20 Years Of Jethro Tull (abridged 2 LP version) 1988
Disc 1 1. Stormy Monday Blues 2. Love Story 3. A New Day Yesterday 4. Summerday Sands 5. Coronach 6. March The Mad Scientist 7. Pibroch / Black Satin Dancer 8. Lick Your Fingers Clean 9. Overhang 10. Crossword 11. Saturation 12. Jack-a-lynn 13. Motoreyes
Disc 2 1. Part Of The Machine 2. Mayhem, Maybe 3. Kelpie 4. Under Wraps 2 5. Wond'Ring Aloud 6. Dun Ringill 7. Life's A Long Song 8. Nursie 9. Grace 10. Witch's Promise 11. Teacher 12. Living In The Past 13. Aqualung 14. Locomotive Breath
Disc 1 1. U2 - With Or Without You 2. Steve Winwood - Higher Love 3. Roxy Music - Virginia Plain 4. Jethro Tull - Living In The Past 5. Free - All Right Now 6. Spencer Davis Group - Keep On Running 7. Traffic - Paper Sun 8. Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love 9. Grace Jones - Slave To The Rhythm 10. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Annie I'm Not Your Daddy 11. Gibson Brothers - Cuba 12. Bob & Earl - Harlem Shuffle 13. Desmond Dekker & The Aces - The Israelites 14. Millie - My Boy Lollipop 15. Third World - Now That We've Found Love
Disc 2 1. Bob Marley & The Wailers - No Woman, No Cry 2. Jim Capaldi - Love Hurts 3. Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes - Up Where We Belong 4. Bryan Ferry - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 5. Jimmy Cliff - Wild World 6. Pete Wingfield - Eighteen With A Bullet 7. Fairport Convention - Si Tu Dois Partir 8. Cat Stevens - Morning Has Broken 9. Julian Cope - World Shut Your Mouth 10. Will Powers - Kissing With Confidence 11. Amazulu - Too Good To Be Forgotten 12. Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star 13. Sparks - This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us 14. Eddie & The Hot Rods - Do Anything You Wanna Do 15. The Christians - Forgotten Town
Back On The Road - 32 Tracks Of The Very Best Of Progressive Underground 1988
Disc 1 1. All Right Now - Free 2. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix 3. Living In The Past - Jethro Tull 4. Hocus Pocus - Focus 5. Eight Miles High - The Byrds 6. Rainbow Chaser - Nirvana 7. America & 2nd Amendment - Nice 8. Northern Sky - Nick Drake 9. On The Road Again - Canned Heat 10. Paranoid - Black Sabbath 11. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane 12. Mona - Quicksilver Messenger Service 13. My White Bicycle - Tomorrow 14. Love Really Changed Me - Spooky Tooth 15. Race With The Devil - Gun 16. 10.30 Returns To The Bedroom - Soft Machine
Disc 2 1. Strange Brew - Cream 2. Silver Machine - Hawkwind 3. Meet On The Ledge - Fairport Convention 4. Fire - The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown 5. Woodstock - Matthews Southern Comfort 6. Paper Sun - Traffic 7. Do It - Pink Fairies 8. Tom Tiddler's Ground - Roy Harper 9. Black Night - Deep Purple 10. Out Demons Out - Edgar Broughton Band 11. Loves Like A Man - Ten Years After 12. Venus In Furs - Velvet Underground 13. Fresh Garbage - Spirit 14. One And One Is One - Medicine Head 15. Change Song - Blodwyn Pig 16. Something In The Air - Thunderclap Newman
Life at 33 1/3: Island delights Friday, 26 December 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 52 By Carl Meyer
Various artists: Nice Enough To Eat (Island)
Back in the late 60’s there’s wasn’t that much money going round if you were a teenager, like me. As I was graduating from the 45 pop single to the cooler and rather expensive rock-album, times were tough. You had to plan your investments. As The Beatles still were my priority in 1969, that meant pain.
