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Ernest Ranglin – Fade Away

Ernest Ranglin - Memories of Barber Mack

Ernest Ranglin – Memories of Barber Mack

If I get made redundant in the near future, and that is always possible, given the current state of the UK construction industry, I think that I shall seek work in the public sector. The job I most fancy at the moment is working in the BBC record library, choosing background music for television programmes.

I have often thought that this would be a great job but this thought came back again last week while watching the BBC2 programme “It’s Not Easy Being Green”. In this episode, Lauren Laverne was looking at natural swimming pools, so-called eco-pools. The piece was accompanied, in the background, by music from Ernest Ranglin.

After the show, I replayed the eco-pools section over and over on the BBC iPlayer trying to identify the track played but failed miserably. I think that it is from “Below the Bassline”, a cd that is not (yet) in my collection. As I can’t post the exact track I thought that I would choose “Fade Away” from Ernest Ranglin’s “Memories of Barber Mack” cd. I love this cd – for me it can turn a cold winter’s day into high summer.

Ernest Ranglin – Fade Away

Abdullah Ibrahim – Mannenberg Is Where It’s Happening

Abdullah Ibrahim - Voice of Africa

Abdullah Ibrahim – Voice of Africa

I wanted to start with The Waterboys “Song from the End of the World” as the blog title Furious Music comes from the lyrics of this song. However, this is no longer in my collection (an Amazon delivery is expected soon!). Plan B was to start with “All Tomorrow’s Parties”, a Velvet Underground song cover by the Oysterband and June Tabor from their album “Freedom and Rain”. Guess what! Despite owning two copies of this cd at one stage, I can’t lay my hands on either!

Then I heard today, on the BBC News, that Helen Suzman, the South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, had died aged 91. Decision made; what better way to honour one great South African than to post a track by another – Abdullah Ibrahim. “Mannenberg Is Where It’s Happening” comes from a 1976/77 album “Voice of Africa” originally released under his then name, Dollar Brand. Despite having never visited South Africa, when I play this cd I can conjure up a picture of the country in my mind’s eye.

So; day 1, post 1 – a short post and a long track. Probably the ideal mix!

Abdullah Ibrahim – Mannenberg Is Where It’s Happening