Category Archives: European Rock Pilgrimage

David Bowie, 1981

On the face of it, 1981 was the quietest year of Bowie’s career so far. Having spent the last ten years redefining the rock landscape, there was no new album nor was there another world tour in support of the … Continue reading

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More Album Cover Outtakes

The photograph on the cover of The Kinks’ country-rock masterpiece Muswell Hillbillies was shot at the Archway Tavern in London, a couple of miles away from Muswell Hill in North London where band leader Ray Davies and guitarist Dave Davies grew … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Hunky Dory

David Bowie’s first ready-made classic finds the supreme shape-shifter eagerly anticipating the raunchy camp swagger of the impending Ziggy Stardust phenomenon. Released on this day in 1971. The transitional Hunky Dory was recorded at Soho’s Trident Studios in London with … Continue reading

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Waiting on a Friend

This photo of Mick and Keith was taken at The Feathers pub on 36 Tudor Street, London, on 30 July 1967 after both had just been granted bail and released from jail under conditions pending their appeals, following one of … Continue reading

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Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes

Glam rock’s definitive anthem recently turned 49, and this image of a young dude was originally earmarked as the album cover for Mott the Hoople’s All the Young Dudes released in July 1972.  Dude ’72 is the name of the image, … Continue reading

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David Bowie: Rotterdam 1976

Our Bowie bootleg bonanza continues with this remastered soundboard recording of Bowie live on stage at the Sports Palais Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland on 13 May 1976, during the Station to Station White Light tour. This is one hell of a … Continue reading

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David Bowie: “Heroes” in Berlin, 1987

Berlin has become inextricably linked with the Bowie legacy. He’d lived there in the late 1970s creating some of the greatest music of all time, sharing an apartment in the Schöneberg neighbourhood with Iggy Pop, escaping from the drugs and … Continue reading

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#13: The Clash – Sandinista! (1980)

Here at The Press we take a look at expansive double albums (in this case triple) and trim it back to a single, filler-free listening experience, negating the need to reach for the skip button or needle repositioning. In some … Continue reading

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MainMan Podcast

MainMan are compiling a fascinating series exploring the history of the record label, which was a rights management organisation formed by entrepreneur and impresario Tony Defries that helped to develop the careers of many artistes including Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, … Continue reading

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Bowie’s Pin Ups

Two Hours Of ‘Original’ Songs David Bowie Covered In His Early Career. In a very special episode of Beat Orgy, RRR’s Steve Cross takes us through the original versions of the songs that David Bowie covered through his golden period … Continue reading

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Phil Collins’ Mystery Session

Opportunity knocked for a nineteen year old pre-Genesis Phil Collins in May 1970. At this point in his stop-start, still embryonic music career, he was getting ready to have a bath and watch Top of the Pops on telly with … Continue reading

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David Bowie – “Heroes”

“Heroes” was released 43 years ago today by RCA Records and is arguably Bowie’s artistic zenith. The only album to be recorded entirely in Berlin, “Heroes” is stylistically similar in structure to Low, although has a fuller and more chaotic overall sound, … Continue reading

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More Album Cover Outtakes

The Police – Outlandos d’Amour (1978) Janette Beckman shot this photo for the cover of the Police’s first album Outlandos d’Amour in a tunnel on London’s South Bank, near Waterloo Station, in 1978. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland unveiled … Continue reading

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Bowie Now

For an RCA Records US-only promo released in 1978, the intriguing Bowie Now is a surprisingly fine album-track selection of Berlin-era Bowie material and originally something of a rare artefact. The purpose of this record was to draw attention of … Continue reading

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More Album Cover Outtakes

The Beatles album cover for originally the Please Please Me album in 1963 and later for the 1969 promo-copy for the never-eventuated Get Back album, were taken at the now demolished EMI Headquarters, 20 Manchester Square, Marylebone. It showed The … Continue reading

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More Album Cover Outtakes

Jeff Beck – Beck-Ola (1969) The second and final album from the first incarnation of the Jeff Beck Group – the marvelous Beck-Ola. The album art is a reproduction of The Listening Room (1958) by the great Belgian surrealist René … Continue reading

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Chet Baker

Chet Baker was staying at Amsterdam’s Prins Hendrik Hotel when his body was found crumpled and bloodied on the pavement outside on Friday the 13th of May 1988. He had apparently fallen from his third floor room. Police ruled out … Continue reading

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Paris

Welcome to the European Rock Pilgrimage (also known as my family holiday February 2020 including something of a celebration for a significant birthday milestone, but more about that later) where I’ve managed to visit some of my favourite ever rock … Continue reading

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London: Part 2

Welcome to the European Rock Pilgrimage (also known as my family holiday February 2020 including something of a celebration for a significant birthday milestone, but more about that later) where I’ve managed to visit some of my favourite ever rock … Continue reading

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London: Part 1

Welcome to the European Rock Pilgrimage (also known as my family holiday February 2020 including something of a celebration for a significant birthday milestone, but more about that later) where I’ve managed to visit some of my favourite ever rock … Continue reading

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Berlin

Welcome to the European Rock Pilgrimage (also known as my family holiday February 2020 including something of a celebration for a significant birthday milestone, but more about that later) where I’ve managed to visit some of my favourite ever rock … Continue reading

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