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Lee Hazlewood Dies

August 6, 2007

Lee Hazlewood has died at his home in Las Vegas after a long batter with renal cancer. He was 78.

A former disc jockey from Oklahoma, Hazlewood is best known for writing These Boots Were Made For Walking and a series of albums with Nancy Sinatra.

He retired in the late ’70s, but returned in 1999, before making his final album Cake Or Death last year when he knew he was terminally ill.

The family have requested that those wishing to honour Lee should make donations to the Salvation Army.

Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood – Some Velvet Morning DOWNLOAD BUY
Recorded late 1967 the single made it to number 26 in the US chart in February the following year. Primal Scream covered this with Kate Moss taking on the Nancy role. Pure other worldly brilliance. A true psychedelic pop song.


Lee Hazlewood & Siw Malmkvist – You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling

From the Swedish special Love And Other Crimes (1968)

Video for that there song.

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Anyone who ever had a heart knows why this post is here today. Keep on keepin’ on… The Good Heads

This is a celebration of a song…

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for their 1945 musical, Carousel. It was sung in the original show by Christine Johnson and later Jan Clayton with chorus. In the movie Claramae Turner (although the weeping Shirley Jones first tries to sing it, but cannot) belts is out, and later reprised by Ms. Jones and a chorus.

You’ll Never Walk Alone became the anthem of the supporters of Liverpool FC in England in the sixties. The song has also been adopted by many other football clubs across the world most notably Celtic FC.

You’ll Never Walk Alone has been covered many, many times – the most well known of these versions (in the UK) being the Gerry and the Pacemakers standard dating from 1965. But this post has given me the opportunity to present some stunning recordings of a timeless song.

Ray Charles – You’ll Never Walk Alone. (the link has expired)
Perhaps the most beautiful version not sung by the Kop? There’s so much hope in Ray’s heart has he belts this out. A pure show stopper.

Johnny Cash – You’ll Never Walk Alone. (the link has expired)
Johnny Cash is already a hero of The Kop but few realise he recorded this cover. This track can be found on the Unearthed box set from 2003.

Gene Vincent – You’ll Never Walk Alone. (the link has expired)
Similar arrangement to the Gerry version but with some rockin’ roll guitar, doo woop backing versions, alternative lyrics and cheesy final chord. Great.

Elvis Presley – You’ll Never Walk Alone. (the link has expired)
This sounds like a hymn. You can see the golden sky when Elvis sings this.

Five Blind Boys Of Alabama – You´ll Never Walk Alone. (the link has expired)
How many great versions of this song are out there? Here’s another for the collection.

Aretha Franklin – You’ll Never Walk Alone. (the link has expired)
Jazzy gospel jam that oozes with class. This was the version John Peel chose to play back when he needed to.

The Kop Choir – You’ll Never Walk Alone. (the link has expired)

Podcast 1 (Heavy Music)

April 8, 2007

I Am The Resurrection. It’s nice to be back.

There should have been a play podcast button here but Word Press doesn’t support that. Shame.

For the moment you can find the podcast here:
http://goodheads.podbean.com/

Podbean is just a free podcasting site I’ve found, so let me know if they insert adverts into the recording or something bizarre. Also, let me know if I run out of free bandwidth, you can’t hear the mix, it won’t download / play, etc.

Track Listing:

Intro

Bob Seger and The Last Heard – Heavy Music, Part 2

Candie Payne – All I Need To Hear

Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control (Le Tigre Remix)

Buddy Miles – Train

The Good Heads vs The Beastie Boys – Keep On / Oh Word

Kasabian vs The Stone Roses – Processed Waterfall

Merry Clayton – Gimme Shelter

Lee Mavers of The La’s – Human Race

The Adacement – Stone Folk

Podcast notes:
First up is a storming piece of 1967 Detroit mod / soul / punk rock from Bob Seger. Heavy Music indeed. Steve Winwood ain’t got nothing on Bob. Give a serious listen to the Candie Payne track. She’s gonna be massive. The album could well be the record of 2007 if the label actually get round to releasing it. The version of the Gossip’s ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’ included here can be heard in TV shows such as The L Word and Skins in the UK. It’s kind of here in the podcast to sucker ‘passing traffic’ into listening to the Candie Payne song. No apologies. Buddy Miles is best known for his association with Jimi Hendrix but check out this runaway train of a track. The Good Heads would like to thank Mike D, Adrock and MCA – it was a pleasure guys – before going on to introduce ‘Processed Waterfall’. You may realise Merry Clayton co-vocalised on the original Gimme Shelter, this is her own interpretation of perhaps The Rolling Stones’ finest moment. And it’s nice to be back today of all days with a taster of what Lee Mavers has been up to. Taken from ‘the crescent’ rehearsal in the late 90s (it’s not the greatest source material really, but hey). Please release that second La’s album sometime soon feller.

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Some Velvet Morning: Here’s a collection of songs that, to me, have a glacial sprinkling of winterly stardust. Psychedelic folk songs. Rare alternative sixties classics. This is the 2am to 4am playlist on Radio Merseysippi. If you only listen to one of these tracks make it Some Velvet Morning; what a completely odd hit pop single. Do they write them like this anymore?


