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SteveInJoburg
Sep 05, 2022
In Confess your infidelities
I looked but couldn't find a 'songs' I'm currently listening to' thread. I though we needed one but maybe, to be slightly different, songs you really love or new singles you are playing over and over or can't get enough of...
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SteveInJoburg
Feb 16, 2022
In Confess your infidelities
I am really loving Eddie's new solo album. The opening track, Invincible, is just so infectious... I am playing it on a loop.
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SteveInJoburg
Jan 04, 2022
In Movies and Books
I'm a little surprised there isn't already a thread about the passing of this incredible lady. 17 days shy of her 100th birthday. Is in the Guinness Book of Records for having worked in television longer than any other human in history. Played several iconic roles and was just brilliant and funny. She could improv with the best of them and even in her final performances, could crack an entire cast up with her spontaneous one liners. She was the same age as my paternal grandmother, and they could have been sisters in looks and humour. I always intertwine the two in my mind. RIP Ma'am, you've earned your rest. As a brilliant Tweet I read went, you can just imagine Betty White arriving at the Pearly Gates and asking "Is this heaven?" and Bea Arthur replying "No, Rose. it's hell with better lighting..."
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SteveInJoburg
Dec 03, 2021
In Movies and Books
@whispered secret mentioned it in the telly thread, and a few of us have brought it up in various places, so I thought perhaps a dedicated thread might be worth doing. I really think this is an amazing documentary. At first I thought ‘8 hours?!’ and when it was over I thought ‘only 8 hours?’ I’m always a little sceptical of what might be deemed revisionist history, and, it’s important to point out that I’ve never actually seen the movie Let It Be, but I think Peter Jackson has gone a long way towards lifting some of the dark veil and sad mythology that has surrounded this album and period of The Beatles for decades. That he has done so only with the original film footage and audio (once we get to Apple, we are mostly watching real footage as it happens but at Twickenham a lot of it is audio with ‘corresponding images’ but that doesn’t detract from it) More importantly, no cuts to newly filmed interviews or talking heads. No ‘experts’ telling us what they think about it all. Yes, Jackson's editing is important, but we are seeing the members of the band, as it happened and we can decide for ourselves what we think the mood or undercurrent was. Was that remark from John nasty or a good natured jibe? Was George as undervalued as many believe? Was Paul trying to run the band? And did Ringo have the patience of a saint? (Spoiler alert, the answer is yes) One of the aspects that kept running through my mind, over and over while watching, was the mind boggling fact that when they convened at Twickenham in January 1969, recording on The Beatles (what we all know as The White Album) had finished in mid-October, less than 3 months before. The album had been released at the end of November! Added to that, once the dust settled on the legendary rooftop performance, and the final recording done at Apple on the 31st of January, it would be less than a month before they reconvened to start recording Abbey Road… Try and wrap your head around the amount of incredible material recorded for those three records in less than an 18 month period… The recording sessions at Twickenham are lifeless, stilted, and the tension is palpable for many reasons. The band are uncomfortable, the surroundings are awful, and the constant filming, cameras in their faces is clearly killing the creative spark. Paul looks to become more desperate to make something happen. He is clearly one of those people who lives, eats, breathes music. He is constantly creating or singing in the footage. The section where he essentially germinates the song Get Back from nothing, from noodling on the bass guitar, having nothing become the framework of the song we know in a minute or two, is an absolute highlight. Some of the jams and takes are fun to watch. I took great delight in seeing Paul sing 'South Africa' in the 'song' Commonwealth. I did not know The Beatles consumed as much toast and jam as they did… that’s something I never thought I’d see! For me it’s really only once they get to the Apple basement that the band start getting it together. Actually getting to see the footage of Billy Preston joining the session and watching Paul’s face light up when he starts playing the Rhodes electric, is one of the greatest moments I’ve witnessed on screen. There is no doubt in my mind that Billy energized the band, brought them focus, even made them behave (there’s a guest in the studio!) and is a key element to what made these songs start to come alive. The highlight of the documentary (and of course it made for a no brainer as a finale or climax to the film) is seeing the rooftop performance in almost its entirety in real time, as if it were filmed yesterday. I predict current and future bands will study that footage for years to come. Clearly, The Beatles were a really good live band. That we don’t really have a decent live album, sans screaming fans, is a travesty. They played well together, and man they rocked… Paul and Johns’ harmonies are so as tight to be almost indistinguishable. And seeing the joy on their faces, the bond between those two playing live… I will be watching that last part of episode 3 many, many times. I sincerely hope there is a Blu Ray release, and one of the bonus features is the full rooftop show without the dialogue from the street and reception, just the music. Jackson LOVES bonus features so it’s a real possibility. That the music was then deemed to be substandard and was eventually only released after Abbey Road is also telling of how high a standard the band set for themselves. My take outs? -Paul was and is a true creative genius. Then and now. And he is of course an incredible bassist. After the death of Brian Epstein, which is a crucial factor in the mental state the band were in at the time this was filmed, I think Paul tried to guide the band and it clearly created resentment. The ‘flower pot’ audio makes that clearly evident. -John strikes me as a difficult person, but he and Paul together, were always the magic behind the band, I think. When he was sincere, and there are many moments we see when he is, he is a really nice person who also just wanted to make the best music they could and loved doing so. -George WAS underappreciated, I think. And his frustration was mostly warranted. That he made a triple album the following year, speaks volumes. -Ringo is so much better a drummer than I confess to having given him credit for. And although he was often seen as the band clown, perhaps, when he spoke, no one argued. He was taken seriously. Ringo doesn’t want to travel? We aren’t traveling. -George Martin… Ever the gentleman. He was such a core element of this band’s success, wasn’t he… And the love and respect they all had for him is clear to be seen. And I think it was very much mutual. -Because she is forever entwined in the Beatles story, one does have to decide what Yoko’s impact had on the band. Did she break up The Beatles? After watching the documentary, I would say no. Was she a factor? Yes. For years John and Paul would sit together for hours and write songs. Hard to do that with someone reading the paper between you or, worse still, yelling into a microphone. S’truth. - I know some Beatles fans who for whatever reason didn't like Mal Evans. I liked him from this, the only place I've really seen him. He looked like a nice guy ever at the beck and call of the band. -Michael Lindsay-Hogg... The word that comes to mind is... ponce. Like I said elsewhere, a must see for music fans, and essential viewing for Beatles fans.
