Camille – Le Fil (Epic 2017 #031)

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Camille – Le Fil (2005)

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Le Fil is the second album by French singer Camille. The title translates as “The Thread” and from the outset to the very end* (see below) the album features a continuous ‘tone’ – a low-level drone – that is in the background of every song and between tracks. Camille describe the ‘b’ note used as ‘her note’.

On its release in 2005 many people returned the record/CD in the belief that the sound was a fault in the recording. On the CD version, the ‘drone’ continues for a full 9 minutes after the end of the final track.

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Camel – Rajaz (Epic 2017 #030)

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Camel – Rajaz (1999)

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I’m not going to say anything more about this album other than the word ‘Sahara’. Heard this on a Capital FM show late one night. Loved it but had no idea what it was or who it was by. Frustrating! Then they played it again a week later and this time told me. The album was snapped up the very next day.

‘Sahara’ is one of those tracks that quite simply does it for me. Every time. Can’t really put my finger on what that is. But when the guitar solo kicks in at towards the end, it hits something deep in my stomach and tears come almost event time. It is everything an instrumental need to be. And in absolutely every way. It quite simply is!

J J Cale – 5 (Epic 2017 #029)

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J J Cale – 5 (1979)

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‘5’ (strangely enough) is the fifth album by J. J. Cale. Released in 1979, it was his first album for three years. Most of the tracks were recorded and mixed at The Lakehouse, Old Hickory, Tennessee. Later, when the album was re-issued on CD, for unknown reasons “Katy Kool Lady” was replaced by a new song, though it was still listed as the former on the CD.

Billy Cox (formerly of the Jimi Hendrix Experience) played bass on 5.

Blondie – Parallel Lines (Epic 2017 #028)

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Blondie – Parallel Lines (1978)

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In late 1978, at the tender age of 18, I left home. Following my soulmate northwards, I found a job as a kitchen porter on the campus where the art college she was taking her Ceramics degree was based. For the first year she was (technically) in halls of residence and I was (technically) in staff accommodation on the other side of the campus. But, truth be told, I spent more time in the room she shared with one, Deb Gee. And ‘Parallel Lines’ was, for quite a while, the only record on Debs’ Dansette record player. So we got to know those 12 tracks really well.

Later in the year following release though, we got to see Blondie live as a part of the ‘Parallel Lines’ tour when they played the Loughborough Student Union. Paid £1.75 for my ticket I think! But then my weekly wages in those days were just £30 – so it was still relative!

Tough choice on which track to feature but ‘One way or another’ wins…

David Bowie – Black Star (Epic 2017 #026)

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David Bowie – Black Star (2016)

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Recently I watched a YouTube video tribute to the great man as 1,000 musicians collectively performed ‘Rebel Rebel’ on the floor of a stadium to a packed crowd all belting out the lyrics. It brought tears to my eyes as, of all the very many losses to the music industry through passings last year, David Bowie’s was (and remains) the most felt for me.

Black Star, his 25th studio album, was released on 8 January 2016, his 69th birthday and just two days before his death.

‘Lazarus’ (featured here) is notable now for the lines “…look up here, I’m in heaven; I’ve got scars that can’t be seen…” It comes from his Off-Broadway musical of the same name.