Sunday, July 15, 2007

an exceptional artifact of the 60s

Here's something a little different, a recording from 1967 by English based blues artist Gerry Lockran. Even if you're not into blues I recommend giving this a listen, it's a wonderful product of its time...
I think that such a cultural artifact says far more about its own place and time than the culture that it refers to. Like a "historical"movie, once a few years have past, the time of its production overwhelms the time in which it's set...
This music is no exception; the multicultural sensibility and open sexuality is that of 1960s Britain and it belongs in the UK Folk milieu of the time, with groups like The Incredible String Band.


Born in India of Irish & Indian parents, his family emigrated to England in 1953, living in South London. His major influences were Josh White, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Leadbelly, Brownie McGhee and most of all Big Bill Broonzy.

'Blues Vendetta' was his second LP, and featured his powerful fingerpicking style on self -penned compositions like 'Guitar Boogie' and 'Jason's Blues' (written for his three year old son).

During his lifetime Lockran recorded thirteen albums, all of which are now 'deleted'. He continued to write, record and release records up to the end of his career in 1981. While on tour in Belgium and Holland he developed heart problems, culminating in a heart attack and stroke, depriving him of the use of his left hand and sadly ending his career as a professional musician He fought the effects of his stroke, hoping eventually to regain use of his left hand, but sadly this never happened. After six years struggle he suffered a fatal heart attack on 17th November 1987.

Whilst perhaps derivative in style this music is unique in its form; his voice has a richness and depth of tone and the solo guitar playing is delivered with exceptional dexterity and power.
These tracks were restored from a tape made from a very worn and much loved LP.
There is a little distortion but generally the sound is more than acceptable.
One listen and you'll surely recognise a major talent here.
So where are the re-releases?

1. Goin Down The Road (Guthrie, Hays, arranged by Lockran)
2. The Riddle Song (Traditional, arranged by Lockran)
3. Jason's Blues (Lockran)
4. You Don't Learn That In School (Traditional, arranged by Lockran)
5. Get Back (Broonzy)
6. Automechanic Blues (McGhee)
7. Trouble In Mind (Jones)

1. Summertime (G & I Gershwin, Heyward)
2. Guitar Boogie (Lockran)
3. Cocaine Blues (Arnall, Nicholls)
4. Work Song (Adderley, Brown Jr)
5. Goodmornin' Blues (Lomax, Leadbetter)
6. Careless Love (Traditional, lyrics by Koenig & Williams, arranged by Handy)

Blues Vendetta [160kbps mono]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a BIG SURPRISE!!

It's the first time I see Gerry on
a blog.
I had Gerry on vinyl: "Rags to Gladrags" and "Cushioned for a soft ride inside" with Hans Theesink.
You are right: a major talent who
died to young

Thanks a lot!!!

2:42 am, August 09, 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...


I've been promoting your blog on Totally Fuzzy over the last weeks, would you mind linking back to us in return?


PS : search for your URL (link) and you'll see the posts. You're in my Thursday list ;)

12:03 am, August 17, 2007  
Blogger said...

are you ever coming back? :(

3:52 pm, September 27, 2007  
Blogger benito X said...

I've been too busy to keep up the good work, so until time permits its going to be pretty quiet around here...

I will endeavour to maintain all the previously posted stuff, however, so if you notice a link is down leave a comment and I'll fix it...

4:00 pm, October 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello and happy new year
i love this blog and dl'ed almost all but recently suffered a hard drive crash w/40,000+ songs there any way you could re-up the Lee Hazlewood stuff?
thank you

5:24 am, January 04, 2008  
Blogger Tommy said...

Thanks ol' Pal

10:19 am, March 01, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On my very first trip to a Folk Club, probably in late '71, Gerry Lockran was the guest, and I remember him doing Big Bill Broonzy's "Get Back". These days he seems to have been forgotten about, which is a shame.

Anthony Harland

9:31 pm, August 12, 2010  

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