portrait of this blog's author - by Stephen Blackman 2008

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

THE BAND LIVE AT WEMBLEY 1974

 THE BAND

LIVE AT WEMBLEY 1974

MYSTERY TRAIN - THE BAND

Rarely do I find footage of gigs I was at but I looked for this for an age and only really just stumbled across it. I have said elsewhere that we went to see CSN&Y and Joni Mitchell but the Band were the ones I ending up being totally converted to and they boogied everyone else off the stage!
 It is when I first remember being impressed by them and especially Rick Danko . . . . . . Superb stuff!

The full set is here . . . . . . . 


Joni at Wembley 1974

Robbie

Levon





THE RANCHO REVELLERS - The Dopyera Brothers (inventor of the National Steel and Dobro)

 

THE RANCHO REVELLERS in the early 1930s, on a California airfield in front of aviatrix Edna Mae Cooper’s biplane. Rudy Dopyera, with dark hair, looks into the camera. His oldest brother John Dopyera, invented Nationals and Dobros. The first Nationals, tricones, appeared in 1926. This was a promotional photo shoot capturing the excitement of early flight and cowboys with resophonic wonders, including a very rarely seen Dobro bass.

 

National Steel guitar


Dobro

National Guitars

QUOTE OF THE DAY :: Leonard Cohen on Poetry

Remembering Leonard Cohen 

(September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016)

Photo by Harold Barkley, from the Toronto Star Archives, 1973.


"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

There are always meaningful songs for somebody. People are doing their courting, people are finding their wives, people are making babies, people are washing their dishes, people are getting through the day, with songs that we may find insignificant. But their significance is affirmed by others. There’s always someone affirming the significance of a song by taking a woman into his arms or by getting through the night. That’s what dignifies the song. Songs don’t dignify human activity. Human activity dignifies the song." - Leonard Cohen



JULIAN COPE :: The Teardrop Explodes - Kilimanjaro [Deluxe Edition Triple: Bates Motel and The BBC sessions] - URBANASPIRINES


Urbanaspirines has turned up trumps (again!) here with a triple album tribute article on Julian Cope and his work with Teardrop Explodes specifically three albums worth of treasures (apparently with Julian's blessing) as the Deluxe edition featuring Kilimanjaro plus Bates Motel 1978 - 1980, and the BBC sessions from 1980. 






Teardrop Explodes Triple - here






It should be noted perhaps that Julian has written two fantastic books; The Modern Antiquarian an erudite and studiously academic work on ancients sites across Great Britain and a companion volume on sites in Europe. Both go for serious money now so if you find them in second hand bookshops BUY them!

[on checking the Modern Antiquarian is going for over a £100 now and Megalithic European upwards of £150]









Monday, September 26, 2022

GREAT BRITISH ROCK 'N' ROLL Vol. 4: Just About As Good As It Gets - disc 1 & 2 : TWILIGHTZONE

 


Well here's another great start to the week with this from TWILIGHTZONE! This series is fantastic fun and from Cliff to Marty Wilde, Wee Willie Harris to the more obscure 'stars' like Dickie Pride (great cover of Slippin' and a-Slidin' here) and Bill Forbes and the like but this volume is full of hits and classic tracks that will have you jiving around the living room or laughing so hard you fall over in your breakfast bar! I nearly fell off my stool but I put my pedal pushers on and played Bill Forbes' 'Once More'!

