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50 years ago today. (Part 2)

Continuing the discussion from 50 years ago today. (Part 1) - #106.

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It works. :slight_smile:


Woohoo :slight_smile:


What a diverse collection of sound worlds! I thoroughly enjoyed a session of compare and contrast, with so many memories surfacing around the music. As you might expect I particularly liked the Genesis, if only because of all your featured tracks, Musical Box really exercised my analytical skills. That was a time of musical ferment, both in Prog and Jazz, I doubt we will see the like again - at my age I suppose that I certainly won’t!

So much music, so little time…


This is more my pace these days…



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Now I missed this album off November but there was a program about one of the main characters of the band, Alan Hull, on BBC4 the other week. I find it slightly worrying that I had completely forgotten about Lindisfarne which is odd considering how big a band they were in the heyday. November 1971 saw folk rock group Lindisfarne release Fog On The Tyne. This propelled them to major act and previous singles were re-released and re-charted. “Meet me on the corner” was hugely popular in early 1972 as well as “Fog on the Tyne”. As pointed out in the BBC4 program, the lyrics to it contain some wonderful word play. viz. “Sitting in a sleazy snack-bar sucking sickly sausage rolls”. I find it hard that it had slipped my mind till watching the program. Any not only was there a tape of Fragile By Yes that my sister listened to whilst doing homework, but also there were tapes of a Gentle Giant album which I didn’t like and Fog on The Tyne, the rockier upbeat songs appealed to me more than the ballads and I loved the Geordie accents. Listening again now there are some belting songs.


The December release of note is Hunky Dory by David Bowie. I’m not a Bowie fan. No not at all. Someone asked me to copy 5 Bowie albums to tape when I was a student. A 12in LP lasted about 40mins on average and that was the longest 3.5 hours in my life as I hated the songs. However, the earlier stuff such as Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust do feature some excellent music even though I don’t like Bowie. You have to acknowledge excellence when you hear it.

So here are some of my favourites from there (featuring Rick Wakeman on piano)


“Oh you pretty things”

“Life on Mars”

And so all good things come to end. I started this completely off topic thread Dec 4th 2020 as Wishbone Ash were playing on Spotify and I wondered when the album came out and it was 50 years to the day. As I looked at the albums released in 1971 I had to do a double take as there were so many landmark albums that came out the year. It seemed there was something very special about 1971 and I was old enough at the time to remember the year quite clearly. I’m still listening to many of these songs 50 years later and in many cases get transported back to my childhood every time I hear them.

Someone else can consider doing 1972… I had a rummage and there are some classics. But I still think there was something very special about what was happening in 1971. And you know what is scary, it seems like those 50 years have passed in the blink of an eye.

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The late 60’s and early 70’s were a time of musical ferment, not just in pop but in folk, jazz and (for want of a better word) art music. Academics can chew over the reason why, but those of us that lived it just got on with it! As I remember it, there was the feeling that we could take the tools of the various genres and do more with them, just like the idea of taking the tools of weaponry and going to the moon with them. A time of expansion in ideas which sadly ran out of steam though it never quite shut down.

As for “Fog on the Tyne”, I used to go to folk clubs nearly as often as jazz clubs (probably because my sister was in a locally popular folk band and ran a club that needed support!) and that dam’ song popped up every night, often seriously mangled by the “finger in the ear” brigade! :smiley: I was experimenting with a folk jazz fusion and inflicted it on the club occasionally, I often wondered what the folkies really thought of it. :wink:

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I’ll forever be grateful to Ray Laidlaw the original drummer of Lindisfarne for giving me and a friend a lift. We were heading for a sailing from Newcastle to Bergen (Norway), having set out from Nottingham on a 250cc AJS, but the bike broke down just north of Doncaster. Several lifts got us within striking distance of the port, but we were running late. He picked us up and even though it was out of his way, he took us to the port, gettjng permission to drive right down to the dock where the ship was moored. What a guy! :grinning: