Before we get started this week …
It’s time for the 2017 Funky16Corners Pledge Drive.
Since Iron Leg, and the Iron Leg Radio Show podcast are dependent of the continued health of Funky16Corners, and continue under the banner of the Funky16Corners Radio Network, it behooves me to post these links here, too.
The pledging will also take a slightly different form this year, moving to Patreon (click here or on the logo below to go to the Funky16Corners page) , where you will be able to spread your contributions out over the entire year, which will help cover the ongoing server/broadcast/hardware expenses. This year has seen the upgrade of a couple of crucial pieces of equipment, and any help you fine people can provide will keep the machinery moving here at Funky16Corners central. So please dig deep so we can continue to do the same!
I hope you all enjoyed last week’s mix, and that some of you headed over to click on the Patreon link and donate in furtherance of the Funky16Corners/Iron Leg thing as a continuing institution.
I have something very cool for you this week with an artist that we have addressed in this space before.
Beverley, aka Beverley Kutner, aka Beverley Martyn is best known these days as a folk oriented singer due to the body of work she recorded with her ex-husband, UK folk legend John Martyn.
She got her start – however – recording things in a much more pop vein with a pair of 45s in 1966 and 1967 for the storied Deram label in the UK.
The first, ‘Where the Good Times Are’ is an absolutely stunning bit of freakbeat with piano by Nicky Hopkins and guitar by a long-forgotten, itinerant studio musician named Jimmy Page (cough…).
Beverley was also acquainted with a certain Paul Simon, who she connected with during his time in the British Isles, eventually making a cameo appearance on the song ‘Fakin’ It’ on the Bookends LP.
That said, her second 45 is only really a half a 45, since the flipside is a smoking Hammond instro by the Denny Cordell Tea Time Ensemble.
Bevereley’s side of the record is a very groovy cover of one of my favorite Donovan songs, the oft-covered ‘Museum’.
Beverley’s version is very much of its time, and while it doesn’t break any new ground, it is quite good.
It would be few years before she would record with John Martyn.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all next week.
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