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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. Feel free to give me a shout : email@example.com Skamanc, City 'til I die, rainy Manchester M23, Jan 2010 For my kids, Dylan & Tommy. Bollocks to the 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 (Germany), Phil (Shetland), Deco Mc Dermott & Mark Pengelly of Dublin, Martin Smith (Barnet), Paul Baily (London) and Rodd (Australia). Acknowledgements to Manchester City Football Club, Ford Motor Co, Hollands Pies, Snap On Tools, Levis Jeans, Stella Breweries and Benson & Hedges. Also to all branches of our fantastic Armed Forces. Finally, sincere thanks to all the visitors who have made donations. The blog only continues thanks to your generosity.
Sunday, 28 February 2010
http://rapidshare.com/files/338243920/The_Prisoners_-_Rare_And_Unissued.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/354203487/in_from_the_cold.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/354203484/Prisoners_-_The_Last_Fourfathers.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/354304932/prisoners_vinyl.rar **Prisoners Vinyl file includes the 4 track "There's A Time" Munster EP, "Reaching My Head" from the Tube / 4 on 4 EP & the ULTRA RARE version of "Pigeon Toed Orange Peel" (a cover of the track from the club scene in the 1968 Clint Eastwood film "Coogan's Bluff").
Two great collections of Damned sessions from the BBC archives. These cover different line up's & incarnations of The Damned - my favourites are still the earliest Brian James, Scabies, Sensible & Vanian lineup. Feckin' brilliant !! Download, turn it up & enjoy !! http://rapidshare.com/files/357204642/sessionsofthedamnedbbc.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/357184827/damnedradio1sessions.rar
Post Prisoners oufit for Graham Day & Allan Crockford. Some excellent material here so download, enjoy & leave me a comment or two... http://rapidshare.com/files/354478647/SOLARFLARES-CanSatisfyYou_extras.rar (This file also includes the bonus of 3x Graham Day songs from "The Further Advebtures Of Mother Earth" album). http://rapidshare.com/files/354555896/The_Solarflares_-_Laughing_Suns.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/354478645/SolarFlares_PsychedelicTantrum.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/340575490/solarflares_LookWhatIMadeOutOfMyHead.zip http://rapidshare.com/files/340575487/solar_flares_ThatWasThenAndSoIsThis.zip
Following on from our recent Howard Devoto posts, "Time's Up" includes the full track listing from the sessions that produced the Buzzcock's "Spiral Scratch" EP. Devoto left the band two days after its release to form the artier "Magazine". (also featured on this blog). Some great stuff on here, and a vital document of a major part of the Manchester scene. http://rapidshare.com/files/357204644/Time_s_Up.rar Comments & feedback please...!!
Today kicks off with "Closer", the second album from Joy Division. Another Collector's Edition, the first disc includes the original album track listing, whilst the second contains a gig from the University of London Union. http://rapidshare.com/files/356843130/CLOSER_1.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/356851670/CLOSER__2.rar
Saturday, 27 February 2010
A quick repost for the Medway Powerhouse compilation series, as they're an integral part of the Prisoners / Medway discography. Impossibly rare three volume vinyl only series, featuring the talents of not only The Prisoners & The Milkshakes, but also a whole host of lesser known Medway bands. Some great tunes on here... download & enjoy !! http://rapidshare.com/files/339248366/MedwayPH1.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/339248367/MedwayPH2.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/339248371/medwph3.rar
I received these on a data dvd from Joanne, who thought I might be interested in posting them. (Thanks Joanne !). I already have the first two Portishead albums which are excellent, though had not actually heard this one. Likewise, I rate Jarvis Cocker very highly as a songwriter, though was never what could be decribed as a Pulp fan. Some good stuff to be found here though for the visitor with an open mind... http://rapidshare.com/files/356621010/Portishead_-_Third.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/356658923/Pulp_-_We_Love_Life.rar Also check out Cocker's solo album, blogged here earlier this month...
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More material from the ex-Mrs Day, former Prime Mover & erstwhile Makin' Time front person Fay Hallam. First up is the Fay Hallam Trinity "Realm" album, followed by the "We Live To Shine" single with three tracksand the "Toe Rag Sessions" by Speakeasy. All tracks are on the one file. This was a collaboration arranged by Biff Bang Pow records, including Hallam, Mike Evans (The Action bassist), drummer Buddy Ascott (The Chords & Pope), guitarist Simon Stebbing (The Purple Hearts) & vocalist Mark Le Gallez (The Risk). A collectable curio for sure... Thanks to Gord for archive material!! http://rapidshare.com/files/354569756/Realm_plus_6x_extras_-_Fay_Hallam_Trinity.rar
Elizabeth Caroline Orton,commonly known as Beth Orton, (born 14 December 1970), is a BRIT Award–winning English singer-songwriter. Known for her "folktronica" sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica, she was initially recognised for her collaborations with William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers in the mid 1990s — but these were not Orton's first recordings. She released a solo album, Superpinkymandy, in 1993. Since the album was only released in Japan, it went largely unnoticed by international audiences. Her second solo album, Trailer Park, garnered much critical acclaim in 1996. With the release of the albums Central Reservation (1999) and the 2002 UK top 10 album, Daybreaker, Beth developed a devoted audience. On her 2006 release, Comfort of Strangers, she has moved towards a more folk-based sound and away from the electronic sound of past albums. (Thank God for wikipaedia, "copy" & "paste"...LOL) Here is a selection of Orton albums.... some very good material on these. http://rapidshare.com/files/354753065/Beth_Orton_-_Daybreaker.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/354891559/Beth_Orton_-_Comfort_Of_Strangers.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/356640779/Beth_Orton_-_Pass_In_Time__Disc_1_.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/354753071/Beth_Orton_-_Pass_In_Time__The_Definitive_Collection__Disc_2_.rar
A collection of early material (1977-78) by Joy Division, under their previous name of Warsaw. (Prior to that, they were briefly known as "The Stiff Kittens"). More Joy Division to follow soon... http://rapidshare.com/files/356361245/Joy_Division_-_Warsaw.rar
One of the best known Joy Division Bootlegs, recorded by an audience member at the Warehouse, Preston, february 28th 1980. Not a technically acomplished recording by any stretch, though a valuable document of a seminal band at the peak of their powers. http://rapidshare.com/files/356361248/Joy_Division_-_Preston_28_February_1980.rar
Two Peel Sessions (January & November 1979) from the unique Joy Division, one of the finest Manchester bands ever. (OK, two were from Salford & 2 from Macclesfield, but...) Interesting track listing, with singles, LP tracks & live favourites. For me, the highlight is the version of "Exercise One", that pisses all over the later album track. If they're new to you, download these sessions & see what you think. I'd be interested in any comments... The already initiated will know where I'm coming from ! More Joy Division to follow soon, including the complete "Warsaw" 'album' and the classic Preston 1980 bootleg... http://rapidshare.com/files/356361241/_1990__Peel_Sessions.rar
Friday, 26 February 2010
A compilation of the greatest hits & well known material by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. Classic material from the Motown songwriter, producer & performer once described by Bob Dylan as "America's greatest living poet". http://rapidshare.com/files/356268093/SMOKEY-DefCol.rar For Shaun Robinson (no relation ??) of Liverpool...
