Mud, Wind and Rain

 

Well I know it has been some time since I have put finger to keyboard about riding up and down hills and through  mud and puddles in the English countryside, but I am still doing it.

Alas this Winter has been not that kind, if anything it  has been too warm, and we have been blessed with stupidly strong and gusty wind, rain and more rain, and hardly any blue sky, for what feelslike almost 3 months  Consequently the land is sodden.  As you will appreciate sodden ground is tough and challenging to cycle across, and well the winds have been far too dangerous at times.

Before the Winter set in I managed to complete the South Downs Way – knocking out the final section between Winchester and Petersfield and ending up in Chichester (alomst 50 miles that day). I also took my bike with me on a weeks stay in the Yorshire Dales – oh so different from the South Downs – I was lucky to fit in 2 great and challenging rides – the first one was on our first morning there – riding in dense fog and not knowing the terrain was fun and the scenery was lovely when the fog lifted.

So back to today; I looked at the on-line weather forecast and picked the best hours this weekend for my ride and headed to the Surrey Hills. Yesterdays 40mph winds had gone and blue was poking between the clouds. I had a rough route in mind for an explorationary trip and to try and peice together a couple of rides from November.  The hills are quite wooded and there are paths everywhere – so while I feel I know roughly where I am I can still feel lost.

As luck would have it, nearly at destination point one I stumbled (rode) across a lovely single track trail and a the the start I met three other refugees from the South Downs and followed them down – whoop whoop.

This is the second time recetly this has happened – I bumped into Mart near Stanmer Park and he kindly acted as tour guide on its hidden singletracks – fun and not normally what I would do,  and I didn’t mind too much that  my bike collected so much clayey/claggy mud that my rear wheel refused to rotate!

 

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The Beach Boys – Copyright protection releases

As the second round of Analogue Productions Beach Boy 200gm HQ vinyl releases hit the “shops” – with the mono issues of All Summer Long, Today, Summer Days, Party! and Pet Sounds out last month and their stereo versions out this week I became aware of these……

Three “copyright protection” releases available as digital downloads!

As well as the CD and Vinyl issue of Party! Uncovered and Unplugged released a month or two back.

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I am unable to comment on the quality of the content,  as I chose instead to dip my toe in the download arena with the Beach Boys 1968 album Wild Honey – the album missing from both the Capitol/UMe and Analogue Productions Vinyl series.   Arguably the 4 collections above are not as essential in the history of music as the 1965 50th Anniversary Dylan set, but they are readily available and I am sure will be enjoyable.  And don’t forget some of Brian Wilson’s pocket symphonies pure genius – magic music of the highest order.

So the en masse releases of “rock music”, as the time clock ticks, are  an interesting development. What next?  Now watching  as 1966  falls into the 50 year rule (if it still exists) and then we will then get 1967 soon after.  Maybe we will see some more HQ Concert Recordings, and some other studio gems from the Wilson home.

But then luckily others aren’t waiting so long – Bruce Springsteen for example is perhaps now leading the way with his HiRez live downloads, and then there is……it is a struggle to keep up :)

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Bob Dylan – 1965 – 50th Anniversary Collection – review – sort of.. slight update

 

By now most eagle eye Dylan fans will be aware of the Bob Dylan – 1965 50th Anniversary Collection download in MP3 format and will have found a way to get hold of a copy.

from Columbia Records: 208 tracks encompassing more than ten hours of previously unreleased live Bob Dylan performances from his landmark 1965 tours, including 14 complete concerts – both acoustic and electric – and an array of recordings from television shows, hotel rooms, and other live appearances.

Having been able to listen to a number of the concerts, the quality  of the UK concerts is excellent, alas the same cannot be said of some of the other recordings.  A much more satisfying delve into the archive that last years 1964 set. Ideally the 8 UK concert performances justify a proper release in  higher rez audio or vinyl, they are spellbinding although I guess many will baulk as they have the same set list, and I wonder why thet haven’t been released before.

