It’s been a busy few months for me – I haven’t been buying too many items, but we’ve moved home, spent time exploring the new surroundings, and we’re currently in the middle of some home improvements. I also used the time to investigate a whole load of music that some of you have been writing about and, man, has that been a treat. I’m hoping to start another semi-regular series about what I’m currently listening to, but right now I figured it was time for another edition of ‘Newly Acquired Objects of Sound’. This edition features some country, jazz, country, rock, Sinatra, country, and a CD.
Vetiver – To Find Me Gone
My brother sent me this one over, as he was shifting on some records that he no longer listened to. He sent a message with a picture of the sleeve out of the blue “you want this?”. Of course. Why not? I haven’t spent an awfy lot of time with it, but I like what I’ve heard even if I haven’t been completely bowled over.
Nancy & Lee; Frank Sinatra’s Greatest Hits!; Dean Martin – Only For Ever; and Nat King Cole – Thank You, Pretty Baby
I’m awfy fond of that Nancy & Lee album and have been looking out for another copy of it. A pal had received a pile of records a while back, said it was among them and it was mine if I wanted it. Knowing that I like Frank Sinatra, he threw in that Greatest Hits! and some extra croonage – my first Nat King Cole and Dean Martin records.
Randy California – Restless; Dolly Parton – Jolene; and Doug Sahm – Groover’s Paradise
So, that yellow-faced Mr 1537 knows fine well what he was playing at when he wrote about this one not so long ago… he knew I’d be reading (as always) and I would be all “oh! I haven’t heard that one”. Well, pal, here it is in my collection. I found this near mint promotional copy in the Record Fayre in Glasgow one lunchtime for £6. The press release and promotional photo is enclosed in the sleeve, too.
But that wasn’t the only record I found there that day…
Being a fan of some of Dolly’s older stuff, I have been after this one a while. Again, the LP is in pretty excellent condition and £4 seemed to me like a good price. Naturally, the title track has received a fair few plays. It’s that good.
It was Blabber ‘n’ Smoke‘s PK that introduced me to Doug Sahm a while back. The Best of Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet 1968-1975 was the only album I was familiar with for a while, but I spotted Groover’s Paradise for £5 and thought “oh aye – I’ll have some of that!”
It’s a really great LP; the first side is particularly special.
Emanative – Earth
One of my favourite releases this year. I’d been hitting this up via the streaming service and got a wee bit obsessed with it – seriously, it’s the kind of album that you could lose yourself in. It’s lifting and calming… it’s been a real inspirational listen. On many levels. Bad days and thoughts are lifted. It’s vibes are truly wonderful. There’s so much about jazz that I don’t know, but all the elements I love are tied up in this.
Anyhoo, after a lot of listens and praise, my wife suggested I buy the LP when I spotted it for a real good price.
Loretta Lynn – Van Lear Rose
I finally decided to buy this one after seeing a cheap copy appear on Discogs. This was one of my favourite albums of the last 20 years of so. I still remember buying it way back when it was released. This 2011 Third Man Records release was the first on vinyl and they’ve done a splendid job. It doesn’t sound as loud as the CD copy and there’s a bit more breathing space for the instruments and Lynn’s wonderful voice.
Steven Seagal – Mojo Priest
Yes! My buddy Aaron over at Keeps Me Alive knows I’m a Seagalogist and sent me this copy of Seagal’s second album that he found during one of his Tarana trips. I have both his albums on the MP3 racks, but this is the only one I have a physical copy of. And it’s good. There are some good players on here and Seagal can clearly play, too – even if it doesn’t always sound original or inspired. Sure, reverb appears to be used as one of the main instruments and it lacks grit and some urgency, but if you ignore that, as well as all the bonkersness attached to Seagal, this is a fairly good set.
So, there you have it!
As always, let me know if you have any of these and whether or not you like them? What’s your favourite?