Harrogate's classic rock album event passes £13,000 mark for Harrogate Hospital

A Harrogate music event focused on classic rock albums has passed the £13,000 mark in fundraising for Harrogate Hospital.

Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 12:32 pm
Band on the Run album by Paul McCartney and Wings is the focus of the next Harrogate Vinyl Sessions event.

Since vintage hi-fi expert Colin Paine set it up two years ago, Vinyl Sessions has raised thousands for Friends of Harrogate Hospital charity through its monthly events at Starling bar and cafe in Harrogate.

Even when lockdown forced it to go online, it has still managed to raise another £1,000 as it has continued to shine a light on some of the world's greatest music acts.

The next Vinyl Sessions event this Wednesday, June 17 will star former Beatle Paul McCartney's most successful solo album - Band on the Run which will be played on glorious vinyl.

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Band on the Run is the third studio album by Paul McCartney & Wings and was a the multi-million selling global smash after it was released in December 1973.

It was McCartney's fifth solo album after leaving The Beatles in April 1970.

Although sales were modest initially, its commercial performance was aided by two nig hit singles – Jet and Band on the Run – such that it became the top-selling studio album of 1974 in the United Kingdom and Australia, in addition to revitalising McCartney's critical standing.

It remains McCartney's most successful album and the most celebrated of his post-Beatles works.

The fun starts at 7.30pm with organiser and hi fi expert Colin Paine, followed by a full profile from “Professor of Pop” Graham Chalmers of the Harrogate Advertiser along with some video action from Jim Dobbs during playback of the album in full about 8.00ish.

After the vinyl playback of Band on the Run finishes, there will be a few more hits from other Paul McCartney albums and a trip to Amplifier Mike's Workshop.

Colin Paine said: "We've put together a superb Sony 1974 age related system for this with a Sony TA1066 & ST1066 combination and spin the disc on a PS5520 turntable - the system you would have loved to play this original album on in the day!

"We run our dual platform audio stream and Zoom for the event."

Anyone wishing to join the session should visit www.vinylsessions.org for details

Since Vinyl Sessions went digital during lockdown, previous online events have included Bob Dylan's Freewheelin Bob Dylan, REM'S Automatic For The People, Simple Minds' New Gold Dream and ELO's Discovery.

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