Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pugwash - Thank You All

Happy Halloween. In this last day of October, we have our annual treat from Blog favorite, Pugwash. For the uninitiated, Pugwash is the current standard bearer for Beatles influenced pop recording today. There output is consistently brilliant. Great songs, cleaver melodies and hooks abound.

Band leader Thomas Walsh has been busy this year and it shows. There is a new EP on the way with several newly recorded tracks. He’s also been generous sharing his rare tracks through YouTube postings. This compilation represents 2012’s Pugwash collector output. As usual, there are treasures galore collected here. Acoustic covers recorded late in the morning, Rare vocal mixes of official releases along with a suite of tracks backed by the Section String Quartet.

Listen carefully to these tracks and hear one of today’s Power Pop geniuses at work and as usual please let me know if I’m missing any other rare tracks.

1 Landsdowne Valley - Unreleased Demo
2 Apples - Early Mix
3 Us and Them - Pinkfloyd Cover with Section String Quartet
4 What Becomes of the Broken Hearted - Cover of Jimmy Ruffin hit
5 Here - Instrumental String Mix
6 If I Needed Someone- Live Beatles Cover
7 Brennan's Bread - Short Commercial Jingle
8 Ashes to Ashes - David Bowie Cover with Section String Quartet
9 Happy Again - Recent U.K. Bonus Track
10 Tinsel and Marzipan - Acapella mix of Christmas Single
11 On With the Show - Alternate Mix of B-side
12 Four Days - Acoustic Version
13 You're Like Manchester - Alternate Mix of John Shuttleworth Cover
14 Walter Reed - Acoustic Cover of Michael Penn Song
15 Portrait of Louise - Acoustic Cover of Bee Gees Song
16 Emily Regardless - Vocal Wulitzer Mix
17 Chinatown - Acoustic Cover of Move Song
18 Elisa - Acoustic Cover of Bee Gees Song
19 To The Warmth of You - Alternate Mix
20 Waltz - Live Cover of Gerry Rafferty Song
21 Dear Belinda - Live Acoustic Version
22 This Could Be Good - Live on RTE 2006
23 This Boy - Acapella Beatles Cover
24 Thank You All - Acoustic Track of Thomas Thanking Birthday Well Wishers