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100 albums from the 1970s

Over on Twitter (@andylong) a few months ago I started a little project where I chose ten albums from each year of the 1970s, played one each day and posted my thoughts and memories. It’s been great fun, I’ve listened to one hundred fantastic albums from my collection and I’ve had lots of really entertaining conversations and made some new Twitter friends. I had to spend a bit of money too as some people were recommending albums to me that I didn’t already own, so I’ve discovered a couple of albums that I should have been listening to for years.

Here’s a list of all the albums, alphabetically by artist, there is not now and never was any though of putting them in order of which was ‘best’ as that is purely subjective.

How many have you got, which have meant the most to you, which ones have you never heard of and now want to?

Ten albums from each year of the 1970s
AC/DC Highway to Hell 1979
Atomic Rooster Death Walks Behind You 1970
Barclay James Harvest Baby James Harvest 1972
Barclay James Harvest Octoberon 1976
Barclay James Harvest Gone to Earth 1977
Be Bop Deluxe Axe Victim 1974
Be Bop Deluxe Sunburst Finish 1976
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath 1970
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath 1973
Budgie Never Turn Your Back on A Friend 1973
Camel Mirage 1974
Camel Music Inspired by the Snow Goose 1975
Can Tago Mago 1971
Can Future Days 1973
Caravan In the Land of Grey and Pink 1971
Chris Squire Fish Out of Water 1975
David Bowie Ziggy Stardust 1972
Deep Purple In Rock 1970
Derek and The Dominos Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs 1970
Eagles Desperado 1973
Eagles Hotel California 1976
Electric Light Orchestra Out of The Blue 1977
Electric Light Orchestra Discovery 1979
Emerson Lake and Palmer Pictures at An Exhibition 1971
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Brain Salad Surgery 1973
England Garden Shed 1977
Eno Here Come the Warm Jets 1974
Eno Another Green World 1975
Fleetwood Mac Rumours 1977
Focus Moving Waves 1971
Focus Hamburger Concerto 1974
Foreigner Double Vision 1978
Foreigner Head Games 1979
Frank Zappa Joe’s Garage Act 1 1979
Fruupp Modern Masquerades 1974
Genesis Nursery Cryme 1971
Genesis Foxtrot 1972
Genesis A Trick of The Tail 1976
Gentle Giant Octopus 1972
Gentle Giant Free Hand 1975
Gong Angel’s Egg 1973
Gryphon Red Queen to Gryphon Three 1974
Hawkwind Doremi Fasol Latido 1972
Jaco Pastorius Jaco 1976
Jeff Wayne War of The Worlds 1978
Jethro Tull Aqualung 1971
Jethro Tull Thick as A Brick 1972
Jethro Tull Songs from The Wood 1977
Jethro Tull Heavy Horses 1978
Joni Mitchell Hejira 1976
King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon 1970
King Crimson Starless and Bible Black 1974
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Four 1971
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti 1975
Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire 1973
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells 1973
Miles Davis Bitches Brew 1970
Moody Blues A Question of Balance 1970
Nektar A Tab in The Ocean 1972
Peter Hammill Fool’s Mate 1971
Peter Hammill Over 1977
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of The Moon 1973
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 1975
Pink Floyd Animals 1977
Pink Floyd The Wall 1979
Premiata Forneria Marconi L’Isola Di Niente 1974
Quatermass Quatermass 1970
Queen Live Killers 1979
Rainbow Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll 1978
Rainbow Rising 1976
Rick Wakeman The Six Wives of Henry VIII 1973
Rush 2112 1976
Rush A Farewell to Kings 1977
Rush Hemispheres 1978
Santana Abraxas 1970
Soft Machine Bundles 1975
Steely Dan Katy Lied 1975
Steely Dan Aja 1977
Steve Hackett Please Don’t Touch 1978
Steve Hackett Spectral Mornings 1979
Steve Hillage Fish Rising 1975
Strawbs Grave New World 1972
Supertramp Breakfast In America 1979
Tangerine Dream Phaedra 1974
Tangerine Dream Force Majeure 1979
Thin Lizzy Jailbreak 1976
Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous 1978
UFO Obsession 1978
Uriah Heep Demons and Wizards 1972
Van Der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts 1971
Van Der Graaf Generator Godbluff 1975
Van Der Graaf Generator Still Life 1976
Van Morrison Moondance 1970
Weather Report Mr Gone 1978
Whitesnake Trouble 1978
Whitesnake Lovehunter 1979
Yes The Yes Album 1971
Yes Close to The Edge 1972
Yes Relayer 1974
Yes Going for The One 1977
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Music bought in 2017

