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Re: UBT's Musical Blog
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2016, 13:25:54 pm »
Now come on I have little or nothing so far in this blog from the sixties, and that is some omission.  Besides which it is POETS day - they don't practice that anymore in the world of work I believe..shame - and so what could be a better 60s record to represent that weekend's here feeling than the Easybeats Friday on My Mind.  One of my favourite 60s numbers.  Unfortunately, it is losing its edge as Boxerdog uses it in his KFC (Keep Fit Committee) sessions, and by the time it comes around we have been going for 40 minutes or so, and so I am cream-crackered and the pace of this song stretches me and rather than singing along, I am more lord mayoring along!!  Anyway an Australian band, around for a while but this song is the only real hit they had in the UK, but what a hit.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSowZcvoqr4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSowZcvoqr4</a>

OK this next 60s song is a Gerry Goffin/Carole King number, covered by many in the sixties, including the Beatles and gain in the 70s by the magnificent Brinsley Schwarz.  My favourite version is by the Crickets, now don't get started on the they weren't the original Crickets or no good without Buddy.  Yes Buddy Holly was/is a musical god for me, but there's no denying that this is a good song well performed and has a real sixties feel about it.  Which you would expect from the great Carole King.  I'll have a blog session x 3 to cover some of here great songs some time soon.  But for now here are the Crickets with Don't ever change....

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFRirLor8n8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFRirLor8n8</a>

This next song is my favourite instrumental from the 60s, and there were plenty produced during that FAB decade, and one group must have been responsible for half of them .... yes it's the Shads!!  When I hear this song it instantly takes me back to the sixties, and more particularly the black and white sixties, before the Beatles introduced colour into our minds ... wot am I wrong?  Not going to say too much more about this one or the group, cos i want to sneak in a bonus song.  So here are the Shadows with Atlantis

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VycZVyApqew" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VycZVyApqew</a>

And don't tell the boss but I am sneaking in this bonus number.  Come on it is Friday and as someone famously said The Weekend Starts Here!  And who better to represent the early British sixties star than Joe Brown, oh yes and the Bruvvers

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w_a0U9Oe_A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w_a0U9Oe_A</a>

Ah sod it I'm not paying for this so let's have one more London star of the early UK rock n roll scene that just sneaks into the 60s.  This song should be made into a national treasure, it's Tommy Bruce and the Bruisers ... they wouldn't pick that sort of name today I'm sure.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMyC9arYtgs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMyC9arYtgs</a>



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Re: UBT's Musical Blog
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2016, 22:07:02 pm »


  Some proper music there from a golden era, well done that man.      ;)  ;)

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Re: UBT's Musical Blog
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2016, 22:13:11 pm »
Really enjoyed the 60s music.

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Re: UBT's Musical Blog
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2016, 22:53:01 pm »
Great music there ubt! 

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« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2016, 08:34:36 am »
I'm listening to Sounds of The Sixties right now on radio 2. I can't start the weekend without it! Thanks for the memories too ubt!  :D

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« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2016, 11:23:48 am »
Love 60s music! Thanks, UBT!

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« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2016, 18:55:24 pm »
Been a bit busy lately with various tasks, including Europe in or out debate, regular readers will have seen my enlightened comments  ;)  Any road up, I had a sudden brainwave, why not use the theme of Europe for this blog!  Now don't stop reading cos this is about European groups who have hit the top here and across the rest of europe, and in some cases across the world.  Now I'll try to avoid the obvious like ABBA, Kraftwerk, or zee German-Jamaican combo Boney M, and what better to start with than the excellent Dutch one hit wonder group Golden Earring.  This record hits on so many levels, just on being an excellent rock anthem, it is an excellent drive record - put it on in the car stereo and you can see they made it for driving and of course their wonderful accents when singing, pure mid Atlantic, not a hint of a dutch accent : :)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf53Pg2AkdY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf53Pg2AkdY</a>

Now this next number - like that? it's called DJ speak! - is from a man who has been around a great number of years as a producer mainly, but also as a writer, performer and arranger, and he is an immense talent.  He is the Italian Georgio Moroder and the track I have chosen is 'The Chase', more commonly known as 'The Theme from Midnight Express'.  For example it wasn't Chicory Tip which first performed Son of my Father it was Georgio, and he also wrote it.  He's worked as producer and writer for some of the best including Phil Oakley, Kylie, Donna Summmers and he was the euro king of disco.

