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November 10, 2014 / consort3

Renaissance to Rock

I was introduced to Renaissance music in the early 1970’s by Jan Akkerman’s Lute playing
The day job

The piece is 400 years old. But the music is by British composer  Dowland who was a contemporary of Shakespeare.  Did they know each other? I was looking for a link, then found a piece called Lady Hunsdon’s alemain (or puffe). Apparently it was named puffe since this  strenuous dance made the dancers puff! Since Lord Hunsdon was in charge of  Shakespeare’s players I think there was a link. I wondered why I liked such disparate music as Status Quo with its 12 bar blues form and Renaissance Pavanes. Then I found in this excellent piece on Barbershop singing a link between 12 bar and the Quadrant Pavane

Dirty dancing renaissance syle

There is a sexier link between Shakespeare and Dowland. The Elisabethan court had employed Italian musicians to teach them the lute and one of the families was the Bassanos. It is now widely held that Emilia Lanier (nee Bassano) was the Dark Lady of the sonnets. The English lutenists in turn travelled all over Europe for instance Dowland went to Denmark. See this (the golden age chapter and the previous chapter):

For more on Shakespeare see my piece on Shakespeare Scrapbook

Back to Dowland

Guitar interpretation by Jamie Andreas the Hunsdon piece is second

Renaissance music Watkins Ale

Renaissance choir:

Trumpet voluntary on a church organ:

Incidentally I was lucky enough to see Focus (Jan Akkerman’s group) about 1972. Brilliant! Akkermans cutting lead guitar and Van Leer’s organ, flute and vocals with his staring eyes and unkempt hair was like a latter day Beethoven. I bought  the records but they sounded bland, needing mid-range boost to restore the ‘concert’ sound. The Dowland piece is on Akkermans solo album Tabernakel. Incidentally, Focus were the last group to play at the original Cavern club, Liverpool in 1973 and their performance inspired the present owners to buy the club!  Talking of great guitarists I wondered what had happened to Ritchie Blackmore. Post Purple he founded Rainbow, now he ‘s got another band Blackmore’s Night who do medieval stuff as well:

More modern but better than Ralph Mctell’s original. Candice has shades of Sandy Denny  & Maddy Prior

Who is Maddy Prior? Well here she is performing with Steeleye Span

🆕Here is Sandy Denny

Pachebels canon updated

Classical comedy version of the Canon

Demis Roussos and Vangelis, namely Aphrodites child:

Los poptops variation

Switched on version of the Canon with good visual presentation

🆕Pachebel rant!

🆕Peaceful variation of a theme of the Canon

Another  descending bass line chord progression, Percy Sledge:

RIP Percy

Jackie Wilson, Alone at last based on Tchaikovskys no 1 piano concerto

Bob Marley

Procul Harum Whiter shade of pale

🆕Hank Marvins version of Whiter shade of pale

Jackie Mittoo Reggae version

King Curtis Soulful rendering (leave on for second version)
Joe Cocker’s unique version

Derived from Air on a g string lovely guitar version

🆕Jacques Loussiers famous interpretation (Hamlet advert)

🆕Delia Derbyshires {of Doctor Who fame} version of the Air

The Toys, Lovers Concerto, derived from Minuet in G major

Dave Brubeck Take five

Reggae version of Take five

Reggae love song Tenderly by Ginger Williams

Boris Gardiner with Elizabethan reggae

Another version of Elizabethan serenade by Roger Whiitaker

Jethro Tull performing a version of Bach’s Bourre in E minor

Bach meets Michael Jackson with the Piano Guys

Pop to Classical Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody played by a fairground organ

Peaceful and poignant Bream performing Concerto de Aranjuez

Pop to jazz Louie Louie by way of Cast my fate to the wind

Slow tempo version of Louie Louie by Julie London

Now cast your fate to the wind

Vince Guaraldis Peanuts Christmas tune

Another genre change to Ska

More reggae Johnny Nash

Reggae version of Smoke gets in your eyes

Jazz version of smoke gets in your eyes

big band version of Blowin in the wind

Dudley Moore’s take on Beethoven:

Pachebels Canon in the style of Beethovens Moonlight sonata

Moonlight sonata played on a Harp guitar

Deep Purples take on Beethoven

Beethovens Ode to joy in various styles

Jon Lord doing BookerT with Bach

I cannot get enough of Lords growly Hammond. Have mercy. Bear with intro till 1.30. Oh dear, I seem to have moved from the Medieval to Memphis.

More Hammond sound Spencer Davis Group

More Steve Winwood

Even more Hammond organ Red River Rock

How to get your guitar sounding like a Hammond organ

Jon Lord Pre-Purple 1966

Gillan & Glover Pre-Purple doing Mozart

Classic Deep Purple track I had not heard for years, Pictures of home.

