Saturday, 18 October 2014

21 Songs for John: 15 - Jim Milne

Jim Milne – A Cock on his Dunghill

Jim Milne formed Tractor with drummer Steve Clayton in Rochdale and were signed by John Peel and Clive Selwood to the Dandelion Records label, releasing their debut album in 1971.  At this point the band were still called The Way We Live and changed their name, reputedly, after Peel saw a tractor in a field and recommended it to them.  This track comes from Tractor's unreleased Peterloo album, based on the 1819 massacre in Manchester and is sung in the character of Joseph Nadin, the corrupt Deputy Chief Constable of Manchester, immediately before the Lancashire Yeoman Constabulary's fateful charge into the crowd at St Peter's Field.  The album was scheduled to be the final release on Dandelion Records but never saw the light of day.  However, the track will feature on the forthcoming release of Peterloo – The Finished Master 1972-2014.

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