Tag Archives: 1970 music

LUCKY MAN

From the woozy fanfare opening ‘The Barbarian’ to the final swooping moog solo panning between the speakers at the end of ‘Lucky Man’, via the stroked grand piano strings of ‘Take a Pebble’ and the dystopian drama of ‘Knife Edge’, I know the first Emerson Lake and Palmer album very well indeed. But it wasn’t […]

COLD SMOKE

The passing of Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese in January 2015 was a shock. That he died in his seventieth year, so soon after taking the Phaedra Farewell Tour around the world adds to the sense of loss. Herr Froese left behind a massive body of work spread over five decades. Fans will have their […]

THE AMAZING PUDDING

David Gilmour reflected that Atom Heart Mother, Pink Floyd’s first album of the 70s, was “us blundering about in the dark” [1, p.92]. Keyboard player Rick Wright does not remember it fondly. “Looking back it wasn’t so good” [2, p.82]. For his part, Roger Waters would prefer the suite be “thrown into the dustbin and […]

BUSTLING TOWARD THE HEDGEROW: LED ZEPPELIN I – III

I – Setting out Led Zeppelin played their first gig on the 7th of September, 1968, in Denmark. The tour was a remaindered Yardbirds commitment but none-the-less a statement of intent for a new/old band with energy, commitment and stamina. They played regularly, often two sets per night, and set off on the first of […]

ERIC & THE VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR

I The High School I attended was pretty large for the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The area had been a ‘growth corridor’ for some years and its previous life as a market garden area must have lingered in air and soil as children were plentiful. There were five classes of 25 wide-eyed primary school graduates […]

IT’S JOHNNY’S BIRTHDAY [COVERART #34]

All Things Must Pass was released on 27th November 1970 It consisted of a double album plus a third LP of jams recorded during the sessions When the album was re-released in March 2001, the original sepia cover photograph was colourised. Reflecting Harrison’s environmental awareness, the CD sleeves and booklet carried a rather sardonic story […]

ASTRONAUT GODS

It is not easy to appreciate the interest – the fervour even – generated by Erich von Däniken’s book Chariots of the Gods? when it was published in 1969 (the year after the original German publication). Without doubt the excitement was fuelled by the Apollo 11 moon landing in July of that year. Anything seemed […]