Monday, October 30, 2006

Basement Crates: Discovery 1

We really need to do something with all the stuff in the basement. Apart from all the boxes (and boxes and boxes) of stuff we put down there when we moved in nearly seven years ago, there's thousands of 7"'s, 12"'s, LPs and CDs. Stuff I've been sent as a music journalist, stuff I've blagged, stuff I picked up in junk shops, boot sales, in record shops across Britain, America and mainland Europe, stuff I once saved up for and actually bought from the record shops I once worked in (HMV in Guildford, Beggars Banquet in Kingston and Putney).

There is so much stuff down there it sort of scares me a bit. It sits under the house, breathing, waiting for me to listen to it. When am I going to be able to do all that?

Anyway, I found this Capitol 7" down there this evening and it seems sort of an appropriate way to start the mp3 part of Landcroft House after Silvana's last post (the pasta was delicious BTW). Johnny Dankworth's Experiments With Mice is a fairly wild track, a spoken word meets Big Band jazz blast that was a huge British hit 50 years ago and includes some fantastically samplable horns (not that anyone, without the correct etcetc should ever blahblahblah) as well as a rattling great kettle drum breakdown.

And we all love a rattling great kettle drum breakdown, right?

I'm going to be posting a couple of tracks a day, so come back soon, I need your help clearing out all this music...

Johnny Dankworth: Experiments With Mice
(Capitol, 1956)

1 comment:

bertopia said...

ermmm can you see if you have any of whatever cousin dave gave you to help appreciate reggae in your basement?