This much underrated album gets the 5.1 treatment by James Guthrie – looks like no extra material though.
…the descending chords in the chorus are not the most obvious ear worm…..and yet…..
….and Gilmour on guitar to top it off….
Reading the “The Talented One” thread reminded me how, just as some bands have just the one conspicuously talented member, so others have one conspicuous berk. Apologies if it’s been done before but I thought I’d see if any members of the Massive would like to point an accusing finger at anyone in particular.
Before I go on, can I plead that no-one propose Ringo as the weak link in The Beatles. That’s neither big nor clever. And Linda McCartney’s dead so let’s not be unkind to her either.
A misguided friend of mine holds that Steve Howe is the weakest link in Yes. He’s wrong of course.
My own pet example of this sub-species of musician is Daryl Stuermer. I’m sure he’s a nice man and he’s clearly a very talented guitarist but he is the wrong guitarist for Genesis. Firth of Fifth is one of my favourite Genesis tracks and features some of Steve Hackett’s finest playing – restrained, lyrical and very English. But Stuermer’s jazzy ooh-look-at-me noodling ruins it. I could go on and on but I won’t. I’m off for a lie down to try to forget I’ve had to listen to it again to make » Continue Reading.
My inner eight year old just exploded
In this 2nd show we look at the following:
Old – Percy Sledge – 3 tracks from Percy Sledge – RIP New – 3 tracks from Beth Hart’s new album Better Than Home Borrowed – 3 cover versions of Van Morrison songs Blue – 3 blues tracks from Gary Moore
If you like the music please go and visit the artist’s website and buy a CD or go see them live.
Please feel free to send in suggestions for any section of the show and I will do my best to include them in the coming shows
George Marinelli’s excellent youtube channel, Sideman, has a new interview up. This is with his long time friend and band-mate, Hutch Hutchinson. I could listen to musicians of this calibre talking for hours. As you would expect for someone that has been Bonnie Raitt’s right-hand man for 32 years, Hutch comes across as a lovely man. Imagine a night in a bar with these guys.
Great news, pop pickers! The new Beatles E.P. Has come into my possession. I can tell you side one has a couple of John Lennon numbers, contrasting the rambunctious Revolution with the gentler, more melodic Dear Prudence. Side two showcases the songwriting talent of George Harrison, kicking off with While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The last song, Back In The U.S.S.R. betrays a playfulness which is explored extensively on the memory stick of bonus tracks which early purchasers of the single can get for free. Being The Beatles, it’s not entirely without merit – the noisy Helter Skelter is quite thrilling and I can imagine them returning to the I’m So Tired melody to re-record this song properly for a future album. Non-fans may lose patience with what, for the most part, is just some whimsical blowing off of steam and cul de sacs of recording desk experimentation. The lads even toss off what appears to be their (parody of a?) future Eurovision entry Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. Another exciting new release is the new E.P. From The Clash. Side one has Safe European Home and English Civil War. Side two has Stay Free and Tommy Gun. The band are apparently in » Continue Reading.
Just looking at Photobucket, I realised I have loads of pictures and images from threads passim which have sadly lost their home with the demise of the various blogs. So here is new home for perfectly nice, interesting photos we may have seen before but which are currently stateless. No logic required, just post ’em here.
Elvis’s double neck guitar/6 sting bass, snapped in Gracelands in 1996.
Nice one Google.
What with the election coming up I think we should create a list of (not really) politics based songs.
I will start us off with
Gordon Brown by The Stranglers Tory Of My Life by One Direction Cameron The Road Again by Willie Nelson UKIP Me Hanging On by The Supremes
Any more to add?
So I googled and lo and behold there’s an interview with him in the Guardian , talk of a box set and reference to legal action from Keith Levene. Be amazed if the latter took exception to being described as having been a junkie.
Love his playing
I’d trust her more than Victor Bockris….or Lou.
Since we re-booted the site you good people have made 1,079 posts and 18,821 comments so we’ve built up a good head of steam I think. During the rebuilding of the site a lot of techie challenges we’ve encountered are due to the somewhat quirky foundations on which this site was built. We are a strange hybrid of social network, blog, online forum/message board and online magazine (reviews we write sometimes get cited in artists publicity!). We have doggedly stuck to the ‘blog & comment’ format which is one of the reasons it’s difficult to implement some of features you want as it’s a bit unorthodox nowadays, but to me it’s crucial to the DNA of the site and separates us from a mere ‘forum’. I was a relative latecomer to The Word site, I think I started posting mid 2009 so I’m a bit unclear as to the early days, did it start as a blog written by the staff which you commented on? Has anyone on here been blogging on the Word site right from the off?
01. Windsor In Love With A Beautiful Woman 02. Don’t Stop Me Slough 03. Hurley In the Morning 04. The Winnersh Takes It All 05. Damn Right Ascot The Blues 06. I Wish I Know How It Would Theale To be Free 07. Wokingham a Coalmine 08. Remenham You’re A Womble 09. Charvil Woman 10. It’s Shinfield
If @leedsboy comes on here and nicks ‘Blackbushe City Limits’ then I shall be calling my lawyer
This summer sees a new exhibition charting the history of The Jam with accompanying new CD compilation and a limited edition book examining the band’s lasting influence.’The Jam: About The Young Idea’ – will open at London’s Somerset House on 26th June and will be packed with items hand picked from The Jam Archive.
