Andy Mitchell – Albums which influenced me – part 1

Whilst we are on the subject of Rush, I thought I’d compile a chronological list of seminal albmus which shaped my musical direction

Jimi Hendrix – Smash Hits

The Police – Regatta De Blanc

Rush – Moving Pictures

I clearly remember the day I was given a cassette copy of Moving Pictures, but with the “Exit Stage Left” versions of Tom Sawyer and Red Barchetta. I was awe-struck and confused. I thought they were an English 4 piece band with a keyboard player and a female lead vocalist. I also thought it wss cool that they had some concert recordings on their album. Needless to say I got used to those versions over the studio versions, and still prefer them to this day, with Alex Lifeson’s thick throaty Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion tone They and had such an air of profound mystery about them… they evoked such an other-worldly experience when I listened to them.

Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion

Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion

I quickly discovered the preceeding albums, and used to marvel at the contrasting styles of the early albums vs the newer ones. My favourites are still Moving Pictures, Permanent Waves and Hemispheres. I didn’t know who I wanted to be: Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, or Neil Peart? Impossible choice

The Yardbirds are playing 2 shows this month:

Saturday June 4th – Devizes Festival, Devizes Corn Exchange, UK
Saturday June 11th – Sevenoaks, Stag Theatre, UK

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About andymitchellmusic
Official website 2009-2015 - Lead singer of legendary 60s rhythm and blues/psychedelic rock group The Yardbirds. Contemporary rock solo artist with stylistic nods to Classic Rock and 70s Soul. Session vocalist/harmonica player/guitarist. Producer.

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