Almost back-to-back with “The White Album” they released the “Yellow Submarine”-soundtrack. There were strange sounding albums from John & Yoko (“Life With The Lions” and “Wedding Album”) and George Harrison (“Electronic Sounds”). A couple of Beatles-singles (“Get Back” and “The Ballad Of John And Yoko”), two 45s (“Give Peace A Chance” and “Cold Turkey”) and one album (“Live Peace In Toronto 1969”) from Plastic Ono Band and The Beatles’ swan song, “Abbey Road” (with another 45 to go, “Something”/”Come Together”).
In other words, I was 17, a devoted reader of the weekly New Musical Express, and in trouble. I loved The Beatles, but I also loved all the other sounds that made 1969 such an amazing year for rock music. Like The Who’s “Tommy”, The Moody Blues’ “On The Threshold Of A Dream”, The Nice’s “The Nice”, Pink Floyd’s “Ummagumma”, The Rolliing Stones’ “Let It Bleed”, Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline”, two slices of Led Zeppelin, Cream’s “Goodbye”, Crosby, Stills & Nash’ “Crosby, Stills & Nash”, Procol Harum’s “A Salty Dog”… the list is endless. On top of that were all the unfamiliar names found on the new and experimental labels such as Island, Harvest, Deram and eventually Vertigo. For a 17 year old, 1969 was both heaven and hell.
But there was a way around it. The easiest was starting a record club at school, which we did, giving me access to some of those desirable titles. But there was a down-side to it: All of us, except Tormod, had tape recorders. The consequence? We didn’t actually get the record itself, Tormod did. So even if I had the music on magnetic tape, it didn’t feel like owning the actual record. The was no sleeve to study.
The other solution was buying second-hand. However, you couldn’t listen to the music in those shops, you had to buy by instinct. You quickly learned that the chance of striking gold was higher if you went for certain labels. Them lavish gatefold sleeves didn’t hurt either. Cover art became a value in itself and had its own super stars, Roger Dean, Keef, Hipgnosis...
The record companies were releasing so much product by now that the record stores had become a jungle. It wasn’t enough to advertise in the music papers or hope for radio play. And thus the sampler album was introduced. At budget price they gave the listener a cross section of the record label’s lesser known artists and brand new hopefuls, carefully spiced with a couple of well established names. For a couple of years these samplers were a huge success. No wonder as you got a lot of cool music at a very cheap price.
CBS started the ball game in Europe with “The Rock Machine Turns You On”. Island Records quickly followed suit with “You Can All Join In” in early ’69. That album turned Jethro Tull and Free into mainstream stars. The sampler albums were like maps and guidebooks for a trip into the unknown. They were affordable, and if you found something you really liked, you’d go to the second-hand shop and invest in a full album by those groups.
Island’s second sampler, “Nice Enough To Eat”, released in November 1969, was of great importance to me. Some of the performers are still among my all-time favourites, 45 years on.
King Crimson simply blew my mind. “21st Century Schizoid Man” is the most brutal, distorted and blasting heavy piece of music I have ever heard. Of course I had to buy their album, and to my surprise, they were not a heavy band at all, but rather masters of epic beauty. It was love at first spin.
The riff heavy, stop-start blaster “Better By You, Better Than me”, sent me straight to the second-hand shop for Spooky Toth’s “Spooky Two”, and that album turned out to be a real classic. “Evil woman” still rules. Mike Harrison’s voice and Luther Grosvenor a.k.a. Ariel Bender’s guitar. Astonishing!
The Jethro Tull spin-off band Blodwyn Pig was another winner, and who could resist that pink sleeve with the pig’s head wearing ear phones and shades on and smoking a spliff? Jethro Tull I already knew, as the record club at school had bought the wonderful “Stand Up”-album back in August, the pop-up sleeve now resting on Tormod’s record shelf.
The whimsical hippie-eccentricity of Dr. Strangely Strange took me by surprise, were they for real? They sounded high as kites, all wearing smiles on their faces, not knowing where the song was going, but stumbling onwards with their acoustic guitars, their flute and their mild mannered slightly out of tune harmony singing. A stunning piece of folk weirdness. No wonder they became cult heroes on eBay.
