My pal Trevor ‘Legsyboy’ Leeden, one of the legendary taste-makers of the Antipodes, forwarded me this video. I thought the AW might enjoy it. (And stick around till the end.)
What can one say? The man is a genius – like Martin Carthy, it’s astounding that such a repository of vintage magic can be found for £10-15 or thereabouts in modest venues at regular intervals. Do yourself a favour and check him out – not only a wonderful musician and singer but a great entertainer.
Tour details here:
The 1975 album ‘Rock’n’Roll Scars’ by Ariel has just been reissued in typically deluxe, expanded form nby Aztec Records.
‘Who are Ariel?’ you ask.
Featuring singer/writer/guitarist Mike Rudd, who is an Australian rock legend to this day, they were his second significant band. The previous one, Spectrum – an exquisitely brilliant, distinctive, langourous progressive band – I’ve posted about before at the old place. Bill Putt, he of the outrageous moustache, followed Mike from Spectrum into Ariel, who would be more ‘immediate’, though still inevitably quirky.
Ariel’s 1975 LP ‘Rock’n’Roll scars was, most unusually for an Aussie record of the period, recorded at Abbey Road, with Geoff Emerick engineering, and sounds magnificent – especially in this new remastering by Gil Matthews. It was also released in Britain, on Harvest.
Mike had a concept album idea which was rejected at late notice (it’s on disc 2 in demo and live forms on the reissue) so much of the content of ‘Rock’n’Roll Scars’ would be songs he had previously recorded on Australia-only releases by Spectrum and by Spectrum spin-off band Indelible Murtceps. Yet here, with Ariel’s tighter, funkier style and the fabulous Abbey Road production (and yes, some of it sounds » Continue Reading.
This is the second Help-me-I’m-not-from-London posts I’ve made in a week. But where better to come that the Afterword Directory?
Can anyone recommend a recording studio (of the non Abbey Road-esque budget type) within reasonable distance of Putney in London? I have a very busy jet-setting friend, who’s keen to put a guitar part on a track for me, and he has a couple of days free-ish in Putney in late March. I feel sure we can sort it out…
I have a friend visiting London with the above nights free and hoping to see some live music. She’s asked me for suggestions. I don’t live in London so, having checked the itineraries of a handful of folk/blues type artists I know (none of whom are in town those nights), I can’t go any further – I just don’t know any welcoming, reasonably-priced club-level venues in order to be able to search from that angle. My friends not an AW-esque music connoisseur but so nothing really obscure or demanding – just something/somewhere that might be fun…
Colin H on Quintessence
I see a yawning chasm marked ‘Features’ that needs to be populated. Here’s a piece I wrote on Quintessence which appeared last year in ‘Record Collector’…
Some bands struggle for years for attention, but not Quintessence. Within weeks of forming, in April 1969, they were a word of mouth sensation. Chris Blackwell and Muff Winwood of Island Records dropped into a rehearsal with a chequebook and an artistic-freedom guarantee. Sorted. Quintessence were huge on the European live scene for three years and, in retrospect, were the last great hurrah of ‘the sixties’. By mid 1972, after four albums and two singles, the original six members had split in two – recording one more album each, as Quintessence and Kala respectively, before all involved slipped into obscurity as swiftly as they had appeared.
Quintessence, like Hawkwind, Marc Bolan and the Third Ear Band, were a product of London’s Ladbroke Grove scene, but few were locals.
Ron ‘Raja Ram’ Rothfield, an Australian conservatoire and jazz trained flautist, had met American bassist Richard ‘Shambhu Babaji’ Vaughan in Greece, both moving to London in 1968. Phil ‘Shiva’ Jones, also Australian, had recorded downunder as Phil Jones & » Continue Reading.
Hello everyone, great to have the AW back – HUGE thanks and congrats to all those who grafted under the bonnet for the past few months doing technical things and weilding a kind of magic about which I have no conception whatsoever.
But speaking of weilding magic, isn’t it about time we reintroduced the Mahavishnu Orchestra around here? I mean, half a day in to the new regime and there’s not one single MO posting!?!
Here is a fabulous recently discovered 1973 TV highlights thing filmed at Seattle in March 1973. (Go on Leedsboy – it’s not even 20 minutes of your time!)