Thursday, 16 February 2017

Scared To Run Out Of Time


Have a listen to Bonnie Raitt’s Nick Of Time.

Now that’s a Grammy performance.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

But I’ve Never Seen It Freeze


Down In The Hole is proof that James Taylor would be a great singer in any genre he chose.  It’s a masterpiece from a masterful artist.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Feed The World


The thing about Live Aid - apart from the awesome performances (okay, not all of it aged well, but some of the performances are immortal) - was: after your hope being dormant for a while, you believed that music might change the world after all.

Oh well …

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Just Like The Time Before And The Time Before That


I got three things to say about Bob Dylan’s Hurricane:

1)    I don’t know much about Scarlet Rivera’s work other than what she did with Dylan, but she must have been a Beatles fan.  The violin solos are like Beatles backward guitar tracks from Revolver.
2)    Dylan's Nobel Prize is right there in this song.  The horror, the outrage, the compassion at the stupidity of ignorance and hate over love – summing up the human condition in one spellbinding song.
3)    Who says Dylan can't sing?

Friday, 20 January 2017

Do You Believe In Magic


It used to be when you bought a new album and put it on, you expected to be astonished.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Does The Message Get To You?


Tarzan Boy by Baltimora might represent everything that  - for some – was detestable about the 80’s.  Sorry, but I love it.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Rubber Soul


Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins …  Yes.  Got it.  But without Motown, would we even have the Beatles?

Thursday, 15 December 2016

I Can Turn The Gray Sky Blue


With all due repsect to The Temptations, I just love Savoy Brown’s version of I Can’t Get Next To You.  Kim Simmonds’ guitar work is fantastic.

Friday, 9 December 2016

One Summer Day


For me, Cream’s version of I’m Sitting On Top Of The World was that moment when I said, "Yeah, alright.  I get it.  The Blues."

Cream gave me Muddy, and Hooker, Robert Johnson, and B.B., and Son House, and Keb’ Mo’, and Bonnie Raitt.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Two Hearts


It's a pity that Paul McCartney and Phil Collins didn't become close friends.  The music would have been fantastic.