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Back Door

Jack Blandiver 21 Jan 09 - 09:11 AM
Y_Not 21 Jan 09 - 09:54 AM
Jack Blandiver 21 Jan 09 - 10:02 AM
Jack Blandiver 21 Jan 09 - 10:06 AM
Y_Not 21 Jan 09 - 10:25 AM
Will Fly 21 Jan 09 - 10:39 AM
Y_Not 21 Jan 09 - 10:49 AM
red max 21 Jan 09 - 11:35 AM
fat B****rd 21 Jan 09 - 03:31 PM
C. Ham 21 Jan 09 - 04:42 PM
Jack Blandiver 21 Jan 09 - 05:48 PM
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Subject: Back Door
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 09:11 AM

A legend in their own time, Back Door's uniquely styled rootsy blues arose from their residency in the Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge on the North Yorkshire Moors where they reconvened a few years back to promote the new CD before the deaths of saxophonist Ron Aspery & drummer Tony Hicks. Remaining is bass hero Colin Hodgkinson (who should need no introduction here) but the trio were a dream come true & a uniquely English take on a truly international music. I saw them a few times over the years - the first supporting PFM at Newcastle City Hall, 1976, and the last at The Corner House in Newcastle maybe a decade later - and whilst it's sad to think I'll never see them again, not in this life anyway, the music remains as crucial an inspiration as any. The new CD arrived this morning; wish I'd known about it sooner...

Anyone else remember them?

Back Door page at Cultural Foundation - the interviews offer as an unique insight into the life of the gigging musician as any I've read, especially that with Ron Aspery.

And three songs from the final Lion Inn gig on YouTube:

Human Bed

Lydia Moon

Askin' the Way


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Subject: RE: Back Door
From: Y_Not
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 09:54 AM

I think it must have been around 1971/3 that I went to a festival at Crystal Palace in London, top of the bill was James Taylor and during the day I saw, Tony Joe White, Lou Reed, Beck Bogert & Appice, The Session and a band that I had never heard of who knocked my socks off with a brilliant set and they were of course "BACK DOOR"

Great Times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Back Door
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 10:02 AM

Sounds about right! Here's Colin Hodgkinson at the Lion Inn with a solo rendering of San Francisco Bay Blues:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gutdzlHK6E


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Subject: RE: Back Door
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 10:06 AM

And another of Colin solo, Snab's Rag:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRUjH1zAcZA

Warm-hearted music for a cold January afternoon...


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Subject: RE: Back Door
From: Y_Not
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 10:25 AM

Just watched the link, Thank you mate it was BRILL!

A couple of years ago I went to see Gary Moore at the Apollo in Manchester and Colin did a great support spot.

DON'T YOU JUST LOVE TALENT..............................................


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Subject: RE: Back Door
From: Will Fly
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 10:39 AM

I saw Ron a few weeks before he died, in a pub in Rottingdean where our band was playing. He looked frail, but was very complementary about the playing and the sound. Our alto sax player was nearly in tears, having played before Ron and knowing that that would probably be the last time such a thing would happen.


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Subject: RE: Back Door
From: Y_Not
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 10:49 AM

Dear Will,

That is a great memory, and thank you for sharing.

Tony.


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Subject: RE: Back Door
From: red max
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 11:35 AM

Colin played in Whitesnake for a year or so. I bet he found it challenging!


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Subject: RE: Back Door
From: fat B****rd
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 03:31 PM

Great band, loved them since the 70s when they recorded at The Lion. I especially like their take on Leadbelly and Robert Johnson.
Didn't Mr. Hodgkinson work with Alexis Korner?.


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Subject: RE: Back Door
From: C. Ham
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 04:42 PM

I thought this thread was about the Back Door, a coffee house in Montreal when I was a teenager, where I spent quite a few evenings listening to people like Doc Watson, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and local stars like Bruce Murdoch and Jesse Winchester.


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Subject: RE: Back Door
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 05:48 PM

That sounds about right too.

CH worked with Alexis Corner quite frequently - I remember TV appearances in my youth. I didn't realise he played in Whitesnake though (as did Neil Murray, who also did a noble stint with the National Health). Ron Aspery has a Coverdale/Whitesnake association too - the RA CV would make an impressive read.

In 2008 the Colin Hodgkinson Group released Backdoor Too - gigs on the way I believe...


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