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The greatest rock band of all time………..

Kindadukish's Blog - I am not a number, I am a free man (The Prisoner)

My musical education started in the earl 1960s with the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Yardbirds and the godfather of British R&B Cyril Davis. I then began to investigate original Blues artists such as Sleepy John Estes, Sony Terry and Brownie Mcghee, Muddy Waters alongside the likes of Chick Berry and Bo Diddley who were having some commercial success because many British blues artists were covering their songs (listen to the Stones very first LP for a clear Diddley rip off).

Over the next 40 years I became an avid jazz fan and fell under the spell of the great Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett and many other esoteric performers.

I took in classical music from the minimalism of Arvo Paart and Terry Riley, the sweeping symphonic grandeur that is Mahler, Bruckner, Tchaikovski and the more contemporary composers such as Valentyn Sylvestrov, John Adams and James McMillan.

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Vinyl back in fashion

imagesSales of vinyl records in Britain are at their highest for 2o years.

That means over 1 million sales of music by modern bands the Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood alongside classic acts like Pink Floyd, the Stone Roses, and Led Zeppelin.

This comes at a time when CD sales are falling because of digital downloads and streaming services.

One music retailer has seen vinyl sales jump by almost 50% this year with most buyers being under 25.

Vinyl may have its detractors but the tactile experience of taking it from its sleeve, physically placing it on a turntable and then sitting back to read the liner notes or admire the sleeve’s artwork make it all worth-while.

The vinyl trade is worth about £20 million a year to Britain but only comprise 2% of the market.

Arctic Monkeys LP “AM” is the biggest seller this year

David Bowie’s compilation Nothing has Changed” is currently top of the vinyl charts

Pink Floyd’s latest, and possibly last, LP “Endless River” sold more than 6,000 copies in its first week of release making it the fastest selling LP this century

Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin 1, and Led Zeppelin 2, have all featured in the top ten vinyl LPs of the year.

Time to order that vinyl copy of “Lily was Here” I heard in Lithuania!

FYI the illustration on the cover of the Led Zeppelin album is of the Hindenburg disaster in New Jersey in 1937.

 


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The Top 10 Guitar Riffs

guitar_and_pick_perspective_1600_wht_12837Listeners to BBC Radio 2 have voted the Led Zeppelin song “Whole Lotta Love” as having the greatest guitar riff.

This was followed by Guns N’ RosesSweet Child of Mine”, AC/DCs “Back in Black”, Deep Purple‘s “Smoke on the Water” and Derek & the Dominos‘ “Layla“.

Led Zeppelin’s guitarist Jimmy Page said “I’m knocked out ……there have been so many great riffs. I wanted a riff that really moved; that people would get and that would bring a smile to their faces”.

He described it as “menacing yet quite caressing“.

Music producer Steve Levine said the song, which was the theme tune for Top of the Pops, was one of the most important guitar riffs of the 20th century and you would know it after hearing the first two notes. And here it is on YouTube.

The riff was chosen from a list of 100 drawn up by music experts as part of Radio 2′ s Guitar Season. Listeners then voted on their favourites from the list. For the purpose of this vote a guitar riff was defined as ‘the main hook of a song and had to be played principally by a guitar. It often begins the song, but is repeated throughout it, giving the song its distinctive voice.

Personally I would have chosen “Smoke on the Water” over the winner but I was never a big Led Zeppelin fan.

How soon is now” by the Smiths achieved 6th place then “Down Down” by Status Quo, “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits, “You really got me” by the Kinks and “Money” by Pink Floyd in 10th place.