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    Big fan of Comfort In Sound, too. They were at the top of their game for those two albums. Comfort In Sound of course being driven by the tragic suicide of their original drummer, Jon Lee.

    DW - I had never listened to “Over The Counter Culture” by The Ordinary Boys before, but after reading your post in here I gave it a go yesterday and was pleasantly surprised! In my head I expected it to be far more poppy but there’s grit to that album and I reckon it’s stood the test of time well. Preston got a lot of stick back in the day but he’s actually gone on to be an extremely accomplished songwriter for some of the biggest pop artists out there (the gimp from Wolves who was in One Direction and that annoying goofball Olly Murs), so fair play to him.

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    Been doing nothing but revisiting old albums whilst working from home....or as I call it, listening to music

    Currently listening to Shed Seven - Let It Ride, not their best but still a very good album

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    PIECE OF MIND - IRON MAIDEN

    Released 16 May 1983, oh my goodness I feel really rather old!

    Maiden came off the Number of the Beast tour (first date in Dunstable, I kid you not) and Clive Burr had had enough. Sadly no longer with us of course, but Maiden lost a great drummer so recruitment started for a replacement. The result was Nicko McBrain, who had been with French band Trust (they of Anti-Social that was magnificently covered by Anthrax in 1988 but I digress).

    How do you follow the monster that was Number of the Beast? Maiden decided to go for the most raw and loud production I have ever heard on their studio output. Martin Birch. as was de riguer in those days, was behind the desk, and he just turned the volume up on pretty much everything. The drums sound epic. The guitars are dirty as my mind, but you can still pick out Dave Murray on the strat against Adrian Smith on his Ibanez with humbuckers (I need to check but I am pretty sure he didn't go to Jackson until after Powerslave) and then chuntering along is the archetypal bass line that only Steve Harris and Maiden deliver. So that's the sound. On to the tracks...

    Where Eagles Dare
    Hi Nicko - gis a drum intro. Bosh. Great tune. Abominable lyrics but hey ho. Full of bombast. I wish they would play it more live, as it is a secret Maiden fave of mine.

    Revelations
    A true Maiden classic. Oh God of Earth and Altar this is ace. Brilliant riffery. Epic solos. Love it.

    Flight of Icarus
    Bruce in air raid siren mode. Ace as fucking fuck

    Die with your Boots on
    Weak. Weak as a weak thing from weak land. Easily the low point of the album. It's just a bit meh. A nothing. And they still roll it out live every so often so I guess either Steve or Bruce likes it more than it deserves.

    The Trooper
    My favourite Maiden song ever BAR NONE. The riff is perfect. The solos are out of this world. I might have this at my funeral I like it that much.

    Side B ( yes I know The Trooper was on B on the vinyl but this is a neat place to split it) is a less in your face affair. Some great tracks, but nothing to completely match 4 out of the first five which are majesty. Still Life, Quest for Fire and Sun and Steel all still have appeal and the production really helps them punch above their musical weight. And then we have To Tame a Land to finish. A nice epic all about the Frank Herbert world of Dune. A definite forerunner of Rime of the Ancient Mariner that they released a year later. It's longer, it's complex, there are loads of different parts, it's operatic, it nails some serious riff moments, I feel it musically hits the brief in imagining the world Herbert created in sound. I love it.

    So, final reflections. It's my favourite Maiden album. It's in my all time top five by any artist. If you haven't heard it, give it a go.
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    I was under the impression that Harris "asked" Clive to leave the band. Couldn't keep up with the touring (could that have been early signs of his MS? Maybe) or something like that.

    Nicko is a great personality and musician but I do find myself missing Burr on future albums.
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    Clive Burr was seriously underrated. Great drummer.
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    First knew of Nicko in the Pat Travers Band he was on the Makin Magic album.
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    Lo Fidelity Allstars - Warming Up For The Brain Farm

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    Solid funky shizzle that came from skint records. I loved Mary Ann Hobbes and the breezeblock, and these were a band I got into through that show.
    The album is actually better than I remembered. Not skipping the track or 2 I used to back in the day made it a much more rounded experience. Kasparovs Revenge is still fantastic, and Blisters on my Brain was better with its original title but still rocks. Battlefalg is still hip, and Vision Incision remains epic. However the other tracks are stronger than I recall, making this an ace listen.
    Definitely have to have this on in the car when we're able to venture out again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonjelly View Post
    Lo Fidelity Allstars - Warming Up For The Brain Farm
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    As we are decorating atm and in the middle of stripping wall paper, needed summat loud and raucous so started with an old fav UFO's Strangers In The Night
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    Songs of Faith & Devotion - Depeche Mode.

    Still a great album and with hindsight I think is better than Violator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul View Post
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    It could be quite a cultural experience for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonjelly View Post
    Lo Fidelity Allstars - Warming Up For The Brain Farm

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis..._L6vLe81Ws-5i8

    Solid funky shizzle that came from skint records. I loved Mary Ann Hobbes and the breezeblock, and these were a band I got into through that show.
    The album is actually better than I remembered. Not skipping the track or 2 I used to back in the day made it a much more rounded experience. Kasparovs Revenge is still fantastic, and Blisters on my Brain was better with its original title but still rocks. Battlefalg is still hip, and Vision Incision remains epic. However the other tracks are stronger than I recall, making this an ace listen.
    Definitely have to have this on in the car when we're able to venture out again!
    Absolute shite*

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    Quote Originally Posted by sycophantia View Post
    As we are decorating atm and in the middle of stripping wall paper, needed summat loud and raucous so started with an old fav UFO's Strangers In The Night
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    Fun Lovin Criminals - 100% Columbian


    Transported to harlem! A laidback affair, though with a couple of harder tracks (Southside), this is definitely a summer album! Found this ore relaxed than their debut album (which I also liked, and will have to re-listen to at some point). Album definitely has a groove, found myself nodding along at several tracks.

