And a very warm welcome to the next in
our series of M&E Collection launch presentations, this time taking a
close focus on some of the hugely talented females we were lucky to have on
M&E. I'll be starting in about 10 minutes, put the kettle on, see ya right
here. Oh, biscuit would be nice... ;)
Music & Elsewhere Tick... tick... tick... ;)
Music & Elsewhere GREETINGS!
Music & Elsewhere Ah, good evening, I've been looking forward to
this one, always been a sucker for a good female vocal, hence why my own
band was inevitably fronted by one, and if you'll pardon the
self-indulgence, that's where I want to start this particular
Music & Elsewhere The track? Ah, "The Night Fantasia", so put
feet up for 10 minutes, enjoy that tea and biscuit, and marvel at this
Music & Elsewhere And the female we celebrate? Leonie Jackson, seen
here at Marc Bell's Brain Dead Studio during the original recording
sessions for "Creavolution".
Music & Elsewhere Of course, we used to call her Lulu The Space
Bimbo, which I thought was kinda cute. She hated it! :)
Music & Elsewhere Personally, I think this an inspired performance,
the sheer range she achieved is unbelievable, especially on the chorale -
listen for that top note when she's singing "Yshar, Yshar" - dizzy heights
Music & Elsewhere This is actually one of few MMATT tracks I can
effectively listen to detached, just as a fan, and get completely lost in
it. Normally, I'd be remembering where the clicks were and hearing fluffs
that nobody else ever picks up on.
Music & Elsewhere Oh, talking of Marc Bell, should plug his
analogue remaster of the album (from which this track in particular
benefits in spades) is now available on his TMR Records label, CD or DL...
Music & Elsewhere Anybody gonna talk to me tonight, or do I suffer
similar fate to poor old Mick Tron last night? Think Skit only had one
artiste pop in too. I live in hope.
Music & Elsewhere "I'm not a stranger to you, we've loved for a
million years", it ends...
Music & Elsewhere Tough one to follow, but we were lucky enough to
have a glut of talent on M&E that could manage just that, all I have to do
is make me mind up which comes first. Yes, I know I should have prepped
the playlist first! Let's pick another fave of mine...
& Elsewhere The track I've picked wouldn't necessarily be
the obvious one, because it features her
voice, but used more as an instrument than for singing. Enjoy it yourself
and see what I mean, this is
Music & Elsewhere From singing with
The Rabbit's Hat and Body Full Of Stars as part of the Stone Premonitions
Collective (salute, Tim!), she has a wonderfully easy style over
prog/psyche numbers, even stretching to the odd classic, such as
"Georgia", which she did an absolute velvet version of. Amazingly creative
to boot, you should listen to her M&E cassette release, "Abstract"...
Music & Elsewhere Dreamy or what?
Another lady on the M&E roster with some great creative versatility was
Clare Durrant, better known as...
Music & Elsewhere The track I've chosen from her this evening is
enjoy muchly, I will...
Music & Elsewhere Like all the tracks on the new collection, this
one is from the album "Messages". This is Clare, I think circa '94/95...
Music & Elsewhere Sam and I had the pleasure of meeting her when
she lived in Salford, all those years ago, that's where the picture was
taken. Actually, here's one of Clare and myself on that visit too. Amazing
flat she had, all the musical equipment, art everywhere... and
self-created graffiti over the walls! :)
Music & Elsewhere Coincidentally, one line of my birth family share
the name Durrant, came over to the UK with the Huguenots who were fleeing
religious persecution in Europe. Whenever that was. Long time ago. Small
world, wonder if we're distantly related?
Music & Elsewhere Oh, the t-shirt... maybe you can't see it too
clearly, but it's a Sigis Bruder t-shirt, courtesy of Andreas Höllering at
Trost Records! So I think that cleverly segues into who to play next, no?