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Old Man Riva

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  1. One of the (many) things I loved about Bowie was his open approach to his own music, where he often chose to reinterpret his songs depending on his mood, the situation and/or the musicians he had with him at the time. The above LBIA is a great case in point. A much ‘harder’ version than, say, the more ‘polished’ opener to the Serious Moonlight gigs. I think it was his approach to the musicians that allowed for this - putting together the right musicians for a specific project by allowing them to play with their own personality - a band with Reeves Gabrels and Mike Garson in would never sound the same as one with Carlos Alomar and Dave Lebolt. He was brilliant at choosing the right musicians…
  2. His playing on the whole album is right up there, for me. It’s an album that I absolutely love and part of the reason for that is the diversity of the material. His playing on each track, whatever style, adds so much to what are already wonderful pieces of music. It’s an album I’d point any aspiring bass player towards as a piece of work that one could learn so much from, in terms of bass playing (choice of notes, phrasing etc). Ditto Herbie Flowers on David Live…
  3. My first proper case of GAS was after seeing Carmine Rojas play an ESP P/J bass on the Serious Moonlight tour. Up to that point I’d not seen a P/J configuration before. It was an amazing looking/sounding bass - with body, neck and headstock all finished in the same colour (black, I think). I think Earl Slick had the six string equivalent. Carmine Rojas also appeared with Nona Hendryx on Channel 4’s The Tube using the same bass a few years later. He also played with a pick, which I thought was pretty cool.
  4. Help required! I bought a bass recently which was a bit of an impulse buy and I’ve since found it’s not quite me - when will I ever learn?! Anyhow, rather than looking to sell/trade it I think I’d like to donate it to a charity that gives young people a chance to try/play an instrument, who may not be in a position at the moment to do so - I’ve heard of this type of charity previously. I’ve scoured the internet and can’t find anything that suits - a small/local charity rather than, say, larger recognised charities is what I’m after. Anyone from the BC Collective know of anything that might fit the bill? Conversely if anyone knows of someone who could do with a bit of help starting up at the moment where the bass would be helpful to them then feel free to drop me a line. I’m now banning myself from music shops for the immediate future!!
  5. Perhaps an acquired taste, and certainly not to everyone’s, but a band where the rhythm section is destined to never fall out..!
  6. Ah, okay. Thanks for the heads up - I’ll definitely try and get to see that. I had to watch bits of that clip through my fingers - I could also sadly relate to Keef’s experience (being in a situation of just not getting it and trying to avoid the awkward glances of others, rather than having the pleasure/honour of playing with Chuck Berry obv.!)…
  7. Christ, I feel for him there!! When was that?!
  8. Not to derail, but regarding Daryl Jones: I saw Sting on his Dream of the Blue Turtles tour in early/mid 80s at Brum NEC. Sting played guitar and had Daryl Jones on bass, along with a selection of other fine musicians. One of the best/most enjoyable gigs I’ve seen, and Daryl Jones was superb… With regards to Charlie Watts. He’s actually one of my favourite drummers. I also actually think he’s a fundamental part of their sound (in terms of the Stones’ groove and swagger - especially on record) due to his playing relationship with Keef. In a weird way I regard Charlie and Keef as the Stones’ rhythm section rather than the bass and drums… I’ll get me ya-ya’s out of here..!
  9. Channeling my inner ‘Nathan Barley’: today, I have mostly been listening to… 1970s Zambian funk!
  10. I can only imagine what motorists coming in the opposite direction made of it. ”Maureen, you know I told you I thought I saw a badger in Lidl the other day, well…”
  11. Well I took the literal approach and turned up with a bass made out of a toaster, barbed wire and a cardboard box. ”Don’t push, I’m going”, I said, as I was ushered out of the building, “I was only making good use of the things that we find. You know: the things that the everyday folk leave behind”. It only seemed to make things worse…
  12. Ah, that explains a lot. I went for an audition yesterday for the reformed Wombles gig. Trying to curry favour with the MD I mentioned I was an avid recycler and have been committed to keeping Britain tidy since I was a kid. “Do you think that serves me in good stead, I’d really love this gig”, I said. “That’s admirable”, he replied, “but you do know you’ve got one Les Hurdle to overcome”. ”That’s good news”, I reckoned. “What?!”, he said, scratching his head and looking bemused. And so it went on…
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