I always consider my first “serious” album by a “serious” artist was Status Quo’s “Back to Back”, asked for and delivered by Father Christmas in 1983 when I was but thirteen. However my musical education began long before this. In my pre-teens, growing up in the 70s, I remember a number of tunes that stick in my head to this today.
I inherited the album “Sing A Song of Motor Cars” by Jill Adamson & Mary Elaine from one of my brothers. It was a curious collection of songs about different cars including Mini Moke Song, Big Red Bus and The Thirsty Mini. In trying to recall the songs recently, I remebered just the Mini Moke Song and had the impression it was by Pinky and Perky, those puppet forerunners of Basil Brush,Gordon the Gopher and Roland Rat. But on finding the songs again on Youtube, I was reminded with some hilarity about the track endings which were the artists talking speeded up. I remember how I loved the end of the Big Red Bus:
“a hissing noise, what was that? Now I know the tire is flat! <laughter ensues>”
I had a 45rpm of the Pinky & Perky Track “Up, Up & Away”
Much of the music around me in these early days was classical because my father was a huge fan of Beethoven, and my brothers both learned classical instruments: the piano and french horn. Indeed my brother is now a classical music teacher and I remember keenly his hours of practice as a strong early influence on me.
My concessions to classical music came in the form of versions “rocked up” by Sky, and particularily the parts played by John Williams:
Dance of The Faeries http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXTvj9votKg&feature=related
March to the Scaffold http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FWEQH0e6yM
Sky’s sound led me eventually into the “serious music” of Mike Oldfield and also in part to discover Jeff Wayne’s War of The Worlds.
Other favourites were :
Carpenters On Top Of the World http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1u6628Rdqs and
Apollo 100 Tamares http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55BGk_wCXXk
Abba “Eagle” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrrQuxZC1JY
and I admit to an intoxication with ALW’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar! Rock Opera at its best!