Musings on music and stuff…

Many people know Dee Dee Warwick only as the less successful sister of Dionne – and that she recorded ‘Alfie’ before her better known sibling. However, she also made two of the greatest soul records of the late 60s and early 70s. While she may not have had Dionne’s refined pop sensibilities, she possessed a voice of great power and interpretative abilities on a par with many of her better known rivals.

OK, so I seem to have done something a bit controversial.

Not Robin Thicke or Azealia Banks controversial, you understand, but a few people have suggested that I’ve made a mistake by recording Wives and Lovers.An article in the great arbiter of political correctness that is the Huffington Post tends to confirm this when it describes it as ‘one of the most offensive songs, ever’.

But I think things are a little more complicated than that…

Stephen Sondheim has a pretty amazing track record - one flop in sixty years. OK, so Merrily We Roll Along bombed on its first outing but, after much tinkering, rose from the ashes to win the Olivier for best musical in 2000 and (thank you Wikipedia) the most 5 star reviews ever for its 2012 West End revival.

I love sleeve notes…

And gatefold sleeves and picture inner sleeves (even the ones that just had little black and white pictures of other LPs on – who knew what you might discover?). And lyric inserts. I even learned to love picture discs even though it somehow felt like the end of something pure and wonderful (how little we knew…)