Ely Onlineâ€™s editor likes to mix and a few months ago completed yet another mix mix tape. He was was quite happy with the finished product and decided to make it available to the masses.
Karl had planned to release the mix last Christmas but just didn’t have the time, so once again presents you with my ‘Another Late Night Mix (Second Helpings) another mix that fits in nicely with the current staying-in-is-the-new-going-out trend in music. A trend that fits perfectly with Karl’s life as he
seldom never goes clubbing these days and is more than happy to create a mix from the comfort of his home.
The mix has all Karl’s usual suspects; downtempo remixes, romantic pop, TV tunes, Motown, 60s gems and a little newness thrown in for good measure.
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- The Tomorrow People – Dudley Simpson (1973)
As a kid in 1973 I remember rushing home from primary school to watch ‘The Tomorrow People’, a sci-fi show that was a replacement for the wonderful ‘Ace Of Wands’ and a rival to ‘Dr. Who’. I always loved the theme even though the similarity to the Dr Who theme is quite striking. So what better way to open!
- A Pain That I Am Used to (Goldfrapp Remix) – Depeche Mode (2005)
One of the standout tracks from DM’s new CD blissfully remixed by Goldfrapp.
- Hair – Zen (1968)
This is one of my battered old 7″ singles that was big for me towards the end of my mod days (1979-1984). Don’t know much about this late 60s nuggett.
- Tomorrow’s Seeds – Go Home Productions (2005)
I got hooked on underground ‘bastard pop’ scene several years ago and Mark Vidler was (and still is) one of the pioneers of this scene, so its good to see him finally getting some exposure. This track features the Beatles and the Seeds. Just Brilliant!
- Love Buzz – Shocking Blue (1969)
Nirvana covered this song on their first album. This is the far superior original! They are better known for their huge hit ‘Venus’.
- East Of The River Nile – Augustus Pablo (1977)
I only came across dub reggae artist Augustus Pablo this year but his steady stream of ethereal, free-flowing instrumentals has me hooked. This track from 1977 with its melodica lead is, to quote Robert Christgau, ‘a simplistic mood-music masterwork-calming, childish, and inexplicable’.
- Lovely Head – Goldfrapp (2000)
This track, from their CD ‘Felt Mountain’ just ooze class with the aplomb of a high calibre movie theme. Just wait until the keybord solo hits you.
- Water No Get Enemy – Fela Kuti (1975)
This is one of my favourite Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti’s tracks. One review says that ‘Water get no ememy’ is ‘postulating the motion of water as a metaphor for human interaction and the rhythms of society’. Heavy! I say just enjoy the groove!
- Geppetto – Optiganally Yours (2000)
Another recent discovery for me. All the music is created on a optigan keyboard (hence the name of the band). Its a great track and you can cha-cha all day! Enjoy!
- So Is The Sun – World Column (Mid 60s)
As I mentioned, from 1979 – 1984 I was wrapped up in the mod revial. A big part of that scene was the music and the well informed mods soon adopted the Northern Soul Scene’s music, that was really anything (and I mean anything) with a mid 60s/early 70s Motown feel. This track was massive at Wigan Casino and was totally lifted by Weller for the Jam’s track, ‘Trans Global Unity Express’ from their final album, ‘The Gift’.
- This Is What You Are – Wasa Bee featuring Mario Bondi (2004)
I got hooked on this 12″ last year after hearing it on Norman Jay’s radio show. All I know is that the band are Italian and thus far their only release. Think Frank Sinatra with a retro Nu Jazz feel. A dance floor friendly anthem!
- La Ritournelle (Mr Dan’s Magic Wand Mix) – Sebastien Tellier (2005)
The full album version of this blissed-out track was a summer anthem for me. Mr. Dan’s remix retains all the love of the original in a tight 3 minute epic. One reviewer wrote, ‘This song will make your whole body weep and fall in love with everything again… and again… and again…’ Just beautiful!
- The Family – Mr. Brooks (1974)
This 45 was released towards the end of the underground acid-folk scene and was a theme tune to the 1974 BBC documentary ‘The Family‘ which may have been the first fly-on-the-wall’ documentary in Britain. The song itself is another dreamy instrumental that reminds me of younger days.
- Spinning Wheel – Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969)
In 1969 BS&T’s own brand of brassy jazz-rock made their self-titled album, ‘Album Of The Year’ spawning three major hit singles that included ”Spinning Wheel’ – an all time favourite of mine.
- “T” Plays It Cool – Marvin Gaye (1972)
For me, the golden age of Motown ended in 1972. Motown moved from Detroit to Los Angeles and thus ended probably one of the most succeseful hit factories of all time. When they moved they left all the musicians (The Funk Brothers) behind (quite literally – a notice was posted on the doors to ‘Studio A’ saying their services were no longer required). Of course all the major artists moved but the ‘Motown Sound’ died.
