Welcome to my Blog which combines the unlikely topics of supply teaching with progressive rock. Here you will find my ongoing 'Diary of a Surviving Supply Teacher' and a variety of lists/ timelines/ articles on progressive rock.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

100 Greatest Musicals (Channel 4)

July 2008

100. Let's Make Love (1960)
99. Miss Saigon (1989)
98. Bright Eyes (1934)
97. The Cotton Club (1984)
96. Lullaby of Broadway (1951)
95. Breaking Glass (1980)
94. Sholay (1975)
93. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
92. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
91. Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

90. Cry-Baby (1990)
89. A Little Night Music (1977)
88. For Me and My Gal (1942)
87. Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
86. There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
85. Funny Face (1957)
84. Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
83. A Star Is Born (1976)
82. Anything Goes (1956)
81. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

80. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
79. All That Jazz (1979)
78. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
77. Porgy and Bess (1959)
76. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
75. Dil Se.. (1998)
74. Shall We Dance (1937)
73. Half a Sixpence (1967)
72. Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew (1973)
71. Show Boat (1951)

70. Gigi (1958)
69. The Producers (1968)
68. Kiss Me Kate (1953)
67. Doctor Dolittle (1967)
66. Gypsy (1962)
65. The Jazz Singer (1927)
64. Easter Parade (1948)
63. Jailhouse Rock (1957)
62. Sweet Charity (1969)
61. Scrooge (1970)

60. Top Hat (1935)
59. Funny Girl (1968)
58. An American in Paris (1951)
57. Paint Your Wagon (1969)
56. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
55. Hair (1979)
54. On the Town (1949)
53. Cinderella (1950)
52. Carmen Jones (1954)
51. Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

50. Hello, Dolly! (1969)
49. The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
48. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
47. Summer Holiday (1963)
46. A Chorus Line (1985)
45. A Star Is Born (1954)
44. Tommy (1975)
43. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
42. Starlight Express (2003)
41. Carousel (1956)

40. 8 Mile (2002)
39. South Pacific (1958)
38. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
37. White Christmas (1954)
36. Guys and Dolls (1955)
35. Oklahoma! (1955)
34. High Society (1956)
33. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
32. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
31. Blood Brothers (1993)

30. Cats (1997)
29. Fame (1980)
28. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
27. The Jungle Book (1967)
26. Annie (1982)
25. Calamity Jane (1953)
24. The Blues Brothers (1980)
23. The King and I (1956)
22. Evita (1996)
21. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

20. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
19. Bugsy Malone (1976)
18. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1999)
17. Cabaret (1972)
16. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
15. Les Misérables (1998)
14. The Lion King (1994)
13. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
12. My Fair Lady (1964)
11. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

10. Moulin Rouge (2001)
9. Oliver! (1968)
8. Chicago (2002)
7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
6. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
5. Mary Poppins (1964)
4. West Side Story (1961)
3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2. The Sound of Music (1965)
1. Grease (1978)

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Last broadcast on Channel 4, 17th December 2011

Originally posted on Saturday 17th December 2011

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Albums by The Beatles

These are the only albums released by the Beatles:

Please Please Me (1963)
With The Beatles (1963)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Beatles for Sale (1964)
Help! (1965)
Rubber Soul (1965)
Revolver (1966)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
The Beatles (aka the White Album) (1968)
Yellow Submarine (1969)
Abbey Road (1969)
Let It Be (1970)

Originally posted on Sunday 11th December 2011

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Famous Blood Donors

Celebrities who have donated blood or supported blood donation:

Gordon Bennett, Australian artist
Chris Bisson, British actor and star of Coronation Street
Jude Bolton, Australian footballer with the Sydney Swans
Pat Boone, American singer and actor
Richard Branson, British businessman and founder of Virgin
Kristin Cavallari, star of The Hills TV series 
Jackie Chan MBE, martial arts actor from Hong Kong
Sara Cox, British DJ
Miley Cyrus, American actress and singer
Alesha Dixon, British singer and judge on Strictly Come Dancing
Josh Duhamel, American TV actor and star of the Transformers films
Sophie Ellis-Bextor, British singer and Janet Ellis's daughter
Jenny Frost, British TV presenter and singer
Penn Jillette, the talking half of the magic duo Penn & Teller
Chris Judd: Australian footballer for Carlton and Brownlow
Gary Lineker, England international footballer
Kym Marsh, British singer and actress
Dr. Phillip McGraw, American TV personality
Sun Park, Australian actress, singer and presenter
Rascal Flatts, American country band
Jane Seymour, British actress and star of the Bond film, Live and Let Die
Mark Smith, 'Rhino' in the Gladiators TV series (bone marrow)
Curtis Stone, Australian chef, TV presenter and author
Niki Taylor, American supermodel 
Jayne Torvill, British Olympic gold medallist and star of Dancing On Ice TV series 
The cast of The Vampire Diaries and Twilight, American TV series

I would urge healthy readers to consider blood donation as it takes only a little of your time, but can transform and even save lives. Blood cannot be given more frequently than 16 weeks, which is only three times a year. To find out more, the UK link is:

Originally posted on Tuesday, 6th December 2011

Diary of a Surviving Supply Teacher: Have you found a description of your agency consultant's experience on Linkedin?

The following is an article that I posted on the TES site:

A couple of years ago, after seven years of working for an agency, a member of their staff shouted at me on the telephone. This was his reaction to me being unable to work for them, because I had been offered and accepted a placement by another agency. He was also angry because I had not recognised that he was the manager, despite the agency not informing me this was the case. Letters to the agency, REC, QM and local authority were to no avail and I did not work for them again (as described in the Worst Agencies . . . Worst Agency Experiences thread).

