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He has depleted his oxygen blood levels. I hope he is being honest with himself and with you, his fans. As crazy as you guys are, he needs true pure prayers and a spiritual hand up.
You blame him for things, but you put your own self into his situation. Look how disrespectful you are talking about him and his weenie. You do not know anything. You disrespect his ex wives.
What have they done to you fans except go where you cannot. Would you want to go there? They have had such heart break. He is an entertainer, show him respect, pray for him or leave him alone. I wonder if sometimes his drinking is associated with a medical condition he his having, and if people sometime mistake his medicine intake with being drunk all the time. And I'm not referring to the wandering eye claim.
These posts are mainly hideous attacks and you have to wonder why so many would want to spend time bashing him. Go on with your lives. David's real fans wish him luck with his future. He probably has a seasonal condition. Noticed most of his bad outbursts on stage happen in October and happen in the.
Maybe he is allergic to something ie stage dust, equipment dust and that in turn causes a change in his veins, dilation in the sinus area and in the carotid artery area. Perfume and anything else in the ozone layer could trigger this symptom of complete dilation. Some people think they are having strokes when this condition happens. IDK, but willing to guess a man of his age probably is starting to have issues with prostrate, his pancreas could be very well jeopardized since he has no gall bladder so that exposes his liver as much as other internal organs.
The Concert I saw him at where he was rude and not wanting to be there was in July Is it true he stayed in to make whoopie and refused a lunch call from Queen Elizabeth?
Is it true he got a personal invite from her to tour her horse stables? Is it true he thought he was big stuff Gina Lollabrigida took him into the bed with a bunch of fruit? Is it true he is not really a vegetarian? Is it true he also had a thing with Sally? Is it true he passed out when this interview got started? Is it true Peter no one is his sponsor?
Is it true he is taking donatins for his rehabilitation? Is it true he is living in L. There is no excuse for him. He has been rude and obnoxious for a very long time. One doesn't have to go in order to hear the reports of his animosity and rudeness.
I think he did have a great number of community service concerts after his 1st DUI, he got them out together and hated each one-again, hearing about the deplorable rudeness. One of the last community service concerts was up by one of his ex wife as matter of fact. He hates the county fair concerts, but who else is going to hire him? He will try anything to stay out of jail. He will try anything after being a bad ego boy.
Bad ego boys never have to pay. He boohooed on his mom's sickness. Did any of you know his mother was in a facility in the Los Angeles area while he lived in Florida? Does that sound like closeness to you? He got her dressed for one of her last photo shoots, but prior and the photo is gone from his site, but prior, there was a photo of where she looked pretty bad off, hygiene-wise.
He is burned out in Vegas, he burned out his bulbs on stage in NY, pretty sad when the wife has to sign to promise he isn't taking any substance.
I think it would be appropriate to say he got to a point in his life he just doesn't care anymore. Got to ask yourself, all the money he has made post Partridge. He spends so much in attorneys alone, he glided on that first DUI and lied until he could no longer lie, then the second one, he held out on a lie regarding his condo in Florida, he is being a big baby about this Partridge royalty stuff, he won't get anything and just ruined his career more by going up against the big shots.
What a pity to be in old age and nothing to show for it except a couple of booking photos. His girlfriends facebook post So did his attorneys lie to the judge for him? Maura Rossi We flew in town to see friends at the aqueduct yesterday. Heading home in a couple of hours.
It was just a 24 hour in and out. I love my life Maura Rossi Brian yes if your flying Delta in the next couple of hours see you there. LOL 2 hours ago.
Kirsten Franklin Yes but I will be in miami from april 11 to 22 so I am sure I will see u at some point o. Have a safe flight home 2 hours ago. Oh wow — this girlfriend really does not know how to be discreet, does she? Has she ever been with a celeb before? She keeps hanging herself with her own rope with all the bragging -acting like a starstruck fan instead of decent, mature partner. She does her "love" no favors by outing him as not being where he's supposed to be. To the ones claiming the people here are jealous?
There's nothing to be jealous about.. I wish him health and hope he conquers his demons. I'm a long time fan, but this woman is trouble for him and she won't last, especially if her money runs out. I feel a bit of pity for her but yeah -she needs to STFU.
I think somebody else pointed out that lie before the truth once again reared its ugly flugy head! He used it to garner sympathy and to get his head out of a noose. He used the oh my wife is divorcing my sorry ass after 20 years of cheats. Oh I think perhaps that information would be best placed into the lap of each Judge.
Now they will say "we said he was in transisitonal therapy" — It is ALL hogwash! This time he has his baby to thank for this one — What a smart woman-LOL. He was never in any locked down Rehab! Didn't look like any rehab to me!
He pays for others to lie for him and then claims he don't know. He is a loser, he is a liar, he is not worth anyone's time. I wouldn't be too surprised if he did pay to go on Piers and look like a pitiful mess.
Only for the courts to get out of his drunken stupor. He was drunk on the darn show for gods sake! Give him the Sarah Bernhardt award for lousy acting. Couldn't even get past the bar without having a bloody maria. What gutter did he find her in? She brags all over the internet about her relationship with him. Put something else in that pie hole instead of your foot! Do you know where her money comes from? You indicate she is the one funding the fun these days. Does she really have a fat wallet?
It is called being an enabler. She has been a long time fan and now got her hoof and mouth in the door to his realm. Shell be singing a different tune when he dumps her. She knew he was married way back when, she did work for them. She wants to be his savior. What does he have to offer her now? All the monies from songs goes to the son and the EX wives and there are enough of them for a battle if he ever dies. None of them ever remarried.
No surprise about her response to a young girl in his hotel room. He knew better, he always knows better but he too waves it like a red badge of honor; having his apple polished through the slats of a gate — he is not well in the head. Watch them all scramble and say nobody knew what the others were doing. What a flippin Farce! I somehow knew this was a farce when reports start coming in from him and then his publicist. She isn't the best but she knows how to deflect. He is in rehab, he is in transitional rehab, he just got done doing a stint in rehab, he's going back into lockdown rehab AND NOW he is out and has been out galavanting around the sand surf and turf with his new main sqeegie and she in turn is outing him left and right!
What a great movie we all get to watch! I do believe someone here pegged it, his own doing. I know what happen he was asked to go on the show at last minute and he did and then his attorney called producers and said hell no he under the influence on camera pull him off after attorney got call from him. Can you be more specific about this? How do you know? But I have to admit it does seem odd that the interview is not complete.
This was wrong because his attorneys were in the courtroom the same day this show was aired and while they were in the court that same day, trying to save him by saying he was in a gated Southern California rehab treatment facility, he was actually in New York , being drunk in public. Nex thing you know, they'll be saying he filmed that 1 month ago.
Isn't there a lot of drinking and gambling going on at the races. Great place for the newly sober! YeaH Mint Juleps Abound at Kentucky Derby insert trumpet flag up sound here and all that cool Kentucky bourbon in the cakes and pralines oh yummy. The Kentucky Derby is The Fastest two minute race, Kinda like him in the sack except he is over after 30 seconds. Look in Google for information on interior designers. Lauderdale is not a cheapo gutter place neither is Mihammy: Got some wires crossed somewhere in here.
Who's a friend of his in here? Who's the jealous friend? Who'd be jealous anyways? Nothing to be jealous about. Just like an a hole, everyone has one; an opinion of what he did. BUT someone here is a Jealous Jeannie. Why are you picking on his girlfriend? What did she do to you? Why are you quoting from her personal facebook? She is another innocent soul in all this. I always have known his fans were the absolute meanest and craziest, but never thought it'd carry over to the 21st century.
Just stating facts m'am. His mistrrss has been bragging all over for more than a year publicly how she hooked a famous person — the prize. She feels very importsnt at last attaining her trophy. Shes been telling everyone even though he is married and made no move to divorce.
Although his wife finally filed after having girlfriend rubbed in her face for years. The girlfriend's post was purposefully made public. She likes to brag. Not much to be jealous about. He is keeping her or just using her? Seems to me he is not the kind who likes a gal who kisses and tells. A bit immature for her old age. Bet she is still a child at heart has no kids of her own so doesn't know what grown up is. Guess he will be up for grabs once he is done with her. I do apologize for the outburst.
