[Music] Bram Tchaikovsky – Strange Men Changed Men The Complete Recordings 1978-1981

It didn’t seem right that Bram Tchaikovsky was one of the great forgotten sons of Power Pop (along with Brinsley Schwarz), but this blog post gives the man (and the band) his fair due.  Much respect to The Fat Angel Sings Blog for posting this originally.

The Fat Angel Sings

Born Peter Bramall in November 1950, Bram Tchaikovsky first came to prominence as a member of the pub rock band The Motors in 1977, subsequent to playing in several local rock bands in Lincolnshire during the late ‘60s. Following his decision to leave The Motors, Bram opted to form his own eponymous power pop band, with Mike Broadbent on bass and keyboards, and Keith Boyce on drums. The trio signed to the Radar label in 1978 and went on to achieve a US Top 40 hit in 1979 with ‘Girl of My Dreams’. Several band member changes and two albums later, Bram Tchaikovsky made the decision to split from the band and retire from the music business entirely.

This lovingly assembled package, fully endorsed by Bram Tchaikovsky himself, contains all three BramTchaikovsky albums Strange Man, Changed Man (1979), The Russians Are Coming (1980) and Funland (1981), plus all…

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[Video] Colosseum – The Valentyne Suite

During a good part of the 1990s, I had the pleasure of working at one of the best record stores in America (I mean that literally – maybe two or three were greater, and that’s it). Aron’s Records was, for me, a finishing school for musical knowledge, a place where I was able to really broaden my taste in music (I have old friends Dana Madore and Ted Plank to thank for most of that, though so many contributed mightily to hipping me to new music).

Dana, in particular, as well as my clients, were fans of Colosseum and solo projects which sprang from its loins. ‘The Valentyne Suite’ is a particularly meaty piece of Hammond-based prog.