The Rolling Stones sing "Living In A Ghost Town" in their first new song in eight years and they certainly don't mean Lüchow. The small town in Lower Saxony is not a ghost town, not even in Corona times. But there's not much going on here either. There is tranquillity instead of hustle and bustle, you look in vain for pulsating life. Nobody here will see the biggest pandemic damage in the fact that the cultural life has collapsed and concerts are cancelled. Who should include this place with not even 10.000 inhabitants in his tour plan?
Fifty years ago the Rolling Stones started one of the most amazing comebacks in rock history. By the end of 1967 the British had reached an artistic dead end with "Their Satanic Majesties Request", and their last big hits were a while back. Consequently, at the beginning of 1968 Jagger & Co. were regarded as a discontinued model - nonsense, as soon became apparent. In the following, we trace the process of creating "Beggars Banquet", the album with which the group regained their manginess.
It's probably the most controversial album of the Rolling Stones: The band themselves found their psychedelic excursion "Their Satanic Majesties Request" from 1967 largely unsuccessful, but for many fans the record still has cult status today. On September 22 ABKCO Music will release a limited deluxe edition as double vinyl and hybrid SACD of the album, which will undoubtedly find its buyers. eclipsed tells the turbulent story of the origin of the original record on the occasion of its fiftieth birthday.
Keith Richards once described the album like this: "One half was: Let's give people what we think they want! The other half was: "Let's see that we get out of here as soon as possible! That doesn't really sound like the care, inspiration, and artistic standards the Stones applied to "Their Satanic Majesties Request". More like an annoying duty. And indeed, it was a bit like that after all in that turbulent year 1967. At least for the Rolling Stones.
On 29 December Marianne Faithfull turned seventy. For the former junkie, who became an elegant dark icon with albums like "Broken English", "Strange Weather" or "Before The Poison", no reason to celebrate. In the sixties, the "mother of all rock chicks" was the first woman next to Nico to celebrate just as wildly as the rock stars with whom she was associated. We visited her in her adopted home Paris for a coffee in the Hotel Costes at the Rue Saint Honoré.
The Rolling Stones have been waiting for this for many years, not to say decades: a hard, loud, creaky blues album, reduced in the choice of means and yet also opulent in its power. Nothing else! They return to their roots, it is said, but they never sounded like on "Blue & Lonesome" before.
Chicago blues is, according to the lexical definition, a variation from the first half of the 20th century that is based on the flight of impoverished black farm workers from the southern states to the midwest of the USA. Through him, the "classical blues" and the country blues were brought together into a more urban variant: more jazz oriented and more technically sophisticated. Not only the guitar, but also the piano was a formative stylistic element. After the Second World War the Chicago Blues became electric and experienced a new heyday with artists like Muddy Waters, Little Walter or Howlin' Wolf. From 1957, however, the audience turned to soul.
A soft spot for life
30 years "Fugazi"
"We were in a transitional phase as a band: from a bunch of kids in a van hunting for a record deal to a band that finally had that deal in their pockets and was now trying to record the follow-up to a successful debut album This is Fish's assessment of the situation Marillion found himself in a few months after the release of "Script For A Jester's Tear" in spring 1983.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.