SONG REVIEW: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Fort Knox

A couple of weeks after Noel Gallagher dropped the first song from his next album, another one has arrived. This track is called Fort Knox and opens the album in spectacular fashion. The song pushes his new sound and the song itself could be from a film soundtrack. It’s mostly instrumental apart from the odd vocal line, but as an extended intro to the new album I think it’d be a great opener. Take a listen: Continue reading

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BOOTLEG SERIES #21: Jack Bruce & Friends – Fillmore East, New York, NY, USA // 31st January 1970

Jack Bruce has long been one of my all time favourite bassists due to his work with Cream but I’m ashamed to say that aside from his 1969 solo album Songs For A Tailor, I’m not overly familiar with the rest of his solo career. However that changed after hearing this excellent recording of a show he played at Fillmore East in New York with Jack Bruce & Friends, which includes Mitch Mitchell on drums, Larry Coryell on guitar and Mike Mandell on organ. The band only played seventeen dates together between the 24th January and 1st March 1970 and sadly there are less than a handful of live recordings of them. Thankfully, however, this late show recording from the 31st January is one of them.

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CLASSIC ALBUM SERIES #20: Paul McCartney – McCartney

mccartney-50f38f2c9e19aOn 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.

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The Beatles Isolated Drum Track: Ticket To Ride

Released as a single in April 1965, Ticket To Ride hit #1 in the UK and USA and remained there for consecutive weeks. When you think of the song it’s probably not Ringo’s drumming that stands out the most, instead perhaps John’s vocals or George’s lead guitar work. But the following isolated track of the drums reveal Ringo’s steady drumming as the concrete foundation that all Beatles songs were built on. Check it out:

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