Now what will next years 50th anniversary set bring?  the complete 1966 UK tour and, and…….? Hopefully they will get the proper bootleg series treatment.

 

 

 

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Bob Dylan – 1965 – 50th Anniversary Collection

Another instalment is out there as an MP3 download – 208 Live recordings! Will it be on vinyl as well?

BOB DYLAN – 50th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION: 1965 

February 17, 1965 (Les Crane Show, WABC-TV Studios, New York City, New York)

1. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 4:24

2. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – 7:25

Bob Dylan – vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica

Bruce Langhorne – electric guitar

March 27, 1965 (Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California)

3. To Ramona – 4:22

4. Gates of Eden – 7:13

5. If You Gotta Go, Go Now – 2:11

6. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – 7:34

7. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 4:04

8. Mr. Tambourine Man – 5:27

9. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – 3:27

10. With God On Our Side [incomplete] – 1:22

11. She Belongs To Me – 3:36

12. It Ain’t Me, Babe [incomplete] – 1:10

13. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll [incomplete] – 0:20

14. All I Really Want To Do – 2:22

15. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 4:41

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

April 30, 1965 (The Oval, City Hall, Sheffield, England)

16. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – 3:25

17. To Ramona – 4:24

18. Gates Of Eden – 6:58

19. If You Gotta Go, Go Now – 2:54

20. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – 8:02

21. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 4:36

22. Mr. Tambourine Man – 6:06

23. Talkin’ World War III Blues – 4:49

24. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – 3:56

25. With God On Our Side – 4:49

26. She Belongs To Me – 4:24

27. It Ain’t Me, Babe – 3:44

28. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – 5:06

29. All I Really Want To Do – 2:44

30. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 5:04

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

May 1, 1965 (Odeon, Liverpool, England)

31. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – 3:03

32. To Ramona – 4:25

33. Gates Of Eden – 7:10

34. If You Gotta Go, Go Now – 2:21

35. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – 7:54

36. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 3:59

37. Mr. Tambourine Man – 5:47

38. Talkin’ World War III Blues [incomplete] – 4:25

39. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – 4:07

40. With God On Our Side – 4:46

41. She Belongs To Me – 3:57

42. It Ain’t Me, Babe – 3:56

43. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – 5:23

44. All I Really Want To Do – 2:51

45. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 5:07

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

May 2, 1965 (De Montfort Hall, Leicester, England)

46. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – 2:55

47. To Ramona – 4:21

48. Gates Of Eden – 6:58

49. If You Gotta Go, Go Now – 2:14

50. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – 7:40

51. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 3:59

52. Mr. Tambourine Man – 5:44

53. Talkin’ World War III Blues – 4:36

54. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – 3:52

55. With God On Our Side – 4:52

56. She Belongs To Me – 4:08

57. It Ain’t Me, Babe – 3:50

58. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – 5:20

59. All I Really Want To Do – 2:35

60. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 4:52

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

May 5, 1965 (Town Hall, Birmingham, England)

61. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – 3:15

62. To Ramona – 4:05

63. Gates Of Eden – 6:52

64. If You Gotta Go, Go Now – 2:19

65. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – 7:41

66. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 4:21

67. Mr. Tambourine Man – 6:02

68. Talkin’ World War III Blues – 4:40

69. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – 4:02

70. With God On Our Side – 4:49

71. She Belongs To Me – 4:14

72. It Ain’t Me, Babe – 3:41

73. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – 5:33

74. All I Really Want To Do – 2:56

75. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 4:41

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

May 6, 1965 (City Hall, Newcastle, England)

76. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – 2:57

77. To Ramona – 4:10

78. Gates Of Eden – 6:51

79. If You Gotta Go, Go Now – 2:11

80. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – 7:44

81. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 3:57

82. Mr. Tambourine Man – 5:26

83. Talkin’ World War III Blues – 4:21

84. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right [partial false start, complete] – 4:39

