Friday, 29 November 2019

The answer was, you knew it, Dave Gilmour. That distinct Pink Floyd guitar sound.

Now I can here you all shouting 'but we've had Pink Floyd twice before on the FMS', and you'd be right. But as tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the release of 'The Wall' I couldn't pass on the opportunity to feature this. And as it is solo Dave Gilmour, so strictly speaking not Pink Floyd, though the track is of course, from 'The Wall'.
In October 1971 Floyd performed 'Iive' in the ancient roman amphitheatre at Pompeii. Returning there in 2016 for a very different experience 'Live at Pompeii' was a cinema release, tv programme, CD, LP, DVD and download. Track is: 'Run Like Hell' 
WARNING: Lots of flashing strobe lights (you'll need your Dave Gilmour type dark glasses ON) - especially if you go for the full screen option and it's a blinding ending with fireworks.

Friday, 22 November 2019

The recent death of 
Terry O'Neill, the photographer of so many film, pop and rock 'n' roll stars, provides an unexpected intro to this week's music spot. Check out a gallery of stars on this link to a Guardian newspaper article from last Sunday. Capturing a past, in images that live forever:
January 1963 - O’Neill later recalled: “I was asked to go down to Abbey Road Studios and take a few portraits of this new band. I didn’t know how to work with a group, but because I was a musician myself and the youngest on staff by a decade, I was always the one they’d ask. I took the four young lads outside for better light. That portrait ran in the papers the next day and the paper sold out. That band became the biggest band in the world, the Beatles” 
You may subsequently and undoubtedly have heard of this (now not so young) lad, on a track from 1984 and on the soundtrack to his film 'Give My Regards To Broad Street' this is 'No More Lonely Nights' by Paul McCartney.

Lots of beautiful scenic images in this video, plus the lyrics. But who is playing those guitar solos ?
The answer will be revealed next week if you don't recognise the distinctive style and sound. No peeking (or googling), now...

Friday, 15 November 2019

Ever noticed how many great songs there are with 'Rain' in the title. I have a list that has tracks by Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Creedence, Counting Crows & Buddy Holly just for starters. And one of the very best is 'November Rain' by Guns N' Roses.

With some wonderful guitar by Slash (Mr Saul Hudson) the track was released in 1992 as a single, having appeared on the previous year's LP 'Use Your Illusion'. According to various stories 'November Rain' had been in the making for some 8 years. 
Here it's pouring down again. 

If you thought this video was mad or just plain silly, then so did this guy: Link to Funny or Die.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Did you guess correct ?

Yep it's Lynyrd Skynyrd 'Sweet Home Alabama' on this 1974 black & white promo video, with the original line up and three lead guitarists. Ed King take the solo on this one.

I also found this new 2015 'live in their home town' video (they've still got it) - but what with hair extensions and the passing of years I'm not sure how many originals remain. Gary Rossington is there I think. >>>

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

–   T O P   2 0   G U I T A R   I N T R O S  –

Rick Beato (musician, teacher, writer/producer with various bands in the rock and country genres) walks and picks his way through his selection of Top 20 Electric Guitar Intros. Fascinating stuff at 15 minutes long. He even adds in 11 extras, just to show how difficult he found it to keep it to a Top 20.

>>> Now which one of his Top 20 have I selected for this week's Star Track ? Can you guess, you've a 20-1 chance... Answer coming up this Friday. 

Friday, 1 November 2019

A short smug story …
The other week at our local pub quiz, as normal, there was a music round.
The link for all the 10 songs in this round was that the song's title doesn't appear in the song's lyrics. One point
awarded for the artist and one for the song title. 
The first three tracks played our team recognised, though we got the name of the Led Zeppelin track wrong. The next two were a complete mystery, even when they read the answers out later. The remaining 5 songs played included a song I recognised as being Blink 182. 'One of the kid's songs' I said when all our team looked at me in surprise. And then out of nowhere came the title 'Adam's Song'. At the time I thought 'where did that come from…'   –  but it felt right. And it was ! 2 more points for our team. 
 It came from me selecting tracks I liked, off my kids playlists, that I then compiled on to various CDs, I called 'Bill's Kids'. And on BK3 there are, amongst Green Day, Sum 41, Foo Fighters & Creed, to name just four, three tracks by Blink 182 and right there is 'Adam's Song'.
Thank goodness for our subconscious….

> An unusually dark song off the album 'Enema of the State' considered one of the Greatest Pop Punk Albums Ever, check out the amusing and iconic record cover.