Saturday, 20 February 2010

Bernard Brooks - Swing & Sway no.14

Introducing Bernard Brooks, who from the title of this CD is one of the more prolific of our sequence dancing players. He's the originator of the 'sequence quack', a charming staccato effect which comes from his stabbing his organ. A crude innuendo I'm sure you'll agree, but there's a certain amount which I have to write here in order to not look lazy, and I'm certainly up against it what with all the dancing I'm doing. This is a re-rip at 256kbps.

Includes Bernard's version of 'An Ordinary Copper' - the theme from 'Dixon of Dock Green'.

Bernard Brooks - Swing & Sway no.14 108Mb

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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Bad Manners x 3

Just for a change, here's a nice bit of British Ska courtesy of Buster Bloodvessel and crew - I say a change, although there is a lot of Hammond to be found here too - so everyone's happy!

The LP 'Gosh It's..' I stole from my brother and took to a Christmas school disco (I use the term loosely as we had a record player in the classroom which barely qualifies) and being mindful of thieves (being one myself), I elected to put my name on the record which was my eventual downfall. I have fond memories of us dancing to 'Can Can', well worth a black eye.

If you haven't heard of Bad Manners then you should get these!

More related stuff including live recordings available on

Bad Manners - Bad Manners (1980) 68Mb

Bad Manners - Loonee Toons (1980) 69Mb

Bad Manners - Gosh It's (1981) 80Mb - includes free poster!

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Friday, 12 February 2010

Lenny Dee - Hi Dee Fi

As the cover says, it's organ solos with a beat, and not bad at all! I can't be arsed describing it, I'll just order you to download it. It's mono so only 28Mb - it's a bandwidth bargain so don't Dee Lay!

Lenny Dee - Hi Dee Fi

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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

George Baker Selection - The Best of Baker

This is one of the first records I had - it was sent to me as a birthday present by our local radio station, as I'd been registered with their 'get your name read out on your birthday' club. I'm sure you'd agree that many a 7 or 8 year old boy would place an LP such as this in high esteem, or could that assumption be a bad misjudgement?

The sticker on the cover marked 'Prize' seems to be radio-speak for 'We need more room for Blondie records' and the act of sending such records out to young children who never did anything other than to have a birthday, is perhaps a good example of radio stations knowing just what their listeners want.

Anyway, George Baker Selection was Rory McGrath's first band, and he certainly pays homage to his Spanish roots with this album. The first track 'Paloma Blanca' you may know better as the Typhoo tea tune 'Ooh what a lovely cuppa'(performed by Cilla Black if I remember rightly).

Rory certainly had his moments as a fashion-conscious pop star however, as shortly before this cover picture was taken, he had his left nipple piercing go septic and he had to hold a poultice over it for a short while!

George Baker Selection - The Best of Baker

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Saturday, 6 February 2010

Dennis Hayward - Sequence Time vol 2

In response to the Tunbridge Wells riots of 1987 which were triggered by a dearth of Dennis Hayward records in the area, this LPs was rushed out. There was no time for a photo differing from that of the first Sequence Time LP, as the only other thing which would placate the rampaging throngs of boisterous biddies was Battenburg cake, which can be so dear these days.

Includes Dennis's rendition of 'Always There', the theme from TV's 'Howard's Way', or as it was known in the studio - 'Hayward's Way' which gave a good chuckle to all involved.


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Shakin' Stevens - Shaky

Did you know the UK had its own Elvis? Oh yes, back in the early 80's, old Shakin' here was very popular, Wikipedia has him as the biggest-selling solo male singer of the 80s, but maybe he's been on the site editing it.

The back cover has a nice David Brent feel about it, but it makes you wonder what pictures they rejected before they settled on that one..

The LP didn't have 'This Ole House', his first number 1 (I think) so I stuck it on as a bonus track. I wonder if Shaky's had the shingles yet?

Shakin' Stevens - Shaky 82Mb

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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Big Ben Hawaiian Band - A Taste of Hawaiian

Join the Big Ben [add instrument here] Band as they travel far west of Westminster to the Pacific Ocean to thrill us with the usual cover versions they do. But with those Hawaiian guitars which are so laid back, you have to sit down to play them..

Being the Big Ben [add instrument here] Band, they had to operate on Greenwich Mean Time, leading to some hilarious scenes at the Honolulu studios when they would turn up bright and early at 11pm! Of course, the recording schedule was soon made a mockery of - and the band had to fly back to Britain and record the album in a dingy studio in Battersea instead.

Big Ben Hawaiian Band - A Taste of Hawaiian 80Mb

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