Recently, while researching another agency, I came across this description of the aforementioned individual on

 "[Person's name] BA Hons MIRP's Summary 

-Experienced recruiter with ten years industry experience 
-Almost eight years served in the Education sector 

Worked as consultant through to Operations Manager. 
Developed existing business further and experienced in three start up business/ desks through to success 

Education recruitment 
Operations Management
Strategic Development" 

What is significant is that this person has considerably less of what he calls 'Experience' (with a capital 'E'), albeit undefined, than I have in teaching. He appears to have no experience of teaching at all. None of the jargon is defined, particularly 'industry' and 'Education sector' (with a capital 'E'), although it needs considerable explanation. Further down the page, under 'Experience', are woolly phrases with more jargon, such as, 'Worked as a Consultant developing relationships with Schools in the ********** and *********** area, predominantly working with Primary Schools. Also accepted as one of five people onto the company's Management Development Programme.' What this means is not explained, much less how it constitutes experience. Presumably, punctuation, capitalisation and sentence structure are not a requirement of the agency or Linkedin! 

He claims to have been university educated with a BA in history and something called a MIRP. He says he has spent two years with the John Lewis department store and another two years with what appears to be a marine engineering agency. 

Reading this Linkedin page confirms my belief that one of the reasons teaching agency employees are rude, and treat supply teachers inappropriately, is because they are not professionally trained. This person's description indicates that he has no first-hand experience of teaching or education whatsoever. Furthermore, the experience that can be discerned, has little, or no, connection with teaching or education. 

Have you found a description of your agency consultant's experience on Linkedin?

Originally posted on Tuesday, 6th December 2011

Monday, 5 December 2011


noun (plural anniversaries)

the date on which an event took place or an institution was founded in a previous year:

     the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain
     the 75th anniversary of the RAF
     the date on which a couple were married in a previous year:
     he even forgot our tenth anniversary!


     Middle English: from Latin anniversarius 'returning yearly', from annus 'year' + versus 'turning'

Spelling help

     Spell anniversary with a double n at the beginning; the ending is -ary.

Today, Monday 5th December 2011, is the first anniversary of this blog 'Fair View', which was actually created on Thursday 2nd December 2010, when deep snow prevented me from working, but which took its first post on Sunday 5th December 2010, a review of the newly re-released Come Taste the Band album by Deep Purple. At the time, I intended the blog to consist of album reviews, timelines and discographies, but instead it briefly became a diary, followed by a series of progressive rock lists. The latter starting with Classic Rock Magazine's surprisingly popular 'Classic Rock: State of the Prog Nation - Progressive rock is taking over. Again!' This was a 'free' booklet given with the magazine and which consisted of a list of 'The 50 Albums That [according to the publication's staff] Built Prog.' In between the reviews and lists, have come a miscellany of design, poetry, songs and other assorted ephemera. There may be further diary entries (several are overdue from July 2011!), but my intention, at this stage, is to continue the lists and return to the reviews - many of which are drafted, awaiting posting. In one more year, we will see if this has come to fruition.

Thank you to all who have contributed, visited (8,151) and commented.

Originally posted on Monday 5th December 2011, on a mild, damp day when there was no snow! 

Tory MPs on Bank Payroll

Conservative Party Links to Fat Cat Bankers

A. The results of the Conservative Party's links to the banks

- Conservative Chancellor George Osborne imposed a levy of just £2.5 billion;

- The Tories introduced laws that give a full tax exemption for British companies’ tax haven branches and let them get away with an 8% tax rate for profits diverted to havens through internal financing;

- Mr Osborne has slashed corporation tax rates from 28% to 24% meaning the impact on the finance houses will be minimal;

- The Government has said the banks will not have to pay the tax on the first £20 billion of liabilities;

- Mr Osborne has failed to take forward the recommendation of Sir David Walker that banks should be forced to disclose all pay packages above £1 million;

-  There has been no action to curb the bonus culture which is expected to see £7 billion lavished on fat cats this year;

- The big four banks between them paid some 200 staff an average of £1million last year;

B. The reasons for the Conservative Party's links to the banks

- More than a quarter of all Conservative MPs and peers have held jobs in banking or the financial sector;

- Of the 498 Tory MPs and peers, 134 are or have been employed in the financial sector; 

- 70 of the Conservative Party’s 305 MPs are or have ben employed in the financial sector. 

- Among the 193 Conservative peers, more than a third work or have worked in finance or banking;

- Altogether there are more Tory MPs who have been on the banks’ payroll than the total number of Lib Dem politicians;

- Among the Cabinet members with links to the City are:

    Pay-master General Francis Maude, who has worked for Solomon Bros and Morgan Stanley; 
    Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Strathclyde who was chair of Trafalgar Capital Management from    2001-10; 
    Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin, who worked for NM Rothschild & Son from 1986-2009; 
    International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, who worked for Lazard Bros from 1979-2009; 
    and Commons Leader Sir George Young, who worked for the Samuel Hill merchant bank.

- Eleven Tory MPs and peers have worked for Barclays including: 
    Richard Bacon MP, 
    Jesse Norman MP, 
    former Chancellor Lord Lawson, 
    Earl Howe 
    and Andrea Leadsom MP. 

- A further eight Conservatives have been at Rothschild, including:

    John Redwood MP, 
    Mark Garnier MP, 
    former Chancellor Lord Lamont
    and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.
- Four Conservatives worked for Lehman Bros, the company whose collapse sparked the financial crisis. They include:

    Steve Baker MP, Chief Architect, Global Financing and Asset Servicing Platforms at the company from 2006-2008; 
    Brooks Newmark MP 
    and Lord Freeman. 
- Others with links to the financial sector include:

    Billionaire Lord Ashcroft, 
    Welfare minister Lord Freud, 
    Harriet Baldwin MP 
    and Kwasi Kwarteng MP.

