Sound Man

I’ve read British sound engineer Glyn Johns’ biography ‘Sound Man’. It was very enjoyable and how I would’ve loved to have been a part of the music scene back then like he was. Here are the bands and musicians I’ve so happily discovered thanks to him:

Hints of early Floyd in this band. Must… buy… album.

Love this movie!

Definitely buying this one, it’s Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Nicky Hopkins ànd Ry Cooder jamming, recorded by Johns.

Well, rediscovered these last two 🙂

To finish up, here are some of the blues artists he said to have loved as a kid:

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Pigs rule the world

Wasn’t sure if I wanted to go see Roger Waters. You may be in shock and ask yourself: ‘why on earth not??!’ I’ve seen David Gilmour two years ago and God was he magical! I just didn’t think Roger’s performance would compare.

Boy was I wrong! Even though the guitar and a lot of the vocal parts were done by another guitarist of course, it was still quite the spectacular evening! I listened more carefully to the bass guitar, which I often fail to do, and Roger’s voice wasn’t bad at all! He played so many of my favorite Floyd songs that I didn’t expect to hear, like ‘Welcome to the Machine’ and ‘Dogs’. The man sure knows how to put on a show: the Battersea power station was there and the flying pig… He came real close to David’s performance!

And he wasn’t just pleasing the crowd, he had a clear message. And it’s good that someone with so much influence uses it to educate those who listen to him.

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All the while I kept thinking: how lucky am I to still be able to hear this music being performed live…

 

Covers VI

Let’s go the other way around this time.

Needless to say I love this 1969 Zeppelin track.

They took the line about the lemon from this true Blues King who influenced so many great rock bands:

Only HE had also taken the phrase from someone else, who released this track less than a year before Traveling Riverside Blues (1937):

When life gives you lemons…

Chasing rabbits

I’ve been listening to this song over and over again lately, can’t get enough! Grace is such a supreme singer.

Also really really love the guitar intro from this live performance. (Just that part though. Grace was high as a straw, so her singing’s just no good here.)