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It was forty years ago today … lost in a forest all alone

lost in a forest all alone

The Cure’s second album, and the one that set them up for their chart success with later, and maybe not quite so cutting-edge, productions.

Album: Seventeen Seconds
Artist: The Cure
Released:  22nd April 1980
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 10
Highest Chart Position: No.20

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It was forty years ago today … walking back from your house

Originally billed as a punk band, their second album placed them firmly in the mainstream.   Not a bad track on here.

Album: Reggatta de Blanc
Artist: The Police
Released:  2nd October 1979
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 74
Number of Weeks at No.1: 4

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Curtis Eller's American Circus

I love small venues, and one of my favourites locally is the Old Theatre Royal in Bath – very atmospheric with wonderful acoustics.  I always try to get along to a couple of gigs during their annual fringe@theOTR fortnight during the City’s Fringe Festival, because they often unearth bands you don’t normally see.  This year they managed to get Curtis Eller’s American Circus all the way from North Carolina as part of their European Tour promoting the new album A Poison Melody

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It was fifty years ago today … from Soho down to Brighton

The first true concept album, Pete Townshend’s rock opera has been performed every which way in the intervening fifty years – as a live concert, with orchestral backing, as a film, even as a stage show.  But the original still takes some beating – just listen to Moonie’s drumming, it’s almost like a lead instrument in places.

Album: Tommy
Artist:  The Who
Released:  17th May 1969
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 11
Highest Chart Position: No.2

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nathaniel rateliff & the nightsweats

There’s always a touch of deja vu about going to gigs when you get to my age, particularly when seeing a band again that you first saw many years ago. But it’s unusual when a set from a new band revives memories of another gig from fifty years ago. Such was the case with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats at the O2 Academy in Bristol last night.

Their latest album, Tearing at the Seams, featured high in my 2018 Album of the Year review, so we have been looking forward to this gig, and they did not disappoint.  The album, on the Stax label, brought back memories of bands from the sixties who graced this fabulous brand, and that sound was here in spades, perhaps with a hint of Van Morrison in places.  Seeing all eight of them on stage complete with horn section and a genuine vintage Hammond, rotating speaker box and all, recalled the UK soul bands that made a brief appearance during the mid-sixties – I recall one from Bristol who I think were called the West Coast Showband that we saw around the area at small venues.

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