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LOCKDOWN LISTENING: A RANDOM-ISH PLAYLIST

Last Sunday I posted photos of my day’s listening on social media. It was an odd experience; noticing how my choices were influenced by an awareness of that sharing. The variety of delivery methods was pure theatre (and fun). Here are the pictures. * Terje Rypdal & The Chasers — Blue [ECM 1987] Excellent album […]

EUROPE ENDLESS

It’s just another elderly musician gone. Happens so regularly that writing rock obituaries would be a full-time job. So why does the death of Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider fill me with sadness? Actually, not sadness… loss. A electronic hole in the musicverse leaving one man standing. Hütter and Schneider, Schneider and Hütter. Now just Ralf. […]

70 FROM ’70 — INTERIM REPORT

My first computer-based list of albums was created on an Apple Classic. Filemaker Pro was the program, as I recall. Back then I insisted on spelling it programme. Queen’s English. The entire collection was housed in a three shelf unit made from a cut down wardrobe. When I took to the robe with a circular […]

70 FROM ’70 — PART 5

Continuing a personal trawl through Vinyl Connection’s favourite albums of 1970 Previous instalments… 70 FROM ’70 — PART 6 70 FROM ’70 — PART 7 * 50 GRATEFUL DEAD — Workingman’s Dead Tuneful country-folk songs with pleasing, slightly ragged harmonies. Some of these took their places in the Dead setlist for years. “Dire wolf”, “New […]

70 FROM ’70 — PART 6

Continuing the countdown of Vinyl Connection’s seventy favourite albums from 1970. The first part is here.   60 ERIC BURDON & WAR — Eric Burdon Declares War Born in the industrial north of the UK, Eric Burdon disbanded The Animals (by this time pre-fixed by his name) and in late 1969 teamed up with US […]

70 FROM ’70 — PART 7

70 HAWKWIND — Hawkwind Transitional sounds from the veteran space-rockers. Of course they weren’t veterans in 1970, more young psychedelic hippies feeling their way from free street-party gigs to the recording studio. Still, any album that opens with an endearing blues-based groove as infectious as “Hurry on Sundown” is all right in my book. After […]

NEVER A DŰŰL MOMENT

Being the second part of an article on two significant records released in Germany in 1970 The story of Amon Dűűl and its breakaway group Amon Dűűl II is as complex as the relationships in a political commune of passionate polyamorous drop-outs. Which was, of course, more-or-less what the Munich-based tribe was. In the brilliantly […]

ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE WORLD—DEUTSCHLAND

The German independent music scene was growing strongly at the end of the 60s. Alternative bands formed, disbanded, coalesced and disintegrated in various parts of the divided country: Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Munich and many others. The year 1970 saw some significant releases, LPs that would point towards the explosion of creativity and invention inherent in […]

AN IMPULSE!

This Saturday morning, bright and still after a dull, drab, and flipping awful week, I’ve come over all spontaneous. This, friends, is my ‘Hello Weekend!’ soundtrack and I’m enjoying it so much I decided to share. Everyone even remotely interested in the history of popular music and its antecedent, jazz, knows the name Duke Ellington. […]

HOLLYWOOD BLUESEVARD

The 60s bands of UK born John Mayall are legendary for being the workshop where some of the eras most revered guitarists honed their chops. Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), Eric Clapton (Cream) and Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) all served under the benign yet exacting blues baton of Mr Mayall. Yet by the end of the […]