So she is then fair game since she is putting her own self out there? Hope she isn't a friend of Widow Jones. What I find interesting about this whole debacle is that very few women in his life have ever come out after allllll these years and spilled the beans. And you know there had to be thousands. A few groupie stories here and there from the 70s but not much else that I've seen anyway.
And now his DUIs plus this idiot of a "fiancee" have people so riled up it's all starting to come out. I for one will be very interested to watch this unfold. Can't shut the world up forever. Girls are now women and women have the power to tell their stories of being manhandled and used by a good looking sweet talking idol. I don't think women should be afraid or feel repressed because of shame. He should be shameful. He was a grown man taking advantage of his self. I'm sure his daddy told him again and again, but he thought it was a game, still does.
Yes there were teachers watching after them during regular school hours but after dark, when school was closed and they were still filming the girls would stand out like innocent little fans and they would get taken down the road if liked, for a drive then the tears and fights would start then banishment from the studio lot.
Funny as it is but in the start of he couldn't get a date if he tried, the shag wasn't grown out enough and he did look like a malnourished little truant just out of juvie. Until now I've not heard of him seducing underage girls although there probably were many who lied about their age to get close to him back in the day and I'm not doubting the ones who say they were taken advantage of, especially if they did tell him their real age I'm talking about the grown women who have been there over the years as the decades passed.
Even in recent years he's been known to pick up fans at his shows but nobody brags about it. People who claim to know Ms Rossi have said she was an obsessed fan who managed to get herself in front of him. She's the only one though who brags publicly about it. He finally finds a groupie who he likes enough to attach to ka-ching! Is she really in love with him or does she just want to one-up her friends? Maybe the bark was worse than the bite? Meaning not all it was cracked up to be in groupieland and maybe nothing happened.
He said he had all these one night stands and no other children? Always seemed to surround himself with men, lived with men exclusively until his best friend moved away when his career went south the first time. Maybe he don't know about her rushing motormouth. Good way to shut him right off and out of her world unless she is supporting him, can't imagine it though.
To be with him you have to book yourself into the witness protection program in other words piehole shut and no friends, but if she is rich then it is alright so he can then seduce others, keep them in arms reach, the ones who have much more. He saw a bank account and she sees a man who needs fixing and she is going to fix him, yea, ok. He don't do braggarts. Does she understand what she is doing?
He still has a divorce to go through and she really can get him into more trouble and probably hand him a bill of sale at the same time for services rendered. I just bet you he has absolutely nothing to brag about and if he has been in the bottle for years then there's your answer, he is in his cups. She should be more the lady.
Sounds like times are really rough for ol Keith. Thanks all for the delicious juice! If he and his lawyers told the courts in California he is in rehab and has been in rehab, is his rehab the horse racing stables or the lobby of a 3rd rate hotel in New York? I like that kind of rehab. I am very confused why then he went on this show? Did he get kicked off for being too schmaltzy or? I hope he doesn't get behind a wheel of anything else. This story of his is whacked! He wrote a couple of books that were mirro copies of each other.
Remember reading something about his co star Dave Madden saying he knows as fact David never took that bus off the studio lot. Property Department would have the key on them at all times. So if he lies about something as trivial as that, what else is up his sleeves? David was very 'good friends' with Mickey Rooney back in the 70's and during PF Another one lost and another excuse the bottle will tip up. You have that right. That is all she is to him.
The way she is dreamin she won't wake up till her bank account shows a big fat 0 and she finds out he has lovers everywhere! Ka-Ching Ha Ha Riiiiight! That IS all she is to him, a piece of a bank account. How could he be serious anyways? She don't have red hair! He is V E R Y partial to redheads, no lie. Look at his track record. Watch the hair color change now -HA HA. Just want to thank all who have given very accurate and truthful details of some of the life of 1 former teen idol.
I'd like to know one thing. Why is it that he claimed to have a residence in New York and also in Florida, but in both instances he is always in either a hotel or his woman's residence? I know he sold a home, but this is a man who owns tons of property or so says he. I did check out the detailed tv episode of his phony auction and whoever found it has a keen eye. He did say the residence was his own, he does not really live there, in fact his publicist lives there and more-so do believe the house is owned by Sue prior to marriage.
I do believe Sue and his publicist are very close and I'd be willing to bet he is still close to his wife. I feel a bit sorry for the new girlfriend. She has no clue what it means to be his girl. He will use, he will cheat and if she don't like his way, tough, she knew what she got into being a fan to begin with. So she writes a book in 5 years, get ready. No matter what gal gets tangled with him, they will reap heavy bad juju hand from his fans.
It is true, he has very mean and caustic fans. Ifeel like i've been reading a lot of comments from a bunch of 15 yr old girls I am 62 yrs old and have been a fan since I was I agree with Ellie, DC has chosen to make himself look like the victim and share the personal stories of others. He set this up himself. Can anyone answer this question, please? Why did he say that he had tried for the last three months to connect back with his wife who would eventually file divorce?
I mean, is he for real? He has been with his latest little lady since way back in April of last year. Was he going to take her too or this another way of letting her down as well? Or is he just full of it once again? I would be willing to place a bet to win that his segment did get pulled the moment the producer and director saw he was drunk and on something, that cannot be denied and please no excuse of cold and medicine allergies.
Right, if he wanted to get together with his wife why is he still with his girlfriend the same one he was with when he got popped in NY? If his mouth moves any more, he is lyin. He said he gave up and retired at Truth in fact is the concerts dried up and were pulled when his contract at Columbia did, in All concerts were as one with his studio contract.
Since he had less than a year left on his original contract, they put him into his 'own' television show, Man Under Cover. It lasted as about as long as the contract did.
This was to pay him what was owed on the original contract and any monies for what could have been taken as lost concerts for as long as that contract was viable. Everyone parted company in , he was paid up and off and Columbia upheld their end of the contract. Yea menopausal women trying to be 15 again with their tantrums; don't get their way, tell sorrid details of whatever. He has a problem and yes, I can see why Did get to meet him, mad he didn't come out and play after a concert. I do not blame him for running away.
Not understanding about this contract biz I see, Jane. He had left over time on his original contract, in order to satisfy the masses, they gave him Man Under Cover to complete the contract and maybe MAYBE one more concert in conjunction with Columbia. I know the show ran in — it took less than 10 weeks to do those shows. Maybe one more concert!!
How DARE a person who is jealous of his girlfriend come out of left field and hurt her with words! She is David's business and I hope he is happy to move on with his life with her, no matter what.
I hope she is happy to be in his company. She must be thrilled, warts and all and maybe she is the positive influence he needs at this time. If you are his fan, good, continue to support him, if you are just a disgruntled fan who had popcorn dreams of him, get over it.
He knows what he likes, he knows how a lot of you are-very detrimental to his very being. Bunch of nanny no knocker bitter old battleaxes. Poor man has had a long term problem, and I think he has some physical health issues.
He gave his life to entertain you all and look how you repay him. What matters is now. He is in good hands, he will conquer his demons and he will live out the remaining days as a very talented, born into infamy, one of a kind idol that nobody can ever hurt again.
Drinking, drugging, cheating, lying, manipulating, conniving, whining, sure does know what he wants. Oh Scaredofyou — this isn't about being jealous of a girlfriend!! Seriously, what are you.. Take off the reality shield and go back and read what people are saying. Both David and the lady in question have exhibited behavior, publicly, that brought all this out. People who have loved David since the 70s are sad and upset about the way things have gone and they have a right to say so.
Been to a concert lately? I would guess not. Also, some who know him, actually know him, are confused and angry at his behavior and sickened by his so called "partner's" public comments and behavior.
A celebrity, sadly, has no privacy. Especially not when 3 DUIs are splashed all over the media. Get over your self-righteous name calling and "how DARE yous" and grow up. He gave his life to do something he loved and to feed his ego — Not for anyone but himself. Jealous — I hardly think so. He has nothing to offer anyone at this point or maybe he never did. To be in a relationship you have to care about the other person and their needs — not just yours.