The slow burner “Woman” introduced me to Free, a promising new band riding on the second wave of the British electric blues. The voice of Paul Rodgers, the restrained, but fiery guitar playing of Paul Kossof. A full six months or so before they hit the world with “All Right Now”.
And Mott The Hoople, wow! Their version of Doug Sahm’s “At The Crossroad” is a delight. A whirlpool of sound blasting through the speakers, almost, but not quite drowning Ian Hunter’s Dylan-like moan. Epic stuff. It came off their debut-album, the one with the Escher-sleeve.
Then there’s the mysterious Newcastle-band Heavy Jelly who were actually the not so successful Skip Bifferty in disguise. Their eight minute ramble “I Keep Singing That Same Old Song” is on the brink of disintegrating the whole way through, but I adored their losing struggle with that beast of a track.
The centrepiece on “Nice Enough To Eat” was none of these, however, but “Time Has Told Me”, a melancholy, quiet little acoustic song performed by a young man with a soft and longing voice. This is how I met Nick Drake. I had never heard such beauty and sadness before, it spoke directly to my young and vulnerable soul. And my, was I happy when I found “Five Leaves Left”, from which “Time Has Told Me” was lifted, in the second-hand shop! Thus started a lifelong relationship with the music of this remarkable singing poet who only got to release three albums before he left us in November 1974. Five years left, that’s what he had, but his songs are just as touching and relevant today as they were then.
“Nice Enough To Eat” contains samples from 11 albums and one single (Heavy Jelly). I ended up buying all the albums and would’ve bought the single too, if I had found it. So the cheap entrance to the Island label turned out to be quite an expensive one, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am forever grateful to the record company for their sneaky trap. It made me aware of a fascinating alternative to the hit parade and the lasting magic of the long player.
There was something more out there. There was life after The Beatles.
Released: November 1969
Contents: “Cajun Woman” (Fairport Convention)/ “At the Crossroads” (Mott the Hoople)/ “Better By You, Better Than Me” (Spooky Tooth)/ “We Used To Know” (Jethro Tull)/ “Woman” (Free)/ “I Keep Singing That Same Old Song” (Heavy Jelly)/ “Sing Me A Song That I Know” (Blodwyn Pig)/ “(Roamin’ Thro’ The Gloamin’ With) Forty Thousand Headmen” (Traffic)/ “Time Has Told Me” (Nick Drake)/ “21st Century Schizoid Man” (King Crimson)/ “Gungamai” (Quintessence)/ “Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal” (Dr. Strangely Strange)
These eight albums you should buy right away: Unhalfbricking, Fairport Convention; Spooky Two, Spooky Tooth; Stand Up, Jethro Tull; Free, Free; Traffic, Traffic; Five Leaves Left, Nick Drake; In The Court Of The Crimson King, King Crimson; Kip Of The Serenes, Dr. Strangely Strange.
We had compilation albums on this side, too...I remember a cut rate company called K-Tel records that advertised on TV and offered you a real mix of great stuff and hopeless crap. Along with utterly forgetable, one hit wonder, probably studio band only dross I got some catchy pop like 'The Buckinghams' ( kind of hush) and 'Gary Puckett and the union gap ( young girl) which was good enough for my young teen ears and some REAL Jewels like Moby Grape ( 8:05), Yardbirds ( For Your love) and manfed mann ( ha ha laughed the clown....who remembers THAT ?).
