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This needs to be played very loud

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So how many of these 29 tracks can you name?

Given time and a little knowledge I will either add more to this page, or decide I am elderly and need to remove it and act my age. 

Either way it will probably come as a surprise to all of us.

On the other hand - this is more mellow - well known tracks featuring the piano

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As Torrents in Summer, by Edward ElgarDowner Grammers School Choir 1972
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Sorry but there are 43 tracks here - (a couple of the same track but different extracts)  You will know many of them, but may struggle with a few.  I find pretty much all of them to be very peaceful and lovely to listen to, especially the "twiddly" bits.  I am also pretty pleased with the mix and the way I have managed to merge the tracks together without too many seam showing, certainly no gaps.


Let me know if you want a list of the tracks - perhaps i may even put them here......

Scroll down a bit for a little help.

...and again, this time with the Saxaphone.  As before - let me know if I have missed a cracker that should be included.

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There are 17 tracks this time - only one is duplicated.  Numbers 15 and 16 are my own favourites.  Cindy Duffer is simply brilliant. 

Scroll down a bit for a list of the tracks and artists if you can't guess them.

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...When I was a DJ in London, a lifetime ago, we used to play tracks in the Erection Section - slow music to let people to pair off just before they went home.  Enough said I think....

There are 31 tracks here - a  lot harder to cut the list down.  Again, one is duplicated.  The last two are there for a reason.  The names of the songs are very easy this time - but how many artists will you get - there are a couple of traps there.  

As before, scroll down for a list of the tracks and artists if you can't guess them.

The full listing, all the tracks in full and some with video are on one of my You Tube playlists - just click here to go to it.

...I first started as a DJ in Neasden in a youth club full of Jamacans.  I loved it - and discovered reggae...

Reggae and Ska
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Back on 1970 reggae was only just charting and becoming more popular instead of being an underground thing with scarce exposure and little known artists.  It came to the fore with a rich and deep sound in the early 70's after Desmond Dekker (who served an apprenticship as a welder in Jamaca with Bob Marley) had early success with Isrealistes in late 1968.  Dave & Ansell Collins, The Maytals, Harry J and the all stars and more from Desmond Dekker & the Aces produced the UK's version of the more traditional reggae before it was gentrified in the mid to late 70's and also mixed up with Ska.  Latterly of course the popularity of Bob Marley gave it really broad appeal.

Some of these tracks will be new to you - but stick with it.

All of the tracks are on You Tube in a public playlist I have put together if you want to listen to any of the full tracks, and the names of the tracks can be found below.

Glamrock was something I was able to fully enjoy while working as a DJ in London in the 1970's - it developed in the late 70's, tracks from before 1976 include a lot of classics were massive hits - and are still enjoyed.

GlamrockVarious Artists
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The Glam rock, also known as glitter rock, musical movement that began in the UK in the early 1970s and showed as a specific type of rock star and concert. If you think we have gender confusion today, bands were often dappled with glitter and male musicians took the stage in women’s makeup and clothing.  They adopted theatrical personas, and mounted glamorous musical productions frequently characterized by space-age futurism.

I have only included one track by Queen - they will get their own track listing, the same goes for Abba - they are simply too big to not have their own collection.

Once again I have created a public playlist on Youtube with the full versions of these tracks and some more besides - there is a link here...

Drums and drummers. 

Drummers are often the butt of any joke to do with a group, band or an orchestra.  In fact, they offer the bedrock upon which almost all musical pieces sit.  It is often said that when asked if Ringo Star was the best drummer in the Beatles, John Lennon said “Ringo wasn’t the best drummer in the world… Let’s face it, he wasn’t even the best drummer in The Beatles”.  As a left-handed drummer he had skills many others did not. 

Some Beatles historians claim that despite John having a barbed sense of humour, even that seems like a step too far for him. After all, following the acrimonious split of The Beatles in 1970, Ringo performed on solo albums by both John AND George Harrison.  In fact it was probably Jasper Carrot who invented the line in 1983, or the comedy series or an old Radio 4 comedy series called Radio Active, when there, all present and correct in a 1981 edition, was the “Ringo isn’t the best drummer in The Beatles” joke.

You can tell a song by the drums in very many cases – here are 32 examples – some better known than others – but all full of skill and punch.  The last piece contains (for me) the most skilful and melodic fast drumming I have ever heard. 

You’re welcome.

DrumsArtist Name
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QuizzieYhingQuiz 1
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QuizzieYhingFullQuiz 2
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Some tracks are very easy to spot.  They may be in your head like ear-worms, or just too popular to not instantly recognise.  here are a few, 34 tp be exact.  You should know them all...

ClassicIntrosArtist Name
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Annie's Song…John Denver.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues

Maggie May Rod Stewart

Randy Scouse Git – The monkees

Space Oddity - David Bowie

The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) - Simon & Garfunkel


Unchained Melody- The Righteous Brothers

A Day in the Life - The Beatles

A Lover's Concerto..The Toys.

Baba O’Reilly - The Who

Breakfast in America- Supertramp

Creeque Alley…Mamas And The Papas.

Danny's Song….Anne Murray.

New York Mining Disaster 1941  The bee gees

Ode To Billie Joe -Bobby Gentry

Superstar - Carpenters

Theme From Harry's Game - Clannad

Viva La Vida – Coldplay

Paranoid – Black Sabbath

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

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Rapper’s Delight - Sugar Hill Gang

The Ballad of John and Yoko - The Beatles

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