Monthly Archives: October 2010

Monday, 25 October 2010

The Moody Blues: The Magnificent Moodies (1965)


 
alright folks, all the pictures have been uploaded successfully, so here we go with the next record. i bought this record as a primary issue (first pressing), but as it turned out it is a re-pressing (wine red decca label, thus must be post 1970). however, this at least provides us a perfect crystal clear sound quality on this beautiful mono LP.
i dont think i have to introduce the group a lot, as virtually EVERYONE knows nights in white satin – but here we have the moodys debut record, still recorded with their first singer denny laine (later replaced by justin hayward, who sang their famous no 1 hit). so you can expect typical british invasion, mid-60s pop beat stuff, with some nice r&b; influences.
i must admit that i like the a-side much better than the b-side, although it contains mostly cover songs while the b-side has all the original denny laine / mike pinder songs on it.
however, on the a-side we have beautiful, grooving renditions of james browns ill go crazy and i dont mind (with mike pinder on vocals), chris kenners something you got and of course the moodys break-trough …

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

A Happy Birthday goes down to Middle-Earth!


 
now be honest – would you have recognized him on this photo? well ok, add a moustache and think of woodstock!
now thats 41 years ago, an today ric lee, the drummer of ten years after celebrates his 65th birthday.
once often overshadowed by the popularity of their former guitarist alvin lee, the other three members still show their fantastic technical skills in tremendous live performances around the globe, supported by the young and energetic joe gooch who joined in 2003.
especially their marvelous solos still rock – making early fans remember great times, and also acquiring a lot of new fans from a generation that hasnt experienced woodstock and the 60s, but is discovering their music as something totally new – just as overwhelming as in the good ol days.
now talking about solos and of course about ric lee (to those who might think that his family name is related to alvin lee – no, thats not true. in fact its sort of the other way around: “lee” is rics real last name, and alvins birth name is graham barnes), one spectacular event that is never missing in any TYA show of …

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Sunday, 17 October 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt COMPLETE


 to comply prolonged requests for the beatles starschnitt with all parts together in one post, here it is:
parts 1 to 44 of the
BRAVO beatles starschnitt
from 1965-66
i hope you will enjoy this if youre new to this site, or if you missed some of the previous volumes, or simply are too lazy to click on the beatles starschnitt-label.
i am currently still busy uploading all the images to the new server, but one of these days it will be finished and you can enjoy some new music posts.
however, please enjoy the lovely starschnitt poster with the fab four!

click here to see the individual posts for every single part with comments about the back-pages etc.

link & password in comments

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Thursday, 14 October 2010

Cliff Richard’s 70!


 
what did i tell you yesterday… many many birthdays – now its cliff richards (born harry rodger webb by the way) turn, as he turned 70 today. but this is just a funny coincidence, i dont think he and chris farlowe will have a party together.
and now to celebrate the birthday of one of the first great british rock & rollers of the 60s, heres a real classic with the shadows:

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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

All Or Nothing – Chris Farlowe is 70 today!


 
another birthday today – what a busy month! today is the 70th birthday of chris the voice farlowe, a great artist and fantastic singer that i could witness live already (2009 at the herzberg hippie convention). he gave such a stunning performance that one just has to wonder how he managed to keep his voice sounding exactly like it did over fourty years ago. despite that his outward appearance has changed a little, he hasnt aged a bit.
unfortunately i couldnt find any videos of the performance that i saw, but heres a video from the same year and with the same band that he appeared with at the herzberg festival: clem clempson & the hamburg blues band:

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Sunday, 10 October 2010

Everybody Needs Somebody


 Solomon Burke

21st March 1940 – 10th October 2010
here we lost a great one again…

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Saturday, 9 October 2010

Happy Birthday, Large John Saliver…


 
everyone knows this guy, even people who perhaps havent heard of the beatles (how impossible that may ever seem) may have heard of john lennon. its his 70th birthday today (or would be, as everyone very well knows as well hes no longer with us), the birthday of a musician, a beatle of course, but also a rebel, a philosopher, artist, avantgardist, revolutionist, demolitionist, political critic, social critic, critic of everything, self-denier, egocentric, poet, writer, sound creator, song inventor, mad-mind and genius… just ask yourself: what can you think of that he wasnt?
he never really was the neat pop crooner that he appeared like when beatlemania began and the hearts of millions of little girls sighed for him. perhaps he never even really was a beatle, when his teenage hunger for rock n roll and freedom of mind, that first had driven him to music, once again pushed him forward to pursue – more. not only self-realization in a different kind than the beatles provided him, but turning his inside longing for peace within his mind to the outside, and together with his soulmate and second half protesting against war – in a non-violent way that …

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Friday, 8 October 2010

Oooops…!

 sorry folks, but as you can see all the images on this blog have suddenly disappeared. this is because the service where i uploaded them decided just to delete my account.
as it would be useless posting new records without any picture of them, i first have to find a new free imagehosting service with FTP-access that provides enough webspace (currently all my cover scans sum up to about 370 mb in total).
any suggestions are appreciated!!

not leaving you without a special teaser: the next record im going to post is magnificent.

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Saturday, 2 October 2010

Starry, Starry Night… Happy Birthday, Don McLean!


 
many kids today think it was madonna who wrote ‘american pie’ – a real shame concerning the amazing original by don mclean, who celebrates his 65th birthday today.
new rochelle, new york folk singer-songwriter mclean wrote his most famous song in 1971, singing about the plane crash that killed buddy holly, big bopper and ritchie valens, and it became an immortal evergreen in music history.
his other big success was his 1972 ballad about the dutch painter vincent van gogh (1853-1890), simply titled ‘vincent’, but mainly remembered by the first line: “starry, starry night…”. the song isnt only deeply poetic, sophisitcated and wonderfully clearly sung, its sheer beauty still gives me goosebumps everytime i listen to it. it is one of the twenty songs that id take with me on a deserted island, it really means a lot to me. best listened to in a dark room only lit by candles – but its also great without special ambience.
for those who dont know this song yet, and those who love it as much as i do and want another listen, heres don mclean singing it live in 1972 for ‘sounds for saturday’:

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