On this day 50 years ago, one of the greatest, live, rock albums was recorded.
The Who’s live performances had always been more about extended versions of RnB covers and their own tracks (with improvisations included) than about simply reproducing 3-minute pop singles. Their 1969/70 tours had involved performances of the “Tommy” (at opera houses as well as rock venues) as well as favourite live tracks such as “Summertime Blues”, “Shakin’ All Over” and “My Generation” (at Woodstock, for example).
The song was written for John Farnham by Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson for John Farnham. From listening to instrumental versions, it is evident that it is the powerful vocal that makes the track and this has encouraged many cover versions and the use of the song in TV and movie soundtracks. Listening to Farnham’s original recording more than 3 decades on ….
I am very sad to hear of the death of Ginger Baker today at the age of 80. Ginger was Rock’s first superstar drummer and became an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Cream, of the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2008 and of the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2016.
A 25 year old recording where I am practising lead guitar at home with an exercise based on the major pentatonic scale that had been set by my guitar teacher. The article includes a description of pentatonic scales and their use in guitar solos and improvisations.
Last year, I posted my reviews of a live concert and first album by the contemporary, indie, folk band Faeland. Since its release, the album “All My Swim” has received widespread support and acclaim. I am now delighted to be able to report that Faeland are currently recording their 2nd album –
A slideshow of photographs taken at Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan, in 2015 and set to an excerpt from Albinoni’s Adagio performed by David Spector as a solo for MIDI-enabled guitar.
This is a recording “from my vault” that I recently made available for the amusement of a few friends but even so, has registered a significant number of visits. I am therefore making it more accessible by posting it as a blog. The recording was made fairly soon after beginning guitar lessons and when practising in my lounge nearly 25 years ago.
Autumn 2018 represents two 50th anniversaries for The Who. Firstly, The Who released their “Magic Bus” single in the UK. It was a year when the band appeared to be in decline as far as singles were concerned. Prior to 1968, all (8) of their authorised single releases of original songs had made the top 10 in the UK.
Daniel is a computer engineer and devoted musician based in Winnipeg. After many years of playing with his band and two years of touring during which his drummer snapped his wrist, his bass player became the head of a major international company and with the second guitarist being the owner of a huge farm, Daniel decided he could make the most use of his time and be more musically productive by going it alone as an independent artist.
A slideshow of photographs taken in the Glastonbury area during August, 2013 and set to “Kupuri” by System 7.
Faeland are a contemporary folk band from Bristol UK. At the core of the band are songwriting duo Rebecca Nelson (lead vocals, guitar) and Jacob Morrison (guitar, backing vocals, ukulele, banjo). They are currently touring their debut album, “All My Swim” (released January 2018). This post now includes video from Faeland’s BBC ‘Introducing’ session –