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).

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Up Yours Taggart !

For Hammers "Cockney" Steve White & Ian Appleton...

FREE Festive Advent Calendar for every blog visitor...

Signing off now for a few days with this :

Normal Service To Be Resumed Shortly

There will be no posts for a few days due to a family bereavement.

JULIE DRISCOLL, BRIAN AUGER and THE TRINITY : Piper Club, Rome, 5/6/68 + BBC Sessions.

Here's a file that I've been meaning to post for a long while... fantastic stuff, with live tracks from the Piper Club (as part of the Rome Jazz Festival), plus some rare BBC session tracks as a bonus. Do a blog search... more Driscoll / Auger plus Pink Floyd & The Byrds also from the Piper Club....

Live : 1. If You Live (aka Your Time Will Come) 2. Season of the Witch 3. This Wheel's On Fire 4. Save Me

BBC: 5. Old Jim Crow 6. Road To Cairo 7. I'm Not Talking 8. Lonesome Hobo 9. Shadows of You
10. This Wheel's On Fire 11. Why (Am I Treated So Bad) ?

For SK of Sussex...

Monday, 29 November 2010

RIP Leslie Nielsen

Just heard that Leslie Nielsen passed away yesterday aged 84. I used to love watching him play the hapless Frank Drebin in Police Squad with my Dad back in the say. RIP Leslie.

THE BALLET ON ICE, Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, 9/12/67

A bit of a departure for the blog, but here is a classic game of football (or, at least, the five goals scored within the game). As you all know I'm a City fan for my sins & this is a classic line up. Within a five year period (1965-70) City won the 2nd Division , 1st division, FA Cup, Charity Shield & Cup Winners Cup. Plus we always seemed to stuff the twats from Old Trafford (a football ground near Manchester). This was all done with a basic nucleus of homegrown players, eg. The Cup Winners Cup Final Squad involved 11 English men plus a Scotsman (Arthur Mann RIP). Nationality is not important - look at how City & Spurs play on this clip - team players to a man despite the number of Internationals out there - Jennings, Mullery, Greaves, Lee, Bell, Summerbee etc. Plus can you see the serial cheating puffs today playing on a frozen ground like that with snow continuing to fall....?? Not a fuckin chance. I am not slagging foreign players but when will City ever win a trophy again with 11 Englishmen ? Or Celtic do it (like 1967) with eleven Scots players ? NEVER.

We've all heard of Bell, Lee, Summerbee etc but this is dedicated to Neil Young (watch his cannonball left foot shots on here, PLUS he won us the '69 FA Cup) - a true blue & top feller.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

THE CHAMELEONS : Strange Times (1986)

Includes the free - bonus album (as per cover), which includes covers of Bowie's "John I'm Only Dancing" and The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows".

Saturday, 27 November 2010

THE PRISONERS : TV Clips, Live Footage & More...Part 2

More footage featuring the late, much lamented Prisoners...

First is a great version of "Melanie" from 1985...

"Hush" live...

Video for the JTQ's version of the "Blow Up" movie theme...

"Good Things" by the Prime Movers... James Taylor replaced Fay Day
on this gig - virtually a Prisoners reunion !!

For ALL Prisoners fans everywhere...

More clips soon.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

THE WHO : Rarities 1966 - 1972 Vol's 1 + 2

                                                    Grosse "Danke" fur Herr Pauli !!

Decent, long deleted collection of Who rarites from 1966 - 72. Includes the alt version of "Circles" / "Instant Party", plus John Entwistle B sides, the "Ready Steady Who" EP & loads more. Great little addition to the collection... 

For "The Ox" & "Moon The Loon".

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

THE PRISONERS : TV clips, live footage & more Part 1

It will not come as a surprise to regular visitors to the blog that I retain an obsession with Medway's finest... The Prisoners. Over a quarter of a century now since I first saw 'em (supporting The Ramones, Manchester Apollo). Nonchalant young music snob that I was... left the Apollo after they'd finished their support set...

Been meaning to have a look through the clips I've saved on "my favourites" on youtube" & surpise, surprise, there was quite a lot of Prisoners stuff.

Dedicated to fellow Prisoner fans T.C, Nicola (Italy) & Dougal (Liverpool)

Includes a great version of "Reaching My Head" from The Tube, 1984, as released
on the "Four on Four EP". Prisoners segment approx 6mins in...

Live TV footage, 1985. Live favourite and album track. (Actually titled "Explosion
On Uranus")

Cover of the Joe 90 TV theme. Had to include this for novelty value. Got this in
the car on a Prisoners CD & the kids won't let me play anything else just now...

Rare live footage of "Melanie", France (Rennes ??), December 1983.

More Prisoners, Prime Movers, Solarflares, Graham Day & The Gaolers +++ clips on the way soon... Wish I'd thought of the clip post before !!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

PETER GREEN'S FLEETWOOD MAC : Roundhouse 24/4/70

Peter Green / Fleetwood Mac gig from the Roundhouse, April 24th 1970.

For Martin - thanks for all the recent help !

Monday, 22 November 2010

THE FALL : Dragnet (1979)

Second long player from The Fall... 'kin brilliant. I was in Prestwich yesterday & drove past the maverick genius that isMark E Smith...

MILES DAVIS : Filles de Kilimanjaro (1968)

Sunday, 21 November 2010

THE CLASH : Bonds Casino NYC June 1981

Thanks to Martin for this Clash 2-parter, one of the 17 matinee & night shows they played due to ticket over subscriptions / sell outs and problems with the NY Fire Department...

 File in 2 parts...

MILES DAVIS : Miles In The Sky (1968)

A landmark in Davis' output - the first to feature Electric Guitar & electric piano...
One of my faves & highly recommended.

