FL12Sept - Page 159

Made In England
like it raw and loud, this’ll do nicely.
I spoke a year or so ago about the
sad death of Jeff Healey, and shortly
after that a live album called ‘Mess of
Blues’ was released, which was just
great. Now, another follow on to that
has come out, ‘Songs from the Road’,
and is just as good. There are a few
Healey standards, intermingled with
wonderful versions of ‘White Room’,
‘Come Together’ and ‘Whipping Post’,
and in addition a DVD of 8 great
songs, including ‘Like a Hurricane’
and ‘Highway to Hell’. All in all a real
happy album that you just can’t stop
smiling through.
My two most recent acquisitions
arrived two days ago, so I haven’t had
too much time to make a proper
assessment, but both will get a lot of
playing, that’s for sure. They couldn’t
be further apart, musically, the first
being Mark Knopfler’s ‘Get Lucky’,
and the second Porcupine Tree’s ‘The
Incident’. Knopfler is just pure
Knopfler, and me and Porky decided
that he does brilliant folk songs. That
doesn’t mean he sings with his hand
cupped by one ear, and sings through
his nose.
It means he does great songs about
ordinary folk. When you hear him sing
about a lorry driver who’s lost his girl,
he is that driver. The guy in the casino
who’s as dodgy as you like – Knopfler.
The farmer whose crops have failed
and who has to sell everything to
keep his family fed – yep, you guessed
it. And beautifully crafted lyrics –
Man’s broken down
Man’s broken down on the slip road
Got a slipped
And it’s a hard
shoulder to cry
Definitely an
album in the
same mould as
most of his
recent ones, and
very similar to
Ian Hunter’s
recent ‘Man
Lovely album
that needs to be
carefully listened
to and admired.
‘The Incident’
is very different.
Porcupine Tree
are at the forefront of new prog, and
are oft hyped as the ‘new Pink Floyd’.
I wouldn’t go as far as to say that, but
they are very listenable, and very talented musicians. ‘The Incident’ is one
whole, 55 minute long track, with a
do ze n o r s o s ma l l tra c k s l i nk e d
together in it, much like ‘Suppers
Ready’ by Genesis, and some of the
individual pieces stand out from the
crowd, especially the 11 minute ‘Time
Flies’. I’ve only grabbed one and a
half listens so far, so I need to bathe
myself fully in it before giving you a
definitive verdict, but initially I’d say,
like Knopfler, I will be playing it a lot
in future weeks.
Coming soon is the new Lynyrd
Skynyrd album, ‘Gods and Guns’, and
if the single ‘Still Unbroken’ is any
indication, it’s gonna have been well
worth the wait.
R i g h t , O l d Te d a n d S t a n a r e
demanding to know what’s going to
happen next, so I must be away.
Before I depart through the swing
door of authordom, please don’t forget
about the photo competition. I know
you’ve got loads of great photo’s
amongst you and I’d really love to see
Okay, I’m off. Just one last tit bit.
Maybe you’ll get it, maybe you won’t,
but all will become clear.
‘Morning dear, cup of tea?’
Jean’s voice cut through the fug,
and he grunted in the affirmative. His
head ached, and his mouth was dry,
despite the copious amounts of water
he’d obviously drunk during the
Something important was knocking on the door of his memory, but at
that moment in time, there was
nobody to let it in.
Jean arrived with the tea, and a
couple of slices of toast, and sat back
in bed.
The something was now shouting
through the letterbox, trying to get
somebody’s attention.
‘That was a nice night, wasn’t it?’
She said. ‘Some lovely people there.
You seemed to be getting on very well
with that lord, or whatever he was.
What was his name?’
‘Ah, come in. I’ve been expecting
you. Sorry to keep you waiting.’
‘Don Leney!’ he shouted, sitting
bolt upright and spilling a drop of tea
on the duvet. Jean looked a tad startled, then just took a sip of her tea. n


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