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    1978
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  1. As much as I like that solo and admire Prince as a guitar player the thing that really makes that performance work is the perfect descending A minor chord sequence that sits under it. I guess I'm saying that George Harrison wrote a beauty of a piece of music just ideal for for a bit of A minor pentatonic soloing - the first minor pentatonic scale most of us learn and that Prince's performance here - though good - is not that special from a guitarist's perspective. The song - in this case - makes the solo work.
  2. Amazing to think it was derided and laughed at on release particularly in sections of the UK press who saw Springsteeen as a phoney, overhyped record company creation. A desperate attempt at a 'new Dylan'. This view was partly confirmed by that none too special, nervous first Hammersmith gig - it sounds great but it's hardly a classic performance (Springsteen himself said so) . I was going to a lot of gigs at the time and to be honest on film at least it looked about on par with a Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel gig . I still don't like She's the One.
  3. I was at the Sheffield gig shortly after and quite frankly it was brilliant. The equal of any post reunion ESB show I've witnessed
  4. Good album - kind of sags in the middle for me - loses momentum with that pointless nashville song and the other slow ones with the titles I can't remember. Whole thing was outclassed by Arthur's last ride and accompanying song in Red Dead Redemption 2. One of the best Springsteen songs he never wrote
  5. Electric live - which how I feel about all the Nebraska songs. Not enough light and shade in the original versions which let's be honest are a set of demo recordings and for me often cross the line into plain old boring - like most acoustic music
  6. Played it a few times and although I can see the merits of this record I do wish it was performed with a bit more energy. It quickly outstays its welcome and is indeed 'dull'.
  7. Fact: Even in it's heyday this programme was rarely funny. Typical of most so called political satire on British TV it fell well short of making a serious political point and was really focused on piss taking for the sake of piss taking and exaggerating the physical characteristics of famous people. Was total rubbish then and so will be again.
  8. A native of Liverpool, I was still living there at at the time. Soon after the event I did overhear a scally conversation on a bus journey along the lines of 'if the cowards stood and fought instead of running away it wouldn't have been as bad'. This actually happened. Was it a typical sentiment? I don't know, but there was an attempt locally to suggest it was down "Cockney Infiltrators" who always turned up at international matches to slug it out with the foreigners. I wasn't convinced. Personally, I was always put off by the macho culture, aggressiveness and just plain nastiness that seemed to be a part of local football culture. The stuff I used to witness during the '70's and 80's in Liverpool City Centre on Saturday in the hour or so after a game - until they got the policing right! That particular Jack was always ready to leap back out of its box if the conditions allowed it to - which at Heysel they did. Maybe its changed now? I'm still gobsmacked at the thought that the game still went ahead nonetheless. I mean what the bloody hell? I agree with the suggestion of the article that Heysel was somewhat conveniently airbrushed out of Liverpool's footballing history following Hillsborough. It really didn't get talked about locally that much for that long. I think there was more hurt about being kicked out of the competition for few years.
  9. I still worked in London then and I remember getting up super early to join the queue for tickets one Friday morning. It was a farce. The Earls Court computer system had some issues and the queue moved so slowly that by approaching noon I gave up, went to my office and bought tickets over the phone. Ridiculous I seemed to be in the queue near a lot of young kids you were working for ticket touts and being given huge wads of cash to buy as many tickets as they could. I thought the Youngtown-Murder Inc-Badlands-Out in the Street segment of those shows was sublime. As was the show closing of Fall Behind-LOHAD. I didn't and still don't particularly like the extended preacher segments of 10th Ave and Light of Day - no less self undulgent than a 10 minute guitar solo in my view and didn't really say anything compared with the brilliant Pink Cadillac rap from the BUSA tour or the I'm a Coward rap from the ToL tour. Just play the damn song! The shows were losing the emphasis on perfect structure and pacing which thankfully returned with Seeger Sessions and the Magic tour London is an amazing city - the shithole element is what gives it it's edge. Great place. Everyone must experience London at some point in their lives. Curiously, I thought New York was pretty dull compared with London. But one man's whisky etc...
  10. True. All of the 'great' talents in rock /popular music walk a very thin line that easily crosses into the preposterous zone. It's the nature of the beast. Ah, the great evenings I've had alone with a bottle of wine watching U2 live DVDs. Take Popmart live from Mexico City - pompous OTT ego driven spectacle but at the same time utterly brilliant. The haters just need to chill, relax and go with flow.
  11. Bono / U2 are one of those mega rock acts all too easy to dismiss until you delve back into their work or see some of their live shows and you understand why they are where they are. One of the greatest rock acts of all time. No question.
  12. Quickly off the top of my head.... Strangers When we Meet Sweet Thing / Candidate / Sweet Thing (reprse) Five Years Bewlay Brothers Stay Can You Hear Me Width of a Circle Panic in Detroit Drive in Saturday Modern Love ....and potentially many others that haven't come to mind
  13. I always loved this song. It has cheesy lyrics yes but in tone and performance it perfectly captures the essence of what Springsteen at his very best was about - and if I try to explain what I mean by that I'll start sounding cheesy, so I won't. Loved this version and I always preferred this song (actually written well before 9/11) to some of the more 'serious' songs on the Rising where forced sentimentality and cliche take precedent over quality.
  14. I saw Tom Morello supporting Muse at Manchester last June and quite frankly he was brilliant. Totally unexpected. And yes he played the High Hopes version of GOTJ with the solo that gives some Springsteen fans a blue fit ('It's too technical", "It's just special effects" blah, blah" . See below. Some UK fans will enjoy what happens around the 4:15 minutes mark. Some won't
  15. I always rated the live BUSA guitar outro. In particular from the later part of the Tunnel of Love Tour.