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It’s A Brand New Year - 4th January 2011

Welcome to 2011 everyone & what a great way to kick off the brand new year. It wasn’t a special show this week, but there was plenty to get excited about...

Just to be different, we kicked off with something that sounds like it belongs in the 70’s but is actually from the 21st century – I saw Tinlin supporting Paul Carrack back in November & their music has been compared to the ballads & harmonies of Yes, ELP & Genesis, but I reckon there’s some Moody Blues influences in there too – Alex from the band reckons he & his brother Rolf were born 30 years too late...

And so we had to have a little Moody Blues for comparison & then the Justin Hayward sung hit single from Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds, which I saw at Wembley Arena just before Christmas & would recommend see it if you get the chance…

OK it wasn’t a special show, but I thought we’d look at some different flavours of 70’s rock this week, so we had Chicago (funk), Steely Dan (jazz), The Doobies (soul), Elton John (disco), Van Morrison (swing jazz), Eric Clapton (reggae), The Police (white reggae), The Stones (blues), Rush (heavy), Jimi Hendrix (guitar), Japan (electro), Roxy Music (dance), Dr Feelgood (pub), The Bay City Rollers (tartan), Dave Edmunds (rockabilly) & Fleetwood Mac (album oriented). Phew! Oops, no glam rock…

Slowing things down a little, Kate Bush gave us her musical interpretation of the film of the classic book – her song was inspired by Timothy Dalton’s performance as Heathcliffe – Mr. Bond, it’s me Cathy, let me in at your window…

A tender love song from Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, a heartfelt expression of feeling at home from Billy Joel & ELO’s beautifully atmospheric song of a utopia isolated from the rest of the world, led us to a big finish of two excellent live performances: Peter Frampton’s beautiful “Lines On My Face” & the King’s outstanding “I Just Can’t Help Believing” from the album & concert movie “That’s The Way It Is”. The gentler side of rock…

Next weeks show is another to look forward to, with plenty of musical variety & trivia, as always, so listen if you can…

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 Tinlin Play The Game
2 The Moody Blues It's Up To You
3 Jeff Wayne Forever Autumn
4 Chicago Feelin' Stronger Every Day
5 Steely Dan My Old School
6 The Doobie Brothers Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)
7 Elton John Crazy Water
8 Van Morrison Moondance
9 Eric Clapton Swing Low Sweet Chariot
10 The Police The Bed's Too Big Without You
11 The Rolling Stones Short And Curlies
12 Rush Working Man
13 Jimi Hendrix Freedom
14 Japan Lovers On Main Street
15 Roxy Music Do The Strand
16 Dr. Feelgood She's A Wind Up
17 The Bay City Rollers Shang-A-Lang
18 Dave Edmunds Queen Of Hearts
19 Fleetwood Mac Don't Stop
20 Kate Bush Wuthering Heights
21 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel (Love) Compared With You
22 Billy Joel New York State Of Mind
23 The Electric Light Orchestra Shangri-La
24 Peter Frampton Lines On My Face
25 Elvis Presley I Just Can't Help Believin'



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