I thought I’d heard pretty much everything out there that Isaac Hayes had had a hand in but I’ve recently come across an Album by Trumpeter Donald Byrd which was produced by Hayes back in 1981. The album’s called Love Byrd and for me there’s one stand out track called ‘Feel like lovin you today’ and it’s pure Hayes at his very best with the horn of Byrd being quite beautiful.
Here’s a link to the track on You Tube
and here’s a link to Wikipedia all about the album:-
Isaac plays piano, Fender Rhodes, vibraphone, percussion, synthesizer on the album but the other tracks don’t really hit the spot for me. Hayes pioneered the use of brass and strings on soul music tracks so a collaboration with trumpeter Byrd should be no surprise, however, it took me 38 years to find it!
* The lead photo is a scan of the front page of Hayes’ tour brochure of the UK in 1978 when I saw him at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall and then again at the Liverpool Empire. The latter gig, if memory serves, was added on to the tour (there may have been other additions too) due to the success of the previous concerts but Liverpool could only half fill the Empire whereas the Free Trade Hall was full. Photographer unknown.
** Hayes and Byrd are both deceased
Liverpool Lime Street Station today
The link below is to an incredibly detailed scale model of Liverpool’s Lime Street in the 1940s. It depicts scenes and buildings of the time and is owned and created by John Holden. This particular video of it was on from a display at Glasgow Model Rail Exhibition 2017
The model is the product of many years work by John Holden
A mock-up of a Class 777 – The new Merseyrail trains that will soon replace the Class 507/508 EMU’s
On YouTube there’s a video of a brand new Stadler Merseyrail Class 777 on the move in Europe being taken to a test track from it’s place of manufacture – see link below:-
This was the state of the Cheshire Lines Path/Trans Pennine Trail through Great Altcar Civil Parish in the winter of 2017 – it’s not got any better.
The video accessible via the link above is worth watching.
I recall the original efforts to establish the Cheshire Lines Path (which forms all of the Trans Pennine Path through West Lancashire and part of it through Sefton) led by the Rev. Smout from Aughton. It’s so sad that the parts of the West Lancs section, particularly through Great Altcar, are in such poor condition.
Sky News has the video on You Tube – see link below:-
The Mersey – Looking from Bootle over the River to the Wirral
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Looking east along the North Mersey Branch in the direction of the former Ford Station from Hawthorne Road, Bootle in 2014.
Here’s a fascinating collection of old photos on You Tube showing the now long-mothballed North Mersey Branch railway from Aintree to Bootle in its latter working days.
About once every 5 years or so there’s talk about the branch being opened up again for Merseyrail passenger services but nothing seems to happen.