Me & Mr Jones

John Murray on the latest releases from some familiar names

Anyone who has followed Tom for his entire 46 year career and is of similar age should note that the show is outdoor and standing.

No doubt on the green green grass.

Only Ringo Starr has been around longer and after seeing him last year in Glasgow on his first show in Scotland since 1965 I’m still hooked.

Ringo Starr and the Roundheads Live (Image), is a new DVD and Blu Ray now released from a one-off show in Illinois 2009.

He looks the same as he always did singing some from the drumkit and some out front. Colin Hay (from Men At Work) joins Ringo for his own ‘Who Can It Be Now?’ He is comfortable with all his solo hits ‘It Don’t Come Easy’, ‘Back Off Boogaloo’ and ‘Photograph’ but the audience get off (as do the bandmates) when he revisits the Beatles catalogue like ‘Octopus’s Garden’ and ‘Yellow Submarine’.

From their early years we get ‘Act Naturally’ and ‘I Wanna Be Your Man.’

But the best ovation is kept for the classic above all classics from the original vocalist from that golden era when he closes ‘With A Little Help From My Friends.’

Dare I call The Wedding Present Britpop?

Well David Gedge formed the band in 1985 and after 18 top 40 singles he is still there, still active having performed at the South By Southwest fest in Austin Texas now goes on tour around the world coming to the UK by the end of the year.

Valentina (Scopitones), is the new album this week filled with new delights.

‘You’re Dead’ is an intriguing multi tempo love song as is ‘Meet Cute’ so its a good start.

I expect these songs are well chosen too being their first for four years and this energy comes over on garage type Stranglers-like guitar bass drums fest that is ‘End Credits’ in fact they only partly mellow for the closing ‘Mystery Date.’