15 November 2020

Podwireless Deserted Island Discs 1




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Here's a different sort of Podwireless for November 2020's mid-month special. My beginning-of-month podcasts are all about new releases, while the mid-month ones are either on a specific theme (like English Instrumentals, European Roots Music, West African Women or vintage Country Blues) or an earlier programme from the archives. But one of the benefits of the pandemic lockdowns – there had to be some! – is that they've allowed more time for listening to old favourites, usually a rare luxury.

So while it's quiet outside, here's a random and totally self-indulgent selection of music I've loved and accumulated down the years since discovering there were alternatives to the pop music heard on the radio when I was a young teenager. And be warned – in just my first pass through the shelves pulling CDs out for inclusion, I'd grabbed twice as much as this. I already have another couple of hours like this assembled for the new year!

Apologies that this time there are no web site links given. A lot of these CDs were out of print before web sites became a thing. If they're not available from your usual retail source and you want to track them down, Mr Google and Mr Discogs are probably your best starting points.


1. (Sig) The English Country Blues Band : The Italian Job from the CD Unruly (Weekend Beatnik)

2. Muddy Waters : I Feel Like Going Home from the CD The Early Years 1947-1950 (Chess)

3. Bob Dylan : Baby, Let Me Follow You Down from the CD Bob Dylan (Columbia)

4. Bembeya Jazz National : Mousogbe from the CD Authenticité 73 (Syllart)

5. Shirati Jazz : LK The Pretty from the CD The King Of History: Classic 1970s Benga Beats From Kenya (Stern's)

6. 10,000 Maniacs : Just As The Tide Was A Flowing from the CD The Wishing Chair (Elektra)

7. Oysterband : Hal-an-Tow from the CD Trawler (Cooking Vinyl)

8. Charlie Parker Quintet : Bird Of Paradise from the CD Box Complete Savoy & Dial Studio Recordings (Savoy/ Atlantic)

9. Anita O'Day : Anita's Blues from the CD Box Complete Anita O'Day Verve/Clef Sessions (Mosaic

10. Anna Cinzia Villani : Pizzica Pizzica Di Copertino from the CD Fimmana, Mare e Focu (Anima Mundi)

11. Re Niliu : La Città Del Sole from the CD Pucambù (Il Pontesonoro)

12. Bob & Ron Copper : The Sweet Primroses from the CD Hidden English (Topic)

13. The Young Tradition : The Banks Of Claudy from the CD Young Tradition (BGO)

14. The Girls Of The Golden West : I Want To Be A Real Cowboy Girl from the CD Selected Recordings 1933-1938  (Sonyatone)

15. Jimmie Rodgers : Waiting For A Train from the CD The Early Years, 1928-1929 (Rounder)

16. Ali Farka Touré : Heygana from the CD The River (World Circuit)

17. Jali Musa Jawara : Haidara from the CD Direct From West Africa (Go Discs/ Oval)

18. Cake : Friend Is A Four Letter Word from the CD Fashion Nugget (Volcano)

19. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros : Global A Go-Go from the CD Global A Go-Go (Hellcat)

20. The Incredible String Band : First Girl I Loved from the CD The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion (Fledg'ling)

21. The Rheingans Sisters : October Song from the CD Glad Gold Hearts (Rootbeat)

22. Earth Opera : Mad Lydia's Waltz from the CD The Great American Eagle Tragedy (Elektra)

23. Billy Bragg : Levi Stubbs' Tears from the CD Talking With The Taxman About Poetry (Go Discs)

24. Rakotozafy : Ramanjareo (Ny Any Aminay) from the CD Valiha Malaza (GlobeStyle)

25. Thomas Mapfumo : Shumba from the CD Shumba – Vital Hits Of Zimbabwe (Stern's/ Earthworks)

26. Big Joe Williams : Don't The Apples Look Mellow from the CD Blues Masters Vol. 2 (Storyville)

27. Mississippi Fred McDowell : Write Me A Few Lines from the CD Mississippi Delta Blues (Arhoolie)

28. Mimi & Richard Fariña : The Falcon from the CD Celebrations For A Grey Day (Vanguard)

29. Carolyn Hester : I'll Fly Away from the CD Carolyn Hester (Hallmark)

30. Spiro : Rose Engine from the CD Kaleidophonica (Real World)


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