Welcome To My Blog

Thanks for checking the blog out... Hope it offers something a bit different every now & again. Though I come from a pseudo - Mod background (Soul & Ska in particular), I have a diverse taste in music & hope my varied posts will reflect this.

Cheers Skamanc .... I'm not after your undying gratitude, but please leave your thoughts, comments & opinions on the posts & content. I regularly up- & download material, plus buy and trade items. As such, if I have inadvertently "trodden on anyone's toes" in posting anything then please let me know & accept my apologies. Also please support the artists involved & remember that the blog is merely a pointer toward these various downloads, which are stored elsewhere. Legally, any downloads should not be retained for more than a week. So now I've told you the legal bit !

Feel free to give me a shout : waltjabsco@hotmail.com

Manchester M22, September 2016

For my kids, Dylan & Tommy. Bollocks to the ex Mrs!

Special thanks to Steve White (software), Gordon Waring (music), Shaun Robinson (artwork), Paul Buddery (DVD's / software) & Sonchey Barrett (essential technical advice!).

"Thank you" also to regular contributors Herr Pauli (Malente, Germany), Phil (Shetland), Deco Mc Dermott & Mark Pengelly of Dublin, Martin Smith (Barnet), Paul Baily (London) and Rodd (Australia).

Monday, 31 May 2010

THE STRANGLERS : The Roundhouse, 6/11/77.

Excellent Stranglers gig from the Roundhouse in late '77. (Part of this gig later formed the Live X-Certificate album). The pic above is from this very gig, with Hugh Cornwell performing his physical accompaniment to "School Mam"... Many thanks to Dave Sez for his assistance with the recent Stranglers posts...

Sunday, 30 May 2010

THE STRANGLERS : Rock Garden, Middlesborough, 24/2/77.

More Stranglers, this time recorded live @ the Rock Garden, Middlesborough on 24/2/77. More Stranglers, Black Slate & Jonathan Richman due soon...

Thanks again to Dave Sez...

Saturday, 29 May 2010

BLACK SLATE : Sirens In The City (vinyl rip)

Further thanks & respect are due to Martin (Skelmersdale) for this ultra - rare vinyl rip of Black Slate's "Sirens In The City".

See piccy for tracklisting - full artwork is also included on the file once downloaded. (Click on the flag to get things rolling...)


Thanks & big respect to Martin of Skelmersdale, who's very kindly just sent in a pile of rare Black Slate material, including some obsure vinyl rips. I'll kick off this cold, wet Bank Holiday Weekend with this eponymous title & post the rest over the next few days, along with more Stranglers titles & a few other bits & bobs. Download, enjoy & leave a comment or two. I'm sure Martin would be keen to read these also...

Thursday, 27 May 2010

THE STRANGLERS : March 1976 Demo's & Rock Goes To College (October 1978).

More Stranglers this morning : a collection of four demo recordings from Mountain Studio, Wales, dated March 1976. followed by their infamous appearance on the BBC TV show "Rock Goes To College".

Great stuff and essential to add to any collection.
Comments & thoughts are, welcome, as always...

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

THE STRANGLERS : John Peel Sessions 1977.

Another in the continuing Stranglers series : here are two '77 Peel Sessions, broadcast on March 1st & August 30th. Enjoy & leave a comment. Thanks !

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

THE STRANGLERS : New Jersey, 1981.

Live recording of The Stranglers from Emerald City, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, dated 11/4/81.

While I presume the gig is part of the "Men In Black" tour, I've stuck a poster promoting "The Raven" here, as many of the tracks are from that excellent album.

Loads more Stranglers from 1976 - 80 to follow very soon.

Comments & feedback are always welcome & it'd be great to hear from a few new faces please...

For old school mate Jindy Jackson, last heard of in New York City...

Monday, 24 May 2010

XTC : USA & Holland 1980

More XTC this morning : gigs from Davis, California (27/2/80) & a soundboard tape from Apeldoorn, Holland (8/8/80). I'd be glad to read visitors' comments on this or any other post...

Friday, 21 May 2010

THE STRANGLERS : Hope & Anchor, 1977.

Decent recording of a 1977 Stranglers gig from the Hope and Anchor. (Scene of many a Specials & Madness show also). Reasonable track list, consisting mainly of material from the 1st two LP's and early singles / EP's. As always, comments & feedback are welcome - lets have some more messages from new people please....As always, click on the St George's flag to start the download process.

Thursday, 20 May 2010


Good quality (radio broadcast) tape of Richman & the Lovers @ the Paradiso, Amsterdam on September the 24th, 1977. Excellent stuff...