- The real coalition governing Britain is between the banks and the Tory Party. The Lib-Dems are Tories by another name.

Originally posted on Friday 4th November 2011

Friday, 2 December 2011

The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults

Live album series by Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Released in 2002
Genre: Progressive rock
Label: Castle

The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults is a four-volume "official bootleg" release by Emerson, Lake & Palmer on Castle Records. Each of the four volumes is comprised of four shows and contains seven or eight CDs.

Volume One

Disc One: Stomping Encore, Gaelic Park, NY: 1st September 1971 Pt 1

1. The Barbarian (Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Bela Bartok)
2. Take A Pebble:
a. Take a Pebble (Lake),
b. Piano Variations (Emerson),
c. Take a Pebble(Conclusion) (Lake)
3. Tarkus:
a. Eruption (Emerson),
b. Stones of Years (Emerson, Lake),
c. Ionoclast (Emerson),
d. Mass (Emerson),
e. Manticore (Emerson),
f. The Battlefield (Lake),
g. Aquatarkus (Emerson)

Disc Two: Stomping Encore, Gaelic Park, NY: 1st September 1971 Pt 2

4. Knife Edge
5. Rondo
6. Piano Interlude
7. Hoedown

Disc Three: Louisville Town Hall, KY: 21st April 1972 Pt 1

1. Knife Edge (Emerson, Lake, Fraser, Leoš Janáček)
2. Rondo (Dave Brubeck, arrangement originally by The Nice: Keith Emerson, Brian Davison, Lee Jackson, David O'List)
3. Piano Interlude (including part of Fugue) (Emerson)
4. Hoedown (Aaron Copland, arranged by Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer)

Disc Four: Louisville Town Hall, KY: 21st April 1972 Pt 2

5. Hoedown
6. Tarkus
7. Take a Pebble
8. Lucky man
9. Piano improvisation

Disc Five: Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA: 28th July 1972 Pt 1

1. Abaddon's Bolero
2. Pictures at an exhibition
3. Nutrocker
4. Rondo

Disc Six: Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA: 28th July 1972 Pt 2

5. Tarkus
6. The Endless Enigma
7. The Sheriff
8. Take a Pebble

Disc Seven: Performing Arts Centre, Saratoga, NY: 13th August 1972

1. Hoedown
2. Tarkus
3. The Endless Enigma
4. The Sheriff
5. Take a Pebble
6. Pictures at an Exhibition

Volume Two

Disc One: A Right Cordial Shocker, Hammersmith Odeon, London, 26th November 1972 Pt 1
1. Hoedown
2. Tarkus
3. Endless Enigma
4. At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbal
5. Sheriff
6. Take A Pebble
7. Lucky Man

Disc Two: A Right Cordial Shocker, Hammersmith Odeon, London, 26th November 1972 Pt 2

8. Take a Pebble [conclusion]
9. Pictures at an Exhibition
10. Nutrocker

Disc Three: Waiting For the Corduroy Purpose, Henry Lewitt Arena, KS, 26th March 1974 Pt 1
1. Hoedown
2. Jerusalem
3. Toccata
4. Tarkus
5. Benny The Bouncer
6. Jeremy Bender
7. Take a Pebble
8. Still You Turn Me On
9. Lucky Man

Disc Four: Waiting For the Corduroy Purpose, Henry Lewitt Arena, KS, 26th March 1974 Pt 2

10. Piano Improvisations
11. Take a Pebble
12. Karn Evil 9 First Impression
13. Karn Evil 9 Second Impression
14. Karn Evil 9 Third Impression

Disc Five: My Darling Nemesis... The Illuminati, Rich Stadium, Buffalo, NY, 26th July 1974 Pt 1
1. Hoedown
2. Jerusalem
3. Toccata
4. Tarkus
5. Take a Pebble
6. Still You Turn Me On
7. Lucky Man

Disc Six: My Darling Nemesis... The Illuminati, Rich Stadium, Buffalo, NY, 26th July 1974 Pt 2
8. Piano Improvisation
9. Take a Pebble
10. Karn Evil 9 [part 1]
11. Karn Evil 9 [part 2/start missing]
12. Karn Evil 9 [part 3]
13. Pictures at an Exhibition

Disc Seven: Strangely Beneficent, New Haven Civic Centre, New Haven, CT, 30th November 1977 Pt 1

1. Peter Gunn
2. Hoedown
3. Tarkus
4. Take A Pebble
5. Piano Concerto [part 1] - Keith Emerson
6. Maple Leaf Rag
7. Take A Pebble
8. Ce'st La Vie
9. Lucky Man [not complete]

Disc Eight: Strangely Beneficent, New Haven Civic Centre, New Haven, CT, 30th November 1977 Pt 2

10. Karn Evil 9 [first impression part 2]
11. Tiger in the Spotlight
12. Watching Over You
13. Nutrocker
14. Pirates
15. Fanfare for the Common Man

Volume Three

Disc One: Anaheim Convention Centre, CA, USA, 10th February 1974

1. Hoedown Listen
2. Tiger in a Spotlight
3. C'est la Vie
4. Still...You Turn Me On
5. Lucky Man
6. Tank/The Enemy God
7. Karn Evil 1st Impression
8. Karn Evil 2nd Impression
9. Fanfare for the Common Man
10. Take a Pebble
11. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade/The Gnome/Promenade [Vocal]/Hut of