He grew up in a world where he never had to care, share, or think of anyone but himself. But, as a person, and how he treats others leaves a lot to be desired. You can be understanding and compassionate to people who sincerely take responsibility for mistakes or tries their best to help others.
But to be rude to people who attended your concerts, think you are above people, and the lies. David made this everyone's business when he put it out there in statements he made or interviews he did.
And the fact — he drove drunk and was arrested not once but three times with seemingly no remorse or concern for anyone but himself. You basically beat jail time — Count your blessings! If you are sick of your fans or even people in general — Retire, lay by your pool, read a book, watch TV, volunteer in an Alzheimer's Home-not by doing a concert — maybe just stopping in and visiting and not as THEE David Cassidy that you think you are..
One day he will be made to answer to his didoes and what he done to young girls and women as well. He has been in this state for 50 years, read his book.
He is sick now. He is being sued because he broke his contracts, on the other hand, he has been banished from big venues. Vegas don't want him, Laughlin don't want him. I am a promoter and wouldn't touch him with a ft pole. He is done here, done in the UK. He can't even take a crap unless the tissue is 24 kt lined.
I know for fact his items he auctioned off were seconds originals in his exs hands and that old brown huge trenchcoat people been making fun of? I want people to ask around what he has been doing in the horse world and lying to buyers. SOMEbody has a problem with being manhandled by him years ago. Here is an idea Take your butt off of here and contact your nearest district attorney office and file to have it against him. Even if it happened 40 years ago they will bring a charge against him — Otherwise, shut the heck up and move on, please!
I had him, I was young and I do not regret one moment of it.. Finally someone speaks the truth and says what we all want to know. Who else had him? Raise your hand please! No, they will not bring a charge against him "even if it happened 40 years ago. Who are yous to tell him what to do and when to do it? You go to his concert, you pay for the ticket, he delivers a show. That is all he owes you, it is not an extra way to enter his private life and to complain or suggest what he does in that private life.
You do not own him because you supported him for 40 years. You got some nerve to get in here and keep complaining about him using you so what! You knew when you went into his inner sanctum what was going to happen's of girls did it and they are not speaking because they got over it 30 years ago. You are just jealous he picked a female that wasn't you guys.
Get over yourselves and leave him alone. Your behavior will not beckon him into your bed again. He is old and he is sick. Let the man heal for goodness sake. No one is telling him what to do. However, if you pay to see a concert, I expect you to give a good performance and be nice to your fans. I have been concerts where people were not rude and he was rude to them.
People get enthralled with stars and lose their head over them. There are victims I wouldn't be to proud to say I was in the "inner sanctum" with a guy, who abuses everyone, emotionally, physically and pocketbook wise. He needs real help from his drinking It has effected family, friends and fan. Good for those past fans speaking out. I am sure DC believed no fan were ever expose his tyranny. Thank you for your continued support and love of David.
You posted the very best post in answer to the dweebs. And I appreciate all the support my fans give to me. Hey DBC bet these silly fans will actually think it's really you and that it's really me posting. What about his drinking problem?
What happened to that story? Sure not his fault if women are so stupid to believe he will take them if they buy him things and go to his concerts 25 times a year. He never asked any woman to get emotionally latched on to him.
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Under the command of Rear Adm. James ness across all warfare communities. The attack submarines assigned to Subma- E. The center has assumed assigned to fast-attack submarines to ensure USS California SSN -- Commis- the training missions, tasks and functions for they are combat-ready and capable of taking sioned Oct. Its submarines are ship in the Virginia class and the eighth U. Submarine Warfare ASW from the Naval able to bring strength, agility, firepower and naval ship to bear the name of California.
Fleet Forces and submarine, the Virginia class, was let for Dakota is the 11th Virginia-class attack sub- Commander, Pacific Fleet in establishing contract in late The Virginia class fully marine to join the fleet, and the first of eight WDCs for air, undersea, surface and expedi- embraces the new strategic concept. WDCs will provide advanced first U. Self-reliance and ownership Feb. Virginia-class fast attack submarine and the Squadron 12 include: Navy ship to be sioned July 27, , Providence is the 32nd the fifth ship in the Virginia class and the commissioned with a name honoring the state ship in the Los Angeles class and the fifth third U.
We prepare attack submarine crews to fight our nation's wars. Commander Submarine Squadron 12 strives to find helpful, constructive ways to improve performance through frank, objective assess- ments that enhance the perspective of com- mand teams.
We provide the foundations to build success in our crews. We care for sub- marine families -- particularly for submarines at sea -- we are the "stay behind" crew. Visiting ships are ammunition.
The highly sophisticated Mark often supported. The training for all local area commands through Repair Department is the largest, accounting use of its small-arms range. The capabili- vide the necessary support required by the ties of the Repair Department cover the full command and the Groton waterfront. There spectrum of maintenance operations required are more than people -- military and civil- by modern submarines. NSSC provides support in the areas of administration, medical, legal, chaplain, sup- ply, combat systems, engineering, communi- cations and operations to improve readiness and performs other functions as directed by higher authority.
NSSC is in Building 87 on lower base. Submarine Force Atlantic's direct waterfront representative. RSG directs, assigns and monitors the accomplishment of maintenance on all assigned submarines. This involves long-range planning, coordination of repair activities and monitoring the execution of work in progress. Organized and staffed along the lines of an afloat submarine tender Intermediate Maintenance Activity IMA , the command employs more than military members, 42 DOD civilians and contractors.
The primary mission of NSSF is to provide direct maintenance support to submarines assigned to Submarine Squadron 4 and http: Since that time, Electric Boat has continued building submarines for the Navy to include its nuclear fleet of Los Angeles-, Seawolf- and now Virginia-class submarines -- some of which are currently stationed at Naval Submarine Base New London. It is the supervi- sor's responsibility to administer all contracts, provide government-furnished equipment and outfit ships, assure that the requirements of the contracts are fully met, ascertain that sat- isfactory production progress is maintained and ensure that the fleet is provided quality warships, fully prepared to sail "in harm's way.
That year, the U. As a result, the Office of the Superintending Constructor was established July 11, Shortly there- after, on Aug. Its responsi- bility covered the inspection of construction, machinery and materials.
Under the joint direction of these two offices, the keel of the Cuttlefish was laid Oct. The boat was delivered June 8, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, U. Naval Submarine School course offerings Since the delivery of Cuttlefish in , hun- By Christmas , the 22 graduates of the include introduction, apprentice and basic skill dreds of ships have been delivered by the Gen- first submarine officers' course were heading level training; encompass initial technical pro- eral Dynamics Corp.
Nota- training on submarines, torpedoes, engineer- and team training in electronic and combat bly included was the first nuclear-powered ing and electricity. Records are sketchy on the systems employment, navigation and damage submarine, USS Nautilus SSN , commis- nature of much of that training, especially since control; and provide mid-career professional sioned in ; the first Polaris fleet ballistic the bulk of the early trainers were salvage mate- growth courses for both officers and enlisted missile submarine, USS George Washington rial from decommissioned submarines.
Navy and the world have all Today, with the completion of Los Angeles- fidence that we will continue to serve the Navy undergone radical and profound change, but the class, Ohio-class and Seawolf-class submarines, and the nation with pride in our past and a con- the command is focused on Virginia-class con- tradition as the center for submarine training tinued commitment to excellence in the future. From an era when train- and technical support in undersea medicine, Point, Rhode Island, facilities.
The latter facil- ing aids were Mark I Attack trainers and a radiation health and related matters to meet ity was established in These trainers are vital activities worldwide. It is one of 14 specialized learning centers whose primary function is to partner with fleet representatives in defining individual human-performance solutions to meet Submarine Force performance require- ments. Additionally, the SLC will create, coor- dinate and execute the future training and education vision for the submarine force.
The revolution in Navy training presents unlimited opportunities for the subma- rine force to continue to improve upon its unmatched record of training excellence. Through the infusion of training technology innovation, re-engineering of learning meth- ods and the commitment to ensure our Sail- ors remain the central element in performance solutions, the SLC will lead our six submarine learning sites in ensuring our undersea war- riors are fully prepared to fight and win in the 21st century.
