Friday, 30 October 2009

Vince Taylor in Rolling Stone

Earlier this year I had the privilege of compiling and writing the liner notes for a comp of Vince Taylor, issued by Ace in the UK. Jet Black Leather Machine was the first time that a single compilation drew from all parts of Vince’s wild ride through the music biz:

It really was a wild ride. Just listen to the deranged version of My Baby Left Me.

Now I’ve noticed that Rolling Stone’s David Fricke has reviewed it:

Thank you David.

RPM International

Since around May 2009, I’ve been working on releases for RPM International, an offshoot label of RPM, which is part of Cherry Red Records.

The idea is to reissue music that isn’t British, and isn’t American. There’s masses of stuff out there, and masses of it is great.

Language is no barrier anymore…

Up to six so far: Sylvie Vartan, Jacques Dutronc, the first three Golden Earrings' albums and Blo . Roll on more.

Thursday, 29 October 2009


Got the new Sylvie Vartan album, Toutes Peines Confondues, and it's just not that great:

It could be great, but it isn't. No doubt it's cleaning up in France, but it's hard to see what it's appeal elsewhere would be.

Someone this iconic could afford to push a few boats. Couldn't they?

A pity. Oh well.