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TBL 24 Soon / Beatles / Ramble on

11 September 2009 2,645 views No Comment

Dave Lewis

Spend the last few days wading through the proofs of the new Tight but Loose magazine. Apologies for the late arrival of this issue but it’s now at the printers and nearly ready to go. Once again there are some great contributions – Mike Tremaglio’s Led Zeppelin US summer of ‘69 festival log clarifies exactly when and where they played outdoors that summer and is a fascinating read. In the Collector Focus spot, Nick Anderson explains how he has come to amass one of the largest collections of Zep singles in the world. Knebworth inevitably comes under the spotlight with a report on the Lytton Arms Celebration Day, a Knebworth playlist and more. There’s also an informative interview with It Might Get Loud director Davis Guggenheim.

All in all it’s another superbly designed outpouring of Zep related text. Fact is if you’ve purchased the Knebworth book, well the magazine is the ideal companion piece to go with it. Invest and enjoy. Order here now.

It’s been impossible not to get caught up in The Beatles media frenzy this past week. Have to say haven’t really played much Fabs stuff in ages so it’s been good to wallow in it all again. The BBC2 documentary On The Record was excellent and a vivid reminder of what they achieved in the space of just eight years. And I got well and truly sucked into the clever idea of the NME magazine, which for this weeks issue used 13 limited edition differing front covers each reproducing a Beatles album sleeve. Trawled the newsagents in town to invest in them all and managed to get it down to needing just the Revolver sleeve to complete the set. We stopped off at seven provincial newsagents around here before striking lucky in Tescos. The final catch is that you have to order the 13th one (Magical Mystery Tour) on line at nme.com. It’s a really nice collectors set and considerably cheaper than the remastered box set and is already appearing on ebay.

Can’t say I’m a convert to the Rockband caper that was also launched this week, but it seems to have gone down a storm.

I’m not sure Jimmy would ever sanction the Rockband idea for Zep, but it would be good to see a proper remastered reissue programme of the entire catalogue when the time is right. I’m sure the media frenzy would be not unlike what we have experienced in the past week with The Beatles.

Facebook – finally got around to updating the Tight But Loose Facebook site this week – find me under Tight But Loose and feel free to add me as a friend.

Many Thanks for all your good wishes cards, emails, Facebook messages etc on my birthday. A good time was had at the weekend with various friends. It was something of a first to wake up on the actual day with a hangover. That was down to a supposedly quick drink with one of the Bedford Knebworth 3 Tom Locke on Friday lunchtime, which extended into the afternoon and early evening like it does sometimes. Monday it was to a funeral – the brother of Alan Stutz, John who has sadly died age 55. John was the guitarist in the band we formed called Roughmix in the early 1980s. It was a good send off as he’d have wanted, and it was nice to catch up with some old friends who I haven’t seen for many a day (well since the last funeral in some cases) – aside from Tom of course who I’d been with Friday.

It was a stark reminder, as Tom put it that, at our age, we need to seize each day.

With Sam due back at Norwich University on Sunday, I’m readying the Nick Drake and Frank Sinatra albums – once again the autumn has comes around and it’s time to ramble on…

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