trax CD 1:
1. Livin' Lovin' Doll - Cliff Richard & The Drifters 2. Don't Knock Upon My Door - Billy Fury 3. Brand New Cadillac - Vince Taylor & The Playboys 4. Slippin' 'n' Slidin' - Dickie Pride 5. I'm a Man - Mort Shuman 6. Please Don't Touch - Johnny Kidd & The Pirates 7. Once More - Bill Forbes 8. What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes At Me for - Emile Ford & The Checkmates 9. Sea of Love - Marty Wilde & The Wildcats 10. Maybe Tomorrow - Billy Fury 11. Feelin' Fine - The Drifters 12. Apron Strings - Cliff Richard & The Drifters 13. I Vibrate - Larry Page & The Saga Satellites 14. Frantic - Dickie Pride 15. Tallahassee lassie - Tommy Steele 16. Ah Poor Little Baby - Adam Faith 17. A Teenager in Love - Marty Wilde & The Wildcats 18. Don't Tell Me Your Troubles - Emile Ford & The Checkmates 19. Guitar Boogie Shuffle - Bert Weedon 20. The Train Kept-a-Rollin' - Jim Dale 21. Jelly Baby - Jimmy Miller & The New Barbecues 22. A Girl Likes - Janice Peters 23. Pretty Little Pearly - Terry Dene 24. Be-Bop-A-Lula - The Drifters 25. Bad Boy - Marty Wilde & The Wildcats 26. Tryin' to Get to You - Joey Castell 27. Turn Me Loose - Mort Shuman 28. Growl - Johnny Kidd & The Pirates 29. Too Hot to Handle - Michael Cox 30. Big Blon' Baby - Larry Page & The Saga Satellites 31. Donna - Marty Wilde & The Wildcats 32. Saturday Dance - The Shadows 33. Soda Pop Pop - Vince Eager & The Vagabonds 34. The Rough and the Smooth - Dean Webb 35. 49 State Rock - Nikki Papas 
...originally served by Gyro1966...

UPDATE

and here's Disc 2

trax CD 2:

1. Come On Baby - Derry Hart & The Hartbeats 2. Big Fat Mama - Roy Young 3. Crazy Little Daisy - Neville Taylor & The Cutters 4. Fabulous Cure - Dickie Pride 5. Feelin' - Johnny Kidd & The Pirates 6. Gonna Type A Letter - Billy Fury 7. Red For Danger - Tony Crombie & His Rockets 8. Lady May - Eddie Hickey 9. You've Gotta Way - The John Barry Seven 10. Hey Miss Fanny - Dean Webb 11. Rock Around The Mailbag - Terry White & The Terriers 12. New Love Tonight - Do & Dena Farrell 13. Don't Burn Me Up - Ray Ellington 14. Five Finger Boogie - Winifred Atwell 15. Kansas City - Jack Parnell 16. I'm Walkin' - David Ross 17. Peanuts - The Southlanders 18. Rainbow Road - Four Jacks 19. Margo - Billy Fury 20. Big Beat Boogie - Bert Weedon 21. See You Friday - Don Lang & His Frantic Five 22. Wait For It - Lorrae Desmond 23. Young Magic - Do & Dena Farrell 24. Swaller-Tail Coat - Ray Ellington 25. Blackout - Terry White & The Terriers 26. The Horrow Show - Sharkey Todd & The Monsters 27. Don't Be A Fool With Love - The Drifters 28. She's Mine - Terry Wayne 29. The Golden Mile - The Sleepwalkers 30. If You Were The Only Girl In The World - Johnny Kidd & The Pirates 31. Runk Bunk - Adam Faith 32. Coffee Break - The Rock 'n' Rollers 33. Rock Rock Rock - Don Lang & His Frantic Five 34. Rockin' Rhythm Roll - Victor Silvester & His Rock N' Roll Rhythm 35. Cool Gool - Sharkey Todd & The Monsters 

...originally served by Gyro1966...



Bill Forbes - Once More

Cliff Richard and The Drifters - Livin' Lovin' Doll


Terry Dene from a Granada documentary, broadcast 25/1/67

SONG OF THE DAY :: Everything But The Girl - I don't want talk about it

A very happy 60th birthday to Tracey Thorn, born in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire on this day in 1962.

Everything But The Girl [Benn Watt and Tracey Thorn]

greatest love song by Danny 'Crazy Horse' Whitten

https://traceythorn.com


Sunday, September 25, 2022

Ray Padgett :: Flaggin Down The Double E - conversation with Eyolf Østrem

 Another nice (free) article from Ray Padgett over at Flaggin Down the Double E about Bobby guitar playing obsessive Eyolf Østrem. Always worth a read and consider subscribing you won't be sorry.

The World's Foremost Expert on Bob Dylan's Guitar Playing

A conversation with Dylanchords founder Eyolf Østrem

Flaggin' Down The Double Es

Saturday, September 24, 2022

GREAT BRITISH ROCK 'N' ROLL Vol. 3: Just About As Good As It Gets - disc 1 & 2 - TWILIGHTZONE

 Oh you want more?! I think you should . . . . . . . . 