- Kel’s Vintage Thought – MagnÃ©tophone (2005)
MagnÃ©tophone’s biography claim, as boys they would often be found under water, weighed down by bricks and playing Stylophones, they named this ritual the “Alpha Beti Bon-Tempi Underwater Electro-Hydro Sound-Fusion”. ‘Kel’s Vintage Thought’ is a gnarled upbeat rock track with an electronic underlay that shouldn’t work but does wonderfully, the album as a whole seems to have more affinities with rock music than with most contemporary electronica.
- Lament 1 “Birds Lament” – Moondog (1969)
Born in 1916, Moondog wrote all his music in braille having lost his sight at 17, he would entertain crowds playing his compositions on home-made drums and some portable keyboards and reciting his own poetry. His eccentricity was furthered by the fact that sporting a long beard and a spear, he wore home made clothes consisting of a robe, a Vikings helmet. ‘Lament 1’ is probably his best known work over here, you will have most likely heard this on many adverts in remixed form by ‘Bent’ who titled his track ‘Get A Move On’.
- The Visit (She Was Here) – The Cyrkle (1967)
American band, The Cyrkle (name suggested by John Lennon), produced some of the most beautiful three-part harmonies and intricate arrangements that â€˜60s pop music had to offer. The Cyrkle were managed by ‘The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, and opened for the ‘fab four’ during the summer of 1966 to audiences of 70,000. The exposure sent their debut single, “Red Rubber Ball” to #2 on the charts. I have always loved this mellow summer accoustic track, reminds me of lazy summer days that don’t really exist in real life!
- Over The Bridge – The Superimposers (2005)
Like ‘Dungen’, listed below, The Superimposers would easily fit in with any late ’60s artistes, as one reviwer writes, ‘Possibly the result of a bizarre 60s experiment between the harmonic glory of The Beach Boys and the easy listening arrangements of Jimmy Webb’
- Om Du Vore En NattfjÃ¤ril – Dungen (2002)
Sweden’s psych-pop band ‘Dungen‘ came to prominence last year with the classic ‘Ta Det Lungt’, an album that to the unwitting listener could easily have been mistaken as some late ’60s European psych-rock rarity. The track I chose here is another blissful instumental from 2 years earlier. It was the b-side of their debut single ‘Solen stiger upp’. Wonderfull!
- Do Not As I Do – Hanne Hukkelberg (2005)
Hanne Hukkelberg is another performer I discovered via BBC Radio One’s wonderfully chilled out Blue Room show and ‘Do Not As I Do’ is, essentially, a classic.
One review exclaims: ‘Funky, jazzy, lively, gorgeous-voiced music. Torchy and playful both, there are moments when she’s channeling Billie Holiday, I swear, but a Billie Holiday very much of this time, and yes I hear the Stina Nordenstam/BjÃ¶rk/Joanne Newsom there, too. And a little Anja Garbarek and Regina Spektor in the mix, too, in the playful jazziness. BjÃ¶rk again in the playfulness and willingness to experiment with instruments and sound.’
- Hocus Pocus – Focus (1972)
This was a favourite of mine when growing up. Dad had the track on a K-tel greatest hits LP from the early 70s. The song was just plain mad, it was a commercial prog-rock style instumental that consisted of a striking rock-guitar chord sequence used as the recurring theme, and surprisingly varied episodes in between that included accordion playing, alto flute riffs, guitar improvisation, drum solos, whistling, nonsense vocals, falsetto singing, and yodeling.
- Jig-A-Jig – East Of Eden (1970)
This is another rock track in the novelty vain of Hocus Pocus. East Of Eden were a progressive band formed in Brighton in 1968 by violinist and multi-instrumentalist Dave Arbus. The instrumental ‘Jig A Jig’ was completely untypical of their usual musical style, progressive rock with lots of hard rock guitar and Dave Arbus’ wild violin work.
- All I Do Is Think About You – Tammi Terrell (1966)
I am a big Motown fan and have visited the studios in Detroit a number of time. This is the original version of a track that Stevie Wonder released in the early 80s entitled ‘All I Do’. Tammi’s original lay unreleased until recently.
Tammi was best known for her duets with Marvin Gaye (ain’t no mountain high enough, You’re all I need to get by etc.) and collasped in his arms on stage in 1967, she was diagnosed as having a brain tumour and died tragically in 1970 at the age of 24.
- Traces – Classics IV Featuring Dennis Yost (1969)
I just love the lyrics of this late 60s classic. Do you have any memories of love lost?
Covered now with lines and creases
Tickets torn in half
Memories in bits and pieces
Traces of love long ago
That didn’t work out right
Traces of love
Ribbons from her hair
Souvenirs of days together
The ring he used to wear
Pages from an old love letter
Traces of love long ago
That didn’t work out right
Traces of love
With me tonight
I close my eyes and say a prayer
That in her heart
A trace of love still there
Somewhere, ooooh, oh
Traces of hope in the night
that she’ll come back and dry
These traces of tears
From my eyes
- Time Will Pass You By – Tobi Legend
A great Northern Soul end-of-night tune that I never tire of.
- Breakfast With Me – Unknown Artist
What better way to end the mix. Great song but I have no idea who released this!
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