First Five – Rick Wakeman

This is part of series called “First Five” which features tracks from an artist’s first five albums. I usually exclude the big hits and /or popular songs, but not always. Also I prefer not to include live albums or compilations, but sometimes I do.

Rick Wakeman albums featured in this mix:
The Six Wives of Henry VIII [1973]
Journey to the Centre of the Earth [1974]
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table [1975]
Lizstomania [1975] soundtrack
No Earthly Connection [1976]

Disclaimer: Piano Vibrations, an album of cover versions, released in 1971, is not considered a Wakeman album, even by himself, so I have not included it here.

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Top Ten Tunes: Tin Machine

My top ten favourite songs from David Bowie’s short-lived TIn Machine project.

“Tin Machine were an English-American hard rock band formed in 1988, famous for being fronted by English singer-songwriter David Bowie. The band consisted of Bowie on lead vocals and guitar, Reeves Gabrels on guitar, Tony Sales on bass, and Hunt Sales on drums. Guitarist Kevin Armstrong was an unofficial fifth member of the band, playing on both the first studio album and first tour.” – Wikipedia

Disclaimer: I have decided to limit myself to only ten tunes, so of course some of my other favourites have been omitted.

Remember The Mixtape: The Story Of Rock 1973 to 1974

Originally compiled in 1989 on a C90 cassette, this was part of a series of mine featuring some of the hits from rock history as well as tracks off a few of my favourite albums.

Artists include Rodriguez, Doobie Brothers, Allman Brothers Band, Deep Purple, Focus, Yes, Led Zeppelin, Xit, Shawn Phillips and many more.

This tape is on page 13 of book 7 (of 8) of my hand-written mixtape archive.

PJ Powers in Cape Town

PJ Powers and Brian Currin at KFM
PJ Powers and Brian Currin at KFM

Spent a wonderful two days recently in the company of music legend PJ Powers, taking her around to various Cape Town radio stations for interviews.

She is promoting her brand new album, “Destiny“, which is written from the heart and is a very vulnerable album.

The radio stations were so enthusiastic to see her and to experience their obvious love for her, her music and her story was just amazing.