SUNDAY Update - and of course the guys have made disc 2 available today.  . . gotta be worth a listen to liven up your Sunday . . . . . . 

Great British Rock n Roll Vol III - Disc 1 here

As we have already mentioned with Vols I & II this series is hysterical and whilst probably only me finds it funny, it is GREAT! Truly it is fascinating and lays bare the history of the earliest roots of Brit Rock n Roll and now we are coming to Cliff's hit singles and still some Tommy Steele classics (check out Come on Let's Go the Ritchie Valens (read: Los Lobos) classic hit. There is more Marty Wilde and some great songs like Cliff's Move it to Rave On, Singing The Blues and Wake Up Little Susie. This is full of great stuff . . . . . . it is available through Zippysh***e so not directly available through British file servers or rather web browsers so you may have to use a VPN if like me you live in the UK but none the worse for that. NB: noting that the second disc available via the easy MEGA in NZ and also that this volume contains monster classic hits like Tequila and Hoots Mon by Lord Rockingham XI!!

(Send me a message of you struggle with that first one)

Many would argue that there was no such thing as Great British Rock 'n' Roll in the 1950s, or at least not until 1958 when Cliff Richard's "Move It" offered a rather more convincing home-grown hit than all of its predecessors. However, apart from the Skiffle explosion, there was another quirky musical scene happening in Britain during the late '40s and 1950s. As far as we are aware, this compilation is the first authoritative musical documentation of that scene.
Perhaps it should better be classed as NOSTALGIA rather than Rock 'n' Roll but there is a lot of fascinating stuff here, such as the Deep River Boys (from Virginia, USA, recording in Britain during their many UK tours), Ray Ellington (a British-based black bandleader of American & Russian descent) and Winifred Atwell, a classically trained pianist from Trinidad who would go to 'her other piano' to belt out some rockin' boogies. Elsewhere there are numerous talented British jazzers seeing which way the wind was blowing and jumping that jive, and some up 'n' coming UK popsters swaying their hips to the transatlantic rhythm. And of course Tommy Steele, who was acclaimed as Britain's first Rock 'n' Roll star (long before he started serenading little white bulls).
This goes to show that swing rock 'n' roll was being recorded and performed on Britain in the early 50's far more than most realized.
Thanks as ever to RYP

trax CD 1:
1. Right Behind You Baby - Vince Taylor & The Playboys 2. Move It - Cliff Richad & The Drifters 3. Come On, Let's Go - Tommy Steele 4. This Is The Night - Terry Dane 5. Five Days, Five Days - Vince Eager 6. Endless Sleep - Marty Wilde & The Wildcats 7. No Other Baby - The Vipers 8. Whole Lotta Woman - Most Brothers 9. High School Confidential - Adam Faith 10. My Feet Hit The Gorund - Cliff Richard & The Drifters 11. I Got A Feeling - Franklyn Boyd & The Socitey Six 12. Cannonball - Ernie Shear & The Lew Randall Band 13. I Like Love - Vince Taylor & The Playboys 14. Start Movin' - Terry Dene & The Malcolm Lockyer Group 15. Don't Let Go - Jim Dale 16. Boogie In The Groove - Winifred Atwell 17. Rave On - Hal Burton 18. Gum Drop - Vince Eager & The Vagabonds 19. Jean Dorothy - The Five Chesternuts 20. High Class Baby - Cliff Richard & The Drifters 21. Fire Of Love - Marty Wilde & The Wildcats 22. Big Not Blues - Bert Weedon 23. Ninety Nine Ways - Ricky James 24. Stood Up - Dave Grant 25. Crazy For You - Jim Dale 26. Play Rough - Johnny Luck 27. Skinnie Minnie - Stan Greig's Jazz Band 28. It's Only Make Believe - Franklyn Boyd & The Coronets 29. Singing The Blues - David Ross 30. Teenage Love - The Five Chesternuts 31. Faulous - Paul Rich 32. Dob's Boogie - Winifred Atwell 33. Wake Up Little Susie - David Ross 34. Schoolboy Crush - Cliff Richard & The Drifters 

