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article imageReview: ‘Totally British 70's Rock 'n' Roll’ Special

By Alexander Baron     Mar 10, 2013 in Entertainment
Although rock 'n' roll originated in the United States, the contribution of these islands to contemporary music is unparalled. Lie back and listen.
This is the first of two programmes; this covers 1970-74; the second 1975-79. Like last year's programme about Lionel Richie, there is not a lot to be said for this one because there is no commentary; the music speaks for itself. It opens with Badfinger, who were not quite one hit wonders, and ends, appropriately, with Mott The Hoople performing the classic The Golden Age Of Rock 'N' Roll, written by keyboard player, vocalist and occasional guitarist Ian Hunter.
You can check out many of the tracks performed herein on SongFacts, and of course most of the artists concerned have official websites or fan sites, and indeed most are still around today, although two of the founder members of Badfinger committed suicide, Pete Ham at the age of 27, thus joining that tragic and infamous club.
Not all the performances are live, and not all the performers are household names, but if you haven't heard of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, check out the man's mesmeric performance of Faith Healer; the guy in green strides may look like a clown, but Zal Cleminson is one hell of a guitarist. Sadly, Harvey himself is with us no more, having gone to that great gig in the sky as long ago as 1982 at the young age of 46. If you like this track, check out Next.
Other contributions include The Rocker from the original line up of Thin Lizzy, and Black Dog by Babe Ruth; the guy on the guitar is Alan Shacklock, whose influence extends far beyond commercial rock.
Most of the material here is single and chart-oriented, so be sure to check out all the above and more on YouTube, and once again thank your lucky stars that you were alive in 2013 and not 1813.
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