85. With God On Our Side –5:05

86. She Belongs To Me – 4:23

87. It Ain’t Me, Babe – 4:10

88. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – 5:34

89. All I Really Want To Do – 2:51

90. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 4:54

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

May 7, 1965 (Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England)

91. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – 2:59

92. To Ramona – 4:30

93. Gates of Eden – 6:50

94. If You Gotta Go, Go Now – 2:28

95. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – 7:50

96. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 4:14

97. Mr. Tambourine Man – 6:02

98. Talkin’ World War III Blues – 4:27

99. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – 3:32

100. With God On Our Side – 5:04

101. She Belongs To Me – 4:01

102. It Ain’t Me, Babe – 3:56

103. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – 5:32

104. All I Really Want To Do – 2:46

105. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 5:00

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

May 8, 1965 (Savoy Hotel, London, England)

106. She Belongs To Me – 2:48

Bob Dylan – vocals & guitar

May 9, 1965 (Royal Albert Hall, London, England)

107. The Times They Are A-Changin’ [incomplete] – 3:10

108. To Ramona – 4:36

109. Gates of Eden – 7:08

110. If You Gotta Go, Go Now – 2:15

111. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – 8:11

112. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 3:53

113. Mr. Tambourine Man – 6:19

114. Talkin’ World War III Blues – 4:36

115. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – 3:36

116. With God On Our Side – 5:03

117. She Belongs To Me – 3:37

118. It Ain’t Me, Babe – 3:53

119. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – 5:19

120. All I Really Want To Do – 2:42

121. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 5:05

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

May 10, 1965 (Royal Albert Hall, London, England)

122. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – 3:17

123. To Ramona – 4:07

124. Gates Of Eden – 7:11

125. If You Gotta Go, Go Now – 2:13

126. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) [dropouts] – 7:34

127. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 3:37

128. Mr. Tambourine Man – 5:50

129. Talkin’ World War III Blues – 4:32

130. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – 3:58

131. With God On Our Side – 4:54

132. She Belongs To Me – 4:19

133. It Ain’t Me, Babe – 3:47

134. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – 5:32

135. All I Really Want To Do – 2:40

136. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 4:57

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

June 1, 1965 (BBC Studios, London, England)

137. Ballad Of Hollis Brown – 4:52

138. Mr. Tambourine Man – 5:55

139. Gates Of Eden – 6:50

140. If You Gotta Go, Go Now – 2:34

141. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – 6:03

142. It Ain’t Me, Babe – 3:51

143. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 3:39

144. One Too Many Mornings – 4:00

145. Boots Of Spanish Leather – 6:21

146. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – 8:35

147. She Belongs To Me – 4:25

148. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 4:58

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

July 24, 1965 (Contemporary Songs Workshop, Newport Folk Festival, Freebody Park, Newport, Rhode Island)

149. Tombstone Blues – 5:25

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

July 25, 1965 (Newport Folk Festival, Freebody Park, Newport, Rhode Island)

150. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry – 3:29

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

Michael Bloomfield – guitar

Barry Goldberg – organ

Al Kooper – bass

Sam Lay – drums

August 28, 1965 (Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Queens, New York)

151. She Belongs To Me – 4:05

152. To Ramona – 4:22

153. Gates of Eden – 6:31

154. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 3:36

155. Desolation Row – 9:31

156. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 5:01

157. Mr. Tambourine Man – 5:36

158. Tombstone Blues – 5:37

159. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) – 4:38

160. From A Buick 6 – 3:14

161. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – 5:22

162. Maggie’s Farm – 4:42

163. It Ain’t Me, Babe – 4:34

164. Ballad Of A Thin Man – 5:41

165. Like A Rolling Stone – 5:59

Tracks 151-157: Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

Tracks 158-165: Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar and harmonica), Robbie Robertson (guitar), Al Kooper (organ), Harvey Brooks (bass) and Levon Helm (drums)