Several colleges and uni- cers. Its and symbology for visual displays. Its more specific positive impact on the health, safety and well- research solutions. Naval Submarine Medical Center. Building 84 houses the Logistics Support of nuclear maintenance on tended units.
Center, whose primary mission is to ensure Nuclear Repair Coordinators are responsible logistical readiness for the Submarines home Arrangements for system validation are con- for coordination and execution of all phases ported at SUBASE New London. Building 84 veniently made through Submarine School New of nuclear work until the repair and documen- also contains the Navy Food Management London, and sea trials with research products tation are complete and filed; screening all Team, FLC Contracting Office and the Joint are coordinated through Naval Submarine Base nuclear jobs to determine the availability of Personal Property Support Office also known New London in Groton, Connecticut, and Naval material, personnel and procedures; coordi- as Household Goods.
Addi- mands in maintaining good order and dis- in the form of equipment installation, system tionally, the division is the responsible agent for cipline, and provides law enforcement and maintenance and underway maintenance sup- the proper receipt, accountability, stowage and security services to the Navy and Marine port to units of the U. This authority includes offenses and incidents direction and coordination of all repairs, on and off U.
In addi- engineering methods. Ship Repair, port and on-site support. STSC also provides ism and counterintelligence responsibilities, Radiological Controls, Radiation Health, a limited amount of repair support. Take a seat at the library in the world. The library serves as the London area is a visit to the historic ship Nauti- ship's control panel from the nuclear attack repository for the records and history of the lus and Submarine Force Museum.
When com- submarine Billfish or peer through one of three U. You might even see one present day. New books, photographs and docu- world's first nuclear-powered ship. Today, the of the Navy's newest nuclear submarines going ments are being added weekly. The library is submarine is open for tours. Located on the Thames River adjacent to the Then experience the excitement of walk- Location: Take Exit 86 off Interstate 95 and naval submarine base, the museum and subma- ing the decks that made submarine history follow the signs; it is less than 2 miles from the rine are open to the public daily throughout the when you go aboard Nautilus, the first nuclear- interstate.
You will be able to see a Admission: Summer May 1 You'll discover the mystery and adventure officer stateroom, enlisted mess and radio through Oct. Wednes- of the Silent Service through the nation's fin- room. The submarine tour normally lasts about day through Monday, closed Tuesday. Winter est collection of indoor and outdoor displays 30 minutes, but there may be some waiting Nov. Inside the time since the Nautilus can only accommodate Wednesday through Monday, closed Tuesday.
During peak tourist sea- The Nautilus tour is closed the last two weeks submarine control room and extensive models son, the line to see Nautilus closes at 4: Subma- so that everyone in line has an opportunity ber while the submarine undergoes mainte- rine Force. Please call and check the schedule. Elsewhere in the museum, you can relax in at 5 p. Call one of two theaters and enjoy films of subma- For those who desire to learn more about a for more information or to sched- rines past and present.
Stand in the recreated particular submarine or event in submarine his- ule a group visit. Navy Home Page http: The city was Both Connecticut and Massachusetts urban centers, rolling hills, stone walls, grace- later renamed and incorporated as "New Lon- claimed the town as part of a boundary dispute ful shorelines, spectacular fall foliage and don" in Groton -- one of the largest towns in New Lon- nialists were already settling along the same don County -- with a population of approxi- Other colonial settlements were springing up Atlantic coastline, brought by tall sailing ships mately 40, residents.
One inviting spot for ern Connecticut. Waterford was first settled in Thames River is still the economic heart of the these new settlers was a tidal estuary and and incorporated as a separate town from area, serving as a gateway for a Navy subma- short river that they named "Pequot" for the New London in Ledyard was settled in rine base, the U. Coast Guard Academy and Native Americans who lived in the area. On the western shore, John Winthrop the and incorporated as a town in Mont- Southeastern Connecticut is truly a micro- Younger laid out a settlement in , which ville was originally an Indian reservation -- cosm of New England.
Its industry ranges he named after the Pequot Indians. Perhaps settled by Samuel Rogers from New London in from large employers such as Electric Boat yearning for their British heritage, the citizens Stonington was originally settled in and Pfizer both in Groton to small, single- renamed the settlement "City of London" in by a company led by William Chesebrough from employee enterprises. Yet, it has miles of beau- ; and the river was renamed the "Thames" the Plymouth Colony.
Other industries in town range throughout the year. Summer brings carni- child at heart -- nearby amusement parks from traditional fishing boat fleets to advanced vals, fairs, town picnics, fireworks displays and include Six Flags New England and the Lake medical supply manufacturing. The recent Lobster Days. In the fall, there are food festi- Compounce theme and water park. The Dino- completion of the University of Connecticut vals and Oktoberfests.
During the holidays, saur Place offers a acre setting for 40 life- Marine Sciences and Technology Center at lantern-light tours of the seaport and historic sized dinosaurs. Strawberry Park offers a Avery Point gives Groton a unique place among homes add to the festive atmosphere.
Spring acre campground nestled in a region of centers of science and learning. The govern- brings parades, concerts and more. Each sum- Haven, Connecticut, and the cities surround- sels. The area is also the site of the National mer, the region is treated to a musical jubilee ing Providence, Rhode Island. Norwich's Dodd Stadium is home to the Sound. Both state and municipal parks provide New London's Waterfront Park, located on Connecticut Tigers, a minor league baseball abundant access and views of the water.
Visitors can spend Connecticut Sun. There marine construction facilities of the Electric It is also home to important historic land- are sporting activities available for every Boat Division of General Dynamics; and the marks such as the U. Global Research and Development campus Maritime Museum and acres of public parks. The city is presently in the midst of a period of economic revitalization with plans for a National Coast Guard museum in the downtown area. Coast Guard Acad- emy.
The academy is unique among the service academies in that it educates the leaders of a humanitarian force -- the oldest life-saving service in the world. With a beautiful campus on the Thames River in New London, the acad- emy provides a four-year Bachelor of Science program with a full scholarship for each indi- vidual. The academy is homeport for the U. Mystic, a picturesque seaport that draws thousands of visitors every summer, is truly "a state of mind" that represents historic New England.
Mystic is technically a part of Groton and Stonington and, as such, has no govern- ment or services of its own. But it does have a 19th-century village replica filled with unique shops, a seaport with historic ships, a world- http: Located at the mouth of the Mystic River, the the months. Summer temperatures can reach Private and charter schools are also available settlement was originally a highly profitable 80 to 90 degrees and winter temperatures in the area, including Pfizer Kids, Sacred Heart whaling and fishing center that still provides average 20 to 40 degrees.
Snowfall along the and the Stonington Institute. John Mason settled the usually occurs between November and March. By , ship- child's birth certificate, the child's previous Most cities and towns throughout south- yards were operating up and down the Mystic school records, proof of a physical exam and eastern Connecticut operate their own pub- River.
It became a major shipbuilding center the child's immunization record. Public school immunization require- From to , Mystic produced a greater to local needs. Where you live usually deter- ments include: At least four doses. The last dose must size in America. But, by the turn of the 20th Two school systems serve families living in have been given on or after the fourth birthday. At least three doses.
The last dose building ended. Students residing in government must have been given on or after the fourth Today, visitors are able to stroll through quarters within base gates attend Ledyard birthday. Pre-K children must have one dose on side streets and the eclectic architecture of ity of students in off-base government housing or after their first birthday.
Grades kindergar- sea captains' homes; and walk along the Mystic attend Groton Public Schools. With more than ten through 12 must have two doses. River, where large wooden sailing vessels were 5, students, Groton Public Schools has six Hepatitis B: Three doses, with the last dose launched that ruled the oceans of the world.
One dose on or after the first birthday. Two doses separated by at least Despite New England's reputation for rug- normally 25 or fewer students. Information three months, with the first dose on or after ged climate, the weather in southeastern Con- on the entire Groton Public Schools system is the first birthday, or verification of the disease.
Temperatures above available at www. The school preschool-age children, including children http: Such an experience fosters a child's ton School District had a four-year graduation Active-duty members are encouraged to visit overall development, including literacy and rate of Mean SAT scores in the Navy College on base to learn more about readiness for the public school kindergarten were for critical reading, for writing college and tuition assistance programs avail- curriculum.