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SteveInJoburg
Oct 15, 2021
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SteveInJoburg
Sep 03, 2021
In Confess your infidelities
2CD/DVD edition, remastered from the original tapes. Full disclosure, I'd buy it again just for the cover, but I am actually really excited about this... Long overdue that ONJ's catalogue got some pampering.
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SteveInJoburg
Aug 28, 2021
In Movies and Books
Not sure if this will have any legs but the discussion in the other thread made me think it might be nice to give this a separate place to discuss and comment. With streaming becoming (or perhaps already?) the norm for how most of us watch television, it is a valid conversation.
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SteveInJoburg
Aug 25, 2021
In Movies and Books
The last few times I saw Johnny live, he spoke very passionately about the autobiography he was writing. He was enjoying recounting stories and anecdotes from it on stage. He died before finishing the book, but it looks like he had completed enough of the early part of his life for the Clegg family to have decided to release it as a memoir of his early years. I am very excited to read it, of course. Back in 2017, at the final journey shows, we were given cards on our seats to complete to show our interest in the book. Well, I was contacted a few days ago to ask if I was still interested and would I like the book package details. Of course I said yes, and received the info today. If anyone else might be interested, I'd be happy to share the details, as they are including international shipping. the packages include the book unsigned, signed 'by the Clegg family' and options with T Shirts and/or the Final Journey Live CD (which was originally only sold at the few overseas shows so I am VERY excited to get my hands on a copy of that) and I believe the pricing is reasonable. Converted to Dollars, Pounds or Euro, I think it will work out well too as the most expensive option is R800 including international shipping. (Roughly 53 Dollars, 40 Pounds or 45 Euro)
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SteveInJoburg
Mar 03, 2021
In I don't wanna go home
I really wanted to share this with you guys as you are my family. So, this year has been stressful in many ways, some a good kind of stress (if there is such a thing) but I am embarking on a new journey. That of home ownership, two years shy of my 50th birthday. It's exciting, unreal, and terrifying all at the same time. For a kid who grew up in rental homes, often moving every year and sometimes at night because my parents owed rent, part of me has always thought I would never own a home. But with interest rates the lowest they have been in this country for decades, the realisation that I could own a small home for the same or less as I am paying rent, made me decide to just try and see if it could happen. And it has. The bond was approved yesterday, and I gave notice on the home I've rented for nearly 13 years. Exciting and busy times ahead. Its a small ground floor unit in a newly built Lifestyle Estate (the big thing here these days) and what made it irresistible is that the garden overlooks a river. I'm looking forward to mornings and evenings of sitting out there, coffee cup in hand, enjoying the sound of the river flowing, the frogs and crickets, and knowing that little piece of this planet is mine, even if only for a fleeting moment. I feel incredibly lucky and blessed.
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SteveInJoburg
Mar 02, 2021
In Confess your infidelities
Hope you get to feel irie with Bob and Peter again.
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SteveInJoburg
Feb 22, 2021
In Confess your infidelities
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SteveInJoburg
Feb 20, 2021
In The Circuit - Bruce
I looked and looked but did not find a thread like this in the circuit? I've just listened to my CD copy of Western Stars (yes, it is still absolutely magnificent) and then my CD of Letter To You straight afterwards. There are much, much worse ways to spend a little under an hour and a half folks.
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SteveInJoburg
Dec 08, 2020
In Confess your infidelities
I'll start. These are the new albums I have listened to and enjoyed the most this cruel, crazy, beautiful year. Nathaniel Rateliff – And It’s Still Alright Deacon Blue – City of Love Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Reunions Diana Krall – This Dream of You Ben Harper – Winter is for Lovers James Grant – Bespoke Songs Volume One Alan Cameron Trio – Two Nights at Olympia Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways Bruce Springsteen – Letter to You Ray LaMontagne – Monovision
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SteveInJoburg
Dec 08, 2020
In The Circuit - Bruce
Apologies if this was shared here or elsewhere. I thought some of you might enjoy this. It's a great interview with Jimmy Carr by Rob Brydon anyway, and Carr gives some very interesting insights, but the point is a brilliant Springsteen story he tells about playing a Stand Up for Heroes show 'a few years ago' If you just want to see the Bruce story, fast forward to around 16:45 or so.
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SteveInJoburg
Aug 31, 2020
In Confess your infidelities
Many of us here loved this thread on the other forum, so I thought why not have a go here?
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