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Friday, 30 October 2009

Complete U2 Concert Video

Sit back and relax and enjoy Bono and the boys rock Pasadena Rose Bowl for a 2hr+ set.

Though I am not quite sure why they don't drop down from the claw to start the set.....

Get On Your Boots
Mysterious Ways
Beautiful Day / In God’s Country (snippet) / God Only Knows (snippet) / The Maker (snippet)
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Stand By Me (snippet)
Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
No Line On The Horizon
In A Little While
Unknown Caller
Until The End Of The World
The Unforgettable Fire
City Of Blinding Lights
Vertigo / It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It) (snippet)
I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight / Two Tribes (snippet)
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
One / Amazing Grace (snippet)
Where The Streets Have No Name
Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
With Or Without You
Moment of Surrender

Friday, 23 October 2009

Fleetwood Mac - Glasgow SECC

Have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the show last night by Fleetwood Mac. It was basically a greatest hits sets but there were a couple of nice "less obvious" tracks thrown in which was really good. Ms Nicks was absoilutely the diva, Lindsey Bukingham incredibly intense and Mick Fleetwood wonderfully powerfull and eccentric on the drums. Here are some photos and clips:

Head over here for a great review:

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Celtic connections

A simply outstanding line up for Jan 2010. Get along to the website before they sell out.

Ry Cooder
Natalie Merchant
Kim Richey with Boo Hewerdien
Texas Songwriters featuring Tom Rusell, Slaid Cleaves etc.


Friday, 16 October 2009

Forgotten album Friday #11 - Southside Johnny Trilogy

I wanted to elect one of the Southside Johnny albums for the Forgotten Album Friday slot but simply could not choose between the first three albums which are all classics - albeit for different reasons.

Southside is of course associated to a great extent with Springsteen and the Boss has appeared on stage with him and on his records frequently over the years.

The first album "I Don't Want To Go Home" is a tour de force of Southside Johnny and The Jukes style of upbeat tracks with a horn driven RnB sound. Rolling Stone called this album the best album no one has ever heard. Produced by Steve Van Zandt the album features some cracking cover versions plus some Springsteen and van Zandt originals. You Mean So Much to Me has a cracking duet with Ronnie Spector.

Key tracks :

The Fever
I Don't want To Go Home
You Mean So Much To Me

The second album " This Time It's For Real" features in the main van Zandt compositions and 3 Springsteen / van Zandt compositions which in fairness are little more than Springsteen leftovers tidied up by van Zandt. Nonetheless that band and particularly the horns are in superb form throughout this album and guests spots from the Drifters and The Coasters lend some vocal class to proceedings.

Key tracks:

This Time It's For Real
Love On The Wrong Side Of Town
When You dance

In the words of Michael Jackson(!!!) as far as Hearts of Stone goes - This Is it!! A stunning album with writing producing and playing which is just about on par with anything the Boss himself has produced. The title track is performed with incredible passion both by Southside and the band. The album was released only a couple of months after Darkness and they are very similar album using the "4 corners" approach that Springsteen used when sequencing both Darkness and Born To Run. van Zandt brings his best songs to this album and there is literally not a weak track on it.

Key Tacks:

Hearts of Stone
Trapped again
The Light Don't Shine

Springsteen Seaside Bar Song In Philly

Amazingly Springsteen opened the set with Seasisde Bar Song - only the second time this song has ever been played live, the last time being in 1973!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Tom Waits - Glitter and Dome Tour

An excellent opportunity to download 8 free tracks from the forthcoming live lp:


Sunday, 11 October 2009

The Duke and The King

Hope you caught the Simon Felices new band Duke and The King on the Jools Holland show. Album of the year?

Check out the Felice Brothers records as well!


Friday, 9 October 2009

Forgotten Album Friday #10 - Del Amitri, Can You Do Me Good

I was reminded of the brilliance of this album, thanks to a post by Radio Nowhere.

This album is a real pre-cursor, I think, to Justin Curries solo album. Not only that I think this is as good as anything Del Amitri produced, and yet it bombed! Right at the time they were needing some commercial success.

Can You Do Me Good was a real step forward for the band both in the quality of material and the feel of the record. The production gives the album a really good modern sound, using loops, drum machines and assorted effects as a counterpoint to the bands rock edge.

Curries lyrics as ever are caustic, witty and observant. I found this great listener review on amazon:

The songs gradually grow on you and plant themselves in your head. The opener, "Just before you Leave" carries on where "Cry to be Found" left off - shimmering strings and wonderful vocals from Justin Currie, it's a peach of a song and is how songs really should be - soulful, heartfelt and, hey! call me a traditionalist, tuneful.
There are some great songs which follow on - "Buttons on My Clothes" could be perceived as just another "oh no, she's gone and left me" kinda song but a real sense of loss is portrayed in the song and, if there was any justice in this world, it would be a number one single...but we all know that ain't ever gonna happen.
"Wash Her Away"'s riff is as rough as the sentiments in the song. "Out Falls the Past" is simple and brilliant. And as for the closer, "Just Getting By", it's another example of the Dels knack of writing a song which can tug at your heart strings and make you feel good about life all at the same time. Justin's vocals on this song alone are worth the price of the album. Yes, Robbie would kill for this song!

This album can do you a great deal of good!

Key tracks:

Drunk In A Band
Just Before You Leave
Buttons On My Clothes
Just Getting Bye

Great Roseanne Cash Session


Reaklly looking forward to this album with the great duet with the Boss on Sea of Heartache.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Dylans Christmas Album

I am not really sure what to say.

Forgotten Album Friday #9 - Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith, Evidence

I hope anyone popping by here will know quite a bit about former Bible lead man Boo Hewerdine and his solo work and also his collaborations with many different folky artists. This album is probably less known and Boo collaborates with Darden Smith Austin, Texas, an altogether grittier country artist.

Cut live in fourteen days with a group of musicians which included guitarist Sonny Landreth of John Hiatt's Goners – Evidence is a brilliant mix of British folky pop and Americana. It works. Evidence is probably my favourite Boo track and he really pushes himself hitting the words of disappointment and betrayal as if he reall was in the middle of these emotions. The same can be said for the desire that drips from Smith's roughshod drawl on "All I Want (Is Everything),".

Again an album which focuses on lost love, betrayal and regret. It is probably a bit of a dark album but an absolute favourite of mine. If you are a fan of either artist check this out!



Key tracks:

All I Wants Is Everything
Remind Me (A Little of You)
Who, What, Where and Why?

Thursday, 1 October 2009

New Springsteen Song - Wrecking Ball

This will possibly be a one off as it is written to commemorate the forthcoming bulldozing of Giants Stadium

Bruce Springsteen performs his new song Wrecking Ball at Giants Stadium