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Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)

28 Mar 17 - 02:28 PM (#3847202)
Subject: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Mrrzy

At my spectacular aunt's funeral, some of the family sang Morning Has Broken, most beautifully I may add, at National Cathedral.

I have been moved to rediscover the old Cat Stevens from my adolescence - Tea for the Tillerman, Mona Bone Jakon, Buddha and the Chocolate Box, Catch Bull at 4, and the soundtrack to Harold and Maude. Which last I didn't actually encounter till early adulthood, but the only song I didn't already know was If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out.

Boy, has that music aged gracefully.

There is a bagel place in town voted Most likely to play a song you're completely forgotten about, yet still remember all the words to.

That is kind of how I feel about Cat Stevens.

Whom have you rediscovered lately is one question, and havent's his lyrics stood the test of time is another.

I looked for rediscovery threads and didn't see any, and none of the many Cat Stevens threads were on point.


28 Mar 17 - 02:37 PM (#3847207)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: punkfolkrocker

Kevin Ayers
Roy Wood
Heinz Burt


28 Mar 17 - 03:32 PM (#3847216)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST,keberoxu

For me it has been about encountering someone I missed back in the day.

During my youth in the US, I had no clue who Peter Green was. The first I heard of Peter Green was when I was reading an Eric Clapton interview in Melody Maker; then I quickly confirmed that Green had followed Clapton into John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. For years I listened to Fleetwood Mac on the radio, and had no idea that Peter Green was a founding member.

It was tremendous to hear Green's Fleetwood Mac songs for the first time, and frustrating to think how completely I missed him at the time.


28 Mar 17 - 03:58 PM (#3847221)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Mrrzy

I liked Rumours, and a couple of songs from the album with Rhiannon, but didn't know about Stevie Nicks either! She was just in town here, actually.

Punkfolkrocker, never heard of any of'm, I don't think. I live under a rock.


28 Mar 17 - 10:15 PM (#3847266)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Elmore

Eva Cassidy, The Beers Family, Jim Kweskin, Ed Miller. They all do a lot of covers, and these covers have stood the test of time.


29 Mar 17 - 09:38 AM (#3847352)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST

Very interesting topic Mrrzy, thanks for starting it. I think there are a number of bands that don.t get much attention today but were great. My list would include Savoy Brown, Amazing Blondel and the early Strawbs recordings, especially the one with sandy Denny. There was a Canadian Band called "Courage of Lassie,". They were great.
I will probably think of more later. Oh and the very early Hoyt Axton records.


29 Mar 17 - 10:51 AM (#3847371)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST,Guest

Wow! Someone doesn't know Kevin Ayers, latterly of this parish is southern France - Joy For A Toy, ex-Caravan etc; Roy Wood, famous Brummie, Move, Wizzard etc, and Heinz Burt, bassist with 60s chart toppers The Tornadoes, I believe. All old rockers and little to do with folk music.Less interesting to re-discover than discover I think. Recently I came across Christy Dignam, singing with Finbar Furey (see YouTube). What an amazing singer with a range crossing rock, folk and bel canto. He's clearly not well, and getting on and I wondered how I'd never come across him before.


29 Mar 17 - 12:32 PM (#3847392)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: keberoxu

A day or two ago, I turned on the car radio, and got a jolt from the past. It has been decades -- not merely years, decades -- since I last heard the cheeky charming up-tempo business called "Grey Seal." This is Bernie Taupin and Elton John many years ago, when both were young and their songwriting partnership was tight and lively.

"Grey Seal" takes me back to the days when I could not understand a fraction of the words I heard on the radio. I didn't even understand the title to "Grey Seal,"   or was that "Gray Seal"....


29 Mar 17 - 12:44 PM (#3847395)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST

Speaking of Elton John, I sometimes dig out his Madman Across The Water" and it does take me back. I lost interest in a lot of his stuff after that, but I still am very fond of this record.


29 Mar 17 - 01:10 PM (#3847401)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Mrrzy

Love Jim Kweskin and Jug Band Music...

What I find upon re-listening to all the old Cat Stevens is that he really grokked the human condition - nothing has changed.


29 Mar 17 - 01:49 PM (#3847406)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST,Gilly

Lindisfarne circa 'Meet me on the Corner'. The Albion Band record with Shirley Collins singing - 'No Roses',prompted by her new record 'Lodestar'. Renaissance - 'Turn of the Cards'.


29 Mar 17 - 05:09 PM (#3847446)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: fat B****rd

Tonight - Beck, recently the Scottish "sophistopop" groups such as Danny Wilson, Lloyd Cole and Del Amitri. Played The Move's Greatest Hits the other day. Actually supported them (The Move)at York Assembly Rooms in 1968!


29 Mar 17 - 05:10 PM (#3847447)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: fat B****rd

Btw Punkfolkrocker....Heinz Burt??!!


29 Mar 17 - 06:26 PM (#3847456)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Mrrzy

Also, a lot of Dylan lyrics are still true, but I never stopped listening to him so he doesn't count as rediscovered.


30 Mar 17 - 10:52 AM (#3847584)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: punkfolkrocker

Black Oak Arkansas
Brownsville Station
Dubstar
Bernard Cribbins


30 Mar 17 - 10:55 AM (#3847587)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: punkfolkrocker

ps.. still trying to find a CD with Bernard Cribbins - Quietly Bonkers (1960) on it...

For some annoying reason, it's not on the 2 different CD collections I bought recently...???


30 Mar 17 - 01:42 PM (#3847625)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Mrrzy

Ooh, ooh - Moustaki!