🆕Another classic Deep Purple track, Black night

🆕Instrumental version of Child in time

John lee Hooker Boom  boom  boom

Brilliant cover of the above with the legendary Canvey island coffin dodger Wilko Johnson There cannot be many rock guitarists who could recite the medieval Piers Plowman

More helpings of Dr Feelgood. Lee was great as well

Canned heat On the road again

Glen Campbell, the William Tell overture. Just saw live a great version of this by the Barron Knights (incredibly 55 years in the business)

Digital dexterity from Glen

TTFN Jimmy Young The man from Laramie

Mrs Mills Honky tonk version of Tavern in the town. Abbey road studios still have the Mrs Mills piano

Fats Waller, I’m gonna write myself a letter

Boogie Woogie piano composed in 1938 by Ammons

Elvis. Mess of Blues. Great rolling blues piano style

Elvis. His latest flame

Elvis similar piano treatment on Feel so bad

🆕Elvis Stuck on you

Elvis Piano genius Floyd Kramer with Last date

Let’s be careful out there Hill St Blues theme tune

Another poignant theme tune Take 3 girls Pentangle

Bobby Timmons Moanin

Jools Holland Bumble Boogie

Tribute to Barry Norman, Film critic, his theme tune

Flamin Groovies Laurie did it

Monkees Daydream believer

Box Tops Soul Deep–f55NUHGbo

Fortunes Caroline Takes me back to the pirate ships

Riders on the storm

R. Dean Taylor Gotta see Jane

I was lucky enough to be at a pre-tour tryout gig about 1999 when the Who got back together. It was touching to see Roger and Pete embrace at the end of the gig as they realised they could still hack it.–K5928M

Van Morrison Brown eyed girl

RIP Mr Newman of Thunderclap Newman

Eclection Nevertheless from 1968

Soul limbo cricket theme

Talking of Cricket here is 10cc

From leather to rubber, Kim Wildes Dad Marty, her Mum was a Vernons girl BTW

Mix of the Evs and the Shadows styles, the Searchers

Keep on by Bruce Channel

Contemporary of Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, still rocking  with Sea of Heartbreak

Another contemporary, I am just too young to realise how big a star Billy Fury was, he was sadly taken too soon

Dave Edmunds, Queen of Hearts

1994 Welsh rockers Dave Edmunds and  a young looking Geraint Watkins with a Chuck Berry number

Marmalade, Baby make it soon. RIP Dean Ford.

King Curtis Memphis soul stew

Staying alive N trance


Sandie Shaw Long live love

Manfred Mann Go now

Whatever it is Booker T and Steve Cropper have still got it. Green Onions at the Stax Prom. Brilliant event by the way.

Booker T Groovin

🆕Time is tight. Young Booker T and Steve Cropper from 1970 Could do with even more growl on the Hammond!

Dire Straits Gotta time those woohoos

Village Stompers Washington Square

Woolly Bully or should it be Willy Boly?

Junior Walker Road Runner

The four Tops Walk away Renee

Jay and the Americans Living above your head

Well, Quo opened it, but this contribution from Queen to the 1985 Live aid concert isn’t bad

Cat Stevens Tuesdays dead from that great LP teaser and the firecat

PP Arnold First cut

Enya Orinoco flow

Searchers If you want me

James Carr Drowning man

Rascals Good Lovin’

The Earls Remember then

🆕Warms the cockles of a retarded rockers heart, Beach boys Fun Fun Fun

🆕Mott the hoople>

🆕BBC theme tune for 1964 Tokyo Olympics:

🆕Prince Buster with Madness from 1963

Searchers again, Every time you walk in the room

Another song written by Jackie Del Shannon, Bette Davis eyes

🆕The English beat

🆕Barbara Randolph I got a feeling

🆕If you thought Jon Lord was master of the Hammond look at Ethel Smith!

🆕Madness Wings of a Dove (starts 1.08)

Roxy Music Virginia Plain

Richard Claydermans famous piece

The Shadows driving rock version of Quartermasters stores

🆕Hawkwind, Silver machine with the Teletubbies

🆕Barbara Lewis, Hello Stranger

Tribute to Multi talented Kenny Lynch who wrote this song
David McWilliams Days of pearly spencer

Carl Perkins and rock royalty friends

Pink Floyd Us and them

Dave Greenfield RIP The Stranglers Golden Brown

Soundtrack of my student days Led Zepplin whole lotta love

Dame Vera Lynn East end knees-up, well as close as a class act got!

Back to the baroque -Theorbo

Ennio Morricone RIP

Peter Green, founder of Fleetwood Mac RIP

In this jangly world you need some soothing music from Mozart

Wayne Fontana RIP

Etta James At last

Ian Gillan turns 75

Brilliant acoustic version of Sultans of swing on ukeleles

If you thought that version was great try this, Luna also does Apache, Smoke on the water, Green onions, Black magic woman, Layla, Sunshine of your love and I want to break free.

Heavy metal version of Vivaldi

Here I go again Archie Bell

Amazing what you can do with a Tyros Shadows Wonderful land

As well as composing Move it, Ian Samwell did this for the Small Faces

Happy Birthday in the style of 10 classical composers

Andy Fairweather Lowe with Bend me shape me.

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