Disc Two: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, 2nd October 1992 Pt 1

1. Eruption/Stones of Years/Iconoclast/Mass V. Manticore/The Battlefield/A - Tarkus
2. Knife Edge
3. Paper Blood
4. Black Moon
5. Close to Home
6. Creole Dance
7. From the Beginning
8. Still...You Turn Me On
9. Lucky Man

Disc Three: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, 2nd October 1992 Pt 2

10. Honky Tonk Train Blues
11. Romeo and Juliet
12. Pirates
13. Pictures at an Exhibition
14. Fanfare for the Common Man

Disc Four: Wiltern Theater, LA, USA, March 1993 Pt 1

1. Karn Evil 9
2. Tarkus, Eruption
3. Tarkus, Stones of years
4. Tarkus, Iconoclast
5. Knife Edge
6. Paper Blood
7. Black Moon
8. Close To Home
9. Creole Dance
10. Turn Me On
11. C'est La Vie
12. Lucky Man
13. Honky Tonk Train Blues
14. Touch And Go
15. Pirates

Disc Five: Wiltern Theater, LA, USA, March 1993 Pt 2

16. Hoedown
17. Promenade
18. Gnome
19. Promenade
20. Hut of Baba Yaga
21. Carl Palmer Solo
22. Great Gates of Kiev
23. Fanfare for the Common Man

Volume Four

Disc One: Hartford Civic Centre, Connecticut 10th July 1977 Pt 1

1. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2
2. Hoedown
3. Tarkus
4. Take a Pebble (Inc Piano Concerto No 1 1st Movement)
5. Still You Turn Me On
6. Knife Edge
7. Pictures at an Exhibition

Disc Two: Hartford Civic Centre, Connecticut 10th July 1977 Pt 2

8. C’est La Vie
9. Lucky Man
10. Tank
11. Nutrocker
12. Pirates
13. Fanfare for the Common Man

Disc Three: Chicago 1978 Pt 1

1. Peter Gunn
2. Hoedown
3. Tarkus: Eruption/Stone of Years/Iconoclast/Mass/Manticore/The Battlefie
Take a Pebble/Piano Concerto 3rd Movement/Maple Leaf Rag/Take a Pebble
4. C'est La Vie
5. Lucky Man
6. Pictures at an Exhibition [2nd Half]

Disc Four: Chicago 1978 Pt 2

7. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression [2nd Half]
8. Tiger in a Spotlight
9. Watching Over You
10. Tank/Enemy God
11. Nutrocker
12. Pirates
13. Fanfare for the Common Man/Rondo
14. Show Me the Way to Go Home

Disc Five: Pennsylvania 22nd July 1992 Pt 1

1. Fanfare for the Common Man
2. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2
3. Tarkus
4. Knife Edge
5. Paper Blood
6. Black Moon
7. Creole Dance
8. Close to Home
9. Affairs of the Heart
10. From the Beginning
11. Romeo and Juliet
12. Greg Plays

Disc Six: Pennsylvania 22nd July 1992 Pt 2

13. Farewell to Arms
14. Pirates
15. Lucky Man
16. Pictures at an Exhibition
17. Medley: Changing States/ America/ Rondo
18. Another Frontier

Disc Seven: Jones Beach, New York 25th July 1992 Pt 1

1. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2
2. Tarkus
3. Knife Edge
4. Paper Blood
5. Black Moon
6. Creole Dance
7. Piano Instrumental
8. From the Beginning
9. Affairs of the Heart

Disc Eight: Jones Beach, New York 25 July 1992 Pt 2

10. Romeo and Juliet
11. Farewell to Arms
12. Pirates
13. Lucky Man
14. Pictures at an Exhibition
15. Fanfare for the Common Man

Originally posted on Friday 2nd December 2011

Friday, 25 November 2011

Guitarists in Absentia

Guitarists conspicuous by their absence from the Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list are:

Jan Akkerman (Focus)
Roye Albrighton (Nektar)
Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy)
Tony Bourge (Budgie)
Gary Boyle (Isotope)
Martin Carthy 
Michael Chapman
Paco de Lucia
Al DiMeola (Return to Forever)
Davy Graham
Steve Hackett (Genesis)
Steve Hillage (Khan, Gong)
Steve Howe (Tomorrow, Yes, Asia)
Bert Jansch (Pentangle)
Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush)
John Martyn
Tony T.S. McPhee (Groundhogs)
Ronnie Montrose (Montrose, Gamma)
John Renbourn (Pentangle)
Michael Schenker (UFO)
Tom Scholtz (Boston)
Neil Schon (Santana, Journey)
Pat Thrall (Go, Pat Travers, Hughes-Thrall, Meat Loaf)
Pat Travers
Robin Trower (Procol Harum)
John Williams

