Ein Haus Ist Kein Zuhaus – Katja (Liberty)
Ever wondered what ‘A House Is Not A Home’ sounds like in German? Well let the utterly gorgeous Katja Ebstein fill you in…..
Brown Baby/Save The Children – Diana Ross (Motown)
From the Berry Gordy produced ‘Touch Me In The Morning’ LP, Diana does a medley that matches Marv’s orchestration and emotion…quite marvellous!
Wind of Change – Hawkwind (UA)
Who’s for some original shroomadelica? Like Morricone meets Mantovani on Mars, the Hawks take you to the Hall Of The Mountain Mixed Grill kidda!
Clear As The Driven Snow – Doobie Brothers (Warner Bros)
Finger picking good – killer track from The Captain & Me LP.
Outside The Rain – Stevie Nicks (Modern)
‘It’s only ay dream?’ I used to dream about Stevie Nicks a lot and I’ll tell ya what – she couldn’t half play the banjo!
Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond) – Ringo Starr (Apple)
A George Harrison song with the likes of Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Klaus Voorman and George himself helping out, this is a slice of country toe tappin’ cheese that saves Ringo’s self-titled appalling second solo outing.
The Joy Circuit – Gary Numan (Baggars Banquet)
Jaunty lickle fiddletronica tune from Gal’s overlooked Telekon LP.
Chilipoum - Manitas De Plata Et Los Plateros (CBS)
If this don’t get you clapping and flamenco stompin like a gypsy king kong then there’s fuck all down for ya.
Get Back – Rod Stewart (Riva)
Rod gives Macca’s anti-immigrant anthem a fierce, raw throated workout. Get back JoJo!
Going Down Slowly – The Pointer Sisters (abc)
As the sistas themselves sing ‘holy moly slowly going down’ – blimey! Pure raunch-disco-soul feminist call to arms don’t get funkier than this.
The Way I want To Touch You – Shirley Bassey (UA)
Lovely string laden disco-lite production with engineering from none other than Martin Rushent. Slinky baby!
Lilac Wine – Eartha Kitt (Ace Of Hearts)
Wibbly wobbly rendition of the wino’s national anthem from the original vamp. Eartha – RIP!
Couldn’t Love You More – John Martyn (Atlantic)
The big man is no more! A beautiful way to go out. RIP!
U Can Dance – DJ Hell feat Bryan Ferry (Gigolo)
The best thing Ferry’s done for at least two decades, this epic piece of throb-core brings back memories of prime era Roxy in all their decadent glory. Taken from Hell’s latest double CD/LP ‘Tuefelswek’ (German for Devil’s work apparently).
Black & Grey Stripped Trousers – In Flagranti (Codek)
In Flagranti make neo-punkfunk the way it should be made; with no regards to structure or formality not as a rehash of tried and tested Mutant Disco templates. Returning to form with their ‘Brash & Vulgar’ LP, this track is two minutes of Nouvelle Vague naughtiness – like Breathless on crystal meth!
The Subs – From Dusk Till Dawn (Lektroluv)
Straying too far into Dutch Euro-rave for my liking (they even do a version of the Prodigy’s ‘Breathe’), this is the least ‘shouty’ tune from The Subs’s ‘Subculture’ LP. A bit tits out for the donkers but passable in an electro- minimalism stylee.