Thursday, April 28, 2016

You Just May Be The One

Unofficial soundtracks for I Shot Andy Warhol & Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing are in the pipeline, but not yet ready for posting, in the meantime here's another great Mike Nesmith tune from the Monkee's monumental Headquarters LP released May 22nd 1967.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Taking a Lifetime Lease- Prince R.I.P.

Jesus I'm getting tired of everybody dying, pretty soon I won't recognize the landscape at all. I feel a bit self-conscious rushing off a post after anyone passes, but Prince's music meant a hell of lot to me as a kid and still does today, and his passing at such a young age is shocking and sad. So in tribute, no cover versions by those less talented than the man himself, the 12 inch mixes for Paisley Park and Raspberry Beret and the unreleased Cosmic Day excerpt.     

I remember being a bit confused by Prince's new direction when Around The World In A Day was first released in 1985. But after that initial confusion, and though I love almost equally all of his 80's work, it quickly became one of my favorite Prince albums. The neo-psychedelia of the record fit in well with REM's Fables of the Reconstruction (another favorite) also released in 1985 and the whole Paisley Underground scene including The Three O'Clock who Prince eventually signed to Paisley Park.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

And What Exactly Is A Dream- The Pink Floyd's Second Album

What would the second Pink Floyd album have sounded like if Syd Barrett hadn't left the band in early 1968 or at least not until first managing to complete their second record?  Here's my attempt to reconstruct just that particular pop fantasy with tracks that are all late 1967 or early 1968 vintage -post Piper and pre-Syd's April 1968 departure from the Floyd.

Every song featured here has Syd either singing or playing guitar (or both) with one exception, "Julia's Dream", which I agonized over including but reasoned that since it's an early Roger Waters' song written in Syd's style contemporaneous with the record I'm imagining and sung by new member David Gilmour during the brief 1968 five man line up (see pic below), it fit both the overall mood that the 2nd record should conjure and the emerging democracy of the band's songwriting. Of the ten songs featured here Syd wrote five or six.

I messed around with the order of the songs for quite a while trying to get it to work as a two sided record and I'm reasonably satisfied with the results. Tracks like "In The Beechwoods" were obviously never finished, so there's only so far you can go, but that's part of the fun or its supposed to be, I admit some frustration ensued at points trying to get the damn thing to cohere. I encourage listeners to work out their own versions, especially if they hear something different or better.

I had trouble deciding whether to call the record Scream Thy Last Scream or And What Exactly Is A Dream which is the second to last line of "Jugband Blues". Finally went with the latter, "And what exactly is a dream"-not sure if it's intended as a question or a statement?  Is Syd asking what is real and what is a dream or is he calling into question the entire concept of "what exactly"- the impossibility of exactitude. The final line of the song by the way is "and what exactly is a joke".

Side One
1. Apples & Oranges
2. Remember A Day
3. Vegetable Man
4. Sunshine Interlude
5. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

Side Two
6. Scream Thy Last Scream
7. Paint Box
8. Julia Dream
9. In The Beechwoods
10. Jugband Blues

The short lived five man line up of Pink Floyd