Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Going Forward, Going Back


Well it's about time I, er, opened my blogging account for 2011.

And if it's OK with you I'd like to do it with something old - old to me too, though lost for many years and restored just recently.

What an uplifting monster of a record this is.

Born in darkness
But I fought my way up to the sun

Yeah baby.

Garnet Mimms - 'As Long As I Have You' (1964)

21 comments:

  1. ..and what a way to start the year.
    Thank you :)

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  2. Rocking - almost the template for Mark Ronson's Amy Wino sound..

    Love that guitar twang and the trumpet stabs recorded with the empty-hallway echo...

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  3. Remember hearing this for the first time years ago after buying the What's Happening Stateside album from Fopp at the top of Renfield Street...stills sounds as good as it did then...great track to open 2011 with...

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  4. That was the very album I had it and lost it on Scott. Glad it's hitting the spot companeros.

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  5. You're quite right, this is a terrific track.

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  6. Inset day with three boys plus one friend today so I've only listened to half a minute of this but I like what I've heard.

    I've had a Stateside compilation on my Amazon wishlist for a while. Don't know most of the songs but that's half the fun. Not sure if this ones on it.

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  7. I knew nowt of this porky prime cut, davy boy. (Sometimes, I wish I knew a whole lot more than what's been in the hit parade since 1963).

    Still, it's a new year ... for my old habits.

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  8. Garnett Mimms records are HUGE.

    Led Zeppelin used to cover one his tunes live, it might have even been this one.

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  9. Oh, this is a gem. Thanks to you, and a belated Happy New Year!

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  10. What's Happening Stateside was the compilation of a year in the 80s that my ailing memory can't quite pinpoint. Tune, as the kids would say, but I don't think that does the song justice. Awesome, like the stars. That'll do.

    Ted Loaf.

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  11. 1987 Ted, according to this - sounds about right. It's a comp that looms large in my soul consciousness, which is probably why I've mentioned it here so many times over the years. It's where I first heard Bettye Swann and 'Better Use Your Head' by Little Anthony & The Imperials, which is, when it comes right on down to it, probably the greatest record ever made.

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  12. lovely stuff fella, absolutely lovely stuff.

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  13. as long as we got you sweet boy. much happinesses all round
    x

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  14. I still play this album. I bought it in Aberdeen Virgin, first term of first year, a long time ago!

    The ZZ Hill track is my fave, well that and Bettye Swann's rendition of Tell It Like It Is.

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  15. A truly magnificent track. The Stateside comp is where I first heard it too - and I still have it, of course :)

    On that comp it is sandwiched between tracks from Jimmy Lewis Jimmy Holiday/Clydie King which also stick in my memory, oh and The Isley Brothers early version of Who's That Lady. Yep, a great comp.

    It was also featured on The Roots Of Led Zeppelin , one of those Mojo cover CDs from a few years ago and is the main reason that cd keeps on finding its way back into the car.

    One of those tracks you always have to hit repeat on at least once.

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  16. My copy got nicked. But it was the tape, so that's not too bad I suppose. Looking at the track list - Homer Banks too! Swell.

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  17. And oh yes Darce, repeat and repeat.

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  18. Fuck my ancient footwear. That IS immense.
    And funnily enough, yer right about Little Ant'ny.

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  19. It's a little-known fact that Garnet Mimms's son, Bobby, used to keep goal for Blackburn Rovers.

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  20. Pretty sure this has been the 'most downloaded' thing I've ever posted.

    Well done everyone.

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