Laura Marling – Don’t pass me by (Starter for ten #226) 6.10.23

Starters for Ten 2019 – #226: Top Ten 2017 tracks: 190814

Laura Marling – Don’t pass me by (2017)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 23rd – running between 9 and 18 August and featuring my top ten tracks from 2017 – here’s Laura Marling’s Don’t pass me by from her ‘Semper Femina’ album released on 10 March that year.

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Led Zeppelin – Bron-y-aur (Starters for Ten #050) 10/10 (5)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 50: Top Ten Acoustic tracks: 190219

Led Zeppelin – Bron-y-Aur (1975)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Bron-Yr-Aur (Welsh for “breast of the gold”, or by extension, “hill of the gold” or “golden hill”) is a privately owned 18th-century cottage, on the outskirts of Machynlleth, Wales.

It was used during the 1950s by the family of future-Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant as a holiday home. But, in 1970, Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page spent time there after a long and gruelling concert tour of North America. Though the cottage had no running water or electricity, they used it as a retreat to write and record some of their third album, Led Zeppelin III.

Robert (Plant) and I went to Bron-Yr-Aur in 1970. We’d been working solidly right up to that point. Even recordings were done on the road. We had this time off and Robert suggested the cottage. I certainly hadn’t been to that area of Wales. So we took our guitars down there and played a few bits and pieces. This wonderful countryside, panoramic views and having the guitars … it was just an automatic thing to be playing. And we started writing.

It was the first time I really came to know Robert, actually living together at Bron-Yr-Aur, as opposed to occupying nearby hotel rooms. The songs took us into areas that changed the band, and it established a standard of travelling for inspiration… which is the best thing a musician can do.

[Jimmy Page  – August 1970]

So, to conclude the 5th ‘Starter for ten’ – my top ten acoustic tracks – here’s Led Zeppelin’s Bron-y-Aur from Physical Graffiti (1975).

The 2019 ‘Starters for Ten’ series features:
[1] Jan 1-10: Top Ten Blues Rock Stonkers
[2] Jan 10-20: Top Ten Led Zeppelin Tracks
[3] Jan 21-30: Top Ten Spinetinglers
[4] Jan 31-Feb 9: Top Ten Underworld Tracks
[5] Feb 10-19: Top Ten Acoustic Tracks
[6] Feb 20-Mar 1: Top Ten Queen Tracks
…and more to follow

John Martyn – May you never (Starters for Ten #049) 9/10 (5)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 49: Top Ten Acoustic tracks: 190218

John Martyn – May you never (1973)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 5th – my top ten acoustic tracks, and running between 10 and 19 February, here’s May you Never from John Martyn’s 1973 album ‘Solid Air’

Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi (Starters for Ten #048) 8/10 (5)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 48: Top Ten Acoustic tracks: 190217

Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi (1970)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 5th – my top ten acoustic tracks, and running between 10 and 19 February, here’s Big Yellow Taxi from Joni Mitchell’s 1970 album ‘Ladies of the Canyon’

Cat Stevens – Moonshadow (Starters for Ten #047) 7/10 (5)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 47: Top Ten Acoustic tracks: 190216

Cat Stevens – Moonshadow (1971)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 5th – my top ten acoustic tracks, and running between 10 and 19 February, here’s Moonshadow from Cat Stevens’ 1971 album ‘Teaser and the Firecat’

Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues (Starters for Ten #046) 6/10 (5)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 45: Top Ten Acoustic tracks: 190214

Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 5th – my top ten acoustic tracks, and running between 10 and 19 February, here’s Subterranean Homesick Blues from Bob Dylan’s 1965 album ‘Bringing in all back home’

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant Massacre (Starters for Ten #045) 5/10 (5)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 45: Top Ten Acoustic tracks: 190214

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant Massecre (1967)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 5th – my top ten acoustic tracks, and running between 10 and 19 February, here’s Arlo Guthrie’s ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacre’ from the album of the same name released in 1967.