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What Am I Listening To? Animals!

Pink Floyd - Animals [2018 remix]
Pink Floyd – Animals [2018 remix]
Pink Floyd – Animals [2018 remix]

My favourite Pink Floyd album (yes really!), originally released in 1977, was remixed in 2018 and finally released on 16 September 2022.

Pink Floyd - Animals [1977]
Pink Floyd – Animals [1977]

For The Fans!

An obscure 8-track version of “Pigs On The Wing, part 1 & 2” linked by a Snowy White guitar solo.

Pink Floyd – Pigs On The Wing (8-track version)
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What Am I Watching (And Listening To)? Thunder And Rain!

Latest release from Steve Louw.

I have the pleasure of being part of Steve’s team as his web marketer and media strategist.

Steve Louw – Thunder And Rain
Steve Louw – Thunder And Rain
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What Am I Listening To? Dream Café!

Meet me at the Dream Café!

DREAM CAFE feat Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Carole King, Grateful Dead, John Denver, Tim Buckley

Track List

1. Dream Café – Greg Brown
2. Up With The Sun – Instant Karma
3. Perfect – Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé
4. Africa Blues – Doc MacLean feat Lungiswa Plaatjies
5. Africa’s Not For Sissies – Syd Kitchen
6. I’ll Remember You – Brian Finch
7. Light A Light – Janis Ian
8. Gospel Road – Johnny Cash
9. Follow Me – John Denver
10. You’ve Got A Friend – Carole King
11. Brooklyn Roads – Neil Diamond
12. Hey Mister, That’s Me Up On The Jukebox – James Taylor
13. Gone To Pablo – Luka Bloom
14. Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer – Joan Baez
15. Drivers License – Olivia Rodrigo
16. It Turns Me Inside Out – Willie Nelson
17. Souvenirs – Dan Fogelberg
18. Wings – Tim Buckley
19. Wondering Where The Lions Are – Bruce Cockburn
20. Jamaica Say You Will – Jackson Browne
21. Rock Me On The Water – Linda Ronstadt
22. I’m Not Gonna Beg – Natalie Merchant
23. As Though It Were A Movie – Peter Sarstedt
24. When You Walk In The Room – Cilla Black
25. You Can Leave Your Hat On – Three Dog Night
26. Mercy – Duffy
27. Loco De Amor (Crazy For Love) – David Byrne & Celia Cruz
28. Darby’s Castle – Kris Kristofferson
29. Come To Bed – Gretchen Wilson feat John Rich
30. No Regrets – Tom Rush
31. Before My Time – Bob Carpenter
32. Danny’s Song – Anne Murray
33. Early Morning Rain – Gordon Lightfoot
34. Sugaree – Jerry Garcia
35. You Better Get It Before It Gets You – Creedence Clearwater Revival
36. A Little Cocaine – Lee Clayton

Image: based on a template from http://pixlr.com

More places where lost souls meet:
https://www.mixcloud.com/briancurrin/posts/the-places-where-lost-souls-meet-1/

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What Am I Listening To? Vagabond Show On Mixcloud

VAGABOND SHOW ON MIXCLOUD feat Piet Botha, Jack Hammer, Seether, Albert Frost, Francois van Coke

A mix of tunes, from the past, present and the future, covering a wide range of genres and styles.

Expect the unexpected.

This mix features a bunch of South African Pop, Blues & Rock tunes, released between 2003 and 2019.

Track List

1. Pot Of Gold – Crimson House
2. Lady Amber – Jack Hammer feat Piet Botha
3. Spoonful (Howlin’ Wolf cover) – Albert Frost
4. I Got You (I Feel Good) (James Brown cover) – Van Coke Kartel
5. RSVP (live 2003) – Piet Botha & Jack Hammer
6. Stoke The Fire – Seether
7. Afrikaans – Foto Na Dans & Flash Republic
8. Meisie Sonner Sokkies (David Kramer cover) – Die Tuindwergies
9. Unicorns – Crimson House
10. Hop On Hop Off – GoodLuck
11. Late Night People [Pontifexx and Johanns remix] – GoldFish feat Soweto Kinch
12. Baby Tjoklits (Gerhard Steyn cover) – Francois van Coke
13. Kaptein (Span Die Seile) (Kurt Darren cover) – Straatligkinders
14. S.O.S. – Fatman
15. Kilimanjaro (BreakDLaw remix) – Johnny Clegg & Juluka
16. Sunglasses At Night (Corey Hart cover) – JR, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Locnville, aKING, Van Coke Kartel and Thieve
17. Cocaine (JJ Cale / Eric Clapton cover) – Van Coke Kartel
18. Die Mystic Boer (Valiant Swart cover) – Karen Zoid & Valiant Swart
19. Maniac (Michael Sembello cover) – Van Coke Kartel feat Francois van Coke
20. Cars Hiss By My Window (The Doors cover) – Piet Botha
21. Help Me (live 2003) (Sonny Boy Williamson II cover) – Albert Frost
22. Call Me The Breeze (JJ Cale / Lynyrd Skynyrd cover) – Dan Patlansky
23. She Always Gets What She Wants (Prime Circle cover) – Karen Zoid & Ross Learmonth
24. Die Rivier – Spoegwolf
25. Ooh La La – WONDERboom
26. Help! (The Beatles cover) – Van Coke Kartel
27. Goodbye Tonight – Seether, Van Coke Kartel & Jon Savage
28. Ou Swerwer – Piet Botha

