Posts by foxfeeder

    I’d say it’s a certainty April won’t be happening now, lockdown till the middle of February here in the UK as a minimum leaves 6 weeks approx to be back to full concerts - no chance at all, they need to let us know as surely they must know by now that it won’t be happening?. Refund all the money and cancel is the only logical option. With the new strain now been the dominant one chances are such large event’s would be more risky to put on and logistically more impractical?. So I think cancelling should be considered. £900 is a lot of money to be left in Ticketmaster’s account for two years and I for one could do with it!.

    Obviously I would be gutted as everyone else but you have to look at the bigger picture, would everyone enjoy a show in such circumstances - I doubt it.

    I agree, absolutely no chance of these going ahead.

    As for "Jab & Go", you might as well name the culprit, Ryanair, and the ads don't even promise refunds, just rebookings. Scum!

    What are the regulations for USA / Canada / Asia etc? I don't think they will just allow everybody in without paperwork....

    You won't get punished for leaving a "club", but obviously it's impossible then to still have all the advantages.

    Everything else ist politics.

    1/ No-one expects NO paperwork, but if the EU impose paperwork over and above the norm, is that fair?

    2/ Us bands etc don't have the advantages, AND their travel costs are higher, yet they manage, so I think there's a lot of "moaning" in the article.

    We'd never get a deal on this anyway, as France veto everything that does not give THEM special rights regarding protection of their audio-visual industry, and the right to cross-subsidise their own output.

    And yet bands/artists can tour other places like USA/Canada/Australia/Asia - so, 2 possibilities, either it will be the same or easier as for those, OR it will be harder, in which case, it clearly WILL be the EU's fault.

    Who wants to be in a club where you can't leave without being punished? K#Jion a golf club or a tennis club, get the benefits. Leave, and lose them, but don't get kicked for doing so.

    A great song, in terms of what it set out to say, no surprise from the pen of Midge Ure, who is a very underrated songwriter (and guitarist!).

    Sadly, most people don't listen to lyrics, so I guess most people singing it, particularly the drunk ones, never give them a second thought.

    Last night, we watched "Knives Out", a DVD my daughter got me. At one point, Daniel Craig's character sang a small part of a song to himself. It took me a few seconds to work out it was "Am I losing my Mind" by Liza Minelli & the Pet Shop Boys. I felt quite proud of myself.

    Here's a funny Christmas first wife, we were married in 1993, divorced in 1994, gave me a used George Harrison CD for Christmas in '93. Mind you, I'd been burglarized a month or so before Christmas. All my CDs, about 500, we're stolen, plus my new Cerwin-Vega floor speakers(worth $500 each) and my television. I had marked many of my CDs with my driver's license number. Imagine my surprise when I opened the George Harrison CD and saw that it was mine, one of the stolen CDs. Of course, I asked my wife where she bought it. I went to that music store and saw all my CDs. I called the police and they met me at the store. The officer told the store manager that he must give me back all the CDs that I had marked, about 140. The others that weren't marked I could buy back at $1.00 each. I bought back maybe 40 more. I was really upset that more than 300 CDs had to stay in the store. I knew they were mine . The officer asked the store manager if he thought it might be a bit strange that someone would sell their 500-CD collection for pennies on the dollar? The officer also asked if he could describe what the person(s) looked like. To my shock, he described two people, one being a black man and the other being my wife. This set into motion a series of very disturbing discoveries about my wife. She apparently had hooked up with some drug addicts and had sold our property for drug money. We divorced after 11 months of marriage. I wonder if anyone ever purchased any of the 300 or so CDs that I wasn't willing to pay to get back? I could only get back the ones I could prove were mine. Sad story, I know, but funny in that my wife was clueless to the fact that she was giving me a CD for Christmas that was in fact mine already, and that she had stolen from me. The homeowners insurance settled my claim for $10,000. I was happy about that, but would rather have had my stuff back. How's that for a Christmas story?

    That is a remarkable story. 2 things spring to mind:

    1/ You could sell that to a TV show. They could make an episode of a crime drama based around that.

    2/ You should frame that CD and put it on the wall. If it wasn't for it, who knows how your life may have turned out, you wouldn't have found out about your first wife's true character for ages (I'm sure you would have discovered it eventually), and you may not have ended up with the wife and the life you have now. Scary, I know!

    It is, but I wish I could achieve it with David Bowie. Apart from 5 albums my entire Bowie cd collection is missing. Nearly a month after moving and having unpacked and arranged my CDs there is no sign of it. There are some boxes of books and other stuff in the storage area and I've gone through most of them to check if the CDs are among them but no sign of them. I'm reduced to looking in places I already know they're not. If a final check tomorrow doesn't reveal them I'll have to accept the likelihood they got accidentally included in a charity shop bag. A collection I spent years building up... 😔

    Given you moved recently, if they did go to a charity shop, chances are most of them are still there. Might be worth a visit, even if they won't let you have them back, you might be able to buy them back cheap.

    All I know is that he did the GWF on the segway at the show I went to in June 2003. Not sure if that was considered the Still Growing Up tour at that point? Can't quite remember that... I do remember much of the show pretty well though. The phone he used for Come Talk to Me came loose from the booth while he was singing so he had to kind of improvise with it. Pretty funny to see!

