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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:49 pm    Post subject: Tony Blackburn's first live POTP Reply with quote

El Tonio has created a short Audioboo to tell us all that tomorrow's Pick Of The Pops (Saturday 29th January) will be live - the first time he's been able to do this.

Here's the boo:

http://audioboo.fm/boos/264588-bbc-radio-2-tomorrow
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

347 boos , 286 followers not a high hit rate Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps it's because AudioBoo is very new form of communication? Many more people can listen than follow - just like anything on the web.

Anyhow, we digress do we not?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So far so good sounds a lot less forced than the prerecorded shows. A bit OTT on the old jingles though.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the old jingles

Ironically I think they give the show a fresher feel to it as we haven't heard them for so many years

It's almost in a way going back to the old format when Fluff used to play bits of classical music in between tracks

So far I'm quite impressed Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really enjoying the show live, loads of my favourites there.

Love the jingles!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the jingles, pity we can't hear a bit more of the music without the chat over the top though!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great show. Mr Blackburn sounding as fresh as ever after 47 years in the business. The jingles are re-sings of old PAMS jingles from the 60s produced by s2Blue
http://www.s2blue.com/
Some of those played are, of course, the original versions.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Ruddles, Helen and Angela,

Overall this the opinion on Digital Spy...sounds better live, great jingles but again some songs do not deserve to be chopped so soon...

Maybe they should drop the climbers(only playing them when time allows)

Would featuring a chart in full and maybe filling the remaining time with a mixture of music possibly allowing Tony to react with the audience work as he did when doing the other specials on Radio 2 and to take advanatge of being live.

As many tunes of the 60's were short in length you'd think most could be fitted into the hour...Ryan's Eloise being an exception(it's more of a problem in the decades like the 70's and 80's)with songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, Music etc...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just listening to it now. I love the re-worked PAMS jingles - especially the old BigL "Wonderful Radio London" one. It sounds strange hearing the wrong words!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the 1966 segment of the show today was faultless. I can even put up with Tony's voicing-over intros and outros; I remember him doing it on Radio One Breakfast but these days it just keeps things moving in a classic 1960s style.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin I think you're right about it being a 60's style, that was when we first heard it and thought it great. Presenting styles have changed and we now want to hear all the record most of the time but it's the style we know from Tony so it somehow makes it okay, for me at least!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was an art talking upto the vocals on a song and if done well it still is, I think it was just when a record was really chopped off and not just faded/clipped near the end.

Its certainly a tight format...few of today's presenters could manage it...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that's very true. In the good old days the 45rpm records used to have the intro duration written on the centre label. The presenter would then cue the disc on the turntable whilst watching the clock and make sure they were out just as the first lyric came in. It really was an art.

Today, it's easy and has been since the introduction of the CD. Professional CD players from Tascam, Denon, etc., can be set to give an "intro countdown" on the display. And, of course, on the modern server playout systems you get all the info you need right there on the monitor display.

Even though Tony B. is obviously adept in the use of the new systems, I still get a picture of him slipping the disc on a Gates turntable mat and releasing it the old way. I guess that's a tribute to his professionalism - he makes it sound easy.

It's funny how it was very unfashionable to say you liked Tony Blackburn back in the 70s and 80s (I was definitely a John Peel man myself) but now he's seen as one of the Old Masters of Radio and revered because of it.

(Quite rightly, of course!).
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know if you heard Jeremy Vine earlier this week mention, after playing a trail to today's POTP, that he'd met him for the first time at the lift the previous day. It obviously meant something to him!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was brilliant, new jingles PAMS ones like Big L Radio London, e mails, texts, all excellent, essential listening every Saturday, check the I Player for those who missed it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What goes around, comes around I guess. I like to think of it being as you describe Colin...

I keep forgetting that the new machines have all these extra features supposedly to make life easier...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
It was brilliant, new jingles PAMS ones like Big L Radio London


Like I said a few posts back.....

mark occomore wrote:
e mails, texts, all excellent, essential listening every Saturday, check the I Player for those who missed it.


Well, er, yes......... although it doesn't need emails or texts. There's enough action-packed content without all that.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Groove Addicts / Worx sang the jingles. I don't think Tony read out loads of emails and texts, it just gives a live interaction to the show.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only heard a small part of POTP/1966. It did seem that Tony talked a little too much over some songs. Just because he talked over them in the 60s doesn't mean he should do it now. Still, it was hardly Evans-esque.

So nice to hear the sublime My Ship Is Coming In by The Walker Brothers: perfect piano intro, arrangements, lyrics and tune, and Scott's wonderful vocals. And The Kinks' Till The End Of The Day and The Beedles' Day Tripper, classics all of them. Did he really play the ghastly Michelle twice though? (David and Jonathan and The Overlanders).
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, he did but cut one of the versions short by quite some time...it could argued one could've been dropped allowing time for another song to be heard or another in full or maybe it's fun to compare?

Another station used to run a chart over two hours and have an artist featured in that chart as a studio guest and all songs were heard and you didn't feel that it was rushed.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schizoidman wrote:
I only heard a small part of POTP/1966. It did seem that Tony talked a little too much over some songs. Just because he talked over them in the 60s doesn't mean he should do it now.


That isn't really the point, though. The point I was making was that the style of presentation was entirely consistent with the period in focus. It's nothing like Evans (thankfully) who talks over everything because (a) he's not in the least interested in music and (b) he can't stand being forced to shut up for more than 5 seconds.

I thought the style and pace of POTP was spot on, personally.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're slipping, Colin. Seven posts before you manage to mention Chris Evans on a thread that has nothing to do with him.

