The more i read about bands, the more I understand it is about 4 colleagues who make music, and who disagree as much as they agree. This is a shock and moderately upsetting. In the 45 years i have been following music, my perception of bands has been as per the Fabs in “Help”, or The Monkees. I really did think bands were pals and ex-flatmates who enjoyed each other’s company, had amusing sessions in the pub (plus full and frank recording sessions like The Troggs, and hedonism like Motley Crue). When i read how distant members of an act are to each other, even when travelling the globe in luxury, I start to understand why they start to get creative inertia and the band is just a brand. Tony Iommi’s description of a Sabs tour above… it sounds a bit sad.
I’ve just discovered the existence of a fourth Blood Ceremony album. The vinyl version (with MP3) is currently £10.70 on Amazon for the next two hours as a lightening deal. If I did vinyl I would have bought it. I haven’t heard a note so I have no idea how good or bad it is, but the previous albums are truly excellent. In the past they sounded like Black Sabbath meets Jethro Tull, but in a good way.
From the Amazon product description:
Taking it’s title from this fascinating slice of religious history, Blood Ceremony’s fourth album evokes pagan rites and the bizarre mystical underbelly of rural Britain. Embracing the psychedelic and progressive in their indelible songcraft, guitarist Sean Kennedy, bassist Lucas Gadke, drummer Michael Carrillo and triple threat vocalist/flautist/organist Alia O’Brien have created what Kennedy calls “a very English album,” despite the band’s very Canadian heritage. Recorded to analogue tape with producer Liam Watson at Toe Rag Studios in London, Lord Of Misrule possesses a timeless quality within the rock epoch: It could stand alongside a Shocking Blue or Deep Purple record as easily as it will take it’s place among 2016’s finest albums. Lord Of Misrule conjures a » Continue Reading.
“Jazzing the classics” is a phrase from my childhood. Then (I’m talking the dreaded 1960s folks), it referred to the “dreadful” practice of “popular” musicians denigrating the Great European Tradition of Classical Music – Liberace playing Mozart for example, Dave Brubeck playing Mozart etc.
However there was also The NIce doing Brandenburger, and ELP doing Pictures, etc etc
Now the word “classic” akshully means yer classic pop song, and in the wonderful age of YouTube it takes on a new meaning.
This clip is clever, although after about 30 seconds you really don’t want to watch any more.
Any more for any more?