I am on a spree! The first week of my musical adventure can be considered a success, since I’ve managed to get my hands on four of Lennon’s Jukebox singles and several other collectables. The first single I’m going to talk about is not the first I’ve acquired but the one with, in my opinion, the best B side. I’ve heard Daydream before, most probably in a commercial or something like that, but I never thought of searching who is playing it.
The Lovin’ Spoonful are a band I can’t tell you much about, but I’m pretty sure in a few weeks I’ll grow a tiny obsession on their music. Night Owl Blues, the B side of the single, is an absolute killer. A classic blues bass line, a harmonica that gives you the thrills, all topped with the perfect guitar solo. I’ve heard just two songs from The Lovin’ Spoonful (and how different they are!) and they’ve managed, as many others, to make me regret I can’t go back and live in the 60s.
Introductions are hard to write and mine usually end up in being a bit too long and a bit boring. So straight to the point, this is yet another blog about music. It does not intend to please anyone else besides myself. It is, if you want, a musical diary which I have no problem in sharing with other people.
I’ve been searching for a name for a while now, but as John Paul Jones put it in an interview, these days you think you might’ve just had a great idea for a name (in his case for a band – Them Crooked Vultures) and discover that someone else in Toronto or Burkina Faso had it before you. But I was surprised to see that no one had thought of Needle Time before. I can think of a few cases where it would be great, from heroin dealers to penicillin companies. And, of course, a music-blog and (hopefully) a radio show.
To put it in a few words, due to complicated copyright laws, the BBC radio stations were limited to a restricted number of recorded music that they could play in 24h. So they had to fill most of the time with live performances which I think was a pretty cool thing, and had awesome results. You can find some more info on the needle time on Wikipedia, but I recommend searching for (I think) any BBC sessions records and read the booklets. I’ve recently bought the The Jimi Hendrix Experience BBC Sessions on a very good triple-record and was entertained by *insert name of the guy who wrote the text* explanation of why they are so many recordings from BBC’s archives.
So there you go, this is a blog for my own personal amusement and will be filled with my joy of all the records and CDs I have and will have. And since I’ve mentioned Jimi, here’s the track that ends the BBC Sessions collection, a short but energetic cover of Sunshine of your love. Enjoy.
Oh, and here’s the ‘rubbish’ they were playing in that show: