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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

A to Z of Live Albums

If You Want Blood, You've Got It by AC/DC (1978)
Live Bootleg by Aerosmith (1978)
At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band (1971)
An Evening of Yes Music Plus by Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (1993)

One Live Badger by Badger (1974)
Rock Of Ages by The Band (1971)
Here at Last ... Bee Gees ... Live (1977)
Live at the Greek by Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes (2000)
Live at Last by Black Sabbath (1980)
Live Evil by Black Sabbath (1982)
Highway Song Live by Blackfoot (1982)
Some Enchanted Evening by Blue Öyster Cult (1978)
Stage by David Bowie (1978)
James Brown Live at the Apollo (1963)
Blue Nights by Bruford Levin Upper Extremities (1999)

A Live Record by Camel (1978)
At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash (1968)
Johnny Cash At San Quentin (1969)
The Johnny Cash Show by Johnny Cash (1970)
At Budokan by Cheap Trick (1979)
Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Joe Cocker (1970)
Wheels of Fire by Cream (1968)
Four Way Street by CSN&Y (1971)

Concerto for Group and Orchestra by Deep Purple (1969)
Made in Japan by Deep Purple (1972)
Nobody's Perfect by Deep Purple (1988)
Gemini Suite Live by Deep Purple (1970/1993)
California Jamming by Deep Purple (1974/1996)
In Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra by Deep Purple (2000)
At The Fillmore by Derek & the Dominoes (1970)
Hot August Night by Neil Diamond (1972)
Djam Karet Live at Orion (1999)
Stupidity by Dr Feelgood (1975)
The Doors Absolutely Live (1970)
Dream Theater Live at the Marquee EP (1993)
Before the Flood by Bob Dylan & the Band (1974)

801 Live by Phil Manzanera / 801 (1976)
Pictures at an Exhibition by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1971)
Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends . . . Ladies and Gentlemen by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1974)
In Concert             73 by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1979)
Live at the Royal Albert Hall by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1993)
Works Live by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1993)          -               -               -               -
Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1997)
Live in Poland by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1997)
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Greatest Hits Live by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1997)
Then & Now by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1998)
The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume One by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (2001)    
The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume Two by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (2001)   
The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume Three   by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (2002)
The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume Four by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (2006)   
High Voltage by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (2010)
A Time and A Place by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (2010)          
Live at Nassau Coliseum '78 by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (2011)
Live at the Mar Y Sol Festival '72 by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (2001)

Live by Foghat (1977)
Frampton Comes Alive! by Peter Frampton (1976)

Peter Gabriel Plays Live (1983)
Full House by J. Geils Band (1972)
Genesis Live (1973)
Seconds Out by Genesis (1977)
The Closing of Winterland by Grateful Dead (2003)
Live at Leeds by The Groundhogs (1971)
Groundhog Night by The Groundhogs (1994)

Space Ritual by Hawkwind (1973)   
Live Seventy Nine by Hawkwind (1980)
This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic 1980 and 1984 (1984)
Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin by Hawkwind (1973/1984)
Space Ritual Volume 2 by Hawkwind (1985)
Live Chronicles by Hawkwind (1972/1986)
Palace Springs by Hawkwind (1991)
BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert by Hawkwind (1972/1991) 
Hawklords Live (1978/1992)
California Brainstorm by Hawkwind (1990/1992)
The Business Trip by Hawkwind (1994)
Undisclosed Files Addendum 1984 and 1988 by Hawkwind (1995)
Love in Space by Hawkwind (1996)
The 1999 Party by Hawkwind (1974/1997)
Hawkwind 1997 by Hawkwind (1999)
Glastonbury 90 by Hawkwind (1999)
Choose Your Masques: Collectors Series Volume 2 by Hawkwind (1982/1999)  
Complete '79: Collectors Series Volume 1 by Hawkwind (1979/1999)
Atomhenge 76 by Hawkwind (1976/2000)
Yule Ritual by Hawkwind (2001)
Canterbury Fayre 2001 by Hawkwind (2002)
Live 1990 by Hawkwind (1990/2002)
Spaced Out in London by Hawkwind (2004)
Knights of Space by Hawkwind (2008)
Minneapolis, 4 October 1989 by Hawkwind (2008)
Reading University, 19 May 1992 by Hawkwind (2008)
Live '78 by Hawkwind (1978/2009)
Band of Gypsys by Jimi Hendrix (1970)       
Jimi Plays Monterey [Jun 18, 1967] by Jimi Hendrix (1986)
Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore by Humble Pie (1971)