Originally posted on Friday 25th November 2011

The Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

100. Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac)
99.  Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
98.  Alex Lifeson (Rush)
97.  Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols)
96.  Bruce Springsteen
95.  Roger McGuinn (Byrds)
94.  Peter Buck (REM)
93.  Paul Simon
92.  Dimebag Darrell (Pantera)
91.  Dave Davies (The Kinks)
90.  Tom Verlaine (Television)
89.  Bonnie Raitt
88.  Carl Perkins
87.  James Hetfield (Metallica)
86.  J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)
85.  Andy Summers (The Police)
84.  Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
83.  Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic)
82.  Nels Cline (Wilco)
81.  Lou Reed (Velvet Underground)
80.  Buddy Holly (and The Crickets)
79.  Mike Campbell (Tom Petty)
78.  John Fahey
77.  Willie Nelson
76.  Robbie Krieger (The Doors)
75.  Joni Mitchell
74.  Dick Dale
73.  Kurt Cobain (Nirvana US)
72.  John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
71.  Robert Johnson
70.  Jack White (White Stripes)
69.  Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention)
68.  John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
67.  T-Bone Walker
66.  Leslie West (Mountain)
65.  Slash (Guns 'n' Roses)
64.  Duane Eddy 
63.  Johnny Winter
62.  Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
61.  Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band)
60.  Ron Asheton (The Stooges)
59.  Robbie Robertson (The Band)
58.  Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)
57.  Rory Gallagher
56.  Albert Collins
55.  John Lennon (The Beatles)
54.  Joe Walsh 
53.  Rush
52.  Clarence White
51.  Johnny Marr (The Smiths)
50.  Ritchie Blackmore (Depp Purple)
49.  Muddy Waters
48.  Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)
47.  Stephen Stills (CSN&Y)
46.  Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)
45.  Link Wray
44.  Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
43.  Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf)
42.  Mike Bloomfield (Paul Butterfield's Blues Band)
41.  Mick Ronson (Spiders From Mars)
40.  Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)
39.  Steve Cropper (Booker T.  and the MGs)
38.  The Edge (David Evans - U2)
37.  Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones)
36.  Randy Rhoads (Blizzard of Oz)
35.  John Lee Hooker
34.  Curtis Mayfield 
33.  Prince
32.  Billy Gibbons (Z.Z.  Top)
31.  Ry Cooder (Captain Beefheart)
30.  Elmore James
29.  Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley)
28.  Johnny Ramone (The Ramones)
27.  Bo Diddley
26.  Brian May (Queen)
25.  Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
24.  Angus Young (AS/DC)
23.  Buddy Guy
22.  Frank Zappa (The Mothers of Invention)
21.  Chet Atkins (Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers)
20.  Carlos Santana (Santana)
19.  James Burton (Ricky Nelson)
18.  Les Paul (Les Paul and Mary Ford)
17.  Neil Young (CSN&Y, Neil Young and Crazy Horse)
16.  Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers Band)
15.  Freddy King
14.  David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
13.  Albert King
12.  Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV and Double Trouble)
11.  George Harrison (The Beatles, The Travelling Wilburys)
10.  Pete Townshend (The Who)
9.   Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band)
8.   Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
7.   Chuck Berry
6.   B.B. King
5.   Jeff Beck (The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group) 
4.   Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)
3.   Jimmy Page (The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin)
2.   Eric Clapton (John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes)
1.   Jimmy Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix Eperience, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, Band of Gypsys)

Originally posted on Friday 25th November 2011

The Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists: David Fricke's Picks 2003

1.   Jimi Hendrix
2.   Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band
3.   B.B. King
4.   Eric Clapton
5.   Robert Johnson
6.   Chuck Berry
7.   Stevie Ray Vaughan
8.   Ry Cooder
9.   Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
10. Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones
11. Kirk Hammett of Metallica
12. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
13. Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead
14. Jeff Beck
15. Carlos Santana
16. Johnny Ramone of the Ramones
17. Jack White of the White Stripes
18. John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
19. Richard Thompson
20. James Burton
21. George Harrison
22. Mike Bloomfield
23. Warren Haynes
24. The Edge of U2
25. Freddy King
26. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave
27. Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
28. Stephen Stills
29. Ron Asheton of the Stooges
30. Buddy Guy
31. Dick Dale
32. John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service
33. Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth
34. Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth
35. John Fahey
36. Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG's
37. Bo Diddley
38. Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac
39. Brian May of Qeen
40. John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival
41. Clarence White of the Byrds
42. Robert Fripp of King Crimson
43. Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic
44. Scotty Moore
45. Frank Zappa
46. Les Paul
47. T-Bone Walker
48. Joe Perry of Aerosmith
49. John McLaughlin
50. Pete Townshend
51. Paul Kossoff of Free
52. Lou Reed
53. Mickey Baker
54. Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane
55. Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple
56. Tom Verlaine of Television
57. Roy Buchanan
58. Dickey Betts
59. Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead
60. Ed O'Brien of Radiohead
61. Ike Turner
62. Zoot Horn Rollo of the Magic Band
63. Danny Gatton
64. Mick Ronson
65. Hubert Sumlin
66. Vernon Reid of Living Colour
67. Link Wray
68. Jerry Miller of Moby Grape
69. Steve Howe of Yes
70. Eddie Van Halen
71. Lightnin' Hopkins
72. Joni Mitchell
73. Trey Anastasio of Phish
74. Johnny Winter
75. Adam Jones of Tool
76. Ali Farka Toure
77. Henry Vestine of Canned Heat
78. Robbie Robertson of the Band
79. Cliff Gallup of the Blue Caps
80. Robert Quine of the Voidoids
81. Derek Trucks
82. David Gilmour of Pink Floyd
83. Neil Young
84. Eddie Cochran
85. Randy Rhoads
86. Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath
87. Joan Jett
88. Dave Davies of the Kinks
89. D. Boon of the Minutemen
90. Glen Buxton of Alice Cooper
91. Robby Krieger of the Doors
92. Fred "Sonic" Smith of the MC5
93. Wayne Kramer of the MC5
94. Bert Jansch
95. Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine
96. Angus Young of AC/DC
97. Robert Randolph
98. Leigh Stephens of Blue Cheer
99. Greg Ginn of Black Flag
100. Kim Thayil of Soundgarden

Thanks to:

Originally posted on Friday 25th November 2011

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The Cost of Petrol in the UK

According to ITV News and Weather, based on petrol costing £1.33 per litre:

- 53p goes to the fuel company
- 22p is paid in VAT (value added tax) at twenty percent
- 58p  is paid in fuel duty

This equals 80p in tax, per litre

A UK gallon = 4.54609188 litres. This means we pay £6.05 per gallon, of which £3.64 is tax

The cost of petrol is actually £1.359. The Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and his Chancellor George Osborne intend to increase the cost of petrol by 3p per litre in January 2012 and again in August.

