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Old 05-12-2012, 08:17 PM   #1
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Ok, this is a thread that Borderstone would usually initiate, but I'll go ahead. A Painter Passing Through was released 14 years ago today. What do you thing were the strong points of the album, and what opportunities were missed, in your opinion. Let's discuss...
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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A Painter Passing Through - 1998
Songlist:
Drifters
My Little Love
Ringneck Loon
I Used To Be A Country Singer*
Boathouse
Much To My Surprise
A Painter Passing Through
On Yonge Street
Red Velvet*
Uncle Toad Said

Hmmm.. I know what I LOVE : APPT and Drifters. omigoodness....Gordon has said that APPT is his most autobiographical tune..moves me every time he sings it..

and Drifters - well when he sings this part:

Even now as I look back and see all that's come to pass
I can't remember how it was I got here
Look around this place, there's a smile on every face
We're somewhere in the afterglow out there among the stars
Out there among the bars.
I think of him singing it at Massey as he looks around and sees his fans smiling and still he wonders how it all came to be.. LOVE it!

I like On Yonge Street, Much To My Surprise and I Used To Be A Country Singer... I'm on the fence regarding Red Velvet....Those are the tunes I'd put on a mix tape..
What's missing I can't say...
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:47 PM   #3
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I might well have mentioned this before on corfid if so apologies
APPT was the very first album that I heard about solely due to the internet, having found that there were indeed surprise surprise websites with references to Gord on the internet when I had first ventured into cyberspace in 1997.
In 1998 I was well primed about APPT thanks to the now sadly neglected and abused Newsgroup that Wayne Fancis had created
see my Newsgroup history web page at:-
http://johnfowles.org.uk/LIGHTFOOT/Newsgroup.htm
One day In May (but it may have been June) I found myself spending the day installing a flue system on a new office building very near to London Airport Heathrow ( I had access to the rooftop and was able to watch aircraft taking off)
Late in the afternoon once the job was finished I phoned the HMV store on Oxford Street and was inordinately surprised and pleased to be told that yes they had a single copy of the APPT CD in stock.I asked them to put it aside for me and set off on the 15 or so mile drive into Central London.
I managed to park a few minutes walk from the store and dashed in rushing up to the second floor as I recall .When I asked for the CD I was told sorry we do not have it but after some persuasion the assistant went in search and found the put side copy.
I did not have a CD player in my car at that time so had to wait until I reached home a couple of hours later to play it.
I was not too surprised to feel disappointed in what I heard but contented myself with the thought that that had been a common reaction to almost all new GL albums over the years and that as I had become more familiar with each new album it would usually grow on me.However 13 years later I have to say that there are 4 or 5 tracks that do little for me so APPT is probably my least favoUrite GL album
as for "what was missed" how about a piece of string of undetermined length for starters?
seriously any number of unreleased songs that had been outtakes from previous albums etc
Acoording to Wayne's Album Recording Notes there was just the one outtake on APPT
"Sometimes Hearts Have To Wait"
which sounds suspiciously like the title of one of those soppy movies made purely to be shown on the US Hallmark television channel!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:20 AM   #4
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I might well have mentioned this before on corfid if so apologies
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In 1998 I was well primed about APPT thanks to the now sadly neglected and abused Newsgroup that Wayne Fancis had created
see my Newsgroup history web page at:-
http://johnfowles.org.uk/LIGHTFOOT/Newsgroup.htm
I decided to try to check if I had indeed posted that link before so I did an advanced search
to find all posts that I had made that included the word "history"
I got 77 results at least one with the link I was seeking
http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showpost.p...0&postcount=12
but the rest include a fine variety of content including a few great images
such as the gordoscope/charoscope



and President Gord


all on A gord kaleidoscope at
http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=22323
Mende Joveski up on the Sydney "coathanger"
that I walked over albeit at road level just a year later

and in the thread about Gord's christmas album at
http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=11951
are these two creations the first by the irreppressible JJ




the latter is included my response reviewing Gord's planned Japanese album at
http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showpost.p...&postcount=179
I was also very pleased to rediscover
AndyThompson's finely detailed treatise on how to make mono mp3s at
http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showpost.p...0&postcount=11
a great (even if inaccurate) tale about how Rick Haynes got his job with Gord (and changed his name) at:-
Interesting - Rick Haynes
http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=21379
i also enjoyed rereading catmanron's explanation of "stemming for gold"
at
http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showpost.p...82&postcount=1
and several fine embedded youtube videos including
Al Stewart in Stevenson, WA
at
http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=23975
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