Groton Public Schools' high school gradua- Groton public schools and the military com- tion requirements call for four credits of Eng- munity have strong ties. Other state high schools in the area, ranging from two-year programs at lent employment opportunities for spouses of may require additional or fewer credits. Major addition to advanced placement courses, ers Community Technical College Norwich employment sectors include government, many high schools also offer courses that to the University of New Haven West Haven health care and social assistance, retail trade provide college credit in such subjects as and several off-site locations , the University and manufacturing.
Military spouses are welcome to do career exploration and receive job search assistance through the Family Employment Readiness Program at the Fleet and Family Support Cen- ter in Building 83 on base.
Services include resume development and critique, interview training, access to job databases, one-on-one counseling for employment concerns and other employment resources. Military spouses who relocate with their sponsor under PCS orders are eligible for increased employment assistance through the Military Spouse Preference Program. This program provides hiring preference for military spouses to DOD jobs and nonap- propriated fund jobs such as in the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office and Navy Exchange.
Many local government contractors and subcontractors are also looking for workers in facilities and grounds maintenance, security guards, clerks, food service and building cus- todial services. Pay is excellent and job open- ings are competitive. Other area government contractors, such as Electric Boat General Dynamics , list job vacancy announcements on their respective websites.
The DOD has actively engaged private partners and other government agencies to enhance employment and career opportuni- ties for military spouses. As a result of a part- nership with Monster. Our goal through these many programs is to help military spouses find productive, reward- ing career opportunities while living in our community.
One of the finest exhibits is the Submarine Force Museum and historical ship Nautilus tour, highlighted on Page 40 of this guide. Other historic attractions highlight early Native American history in the area, colonial and maritime living along the New England coast, the American struggle for indepen- dence, and steam locomotive and riverboat travel.
Since nearly all of the attractions offer special events, rotating exhibits and educa- tional programs throughout the year, you are encouraged to call or visit their websites to find out the latest information. Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center Pequot Trail Route , Mashantucket The world's largest and most comprehensive Native American museum and research center offers an array of engaging experiences for young and old, from life-size, walk-through dioramas that transport visitors into the past, to changing exhibits and live performances of contemporary arts and cultures.
The ,square-foot complex has per- manent exhibits depicting 18, years of native and natural history in thoroughly researched detail, while two libraries, includ- ing one for children, offer a diverse selection of materials on the histories and cultures of all native people of the United States and Canada.
Exhibits let you experience life as it was for Native Americans before and after arrival of early colonialists. By the early 17th century, just prior to European contact, the Pequots had approximately 8, members who inhab- ited square miles around what is now New London County.
However, the Pequot War -- the first major conflict between colonists and an indigenous New England people -- had a devastating impact land base and community, develop economic The museum is open 9 a. Wednes- on the tribe. Last admission is at When the Pequot War formally ended, many The ceremonial groundbreaking for the 4 p. Now, to prove they're serious but not without a sense of humour, comes a second re-imagining. This time Allcock is absent from the line-up, and, rather than find a replacement, the remaining trio have dispensed with guitars entirely, but have invited double bassist Tim Harris along as guest.
Having closed the first album with God Save The Queen, they open this with Anarchy In The UK, Donockley's melancholic uilleann pipes backdropping a semi-spoken treatment that replaces the spat venom with a darker foreboding that's well suited to the times, closer to The Levellers than the Pistols.
Taking the pace and tone down too is Sound Of The Suburbs, transforming the Members' angry rant into a mandolin flecked portrait of suburban stagnation that might have been penned by Ray Davies. The debut album interpolated several of the punk numbers with traditional gigs and reels, and they repeat that here.
Hey nonny nonny ho, let's go, indeed. In recent years there's been a plethora of albums that have taken one genre of music and reinvented it in the style of another.
Hayseed Dixie bluegrassed metal, Nouvelle Vague turned punk and new wave into bossa novas and most recently Hellsongs turned metal classics into lounge. But, as well as being a comedy actor whose most memorable past musical excursions have been as part of rock parody Bad News, he's actually an accomplished musician his voice isn't bad but he plays mandolin better than he sings with a clear interest in folk music. After all, his daughter is Ella Edmondson who recently made her own impressive debut.
So, what you have here is a collection of mostly punk classics performed in a Celtic folk stylee intercut or expanded with a hefty clutch of trad reels and jigs. Apparently they also do a great version of All Around My Hat. As a punk number. The album title, by the way, comes from the traditional numeric phrase used to count sheep by shepherds in northern England and southern Scotland.
Thought you'd like to know. An edited version is being broadcast on the BBC series Imagine on 8th December, but the DVD component of this package presents the complete film, along with bonus features. The "main feature" is a straightforward and naturally conceived yet insightful minute documentary, taking the form of the first comprehensive portrayal of both Joan's public career and her private life and conveying both the compelling presence and personality of Joan herself and the sheer strength of her political convictions.
It contains some tantalising rare performance footage, as well as extracts from candid interviews with David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn and Joan's ex-husband David Harris, and we do in fact get to know much of the inner Joan in the process of chronicling her journey through odd years as, effectively, the conscience of a generation indeed, she has often been content to let singing take the back seat to her activism.
Also on the bonus segment is a priceless pair of vintage performances by the teenage Joan at the Club 47 coffee-bar in Cambridge Mass. Further archive footage involving Martin Luther King, film of Joan's controversial visit to North Vietnam during the period of heavy bombing of Hanoi, and a revisit to the location of Joan's Sarajevo trip: The attendant audio CD is just fine as far as it goes, in that it presents - in their complete form - 15 songs from the soundtrack although during the course of the documentary there are probably almost as many again that are unrepresented on the audio CD.
Two-thirds of the 15 are of never-before-released status, and happily include the aforementioned Club 47 performances. A fitting celebration of Joan's musical and political passions, then, from a variety of perspectives and all housed in a convenient package.
David Kidman December Fifty years on from beginning her residence at Boston's Club 47 and a career that's seen her at the front of the civil rights movement, organising resistance to the Vietnam War, inspiring Vaclav Havel, and standing next to Nelson Mandela for his 90th birthday celebrations, Baez arrives at her 24th studio album, and her first in five years. At 67, it's not too surprising to find her reflecting on matters of mortality and the beyond with songs veined with religious imagery and allusions alongside themes of hope and homecoming.
Indeed, the album opens with the statement of faith that is God Is God. Melodically it sounds like vintage Baez, but it's actually purpose written by Steve Earle who also takes masterful charge of the album's understated and sympathetic production as well as playing guitar. He contributes two more, the all new mandolin tumbling folksy I Am A Wanderer and, from Washington Square Serenade, the closing Jericho Road, a handclap-accompanied a capella spiritual worksong that could have come straight out of the slave plantations.
In fact, a reminder of her impeccable good taste as musical curator she did, after all, introduce the world to Dylan , as with the previous Dark Chords On A Big Guitar, the whole album consists entirely of other people's songs which Baez invests with her own gravitas and passion and makes them completely her own.
Eliza Gilkyson provides two, the trad folk sounding Rose of Sharon and, in keeping with the Biblical notes and featuring Earl on harmonium, Requiem's hymn to the Virgin Mary. The stirring, martial beat acoustic anthemic call to resistance Scarlet Tide is penned by Costello and T-Bone Burnett, Patty Griffin contributes Christian allegory Mary and from country songwriter Diana Jones there's the haunting miner's deathbed farewell of Henry Russell's Last Words sounding like a slow Hebrew funeral march.
Appropriate then that, having duetted on Gilmore's version, she's recorded it herself here with Thea returning the compliment and providing harmony. It's almost the album's finest moment, only nudged into second place by the stripped back Baez on acoustic guitar , emotionally tremulous cover of Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan's title track letter from Iraq. You should be too. This long-deleted live album, vintage , is now re-released in a special two-disc collectors' edition with the addition of six previously unreleased tracks and a much improved booklet containing brand new comprehensive liner notes by Arthur Levy and full personnel performing credits.
