For this Upload Series we'll go with two 7" releases. The first is from Bonnie 'Blue' Billy (aka Will Oldham) and his release Little Boy Blue. I'm a huge Oldham fan and when a friend of mine loaned me this 7", I was thrilled. A record about a boy saddened by three separte love-related issues and part of the Portrait Series on Western Vinyl.
Little Boy Blue Part I is acoustic folk and bare bones Oldham, centered around the desire for affection. Blue Boy, the second cut on side A, is a bit more upbeat then the first track, but still has classic Oldham written all over it and it deals with a recent break up and the desire to return. The b-side is Little Boy Blue Part II and this is where he ventures out and is assisted by a drum machine and electric guitar, and is dealing with un-acted upon advances from a woman.
A classic 7" and unfortunatly unavailable.
The second 7" in this post is dedicated to David Allan Coe, or at least two covers of the man. Side A is WIll Oldham performing In My Mind. A great song in general, but Oldham puts his twist on it and scores big. Classic Oldham here. The b-side is the song Spotlight sung by Rising Shotgun (aka Brett Ralph) I was unfamilar with this Lousville band, but I'll tell you what, this song is the highlight of the split. Don't get me wrong, Oldham's contribution is grand, but I wasn't expecting much from, quit frankly, a band I never heard of, but Rising Shotgun is good.
Hope everyone enjoys these tracks. They will be up for about a week or two. I suggest ebay if you want to own a copy, because they are out of print and the tracks are not on any compilations.
.: Little Boy Blue Part I
.: Blue Boy
.: Little Boy Blue Part II
.: In My Mind (Will Oldham - A-Side)
.: Spotlight (Rising Shotgun - B-Side)
VU Series: The King 'Kong' Compilation has been removed.
More Oldham related stuff tomorrow.