September 3, 1965 (Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California)

166. She Belongs To Me – 3:44

167. To Ramona – 4:00

168. Gates of Eden – 6:13

169. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 4:48

170. Desolation Row – 9:38

171. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 3:38

172. Mr. Tambourine Man – 5:41

173. Tombstone Blues [incomplete] – 4:37

174. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) – 4:19

175. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – 4:47

176. From A Buick 6 – 2:57

177. Maggie’s Farm – 4:19

178. It Ain’t Me, Babe – 4:13

179. Ballad Of A Thin Man – 5:38

180. Like A Rolling Stone – 5:31

Tracks 166-172: Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

Tracks 173-180: Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar and harmonica), Robbie Robertson (guitar), Al Kooper (organ), Harvey Brooks (bass) and Levon Helm (drums)

October 29 or 31, 1965 (Back Bay Theater, Boston, Massachusetts)

181. Tombstone Blues [dropouts] – 4:46

182. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) [incomplete] – 2:02

183. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down [partial, intro clipped] – 3:24

184. Ballad Of A Thin Man [partial, intro clipped, dropouts and tape speed varies] – 5:15

Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar and harmonica), Robbie Robertson (guitar), Richard Manuel (piano), Garth Hudson (organ), Rick Danko (bass) and Levon Helm (drums)

October 30, 1965 (Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford, CT)

185. She Belongs To Me – 3:21

186. To Ramona [incomplete] – 0:18

187. Gates of Eden [incomplete] – 0:25

188. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – 4:51

189. Desolation Row [incomplete] – 0:16

190. Love Minus Zero/No Limit [incomplete] – 0:49

191. Mr. Tambourine Man – 6:36

192. Tombstone Blues – 5:21

193. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down – 3:19

194. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues [incomplete] – 0:28

195. Maggie’s Farm – 3:56

196. It Ain’t Me, Babe – 5:27

197. Ballad Of A Thin Man [incomplete] – 0:47

198. Positively 4th Street – 4:29

199. Like A Rolling Stone – 2:52

Tracks 185-191: Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar and harmonica

Tracks 192-199: Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar and harmonica), Robbie Robertson (guitar), Richard Manuel (piano), Garth Hudson (organ), Rick Danko (bass) and Levon Helm (drums)

December 4, 1965 (Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, California)

200. Tombstone Blues [incomplete] – 4:54

201. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) – 5:04

202. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down – 3:55

203. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – 5:35

204. Long Distance Operator – 3:45

205. It Ain’t Me, Babe – 5:33

206. Ballad Of A Thin Man – 5:34

207. Positively 4th Street – 4:33

208. Like A Rolling Stone – 5:55

Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar and harmonica), Robbie Robertson (guitar), Richard Manuel (piano), Garth Hudson (organ), Rick Danko (bass) and Bobby Gregg (drums)

All songs written by Bob Dylan except “Baby, Let Me Follow You Down” arranged by Bob Dylan

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A local tragedy

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It was a beautiful late summers day on Saturday – sunny and warm. But in the early afternoon peace was shattered in Shoreham by a plane crash at the Air Show.  A Hawker Hunter doing a loop crashed into cars  at a junction on the main A27,  just north of the airfield. At the last count it was 11 dead and perhaps more still, such a sad tragic loss.

I wasn’t there, but it was local.  I often ride across the junction at the start of MTB rides west towards Chanctonbury Ring and beyond. It was a few hundred meters from the toll-bridge by the house my Mother lived in as a girl and where she witnessed a bus crashing into the river (mentioned in the post before last).   By co-incidence she was at the 1952 Farnborough Air Show when a plane crashed in to the crowd.

Not sure what else to say, but it hits harder and deeper when you know the area. And watching some of the eye-witness videos is chilling.

I had only been reflecting that the over last few months my world has felt rather  topsy-turvy. It is nothing compared to the turmoil of the bereaved families that my thoughts are with this week.

