Cream – Toad (Starters for ten #287) 7.10.29

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Cream – Toad (1966)

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 my 29th top ten – featuring my top ten drumming tracks – here’s Toad from Cream’s debut 1966 album ‘Fresh Cream. The drum solo here was written and performed by the late Ginger Baker.

Santana – Soul Sacrifice (Starters for Ten #284) 4.10.29

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Santana – Soul Sacrifice (1969)

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 my 29th top ten – featuring my top ten drumming tracks – here’s Santana’s Soul Sacrifice epitomized by the 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Fair and featuring the talents of drummer Michael Shrieve, the second youngest performer at the festival aged just 20. Soul Sacrifice was included as the final track on Santana’s 1969 self titled debut album.

Booker T & the MGs – Green Onions (Starters for Ten #148) 8/10 (15)

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Booker T & the MGs – Green Onions (1962)

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 15th – featuring my top ten boogie tracks, and running between 21 and 30 May – here’s Green Onions, an instrumental composition recorded in 1962 by Booker T. & the M.G.’s. Described as “one of the most popular instrumental rock and soul songs ever”, the tune is a twelve-bar blues with a rippling Hammond M3 organ line by Booker T. Jones that he wrote when he was 17, although the actual recording was largely improvised in the studio.

The track was originally issued in May 1962 on the Volt label (a subsidiary of Stax Records) as the B-side of “Behave Yourself” on Volt 102; it was quickly reissued as the A-side of Stax 127, and it also appeared on the album Green Onions that same year. The organ sound of the song became a feature of the “Memphis soul sound”.

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells II (The ’59) #212

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Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells II (1992)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 34 – 1992.

Tubular Bells II was Mike Oldfield’s 15th album, released in 1992. The album – the first for his new record label, Warner Bros., following an acrimonious departure from Virgin after twenty years – was a sequel to the original ‘Tubular Bells’ from 1973. Another sequel, Tubular Bells III, followed in 1998.

The album charted at number 1 in the UK as did its precursor. It was Oldfield’s third number one album (after Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge) and, as of this year, his last number one album to date

Jeff Beck – Blow by blow (The ’59) #108

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Jeff Beck – Blow by blow (1975)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 17 – 1975

Blow by Blow is the second solo album from Jeff Beck, released on Epic Records in 1975, and recorded in October 1974

On 27 March 2001, a remastered edition for CD was reissued by Legacy Records, Epic and its parent label Columbia Records now a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

The Tornados – The Original Telstar (“The ’59”) #029

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The Tornados – The Original Telstar (1962)

The Tornados were essentially a backing group for many of record producer Joe Meek’s productions and also for singer Billy Fury. But they also enjoyed several chart hits in their own right, including the UK and U.S. No. 1 “Telstar” (named after the satellite and composed and produced by Meek), the first U.S. No. 1 single by a British group.

The Tornados (Dave Watts version) still perform concerts around the UK and Europe; the band consists of Dave Watts (keyboards), Shaun Corrigan on guitar for ’60s band the Symbols (“The Best Part of Breaking Up”), Pete Gill on bass from ’60s band The Rebounds, Jamie Thurston (vocals/guitar from ITV Heartbeat tour, “ITVtheRoyal”) and Tristan Long on drums (performed with Gareth Gates, Deacon Blue, Midge Ure, SKIN, Halloween, Foundations, Fortunes, etc.).

The Shadows (“The ’59”) #017

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The Shadows (1961)

The Shadows were formed from members of late 1950s UK skiffle groups: Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, both inspired by US pop music, came from the Newcastle-based Railroaders (and also the Five Chesternuts on Columbia Records); and Jet Harris and Tony Meehan from London, both inspired by UK jazz–skiffle music, came from the Vipers Skiffle Group (on Parlophone Records). Originally the backing band for Cliff Richard, ‘The Shadows’ became an instrumental combo in their own right following their success with the Jerry Lordan composition “Apache”.

They disbanded in 1968, but Marvin and Welch formed a vocal–guitar trio with ex-Strangers member John Farrar, as Marvin, Welch & Farrar. Because of low sales and fans demanding Shadows numbers at gigs, the band re-formed in 1973 with Bennett as a full member and various extra musicians. It disbanded again in 1990 but re-formed in 2004–05 for a UK and continental European tour and again during 2009–10 to tour and release an album with a 50th anniversary reunion with Cliff Richard.

Their self-titled debut was released in September 1961 and went straight to No.1 in the UK album charts.