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.

Queen – top rock albums

Posted: October 20, 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 40 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1

Day 40: Number 28/100: Queen – Brighton Rock (from Sheer Heart Attack – 1974)

The Anthem challenge #1

Posted: October 19, 2014 in Anthems
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Alfred’s Almanac┬áposted a new challenge on 17 October. One I just have to rise to…

Here’s the challenge.

Post ten songs that have played a major part in your life. Ten Anthems that you love. State the reason you love the song and please post a link to this post so I can listen to your choices and enjoy reading your stories.

I will post my ten choices at the rate of one each day, starting today.

Anthem #1 – “Because the Night” from Patti Smith

Choosing just ten anthems is certainly a challenge – particularly for people like me where music is such an integral and important part of my life. However, this one just has to be there. Co-written by Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen, ‘Because the Night’ was released in 1978 as a single from the album ‘Easter’ by the Patti Smith Group.

It’s an anthem for me though because it’s also the anthem for my soulmate and me! Sal and I started going out whilst at Art College in 1978 and this was the firm favourite at our wedding the following year. We sealed it by buying each other the single – both copies of which we still have – and still play it every year on our anniversary.