Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Worth waiting for?



We're now just six days away from the release of a new Prefab Sprout album. To most of you, I realise this means less than nothing, but I (along with at least one other 'Spiller - hi, frogprincess) am counting every minute, and waiting in eager anticipation. You can find out more about the release, should you be so inclined, on the magnificent Sproutnet website.

Twenty five years on from the first Sprout album and eight years since the last one, this is a momentous ... errr ... moment in my musical calendar. I'm excited - does it show?

So that the rest of you don't feel left out, you can join in the fun by telling the class which artist or band you would most like to hear a new album from. It can be as ridiculous as you like - the artist doesn't even have to be alive anymore. Go on ... who are you waiting for?

30 comments:

Blimpy said...

i would have been very interested to see what Kurt Cobain whoulda done next - as In Utero was the high point of Nirvana.

Currently I'm very excited by The Big Pink, whose LP is out in 2 weeks!

Blimpy said...

Oh, and MBV's newie....when? "Soon"....

sourpus said...

Actually mate, I too am in the market for Paddy's latest masterpiece (sincerely) but I wont go looking for it here in BP - they have only heard of Sting here, sadly.

Other artists I like to hear a new album from would include:

Ron Sexsmith (I never get tired of his work)
Jeff Buckley (this would be the most wonderous of the lot)
and of course, Jonathan Richman - although i'd settle for the unreleased one he did with a full orchestra some years back, or a DVD of at least one of the full concerts (unbelievably never before released) of the original Modern Lovers performing. Can you think of a more ridiculous situation then there being no film whatsoever in circulation of the original ML's live in concert? Positively berserkely!

BloodyParadise said...

Make mine a Zappa

Marconius7 said...

Traveling Wilburys - listened to them in the car on the way to work today. Still fantastic. RIP Roy and George.

CaroleBristol said...

An interesting question.

One thing that I would really like is for the King Crimson lineup that recorded Lark's Tongues In Aspic to record another studio album, ideally with their usual supporting horn players, Marc Charig, Mel Collins and Ian MacDonald.

I want lots of mellotron, David Cross on the violin and Jamie Muir's percussive madness.

I'd also have liked another Led Zeppelin album after In Through The Our Door but with Pagey and Bonzo off the smack and getting back to their rocking roots, cutting back on the grandiose stuff and playing R'n'B, rockabilly and real rock'n'roll.

The other thing that would be absolutely fantastic to have would be a proper Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis album. This is something that was supposed to be going to happen when Jimi died.

nilpferd said...

It's funny you mention the Davis/Hendrix combination, Carole, because I was listening to the Davis band's December 1970 Cellar door gigs today and thinking you might appreciate some of the stuff off it. Not sure if you're familiar with Live-Evil, which uses some of the fourth, and last day, on which John Mclaughlin sat in, but actually the first three nights without a guitarist but with some very wild Keith Jarrett Rhodes and organ seem to me most like what a Hendrix/Davis combination could have been- that occult combination of blues/R&B overdrive with a hard rock edge and Miles weaving on top. Otherwise probably the last seventies Davis group with Pete Cosey came closest- Pangaea or Agharta, though there's quite a deep african feel to those records as well, way beyond R&B.

Edouard said...

Donds to Miles/Jimi, and I would have liked to hear (a healthy) Miles take another stab at hip hop. I'm also definitely ready for the new Outkast album.

DarceysDad said...

Talk Talk are the first ones that always spring to my mind with this sort of "If only..." scenario.

A second Ella Guru album would have been a 'must buy'.

I'd like to pretend Into Your Heart never happened, and let Hothouse Flowers have another go at improving on Born.

Another Bon Scott fronted AC/DC album would have been interesting.

Will Adam Masterson ever get a chance to give me more than just eight songs?

And, uncoolness be damned, I'd have loved a full-throttle third Robert Palmer Power Station album. (More than one misty-eyed RIP there!)

CaroleBristol said...

nilpferd - I haven't heard Live-Evil in ages, probably 20 years, maybe I'll have to buy it. I have In A Silent Way and I love that album.

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Proudfoot said...

The new Rezillos offering I'm looking forward to hearing. No, really. Unlike most reunion bands they are largely unaltered. They play better too.
Agree with Blimpy that Nirvana were cut down in their prime, or possibly just before it.
CaroleB, what a wonderful suggestion. Make mine an Aspic 2.
Would love to hear what Abba would have done with trip-hop, techno or grunge. They made a pretty good fist of Disco didn't they?
The Only Ones follow their third album, Peter Perret off the smack and it's a killer.
New albums please from Judee Sill and Nick Drake.
I expect some of us will give a new Blue Nile record another spin. DsD, Talk Talk donded.
Kate Bush is usually worth the wait.
Plus more Bob Marley, Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly.
Sorry most of these are dead or, in the case of Perret, less alive than most.

nilpferd said...

