Sharon van Etten – Brighton – 27.11.14

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Sharon van Etten – singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY – was originally due to play Brighton’s Corn Exchange last night. However, the venue was changed by the promoter (Melting Vinyl) a couple of weeks back to the infinitely more appropriate setting of St George’s church (also in Brighton).

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A fine set of songs old and new, quite a lot of which were a lot louder than I had at first imagined from my frequent plays of late of her latest album “Are we there” released earlier this year.

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The inevitable ‘encore’ cries with enthusiastic cheering, foot-stomping and clapping from a very appreciative (and sold-out) audience though, was one of the longest I can remember. Many had given up and left by the time a solo Sharon re-appeared after some five minutes to perform a wonderful final piece. A cracking gig.

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Eighties Greatest #1 – 1980

From grass-roots indie to stadium rock, hip-hop to acid-house, the 1980’s gave the music world a lot to remember. And, whereas I cannot hope to do the decade the justice it deserves, over the next ten days or so, Jemtunes will be picking a track from an album released in each of those ten short years – 1980 to 1989.

I’m kicking things off for 1980 with ‘Ready‘ from ‘The Blues Band‘.

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Formed in 1979 by Paul Jones , the former vocalist and harmonica player with Manfred Mann , and guitarist Dave Kelly who’d played with both Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker, the original line up also included Gary Fletcher on bass, guitarist Tom McGuinness (also from Manfred Mann) and drummer Hughie Flint
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Ready is the band’s second studio album and came complete with a live single “Nadine”. I saw the band twice back in the day. Check out the price of the ticket though!

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Simply Seventies #10 – 1979

Today marks the end of the Jemtunes ‘Simply Seventies’ series as we’ve reached the end of the decade – 1979. It’s been quite tricky choosing which albums to include for each year so I’m staying with that theme and choosing Cheap Trick‘s “Dream Police” for the Simply Seventies swan song.

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Dream Police was the band’s fourth studio album and was their most successful commercial venture. Recorded at the Record Plant in L.A., the album gave us several singles including ‘Dream Police’ and ‘Way of the world’.

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But my favourite is “Need your Love” featured here. Building to a crescendo, the guitar work from Rick Neilson over the closing two minutes or so is sublime.