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vrijdag 18 maart 2016

Them (with Van Morrison)The Story.....(new /update 12 Sept - 2015)



Them ontstond in 1961/1962, toen gitarist en zanger Billy Harrison in Belfast samen ging spelen met een aantal andere muzikanten, onder wie bassist Raymond Sweetman en drummer Ronnie Millings. Een vaste bezetting ontstond na het toetreden van bassist Alan Henderson en toetsenist Eric Wrixon. De groep noemde zich The Gamblers en kreeg werk in en om de Noord-Ierse hoofdstad. The Gamblers speelden Amerikaanse rock 'n roll en rhythm and blues. Met het toetreden van zanger en saxofonist Van Morrison nam de populariteit in eigen stad zover toe, dat de vijf de sprong naar Engeland waagden.



  Daar werd de naam veranderd in Them, omdat er al een groep The Gamblers bestond, als begeleiders van zanger Billy Fury. Them kwam onder contract bij Decca. Wrixon had intussen de band verlaten, omdat zijn ouders hun nog minderjarige zoon geen toestemming gaven voor het aangaan van een platencontract. Hij werd vervangen door Pat McAuley (ook wel John genoemd). Nadat ook Millings opstapte, verwisselde McAuley het orgel voor de drums, terwijl zijn broer Jackie McAuley achter de toetsen plaatsnam.(Wikipedia)


 
The Story Of Them

 
Don,t Start Crying Now/One Two Brown Eyes

  Hun eerste single werd uitgebracht in augustus 1964, met op de A-kant Don't start crying now en aan de achterkant One two brown eyes. Het succes bleef uit. Onduidelijk is of op die eerste plaat ook inderdaad alle Themleden te beluisteren zijn. Van Morrison en Henderson lijkt dat zeker, maar in de opnamepraktijk werd veelal met studiomuzikanten gewerkt. Daarin was Them niet uniek. Bekend is het verhaal dat Ringo Starr tijdens de opnamen van de eerste Beatles-singel Love me do plaats moest maken voor een sessiedrummer. Zo zijn tijdens die eerste Them-opnamen waarschijnlijk gitarist Jimmy Page, organisten Arthur Greenslade en Peter Bardens en drummer Bobby Graham ingezet.(Wikipedia)


                                       
                                              Them -The Angry Young Them
 De cover van het eerste Them album in de nieuwe line up ,van links naar rechts:
Billy Harrison.Alan Henderson,Van,Peter Bardens ,Pat McAuly.
Jack McAuly had ondertussen de band verlaten en zou met met broertje Pat verder gaan onder naam The Belfast Gypsies



G-L-O-R-I-A
 Morrison said that he wrote "Gloria" while he performed with the Monarchs in Germany in the summer of 1963, at just about the time he turned eighteen years old




De eerst optredens van Them vonden plaats in The Maritime Hotel in Belfast ,waar de band wekelijks optrad.Organist Eric Wrixon werd al spoedig vervangen zodat tijdens hun eerste plaatopnames voor Decca(July 1964) de band er als volg uitzag:Van links naar rechts,Alan Henderson (Bass)-Van(Vocals,Harmonica)-Billy Harrison(gitaar)-Pat Mcauly(Organ)-Ronny Millings(Drums)




In november 1964 was Them gereduceerd tot een 4 mans band,Ronny was verdwenen en werd op drums vervangen door Pat McAuly
                                       




                    Philosophy


In Januari 1965 kwam Jacky McAuly(broer van Pat) bij de band In deze bezetting werden vijf tracks voor hun eerste album opgenomen, waaronder het prachtige Here Comes The Night.

 
Here Comes The Night



In de zomer van 1965 ging de band 3 maanden toeren in de volgende bezetting ,van links naar rechts:Peter Bardens,Van,Alan Henderson,Joe Baldi(gitaar) en Terry Noon(drums)
                                         Baby Please Don,t Go
 "Baby Please Don't Go" was one of the earliest songs recorded by the Northern Irish band Them, fronted by a 19-year old Van Morrison.

                                      I Can Only Give You Everything

                                 Weer een kortstondige Them line up met tweede van links Ray Eliott(organ) en ook Billy Harrison was weer terug(helemaal links) French E,P.



Mystic Eyes - Them live at the Olympia Parijs (1965)




Them tweede album met de nieuwe bezetting (Sept,65) met van links naar rechts;
John Wilson(drums)Ray Elliott(Key,s,Sax,Flute)Alan Henderson (Bass),Van,Jim Armstrong(Gitaar)

                                          Call My Name

In mei 1966 vertrok Them,met de nieuwe drummer David Harvey naar de USA voor een lange toer die hen zowel langs de West Coast als langs Hawai zou brengen.Ze traden op met bands als The Doors,Captain Beefheart,Frank Zappa,The Association,The Grassroots .e.a ,meestal was Them de hoofdact.








De band was uitgeput na die lange toernee besloot de band ermee te stoppen.








 



De laatste Them line up ,achterste rij:Mike Brown(bass)Alan Henderson(bass)Joe Hanratty(drums)Vooraan:Eric Bell en Van.Eric zou later lid worden van Thin Lizzy

Terug in Belfast waren er nog een paar optredens van Them in een compleet nieuwe bezetting ,maar toen was het gebeurd met Them.Van Morrison ging op de solo toer en die duurt tot op de dag van vandaag voort.

 
 It,a All Over Now Baby Blue(Dylan)



                         
Friday 9 March 1967,Van Morrison landed in Holland ,Them was replaced by the Dutch band Cuby & The Blizzarsd ,that evening his first gig(Deventer)Saturday TV Special en in the evening two gigs 8 hour in Bergen and at midnight Amsterdam(hubbub club).Sunday First in Almelo,then Apeldoorn en then Arnhem en later Nijmegen and the last one in Bussum.Monday Van goes in the airplane to New York to start his solo carriere................





