Gospel, And Rhythm And Blues, And Jazz

Tomorrow I.T., our 11 year old son who has MPS 1 Hurler’s Disease, has his umpteenth surgical procedure, and 30 somethingth general anaesthetic. He has to have plates attached to the insides of his kneecaps. With his condition the bone grows too much on the inside, causing him to become increasingly knock-kneed. By plating the inside any remaining bone growth will take place on the outside, hopefully correcting the problem a bit. His skeleton is never going to look ‘normal’, and he has bits of metal all over the place, always fun when going through metal detectors. The hospital say it’s fairly routine and he should be back on his feet within 24 hours, but there’s always a risk with surgery and anaesthetic with MPS kids. The upshot is, I may not be posting for a day or two.

This is one of the best records ever made, and I’m taking sanctuary in it.

Come Together(Weatherall Mix).mp3

Lights Out

I’ve returned from a short holiday to find two posts attacked- a DMCA notice and removal for Friendly Ghost by Harlem and the Manics track removed from my Mediafire folder (possibly by Ctel from Acid Ted), so I’m not posting artist’s names and song titles as post headings any more, in a cunning bid to foil the DMCA search engine.

Whilst visiting mid-Wales we found out several things. It’s very lovely. When it rains, it rains heavily. Aberdovey has a nice beach. Aberystwyth is a great little town, and has many things to do though possibly not 1001. Machynlleth is a funny but great little place, half Welsh speaking, half hippy, left-field community, and is unpronouncable with an English accent. But it does have a record fair, which caused E.T., 7 years old, to say ‘here we go again’ when I pointed out the signs proclaiming ‘Record Fair Here Today’ and whooped. Results- the first Scott Walker solo album, 1967 pressing, good nick, £3.99, and the soundtrack to the mucky 70s film Emmanuelle, £3.00. Thought it was worth a shot. Ahem.

I listened to Scott last night, havn’t heard it for years since I borrowed it from a friend on cd, and it sent me back to this 1966 Walker Brothers B-side, After The Lights Go Out. A wonderful piece of dramatic 60s pop, with some great lyrical touches that plant it firmly in reality. Cracking song.

Walker Brothers – After The Lights G.mp3