Frank Sinatra – It Was A Very Good Year – download link has expired
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“But now the days grow short
I’m in the autumn of the year
And now I think of my life as vintage wine
…from fine old kegs
…from the brim to the dregs
And it poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year”

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Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood – Some Velvet Morning – download link has expired BUY
Recorded late 1967 the single made it to number 26 in the US chart in February the following year. Primal Scream covered this with Kate Moss taking on the Nancy role. Pure other worldly brilliance. A true psychedelic pop song, from an era where the creative talisman/men turned off their minds, relaxed and floated down stream before joining the circus to make the most overrated album of all time* (actually I take that back: Radiohead must have earned that honour by now).
* The Beatles rare unheard / unreleased sessions. Future blog topic? No Sgt Pepper tracks I promise.
Anyway, back to Some Velvet Morning, have a look at the promotional movie on YouTube HERE.

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Gene Clark – Echoes – download link has expiredBUY

Gene Clark was a supremely talented singer songwriter, rising to prominence with The Byrds in the mid-sixties. Echoes is the lead track from his 1967 debut solo album ‘Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers’. The song occupies the same melodious half life as Some Velvet Morning, and serves as an introduction for the uninitiated into the work of one of the sixties’ less celebrated pop geniuses.

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Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning – download link has expiredBUY
One hundred times more beautiful than I ever imagined the Velvet Underground would sound.

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Evie Sands – Any Way That You Want Me – download link has expiredBUY
This and her other recordings of the late 60s were critically acclaimed at the time but Evie seemed cursed by bad luck and never had the hits her talent deserved (for more information have a read of this HERE ). Dusty Springfield was quoted as saying Evie was her favourite female singer, high praise indeed. There are a few great versions of this song in circulation but this is the best.

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Dusty Springfield – I Can’t Wait Until I See My Baby’s Face – download link has expired BUY
Forget the winter chill, bring on the summer! From Dusty Springfield’s third album ‘Where Am I Going?’ and another 1967 vintage classic. The instrumental break will be familiar to Saint Etienne fans as it was sampled heavily for the track Nothing Can Stop Us.

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Kenny Rankin – Peaceful – download link has expiredBUY
One of the greatest songs by a moustachioed man ever, over to Kenny… “When someone tells you a song changed their life, or inspired them to look at things in a slightly different way, well, you can’t ask for a better reward than that.”

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Paul Parrish – English Sparrow – download link has expiredBUY
Another stunningly moustachioed singer. Unearthed by B-Music (that reminds me, must blog about Jean-Claude Vannier at some point) and their rather fine Finders Keepers compilation. Kind of an ‘Ode To Billy Joe’ feel about this rare little number.

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Dionne Warwick – Walk On By – download link has expiredBUY
Fine arrangement of a fine song. Released in 1964 and part of a run of singles that includes Anyone Who Had A Heart, Trains And Boats and Planes, I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, I Say A Little Prayer and Do You Know The Way To San Jose you couldn’t say Dionne Warwick lacked quality material. Well, until her 80s / 90s comeback.

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John Martyn and Beverley Martyn – Auntie Aviator – download link has expiredBUY
Auntie Aviator
Sooner than much later, we’ll be there
Flying high above the clouds
Take a look and I’ll be everywhere.

Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
I’ll never let you down
Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
We’ll never touch the ground
And if we don’t want to
We won’t come down.

Said I was a dreamer
That all I ever did was sit and stare
Take me out to no-man’s land
If you want to, I can take you there.

Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
I’ll never let you down
Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
We’ll never touch the ground
She’s a good shipShe will fly.

Now you’re flying with me
We can take it easy for a while
Cruising far above the clouds
All I want to do is see you smile.

Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
I’ll never let you down
Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
We’ll never touch the ground
And if we don’t want to
We won’t come down.

And if we don’t want to
We won’t come down
And if we don’t want to
We won’t come down
And if we don’t want to
We won’t come down.

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Simon Dupree and The Big Sound – Kites – download link has expiredBUY
Melancholy piece of 1967 pop psychedelia from a band that briefly featured Dudley Moore and later Reginald Dwight on piano / keyboards. Don’t hold that against them.

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Wendy and Bonnie- By the Sea – download link has expiredBUY

By The Sea was released by sisters Wendy 17 and Bonnie 13 and can be found on the Genesis, their only album and alternative psych folk classic from 1969. You might have heard this track sampled by Super Furry Animals at the beginning of their Phantom Power album.

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Nancy Sinatra – Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)- download link has expiredBUY
I was five and he was six
We rode on horses made of sticks
He wore black and I wore white
He would always win the fight

Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, my baby shot me down.

Seasons came and changed the time
When I grew up, I called him mine
He would always laugh and say
“Remember when we used to play?”

Bang bang, I shot you down
Bang bang, you hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, I used to shoot you down.

Music played, and people sang
Just for me, the church bells rang.

Now he’s gone, I don’t know why
And till this day, sometimes I cry
He didn’t even say goodbye
He didn’t take the time to lie.

Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, my baby shot me down…

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Nancy Priddy – You’ve Come This Way Before – download link has expiredBUY
Another psych folk classic, this time from 1968.

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Nancy Holloway – Sand and Rain – download link has expiredBUY
Here you go, the show stopper. Nancy Holloway was born in the US but became a star in France in the sixties importing soul hits and singing them in the native tongue. Epic. Must do this again sometime.

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These songs are posted here to get people into great music – the idea being, they hear the tune they go and buy everything by the artist. Links are included where possible to sites that sell albums containing the noted tracks. If for legal reasons you would like any of the links taken down leave a comment / email me.
The files are only available for a limited time so don’t link directly to them.

Shack – I Know You Well. YouTube Link

I KNOW YOU WELL
(Ghetto)
Released July 1990
7″ I Know You Well/Feel No Way (GTG11)

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Shack – Comedy (HMS Fable demo) DOWNLOAD

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Shacknet: Shack / Michael Head website. LINK