Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Bag Of Tools

Today's tune is 'Book Master' by Reco-Boaco & the Stepping Stones, and it's an organ version of the Heptones' 1973 classic, 'Book of Rules' with a great bongo cut on the b-side. Both versions were produced by Harry J and released on his Jaywax label.

There's a very good blog entry about the vocal here:

And here it is in all its glory:

It had a pretty decent b-side as well:

The lyrics are taken from R. Lee Sharpe's poem, 'A Bag Of Tools', which dates from some time in the 1940s.

Isn't it strange how princes and kings,
and clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
and common people, like you and me,
are builders for eternity?

Each is given a list of rules;
a shapeless mass; a bag of tools.
And each must fashion, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block, or a Stepping-Stone.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/hdmdybjndj0/Book Master.zip
Anyway, enjoy.

1 comment:

the_voice_of_reason said...

"Reco Boaca" sounds like it might be a phonetic translation of Eric Frater's nickname "Ricco Bacca", from the fact that he played a Rickenbacker guitar. However, he was not noted as a keyboard player, so this does not make immediate sense - any better ideas as to who plays the organ part here?