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).

Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Blog Is Dead... Long Live The Blog...

As manu of you will now be aware, every file you click on is now marked illegal. This is because Rapidshare have decided that I have contravened copyright, and closed down my account, in the process destroying just over 3 1/2 years of accrued / saved files & sharecodes. I have appealed, though with no joy. The rotten feckers....

I have left this a few days as I was debating the best course of action, given that I need to move home very quickly as things have deteriorated so badly on the home &  financial fronts.

After much thought, all I can do is keep the blog going, though you will need to bear with me for a while. I have started to re-upload some material, though obviously,. 3+ years of music is a massive undertaking. 95% of the files are safe on my hard drive(s) though they will onviously need to be gradually reuploaded again.

I may consider reuploading some of the more popular downloads first, as well as bringing in new files not sen on the blog before. Any help will be gratefully received....

Bless you all, Skamanc, Jan 2013.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

MADNESS : Palace Theatre, Los Angeles, 27/2/84

Here's a good quality soundboard recording, very kindly sent in this afternoon by Bud the Wiser. This is from the American leg of the 1984 tour & is well worth a download, now all my share host issues have been resolved. (By this stage, Barso had been replaced by Paul Carrick).

Please leave a comment or two of thanks for Bud please...

Coming next : Stooges Jukebox... 2007 Mojo CD compiled by Iggy Pop...

JOHNNY MARR + Friends (Mojo CD Feb 2013)

Half decent collection of tracks free with the Feb issue of Mojo. Try as I might, I couldn't find a clear pic including the track listing, so I'll manually put it in below...

For Smiths fan Cheryl...

01. Johnny Marr : The Right Thing Right
02. The Cribs : We Share The Same Skies
03. Johnny Marr & The Healers : The Last Ride
04. Edwyn Collins : Come Tomorrow Come Today
05. Sandie Shaw : Hand In Glove
06. Billy Bragg : Walk Away Renee
07. Modest Mouse : Dramamine
08. The The : The Evening Star
09. Transit kings : America Is Unavailable
10. Kirsty MacColl : Walking Down Madison
11. Lisa Germano : Into Oblivion
12. Beth Orton : Call Me The Breeze
13. Robyn Hitchcock : Ordinary Millionaire
14. John Frusciante : Central
15. The Durutti Column : Chant

Friday, 25 January 2013

Rapidshare is Sorted... Downloading Available Again...

Who likes my new M65?? 

Finally... Rapidshare is sorted & all my files are again available to be downloaded by you lucky lot.

This was a long process, involving the setting of user aliases, plus privilege changes, sub folders +++ though I got there in the end with the help of a very useful lad in their User Support Dept. Thanks mate !

All files can be downloaded, and all my blog files can be viewed via the following direct URL :


This is a good way to go if you're after a lot of files - several can be downloaded simultaneously (if your connection speed is good enough) & you won't need to keep clicking between pages / posts on the blog.

Most are arranged alphabetically (by artist then title) though a few have slipped through the net & are a bit random.

All downloads will count towards my Rapids total, which means I can continue to enjoy free storage of these files. So, do yourself ( & me) a favour & get downloading...

Technical Hassle

I've just e-mailed support at Rapidshare due to the ongoing problem loads of you are experiencing when trying to download stuff from the blog. I hope to be able to post some good news by weekend.... All the best & wrap up (the snow is coming back to Manchester this afternoon!!), Skamanc.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

CAROLINA FUNK 1968 - 1977

Yeah... the blog is 3 years old today...Thanks to everyone who has helped out technically, logged in, downloaded, left a comment / message, befriended me & sent in material. You all know who you are...

Love Skamanc

PS...The freeloaders out there can all fuck off.....

Great collection of soul / funk from the States of North & South Carolina, dated 1968 - 1977. Some excellent material on here - nobody is what you might call a household name, though these guys were no doubt massive on the College & support circuits back in the day. One is unreleased and the rest is made up of old master tapes and some rare vinyl. Occasionally parts grate on you...James Brown & Aretha "steals" like "Do right..." and "Take it to the bridge..." but a top collection of period soul / funk all the same that is well worth the download...

Thanks & luv to Steve & Cheryl - both have been 110% rocks during a difficult period...

