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 – 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 – 19th June

Welcome to my music diary!

Today (19th June) is another day with no concert entry – shame on me 😉

But nevertheless I did something which has to do with music – buying stuff for my collection:

So back in 1997 I bought the 25th Anniversary Special Edition of Jethro Tull’s masterpiece „Thick As A Brick„. It features the legendary newspaper sleeve as a fold out and two bonus tracks: „Thick as a Brick“ (live excerpt from 1978)  and an interview with the band about the album which was recorded and released in the year of 1972.

On the 19th June 1948 a very talented musician was born: Mr. Nick Drake. This man did only record three studio albums („Five Leaves Left“ – 1969, „Bryter Layter“ – 1970 and „Pink Moon“ – 1972), but all these releases are just masterpieces. Nick Drake died far too early at the age of 26 (25th November 1974).

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

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Music Diary – 13th June

Welcome to my personal music diary, dear musiclovers all around the world!

On this day I attended two shows of my all time favorite bands:
In 2007 I was still a huge fan of the legendary Jethro Tull and so I attended their show in Munich at the wonderful Circus Krone. Nowadays I’m tired of Ian Anderson’s „Greatest Hits“ tours and since Martin Lancelot Barre left the band I’m not really interested in this band which created such wonderful albums like „Aqualung“, „Thick As A Brick“, „Songs From The Wood“ or „Heavy Horses“. So it goes, nobody knows …

In 2011, and one day after the show in Nuremberg, the one and only Slim Cessna’s Auto Club played a free show in Munich at the Theatron. It was funny to see how the crowd reacted to their intense performance. But they really loved it – the merchandising was sold out after the show 😉

Videos, pictures and setlists of these two performances can be found here (scroll down to 13/06):
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/category/concerts-june
Cheers,

Alex MelomaneBild