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NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON A FRIEND
- BUDGIE
With the opening pentatonic riff of 'Breadfah,
the Welsh rockers ensured enduring fame
thanks to Metallica's cover of the song decades
later. Burke Shelley's pick grooves are all over
this album: check the galloping riff of 'Baby,
Please Don't Go', the stomp of 'You're The
Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk' and the
melodic lines on 'Parents'.
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BANDOLIER - BUDGIE
Despite being a cult band, this album saw
Budgie grab a gold record, thanks to its
laid-back feel. Shelley's playing feels a little
funkier here, with that pulse on 'W ho Do
You Want For Your Love?', and the fleet-
fingered staccato riff in the middle of 'I
Can't See My Feelings'. Of course, there's the
obligatory pounding rock in 'Napoleon Bona
Part 1 & 2'.
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POWER SUPPLY - BUDGIE
This 1980 album - Budgie's eighth studio
release - sees the band favouring a
heavier sound. There are plenty of driving
eighth notes here, with tracks such as
'Forearm Smash, 'Hellbender' and 'Heavy
Revolution' seeing Shelley nailing down
the low end while his vocals soar. 'Time
To Remember' offers something different,
with some tasty slides and runs.
FULL MARCS
Bass genius Marcus Miller returns to the UK this October for seven dates across the country,
where he will be debuting new songs from his recent album
Afrodeezia,
his first for the Blue
Note jazz label. As if you didn't know already, Miller has scooped many industry awards for
his playing, composition and production skills with artists as diverse as Eric Clapton and
Snoop Dogg. Check out the great man at the Liverpool Philharmonic (19 October), Gateshead
Sage (20 Oct), Edinburgh Usher Hall (22 Oct), Manchester Bridgewater Hall (23 Oct), the Cork
Jazz Festival (24 Oct), the London Barbican (26 Oct) and the Birmingham Town Hall (28 Oct).
Info: www.serious.org.uk/miller
PRIME MOVERS
Uncategorisable alt-rock tinkers Primus
are returning to these shores for the first
time in three years, and indeed the first
time in 18 years since the original Les
Claypool/Larry Lalonde/Tim Alexander
trio were doing their crazy thing over
here. Their fairly mad new album,
Primus
& The Chocolate Factory,
will be performed
in its entirety. Claypool says that he's
always, “in some way, wanted to be Willy
Wonka”
, which sets the tone nicely. Slap
bass players should make a point of being
in the front row.
Info: www.primusville.com
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