    Very enjoyable.
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    Voice of the Beehive - Let It Bee



    Another one of my late '80s obsessions. Not sure how I had time for so many! I still really like this - perky sunny indie pop with fun lyrics and a good energy. There are some cracking tracks - I Walk The Earth, Don't Call Me Baby, I Say Nothing. Always nice to see Woody from Madness as well. Never likely to get you many points on the Cool-o-Meter but I remember some good gigs and a lot of fun. Poignant VOTB gig memory - having a few too many then chundering a bit into a girl's long blonde hair in what passed for the mosh pit, then running away before she noticed. I'd just like to take this moment to apologise to that lady.

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    i may take in the horrors - primary colours on timstwitter thingy this evening

    looking trough the list - there's loads of decent stuff.
    tomorrow they do JDs classic unknown pleasures. always a fun listen

    next tues - deserter's songs - mercury rev.
    week friday he's got a decent triple bill. let's eat grandma, dexys and the streets
    thursday June 4th - i guess billy duffy back for the cult's dreamtime. loved that album back then
    downside is that there's still no chameleons date scheduled

    anyway - here's spiritwalker

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    ooh, Dexy's. Might have to revisit Searching for the Young Soul Rebels at some point.

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    deserters songs is a brilliant album. listened to it not that long ago and really enjoyed it a lot.
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    Back on the decorating today so it was Audioslave's first album turned up to 11
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    Quote Originally Posted by broughtonwolf View Post
    Songs of Faith & Devotion - Depeche Mode.

    Still a great album and with hindsight I think is better than Violator.
    That's a big statement! It is brilliant though. I've been listening to DM a lot since I did my post on here a few weeks back and Music for the Masses is also fantastic. Definitely their creative peak 87-93.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLA View Post
    ooh, Dexy's. Might have to revisit Searching for the Young Soul Rebels at some point.
    One of my all time faves.

    Played Pete Townshends 'Who Came First' for the first time in years last week. Some nice tracks on that. 'Sheraton Gibson' is one of my favourites. Nice acoustic guitar work.

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    Love anything Pete does but the line "I'm sittin' in the Sheraton Gibson playin' my Gibson" really used to grind on my nerves
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    Saxon - The Eagle Has Landed...Live

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    Klassik (in true kerrang style) NWOBHM!

    I loved saxon. I was late to the party, discovering them on the recommendation of a friend in the late 80's/early 90's. They were great fun live, and it shows on this disc.

    The lyrics etc may be a bit cheesy, but at least it ain't manowar, with talk of loincloths etc.

    Motorcycle man is a fun opener. 747 (strangers in the night) into princess of the night. Strong arm of the law follows with biffs intro, and then are you ready for heavy metal thunder? 20,000feet makes you wonder how many fucking songs these geezers wrote about aeroplanes, then wheels of steel (with a singalong natch). Never surrender has Biff almost on falsetto, then fire in the sky and machine gun close the album.
    I had a guiklty smirk of for at least the first 8 tracks. Unlikely to be grabbed off the shelf again in the immediate future, but still a bit of fun.
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    It's a BRILLIANT live album. I was into Saxon from Strong Arm of the Law so most of the tracks are incredibly familiar to me. I have the extended version that has the entire show so you get Dallas 1PM and And the Bands Played On as well. Plus Hungry Years is on that version too, which is great.

    747 is a classic track by the way.
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    every time I saw them, they were a solid live band. I enjoyed every gig of theirs I went to. Think solid ball of rock (or the tour before) was my initiation.
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    I keep meaning to catch them again. They so often play the Civic or the Slade Rooms. Seems to be at least twice a year.
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    I went to my first rock/metal gig about 4-5 years ago. I had forgotten how wonderful rock chicks are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonjelly View Post
    Saxon - The Eagle Has Landed...Live

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...Pwaurg5pEGLnBh

    Klassik (in true kerrang style) NWOBHM!

    I loved saxon. I was late to the party, discovering them on the recommendation of a friend in the late 80's/early 90's. They were great fun live, and it shows on this disc.

    The lyrics etc may be a bit cheesy, but at least it ain't manowar, with talk of loincloths etc.

    Motorcycle man is a fun opener. 747 (strangers in the night) into princess of the night. Strong arm of the law follows with biffs intro, and then are you ready for heavy metal thunder? 20,000feet makes you wonder how many fucking songs these geezers wrote about aeroplanes, then wheels of steel (with a singalong natch). Never surrender has Biff almost on falsetto, then fire in the sky and machine gun close the album.
    I had a guiklty smirk of for at least the first 8 tracks. Unlikely to be grabbed off the shelf again in the immediate future, but still a bit of fun.
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    Listened to a few today ( still decorating) covering 3 different decades,
    Started with Garbage: Version 2.0,
    Then Extreme: Pornograffity,
    Finished up back in the 70's with Santana's Abraxus.....gotta love some old school rock with a latin beat on a sunny afternoon
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    Is somebody dissing Manowar ????

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