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In my experience, Dell machines are good, I currently use a Dell Dimension 9150 as pictured but did not get want the printer or screen as pictured. I added those to my own specifications
I would like to pass on my experiences with Dell Computers.
I'm on my third Dell computer at present, the first one I got was an Inspiron 5150 laptop which was in 2003. I am still using this for work today. The only thing that went wrong with it was a cable to the CD drive which I haven't fixed yet as it not imperative for work on my laptop.
The Second Dell I bought through ebay, it was about five hundred pounds and lasted 2.5 years. It was working well but the on/off switch went on it.
My repairer, who was private, told me that it wasn't worth fixing as the switch is located in the front and was sealed in, so I would have to find a new fascia.
I cut my losses and seeing as Dell machines had treated me well up to now, decided with my daughters help to find the highest specification on their re-furbished/returned section of the site. This is worth a look as the machines are high spec. and sold for much less.
I managed to find a Dimension 9150, the subject of this review, with a 250 GB hard drive CD/RW DVD/RW, Pentium D processor, windows XP platform etc., for a very reasonable approx. £400. That was 18 months ago and the machine is still running well. I would say it is the best one I have ever had to date and this is my seventh desktop computer in twenty years.
I started with Amstrad, then two Tulip machines and the one before Dell was a Time computer. I mention these to show the range of computers I have tried and the Dimension 9150 has coped the best to date.
Although all of these have served me well, the shortest life, surprisingly, was my first desktop Dell, but I kept faith with Dell, mainly because of the good service my laptop was giving me.
I'm glad I did this, the 9150 is my best computer yet. I run Accounting and Surveying software for my business use. My daughter has also used it to create her artwork using a Wacom tablet with Corel Software and Photoshop Elements and the computer has coped with all this software very well. So it is quite diverse in it's usage.
Out of 3 Dell machines, I have had 7 years of work, counting my laptop use too. Two of these machines are in current use and I would say are worked very hard as my current Dell desktop is on 5 days per week during working hours and is also used for internet use outside these hours sometimes to the early hours. Also at weekends.
I also use an Dell Ultrasharp 1905F flat screen, that is for another review in it's own right. Also a multimedia keyboard. I have had as many screens as computers and the 1905F screen is second to none in my experience.
The only gripe I had with Dell when buying my current desktop was their use of overseas operators as they didn't understand what I wanted. This however was quickly resolved after phoning Head Office. My Computer arrived very quickly after that.
I hope my experiences with Dell machines has helped you in any decisions you may make.
Thanks for reading.
© dvdsprks2 2008
Update May 2008:- The dimension 9150 is still running well and I've added another 2 GB of RAM to the empty memory slots and have room to expand at least 1 GB more. I hope this machine just keeps going the 250 hard drive is large enough for my business purposes and all other uses. It's over two years now and still looks and works as good as new.
Update June 2009:- The dimension 9150 is running every day for at least 8 hours and shows no sign of giving me any trouble and I still have that 1 GB of RAM to fill in the empty memory slot. It's now over three years old and still running and looking like the day that I bought it.
My introduction to this album was when I saw these musicians playing it live at the Union Chapel two or three years back, Pinetop Perkins was 91 at the time and played like a young man.
The rest of the Band comprised Bob Margolin, Hubert Sumlin, Carey Bell, Tom "Mookie" Brill and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith.
Many of these tracks need no introduction to die hard blues fans, they have been covered by artists such as Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Johnny Winter, Ike and Tina Turner, Free , Buddy Guy, B.B.King and Eric Clapton, the others were penned by the members of the band, whether old or new they are songs played by an excellent band the Tracks on the album are:
1. Brutal Hearted Woman by Johnny Shines.
2. Sweet (Little) Black Angel by Robert Nighthawk.
3. One Day Your Gonna Get Lucky by Carey Bell Harrington the
4. I'll Take Care Of You by Brook Benton.
5. Juke by Little Walter.
7. Mean Old Chicago by Bob Margolin Lead Guitar and Vocals.
8. Always On My Mind by Wille Smith the drummer.
9. Easy To Love You by Carey Bell Harrington.
10. Last Time by Jimmy Rogers.
11. Maybe The Hippies Were Right by Bob Margolin.
12. Country Boy by McKinley Morganfield.
13. Crazy 'Bout You Baby by Bob Margolin
14. My New Baby Owns A Whiskey Store by Thomas
Brill the bass player.
15. Goin' Down Slow by James Oden.
16. Just A Closer Walk With Thee. (Trad).
Bob Margolin gave us a bit of history before the band played each song at the concert on this last song Pinetop is playing piano.
Apparently Pinetop is religious, so declines to play blues on a Sunday, He was invited to the recordings on a Sunday to hang out with the rest of the musicans, while they recorded parts of the album.
Pinetop was scheduled to record his songs the next day.
He sat down at the piano and played "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" a gospel song, as it was a Sunday.
Bob states that he has known Pinetop for thirty years and has never heard him play anything but the Blues. He asked Pinetop to sing and play it on the album, but Pinetop only knew the piano part, as his mother did the singing.
A nice end to a fine Blues Album.
Bob Margolin gives a few lines about the song or history of it after every track in the sleeve notes
The album is the same as they were live.
Bob Margolin came out to his audience in the interval and even signed the cd I bought.
We also sat next to the drummer in the pub across the road before the concert.
