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Underrated: Bobby Darin

[This post is a stolen guest post by the great Jim Denham, of Shiraz Socialist – stolen from the comments here, with audio-visual added by me. – B.] Bobby Darin would be my suggestion for an “underrrated” artist. Not entirely forgotten, obviously: his hard-swinging, key-changing ‘Mack The Knife’ still tuns up on pub juke boxes, […]

First & last CDs: from marronage to voot

Before I moved in with the woman who is now my wife, I had no CD player. However, in anticipation, I bought two CDs from the covered market that used to be in Camberwell but sadly is no longer. Actually, I bought one, and my lovely sister bought me the other. They were, respectively, as […]

First & last LPs: From Satch to Scientist

So, this week we are nearing the end of vinyl in the First and last series, including at least one fantastic guest post, by rustyfruitjuice. Next week we move to cassettes. I am not completely sure, alas, what the first LP I bought was, although I can vividly remember buying it. It must have been my […]

Vidal Sasson’s desert island discs

My comrade Jim Denham points us to the excellent musical  choices of the late Vidal Sassoon, style icon and, more importantly, street-fighting ant-fascist. Read obituaries here. You can listen to his extraordinary life story and listening choices on Desert Island Discs here. The music follows, with my comments in italics. Dinah Washington— What a Difference […]

Bob’s Boys

From the wonderful blog, For the Sake of the Song, I thought this was appropriate to help launch my project: Four saxes, one vision. Always loved Tenor Conclave, a hot blowing session recorded in 1956 and featuring messrs. Mobley, Cohn, Coltrane, and Sims in great form. The Bob in the title refers to Bob Weinstock btw, […]