Leaps n Bands #112: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) 10/12

Side 2, track 4 – Honey Hush

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

Part studio/part live (from sessions at London’s Hope and Anchor in November 1977), ‘Skull Wars’ was the reformed Pirates’ second album.

Here’s the album’s antepenultimate track – Honey Hush

Leaps n Bands #111: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) 9/12

Side 2, track 3 – Four to the bar

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

Part studio/part live (from sessions at London’s Hope and Anchor in November 1977), ‘Skull Wars’ was the reformed Pirates’ second album.

Here’s the third track from side 2 – Four to the bar

Leaps n Bands #110: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) 8/12

Side 2, track 2 – Voodoo

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

Part studio/part live (from sessions at London’s Hope and Anchor in November 1977), ‘Skull Wars’ was the reformed Pirates’ second album.

Here’s the second track from side 2 – Voodoo

Leaps n Bands #109: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) [7/12]

Side 2, track 1 – I’m in love again.

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

Part studio/part live (from sessions at London’s Hope and Anchor in November 1977), ‘Skull Wars’ was the reformed Pirates’ second album.

Here’s the opening track from side 2 – I’m in love again

Leaps n Bands #108: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) [6/12]

Side 1 – track 6 – I’m talking about you

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

At the end of their second set of the 1977 ‘Front Row Festival at ‘The Hope and Anchor’ in London, The Pirates played two numbers back-to-back – a ripper of a cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B Goode’ and (in Johnny’s Spence’s inimitable style) “…another one” – this one; I’m talking about you.

Leaps n Bands #107: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) [5/12]

Side 1, track 5 – Johnny B Goode

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

Considered to be one of the most recognisable songs in the history of popular music, Rolling Stone magazine has the 1958 Chuck Berry original of “Johnny B. Goode” at No.7 in its list of the 500 Greatest songs of all time.

The Pirates version was recorded live at the end of their second set of the 1977 ‘Front Row Festival’, a three-week event at the Hope and Anchor, Islington. On the ‘Skull Wars’ album, tracks 5 and 6 on side one merge into each other as back-to-back performances. But here, for now, is Johnny B Goode.

Leaps n Bands #106: The Pirates – Skull Wars (1977) [4/12]

Side 1, track 4 – Johnny B Goode’s good

Throughout 2020, Jemtunes is re-visiting on a track by track basis some the records that have spoken loudest over the years.

‘Leaps n Bands’ #103 through #114 – running through to 14 August – features the 1977 mostly live album from The Pirates – Skull Wars

When The Pirates reformed in 1977 they played at the ‘Front Row Festival’, a three-week event at the Hope and Anchor, Islington, in late November and early December 1977. This resulted in the band’s inclusion, alongside Wilko Johnson, the Only Ones, the Saints, the Stranglers, X-Ray Spex, and XTC, on a hit double album of recordings from the festival.

The Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival compilation LP (released in March 1978) reached number 28 in the UK Albums Chart. ‘Skull Wars’ – partially recorded at the festival – was pre-released just after Christmas 1977 and offically on 1 January 1978.

The front cover artwork isn’t meant to be totally dissimilar to “Star Wars'” Darth Vader as a note on the rear cover jokingly claims that this was “The record they didn’t dare make into a movie”.

Here’s track 4 from side 1 – Johnny B Goode’s good – a Mick Green/Johnny Spence penned homage to Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B Goode’ (see Leaps n Bands #106 on 29 July). The video starts with a clip of Mick Green introducing a bit about the bands’s reformation. The live ‘Johnny B Goode’s good’ was filmed at 1978’s Reading Rock.

Leaps n Bands #5: Led Zeppelin IV – side 1, track 4: Stairway to Heaven (1971)

For this first part of the new Jemtunes series for 2010 – Leaps n Bands – I’m taking you through a track by track expose of Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth studio album commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV.

And what can be said about the final track on side one that hasn’t already? Stairway to Heaven was mostly written by Jimmy Page, and the bulk of the chord sequence was already worked out when recording started at Basing Street Studios. The lyrics were written by Robert Plant at Headley Grange, about a woman who “took everything without giving anything back” and the final take of the song was recorded at Island Studios after the Headley Grange session.

The whole group contributed to the arrangement John-Paul Jones playing recorders on the introduction, and John Bonham’s distinctive drum entry halfway through the piece. Page played the guitar solo using a Fender Telecaster he had received from Jeff Beck and been his main guitar on the group’s first album and early live shows. He put down three different takes of the solo and picked the best to put on the album.

The song was the standout track on the album and was played on FM radio stations frequently, but the group resisted all suggestions to release it as a single. It became the centrepiece of the group’s live set from 1971 onward, Page using his signature Gibson EDS-1275 double neck guitar in order to replicate the changes between acoustic, electric and twelve-string from the studio recording.

Footage of the song being played live is preserved on the band’s concert film The Song Remains the Same, featuring a performance from Madison Square Garden in 1973, and on the Led Zeppelin DVD, featuring a performance from Earls Court Arena in 1975. Official audio versions are also available on The Song Remains the Same’s accompanying soundtrack, on Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions (a performance from London’s Paris Theatre in 1971) and on How the West Was Won (a performance from the Long Beach Arena in 1972).

 

Plan B – In the bleak midwinter (Starters for Ten #360) 10.10.36

Starters for Ten 2019 – #360: Top Ten Festive tracks: 191226

Plan B – In the bleak midwinter (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 the 36th – my top ten festive tracks – here’s Plan B from Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 1’s December 2010 Live Lounge and In the bleak midwinter

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
[12] April 12-30: Top Ten ‘Talking Heads’ tracks
[13] May 1-10: Top Ten Punk Anthems
[14] May 11-20: Top Ten Rock numbers
[15] May 21-30: Top Ten Boogie tracks
[16] May 31-June 9: Top Ten Lurve songs
[17] June 10-19: Top Ten Driving Tracks
[18] June 20-29: Top Ten Britpop/invasion tracks
[19] June 30-July 9: Top Ten Jimi Hendrix numbers
[20] July 10-19: Top Ten 2018 tunes
[21] July 20-29: Top Ten Sunday Morning tracks
[22] July 30-August 8: Top Ten Fleetwood Mac tracks
[23] August 9-18: Top Ten 2017 tunes
[24] August 19-28: Top Ten Saturday night numbers
[25] August 29-September 7: Top Ten ZZ Top tracks
[26] September 8-17: Top Ten 2016 tunes
[27] September 18-27: Top Ten 1960’s numbers
[28] September 28-October 7: Top Ten 1970’s numbers
[29] October 8-17: Top Ten drumming tracks
[30] October 18-27: Top Ten 1980’s numbers
[31] October 28-November 6: Top Ten 2015 tunes
[32] November 7-16: Top Ten last 20 years (part I)
[33] November 17-26: Top Ten David Bowie numbers
[34] November 27-December 6: Top Ten Blues numbers
[35] December 7-16: Top Ten last 20 years (part II)
[36] December 17-26: Top Ten Festive tracks
[37] December 27-31: Top Five tracks from my Top 5 albums of 2019

Keep reading for ‘Leaps n Bands’ – a new Jemtunes series starting on 1st January 2020

Ten Years After – Spider in my web (Starters for Ten #335) 5.10.34

Starters for Ten 2019 – #335: Top Ten Blues numbers: 191201

Ten Years After – Spider in my web (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 my 34th – my top ten blues numbers – here’s Ten Years After’s Spider in my web from their 1968 album, ‘Undead’