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Remembering John Glascock (once more)

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In light of the recent re-release of the Songs from the Wood album - 40 years ! - I'd like to put some love out there for the work of John Glascock - melodic, adventurous and a sheer bloody joy to listen to. Some good footage of them live in the accompanying dvd. He plays a lovely natural Stingray with white pickup cover.........

Songs from the Wood and Heavy Horses were the albums that drew me into Tulls music - a lot of that due to JG !

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One could say I quite fancy him. He's my favourite bassist from my favourite band, my biggest influence as a bassist, and has recorded my favourite bassline (Journeyman) with my favourite bass tone (although certainly IA played a part in this as well)! Interestingly he is not, however, my first choice for profile pictures among Tull bassists.

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[quote name='bazztard' timestamp='1496202520' post='3309494']
Tull have had some great bassists

whoever it was on Living in The Past gets my vote
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I think that would be Glenn Cornick from (failing) memory. Also a great and sensitive player.

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ta, they changed bassists a bit. And guitarists, even Tony Iommi was a member long enough to appear on the Stones Rock n Roll Circus dvd

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Tony Iommi was never really in the band. He was drafted in at short notice and as far as I'm aware actually mimes all the way through Rock n Roll Circus. Never recorded or toured with Tull. Until relatively recently Tull had only 2 guitarists and the first one only appears on the first album. 90+% of their output is Martin Barre on guitar. They have had a good deal of drummers, bass players and keys players though.
Back to Glascock, probably my favourite Tull bassist. If you dig out material by his pre-Tull band, Carmen, he wasn't a bad singer either.

Edited by KevB

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[quote name='bazztard' timestamp='1496217328' post='3309559']
ta, they changed bassists a bit. And guitarists, even Tony Iommi was a member long enough to appear on the Stones Rock n Roll Circus dvd
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I think Mr Anderson can be 'challenging' to work with...

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I love Songs from the Wood and Heavy Horses - have been working my way through the catalogue: there is some lovely bass playing in pretty much any era/album.

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Possibly my most hated bass sound BUT it works perfectly for Tull. They were firstly a great band, and a band with IMO three 'classic' line ups.
The interview on the repackaged Thick as a Brick featuring Anderson, Barre and Jeffery Hammond is well worth a listen.

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Saw JT just as Glascock joined Tull. A monster band for sure. I was more of a Cornick fan, but but hey, the list of good musos that have played in JT
is pretty damn good.

I even had Glen Cornick buy a bass neck from me on Ebay, though he lived in California at the time. He sent one of Tull's drummers over to collect it.
That was Clive Bunker.

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First saw Tull in '78 with John on bass on the HH tour. Such a shame he passed away so soon. I love all Tull bass players and need to mention Dave Pegg as another great addition to the role for a while.

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[quote name='ead' timestamp='1496229310' post='3309685']
I think Mr Anderson can be 'challenging' to work with...
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I think that could be the understatement of the week :D

Apparently, Tony Iommi sat down at the same table as Ian to have breakfast and the rest of the band looked on in horror, as Ian sat a one table and the band at another.

Glen Cornick was a great player as was Pegg and Glascock.

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[quote name='jezzaboy' timestamp='1496692132' post='3313283']
I think that could be the understatement of the week :D

Apparently, Tony Iommi sat down at the same table as Ian to have breakfast and the rest of the band looked on in horror, as Ian sat a one table and the band at another.

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I think it's all a bit exaggerated, really. He's a typical introvert and he ran a tight ship but he's hardly Don Van Vliet. Let's not forget that for several years the band consisted of four chums from Blackpool grammar school + Martin Barre. And for what it's worth, I think I prefer to eat breakfast alone as well!

Peggy is indeed a fantastic player. For my money the best living bassist. Incidentally, he was actually with Tull for a longer period than Cornick, Hammond-Hammond and Glascock combined.

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Well, yes, (because his mother's maiden name was Hammond). Ditto Barrie/Barriemore. But in the context of the band, he certainly was Hammond-Hammond. And it's quite a nice name, I think.

Edited by ZilchWoolham

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[quote name='ZilchWoolham' timestamp='1496696207' post='3313327']
I think it's all a bit exaggerated, really. He's a typical introvert and he ran a tight ship but he's hardly Don Van Vliet. Let's not forget that for several years the band consisted of four chums from Blackpool grammar school + Martin Barre. And for what it's worth, I think I prefer to eat breakfast alone as well!

Peggy is indeed a fantastic player. For my money the best living bassist. Incidentally, he was actually with Tull for a longer period than Cornick, Hammond-Hammond and Glascock combined.
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I don`t know about it being exaggerated. I have a dvd with all the members of Tull talking about the history of the band and Pegg says that when he joined the band, Ian said to him "He doesn`t like me, nor him or him. And he was right!"

But Ian is responsible for some of my favourite music over the years.

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