This is an excellent album, buy this if Blues is your thing, some of these musicians have played in Muddy Waters Band. Pinetop Perkins for twelve years.
How's that for a recommendation for an album?
Thanks for reading.
© dvdsprks2 2008
I rate this album as excellent because the guitarist pays homage to his hero, in his style, the musicianship is in my opinion without fault throughout. It is nice to see the Blues played with such energy and obvious enjoyment by all concerned.
The only thing that could be a negative is that not all of Robert Johnsons songs have been covered by Eric Clapton yet and subsequentely presented as an album. I hope that these will be done on a future album, as EC has covered most of his work.
I have personally heard Eric Clapton play "Milk Cows Calf Blues" and "Little Queen of Spades" from this album at the Royal Albert Hall and at the Manchester Evening News Arena and the live versions were even better than on the cd, Little Queen of Spades being 17 minutes long.
Robert Johnson, in his short life, only wrote and recorded 29 songs before he was killed, the most popular version of his death being that he was poisoned by a jealous husband.
Seventeen of these songs are featured on this album and Dvd. The cd consists of:-
Sweet Home Chicago
Milkcow's Calf Blues
If I had Possesion Over Judgement Day
Stop Breaking Down Blues
Little Queen Of Spades
Travelling Riveside Blues
Me And The Devil Blues
From Four Till Late
Kind Hearted Woman Blues
Ramblin' On My Mind
Composer: Robert Johnson
The musicians on this album are:-
Eric Clapton - Guitar and Vocals including slide
Doyle Brammell II - Guitar including slide
Nathan East - Bass Guitar
Billy Preston - Hammond Organ (Billy Preston has since passed away)
Chris Stainton - Piano
Steve Gadd - Drums
This cd set also has a dvd featuring all of the songs many of the songs being practised, so you get a good idea of how the album is made, there are also some behind the scenes footage of how the whole album was made talking about set lists, cameramen etc., and showing various studios and personnel, the whole album was recorded live, and this section ends with all involved having their photograph taken. The whole dvd was filmed in London and Dallas during tour rehearsals.
The rest of the dvd is in four sessions hence the title.
Session 1 is the Full Band playing at Hook End Manor, Checkendon England
Kind Hearted Woman, They're Red Hot, Sweet Home Chicago and When You Got a Good Friend
Session 2 is the Full Band playing at the Studios, Las Colinas, Irving, Texas
Milkcow's Calf Blues, If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day, Stop Breakin' Down Blues, Travelling Riverside Blues
Session 3 is Eric and Doyle playing accoustic with Eric on vocals at 508 Dallas Park Texas, Robert Johnson made some of his final recordings in this Dallas warehouse .
Terraplane Blues, Hellhound On My Trail, Me And The Devil Blues, From Four Till Late
Session 4 is Eric playing accoustic guitar and singing on his own in the Hotel Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica, California. These songs are:-
Ramblin' On My Mind, Stones In My Passway, Love In Vain.
The Dvd is a must for all Blues fans.
If comparing the two albums Eric Clapton has made paying homage to Robert Johnson.
I would rate "Sessions for Robert J" above "Me and Mr Johnson" the only difference between the albums being that Jerry Portnoy plays the Harmonica on the latter.
"Me and Mr Johnson" is worth buying too as the Harmonica of Jerry Portnoy brings an added dimension to this collection of songs.
I would recommend anybody who loves the Blues to buy this album.
You won't be disappointed.
Thanks for reading.
© dvdsprks2 2008
Eric Clapton is my favourite guitarist not only for his longevity but for the skill in his guitar playing. He, with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker reformed in 2005 for a series of Concerts initially at the Royal Albert Hall but then going world wide for a tour.
I first saw Eric Clapton with Blind Faith on a hot summers' day at one of the early free concerts in Hyde Park on 7th June 1969 as a teenager, so was quite upset that I missed the Albert Hall Concerts especially as one fell on my birthday 5th May.
However I first recorded the concert from TV and then was bought the album and DVD at Christmas 2006 following its release. The concert is magical. There are three 60 year old plus rockers who hadn't played all together in a band for forty years. playing the songs as they did all those years ago. They play, in my own personal opinion, better than they did back then. The CD consists of:-
Tracks on first disc
1. I'm So Glad - written by Skip James. This was a big Cream song and is played very well, the vocals have lost none of their punch and Jack Bruce's Bass playing stands out as usual, he is one of the best.
2. Spoonful - written by Willie Dixon. Dixon was a bass player and Jack Bruce again brings out a strong bass line with excellent vocals. The guitar solos are outstanding. The drumming is faultless. This song is and always will be a Cream classic. Credit to Mr Dixon.
3. Outside Woman Blues - written by Blind Joe Reynolds. This is a song that I've seen Eric use to describe the different styles of blues he plays. The main riff comes from another song and has been slightly changed to fit this track, Eric is on vocals and his solos are top class
4. Pressed Rat And Warthog - written by Ginger Baker/Mike Taylor. I like this song the least, no offence to the writers or Ginger. Ginger Baker provides the lyrics and has a little joke at the end about selling T shirts in the auditorium I presume and Neasden comes in it too. It could be termed more as a verse or poem to music.
5. Sleepy Time Time - written by Jack Bruce/Janet Godfrey. This track is one that I hadn't heard very often but fell in love with and have played more than any other track. On one of these takes on the DVD Eric is seen looking over to Jack Bruce and has a smile on his face obviously enjoying the moment. He doesn't usually do this, from what I have seen at his concerts. He seems to me a very humble man who usually gets lost in the moment when playing a solo, eyes closed.