Around half of the songs on Ring Them Bells are performed by Joan as duets with one or other of the guests - and there are some wonderful moments here, not least the spellbinding combination with Kate and Anna on Willie Moore, the duet with Janis on Jesse and that with Mary Chapin Carpenter on Diamonds And Rust.
Additionally poignant too is Joan's duet with Mimi on Swallow Song her husband Richard's composition. The extra six previously unreleased tracks are better than fillers; they include Mary's Stones In The Road and three fine solo performances by Joan alone You Ain't Goin' Nowhere, Geordie and the rarely-outed Love Song To A Stranger , all well worth having in order to complete the record of what was a unique series of shows.
Shows where all the songs she was performing self-evidently really spoke to Joan directly. The presentation and packaging of this re-release is superb too, and I suspect it won't just be "collectors" who'll want to own a copy.
Instead of delivering a new studio set, Joan now brings us another in the parallel strand of live albums which she's taken to releasing at crucial moments in history as "critical barometers of our endlessly troubled times". The "carrot" - and a juicy one, it turns out - is the inclusion of four songs never before recorded by Joan, including a very fine rendition of Dylan's Seven Curses counterpointed by some very skilful guitar playing, incidentally and an acappella rendition of Finlandia.
But probably more so than the shadow of Dylan, it's the spirit of Woody Guthrie that looms largest over the whole of this new live album and not just in the obvious sense that it includes his Deportee, and the honourable mention in the lyric of Steve Earle's Christmas In Washington!
There's a freewheeling spontaneity, a genuine emotional and political response to contemporary events here the Presidential election week , that marks this live set compiled from two nights at the Bowery Ballroom, NYC. Generally speaking, Joan's on good form, and these performances won't disappoint her many fans, although not every one of the 14 selections comprises an essential performance that must be added to the existing Baez collection - a few are quite efficient but do not really add anything new to her interpretations.
But Bowery Songs carries on, with credibility, Joan's deliberate policy - nay, tradition - of releasing good-quality, and representative, live recordings, and as such cannot be but welcomed. Joan Baez - Dark Chords On A Big Guitar Sanctuary Her first album in six years finds the legendary folkie in excellent form, her keening voice as resonant and distinctive as ever, and while she may not have penned any of the material herself her choice of songs and writers is impeccable.
With the vague exception of Natalie Merchant the dark and potent America the lost number Motherland , all the songs are by Americana artists, Greg Brown providing both the opening track with Sleeper a tale of putting wild flings behind in favour of a steady life, transformed into a classic Baez number evocative of her work in the 70s and lost dreams lament Rexroth's Daughter, from which the title line comes.
Still sounding like If I Needed You, Ryan Adams's In My Time Of Need gets a simple yearning treatment while his former Whiskeytown cohort Caitlin Cary supplies Rosemary Moore, its encouragement to the widow to go out and grab another slice of life given a bluesy repetitive drone guitar mood by Duke McVinnie with George Javori's brushed drums accentuating the late night torchy mood.
A chugging train rhythm blues gospel approach to attempted rape murder ballad Caleb Meyer is the first of two songs by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, the second an equally scratchy, shrugging swampy as opposed to country blues and twangy bass treatment of Elvis Presley Blues. Which leaves Joe Henry's King's Highway an upbeat rocker reminiscent of Dylan's funkier periods , the spare acoustic cover of highly praised upcoming young Idaho singer-songwriter Josh Ritter's melancholic ballad Wings from his new album Starling and to close, reminding that Baez made her name getting the establishment hot under the collar, a gentle resigned and weary cover of Steve Earle's timely rueful political lament Christmas In Washington.
It's typical of Baez to choose to showcase so many of her talented - and in too many cases unsung - fellow artists while hitting the mood of the moment, and with this accomplished, often musically adventurous return to the recording scene, they, she, and most of all us, should be well satisfied beneficiaries.
Vanguard have done a really good job with these enhanced reissues of Joan's earliest records, all six being generously topped up with interesting bonus material either recorded concurrently or closely thereon. Just as the traditional song repertoire has itself provided Joan with much of her source material for these records - especially on volumes 1 and 2 - so these albums themselves have formed the basic source material for generations of singers coming new to the folk scene.
For many folkies, hers are pretty much the definitive versions of many of the songs she tackles here. Finally, the pair of In Concert CDs were taken from recordings made at various live shows between October and Spring by Maynard Solomon, then co-owner of the record label, for the dual purpose of documenting material and testing its suitability for future studio releases. These albums contain some very fine performances, which form a useful addendum to the studio albums while duplicating less material than you might expect.
Altogether, a very worthwhile set of reissues, which look set to become the definitive packages, hopefully remaining in print for some time to come. I'd been meaning to investigate the band since hearing of their deliciously punningly titled debut Abbey Rodent!
But taken on its own terms, it's a disc with lots to offer, and on this evidence Bag Of Rats is a band seriously worth getting to know. Formed back in , BoR released the abovementioned debut CD in , then proceeded to enthral festival crowds from Glastonbury to Priddy for four summer seasons before re-launching the verminous ship with this proud new album in April, in good time for this year's round of bookings.
The sound they make is a brilliantly full-toned plugged-in-acoustic racket I use that word as a definite compliment!
A truly joyous racket then, typified by the opening ragbag or should that be ratbag?! The album's tour-de-force and for me, its most persuasive highpoint is The Rooky Wood, a workout-cum-mini-extravaganza that entwines itself out of a stormalongly-different version of Richard Thompson's Poor Ditching Boy. Mike's own compositions mostly songs, along with a couple of instrumentals comprise around half of the disc's items, and some of these, while employing a more powered-down musical arrangement of the "thoughtful contemporary acoustic" variety and providing a contrast with the band's rowdier escapades, somehow don't quite fit with the image or make the same kind of lasting impression on the senses.
Those which do best stick in the mind, perhaps, are the title track and In Your Dreams, which inhabit a kinda ethereal, enigmatically referential psych-folk milieu that's complemented by their tumbling, swooning instrumental backdrop, while elsewhere Zombie Song is well described by a phrase in the band's press handout: Hell, they almost live up to the ultra-purple prose of their press handout!
Baggyrinkle is the name given to the octet of Swansea-based shantymen led by Dave Robinson, who for the past few years have hosted the Swansea and Mumbles Festivals while gaining an increasing reputation at major shanty and maritime festivals throughout the UK and Europe.
Their individual approach combines sufficiently lusty lead and chorus parts, with three-part harmony singing a particular speciality. As for those shanty enthusiasts who consider harmonies anathema to the spirit of those work-songs, I'd urge them to listen again without prejudice, for they may well be pleasantly surprised at the musicality of Baggyrinkle's renderings. This CD, a studio recording, complements the group's earlier tape release A Pound And A Pint , which was recorded live , in capturing both the vitality and textural strengths of the crew's singing, although it must be said that you can't always feel the actual weight of eight voices even when they're all used together.
The chosen leads are well varied and characterful in delivery, although one or two of the selections may possibly seem a little matter-of-fact when set alongside more celebrated recordings; however, taken on their own terms, virtually all of the selections are creditable versions worthy of a place in the collection of the maritime enthusiast. And another plus - unlike some shanty crews Baggyrinkle don't need to force the pace to make an impact. That factor alone should enable their work to be appreciated by any lovers of folk music who are sitting on the proverbial quayside and considering dipping their ears into the maritime repertoire.
Yes, this attractive and well-planned programme does Baggyrinkle credit. And by that same quirk of fate, here I am reviewing Ian's own followup CD at the same time as one by yet another different Bailey - Glyn! But back to Ian: Again, the majority of Ian's songs are built up from a solid and interestingly scored acoustic base, and he displays a keen intelligence in arrangement.
Stylistically, it might seem at first that Ian doesn't seem to quite make up his mind whether to aim for being a rocker or a balladeer, although he convinces on both counts - and more consistently so than on his debut. First off, he tries to remain One Step Ahead Of The Blues with a convincingly tough and catchy Lindisfarne-ish strum-and-slide-led opener, then shows his soulful passion on the sax-bedecked slowie You Stop Me From Falling.