Tony Blackburn has always talked over the beginnings and endings of records, without a care for the vocals, so, with the old jingles in play, today's POTP sounded just like a Tony Blackburn Show of the 1960s. Just a shame it couldn't sound like a POTP of the 1960s with Alan Freeman.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
I think Groove Addicts / Worx sang the jingles. I don't think Tony read out loads of emails and texts, it just gives a live interaction to the show.

As mentioned in earlier post the jingles were either original PAMS or re-sings by s2Blue.
Makes you realise how much they cut short the tracks on the chart shows first time round for those that remember the likes of Fluff, Tom Browne or Simon Bates presenting the Top 20 in just 60 minuntes.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy W wrote:
mark occomore wrote:
I think Groove Addicts / Worx sang the jingles. I don't think Tony read out loads of emails and texts, it just gives a live interaction to the show.

As mentioned in earlier post the jingles were either original PAMS or re-sings by s2Blue.
Makes you realise how much they cut short the tracks on the chart shows first time round for those that remember the likes of Fluff, Tom Browne or Simon Bates presenting the Top 20 in just 60 minuntes.


Yes you right. S2Blue, licensed by JAM Creative Productions, Dallas, Texas to resing POTP's jingles, and for Johnnie Walker Sounds Of The 70's.
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RockitRon wrote:
You're slipping, Colin. Seven posts before you manage to mention Chris Evans on a thread that has nothing to do with him.

Tony Blackburn has always talked over the beginnings and endings of records, without a care for the vocals, so, with the old jingles in play, today's POTP sounded just like a Tony Blackburn Show of the 1960s. Just a shame it couldn't sound like a POTP of the 1960s with Alan Freeman.


Given that blackburn's style is Blackburn's and not Freeman's, that would be difficult to achieve.

I blame it all on Evans, of course.
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RockitRon: to be fair to Colin, it was I who first mentioned Evans. Colin merely replied.
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Schizoidman wrote:
RockitRon: to be fair to Colin, it was I who first mentioned Evans. Colin merely replied.


Top man! I've always admired you greatly! Smile
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Good show today. 1969 brings back lots of memories. I had completely forgotten the Nina Simone version of To Love Somebody. Much better than the Bee Gees
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to hear some 50's stuff today and more jingles too but a pity that the more well known versions of songs were played when there was a duplication...an example Frankie Vaughan cut short for the Jimmy Rogers version which is good but so well known.

And as 50's songs were shorter I think more would've fitted into the hour.

If not, Perry Como's Magic Moments heard so often could've been dropped to allow the others to be featured.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed both of today's charts and the jingles. I bought my first singles in 1969 so that chart always holds good memories for me. Either TB talked over the music less, or I didn't notice it so much this week! Smile
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Angela I think 1969 is probably the best year in music ever

I remember the summer of 1969 as being the best ever year of my life

It might just be my own view but I think and hope a lot of people can relate to it Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angela W wrote:
I enjoyed both of today's charts and the jingles. I bought my first singles in 1969 so that chart always holds good memories for me. Either TB talked over the music less, or I didn't notice it so much this week! Smile


I agree with you Angela but I just wished he'd played the versions that are heard less but I think it was better than last week in every way and that's probably because he's settled in more. I'm looking forward to more shows in this series and hopefully more specials...
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I too enjoyed 1958 today, nice to hear songs I've not heard before.

Ruddles: some years ago Channel 4 did a programme concentrating entirely on the number ones of 1969, because every one was a classic.
Must have been 'something in the air'.
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The Great Gildersleeve wrote:
Angela W wrote:
I enjoyed both of today's charts and the jingles. I bought my first singles in 1969 so that chart always holds good memories for me. Either TB talked over the music less, or I didn't notice it so much this week! Smile


I agree with you Angela but I just wished he'd played the versions that are heard less but I think it was better than last week in every way and that's probably because he's settled in more. I'm looking forward to more shows in this series and hopefully more specials...


Yes I thought it was better than last week too. 1958 was interesting, I didn't realise that there were so many versions of so many songs, if that makes sense!
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ruddlescat wrote:
Angela I think 1969 is probably the best year in music ever

I remember the summer of 1969 as being the best ever year of my life

It might just be my own view but I think and hope a lot of people can relate to it Very Happy


Yes 1969 was a good year. I was still at school and had to save my pocket money for weeks to buy one single. I still have them all, although I rarely play any of them these days.
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Angela,
Even after all this time I am still surprised how many songs of the 50's and 60's were cover versions of American songs and it's fun sometimes being able to compare.

Today, if we heard say Frank Sinatra singing "New York, New York" we know he had the original hit but many artists have recorded their own version.

Look how many versions exist of Yesterday by Paul McCartney.

The difference is back then these songs were in competition with each other. That doesn't seem to happen these days.

Its sometimes fun to hear the songs many British artists released in a foreign language to try and get to number 1 in Germany, France or other European countries. I wonder when that idea stiopped.
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Didn't hear any of POTP yesterday but have to agree that 1969 was a great year for music. It's on my list to 'listen again' to.

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Been going through the programme again Helen and have to say again it's very good.
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The Great Gildersleeve wrote:
Angela,
Even after all this time I am still surprised how many songs of the 50's and 60's were cover versions of American songs and it's fun sometimes being able to compare.


That is one of the features I used to enjoy in the Bill Kenwright shows. I think he called it something like 'we did it better' and it was an English cover of an American song. Usually I liked the cover better than the original!
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