Forever Live by IQ (2005)

Live: Bursting Out by Jethro Tull (1978)
Unleashed in the East - Live in Japan by Judas Priest (1979)
Priest... Live! by Judas Priest (1987)

The Great Deceiver: Live 1973-1974 by King Crimson (1992)
The Night Watch by King Crimson (1997)
Vrooom Vrooom by King Crimson (2001)
One for the Road by The Kinks (1980)
Alive! by Kiss (1975)
Alive II by Kiss (1977)

The Song Remains the Same by Led Zeppelin (1976)
How the West Was Won by Led Zeppelin (2003)
Live At The Star Club Hamburg by Jerry Lee Lewis (1964)
Waiting for Columbus by Little Feat (1978)
Gemini Suite by Jon Lord (1972)
Windows by Jon Lord with Eberhard Schoener (1974)
First of the Big Bands - BBC Live in Concert 1974 by Jon Lord with Tony Ashton (1993)
One More From the Road by Lynyrd Skynyrd (1976)

Between Nothingness & Eternity by Mahavishnu Orchestra (1974)
Live by Mahogany Rush (1977)
Live! by Bob Marley (1975)
Babylon by Bus Bob Marley (1978)
Real to Reel by Marillion (1984)
Kick Out the Jams by MC5 (1969)
Caught Live + 5 by The Moody Blues (1977)
A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra by The Moody Blues (1993)
Hall of Fame by The Moody Blues (2000)
Lovely to See You: Live by The Moody Blues (2005)
Live at the BBC: 1967–1970 by The Moody Blues (2007)
Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 by The Moody Blues (2008)
No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith by Motörhead (1981)

Five Bridges Suite by The Nice (1970)
Double Live Gonzo by Ted Nugent (1978)

Exposed by Mike Oldfield (1979)
Live Underslunky by Ozric Tentacles (1992)

Ummagumma by Pink Floyd (1969)
Delicate Sound of Thunder by Pink Floyd (1988)
Pulse by Pink Floyd (1995)
Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (1972)
One More Time – Live in Utrecht 1992 by Procol Harum (1999)
One Eye to the Future – Live in Italy 2007 by Procol Harum (2008)
Procol Harum – In Concert With the Danish National Concert Orchestra and Choir (2009)
The Spirit of Nøkken by Procol Harum (2010)

Live Killers by Queen (1979)

'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!': The Rolling Stones in Concert by The Rolling Stones (1970)
Viva! Roxy Music (1976)
All the World's a Stage by Rush (1976)
Exit...Stage Left by Rush (1981)
A Show of Hands by Rush (1989)
D ifferent Stages by Rush (1998)
Rush in Rio by Rush (2003)
R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour by Rush (2005)
Grace Under Pressure Tour by Rush (2006)
Snakes and Arrows Live by Rush (2008)

In Transit by Saga (1982)
Lotus by Santana (1974)
The Eagle Has Landed - Live by Saxon (1982)
'Live' Bullet by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (1976)
Live by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (1975)
Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-85 (1986)
Live! by Status Quo (1977)
Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios by The Strawbs (1970)
Paris by Supertramp (1980)

Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads (1984)
Encore by Tangerine Dream (1977)
Ricochet by Tangerine Dream (1975)
Live and Let Live by 10cc (1977)
Live and Dangerous by Thin Lizzy (1978)
Robin Trower Live by Robin Trower (1976)
Live at the Target by Twelfth Night (1981)   
Live and Let Live by Twelfth Night (1993)   
Strangers in the Night by UFO (1979)

Night After Night by U.K. (1979)


Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Rick Wakeman (1974)
The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Live at Hampton Court Palace by Rick Wakeman (2009)
In the Flesh by Roger Waters (2000)
Live in Tokyo by Weather Report (1972)
8:30 by Weather Report (1979)
Live at Leeds by The Who (1970)
Wings Over America by Wings (1976)


Yessongs by Yes (1973)
Yesshows by Yes (1980)
Keys to Ascension by Yes 1(1996)
Keys to Ascension by Yes 2 (1997)
Live at Montreux 2003 by Yes (2003)
Live Rust by Neil Young (1979)      
Weld by Neil Young (1991)

Zappa in New York by Frank Zappa (1978)
Roxy & Elsewhere by Frank Zappa (1974)
Stand In The Fire by Warren Zevon (1980)
Stand in the Fire by Warren Zevon (1993)
Fandango by Z.Z.Top (1975)

Originally posted on Thursday 10th November 2011

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Why You Should Have a Flu Jab

or most people, flu is unpleasant. However, it can be much more serious for others who are more susceptible to the effects of seasonal flu. For them it can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing conditions worse. In the worst cases, seasonal flu can result in a stay in hospital, or even death. Flu symptoms hit you suddenly and can be severe. They can include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles, usually with a cough and a sore throat.

·         The best way to avoid getting seasonal flu is to have the flu jab.
·         Last year 602 people in the UK died after contracting flu, including 34 people in Wales.
·         Seasonal flu is a highly infectious virus, often much worse than a cold.
·         Because seasonal flu is a virus it cannot be treated by antibiotics.
·         Seasonal Flu can leave a fit and healthy person feeling very poorly and may lead to more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which may need hospital treatment. 
·         For people who have a serious illness, seasonal flu can be severe. It can make the existing illness worse, and can even result in a stay in hospital or death.
·         The vaccination is safe and effective and provides 70 – 80% protection against the flu strains in the vaccine.
·         The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has reported no serious new side effects despite more than 5 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccinations being given in the UK.
·         The World Health Organisation continuously monitors changes in flu viruses across the world. Last year H1N1 was the most prevalent virus and caused over 500 deaths in the UK. Each year they recommend the strains of flu to be included in the vaccine for the forthcoming winter. This year it is H1N1 and H3N2.
·         The seasonal flu jab does not usually cause side effects. Sometimes, it can cause mild fever and slight muscle aches for a day or so.
·         Allergic reactions to the vaccine are rare.
·         Immunisation cannot cause flu, as there is no active virus in a flu vaccine. However, people sometimes catch other flu-like viruses, or very occasionally catch flu before the vaccine takes effect. Other people get a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards and their arm may feel a bit sore where they were injected;
·         About a week to 10 days after you have had the flu injection, your body starts making antibodies to the virus in the vaccine. Antibodies are proteins that recognise and fight off germs that have invaded your blood, such as viruses. They help protect you against any similar viruses you then come into contact with;
·         If you fall into one of the groups below it is very important you have your seasonal flu jab as soon as possible:  
·         The flu jab will protect you for about a year.
i)        65 years old or over;
ii)      under 65 and have a long-term medical problem such as:
(a)    stroke,
(b)   asthma,
(c)    emphysema,
(d)   diabetes,
(e)    heart disease,
(f)    kidney disease or liver disease;
iii)    pregnant; 
iv)    immunosuppressed or living with someone who is;
v)      in long-stay residential care;
vi)    carers.

o       Pregnant women can and should have the flu vaccination at any stage of their pregnancy. Having the vaccine protects their baby from flu over the first few months of life.
o       People who are aged 65 or over, even if they are healthy, are more at risk from complications should they get seasonal flu
o       The seasonal flu vaccine is made with different types of flu virus, which are grown in hens' eggs. They are then inactivated (killed) and purified before being made into the vaccine.
o       The flu virus changes every year, so you need to have a flu jab annually to make sure that you are protected against the latest strain of the virus. The viruses that cause flu change every year, which means the flu (and the vaccine) this winter will be different from last winter's.
o       The best time to receive the flu jab is in the autumn, before the winter flu epidemic begins.

If you are ill with a fever, do not have your flu jab until you have recovered.
You should not have the flu vaccine if you have had a previous allergic reaction to a flu vaccine (rare).
You should not have the flu vaccine if you have a serious allergy to hens’ eggs (very rare), because the vaccine is prepared in hens’ eggs.

From: Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Originally posted on Wednesday 9th November 2011-11-09

Charging Your Car Battery

Keeping your car battery healthy is one of those jobs that too many drivers ignore. Just a few moments spent regularly checking your battery can prevent you from being stranded.

Step 1 - Disconnect
If possible, remove the battery leads. If not, disconnect the negative (-) cable, first checking that you have your car stereo security codes plus those for any other in-car equipment affected by power loss.

