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Alex Highton / Blog

Tom Robinson's Freshnet Favourites

"Hip With The Kids" has been chosen by the Tom Robinson, his team and their listeners to be part of this weeks favourites. Some very kind words about the track too. This dead is good. Many, many thanks indeed

http://freshonthenet.co.uk/faves20/

Dylan

Dylan Songs At The Milkmaid Folk-Club Tonight I’m playing some Dylan songs at the Milkmaid Folk-Club in Bury St Edmunds. The only albums I own are Nashville Skyline (which is one of my all time favourites) and his greatest hits part one. So out of the million’s of songs he’s written my options are pretty limited. Anyhow, this is nothing new but when you really listen to his stuff, some of it is mind-blowing. Right up there with the best in literature, never mind popular music. I’d compare him more to F.S.Fitzgerald than Lennon & McCartney. I’m going to start digging out his albums, one by one. Any suggestions much appreciated. Tonight I’ll be doing “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (he pretty much covered everything in this one which begs the point why do we bother writing any new songs), “To Be Alone With You” (Is it rolling Bob?) and “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You.

Dylan

Dylan Songs At The Milkmaid Folk-Club Tonight I’m playing some Dylan songs at the Milkmaid Folk-Club in Bury St Edmunds. The only albums I own are Nashville Skyline (which is one of my all time favourites) and his greatest hits part one. So out of the million’s of songs he’s written my options are pretty limited. Anyhow, this is nothing new but when you really listen to his stuff, some of it is mind-blowing. Right up there with the best in literature, never mind popular music. I’d compare him more to F.S.Fitzgerald than Lennon & McCartney. I’m going to start digging out his albums, one by one. Any suggestions much appreciated. Tonight I’ll be doing “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (he pretty much covered everything in this one which begs the point why do we bother writing any new songs), “To Be Alone With You” (Is it rolling Bob?) and “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You."

Press Play Studio With Andy Ramsay of Stereolab

So I’ve just been let out after five completely full on days in the studio with Andy and I’ve got to admit I’m dead excited with the results. I’m not really one for going mad about my own stuff, I always feel like a bit of dick. However, for the first time I think I’ve got something down that I’d happily play to anyone and whether they like it or not, it’s me and it something I’m proud of.

The studio is set on an industrial estate in Bermondsey, South London. Surrounded on all sides by Evangelical Churches, amongst which we found one “Assahola” chuch which seemed a rather odd concept but who am I to judege. It was all pretty frenetic actually with drums banging and people singing everywhere. I did notice lots of nice 4 X 4’s for the pastor’s, although I don’t doubt that it was God’s will that the congregation paid for them.

Inside it’s a different matter, with tons of vintage equipment to hand and a super relaxed vibe.

What Andy brought to the table is not to be understated. Fuelled on nothing but endless cups of tea, he managed to take the ideas I had (as well as a few of his own) and fully translate what I wanted onto the record, no matter how incoherant my original concept was. Recording & mixing fourteen songs in five days was no mean feat and making it sound as good as it does is testament to his efforts.

I was also really lucky to have some top people play on the record too, all well above my station having played with everyone from Paul Mcartney & Morrisey to Billy Mahonie & The High Llamas. However, they were all really enthusiastic and got stuck in, turning my random instructions into some beautiful stuff.

So thanks to everyone who was involved.

Hopefully you will hear the results sooner rather than later.

Cheers

Al

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