6. NSU - written by Jack Bruce. I am not really fond of this one but it does display a different style of playing and veers away from a Blues base the solo guitar is good and the other musicians play well. Really back to the Psychedelic times.
7. Badge - written by Eric Clapton/George Harrison This is a classic made famous by a solo Eric Clapton with various bands. The only thing that annoys me is the crowd clapping because they think the pause is the end of the song and in two places. They can't all be first timers. This allows Eric to let fly with his solos and he is very comfortable doing that.
8. Politician - written by Jack Bruce/Pete Brown This is a classic Cream track with heavy Bass from Jack Bruce with fine vocals, Eric's playing is as good as ever. Did Cream ever disband???? Eric again plays some excellent guitar on this track.
9. Sweet Wine - written by Ginger Baker/Janet Godfrey I love the various instruments on this track but am not keen on the vocals although this is Cream as I imagine they would have sounded forty years ago.
10. Rollin' And Tumblin' - written by Muddy Waters - Although a great Blues song by as great a Bluesman this is one that is not a great favourite of mine personally but, Jack Bruce does play the harmonica on this, it is a fast repetitive Blues.
11. Stormy Monday - written by T-Bone Walker This is a beautiful slow blues showcasing the musical ability of the whole band with Eric on vocals, Jack Bruce compliments Eric saying it is a pleasure to be playing with him at the end of this one.
12. Deserted Cities Of The Heart - written by Jack Bruce/Pete Brown A typical Cream track with Jack on vocals. There are no guitar solos on this song
Tracks on second disc
1. Born Under A Bad Sign - written by Booker T James/William Bell Another slow blues, Jack on vocals, all the music is very tight and the solos still seem fresh. The drumming is excellent.
2. We're Going Wrong - written by Jack Bruce This is another I don't particularly like but its qualities are there, it is a story of one of Jack's relationships.
3. Crossroads - written by Robert Johnson Eric doing what he does best singing and playing one of his favourite tracks and he and the rest of the band are playing really well. The solos are sublime. During one of the solos on the DVD the camera cuts to Brian May of Queen fame looking on in admiration, a compliment indeed.
4. White Room - written by Jack Bruce/Pete Brown. Eric has been playing this song for years so has been practising it for a long time, he doesn't go wrong and compliments Jack Bruce vocals with his back-up vocals. The drumming is as tight as always.
5. Toad - written by Ginger Baker This is essentially a drum solo and Ginger Baker is on of the best in the world it is a delight to hear a long drum solo after all these years played with so little effort but such energy, also by someone over 65 years old with all the enthusiasm and energy of a young man.
6. Sunshine Of Your Love - written by Eric Clapton/Jack Bruce/Pete Brown this is another that Eric has played for many years'. The vocals are shared by Jack and Eric. Again the drumming is tight. The guitar solos to me sound special as Eric is just let go the rest looks after itself and the Bass, we'll leave it at that, Jack bass has always been great. This song showcases his talent.
7. Sleepy Time Time (alternate take) - This take obviously brings a different solo from Eric and as described previously he and I'm sure the others enjoyed this track which is probably why it is on twice.
The personnel of Cream are: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); Ginger Baker (vocals, drums); Jack Bruce (bass guitar).
If you like Cream then this is the CD for you, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Thanks for reading.
© dvdsprks2 2008
One More Car, One More Rider by Eric Clapton
This is a DVD and or CD, I have reviewed the CD here.
When this album came out I hadn't made my annual pilgrimage to see Mr Clapton for a few years as he seemed to be taking a break. So I was having withdrawal symptoms of live music at its best and that's what you get from this artist his best at every performance. So it was with great relief that I received this CD for a present for Christmas 2003. Although in 2004 I saw him at the M.E.N. in Manchester.
When putting the CDs on I would make sure you're not interrupted as this is a live CD.
Tracks on the first CD Open with a sit down set.
1. Key To The Highway - written by William Broonzy and Charles Seegar - This song kicks the album off and it is one of the best and most covered blues. Most famously by Brownie McGhee & Sonnie Terry. But put this album on and you hear the audience cheering and welcoming the band on stage with a thank you from Eric and then an acoustic solo guitar with a few chords being expertly finger picked. Then Eric leads into the opening sequence of this famous song, The vocals open with ....... "I got the Key to the Highway, where I'm bound to go, I'm gonna leave here running, cause walkin's far to slow"....... the song goes on and includes some great acoustic guitar work and vocals until the audiences warm applause at the end of the first track.
This artist plays and respects blues music in my opinion and always plays this song well. The excellent keyboard work of Billy Preston (Once with the Beatles) and Chris Stainton are given a lot of exposure throughout the album.
2. Reptile - written by Eric Clapton - The set carries on with the title track of the Album "Reptile" still acoustically with Billy Preston playing Keyboards, he sadly died last year (2006), so this is a good album to listen to some of his final live works, This is an instrumental which allows solos from the band. This a fairly upbeat number that won't be to all his fans tastes but shows the versatility of the artist and Eric and his musicians.
As this song ends Eric tells the audience "Thank you, that tonight we're gonna do a selection of stuff from the past and the present, that was a new song, this is an old one by Joe Turner called"
3. Got You On My Mind - written by Jim Thomas and Howard Biggs - still carrying on the acoustic set this old one is dare I say a beautiful song!