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What Am I Listening To? Rainbow Dreams

RAINBOW DREAMS feat Pink Floyd, George Harrison, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Leonard Cohen

“There’s a rainbow after the storm”

Some of my favourite story-telling and folky-type tunes from the 1970s

Track List

1. Dedication – Rogue
2. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
3. Wrong End Of The Rainbow – Tom Rush
4. When I Need You Most Of All – David Buskin
5. A Horse With No Name – America
6. Mr Bojangles – Neil Diamond
7. Sweet Sir Galahad – Joan Baez
8. So Long, Marianne – Leonard Cohen
9. Heart Of Gold – Neil Young
10. I Started A Joke – Bee Gees
11. Baby I’m-A Want You – Bread
12. Back Home Again – John Denver
13. Tequila Sunrise – Eagles
14. Where Do You Go To My Lovely? – Peter Sarstedt
15. Streets Of London – Ralph McTell
16. Rain – José Feliciano
17. Whiskey In The Jar (live 1974) – The Dubliners
18. Costafine Town – Splinter
19. Simone – England Dan & John Ford Coley
20. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
21. Gypsy Boy – Bob Carpenter
22. Angie – The Rolling Stones
23. I Wish We’d All Been Ready – Larry Norman
24. The Walls Of The World – Mike Batt with The London Symphony Orchestra
25. Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
26. Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs – Brian & Michael
27. Arms Of Mary – The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver
28. Lady Eleanor – Lindisfarne
29. My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
30. Lady D’Arbanville – Cat Stevens
31. Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
32. Still… You Turn Me On – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
33. Everything’s Alright – Yvonne Elliman
34. Thinking Of You – The Edgar Broughton Band
35. Tuesday Afternoon – The Moody Blues
36. You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor
37. If You Could Read My Mind – Gordon Lightfoot
38. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
39. The Girl With April In Her Eyes – Chris de Burgh
40. And The Whole World – Ramases
41. A Little Cocaine – Lee Clayton

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What Am I Listening To? Wakey Wakey!

Wakey by Sonia Ada Murray
Wakey by Sonia Ada Murray
WAKEY WAKEY feat The Doors, The Easy Star All-Stars, The Buckfever Underground, The Cramps, Camel

A vibrant, chaotic mix of Electronica, Reggae, Rock, Psychobilly and more… the soundtrack to an extremely strange, imaginary movie.

Some lyrics are explicit.

Image: Sonia Ada Murray

Track List

1. Awake – Jim Morrison & The Doors
2. Wakey Wakey – Constructus Corporation
3. Bang The Drum All Day – Todd Rundgren
4. F C K – Teba
5. Gimme Da Weed – Juan Thyme & The Chronic Clan
6. Money (live 2008) – The Easy Star All-Stars
7. We Come To Rock You – Inner Circle
8. Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat) – The Detroit Cobras
9. She’s Only 18 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers
10. Sex – Pressure Cookies
11. Pornography – Pug
12. Bang On The Drum – Sibot & Spoek Mathambo
13. Secret Asian Man – Mr Sakitumi
14. Secret Agent Man (live 1966) – Johnny Rivers
15. Peter Gunn – The Cramps
16. Evil World Of The She Spies – Martin Rocka & The Sick Shop
17. Krokodil – Retro Dizzy
18. Toxic – The Surfrajettes
19. Surfin’ Paris-Texas (excerpt) – Acid Mothers Temple
20. The Barracuda – The 5.6.7.8’s
21. Goody Goody – Frankie Lymon
22. Big Wave – Pearl Jam
23. Too Bad About Your Girl – The Donnas
24. Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
25. Kids In The Clubs – Janie Jones
26. X – Benguela
27. Sahara – Camel
28. January (live 2018) (excerpt) – The Buckfever Underground
29. The End (Eitan Reiter remix) – The Doors

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What Am I Listening To? Sunset Sweatshop!

