Ram Jam: Black Betty, 1977

Wait what … 1977? That’s 40 years.

That’s right.

Gavin Bryars: Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet

I find myself playing this 1971 Gavin Bryars production, originally posted in my blog about a year and a half ago, for its mesmerising, somewhat soothing qualities, imparting some sort of dignity among the simplest of the simple, realising I completely forgot to share its background, in short summed up like so:

Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet is a 1971 arrangement by Gavin Bryars of a composition by an unknown composer. It is formed on a loop of an unknown homeless man singing a brief stanza.[1] Rich harmonies, comprising string and brass, are gradually overlaid over the stanza. The piece was first recorded for use in a documentary which chronicles street life in and around Elephant and Castle and Waterloo, in London. When later listening to the recordings, Bryars noticed the clip was in tune with his piano and that it conveniently looped into 13 bars.[2] For the first LP recording, Bryars was limited to a duration of 25 minutes; later Bryars completed a 60-minute version of the piece for cassette tape; and with the advent of the CD, a 74-minute version. It was shortlisted for the 1993 Mercury Prize.

Read more over at Wikipedia

Still pretty enthralling, methinks, fully aware that I shall return – again and again.


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Isao Tomita: Arabesque No. 1, 1974

Isao Tomita passed away on the 5th of May 2016, 84 years old, 98 years after the work’s composer, Claude Debussy.

Matthews’ Southern Comfort: Woodstock, 1970

Timmy Thomas: Why Can’t We Live Together, 1972

David Essex: Gonna Make You A star, 1974

Just wanted to put you in the right Xmas mood.

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Blogger in mood.

X-Ray Spex: Germ Free Adolescents, 1978

Lynsey de Paul: Sugar Me, 1972 (?)

Although the YouTube clip clearly states 1972, I’m fairly sure the record wasn’t released until the following year.

But who’s counting.

Neil Young: Only Love Can Break Your Heart, (live) 1974

Originally from his 1970 album After the Gold Rush, of course.

And no, you’re not mistaken if you seem to recognise David Crosby to the left there, plus, I believe, Graham Nash to his right – and Kristopher Scau Stephen Stills on keyboards.

I.e. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Can: Come sta, La Luna, 1974