The vocals leading off with "Got you on my mind every time I hear your name", this song has to be heard to get the full impact of how the song sounds there are some wonderful backing vocals with Eric calling Andy (Andy Fairweather Low) to give the songs only guitar solo and there is plenty of good keyboard work with Eric supplying fine guitar backing.
4. Tears In Heaven - written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings - The set continues with the tear jerking song written in honour of Eric son Connor and the audience is especially silent on this track and as usual it is played faultlessly and with feeling with warm applause from the auditorium and a Thank you from Eric..
5. Bell Bottom Blues - written by Eric Clapton - Continues this fine acoustic set with the keyboard providing the fill ins, The song continues "It's all wrong, it's all right, the acoustic guitar work is as good as any electric solos usually expected with the rest of the band playing their part. A guitar fil ends this song with a Thank you from Eric.
6. Change The World - written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy and Wayne Kilzpatrick - This is one, if not the best times I've heard for a long time, Eric plays this song with a long acoustic intro with keyboard to accompany him and claps from the audience, who cheer at various places through the song. Eric's solos are without fault and the vocals are excellent. More thanks from Eric.
7. Father's Eyes - written by Eric Clapton - So to Electric guitar with some fine opening guitar to set up a quite moody song, the atmosphere is electric and the band are starting to warm up. This is another fairly new song that matures with age and is fast becoming a favourite with audiences. This has one guitar solo that is not more than a few bars Eric letting the keyboards come to the fore. The electric guitar plays this out with Eric traversing the whole fret board in his playing ending on some notes that can only be described as ringing like bells. He never fails to thank his audience at the end of his playing.
8. River Of Tears - written by Eric Clapton and Simon Climie - The Bass guitar leads the Band and Eric into some guitar fils to open up this slow song, The vocals opening with "Three miles to the river that will carry me away" This is another beautiful (there I've done it again) song that needs to be heard to adequately describe the quality of the musicianship, it is also, I think, a very powerful song. A fine keyboard solo with Eric finishing the song with a building guitar solo that sets this song apart from many others.
9. Going Down Slow - written by St Louis Jimmy - This is a fine blues song arguably for me the best on the album with fine vocals, keyboard and guitar solos throughout, with the Bass and Drums featuring prominently towards the close of the track. Finished of with a guitar solo and into the first chord of
10. She's Gone - written by Eric Clapton and Simon Climie - Although the guitar work doesn't fail to impress on this track it is not one of my personal favourites. Although I wouldn't skip it whilst listening to the album, Eric was having an enjoyable night and this shows with his playing. He is flying on this track. With some of the best work on the album.
Tracks on second CD carry on with the electric set
1. I Want A Little Girl - written by Murray Mencher and Billy Mull - The keyboards open this up with the guitar in close attendance, some of the strongest vocals from Eric on here "I want a little girl, to call my own" and so it goes on, Billy Preston is asked by Eric and does a fine piano solo here vocals carrying on " I don't even care if she don't wear nylon hose" One of the few songs ending on a vocal with a guitar lick to complete it.
2. Badge - written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison - This has been done many time by Eric and he could play this in his sleep, he is surrounded with talented musicians and this song really soars with excellent guitar solos. Badge shows how Eric covers the whole of the fret board with his playing and the Bass is brilliant. I don't know who is playing it or what it is called but there is a fine solo using that instrument which requires a length of tube to the mouth, ends by fading the last chords.
3. Hoochie Coochie Man - written by Willie Dixon - Back to the blues " Gypsy woman told my mother, before I was born You got a boy child coming, gonna be a son of a gun" This Eric doing what he does the best playing the Blues from the heart, featuring fine keyboard solos, Eric lets his band showcase as much as possible, but always comes back to his fine solos that are his trademark and this is no different. The vocals on this track are outstanding ending with a tight finish.
4. Have You Ever Loved A Woman - written by Billy Myles - The blues at it's very best Eric leads into this track with some of the finest guitar playing that you will ever hear, and sings " Have you ever loved a woman, so much you tremble in pain, when all the time you know she bears another mans name." all the time giving those guitar solos with a great piano solo in the middle, followed by keyboards, the audience cheering throughout and with the final verse and ending with a fiery guitar solo, The biggest cheer of the night and a thank you from Eric. I've changed my mind I have two best tracks on this album and this is the second.
5. Cocaine - written by J.J. Cale - A classic track from Eric's early years which seems to improve with every performance, basically vocal with I would say a very clever controlled solo, and the
audience shouting Cocaine to finish the song.
6. Wonderful Tonight - written by Eric Clapton - Eric always plays this well, some nights better than others and as mentioned before he was having a particularly good night on this occasion.
Another faultless performance on the guitar and vocals. With the band having plenty of the solos. Eric finishing off with a solo.
7. Layla - written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon - Guitar intros and he always tries to disguise this one, usually succeeding but on this occasion the audience cheer because they know that famous intro is coming and it does with power. The vocals are quickly into Layla. Then to the now famous guitar solo Eric plays so well. On this occasion the piano solo has been put back in which is not always the case. We are now listening to Clapton of many years ago and it sounds good, his guitar complimenting the piano and vice versa. The piano finishing off and the audience going wild.
