Ten Years After – Hobbit (Starters for Ten #281) 1.10.29

Starters for Ten 2019 – #281: Top Ten Drumming tracks: 191008

Ten Years After – Hobbit (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.

Kickstarting my 29th top ten – my top ten drumming tracks – here’s Hobbit from the Ten Years After album ‘Recorded Live’, released in 1973 and featuring drummer Ric Lee.

Bad Company – Can’t get enough (Starters for ten #100) 10/10 (10)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #100: Top Ten classic rock tracks: 190410

Bad Company – Can’t get enough (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.

Concluding the 10th –  my top ten classic rock tracks – here’s Can’t get enough from Bad Company’s debut studio album. Recorded at Headley Grange with Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio in November 1973, it was the first album released on Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records label.

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
[7] Mar 2-11: Top Ten Live Tracks
[8] Mar 12-21: Top Ten Classical pieces
[9] Mar 22-31: Top Ten Soul tracks
[10] April 1-10: Top Ten Classic Rock tracks
[11] April 11-20: Top Ten ‘Ten Years After’ numbers

Alice Cooper – School’s Out (Starters for Ten #98) 8/10 (10)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 98: Top Ten classic rock tracks: 190408

Alice Cooper – School’s Out (1972)

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 10th, running between 1 and 10 April and featuring my top ten classic rock tracks, here’s School’s Out released by Alice Cooper in 1972.

Boston – More than a feeling (Starters for Ten #97) 7/10 (10)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 97: Top Ten classic rock tracks: 190407

Boston – More than a feeling (1976)

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 10th, running between 1 and 10 April and featuring my top ten classic rock tracks, here’s More than a Feeling from Boston’s self-titled 1976 debut album.

The Kinks – Lola (Starters for Ten #96) 6/10 (10)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 96: Top Ten classic rock tracks: 190406

The Kinks – Lola (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 10th, running between 1 and 10 April and featuring my top ten classic rock tracks, here’s Lola from The Kinks, released in 1970.

Pink Floyd – Money (Starters for Ten #95) 5/10 (10)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 95: Top Ten classic rock tracks: 190405

Pink Floyd – Money (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 10th, running between 1 and 10 April and featuring my top ten classic rock tracks, here’s Pink Floyd’s Money from their 1973 album ‘Dark side of the moon’

Black Sabbath – Paranoid (Starters for Ten #94) 4/10 (10)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 94: Top Ten classic rock tracks: 190404

Black Sabbath – Paranoid (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 10th, running between 1 and 10 April and featuring my top ten classic rock tracks, here’s Paranoid from Black Sabbath’s 1970 album of the same name.

Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t fear) the Reaper (Starters for Ten #92) 2/10 (10)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 92: Top Ten classic rock tracks: 190402

Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t fear) the Reaper (1976)

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 10th, running between 1 and 10 April and featuring my top ten classic rock tracks, here’s (Don’t Fear) the Reaper, released by Blue Oyster Cult in 1976 and taken from their ‘Agents of Fortune’ album.

This tune was a favourite in the halcyon days of the mid-70s when I spent most Saturday nights at a heavy rock nightclub on the seafront at Brighton called ‘The Hungry Years’.

Deep Purple – Smoke on the water (Starters for Ten #91) 1/10 (10)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 91: Top Ten classic rock tracks: 190401

Deep Purple – Smoke on the water (1972)

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.

Kickstarting the 10th, running between 1 and 10 April and featuring my top ten classic rock tracks, here’s Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water, recorded as the swansong on their 1972 album ‘Machine Head’.

The lyrics tell a true story. On 4 December 1971, the band were in Montreux, Switzerland, to record an album using the Rolling Stones mobile recording studio  On the eve of the recording session, a Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert was held in the neighbouring casino’s theatre.  At the beginning of Don Preston’s synthe solo on “King Kong”, the place suddenly caught fire when somebody in the audience fired a flare gun toward the rattan covered ceiling. Although there were no major injuries, the resulting fire destroyed the entire casino complex, along with all the Mothers’ equipment.

The  smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva from the burning casino as the members of Purple watched from their hotel was of course inspiration for the Roger Glover penned song.

The Carpenters – Goodbye to Love (Starters for Ten #028) 8/10 (3)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 28: Top Ten Spinetingler tracks: 190128

The Carpenters – Goodbye to love (1972)

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 tune itself. Because the music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the third, running between 21 and 30 January and featuring my top ten Spinetingler tracks, here, for its first outing in this series is Goodbye to Love from The Carpenters’ 1972 album ‘Song for You’. It gets a slot in the ‘spinetingler’ top ten for what is in my view, one of the best guitar solos of all time.