My Generation of Sun. 22 November: Norman Beaker, Bill Wyman, Majority One, John Mayall [Ed’s Show, 2015-46]
Bill Wyman, Norman Beaker, John Mayall, The Critters
MY GENERATION & BLUESIDE
Showtime on Sundays:
12:00 My Generation ** 14:00 Blueside ** 16:00 My Generation ** 18:00 Blueside ** 20:00 My Generation ** 22:00 Blueside ** 24:00 My Generation ** 02:00 Blueside ** 04:00 End of Show (Monday morning)
RADIO 68 TIME = Central European Time (CET, Paris, Brussels, Rome) is 1 hour ahead of GMT / UTC Time (London). For example: 14:00 hrs CET = 1 p.m. in London
MY GENERATION : THE PLAYLISTS
1 NEW SHOW
PETER SELLERS ** DAVE & PHIL ALVIN: Papa’s On the Roof Top (LOST TIME, new album 2015) ** THE EASYBEATS ** THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS ** SPECIAL BILL WYMAN: AMEN CORNER , BILL WYMAN, BILL WYMAN’s RHYTHM KINGS ** WILLIE & THE POOR BOYS feat. Gary Brooker, Andy Fairweather-Low, Georgie Fame, Terry Taylor ** KALEIDOSCOPE ** ELMER GANTRY’s VELVET OPERA ** LAURA NYRO **
2 LAST WEEK’s
THE NASHVILLE TEENS ** THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP (sessions, live) ** SPECIAL MAJORITY ONE : MAJORITY ONE , BARRY RYAN (+ MAJORITY ONE), TONY BLACKBURN , THE BEACH BOYS and ** GRAPEFRUIT ** BAD COMPANY ** HUMBLIE PIE ** BIG BILL BROONZY **
BLUESIDE: THE PLAYLISTS
1 NEW SHOW
SOUL EMBRACE: new band, new album on Starman Reords, thanks to Felix ** MIKE ZITO & THE WHEEL: KEEP COMING BACK (NEW ALBUM: thanks to V2 Records Belgium) **
NORMAN BEAKER SPECIAL: BUDDY HOLLY, THE NORMAN BEAKER TRIO (LIVE IN BELGRADE, new album, 2015) , BEAKER & PRICE (BETWEEN THE LINES), NORMAN BEAKER & LARRY GARNER (GOOD NIGHT IN VIENNA), LARRY GARNER, CHRIS FARLOWE ** BUDDY HOLLY **
Soul Embrace: thanks to Starman Records ** Mike Zito & The Wheel: thanks to V2 Records Belgium and Ruf Records
2 LAST WEEK’s
THE DOORS feat. JOHN SEBASTIAN * WILLIE DIXON **
SPECIAL: JOHN MAYALL: FIND A WAY TO CARE (2015), JOHN MAYALL & The BLUESBREAKERS: LIVE IN 1967 (released 2015, feat. John McVie, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood), JAY DAVENPORT feat. John Mayall , REG RZAB with BUDDY GUY and ROCKY ATHAS feat. John Mayall (LET MY GUITAR DO THE TALKING) * *
NEW RELEASE: HEATHER CROSSE: : Groovin’ At the Crosseroads) ** LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS: FREE FORM PATTERNS, 1968, feat. Earl ‘Duke’ Davis (bs) and Danny Thome (drms) of The 13th Floor Elevators ** AL STEWART **
John Mayall: Find A Way to Care: thanks to V2 Records Belgium and Forty Below Records
Heather Crosse: thanks to V2 Records Belgium and Ruf Records
MY GENERATION New Format
A new 60 minute episode of My Generation followed by the previous show, totalling two hours of all the sounds and the voices that shaped the 60s. Each show includes a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend.
First airing Sundays at 12 noon * Repeated: Sundays at 16:00 hrs, 20:00 hrs and 24:00 hrs (twelve midnight) * RADIO 68 TIME = Central European Time (CET), for example: 14:00 hrs CET = 1 p.m. in the UK.
SPECIAL NEW SHOW: BILL WYMAN
Bill Wyman’s latest solo cd “Back to Basics” met with mixed reviews. Most reviewers were very kind, pointing out that the Quiet One was the most successful solo Stone, but also that this success was mainly due to lightweight pop, such as “Si Si Je Suis un Rock Star”. Maybe one should say: disco pop. Most reviewers left out Wyman’s bands, Willie and the Poor Boys and The Rhythm Kings. For some reason, because in these great blues and rock’n’roll bands, Bill Wyman is just the bass-player, sharing the stage with icons like Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather-Low, Georgie Fame, Gary Brooker and the excellent, loyal, but low-profiled guitarist Terry Taylor.