...originally served by Gyro1966..

trax CD 2:

1. Penny Loafers And Bobby Socks - The Southlanders 2. Itchy Twitchy Feeling - The Deep River Boys 3. Living Doll - Ray Ellington 4. Rock Shuffle Boogie - Tony Crombie & His Rockets 5. Rock Pretty Baby - Don Lang & His Frantic Five 6. Rosie Lee - Wee Willie Harris 7. Rock Baby Rock - Bertice Reading 8. Ko Ko Mo - The Rock 'n' Rollers 9. Mercy Mercy Mercy - Neville Taylor & The Cutters 10. I Wanna Jive Tonight - The Southlanders 11. Six Five Blues - Ken Mackintosh 12. Not Too Old To Rock N Roll - The Deep River Boys 13. Hey Baby - The Four Jacks 14. Priscilla - The Four Jacks 15. Big Guitar - Ken Mackintosh 16. This Little Girls' Gone Rockin' - Janice Peters & The Frank Barber Band 17. Happy Baby - The Rock 'n' Rollers 18. Party Time - The King Brothers 19. The Squelch - Lord Rockingham's XI 20. Every Which Way - The John Barry Seven 21. If You're So Smart, How Come You Ain't Rich - Billy Sproud & The Rock N Roll Six 22. The Big Beat - Don Lang & His Frantic Five 23. Weekend - Red Price 24. It's A Lie - The Four Jacks 25. Dynamo - Les Houbeaux 26. Tequila - Johnnie The Gash Gray 27. Take Me Back Baby - Tommy Steele & The Steelman 28. Bye Bye Baby - Paul Rich 29. Rex Rocks - Tony Crombie 30. A Million Tears - The Four Jacks 31. Alligator Roll - Victor Silvester & His Rock N' Roll Rhythm 32. Gettin' Ready For Freddy - Alma Cogan 33. Hoots Mon - Lord Rockingham's XI 34. A Sweet Old Fashioned Boy - Terry Thomas Esq. With His Rock N Roll Rotters 

...originally served by Gyro1966...

From Vol III disc 2 - Lord Rockingham - Hoots Mon (ask a Scot!?!!)


TEQUILA!Johnny 'The Gash' Gray · Ken Jones & His Orchestra

SOUND OF THE DAY (week?) The Treble Spankers - Red Hot Navigator! & Mirananda - Twilight Zone

 Still want some twangily geetar?

Check this still for the TWILIGHTZONE  . . . . . . . .  I changed the video as the version at Twight has way too much boobage!!!

Still who doesn't like a  . . . . . . . Spanking!

Treble Spankers - Red Hot Navigator



love this sound . . . . . . . . 

The Treble Spankers performing at Herbrand's in Cologne, August 19, 1995, just a week before their big break at Lowlands Festival.


Oh you wanted more well TWILIGHTZONE has it all!

The Treble Spankers (live in Amsterdam) - MIRANANDA


They're from The Netherlands!
So . . . . . . . . 

ADVERT BREAK

Linda McCartney would have been 81 today!

 Linda McCartney was born as Linda Eastman in Scarsdale, New York on this day in 1941.

Bip Bop - Linda and Paul (Scotland 1971) with Heather, Mary [and Martha!]


Paul & Linda McCartney - Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey



we miss you too Linda . . . . . . . . . . 

Friday, September 23, 2022

GREAT BRITISH ROCK 'N' ROLL Vol. 2: Just About As Good As It Gets - discs 1 & 2 - TWILIGHTZONE



These are great fun and interesting too. I take the line that British Rock n Roll certainly didn't start with perishing Cliff Richards but the likes of Wee Willie Harris, Tommy Steele and by now here's Marty Wilde and so on. Even the British Big Band leaders like Ted Heath (no, not THAT one!) and John Barry were getting aware of what was happening. The roots for all these are explored here on these fine four disc sets from the brilliant Twilightzone.