                               
Van Morrison & The Blizzards
One more Time - If you and i could be as Two - Gloria - Hey Girl - My lonely sad Eyes - Mystic Eyes.

The Blizzards are: Eelco Gelling (guitar)Herman Brood (piano)Willie Middel (bass) Hans Waterman(drums)

Van Morrison & Cuby & The Blizzards in The Netherlands
http://home.wxs.nl/~dbron/morrison.htm

The story of Ray Elliot (R.I.P) ,former member of Them
 https://rockroots.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/ray-elliott/

donderdag 17 maart 2016

Happy St Patrick,s Day with Van Morrison!





Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.






The Story Of St Patricks Day
http://www.st-patricks-day.com/about_saintpatrick.html

woensdag 16 maart 2016

The Eagles Witchy Woman (Long Version)

Mooie lange uitvoering van"Witchy Woman" van die fenomenale band The Eagles.Het nummer is geschreven door Don Henley en Bernie Leadon en komt van hun debuutalbum Eagles.
Witchy Woman
live at The Summit Houston Texas November 6, 1976

Don Henley - drums / vocals / guitar
Glenn Frey - guitar / vocals
Randy Meisner - bass / vocals
Joe Walsh - guitar / vocals
Don Felder - guitar / vocals

maandag 14 maart 2016

Bob Dylan - The Early Days(1961-1962)


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Bob Dylan - The Early Days (1961-1962) door morrisanddylan I Was Young When I Left Home (From the Bootleg Daddy Rolling Stone)

I was young when I left home
But I been out a-ramblin’ ‘round
And I never wrote a letter to my home
To my home, Lord, to my home
And I never wrote a letter to my home

It was just the other day
I was bringing home my pay
When I met an old friend I used to know

Said your mother’s dead and gone
Baby sister’s all gone wrong
And your daddy needs you home right away

Not a shirt on my back
Not a penny on my name
Well I can’t go home thisaway
Thisaway, Lord, Lord, Lord
And I can’t go home thisaway

If you miss the train I’m on
Count the days I’m gone
You will hear that whistle blow a hundred miles
A hundred miles, honey baby. Lord Lord Lord
And you’ll hear that whistle blow a hundred miles

I’m playing on a track
Ma would come and whoop me back
On them trestles down by old Jim McKay’s

When I pay the debt I owe
To the commissary store
I will pawn my watch and chain and go home
Go home, Lord Lord Lord
I will pawn my watch and chain and go home

Used to tell Ma sometimes
When I see them riding blinds
Gonna make me a home out in the wind
In the wind, Lord in the wind
Make me a home out in the wind

I don’t like it in the wind
Wanna go back home again
But I can’t go home thisaway
Thisaway, Lord Lord Lord
And I can’t go home thisaway

I was young when I left home
And I been out rambling ‘round
And I never wrote a letter to my home
To my home, Lord Lord Lord
And I never wrote a letter to my home

The Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the devil (rehearsels)

When filming on a project on abortion in the U.K. fell through, Jean-Luc Godard turned his attention instead to The Rolling Stones, then working on the recording of the titular song. Coming into his most heavily political phase, Godard interspersed his footage of the band with typically oblique and didactic vignettes on the Black Panthers, Marxism, and the need for revolution.


Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the devil 1968... door Michael177zx77

 "Sympathy for the Devil" is a song by The Rolling Stones, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and credited to Jagger/Richards. Sung by Jagger, the song is an homage to the Devil, written in the first-person narrative from his point of view, recounting the atrocities committed throughout the history of humanity in his name. It is performed in a rock arrangement with a samba rhythm. It first appeared as the opening track on their 1968 album Beggars Banquet. Rolling Stone magazine placed it at No. 32 in their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.



                
                  Rolling Stones  -  Sympathy for the devil 1968... door  Michael177zx77

 The recording of "Sympathy for the Devil" began at London's Olympic Sound Studios on 4 June 1968 and continued into the next day; overdubs were done on 8, 9 and 10 June.[8] Personnel included on the recording include Nicky Hopkins on piano, Rocky Dijon on congas and Bill Wyman on maracas.



Rolling Stones  -  Sympathy for the devil 1968... door  Michael177zx77

 It is often mentioned that Marianne Faithfull, Anita Pallenberg, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, producer Jimmy Miller, Wyman and Richards performed backup vocals, singing the "woo woos", repeatedly, as this can be seen in the film Sympathy for the Devil (see below) by Jean-Luc Godard. Richards plays bass on the original recording,[citation needed] and also electric guitar. Jones is seen playing an acoustic guitar in the film, but it is not audible in the finished mix.


 
Rolling Stones  -  Sympathy for the devil 1968... door  Michael177zx77


 In the 2003 book According to the Rolling Stones, Watts said: "'Sympathy' was one of those sort of songs where we tried everything. The first time I ever heard the song was when Mick was playing it at the front door of a house I lived in in Sussex... He played it entirely on his own... and it was fantastic. We had a go at loads of different ways of playing it; in the end I just played a jazz Latin feel in the style of Kenny Clarke would have played on 'A Night in Tunisia' – not the actual rhythm he played, but the same styling."



The original title was "The Devil Is My Name." Says Jagger: "Songs can metamorphasize. And Sympathy for the Devil is one of those songs that started off like one thing, I wrote it one way and then we started the change the rhythm. And then it became completely different. And then it got very exciting. It started off as a folk song and then became a samba. A good song can become anything. It's got lots of historical references and lots of poetry."