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Today is my 60th birthday!

Indulgence time! Nostalgia time!

2010 - Garden Scene

2010 - Garden Scene

Yes, I am a real person and not just an ‘advertising machine’, as one reader of this blog suggested a few years ago.

I have been listening to these tunes today and last night, and they have had continued significance for me since I first heard them. I won’t go into it here regarding the ‘whys’ and ‘how comes’ these pieces of music have such significance for me. Perhaps I’ll do that if and when I hit 80!

Of course, I can’t get every piece of music that has played a role in my life in here, but here are just 47 examples:

Jollity Farm (1929) – Leslie Sarony with Jack Hylton and His Orchestra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dxHNAo_a7s – obviously recorded before I was born, but I used to play this 78 record when I was a kid.

No Strings (1936) – Fred Astaire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK4C7zXBOog – I also played this 78 a lot when I was a kid.

You Don’t Need a Licence for That (1946) – George Formby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWHHKMFY4yc – Ditto.

Lonely Pup in a Christmas Shop (1960) – Adam Faith: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0_NKL2nr6I

Poetry in Motion (1960) – Johnny Tillotson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDCQEbJPPgI

Blue Velvet (1963) – Bobby Vinton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icfq_foa5Mo

She Loves You (1963) – The Beatles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0YifXhm-Zc

Bits and Pieces (1964) – The Dave Clarke Five: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoRLIJJSG4o

Good Vibrations (1966) – The Beach Boys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCeD_6Y3GQc

Bike (1967) – Pink Floyd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR234BH9Cr4 [But I hear this until 1969]

Also Sprach Zarathustra (Richard Strauss, 1896): I first heard this 1968, when I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Odeon, Leicester Square with my cousin, Gerhard. It was stunning; I bought the sound track as soon as I could. This got me into classical music:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o09L-hkrzhw and also the ‘Dawn of Man’ scene from the same film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2iiPpcwfCA – the film and music had such a big impact on my intellectual development. It would take ages to explain, so I won’t bore you with it!

Manco Capac (1969) – Quintessence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyYqOIqKRIU – If it hadn’t have been for this track I wouldn’t have applied to study at the University of East Anglia (1972-75 and 1976-77), and then wouldn’t have met Ruth. It’s a long story.

Cybernaut (1971) – Tonto’s Expanding Head Band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec8BGEb7_iA

Battlefield (1971) – Emerson, Lake & Palmer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XUtsc6GZuU&feature=fvst

Echoes (1971) – Pink Floyd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HehcJaTyd-E

Man Erg (1971) – Van der Graaf Generator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5y0GZPtJRM

Silver Machine (1972) – Hawkwind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfniG-AdSC4

Sylvia (1972) – Focus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OznS7X9BOxs

If there is Something (1972) – Roxy Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnV-agq0Yzw

The Great Gig in the Sky (1973): Pink Floyd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVM7ZpQrCnQ

Sleepwalkers (1975) – Van der Graaf Generator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbepiON2u08

I’m Not in Love (1975) – 10cc: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rgepWg4rzw 

Don’t You Want Me (1981) – The Human League: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPudE8nDog0&ob=av3e

Nothing But Flowers (1988) – Talking Heads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=068AFYvd58E

Come Out Fighting (1989) – Easterhouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErQHc9N2O08 

Family Ties (1992) – Innocence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxrMLiZQ9Sg

Matthew the Man (1992) – Iona: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_QefxfvXFY [I’m not religious, I hasten to add, but I love this track]

I Would Do Anything for Love (1993) – Meatloaf: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tuYKUgBZEc

Jurassic Shift (1993) – Ozric Tentacles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzNPlQjL13A

Book of Hours (1995) Anekdoten: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brmPb8DYfHo

Idiot Prayer (1996) – Porcupine Tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQYMYls0MoI

Kobresia (1997) – Biosphere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKiuEHV6HWo

Toxicity (2001) – System of a Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWSxELGNShk

Science (2001) – System of a Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGpoEPcmOK4

Arriving Somewhere (But Not Here) (2005) – Porcupine Tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FveZKs2IZI live version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxiLuoWgi34

Lazarus (2005) – Porcupine Tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCTeDAh1_Pk [Live]

Lonely Day (2005) – System of a Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnGdoEa1tPg&ob=av2e

Stop Making Speeches (2006) Khoma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFHiuwCJpQY

The Incident (2009) – Porcupine Tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVXbe2pSjbM

Harmony Corine (2009) – Steven Wilson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BClzBQmZZBc

Daystar (2010) – William Roberts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6f_pA5XUPk captures the magic of Bangor and Bangor University for me.

The Path (Part 2) (2010) – OrphanedLand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR9Eg8FbsyI

Cheerful Sin (2011) – Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

The Lamb (2011) – based on a poem by William Blake, and set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

Human Herbs (2012 version) – Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Stagnant (2012 version) – Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo

Soft Coda (2012) – North Atlantic Oscillation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkAhSSeR8j0

 

I hope you like at least some of these tracksGlenn Rikowski, 2nd May 2012

 

**END**

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub,Bangor, northWales)  

 

 

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The Yumyum Tree – a new album by Ozric Tentacles

 

The Ozric Tentacles return with their new studio album The Yumyum Tree.

The album is available from April 27th but can be pre-ordered now from The Yumyum Tree mini-site at http://www.snappermusic.com/ms/ozrictentacles/theyumyumtree/ .
All orders placed through this site will receive a free A2 poster with their CD.

The mini-site also offers a sneak preview of the album by way of a free mp3 download of the new track Mooncalf.

One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK’s festival scene, the Ozrics layer ambient and ethereal landscapes with freeform dub trips, incredible rave grooves and psychedelic progressive rock. It’s an open exploration of music and the soul.
For over 25 years, the Ozrics have experienced the vicissitudes of the rock and roll life. The band has flourished through a number of line-up changes, spawned several side projects (including Eat Static and Nodens Ictus), created their own record label (Dovetail & Stretchy), put out close to 25 albums, scored a hit record and sold over a million albums world-wide. And yet, the basic motivation behind the band’s existence has never wavered.

A campfire at the Stonehenge free festival in 1983 witnessed the birth of Ozric Tentacles. It was there that synth player Joie Hinton, stumbled upon brother’s Ed Wynne (guitar) and Roly Wynne (bass), performing in a band known at the time as Bolshem People, along with drummer Nick ‘Tig’ Van Gelder (Jamiroquai). From that very first jam session, a musical compatibility was evoked that has since been a trademark of the Ozric Tentacles. It’s a signature blend of hippy aesthetics and raver electronics with spiralling guitars, textured waves of keyboard and midi samplers, and supergroovy bass and drum rhythms.

The Yumyum Tree is their new studio album first since 2006’s The Floor’s Too Far Away and follows on from the last year’s CD & DVD set, Sunrise Festival.

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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