Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wild Weekend Vol. 54

After a bit of a hiatus, Wild Weekend comes a-callin' again. Ready for issue 53? Right on and tally ho. This weeks harvest: a gospel scorcher, a garage blast and a soul gem, amongst others. Featuring no less than three songs from vinyl sources, so the purists among you have plenty reason to be proud of me. Make it a wild one, y'all.

Let´s begin with a rather obscure bearded folkie: Gary Higgins. If you love his '73 masterpiece Red Hash like I do, you'll be pleased to find that the ever amazing Drag City label managed to unearth a couple of even earlier Higgins beauties, just released under the title of A Dream A While Back. The delicate and dark Laugh A Little is my current fave. Gospel time now, with the Crumb Brothers. A friend of mine was recently raving about their heavenly Seat In The Kingdom, and boy was he right. Holy smoke indeed. Find it on a cool vinyl-only collection called Life Is A Problem... But Where There Is Life, There Is Hope on the tiny Mississippi records.

Gary Higgins - Laugh A Little MP3
Crumb Brothers - Seat In The Kingdom MP3

Guess who recorded a Daytrotter session recently? None other than the eccentric Van Dyke Parks, who's not exactly your run of the mill, garden variety musician. Want to know why hayseeds go back to the country? Try on the lighthearted highlight The All Golden and find out. Going back to the late seventies now, when expats Patti Palladin and Judy Nylon tried making dissonant waves under the Snatch moniker in punky London. No wave avant la lettre. If you think I'm exaggerating, just try on the funky, Eno-produced R.A.F. Royal Air Force or Rote Armee Fraktion? That's for you to decide. Meanwhile, I'm clinging to my probably rather valuable vinyl copy of their sole album, which to my knowledge still has to see the light of day on cd. Someone do something about that omission, please.

Van Dyke Parks - The All Golden MP3
Snatch - R.A.F. MP3

Ready for some snotty sixties garage punk now? Then let the Caravelles satisfy you. Their wild Lovin' Just My Style can be found on the first volume of that 'mind blowing collection of boss sounds' which is the heavy heavy Boulders series. Another case of vinyl only I'm afraid. Nope, I won't sell my copy unless you make me an offer I can't refuse. And we say goodbye with a glorious piece of soul courtesy of miss Fontella Bass. Her '65 single Rescue Me gave the famous Chess label its first million seller since Chuck Berry last hit a decade or so earlier. She claimed later that she never saw much by way of royalties, and was portrayed as a troublemaker when she complained about it. Just goes to show folks... Take care, but don't forget to have a wild one.

The Caravelles - Lovin' Just My Style MP3
Fontella Bass- Rescue Me MP3

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