Thursday, 22 June 2017

Behind The Brel: The Story Of A Musical Genius - 3. Episode 3

BEHIND THE BREL: THE STORY OF A MUSICAL GENIUS - 3. EPISODE 3 (320kbs-m4a/67mb/29mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 18th May 2017


In part three Marc Almond charts Jacques Brel's unconventional side and the way he turned his back on family life in Belgium to pursue his dream of being a singer in France.

Marc also tells how Brel sensationally quit singing at the height of his career before turning his hand to films.

We also hear how Brel's sense of freedom was so strong that chose to circumnavigate the globe in a sailing boat.

Meanwhile singer and actress Elly Stone explains the American adaptation of Brel's song - La Valse a Mille Temps which was brought to life in the States as Carousel for the musical "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris". Stone explains the rather difficult translation process used for Carousel.

The programme also looks at Brel's last days (when was battling lung cancer) and examines his legacy.

Contributors in this episode include US singer-songwriter Rod McKuen, opera singer Toby Spence, Brel's daughter France and Jean-Michel Boris, who was in charge of the Olympia in Paris for Brel's last concert.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Behind The Brel: The Story Of A Musical Genius - 2. Episode 2

BEHIND THE BREL: THE STORY OF A MUSICAL GENIUS - 2. EPISODE 2 (320kbs-m4a/65mb/28mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 17th May 2017


In part two Marc Almond looks at the darker side of the legendary singer-songwriter Jacques Brel.

Apart from Ne Me Quitte Pas (If You Go Away), the Brel song that has been adapted for the English speaking world the most is Le Moribond. Its English translation is the Seasons in the Sun, but it's actually a story about a dying man wishing to see his loved ones for the very last time. Terry Jacks had a huge hit with Seasons in the Sun in America, Canada and the UK in 1973, and it was covered by Westlife in more recent times, but Marc Almond discovers that no one quite sings Brel like Brel.

Marc examines Brel's preoccupation with death, loss and loneliness and how growing up in occupied Belgium during the Second World War had a profound impact on his life and work. The programme also investigates how the French philosophical culture of the 50s influenced him.

As well as Seasons in the Sun, the songs featured in part two include Quand On N'a Que L'Amour (If We Only Have Love), Amsterdam, La Mort, Au Suivant, La Colombe and J'Arrive.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Behind The Brel: The Story Of A Musical Genius - 1. Episode 1

BEHIND THE BREL: THE STORY OF A MUSICAL GENIUS - 1. EPISODE 1 (320kbs-m4a/65mb/28mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 16th May 2017


Marc Almond celebrates the music and unconventional life of the revered singer-songwriter Jacques Brel.

Relatively unknown in the English-speaking world (mainly due to him singing in French), Jacques Brel is rightly considered one of the great songwriters of the 20th Century, whose lyrical content is poetically introspective and startlingly honest.

Tackling subjects such as love, death and social issues, Brel's music has been translated by artists such as David Bowie, Scott Walker, Shirley Bassey, Joan Baez, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Rod McKuen, Terry Jacks, Nirvana and Vera Lynn.

Brel songs, which became major hits in the English-speaking world, include Ne Me Quitte Pas (If You Go Away), Seasons in the Sun, Jacky and Amsterdam. In this three part series, Marc Almond investigates why some Brel songs translated well and others didn't.

In the 1950s French society was heavily influenced by the philosophy espoused in Jean-Paul Sarte's existentialism and humanism and Marc examines how this had a direct impact on Brel's songwriting and unconventional lifestyle.

Dubbed "the eternal adolescent" we will hear how Brel lived alone in Paris, despite having a wife and three children in his home town of Brussels, in order to preserve his "artistic inspiration". A man incapable of living a "pipe and slippers" life-style, we discover how his sense of freedom was so strong he attempted to circumnavigate the globe on a sailing boat after sensationally quitting singing whilst at the peak of his career.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Soulwax - Freak Zone Playlist 11th June 2017

SOULWAX - FREAK ZONE PLAYLIST 11.06.17 (320kbs-m4a/134mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 11th June 2017


Jerry Williams - This Song [Warner Bros.]
Ric Ocasek - This Side Of Paradise [Geffen]
Roland - Galactic Glides
Tumblack - Vaudou [Barclay]
Colourbox - Philip Glass [4AD]
Anji Cakebread - Dear Computer [Magnet]
Alan Price - Sell Sell [Warner Bros.]
Jacques Loussier - Secousse [CBS]
Soft Machine - Hullo Der [Tapestry]
Eric Fraj - Yabumbe [Revolum]
Katia - Ich [Metronome]
Uele Kalabubu - Matata [International Polydor Production]
Shiva - The Legend Of Tutankhamun [DART]
Jean‐Jacques Burnel - Euroman [United Artists]
Cathy La Creme - I Married A Cult Figure From Salford [Rock Steady]
Mahotella Queens - Wozani Mahipi [Earthworks International]
Lydia Tomkiw & Terry Burrows - Pressed In An Atlas [Hamster Records And Tapes]
Latin Playboys - Cuca's Blues [Atlantic]
Medicine Head - Rising Sun [Polydor]
Jac Berrocal - Rock'n Roll Station [d'Avantage]
June - Windom [June]
Neil - Cosmic Jam [EastWest]
Fadaul Et Les Privilèges - Kalam Al Nass [Disque Fan El Hayat]
Lolita Martinez - Persigueme [Hispavox]
Max Greger Jr. - Die Böhmstory (2. Teil) [Dr. Bohm]

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Street Corner Soul - 4. Episode 4

STREET CORNER SOUL - 4. EPISODE 4 (320kbs-m4a/61mb/27mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 12th May 2017


Another chance to hear legendary singer Ronnie Spector looking at the rise, fall and influence of doo wop.

