Up The Creek
I had the pleasure the other day of listening to the long-awaited new jOhNcOcKs CD 'up the creek' the title track of which refers to a sojourn in Mylor where many of the songs were composed.
In an amazing display of versatility, the CD was recorded at home, unaided except by gadgetry. The one exception is Gram Parsons' Brass Buttons which was recorded at the Bunker studio with the excellent Tony Roach on pedal steel and Jess Carter on drums providing an authentic country feel. However, the next track, I Wish, produces the same kind of ambience without external assistance.
The twenty tracks vary in mood from the folky (after the intro to the witty Housewife Waltz I fully expected it to be performed by Morris Dancers) through the thoughtful Wake Up Call and Who Killed the Buffalo, the lyrical such as Then a Girl Walks In, to up-tempo numbers personified by O.U.T. Out.
All the lyrics repay a bit of study and, as well as sleeve notes, they can be accessed on computer where you can click for more background on each track. Tracks can sampled, along with previous CDs, here and the whole soon available through Roses Records at 10b High Street. Also John is appearing on CKFM (107) this Thursday (12th July) at 7pm.
Added: Tuesday, July 10, 2001