Posts by paul795

    I too had been a bit disappointed with Hackett's output in the 80s. I only found out about Guitar Noir when I was browsing in one of the big music stores, and something made me decide to give it a chance.
    As soon as I heard Sierra Quemada I knew I'd made a good decision. Walking Away From Rainbows and There Are Many Sides To The Night also stand out.

    Really hoping his next album will be a 'Guitar Noir' moment, to make up for some of his more recent studio albums.

    Just seen that Francis Monkman (founder member of Curved Air and Sky, and composer of the soundtrack for The Long Good Friday) passed away last week. :( Curved Air's Phantasmagoria was one of the first albums I ever bought.

    I bought the green box set when they were issued, and it's sat on a shelf since then.
    Various things in life have got in the way of me actually opening it up and listening to anything from the set.
    Today I finally opened it up, and to my dismay I found that the CD of Foxtrot is missing from its case! The DVD audio is there, but no CD.

    Oh no... given his age it was going to happen soon but I was dreading it: RIP Bernard Cribbins. For a number of generations of viewers this is so, so sad.

    Yes, and there's a whole generation who will think this is disrespectful but ...

    .. will they bury him in a round hole or should it be square?

    Some that I consider perfect (or near perfect) already mentioned, such as Crime of the Century, Trick of the Tail, Selling England)

    I'd add

    The Snow Goose - Camel

    Sunburst Finish - Be Bop Deluxe

    Back in the 70s a girlfriend had an EP with Whiter Shade, Salty Dog, Homburg and Conquistador.
    I found a CD copy of it some years ago and was only listening to it a few days ago.

    I recently saw this on YouTube, his voice was still great in 2006

    I have all Darryl Way's albums including Wolf.. This is an excellent album.

    First live gig I ever went to was Wolf, at St. Albans City Hall in about 1973.

    I saw Gordon Giltrap with John Etheridge a few years ago, and Giltrap mentioned he met Etheridge when he supported Wolf on tour, so I wonder if he was the support that I saw and didn't pay much attention to (to my shame).

    Apart from his time with Curved Air, I only have the the three Wolf albums and Concerto for Electric Violin I should probably check some of his other work.

    Just remembered this instrumental track by Darryl Way's Wolf, named after Ian McDonald, who produced their first album, after Darryl Way had left Curved Air


    Thanks for posting that, cheered me up!

    I had a bad feeling that the Albert Hall gig in 2018 might be their last, so happy to be proved wrong.

    Came across this wonderful description of early Genesis by Chris Welch, in the book "The English Difference" from 1974. The book is a celebration of all that is unique about "Englishness", but is a bit more thoughtful and critical than that description might suggest.* And probably more thoughtful and critical than it would be if it were published today. (Also striking how much of what supposedly made England unique in 1974 no longer exists) -

    "While a rock 'n' roll band might appear to the casual, disinterested observer as a disorganised bunch of incompetents, Genesis are the antithesis of this concept. Four of them are ex-public-school boys, while the fifth, their drummer, Phil Collins, is an East Ender. Here the two class structures meet with mutual benefit.

    so, Phil wasn't an East Ender and it was only three, not four ex-public-school boys.
    Steve was a grammar school boy (and born nearer the East end than Phil was).