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Simon and Garfunkel – The Complete Columbia Album Collection – Vinyl Box Set (2015)

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In the press reports I saw there was no mention of where this new box set was “cut”. They said newly remastered from first-generation analog sources; but cut by who? pressed where?

Concerned that the EU MOV 6lp box may have the same treatment as the recent Paul Simon reissues  – ie pressed not using the US cut by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound NY.  I ordered a US copy of this set.  And lo and behold I have found the records have been mastered by Ryan Smith and look to be pressed by RTI.  I hold Mr Smith’s “cuts” in high regard.

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So the cutting mystery solved, what do you get?  The five S&G Studio albums plus the Greatest Hits album, download cards, a thin 12*12 book of mainly photos and a 12*24 “poster” from WM3am.  What you don’t get is the Bookends poster,  Live in Central Park and The Graduate, which I understand are or will be available separately.  Maybe one day the Live in ’67 and ’69 albums will get their first vinyl release.

The sleeves are pretty standard lightweight card unlike the solid replicas seen in the Dylan Mono box, while the box itself is of the same construction as the Dylan mono box.

The labels are of the time, although I am not sure they got the research totaly correct -PSR&T has been given a black 360 label which I think went out a couple of years before it release – but I am nit-picking.

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An “Original”?

The Box Set

The Box Set

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But the most important thing is how do they sound?

First impression, from playing a number of tracks (uncleaned) from BoTW, Bookends and PSR&T is that they sound excellent,  better than I was expecting.

What does excellent mean?  Clear and clean, nice bass weight and and guitar colour, good stereo definition, dynamic, retaining the yumminess of Art’s harmonies….. a sound that makes you listen and listen and listen.

I guess some would like to know how they compare to the originals, or the 2 Sundazed variants (the 1st “standard” Sundazed mastering and the second the Kevin Gray cuts, pressed at QRP), or,  for BoTW against the 2 Half-Speed Mastered issues and the several Classic Records issues (180gm*33rpm, the 45rpm set and the Clarity vinyl issue) and I can’t tell you.  But maybe when the winter comes I will have some “spare” time and undertake a few comparisions with older copies I do have and update this post.

Update 19/08: Noticed two of the pressings are badly dished – you can see daylight from label edge outwards under the record when on a turntable – so check yours.

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Old Friends 6

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Old age comes to most of us – and often with it comes frailty.  While waiting for an urgent knee replacement my Mum (on the right) decided , uncharacteristically, to take a holiday, near us, in Sussex.  As a result I have had a few days off and in doing so I arranged for her catch up with her old school chum Audrey, which was nice. What was rather unexpected though when I visited her last Thursday was that she wanted to take a trip into Worthing and see Pete (on the left) in his “retirement” home.

Pete was my Dad’s best man. And they hadn’t seen one another for many years (35?) and I guess I hadn’t seen him since the late 1960’s.

Does he know your coming I asked? No! OK, lets phone him once we get near  just in case you are car sick again. OK.   Ring Ring. Hello. Hello Peter it’s Don! Who? Don? Oh wonderful, yes it would be lovely to see you, when……….

Apparently I look like my Dad. And Dad and Pete used to go to concerts and listen to music, and they started a Cycling Club “the Lancing Wheelers” back just after the 2nd WW.  How much of my life has been pre-programmed?  What was nice was the years rolled back but then the conversation turned to what had happened their old acquaintances – sadly not many are left.

The visit was  over too soon and I felt rather sad.

Plenty to think about – but most importantly make the most of every day you have for it will soon be gone.

PS: An interesting fact I found out was; when my Mum was a young girl she was watching a double-decker bus cross the toll-bridge at Shoreham from her bedroom window one windy day when it  was suddenly blown off the bridge into the river. Out went the cry “Mum”. So my Grandmother  dashed to the Red Lion pub across the road to get help – luckily there were no fatalities.

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Found undated and “borrowed” from the web

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