Fleetwood Mac

I’ve also been listening to the 35th Anniversary Edition of the FleetWood Mac’s Landmark 1977 Album Rumours. Which is Re-issued 35 years after its original release in two packages with bonus material, out-takes and live recordings to mark the band’s reunion tour (UK dates are expected to be in late September).On its’ original release The album topped the U.S. chart for 31 weeks and won a Grammy for album of the year in 1978 and has so far sold 40 million copies worldwide.and has been described as ‘the most important album they ever made’.

One of the reasons why Rumours continues to fascinate is the way it vividly documents the band’s twisted relationships. Mick was in the throes of a painful divorce from Jenny Boyd and would go on to have an affair with Mac singer Stevie Nicks. Bassist John McVie and keyboardist Christine had just broken up after eight years of marriage, while Stevie and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham were heading for the rocks following a five-year romance. and the albu chronicled the five members’ raw emotions with classic songs like Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way and Dreams. The band poured the trauma into their writing: Buckingham’s Go Your Own Way was a hurtful parting shot at Nicks, who responded with Dreams; Christine McVie aimed Don’t Stop at John to show him how she had moved on; he suggested the title Rumours because the group, without admitting it, were all writing songs about each other. The songs also pushed founder members Mick and John away from their roots in British blues to something that sounds contemporary even today.

The rollicking Don’t Stop remains a radio staple while The Chain remains the BBC’s theme tune for its Formula 1 coverage. The iconic sleeve features Herbert Worthington’s black-and-white photo of Stevie Nicks and soon-to-be-lover Mick Fleetwood.There is a three-CD version, selling at around £12, which contains the original album, bonus tracks and the live material. While For Mac maniacs, a ‘deluxe’ edition, close to £50, is bolstered by further outtakes, a DVD and copy of Rumours on vinyl.The bonus material is strong — especially the songs left off the original album. Of the alternate versions of album tracks, the picks are an early incarnation of Dreams and a new version of I Don’t Want To Know. Less impressive are the jam sessions on the deluxe edition, while the live songs from 1977 don’t add anything. But the real joys are to be found by listening again to the awesome original, 39-minute album.

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The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law

Lately I have also been listening to Wolf’s Law The Joy Formidables’s awesome second album which was released 18th January and follows on frotm he band’s great 2011 full-length debut, The Big Roar. The Album is full of some epic tunes which are wickedly bracing and Himalaya-huge and brings howl clouds of guitar attack on some songs which suddenly lurch forward or flare up, then push and pull in any direction. The Nirvana-like tension and release are echoed in singer Ritzy Bryan’s subtly cutting PJ Harvey-like lyrics: “Maybe I’m not ready for the ‘maybe’ you were ready for,” she sings, cooling a guy’s jets before they even get a chance to take off on “Forest Serenade.”  The Album is splendidly noisy and hooky, shimmering with guitar-pop accessibility. weirder, proggier record that explores a wider range of textures and sounds and The band create a sense of grandeur and awe by letting contrast and touch speak volumes

The album title is a reference to Wolff’s law, a scientific theory by Julius Wolff which postulates that bones may become stronger in response to stress as a form of adaptation. According to Bryan, this relates to one of the major themes of the album which is “relationships on the mend and feeling reinvigorated”, continuing that the album feels like the band reconnecting with themselves emotionally and spiritually. The album was also said to have been partially influenced by nature, social issues, and Native American mythology. “The Leopard and the Lung” was said to have been inspired by activist Wangari Maathai

This Ladder Is Ours
Cholla
Tendons
Little Blimp
Bats
Silent Treatment
Maw Maw Song
Forest Serenade
The Leopard And The Lung
The Hurdle
The Turnaround

Orbit – Earth’s Extraordinary Journey/ Wonders of Life

OeejRecently I have been watching the fascinating three part televison documentary series Orbit – Earth’s Extraordinary Journey, which is Presented by Kate Humble and Dr Helen Czerski and charts Every step of the Earth’s one-year journey around the sun, which brings ever-changing weather and seasons that transform our planet and is essential to maintaining life as we know it.

In terms of maintaining life on our planet, Without the unique tilt of 23° our world would never experience climatic change – the equatorial regions would eternally roast, while the poles would be frozen solid. For the first time ever, this astonishing film charts the entire progress of Earth as it undertakes it’s incredible annual journey. From stunning space imagery to in-your-face storm chasing, this series will showcase the incredible power of our seasons and weather, and what drives them to both incredible creation and devastating destruction.

Episode One July to December

In this first episode they travel from July to the December solstice, experiencing spectacularweather and the largest tides on Earth. To show how the Earth’s orbit affects our lives, Helen jumps out of an aeroplane and Kate briefly becomes the fastest driver on Earth.

Episode Two January to March

In this second episode we travel from January to the March equinox. Kate Humble gets closer to the Sun than she has ever been before, whilst Helen Czerski visits a place that gets some of the biggest and fastest snowstorms on Earth.

Episode Three April to June

In this final episode we complete our journey, travelling back from the March equinox to the end of June. Kate Humble is in the Arctic at a place where spring arrives with a bang, whilst Helen Czerski chases a tornado to show how the Earth’s angle of tilt creates the most extreme weather on Earth.

WONDERS OF LIFE

I have also been watching the equally fascinating  five part Television Documentary series Wonders of Life , which is presented by physicist Professor Brian Cox who journeys to South-East Asia during the first episode “What is Life?”  to see how life began on Earth and how the flow of energy created and supports life. Meanwhile In the second episode “Expanding Universe”  Brian travels to the U.S. to showcase how the laws of science produced complex and unique life, and in the third episode “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” Brian travels to Africa and Madagascar to analyse why Earth is such a fertile place and how this allows complex life to evolve and exist.  From what I’ve seen so far I would like to get the DVD’s of both Orbit-Earth’s Extraordinary Journey and Wonders of Life (and David Attenborough’s Africa- Eye to Eye with the Unknown)