Andy Mitchell – Albums which influenced me – part 2

(slight amendment to part 1)

How could I have forgotten The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?

I remember getting lost in this album, marvelling at the McCartney basslines and the gnarly lead guitar lines of the title track. 9also played by McCartney

The gravity of McCartney’s and Lennon’s lyrics really haunted me. I still feel this is McCartney’s best work to date.

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

Gig Info

Saturday 25th June – The Tabernacle Powis Square Notting Hill London W11

Tuesday 5th July – Green Carnation, soho, London, supporting Karin Fransson

The Yardbirds are playing 1 show in July:

29th Jjuly – South Bank Vintage Festival – leisure Lounge

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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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More Rush info

Further to my post yesterday, I thought I would re-post a link to Richard Chycki’s blog about  Caravan and BU2B. Some great info here about Alex Lifeson’s amps

http://ww2.richardchycki.com/archives/85

There’s also a couple of great threads at gearslutz.com, where Richard goes into some details about Snakes and Arrows and the new tracks:

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-much-gear-so-little-time/455283-new-rush-album-june-2010-a.html

 

 

Also (re Snakes and Arrows) check out this great article from EQ Mag:

http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/rush/making-of-snakes-and-arrows.php

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Rush at the O2 arena 25th May 2011

Great blog review here! http://www.theartsdesk.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3771:rush-o2-arena&Itemid=27

It was fantastic to see the guys play the entire Moving Pictures album – the album which seriously kick started my rock career (thanks to my friend Bobby, who couldn’t make the gig – damn)

The sound was awful, but the show was great. Alex’s white Gibson 355 was the winner here. A “kinda” recreation of  his Permanent Waves era axe, I wish he had used it for all the songs. IMHO THAT is the Rush signature guitar sound. Raw, thick and incisive.

Mind you… The tobacco burst Les Paul  he used for 2112 (one of his many) had that raw “all the world’s a stage” les Paul

Marshall stack  tone very reminiscent  of the great Jimmy Page.

There’s a great Alex Lifeson interview at the gibson website in case you missed it.

…and New(ish) song BU2B is such a great tune… A proper Rush classic – really looking forward to the new album, with Nick Raskulinecz Richard Chycki (Foo Fighters etc) at the helm – They really managed to capture Rush’s sonic power on this tune. What a shame Allaire Studios is gone. Neil Peart’s The drum sounds are phenomenal, and  have never heard him groove like this.

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