Monday, 29 October 2012

Desert Island Discs - 105 Magic Land of Radio by Obi








105 - Magic Land of Radio by Obi 2002

On my never ending quest to find the next Prefab Sprout I've bought some duffers and some gems. I thought I'd struck gold in 2002 with Brighton's Obi's debut lp


Dreamy vocals that tell of a better place, romanticism in the lyrics , and the interesting changes in tempo and melody that was the early Sprout's signature tune.

There is a bit of folk , a bit of country ad a lot of pop and classic songwriting. At only 8 tracks it leaves you wanting more rather than out staying its welcome.

the instrumentation is subtle and never showy with not a wasted note.

I've posted the a couple of tracks. Somewhere Nicer is a quirky little pop song that would have fitted right in on Steve McQueen and Piano Song shows they could knock out an anthem with the best of them

Somewhere Nicer - Obi

Piano Song - Obi

You can buy the Magic Land of Radio here

9 comments:

  1. I see you've done a piece on Obi in the archive, which I missed. You've snagged another uncovered gem. I've listened to a bunch of other clips too: "All The Stars", "What's In A Name", "Afterthought"... all dandy. Also the 'Diceman Lopez' release ("Sleep Well Dear Friend" is incredibly moving). That album has some Wallinger-type eclecticism/sound. This one I'm having a hard time pinning down influences. I only know it hits my sweet spot and I'm picking up both!

    #105 - ROBBIE ROBERTSON - Storyville (1991)

    Songwriter/guitarist of The Band's finest hour. Featuring Paul Buchanan/Robert Bell/Paul Joseph Moore, and a cast of thousands; produced with Stephen Hague. Listen to Buchanan's exquisite BGV's and guitar-playing on the first clip. A damned good album.

    Breaking The Rules:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-16x4YBnqK8
    What About Now:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B9QGj5HopI
    Soapbox Preacher:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjoxGJQVsMM

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  2. Ha! I have 'Diceman Lopez' album; don't know this one...
    Storyville higher on my list TT; one of the great mullets...

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  3. Hi Tim

    the lead singers solo lp makes an appearance a bit higher up as well

    Not heard storyville - only really know the crazy river track from his solo debut. so thanks for the links

    Mullets in rock Trev.. now there is a BBC4 special if ever there was one

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  4. Presented by Paul Young and Neil Ridgely...

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  5. Hey TJ, Did the sonics of 'Beautiful Mirage' have a little inspiration fom 'Crazy River'?
    You guys seem to have a bit too much hair style knowledge, or maybe I'm just envious... of having hair that is.
    TT

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    1. Not sure about Crazy River's influence/confluence... I certainly like the song (I'll learn to love it later...)
      I hope all is well in Florida TT; looks like NYC is about to get a battering; I hate to be cynical but it could give Obama one last chance to show his cahoonas...

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  6. Another top album. I'm a big fan of Damien Katkhuda aswell and this was a great introduction,but I prefer the follow up, 'Diceman Lopez',that I placed much higher.
    Still waiting for the new Mostar Diving Club album to be released.It's been 'coming soon' since December last year!
    Tim - New to me ,have to check that one out
    My #105 Thomas Dolby - The Golden Age Of Wireless.
    Love this single http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4p1R73fKrQ
    Phil

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  7. hi phil it almost was diceman lopez (plague on this house is my favourite obi song) but the debut just nicked it in extra time.
    2 nominations ofr Thomas Dolby form you and tim woth different lps , i complete a hatrick later on

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  8. come to loveisnosie.blogspot.com tomorrow at 5pm

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