This year I kept a log of all the music that I bought during the year. Initially I was recording how much it cost too, but that got a bit worrying so I decided to ignore that bit.

In 2017 I bought over 200 albums, mostly on CD format (some downloads). If that seems a lot, (if…ha!), Many of them were charity shop or Ebay bargains (but some weren’t.

A few of my Twitter friends have put out lists of their top albums of 2017, trouble is most of my purchases are not new music, I have been diligently plugging gaps in the classic Prog Rock collection, which now looks a lot healthier (and nerdier).

I dod get a handful of new albums too, so here is a selection of some of my favourites from 2017, some new, some not so new.

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Could be looking for a gig…

We’re taking a bit of a break from the Tim Crahart Blues Band, which has left me at something of a loose end, bass-wise for the moment.

Hence I am looking for some musical opportunities in or around the Newport area. I quite fancy doing something a bit prog rock as that’s my passion, musically. But in the past I’ve played a lot of blues, rock ‘n’ roll. jazz, rock etc so could be up for anything.

Laying my cards out on the table at the outset – I’ve got quite a responsible day job which takes a lot of my time, so I don’t want a band that plays five nights a week. Just something occassional would be nice. I am not now and never have been looking to conquer the world in any musical capacity. 

So if you are about to embark on a world tour or just signed a ten album deal, probably best not to get in touch with me.

on the other hand if you play a couple of times a month and have the kind of laid back attitude that only comes with great age and you could do with a half-competent bass player, maybe give me a shout via the contacts page.

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2016 and losses to music

Like a lot of people I have been saddened and shocked at the number of great musicians that have passed away in the early months of 2016. So this is just a short picture tribute to help us remember the lights that have dimmed. I’ll update this as time goes on but let’s hope I don’t have to add too many more.

An appeal for the album as a work of art

Those of you who are of a similar age to myself, i.e. you remember when there was no Internet and you had to talk to actual people, will likely have fond memories of saving up your pennies to go to the record shop and buy an album.

Led_Zeppelin_-_Led_Zeppelin_IIIyessongs_us_uchiIn those days albums came on vinyl or cassette, or even 8-track cartridge. We relished the album as a piece of art, the gatefold sleeve of vinyl was often taken beyond it’s standard form and became something to explore whilst listening to the music. Take “Led Zeppelin III” for example, with it’s revolving insert or “Yessongs’ which stretched to a full four feet.

Most importantly thought the album was something that you listened to in it’s entirety. You put the needle in the groove at the beginning of side 1 and listened to all of it, then you flipped it and did the same with side 2 (and 3 and 4 quite often). You made the time to listen to the music and let it sink in, you stopped what you were doing and gave your time to the music and because of that you appreciated it all the more.

dark sideYou could not, for instance, just dip into ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, play one track and then randomly skip to something else, it has to be all or nothing.

Downloads, shuffles, random plays, streaming, YouTube, Spotify. All these guys have done their best to destroy the album as a work of art, but for many of us it’s importance is still right up there. Now that vinyl is making a strong comeback (for some inexplicable reason) I want to make an appeal to readers to revisit the album and appreciate its value as an entire work.

