Saturday, 15 April 2017
Roundly regarded as Squeeze's grand masterpiece, in its planned incarnation East Side Story was going to be much grander: it was designed as a double-album with each side produced by a different musician, all a forefather of a different aspect of Squeeze. Dave Edmunds and his Rockpile cohort Nick Lowe were both contracted, as was Lowe's main producing success story Elvis Costello, and then Paul McCartney was slated for a side, but as the sessions started all but Elvis and Edmunds pulled out, with Dave only contributing one track. Costello was enough to make a big, big difference, helping to highlight a band in flux. Jools Holland left the group after Argybargy, taking with him a penchant for boogie-woogie novelty tunes. His replacement was Paul Carrack, veteran of pub rockers Ace who gave Squeeze another lead singer with true commercial potential -- something that Costello exploited by having Carrack sing lead for the brilliant piece of blue-eyed soul, "Tempted" (Costello and Glenn Tilbrook sneak in for the second verse). "Tempted" was a misleading hit -- at least it was a hit in America, where it turned into a '80s standard -- in that it suggested Carrack was a larger presence in the band than he really was, yet it also suggested the richness of East Side Story, and in how the band's music deepened and found a sympathetic producer in Costello. Far from reprising his skeletal, nervy production for The Specials, Costello smoothes out the lingering rough edges in the band, giving them a hint of gloss that has more to do with its new wave era than commercial considerations. One thing that is missing is the frenzied beat that had been Squeeze's signature throughout their first three albums: despite the echoey rockabilly of "Messed Around" -- if you didn't check the credits, you'd be sure this is Edmunds' production, but he was responsible for tightening up the almost ideal opener "In Quintessence," which strangely enough sounds like Costello's 1981 album, Trust (it really was an incestuous scene) -- this isn't a rock & roll album, it's a pop album through and through, from its sounds to its songs.
Nearly all what Squeeze have written is top notch pop. Maybe the second best ban.., no i better stop here :-).
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As a band, J.K. & Co. didn't really exist until after the album was completed, and Kaye formed a group to play the material live that included his cousin John Kaye on bass. Although the LP got a little bit of exposure on Californian underground radio stations, it was not well-promoted and remains barely known, even by many psych-heads. Their career was not aided by the label's bizarre decision to pull a 36-second-long track, the instrumental introductory piece "Break of Dawn," as the single. While they did play live in California, they broke up around the end of the 1960s, without releasing any more recordings. The rare album was reissued on CD by Sundazed/BeatRocket in 2001. (allmusic.com)
This sounds like the solo album that George Harrison might have made before he left the Beatles, as several songs have that solemn, spiritual, forlorn quality Harrison perfected on cuts like "Long, Long, Long." With its languid guitars, organ, and somber mood, "Nobody" is so reminiscent of All Things Must Pass tracks like "Let It Roll" that one is surprised to find that this album was done well before the release of All Things Must Pass in the early '70s. Although the lyrics are blatantly hippie-ish, the music itself sets a dignified, almost stately mood with its intimacy and tasteful restraint. "Fly" and "Nobody" are genuine lost treasures of low-key late-'60s late psychedelia, and alone make the album worth investigating. But it's inspired and pleasurable the whole way through, down to the super-brief links and intros dotted throughout the record.
Very fine psychedelic pop album from '69. If you don't know it give it a try
Australian Power Pop(e) Carpenter's Project ''The Supahip - Seize The World (2005)'' (Not Lame) Flac & mp3
In recent years, Carpenter has been stretching into new territory. His earliest releases were primarily one-man affairs, with all songs written by Carpenter, all instruments performed by Carpenter, and all vox sung by Carpenter. But in 2003 he surprised fans by releasing his first album with a full backing band, Kings Rd. And now, with the Supahip, Carpenter is once more branching off into new territory. Joining together with friend and fellow musician Mark Moldre of Hitchcock’s Regret, the pair combined their individual talents to write and record in a manner that challenged both musicians as songwriters and musicians.
Coming together in the studio once a month for just over a year, all 12 tracks on Seize the World were recorded in as spontaneous a manner as possible, and all within the span of a day. With no prior collaboration, Carpenter and Moldre entered the studio in the morning with a rough idea, sketched out the track between them, and recorded it all in one sitting, repeating this process once a month. In the end the whole process wound up inspiring the songwriters—both of whom were more or less used to being the sole songwriter on their respective projects—and infused the songs with a simplified vitality and immediacy that the pair felt tied them back to “the good old days” or early rock music.
Of additional interest to audiophiles is the fact that Seize the World was recorded to emulate the ‘60s pop recordings of yore, or, as the duo calls it, in the “hyperRETROsonic” process. This essentially means that the instruments are all hard-panned right or left to give it a wide stereo sound. Unfortunately, this takes away from the impact of some of the tracks by creating a noticeable empty space in the sound, and there are some songs, for example “Everything’s Alright”, that would benefit from a richer mix. The Supahip make up for it somewhat by offering a straight mono recording of ten of the twelve tracks following the stereo versions, which gives the songs a very direct, garage-recording punch.
With its mix of low-key rockers and pure pop balladry, Seize the World proves the Supahip to be a fruitful and fortuitous side-project. Neither the Bens nor the Finns, it’s probably not going to help break Carpenter or Moldre into the big time, but it’s proof that setting new challenges for yourself as an artist can be great creative exercise with excellent results. (popmatters.com)
One further side project of australian pop musician Michael Carpenter.
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Highly recommended! If there is any interest in mp3 i will upload it tomorrow.
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You need both mp3 links!