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My name is Tony Shelley, and this blog is mostly about my record collection, but with some sidesteps into gigs I’ve attended, some memorable and not so memorable expreiences, and my time as a shooter (photographer) of musicians, bands and concerts.
This is a fairly recent Lomographic image of myself with Art Whitiker (my oldest friend) and John Toye a fellow shooter. Art turned me onto the band ‘Comus’ in the early 1970’s and I will be blogging about them in the near future. But you will hear a lot about a great mate of mine, somebody I’m very close to called Chris Green, a shit hot drummer, great designer and all round decent guy. Enjoy the blog, let me know what you think, good or bad.
I had never heard of the Eels, until that is I watched the mini series ‘Homecoming’ recently where one their songs is featured. To be honest, I was as much attracted to the cover artwork of ‘Hombre Lobo’, as I was to the music itself. Not stopped listening to this for quite sometime now, after loading it onto my Blackberry.
Last Of The Dead Empires came to me by mistake. Somehow I screwed up the record order and received this CD by the Angels Of Mons instead. With the idea of sending it back by return post, I dropped it into the iMac for a quick play, and decided right away to keep it. Fabulous, raw, ballsy sound, played mostly under the headphones and dangerously loud!.
Back in 1988, I bought a tickt from a local outlet here in Leicester UK, for a band I’d barely heard of called King Swamp. All I had was two ‘mini’ CD’s like the one shown here and I’d played them to death. I didn’t make the gig, as I’d been drinking all day and missed the whole deal at Leicester University. They certainly had the ability to be a truely great band but it wasn’t to be.
Cam Cole is possibly the finest ‘street musician’ I’ve ever seen or heard. I watched him and his two-piece band perform in Gallowtree Gate, Leicester, UK several years ago, where I purchased this CD. Nine fantastic rock tracks, not a dud between them. Deserves a much wider audience, nevertheless if he comes to a street near you, make the effort and go.
‘A Letter Home’ could easily be dismissed as self-indulgent, nonsense. Neil Young, https://youtu.be/6H47jI6xanArecording an entire album on one of those ‘walk in’ recording machines that were popular in the USA and UK, decades ago, to some would be madness. But I like it, very much and would go as far to say it’s one of his finest albums to date. It’s a delicate blend of the famous voice and guitar, channeled through ancient technology. Only a respected musician, a legend maybe, like Neil Young could get away with it.
It took quite a while for me to have any appreciation this this album. Apart from the title track, I don’t think this is anywhere close to Robert Plant’s best material. Having said that it’s well produced, fine musicianship especially from guest violinist Seth Lakeman, but a bit of a let down really. It might get better with time, one can only hope.
I first saw Silverhead when they opened for Humble Pie at Leicester Polytechnic, in the winter of 1972. Their stage presence was electric and they blew the Pie off stage. The second time I witnessed their fabulous sound was when they supported Nazareth in 1973.
This recently released CD (with extra tracks, some live), holds up today and is as good as anything around. It also contains a booklet which is rich in band information and history. For anybody who has any interest in early 1970’s rock, look no further than this debut album from one of the greatest bands, if not the greatest band of their generation.