I’ve often thought it…

Roddy Ring has sent this link to the following insightful article in the Santa Barbara Independent, written by the delightful young lady pictured here… (I’m free on Thursdays).

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New Post

So … a new post. It’s the sort of thing I can only get away with once — but I think we’re all getting a bit tired of the hamster… sorry, Guinea Pig.

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Season’s Greetings

I’ll be off-line for a few days next week  … so just to wish all my contributors and detractors, enemies and friends a Very Happy Christmas Holiday and a Prosperous and Fulfilling New Year. The Moderator sends his best too…

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Jack Bruce 1943-2014

The bassist Jack Bruce passed away today.  For those who’d like to recall just what a great player he was, there’s a selection of clips to view on this link.

 

 

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In 1967, the Roadrunners were Paul Rodgers, vocals; Mick Moody guitar; and me on bass — along with a drummer (Dave Usher) who only wanted to earn enough money to buy his own truck.

Shortly before turning pro and leaving Middlesbrough for London, the band recorded a rehearsal at a local church hall.  This tape, made on a domestic reel-to-reel machine, was thought lost decades ago.  It was found recently, but obviously in very poor condition.  Best efforts have since been made to clean it up.

Either way, it’s the first known recording of three aspiring musicians who went on to greater things.  You can already hear that Paul Rodgers was destined to be one of the great voices of rock.  Within a couple of years of this recording he’d already moved on to help set up Free, before going on to Bad Company and, eventually, Queen.  Mick Moody later played with many solid blues/rock bands, the best-known being Whitesnake.  On this tape I’d been playing little more than a year and was only too obviously trying to run before I could even walk — yes folks, I ‘overplayed’ from the very beginning. So here it is …‘as tight as a pair of clown’s trousers’ …a historical or hysterical recording …however you care to hear it.

▶ Rock Me Baby is the B.B.King song that featured in the Jeff Beck Group’s live set at the time we first heard it.

▶ The Walk is a Jimmy McCracklin R&B favourite of the time.

▶ Get Ready: the Temptations’ song is given our own unique treatment.

▶ Early in the Morning is a traditional Blues that we learned from ‘The Sound of ’65’ album by the organ-based Graham Bond Organization, a band that featured Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce.

▶ Getting Mighty Crowded is the Betty Everett song that was also covered many years later by Elvis and the Attractions.

▶ Rehearsal Jam: An early attempt at song writing by the band, with lyrics yet to be sorted out.  Jimi Hendrix had recently made his first appearance on British TV, and his impact on the Roadrunners is obvious.

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I Never Knew That (part 73)

According to TheRichest.com …

“They’re the guys in the background. They might not be the first ones that come to mind and they might not be as popular as their band’s guitarist or vocalist but bassists are important to any band. Some double as singers and many contribute greatly to the creative process as songwriters. Bass plays a much larger role in rock than people may realize. It may not stand out as much as the drums, guitars or vocals do but bass is part of the backbone of any musical group and along with the drums make up the all-important rhythm section.

“Bassists are essential to any band’s sound. Though they may not get all the attention or credit they deserve many bassists are responsible for making songs sound whole. The deep tone of a bass prevents songs from sounding empty, something that is sometimes overlooked by fans but is key to every group’s sound none the less.”

(So now you know).

 

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I wasn’t the first?!

It appears I’m not the only person to take a sander to a Fender.  Jeff Beck ‘reprofiled’ his Esquire in the same way I did my old P-Bass.  Fancy that!

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A reply to Derek Philpott and Wilf Turnbull

I’ve just had a communication from that gentleman of letters Derek Philpott and his cohort, Mr Wilf Turnbull, who not long ago wrote to ‘Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ regarding anomalies they’d found in some of band’s recorded works.  Having failed to elicit a response from the song smith concerned, I have stepped in to try and help.  Our respective letters may be viewed here at Mr Turnbull’s site … though I fear many wormholes may yet be found in my Victorian analogy.

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