Thursday, September 11, 2008

Help!



OK lovely people, I need your expertise. This hypnotic bluesy doo-woppy thing has sat on the same infernal Peel show tape that Ray Martell and this (and a copy of Arthur Alexander) are on for that same 26 years and I'm mad keen to know what it is.

I'm pretty sure it's from a programme broadcast on October 20th 1982 because my tape also has songs from reggae toasters Laurel And Hardy's Peel Session, which aired that night.

I have tried Googling the lyrics and I have tried that there young person's tune-identifying text service Shazam, both to no avail.

And so I throw it before you, the great and wonderful and complex and all-knowing collective.

Name that artist/tune! (er...even a few informed guesses would be nice...).

Unknown Artist - 'Even Though You Are Gone' (?) (unknown year)

PS: It does liderally fade in slowly.

20 comments:

  1. I can't help you I'm afraid. I'm sure I know the voice but I can't place it.

    Great song.

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  2. It is - and one that tends to lodge in the brain. Unfortunately it's been lodged - namelessly - in mine for a quarter of a century. Curses!

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  3. Anything that fades in slowly is alright by me.

    when are we goi,ng to get some Bow Wow Wow then?

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  4. Mystery song downloaded twenty times so far! Pass it round! Send it to your noodly nerdy muso mates! Let's crack this mother!!!

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  5. I'm the nerdiest muso I know but I haven't got a clue. Good luck with this one.

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  6. Hmmm... sorta know the voice and the tune sounds like 'One Night'.

    Have you checked All Music Guide for variations on the title - or youtube for one of the records playing type vid's?

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  7. Yikes! You get some pretty mawkish stuff if you put 'Even though you are gone' in the search box at YouTube I can tell ya.

    *sigh* I am getting a sinking feeling about this one.

    Why didn't I just write the track details down back then? Why did I cut out Peelie talking in the first place? And why am I bothered about this all these years later?

    Sheesh.

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  8. It's very reminiscent of Fat's Domino's 'Walking To New Orleans'...but other than that, I got nuthin'.

    I like this as a regular feature, however!

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  9. I just thought - 'Hey! Maybe it's Fats!' but I don't think it is, is it?

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  10. Are you completely sure it's a black voice? There's bits in there where it sounds a bit Elvis vocally. Perhaps looking in the direction of 'blues' might not be right...perhaps 'country blues' might be closer.....

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  11. The Laurel and Hardy session was tramsmitted on November 4th 1982.

    A bit of displacement-activity online looking around produces mention of a track called "Love That Used To Be" by one Freddy V. & Playmates, but who knows.

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  12. GENIUS.

    I sincerely had begun to believe we would never identify this track but Mark, you have done it surely; thank you so much and please, what can I get you from the bar?

    Now I need to track an mp3 down...

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  13. Oh yes and thanks for the correction on the transmission date - I read the recording date by mistake. Incidentally, and I know I'm really pushing my luck on this one, if anyone has the L&H Peel Session....

    (and no, they don't do 'On The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine'...Sadly).

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  14. I've got that one, as it happens; YHM.

    Rereading, sorry about the rather surly-sounding opening post from a long-time lurker! Hope I've identified the track, but ICWBW, and given the lack of info on the internetty thing about the band, We May Never Know.

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  15. This Is True, and yet - I know this isn't very scientific - the title and artist feel right, and the obscurity would explain why I couldn't track it in the tried and tested ways.

    Well done on making the move from lurking to commenting there Mark - I did not take your opener as surly, and even if I had, you would more than have redeemed yourself with these lavish gifts.

    You Da Man!

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  16. Sorry to be a party pooper but I think Freddy V & Playmates maybe a red herring. I can only find them featured on a Country music station, and also with another track on the Ozark label which is again Country music.

    Jon is right - it also reminds me of Fats' Walking To New Orleans, but I don't think it's Fats.

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  17. This is a job for Red Kelly's (The Soul Detective) Burning Questions. I will email him a link to this (or of course you can) when I'm a bit more awake.

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  18. Sheesh...maybe the song's right but the artist isn't? To be continued....

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