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, 22 May 2012

MADNESS : Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA, 16/4/12

Andy Coulter does it again !! I know from comments and e-mails that this is eagerly awaited by a lot of you out there in blogland. So without further ado, here's Madness in Los Angeles...

As always, Andy would appreciate a few comments on this....

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

MADNESS : House of Blues, Las Vegas, Nevada, 14/4/12

Another great Nutty boot from Andy C's great collection.... This is the recent House of Blues gig from Las Vegas. Andy has also sent me the Club Nokia LA gig which will be posted very soon, so please leave him a note of thanks in Comments. As always, full sleeve and disc artwork is included on the file.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Obituary : Donald "Duck" Dunn

Donald "Duck" Dunn, November 24th 1941 - May 13th 2012.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1941, Dunn began playing bass in the late 1950s having decided that the guitar was too difficult : "I tried the guitar but it had two strings too many" he was quoted. "It was too complicated man !!"

An early player of the Fender bass range (typically a Precision though occasionally a Jazz), Dunn joined Stax records in 1964 with colleagues Booker T Jones,the late Al Jackson Jr and; Steve Cropper forming Booker T and The MG's (Memphis Group). In later years he endorsed the Lakland bass range (pic below), with his own signature model.

Here they became the world's premier backing group, recording and playing live shows with  US soul legends, including Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam + Dave, Carla Thomas
and Eddie Floyd.

His deceptively simple bass lines (just you try playing them !!) underpinned hit after hit record and he became a major influence on generations of aspirant bass players, myself included.

He was later known for his appearances in the Blues Brothers bands and films, where he spoke a line that summed up his work with the MG's :

"We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline".

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Up Yours Taggart No 13...

Regular visitors will have seen previous "Up Yours Taggarts"... this commemorative edition is re-allocated No 13, as it is the time (in seconds) that the Rags thought they were Champions this afternoon...Unlucky for some, not so unlucky for others !!!

Better luck next time Taggart...

Dedicated to our last title - winning side from 1968. Three players (Neil Young, Mike Doyle & George Heslop), plus trainer Dave Ewing are no longer with us. Likewise Managers Joe Mercer & Malcolm Allison. Great to see Mrs Mercer at the game, plus Franny Lee, Mike Summerbee & Tony "Skip" Book.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

SOFT MACHINE : Roundhouse 7/2/71

Good quality recording from the Roundhouse, Feb 1971, with a great tracklisting.. This has been due for posting for a while now, though I've just converted it to MP3 and got round to sorting out a new Sharecode.

This again features the Hopper, Wyatt, Ratledge & Dean quintet.

Published / posted in conjunction with sister blog "Hugh Hopper's Fender Jazz".

Converted via media.io/ & boxoft flac - mp3 freeware. Very useful...

Fur Holger...

Friday, 4 May 2012

MADNESS : Coachella CD Covers

Following his contribution of the Madness set from this year's Coachella festival, Andy has just sent me these self designs for the CD. I'm sure you agree they look great so please be sure and leave a note for him in the comments...