The deceptively gentle-sounding Communication has a distinctly Dylanesque demeanour - an impression reinforced no doubt by the melodic structure of the first half of each verse bearing such a marked resemblance to The Times They Are A'Changin'. The tender and winsome chamber-folk-pop of Don't Throw It All Away, Listen Closely and Love Song replete with luscious yet understated string settings and the mournful Late Night Lament together comprise another attractive facet to Ian's musical personality, and these moments contrast big-time with the pounding, angry rock gestures of The Big Lie, the strident, organ-led Satellite and the slightly pompous Walk Away whose setting inescapably reminds me of Magazine's Permafrost.
It's good, too that Ian's taken the hint from last time and included his perceptive lyrics of love and loss in the booklet this is an attractive presentation, whose only, miniscule, fault is an incorrect juxtaposition in the tracklisting on the credits page.
Ian's certainly a very gifted fellow, and this new album should bring him further into the limelight of recognition. And it's a bit of a grower too, which is always a good thing.. David Kidman February By a strange and perplexing coincidence, two completely different CDs bearing just "Bailey" as the artist name have arrived in my review pile within a few weeks of each other. Even more coincidental is the fact that both cite both Nick Drake and Ray Davies among their respective influences!
Bare facts aside, though, it inhabits an altogether lusher musical world than the other Bailey CD mentioned, at least for parts of its minute length. Ian Bailey seems determined to prove himself as a musical chameleon, but ends up ultimately, I feel, as more of a jack-of-all-trades and closer to being a true or complete master of none. The musicianship is of a high standard though, and there are certainly plenty of moments to treasure here, although you have to pick around a bit to find them.
The opening track Reach Out For Today is a luscious ballad, featuring some truly beautiful string playing from Richard Curran, but it's almost completely spoilt by some obtrusive and quite sickly keyboard-generated twittering noises; an overdose of synthy spacey sounds detracts from These Are Days too.
However, track 4 Unsteady Beat proves that with a bit more restraint in the musical arrangement Ian can put across a ballad with real sensitivity and taste. Ditto with Autumn Leaves , where the Ray Davies namecheck came readily to mind at least in the vocal tone and phrasing.
Ian handles the thoughtful, stripped-down Clive Gregson-style acoustic ballad Behind Disguise and the standout folk-rock troubadour ballad Aching And Waiting with considerable credit too. Elsewhere there are some well, what I might term vaguely sub-Coldplay moments, but they don't offend the sensibilities at all. There's much to admire in Ian Bailey's work, and it really does repay investigation, but in my opinion he should ditch the synths and stop trying to prove too much.
Oh, and it would've been nice to have the lyrics in the booklet. This particular Bailey brings forth an album that's only just over half the length of the CD by the other Bailey I reviewed this week. Sounds a bit dull from that tag, perhaps, but much of his work is actually rather attractive in a post-Nick-Drake kind of way School and Song Of The Lighthouse Keeper probably stick in the memory most on initial acquaintance.
The downside is that his quietly rippling guitar style gets a trifle monotonous after three or four tracks, and when it's almost the only instrumental accompaniment used on the CD you need a proportionally higher level of interest in the lyrics to compensate and keep the listener's attention. The problem here is that David tends to fall back on a kind of singsong metre and a rhyme scheme that's obvious to the point of seeming more trite than they actually are Hospital Bed and the Smiths-like Could Have Been A Sign being particular cases in point.
As the title track postulates, this may be self-evidently "the way that things are done", but there's insufficient dynamic or colour contrast between the individual songs for the most part, despite occasional judicious tinkering with piano, melodica, mellotron and glockenspiel. Very strange, especially coming from the Fylde Lancashire - one might well say! But this is a record that grabs attention right from the start, with its surfeit of invention, ideas and imagination.
Glyn's music is difficult to get a handle on at first, with so many first-impressions forming a bewildering headlong rush through the ears. The kinda spaghetti-western-smalltown image that might readily be conjured up by the album's title is one that translates into the slightly cheesy musical idiom Glyn adopts on Yahoo! And, in keeping with those tales of the old West too I suppose, Glyn's writing displays a strong sense of narrative too, as proved by the eight-minute epic Ballad Of Deano.
Basically, Glyn can't resist drawing attention to himself by means of undeniably impressive, powerfully crafted musical settings and lyrics that passionately and eloquently embrace entirely justified criticism of the unforgivingly corrupt corporate world in which we try to survive.
Also, you can't ignore Glyn's acute and well-developed feel for bright and bold instrumental colour and creative texturing: If you take things at sound-face value, there's quite a feelgood aura to the album generally, notably on the bouncy sunshine-pop of Down Amongst The Living and the iron-clad stompsome beat of School Reunion, and even on the more sinister numbers like The Doomed Ship Allegory and The Clown a very Bowie-esque portrait of a paedophile.
Payback-time comes quite literally on Groomed, an examination of coercion and abuse, which comes on like a breathless cross between The Cure's Love Cats and the Hustle theme tune. A first hearing of tracks like Kafkaesque World can be distinctly overwhelming, with its potent juxtapositions lavish musical setting with smooth crooning delivery to voice the thoughts and words of a torturer.
Elsewhere, perhaps, it can be all too easy to get the feeling that Glyn is deliberately setting out to make an Impact capital "I"! Yet, just as with any situation where there's a definite brimming-over-surfeit of artistic creativity, this eventually involves an element of excess that needs trimming - or at least channelling: In addition, and in spite of the strong sense of integrity that permeates Glyn's lyrical and musical vision, I can't altogether escape a feeling that pastiche is lurking not too far away at times; and this can leave an often desperately unsettling taste.
But then again, as with much music that unsettles, to whatever degree, it's perversely compelling, and against initial expectations I've found myself both returning to a good deal of this disc and keen to explore Glyn's two previous albums..
Roy's always had a penchant for education, in the truest sense of the word. Education should be fun, and a child's natural enjoyment of, and willing participation in music, can be both a vital element and a useful tool. And not just to prove the point, Roy has always included a short sequence of children's songs in his live sets, which have appealed every bit as much to the adults in his audience!
The first children's album Roy made was Oats And Beans And Kangaroos, back in the mids, and as recently as nine years ago, the birth of his eldest granddaughter Jessica provided the impetus for the lovely Up The Wooden Hill collection. Now Roy has produced his final oh yes!! And of course it's a totally engaging disc, attractively packaged and entirely unpatronising for a children's record doesn't have to be full of obvious childlike songs!
The key lies naturally in the CD's title - Tomorrow - which is shorthand for that all-important message for his own, and indeed all, grandchildren: The final two songs - Together Tomorrow and Tomorrow Lies In The Cradle the latter penned by Fred Hellerman of the Weavers group are not only practically unknown but turn out to be particularly moving, for they point this message into our consciousness ever so delightfully and leave us thinking.
Closer to home, Molly's Garden is a thoroughly charming ditty penned by Kit Roy's daughter and Molly's mum , while The Collier Brig a favourite song of Molly's even gets an unexpected airing. And when the kids have been captivated and are almost ready for bed, Roy tucks them up with the poetic story of My Pet Dragon by John Maguire , which is gently enhanced by atmospheric sea sounds created by that good Mr Kirkpatrick's accordion bellows!
In addition to the welcomely omnipresent JK, the album's signature musical backing is provided largely by Martin Simpson, Chris Coe and Andy Seward, with contributions from Andy Cutting and David Bailey and occasional chorus vocals from the assembled Bailey clan. Well, Roy's "retirement" CD, Coda, was actually meant to be his last recording wasn't it?! So I guess a further release was inevitable!
And let me say at the outset that it finds Roy on finest possible form: Roy's renewed vigour is the stuff of legend, but I could say it's right there in the grooves of this record for you to reach out and touch Andy Seward has done a splendid job in capturing both the joy and strength of Roy's singing. And of course in his choice of songs: Pride of place this time round goes to the four stunning songs from the pen of Seattle-based Jim Page, whose effective and resonant utilisation-cum-paraphrasing of borrowings from traditional and contemporary folk songs clearly strikes a chord in Roy while also recalling the comparable skill of our own Ray Hearne.
