My Generation of Sun. 13 & Mon. 14 Sept.: Sagittarius, Maggie Bell & Co [Ed’s show 2015-36]
SAGITTARIUS ** MAGGIE BELL & CO. ** And also: Spirit, Armageddon, Robin Gibb, Daniel Smith, Vanilla Fudge…
SPECIAL: SAGITTARIUS (Present Tense)
“The project in it’s initial form resulted in the classic “My World Fell Down”/”Hotel Indiscreet” single. The A-side is a masterpiece and one of the absolute best psychedelic singles of the 60’s. Featuring Glen Campbell and Bruce Johnston on vocals (both of whom had subbed for Brian Wilson in the touring version of the Beach Boys), plus various members of the LA session pros known as the Wrecking Crew, we basically get the best Beach Boys tracks that none of the band members actually had a hand in. It has a very SMiLe like cut-and-paste sound, with the added avant-garde bonus of a found sound midsection. The B-side of the single sounds like the theme song for some strange sex sitcom with a short interlude from a screaming hippie-fascist courtesy of the Firesign Theatre. (…)
Present Tense is certainly a sugary-sweet album, perhaps the sunniest of sunshine pop. While “My World Fell Down” has a strong tinge of melancholy, the later tracks don’t. Boettcher’s voice, prominent on the finished album, is also quite different.
As long as the listener doesn’t expect more creations like “My World Fell Down” and can stand a little syrup, Present Tense is a very worthwhile album. “Another Time,” “The Keeper Of The Games,” “Would You Like To Go,” and “The Truth Is Not Real” are all immaculately writted sunshine pop songs with spectacular vocal arrangement. Even questionably titled songs such as “Song To The Magic Frog” make for pleasant listening”.
SPECIAL: MAGGIE BELL & Co.
We all know Maggie Bell as the singer of Stone the Crows, a Scottish band that wrapped blues, psych, jazz and rock into one album and made it sounds unique, ne and special. It was. When the and broke up, Maggie Bell had a successful solo career with albums like “Suicide Sal” – the sound was more MOR, but her fiery, raunchy voice was all over the place anyway. All in all, Maggie Bell is a raw and rough &B singer and a very good one at that.
Over the past thirty years, she has recorded with quite some artists, a highlight certainly being The British Blues Quintet – feat. bass player Colin Hodgkinson (Live In Glasgow). Hodgkinson has played a wide variety of genres and estimates he’s on 150 albums… We chose tracks from an album he did with the “Electric Blues Duo and the hr Big Band” . Maggie Bell also recorded with Big Jim Sullivan, one of the top studio guitarists in the UK (“Blind Man”). Sullivan also made a weird solo album on which he lays the sitar – and we play tracks from “Sitar” Beat too. Bell also sang with The Hamburg Blues Band on various occasions, so we’ve included them too..
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MY GENERATION: THE SHOW
New show Sundays 12 noon ** Repeated Sundays 16:00 hrs, 20:00 hrs and 24:00 hrs (twelve midnight till 4 in the morning) and Mondays 12 noon.
CHUCK BERRY ** SPIRIT ** SPECIAL: SAGITTARIUS , pt. 1 ** CHESS RHYTHM and ROLL: EDDIE FONTAINE, BO DIDDLEY, GENE SIMMONS, THE SENSATIONS, LITTLE MILTON ** VANILLA FUDGE ** KEVIN COYNE ** SPECCIAL: SAGITTARIUS pt. 2 ** AARDVARK ** THE CHAMBER BROS. **
ARMAGEDDON, feat. Keith Relf: ARMAGEDDON, 1975 ** ROBIN GIBB: ROBIN’S REIGN, 1970 ** JEFF BECK GROUP : BECK-OLA ** ELVIS: LOVING YOU **
New Show Sundays 14:30 hrs ** Repeated Sundays 18:30 hrs, 22:30 and 02:30 a.m. (Monday) and Monday 14:30 hrs.
DANIEL SMITH , feat. Earl Green, Alan Glen: ONCE IN A BLUE MOON ** SPECIAL: MAGGIE BELL and COMPANY : BRITISH BLUES QUINTET, MAGGIE BELL & BIG JIM SULLIVAN, MIKE HARRISON & HAMBURG BLUES BAND, ELECTRIC BLUES DUO & hr BIG BAND feat. Colin Hodgkinson, STONE THE CROWS, BIG JIM SULLIVAN ** PROFESSOR LONGHAIR
I’ll be tuning in!