Double CD EMI 1997 Tracklist 1.: Gimme Dat Harp Boy - Captain Beefheart 2.: My Dark Hour - Miller, Steve 3.: It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry - Russell, Leon 4.: Rag Mama Rag - Band 5.: Down In Texas - Hourglass 6.: I Got Love If You Want It - Winter, Johnny 7.: Little Games - Yardbirds 8.: Shapes Of Things - Beck, Jeff Group 9.: Happy Birthday - Idle Race 10.: Walking Down Their Outlook - High Tide 11.: 10538 Overture - ELO 12.: Speed King - Deep Purple 13.: Machines - Lothar & The Hand People 14.: Out Demons Out - Broughton, Edgar Band 15.: Song From The Bottom Of A Well - Ayers, Kevin 16.: Octupus - Barrett, Syd 17.: Mona - Quicksilver Messenger Service 18.: I'm Going Home - Ten Years After 19.: Shake Some Action - Flamin' Groovies 20.: Clifton In The Rain - Stewart, Al 21.: Superlungs My Supergirl - Reid, Terry 22.: Trip - Donovan 23.: Mockingbird - Harvest, James 24.: Leavin' My Home - TIME 25.: Cherry Red - Groundhogs 26.: Evil Woman - Canned Heat 27.: Can Blue Men Sing The Whites - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 28.: Country Girl - Brinsley Schwarz 29.: Mythical Kings And Iguanas - Previn, Dory 30.: Wall - Hapshash & The Coloured Coat 31.: Hang On To A Dream - Gandalf 32.: Living In The Past - Jethro Tull 33.: Daughter Of The Fireplace - Man 34.: Seven By Seven - Hawkwind 35.: Do Ya - Move 36.: Sylvia - Focus
1. Bouree - Malibran 2. Living In The Past - Lincoln 3. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day - La Macchina Ossuta 4. Sweet Dream - Souldrivers 5. Only Solitaire - Silvia Perlini & Gianni Mocchetti 6. Nursie - Circle Game 7. Cat's Squirrel - Dario Lombardo & Chicago Blue Revue 8. A New Day Yesterday - Ernesto De Pascale & London Underground 9. Mother Goose - U.B.T. 10. Fat Man - Cpt. Elica & Dissoi Logoi 11. Aqualung - Novalia 12. A Song For Jeffrey - Oak 13. Locomotive Breath - Garybaldi 14. Up To Me - Algebra 15. Dun Ringill - Dun 16. Wond'ring Aloud - Germinale 17. With You There To Help Me - Beggar's Farm 18. We Used To Know - Grand Court Jesters 19. For Michael Collins, Jeffrey And Me - Ductia 20. 'Too Old...' Theme - Michele Manzotti
Various bands from Italy playing cover versions of Jethro Tull tracks. Clive Bunker, Glenn Cornick and John Evans playing on track 18.
Here's the other thread from the vaults with Samplers. I know that Samplers were brought put by the recording label to showcase their artists but were Compilations also linked by recording label as well? Both threads equally interesting.
In the bygone days before multinational corporate mergers and acquisitions left the record industry a smoldering husk of its former self, Warner Bros. Records launched a series of bargain-priced label samplers dubbed Loss Leaders: available via mail order for two bucks or less, these remarkably generous compilations often featured B-sides and other non-LP tracks, but what's most notable is the sheer consistency of the listening experience -- Warner and its affiliated labels housed a veritable murderers' row of rock & roll legends, and only rarely does a disappointing track squeak into the mix. The Big Ball represents the first Loss Leaders release of the 1970s, and it's a corker, spotlighting a veritable who's who of legends including Van Morrison (the heart-stopping "Caravan"), Neil Young ("The Loner"), Joni Mitchell ("Big Yellow Taxi"), and the Grateful Dead ("Turn on Your Lovelight") alongside cult favorites like Randy Newman ("Mama Told Me Not to Come") and Tim Buckley ("Happy Time"). This is music that celebrates the creative spirit at its most daring and realized -- and proves a stinging reminder of how calculated and tame major-label rosters have become in the decades since.
