This blog wouldn't have been possible if Mrs Villain hadn't given me a USB turntable as a wedding anniversary present back in 2006. Sadly, that USB turntable decided, just before Xmas, it had given enough service and stopped rotating. And rather than try and get the thing fixed, it was agreed a new turntable would arrive courtesy of Santa.
And so today you get the first bit of vinyl that I've turned into an mp3 via the new turntable. I thought it was appropriate it should be involve James, given that they were the first ever band I wrote about on TVV.
It's the initial recording of Come Home, released on Rough Trade Records in 1989, a single that did go on to become better known thanks to a remix version that appeared the following year on Fontana Records.
mp3 : James - Come Home
mp3 : James - Promised Land
The b-side is a gorgeous bit of acoustic music. But it's also my favourite ever political song....and I'm dedicating it to my dear old mate Jacques the Kipper without whom my musical education would have been incomplete.