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, 30 January 2012

THE SMALL FACES : Deep Joy (Re-post)

This is going to be the landmark 1000th post for several reasons. Firstly because this is where it all really started for me as a spotty school kid obsessed with the Faces. Secondly in memory of the late Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, and thirdly as its just so fuckin' great.

Thanks to all the regular visitors & contributors, as well as everyone else that has dropped in over the last couple of years or so. So, here's to the next 1000 posts, and the millionth hit, which should be in the next 3 - 4 weeks, judging by current traffic.

Also for Ian "Mac" MacLagan & Kenney Jones.

Radio Caroline, 1966
Track 01. Sha-La-La-La-Lee

Colour Me Pop, June 21, 1968 featuring Stanley Unwin
Track 02. Intro & Stan Unwin (834k)
Track 03. Happiness Stan
Track 04. Rollin’ Over
Track 05. The Hungry Intruder
Track 06. The Journey
Track 07. Mad John
Track 08. Happy Days Toy Town

BBC Top Gear, April 14, 1968, with PP Arnold
Track 09. Get Ready
Track 10. Every Little Bit Hurts
Track 11. Lazy Sunday
Track 12. If I Were A Carpenter

Morecambe & Wise, April 18, 1967
Track 13. I Can’t Make It

Top Of The Pops, September 1967
Track 14. Itchycoo Park

(date unknown)
Track 15. My Mind’s Eye

Beat, Beat, Beat (German) 1966
Track 16. What’cha Gonna Do About It
Track 17. Sha-La-La-La-Lee
Track 18. Hey Girl
Track 19. All Or Nothing

Beat Club, date unknown
Track 20. I Can’t Make It

BBC Colour Me Pop 1968
Track 21. Song Of A Baker

(date unknown)
Track 22. I’ve Got Mine (cut off)

Extracts From LP Gulliver’s Travels - Instant INPL 003 (UK)
Track 23. Filler - Happy Days Toy Town/Journey’/Afterglow

SOFT MACHINE : Lyceum, London, 5/10/69.

For mein freund Herr Pauli.

DEAF SCHOOL : Don't Stop The World (1977)

Further Japanese only reissue with bonus tracks.

Just a quick post as I'm @ work... with a working Broabdband Connection...

Coming soon : more Deaf School plus Mod Fun, Direct Hits & more...

Saturday, 28 January 2012

SOFT MACHINE : Berlin Jazz Fest 7/11/71 (FM Broadcast)

Radio broadcast of the Softs' set from Berlin, November 1971. This was the first post Robert Wyatt line up including his replacement Phil Howard.

Just look @ the ticket prizes via a UK Music Shop... best seats for 15 bob (75p) !!

For fellow devotees Herr Pauli & SK...

Soft Machine - Berlin Jazzfest 1971
November 7, 1971

Elton Dean - alto sax, saxello, electric piano
Mike Ratledge - organ, electric piano
Hugh Hopper - bass
Phil Howard - drums

1. FM intro (0:26)
2. Neo-Caliban Grides (6:08)
3. All White (5:56)
4. Slightly All The Time (13:23)
5. Drop (7:43)
6. M.C. (2:40)
7. Out-Bloody-Rageous (15:01)
8. Pigling Bland / FM outro (6:15)

MADNESS : Meltdown Festival 17/6/11

Thanks for the comments left on the recent Suggs / Barso post - I know Andy appreciated them also. He's sent another cracker in here - all the artwork (covers & discs), Andy's own work, are included on the file. Enjoy & please continue to leave a note or two in the comments section. Cheers.

Hugh Hopper : 1984 (1973 Album)

1973 solo album from the great Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper. This file has the original tracks plus several alternative versions. More Softs & related to follow.

For SK & Herr Pauli.

DEAF SCHOOL : Second Honeymoon (1976)

Japanese CD re-issue of the debut album, including bonus material.
The later two albums will follow soon...

***Am posting a couple of things today while I'm in the local ibrary with my Son... Broadband is off @ home & it may be a few days till I can get to a PC again...***

Friday, 27 January 2012

THE OFFBEATS : In Rhythm Off Beat (1984)

Rare 1984 album from The Offbeats. Many thanks to Jonny for uploading this , so please leave him a comment.



THE CHAMELEONS : Eclipse Of The Sun (10/9/86)

The usual thanks to Phil for this great Chameleons bootleg from the Town & Country Club, September 1986.

Deposit Files


A great tracklisting, with some of my favourite material...

Swamp Thing

Mad Jack
A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days
Singing Rule Brittania While The Walls Close In
Less Than Human
Home Is Where The Heart Is
Soul In Isolation
Second Skin
Pleasure & Pain
Tomorrow Never Knows
Splitting In Two
John, I'm Only Dancing

Monday, 23 January 2012

SUGGS & BARSO (Madness) : Absolute Radio Session 22/12/11.

A belated Xmas cracker here, courtesy of Andy Coulter, a Nutties & Two Tone fan since 1979. All artwork, done by Andy himself, is included, along with 2x zip files - Part One being the tracks and Part 2 the interview. Have a listen & please leave a note or two of thanks for Andy...

For Nutty Boys (& Girls) everywhere, especially Lee Bardsley, Mark, Deco & Paul Baily.

Next up will be a rare '84 LP by The Offbeats, courtesy of Jonny.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

DEAF SCHOOL : BBC Radio One In Concert (1976)

An absolute gem here - 1976 BBC Radio 1 in Concert, with the bonus of a 1974 demo from the earliest line up. More studio material & BBC stuff to follow very soon.

