Readers of contemporary fiction will immediately realise that Czech pianist Emil Viklicky's latest release is inspired by a novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, himself connected with Prague courtesy of his having received the Kafka Award there in 2006…
Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk was an English clarinettist and vocalist known for his appearance – goatee, bowler hat and striped waistcoat – and breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style. Bilk's 1962 instrumental tune "Stranger on the Shore" became the UK's biggest selling single of 1962: it was in the UK charts for more than 50 weeks, peaking at number two, and was the first No. 1 single in the United States by a British artist in the era of the modern Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.
This remastered two-fer combines guitarist Mel Brown's second Impulse release from 1968, The Wizard, with Blues for We released the following year. The Wizard is a straight-ahead soul-jazz date picking up where Chicken Fat left off with a few originals alongside funky renditions of “Ode to Billie Joe” and Pee Wee Crayton’s R&B hit of the late '40s “Blues After Hours.” Blues for We relies more on an interesting selection of cover versions ranging from “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “Son of a Preacher Man” to the bubblegum staple by the 1910 Fruitgum Company “Indian Giver” and Acker Bilk’s “Stranger on the Shore,” which was the theme of a BBC television drama. Brown’s guitar work on both sessions is fluid and greasy, as are the funky drum licks, but occasionally, the arrangements drift into superior background music. New liner notes are absent, but the original packaging – front and back cover art and liner notes – remain intact.
Every year, normally solitary polar bears gather in large numbers of eighty or more at Kaktovic, Alaska. The polar bears are waiting for the feast left for them, the bone pile on the shore from the traditional Bowhead Whale cull by the local Inupiat Tribe residence.
2008 reissue, the first time on CD for this overlooked British Pop gem, originally released in 1969. a striking set which tells the story of a boy, Charley Cinders, who is born ["Waiting to Be"]; he's blind ["Alone on the Shore"]; the trials and tribulations he has to deal with ["Marstrand", "China Clipper", "The Problem", "Elea-Elea", "Trixon's Election"] and ultimately his own demise ["Charley Cinders"]." in production the music speaks loudly of Keith's British Pop influences and the arrangements twist and turn in such a way that they could only be from a songwriter enthralled with Sgt Pepper. All of which explains why the Adventures of Keith fell through the cracks in mainstream 1969 America, only to become a highly sought-after soft rock collectable in recent years. RPM.