Monthly Archives: July 2010

Saturday, 31 July 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 37 of 44


 
another week has passed, so heres your next part of our beatles-puzzle. some part of eskimo clothing on the front page, and on the back page a picture of kirk douglas from the movie ‘is paris burning?’ (also starring: jean-paul belmondo, alain delon and yes montand).
the “skipped” part will follow tomorrow (dont worry!), of course with some new music aswell!

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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Grapefruit: C’Mon Marianne / Ain’t It Good (1968)


 
completely changing the subject, heres some lovely british psych-pop by one of my favourite groups: grapefruit – formerly known as ‘the grapefruit’ (named after yoko onos infamous book). their most famous song was ‘dear delilah’ (to follow soon, i didnt have time to rip it yet), and their debut album ‘around grapefruit’ is legendary, most of the material being written by the groups bassist george alexander, born alexander young (his brother george young being a founding member of the easybeats, brothers malcom and angus young being founding members of AC/DC). one of the two swettenham brothers, geoff (drums), later joined the mysterious but just as legendary 70s prog band fynn mccool.

the nice psychedelic cover art is more than obviously “stolen” from pink floyds ‘the piper at the gates of dawn’! but now about the music:
‘cmon marianne’ is a fast, driving and cheery song with a dynamic drum beat, fresh and lively brass accompaniment and sweet beatlish background vocals. perfect to lift up your mood when feeling down!
sorry for the noise on the b-side, this is the best that i could make out of the original rip. ‘aint it good’ (written …

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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Michel Polnareff: Pourquoi Faut-Il Se Dire Adieu (1968)


 
sorry first of all for the poor quality of these rips, but my copy of this record was already damaged when i bought it earlier this year. but as the first track is a melancholic ballad, the crackling sounds ironically somehow fit the atmosphere and give a nice nostalgic feeling. the title track is nice and sentimental, but occasionally the orchestral arrangements become just too much and it gets sort of trashy; but this is compensated by polnareffs clear and soft vocals – stunningly beautiful!
the next track, ‘ring-a-ding’, is a sweet pop song that i like a lot. it has a cute chorus, accompanied by a (hardly to be heard) female background choir, and im always sad when i reckon the songs over again, as it runs for only 2:21. does anyone know about an extended version of it? :-)
the b-side opens with a rather melancholic piece again, ‘jai du chargin marie’ is sung in french like the a-side, but with occasional lines in english in the chorus. orchestral arrangements are to be heard here aswell, but far more discreet and thus the ballad isnt trashy at no point – a pleasant listen for …

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Sunday, 25 July 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 36 of 44


 
for the collectors among you, heres part 36 of the big big beatles puzzle. on the front page, theres another part of ringos clothes (our “last beatle” in this case).
on the back page theres a picture of doris day in a mermaid costume from the ’66 film ‘the glass bottom boat’. considering she was “already” 44 at the time, i think this is a marvelous photo! at least i would be more than happy looking like that when reaching the mid-40s… i wonder if she still looks as good today, now being twice as old, but i couldnt find any recent picture within five minutes of googling – but i think we can trust wikis info that shes still alive at least!
have fun cutting out your starschnitt piece!

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Sunday, 25 July 2010

Los Bravos: Going Nowhere / Brand New Baby (1966)


 
well, as you can see above this 45 is not one of my favourites, but i think it always interesting to look beyond the ‘big numbers’ of one hit wonders – in this case its los bravos from madrid, who scored a US #4 and UK #2 hit with ‘black is black’ (we already had a cover of that one from johnny hallyday here: noir c’est noir), a song i guess most of you will be familiar with.
now this record sort of was hard for me to rate, because i couldnt really decide whether i should rate it with three or four stars. first of all, both sides are rather unspectacular early-60s pop numbers, sounding a little as if they were recorded one or two years earlier than they were; so, nothing outstanding (also compared to ‘black is black’). on the other hand, both songs are definitely not too bad, so its average, nice pop music typical for its time. apart from that it is quite interesting that those – spanish – guys dont have any accent like that to be heard, i thought, until i read that their lead singer actually was german.
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Thursday, 22 July 2010

