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  1. I'm a bit underwhelmed too - so far. But the signs were already there in some his comments. It's simply not possible to create new, original and melodically interesting music at the kitchen table on an acoustic guitar and then invite your old pals around for a few days to do full band versions in the home studio. The risk is you end up at best with a rush job which is competent but generic sounding. Truly great music like all great art takes time to craft.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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'.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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...
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. I always rated the live BUSA guitar outro. In particular from the later part of the Tunnel of Love Tour.
  17. No. Some of the best Guitar work on Springsteen's albums is actually on Human Touch and High Hopes. Two of his least popular albums.
  18. Dylan is one of the few artists (Leonard Cohen being another) who can write and perform these long, narrative epics without ever being boring. Despite its length and repetitive 'melody' interest is sustained throughout. Similar to the brilliant Ain't Talkin' from Modern Times. I don't have time to analyse Dylan lyrics in detail. With songs like this I just go with the flow and remain interested and entertained throughout just by the wordplay alone ('only dead men are free', 'The Beatles are coming - they wanna hold your hand'). 'Masterpice'? I don't know but it sure sounds like one. At 16+ minutes it passes by quicker than some three or four minute acoustic butcherings of great songs I can think of (without mentioning any names)
  19. I had a brief spell of liking Genesis in my teenage years - up to Lamb Lies Down. Saw them play at the Liverpool Empire on the 'Selling' and 'Lamb Lies Down' tours. Anything post Gabriel just never did it for me and once punk and new wave happened this type of British prog rock just sounded so limp and old fogeyish. I even struggle with the early stuff these days - I've tried through Youtube.. A lot of it now sounds really contrived to sound 'complicated' and lacks any sense of groove or grit.or even melody - though there's a decent guitar solo on Firth of Forth. It's the sound of affluent white Tory middle England - back in the '70's they were hugely popular with grammar school boys who thought it was clever to obsess over this kind of tosh and then wondered why they couldn't get girlfriends There's a New Order and Pet Shop Boys joint tour next year for people interested real heart thumping, fist pumping back to the floor UK sounds.
  20. The Witcher TV series I found ok but I think they botched it a bit running the story on three different timelines.Having read the books helped but it was just too confusing for viewers coming in cold. I love the games. All credit to CD Project Red who took a fairly so-so fantasy book series and turned into something really special. A work of art. The TV series is based on the books so in all honesty unless they make some serious plot changes it will struggle to sustain interest. The Witcher games in their entirety are actually as good as the TV Game of Thrones in terms of plot and world development. And the ending makes much more sense.
  21. I prefer that to yet another one of those dreary acoustic takes on Dancing in the Dark that crop up every few months. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....
  22. Spot on! The best thing you can say abot this film is that it's a competent action adventure movie in the Marvel Comic tradition. At least 1950's / 60's war movies had no pretend ambiguity about their ideological stance.
  23. History is my favourite subject - I read little of anything else. Although I like the idea of subjects I'm interested in being represented in 'epic' drama on either the big or small screen these days it's rarely done right and often really badly. I keep on seeing really annoying reviewers on Youtube - usually by 20 year olds - raving about this film just like being on the Western Front. I seriously doubt it. The single shot technique of 1917 actually gives it the feel of a computer game. Get your mission, cross the dangerous patch of land, navigate the tunnels, cross the broken bridge, take out the sniper, get through the burning town. etc, etc. As far as WW1 is concerned you still can't beat the classic 1960's BBC documentary series complete with interviews of actual participants.. But film is always a poor substitute for actually reading books on the subject. Although whodunnit is not my thing I thought Knives Out to be a much better film.
  24. Well after all the hype I was a bit underwhelmed. The 'single shot' technique the film making buffs are getting all heated over basically just seems to mean the camera following the same character(s) end to end. It's a well made film - it says that WW1 trench warfare was bad; very, very bad. But we already knew that and the storyline - must get the message through to stop the attack or all our guys will die - seems very familiar. You could set a similar story in just about any war before wireless communication. Some nice music, though.
  25. Sad. I only got into Rush around the time of the Time Machine tour (2011). The almost universal rave reviews attracted my attention. Not really sure why I previously ignored them. The are now one of my favourite bands of all time and I believe one of the great misunderstood rock acts of all time. I actually love their 80's stuff. In tribute I'll sing Marathon to myself on my run around the local woods this morning.
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