Originally posted on Tuesday 15th November 2011

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Classic Rock's Live Albums

The Live Albums That Changed the World
Supplement with Classic Rock December 2011 (165)

Wheels of Fire by Cream (Polydor 1968)
Kick Out the Jams by MC5 (Elektra 1969)
Live at Leeds by The Who (Decca/MCA 1970)
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!: The Rolling Stones in Concert by The Rolling Stones (Decca 1970)
Live Album by Grand Funk (Capitol 1970)
Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore by Humble Pie (A&M 1971)
At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band (Capricorn 1971)
Made in Japan by Deep Purple (EMI/Purple 1972)
Slade Alive! by Slade (Polydor 1972)
Space Ritual by Hawkwind (United Artists 1973) 
Irish Tour '74 by Rory Gallagher (Polydor 1974)
Alive! by Kiss (Casablanca 1975)
Frampton Comes Alive! by Peter Frampton (A&M 1976)
The Song Remains the Same by Led Zeppelin (Swan Song 1976)
Metallic KO by Iggy and the Stooges (CBS 1977)
Live! by Status Quo (Vertigo 1977)
Live and Dangerous by Thin Lizzy (Vertigo 1978)
If You Want Blood, You've Got It by AC/DC  (Atlantic 1978)
At Budokan by Cheap Trick (Epic 1978)
Strangers in the Night by UFO (Chrysalis 1979)
It's Alive by Ramones (Sire 1979)
Live . . . in the Heart of the City by Whitesnake (United Artists 1980)
No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith by Motorhead (Bronze 1981)
Under a Blood Red Sky (Island 1983)
Live After Death by Iron Maiden (EMI 1985)
Unplugged in New York (DGC 1994)
The Official Bootlegs by Pearl Jam (Various Labels 2000-2011)
How the West Was Won by Led Zeppelin (Atlantic 2003)


Record Breaking Live Albums
The First . . . Double live album is Benny Goodman's Live at Carnegie Hall (1950)
The First . . . Triple live album is Woodstock: Music from The OST (1970)
The Biggest . . . Garth Brooks's Double Live sold 21 million copies - eight million more than Bruce Springsteen's Live 1975-85
The Longest . . . Phish's Live Phish Vol. 16 clocks in at four hours and six minutes
The Shortest . . . The Misfits' Evilive at 13 minutes
The Most . . . Nearly 2,200 of the Grateful Dead's shows have been released - many as official bootlegs

Legendaty Live Venues
Hammersmith Apollo
Glasgow Apollo
Nippon Budokan
Leeds University
Fillmore/Fillmore East

Great Bands That Never Made Great Live Albums
Black Sabbath
The Faces
David Bowie
Sex Pistols?
Guns 'n' Roses

Originally posted on Saturday 12th November 2011

Friday, 11 November 2011

Progressive Rock Compilations 2

The Prog Rock Album
Crimson 2007

1.  Theme One by Van Der Graaf Generator (2:56) 
2.  Wonderous Stories by Yes (3:50)
3.  In the Beginning by Genesis (3:47) 
4.  Hold Your Head Up by Argent (3:45)
5.  America by The Nice (6:21) 
6.  Back Street Luv by Curved Air (3:38) 
7.  Shine on Brightly by Procol Harum (3:31) 
8.  In My Own Time by Family (3:33)
9.  Hocus Pocus by Focus (6:42)
10. Northern Lights by Renaissance (4:07) 
11. Fresh Garbage by Spirit (3:13)
12. Observatory Crest by Captain Beefheart, The Magic Band (3:33) 
13. Catherine of Aragon by Rick Wakeman (3:46)
14. The Devil's Answer by Atomic Rooster (4:11) 
15. Fohat Digs Holes in Space by Gong (6:24)
16. Mockingbird by Barclay James Harvest (7:27)


Space Hymns: An Introduction To Prog Rock by Various Artists
Spectrum Audio 2010

Compiled by the editor of Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine

Disc 1
1.  Fire by Arthur Brown (3:02)
2.  Question by The Moody Blues (5:44)
3.  Notting Hill Gate by Quintessence (4:37)
4.  Tomorrow Night by Atomic Rooster (3:56)
5.  Life Child by Ramases (6:36)
6.  Stranded by Khan(6:35)
7.  So Far by Faust (6:18)
8.  Waterloo Lily by Caravan(6:46)
9.  Blowin' Free by Wishbone Ash(5:18)
10. Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield (3:15)
11. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 2 by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (4:46)
12. Hymn by Barclay James Harvest (5:05)
13. Gone Hollywood by Supertramp(5:19)
14. The Voice by The Moody Blues (5:12)
15. Time Stand Still by Rush (5:10)

Disc 2
16. America by The Nice (6:15)
17. Seven Is A Jolly Good Time by Egg (2:44)
18. Come Away Melinda by Uriah Heep (3:47)
19. Pantagruel's Nativity by Gentle Giant 6:50)
20. Golf Girl by Caravan (4:59)
21. A Winter's Tale by Jade Warrior (5:12)
22. The Four Horsemen by Aphrodite's Child 5:52)
23. Lord Of The Ages by Magna Carta (10:00)
24. Catherine Of Aragon by Rick Wakeman (3:44)
25. Dreamer by Supertramp (3:31)
26. Child Of The Universe by Barclay James Harvest (5:03)
27. By-Tor And The Snow Dog by Rush (8:36)
28. Moonlight Shadow by Mike Oldfield (3:38)
29. Cloak & Dagger Man by Camel (3:52)
30. Inertiatic Esp by The Mars Volta (4:28)

