Music Diary – 10th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 10th September!

Barrie "Barriemore" Barlow (Jethro Tull)

Barrie „Barriemore“ Barlow (Jethro Tull)

On the 10th September 1949 Barrie „Barriemore“ Barlow was born in Birmingham, UK. Barlow joined Jethro Tull in May 1971 and replaced drummer and percussionist Clive Bunker, who decided to leave the band after the successful and legendary LP „Aqualung„.  Some of the best Tull albums were recorded with Barrie Barlow and John Bonham from Led Zeppelin said, that he is „the greatest rock drummer England ever produced“. Jethro Tull recorded with Barlow the outstanding studio albums „Thick as a Brick“ (1972), „A Passion Play“ (1973), „War Child“ (1974), „Minstrel in the Gallery“ (1975), „Too old to Rock’n’Roll: Too young to die!“ (1976), „Songs from the Wood“ (1977), „Heavy Horses“ (1978) and „Stormwatch“ (1979). Also the live album „Bursting Out“ (1978) features Barriemore Barlow.

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Music Diary – 28th March

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 28th March!

John Evans (Jethro Tull)

John Evans (Jethro Tull)

Happy birthday to Mr. John Spencer Evans aka John Evan, who was born on the 28th March 1948 in Blackpool (UK)!

Before John became the keyboarder for Jethro Tull, he played for The Blades. Then the band name was changed into The John Evan Band. Bassist Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (who became a member of Tull in 1971) thought, that this would sound better instead of ‚John Evans Band‘. During that time in the sixties and especially in Blackpool, Evan crossed already paths with people like Jeffrey, Barriemore Barlow and Ian Anderson, who founded Jethro Tull in 1967.

After playing as a session musician for the album „Benefit„, John Evan joined Jethro Tull in April 1970. One year later, he composed the legendary piano intro for Tull’s biggest hit „Locomotive Breath„, which was recorded for the historic rock album „Aqualung„.


Until the big band split in 1980, John’s keyboard playing is featured on the LPs „Thick as a Brick“ (1972), „A Passion Play“ (1973), „WarChild“ (1974) „Minstrel in the Gallery“ (1975), „Too old to Rock’n’Roll: Too young to die!“ (1976) „Songs from the Wood“ (1977), „Heavy Horses“ (1978) and „Stormwatch“ (1979). On the 14th April 1980 the last Jethro Tull show with John Evan, Barriemore Barlow and David Palmer took place at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. After that, Ian Anderson changed the line-up completely – only guitarist Martin Barre remained.

With David Palmer, John Evan started the band project Tallis, which didn’t succeed and so he decided to stop his career as a musician and founded his own construction company.

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Music Diary – 15th November

Hey music maniacs all around the world – welcome back to my Music Diary!

On the 15th November 1990 I added two very nice LPs to my collection:

Firstly a real collector for my Jethro Tull collection – „Stand Up“ with the funny pop-up sleeve! I was very long looking forward to have this one.

Jethro Tull - Stand UpSecondly the blues classic „Live at the Café Au-Go-Go“ by John Lee Hooker which also features Muddy Waters.
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Cheers,

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 7th November

Welcome to my personal music diary – today for the 7th November!

Back in 1999 my long time favorite band Jethro Tull stopped during the „j-tull.com“ tour in Munich at the Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle. Beside brand new songs like “Spiral”, “Hunt by Numbers” or “AWOL” Ian Anderson and his band surprised us with some nice tunes like “Jeffrey goes to Leicester Square”, “Hunting Girl” and a special performance with Leslie Mandoki (“Back to Budapest”).

Jethro Tull – Munich (Rudi Sedlmayer Halle)(07.11.1999) Ticket © Alex Melomane

Jethro Tull – Munich (Rudi Sedlmayer Halle)(07.11.1999) Ticket © Alex Melomane

The support was by The Mark Gillespie Band and I can remember that the Tull members Jonathan Noyce and Andrew Giddings joined for some songs on stage.

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 3rd November

Welcome to another entry in my personal music diary – today for the 3rd November!

Back in 1995, when I was still a huge Jethro Tull fan (yes, I outed myself RIGHT NOW!) I received the first solo album from long-time guitar player Martin Barre called „A Trick of Memory„. I was very curious about this one, because it was the very first time to hear Mr. Barre singing! Well, it turned out quite well 😉

In 2009 I auctioned a very rare collector via ebay from the Denver record shop „Twist and Shout„. The promo package of Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots! This one comes in a brown paper back with some nice additions (picture, promo facts printed out on used paper!) and features the following six songs: „Song Rebecca calls,’That Birdcage Song‘, which never was though now Kind of is because of her Influence…„, „Big Black Bull comes like a Caesar„, „Old Service Road„, „Goose walking over my Grave„, „Of Silas Fauntleroys Willingness to influence the Panel“ and „River Forktine Tippecanoe„.

Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots - Promo Package © Alex Melomane

Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots – Promo Package © Alex Melomane

Well, this album is one of my all time favorites. If you don’t know this one do yourself a favor and listen to these outstanding songs!

And in 2010 I added another fine album by The Builders And The Butchers (another outstanding band!) to my collection: „Dead Reckoning“ is another masterpiece after the self-titled debut and „Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well„.

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 2nd November

Hey music lovers all around the world – welcome to my personal music diary!

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Today on the 2nd November I added some very different styles of music to my collection – so you can see properly that my taste has no boundaries at all 😉

Back in 1992 I was very happy to get my copy of the 3-CD-Box-Set „20 Years Of Jethro Tull„! Before that I had this release „only“ on vinyl (5-LP-Box-Set) and this one features unheard rarities, B-Sides and rare live recordings. So it was a kind of „Holy Grail“ for us Tull fans all around the world.

On the 2nd November 2007 I bought the albums of the German bands Die Ärzte and Einstürzende Neubauten. „Jazz ist anders“ which features a bonus EP comes in a pizza box – typically for Bela B,, Farin Urlaub and Rod. „Alles wieder offen“ is another fantastic release by Blixa Bargeld and his backing band.

And in 2012 I received my signed copy of the Woodbox Gang album called „Glorious Scars„.

Well, now you can see that I am into any kind of music 😉

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 29th July

Welcome to another page in my music diary – today for the 29th July!

In 1993, when I was still a HUGE Jethro Tull fan (well, as Bob Dylan already knew – „The Times They Are a-Changin’“) I added two nice items to my collection:
Beside the maxi vinyl single of „This is not Love“, which was originally released two years before, I also bought the wonderful picture disc of „Rock Island“ from 1989 and which is a limited edition. What a beauty – look:

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Cheers and have a nice day!

Alex Melomane