In the fourth and final episode, Ronnie looks at why some successful acts didn't reap the deserved rewards.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Street Corner Soul - 3. Episode 3

STREET CORNER SOUL - 3. EPISODE 3 (320kbs-m4a/61mb/27mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 11th May 2017


Ronnie Spector take a look at the rise, fall and influence of doo wop.

By the mid-1950s, hundreds of vocal group records were being released each week and acts like The Penguins, The Five Satins, The Cadillacs and The Moonglows became familiar names in the charts.

As doo wop took root in cities like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and LA; the mainstream music industry moved in for a slice of the action.

Tracks featured in this episode include The Moonglows' Sincerely, The Cadillacs' Speedo, The Penguins' Earth Angel, The Five Satins' In The Still Of The Nite, and The Chords' Sh-Boom!

First broadcast in 2007.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Street Corner Soul - 2. Episode 2

STREET CORNER SOUL - 2. EPISODE 2 (320kbs-m4a/61mb/27mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 10th May 2017


Another chance to hear legendary singer Ronnie Spector explore the rise, fall and enduring influence of doo wop.

In episode two she tells how, with the success of The Ravens and The Orioles, vocal groups became familiar names in the charts.

Series first broadcast in 2007.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Street Corner Soul - 1. Episode 1

STREET CORNER SOUL - 1. EPISODE 1 (320kbs-m4a/61mb/27mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 9th May 2017


Ronnie Spector explores the rise, fall and enduring influence of doo wop.

Like rap in the 1980s, doo wop was once the DIY music of young America. For people who couldn't afford instruments, all that was needed was a talent for singing in harmony.

With the help of the musicians, the producers and the hustlers who made it happen; this series charts the rise, fall, and rise again, of the music. It also considers whether doo wop, as the first black street music to go mainstream, was a precursor to hip hop and rap.

The first programme, Opening Notes, looks at how the success of gospel groups in the late 1940s inspired a new style of close harmony rhythm and blues. And before long, vocal groups like The Swallows, The Ravens and The Orioles were flying high in the charts.

Contributors include: Leonard Puzey of The Ravens, Heman Denby of The Swallows, Ira Tucker of The Dixie Hummingbirds, Deborah Chessler, composer of It's Too Soon To Know by The Orioles, writers Todd Baptista and Marv Goldberg.

The documentary was first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2007.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

David Bowie - Peel Session 16th May 1972

DAVID BOWIE - PEEL SESSION 16.05.72 (320kbs-m4a/43mb/19mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 16th May 2017

David Bowie - Hang On To Yourself
David Bowie - Moonage Daydream
David Bowie - Suffragette City
David Bowie - White Light/White Heat
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Peel Session 12th May 1968

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND - PEEL SESSION 12.05.68 (320kbs-m4a/27mb/12mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 12th May 2017

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Beatle Bones 'n' Smokin' Stones
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Kandy Korn
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Safe As Milk

Monday, 12 June 2017

The Yardbirds - BBC Brian Matthew Session 6th May 1966

THE YARDBIRDS - BBC BRIAN MATTHEW SESSION 06.05.66 (320kbs-m4a/25mb/11mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 6th May 2017

The Yardbirds - Over Under Sideways Down
The Yardbirds - Baby, Scratch My Back
The Yardbirds - Shapes Of Things
The Yardbirds - The Sun Is Shining

Sunday, 11 June 2017

The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - Peel Session 29th July 1969

THE BONZO DOG DOO-DAH BAND - PEEL SESSION 29.07.69 (320kbs-m4a/36mb/16mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 21st April 2017

The Bonzo Dog Band - I'm The Urban Spaceman
The Bonzo Dog Band - Sofa Head
The Bonzo Dog Band - Tent
The Bonzo Dog Band - We're Going To Bring It On Home

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Neil Innes - 6 Music Session 24th March 2014

NEIL INNES - 6 MUSIC SESSION 24.03.14 (320kbs-m4a/32mb/14mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 2nd April 2017

Neil Innes - Cheese And Onions
Neil Innes - Imitation Song
Neil Innes - Questionnaire
Neil Innes - Bottom Of The Pile

Friday, 9 June 2017

The Jesus And Mary Chain - Peel Session 29th October 1985

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN - PEEL SESSION 29.10.85 (320kbs-m4a/25mb/11mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 26th March 2017

The Jesus And Mary Chain - Psychocandy
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Some Candy Talking
The Jesus And Mary Chain - You Trip Me Up
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Cut Dead