Prog Rocks! 
EMI Gold 2011

Chosen by Jerry Ewing, editor of Prog magazine
Disc 1
1.  Cross Eyed Mary by Jethro Tull (4:10)
2.  Darkness (11/11) [2005 - Remaster] by Van Der Graaf Generator (7:26)
3.  Sympathy by Rare Bird (2:45)
4.  Bird Has Flown (2000 - Remaster) by Deep Purple (5:35)
5.  Country Pie / Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 (Live) [2009 - Remaster] by The Nice (5:41)
6.  Mockingbird (2002 - Remaster) by Barclay James Harvest (6:36)
7.  If There Is Something (1999 - Remaster) by Roxy Music (6:35)
8.  Look At Me Now (2001 - Remaster) by Electric Light Orchestra (3:17)
9.  I Never Glid Before (2004 - Remaster) by Gong (5:39)
10. The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke) [1996 - Remaster] by Hawkwind (6:51)
11. Madhouse by Eloy (5:20)
12. Ace Of Wands (2005 - Remaster) by Steve Hackett (5:23)
13. The Yes No Interlude by Hatfield And The North (7:03)
14. On Reflection by Gentle Giant (5:44)

Disc 2
15. Rubycon (Part One) [Excerpt] [2000 - Remaster] by Tangerine Dream (3:50)
16. Blue (2008 - Remaster) by Kevin Ayers (6:24)
17. Garden Party (1997 - Remaster) by Marillion (7:17)
18. Dance Through The Fire by Pallas (4:47)
19. Trail Of Fire by Oceansize (8:08)
20. Monkey Business by The Flower Kings (4:24)
21. Black Light Machine by Frost (10:08)
22. A Crisis In Mid Life by The Tangent (7:14)
23. Comatose by Ayreon (4:28)
24. Future Perfect Tense by Sweet Billy Pilgrim (4:28)
25. Frequency by IQ (8:30)
26. Tightrope by Beardfish (4:32)
27. The Wasteland by And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (2:34)

Originally posted on Remembrance Day, Friday 11.11.11

Possessive Apostrophes

A singular noun, including proper nouns that end in "s" are made possessive thus: Edmunds's

A plural noun, including proper nouns, that ends in "s" is written thus: Edmunds'

So, one student : the student's books
two students : the students' books
They are pronounced the same.

One child: the child's toys
two children: the children's toys
(because the plural noun does not end in "s")

Mrs Smith's car (one person)
The Smiths' car (many people)
Mr Jones's car (one person)
The Jones' car (many people)

In the last two examples, it is pronounced with an extra syllable at the end

Originally posted Remembrance Day, Friday, 11.11.11 

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Island Records Samplers

Nice Enough to Eat by Various Artists (1969) Island Records Sampler


Side one:
1.   Cajun Woman by Fairport Convention (2:41) from the LP Unhalfbricking
2.   At the Crossroads by Mott the Hoople (5:28) from the LP Mott the Hoople
3.   Better By You, Better Than Me by Spooky Tooth (3:29) from the LP Spooky Two
4.   We Used To Know by Jethro Tull (3:58) from the LP Stand Up
5.   Woman by Free (3:45) from the LP Free
6.   I Keep Singing That Same Old Song by Heavy Jelly (8:19) from the Island 7" (b/w Blue) WIP-6049

Side two:
7.   Sing Me A Song That I Know by Blodwyn Pig (3:04) from the LP A Head Rings Out
8.   (Roamin' Thro' The Gloamin' With) Forty Thousand Headmen by Traffic (3:12) from the LP Traffic
9.   Time Has Told Me by Nick Drake (4:23) from the LP Five Leaves Left
10. 21st Century Schizoid Man by King Crimson (7:20) from the LP In the Court of the Crimson King
11. Gungamai by Quintessence (4:17) from the LP In Blissful Company
12. Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal by Dr. Strangely Strange (4:26) from the LP Kip of the Serenes

Bumpers by Various Artists (1970) Island Records Sampler


Side 1
1. Every Mother's Son by Traffic (7:08)
2. Love by Bronco (4:42)
3. I Am The Walrus by Spooky Tooth (6:20)
4. Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Gauranga by Quintessence (5:15)

Side Two:
5. Thunderbuck Ram by Mott The Hoople (4:50)
6. Nothing To Say by Jethro Tull (5:10)
7. Going Back West by Jimmy Cliff (5:43)
8. Send Your Son To Die by Blodwyn Pig (4:35)
9. Little Woman by Dave Mason (2:30)

Side Three:
10. Go Out And Get It by John and Beverley Martyn (3:06)
11. Cadence and Cascade by King Crimson (3:43)
12. I'm Reaching Out On All Sides by If (5:40)
13. Oh I Wept by Free (4:25)
14. Hazey Jane by Nick Drake (4:28)

Side Four:
15. Walk Awhile by Fairport Convention (4:00)
16. Maybe You're Right by Cat Stevens (3:00)
17. Island by Renaissance (5:57)
18. The Sea by Fotheringay (5:29)
19. Take Me To Your Leader by Clouds (2:55)

2 x vinyl LPs on Island Records IDP-1 (UK 1970)
Bumpers was also released (sometimes with variations in track listings) in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and Scandinavia

Thanks to Wikipedia and Progarchives

Originally posted on Thursday 10th November 2011

Progressive Rock Compilations

The Best Prog Rock Album In The World…Ever! By Various Artists (UK 2005)


