Andy Long Bass Player

Four/Five/Six Strings & The Truth


September 2019

New Music ‘acquired’ September 2019

This month I decided to try an experiment, I would not buy any new music for a month. A real challenge for me as I usually buy about 200 albums a year. My Twitter friends didn’t think I could do it, well, I almost did…

Talking Heads Stop Making SenseIt’s nearly the end of the month and so far I’ve only bought one CD; the excellent Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads. My Twitter fried @dancing_monk told me that my music collection was pointless without it so I caved in.

On the other hand I have picked up a few new titles to explore this month via bandcamp subscriptions and free downloads, so I’ve got some stuff to explore, here’s a breakdown of new additions. If you want to know what I think of them come and follow me on Twitter (@andylong), but please do take the time to listen to some of them if you can

Steve Lawson: The Arctic Is Burning 

Steve Lawson: How/Why? – Live @ Belfast Guitar Festival

DXIII: When The Mind Slips

Calamateur: Sergeant Howie’s Holy Stamina Test

Andy Edwards: October Moon

Bernhard Wöstheinrich & Ombient: Live At The Gatherings 2019

Oddsfiche: Kops Records Ottawa







TC Electronic PolyTune Clip on tuner

fullsizeoutput_c53I recently bought a new clip on tuner from TC Electronic. I needed a new clip on as I’ve got the PolyTune 2 pedal in my pedal board, but as I’m only really playing in a church band these days I don’t need to take the board with me, so this is a convenient space saver.


It’s a bit more expensive than most clip ons but it comes with the same functions and versatility as the pedal so it’s a good buy on the whole.

Guitar players can take advantage of the polyphonic tuning, strumming all six strings at once and tuning accurately with clear indications.

It responds quickly and the strobe tuning feature is brightly lit and user friendly.

A great bit of gig bag kit. Here’s my board with the PolyTune 2 pedal


All these albums will be fifty years old in 2020

Like most of us, (OK, all of us), I’m getting older. The music I grew up with is ageing with me. This week I wrote a list of albums that were released in 1970 and hence will celebrate their fiftieth birthday in 2020. A couple of friends on Twitter asked me to share the list, so here it is.

I’ve got about half of these and I’ll probably end up buying, or re-buying, most of the rest of them next year. The intention is to listen to them on their birthday whilst tweeting furiously about the whole thing.

Feel free to recommend some add-ins or correct my mistakes.

