Blundstone and The Blues

Colin Blundstone with One Year (71)/Ennismore (72) is on a mp3 compilation ‘voices’ – his being the distinctive voice of The Zombies – a band I love – I found Ennismore on lp remaindered at Zeller’s while I was living in Cape Breton – I knew who he was but didn’t realize he’d gone solo after the Zombies broke up. Apparently he had a career in England but never got into the American market. These two lps are solid but it’s the voice that carries them. The material isn’t pop, isn’t teen fodder but more early emo. Thoughtful, reflective with moody orchestration and minor chords. If you are a Zombies fan you’ll love these.


blues burn out

When Gregg Allman released Low Country Blues (2011) a few years ago I downloaded it to see how he sounded, played – this is solid blues with a tinge of rock and country. His voice is fine. His guitar work is classic, laid back and the songs are comforting as opposed to challenging. Adult contemporary. Searching For Simplicity (97) is an earlier solo lp of his with more of his solid singing & playing & yet another take on the Brother’s Whipping Post.



Eric Anderson: Eric (70) – another voice I loved – I had this lp on the east coast. Country rock with heterosexual yearning for the right woman, the right moment that doesn’t get cloying. I always enjoy listening to him even if his music isn’t particularly original.

Ron Elliot is another of those guys who spun off from a major success to obscurity. See my post about the Beau Brummels for more. Candlestick Maker (70) is his only solo lp after that band broke up. Folksy and nicely recorded, easy to hear but impossible to categorize. But that voice is fine.


empty bottles

Pete Townsend: Empty Glass (80)- Pete gets sober and wants to kiss the Rough Boys, even though he’s caught between two female, sort of trampy, angels on the cover of this. He recorded loads of solo lps but this is one of the better. Rough boys I want to kiss you.

Bloomfield Kooper: Live Adventures (69) – this is a classic live lp that was all the rage when it was released – a sort of super group duo of these two momentary stars – Kooper fresh from Blood Sweat & Tears. Bloomfield fresh from Butterfield Blues Band. The material covers tunes from Green Onions to Dear Mr Fantasy.


The Promised One 2

The two men could only exchange monosyllabic greetings due to the over amplified music in the densely populated drinking establishment.

Paul, as one of them was named, allowed the other gentleman to purchase him a carbonated non-alcohol beverage. During their conversation the others present were inspected as possible more rewarding conversationalists.

The proffered refreshment was an indictor of  a commitment to pursue this particular conversation over others that might be presented by others at this occasion. The exchange could result in immediate or future benefits for either party. Of immediate benefit was the regard of others who observed them in conversation.

While awaiting the beverages a discussion ensued about work and places of residences. The paying gentlemen mused on his own less than perfect living accommodations, speculating that a change in same could result in a betterment of his opportunities in attracting a life partner.

This leads to a general talk about the locations of said accommodations. The gentlemen feels positive in this exchange with Paul and notes that each time they have conversed they have gradually learned more about each other. As neither alluded to sexual acts each felt there was something deeper than that possible.

The  gentlemen was of the opinion that a the inadequacies of his life would be best fulfilled by a relationship with someone.He’d been seeking a partner for some time and although unsuccessful and after several past conversations with Paul, felt Paul could be a suitable candidate.

To facilitate further conversation the gentleman invited Paul to accompany him to a quiet location. Paul accepted and the gentleman followed him with a renewed sense of soon to be fulfilled promise.


June 5-7 – attending – Capturing Fire – Washington DC


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June 21-26 – attending – Rosemary Aubert’s Workshop: The Novelist’s Selfie – Loyalist – Belleville

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June 26, Friday, 10:00 pm – feature – Pride 2015 Erotic Cabaret – Glad Day Bookstore, 598a Yonge St., Toronto


June 27, Saturday – 7:00-  Feature: Hot Summer Nights at Hirut, Hirut Restaurant, 2050 Danforth Ave., Toronto


September 3-6 – attending – Fan Expo


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October 18, Sunday – feature: Cabaret Noir: Inner Child Sacrifice




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