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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

This Is John Walker: A Tribute featuring GARY WALKER


 

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here it is folks, last weeks tribute to john walker on 88.3 southern FM, as a downloadable podcast for those who – like me – werent able to listen to the show live (due to the time difference between europe and australia i unfortunately was at work when it aired).
but even on top of that, heres gary walkers response to nick, who did the show and gathered all the material for it:
Hi Nick “The Man” Black,
Well where do I start, I listened to your show and I want to tell you and 88.3 team how impressed myself and my family were with your John Walker Tribute. Everyone did a lot of home work and it showed. I haven’t even heard any of the early stuff that John and Judy did, so it was a real treat for me also.
I have done a lot of Radio but yours was one of the of the best, (must get a CD of it)
Once again, well done on the show, and if you need anything more that you would like me to do (Gary Walker …

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

John Walker Tribute


 

postponed to June 22
on
“Purple Haze” 88.3 Southern FM

next week on wednesday, in memory of the recently deceased john maus, there will be john walker special on 88.3 southern FM – a community radio station in melbourne, australia -, hosted by TFR friend nick black. the show will be from 8:00pm to 10:00pm (AEST), but it will be available as a podcast also.
dont miss it, there will be an interview with gary walker! and of course lots of music by the walker brothers and john walker solo recordings – including the two records you can find on this blog.

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Sunday, 8 May 2011

The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore


 John Maus (John Walker)

12th November 1943 – 7th May 2011
john walker, former member of the walker brothers, passed away last saturday, aged 67. what a sad thing to happen, as thats not really old anyway. say goodbye to mr. maus, and watch a video with him and sandie shaw singing ‘homeward bound’, for old times sake.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Gary Walker: You Don’t Love Me / Get It Right (1966)


 
heres the first of the two solo 45 by walker brother gary (leeds), after i posted ‘twinkie-lee’ quite some time ago.
i must admit that this is not my favourite record, which is obvious as i only rated it three stars. the a-side is a slow, sloppy garage rocker which sounds a little boring to me, as nothing really happens throughout the whole song. the same applies to the b-side, but ‘get it right’ to me sounds even annoying – perhaps like if youd cross the monks with the fabulous wailers or something like that.
well, as i already said, i dont really like this record (cover art btw is taken from the web as my copy came without sleeve) and i only posted it for the sake of completeness, but perhaps you can take some pleasure in it.
if youre new to this blog id strongly recommend to download Twinkie-Lee / She Makes Me Feel Better aswell, as its a hell of an improvement compared to this (debut) release.

interesting links:
gary walker & the rain: album no. 1 on garden of delights
gary walker on rateyourmusic
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Sunday, 9 May 2010

John Walker: If I Promise / I See Love In You (1967)


 
after posting john walkers debut lp, heres one of his early 45s, still from walker brothers times. the a-side, ‘if i promise (to be a good boy)’, is a cheery little pop numer typical for the mid-60s, and definitely the better side of this single. the flipside, ‘i see love in you’, is more or less a typical walker brothers song and thus quite trashy and simply tooooo sweet with all the string arrangements (doesnt fit the electric guitar in the background – not a bit), and so on…
welly well, the problem is the same as with the last 45 i posted, i cant decide between giving three or four stars. but as the b-side of this record is really not my cup of tea, and the a-side is nice but not outstanding, i think three should be fine. if you think not, than id be gratefull for some critical feedback!

interesting links:
other walker brothers stuff and their solo stuff, including johns second lp this is john walker
john walker on rateyourmusic
john walker on last.fm

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Saturday, 9 January 2010

Gary Walker: Twinkie-Lee / She Makes Me Feel Better (1966)


 
this is not going to be a series on walker brothers solo efforts, but as i wanted to post this one anyway (because gary is my favourite walker brother, musically) and as it is related to the previous post, heres a fine solo 45 by walker brother gary leeds.
the a-side is a sax-driven beat number that id even call a little reminiscent of some certain well known belgian beat group with rhodesian roots (a series on them is to come soon). a more obvious similarity is the saxophone melody that appears almost exactly that way in champion jack duprees barrelhouse woman a year later (1967), but i think its a bit far fetched to draw connections here. The b-side is a more typical garage song with the sound of mid sixties american high school bands; not too bad, but i still prefer the a-side. as i got this one without the original cover youll only get a picture taken from the net here.
gary walker later also released an entire lp (in 1968) with a backing band called the rain, simply entitled album no. 1 – fantastic mellow and obscure british psychedelia. definitely one of …

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Saturday, 9 January 2010

John Walker: If You Go Away (1967)


 
as promised before, here we go with some rare stuff related to the walker brothers: this is the first solo lp by john walker (born john maus – “the walker brothers” actually just was a stage name as none of them really are related to each other), one of only two that he recorded in the 1960s (he would eventually go on releasing albums some thirty years later). i have searched for this record on the net for quite a while but never found it, so this is probably the first time it is postet on a music blog.
i must admit that this is not exactly my taste of music (thus i only gave it a three-star-rating), but for fans of light and slow pop ballads it might be of interest. to me this record only is interesting because it is something of a rarity (please correct me if im wrong here, i just know that from my internet research). unfortunately the record (which i bought used) is in a very bad condition, and a couple of tracks on the a-side are almost inaudible. my skills in remastering vinyl rips werent sufficient to do anything about …

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