1 Nice Folks - Fifth Avenue Band
2 Red-Eye Express - John Sebastian
3 This Whole World -The Beach Boys
4 New Orleans Hopscop Blues - Geoff & Maria Muldaur
5 Coming in to Los Angeles - Arlo Guthrie
6 I Was the Rebel, She Was the Cause - Eric Andersen
7 Jubilee - Norman Greenbaum
8 Ivy - Savage Grace
9 Caravan - Van Morrison
10 Oh Well, Pts. 1 & 2 - Fleetwood Mac
11 Sally Go Round the Roses - Pentangle
12 Nothing Is Easy - Jethro Tull
13 Flying - Small Faces
14 No Mule's Fool - Family
15 When I Turn Out the Living Room Light - The Kinks
16 I'm on My Way Home Again - The Everly Brothers
17 Happy Time - Tim Buckley
18 Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
19 The Loner - Neil Young
20 Approaching Lavender - Gordon Lightfoot
21 Mama Told Me Not to Come - Randy Newman
22 Fire and Rain - James Taylor
23 Sit Down Old Friend - Dion
24 The Illiad - Ed Sanders
25 Kansas and the Gto's; the Captain's Fat Theresa Shoes; the Original Gto - The G.T.O.'s
26 Ella Guru - Captain Beefheart
27 WPLJ - The Mothers of Invention
28 The Taster; the Story of the Taster - Wild Man Fischer
Various Artists Looking at the Pictures in the Sky: The British Psychedelic Sounds of 1968 Grapefruit Nov 30, 2017 By Frank Valish
As the sequel to Let's Go Down and Blow Our Minds: The British Psychedelic Sounds of 1967, Looking at the Pictures in the Sky picks up right where its predecessor left off, with a spectacular collection of British (and Irish) psych-pop from 1968. The previous year may have been the Summer of Love, but this three-disc, 78-song set proves that there was no shortage of inspired, musical experimentation one year later.
Like Let's Go Down and Blow Our Minds, this set proves that the best is not always the most recognized. The vast majority of tracks here will likely be unknown, at least to the American listener. Known commodities include The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, a pre-SF Sorrow The Pretty Things, The Move, The Status Quo, and a post-"A Whiter Shade of Pale" Procol Harum. But the rest is arguably more interesting.
Decca Records' The Fire features future Strawb Dave Lambert, who's single "Father's Name Is Dad" was recalled after Paul McCartney heard it on the radio and didn't think it good enough. Boeing Duveen & The Beautiful Soup was led by an artist who vacationed with Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett and Roger Waters, and one of his two songs included here adapts its words from Lewis Carroll. The Attack's "Mr. Pinnodmy's Dilemma" features a deaf and dumb boy, preceding The Who's Tommy by over a year.
There is a song called "Music Soothes the Savage Breast" (and no, that's not a typo) by The Spectrum, a band that was marketed as Britain's answer to The Monkees. There's the debut from a 17-year-old Timon, who was later known as Tymon Dogg and played with The Clash and The Mescaleros. Jethro Tull's debut single, "Aeroplane," is present, on which the band was miscredited as Jethro Toe on the record's label. And, perhaps the most bizarre of the bizarre, Ramases & Selket consisted of a heating salesman and former Army PT instructor and his wife, presenting themselves as a reincarnated Egyptian pharaoh and goddess making psychedelic rock. One could go on and on.
The tracks herein may not be as groundbreaking as those on Let's Go Down and Blow Our Minds, but it's clear that new bands were still springing up a year later and taking forays into the psychedelic future with melody and exuberance to spare. One of the chief selling points of this set is the liner notes. Each single is given a brief history, set in context of its musical surroundings, and the stories are fascinating. 1968 jumps off the page with as much excitement as it blares from the speakers. And, as if the slew of bands whose singles were relegated to the forgotten LSD heap of history wasn't enough, many of the tracks here never even saw formal release, for one reason or another being grounded before they even took off. Some of these musicians went on to greater things (Richie Blackmore soloing on Sun Dragon's cover of "So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star" being one of only a handful), but most did not.
