OK, I worked it all out last night. Here are my all time favourite pop/rock music groups.
- 10 The Guess Who/Acoustic Alchemy
- 9 Lenine
- 8 Jimi Hendrix Experience
- 7 Firefall
- 6 Brian Auger
- 5 The Eagles
- 4 Level 42
- 3 Bob Marley and the Wailers
- 2 The Doors
- 1 The Beatles
Most of these groups are probably familiar to you. Some not. Level 42 is a jazz/funk group from Isle of Wight. I bought their first 2 albums in the 80s and still enjoy their music. Brian Auger is an English Hammond key board player from the 70s who still amazes me with his jazzy chords. If you can’t remember who Firefall is, Google their 70s soft country rock music and you will remember them. Lenine (pronounced leneenay) is a superb Brazilian, composer, vocalist and guitar player on the rock side. (Brazilian Bossa Nova would be my desert island music of choice followed closely by Bob Marley.)
I had to include a Canadian group and the Guess Who from Winnipeg with Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman is it, really! Than I remembered my love for Accoustic Alchemy’s intricate nylon string guitar music from the 80s which I still listen too frequently. So a tie for 10th. On the classical side I still listen to Dmitri Shostakovich, particularly his 5th Symphony which rehabilitated his relationship with the Russian Communist authorities in the 30s.
Well that’s it. What are your favourite groups, any overlap with mine?
Whoops. How could I forget to mention Argent? Prog rock group with strong vocals led by ex Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent. Anything they did was amazing. So I am revising the list to 12 top picks with Argent at no. 10, Acoustic Alchemy at 11 and the Guess Who at 12. (Sorry for the delayed double posting.)