Caen Hill Locks (Tuesday 8th September 2015)
On my way back from Melksham I stopped off at the top of the Caen Hill Locks. I had a Marshfields Farm ice cream cone (blackcurrant in clotted cream with a flake) from the Caen Hill Café before walking along the towpath. I saw the pair of swans on the canal but for the second time I didn't see the cygnets. However, this has happened before when it turned out the cygnets were merely grazing nearby.
On this occasion I saw competition in the form of a young photographer with a white camera taking pictures of narrowboats in Caen Hill Moorings.
In my blip the woman on the towpath is a holidayer on the Tranquil Rose, the narrowboat in the foreground, and is heading for the café.
I also stopped at Devizes Wharf, where I saw another pair of swans being fed by boaters on the narrowboats there.
15.9.2015 (2008 hr)
Blip #1653 (#1903 including archived blips)
Consecutive Blip #009
LOTD #887 (#1008 including archived blips)
A Visit To Devizes, 8 September 2015 (Flickr album)
Kennet and Avon Canal series
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
Marc Bolan and T. Rex - I Love To Boogie (recorded August 1976)
"I worked on two tracks on this album, along with a number of other songs including a later single "Laser Love". The track "I Love to Boogie" was recorded and mixed in a single day at Decibel Studios in Stoke Newington, London N16. The studio was very small and funky; Marc liked it because it reminded him of the old Sun Studio in Memphis where a lot of early rock and roll records were made.
"The single was mastered from what was originally intended to be a rough mix which Marc took home. It was mixed in about fifteen minutes by myself and Marc. I just threw up the faders; there were no computers in those days, and we went "OK that'll do". Mick O'Halloran, Marc's roadie, was going "Hurry up, we've got to leave now"; I think Marc had an appointment or something. [...] We got Dino's Fender Rhodes piano to distort a bit by cranking up the input on the desk, crude but quick and effective. Try doing that on a modern digital desk! Anyway, Marc liked the mix so much that it was released just as it was, much to my surprise, but it still sounds good thirty years later.
"The master mix was also done at 7.5 inches per second as I recall, rather than the usual 15 ips. This was so that Marc could play it on his reel-to-reel at home that night. This, along with the fact that the multitrack was an Ampex two-inch 16-track machine rather than the 24-track which was more common by then, helps to give the track its beefy sound.
"The other song on the album we did at Decibel was "Universe", which was subsequently overdubbed and mixed at Air studios by Mike Stavrou, I think. These were also the last tracks that Marc did with the old rhythm section of Steve Currie and Davy Lutton before Tony Newman and Herbie Flowers came on board." - Jennifer Maidman, recording engineer (from Wikipedia).
The single was included on the album Dandy In The Underworld, the twelfth and final T Rex album, released six months before Marc Bolan's death.