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Major Snagg
Jul 30, 2022
In William's World
Fancy Planets...the final song...At the end of the song... The Golden Days Of Radio (hyper mix) ...there is a short snippet of a guitar instrumental. It sounds like a Duane Eddy tune. Does anyone, apart from Bill, (who hasn't replied yet) know what it's title is. Or, is it in fact a very clever tribute tune actually composed by Bill in the style of Duane Eddy? It really is a lovely tune that would (in my opinion) benefit from expanding and realeasing onto an album sometime. It's much too good to leave 'unfinished' on the end of something else. Please help if you can.
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Major Snagg
Jun 17, 2022
In The World And His Wife
I still upload my own instrumentals and songs to Soundclick as Soundclick.com/majorsnagg From about 2010 onwards there seemed to an exodus from Soundclick. Why and where did they go? I can't believe that people just stopped making their own recordings or simply tranferred their loyalties to YouTube. As a home recordist I just can't understand it...anybody got any answers?
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Major Snagg
Jun 17, 2022
In The World And His Wife
I contributed to a few of the music challenges that used to be set...the results were placed on a specially created Soundclick page. I can't seem to find these any longer. However, soundclick is still up and running....and this August it celebrates its 25th year. All my music is there, as I continue to use it. Can any of you rember these music challenges...Dreamsville St. Valentines Day Massacre, Dreamsville Summer and so on. Please let me know if you actually took part. Names I remeber are...Peter Brookes, John Izzard, Mick Wilson's Blue Nose, The Architect Sketch, Hairy Vike qne many more.
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Major Snagg
Mar 08, 2022
In William's World
As I can't afford this 6 CD set at the moment, I wonder if any of you would be willing to write an unbiased review as possible about what I am currently missing? Is it a must have, or one for completists only.? My Bill Nelson tastes are inclined towards, Fancy Planets, Dynamos and Tremolos, A New Northern Dream, Adventures of Sailor Bill...more melodic song based stuff and shorter almost surf twangy tunes I guess. I must ask you to say if you feel that the sampled voices are annoying! That is one aspect that does spoil some perfectly nice instrumentals for me. Could you also give me pointers about Mixed Up Kid too, if you have time. Thanks.
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Major Snagg
Mar 08, 2022
In The World And His Wife
At the moment I am attempting to record a cover of the 1967 single...My White Bicycle by Tomorrow. Nazareth also covered it a few years later, but I'm in full psychedelic revival mode at the moment, so it has to be based on the original. Steve Howe was in this band before he was a Yes man. 😉 Great classic with a 60s vibe.
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Major Snagg
Sep 14, 2021
In The World And His Wife
When I first got used to having my first home computer...(I can still remember the Internet dial up sounds)...dates me doesn't it. Well, in those days ... Rooms With Brittle Views, which was the name of Bill's website? had the occasional music challenge for interested musician fans. I looked forward to them and submitted quite a few pieces of music. Other members who submitted music were John Izzard, Quinault, Peter Brookes, and many more. I submitted my pieces of music under the name of Major Snagg. I still use that name on Soundclick. The Soundclick Web site has changed over the years, as most websites tend to do but it is still a friendly, sensible and great place to put your musical creations. If you used this in the past and have stopped, please sign in again and while you there, check out mine and other people's home recordings. May I suggest you listen to Jesus Oldman's huge catalogue of songs or Dollar Bill and The Unmentionables too.
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Major Snagg
Jul 09, 2020
In William's World
On the soundtrack of this excellent video at approx. 11:15 ...just after 'My Favourite Atom' (from 'Magnificent Dream People') there is a nice instrumental that I don't know the name of...can anyone tell me what it is and which album it's from. The tunes that follow it are 'V Ghost' (from After The Satellite Sings) and 'Over Ocean' from (The Summer Of God's Piano?) I know it's a bit of an ask...but someone must know. I doubt if even Bill remembers where all these tracks are from! Try your best please...then I can sleep:)
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Major Snagg
Jul 16, 2019
In William's World
I've made myself various Bill Nelson 'compilation CDs for my own pleasure over the years. Just the thing to have in the car, rather than having dozens of separate CDs. Making up a compilation CD isn't as easy a task as it might at first seem, due to the amount of material to chose from. I also can see why Bill spends such a time getting the running order of his releases to his liking. It's a real balancing act to get the 'flow' and 'feel' of a CD just right. You don't want tracks that jarr against each other. Hopefully I've got a good balance of soft and hard with this running order. Here's a CD that I've called, 'Songs From Over The Years'. It's a constant companion in my car. Have you made up your own CD of faves? I'd be interested to see what you've chosen. Sex Magic I Hear Electricity Tonight Picasso Dreams The Land Of Dreams Is Closed God Man Slain Mystery Vortex (Oberon Touchstone) No Time Says The Clock Where Are We Now The Flower Thief Heaven Takes No Prisoners Slumberlite She Dreams Of Fires When Accident Became My Bride Once More Around The Moon The Silver Darkness Whispers Yes The Golden Days Of Radio (Compact Mix) Big Yellow Moon Angels In Arcadia If only CDs could hold slightly more data, then I'd also include, The Invisible Man And The Unforgettable Girl and my personal combination mix of ... 'Down Comes The Rain', with - 'More Rain' cleverly spliced into the middle of it. I use Adobe Audition for this kind of jiggery-pokery. I must loudly state here that this compilation CD is just for my own listening pleasure. Looks like I'll be making up another fave song collection.
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Major Snagg
May 17, 2019
In William's World
I know that this may seem a little at odds with what we usually expect and now mostly get. I for one, would be in favour of shorter albums...probably of about 45 minutes playing time....actually the length that LPs used to be in the past. I feel that albums of this length are much more manageable for the listener to digest in one sitting. Listening for 70 minutes or over, can be a bit of a daunting proposition (and dare I say it, a tiring experience) When albums were of a shorter playing time, you really got to enjoy them and know them inside out. So, 'less' is sometimes 'more'. Also, an album of shorter length has the potentially to be much more powerful as a result...all killer, no filler as they say...what's not to like. It even benefits the artist in a way. Anybody agree ...or very much disagree? I'm hoping that some of you might actually agree! Ok, you can now shoot me down in flames if you don't agree ! :-)
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Major Snagg
Mar 12, 2019
In William's World
Is this mammoth reference piece still available to down-load as a PDF file? or has it vanished. I never actually found time to download it. Any help or pointers as to where it is would be super cool...cheers.
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