Saturday, 30 August 2014

Friday, 20 June 2014

Gurney Slade

I was wandering around the house doing a few jobs the other month when a tune came on the radio that I'd not heard in years!
It took me right back to being a child in the 70's but I couldn't recall where I knew it from.
I listened to the end and discovered it was "Gurney Slade" by Max Harris.
Now this rang no bells with me whatsoever so I turned to Google to help me out. It transpires that the tune was the theme to "The Strange World of Gurney Slade" a six part TV series broadcast on ITV in 1960. 

Clearly my memories of the tune could not be from that (it predates me by 10 years), a few clicks later and I discovered that the tune had also been used in "Vision On", a series that I remember well and defines a particular era of my childhood, so mystery solved.

Anyway, it's a great piece of flute jazz music, I do love these "Jazz" theme tunes from the 60's (see also my post for Johhny Dankworth's "Tomorrows World" theme here)
There have been a few versions recorded over the years and I've started to buy the original 7" singles, this download includes a rip straight from the original Max Harris 7" as well as a 7" released by Steve Stannard in the same year. The original version is the smoothest and classiest but the Stannard version is faster and swings a bit more during the solo, leave you to decide which is the best. 
I'm still looking out for other versions and will post them as I find them....links in comments (24Bit 96KHz & 320K MP3)

Max Harris

Steve Stannard

All Download Links Fixed...

I've decided to host all the download files myself so that I don't keep getting caught out by the various File sharing sites changing their policies whenever they feel like it and leaving me with a bunch of dead links!
Anyway, you should find new links in the comments of all the appropriate posts....and I should be putting some more stuff up soon so keep checking back for that.

Thanks for your patience,
Mark Morb

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Briars Frome EP

Well todays the new EP is available in all the usual Digital outlets and also direct from me via Bandcamp.

I'd love to hear people's comments....

Monday, 28 October 2013

Lady in Red...

I just had to post up this fantastic photograph of Audrey Hepburn by the Photographer Bob Willoughby. As you've probably guessed by now I'm a fan of images that contain striking contrasts, and this is not the first time I've posted a picture where a figure in red is set against a natural, green background (see this post).

This one is part of a set that Willoughby took of Audrey Hepburn and is my favourite due to the pose and composition.

Audrey Hepburn - Bob Willoughby

Saturday, 12 October 2013

You're Next....

As part of my bibliophile activities that I talked about in my earlier "War of The Worlds" post, I have just documented the anthology book "The Bedside Book of Horror" edited by Herbert van Thal (yes, he of Pan books of horror fame).
I thought I would post it on here as it reminded me of the imagery that is used in the recent Horror/Home Invasion movie "You're Next" by Adam Wingard.
There's just something about people in animal masks that used out of any specific context can really create a sense of unease, something obviously understood by Mr Wingard and the Artist behind this cover.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Industrial Revolution lies bleeding.....

Just had to stick a post up of this photograph by W. Eugene Smith.

Called "Factory Reflected in River" and taken in 1955 it's just wonderful. There are thousands of pictures that use reflections to create the desired effect (and why not) but this has got to be my favourite. Everything about it is just right, the unusual framing (cutting off the tops of the furthest buildings), the contrasts, the way your eye is drawn around it. To me it's as if someone has started a painting on canvas and the paint has slowly dripped down across the frame.