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TIGHT BUT LOOSE ISSUE 45 – HOT OFF THE PRESS …AND OUT ON THE STREETS…

TBL issue 45 is hot off the press and out on the streets…

It arrived via White Hart Press in Bedford late last week.

Since then I’ve been extremely busy in the TBL distribution centre (our dining room actually) packing the pre – orders ready to leave here.

TBL distribution update:

I counted them all in – I counted them all out…

All UK, American, Australia and Europe pre-orders are now in transit – UK copies should be delivered  by the weekend. Overseas copies should be there in the next ten to fourteen days .

All of these copies were taken on my bike to the nearby post office. It took a fair few trips and they did a great job in processing them all.

Initial reaction has been very encouraging. Here’s some feedback:

TBL45 arrived today and first impression is WOW! Can’t decide whether to start now or save till the weekend (with a nice
bottle of something) – Greg Windmill

Congrats on a great issue, Dave! Arrived with me at lunchtime, which effectively meant work this afternoon was a write off! Great piece of Zep history. Best Alec Plowman

New TBL arrived yesterday. THANK YOU. A triumph. WOW.
I’m already about half way through. Great to see the article by my old mate Pat Mount in there too – what a great piece he wrote.
Ty Williamson
The new TBL issue is superb! Thank you SO much – Mark White
Thank you, you keep surpassing yourself, your dedication is amazing – Stuart Whitehead.

After working on it since February, it’s very heartwarming to read that feedback.

Some thoughts on TBL 45:

 

 

I had been planning something special for the Knebworth 40th anniversary for the TBL mag and late last year I suggested to TBL designer Mick Lowe that we have a look at re issuing an early TBL issue. Being something of a Knebworth special when it was published 40 years ago in October 1979, TBL 3 was the natural choice. Once we had wrapped TBL issue 44 in January this year, we started to look at how we could scan in the 40 page content of TBL 3 and make it work within the usual TBL mag format

So in February we began the first work on TBL 45. The initial TBL 3 scans we did clearly needed some work on and it also evident we would have to replace the original grainy black and white photos in the original TBL 3 issue with updated colour ones. Long time TBL contributor and photographer Stuart Whitehead was a great help here providing hi res versions of his photos from Knebworth. Phil Tattershall also had some great pics that we could use..

it all proved to be quite a time consuming process but we kept chipping away – we have worked pretty much non stop on this issue for the past four and a half months. As we were inserting pages from the original TBL issue 3 we were also building the additional content. This also centered on Knebworth and I called upon those most diligent of Zep chroniclers Andy Adams and Paul Sheppard to come up with comprehensive consumer guides to the Copenhagen and Knebworth bootlegs on LP and CD -Andy also rounded up the Knebworth footage. Resident TBL Zep tape analyst Andy Crofts came up with his assessment of the Copenhagen and Knebworth performances.

There was also some TBL on the spot reports of current events notably Robert Plant’s Saving Grace venture which I caught up with in St. Albans and the Love Rocks event in New York which Dave Roberts covered. The John Paul Jones Resonance FM gig in march was another one that I was lucky enough to attend and report on. John had said he would do an interview with his thoughts on the gig – being a busy man this was difficult to arrange and as the weeks went on and with deadlines looming it looked as though I would have to catch up with him another time.

Imagine my delight when on June  25 his management informed me he would be available the next day to interview on the phone. The ensuing conversation is another TBL world exclusive and another undoubted highlight of this issue..

Long time TBL contributor Simon Cadman took time out from celebrating his wedding anniversary to attend the Play it Loud Instruments of Rock’n’Roll exhibition in New York. His impressions and photos of Jimmy’s instruments on display was another coup for TBL 45.

As were the thoughts of Peter Piddock and David Hepworth. The former was the booker at the University of Kent in 1971 and his story of how he came to bring Led Zeppelin to Canterbury on the evening of March 10 1971 is an illumining one. The latter – the renowned music journalist and former presenter of The Old Grey Whistle Test was someone I was keen to talk to after reading his superb A Fabulous Creation How The LP Saved Our Lives book. A meet in London in May secured another fascinating  interview as David relayed his thoughts on Led Zep ,the LP record and more.

Back on the Knebworth theme I was very keen to present the thoughts of Pat Mount. Pat’s extensive chronicle of his experiences out in that field on August 4 1979 came in after I had published the updated version of my Then As It Was Led Zeppelin at Knebworth book in 2013. TBL 45 was therefore the ideal platform for Pat’s perceptive overview. His summary is a much more balanced view than my own ramblings of 40 years back – and relayed with much humour.

Talking of which… the reprint of TBL 3…

Re presenting this issue of 40 years ago has proved to be a very cathartic experience for me. It’s an incredibly vivid reminder of the insatiable passion I had for the band back then and for my determination to spread my passion to like minded enthusiasts  the word via the written word. It’s also hugely nostalgic as it was produced out of my bedroom where I lived with my Mum and Dad for the majority of the first  27 years of my life in Dents Road -at the time living with my Mum and Dad.

Yes they were simpler times long before the days of anxiety issues and well being. Put simply, my world revolved around working at WH Smith, socialising in the pub with my Wallbanger team mates, playing football on Sundays and being immersed in the world of Led Zeppelin and music in general. I had come out of my first intense love affair circa 1975 to 1978 and was footloose and fancy free as it were. A situation bar one or two deviations, that would last until 1982. I then got together with the good lady Janet and in something of a whirlwind romance we got engaged in 1983 and married in 1984.

It was to that background in Dents Road that the early issues of TBL were produced. I had a typist relay the copy, I then pasted it all up and gave it to the local print shop Jaycopy to print. Looking over the contents of issue 3 there’s an engaging  naivety and innocence about it all. I was 23 years old -a year younger than Adam nearly is now  and was enjoying one of the times of my life.

The centrepiece of issue 3 was of course the 15 page coverage of Knebworth and the review of the just released In Through The Out Door. Knebworth was almost a spiritual experience and I stand by every bit of my original ramblings. Objectivity didn’t count for a lot back then and the love of four musicians back on stage shines through on every page. if you were there, you know what it meant…

My review of In Through The Out Door is another example of my passion for this band. I devoured that album, dissected every second of the seven tracks. Within the review I seemed to be a bit harsh on Presence and Tea For One – after it’s original release I did go a bit cold on that album -The Song Remains The Same  the film soundtrack took over my Zep focus in 1976/77. All would be restored later and it’s in my top three all time Zep albums now.

Talking of top three’s — reading through the results of the Led Zeppelin Poll I had conducted in issue 2 is very interesting. Not least the Best Led Zeppelin Unreleased Performance top ten listing. Of the ten entries six of them would go on to be officially released. The Quiz 2 that I compiled had some great response at the time. The good lady Janet has just tested me on them and I struggled with one or two – hey and I wrote the questions! Mind you it was 40 years ago…

The complete chart of who played what at Knebworth is another nostalgic aspect of the mag – it’s all hand written and I remember lining all that out carefully on the floor of my bedroom – Mick Lowe had a good laugh at that!

The Free Ads section is also very quaint. I’ve already had one or two TBL readers suggest I do a re print of the  T shirt I was offering  – food for thought though it won’t be the bargain price of £3.75 if I do! I make reference of a price increase to all of £1.10 for the next issue – I was still a little unsure of the long term potential of the mag and was reticent to go with a subscription offer at the time.

As it turned out, TBL 3 sold very well at the time – I think it was around 500 – the next issue on glossy paper and in an A4 format would further establish the mag.

Finally in TBL 45 the back page offers some visual memories of being out in that field at Knebworth. These were sourced after I put out a call for readers to send in their pics.