(not my words – text nicked from e-mail)
It feels like forever since I checked out the Word massive. I have only just discovered this page and have missed chipping in on the old threads from the old Noticeboard. It is great to discover this again.
For the past few months I have been co-presenting a radio show on the Southend based internet station Ship Full Of Bombs. My co-host George Crockford and I present The Box Of Delights where we turn up with a bunch of tunes with no format or playlist and just go with the flow. We play funk, Latin, a bit of Northern Soul, Dance Floor Jazz (Hammond Organ wig outs being a favourite with me) and some old Library tunes (Keith Mansfield, John Pearson etc) in the main but drop a bit of reggae and old-skool hip-hop and Break Beat too on occasions. We always have a ball and even if we do say so ourselves play some wicked tunes.
We are on once a month and old episodes can be picked up on Podbean at:
We also have a Facebook page too (if you are into Social Media) at;
We’d be delighted and grateful if you’d give » Continue Reading.
This is pretty significant for those of us who enjoy a disc and a sleeve. CDs coming through the letterbox will be like buying vinyl was in the early 90’s CD age. Mind you, I did that, too.
It’s that time of year. I have to create a video for the my company’s Annual conference.
The theme this year is “We’ve been around for 20 years”, so i’m thinking hmm… 1995
First off I will record a lyrically modified version of Prince’s 1999 so that ‘s the soundtrack taken care of.
Next up is more tricky…. i want to do little skits referring to significant things that happened in 1995, only I can’t think of many.
So far, I have:
1) Eric Cantona kung-fu kicks a Crystal Palace fan 2) 1% of the population have internet access (600,000 people)
Err,.. that’s it
Another one and the last one is obviously going to be REL Field Marketing are formed (huge fanfare)
But, really need more than that to do 3 minutes of content.
Any of you AW folk have any suggestions?
PS. The video link is my video that won the contest last year
When scrolling through a thread on my phone (which is a Samsung, ftr), especially a long one, I frequently find that the phone decides spontaneously to shoot down to the very bottom of the thread. I laboriously scroll back up to where I was, only for it to happen again a few moments later. Yes, this is very small beer, but it’s *massively* infuriating.
So, is it just my phone playing up, or do any of you have this same problem?
Hey there’s Hillary Clinton announcing she’s going to run for the Presidency and I can’t stop that line from Scarface’s tune “Hand Of The Dead Body”: You can tell Bill and Hillary Ice Cube, Ain’t no killing me from rolling around in my nut. A friend once told me she was walking down the street in San Francisco and came upon a billboard upon which was nothing but a photo of former President Jimmy Carter accompanied by the words “The Unstoppable Sex Machine”. Ronald Reagan was the subject of Gil Scott Heron’s B Movie, as well as the voice (via Impersonator Chris Barrie) reciting the Lord’s Prayer on the extended cut of Frankie’s “Power Of Love” Paris raised the stakes by following Body Count’s “Cop Killer” with his “Bush Killa”. “Death without assassination” was the verdict of The Manics’ “The Love Of Richard Nixon”. Elvis Costello had “The Eisenhower Blues”. Do you have any Prez-refffing tunes you’d like to share? Or you could expand to other world leaders – I gather Haile Selassie’s inspired a few numbers..
I’ve just left a gig by a signed band (who shall remain nameless… for now…). There were 3 musicians on stage, but it was painfully clear that the lead singer / guitarist was carrying the other two. Is there a term for such a person? If there isn’t there should be, & I’m confident the Afterword is capable of inventing it.
Also, has a truly successful band ever been huge off the back of just one talented member? Examples please…
The Man in Black, Ritchie Blackmore, has turned 70 years old today, which I suppose puts him firmly in the grand-daddies of British classic rock fraternity along with the likes of The Stones, Clapton and The Who.
When I got into Deep Purple and Rainbow at the cusp of the 70s/80s, Ritchie was my top guitar hero, especially on Purple’s “In Rock” and “Machine Head” albums and the classic Rainbow albums “Rising” and “Long Live Rock’n’Roll”.
You rarely heard or saw Ritchie in the media and he always had a sense of mystique about him, with regular rock press reportage about pranks, band sackings, mood swings and feuds with Gillan and Coverdale. That said, I recall one fascinating interview on Radio One (either with Tommy Vance or Alexis Korner, not quite sure) where he praised Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull’s folk rock style and talked about why he originally chose a Fender Stratocaster over a Gibson (cos’ it was difficult to play at first).
I saw Ritchie live with Deep Purple on the MK II reunion tour in 1985. It was a packed Birmingham NEC and Ritchie pulled out all the stops that night, playing like a » Continue Reading.
Well everyone else is doing it. Vote for us and we will……
Cut the deficit in unwanted nasal and ear hair by 90% in the next 5 years
Increase the number of front line record shops by making Starbucks open one in every one of their non tax paying coffee dens
Free downloads for the over 50’s
No, seriously its REALLY good – he’s back to writing great tunes again. Best album since “Liars” if that helps anyone place it and after a couple of listens, its that good.
The video is a remix of a b-side as I couldn’t find a track off the album, but if you thought you might go fo the album you shouldn’t be disappointed. Also on Spotify