    So what you're saying is, he invented the mobile phone? :/

    It certainly looks of the period, but as for 1st pressing, hard to prove, it was certainly repressed the following year with the same catalogue number, but the "DECCA" logo described there suggests it is the 1st press, see 1969:…evelation/release/2830296 and 1970:…evelation/release/2102084

    The 1969 release details do seem to agree, ref the mono/stereo cutout etc. That said, there are comments below the details that suggest some sleeves etc were used later, which seems quite likely, Decca were pretty tight with cash for sleeve costs etc.

    Interesting to note Tom Allom's involvement, which I was unaware of, he went on to engineer/produce/play on Hudson Ford's albums in the 70's

    Ok thanks man. I wasn’t sure cos on the back it says it was mastered by Kevin gray. I thought nick would of done the mastering

    Vinyl mastering is a very different job to making stereo or 5.1 "masters", as is CD mastering for that matter. I doubt Nick has ever done vinyl or CD, his job would be to create the master tape or file from which they would be made.

    The "one album box-set" justification depends on the individual case. For example, Days Of Future Passed by the Moody Blues was reissued on its 50th anniversary, and you got 3 discs, the quad mix from 1972 in DVD form, with some video content from the era, and the 24/96 versions of the album as found on the 2 CD's, one being the album as remixed in 1978 due to the vinyl stampers being worn out and the master tape being unplayable, this mix had been the only one ever available on CD. The other was the original 1967 mix, following new techniques allowing restoration of the master tapes. For me, this was a must buy.

    Similarly, the next year, the "In Search Of The Lost Chord" album was reissued with a new stereo and 5.1 mix by Jacko Jaxyck, using the software that can de-mix stereo to individual tracks. This was the one album from their "core 7" that had never had a quad mix, as the master tapes did not contain all the tracks, some vocals and effects had been done live on mix-down. Along with a new stereo mix, the original mix, bonus tracks and a DVD of live performances and TV coverage from the era, this, again, was a must have.

    Both these included new stuff, or long available old stuff. That justified them, but the following 5 albums, despite passing their 50th anniversary already, or in the next couple of years, have not seen releases, so I don't see it as fleecing the fans. As it happens, I have the 5.1 mixes of these 5 anyway, so I think I'm complete now.

    That said, I've bought boxes from XTC/Dukes, and BJH to get the 5.1 mixes, and I'd certainly buy 5.1/bonus versions of TLLDOB, SEBTP and ATOTT if they ever appear.

    Talk about a shock. As you say, only posted here very very recently. What was the cause? Sympathy to all who knew him, even if only on the forum, and to his family.

    She irritates the hell out of me. And her voice is so cold and clinical.

    Me too, and she ruins existing songs. Whiter Shade of Pale, No More I Love You's (Cover of a song by unknown band The Lover Speaks) while thinking she's "an ARTIST"!

    Agree U2 are overrated, early stuff was good, then they wandered off-piste.

    Taylor Swift's name came up, I quite like her, she has done some very good songs (liked the last one, I'm the Man), yes some of her stuff is not that good, but given the standards of today, she's doing OK.

    1/ "...... Toxic by Britney Spears...…"

    unanimous about the multi-syllabled melismatic R&B wailing of certain artists, count me in.

    2. I agree about May's guitar, it sounds horrible. It being home-made is no excuse - make one that sounds much better, Dr May. Queen did some good stuff, there's some great rock music on Sheer Heart Attack but they weren't that good.

    1/ Little known factoid about "Toxic" - It was allegedly inspired by Noel Fitzpatrick, the supervet. He also has a short acting career few knew about.

    2/ I was a very early Queen fan, as I've mentioned elsewhere. Queen 2 is, to me, their best work, followed by the debut album, which isn't quite as consistent, though it doesn't sag at the end like Q2, where "Funny How Love Is" and "7 Seas of Rhye" let it down. SHA does have some very good songs on it, but also more than 1 or 2 that fall flat. the decline continued with the next 2, ironically the big sellers, but it was after that when they really lost it, presumably knee-jerk reacting to punk. Not sure why they felt the need to follow a trend, but they weren't alone in that. Rock bottom moments were Hot Space as mentioned elsewhere, simply dire, and Freddie's solo stuff. Happily, they got back on track with "The Works" which is a reference to going back to what they do disregarding fashion, though for me they never hit the heights of Q2 again. As for Brian's guitar, don't see the issue, it's likely as much down to effects pedals etc. as to the tone of the guitar itself. Take a listen to "Some Day, One Day" off Q2, the closing section is a superb guitar fest. My personal favourite Queen track.

    As I've also said before, Queen are one of those bands whose sum is greater than the parts. Freddie was awful solo, Brian's prone to heavy metal excess, which he's not good at, and which is reigned in by the others, although Roger's albums are pretty good, esp. "Happiness?" from 1994, which is better than most Queen albums.

    At this point I may as well mention another grating musical thing: Singers who can only sing by virtue of being able to hit the notes correctly (and we have to assume auto-tune isn't the reason!) but who actually have unpleasant voices. 2 examples: Rhianna, that bloody awful "Shine bright like a diamond" for example, listen to the backing vox in the chorus singing the title, could she sound anymore annoying. I pacify myself by imagining she is singing "Shite Brine Like A Diamond" Another is that "Darling Hold My Hand" song, not sure of the actual title, but we in the UK had to endure it during several TV adverts, most notably for holidays, at least Coronavirus (or "Coronafeirus" as the Welsh say) put paid to that. I think it's Jess Glynne. I'm sure she's a lovely person, but please, stop "singing"!!!