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Memories Are Made Of This
on 10 October 2009
Founded by the redoubtable Tony Stratton-Smith in 1969, Charisma Records
played a hugely important role in the musical education of a wild and
somewhat wayward young Wolf.
The label was a hallmark for quality, single-mindedness and innovation.
This wonderful 3-disc compilation is an unmissable labour of love.
There are so many treasures here from the period spanning 1969-1978
that it would take a month of Sundays to give full credit to the amazing
range of artists and music contained within its covers.
Van Der Graaf Generator; Audience; The Nice; Rare Bird; Genesis; Brand X.
All of them part of the richly rewarding soundtrack to my adolescent wanderings.
It is very moving to be reminded of the times, the sounds and the people.
Peter Hammill, singing his heart out with VDGG on the anthem-like 'Refugees'.
(Surely one of the finest and largely unnoticed voices of our time ?!)
Two incredible vocal performances too from Audience's Howard Werth on
'House On The Hill' (from the 1971 album of the same title) and 'Jackdaw'.
One of the most musically intelligent and erudite bands of the period.
There's a magical treat from Clifford T Ward with the beautiful
'Gaye' - a song I had long forgotten which, upon hearing again,
brought an honest tear to my eye.
(Hmm...A really soppy tale could be told here
but it is probably best left to memory!)
Scottish band String Driven Thing's 'Heartfeeder' is another
powerfully nostalgic highlight.
For the rest Peter Gabriel's 'Solsbury Hill' , The Nice's
'America (Second Amendment)' and 'Country Pie/Brandenburg Concerto No 6',
and Rare Bird's 'Sympathy' are extraordinary reminders of the solid and
uncompromising platform which Charisma gave to its incomparable stable
of unique artists and bands.
The most uplifting moment of all for me was hearing Brian Davison's
Every Which Way performing 'Bed Ain't What It Used To Be'.
A major force who, sadly, never fully realised their potential.
For those who care to remember even Monty Python's 'Spam Song' is here !
A big little piece of musical history.