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

UPDATES!

Hey Musicmaniacs all around the world!

I did some updates for the section „Concerts – July“ and uploaded tons of pictures (especially for the entries of Tom Waits and Woven Hand) – check them out:
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/concerts-july

Cheers and spread the word!

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 23rd July

Welcome back to another site in my music diary – today for the 23rd July!

So – I will take you back in the year 2000 when I added another Jethro Tull vinyl single to my collection. This one is from 1968 and it’s the UK release of „Love Story“ with „A Christmas Song“ on the flipside. There is also a different and misprinted version on which Ian Anderson is miscredited as „Ian Henderson“ as the composer. 

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Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 19th July

Hello again – another entry in my personal music diary! This time for the 19th July!

Back in 1996 I added a wonderful and special CD to my huge Jethro Tull collection: The MFSL release of the outstanding album „Thick as a Brick“, which entered the charts worldwide in the year 1972. This one is a „Original Master Recording“ and comes as a 24 carat gold disc. The sound of these very special and limited editons is outstanding and nowadays very hard to find.

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Other Tull releases of this serie are „Stand Up“, „Living in the Past„, „A Passion Play„, „War Child“ and „Songs from the Wood„.

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 2nd July

Welcome again to my personal music diary!

And it’s again a special Jethro Tull day, because on the 2nd July I attended three shows:

The first one took place in Salzburg at the Eishalle in the year 1991! It was planned that Tull play an open air gig at the Kapitelplatz behind the wonderful dome, but unfortunately they changed the place and we had to walk into the Eishalle (an ice hockey hall). Before the show I met Ian Anderson for some pictures and after that the band performed in a perfect way with some nice surprises like an extended version of „Fat Man“!

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Two years later I attended a Tull show in Wels, just two days after I saw them in Vienna during their „25th Anniversary“ world tour and in 2010 another remarkable show followed: It was the last time that I saw my long time heroes live on stage and it was also the last time seeing the band performing with guitarist Martin Barre, who left the band after four decades (!) one year later! And this is for me another big reason, why I avoid to attend another Jethro Tull show again. Cheerio, Ian Anderson 😉

All details of the mentioned shows (reviews, pictures, setlists and videos) you can find here:

https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/concerts-july

Cheers and see you tomorrow again 😉

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 27th June

Welcome back to another entry in my personal music diary!

Today is a very special day for me because on the 27th June 2001 I did an interview with one of my favorite musicians: Mr. Martin Lancelot Barre who played the guitar for Jethro Tull from the early beginning back in January 1969 until 31st July 2011. We met before the gig in Munich at the Tollwood area. You can watch the video here:
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/category/interviews-video

After the interview Tull performed in typically way – very professional and solid. A good chosen setlist which featured all classics and also some rarities like „Love Story„. And as me and my video man (thanks Tom!) got backstage passes we found us after the show with the band and some other press people behind the stage 😉

The complete setlist and a review of the show can you find here (just scroll down to 27/06/):
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/category/concerts-june

Another gig of that day was on the 27th June 2004 and it took place at the Donauinselfest (a free annual festival) in Vienna. There I got my first live experience with the Norwegian band Kaizers Orchestra, which was just breathtaking. No wonder that Tom Waits is also a fan of this outstanding band. A short review you also find on the mentioned link 😉

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Music Diary – 26th June

Hey Ho – Let’s Go!

Welcome to my music diary for today, 26th June!
On this day I completed my Jethro Tull collection with two nice vinyls:
In 1996 I bought the UK version of the single „Broadsword„/“Fallen on Hard Times“ which was originally released in 1982 to promote the awesome album „The Broadsword and the Beast„.

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And in 2001 I received a copy of the „Aqualung“ album – but not the regular one! I got the very special „Quadradisc“ version of it which was first released back in 1975.

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Richard McCracken was born on 26th June 1948! He was the bass player in the supergroup called Taste (from 1968 until 1970) which featured the outstanding guitar player Rory Gallagher and drummer John Wilson! So happy bday to Richard!

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Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 24th June

Dear Musiclovers!

Here is my music diary entry for today, 24th June:
Back in 2003 I attended another Jethro Tull gig – this time in Munich at the Zenith. This is one of those locations you will never like – too huge and very cold.

The support act were Leslie Mandoki with his Soulmates feat. Masha, a german female singer and better known as the daughter of Frank Elstner. This is the guy who invented the German TV show „Wetten, dass..?“. And I do think this says it all 😉

The Tull performance was solid and unfortunately nothing special at all. Apart from the horrible background singing by Masha (especially during „Heavy Horses“ – she just killed this song) I can remember that Ian Anderson reminded us on buying Christmas presents because of the upcoming album called „The Jethro Tull Christmas Album„, which was released later that year.

The exact setlist and a short review can be found here (just scroll down to 24/06/2003):
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/category/concerts-june

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

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