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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.
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.
I saw the ‘Band Of Friends’ several years ago at ‘The Musician’ in Leicester. It brought back a lot of happy memories, as this essentially is a tribute band palying the music of the late, great Rory Gallagher. The CD package includes a DVD of one of the band’s live performances.
Overall I was a little disppointed with the gig I attended, it lacked fire and the sound was pretty awful. Nevertheless, I’m glad I went and I do play this from time to time, but nowhere near as much as stuff from the great RG himself.
I have been a loyal fan of The Yardbirds since the mid 1960’s. More than any other band of the time (I would say), they were part of the ‘scene’, and even made an appearance in the popular film of the time ‘Blow Up’. They had various lineups including Jeff Beck, but for me it was the Jimmy Page era that produced their finest work. In the mid 1990’s, founding members Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja reformed the band with a different line-up, fronted by the incredible vocalist John Idan. I saw them live about eight years ago and they were fabulous. This CD (a live recording), is worth a listen, before to dig into the band’s past glories.
The first time I heard Jimi Hendrix, the sky fell on my head and I was hooked forever. That’s probably just a little on the romantic side, but that’s exactly what it felt like back in the classroom in New Parks Boys School, watching the music teacher rip him off the turntable in disgust. Such was the tolarance and cultural diversity of a 1960’s secondary modern shit hole. If you’ve never heard the brilliance of Jimi Hendrix, this is the album to begin with for it’s the ‘Experience’ at it’s very best.