Just saw that Dennis Edwards, lead singer of the Temptations during the Whitfield/Strong years (i.e. their best years) has passed away at 75. Wonderful singer, wonderful voice….
What does it sound like?:
Atomic Rooster were formed when Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer left The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown in 1969. Between the recording of their debut album “Atomic Rooster” in 1970 and the single “Tell Your Story, Sing Your Song” in 1974 the group underwent a bewildering array of lineup changes, with Crane as the only constant band member. This 4 disc box set gathers together everything the band recorded between 1970 and 1974 – four albums, plus non-UK single cuts and album tracks and demos. Their debut album, Atomic Rooster, opens disc 1, and showcases their progressive/underground roots. Crane’s organ leads the way, propelled by Palmer’s sometimes frenetic drumming (yes, there is a drum solo….). Nick Graham’s rather stentorian vocals are perhaps the weak point (his yelps of “save me!” on the single Friday 13th a case in point) – by the time the album was released both he and Palmer had gone, ushering in the revolving door era of Rooster line-ups. After a brief stint by Ric “Mick Shrimpton” Parnell, Paul Hammond took over the drum seat while guitarist John Du Cann became the new vocalist. This is the lineup that recorded second » Continue Reading.
Luke Skywalker. Millennium Falcon.
That is all….
Anyone got any handy tips on how to take the warp out of a vinyl record? I recently picked up copies of Montrose’s first album (a hard rock banger!) and Back To The Egg for a dollar each, but both have warps. Any advice gratefully received!
It has taken me 22 years to get round to listening to “Liquid Swords”. Twenty two years. My review in full:
So, as a latecomer to Wu Tang world, what should be next for me?
Thanks to Twitter, I have been introduced to the comedy stylings of one Mark Boyle, who apparently promotes the virtues of a wattle and daub lifestyle in The Guardian. I can’t make up my mind whether he is a super dedicated performance artist, or just an insufferable twat. Keen observers may remember that he was previously known for attempting to walk to India on no money, but turned back after reaching France due to his inability to speak – er – French. My favourite one liner from this particular article? “If a bored moment ever did arise, I’ve a tin whistle begging to be learned…”
Truly the Daniel Day Lewis de nos jours…
Some bearded ponce with a hipster haircut has been clogging up my twitter feed of late, plugging some sort of ghastly ‘musical video’ by his beat combo “The Disappointment Choir”. All perfectly frightful of course – I leave the video here for you all to sneer at (warning, contains hand held keyboard action). Follow them on twitter at @disappointchoir – that will teach them….
The late great Sir Lemuel Kilminster has had a dinosaur crocodile named after him. A fitting tribute for the warty one….
No spoilers, just – fucking hell. Fucking. Hell.
Those of you looking for the worst version of ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ in recorded history need look no longer. Here it is in all its earth-shattering, knee-trembling, jaw-dropping glory. From the 30th Anniversary concert in 1992, John Mellencamp isnt TOO bad. And then, at about 1 minute 50 seconds, on comes the backing singer….. As George Costanza was wont to exclaim, sweet fancy moses!
Steven Wilson’s album “To The Bone” is released later this month. Here’s the first song from the album, “Permanating”. Quite a jaunty little toe-tapper!
Two teenage boys with a mutual interest in guitars and music met at the St Peters church fete in Woolton.
Passed away at the grand old age of 89. For many of us I suspect he was our first introduction to James Bond. He played Bond 7 times on the big screen, more than any other actor. I suspect some of our older members hem hem will also remember him as Simon Templar.
What does it sound like?:
42 years after the release of his third album Ommadawn, Mike Oldfield returns (SWIDT?) to the format that made him famous – longform musical pieces split into two parts. The original album saw Oldfield dipping his toes into what later became ‘world music’, incorporating Uillean pipes, pan pipes, bazoukis, the bodhran, and African drumming. ‘Return To Ommadawn’, his 26th album, references several of these elements – Part 1 begins with panpipes over what sounds like a harp tinkling away gently in the background, while halfway through the drums propel the piece to the end. There is even a brief burst of the Penrhos Kids for those fans of “On Horseback”, the unlisted song that closes the original album. Oldfield’s nylon string guitar is the dominant instrument for much of parts 1 and 2, with the occasional electric stab (Oldfield has stated that the album marks a return (did it again!) to the “acoustic style” of ‘Tubular Bells’, ‘Hergest Ridge’ and ‘Ommadawn’). The whole thing flows along nicely – Oldfield (who played all the instruments) layers each part skillfully, the playing is impeccable, and it SOUNDS great, even streaming through my crappy PC speakers (the » Continue Reading.
