Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Gut Feeling – Belly [#564]

R-4389581-1407133358-7875-1.jpegAnother bootleg, another band; You won’t find Gut Feeling in the shops, but you will find it during the music download free for all mid-noughties. Like I did.

It was then that I was  intent on finding as much as I could of Tanya Donelly’s works having heard a few songs on various sampler CDs and having recalled the popularity of Belly amongst my university friends in the nineties. So when I found out that they hadn’t actually made that many albums, I resorted to bootlegs and fan stuff.

Gut Feeling comprises of a compilation of recordings made at the band’s gig in Grant Park in Chicago and New Orleans LA in 1993. It’s nice because there are so few bootlegs out there for the band which is a shame because they are often overlooked these days.

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Blood – This Mortal Coil – (#200)

Blood - This Mortal CoilBlood – This Mortal Coil 

Back to the 4AD stable and this time with Ivo Watt’s This Mortal Coil (TMC) project.  This album appeared on many coffee tables in the 1990s until it was buried under more mature offerings by similar bands, kebab wrappers and copies of X-Files magazines. To be forgotten about until discovered once more and consigned to the “Oxfam” box.

Blood is TMCs difficult second album. There are a few good tracks where the original lineups sound demonstrated in It’ll End in Tears  is almost replicated but I think by the time you get to track 15 it’s getting a bit tiresome.

TMC take some obscure masterpieces from forgotten artists and albums like Spirit, Ray Harper and Chris Bell and give it the ethereal gothy shoegazer treatment. Crafting an album so full of mournfulness that even the person on the album cover feels sorry.

Don’t get me wrong though, this is not a bad album and it is still better than the third TMC attempt,  Filigree and Shadow. But unless you’ve come to TMC as a fanboy, hipster or wanting to feel a bit morose, then Blood is probably not your cup of bitter tears.

 

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#138 – Beautysleep & Lovesongs (Demo Versions) – Tanya Donelly

Beautysleep & Lovesongs (Demo Versions) – Tanya Donelly

No specific album cover for this compilation of demo versions of songs from  Tanya’s first and second albums.

As a fan, I was overjoyed at managing to source this nice little compilation with which you can actually hear how songs develop over time.

 

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#138 – Beautysleep – Tanya Donelly

Beautysleep - Tanya DonellyBeautysleep – Tanya Donelly

Tanya, the former Belly leadsinger, and her second solo album. As a fan of both Belly and early Tanya Donelly, you can hear the maturity in this album. Quirky has gone out of the window and has uncovered, by its absence,  songs and music of a different, more mature woman.

You can still hear the Belly influence but this is definitely the difficult second album.

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