Step 2 - Attach Charger
Consult the battery charger's instructions to ensure that it is suitable for your car's battery and is set correctly. Fit the battery charger's red clip to the battery's positive (+) terminal and the black clip to the negative (-) terminal.

Step 3 - Switch on Charger
Connect the battery charger to the mains and switch on. A green light or other tell-tale signal should show. If nothing happens, switch off the battery charger at the mains and check that the leads are correctly attached to the battery.

Step 4 - Disconnect
Once charging is complete, (depending on the model) a second light will show. Disconnect the battery charger from the mains and remove the cables, starting with the black lead. Reinstall and/or reconnect the battery.

Monday, 10th October 2011


Originally posted on Wednesday 9th November 2011

Disconnecting and Re-Connecting a Car Battery

Disconnecting a Car Battery

1. Disconnect the negative (-) first
2. Then disconnect the positive (+)

Connecting a Car Battery

1. Connect the positive (+) first
2. Then connect the negative (-)

Remember: negative off first, on last

Originally posted on Wednesday, 9th November 2011

Tuesday, 8 November 2011


Why do I love Budgie so much? Because they are an uncompromising, all-out heavy rock band. At the height of their popularity, in the early seventies, they matched and rivalled groups like Black Sabbath, Stray and the Groundhogs. Here is my biography of this group. 

Budgie were originally formed in the late sixties in Cardiff, under the name Six-Ton Budgie, by Burke Shelley (lead vocals/ bass), Tony Bourge (guitar/ backing vocals) and Ray Phillips (drums). After playing a number of gigs in the local area, they shortened the name to Budgie as a contradiction of their heavy-rock style. Their first self-titled album, produced by Rodger Bain and released in 1971 on MCA, introduces the hallmark crunching riffs and weird song titles such as 'Rape of the Locks' and 'Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman'. 

As on all of the first five albums, the band are unorthodox; neither overtly blues-inspired like Cream or the Groundhogs, nor underpined by keyboards in the way of Uriah Heep or Deep Purple. Perhaps their closest contemporaries are Paranoid-era Black Sabbath, in the use of sheer heavy guitar riffs (although Shelley has said, as a Christian, he could not relate to the satanic imagery of Sabbath). Burke Shelley's high-pitched vocal is highly unusual and has inspired many copyists, such as David Surkamp of Pavlov's Dog and Geddy Lee of Rush , while Phillips had an economical approach to the drums. Tony Bourge is not an entirely original guitarist (his solo on the cover of 'Baby, Please Don't Go' can be heard on Juicy Lucy's 'Who Do You Love?'), but he is very unconventional - his guitar is made to flow, scratch and scream by turn. Burke Shelley has described Budgie's way of working as the bass and guitar playing off each other with the drums filling the gaps. Surprising, he cites Led Zeppelin as an influence, as they were heavy, not by having a 'thick' sound, but by having a 'thin' sound and then belting it out. The first album, largely ignored at the time, is now seen as a classic of the genre and set the benchmark high. 

Squawk, the second album from 1972, continues the trend of heavy rock and weird titles, as in 'Hot as a Docker's Armpit', and sales in the UK reached gold status. But, it is with Never Turn Your Back On a Friend that Budgie reached their highest point. Released in 1973, it has everything: the rolling riffs of 'In the Grip of a Tyrefitter's Hand'; the thoughful, psychedelia-tinged melody of 'You Know I'll Always Love You'; the light and shade of 'You're the Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk'; the cover of 'Baby Please Don't Go'; the epic 'Parents'; and their signature song, 'Breadfan'. A later critic described 'Breadfan' as insipid, but it flows effortlessly, while paradoxically twisting and turning. It perfectly sums-up their technique in one track. Indeed, Never Turn you Back On a Friend is close to being the perfect heavy rock album. Ray Philips left the band soon after, to later resurrect the Six-Ton Budgie name, to be replaced by Pete Boot for album number four, In for the Kill. 

In For the Kill (1974) contains some of Budgie's best tracks like 'In for the Kill', 'Crash Course in Brain Surgery' and 'Wondering What Everyone Knows', but padding is beginning to appear, such as the intro to Hammer and Tongs (on which you can clearly hear the Led Zeppelin influences) or the instrumental passage in Running From My Soul. Steve Williams, an excellent drummer, replaced Pete Boot for the more consistent Bandolier (1975), which has 'Breaking All the House Rules' and 'I Can't See My Feelings', along with their greatest hit, Andy Fairweather-Low's 'I Ain't No Mountain'.   