Anyway, got to be up @ 5.45 so I'm off to feather. Nite all

Saturday, 20 November 2010

THE CARPETTES : The Best Of...

For Martin & Jimmy - thanks for your ongoing help lads !
Best Of compilation courtesy of Martin...

Check out their great website, including some rare downloads :

Also check out a clip from the Old Grey Whistle Test (1980)

Friday, 19 November 2010

November Raffle - Reposted...

Just reposting this in an effort to boost sales a bit...

Well, it's that time of the month again... when by tradition Mrs Skamanc ignores the Virgin telephone Bill, so the Broadband (which I pay her for) is cut off again.

This, in turn, severely curtails the amount & quality of Broadband I receive (Plan B = a Tmobile dongle, that is, frankly, shite), and, as a result, limits my up and downloading capabilities. I go to the public library when possible, but : (a) Its closed at 4am on a Sunday morning, which, by sods law, is usually the time I enter a marathon spell of working & (b) A lot of uploading sites are forbidden by their server.

Without wishing to moan, even the Broadband payment is difficult, as I'm self-financing my Tech College Auto Electrics Course via E-bay sales (easier said than done), and I've reeived no benefits since July due to a wrangle over the Mrs' part-time earnings. (She's a test pilot in a broomstick factory lol).
As a result, I'm planning a fund raising raffle for the forthcoming month - the raffle will run through November & prizes distributed early December.

"Tickets" will be £1 each, and prizes will include a selection of music books, CDs and bootleg DVD's (I have a huge collection of 2Tone / related stuff etc).

Anyone interested can send a pound via the Paypal "donate" button (located just above the Visitors Web Counter) - please include your name & address details in case you win. As stated, I'll ship prizes out early December, and will post a full list of lucky winners. Anyone wishing to remain private / anonymous should let me know with their contact information.

As always, anything raised over the required running costs will be donated to the "Help For Heroes" charity in the UK, which assists disabled / injured current & ex service personnel.

Thanks & good luck...

BAD MANNERS : Rare Live Clips (youtube)

I received a very interesting e-mail this afternoon - I have pasted it below... Many thanks to Steve for getting in touch with these links...

Hey love the blog, I was once for many years the drummer for bad manners, I have a ton of live footage, never heard or seen before.

I have been posting some of it to youtube, it’s great quality. Thought I would share some with you. Also I have a site


Here is a great recording with myself, but it features Winston Bazoomies the original harp player and Rico Rodriguez on trombone. This is 1993 in Stockton - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lniQp5HQVoE








http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoPiOmiEkn4 This is the day Busters Dad Died before the gig at the Coach House







Cheers, Steve.
Steve DiFranco

Thursday, 18 November 2010

THE VAPORS : Live Guildford 1981 (BBC Rock Hour)

Here's a great archive find by Martin - The Vapors recorded live in Guildford, 1981 (possibly supporting The Jam) for the BBC Rock Hour Show. In fact, they were co-managed for a while by Bruce Foxton & John Weller...

Best remembered now for their hit "Turning Japanese" but have a listen & enjoy this blast from the past...

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

THE WHO : Rockpalast 23.8.81

Ah, bless... that chinless, inbred idiot Prince William has announced his engagement to Kate Middleton... fuck the pair of them.. here's The 'oo !
BIG THANKS to Herr Pauli for this gem from German TV show Rockpalast. Please note that this is an audio file rather than video / DVD. Enjoy...

This is on Rapidshare as its quite a large file (213Mb) & I couldn't be arsed splitting it up !!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

PAUL WELLER : The Docks, Hamburg, 13/11/90

A big "danke" to blog friend & contributor Pauli for this early Weller solo performance, Hamburg Docks, 13/11/90. Pauli has sent me a ruck of decent material, so there will be more to come soon...
For blog regulars Pauli & Romy Hollenberg (Germany)

Monday, 15 November 2010

JOE JACKSON : Rockpalast, 16/4/83

Herr Pauli does it again with this great Jackson Show from German TV show Rockpalast.

Sunday, 14 November 2010


Many thanks to blog regular & friend Pauli, who sent me this along with several other cool files. I have another Driscoll / Auger live recording / BBC session lying around that I'll post asap...

Saturday, 13 November 2010


19/11/10 : NEW sharecode just added...
sorry for the inconvenience!!
Great sounding bootleg from Costello & The Attractions, Paramount North West Theater, Seattle, WA,  9/2/78.
For EC fan Cheryl, North Carolina.

New Rapidshare code ....

Friday, 12 November 2010

SHREDS Volume 3 : American Underground 1995

Here's Volume 3, covering 1995 releases...

Thursday, 11 November 2010

LEN PRICE THREE : Chinese Burn

                                                           Further thanks to Martin Smith...

                      Dedicated to all members, past & present, of HM Armed Forces.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

TINA BRITT : Blue All The Way (1969)

Best known these days for her inclusion on numerous Northern Compilations, this was Tina's only album, released in 1969 & is an excellent one. A worthy addition to any Soul collection.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

THE CHAMELEONS : Witchwood (Official Bootleg) 2000.

Here's a gig I was lucky enough to be at : The Witchwood, Ashton Under Lyne in May 2000. Cleverly "bootlegged" by the Chameleons themselves. I've got this somewhere, along with the tickets from their December 2001 Middleton gig (now that's one I'd like to have on the blog...) Many thanks to Vincent (France) for the files. I've added some artwork to the file, so download & enjoy...

Monday, 8 November 2010

THE FUZZTONES : Marquee, 27/5/85

Dedicated to Martin (Barnet) & Nicola (Italy)