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Issue 91 of ‘Classic Rock’ magazine – published in April 2006 – featured the 100 Greatest British Rock Albums ever. As I am fortunate enough to have 61 of these in my collection, this is day 50 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1

Day 50: Number 12/100: Pink Floyd – What shall we do now (from The Wall – 1979)

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Issue 91 of ‘Classic Rock’ magazine – published in April 2006 – featured the 100 Greatest British Rock Albums ever. As I am fortunate enough to have 61 of these in my collection, this is day 49 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1

Day 49: Number 13/100: Deep Purple – Black Night (from In Rock – 1970)

The Anthem Challenge is simple in task but complex in choice. Ten anthems over ten days that mean something in your life. Say a bit about each and add a ping back to me so that I can see what you’ve chosen. This is day 9 for me and, true to the cause, here’s my ping back to Alfred’s Almanac who started everything off.

Anthem #10 – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son

I thought long and hard about what to include for this, the tenth and final Anthem Challenge tune. There were many contenders but this won the day at the end of it all. Probably the most staunchly anti-war song I know of and, as well as a being a cracker of a tune, says everything that’s bad about war and the politics behind it.

The song might be over 40 years old, but the word and the message is as fresh and meaningful today as it’s always been.

Jemtunes Anthems
  1. Patti Smith – Because the night (19 October)
  2. Cozy Powell – Na Na Na (20 October
  3. Steve Howe – Australia (21 October)
  4. Ten Years After – I’m going home (22 October)
  5. Rory Gallagher – Bullfrog Blues (23 October)
  6. Led Zeppelin – Four Sticks (24 October)
  7. Pink Floyd – Shine on you crazy diamond (25 October)
  8. Underworld – Beautiful Burnout (26 October)
  9. Royal Blood – Fugure it Out (27 October)
  10. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son (29 October)

Thanks again to Paul at Alfred’s Almanac for the idea. It’s been good.

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Issue 91 of ‘Classic Rock’ magazine – published in April 2006 – featured the 100 Greatest British Rock Albums ever. As I am fortunate enough to have 61 of these in my collection, this is day 48 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1

Day 48: Number 13/100: Pink Floyd – Shine on you crazy diamond (from Wish you were here – 1971)

The Anthem Challenge #9

Posted: October 27, 2014 in Anthems
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The Anthem Challenge is simple in task but complex in choice. Ten anthems over ten days that mean something in your life. Say a bit about each and add a ping back to me so that I can see what you’ve chosen. This is day 9 for me and, true to the cause, here’s my ping back to Alfred’s Almanac who started everything off.

Anthem #9 – Royal Blood – Figure it Out

Royal Blood hail from Worthing, a stones throw from where I live in Sussex, but that’s not the reason for this being one of my anthems. The drummer’s dad was a member of the same church I went to – but that’s also not the reason for this being one of my anthems. And before they made it massive last year the band used my daughter’s bands’ studio for rehearsals, but that’s not the reason for this being one of my anthems either.

The reason is (a) because they are one of the most exciting new rock bands I’ve heard in many a year and (b) because I’ve got two tickets to see them live in Brighton in December. One for me; one for my Bro. These are the proverbial gold-dust as their European tour sold out in less than eight minutes. There’ll be full review of that gig on this blog soon afterwards; that’s a no-brainer. Meantime, here’s a cracker from their stunning debut album.

Queen – top rock albums

Posted: October 27, 2014 in Rock
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Issue 91 of ‘Classic Rock’ magazine – published in April 2006 – featured the 100 Greatest British Rock Albums ever. As I am fortunate enough to have 61 of these in my collection, this is day 47 in a mini-series for Jem’s Music – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1

Day 47: Number 17/100: Queen – Death on two legs (from A night at the Opera – 1975)

The Anthem Challenge is simple in task but complex in choice. Ten anthems over ten days that mean something in your life. Say a bit about each and add a ping back to me so that I can see what you’ve chosen. This is day 8 for me and, true to the cause, here’s my ping back to Alfred’s Almanac who started everything off.

Anthem #8 – Underworld – Beautiful Burnout

From 1999 through to 2010 I was part of a samba bateria based on Shoreham Beach, West Sussex, UK. I played bottom surdo – a massive 24-inch drum with a deep, resonant sound – part of the bass rhythm section. From around 2001 onwards I was also responsible for sourcing most of the pieces we sampled, re-wrote and later performed live. One of these was from ‘Beautiful Burnout’ from the 2007 Oblivion with Bells album.

At around 5’10” into the track, the drum-line kicks in. From the first hearing it captivated me and I knew we just had to sample this and use it somehow. The time signature completely messes with your head and, even after breaking it down and splitting it between the three levels of the surdo line, it took around six months to fully master. We kept the name – “Beautiful Burnout” – but found that it only really worked for static shows. Still got several live airings though.

Jemtunes – earlier anthems

Patti Smith – Because the Night – 19 October
Cozy Powell – Na Na Na – 20 October
Steve Howe – Australia – 21 October
Ten Years After – I’m Going Home – 22 October
Rory Gallagher – Bullfrog Blues – 23 October
Led Zeppelin – Four Sticks – 24 October
Pink Floyd – Shine on you crazy diamond – 25 October