Great British Rock n Roll Vol II Disc 1 - Twilightzone

Great British Rock n Roll Vol II - Disc 2 - Twilightzone

TWILIGHTZONE SAYS: 

Many would argue that there was no such thing as Great British Rock 'n' Roll in the 1950s, or at least not until 1958 when Cliff Richard's "Move It" offered a rather more convincing home-grown hit than all of its predecessors. However, apart from the Skiffle explosion, there was another quirky musical scene happening in Britain during the late '40s and 1950s. As far as we are aware, this compilation is the first authoritative musical documentation of that scene.
Perhaps it should better be classed as NOSTALGIA rather than Rock 'n' Roll but there is a lot of fascinating stuff here, such as the Deep River Boys (from Virginia, USA, recording in Britain during their many UK tours), Ray Ellington (a British-based black bandleader of American & Russian descent) and Winifred Atwell, a classically trained pianist from Trinidad who would go to 'her other piano' to belt out some rockin' boogies. Elsewhere there are numerous talented British jazzers seeing which way the wind was blowing and jumping that jive, and some up 'n' coming UK popsters swaying their hips to the transatlantic rhythm. And of course Tommy Steele, who was acclaimed as Britain's first Rock 'n' Roll star (long before he started serenading little white bulls).
This goes to show that swing rock 'n' roll was being recorded and performed on Britain in the early 50's far more than most realized.


trax CD 1:

1. Love Bug Crawl - Marty Wilde & The Wild Cats 2. Knee Deep In The Blues - Ricky James 3. C'min And Be Loved - Terry Dene 4. Be My Girl - Jima Dale 5. Hey You - Tommy Steele & The Steelmen 6. Rock A Chicka - Frankie Vaughan 7. Spike's Rock - Ray Sendit & His Rockey Team 8. Let's Have A Party - Rikki Henderson 9. Slim Jim Tie - Terry Wayne 10. Raunchy - Ken Mackintosh 11. Rockin' At The 2 II's - Wee Willie Harris 12. Teenage Party - Tommy Steele & The Steelmen 13. Fabulous - Alma Cogan 14. Honeycomb - Marty Wilde & The Wild Cats 15. Bluer Than Blue - Ricky James 16. Teddy Bear - Shorty Mitchell 17. Quiet Quiet Shhh - Bert Weedon 18. A White Sports Coat - Terry Dene 19. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - Joey Castell 20. Wild Eyes And Tender Lips - Colin Hicks & His Cabin Boys 21. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - The Tunettes 22. Boogie Woogie Stomp - The Saints Jazz Band 23. The Green Door - Frankie Vaughan 24. I'm In Love Again - Alma Cogan 25. Crazy Dream - Jim Dale 26. Flannel Foot - Bert Weedon 27. A Handful Of Songs - Tommy Steele & The Steelmen 28. Cool Shake - Larry Page 29. Late Extra - Russ Conway 30. She's Long, She's Tall - Johnny Southern & The Western Rhythm Kings 31. Boppin' The Blues - Terry Wayne 32. Applejack - Ken Macintosh 33. Butterfly - Tommy Steele 

...originally served by Gyro1966..


trax CD 2:
1 Sticks And Stones - Tony Crombie & The Rockets 2 That Rock 'n' Rollin' Man - Ray Ellington 3 Nursery Rock - Art Baxter & His Rock 'n' Roll Sinners 4 Don't Knock The Rock - Shorty Mitchell & The Ken Jones Rock 'n' Rollers 5 Rampart Street Rock - Winifred Atwell 6 Wild Cat - Marty Wilde & The Wild Cats 7 Rockabilly Boogie - The John Barry Seven 8 Rock Mr. Piper - Billy Sproud 9 Off Beat Rock - Victor Silvester & His Rock N' Roll Rhythm 10 St. Louis Blues - The Deep River Boys 11 Earth Angel - The Southlanders 12 Little Darling - The Tunettes 13 Red Planet Rock - Don Lang & The Frantic Five 14 Rocket 0869 - Ray Sendit & His Rockey Team 15 Rock 'n' Roll Coaster - Tony Crombie & The Rockets 16 Rock You Sinners - Art Baxter & His Rock 'n' Roll Sinners 17 Rock Rock Rock - Shorty Mitchell & The Ken Jones Rock 'n' Rollers 18 Dance With Me Henry - Patty Forbes & The Oscar Robin Band 19 Fanfare Boogie - Eric Winstone Band 20 Rock 'n' Roll Those Big Brown Eyes - Tommy Sampson & His Strongmen 21 Birmingham Bounce - Ted Heath & His Orchestra, Jack Parnell 22 You Can't Say I Love You To A Rock 'n' Roll Tune - Joan Small 23 6.5 Special - Don Lang & The Frantic Five 24 Happy Days And Lonely Nights - Suzi Miller & Johnson Brothers 25 Slow Walk - Ken Macintosh 26 Mother Goose Jumps - The Kirchin Band 27 Rockin' - Tommy Sampson & His Strongmen 28 She Sells Sea Shells - Laurie London 29 Lula Rock-A-Hula - Joan Savage 30 Rhythm 'n' Blues - Eric Winstone Band 31 Matchbox - Terry Wayne 32 Zip Zip - The John Barry Seven 33 Rock Rock Rock - Lee Young, Woolf Phillips & His Skyrockets

