The Black Aces and their sonically enhanced brand of rhythm 'n blues return to Hooligan's in slighty chilly Winnipeg, Canada this weekend...

Friday, July 11, 2008

if you see me....

If you're in Canada and you see one of these, please drop me a line... Thx.

it was 1979....

But mine was black... Sadly I can't find any pictures of me with the "Black Bomber"... At 60mph it was like riding a torpedo... Glorious...

Friday, May 16, 2008

modchester...


You gotta know that this is gonna be a blast! (clik for full size view)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

the great British boot still made in Britain....

The home of the great British boot now that Dr. Marten (just say NO! kids...) has sold out and moved to Asian production. NPS are the folks that made the boots/shoes for so many years previously. Maybe if the good Dr. had stuck to their original designs and not gotten so trendy and greedy they might still be made in the UK...? I'm happy to say that my pair of 8 hole Solovair boots (made by NPS) are perfect and just as they always had been. Support NPS and ask for Solovair from your local shop.
Visit them here: NPS

Friday, February 1, 2008

mo' reviews...

VA: Birth of Soul Volume 4 (Kent) Volume four of this essential series collecting early and proto soul sides. This set runs 1959-1964 and features some real monsters you die-hard soulies, mods and R&B fans will be more than happy to add (that is if they ain’t already there) to your collection. Get the party goin’ with Marv Johnson’s dance-floor masher “Come On and Stop”, the Charmaines girl-group charmer “Where Is The Boy Tonight” and Kenny Lynch’s UK pop-soul gem “Puff (Up In Smoke)”. Keep ‘em comin’ Ace! (24 tracks. 59:22 playing time.) http://www.acerecords.co.uk

Reg King: Reg King(Circle Records) Circle Records now brings you the legendary 1971, obscure as hell solo album from Mod icon and former Action frontman Reg King! Truly one of the great voices of British blue-eyed soul/rock, Reg King left the business shortly after recording and releasing this, his only, solo album.- The recording itself was done in a very piece meal fashion over a period of many months utilizing members of the Action (then Mighty Baby), B.B. Blunder and some heavy friends including Brian Auger (organ) and Doris Troy on backing vocals. The music is along the lines of the Rolled Gold/Mighty Baby era things the Action lads did so if that’s what floats yer boat you will NOT be disappointed. There is some searing lead guitar too here alongside Reg’s always soulful delivery. Grab it now before it slips back into obscurity! Essential.(16 tracks. 78:02 playing time.) http://www.circlerecords.co.uk


The Five Aces: Shout and Shimmy (Saagaloo Records) The Five Aces kick arse. The Five Aces used’ta be known as the Boogaloo Investigators. The case was solved though so they done moved on, over and back to the shack where they been toiling all this time. Very important to note here that the Five Aces play, dress, record and deliver the way all REAL rhythm ‘n blues groups should. So many pretenders. So many f’ckin terrible groups NOT listening and learning from the music and legendary performers. The Five Aces have big, clean, good-hearing ears and do not mess with the messer. Respect. All hail the mighty Aces! (11 tracks. 40:45 playing time.) http://www.thefiveaces.co.uk

Thursday, January 24, 2008

reviews...

These are a few of the reviews that never made it up onto the old Mohair Sweets pages but are relatively recent releases from the likes of Ace, RPM, Revola and Cherry Red... More to come soon folks.

Luther Ingram: Pity For The Lonely, The Ko Ko Singles Vol. 1 (Kent) Sure the late Luther Ingram is best known for the massive “If Lovin’ You Is Wrong (I Don’t Wanna Be Right)” but soul fans the world over also know Luther recorded a whole heap and helping of other great sides. The Ko Ko imprint was started by Ingram’s manager, the infamous Johnny Baylor, and was absorbed into the Stax family after a couple of initial attempts at scoring a hit for Luther. Needless to say then that some of the backing provided on the Ko Ko/Stax era sides feature none other and no less than Booker and The MGs! The pre-Stax sides were overseen by none other than the great Willie Mitchell at Royal Recorders. Memphis soul magic anyone? Awesome. (19 tracks. 60:08 playing time.) Ace Records