In sum, Looking at Pictures in the Sky is another thrilling and wonderfully engrossing exploration of Britain (and Ireland)'s psychedelic underground of 1968. Let's hope Grapefruit Records keeps this series going and digs up another batch of rarities from 1969. (www.cherryred.co.uk)
Author rating: 8/10
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
A bumper 4CD/72-track Planet Rock album featuring Iron Maiden, Rush, Dio, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and more has gone on sale (Friday 9th November).
Aptly entitled ‘Planet Rock: The Best Rock Album in the Universe’, the expansive album is a collaboration with Rhino and boasts some of the greatest guitar shredding, head banging, foot stomping rock anthems ever recorded.
Opening with Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’, CD1 is chock-a-block with towering anthems including Rainbow’s ‘Since You Been Gone’, Boston’s ‘More Than A Feeling’ and Heart’s ‘Barracuda’ before culminating with Whitesnake’s ‘Here I Go Again’.
Encompassing metal (Iron Maiden ‘Can I Play With Madness’, Judas Priest ‘Living After Midnight’), neo-progressive rock (Marillion ‘Kayleigh’), space rock (Hawkwind ‘Silver Machine’) and many more genres, CD2 boasts an eclectic array of tracks.
CD3 features a series of songs released this side of the millennium including Black Stone Cherry ‘Please Come In’, Shinedown ‘Second Chance’ and Avenged Sevenfold ‘Hail To The King’ alongside classics like Dio’s ‘Holy Diver’ and Motörhead’s ‘Motorhead’.
Bringing the collection to an emphatic close on CD4 are tracks like Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, Deep Purple’s ‘Hush’, Rush’s 'Tom Sawyer' and the Ramones’ ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’.
CD1 1. Fleetwood Mac - The Chain 2. Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell 3. Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes 4. Kiss - Crazy, Crazy Night 5. Scorpions - Wind Of Change 6. Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart 7. Rainbow - Since You've Been Gone 8. Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger 9. Ram Jam - Black Betty 10. Boston - More Than A Feeling (Single Version) 11. Heart - Barracuda 12. Europe - The Final Countdown (Single Version) 13. Jethro Tull - Aqualung 14. Thunder - Love Walked In 15. Free - All Right Now 16. Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London 17. The Stranglers - No More Heroes 18. Whitesnake - Here I Go Again 87
maddogfagin: May 7 is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 238 days remain until the end of the year.
May 7, 2019 6:59:01 GMT
rabey: Hi John/bunkerfan and Steelmonkey.
May 7, 2019 23:08:40 GMT
rabey: Thanks for the interest. Unfortunately because Ian/Tull is doing his own book when I sent a request to find John I got stonewalled, even though I have a signed contract by Ian from 2013 stating I was doing a DVD version of The book. I also have had trouble
May 7, 2019 23:11:47 GMT
rabey: I guess after 5 years Ian forgot this even existed. Imean, he never even listed my book with all the other books that have been out of print for decades, yet mine and Tim S still have books in print and we're not mentioned.
May 7, 2019 23:13:11 GMT
rabey: I just get the impression that this AND having just dealt with Tull are all they care about really and it peeves me when the truth is when I first got my original contract with a US publisher to write the book with quotes on 3 other books on ELP,Crimson,
May 7, 2019 23:21:53 GMT
rabey: and YES, I contacted both Martin and Dave from AND and offered involvement in writing and photography. but Dave said no interest and martin was happy to get his photos printed just for credit. Later Daves book arrived and martin wanted 100 bucks a shot.
May 7, 2019 23:25:00 GMT
rabey: Anyway, The publisher refused the cost of photos, Martin wrote the only negative review of the book in print except for Amazon where a few stinkers stalled it's movement, but basically there was nothing advertising the book outside the UK.
May 7, 2019 23:29:01 GMT
rabey: I have to find a better way to post.
May 7, 2019 23:29:21 GMT
steelmonkey: Fights about history, public knowledge and more personally researched knowledge are pretty hard to untangle...but nothing takes away your contributions to total Tull information.
May 8, 2019 21:35:56 GMT
rabey: Very Kind, Steelmonkey!
May 9, 2019 1:33:24 GMT