Friday, 18 December 2009

Pama International - BBC Radio Sessions 18.12.09

Only one word to sum up these sessions. Awesome..

I'd like to wish friends of Liquidator, old & new, a merry & peaceful Christmas & New Year !

BBC Radio 2 - Janice Long Show 18.12.09

1. Happenstance
2. I Still Love You More
3. Neither High Nor Dry

Sean Flowerdew - Melodica
Finny - Vocals
Lenny Bignell - Acoustic Guitar
Dready D - Percussion
Andy McLean - Acoustic Bass

BBC 6 Music - Cerys Matthews Show 18.12.09

4. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
5. White Christmas

Sean Flowerdew - Organ
Anna - Vocals
Lenny Bignell - Lead Guitar
Dready D - Drums
Andy McLean - Bass

As always, please support the bands..

Pama International Live

19 Newcastle Live TheatreBroad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DQ.
Box office 0191 232 1232. from Hassle

20 Leeds Hi Fi Club2 Central Rd, Leeds, LS1 6DE.
Box office 0113 242 7353.

February 2010

12 Luton Hat Factory
19 Leeds The Well
20 Bournemouth Champions
26 London Brixton Hootananny +DJ Wrongtom

March 2010

05 Frome Cheese & Grain +Dub Pistols
12 Exeter Phoenix +Dub Pistols
13 Plymouth Hippo
19 Southend Chinnerys
20 Harlow The Square

April 2010

02 Darlington The Forum
29 Belfast, Cathedral Quarter Arts

May 2010

02 Labadoux Festival, Belgium
16 Bearded Theory Festival, Derbyshire

August 2010

11 Broadstairs Folk Festival, Kent (320 kbps)

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Special Beat - The Demos

  1. What You Thinking ? (Special Beat)
  2. Better Must Come (Special Beat)
  3. Rainy Days (Special Beat)
  4. Hypocrite (Bob Marley)
  5. Time Longer Than Rope (Prince Buster)
  6. Golden Years (David Bowie)
  7. Breakout (Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels)

The recent Specials / Pama International tour saw no less than six ex-members of Special Beat take to the stage each evening. Joining Pama's Sean Flowerdew (Keys) & Finny (Vocals) were The Specials' Brad (Drums), Sir Horace Panter (Bass) & Neville Staple (Vocals).

Lynval Golding was also a member, but joined after these demos were recorded - in 1991 - at UB40's studio in Birmingham, with Ranking Roger on production duties.

The full Special Beat line-up at the time was Neville Staple, Ranking Roger & Finny (Vocals), Sean Flowerdew (Keys), Sir Horace Panter (Bass), Brad (Drums), Anthony Harty* (Guitar), Graeme Hamilton (Trumpet) & Mark 'Chico' Hamilton (Sax).

(*Anthony Harty had been the bass guitarist with Paul Weller's Style Council at the tender age of 16! He replaced Bobby Bird from Ranking Roger's solo band who was the first Special Beat guitarist)

Both Rico Rodriguez (Trombone) - he solos on 'Time Longer Than Rope' - & Saxa (Sax) also feature as guests on these sessions.

The quality of these tracks shows just what Special Beat had to offer, but unfortunately a lack of much more original material put paid to any longevity for the group.

'Live' they were the dog's bollocks. I saw this particular line-up at the T+C2, London in June 1991 & it still rates as one of the best shows I've ever been to!

Anyway, enjoy the tracks (again with just a little bit of audio enhancement by the Liquidator).

Please support the bands..

The Specials :

Pama International :

(check out their fantastic new album 'Pama Outernational')