Only writer and front-man of the Argonauts Alan Clayson, wrote a raving piece. Verdict? As most reviewers pointed out, Wyman doesn’t really sing on this disc, but the truth is he never was much of a singer, never pretended to be one and used a type of ‘parlando’ instead. And it worked, see “Si Si”. On “Back to Basics” his parlando has lost some strength and conviction. Contrary to the old days, Wyman’s lyrics are insufficiently tongue-in-cheek. The melodies and the arrangements aren’t new either, but so be it. Several tracks just walk on by, several others stand out on condition you listen attentively.
RADIO 68 PLAYS: selected tracks from “Back to Basics”, his first solo album, the Japan-only cd “Stuff” (1992), the live album by Willie and The Poor Boys (“Tear It Up”) and The Rhythm Kings (“Double Bill”). Plus: sixties Andy Fairweather-Low when he sang lead with Aman Corner.
SPECIAL REPETAED SHOW : MAJORITY ONE
The group evolved out of the U.K. band The Majority who released a string of singles between 1965 and 1968 without any success. Still, the band toured with Barry Ryan and The Beach Boys. They also recorded with Barry Ryan and his “Love Is Love” is even credited to Barry Ryan and Majority One. They also backed famous dj Tony Blackburn on a single release. To no avail, success eluded them as a band.
“The group moved to France and issued one final single as the Majority, “Charlotte Rose” though this was only released in some European territories. In 1970, still based in France, they changed their name to Majority One, issuing a few singles in 1970 and 1971 and a self-titled album in 1971, though the latter only came out in France and Holland at the time”. (source: allmusic.com)
Majority One‘s 1971 single “Because I Love” was a hit in Continental Europe and later in Brazil. In fact, they sound very much like Greek pop stars Aphrodite’s Child and their singer Demis Roussos. Majority One also released some tracks as Black Label and Rocky Cabbage, but disbanded in the summer of 1971.
A nice compilation can be found on “Rainbow Rockin’ Chair: The Definitive Collection 1969-1971”, which includes extensive notes tracing their story (RPM records).
RADIO 68 PLAYS: Majority One, Barry Ryan solo and with Majority One, The Beach Boys, Tony Blackburn and Grapefruit (Grapefruit’s George Alexander co-wrote their single “Charlotte Rose”).
A new 60 minute episode of My Generation Blueside followed by the previous show, totalling two hours of the blues that influenced and inspired the sounds of the sixties – from the originators till the present day. Each show includes a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend.
First airing Sundays at 14:00 hrs * Repeated: Sundays at 18:00 hrs, 22:00 hrs and 2 in the morning + Mondays 14:00 hrs ** RADIO 68 TIME = Central European Time (CET), for example: 14:00 hrs CET = 1 p.m.
SPECIAL NEW SHOW: NORMAN BEAKER
Norman Beaker and his band have opened shows for the greatest blues artists on earth. They have also built a reputation as a formidable backing-band on stage and in the studio. These last years, however, have seen Norman Beaker carve out a niche of his own, both in the UK and on the Continent where he has headlined shows and festivals from Brussels to Belgrade. He’s had the ingredients ready for decades: showmanship, that blues voice, meticulous guitar-playing and a fine ear for harmony and balance. Singing and playing lead, he has added two more characteristics to his shows and records: first, a way of turning classic tunes upside down while keeping their authenticity intact, like he did with Buddy Holly’s “It Does’t Matter Anny More”; two, a small, but idiosyncratic collection of songs that do not necessarily restrict themselves to the blues idiom and show Beaker’s sense of humour.
SPECIAL REPEATED SHOW JOHN MAYALL
RADIO 68 plays tracks from:
John Mayall’s new cd “Find A Way To Care” * a live concert of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers from 1967 released in 2015 and featuring the short-lived line-up of Mayall, John McVie, Peter Green & Mick Fleetwood * solo albums by the members of Mayall’s current band: bassist Greg Rzab (Live On Stage), drummer Jay Davenport (In Good Company) and guitarist Rocky Athas (Let My Guitar Do the Talking).
Bespreking op Keys and Chords: http://www.keysandchords.com/album-review-blog/john-mayall-find-a-way-to-care