Saturday, March 22, 2008

Robert Forster & Grant McLennan: Live @ Saga, Copenhagen, 1991

This is a beautiful showcase broadcast by some danish radio (ergo the excellent quality) of Robert & Grant performing as an acoustic duo after the Go-Betweens' split-up of the eighties: the songs are both from the GB's repertoire and from the two's solo careers. And that's one thing that still amazes me: how these two old friends never stopped being friends, and how when they got together to play (no matter if on seldom occasions during the GB's 90's Intermission or during the band's comeback after "The friends of Rachel Worth") they could easily play each other's "solo" songs with no problem at all. Just think if there ever is going to be a comeback tour for Pink Floyd with Roger Waters: no way Gilmour would agree to play something out of "The pros and cos of hitch-hiking" or "Amused to death", I'd say.
I bet this is the difference between being friends and just bandmates. Anyone can figure Gilmour singing confidently Every stranger's eyes the way Forster sings Haven't I been a fool ? (well, it's also the difference between going on, making your own music as a solo artist, and selling out your soul playing copycat versions of the songs of the band-that-once-was-and-now-isn't-anymore- because-the-one-with-good-ideas-left...yeah, that too).


01. Cattle And Cane
02. The River People
03. Haven't I Been A Fool
04. Baby Stones
05. Clouds
06. Easy Come Easy Go
07. Spring Rain
08. Love Goes On!
09. Danger In The Past
10. (interview)

Live @ Saga, Copenhagen

Friday, March 21, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Robert Forster's Demon Days tab

This is for all the lazy guitar players out there. I was practising with my guitar when I felt like trying some of the Robert Forster's songs.
And Demon days is one I can easily play and sing (quite my kind of song).

Here are the chords (the strings are one tone down!):

Verse has 4 chords:

3 3 2 0 1 0

0 2 0 0 1 0

1 3 3 2 1 1

3 3 3 2 1 1

And the change goes:

3 3 2 0(1)(0)

0 2 0 0(1)(0)

x 3 2 0(1)(0)

0 2 0 0(1)(0)

Next: A Go-Betweens Bootleg.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sandy Denny: Live At The BBC

Sandy Denny was and will always be to me Fairport Convention's soul: she was the one who brought the british traditional music in (in the very early days they were more keen to USA-oriented rock'n'roll), and gave Fairport one of the most beautiful songs ever written, her own Who knows where the time goes?, and she was the voice they could never replace (Fairport's songs with male vocals have always given me a hard time, by the way). If I have to be completely sincere I'll probably have to admit that, to me, Fairport were Richard Thompson's brilliant guitar playing (and songwriting) and Denny's voice (and songwriting, ok).
But this (triple) collection doesn't pick songs from the Fairport period but only from her solo years, and this makes it a more important release because -again, in my opninion- Denny's solo outputs never reached Fairport's best moments: Sandy's then new self-penned creations surely were not poorer than Fairport's material but probably 70's lush (or pompous) rock productions diminish her songwriting, making it more normal, too often as if she was only one more rock diva. Anyway, all of this yadda yadda yadda is in order to say that these versions have mostly much more stripped down arrengements (if not only piano-and-voice or guitar-and-voice sessions).

If you want to know more about this Live At The BBC go see sandydenny.blogspot

PS Big big thanks to SubcomandateMarcos for uploading these files (thank you once again!)

Live At The BBC 1
Live At The BBC 2

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Robert Forster: The Evangelist (in streaming)

Listen to Robert's "The Evangelist" in streaming @ Yep Rock!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Now there's a new link for Fairport Live 4.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Yeah, right, some problems with File #4...
I'm working on it.

Fairport Convention: Live At The BBC (3 & 4)

fAs promised here are vol. 3 & 4 of "Fairport Convention Live At BBC". Among my favourite pieces of music the 10 minutes-long The Bonny Bunch Of Roses (but there are so many...).

Next: Sandy Denny Live At The BBC too (thank you Marcos: I got the uploaded files alright!)!

Live At The BBC 3

Live At The BBC 4 (new link)

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Fairport Convention: Live At The BBC (1 & 2)

There is no need for me to say how I love Fairport's family -I have already dedicated some posts both to Richard Thompson and to Sandy Denny in the past- so there won't be any suprise if I upload this magnificent boxset, "Fairport Convention Live At The BBC". In these first 2 discs you'll find some songs already released in "Heyday", like one of my favourite FC's covers, Leonard Cohen's Suzanne, but not only.
I alway think that their best days are the ones of their very first LP's and their best songs are the ones sung by Sandy Denny, yet these performances are so beautiful, this british folk rock IS so beautiful that I almost forget that.

Next: Cd 3 & 4.

Live At The BBC 1
Live At The BBC 2

More on Robert Forster

You can find here:

-A nice song-by-song review on Forster's "The Evangelist" @ Fire Escape Talking
-A podcast with an interview to Robert (including excerpts of new songs) @ TimesOnline
-A new mp3 from "The Evangelist", Pandanus, @ FinestKiss.