Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Petty Heartbreakers. Duck and Drake. 28.11.2013

We saw them in July, reckoned they were pretty good, and made a note for next time…and this was it.  Importantly, they are not to be confused with a group with a similar name and website address who are/were (?) operating around the Cambridge area.

The pub was pretty full and they started out again with ‘King’s Highway’.  The first set was dominated by ‘Full Moon Fever’ and ‘Wildflowers’ (both, in fact, classed as Tom Petty solo records), and the set finished with ‘The Waiting’ and ‘Anything that’s rock n roll’ again.

A good first hour, a quick 20 minute break and back on.  ‘Tom’ doubled up on keyboards for ‘Breakdown’ and ‘I need to know’ and managed to  do a decent juggling act. ‘Handle with care’ featured again and the likes of ‘Refugee’ featured amongst slightly lesser known numbers.   The second hour was equally well received and, as I indicated in the July review, it is good that a tribute act not only are fans of the original but are knowledgeable too.  (They also played a few different tunes to last time, including a far-from-easy ‘Don’t come around here no more’.)              How many times do we see a poster in a club saying ‘For one night only, Ted Todger is Freddie Mercury’ and see next to it that Ted, tomorrow night, will be taking out his big teeth, removing his moustache, stuffing a pillow up his shirt, putting on a waistcoat and a long wig and…he is now (for one night only) Meatloaf!! Thankfully, these lads aren’t in that category.*

The group have some more dates soon in Yorkshire, check them out.**


*(But I think ‘Tom’s’ day job is a in Beatles tribute act?)

**  Went to see them again at the Boot and Shoe in Ackworth on Sunday 1st December.  Not much of a crowd but then again we were in the middle of AC/DC territory!


Wishbone Ash. ‘Rocked up beyond belief’ 2CD.

To tie in with the recent hoohah regarding Andy Powell and Martin Turner regarding the name ‘Wishbone Ash’, I happened to find my copy of the above, still sealed, which I bought at Cropredy this year.  The title, a pun on the track ‘FUBB’ (F**ked up beyond Belief, in case you didn’t know) is accompanied by ‘Two decades of Live Recordings’ (70s and 80s, one decade per cd).

I paid the princely sum of £3.00 (brand new), and it looked to be great value for money. However, what it neglected to say on the outside is that the recordings are from the ‘Tracks’ series of discs…although it was mysteriously revealed on the inside cover. And who is the proof-reader at the record company (Talking Elephant)?! ‘Blownin’ Free'(sic)?!!  Anyway, minor complaints in view of the contents.

First disc has performances from the Mk2 line-up. Four out of the ten are from Argus, although no ‘Throw down the Sword’. The renditions are all very good, although ‘Bad Weather Blues’ might not really make the transition from live encore to hard copy too well.   The songs all demonstrate what a really good outfit they were.

Second disc is from the 80s and has a variety of line-ups. The ‘reformed’ line-up(s) is well-represented, with Ted Turner to the fore. ‘Living Proof’ is one of the best of the Mk 2’s compositions and gets a decent airing here.  The ‘Raw to the Bone’ line-up is featured too, but songs like ‘Underground’ and ‘No more lonely Nights’ are pretty average. A couple of rarely-performed songs and a final rendition of ‘Phoenix’ bring the collection to a close.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with Wishbone Ash, it is an excellent compilation to wet your feet with. The first disc, for me, outshines the second, and the set is a good representation of the first two decades of a group which seems to have been sadly become the subject who said what, did what and did what when.

(I have to admit to a Freudian slip, and of course apologise profusely, in recently calling a recent Wishbone Ash cd ‘Arrogant Self’ instead of ‘Elegant Stealth’ .)