Streamline Train

February 16, 2012 4:19 PM

A cover of the first single I (we) ever bought. It was a 78. We chipped in together to raise the necessary 7 shillings and sixpence. Ken Colyers Skiffle group. In 1957 if I remember rightly. Age shall not wither them.

To be fair, we did this cover only relatively recently, in 1988.
On a cassette radio with a built in mike.
The voice seems higher than I remember.
Must be all those conversions from the ancient original analogue.

I still like it.

posted by jan murray (6 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

I always dig this stuff that you dig out of the woodshed. This has that great Lomax quality to it.

Those harmony vox are sweet.

Is the "we" that chipped in to buy the album the same "we" that did the cover decades later?
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 12:00 AM on February 17, 2012

@karlos. Sadly no.
The we who bought the 78 did have a skiffle group though. Schoolboy enthusiasts with limited resources and cheap guitars.
Jimmy Page had one too - in our neighbouring town, Epsom.
Likewise Glyn Johns.
I left England soon after and did a bout of busking in Paris, ending up in Sweden.
Where I live now.
The Early Puritans were local expats in Stockholm
A word I did not know then.
posted by jan murray at 2:04 PM on February 17, 2012

Loved it, thanks!
posted by grog at 2:08 PM on February 17, 2012

My uncle was in a skiffle band when he was a schoolboy in Sweden.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:03 PM on February 17, 2012

@karlos. In Stockholm? Still alive? Perhaps I know him,
posted by jan murray at 3:34 PM on February 17, 2012

No, he moved to the states as a teenager with the rest of my dad's side of the family. I still have some cousins over there, though -- I'll ask my dad where they're at these days.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 4:07 PM on February 18, 2012

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