Saturday, 24 March 2018

Ferlin Husky - Boulevard of Broken Dreams

The song "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" has always been one of my favourites, it manages to capture that feeling of walking around town (in this case Paris) in the dead of night, lost in a world of heartbreak watching the seedier side of life going on all around you and feeling like that is now where you belong....

The song was written in 1933 for the movie "Moulin Rouge" by Harry Warren and Al Dubin and has been recorded by many, many people (Probably the most famous being Tony Bennett) and I have managed to collect a fair few versions over the years....but this one has to be my favourite, not just because of the title track but also within the context of the whole album.

Ferlin Husky released this album in 1957 and you just know what you're getting by looking at the cover!...it's a pretty bleak album and every song sits firmly within this world of heartbreak and loss, even the more sprightly songs like "Me and My Shadow" are arranged and sung in a way that pulls out the melancholy and puts it front and centre. Backed by The Jordanaires it does have a feeling of early Elvis ballads about it, but a bit more country and a lot less rock and roll in the vocal delivery...

I managed to snag a good promo copy for just a few pounds and I present it here in a new 24Bit 96KHz rip with scanned artwork. I've lightly cleaned up the recording but it's not the best produced album in the world and there's a bit of vinyl rumble but overall it'll do just fine....enjoyed best alone, at night, and with a bottle of Whisky.

Ferlin Husky - Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Download the album in 24/96 FLAC here

You can listen to the title track below



As a little bonus here's the original version from the "Moulin Rouge" movie


Sunday, 7 January 2018

Vos Oprimetur - Vol.2

Only 5 short years after Vol.1,  I bring you the second Mark Morb Mix:

Vos Oprimetur - Vol.2


Tracklisting:

1. Xander harris - Burn Slow
2. Pye Corner Audio - Where Things Are Hollow
3. A Sacred Geometry - Atiya
4. Die Klopferbande - Cadillac Im Ghetto
5. Neuronium - Viento Solar
6. The Belbury Circle - Departures Int.
7. The Horrors - I Can See Through You (Blanck Mass Remix)
8. Felix K - Silent Money
9. Bryce Miller - WaSP
10. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Agents
11. Sally Shapiro - Swimming Through the Blue Lagoon
12. Spectra - Ricci Flow
13. Vejopatis - Apejo Sauliute
14. Xander Harris - When Prophecy Fails
15. Steve Moore - File 45a

Download from here as FLAC

...or listen here:


Friday, 10 February 2017

Briars Frome - Numbers Station

....people started to notice strange radio sounds and interference hidden at the extreme ranges of the dial...only heard in certain areas and at certain times unaware how close they were to the forgotten village...and unaware of the eyes watching and the hands reaching...
"Numbers Station" - Available Here


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Acid Folk

I've been working on a new EP on and off for most of this year and it's finally nearing completion.
However, if you want to get a taste then those lovely people over at Active Listener have included a track "Black Shuck" on their new Compilation "Acid Folk Volume 2"
It's a great compilation and it's a privilege to be included, you can download it for free (or pay what you want) from Bandcamp, here


Friday, 27 February 2015

Architecture.....

It's been a long time since I've posted up any architectural images that have caught my eye but just seen a post over on Tumblr with three images that I found particularly pleasing....here you go...



Saturday, 17 January 2015

In Search of Briars Frome.....

....strange atmosphere, glimpses of movement in the corner of my eye, sense of being watched and the suggestion of voices on the howling wind...."Stay away".....


Stay away...

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Tomorrow's World - Pt.2

As a follow up to this post about Tomorrow's World and the superb Johnny Dankworth theme, here's a brand new rip of the later Martin Cook and Richard Denton theme from around 1980 (it's only taken me about 2 years to get round to it!).
Easily my second favourite theme to this series, it's a great bit of electronic music and it did indeed sound like it was music from the future back then. Listening to it now it's still great (with a surprisingly hefty 4/4 beat), it's clearly influenced by Jean-Michel Jarre and has a little Star Wars style middle eight but that can be forgiven when you consider this was 1980.
I initially made a rip from the 7" vinyl release of this theme but it wasn't in the greatest of condition so ended up recording it from an LP release from 1980 of this and many other Denton/Cook themes (more info here) and to my ears this is a better quality pressing than the 7" anyway. As a bonus I've included the theme from "Hong Kong Beat" as well, it's a great little mid-tempo number with a Pink Floyd type vibe.

High res (24Bit 96KHz) FLAC and 320 MP3 Links in comments and as usual I'd love to hear your comments.


Saturday, 30 August 2014

Friday, 20 June 2014

Gurney Slade

I was wandering around the house doing a few jobs the other month when a tune came on the radio that I'd not heard in years!
It took me right back to being a child in the 70's but I couldn't recall where I knew it from.
I listened to the end and discovered it was "Gurney Slade" by Max Harris.
Now this rang no bells with me whatsoever so I turned to Google to help me out. It transpires that the tune was the theme to "The Strange World of Gurney Slade" a six part TV series broadcast on ITV in 1960. 

Clearly my memories of the tune could not be from that (it predates me by 10 years), a few clicks later and I discovered that the tune had also been used in "Vision On", a series that I remember well and defines a particular era of my childhood, so mystery solved.


Anyway, it's a great piece of flute jazz music, I do love these "Jazz" theme tunes from the 60's (see also my post for Johhny Dankworth's "Tomorrows World" theme here)
There have been a few versions recorded over the years and I've started to buy the original 7" singles, this download includes a rip straight from the original Max Harris 7" as well as a 7" released by Steve Stannard in the same year. The original version is the smoothest and classiest but the Stannard version is faster and swings a bit more during the solo, leave you to decide which is the best. 
I'm still looking out for other versions and will post them as I find them....links in comments (24Bit 96KHz & 320K MP3)

Max Harris

Steve Stannard


All Download Links Fixed...

I've decided to host all the download files myself so that I don't keep getting caught out by the various File sharing sites changing their policies whenever they feel like it and leaving me with a bunch of dead links!
Anyway, you should find new links in the comments of all the appropriate posts....and I should be putting some more stuff up soon so keep checking back for that.

Thanks for your patience,
Mark Morb