What a week. In fact, scrap that, we’re talking two weeks here. Two weeks of feeling a tad off the map. Sinusitis that’s meant that everything I’ve listened to through headphones has had a slightly out of place buzz. I’ve coughed and spluttered myself awake at night. Stared at creeping shadows and counted sheep. The man-flu / sinusitus / viral infection has been a formidable foe. The Conan Doyle to my Houdini. The Magneto to my Xavier. Or vice versa. Or something like that.
But, a couple of parcels arrived for me yesterday from a couple of real swell chaps. Honestly, they really brightened up my week.
Knowing how much I love Stone Temple Pilots and Scott Weiland, Mr Hubner said he had a promo copy of 12 Bar Blues that he’d like to send on to me. The promo is marvelous and includes an alternative intro to Barbarella and the song Lazy Divey. As you can see, he also threw in a couple of extras. Now, those of you who drop by regularly will know that it’s not often CDs find themselves in the stereo these days, but I’m really looking forward to getting to know those Left Lane Cruiser albums. I’ve been interested in getting something of theirs for a while, but just haven’t gotten around to it. A cursory listen, but the one with Reverend James Leg is particularly brilliant – some really great fried blues versions of blues and rock classics from the likes of Junior Kimbrough, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Taj Mahal, and even my favourite Led Zeppelin track. Just what the doctor ordered!
Anyhoo, the biggy there is 12 Bar Blues; I’m really pleased (understatement) to have a physical copy of this in the collection. Thanks, JH.
The other parcel was from Mr 1537. Despite knocking on Death’s door, he said he had a few things he was sending my way. One that he knew I was after, one he thought I’d dig, and the other, most importantly, to further my METAL-ducation.
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly has been on my mind the last week or so (due to yon The Hateful Eight) and I was looking at a copy on Discogs just the other day. Already been on fairly heavy rotation – a play yesterday and once today!
The others are gems, too. A cursory listen tells me that Gallon Drunk album is gonna be a favourite, while Piece Of Mind becomes my first slice of Iron Maiden vinyl! A band that I’ve explored at various times over the years, but I’ve never gotten round to listening to that one. I reckon his nation deserves a win in the rugby for that.
He also threw in a wee extra …
So, big thanks to Mr Hubner and Mr 1537.