Imelda May, Black Tears @ImeldaOfficial

I’ve been a fan since I heard her on some of Jeff Beck’s work, but Imelda May’s new single is simply superb. Beck plays guitar on studio version, but not on this live video…

Brand Loyalty?

Michael Wade’s (Execupundit) post on Brand Loyalty got me thinking. Like him, I find I have very few absolute loyalties in the things I give any thought too. All I can think of are: Fender J Herbin, and The Economist On things I give very little thought too, the list is longer – and probably […]

The stories I’m told

I love my work. A large part of what I do is story-telling, and when those stories are customer case studies, I get to talk to my clients’ customers about their businesses, their challenges and their passions. Some of those are not my tales to tell here. They involve the use of clients’ products or […]

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

Rainbow rising … #RitchieBlackmore

Here’s the reconstituted, 2016, Rainbow in one of their three live concerts. I’ve been listening to the live album that’s just been released (Memories in Rock – Live in Germany) and it’s excellent.  

Page Plant, When the Levee Breaks

Page and Plant, via The Hammock Papers. I love this! If, in a parallel world, the Blues had been born in England, rock’n’roll would look and sound like this. Not necessarily a  bad thing. Performed in what looks like a Welsh slate quarry, owned by a beautifully bemused dog… It reminds me of a similarly bucolic Roy Harper […]

Cornerstones, connections and musical memory

My music collection is built on the cornerstone of three albums that I bought during the last holiday I took with my parents.  They were on vinyl, of course; CDs were still a few years away.  I was at university when breakfast time TV (also a relative novelty) demonstrated their resilience by spreading small, shiny […]

Essential Mixes – #DeepPurple

After some Twitter prodding, Cultural Offering’s Kurt Harden persuaded me to add a Deep Purple list to his impressive collection of Essential Mixes: And The Address, Shades of Deep Purple, 1968 Hush, Shades of Deep Purple, 1968 Hard Road (Wring That Neck), Book of Taliesyn, 1968 Speed King, In Rock, 1970 Child In Time, In […]

The sublime Steely Dan …

From Cultural Offering’s Essential Mixes   Just so much great stuff… 1.    Do It Again, Can’t Buy A Thrill, 1972 5.    Any Major Dude, Pretzel Logic, 1974 8.    Don’t Take Me Alive, The Royal Scam, 1976 9.    Reelin’ In The Years, Can’t Buy A Thrill, 1972 20.  Night by Night, Pretzel Logic, 1974 23.  Bodhisattva, […]

JJ Cale, Troubadour

I’m sad to read that JJ Cale died of a heart-attack on Friday.  A truly understated talent. His laid-back country-blues was unmistakeable and I loved his music, especially his 1971 debut, Naturally, and the string of albums that slowly transitioned from laid-back Tulsa/country-blues to a more urban – but equally unhurried style: 1976’s Troubadour, 1979’s […]

Fender’s Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster

A true icon.  You know you need one. Fender has just launched its Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster (as distinct from the somewhat cheaper Ritchie Blackmore Signature Strat).  It’s a faithful, scratches and all, reproduction of a black 1968 Fender Stratocaster of the type that Blackmore used to write and record Smoke On The water (and […]

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