16 Ajax-knallers – V/A
Telstar LP 1973
Gotta have this one, having been raised with the idea Ajax is the greatest football club ever. Also, the store where I found it was in Rotterdam, which kind of added to the excitement.
Blood, Sweat & Tears – The First Album
Embassy LP 1968
Hadn’t really listened to BS&T (apart from the hits) but I read something in Wax Poetics where the writer said the first album is brilliant, so I thought I’d check it out. I like it.
Vashti Bunyan – Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind
[gatefold sleeve, 2LP] – Dicristina LP 2007
First heard of Vashti when her album Just another Diamond Day was reissued. Got the vinyl (with bonus 45, oh yeah baby) and loved it. Then Lookaftering was released, but I didn’t really get that. This however is a beautiful collection of old recordings, demos and such. Maybe I should give Lookaftering anonther chance.
Manolo Escobar Y Sus Guitarras – El primer bautizo
Belter 7″ 1960
See the 7-inch series, part 482.
Luboš Fišer – Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Valerie a týden divu) OST
[gatefold sleeve] – Finders Keepers LP 2006
Haunting music from a Czech movie from the seventies. It’s on Finders Keepers so it’s a must-have. Besides, Trish Keenan loves it. Nuff siad.
Foals – Red Socks Pugie
Transgressive/Warner 7″ 2008
See the 7-inch series, part 483.
The Gutter Twins – God’s Children
Sub Pop 7″ 2008
Two of my favourite artists in one band – lovely. The B-side isn’t on the Saturnalia album. Which is nice.
Jeanette – Porque te vas
Hispavox 7″ 1974
Loved this track when I was a kid. It wasn’t until many years later that I found out where it came from – the soundtrack of Cría cuervos by Carlos Saura. The film features the very young Ana Torrent who would later star in one of my favourite movies, Vacas by Julio Medem and also in Alejandro Amenábar’s Tesis.
The La’s – The La’s
Plain LP 1990/2008
I lost my original copy so when I found this reissue I had to take it with me. Classic, classic, classic.
LCD Soundsystem – Big Ideas
DFA 12″ 2008
It’s on the original soundtrack of 21. It sounds pretty clean for an LCD track, a bit too clean, even. I bought it without listening to it (what’s up with record stores that have no vinyl listening spots, anyway?). The Babytalk remix on the flip is decent enough though.
Liesbeth List – Pastorale
Philips 7″ 1968
The title track with singer and actor Ramses Shaffy is a Dutch classic written especially for List and Shaffy by Lennaert Nijgh and Boudewijn de Groot. The beautiful lyrics are a conversation between the sun (Shaffy) and the earth (List).
Robert Mitchum – Calypso Is Like So…
Capitol LP 1957/1984
According to the record store guy “they” have been talking about reissuing this album for ages, without it resulting in an actual release. It already has been reissued once, in 1984, but even those are not very easy to find these days. So I had to pay quite a bit for this one, but it’s worth it. Robert Mitchum the badass actor singing calypso songs, you can hardly beat that.
Miguel de los Reyes Y Su Conjunto – Gitanos y flamencos
Regal 7″ 1961
Four nice flamenco tracks in a beautiful sleeve – you gotta love ’em.
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – Nancy & Lee
Reprise LP 1968
About ten years ago I took a shot at my fifteen minutes of fame with the Spanish band Las Solex. I was the singer and I wrote a song about a guy who lost all he had because he was in love with Nancy Sinatra’s voice. I still think it’s one of the most beautiful female voices I ever heard. Have this one on CD but now I can ditch it – you can’t knock the vinyl, my friends.
16 Ajax-knallers – V/A