The Playground – The Cobweb 24th January 1970

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Anyone remember seeing this pop harmony group. They played in Hastings a number of times.

Robert Searle… Remember the name Alan

Alan Esdaile… I remember the name as well Robert and got an idea they also played in Battle? The other thing I just noticed is the name of the dj on the Tamla Motown Sunday Club – Crashendo Needle.

Mo (Alistair Garnett Verceuil) – R.I.P.

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photo source: The Crypt Archive Facebook page.  Mo with Wesley

Alan Esdaile.. Very sad news, I’m sure lots of people here will remember Mo. I used to bump into him every few months and we would have a good old chat. Happy memories of gigs on the pier. Always smiling. Very sad. R.I.P. Mo.

Clive Richardson…. very sad news, Mo was a great guy.

Tom (Paul Thomas)… Mo(Moo) his funeral will be held at the crematorium at 2.45 on Tuesday 26th January. Please pass this on to the musicians and others in your group, as a lot of them knew him.

John Wilde… The wonderful smile that was Mo.
Journey on Big Fella. Thanks for your company. You will be greatly missed.

Peter Fairless… That’s sad news. I knew him from when we were kids playing down in the park. Didn’t see him very often over the lat 20 years, or so, but always stopped for a chat whenever we bumped into each other about town. Lemmy needed a roadie, obviously!

Martin Richter… sad news – always had a smile – RIP Mo.

SMART SOUNDS by Colin Bell. Reviewing Peter Sarstedt England’s Lane CD.

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ENGLAND’S LANE Peter Sarstedt

Say Peter’s name and inevitably most peoples thoughts go immediately to ‘Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)’. No 1 in fourteen countries, multi million seller and all time classic. However that mega hit is just a fraction of the timeless, beautiful haunting songs that have poured out of Peter over 5 decades.
‘England’s Lane’ was originally released in 1997 and is now available remastered on this Angel Air release.
Right from the opening title track the unique vocal could not be mistaken for anybody other than Peter. His phrasing, wit, humour, emotion and ability to paint pictures and take you to places are truly art. Listening to ‘Biarritz’
‘British Museum’ ‘Castles in Spain’ and the glorious ‘Spanish Made Easy’ are virtually cinematic experiences. Ray Davies is the only other singer I can think of that masters that ability (Village Preservation Society being a prime example). Peter’s wistful warm honey coated voice seeps into your conscience, stays there and makes the world a better place for 45 minutes and these days we could all do with that.
Whether tackling his skiffle roots on ‘All Together Now’ (with Albert Lee on guitar) or revisiting Marie-Claire on the closing track ‘The Last Of The Breed’ this remains, for me, one of his finest albums. And as a closing thought get a copy of his debut album which contains the wonderful ‘I Am A Cathedral’ and the FULL version of WDYGTML which they NEVER play on the radio!

Fo more inormation go to http://www.angelair.co.uk

colin-headTil next time, stay warm…

Colin

 

Tony Davis… I’ve always liked Peter’s music and bought this album when it came out in 1997. It was always a regret that I never saw Peter in concert doing a full set rather than just on the Sixties packages. Peter has now retired from the music business because of ill health so any chance has now gone. There is a live DVD recorded in 2004 I think called Live at the Crooked Billet but I’ve never been able to find a copy of that. If anyone has one that they want to part with or provide me with a loan of that would be great. I agree with what Colin says about his first album – a great piece of singer/songwriter pysch.

Colin Bell… Tony D, im not sure if they have it in stock but try http://charlyfilms.com for the DVD you are after. If no luck im in touch with Peter and happy to see if a can get a copy.

Tony Davis… Colin – tried Charly but they don’t seem to have it. If you could get me a copy that would be great thank you.

 

Former Hanoi Rocks Michael Monroe pays tribute to Mott The Hoople Dale Griffin and talks about when they recorded in Hastings.

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Finnish vocalist and saxophonist Michael Monroe performing at the 2011 Ilosaarirock festival in Joensuu, Finland.  Source: Tuomas Vitikainen

Thanks to Philip John for finding this.

http://classicrock.teamrock.com/news/2016-01-20/michael-monroe-pays-tribute-to-dale-griffin

Who remembers stereo units like this?

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photo source: Womans Own https://www.facebook.com/womansownmagazine/?pnref=story

Thanks to Tony Davies for finding this.

Stuart Moir… And so under powered

Wendy Weaver… Graham bought me one from Rumbelows 30 years ago. Remember Rumbelows in Queens Road?

Andrew Freeman… Remember them? I used to sell them! Oh the shame!!

Pete Prescott… I  still have stuff like that ! And a good few records. Love em ! AND cassette tapes !

Tony Court-holmes… i want mind back i left it with ex wife.

Dave Nattress… As Pete Prescott, I too have some units like this – 2 x CD players, DAB/FM Tuner, (Planet Rock), Cassette Deck, Amp of course, wouldn’t dream of parting with them. I also have a half decent record deck so I can play the vinyls. The kids all have I-pod’s, pads, I-phone’s, MP3 players, whatever, but I’m happy with old stereo separates and happy to be the dinosaur. I have 2 phone’s – an oldish i-phone – might be a 3 or 4, my own, and a rather newer one from work – an HTC something or other, the HTC is a hateful thing – far too complicated. I bought an MP3 player yonks back, haven’t loaded it up YET!! It’s not gonna happen!! As for the TV, sound bar, BT whatever it is, Freesat, Freeview, I don’t know how the hell any of it works, and you know what, I’m happy as Larry. Ignorance is bliss, and the younger inhabitants of the house – which is all of them thinking about it, can operate all the stuff for me.Reached a good level of competence (or incompetence is it) on the PC and Laptop long ago and occasionally indeed learn something new and this all does me. Rock on everyone – infra-red headphones where are you – time to listen to something.

Pete Prescott… Vinyl sounds great. A lot of classic songs that are on modern equipment often won’t sound as good. It’s so compressed. And a lot of my old TDK ‘s still sound great 30 years on. I use an I pad for some gigs but I love playing records. Always will. A few of my students are loving the record players they got for Christmas. I gave my daughter Poppy one last year (she walked out with a few of my records including songs in the key of life ! Aaaaargh !)

Tony May… It still is if you’re me! Especially if the stack is a Technics!

Chris Meachen… I bought separates generally based on the best spec for my budget. I’m still using the JVC amp that I bought new in the 70’s, & it’s still doing a good job 40 years later…