The love for vinyl has always been there and many stories are attached to your favourite records. There are whispers in some quarters that vinyl is back, and they are getting louder. Not in the same numbers that it was in the pre-cd day’s of the 70’s and 80’s, but the records are up on display in record shop’s. There is hundred’s of reasons why we like a certain song. Vinyl Junkies is looking for the stories behind them.
Vince High is lead singer with North East UK heavy metal band Mythra. They are one of the original New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands and have been cited as an early influence by Lars Ulrich of Metallica. They formed in the second half of the 1970’s and released their legendary ‘Death & Destiny EP’ in 1979. After reforming in 2014 Mythra are still active on the current international Metal scene. In October 2017 they made their triumphant first appearance in the United States at California’s ‘Frost & Fire III’ Festival.
Introductions over, here are 7 songs that shaped Vince’s world.
1. ‘Black Night’ by Deep Purple was one of the first singles I ever bought. Probably my first encounter with Heavy Rock. Some of my mates’ older brothers used to play their records when we were hanging around and I can remember loving this single and ‘Strange Kind Of Woman’ too. I think it was the guitar riffs and the energy that moved me. Purple were the first band I ever saw live at Newcastle City Hall in February 1973. Life changing experience for sure and sparked a lifelong love of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
2. ‘Paranoid’ by Black Sabbath is another big single for me. The guitar riff and the vocal effects sounded amazing at the time of release and still do. It was one of the first songs I ever sang when me and my mates put our first band together. It’s a classic!
3. I used to buy second hand records from a shop just off Frederick Street in South Shields when I was a kid in the early 1970’s. I think it was called The Handy Shop but I might be wrong as it was so long ago haha. I remember buying a sampler album called ‘The Age Of Atlantic’ which had, amongst other tracks, ‘Communication Breakdown’ from Led Zeppelin. That prompted me to buy Zeppelin 1 which remains one of my favourite albums of all time.
4. ‘Radar Love’ by Dutch band Golden Earring is another single I absolutely loved at the time it was released and still do. I saw them at Newcastle City Hall around 1974 and they were amazing. Bought the album ‘Moontan’ which, once again, remains one of my favourites to this day. I think that was probably their only big record in the UK. However, those guys are still going strong, still playing live and still sounding great!
5. Wishbone Ash had a massive album ‘Argus’ which me and my mates went crazy for as kids. More melodic than the band’s mentioned above but wow those twin lead guitars were amazing. ‘Blowin’ Free’ is regarded as the classic track which every club band copied at the time but the whole album is superb.
6. Also liked a bit of Progressive Rock as a kid and I remember the album ‘Fragile’ by Yes. Me and my classmates at school used to swap albums and I remember swapping my ‘Tarkus’ by ELP for ‘Fragile’. So many great tracks including ‘Roundabout’ which I absolutely love. Yes were a supergroup…all amazing musicians.
7. I started buying American imports when I went to Newcastle on Saturday afternoons with my girlfriend around the mid 70’s. They were a little bit more expensive but worth it. I remember going to the Mayfair on a Friday night and the DJ playing ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ by Kansas. I had to have the album ‘Leftoverture’. It’s sheer class from start to finish.
Intro Gary Alikivi November 2017.
Mythra: Still Burning, 13th February 2017.
John Roach, Still Got the Fire, 27th April 2017.
Maurice Bates, Just A Mo’, 12th May 2017.
Will Binks July 7th 2017 – Martin Popoff July 12th 2017
John Heston August 3rd 2017 – Neil Armstrong August 11th 2017
Colin Smoult August 29th 2017 -– Neil Newton September 12th 2017
Tony Higgins October 11th 2017.