If I Were Brittania I'd Waive the Rules (1976) is the first Budgie album to contain weak tracks and, worst of all, elements of cliche. Openers 'Anne Neggen', as the name implies, are repetetive and weary. So too is 'If I Were Britannia, I'd Waive the Rules', and these are the strongest tracks, meaining it is all downhill to the final Song. 'Black Velvet Stallion', a beautiful epic in the style of 'Parents', is the only track on the album to rank with the best of Budgie. Having switched labels from MCA to A&M, it is noticeable that the band appear to be softening their sound in an attempt at commercial success in America, which had so far elluded them. Impeckable (1978), with 'Melt the Ice Away', is an improvement on its predecessor, but the West Coast-feel shows a further attempt at acceptance in America. Ironically, music from Impeckable, along with The Tubes, Head East and Billy Preston, was used in the cult comedy film J-Men Forever (US 1979), but by then it was too late. 

1978, the year that saw the release of Impeckable, was a difficult one for Budgie. Myf Isaac joined them as a ssecond guitarist for live work, but by the middle of that year both he and Tony Bourge had left the group to be replaced by Rob Kendrick from Trapeze. Later in the year, Budgie were dropped by A&M and Kendrick was replaced by 'Big' John Thomas, a fine player from the George Hatcher Band. The line-up of Shelley, Thomas and Williams recorded two albums for Kingsley Ward's Active Records, a sublabel of RCA: Power Supply (1980) and Nightflight (1981). A 12" EP, 'If Swallowed Do Not Induce Vomiting' was also released on Active Records in 1980. All tracks on the EP are reasonable, but lack the originality of the early Bourge-era Budgie. The 1993 CD reissue of Power Supply featured the If Swallowed Do Not Induce Vomiting E.P. as bonus tracks. 1982 saw Budgie return to RCA for 'Deliver us From Evil' (1982), their final recording for a major label. 

In 1982, Tony Bourge rejoined original Budgie drummer Ray Phillips and bassist Alan Fish to form Tredegar with future members of Cloven Hoof, singer Russ North and guitarist Andy Wood. The band recorded a self-titled album in 1986 with Carl Sentance from Persian Risk on guest vocals. According to an article in Classic Rock maazine, Tony Bourge left Tredegar to become a French polisher, while Phillips continued the band as singer until the early nineties, when he resurrected Six-Ton Budgie.

Budgie, meanwhile, continued to have some success during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene, playing the Reading Festival in 1980 and headlining in 1982. Also in 1982, they played in Poland, where they had built a following, and became the first heavy rock band to perform behind the Iron Curtain. They toured in support of Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard of Ozz, but stopped gigging in 1988. John Thomas went on to play with Tom Galley's Phenomena project in 1985. 

Strangely, although Budgie had very little commercial success in America, they enjoyed a strong cult following in Texas, due to Joe Anthony and Lou Roney playing a Budgie track every day on KMAC/KISS radio in San Antonio in the 1970s. The band reformed using various drummers for one-off gigs in 1995 and for outdoor festivals 'La Semana Alegre' in 1996, both in San Antonio, Texas. In 1999, Budgie was officially reformed. Life in San Antonio, a live album, was recorded and released in 2002, with a lineup of Burke Shelley, Steve Williams and Andy Hart on guitar. Budgie toured the United Kingdom in 2002-6, as well as the New York City/ New Jersey area, Dallas and a few shows in Europe, including the Sweden Rock Festival and a return to post-Communist Poland. 