So there you have it. A 64 TBL outpouring that took nigh on five months to produce. The formula of re issuing this vintage TBL issue seems to be ging down very well and Mick and I will be looking to repeat this process in the next TBL issue.

It was a labour of love back then – and 4o years on it still is. It was a great time to be a Led Zeppelin fan back then – and 40 years on it still is.

It’s TBL issue 45 and it’s coming your way soon…let me know what you think….

Dave Lewis, July 17, 2019

If you have yet to indulge…

This special issue is being produced in a limited edition run – all individually numbered. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Don’t miss out – be sure to pre -order now… not so much a magazine – more a mini book!

YOU CAN PRE –ORDER TBL ISSUE 45 AT THE LINK BELOW:

http://www.tightbutloose.co.uk/tbl-45-special-60-page-knebworth-40th-anniversary-issue-including-complete-reprint-of-tbl-issue-3-limited-edition-pre-order-now/

This is a very special issue and essential TBL summer reading – many thanks for all your support

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The As It Was Led Zeppelin At Knebworth 1979 book update:

I am currently working on a new package of the Knebworth book – this should be available in late August – more details on this to follow soon.

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Led Zeppelin News Update:

In conjunction with the Led Zep news site, each week I will be re- producing highlights from their weekly email update news summary. This goes out every Sunday. Sign up details are below. Many thanks to James Cook.

Upcoming events:

July 18 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at the Galway International Arts Festival in Ireland.
July 19 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Waterford, Ireland.
July 21 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Kilkenny, Ireland.
July 22 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Cork, Ireland.
July 24 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
July 25 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace in Dublin, Ireland.
July 28 – Robert Plant will perform with Saving Grace at the WOMAD festival in the UK.
August 4 – Tight But Loose editor Dave Lewis will hold a fan meetup in London to mark the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s Knebworth performances.
September 13 – Robert Plant will perform at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton, Canada.
September 15 – Robert Plant will perform at the CityFolk festival in Ottawa, Canada.
September 17 – Robert Plant will perform in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
September 20 – Robert Plant will perform at the Outlaw Music Festival in Indianapolis.
September 21 – Robert Plant will perform at the Bourbon & Beyond music festival in Louisville, Kentucky.
September 23 – Robert Plant will perform in Clear Lake, Iowa.
September 25 – Robert Plant will perform in Moorhead, Minnesota.
September 27 – Robert Plant will perform in Missoula, Montana.
September 29 – Robert Plant will perform in Spokane, Washington.
October 1 – Robert Plant will perform in Salt Lake City, Utah.
October 3 – Robert Plant will perform in Bend, Oregon.
November – The “Play It Loud: Instruments Of Rock And Roll” exhibition will move to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
December – Jimmy Page’s new book, “Jimmy Page: The Anthology,” will be released.

Many thanks to James Cook.

The complete Led Zeppelin News email goes out every weekend. To receive it each week sign up here:http://tinyletter.com/LedZepNews

Led Zeppelin News Website: Check out the Led Zeppelin news website at

http://ledzepnews.com/

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Seattle Kingdome 42 years gone…

it was 42 years ago today on July 17 that Led Zeppelin performed at the Seattle Kingdome to some 65,000 fans.
The whole show was videotaped for the venue’s close circuit TV screens and was retained in their archive. I was privileged to be shown this footage in the Swan Song office in August 1981. It remains a fantastic visual remnant of their final US tour when they really were as big as any band could get….

To mark this anniversary – here is the entry from the Evenings With Led Zeppelin book for the Seattle date:

July 17, 1977 – The Kingdome – Seattle, Washington, USA

Setlist: The Song Remains The Same, The Rover (Intro)/Sick Again, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Over The Hills And Far Away, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, The Battle Of Evermore, Going To California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (inc. It’s All Right With Me), White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Out On The Tiles (Intro)/Moby Dick, Guitar Solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

 Background Info:

Led Zeppelin opened the third leg of their US Tour with a massive show at the Kingdome in Seattle, Washington. Attendance was 62,000, second highest of the tour (surpassed only by the 76,229 Pontiac Silverdome gig on April 30, 1977). It would be their eleventh and final show in Seattle (including the Seattle Pop Festival that was held in nearby Woodinville on July 27, 1969).