But Roy keenly embraces the sentiments of each and every song he sings, whether it's George Papavgeris's all-encompassing and life-affirming anthem Friends Like These or Ian Campbell's epic and darkly prophetic Old Man's Tale. Here Roy also brings us a contrasted pair of fine songs by David Ferrard: Continuing Roy's own personal tradition, there's a song apiece by Si Kahn and Leon Rosselson well, the latter's Leon's setting of Charles Causley's Timothy Winters , while "actual" tradition is represented by a lovely version of The Road To Dundee and a fine rendition of Handsome Molly, on which one of Roy's backing musicians is Martin Simpson, whose own recording of the song is considered a benchmark.
Roy's other instrumental collaborators here - John Kirkpatrick, Andy Cutting, Donald Grant and Andy Seward - give of their very best, playing with spirit and commitment throughout in lovingly-contoured, full-toned yet light and sensitive arrangements. Every track is both memorable and relevant, a further demonstration of Roy's total integrity, and the whole set forms both a cause for celebration of half-a-century of bringing folk music to a wide audience and yet another high point in Roy's illustrious career.
David Kidman May These are affectionate, genial, commendably polished and admirably conservative though not especially sedate renditions which make a virtue out of their intrinsic Irish character and its lovable honesty. Hereby refreshingly stripped of the customary layers of ages of grimy pub, club and showband sentimentality, these renditions of the songs that represent the Irish psyche together form a classy, and in the end likeable enough, tourist's-ear-view of popular Irish song, I'd say.
Some of us have been waiting eagerly for this landmark documentary film to be made available for home consumption! This film was a natural follow-on from the Channel 4 series Down Home, and later paved the way for key collaborations in the Transatlantic Sessions series. This celebration of cajun music and culture includes plenty of footage of musicians in their home environment, often in the same room as groups of dancers, and a tremendous feel of intense enjoyment permeates every second.
Other, arguably lesser-known artists appearing include charismatic fiddler Harry LaFleur, vibrant singer D. Menard with his Louisiana Aces and champion of progressive cajun, Wayne Toups; and Aly can be seen adding his trois sous to the musical gumbo by joining in enthusiastically at every session opportunity!
This minute film is over way too soon, and fair exudes joie de vivre par excellence! As does the accompanying CD, which contains 16 full-length music tracks from the film's featured artists 9 of the cuts also involve Bain himself. These are presented in the same order as they occur on the documentary, although the audio CD omits two additional song performances the rockin' Zydecajun Train by Wayne Toups and Raywood by Queen Ida respectively which are exclusive to the DVD and otherwise would've conveniently slotted in after track 11 and before track 15 total playing-time of the CD would easily have permitted their inclusion.
A natural title for these master musicians' sixth joint album for the label, the release celebrates 25 years of touring together. Inevitably it's a further sparkling illustration of everything they do best, and as such not an easy album to review without indulging in the well-worn superlatives. Equally inevitably though, any fan of these guys' fabulous musicianship will need a copy of this self-recommending record.
It's probably invidious to single out individual tracks for special praise, since the duo are proven masters of so many different forms and styles of traditional music, and it's probably fair to say that I enjoyed specific tracks in specific moods. But, if pushed, I'd recommend first the stirring opening set of Irish slides that lights my candle every time, not least due to the extra buzz generated by McGoldrick's uilleann pipes.
The fiddle-led set of wedding reels track 8 packs a hefty drive yet with a lightness of touch, while there's an irresistible authentic ceilidh-band feel to the bouncy pipe-marches of the final track that won't fail to get your feet tapping.
Of the slower-paced tracks that are sensibly interspersed amongst the uptempo selections, the Rev. William Macleod's fine air Sitting In The Stern Of A Boat is the highlight for me, although the sequence also includes three gorgeous waltzes that prove perfect showcases for the musicians' inborn expressive elan. Two abundantly fine musicians still at the top of their game after a quarter of a century - and showing no signs of decline whatsoever.
Now in his 40th year as a professional musician, Aly's one of those folks who's always been right there in the forefront of Scottish traditional music: So in many respects, the time is now ripe for a suitably comprehensive overview of Aly's career to date. And barring a Free Reed box-set, a goodly series of "best-of" discs should be the next best thing. So here's volume 1 the title I hope being a genuine indicator of Whirlie's future plans , with 16 tracks carefully chosen by Aly himself.
Although it's not sequenced strictly chronologically, the disc does begin sensibly with a typical set of reels from Aly's very first solo CD, recorded in Lerwick back in , with Aly's dashing bow-strokes equally dashingly accompanied by the wonderfully sympathetic piano of Violet Tulloch and the guitar of Willie Johnson.
And from even earlier, there's a track from The Silver Bow, the mid-seventies Topic disc with Tom Anderson which did so much to bring Shetland music into public consciousness after years of commercial obscurity. Elsewhere, the disc travels around much like the itinerant Aly himself!
As an instance of this, we need look no further than the legendary Transatlantic Sessions projects, of course, and a sparkling Waiting For The Federals from Series 2 is included here; but then not everyone knows that the even more legendary Channel 4 series Down Home was TS's precursor, and this disc includes no fewer than four brilliant tracks from the recording sessions for the series hopefully as a taster for the release of the whole shebang on disc soon, please!
Hearing Aly firing away in the company of illustrious fiddlers from anywhere on the planet is always one of the deepest joys that can be experienced, and for me the "session" could go on all night and into the next week and I'd still want more! Then, to balance these euphoric moments, the disc presents several of the thoughtfully considered slower compositions and arrangements in which Aly has also always excelled.
Finally, no Aly Bain collection would be complete without one of his many recordings of the traditional Shetland air Da Day Dawn, and he's chosen one of the very finest, the one with the BT Scottish Ensemble.
This is a cannily sequenced minute collection that's pretty comprehensive in its own right and works well as an independent listening programme, but on the other hand it can't help but leave me with that niggling feeling of incompleteness.
Because I just know there's so much more out there in Aly's impressively exhaustive discography, and many of the original albums aren't all that readily or any longer available.
I suppose it's rather like the tip of an enormous iceberg floating in the ocean between Orkney and mainland Scotland, the catch being that the majority of the rest of that ice-floe may well be destined to remain beneath the surface. OK maybe I'm being needlessly pessimistic here - let's hope I'm proved wrong, and there now ensues a veritable flood of Aly Bain reissues!
Baird quit to go solo in but after the first two albums, Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired and Buffalo Nickel, his career's been somewhat patchy. Hodges now onboard, this marks something of a return to form. There's no envelope pushing going on, but what you do get is solid, beer-swilling, swaggering Southern country rock n roll with cranked up ringing guitars, rolling riff-packed melodies, throaty twang vocals and air punching choruses.
It won't change your life, but pour a cold one and crank the likes of Lazy Monday and Runnin' Outta Time up loud, and it could well make your evening. This is an unusual record by any standards. It can be considered doubly unusual, in fact, since Eddie's normally been responsible for the more spaciously arranged Blondel pieces - although it's not widely known that Eddie's been pursuing a parallel solo recording career for the past ten years he's released four solo CDs including a compilation, but none have been nationally distributed.
The first four songs on this disc are simply-conceived outings, initially displaying a quite jazzy demeanour, recorded close-up and live in front of an appreciative small club crowd by the sound of it. Best of this quartet are the gently reflective Memory Lane and the distinctly Tilstonesque Tramp. Listeners coming new to Eddie's work will wonder, on the strength of these songs, why wider commercial success continues to elude Eddie.
Songs like Compromised and Funny Old Life carry a laconic laid-back feel comparable to classic John Martyn, and Almost Gone has a canny grasp of delicate melody-line that recalls Clive Gregson. Eddie's individual voice is exposed well on this brief set, ditto his deft guitar work, a talent which should be more widely appreciated too. Dear Companion is a lovely, intimate album sung and arranged by nu-folk outfit Espers' vocalist and songwriter Meg Baird: The genesis of the actual project came in an invitation to create a solo release for Philadelphia's Tequila Sunrise label, out of which nothing but a 7" single appeared and the entire LP - recorded in spare moments during the sessions for Espers II - was never made available at the time