On April 20, 2012, Herbert Maurice William ‘Bert’ Weedon died aged 91. He was musician (guitar), whose style of playing was popular and influential during the 50s and 60s. Weedon was the first British guitarist to have a hit record in the “UK Singles Chart”, in 1959. His “Play in a Day” guitar guide influenced some of the biggest names in rock and roll such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Dave Davies, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page. For his “services to music”, in 2001, Weedon was awarded an OBE.
On February 18, 2014, “Guided by Voices Inc.” label released “Motivational Jumpsuit”, the 20th Guided by Voices album. It was recorded in 2013, at “Cyberteknics” in Dayton, Ohio, and in Leland, Michigan, and was produced by Robert Pollard, Mitch Mitchell, Tobin Sprout,
Robert Pollard – vocals, guitar, artwork, layout, photography
Mitch Mitchell – guitar, recording engineer
Tobin Sprout – guitar, recording engineer
Greg Demos – bass
Kevin Fennell – drums
Darrell Robbins, John Shough, Phil Mahaffey – recording engineer
Dave Davies – mastering
Joe Patterson – layout
All tracks by Robert Pollard, except where noted.
Littlest League Possible
Until Next Time
Writer’s Bloc (Psycho All the Time)
Jupiter Spin – Tobin Sprout
Save the Company
Go Without Packing
Record Level Love – Tobin Sprout
I Am Columbus
Difficult Outburst and Breakthrough
Calling Up Washington – Tobin Sprout
A Bird With No Name
Shine (Tomahawk Breath) – Tobin Sprout
Vote For Me Dummy
Some Things Are Big (And Some Things Are Small) – Tobin Sprout
On November 22, 1968, “Pye” label released “The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society”, the sixth Kinks studio album. It was recorded October – November 1968, at “Pye Studios” in London, and was produced by Ray Davies. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 255 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of all Time”.
Ray Davies– lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, accordion, oboe, flute
On October 10, 1969, “Pye” label released “Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)” the seventh Kinks studio album. It was recorded May–July 1969, at “Pye Studios” in London, and was produced by Ray Davis. “Arthur” was concept album as the soundtrack to a Granada Television play and developed the storyline with novelist Julian Mitchell, but the television programme was cancelled and never produced.
Mick Avory– drums, percussion
John Dalton– bass guitar, background vocals
Dave Davies– lead guitar, background vocals, lead and co-lead vocal
Ray Davies– lead and background vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
On September 15, 1967, “Pye” label released “Something Else by The Kinks” (Something Else), the fifth Kinks album. It was recorded April 1966 – July 1967, at “Pye Studios” in London, and was produced by Shal Talmy and Ray Davies. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 288 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
Ray Davies– lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, harp, harpsichord, organ, tuba, maracas
Dave Davies– lead and backing vocals, lead guitar, 12 string guitar