A Certain Ratio: To Each / The Graveyard & The Ballroom / Force
Factory Records needed Joy Division but A Certain Ratio and Durutti Column were typical Factory bands.
The industrial funk of the reissued To Each demand each track be introduced with John Peel’s voice in your head. Stand out tracks are 12½ minutes of Winter Hill while Oceans, Felch and The Fox all merit mention.
Their debut, The Graveyard & The Ballroom, part-studio, part-live, merges punk energy with a funky guitar.
Martin Hannett’s production gives The Graveyard studio side an interesting edge. Do The Du remains peerless while the Electric Ballroom gig an interesting nugget of the time.
1986’s Force remains the band’s finest hour.
Indie funk with no let-up in quality from the first bar of Only Together through to the last of Si Firmir O Grido. Mickey Way, Inside, Fever 103 and the sublime Bootsy are the highlights.
Noel Gallagher – Who built the moon
The elder Gallagher fares better than his sibling’s review of “why?”
The rollicking Holy Mountain takes Weller’s Wake Up the Nation and gives it a Slade makeover; Keep on Reaching’s insistent beat and the title track add up to his finest hour since Morning Glory.
Jimmy Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love
My favourite Hendrix lp receives a limited-edition vinyl makeover.
Spanish Castle Magic is a soul-infused psychedelic rock tour de force, showcasing his outstanding guitar work. The opening bars of She’s So Fine inspired a generation of indie guitarists even if they didn’t know it while Wait Until Tomorrow is as funky as it comes. Outstanding.
Single of the Week
Martha – The Winter Fuel Allowance Ineligibility Blues
A guitar-fuelled romp, a love song for the poverty generation. Essential listening.