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

KILLING JOKE : Almost Red 12"

1979 12" single from Killing Joke. This is for Fitz & the Kenyon.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

XTC : Hurrah's, New York City, 16/1/80

More XTC this Tuesday morning - this time from Hurrah's  (New York City) - the venue for a well known Specials bootleg also. Thanks for the e-mails - glad there's still interest in this great outfit. More to follow...

Monday, 17 May 2010

JONATHAN RICHMAN : Living Room Acetate & Laura Palmer Tape

Another Monday morning - don't you just hate them ???

Its not all doom & gloom though - here's a couple of class Jonathan Richman recordings, & rare as rocking horse shit to boot...

Great additions to the old collection and very desirable.

One is an unreleased acetate of material & the other is a home recording tape Richman made for a young lady.

More studio & live rarities on the way shortly...

Living Room
Laura Palmer

Sunday, 16 May 2010

THE CRAMPS : Live in Exeter, 1980

Live recording of The Cramps from Exeter, 1980. (According to those more knowledgable than me however, the inclusion of certain tracks could point to 1981). Anyhow, enjoy & leave a comment or two..

Saturday, 15 May 2010


Back to May 1978 this evening with Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers @ the Pink Pop Festival. Originally recorded & broadcast by KRO Radio (Holland). Excellent set & material. More to follow soon...

XTC : Live in Brussels 1982

Well, the weekend starts here, and what a post... the excellent XTC Live at L'Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, 7/3/82. This was shortly before they stopped performing live completely. Essential stuff with more to follow...

Friday, 14 May 2010

XTC : Peel Session & the 3D EP (1977)

Some great material here courtesy of the excellent & inventive Andy Partridge & co. A sadly missed act.
Peel June 77

Thursday, 13 May 2010


Rare Ska Vinyl Rip Compilation - says it all. Some killer tracks here... some well known & some not - have a listen & leave me a few comments.

1. Hipp Ska - Cindy Starr
2. Pain Of Love - Cindy Starr
3. You Are The Girl - The Ethiopians
4. Train To Skaville - The Ethiopians
5. Bama Boom - Damaicens
6. Work It - Vice Roys
7. Love Is All I Had - Phillis Dilon
8. Boys and Girls - Phillis Dilon
9. Sounds And Pressure - Unknown
10. Tell Me Darling - Buster's All Stars
11. Sting Like A Bee - Buster's All Stars
12. Ten Commandments - Buster's All Stars
13. Sweet Nanny - Virtues
14. Spit In The Sky - Joe Liggs
15. Tell Me Why - Joe Liggs
16. This Train - Joyce Bond
17. Hong Kong Flu - The Ethiopians
18. Clap Your Hands - The Ethiopians
19. Greedy Gal - Patrick Morgan
20. Children Get Ready - Versatices
21. This Train Is Coming Back - The Gladiators
22. Feeling So Fine - The Gladiators
23. Move Up - Al and Vibrators
24. Sweets For My Sweet - Bobby Aitken
25. Pee Pee Cluck Cluck - The Pioneers
26. Everybody Rock Now - Kim McCarthy
27. Spoogy - Lester Sterling
28. Burning - Dynamics

For all @ the "load of bollocks" forum...

Wednesday, 12 May 2010


Here's an interesting compilation, going back a bit further in time than the usual material on the blog. UK Rcok & Roll original Johnny Kidd was a huge figure in the late 50s and early 60s with a blend of rock & blues. The Pirates were a skilled backing band (despite numerous line up changes). Arguably their best guitarist, Mick Green pioneered a combined lead & rhythm style that influenced a generation of UK musicians and led to the demise of the 2nd (rhythm) guitarist in most bands of the era. Green was a major influence on people like Pete Townshend and Wilko Johnson, and, via them, to Paul Weller and beyond.

Have a listen and marvel @ Green's playing on this rare material recorded for the BBC in the early 60s...

For blog fan Chris Casey...

Dedicated to Johnny Kidd (Frederick Heath, died 1966) & Mick Green (died 2010).


This conludes the series of Crispy Ambulance posts. "Fin" is a posthumous collection of rare & unreleased material. More great material on the way so watch this space & keep the comments coming please...

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

DR FEELGOOD : THE U.A. Years (Singles) & BBC Sessions 1973-8

This is the last post in this short series of Feelgoods files, containing two compilations : The UA (United Artists) years - a singles compilation, and the BBC Sessions 1973-8. Many thanks to Mark (Dublin) for his assistance.
UA Years

DR FEELGOOD : Sneakin' Suspicion (1977)

May 1977 release that was the last Feelgoods album to feature the talents of Wilko Johnson, who was subsequently replaced by Gypie Mayo. More to come, including a singles complilation & BBC sessions.

Thanks again to Mark.