8. Sunshine Of Your Love - written by Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Pete Brown from his days with Cream - Another classic played without fault, the vocals shared with the bassist Nathan East, Eric is on fire with his playing. The playing of this song usually means that the Concert is coming to a close and so it was and onto,
9. Over The Rainbow - written by Harold Arien and E.V. Hamburg - This has Eric leading in with his guitar to the audience clapping along. They obviously didn't know this was coming as a cheer went up, Eric stays true to this song not fancy music just the right amount and he sings this well. A fitting end to a wonderful concert.
Eric concludes with "God Bless You thank you very much and goodnight".
I personally feel when listening to this album that I was at the Concert, it takes me back to the many Concerts I have seen by this Artist, not a lot of music does that to me.
I love the work of Eric Clapton as you probably would have gathered. But if you haven't got this album and like any of the songs played here you won't be disappointed with the purchase.
Thanks for reading.
© dvdsprks2 2007
Further to my review on Fleetwood Mac's "Mr Wonderful" and its links with Gary Moore and his album "Blues for Greeny". I would like to introduce the album before "Mr Wonderful" which was called simply "Fleetwood Mac".
It is the famous dog in the alley with dustbins album.
I have the LP from years ago but have since bought the CD album which features more tracks than the original LP with different takes of "I loved another Woman" and "Cold Black Night" it also has two extra songs not on the original LP.
These are "You're So Evil" and "I'm Coming home to stay".
As stated in the "Mr Wonderful" review Gary Moore has covered tracks from this first Fleetwood Mac album on his "Blues for Greeny" album, 5 tracks in total. He also took track one from "Mr Wondeful", to complete his Blues for Greeny tribute.
All of these songs were recorded at various locations in 1967 on the equipment of the time, so even with cleaning up of the tracks which I assume would have been done, this album shows what a class act the original Fleetwood Mac were and why Gary Moore chose to honour a guitar great on his album.
The album tracks are as follows:-
1. My Heart Beat Like A Hammer (take 2) - Jeremy Spencer plays slide guitar and harmonica on this rocking number, in the Elmore James style, with the full band. Written by Jeremy Spencer.
2. Merry Go Round (take 2) - Peter plays and sings an excellent slow blues with John McVie on Bass & Mick Fleetwod on Drums, in my opinion one of the best slow blues songs ever. Written by Peter Green.
3. Long Grey Mare - This music is the Blues so you can interpret the words of this song in any way you wish, it has Peter on Guitar, vocal and harmonica with Bob Brunning playing the Bass and Mick. This has a very heavy bass line. Written by Peter Green.
4. Hellhound On My Trail (take 1) - Jeremy plays sings a solo piece, very nice rendition of this piece. Traditionally arrangr=ed by Peter Green.
5. Shake Your Moneymaker - Again interpret the song any way you wish, Jeremy on slide and vocals, Peter on Guitar with the rest of the band. Written by Elmore James.
6. Looking For Somebody - This is a slow haunting song with Peter on Guitar, vocals and harmonica also John and Mick. Written by P.A. Green.
7. No Place To Go - This song is in the style of the old Bluesmen and has slow deliberate playing with Peter on Guitar, vocals and harmonica also John and Mick. Written by Chester Burnett.
8. My Baby's Good To Me - Jeremy on slide again playing a more of a lead guitar role with vocals also bringing in his slide chords, with Peter, John and Mick. Written by Jeremy Spencer.
9. I Loved Another Woman - This is a beautiful song with Peter on Guitar and vocals, John and Mick. This one was the one I saw Gary Moore play at the MEN in Manchester. Written by P.A.Green.
10. Cold Black Night - Jeremy on slide and vocals, showcasing yet a different style of playing, with the rest of the band. Written by Jeremy Spencer.
11. World Keeps On Turning - This is Peter on Guitar and vocals playing acoustically and in my opinion shows how good a guitarist he really is. Written by P.A. Green.
12. Got To Move - Jeremy on slide and vocals playing the guitar in yet another style with the rest of the band. A very good track on which to finish the original album with all four members of the band playing. Written by Elmore James and Marshall Sehorn.
13. My Heart Beat Like A Hammer (take 1/bonus track) - As track 1.
14. Merry Go Round (take 1/bonus track) - As track 2.
15. I Loved Another Woman (takes 1-4/bonus track) - As track 9.
16. I Loved Another Woman (takes 5-6/bonus track) - As track 9.
17. Cold Black Night (takes 1-6/bonus track) - As track 10.
18. You're So Evil (bonus track) - I think this is similar to "Hellhound on my Trail" but with different words but still is a good track. Jeremy on piano and vocals singing about a girlfriend?
Written by Jeremy Spencer.
19. I'm Coming Home To Stay (bonus track) - Jeremy on slide and vocals with the rest of the band finishing this particular album in typical Elmore James style. Written by Jeremy Spencer.
There are extensive sleeve notes by Mike Vernon who produced the album.
This album is a good introduction into the Blues in our country, by the pioneers of the time.
Thanks for reading this and I hope a few of you will investigate Fleetwood Mac, who are I believe, were at their best, before their single Albatross.
However, Albatross was the first single I bought of Fleetwood Mac for the excellent guitar work, from which I searched out and was bought Mr Wonderful and therefore I suppose a reason for me getting into blues music. For that I am grateful
© dvdsprks2 2007
If you like "Blues for Greeny" by Gary Moore then listen to the subject "Peter Green" playing the original music, although this album just features the title track "If You Be Me Baby". Others can be found on "Fleetwood Mac" the bands first album (The one with the Dog and Dustbin in an alleyway)
It is possible that Peter Green is using the same guitar on "Mr Wonderful" that Gary Moore used on "Blues for Greeny" as Peter gave or sold it to him
"Mr Wonderful" is the first album I bought, it sold me on the Blues.