...originally served by Gyro1966...

Thursday, September 22, 2022

NICK CAVE's 65th BIRTHDAY!

Happy birthday to Nick Cave, born in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia on this day in 1957.  

A personal favourite  . . . . Nature Boy



Red Right Hand


Bring It On

Get Ready For Love

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

GREAT BRITISH ROCK 'N' ROLL Vol. 1: Just About As Good As It Gets - disc 1 & 2 - TWILIGHTZONE

A great post from TwilightZone again lately in the double disc set of early EARLY British Rock n Roll including Winifred Attwell, Tommy Steele, Bert Weedon and George Chisholm et al! All slightly early for me but on the cusp of what we were listening toned certainly what my brother Steve was well aware of. This is great fun and superbly done

TWILIGHTZONE Says

Many would argue that there was no such thing as Great British Rock 'n' Roll in the 1950s, or at least not until 1958 when Cliff Richard's "Move It" offered a rather more convincing home-grown hit than all of its predecessors. However, apart from the Skiffle explosion, there was another quirky musical scene happening in Britain during the late '40s and 1950s. As far as we are aware, this compilation is the first authoritative musical documentation of that scene.

Perhaps it should better be classed as NOSTALGIA rather than Rock 'n' Roll but there is a lot of fascinating stuff here, such as the Deep River Boys (from Virginia, USA, recording in Britain during their many UK tours), Ray Ellington (a British-based black bandleader of American & Russian descent) and Winifred Atwell, a classically trained pianist from Trinidad who would go to 'her other piano' to belt out some rockin' boogies. Elsewhere there are numerous talented British jazzers seeing which way the wind was blowing and jumping that jive, and some up 'n' coming UK popsters swaying their hips to the transatlantic rhythm. And of course Tommy Steele, who was acclaimed as Britain's first Rock 'n' Roll star (long before he started serenading little white bulls).

This goes to show that swing rock 'n' roll was being recorded and performed on Britain in the early 50's far more than most realized

Great British Rock n Roll Vol I Disc 1 here


as the legend would have it here 'just about as good as it gets'! Hah ha ha . . . have at it!

Great British Rock n Roll Vol I Disc 2 here

Winifred Atwell - Black & White Rag / 12th Street Rag

Cliff who?

Tommy Steele - Elevator Rock

and then there was always Bert  . . . . . . . where many a guitar hero learned his chops!

Bert Weedon

Picture of The Day - Macca and Family 1975

Paul and Linda McCartney with their daughters; Heather, Mary and Stella. Los Angeles. 1975.
Photo taken by Harry Benson.


I love this picture and did of most of the shots of his early family life with Linda  and the children but this is particularly great I thought. I do miss Linda and we were big fans of her and Wings and all the early stuff. Big Bop, I say! I have remarked before how lovely it was to see Paul grown into such a great Dad from his relationship with Julian (still going strong I see the other day) and the story of Heather and all the rest of the kids too. He must be so proud . . . . . . . love them all!


MUSIC OF THE DAY :: Morgan Ågren - drums with Gretchen Menn - guitar. Michael Manring - bass. Anthony Garrne - guitar. (Music by Mr. Garone)

Harnch 2.0

Check this . . . . . . from The Drumbo Club on Facebook


 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . this is how you make music in the 21st C!!!!
Staggering stuff I love this!