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.


Jefferson Airplane – Flightlog (Epic 2017 #127)

The Epic 2017 Project #127: 170507

Jefferson Airplane – Flightlog (1977)

light Log (1966–1976), released in January 1977 as a double-LP. It’s essentially  a compilation of Jefferson Airplane and Airplane-related tracks, including stuff by Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna, as well as solo tracks by Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and Jorma Kaukonen. Although primarily a compilation album, the album includes one previously unreleased song, “Please Come Back” written by Ron Nagle and performed by Jefferson Starship. “Please Come Back” is not available on any other release.

Among the session musicians featured on the album are two members of the Grateful Dead and one member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. David Crosby appears on one track, and Jerry Garcia plays on three tracks, two of which also feature Mickey Hart.

The album included a lavish 12-page full-color, full-size (12 booklet, containing photographs of the band throughout the period covered by the compilation. It also contained a detailed history of the band, written by Patrick Snyder of Rolling Stone magazine.

‘Hesitation Blues’ from Hot Tuna remains one of my all-time favourite tracks and never shifts from my top ten.

R.I.P. Classic Rock magazine


Wondering why I’d not had my subscriber edition of Classic Rock issue 232, I checked the Team Rock website this morning to find, to my dismay, that the company went into administration on 19 December 2016.

This means no more Classic Rock; no more Metal Hammer; and no more Prog magazine. Another heartfelt and very real loss to the music industry as Team Rock have been at the forefront of the genre now for the past 18 years.

I’ve been a subscriber since the beginning of 1999, just after the release of issue 2, and (although I had to nip out and buy the lastest) have every issue up to 232, the last; a veritable encyclopaedia of classic rock.

It’s a sad loss indeed and I shall miss my monthly digest into the annuls of rock past, present and even future. R.I.P. Team Rock – you’ll be sorely missed.

Ten Years After – Gonna Run (Leaping Ahead #266)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #266: 160922

[Song from a band beginning with ‘T’]

We all have one band to which we’ll always return; the one with that extra something which pulls at our heartstrings, sends shivers down our spines, floats our boats and generally just does it. End of. Simple. For me, that’s always going to be Ten Years After. I have all of their first line-up albums from the 1967 self-titled debut to 1974’s outgoing ‘Positive Vibrations’ and all on vinyl (and CD/MP3). Today’s track – ‘Gonna Run’ – comes from ‘Watt’, the band’s second 1970 album released on the Deram label.

Cream – White Room (Leaping Ahead #245)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #245: 160901

[A song with colour (9)]

The lyrics for ‘White Room’ were written by a beat poet named Pete Brown, who was a friend of Cream bass player, the late Jack Bruce. Brown also wrote the words for “Sunshine Of Your Love” and “I Feel Free.” Bruce wrote the music inspired, he said, by a cycling tour that he’d taken in France.

It was a miracle it worked, considering it was me writing a monologue about a new flat as a euphemism for depression and hopelessness…(Pete Brown)