LOST: Ibrahim Ferrer - 'Nuestra Ultima Cita' from 'BVSC Presents...'
FOUND: Bob Dylan - yes, 2005 was the year that I finally realised the magnitude of Dylan's greatness. I always have been a bit slow to leap on a passing bandwaggon! 'No Direction Home' was the icing on the cake for me. What to choose? I'll opt for 'Blind Willie McTell' from 'The Bootleg Series Vols 1-3'.
Lost. The fantastic LINK WRAY first and last word in rocknroll guitar.
Found...Very dull to admit....no-one really. For various reasons I haven't been paying attention so much this year to The New, but have been rediscovering past pleasures as I sort them on to the new formats. wv
Found: Not a 2005 release, not even an artist, but a compilation: "Flammes Du Coeur Gypsy Queens". If the house was on fire and I had to rescue the CD(s) that I've bought this year that I've got the most out of, it would be this collection (and a big thank you to Garth for the wonderful book that led me to it).
Lost: Laurel Aitken- Track: "Landlords and Tenants."
Cuban born ska pioneer and general good guy for Jamaican music. I think his contribution (including the first ever Jamaican record issued in Britain) has been over shadowed and under rated due to other outstanding personalities.
Found: Bellowhead- track: "Jack Robinson" from the CD "E.P Onimous".
English folk at its "big band" swinging best. More hope for the future of local, live roots music.
Lost: Link Wray's Rumble must be one of the seminal recordings of all time- its sound permeates all electric guitar music since
Found: Congotronics Konono no1.
Culture is not something handed down to us- it is something re-invented by every generation - made new for our own times. The old is absorbed into the present. All music is so- but Congotronics does it loud, with style, with verve, with wit, with enthusiasm.
Having nominated Link Wray as sadly lost, I have decided to nominate as best found this year a track I discovered on an old Sony Jazz sampler...CARAVAN by SAM NEWSOME and GLOBAL UNITY about who at present I know absolutely nothing. This track though is where Duke Ellington meets Charlie Gillett's Saturday Night.......so catchy that it might eventually become irritating but for now....it's great. wv