I have this album on vinyl so it is up in my loft at the moment as many good albums are.
The track listing on the album you can buy nearly 40 years later are:-
1. Stop Messin' Round (Take 4) - probably one of the first blues
songs I ever heard, excellent guitar work, Peter on vocals with
some good piano and horn back-up
2. I've Lost My Baby - Slow Blues, Jeremy on vocals and a different
style of playing the slide
3. Rollin' Man - A fun song with lyrics you can read anything into,
good guitar too
4. Dust My Broom - An Elmore James classic, written by Robert
Johnson, Jeremy Spencer excels
5. Love That Burns - A really slow Blues the song is in my view
excellent even for non Blues fans, features horns and Peter on
6. Doctor Brown - Another featuring Jeremy Spencer, this is one of the similar syle Elmore type songs
7. Need Your Love Tonight - Jeremy Spencer again but not the
usual slide this is more rocking on vocals too
8. If You Be My Baby - The first song on Gary Moores "Blues for
Greeny" shows Peters talent well, Gary Moore made it the first
song on his tribute album so it must be good, that concise guitar
9. Evenin' Boogie - Good rocking music from all the band features
Jeremys slide guitar and some saxaphone
10. Lazy Poker Blues - Nearly all Blues lyrics are suggestive this
doesn't dissapoint, great song but the guitar playing is the thing
that makes this song for me
11. Coming Home - Jeremy Spencer doing what he does best
12. Trying So Hard To Forget - Another slow and thought provoking song, you wouldn't think it came from the same guitar player who played some of the other songs, the harmonica features, Peter on vocals
13. Stop Messin' Round (Takes 1, 2 & 3) - Variations on the first track
14. Stop Messin' Round (Take 5) - Variation on the first track
15. I Held My Baby Last Night - More slide guitar, still good stuff even now, Jeremy on vocals
16. Mystery Boogie - Slide guitar with horn backing
The Musicians of Fleetwod Mac at the time of "Mr Wonderful are:-
Peter Green (Greenbaum) - Lead Guitar and Vocals, Peter played in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers who also had Eric Clapton for whom he filled in for and subsequently replaced on his, Eric's departure. Jeff Beck also played for the Bluesbreakers.
Jeremy Spencer - Guitar and Vocals - He played Slide guitar as his thing in the band and played many of Elmore James songs, Dust My Broom being one of them from this album.
John McVie - Bass Guitar - Replaced Bob Brunning I believe, John is the only member of the original Fleetwood Mac left in the band today. John also married Christine Perfect from the band Chicken Shack, she played piano on some future Mac tracks.
Mick Fleetwood the bands namesake was the drummer.
I personally love this music Peter Green is such an underated guitarist, in my opinion he is one of the best. His playing is clear, crisp and concise and definitely has a lot of feeling the rest of the band rise to Peters playing.
Thanks for reading.
© dvdsprks2 2007
Epilepsy is something that anybody could suffer from during their life, this piece is just my life living with the condition.
My experiences should be treated as such, how the condition affects me. We are not supposed to give advise on how this affects others, because everybody who has this compliant is affected differently.
I was fourteen in 1968 and very active in sports mainly swimming. I swam every week night. However, one lunchtime I was looking in a shoeshop window and had what I can only describe as an aura, it felt as if my head was being forced to look over my left shoulder. I found out later that your head doesn't move it's only your eyes, it is the strangest feeling, not nice. I obviously passed out because I woke up, with a big graze down my cheek from the edge of the glass window, in Bethnal Green Hospital. My first but not last stay in a hospital.
I was diagnosed after many tests with epilepsy and was given the drugs phenobarbitone, now phenobarbital, phenytoin and Epilim which is not a nice name for a control drug for an epileptic, but I can see the funny side of it.
I then had to attend the London Hospital (at that time one of the best in the world) and had an EEG and other various tests including blood tests this was in the days before CT scans I believe, because it wasn't until I had a CT Scan at Russell Square Hospital that it was diagnosed that I had a cyst on my brain.
This was in the early seventies and I was told it was microscopic so don't worry I would have to wait until it grew considerably larger before it was a real problem and something could be done about it.
I obviously started going out with girlfriends at this time, this was fine I didn't fit (have a siezure) in front of any of them. I found that as I got to the age of sixteen I started losing girlfriends a couple of weeks after going out with them. This puzzled me as the first few times it happened I had no reasons why I was losing them until about the third time when the girl who was very nice told her parents about my condition and they forbade her to go out with me anymore. The reason they gave was fairly weird as they said the epilepsy could be passed on to any children we might have.
I had to laugh at this I was sixteen and had only just met this girl I can only assume that this was the reason the others got rid of me.
I decided then and there to keep on telling the truth about my condition as I thought that apart from being dishonest, by keeping my condition secret, that anybody who went out with me knew at the beginning and if they knew then, they wanted the whole package.
However, I never let Epilepsy affect my life unless I had a fit well I had no control over those. The first and easily the biggest way it affected me was when I went with all my friends at seventeen years of age to get my Provisional Driving License. I was pulled into a back room, I had answered yes to having Epilepsy on my application, and made to sit and wait for somebody in authority to explain that I wasn't able to drive and that I would need 3 years clearance from fits to be considered for one, and a letter from my doctor. All this doesn't sit well with a seventeen year old. Update it is only one year now.