This evening, stop what you are doing, switch the telly off, put your computer, tablet and phone to one side, get a nice cuppa or a bottle of beer, sit in front of the fire with your slippers on and your feet up, dig out one of your favourite albums and just listen to the whole thing, let it soak in, let it envelop you in it’s beauty and creativity.

amfI try to listen to at least one whole album each day, a bit later on this evening I’ve got a real beauty lined up, “A Major Fancy” by John Lees of Barclay James Harvest. BJH have always been one of my passions so I’m looking forward to spending some time with this album.

I hope you find time to spend with some of your favourite albums too, let me know what you choose and how you get on.

Enjoy!

Tim Crahart Blues Band

Tim has updated the band page with a couple more pics from our new studio project

 

Tim Crahart Blues Band – Home Page.

Studio progress and a few pics

Another very productive and tiring day at Red Rock Studios. Today we finished off all the bass tracks and got all the guitar parts down too, plus a couple of sneaky bits of piano.  Just the vocal tracks and a bit of tidying up to do before the album can go to mix. We don’t really go in for mucking about too much.

This album is going to bring together a real mix of styles, from solo acoustic tracks through classic blues and a few real blistering rockers too! We can’t wait to get it out there. 

One of the tracks is a bit of a mashup that we’ve been playing live recently.  We took the riff from “Steppin Out'” (Bluesbreakers/Memphis Slim) and threw in the lyrics of the traditional blues song “Great Change Since I Been Born”. It’s a fast and chunky rocker and Tim has put a real face melter of a solo on there.

Here’s a few blurry pics from the weekend. Watch this space for more details soon.

Downloads now available on iTunes and Amazon

Thanks to a fantastic arrangement with an online music company called Doxmedia, run by the fabulous Keith Dixon, both of the Tim Crahart Blues Band albums are now available to purchase as downloads from the iTunes and Amazon online stores.  Whilst we are not expecting to become millionaires through this enterprise (yet!) it is a great way for us to get our music out there to a wider audience.

Additionally my own solo bass album from 2011, “Patches Of Coloured Light” is available from these sites too.

All the albums are still available from the excellent ‘Bandcamp’ site too (and always will be).

To find the albums just go to the iTunes store or to Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or bandcamp.com and search there for “Tim Crahart Blues Band” or “Andy Long”.

REVIEWS

If you have written a review of any of the albums (or would like to), it would be really helpful if you could post them at any or all of these stores.

Also if you can share this blog post with friends, that would be simply marvellous.

Thanks for reading my spam

Regards

Andy

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Thinking about a new bass amp…

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I’ve got a few amps sitting around my house, but the one I use most of the time is an Ashdown ABM400 combo.  I bought it last year from ebay, it’s got a few miles on the clock but it sounds fantastic.  Problem is it weighs as much as a baby hippopotamus and I am getting too long in the tooth to hump this beast up three flights of stairs to the function room.

Looks not dissimilar to this one.  Recently I’ve been thinking that what I could really do with is one lightweight all-rounder, an amp that is easily portable, but has enough power and presence to stand up in the band setting.

I don’t play at huge volumes so there is potential for a smaller rig that would fit every situation. I could sell the four amps that I’m currently sitting on, although none of them are worth much money but this would go some way to financing a new set-up.

Have been browsing online and talking to a few shops and these are some of the models I’m currently looking at.  There’s no rush to make a decision, I want to get it right first time.

Any opinions on these amps welcome, or any recommendations for others to check out.

TC amp

TC Electronic BH500 with a 2*12 and a 2*10.  A great looking set-up at a fantastic price, the cabs are light-ish, but maybe not lightweight enough, however for most gigs one cab would suffice.

markbass

Markbass Little Mark 250 Black Line with 2*10 cab. This is probably looking favourite at the moment. A lighter weight cab and I know the Markbass stuff sounds great.

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Phil Jones Bass BG150 with some sort of extension cab. Ultra lightweight, sounds great but probably too expensive.

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Eden EGRW1264 bass amp bundle: WTX264 head AND EX112 cab. Probably need an additional 1*12 but this looking like a great set-up too.

GK-MB210

 

Gallien-Krueger MB210 – looks good but not sure if I want another combo.

Any thoughts?

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