To cap their 31-year recording career R.E.M. are releasing a definitive greatest hits Double CD album in November. It will be released by Warner Bros. and is due out on November 15th. The 40-song retrospective will be entitled:

It will includes tracks from both the IRS and Warner years plus three brand-new songs. The Band have outlined details of their 40 song retrospective and The upcoming album gathers material from both IRS and Warner Bros eras. The album also contains material from each R.E.M. album, contributions from all three band members on the sleeve notes and three brand new tracks (‘A Month of Saturdays’, ‘We All Go Back To Where We Belong’, and ‘Hallelujah’) as a final farewell

R.E.M. recently confirmed the news of their split with a simple three way statement, allowing each member of the group to pay their respects to a career which has lasted almost thirty years. After this, news quickly broke of plans for a full scale retrospective. The album is due to be released on November 14th, and it contains forty tracks from the band’s entire back catalogue. Here is the track-listing for the new album.

Disc 1

  • Gardening At Night’
  • Radio Free Europe’
  • Talk About The Passion’
  • Sitting Still’
  • So. Central Rain’
  • (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville’
  • Driver 8’
  • Life And How To Live It’
  • Begin The Begin’
  • Fall On Me’
  • Finest Worksong’
  • It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
  • The One I Love’
  • Stand’
  • Pop Song 89’
  • Get Up’
  • Orange Crush’
  • Losing My Religion’
  • Country Feedback’
  • Shiny Happy People’

Disc 2:

  • The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite’
  • Everybody Hurts’
  • Man On The Moon’
  • Nightswimming’
  • What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?’
  • New Test Leper’
  • Electrolite’
  • At My Most Beautiful’
  • The Great Beyond’
  • Imitation Of Life’
  • Bad Day’
  • Leaving New York’
  • Living Well Is The Best Revenge’
  • Supernatural Superserious
  • Überlin’
  • Oh My Heart’
  • Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter’
  • A Month of Saturdays’
  • We All Go Back To Where We Belong’
  • Hallelujah’

Harvest Festival Service

On Tuesday 27th September there was a Harvest Festival Service conducted by the local vicar, With Hymns sung by the Local Church Choir. Afterwards there was also an auction of Local produce with all proceeds from the auction going to a local Charity. Light refreshments were also available afterwards (Such as Sausage Rolls, Vol-au-vents, Sandwhiches with various fillings, pork pies, crisps, cocktail sausages, Cakes, Fruit Salad…etc)….sadly non of it was alcoholic

Nirvana-Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition

Monday 26th September sees the release of the Remastered Nirvana – Nevermind 20th Anniversary Edition on Double CD, to celebrate 20 years since this classic album was first released. Here is the Track-listing, plus four awesome tracks from the a;bum courtesy of YouTube

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit 
2. In Bloom 
3. Come As You Are 
4. Breed 
5. Lithium 
6. Polly 
7. Territorial Pissings 
8. Drain You 
9. Lounge Act 
10. Stay Away 
11. On A Plain 
12. Something In The Way 
13. Even In His Youth 
14. Aneurysm 
15. Curmudgeon 
16. D – 7 live at the BBC 
17. Been A Son (live) 
18. School (live) 
19. Drain You (live) 
20. Sliver (live) 
21. Polly (live) 

1. In Bloom (Smart Studios previously unreleased) 
2. Immodium (aka Breed Smart Studios previously unreleased) 
3. Lithium (Smart Studios previously unreleased) 
4. Polly (Smart Studios previously unreleased mix) 
5. Pay To Play (Smart Studios) 
6. Here She Comes Now (Smart Studios) 
7. Dive (Smart Studios previously unreleased) 
8. Sappy (Smart Studios previously unreleased) 
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit (THE BOOMBOX REHEARSALS) 
10. Verse Chorus Verse (THE BOOMBOX REHEARSALS previously unreleased) 
11. Territorial Pissings (THE BOOMBOX REHEARSALS previously unreleased) 
12. Lounge Act (THE BOOMBOX REHEARSALS previously unreleased) 
14. Old Age (THE BOOMBOX REHEARSALS previously unreleased) 
15. Something In The Way (THE BOOMBOX REHEARSALS previously unreleased) 
16. On A Plain (THE BOOMBOX REHEARSALS previously unreleased) 
17. Drain You (BBC SESSIONS previously unreleased) 
18. Something In The Way (BBC SESSIONS previously unreleased)

“..It’s time to start the music…”

The late great Jim Henson would have celebrated his 75th Birthday on Saturday 24th September, had he not succumbed to the unpleasant effects of Streptococcus Pyrogenes on May 16th 1990.

He is best known as the creator of television programs like The Muppets, Sesame Street, Dinosaurs and Fraggle Rock, as well as his work on films like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. He was also an Oscar Nominated film director, Emmy Award winning Television Producer and founder of The Jim Henson Company, The Jim Henson Foundation and Jim Henson’s Creature shop. He was posthumously awarded The Disney Legends Award and also recieved the Courage Concious Award from the Peace Abbey.

I reckon they should do a Swedish Chef cookbook, that would be hilarious


  • Use live ingredients
  • Let the ingredients run amok in the Kitchen
  • Chase the vegetables round the kitchen with a Blunderbus
  • Shoot at the vegetables
  • Let them escape into the theatre


Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala 2011

This years Annual Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala takes place between the 23rd 24th and 25th September 2011. Visiting Locomotives this year will be.

  • The sole surviving Caledonian Railway, 0-6-0 Class 812 No. 828 Designed by John F McIntosh
  • GWR Castle class 5029 Nunney Castle Was due to visit but has been withdrawn and will now be replaced by GWR 5101 clas No 4160 from the West Somerset Railway.
  •  British Rail 9f class 2-10-0 No 92212
  • LNER A1 Class No 60163 Tornado in Brunswick Green
  • GWR King class no 6024 King Edward

Whilst I was down there I trevelled behind 6024 King Edward going to Highley, and 60163 Tornado coming back. Which was an experience.  n addition The Book Shops at both Bridgnorth and Highley Station were open, a Miniature Railway Layout was running at Hampton Loade Station and the trains were running all Friday Night/Saturday Morning. The Workshop and Boiler Shop at Bridgnorth Station are also open to the public, so visitors had a rare opportunity to see Locomotives which are mid-way through being restored.

Representing the home fleet this year will be locomotives which may include:

  • Recently restored GWR 2800 Class 2-8-0 Freight locomotive No 2857
  • GWR Large Prairie no 5164
  • GWR Small Prairie no 4566
  • GWR 7812 “Erlestoke Manor”
  • Ivatt Class 2 no 46443
  • Stanier Mogul no 42968
  • Ivatt Class 4 no 43106 (AKA The Flying Pig).

The Engine House, Visitor & Education Centre will also be open at Highley, so visitors will also have a chance to see locomotives such as LMR 2-10-0 no 600 Gordon, GWR 4930 Hagley Hall and Stanier 8f no 48773