Feel the good time vibes!

Sunset Sweatshop is a proudly South African feel-good rock band with reggae and folk influences!

Sunset Sweatshop
Sunset Sweatshop – Show Me Your Love (2022)
Sunset Sweatshop – Coming Along (2018)
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What Am I Listening To? All Jazz Radio!

All Jazz Radio
All Jazz Radio

Vagabond Jazz & Blues Show – Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 6pm to 8pm (Central African Time) on www.AllJazzRadio.co.za. Presented by Brian Currin

Let The Good Times Roll – Vagabond Jazz & Blues Show – Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Playlist

1 Let The Good Times Roll by Shirley & Lee
2 So Close, So Far Away by Derek Trucks Band
3 Bad, Bad Feeling by Trampled Underfoot
4 I Just Want To Make Love To You (Muddy Waters cover) by Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson
5 Ooh Yeah by Mahalia Barnes & The Soulmates feat Joe Bonamassa
6 Beyond Games by The Tony Williams Lifetime
7 Billy The Mountain Jam (live 1971) by Frank Zappa
8 Electrick Gypsies by Steve Hillage
9 And It Stoned Me by Van Morrison
10 Riders On The Storm (The Doors cover) by Gordon’s Suitcase (feat Piet Botha)
11 Inner Temple by Gong
12 Bulldance by Ian Carr’s Nucleus
13 Stormy Monday Blues by T-Bone Walker
14 Blues Beach by Steely Dan
15 Paper Plane by Status Quo
16 I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know (Blood, Sweat & Tears cover) by Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa
17 When A Blind Man Cries (Deep Purple cover) by Ian Gillan with Jeff Healey and Jon Lord
18 Copperhead Road by Steve Earle
19 I’m A Man (1968 version) by Muddy Waters
20 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Charles Mingus cover) by Jeff Beck
21 Gods & Highways & Old Guitars by Roadhouse
22 I’m Gonna Crawl (Led Zeppelin cover) by Jenna Mamina
23 Grounded by Autobahn
24 Please Don’t Judas Me by Nazareth

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What Am I Listening To? Deep Purple!

LIVE & BLUE: DEEP PURPLE [South Africa 1996] Re-imagined and Expanded
LIVE & BLUE: DEEP PURPLE [South Africa 1996] Re-imagined and Expanded
LIVE & BLUE: DEEP PURPLE [South Africa 1996] Re-imagined and Expanded

A re-imagined and expanded mix of a live compilation CD released in South Africa-only in 1996.

Track List

  1. Speed King (live in Stockholm 1970)
  2. Child In Time (live in Stockholm 1970)
  3. Paint It Black (live in Stockholm 1970)
  4. Black Night (live in Stockholm 1970)
  5. Strange Kind Of Woman (live in Long Beach, California 1971)
  6. Burn (live in Graz 1975)
  7. Stormbringer (live in Graz 1975)
  8. The Gypsy (live in Paris 1975)
  9. Mistreated (live in Paris 1975) including Rock Me Baby
  10. Smoke On The Water (live in Long Beach, California 1976) including Georgia On My Mind
  11. Going Down (live in Springfield, Massachusetts 1976)
  12. Highway Star (live in Long Beach, California 1976) including Not Fade Away
  13. When A Blind Man Cries (live in Japan 1993)

Original CD

This CD was released in 1996 in South Africa by PT (Phase Two) Music with catalogue number RTFCD 100.

The first set of timings is taken from the inside of the CD cover, while the second is clocked by my CD player (note some of the big differences).

  1. Black Night [6.54 / 7.16] from Scandinavian Nights recorded live in Stockholm 12 November 1970
  2. Speed King [10.20 / 10.31] from Scandinavian Nights recorded live in Stockholm 12 November 1970
  3. Smoke On The Water [9.20 / 8.36] from On the Wings of a Russian Foxbat recorded live in California 27 February 1976
  4. Highway Star [8.18 / 7.05] from On the Wings of a Russian Foxbat recorded live in California 27 February 1976.
    Listed as Goin’ Down / Highway Star on cover, but does not actually include Goin’ Down. It does however include a snippet from Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away.
  5. Burn [7.23/ 6.28] from Mk III – The Final Concerts recorded live in Graz 4 April 1975
  6. Mistreated [13.00 / 11.29] from Mk III – The Final Concerts recorded live in Paris 7 April 1975.
    Includes a snippet from B.B. King’s Rock Me Baby
  7. Child In Time [17.25 / 17.34] from Scandinavian Nights recorded live in Stockholm 12 November 1970
  8. When A Blind Man Cries [3.33 / 3.30] from b-side of Never Before single 1972
    According to the sleeve, this is a studio recording from Stockholm 1970 featuring David Coverdale & Glenn Hughes!!! Which is completely wrong. It’s the ordinary studio version recorded during the Machine Head sessions and featuring the Mark II band. First album release was on the Mark I & II compilation.

