Here are some of my British Tempo Records that I have in my collection.
I purchased this today and tried it out on a Ist press. Lee Morgan on Blue Note . Mono. It dampened down , anchored the sound which is just what you need to get good mono sound quality. I paid just over 400 euros ( £325) and it is worth the money. I have played a couple of vintage Blue Note Mono pressings and they sound wonderful. Tomorrow I will be listening to my Tempo UK jazz albums and am really looking forward to it.
It is now tomorrow and I played a couple of Tempo LP’s this afternoon and the sounded great. To be quite honest I did not notice any huge dramatic difference when I first tried this record clamp. Some people make outrageous claims about record weight and I have no intention of getting in to all that nonsense but there is no doubt that depending on you system this clamp can make a difference. I have a very basic mono set up. Rega Planar 2 ( with wood trim) , the trim does help to damp down the sound , Rega RB 300 tonearm with Tecnoweight and extra heavy weight , metal subplatter , Denon DL 102 Mono cartridge and leather mat. The combination of these modest upgrades help to produce a very natural , flat ( blue note sound) damped down tone.
I am looking for a copy of an LP record called The Great Saturday Night Swindle. It was released on the CBS label in 1977. It was an Ireland only release. If you have a copy that you would like to sell let me know. I had a copy of this album about 15 years ago but got rid of it because the cover was in poor condition. I though I could just root around and pick up another copy but 15 years later I’m still rooting and have not found another copy yet.
I bought this LP just for the cover art. I found it in my local record shop. The group is called Dreams and I had never heard of them before but like I say I liked the cover. According to the sleeve notes the album was made up in the studio – the songs had not actually been written but just made up as the session progressed. It made the album sound interesting but to be honest it’s a rather bland affair……’soft funk soul with nothing to make it stand out from the crowd. But the cover is something of a work of art…….
While I was writing this post I had the album playing on my deck in the background and feel I have to correct my initial comment/review. Side a is indeed bland and very ordinary but side b is somewhat odd and for that reason interesting. There are two tracks on this side which blend into each other , Dream Suite and New York and there is a touch of the avant garde about them – but only the slightest touch.
About 10 days ago , it was a Sunday , I was in the shower and found a lump on my hip. It is about the size of a golf ball. I’m an old guy so naturally I thought it might be cancer. The fact that I already have a couple of cancer like symptoms did not reassure me in any way. I don’t have a doctor and haven’t been to a hospital in maybe thirty years and am a great believer in the wise old saying , ” Ignore it and it will go away”. It has always worked in the past and I’m still here. The reason I am telling you all this is simply that this is the only interesting thing that has happened since I last updated this blog. Now there is something important I have to say at this point – Please don’t email/message me/comment that I should go and have it checked out. I don’t need good advice and I wouldn’t take it anyhow. If on the other hand you want to make a 10 euro contribution to my funeral expenses that’s a different kettle of fish altogether……..
If , over the next few months 500 people were to read this post and send me 10 euros each I would be laughing. There is , as it happens , a very nice phono cartridge on Ebay for just over 5,000 sterling which I quite fancy. I have an excellent Denon DL 102 mono cartridge which does everything I want it to do ( a classic warm mono sound) but it would be nice to have the Koetsu JP mc cartridge. It’s all a matter of priorities. I like the old vinyl. I like the look and the feel of it and at its best there really is nothing that sounds quite like it. But all this in neither here nor there and besides I’m sure there are men of ninety out there who are covered with lumps and are as healthy as horses……
All of this is of course preamble to the fact that I don’t have anything interesting to say. Nothing of interest ever happens to me and I don’t do anything interesting myself -hence this rambling blog post that seems to be heading nowhere……….I could of course lie. I could claim that I’m busy doing this that and the other………I could make myself sound far more interesting than I really am. I could , as Billy Connolly say’s , make myself sound exotic. I could take on a new persona , start a new blog and make everyone envious of my wonderful life as I suspect some blogger do. I could be young , handsome , professional not to mention neo-liberal and superficially cool with a dockside apartment to prove it. I could be SOMEONE. Unfortunately all of this requires effort and I’m rather lazy – so there you are.
I have often thought of getting myself a box and going into the city center and standing on it at the corner of St. Stephens Green and Grafton Street. I imagine myself with arms raised just like Peter Finch in Network.….telling everyone who passes that we are all going to hell , that everything is pointless – or whatever else happens to come into my head. I could stand there with my longish grey hair and unhealthy complexion shouting whatever rubbish comes into my head. Young people would stop and video me on their mobile phones and put me up on Youtube. I might , if I shouted loud enough and talked enough rubbish go viral…….And of course , I could report what happens each day on my blog. I actually think I would be quite good at this. But even if I was hopeless I probably would be regarded as an eccentric or a CHARACTER. There used to be a lot of such people wandering around Dublin in the old days. One of the most famous was a man known as BANG BANG. He was really famous , everyone , every school child knew of BANG BANG even if they never saw him. Back in the 50’s and 60’s Dublin buses had an open platform at the back and BANG BANG would hop on to this platform if a bus slowed down and point a big key he used to carry with him at the passengers and go BANG BANG. The passengers would pretend to be shot or shout back ” You missed”. Then when the bus pulled up at traffic lights he would jump off and get on another bus.
There was also a man called Johnny Forty Coats because of all the coats he used to wear. He didn’t do anything , he just had lots of coats on him. And yet another man was called Hairy Lemon. All these men were nothing short of legends and are still remembered fondly by Dubliners to this day. I have always wanted to be legend and after all it would be something to do , wouldn’t it. Let me know what you think.