01 03:14 Primitive - Creation of Music
02 02:52 Gamith - Darkness
03 02:46 Innersouls - Just Take Your Time
04 01:58 Dynamite Singletary - Super Good
05 03:55 Mongoose - King Cobra
06 03:55 Soul Impossibles - Interpretation- Soul Power No 1
07 02:12 Carleen & The Groovers - Can We Rap
08 03:37 Sundia - Stand Up and Be A Man Pt 1
09 02:18 The Tempos Band - Ease It To Me
10 02:57 Frankie & The Damons - Bad Woman
11 02:06 Roy Roberts - You Aint Miss It
12 03:23 Black Experience Band - The Road
13 05:56 The Soul Drifters - Funky Soul Brother
14 02:50 James Reese & The Progressions - Lets Go (Its Summertime)
15 03:54 Paul Burton - So Very Hard To Make It
16 05:46 Wally Coco - Message To Society
17 05:27 Anthony Burns - Doing What You Need To Do
18 03:25 The Black Exotics - Theme Of Blackbyrds
19 02:56 Donnie Brown - Funky Mind
20 02:10 George Campbell - Good Time
21 04:33 J.D.S - Funky Party Time
22 03:50 The Ultimates - Progressive Movement

THE IMPRESSIONS : Complete A & B Sides 1961 - 68

For Liam, Cheryl & all lovers of decent Soul music everywhere... here's to the next 3 years of the blog. This is an exhaustive history of The Impressions legacy on 7" vinyl from 1961 - 1968. Absolutely classic stuff.....

Dedicated to the late Curtis Mayfield.

+ See me on facebook... www.facebook.com/andy.spragg.75

1. Gypsy Woman - Single Version
2. Grow Closer Together - Single Version
3. Little Young Lover - Single Version
4. Minstrel And Queen - Single Version
5. I'm The One Who Loves You - Single Version
6. Sad Sad Girl And Boy - Single Version
7. It's All Right - Single Version
8. Talking About My Baby - Single Version
9. Girl You Don't Know Me - Album Version
10. I'm So Proud - Single Version
11. Keep On Pushing - Single Version
12. You Must Believe Me - Single Version
13. Amen - Album Version
14. People Get Ready - Single Version
15. Woman's Got Soul
16. Meeting Over Yonder - Single Version
17. I Need You - Single Version
18. Just One Kiss From You - Single Version
19. You've Been Cheatin' - Single Version
20. Since I Lost The One I Love - Single Version
21. Too Slow - Single Version
22. Can't Satisfy - Single Version
23. Love's A Comin'
24. You Always Hurt Me
25. It's Hard To Believe - Album Version
26. I Can't Stay Away From You - Single Version
27. We're A Winner - Single Version
28. We're Rolling On [Part One] - Single Version
29. I Loved And I Lost - Album Version
30. Don't Cry My Love - Single Version


1. As Long As You Love Me
2. Can't You See - Single Version
3. Never Let Me Go - Single Version
4. You've Come Home
5. I Need Your Love - Single Version
6. Twist And Limbo
7. You'll Want Me Back
8. Never Too Much Love
9. A Woman Who Loves Me
10. I Made A Mistake
11. I Love You (Yeah)
12. See The Real Me - Single Version
13. Long Long Winter - Album Version
14. I've Been Trying - Album Version
15. Get Up And Move
16. I've Found That I've Lost - Single Version
17. Never Could You Be - Single Version
18. Twilight Time
19. Man Oh Man - Single Version
20. Falling In Love With You
21. No One Else
22. This Must End
23. Wade In The Water
24. Little Girl
25. You've Got Me Runnin' - Single Version
26. You Ought To Be In Heaven
27. It's All Over
28. We're Rolling On [Part Two]
29. Up Up And Away
30. Sometimes I Wonder

 CD1 (A Sides) CD2 (B Sides)

Friday, 18 January 2013


Just finished uploading some new files ready for the blog's 3rd anniversary tomorrow....

Another recent format change on Rapidshare... this means I'm having problems getting the sharecodes off the saved files in my file manager... tried everything without success...

Anyone have any ideas how to get the sharecode / url off a saved file ??

Otherwise there'll be no new posts...

Thanks, Skamanc.

PS : Just added a new browser to the computer & all is well. Fast(ish) connection again & rapidshare is working properly as it always did previously. Strange that it needed Google Chrome to do this but anyway... The new posts are now ready to go on tomorrow for the 3rd anniversary of the blog.

PPS Apologies for the "Mr Sweary" outburst this morning - things seem to get on top of me at the moment...