Sleeve Notes:

During their thirty year history, DP have seen many personnel changes, but over the years each line up has added their own classic albums and live performances to the DP legend. This CD captures Mark 2 in Stockholm, Mark 3 in Europe and Mark 4 in California. The latter performance was long regarded as ‘The Holy Grail’ to DP collectors as it was the only great performance captured on tape with Tommy Bolin in the guitarist’s chair. As a bonus, the rare studio track ‘When a Blind man cries’ has been added to this CD capturing Purple at their most blue.

Deep Purple - Live And Blue
Deep Purple – Live And Blue

Review:

I wrote a review for this CD which appeared on the Deep Purple Digest Mailing List on 10th September 1998.

Deep Purple – Live And Blue (Out Of The Mists Of Time)

A review by Brian Currin, September 1998

This CD is a compilation of live tracks (and one studio release) released in 1996 in South Africa only. There are a number of mistakes in track timings, cover art and general info, but don’t let this distract you from a great listening experience. This CD is compiled from 3 Connoisseur Collection live CDs, plus the studio outtake (and b-side) “When A Blind Man Cries”.

All the live tracks are taken from:

  • Scandinavian Nights (recorded in 1970),
  • Mk 3: The Final Concerts (recorded in 1975) and
  • Live In California (1976, also known as On The Wings Of A Russian Foxbat)

According to the album cover, Glenn Hughes and Tommy Bolin are both left-handed guitarists (wait till Jimi hears about this!). This is the same photo as on Foxbat, just reversed and with a different logo style. The title on the cover is Live And Blue, but on the spine it says Out Of The Mists Of Time (and on the actual disc the title is The Deep Purple Connection!).

OK, let’s talk about the music which is why I wrote this review in the first place and why I listen to this CD so often. I bought this CD after already having all the other albums mentioned above, but I really liked the idea of a live compilation.

The CD opens with Black Night, which was the encore from Stockholm on the 12th of November 1970. A wonderful version especially considering this song wasn’t even a year old at the time. Great guitar/vocal interplay near the end.

This is followed by Speed King from the same show. This track “speeds” along and includes Ian Gillan telling us what a speed king is. (Someone who can sing at 100 miles an hour!)

Next up is Smoke On The Water from the Long Beach Arena, 27th February 1976. Whose says Tommy can’t play SOTW? (not me, anymore!). A superb version until Glenn Hughes starts his warbling, barely-recognisable version of Georgia On My Mind. Why did he bother?

Highway Star is the encore from the Long Beach show. A thundering track that includes a snippet from Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away. Listed on CD cover as Goin’ Down/Highway Star, but Goin’ Down has gone!

Burn, the fast-paced show-opener from Graz in Austria on the 4th April 1975 with an excellent organ solo from Jon Lord.

The last Deep Purple performance with Ritchie until 1984 included this majestic version of Mistreated from Paris on the 7th April 1975. This powerful blues song still gives me cold shivers when I hear it and you would never guess that this was Ritchie’s last show. The snippet from BB King’s Rock Me Baby is handled well by David Coverdale.

Last live track is a long (17 minute) version of Child In Time from Stockholm in 1970. Meanders in places, but overall a great version.

The last track on the CD is the Machine Head outtake When A Blind Man Cries, originally only available as a b-side in 1972. In South Africa, however, this track became a big radio hit and was (and still is) extremely popular, hence it’s inclusion here, I guess. South African DP fans were thrilled that this track was included on their 1995 Masters Of Rock tour (A double bill with Uriah Heep). This song was also played “unplugged” in the studios of South Africa radio station 5FM by The Deep Purple Trio (Jon, Steve and Roger) as part of the same tour.

Well, there you have it, a great collection of live tracks and one of my favourite DP compilation albums.

Sometimes I program my CD player in this order for a better flow:

  • Speed King
  • Child In Time
  • Burn
  • Mistreated
  • Smoke On The Water
  • Highway Star
  • Black Night
  • When A Blind Man Cries (or leave off, since it isn’t a live track)

My overall rating is a very big 9 (including any live version of ‘Strange Kind Of Woman’ would have got it a 10!)

More…

Please also see my review of the 4CD Box Set Deep Purple On The Road.