I'd also be intrigued to hear any new MBV release. As for artists yet to fulfil their potential, I think Coldcut still have a great album in them.
Thinking about Miles and hip-hop, Ejay, I have my doubts about whether he'd have really followed that path- he'd have to have shared the spotlight, for one thing. Doo-bop seemed to be much more of a posthumous thing, I think Miles only recorded some lines in the studio and probably never heard the finished article. He'd certainly not have approved of the Donald Byrd sample Easy-mo-bee ended up using on High speed chase. Certainly there are hip hoppers around- The Roots, maybe Outkast- who would have made for a more interesting mix with him. I'd say he'd have gone more R&B though, he'd have followed the dominant musical trend but turned it around somehow. As far as hip-hop goes, I'd love to have seen what someone like Cannonball Adderley made of it. Large Professor (I think) did a remix or two of Adderley material, which was awesome.

barbryn said...

Neutral Milk Hotel?

The third coming of The Stone Roses?

If we're bringing people back to life, I'd like a new Go-Betweens album, and donds to Jeff Buckley.

More realistically, I hope Blur will record another album together.

Blimpy said...

Donds for NMH!

Abahachi said...

Free. They could just do the cashing-in playing-all-the-old-hits tour and I still wouldn't mind.

On the jazz front, it would have been fabulous to know how the great Krzysztof Komeda would have developed as a composer, if he hadn't died suddenly and mysteriously at the age of 38 - he would be 78, so perfectly possible that he might still be going, but I'd settle for albums from the 70s or 80s.

TracyK said...

I'm looking forward to PS too, they are always such growers, and I constantly find new favourites.

A new one by Belly please, with Gail Greenwood on bass to counteract Tanya's elfin swooping. Ta.

treefrogdemon said...

Buddy Holly's album with Bob Dylan. Bob came to one of the gigs on the Winter Dance party tour: had Buddy got back home to Maria Elena in Greenwich Village, he'd have bumped into Bob again when HE arrived...

FP said...

Cheers Toffee - I've pre-ordered it. As you so rightly say, this it utterly massive for me. I grew up in a town just down the road from the Sprouts, was doing my A levels when Swoon came out. And wherever I've been, in whichever city or country, there'a always been a Sprout album with me over the years. And then there was the awful silence when Paddy fell ill and for a while I wassn't even sure he was alive. So this comeback is extremely significant for me. Thanks for alerting me to the date!

FP said...

Toffee - you can preview the album here. http://www.we7.com/#/album/Lets-Change-The-World-With-Music!albumId=382996&play=true
I've got tears in my eyes now. It's vintage. And there's a song called 'Music is a princess'. God I hope it drops in the letter box soon...

ToffeeBoy said...

@ fp - I'm listening now and I'm in Sprout heaven. Thank you, thank you, thank you ...

TatankaYotanka said...

Thanks for the ongoing heads up on this Toffeeboy.

I've never listened to much Sprout, bits and pieces on magazine freebie CDs so I'm giving them a good par boiling with a view to tossing them in some butter and nutmeg before the evening is out.

I suppose I've kind of parked them as one of those bands that I ought to get into, on the basis of my tastes and their critical profile ... but never have .. (hello Nick Cave, waves warily ...)

Two thirds of the way through A Life Of Suprises I was in comp tape mode and thinking, 'what would I play next?'. Interestingly some stuff was older, Hatfield And The North/Steely Dan and some was very recent, Cult With No Name. I'll give the new one a proper listen.

I really wish there was new music/art/presence from Vivian Stanshall ... talk about a life cut shirt.

ToffeeBoy said...

@ Tatanka - Prefab Sprout, Hatfield & The North, Steely Dan - sounds like my music collection to me!

TatankaYotanka said...

Ahhh, well if you have a bit of a Pet Shop Boys tendency as well then try Cult With No Name, both albums very recently arrived on Spotify ...

Careful What You Wish For

Paper Wraps Rock

Shoey said...

Read somewhere that old Paddy Macaroon has continued recording all kinds of stuff throughout these silent years & that there are potentially hundreds of unreleased sprouty tracks - as long as he doesn't have to quit his crow scaring day job.

TatankaYotanka said...

as long as he doesn't have to quit his crow scaring day job

If he stands there long enough The TopMobile will come for him ...

Shoey said...

What was the deal with the middle Top guy? Rebel? Underachiever? Felt the band should go in another direction? Tried it, but drum sticks kept getting entangled in beard? Think we should be told.

treefrogdemon said...

His name is Beard, so he didn't have to grow one.

Makinavaja said...

Not new. But I'd be very happy if Mr N Young would let us have Chrome Dreams I.