Thursday, 25 February 2010
As previously stated, this Prisoners series is not in chronological order (one of the joys of running a blog!!), as we delve back into their early days... Two early albums and a compilation tonight : "Revenge Of The Prisoners", "A Taste Of Pink" and "The Wisermiserdemelza", with extra tracks where available. http://rapidshare.com/files/354257070/The_Prisoners_-_A_Taste_of_Pink_.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/354215802/The_Prisoners_-_The_WiserMiserDemelza___7.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/340590920/RevengeOfThePRISONERS.zip
Our look at the ex-Prisoners' later careers continues with main man Graham Day & his most recent outfit The Gaolers. This includes two excellent albums : "Soundtrack To The Daily Grind" (2007) & "Triple Distilled" (2008). (The end of the "Triple Distilled" file includes some additional tracks - non album B-Sides). http://rapidshare.com/files/354435554/Graham_DAY___THE_Gaolers_-_Soundtrack_To_The_Daily_Grind.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/354435549/Day_Gaolers_TripleDistilled.rar
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Another Paul Weller related request from out there... so here we go : http://rapidshare.com/files/354865113/Paul_Weller_-_Wild_Wood. http://rapidshare.com/files/354703525/Paul_Weller_-_Heliocentric.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/354703527/Paul_Weller_-_Studio_150.rar
Continuing the Prisoners & related series of posts with Phaze, featuring Fay Hallam (the ex Mrs Graham Day) plus the guitar talents of ex Prisoners' bassist Allan Crockford. http://rapidshare.com/files/354413565/Phaze_-_Who_Do_We_Think_You_Are.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/354413568/Phaze_TonewheelGeneration.rar The usual sincere thanks to Dougal !
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Well its the witching hour now in snowy Manchester, as I begin a new series of posts dealing with The Prisoners & subsequent off-shoots... no particular / chronological order really. As such, its The Prime Movers up first... some very scarce, deleted stuff here... h Maximum respect to Gord for sourcing help & stacks with techie advice.
SHARECODES REMOVED @ REQUEST OF DETOUR RECORDS
SHARECODES REMOVED @ REQUEST OF DETOUR RECORDS
Here we have two excellent Dub samplers from Mancheser based label Blood & Fire... http://rapidshare.com/files/354891563/Various_Artists_-_Heavyweight_Sound_-_A_Blood_And_Fire_Sampler.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/354628844/Various_Artists_-_2_Heavyweight__Another_Blood___Fire_Sampler.rar
A great album from Peter Tosh, who, for me at least, was the major talent within the Wailers. (Shite - can feel the complaints coming in already...). Only complaint is the slightly too liberal use of the Clavinet... it was 1978 though I suppose ! Comments etc welcome... http://rapidshare.com/files/354628847/Peter_Tosh_-_Bush_Doctor.rar
Monday, 22 February 2010
"Incendiary Rhythm & Soul from Makin' Time. The first ever CD release of The Charlatans' Matin Blunt's debut recordings". Sums it up nicely for me... was never a big fan back in the day but recent relistening has allowed some of this material to kinda grow on me... Features all the A's & B's plus album & compilation tracks as released on the Countdown label in the mid 1980s. More Fay Hallam (solo & band based & related) to follow soon...trinity, Phaze, Prime Movers plus Solarflares & Prisoners... Graham Day & The Gaolers... yes you lucky bloggers !! http://rapidshare.com/files/354304926/Makin_Time.rar Big respect & honour due to Gord & Stacks...
More material from The Rifles, by request after the great reaction to the first post ("The Great Escape" album). This afternoon's post includes the now deleted & hard to find debut album "No Love Lost", plus a hidden track not listed on the record sleeve. Further tracks include all from "The Great Escape" EP, plus various B sides from 2005-9, the 5 track EP and a live set from the Shepherds Bush Empire. Big thanks & respect to Fr Dougal of Liverpool...Thanks m8 ! http://rapidshare.com/files/353983909/RIFLES_NoLoveLost_2006.rar http://rapidshare.com/files/353983906/RIFLES_Live_Bsides_Acoustic.rar
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