Now this track isn't meant to court controversy on a Turkey related site, it is here purely on musical merit.  First big point is that this is now nearly 40 years old (1978) and it has stood the test of time so well, fresh as a daisy, great use of the synth. - Moroder was like Pete Townshend as early adopter of this particular instrument - and like Golden earring it also stands well in the Drive section.  Get those windows down, and blast it out extra loud, but not round here!!  I might add that this was one of my earliest extended version 12 inch singles, which is what you've got here...enjoy

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViN2bRGrBx8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViN2bRGrBx8</a>

OK onto the Irish contribution - yes Ireland is a big small European nation - well these boys like the Dubliners represent the best of Irish music for me.  It is the wonderful, wonderful Thin Lizzy.  And this is their first big hit here in the UK Whiskey in the Jar.  They took a very old (17c) excellent - anti Brit - folk song, made famous by The Dubliners, and added some great guitar work, the graceful voice of Phil Lynott to produce a rock (more particularly folk rock crossover) masterpiece..... fantastic, this is easily my favourite TL track and there are many.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyQ-tScuzwM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyQ-tScuzwM</a>

And finally onto the last record.  Now I know this is a bit of a cheat, and I will always try to fit it -no squeeze it in - at sometime cos it is such a great song that we in the UK largely missed.  This was an English performer - Steve Harley - who failed to chart with this song in the UK, but it was a monster hit across the rest of Europe.  It was actually released before his mega hit Come up and see (make me smile) as Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel.  If you've not heard it before you are in for a treat, if you have heard it before then come and enjoy it all over again.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OIFk2dQcno" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OIFk2dQcno</a>

Next time Ithink we'll do something on musical schmooze!!  Well probably if I don't change my mind

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Re: UBT's Musical Blog
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2016, 21:29:20 pm »
Blimey it's been some time since I posted here, but a return to the UK, family coming over for my 60th birthday bash and a very busy time in general has worked against me finding time, but let me make amends with this posting of four great songs.

Some good friends bought me The Essential Fats Waller CD for my birthday and it is great firstly for all the tracks I know, but as important the tracks I did not know. Been great to listen too, especially as the weather here has now turned and it is sunny every day with hardly a cloud in the sky, rather like many of the great jazz, ragtime songs on this CD, especially when played loud as I drive around. If you do not know him look him up, he was one of the musical greats for my money from the 30s and 40s, his songs were often amusing, but always musically sound.  The track I have chosen was a song I can remember the old man singing too, particularly when he was washing and shaving in the morning before work, usually in the kitchen - much to mum's annoyance - as he prepared and ate his breakfast, made his sandwiches, kept warm in the winter by lighting the gas cooker rings and he was happy in the morning - as he was for the rest of the day - so he would sing...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZZRAU3DeOo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZZRAU3DeOo</a>

The next three songs are from people I consider to be from the top echelons of singer songwriters.  The first is from an all time american great Neil Sedaka.  He has written or co written songs that span the decades, and it was hard to choose one from a list of great songs and indeed hit songs.  Any way I have been completely selfish and chosen my favourite Sedaka song.  It was written with lyricist Howard Greenfield (he who had a crush on Carole King and so we got Oh Carol!) and was their last song together as they had agreed to go their separate ways in the early 70s after writing together for twenty or so years, hence we get this beautiful song, not a UK hit, but who cares if the song is as good as this ....

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1E1y71sI1s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1E1y71sI1s</a>

The next is probably my favourite English songwriter, the god like Ray Davis.  How do you choose one song from that very long list of his hit, and not hit but still great songs?  Well I have chosen one from the earlier Kinks songs, but it was not a hit and only featured on a B side (Sunny Afternoon) and Ray Davis is not even the lead singer, hows that for controversy in singer songwriter section!!  So here we go with Dave Davis unusually as the lead singer on a Kinks hit ( I must get Death of a Clown in a future post!)......

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmb7TU0OrOI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmb7TU0OrOI</a>

This song was included in the Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon, and it is superbly done as indeed are all the songs in the show, and if you haven't been to see it yet, break open that piggy bank and get yourself down to London town.. you will love it .... you'll sing, dance, weep and come out feeling sooooo good and that the world is a better place, and thanks to Ray Davis and the rest of the lads!!

The next singer songwriter is possibly not in many peoples greats list and it is true that he is probably better received outside of his own country, but Chris Rea is a favourite of mine, and this next video is great song performed live, and demonstrates his top drawer guitar playing, just try to ignore the 80s blond look!!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYLSfSrsiv8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYLSfSrsiv8</a>

And don't tell Scunner but I've slipped in an extra song again below, and if singer songwriters come any better I'd like to know who it is... sod it he is so good I have put in two of his best songs, NO SORRY IT IS THREE I couldn't get the list down anymore, but there's got to be more as this blog goes on with future posts....

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1eC-TAIGQU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1eC-TAIGQU</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UUWkr4FUlo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UUWkr4FUlo</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpssck3YZKA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpssck3YZKA</a>

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Re: UBT's Musical Blog
« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2016, 21:53:02 pm »
So glad you included my favourite Chris Rea song, Stainsby Girls.

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Re: UBT's Musical Blog
« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2016, 08:33:44 am »
Really enjoyed that UBT! Thank you  ;D




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