Classic album 50th birthdays 2020
January 3 Syd Barrett: The Madcap Laughs
January 9th Badfinger: Magic Christian Music
January 15th MC5: back In The USA
January 23rd Family: A Song For Me
January 26th Simon and Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water
January 27th Van Morrison: Moondance
February Atomic Rooster: Atomic Roooster
  Van Der Graaf Generator: The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
  The Move: Shazam
February 1st James Taylor: Sweet Baby James
February 9th The Mothers Of Invention: Burnt Weeny Sandwich
February 9th The Doors: Morrison Hotel
February 9th Soundtrack: Zabriskie Point
February 13th Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath
February 26th The Beatles: Hey Jude (compilation)
March Alice Cooper: Easy Action
  The Faces: First Step
  Joni Mitchell: Ladies Of The Canyon
March 7th Mountain: Climbing
March 11th Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: Deja vu
March 13th Tyrannosaurus Rex: A Beard Of Stars
March 13th Egg: Egg
March 25th Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsies
March 30th Ginger Baker’s Air Force: Ginger Baker’s Air Force
March 30th Miles Davis: Bitches Brew
April Blodwyn Pig: Getting To This
  Colosseum: The Grass Is Greener
  Incredible String Band: I Looked Up
  Cream: Live Cream
  Al Stewart: Zero She Flies
April 17th Brinsley Schwarz: Brinsley Shcwarz
April 17th Ten Years After: Cricklewood Green
April 17th McCartney: Paul McCartney
April 20th Jethro Tull: Benefit
April 22nd Iron Butterfly: Live
May Quatermass: Quatermass
  The Groundhogs: Thank Christ For The Bomb
May 6th Poco: Poco
May 8th The Beatles: Let It Be
May 11th Soundtrack: Woodstock
May 15th King Crimson: In the Wake Of Poseidon
May 16th The Who: Live At Leeds
June Dave Mason: Alone Together
  Rare Earth: Ecology
  Tangerine Dream: Electronic Meditation
  Fotheringay: Fotheringay
  Steeleye Span: Hark! The Village Wait
  The Pretty Things: Parachute
June 3rd Deep Purple: In Rock
June 5th Barclay James Harvest: Barclay James Harvest
June 5th Procol Harum: Home
June 6th Soft Machine: Third
June 8th Bob Dylan: Self Portrait
June 13th Uriah heep: Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble
June 14th Grateful Dead: Workingman’s Dead
June 26th Free: Fire And Water
July Fairport Convention: Full House
  Humble Pie: Humble Pie
  James Gang: James Gang Rides Again
  Traffic: John Barleycorn Must Die
  Spooky Tooth: The Last Puff
  Bread: On The Waters
July 7th The Stooges: Fun House
July 14th Supertramp: Supertramp
July 20th The Doors: Absolutely Live
July 24th Yes: Time And A Word
July 25th Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmo’s Factory
August Quicksilver Messenger Service: Just For Love
  Status Quo: Ma Kelly’s Greasy Spoon
August 3rd Canned Heat: Future Blues
August 7th Moody Blues: A Question Of Balance
August 10th The Mothers Of Invention: Weasels Ripped My Flesh
August 13th Iron Butterfly: Metamorphosis
August 14th Hawkwind: Hawkwind
August 16th Eric Clapton: Eric Clapton
August 17th The Band: Stage Fright
September Atomic Rooster: Death Walks Behind You
  If: If
  Mott The Hoople: Mad Shadows
  Blue Cheer: The Original Human Being
September 4th The Rolling Stones: Get Your Ya-Yas Out
September 4th Caravan: If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You
September 14th The Byrds: Untitled
September 18th Fleetwood Mac: Kiln House
September 18th Black Sabbath: Paranoid
September 19th Neil Young: After The Gold Rush
September 22nd Santana: Abraxas
September 23rd The Allman Brothers Band: Idlewild South
October Savoy Brown: Looking In
  Incredible String Band: U
  UFO: UFO 1
  Grateful Dead: Vintage Dead
  Warhorse: Warhorse
October 2nd Pink Floyd: Atom Heart Mother
October 5th Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III
October 19th Bob Dylan: New Morning
October 22nd Miles Davis: At Fillmore
October 23rd Frank Zappa: Chunga’s Revenge
October 23rd Genesis: Trespass
November Curved Air: Air Conditioning
  Family: Anyway
  Kraftwerk: Kraftwerk
  Derek And The Dominos: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
  The Velvet Underground: Loaded
  Trapeze: Medusa
  Tim Buckley: Starsailor
November 1st Grateful Dead: American Beauty
November 4th David Bowie: The Man Who Sold The World
November 9th Badfinger: No Dice
November 14th Syd Barrett: Barrett
November 20th Brinsley Schwarz: Despite It All
November 20th Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Emerson, Lake and Palmer
November 23rd Cat Stevens: Tea For The Tillerman
November 27th George Harrison: All Things Must Pass
November 27th Gentle Giant: Gentle Giant
November 27th Spirit: Twelve Dreams Of Dr Sardonicus
November 30th The Doors: 13
December T Rex: T Rex
  Colosseum: Daughter of Time
  Love: False Start
  Van Der Graaf Generator: H to He Who Am The Only One
  Free: Highway
  If: If 2
  Captain Beefheart: Lick My Decals Off Baby
  The Move: Looking On
  Scott Walker: ‘Til The Band Comes In
  Quicksilver Messenger Service: What About Me
December 4th Robert Wyatt: The End Of An Ear
December 4th Wishbone Ash: Wishbone Ash
December 7th Creedence Clearwater Revival: Pendulum
December 10th Ginger Baker’s Air Force: 2
December 11th John Lennon: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
December 11th King Crimson: Lizard
Unknown dates Chicken Shack: Accept
  Edgar Winter: Entrance
  Focus: Focus Plays Focus
  Lucifer’s Friend: Lucifer’s Friend
  Amon Duul II: Yeti
  Bill Evans: Alone


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