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).

Saturday, 30 April 2011

HOLLY GOLIGHTLY : Live Casbah 31/10/04

Another great file courtesy of Jonny. Many thanks !!

Friday, 29 April 2011

THEE HEADCOATS : Concert Cafe, Green Bay, 1/5/97.

BIG thanks to regular contributor Jonny for this live file. More to follow, including Day & The Gaolers, the JTQ, Prime Movers & Prisoners plus Holly Golightly.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

POLY STYRENE : Generation Indigo (2011)

Here is Poly's final work, the recently released (March 2011) Generation Indigo album.

SOFT MACHINE : BBC Radio Sessions 1967 - 1971

Excellent couple of hours worth of Soft Machine @ the BBC. Not everyone's cup of tea so I'd be interested in comments etc regarding this material.



Tuesday, 26 April 2011

KIM WESTON : The Motown Anthology

Excellent 48 track, double CD collection by one of my all time favourite soul singers, Miss Kim Weston. (Whom I had the privilege of seeing live @ Blackpool FC, 2006). Some great, well known soul sides on here, plus more obscure material and alternative versions etc. Absolutely essential download... More Motown coming soon.



POLY STYRENE (1957 - 2011) RIP.

Former X Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene (Marianne Joan Elliott - Said) sadly passed away yesterday, having been suffering from cancer. RIP.

Search this blog for some previous X Ray Spex downloads. Here also are a few clips...

Monday, 25 April 2011

GENO WASHINGTON & THE RAM JAM BAND : 2 Original Live Shows 1966 - 67

More Geno this evening - I'm making this an advance post for Tuesday as I won't be around much if at all then.... See you later in the week, Skamanc.

BLUEBEAT 45's Volume 6

Keep the comments coming - Vol's 1-5 have now been downloaded 232+ times between them, with comments nowhere near approaching the outgoing traffic.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD : Dusty Sings Bacharach 1964 - 71

                   Excellent compilation of Dusty's Burt Bacharach penned songs from 1964 - 71.

THE DAGGERMEN : Dagger In My Mind (1986)

Saturday, 23 April 2011

MARY WELLS : The Definitive Collection

More Motown from another decent vocalist, the late Mary Wells.

BRENDA HOLLOWAY : The Early Years (Rare Recordings 1962 - 1963)

Here's an excellent compilation of early tracks by the fantastic Brenda Holloway, easily one of my favourite Tamla Motown artistes. These 22 tracks predate her Hitsville material, though there are signs that this teenage vocalist had the class and ability to shine at Motown, which she indeed managed.

Best known / remembered today for the original version of the Small  Faces live favourite "Every Little Bit Hurts", Brenda remains a true legend to me, up there with Kim Weston.

Friday, 22 April 2011

GENO WASHINGTON & THE RAM JAM BAND : Shake A Tail Feather Baby ! (1968)

Another great soul act today, and one that will be forever immortal due to the Dexy's single name check.

Geno was an American serviceman (US Air Force) based in the UK, where he stayed to make his name after completing his service.

For Fatbhoyjim & S.K. (Sussex)...

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

JIMMY JAMES & THE VAGABONDS : Sock It To 'em JJ ! (The Soul Years)

An excellent collection that I've been playing a lot recently. Jimmy James was a UK based Jamaican in the sixties. Unlike many of his countrymen Ska musicians, he favoured the R&B / Soul side, and was a prolific recording artist (the Picadilly & Pye labels, followed by Trojan in the 70s). He was also a massive draw on the soul club scene, like contemporaries Geno Washington, Zoot Money, Georgie Fame & so on. I bet Kevin Rowland heard Jimmy's records before starting Dexy's...

This post consists of 49 live & studio tracks & is well worth downloading & burning onto a couple of CD's... Comments, as always, most welcome.



BLUEBEAT 45's Volume 5

Thanks to Paul Baily for the latest instalment in this essential series....

Please let me have some feedback on this stuff... It might be nice to leave a note or two of thanks for Paul also. Just checked Rapidshare - 191 downloads to date of Vol's 1-4, sadly not reflected in feedback...

FRED WESLEY & MACEO PARKER : Solo Albums (1970 - 77)

Two absolute classics & personal favourites here, from long term James Brwon sidemen Fred Wesley & Maceo Parker....

First up is "Doing Their Own Thing (1970) by Maceo & All The King's Men, followed by 1977's "A Blow For Me A Toot For You" by Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns.

Decent period soul - funk this & both very highly recommended downloads.

Maceo King's Men

Wesley Horny Horns

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

TOM JONES : This Is Tom Jones (1969)


Here's a reasonable collection of Led Zep's BBC sessions. Personally, I much prefer the earlier material which shows a wide range of influences.

For Martin & Pauli.

The link is working fine my end. Try this...

PS Flag download icon is now repaired. Sorry for any inconvenience.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD : A Girl Called Dusty (1964)

Plenty of you seem to have appreciated the recent posts, so here's some more... Tom Jones & Scott Walker on the way shortly...

Dedicated to : Toure (for the goal), Balotelli (for winding up Cap'n Cripple), Hart (those saves), Kompany (inspired captaincy)... in fact feck it... dedicated to every City player & staff member involved.

PS : A real treat is on the way ... Dusty In London - a great collection of material (1968 - 1971) unreleased in the States. I've been compiling the tracks together tonight from several different albums. Watch this space.