The Anthem Challenge #5

Posted: October 23, 2014 in Anthems, Blues Rock
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Check out the details of what ‘The Anthem challenge’ is about from the Jemtunes posting on 19 October. Paul at Alfred’s Almanac started things off though – so have a look at his blog as well. This is day five for me.

Anthem #5 – Rory Gallagher – Bullfrog Blues

Back in 1977 there was a massive party in the centre of Arundel, West Sussex. As with all good parties, it went on until the early hours whereupon those still standing crashed, some quite literally.

The mate I was staying with had an attic room in the house next door and, having had a bit of a kip, we thought it would be a really good idea to put his floor-speakers face down on the floor so that all those party-goers still asleep below could appreciate the music too. It was quite loud!

Suffice to say that both Josse and I came within a hair’s breadth of getting black eyes later in the day. Bullfrog Blues at top volume thumping through the ceiling at seven in the morning after a massive party is probably not the best of hangover cures.

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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 60 of these in my collection, this is day 43 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1

Day 43: Number 23/100: Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak (from Jailbreak – 1976)

Check out the details of what ‘The Anthem challenge’ is about from the Jemtunes posting on 19 October. Paul at Alfred’s Almanac started things off though – so have a look at his blog as well. This is day four for me.

Anthem #4 – Ten Years After – I’m Going Home

I first saw the film of the Woodstock festival back in 1973 on a grainy Super 8 in a seedy little cinema close to where I live in Sussex. I was hooked from the outset and still am. So many wonderful acts in that three hour plus marathon of the greatest music festival of all time. And yet, the star – the crowning glory – was then as it is still now. Ten Years After and “I’m going home”. Alvin Lee’s mind bogglingly fast fretwork is a thing of wonder. One of my guitar heroes but sadly no longer with us. Just glad that he’s been captured so many times on film for us to remember now and still enjoy.

AC/DC – top rock albums

Posted: October 22, 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 60 of these in my collection, this is day 42 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1

Day 42: Number 24/100: AC/DC – Rock n roll ain’t noise pollution (from Back in Black – 1980)

 

The Anthem Challenge #3

Posted: October 21, 2014 in Anthems
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Check out the details of what ‘The Anthem challenge’ is about from the Jemtunes posting on 19 October. Paul at Alfred’s Almanac started things off though – so have a look at his blog as well. This is day three for me.

Anthem #3 – Steve Howe – Australia

Taken from the rather excellent solo album ‘Beginnings’, this track has a special place in my heart, not so much for the music but because my vinyl version of it is now unplayable due to the large scratch right through the track. The reason for the scratch? Lent it to my then girlfriend back in Art College days in 1977 and, during a bit of a party one evening, the inevitable happened. I remember being a bit miffed at the time but soon got over it. Just as well really as she later became my soulmate. Next year we celebrate 38 years of being together, 36 of them married! I’ve still got the album too!

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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 60 of these in my collection, this is day 41 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1

Day 41: Number 26/100: Deep Purple – Highway Star (from Machine Head – 1972)

The Anthem challenge #2

Posted: October 20, 2014 in Anthems
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Check out the details of what ‘The Anthem challenge’ is about from the Jemtunes posting on 19 October. Paul at Alfred’s Almanac started things off though – so have a look at his blog as well. This is day two for me.

Anthem #2 – Cozy Powell – Na Na Na

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Cozy Powell’s ‘Na Na Na’ came out in 1974. I can still remember getting the single from my local record shop and playing it to death on my Dansette. It’s one of my all time favourite ‘feel good’ tracks as well as showing off the late Mr Powell’s drumming prowess rather well; I’ve always had a weakness for the ‘fifty pound hammer’. Forty years on and the track is still on my i-pod. Says something for its longevity.