If you thought that the best cowboy/country and western songs date back to the golden era of Johnny Cash or the chart blazing hits of the likes of Glen Campbell or Kenny Rogers, then I provide the following as evidence that 1985 had a wonderful example:-
mp3 : Paul Quinn – Ain’t That Always The Way
The follow-up single to Paul and Edwyn’s majestic cover of Pale Blue Eyes, this single on Swamplands Records ended up being credited as a solo recording due to contractual issues Edwyn had at the time. Despite the single receiving positive reviews in a number of the weekly papers, as well as the teen-orientated mag Smash Hits, it sold poorly and got nowhere near the charts.
Four years later, the song’s composer provided his own take on it, although by making it a b-side on a 12″ single which sold even fewer copies than the Swamplands effort, it too is not the easiest to track down:-
mp3 : Edwyn Collins – Ain’t That Always The Way
My previous musings on this song over at the old place led to a reader sending me an e-mail with an attachment that contained something quite special. The audio quality is far from perfect but I’m very proud to have a copy of a version recorded for an early evening show on Radio 1. Worth noting the added harmonica which makes the song sound like a close cousin of What Presence?! and the fact that this recording pre-dates, by quite some months, the release of the song as a 45:-
mp3 : Paul Quinn & Edwyn Collins – Ain’t That Always The Way (Richard Skinner Session)
I’ve also since got my hands on the demo version of the song which was made available on an NME compilation cassette:-
mp3 : Paul Quinn – Ain’t That Always The Way (demo)
Finally. Another wonderful reader once sent me a bundle of home made compilation CDs to listen to and enjoy. Basing his selections on the sort of material I was going on about on the blog, one of the many excellent songs was this very lovely cover:-
mp3 : Secret Goldfish – Ain’t That Always The Way
There’s more postings about Secret Goldfish coming your way soon.