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.

Ten Years After – Rock n Roll Music to the World (Starters for Ten #107) 7/10 (11)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #107: Top Ten Ten Years After numbers: 190417

Ten Years After – Rock n Roll Music to the World (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 11th, running between 11 and 20 April and featuring my top ten Ten Years After numbers, here’s Rock n Roll Music to the World, the title track from the 1972 album.

The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (The ’59) #084

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The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (1972)

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. We’re currently at year 14 – 1972

Exile on Main Street was released on 12 May 1972 on the Rolling Stones Records label. It was the band’s first double album and tenth studio album release. Primarily recorded in a rented villa in Nellcôte, France while the band lived abroad as tax exiles, it’s rooted blues, rock and roll, swing, country, and gospel. The sessions included additional musicians including pianist Nicky Hopkins, saxophonist Bobby Keys, drummer Jimmy Miller, and horn player Jim Price, and were completed at Los Angeles’s Sunset Sound.

A remastered and expanded version of the album was released in Europe on 17 May 2010 and in the United States on 18 May 2010, featuring a bonus disc with 10 new tracks.

The Beatles – with the Beatles (“The ’59”) #033

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The Beatles – with the Beatles (1963)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes will turn 59 having been born in 1959. So ‘The ’59’ is working through the top album releases every year from 1959 through 2018. We’ve just reached 1963.

The Beatles’ second album was released on 22 November 1963, on Parlophone, and was recorded four months after the band’s debut Please Please Me. It features eight original compositions (seven by Lennon–McCartney and “Don’t Bother Me”, George Harrison’s first recorded solo composition and his first released on a Beatles album) and six covers (mostly of Motown, rock and roll, and R&B hits). The cover photograph was taken by the fashion photographer Robert Freeman, and it has been mimicked by several music groups over the years.

The album became the first Beatles album released in North America when it was released in Canada on 25 November under the augmented title Beatlemania! With the Beatles, with additional text on the album cover, and issued only in mono at the time, catalogue number T 6051 (a stereo Canadian release would come in 1968, catalogue number ST 6051).

The Beatles – Please please me (“The ’59”) #032

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The Beatles – Please please me (1963)

The debut studio album from The Beatles, rush-released by Parlophone on 22 March 1963 in the UK to capitalise on the success of their singles “Please Please Me” and “Love Me Do”.

Of the album’s 14 songs, eight were written by Lennon–McCartney, early evidence of what Rolling Stone later called “[their invention of] the idea of the self-contained rock band, writing their own hits and playing their own instruments.”

In 2012, the album was voted 39th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”

Dion – Alone with Dion (“The ’59”) #022

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Dion – Alone with Dion (1961)

By the beginning of 1961, Dion had released his first solo album on the Laurie Label, “Alone with Dion”, and the single “Lonely Teenager,” which rose to No. 12 in the US charts. The name on his solo releases was simply “Dion.” Follow-ups “Havin’ Fun” and “Kissin’ Game” had less success, and the signs were that Dion would drift onto the cabaret circuit. However, he then recorded, with a new vocal group, the Del-Satins, an up-tempo number co-written with Ernie Maresca. The record, “Runaround Sue,” stormed up the U.S. charts, reaching No. 1 in October 1961, and No. 11 in the UK, where he also toured. “Runaround Sue” sold over a million copies, achieving gold disc status

Lonely Teenager” was written by Alfred DiPaola, Silvio Faraci, and Salvatore Pippa and was Dion’s first solo single It reached No.47 in the UK in 1960.

Adam Faith – Adam (“The ’59”) #014

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Adam Faith – Adam (1960)

Adam Faith Terence (born Terrence Nelhams-Wright (23 June 1940 – 8 March 2003)), was a British teen idol, singer, actor and financial journalist. He was one of the most charted acts of the 1960s and became the first UK artist to lodge his initial seven hits in the Top 5. He was also one of the first UK acts to record original songs regularly

His self-titled debut was released in 1960 and got to No.6 in the UK charts.

Cliff Richard – Me and my Shadows (“The ’59”) #013

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Cliff Richard – Me and my Shadows (1960)

This was Cliff’s third album. Recorded at Abbey Road studios with The Shadows and produced by Norrie Paramor, it was released through Columbia Records in October 1960 and reached No. 2 in the UK album chart.

No singles were to be officially released in the UK from the album but a pairing of album tracks “Gee Whiz It’s You” and “I Cannot Find a True Love” was pressed as an export single intended for continental Europe. However, high demand in the UK meant it charted in March 1961 and eventually reached No.4 in the UK singles chart. Although very popular for an import, this single broke what would have been a run of 15 consecutive top 3 singles in the UK, although it helped give Richard a record 16 back to back top 5 hits.

‘Me and my Shadows’ is the second of only 5 albums [Cliff, Me & my Shadows, 21 Today, Finders Keepers, Established 1958] recorded by Cliff with exclusive backing by the Shadows during the 1960s. On all the others the backing duties are shared between The Shadows and the Norrie Paramor Orchestra.

In style with the Crickets (“The ’59”) #010

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In style with the Crickets (1960)

Even though this was the Crickets’ first release following the departure and subsequent death of their front man, Buddy Holly, it still contains many of the band’s most memorable songs.

Originally released as an LP record on December 5, 1960, the album remained out of print for some time until it was re-released on CD in 1993, with bonus tracks not featured on the original.