1.   Van der Graaf Generator – Theme 1
2.   Genesis – Dancing With the Moonlit Knight
3.   Yes – Roundabout
4.   Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Joybringer
5.   Curved Air – Back Street Luv
6.   Hawkwind – Silver Machine
7.   Jethro Tull – Locomotive Breath
8.   Focus – Hocus Pocus
9.   Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Hoedown
10. Atomic Rooster – Tomorrow Night
11. Deep Purple – Child in Time
12. Colosseum – Valentyne Suite

13. Peter Gabriel – Here Comes the Flood
14. Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (Part 1) [edit]
15. Caravan – Winter Wine
16. Kevin Ayers & the Whole World – May I?
17. Rare Bird – Sympathy
18. Procol Harum – A Salty Dog
19. Barclay James Harvest – Mockingbird
20. Anthony Phillips with Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford – Which Way the Wind Blows
21. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man
22. Roxy Music – In Every Dream Home a Heartache
23. Electric Light Orchestra – 10538 Overture
24. Hatfield and the North – Mumps
25. Frank Zappa – Peaches en Regalia

26. Camel – Rhayader [from The Snow Goose]
27. Gentle Giant – Pantagruel’s Nativity
28. Egg – Germ Patrol
29. Matching Mole – O Caroline
30. Greenslade – Bedside Manners Are Extra
31. Steve Hillage – Meditation of the Snake
32. Steve Hackett – Spectral Mornings
33. Be Bop Deluxe – Ships in the Night
34. Man – Keep on Crinting
35. Van der Graaf Generator – Plague of Lighthouse Keepers

Wondrous Stories: A Complete Introduction To Progressive Rock 4CD Box Set by Various Artists (2010)


1.   Sam Gopal - Season Of The Witch
2.   Colosseum - Walking In The Park
3.   Nucleus - Song For The Bearded Lady
4.   Van Der Graaf Generator - Darkness II/II
5.   Comus - Diana
6.   Jethro Tull - Aqualung
7.   Atomic Rooster - Devil’s Answer
8.   Dr. Z - Evil Woman’s Manly Child
9.   Jan Dukes De Grey - Mice And Rats In The Loft
10. Curved Air - Back Street Love
11. Yes - Roundabout
12. Caravan - Golf Girl
13. Aprhodite’s Child - The Four Horsemen

14. ELP - From The Beginning
15. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
16. Gong - Oily Way
17. Rare Bird - Epic Forest
18. Beggars Opera - MacArthur Park
19. Gentle Giant - In A Glass House
20. Magna Carta - Lord Of Ages
21. Gryphon - Opening Move
22. Fruupp - The Seventh Secret
23. Supertramp - School
24. Rick Wakeman - Merlin The Magician
25. Barclay James Harvest - Child Of The Universe

26. Yes - Wonderous Stories
27. Steve Hillage - Hurdy Gurdy Man
28. Camel - Air Born
29. ELP - Fanfare For The Common Man
30. Rush - A Farewell To Kings
31. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band - The Mighty Quinn
32. Jon Anderson - Some Are Born
33. Barclay James Harvest - Mocking Bird
34. Camel - Sasquatch
35. Mike Oldfield - Five Miles Out
36. Jethro Tull - Pussy Willow
37. Emerson, Lake & Powell - Touch & Go
38. The Moody Blues - I Know You’re Out There Somewhere
39. Marillion - Jigsaw

40. Pallas - Eyes In The Night
41. Rush - The Weapon
42. It Bites - The Old Man And The Angel
43. World Trade - The Moment Is Here
44. Dream Theater - Pull Me Under
45. Queensryche - I Am I
46. Opeth - The Drapery Falls
47. Spock’s Beard - Stranger In A Strange Land
48. Coheed & Cambria - Ten Speed (Of Gods Blood & Burial)
49. The Reasoning - Awakening
50. The Mars Volta - Since We’ve Been Wrong
51. Eureka - Going Home
52. IQ – Frequency

Wondrous Stories – Artists That Shaped The Prog Rock Era by Various Artists (UK 2010)
Compiled by Classic Rock Presents Prog editor Jerry Ewing



1.   Yes – Wonderous Stories
2.   Jethro Tull – Living In The Past
3.   Supertramp – Crime Of The Century
4.   Rush – The Spirit Of Radio
5.   Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells
6.   Camel – Rhayader
7.   Kansas – Dust In The Wind
8.   Colosseum – The Kettle
9.   Uriah Heep – Gypsy
10. Argent – Hold Your Head Up
11. Traffic – Paper Sun
12. Hawkwind – Silver Machine
13. Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein
14. Gong – Perfect Mystery
15.  Barclay James Harvest – Mockingbird
16. Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin)
17. Iron Butterfly – In A Gadda Da Vida


19. Focus – Hocus Pocus
20. Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
21. Emerson Lake & Palmer – Fanfare For The Common Man
22. Marillion – Kayleigh
23. Rare Bird – Sympathy
24. Golden Earring – Radar Love
25. Jon & Vangelis – I Hear You Now
26. Moody Blues – Question
27. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Joybringer
28. Rick Wakeman – Catherine Of Aragon
29. Caravan – The Land Of Grey & Pink
30. ELO – 10538 Overture
31. Gentle Giant – Playing The Game
32. Roxy Music – Virginia Plain
33. Wishbone Ash – Jail Bait
34. Andrew Lloyd Webber – Pagianini Caprice In A Minor No. 24

Thanks to Plixid and Classic Rock

Originally posted on Thursday, 10th November 2011

Originally posted on Thursday, 10th November 2011