Silverstone Top Tracks

1. Deep Purple - Highway Star

This was the first track that ‘Purple’ played at the very first concert I ever went to, Knebworth 1985. It rained and it rained and it rained and I was hooked from the opening bars. Sadly that version isn’t available on Spotify  - although I do have it on a CD they released a few years later - so you’ll have to make do with this version from their legendary Made In Japan album.

2. Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK

As I was only 6 when ‘The Pistols’ release this as their debut single, it didn’t really dawn on me as to just how good a song it truly is. Thankfully it’s sounds as fresh and full of anger nearly 40 years later. Johnny Rotten maybe better known for his ‘butter’ adverts to some, but this was his tour de force and my god what a tune!

3. Lonely The Brave - Backroads

I wanted to feature this band, who hail from Cambridge, so not far from Silverstone, and this seems like a decent time to do it as their debut album The Day’s War is finally out. If there’s any justice they’ll be massive one day, the album is brilliant and this track is the one that stands out for me. “I’ll be the Sky and you be the Bird” David Jakes sings, what an image that conjures up. I’ve had this one my running music playlist for some time now and why it’s taken so long for the album to be release I have no idea, but all good things come to those who wait and this my friends is a very good thing.

4. Fred Abbott - Adrenaline Shot

The demise of Noah And The Whale could turn out to be a blessing if Fred continues to produce tracks like this. Their former lead singer has got a lot less ‘Folky’ and a lot more ‘Tom Petty’ it seems, which is a never a bad thing in my book. Hopefully you’ll like it too.

5. Iron Maiden - Running Free

Where do you start with ‘Maiden?’ So many excellent tunes, it’s almost impossible to just have the one. But I’ve gone for Running Free and the live version from ‘Live After Death’ because not only is that their seminal live album, but this track showcases why this band are more than just another heavy metal act. Steve Harris’ baseline dominates and only those with no soul would fail to boogie along, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith add lead and rhythm guitars bringing the power and melody, Nico McBrain on drums pounds out the beat and never let’s the intensity slip for one second and Bruce Dickinson shows why he’s one of the greatest rock frontmen of all time. “Scream for Me………?" It’s Long Beach in this instance, but it could be anywhere in the world as Maiden have conquered all four corners of this beautiful globe and continue to do so. One of Britain’s biggest and best rock exports, may they Run Free for forever.