Epilepsy itself is an electrical discharge from the brain which causes your body to lose control of itself for a short time. This is what the doctors told me back then.
Forward to 1975, I got married that year, didn't have a fit at the wedding etc., seriously the fits went from a couple a month to monthly every two or three months and then back again all over this period of my life and I was still on the same medication.
This changed around that period. I stopped taking Epilim and went from three phenobarbitone and three phenytoin to two of each per day. I am still taking that combination of drugs to the present day and have been informed that I will probably be on the same dosage for the rest of my life.
I have been to many Hospitals all over London so will not bore you with them all. But I was on monthly, two monthly then three monthly and finally six monthly visits to the London Hospital for check-ups.
On one of these I was told I would have to have yet another CT scan. Also an MRI scan at Russell Square I believe this was the one that changed my life.
In 1983 I was at work, when I got a phone call from my wife telling me that the London Hospital wanted me in the next day. I went in and was told that the microscopic cyst on my brain was now the size of my hand and it needed to be removed for me to stay alive. Who knew I didn't, the epilepsy hadn't changed and the cyst was the cause of it.
About two days later I was prepared for the operation, I wasn't worried about it, wasn't scared, I had the best surgeon in the world doing my operation a Mr King, so why did I need to worry.
I woke up the next day in intensive care with a bandage around my head and a ball to catch blood hanging from it. I had no pain whatsoever from my operation. The incission started just above my eyes went directly up over my head and came down at the back of my ear. I also have drill hole in various places.
The worst pain I got was from thrombosis in my arm from clots otherwise for me it was easy, not so for my family. Looking at me you cannot see a scar and it is only when I point them out it is apparant.
The thing is they saved my life, although I didn't have any ill effects, but scarred my brain so the fits continued.
One thing the Hospital did do and I don't know to this day if it was a joke and that is to shave off just one half of my shoulder length hair. I didn't know about this until the bandages were removed from my head about two weeks later.
This meant when I came out my Dad had to give me a crewcut to match the already growing hair on the shaved side. I'm sure somebody in the Hospital had a wicked sense of humour.
I had a year off work after being in Hospital for three weeks, then life continued with the fits getting further apart every year. I waited until I had three years clear before going for my license and was told on application that it was now only one year. I got my license in 1992, drove old cars for just over ten years then bought a new car. I did 2,750 miles in it, then whilst on a train to Liverpool Street, in 2003 I had a mild fit. I was taken to Newham Hospital and have not driven since, I won't, it's not only my life on the line. So much for a new car should have stayed with second hand.
I have had fits at various times apart but have not got that one year yet, but I will, then back to my now old car.
My point is there will always be people out there worse of than you so try to make the best of life. Last year I cannoed 60 Km down the River Harken in Sweden and I'm 53 with epilepsy so just enjoy life, I intend to.
Sorry to have written so much but there was a lot to write about.
I have also been told that everybody is prone to epilepsy, you
are just unlucky if you get it.
This year I have had fits on three occasions the latest being the 18th of November, in my sleep, so not so bad.
However the one I had in February was the worst that I have been hurt when having a fit. I fell badly hitting my eyebrow on the edge of the stair. There is a dent there now so I must have broken or chipped the bone in some way and I got the worst black eye that I have ever seen. It was a bit embarrassing when going to meetings. I look forward to being free from this condition again. So I can get back to driving.
Footnote: My mother always blamed herself for my epilepsy and as you can see it was the cyst so no blame, even if it was hereditary I wouldn't have blamed anybody. It's just my misfortune.
On epilepsy being hereditary my doctors told me it wasn't, but I have found an internet site which states that if one parent has it and it is idiopathic (this means arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause) epilepsy. Well I didn't know what idiopathic meant and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Apologies for the meaning in brackets LOL. But seriously, the risk is supposed to be 4%, rising to 10 - 20% if both parents have it.
With Symptomatic epilepsy the site states that there is a slight increased risk, which is strange as the person with the epilepsy has hit their head or something like it. Apparantly the risk of epilepsy to the general population is 1% and for family members of persons with symptomatic epilepsy the risk is 2%.
The site finishes with the fact that it can be said that if one of the parents has epilepsy the risk of the child developing it is so remote that most people can ignore it.
This also applies to idiopathic epilepsy (with the possible exception of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy) and even more to symptomatic epilepsy.
My point to all this is parents, don't blame yourself if someone you love has epilepsy, it isn't your fault and the person with it, if they are like me, just wants to forget about it and doesn't want to see their parents blaming themselves.
These are my personal experiences and opinions and I thank you for taking the time to read this.
© dvdsprks2 2007
Having used computers for over 20 years for my work I never backed up my files as religously as I should have. Luckily I have never lost too much work from my computer, which cost much money to me and my business.
My daughter informed me of a storage device which is easy to use and at about £ 70 a very reasonable price.
I bought this storage device as a backup for my computer files, as I work from home my computer is used by the rest of the family for personal and internet usage. So I was worried that my work which pays some of the wages towards the house could get corrupted by mutiple users of the same machine.
I found that I needed to keep my work files backed up, but quickly, simply and efficiently. I have an 250 GB hard drive so in theory I can back up the whole of the drive onto my maxtors' drive it has a 300 GB capacity.
