It’s a rainy Sunday and Bargepole is temporarily at a loose end. So how about some tunes that feature the voices of children singing or speaking please…
Yes , or what remains of Yes, announce Uk dates for next spring, performing Fragile And Drama in full. Hopefully Squire will be back on board by then, but really wouldn’t it be better now if they just retired gracefully – a point covered on here recently.
Anyway, Drama has always been one of the less appreciated albums – what’s the consenscus on it?
Teamrock radio has announced it will leave DAB at the end of the month and become an ‘on demand’ internet station. Is this the future of radio – no live broadcasts on a fixed daily schedule, just listen to what you want when you want, and do so via the internet rather than over a conventional radio at home or in the car? What are your views on the state of national and local radio, commercial and BBC.
These threads seem to be coming alarmingly frequently of late.
The Sex Pistols to feature on a range of credit cards…..
What does it sound like?:
Most fans would agree that the best ELP albums were the run of three they produced in the early 70’s, comprising Tarkus,Trilogy and Brain Salad Surgery. The second of that run, 1972’s Trilogy, now gets the reissue treatment, with this package of a remaster of the original album on CD1, a new stereo mix by King Crimson’s Jakko Jaksyk (who also did the BSS reissue) on CD2, and the 5.1 mix etc on the DVD.
What does it all *mean*?
The new stereo mix is excellent – the contrast with the original album is like night and day. Gone is the hissy, muddy sound of yore, replaced by a much clearer picture of the sound the band created in the studio. The more complex pieces in particular reveal hitherto unheard nuances. The 5.1 mix also lives up to expectations, placing the listener in the very epicentre of the music. A disappointment though is the lack of unreleased music – only one ‘new’ piece, a not very different alternate take of ‘From The Beginning’ is included on CD2. Frustratingly, the sleeve notes refer to several unreleased versions of ‘Hoedown’, none of which make an appearance, » Continue Reading.
A new band featuring Waylon Jennings’ sons, and a new album at the end of the month.
but Bargepole will settle for the 4 cd version! More digestible and far cheaper too !
Interesting couple of tweets today by David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd about his childhood friend – a few clues; the friend delivered his milk using a horse and cart, they played pontoon regularly for halfpennies and pennies, and he was briefly on the books of Accrington Stanley FC. Any ideas – and any other rock stars who had run of the mill jobs before stardom beckoned?
What a great couple of test matches – if an advert for that format was needed those two games were it. A drawn series was a fair result, but what a shame a third match wasn’t scheduled instead of the plethora of one day matches which now follow – not a fan of these two match series in early summer. Meanwhile England’s selectors and coach have some srious thinking to do before July 8th comes around!
Thirtieth anniversary falls today….
a new live album on top form plus these two new studio pieces
It’s Bank Holiday weekend so what better time to dig out your favourite long songs for a listen – fire away good people of The Afterword…
an outbreak of humour in the Floyd camp….
On Rick Wakeman’s birthday, what better time to celebrate this much maligned format. Traditionally the forte of the prog giants such as Yes, Floyd, Tull, Genesis etc but let’s not forget the more mainstream acts such as The Who, The Kinks and The Pretty Things among others. Any old – or even new -favourites out there?
Of the ‘new’ prog bands around, what are you listening to…?
Welsh returns to the familiar setting of Edinburgh for this new novel, featuring as main protagonist ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, who appeared as a lesser character in a couple of earlier works. The book follows his adventures as a taxi driver, encompassing a hurricane, the search for a missing woman and the acquisition of a rare bottle of whiskey, with some unlikely adventures on the golf course and of course in the bedroom thrown in for good measure.
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
This is not one of his very best works but it’s certainly ranks above average in his canon and is a decent read for a holiday. Doesn’t reach the heights of his very best work such as, say, ‘Skagboys’ or ‘Porno’, but an improvement on last year’s disappointing ‘Sex Life of Siamese Twins’. As with all his ‘Scottish’ books you have to be prepared to negotiate the local accent and dialect he gives to his characters, which can be hard work at times.
One thing you’ve learned
Much prefer Welsh’s novels set in Scotland to those set in USA. This book is not for the easily offended though as there’s lots of » Continue Reading.
21st Century Britain – is the outcome right or wrong, were the actions justified or not?
Thomas The Tank Engine has his 70th anniversary today – in years past the Bargepole residence was awash with his toys, books, videos etc. Anyone else have memories or a song to share to mark the occasion?
What does it sound like?:
Gather round all you Yes fans – others have permission to leave the room! A 14 cd set encompassing 7 shows from late 1972 taken from recently discovered and restored tapes. The set list is the same for each show, although there are minor variations in the performances of individual songs of course. Some of this material was used on Yessongs, but these cds, unlike that album, do not include any material from earlier tours – so favourites such as Starship Trooper, Long Distance Runaround and Perpetual Change are absent. What you do get is a run through of classic era Yes material with the band firing on all cylinders and at their improvisational best. The set is accompanied by an informative illustrated and detailed booklet with articles on the discovery and restoration of the tapes and the background to the album, and comes nicely presented in a box with new Roger Dean artwork.
What does it all *mean*?
A 2cd highlights set is available as well, but hardcore fans will want the full 14 cd 12 hour experience experience, which is a worthy addition to the catalogue.
Goes well with…
Classic prog from » Continue Reading.
for one moment there bargepole thought that read……..but that would surely have been overkill!
or right, depending on your point of view of course. Milliband seemed unable to connect with the ordinary voter, a Hampstead socialist perhaps better suited to policy making behind the scenes – seems he will resign at lunchtime. Ed Balls could have been Chancellor today, now he’s not even an MP. At lease George Galloway lost his seat!
With the Who announced today as the final headline act, what are your thoughts on this year’s bill – and will anyone from here be there – Bargepole likes his creature comforts these days so will be strictly an armchair spectator.