Jeff Beck: Tallyman / Rock My Plimsoul (1967)


 
following the jeff beck concert report heres the second one of his two only solo singles between his time with the yardbirds and the jeff beck group. the special thing about this 45 and the other one (‘hi ho silver lining’ / ‘becks bolero’) is that beck is (rumored to be) singing the vocals himself for the first time. beck had been one of the highly acclaimed session guitarists in the mid 1960s, alongside jimmy page. if one of them doesnt play on a (any) record of this time, you can almost be sure the other one contributed to it. finally page had replaced beck as the lead guitarist of the famous group the yardbirds (who before beck had eric clapton on lead guitar), after a short while with both of them being in the group simultaneously. after leaving the yardbirds beck started the (perhaps) even more famous jeff beck group, with giants like rod stewart, ron wood, nicky hopkins, aynsley dunbar and others, and became very successful. he continues this success to this day with his solo carrier.
now about this record: the a-side is a very nice, typical mid 60s pop/rock number, that can be …

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Thursday, 22 July 2010

Back from the Festival


 
as promised, heres my report on this years burg herzberg hippie convention in hessen (a county in mid-germany). my friends and i had a great time there – despite some weather-related troubles – and id just like to share a few impressions with you. i dont post all of the photos i took on the blog, otherwise the site would take ages to load. please use the link to the photobucket gallery at the end of the post. first of all, the concert schedule of this festival was

Thursday, 15th July
Freak City Band (5 pm)
Agua De Annique (7.15 pm)
Nektar (9.30 pm)
Lazuli (11.45 pm)

Friday, 16th July
The Flying Eyes (1.30 pm)
The Vals (3.45 pm)
Osibisa (6 pm)
Archive (8.15 pm)
Hawkwind (10.30 pm)
Astra (1.15 am)

Saturday, 17th July
The Brew (1.30 pm)
Triggerfinger (3.45 pm)
Roger Chapman and the Shortlist (6 pm)
Jeff Beck (8.15 pm)
new Model Army (10.30 pm)
Orange (12.45 pm)

Sunday, 18th July
Amsterdam Klezmer Band (12 am)

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Monday, 12 July 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 35 of 44


 
as my computer now is finally equipped with a new harddrive (twice as much disc space as the old one!), heres the overdue starschnitt part for last week. this is also my good-bye-post for this week, as tomorrow ill be off for “vacation” until sunday – but vacation in this case means that im going to the burg herzberg hippie festival in hessen, like every summer. i will be back with lots of photos and concert reports of course!
have a nice week, see you next monday.

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Wednesday, 7 July 2010

It’s Ringo’s 70th birthday today!


 
being the oldest beatle from the final beatles lineup, ringo starr is the first of them to celebrate his 70th birthday. he was not the tallest beatle, and maybe not the loudest one, but his charms won the hearts of millions of girls in the beatlemania in the 1960s (perhaps not as much as for instance mccartney did, but lots and lots of ringo fanclubs prove it). and being their drummer, it was him who gave the fantastic rhythm to their sound.
before joining the beatles ringo had played with rory storm & the hurricanes for a while, and he eventually got in touch with them when young george harrison became interested in rorys sister. in 1962 he replaced pete best as the groups drummer and soon afterwards success would finally hit them. he has three children from his first marriage with maureen cox and today is married to ex-bond girl barbara bach.
because ringo was the last member who joined the group, there are some “fundamentalists” who say that the real beatles drummer is pete best. but if you think of how beatlemania broke out, how the group rose to the very top of pops …

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Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Happy Birthday to Bill Haley


 

he would have been 85 today…

6th July 1925 – 9th February 1981

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Sunday, 4 July 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 34 of 44


 
what was so very caracteristic about the beatles outward appearance when beatlemania broke out? their haircuts (mop tops)? their collar-less suits? perhaps, but for sure it was also their boots!
and here we have a prime example of a beatle boot, covering the foot of no one else but ringo starr – who will be 70 next week, by the way. have fun with this new part of the starschnitt puzzle – only ten parts to go!

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Sunday, 4 July 2010

Michel Polnareff: Le Bal Des Laze (1967)


 
closing a gap of more than two months, heres the next record by michel polnareff. this time it is a favourite of mine – more than the one i posted last time – a ’67 ep called ‘le bal des laze’.
of course the title track is the first one on the a-side and it also is the most beautiful song on this record. a slow, moody ballad with a sort-of bewitching, continuous organ play dominating the orchestral accompaniment. although this track is rather long (almost 5 minutes) i like it a lot and it doesnt get boring. following is a short filler track, ‘le temps a laisse son manteau’, a bit distorted and strange, but it fits the musical context of the a-side.
the flipside, however, is a lot different, as both tracks are rather tounge-in-cheek, a slow, bluesy chanson and a crazy wild-west vocal parody (or how the hell would you call this??).
so all in all this record offers a lot of variety and is pretty interesting, despite the rather boring cover art. enjoy!

interesting links:
a detailed biography
michel polnareff on rateyourmusic
michel …

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