The Purple Bottle

Friday, March 27, 2009

Five For Friday

Soft Hearted Scientists - Take Time To Wonder In A Whirling World

Anton Barbeau and Sue Jordan - The Automatic Door

Nick Lowe - Party Of One

The Poets - Scotland's Number One Group

Various - Pop

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Left And To The Back

One of the most consistently interesting and entertaining blogs on the Interweb is Left And To The Back, hosted by the intriguingly named 23 Daves. Here's how he describes it:

"Left and to the Back" is a blog exploring the dark and dusty world of flop singles and albums, the kind you may find lingering near the stock room of your local second hand record store (if you still have one), or perhaps going for extortionate sums on ebay.All styles from all eras get a look in here - the only qualifying factor should be that the artist under discussion either failed to reach the top forty, or else released interesting material which fell by the wayside at some point in their careers. Odd minor one-hit wonders and early flop singles by known stars may also sometimes feature.

He also posts the occasional compilation, complete with informative and witty sleeves notes. The latest of these is called simply Pop and covers the fascinating underbelly of '60s UK pop. Highly recommended!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Five For Friday

The Electric Prunes - Too Much To Dream

Kinky Friedman - s/t

The Troggs - From Nowhere

The Troggs - Cellophane

Robyn Hitchcock - Spooked

Sunday, March 15, 2009

More Nick Lowe

Over at the Rare Mp3 Music blog they're posting some fine and rare Nick Lowe stuff. Here's the link to Pinker And Prouder Than Previous, Nick The Knife and an excellent rarities set:

Here are some Brinsley Schwarz LPs, including the fabulous Live In Cardiff:

And finally here's a live Rockpile comp which I haven't listened to yet but I've never yet heard a bad Rockpile gig!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Five For Friday

Nick Lowe - Quiet Please,The New Best Of

Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps

The Action - Uptight And Outasight

Elvis Costello - Live At The El Mocambo

The Poets - The Poets' Singles (of course!)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Poets' Singles

The Purple Bottle is proud to announce the birth of its first upload (as opposed to just posting links to other blogs). It's a collection of the singles by Scotland's premier beat group of the Sixties, The Poets. Unfortunately, it's missing one track, Alone Am I, which appears not to have been compiled anywhere. If anyone has the track and are kind enough to send it to me, I'll add it to the upload. There's an excellent article on The Poets at

Here's the link for the music:

Many thanks go out to Derek of Dereks Daily 45s for supplying tracks

PS Doh! I've just discovered that Locked In A Room (and the missing Alone Am I) is not by our Scottish Poets but actually by a similarly named Irish band! But I'm going to leave it as it is 'cause it's a good track anyway.