The Kingdome opened on March 27, 1976 and the first concert held there was Paul McCartney’s Wings on June 10, 1976. The venue housed both the Mariners (baseball) and Seahawks (football) expansion teams. The Kingdome was imploded on March 26, 2000, and set a Guinness Book of World Record for the largest building (by volume) ever demolished by implosion.

 Press Reaction:

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (July 18, 1977) – “Led Zep vs. the Dome Acoustics” by George Arthur: “It was Led Zeppelin, rock’s metallic titans, versus the Kingdome last night in the latest installment of the continuing battle between rock and the county’s 67,000-capacity concert hall. If any band could subdue the dome, it’s ricochet acoustics and dwarfing size, it would be Led Zeppelin. Their music aspires to the same monumental presence as the venue.

“The roar of anticipation which greeted the darkening of the house lights left no doubt about the crowd’s favorite. Much was obviously expected of the evening’s challengers. The tide began to move in the band’s direction as the set progressed when bassist John Paul Jones moved to the piano for a Zeppelin variation on ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ (sic).

            “‘Ten Years Gone’ provided the evening’s first test of Plant’s phenomenal vocalizing. He was surprising close to the real thing. Which is to say, he established what in non-dome concerts is called a vocal presence… In his between-song patter, Plant did his best to protect the illusion that it was an audience and not an anonymous crowd… In sum, he did his best to ignore the dome  and its overgrown shortcomings.”

Seattle Times (July 18, 1977) – “Zeppelin conquers Dome” by Patrick MacDonald: “For the first time since Wings, a rock show felt right in the Kingdome last night – but only because it was Led Zeppelin, the biggest band of them all. The sounds was still pretty bad but that didn’t matter much, because Zeppelin isn’t the kind of band that requires careful listening most of the time. The rock they belt out is meant to jar your whole body, so the Dome’s echo and reverberations hardly mattered. They almost seemed like part of the show.

“The performance lasted over three hours, a lot of it taken up by long solos by all members of the band. Visually, the show offered an extra-large TV screen with close-up coverage and clever replays. Laser beams were used a couple of times… but not nearly as effectively as they could have been. Led Zeppelin once led the way with special effects but last night showed nothing new or daring.

“If there was any surprise in the show, it was the band’s undiminished power, which seemed nearly as strong as when the group started almost ten years ago.

“By the third song, after the cheers died down and the smoke cleared away, it was evident that the group was in top form. Plant began singing in tandem with Page’s guitar, trading notes furiously, then Plant did a great turn on harmonica.

“Plant, who attended the Sounders soccer game in the Dome Friday night, told us we were ‘lucky to be standing in a soccer pitch – it’s holy ground’.

“They did ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’, one of their great British blues songs, a forerunner to ‘Stairway To Heaven’ in terms of pent-up power, but it came out comparatively weak.

“After the long drum solo, which ended in a burst of smoke and fire, Page’s diddling around with a theremin (an electronic rod that produced spacey sounds), the concert really caught fire. The band went all out for ‘Achilles Last Stand’ – that and the earlier ‘Over The Hills And Far Away’ were the best all night – and then topped it with ‘Stairway To Heaven’, although the guitar solo fell short of the recording.

“What made the show work in the Kingdome wasn’t the quality of the music – that will never be the case in the Dome – but the enormity of the event. Like Wings, the crowd’s anticipation and excitement, built up over weeks of waiting, helped create an atmosphere conducive to a good snow.

“For an evening of good, loud, crude, raunchy rock – plus a continuingly fascination sideshow of 65,000 freaks – you couldn’t have done better. It turned out to be one of the best rock shows of the summer.”

