The Soundtrack To My Life. 16/08/2012.

“The Deer Hunter” (OST). (1978).
Artist: Various Artists.

An utterly heartbreaking soundtrack from one of the greatest films ever made!
It’s nothing short of a pleasure to listen to this record.

“Different Class” (1995).
Artist: PULP.

This takes me right back to the 1990’s. Back to the days when I was jumping over fences at festivals, watching bands from the top of police car roofs and generally smoking and trying to fuck anything and everything I could get my hands on. Them were the days!

Unlike myself, “Different Class” holds up very well today.
Here, have some E’s And Wizz…

“I Just Started Hating Some People Today” (EP). (2012).
Artist: Beck.

This is Beck’s debut for Third Man Records who also have Jack White and Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three on their books and eh, I dunno about it. It’s Beck doing Hank Williams for a couple of minutes and then doing something FAR MORE INTERESTING and sinister for the outro.

Hear for yourselves:

“Blood On The Tapes” (Bootleg). (1974).
Artist: Bob Dylan.

“Blood On The Tapes” is far and away the best Bob Dylan Bootleg record that I’ve ever heard and I get a lot more from it that the officially released “Blood On The Tracks” album.

What you’re getting here is basically up, close and personal, crystal clear alternate recordings of the songs that would eventually make up “Blood On The Tracks”. The quality of the sound is incredible and a lot of the songs just seem to feature Dylan on his own with a guitar.

Some of the cuts from “Blood On The Tapes” would appear in many other bootleg titles over the years and that is what I’m going to have to let you hear as an example because I can’t find a decent link to “Blood On The Tapes”.

Check out this alternate take of “Tangled Up In Blue” for starters…

“The Rainbow Children”. (2001).
Artist: Prince.

From the late 1990’s till right now, buying a new Prince album can be a gamble but the thing is, it’s almost always worth it. “The Rainbow Children” is a seriously funky and under appreciated record and here’s why: Because the songs deal with his then recent conversion to the the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion. That said, it could be under appreciated because of the sssssssslowed down, deep vocals from Prince and…ah…who the hell caes why it’s under appreciated. All you need to know is that it contains some downright fonky shit okay?

Like this:

“Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts”. ( 1978).
Artist: The Adverts:

Well, I’d never heard about The Adverts at all until I read about them. To be honest, it’s nothing I haven’t heard The Buzzcocks do 100 times better but I enjoyed listening to “Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts” all the same.

“Remain In Light”. (1978).
Artist: Talking Heads.

…Aye, 1978 was a good year for music!
Here’s a video of Talking Heads performing ‘Once In A Lifetime’ on German T.V. in 1980:

“DARE!” (1981).
Artist: The Human League.

It suddenly struck me that I’d never really heard any music by The Human League apart from “Don’t You Want Me” (Which I liked) so I went out and bought their album “DARE!” …and became COMPLETELY ADDICTED!

I especially latched on to the track “The Things That Dreams Are Made Of” and played it to death.
I recommend listening to it whilst you’re on a train and as always, crank the volume up to 11:

“Grace”. (1994).
Artist: Jeff Buckley.

Jeff Buckley’s voice is working it’s magic on me all over again these days. “Grace” still sounds as fresh as it did when it came out and as you’re about to see, Jeff Buckley could sing like a fucking ANGEL…

“As Time Goes By …The Complete Schmilsson In The Night”. (1973).
Artist: Harry Nilsson.

…Speaking of angels, I bought some Harry Nilsson on vinyl a couple of weeks ago.
This is probably THEE Harry Nilsson record to get if you’re gonna get one.

It’s a lovely, lazy, live recording of Harry effortlessly singing his way through a few 20th Century classic standards such as “Lazy Moon”, “Over The Rainbow” and of course, “As Time Goes By” backed by an orchestra and it’s perfect midnight listening.

The original vinyl recording was titled “A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night” and was later expanded and cleaned up for a finally complete 1996 CD release.

You can watch the entire recording on Youtube starting right here:

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