VA: For Connoisseurs Only, Volume 3(Kent) The coolness continues with the third volume of soulful gems from the vaults of Kent/Modern records. From the jumpin’ Billy Watkins opener “Beverly” to the churchy vibe of Jackie Day’s “If I’d Lose You” and the psychedelic-soulful drive of the Windjammers’ “Poor Sad Child (Pt. 1)” this is yet another winner in Ace’s catalogue of rare, obscure and essential soul music. Plenty of other cool sides too by the likes of Mary Love, Terry & The Tyrants, Vernon Garrett and the Ikettes. (24 tracks. 64:52 playing time.) Ace Records

The Only Ones: Remains (Anagram/Cherry Red) A few years back I had the good fortune of having a cup of tea (biscuits too) and discussing records with Only Ones’ guitarist John Perry. I asked him about the Remains collection and he had a rather less than enthusiastic response. I s’ppose I can understand it from his "they never made it out of the can then" response but as a fan I must say this record has always (it’s actually been out a number of years now) been one of my favourite Only Ones releases. There are some really great lost classics here in "Prisoners", "Watch You Drown", "Hope Valley Blues", "My Rejection" and my personal fave - and the one where Mr. Perry really let’s her rip - "Counterfeit Woman". Essential stuff for fans. But then you already knew that right? Sweet. (14 tracks. 54:51 playing time.) Cherry Red

Big Bill Broonzy: Rockin’ in Chicago 1949-1953 (Revola) Nice collection of prolific blues legend Bill Broonzy’s work from 1949-1953. These are small combo recordings compiled by Dave Penny and he’s picked some solid tunes. No arguing with the likes of “You’ve Been Mistreating Me”, “Little City Woman” or the works included here featuring Washboard Sam. Nice. (27 tracks. 77:09 playing time.) Revola Records


VA: The Heart of Southern Soul, From Nashville to Memphis to Muscle Shoals (Ace) An absolute classic in Ace’s catalogue of soul. Track after track of incredible, deep, passionate and brilliant Southern Soul from the mid-60s to mid-70s on the Excello and Abet labels. This is one release any soul hound should track down and have a listen to. (24 tracks.68:03 playing time.) Ace Records


VA: SuperFunk Is Back, Volume 5 (BGP) The funky continuation in BGP’s search for rare funk is finally here. Dean Rudland has come up with - yet again - a fine set of obscure dance floor gems that should have you struttin’ your funky stuff and gettin’ your freak on once it hits the deck. The Mello Matics, Jackie Wilson, Smokey Wilson, the Uniques, Alvin Cash, Diplomats and plenty more. Give the drummer some!(21 tracks. 67:26 playing time.) Ace Records


The “5" Royales: Catch That Teardrop (Ace) Yes! Finally a great sounding, completeist friendly collection of the mighty “5" Royales’ House of Blues sessions and Lowman Pauling’s work for Federal and Savoy. Of course much has been said about the Royales’ King sides but less so of their work with Willie Mitchell in Memphis for the H.O.B label. I dig it all and the Lowman Pauling work as El Pauling & Royal Abbit, or Exciters, or the Royalton is equally compelling and marvelous. Put this one together with Ace’s previous Royales’ release It’s Hard But It’s Fair and you should be set for a mighty long time. An R&B, Soul fan essential purchase! (28 tracks. 78:12 playing time ) Ace Records

Monday, January 21, 2008

it happened back in the '80s, just to prove it wasn't all bad...

One of those records that when you first hear it leaves you droolin' and your mouth hangin' open... Speechless I was and it's still the same whenever I hear it. Thanks Jody.

The Higher State...

My pal Mole from the band forwarded this on to me and in keeping with the high quality, detailed and devoted work his previous band the Embrooks put forth this is indeed a marvel for one's ears to behold. Legit old-school garage-psych of the most harmonious and fuzz-fuelled order!

You'll find the lads here:
The Higher State @ myspace et here The Higher State

groceries...

Truly delicious and so many, many ways to prepare...

Soul food indeed.

Paw-tay!

Every year we play our pal Deb's birthday party benefit to save the kitties. Come out and support the cause and catch a couple of set...