 Bootleg Recordings

(4 sources – 208, 204 & 186 minute audience & 213 minute video soundtrack):

While there are three audience recordings of the show, the real highlight is a three-and-a-half hour video of the concert. The concert had been projected onto the Kingdome’s 49×65 foot scoreboard screen during the show so fans could see the action on stage.

Snippets of the video appeared in 1990 when the Remasters box set came out, and they were used for the ‘Over The Hills And Far Away’ promo video and MTV’s Rockumentary special. It took another 12 years for the concert to become widely available, when it was released on the bootleg DVD “Heavy Metal” on the Celebration label in 2002. It has been released countless times since with much improved quality.

Regardless, despite the very uneven performance, it’s nice to see a whole show on video from the tour. The improved video and audio quality from the original releases make it far more enjoyable.

Page broke a string during ‘Bron-Y-Aur Stomp’ and Jones improvised a stand-up bass solo with Plant throwing in a few lines of Frank Sinatra’s ‘It’s All Right With Me’. ‘Moby Dick’ was performed for the very last time.

Extract from Evenings With Led Zeppelin – The Complete Concert Chronicle by Dave Lewis and Mike Tremaglio – order at  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Evenings-Led-Zeppelin-Chronicle-1968-1980/dp/1783057017

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Kezar Stadium June 2, 1973 – 8mm film:

Some very nice footage here..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Foa6iPGHzkk&feature=youtu.be

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TBL Archive:

Here’s a review I write of the 2003 Robert Plant compilation – one I’ve been playing a fair bit lately…

PLANT 66 TO TIMBUKTU RETRO PROVES THERE IS LIFE BEFORE AND AFTER ZEPPELIN…

Given his vast achievements within Led Zeppelin, it’s easy to forget that Robert Plant has enjoyed a solo career that has spanned twice the time he spent in the company of Page and co.
The release of Sixty Six To Timbuktu, a 35 track retrospective 2 CD overview of his entire solo career redresses the balance. As the title suggests, it covers his pre Zep work from with his first record issued in 1966 through to his most recent endeavour – a trip to Timbuktu to participate in the Festival In The Desert event early this year.

The set is neatly split with CD 1 presenting an overview of his post Zeppelin output circa 1983 – 2003 and CD 2 honing in on his pre Zep work alongside various cameos, unreleased tracks, one off projects and rare B sides from the past two decades.

As Plant explains in the extensive self penned sleeve notes this is more than a mere best of. ”Avoiding a best of format which generally relates to chart success was essential and I have tried to mix up ’80’s techno sounds with the more organic pieces which were developed from 1983 onwards”

CD1’s 16 tracks are presented with no regard for chronological sequence. The material covers seven of his solo albums surprisingly ignoring anything from his 1982 debut Pictures At Eleven. 1993’s Fate Of Nations is represented by five selections including the Tim Hardin cover If I Were A Carpenter and the radio hit 29 Palms.

Looking over the credits, one could be forgiven for thinking that Plant’s main forte is as an interpreter of other artists songs – nearly half of the tracks are cover versions of one sort or another . That though would be to undermind the eclectic songwriting creativity that has coloured his post Zep albums. From the West Coast funk riff freakout Tie Dye On The Highway through the techno rockerbilly of Tall Cool One, smooth radio friendly anthems 29 Palms and Big Log to hard edged Zeppelinesque rockers like Calling To You, Plant has constantly challenged himself and his audience.

By his own admission Plant found the selection process for the album quite difficult – I find it somewhat baffling though that he has ignored his watershed debut set Pictures At Eleven. For me the likes of Pledge Pin and Slow Dancer remain important cornerstones in his quest to revitalise himself after the retirement of Zep.

