On the 17th April 1970, Paul McCartney stepped out of the shadow of The Beatles with his first solo album McCartney. It was unlike anything he had done before and as a result received a lot of criticism across the board. At the time, of course, the breakup of The Beatles was still fresh in peoples minds and McCartney received (unfairly) a lot of the blame. But this album set him on a course away from The Beatles and their legacy and in my opinion it is one of the best solo albums to be released by any member of The Beatles.
It’s not every day that a new recording is unearthed featuring The Allman Brothers Band with Duane Allman, but that’s exactly what we have here. Recorded on the 9th July 1970 at S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook in New York, it really is a remarkable sounding recording given how much time has passed since it was made. For the full history of the recording and how it was made and since released, head here. What follows below is my take and thoughts on the recording itself in the form of a BOOTLEG SERIES article.
When starting this piece on my top five favourite albums from the 1970’s I didn’t think it would be as difficult as it turned out to be. Three of the albums were a sure lock from the very beginning, the first three you’ll see below, but the last two needed some extra thinking.
Released in December 1970, Peter Green’s debut solo album after leaving Fleetwood Mac can be considered a complete mess or a musical masterpiece. On first listen the album appears to be a collection of noises randomly sewn together to form an album but in reality The End Of The Game gives you an insight into Green’s mental state at this point in his life. The result is an explosive yet underrated album that certainly deserves more attention than it receives.
As you all know I am writing what will be the most in-depth biography on Derek and the Dominos ever written. It’s going well and every day that passes is a day closer to completion. As well as a biography the book will feature a wealth of information concerning the shows they played as a band, every single one of them, and I’m looking to talk to people who saw them at their shows. Even though I’ve spoken to hundreds and hundreds of people already I’m always looking to talk to more. So:
I’m looking to talk to people who attended the following Derek and the Dominos shows. For many of them I’ve already spoken to people but as with anything, the more the merrier! So if you did, or know anyone who did, please get in touch. Thank you very much and thank you for your ongoing support.
- The Place, Stoke-On-Trent, England // 2nd August
- Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle, England // 7th August
- Speakeasy, London, England // 12th August
- Tofts Club, Folkestone, England // 15th August
- Pavilion, Bournemouth, England // 18th August
- Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England // 20th September
- Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England // 28th September
- Coatham Bowl, Redcar, England // 4th October
- Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, England // 7th October
- Electric Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania // 17th October
- Civic Auditorium, Jacksonville, Florida // 1st November
- University Of Reno, Nevada // 13th November
- Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City, Utah // 14th November
- Community Theatre, Berkeley, California // 18th & 19th November
- Allen Theater, Cleveland, Ohio // 29th November
When you think of the most unique and recognisable voices of all time, Janis Joplin is certainly near the top of the list. Her voice was a one of a kind and to this day stands out from any other female vocalist in the history of music, accept perhaps for Aretha Franklin. What we have in this article is her isolated vocal track from the song Move Over from her Pearl album. Take a listen: