One for the Road (unplugged)

Time for another track off the ‘Unplugged’ album.

One for the Road was the title track off the album I released last year. It was a pretty uptempo rock number that’s one of my personal favourites. But how to translate that into an accoustic version was a challenge. Well, apart from a tempo change, key change and instrument change it’s pretty much the same as it was. Not.

Here it is, together with a link to the original if you want to compare the two. I’d be interested to get comments of what you think.

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Here’s the original :

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Mid Life Crisis (unplugged)

Continuing with the ‘Unplugged’ album here’s a reworking of the title track from one of my earlier albums that I recorded in 2012.

You might think that it’s autobiographical, but in fact I took large chunks of it from a chap I was at school with and met again 40 odd years later – still playing, still collecting guitars, still making bugger from it. I will admit there’s bits of me in there too but I’ll leave you to work out which bits are which1

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If you prefer the somewhat different electric version, then here it is :

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Conspiracies (unplugged)

With the recent conviction of the Boston marathon bomber, there’s been yet another spate of madcap conspiracy theories so I thought that continuing with the ‘Unplugged’ album I would rework another track off the ‘Cheap Beer and Cigarettes’ album.

This one is definitely nothing like the original!

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As before, if you prefer the electric version, you can find it [here]

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Cheap Beer and Cigarettes (unplugged)

Continuing with the ‘Unplugged’ album, here’s a reworking of the title track from the ‘Cheap beer…” album

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Of course, if you prefer the electric version, you can find it [here]

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Goodbye to an old friend

Today is a sad day for me as a very old friend who I lost touch with for many years before finding him again is having his funeral today.

Paul Wakely was my best mate back in the late sixties. He was a true character (see chapter 4 of my memoirs). I’ve asked Dioclese to paste a tribute to him over at his place because he deserves more coverage than this humble blog can give him.

In his memory, here’s a song off the ‘Old Friends’ album that Paul wrote the lyrics for back in 1996.

RIP, me old mate!

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Politicians (unplugged)

FFS,Boris! It works better if your hand is the other side of the capo!

FFS,Boris! It works better if your hand is the other side of the capo!

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing an unplugged album for a little while prompted by my better half who suggests that because I do mainly electric stuff, she’d rather like me to do something that I can just get up on my own and play live.

Well this track isn’t quite that, but you could strip off the additional instruments and see how it could work. So, with the general election in mind, what better track to start off with than an accoustic rework of ‘Politicians’ off the ‘Who Needs TV?’ album?

Perfect music for a general election!

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Of course, if you prefer the electric version, you can find it [here]

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Take It Easy

Here’s the final track off the ‘New Tricks’ album and the page is set up for covers and trak listings so feel free to help yourself.

A lot of this album has been about me letting off a bit of steam, banging out some rock or getting back to some good old blues, so I thought I’d finish with something a bit different; something mellow and laid back.

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Let’s take an aeroplane
Jet off to the sun
Let’s just get away from everyone
Don’t need the hassle
Don’t need the pain
Lie in the sun and release that strain

Take it easy
Kick on back
Take it easy
Feel the sun on our backs
No need to worry
For a week or two
Take it easy

Good conversation
Over a drink
Releases my mind, gives me time to think
Forget the work load
Forget all the stress
Really doesn’t matter if back home is a mess

Take it easy
It’s easy to see
Take it easy
It’s working for me
Get away
And lie in the sun
Just take it easy

Modern living
Is taking its toll
Wears out your body and it wears out your soul
Not that it matters
At the end of the day
There’s time for working and there’s time for play

Take it easy
Find a way
Take it easy
Whatever you say
You feel that stress
Draining away
Take it easy

Take it easy
It’s easy to do
Take it easy
Make it work for you
It’s the only answer
At the end of the day
Take it easy

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