Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Incas Valley – Yes/Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe[#630]

Unknown-4As long term readers of this project might remember, during the divergence of Yes in the early nineties, when Chris Squire said “No” to Jon Anderson’s use of the band name


forcing the creation of  the eponymous Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (and later the creation of Anderson Rabin Wakeman (ffs!)), Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Rick “Keyboard Wizard” Wakeman and Steve “Carpet” Howe  got together with Tony Levin, released an album and went on a world tour entitled An Evening of Yes Music. Incas Valley is the bootleg of one of those shows.

I remember being excited at the prospect of Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe touring the UK with their show and hoped that I would be granted permission from my parents to go to their gig, the closest to me at the time was in Birmingham. Sadly, my olds decreed that 16 was too young to go to Birmingham to see a rock band on my own and my older brothers couldn’t care less about their younger brother’s musical development so didn’t offer to take me. Instead one recorded onto a cassette a BBC radio broadcast of the gig instead so I had to make do with that.

Many years later I discovered the Incas Valley bootleg on a binary newsgroup and it was pretty much the same set but with extras. So now, to relive that experience, I often play Incas Valley on my stereo in the kitchen while I charge myself £40 to sit in the loft and pretend I’m in the Birmingham Arena. Win!

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Deep Purple & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Concerto for Group and Orchestra – Deep Purple [#355]

Concerto_Deep_PurpleHaving had this in my collection since Jamie gave it me nearly fifteen years ago, I finally got round to listening to it for the first time.

I wish I hadn’t.

Jon Lord thought it was a good idea to get Richie Blackmore et al to perform along side an orchestra. These days this happens nearly every day, Magnification by Yes, Pink Floyd’s The Wall and most stuff by Rick Wakeman. Back then it was new and innovative.

In short, this is probably one of the reasons why I ran this project. To weed out the shite from my collection. This album is an example of that shite that is now weeded.


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