Sunday, August 26, 2007

Hello Old Thing, Hello Even Older Thing: 3

Consortium: Copper Coloured Years (Trend, 1970)
You probably know this as the B-Side to Melanie Cries Alone, right? Except you probably don't. I didn't. Well, like you, I've been busy with stuff. Anyway, Consortium were once West Coast Consortium and - as you can see - it was faux-Edwardian psychedelia a-go-go. But this is something quite different - a piece of lush, highly ambitious pop music that clearly had a fair wodge of cash thrown at the production. I've stolen it wholesale from Bob Stanley's fantastic new compilation of what he has dubbed the English Baroque sound. It's lovely. You'll like it.


Little Junior's Blue Flames: Feelin' Good (Sun, 1953)
Brilliant factoid alert: Junior Parker's Sun single before Feelin' Good was called Feelin' Bad. You have to love him for that, no? Anyway, this is a lovely record with a spoken intro bit, some insanely wonderful (and rather lascivious) hollering from a 21 year-old Parker and a stripped-to-the-bone rockabilly-blues shuffle backing it all up. In 1953. I can't imagine what 1953 felt like, but this would suggest people were thinking similar thoughts and planning similar deviations from the righteous path as they are now. Which is good, isn't it?

I think this is a different Bob Stanley.

4 comments:

the mammary gland said...

these two tracks are chalk and cheese Rob. I love the Little Junior track but detested the other one, its about as unfunky as you can get.

Rob said...

OK Stephen - maybe everyone else apart from you will love it...
*resolve falters*

the mammary gland said...

ha ha,
in my defence I have had to endure a lot of folk music in recent times which is so lacking in vitality and funkiness and also meet loads of folk artists who drone on about not liking hip hop or dance music that I am on a crusade and have been listening to all my old jazz, hip hop and funk records, expect the next Memory Band album to feature cowbell, slap bass and handclaps.

Rob said...

hahaha! i hear you. but i still say the Consortium track has its own special charm. In a resolutely non-funky way, natch...