Those omissions apart, CD1 is a timely and enjoyable romp amongst the compost of Plant’s varied musical tastes. Ship Of Fools remains as good a light and shade ballad as anything he came up with in that cottage in Wales, Promised Land carries the bluesy strut that has always characterised his best work, Heaven Knows recalls his brief foray into verse-chorus pop sensibility while the cover of Phil Phillips and the Twilights 50’s do wop smash Sea Of Love (his biggest US solo single success) recorded for The Honeydrippers album in 1994, confirms Plant’s lasting ability to stamp authority and get right into the core of any given song, seduce it’s melody and make it his own.

Rarities on CD1 are the 1988 Now and Zen outtake Upside Down, an alternate take of I Believe and the incessantly brilliant Dirt In A Hole, recorded with his current band Strange Sensation for the Dreamland album but only included on European pressings.

CD2 is pure Plant collectors gold, presenting 19 rare and hard to find tracks including five previously unreleased.

Initially we find the teenage Plant searching out his style. It begins with his first solo single , a mid 60’s surge through The Young Rascals US garage anthem You Better Run credited to one of his early Midlands based groups Listen. The quaint Our Song a CBS solo single in 1967 finds him miscast as the next Tom Jones crooner but already you can hear him developing that unique bend to his voice. His pre Zep outfit The Band Of Joy extracts – cleaned up demos of Hey Joe and For What It’s Worth are real lost treasures. Prime slices of 60’s Brit psych over which the young Plant demonstrates the scope and variety of his striking vocals which would duly lead to Page signing him up when he saw him a playing similar material at a Birmingham collage a year later.

The cameos and one offs shift from pleasing rockerbilly work outs such as a hot Sun Studios delivery of Charlie Rich’s Philadelphia Baby from the Porky’s Revenge soundtrack, a spontaneous psychotic early 90’s take on the Elvis staple Lets Have A Party, a beautifully sung version of Arthur Alexanders’ country tinged If It’s Really Got To Be That Way, through to a sensitive rendering of Skip Spences’ Little Hands which kick started the retro phrase he undertook after curtailing his reunion with Page in 1999.

Finally Win My Train Fare Home recorded in the Mali desert earlier this year and the Afro Celt Sound System collaboration Life Begins Again, both demonstrate his frequent impressive command of merging east and west musical themes.

This welcome retrospective vividly captures the breadth of styles the singer has undertaken and interpreted over the past 37 years. Be it 60’s beat and psych rock,blues and rockerbilly musings, acoustic folk and exotic ethnic trimmings – he does it all with a vocal conviction that ranges from delicate fragility to full on rock power.

Sixty Six To Timbuktu therefore offers long overdue evidence that for Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin has only been half the story.

Dave Lewis October 12 2003

First written for TBL 17

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Couple of interesting links here:

Brixton and The Song Remains The Same:

http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2019/07/brixton-history-led-zeppelins-live-album-and-a-closed-theatre-on-brixton-hill/?fbclid=IwAR1xaSv3jPd9SW5nB5QRl1emXzvUU94Cz-yWXIn3qN_eP0PUCgP3K72adlI

This one via Larry Bergmann on the Universal master tapes fire:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/magazine/universal-fire-master-recordings.amp.html

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Here’s a great book I’ve just been reading…and right up my street…

Vinyl London: A Guide to Independent Record Shops (ACC Art Books)

by Tom Greig – Photography by Sam Mellish

Visiting music fans often asked me what are the best record shops to search out in London. I can now point them in the direction of Vinyl London, a superb new book on the subject. The author Tom Greig is a fervent vinyl buyer being a DJ specialising in electronica, trip hop, house and drum and bass. It’s evident in his concise record shop appraisals that he is well versed in all genres of music.

The book is easy to navigate with the sub sections split into various areas such as Soho , North, South, East, West London and the Suburbs. It also covers Vinyl Cafes, Record Fairs and Markets and other places to buy records. My own favourites Soho based independent record emporiums Reckless Records, Sound of the Universe and Sister Ray are all present and correct . Each shop entry is accompanied by an informed summary of what you can expect to find. The photos by Sam Mellish, perfectly capture the diverse and unique record shop culture of the capital and surrounding areas. Tom’s depth of research is most impressive and he has certainly flagged up a lot of record shops that I never knew existed and will be on my future ‘to visit’ list. Anyone who loves buying records as much as I do will find this book an indispensable guide to searching out the vinyl houses of the holy that make our passion so engrossing.

