"TANGIER" Billy Thorpe
most of you will not know who billy thorpe is, but here in Australia he is a legend. he's been making music since the early/mid 1960's with his band 'the aztecs', who were as big as The Beatles here.his two biggest hits were:
Most People I Know http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QezNE...eature=related
It's Almost Summer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=659BB5W838I
he moved to the US in 1976,his 1979 album 'children of the sun' made the top 40 in the billboard pop album charts as did the single of the same name. Billy composed music for several TV series including Columbo,Star Trek:Next Generation, Eight Is Enough amongst others. in 1990 he wrote and played on all 10 tracks of Mick Fleetwoods side project 'the zoo'. he was inducted into the Aust.Hall of Fame in 1991, returning to Australia in 1996 he released 2 biographies which were best sellers and began touring again. Billy died, aged 60 in Feb 2007, was awarded the 'member of australia medal' posthumously in June of that year.
this album was seven years in the making and many trips to nothern africa for inspiration. the music is a combination of chugging heavy blues, orchestrations, egyptian strings, brass,woodwind,african drums and layered backing vocals. it is an aural pleasure to listen to.the album was almost finished by time he died. Mick Fleetwood,who contributes drums to this album,and as Billy's friend has finished the album for him over the past 2yrs. the best way i can sum uo the album is by calling it a 'hypnotic, bewildering musical trip to another world and time'.
I LIKE THIS ALBUM
worst track- 'gypsy' and 'long time', the instrumentals. theyre ok, but im not a fan.
2....a river knows**
3....since youve been gone**
8....it's a new world**
9....we will be there***
10..out of here***
as there are only 2 tracks available on youtube,try amazon.co.uk where you can hear snippets of the tracks.
ps: Tiggi and Gryph, i think you'll love this one