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Macca’s Manic Months

So,Sir Paul, now officially the greatest man who has ever lived is 80. June is going to see a lot of tributes but only one from me and that’s a reposting of something I wrote 7 years ago about the … Continue reading

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The Grim Reapers Work in 2021

As might be anticipated there’s been a bumper crop of musicians and singers passing away this year. Its only to be expected, the heros of our youth are now older people. A lot of the departed, Phil Spector, Sylvain Sylvian … Continue reading

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Ring Out Solstice Bells – Jethro Tull

What is it about Jethro Tull that I just don’t get? They’ve got folk and blues and Jazz influences, flute solos, intelligent lyrics, cod pieces, a sense of the absurd, tricky time signatures, theres a whole load of stuff to like. I’ve accommodated Gong … Continue reading

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2021….What I’ve Seen

As music declines as s force in our cultural lives there’s an inverse blooming of analysing the past.  We are living in a golden age of documentation which has probable reached its peak with the ‘Get Back’ documentary which would take the best … Continue reading

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2021..what I’ve read

I’ve not posted a whole lot this year, partly because my job involves a ton of looking at computer screens and partly because I thought a break would do us all good For obvious reasons 2021 has been a bit … Continue reading

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You Can’t do that in the Studio Anymore

In the 70’s recording studios were magical places. There was the holy grail of Abbey Rd but also lesser legends such as Rockfield where you could stay an immerse yourself in a 24 hour recording experience. At the bottom end … Continue reading

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70s Instrumentals….Rock

There were 9 entirely instrumental number ones in the UK chart in the 1950’s. The 60’s had even more, ten to be precise. By the 70’s there was two. The 80’s saw a complete drought and after that there’s been … Continue reading

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70’s Instrumentals…Synthesizers

Over the space of 5 years in the 70’s, the synthesiser transformed itself from being something of a novelty instrument. In the early 70’s it was a case, to misquote Samuel Johnson, that playing a synthesiser was not  about doing it well but being … Continue reading

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70’s Instrumentals..classically influenced

Lies our teachers taught us….  My religious education teacher told us that anyone who had taken LSD could never become a used care salesman, the logic being that they would have seen cars just melt under the influence of hallucinogenic … Continue reading

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Into the 80’s… The Passions

The Passions had their roots in the London squat rock scene of the mid 70’s. Guitarist and soon to be lead singer Barbara Grogan and Drummer Richard Williams had been in the Derelicts, a band that probably played more benefits … Continue reading

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