In February 2003, Simon Lees was asked to join Shelley and Williams in Budgie. In September of that year, Lees recorded seven songs with the band which would later appear as bonus tracks on four of Budgie’s remastered albums: Budgie, Sqwawk, Never Turn Your Back on a Friend and In For the Kill released on the Noteworthy Productions label. During 2005 and 2006, Lees co-wrote and recorded an album of new material You're All Living in Cuckooland with Burke Shelley at the latter's studio in Cardiff. The album was produced by Burke Shelley and released in the UK on 7th November 2006 on Noteworthy Productions, accompanied with a thirty five date tour of the United Kingdom. Also in 2006, Lees played classical guitar on Black Velvet Stallion (2006 Version) for the remastered If I Were Britannia, I'd Break the Rules for Noteworthy Productions. Lees was not credited on the album. The following year Budgie played dates in Sweden and Poland. Having played 115 gigs consisting of four UK tours and nineteen shows spread across five countries outside the UK, Simon Lees left Budgie on 4th July 2007, three months before the band were due to play a three date tour of Australia. Following the departure of Simon Lees, Dio lead guitarist and songwriter, Craig Goldy, offered his services while Ronnie James was completing commitments with Heaven & Hell on their World Tour. In February 2008, Goldy accompanied Budgie on their first (five date) tour of Australia and has continued playing with Budgie as 'guest guitarist' for all of their shows.

Budgie's November 2010 tour of Eastern Europe had to be cancelled as Burke Shelley was hospitalised on Tuesday 9th November in Wejherowo, Poland, complaining of pains in his abdomen. A team of surgeons was quickly assembled and a 6cm aortic aneurism was diagnosed. Tests revealed that Shelley's aorta was leaking blood into the outer wall of the aneurism which could have burst at any time. He underwent a two-hour, 40-minute operation in the evening and was kept in the intensive care ward. After surgery, he returned to Britain for recovery, but no decision has been made on the future of Budgie.

Burke Shelley posted the following under Latest News from The Budgie Camp on the band's official website:  "I'd like to say sorry to all the Polish and Czech fans for the recent cancellation of the tour dates. This is because I became ill just before the tour began and had to have emergency surgery in Poland. I'm now recovering at home and I don't yet know what the future holds. Thanks to all those who supported me particulary the Polish surgeons. Thanks also to all those who sent messgaes and thanks to God the Father and Jesus Christ my saviour and the Holy Spirit." - Burke

8th November 2011 

With thanks to Wikipedia, The Budgie Official Website, Classic Rock Magazine and The New Musical Express Book of Rock 1 (1975) and 2 (1977) published by Star Books


1971 Budgie
1972 Squawk
1973 Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
1974 In For The Kill
1975 Bandolier
1975 Best of Budgie (1)
1976 If I Were Brittania I'd Waive the Rules
1978 Impeckable
1980 Power Supply
1980 If Swallowed Do Not Induce Vomiting EP
1981 Nightflight
1981 Best of Budgie (2)
1982 Deliver Us From Evil
1996 An Ecstasy of Fumbling - The Definitive Anthology
1997 Best of Budgie(3)
1998 Heavier Than Air - Rarest Eggs (live compilation of 1972-1981 material)
1998 We Came, We Saw... (live compilation of 1980-1982 material)
2002 Life in San Antonio (live)
2004 The Last Stage (a compilation of previously unreleased material)
2005 Radio Sessions 1974 & 1978 (double album)
2006 The BBC Recordings (live compilation of 1972-1982 material)
2006 You're All Living in Cuckooland

UK Singles

Crash Course In Brain Surgery/ Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman (1971, MCA MK 5072)
Whiskey River/ Guts (1972, MCA MK 5085)
Whiskey River/ Stranded (1972, MCA 2185) - US-exclusive release
Zoom Club (Edit)/ Wondering What Everyone Knows (1974, MCA 133)
I Ain't No Mountain/ Honey (1975, MCA 175)
Smile Boy Smile/ All at Sea (1978, A&M AMS 7342)
Crime Against the World/ Hellbender (1980, Active BUDGE 2)
Keeping a Rendezvous/ Apparatus (1981, RCA BUDGE 3)
I Turned To Stone (Part 1)/ I Turned To Stone (Part 2) (1981, RCA BUDGE 4)
Bored With Russia/ Don't Cry (1982, RCA 271)


1986   Tredegar - the debut album by Tredegar, featuring Tony Bourge and Ray Phillips
1994 Remix and Rebirth - Tredegar compilation album


This is a famous clip from the Old Grey Whistle Test broadcast by BBC2 TV in June 1975:

Who Do you Want For your Love?

I am not sure of the origins of either of these two clips. Breadfan became their signature tune and the cover of Andy Fairweather-Low's I Ain't No Mountain was their 'greatest' hit:


I Ain't no Mountain


Budgie Official Website

Bandolier, the fan site approved by the band
Budgie in Wikipedia
Originally posted on Tuesday, 8th November 2011