Order details:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vinyl-London-Guide-Independent-Record/dp/1788840151/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=vinyl+london&qid=1563296698&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Dave Lewis

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DL Diary Blog Update:

Like millions across the UK and beyond, I was enthralled by the incredible England World Cup cricket win on Sunday. The climax was simply unbelievable. We sat here totally griped as that ‘super over’ unfolded and what a finish.The pic is off our TV as the drama concluded..

England World Cup Winners oh yes…and I was able to store that unforgettable memory alongside the previous England triumph’s I’ve been lucky enough to witness on TV -namely the 1966 Booby Moore/Geoff Hurst inspired football win and the 2003 England rugby World Cup win with Johnny Wilkinson kicking for glory in the last minute. This time the hero was Ben Stokes.

Alongside the amazing cricket finale, there was the epic Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final. We were hoping for a Federer win here but Djocovic  proved incredibly resilient under pressure – a fantastic nigh on five hour contest

It was an afternoon when the sheer beauty and spirit of sport inspired us all…it was a very special and we won’t forget it…

Very busy here on the distribution of TBL 45, the Knebworth book package and planning the TBL Atlas Knebworth 40th anniversary gathering.

In between all that, I’ve been enjoying the many tribute programmes making the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing – I vividly remember going to school on Monday July 21 – the moon landing had occurred early in the morning . There was a real buzz about it all – it looked to ushering a new futuristic age. Hearing the late Neil Armstrong say those memorable phrases ”The Eagle has landed” and ‘That’s one small step for man one giant leap for mankind” still resonates with awe and wonder – and hearing it all 50 years on has brought a lump to the throat…

All this 1969 activity got me thinking what a memorable year it was in music with so many fantastic album releases -almost on a par with 1971. To that end, I’ve been searching out some prime 1969 albums for the player – these and a fair few others from that era will be on the playlist in the coming weeks:

Elvis Presley, ‘From Elvis in Memphis’

Jefferson Airplane, ‘Volunteers’

Creedence Clearwater Revival, ‘Bayou Country’

Chicago, ‘Chicago Transit Authority’

Blind Faith ‘Blind Faith’

Bob Dylan, ‘Nashville Skyline’

The Beatles ‘Get Back’ bootleg

King Crimson, ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’

Crosby, Stills & Nash, ‘Crosby, Stills & Nash’

Creedence Clearwater Revival, ‘Willy and the Poor Boys’

Led Zeppelin, ‘Led Zeppelin I’

Led Zeppelin – Live at the International Pop Festival (bootleg)

The Who, ‘Tommy’

Led Zeppelin, ‘Led Zeppelin II’

The Rolling Stones, ‘Let It Bleed’

The Beatles, ‘Abbey Road’

A vintage year for sure….

Dave Lewis  – July 17,2019

Until next time –  have a great  weekend…

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4 Comments »

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Matt many thanks!

  • Matt B said:

    Hi Dave,
    I just wanted to let you know that I have immersed myself in to live over Europe.
    Must say it is totally fantastic, I cannot put it down.
    It has taken me back to a part of my life that I wish never ended.
    Having heard led zep for the first time when I was 8 years old listening to led zep II that album still sounds like it was just released recently.
    Your book puts a large smile on my face as soon as I open it.
    The descriptions and the illustration totally blew me away.
    Thank you so much for doing what you do and I look forward to your next project.

    Regards,
    Matt

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Swin many thanks!

  • Swin said:

    EPIC!Dave you have excelled yourself with the new TBL magazine.I’ve been subscribing since 1994 & always looked forward to reading your quality publications.Everonward Dave, all the best.

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