The rest of the Technical information which is only on the packaging as it does not have an instruction booklet it is that simple to use is as follows:.
The Maxtor has 16 MB Cache/7200 RPM
It can also store 230,000 JPEG photos or
21 hrs of DV video or 5000 hrs of MP3 music
obviously with the Maxtor can take combinations of each on it's huge memory.
It can be used on a Windows - compatible PC or laptop
The Size on the packaging is:
1.77 x 5.11 x 8.89 inches or
45 x 130 x 226 mm
To check this I have just measured my maxtor and the actual unit I have measures:
40 x 128 x 225 mm so it is only slightly smaller than stated which I think is a bonus as it is relatively tiny. The Maxtor fits on its on small stand which slides onto the bottom and is only slightly wider to enable the Maxtor to be self supporting.
The way I personally use it is to make an initial back up, this is then used just like "My computer", dragging and dropping files.
This way I can take the whole of each working programme that I use for my business and drag the file to the created file I created on the Maxtor.
I also drag "My documents" into the Maxtor. So this means I have two daily work programmes and all my office files either backed up daily or weekly. I prefer the weekly method.
When backing up, a tip is to put the date on the file so you know which your last backup was and you don't overwrite it, you then have the original files and the ones which you have been hard at work on safely onto a very good backup facility or very large flash drive.
Unfortunately you can't fit this one into a handbag or pocket although the unit is very light so there is not a problem should you need to use it in that way.
Before getting the maxtor I have lost a days work, as I wasn't a keen cd backer upper, this meant spending valuable time doing the same work again. So the Maxtor has saved me a lot of money and time and has soon paid for itself.
It is connected to your PC by USB 2.0 cables so is really simple. This is the best storage system that I have ever bought and would recommend it to all who need to save vital work.
My daughter is an artist and saves all of her work from corel and photoshop on this too.
Hope this helps you decide, please feel free to ask any questions and I will answer them, if I can, as soon as possible.
Thanks for reading.
© dvdsprks2 2007
I saw Peter Green & Fleetwood Mac in the late sixties and Gary Moore is the first guitarist that I have heard play his songs, where you could shut your eyes, and be transported back to that concert.
This is my experience of Peter Green and also Gary Moore whom I saw play "I loved another woman" at the MEN Manchester.
If you love good music, albeit the Blues, and want to hear it played by actual musicians then "Blues for Greeny" is for you.
To honour one of the guitarists he admires Gary Moore has stepped away from his own high class musicianship and produces an album of Peter Green songs six of which can be found on the albums "Fleetwood Mac" and "Mr Wonderful" and also puts in some lesser known songs as well as "I need your love so Bad" which has been covered by many of the greats and was written by "Little Willie John".
"I need your love so bad" is the only song Peter Green didn't have a hand in writing from this collection
The songs are:
Track 1. If You Be My Baby. From the album "Mr Wonderful" see my review "Early English Blues" This track is for me typical of Peter Green's style and I listen to it over and over. Peter played clear notes that stood out and they are really captured on this track.
Track 2. Long Grey Mare. From the album "Fleetwood Mac" The lyrics of this song are typical of the Blues, you can read them anyway, (But can you), this is fast moving song with punch.
Track 3. Merry Go Round. From the album "Fleetwood Mac" one of my favourite Peter Green songs it is slow and the guitar playing iis perfect in my opinion.
Track 4. I Loved Another Woman. From the album "Fleetwood Mac" This has a strong guitar riff the whole way through, Gary Moore cannot be faulted in the way he has presented all of these tracks
Track 5. I Need Your Love So Bad. This song was originally sung by Christine Perfect form the group Chicken Shack, Christine was John McVie's wife and played piano too. It is played really well by Gary Moore giving a male slant to the song. One of my all time favourite slow blues songs.
Track 6. Same Way. A strong song with a heavy base line that is complemented by Garys guitar and vocals with one of the best guitar solos I have heard for this type of song.
Track 7. Supernatural. I feel that this song has a lot of Gary Moore style of guitar to it. Some notes are held in a similar fashion to "Parisienne Walkways" which was mad famous by Gary Moore but first done with Thin Lizzy. It is an instrumental and has fine guitar work.
Track 8. Drifting. Back to a typical electrified slow Blues, and it is slow but the guitar work is magical. The vocals are excellent.
Track 9. Showbiz Blues. This is one of my least favourite songs it is quite fast and rocky.
Track 10. Love That Burns. From the album "Fleetwood Mac" This is probably one of my favourite blues songs it is slow and for me has some excellent lyrics. It could have be released as a single and would have done well.
Track 11. Looking For Somebody. From the album "Fleetwood Mac" This is a haunting song and again the guitar work is spot on, Gary Moore has a harmonica player whereas on the original this was played by Peter Green
Tracks 6 - 8 are the only ones that I have not actually heard "Fleetwood Mac" play.
I can attest to the fact that Gary Moores versions, are in the same class with even a little bit of his own style of playing added to the tracks, extra guitar riffs being one or running one slightly longer than the originals, but they are basically the same which I found to be, knowing the originals very uplifting.
This is a great album of Blues from a great musician, in the sleeve notes, it states that Peter Greens guitar is now owned by Gary Moore and is used on the album, apparantly Gary and Peter made a deal and Peter gave the Les Paul guitar to him for one of Garys guitar.
Thanks for reading.
© dvdsprks2 2007