Michelle Obama made her final appearance as FLOTUS on the Jimmy Fallon show on Wednesday. As always she was gracious, poised, down to earth and funny. A truly class act who will be sorely missed. At the end of the show Stevie Wonder performed a medley of Isn’t She Lovely and My Cherie Amour (retitled for one night only to My Michelle Amour). He may look like a man who spends his waking hours in a pie factory, and his braids seem to be hanging precariously from the back of his head but still – pipes o’gold…
I do love a good war movie, and Christopher Nolan’s latest, ‘Dunkirk’, scheduled for release next year, looks like it fits the bill nicely. Great cast (Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, er…Harry “don’t call me Nobby, who is Nobby anyway?’ Styles…) and a compelling story. It does seem like a movie that would only really resonate with a British audience rather than a global one, but Nolan is such a good film maker so I have high hopes. Summer 2017.
RIP John Glenn, the last of the Mercury Seven, who has passed away at the grand old age of 95. Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth, and was a member of a very select group of just 12 men who have set foot on an astronomical object away from the Earth.
Details of his new album, out later this month:
“Neil Young will release a new album, entitled EARTH, on June 17th via Reprise Records. The album features performances of songs from a range of Young’s albums,including last year’s The Monsanto Years, 1990’s Ragged Glory, and 1970’s After the Gold Rush.The audio was captured during Young’s 2015 tour with The Promise of the Real, fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar) and Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals) – Willie Nelson’s sons. The tour included Young performing solo and with the band for a full electric show. A new take on some of Young’s most beloved songs, EARTH features the live recordings, along with added musical overdubs, as well as sounds of the earth, such as city sounds like car horns, sounds of insects, and animal sounds from bears, birds, crickets, bees, horses, cows – creating a very strange, yet beautiful atmosphere. “Ninety-eight uninterrupted minutes long, EARTH flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together,” says Young. “Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances » Continue Reading.
Guess The Album From The Sleevenotes:
REDACTED – Good gracious alive! – It sure is!
REDACTED takes us on a trip that makes stops at all the musical ports of planet Earth’s hip circles.
Lyrics that say more than “my baby loves me” or “my baby don’t love me”, as the case may be. Arrangements that swing with melodic variations and the unexpected. REDACTED‘s performance in this setting contains all the warm feeling and exciting soul that we who live in REDACTED have known for some time.
New and different things must be a way for the very talented and energetic REDACTED – whether it’s writing and producing for other artists such as REDACTED‘s hit record of REDACTED that brought a new dance to the world a few seasons ago, or the time he spent as a REDACTED disc jockey. When REDACTED was on the radio, you knew who it was. He was an “entertainer” who refused to restrict himself to time and temperature one-liners. He was a gas! REDACTED would light up the sky of REDACTED radio nightly, to the delight of the regular listeners as well as his fellow DJs. But he put it down – got some » Continue Reading.
10 albums, 28 quid. You can’t beat it with a big stick…
I love looking at old concert ads from ‘back in the day’, as the teenagers are wont to say. Its a source of endless fascination for me to see e.g. David Bowie third on the bill to Toe Fat and Stray, or some long-forgotten act headlining the Marquee or the Hammersmith Odeon.
This one advertises the 1970 Pop Proms at the Roundhouse, and I took the picture from the “Scraps” insert booklet that came with Elton’s “Captain Fantastic…” album (Scraps also includes the unintentionally hilarious picture strip “The Life And Loves Of Elton John” as told to the readers of Jackie).
Did any of our older readers attend any of these shows, I wonder?
The late, great Eric Morecambe would have been 90 today.
I saw this on @drj’s twitter feed today. If you ever wondered what to get the Beatle-loving horophile in your life, wonder no more. It’s a little pricey (almost $1500 US) but I have to admit it has me drooling.
RAYMOND WEIL CELEBRATES THE ICONIC BEATLES
Swiss luxury watchmaker RAYMOND WEIL is thrilled to announce the most exciting musical partnership ever in the watchmaking industry and to present a unique maestro Beatles Limited Edition watch. This new milestone in the music icons series marks the Brand’s 40th anniversary and celebrates the greatest music band of all time.
The maestro Beatles Limited Edition features a mechanical self-winding movement housed in a 39.5mm polished steel case. The 13 Beatles’ album titles are written all around the bespoke dial, with a special “Help” index at 4 o’clock which recalls the cover of the iconic album released in 1965. The silver galvanic dial matches the polished steel bracelet. It features the official Beatles logo and a date window at 3 o’clock. Finally, the case-back presents a smoked sapphire crystal that carries the official Beatles logo and the limited edition number engraved. This unique timepiece paying tribute to the » Continue Reading.