Labels II

Continuing a nostalgic look at prog rock labels, here are a few independents from the late 1960s and 70s:

Original pink label Island records are highly sought. Island started as a reggae label but moved into prog with bands like King Crimson:

Others included the wonderful Kevin Ayers, Dr Strangely Strange, Nick Drake, ELP and Roxy Music.

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Labels I

In the late 1960s into the 70s, and well, even now, I loved progressive rock. Every major record company had their own prog rock label, and it helped to identify them from the others. Here are a few, nostalgia fans:

Harvest was EMI’s label. There is some story that the name came from Barclay James Harvest, one of their artists.

But they had plenty of others, including Deep Purple, Soft Machine, The Move and some band called Pink Floyd or something.

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Terrorism

Here in the UK we are in the throes of a general election. The last one we had was June 2017.

At round about that time there were some terrible terrorist incodents. One was at a music concert in Manchester. There was another in London, on London Bridge. These attacks, and others, caused loss of life, horrific injuries and were utterly deplorable.

Well, sadly, it has happened again, yesterday (Friday) at lunch time on London Bridge again. Two people were killed and their attacker, who appeared to have a suicide bomb vest (it later turned out to be fake) was shot dead.

You can read about it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50594810

Now, this saddens me greatly, not just because terrorism is a terrible thing but also because I have a great affection for London Bridge and the area. I travelled through it twice a day to and from work for very many years. I always loved getting the bus over the bridge, seeing the river, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

It’s a very historic area. There is Southwark Cathedral, the Clink jail, the Borough market, now a bit of a tourist trap, some old coaching inns… There are also many fine restaurants and wine bars, and it is very busy at all times.

The actual station has undergone massive refurbishment recently. Traveling through became a real pain as workscontinued, but it looks sensational now.

The terrorists have motives I do not understand. They want to interrupt our way of life, our democracy. The best thing Londoners can do is carry on, but be aware.

No news

You may think it is odd that I am not writing about Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, UK elections, impeachment, USA elections or indeed any of that nonsense.

And there is a reason. It’s nonsense.

Yes, here in the UK it is barely days until we find out who the new Prime Minister is going to be. Will any party get an overall majority? Can anyone govern this country?

My friends ask, what will change next year? Nothing. Will Brexit actually happen? Who knows, possibly not. Who will stand against Mr Trump in the USA? Does not make any difference, he is bound to win.

It’s all very grim and depressing. As Christmas approaches, and the election looms, I know so many people are depressed about all this business. That’s what comes when you have politicians who lie whenever they open their mouths.

Was it always like this? Well, yes, except social media and wall-to-wall tv news mean it is on all the time with fifty people giving their opinions on nothing.