For Phil & the Bootleg Meister...

01. Intro - Insrumental
02. Princess Princess
03. What A Way To End It All
04. Hi Jo Hi
05. Band Introductions
06. Room Service
07. Hot Jazz Razzmatazz
08. A Bigger Splash

Bonus Track
09. Ding Dong (1974 Demo)

Line Up:
Paul Tilnick, Guitar
Clive 'Cliff' Langer, Guitar
Ian Ritchie, Sax
Rev. Max Ripple, Piano
Steve 'Mr. Average' Lindsay, Bass
Tim Whittaker, Drums
Eric Shark, Lead vocals
Enrico Cadillac Jr, Lead Vocals
Chelsea Bright, vocals
Betty Bright, vocals

Thursday, 19 January 2012

DEAF SCHOOL : Hardman House Hotel, Liverpool, 24/6/88 (2x CD)

This 24 carat gem marks the blog's 2nd anniversary...
download, enjoy & leave a comment...
Sincere thanks to Phil for this cracker, recorded in Liverpool, 1988 by the reformed Deaf School. There have been a few technical issues related to posting this, & Phil has gone above and beyond the call of duty to get it to the blog. As such, I trust there will be a few comments for him - there must be more fans out there other than Phil, Geoff & myself ! 

This has more than a few links with the fabled Stiff Records - Suggs, Clive Langer & the legendary Nick Lowe - he should have been on the list of bass players recently named in the c-box discussion.

As always with "guest posts" I've included Phil's original link then uploaded it to Rapidshite as a back up. I'm also chasing their three John Peel Sessions, so hopefully I'll be able to post them soon...


What A Way To End It All
Shake Some Action
Get Set Ready Go
Hi Jo Hi
Nearly Moonlit Night Motel
Golden Showers
Morning After
I Wanna Be Your Boy
Ronny Zamora (My Friend)
Shipbuilding [Clive Langer Vox]
It Should've Been Me
I'll Lay Down & Die In Your Love
Capaldi's Cafe

Second Honeymoon
Blue Velvet
Moonlight Rider
Final Act
My Boyfriend's Back [Bette Bright Vox]
Peace, Love & Understanding [Nick Lowe Vox]
My Girl [Suggs Vox]
What A Way To End It All
Final Act



PS (18.1.12) Just got the 3x BBC Sessions as extras on the reissued albums, plus a Radio One Live In Concert... coming to your favourite blog soon...

Friday, 13 January 2012


This art school R&B combo features the talents of the fantastic Ian McLagan, who will be familiar to most visitors to the Blog. Nothing too special here, but an important piece of UK blues history...

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

BLUEBEAT 45's Volume 25

Thanks again to Paul for this excellent series which has attracted literally 1000s of downloads and some great comments over the past few months. This is the final Volume folks... New contributions are always welcome !!

JEFF BECK GROUP : Tour de Force (Dallas, Texas) 17/7/68

More live tracks from Beck's '68 US tour...Great stuff.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Blog Top 10 Posts for 2011...

The 2nd Anniversary of the blog is almost upon us... as we enter the third year, I've looked back through the stats for the past twelve months to see which posts attracted most hits.....

 1) Les Fleur de Lys, Birds, Eyes, Attack, Creation

 2) The Damned / Doomed - London Gigs 1977-81

 3) Damned : Peel / BBC Sessions

 4) David Bowie - Pin Up's

 5) Dusty Springfield - Complete BBC Sessions

 6) Rolling Stones : Bastard's Banquet

 7) The Fall : Hex Induction Hour

 8) The Jam : Royal Court Liverpool 1982

 9) Paul Weller : Bootlegs & rarirties Vols 1-5

10) Polystyrene : Generation Indigo

So there you have it - some great soiunds enjoyed by some very discerning visitors!

Thanks to everyone for the fantastic support over the past two years & keep coming back for more great music.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Fender 1951 Telecaster / "P" Bass

Firstly, can Itake this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy New Year for 2012, and also say "thanks" foor all the comments, messaegs and e-mails. Another year older... if not wiser !!

I had a great run - up to Xmas, selling various data and technical manuals for cars. Some of the proceeds were invested in this Bass, which I've been after for ages.

A bit of a hybrid really, as its based on a 1951 Telecaster / "P" Bass (early Precision), though has a 1957 Precision pick up. The body is a slab (no contours), and the scratchplate again from a '51, like the control panel. The neck / head is Telecaster, and the bridge cover / ashtray is again from a '51. The finishing touch is a period "Fender Telecaster Bass" decal to the headstock...

Although its only about 12 months old, the Tele has been carefully reliced to look as though it has years on the clock... acid etched hardware, missing paintwork and a few dinks in the paintjob. The guy who reliced the bass does them to order, so you can specify how worn or not it looks when completed...

He was also working on a very nice 1970 Precision replica (with the neck humbucker) which I was briefly tempted by before re-deciding on the tele...

Fender's Custom Shop will do this kind of thing to order, though they charge several thousand US $ for the privilege.... This loks the part, plays like a dream and has a real punchy tone. Plus it cost a fraction of what I might have paid...

If there's enough guitar / bass minded people out there, then I'd welcome some posts on the topic... pics & descriptions can be sent via the usual e-mail address & I'll post them up periodically.