Cream – Toad (Starters for ten #287) 7.10.29

Starters for Ten 2019 – #287: Top Ten Drumming tracks: 191014

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.

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

Starters for Ten 2019 – #284: Top Ten Drumming tracks: 191011

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.

Albannach – The fire and thunder of Scotland (Starters for Ten #283) 3.10.29

Starters for Ten 2019 – #283: Top Ten Drumming tracks: 191010

Albannach – The fire and thunder of Scotland (2010)

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 Albannach performing their ‘fire and thunder’ at the Millport Maritime festival in Cumbrae in 2010.

Ten Years After – Going to try (Starters for Ten #103) 3/10(11)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #103: Top Ten Ten Years After numbers: 190413

Ten Years After – Going to try (1968)

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 11th, running between 11 and 20 April and featuring my top ten Ten Years After numbers, here’s Going to Try from the 1968 live album ‘Stonehenge’

Queen – Now I’m here (Starters for Ten #70) 10/10 (7)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 70: Top Ten Live tracks: 190311

Queen – Now I’m here (1979)

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 7th – my top ten live tracks – here’s Now I’m Here from Queen, recorded live during the European leg of Queen’s Jazz world tour, between January and March 1979 and released as the ‘Live Killers’ album in June of that year.

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 tracks

…and more to follow

Cheap Trick – Need your love (Starters for ten #69) 9/10 (7)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 69: Top Ten Live tracks: 190310

Cheap Trick – Need your love (1978)

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 7th – my top ten live tracks – here’s Cheap Trick’s Need your love from their ‘In Budokan’ album recorded over two nights in Tokyo on 28 and 30 April 1978 and subsequently released in October of that year.

Dr Feelgood – Going back home (Starters for ten #67) 7/10 (7)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 67: Top Ten Live tracks: 190308

Dr Feelgood – Going back home (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.

Dr Feelgood’s third album release (and first live one) topped the UK charts on its release in 1976 without the aid of a hit single release. It was the first ever live album to go to number 1 in the UK chart in its first week of release. And, rather less significantly, was also the bands’ first and only recording to reach number 1.

The original vinyl album release featured seven tracks, recorded in Sheffield, on Side 1, and six tracks, recorded in Dr Feelgood’s hometown, Southend, on Side 2. A free single, only issued with the first 20,000 copies, included live versions of ‘Riot in Cell block No.9’ (also recorded in Southend) and ‘Johnny B Goode’ (recorded in Aylesbury).

This is Southend’s Kursaal today, the ballroom of which was where side two of ‘Stupidy’ was recorded. It’s a Grade II listed building which had originally opened in 1901 as part of one of the world’s first purpose-built amusement parks. Sadly, with the exception of the ballroom which had remained Southend’s foremost rock venue, the Kursaal as a whole went into gradual decline from the early 1970s. At the end of 1977 the decision was made to close the ballroom as well though and the main building finally went the same way in 1986. The outdoor amusement area was redeveloped for housing but the main Kursaal building reopened in 1998 after a multimillion-pound redevelopment, containing a bowling alley, a casino and other amusements. Happily, the unique ‘Kursaal’ lettering on the dome remains.