31 Mar 17 - 11:56 AM (#3847828)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST

I have a very old cd that I found at charity shop, Graham Parker, Live Alone In America....great recording by a not very ewell known artists. I will also mention Gerry Rafferty and his wonderful City to City album.


31 Mar 17 - 03:36 PM (#3847876)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Mrrzy

Where is my post about how not all of Moustaki has stood the test of time... his lovely lament about the death of the young postman, which severs the connection between the two long-distance lovers, doesn't hold up in a day of email/facebook/whatever the newest instant conversation thing is, but Le facteur is still a great song not only about failed young love, but about the far-reaching consequences of young death...


31 Mar 17 - 03:36 PM (#3847877)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Mrrzy


31 Mar 17 - 03:38 PM (#3847878)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Mrrzy

OK, that was weird.

What I came back to say was, I rediscovered Leonard Cohen last year, as did I bet a bunch of others.


01 Apr 17 - 08:56 AM (#3847985)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST

Hello, Mrrzy..I never "undiscovered" Leonard Cohen. Just a wonderful poet and songwriter. I have been going back to a few old Jethro Tull albums lately, especially Aqualung and Songs From The Wood.


01 Apr 17 - 10:56 AM (#3848004)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Mrrzy

Always had Heavy Horses in my car, but yeah, I need to revisit Songs from the Wood. I have a great memory of refusing to translate the lyrics of Thick as a Brick when my Hungarian was good!

I guess I'd like to distinguish great old music that we still love/love again from lyrics that are still true today, the way Le facteur isn't because snail mail isn't how long-distance lovers communicate any more.

Seals and Crofts? I still cry at The Boy Down The Road...


01 Apr 17 - 12:02 PM (#3848014)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST

I was never a great fan of Seals and Crofts. The other Tull album I quite like is Broadsword..have you heard much of that ?


01 Apr 17 - 12:46 PM (#3848024)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: punkfolkrocker

A couple of Saturdays ago I stayed up all night with a bottle of rum, cola, and Doritos
listening to new remasters of Move and Roy Wood CDs on a pair of high quality headphones..

Come daybreak I wasn't in the mood for sleeping, so spent a few hours listening to Beatles tracks on playlist shuffle...

This confirmed what I felt over 45 years ago when I first discovered cheap Move compilation LPs,
that although The Move were considered a 2nd rate band in comparison,
The Beatles tracks actually sounded duller, over restrained and contained,
lacking the vitality, dynamics and reckless musical imagination of Roy Wood and The Move.

Even the Beatles more surreal and experimental tracks hailed as revolutionary at the time,
sounded conservative, corporate, lacklustre and tame, compared to The Move....


01 Apr 17 - 01:14 PM (#3848026)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST,keberoxu

As to Seals and Crofts, I have always had a warm soft squishy spot in the cockles of my heart for Hummingbird with its Baha'i intro.


02 Apr 17 - 11:32 AM (#3848169)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Mrrzy

Not familiar with that particular album, I shall check it out.


02 Apr 17 - 02:19 PM (#3848215)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST

It is a very good album Mrrzy, as is his album Minstrel in the Gallery. Two of his earlier records, Standup and Benefit, are also very good. Hope you give them a try and enjoy them. I have always felt that they were a very under rated group. Oh, A Group from the nineties, "Timbuk Three" are very good, especially their first album, I think they only did two.


03 Apr 17 - 10:53 AM (#3848354)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Mrrzy

Oh, yes, Minstrel, I did forget about that one too.

I love my classes!


13 Apr 17 - 09:16 AM (#3850341)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: punkfolkrocker

Status Quo
Budgie
Medicine Head
Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts


13 Apr 17 - 12:59 PM (#3850361)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST

Recently I have been playing a bit of Carly Simon, A lot of Kate Bush, some Carol King and the wonderful Laurie Anderson Album "Mr. Heartbreak". Are you familiar with these Mrrzy ?


13 Apr 17 - 02:03 PM (#3850367)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Mrrzy

Did Carly Simon do Gallery? And/or the album we called Teeth and Nipples?

And Carole King kicked ass as the voice of the animated musical Nutshell Library!

But I was singing those the other day, there are things not Today in them, definitely.


13 Apr 17 - 02:38 PM (#3850369)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST,keberoxu

Carly Simon did an album called No Secrets.
I do remember that cover photo.
Teeth and Nipples possibly?


20 Apr 17 - 02:29 AM (#3851351)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: Mrrzy

OK, Rumours may be the best album ever.


20 Apr 17 - 09:21 AM (#3851422)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST

Rumours, best album ever. Sorry Mrrzy, have to disagree. I can think of dozens of better albums.


20 Apr 17 - 11:06 AM (#3851436)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: fat B****rd

Well "into" the Incredible String Band this week....man.


14 Jun 17 - 06:41 PM (#3860910)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: keberoxu

Sly and the Family Stone.

This pop slash soul-music group had enormous success before they came apart, with at least a couple of drug casualties.

Now Honda sells cars with one of their hit songs.

Back in the day, it is reported, before they became hugely famous and successful but when their first album was for sale, Miles Davis, who always kept one ear near the ground, pounced on their first album and was playing it for people -- listen, these guys have lightning in a bottle.


15 Jun 17 - 09:23 AM (#3861014)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: GUEST

Eric Anderson made two wonderful albums in the early seventies, not quite folk, not quite pop. Blue River (1972) and Be True To You (1975). I still listen to them on vinyl, I love the old hisses, and pops almost as much as I like to songs.


15 Jun 17 - 01:30 PM (#3861056)
Subject: RE: Rediscover Old Masters (eg, Cat Stevens)
From: fat B****rd

This week I have been mainly listening to Cannonball Adderley.
Last month I revelled in Procol Harum (apart from THAT song!)