Monthly Archives: August, 2015

BONNIE DOBSON-DEAR COMPANION.

BONNIE DOBSON-DEAR COMPANION. There aren’t many songwriters whose first attempt to write a song, results in a classic. That’s what happened to Bonnie Dobson. The first song she wrote was Morning Dew. It was covered by Fred Neil in 1964. After that, Morning Dew has been covered by Einstürzende Neubauten and The Grateful Dead, to …

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ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS.

ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS. Often, the hardest thing about forming a new band is coming up with a name. It can be a long and tortuous process. Especially, in the internet age. A new band have to ensure the dot com address hasn’t been taken. If it has, it’s a case of starting the process all …

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VAN HALEN-VAN HALEN, VAN HALEN II, WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST, FAIR WARNING AND DIVER DOWN-VINYL EDITION

VAN HALEN-VAN HALEN, VAN HALEN II, WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST, FAIR WARNING AND DIVER DOWN-VINYL EDITION. In the history of rock ’n’ roll, Van Halen are one the most successful bands. They released twelve studio albums between their 1978 debut Van Halen, and their 2012 swan-song A Different Kind Of Truth. These albums sold an …

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IAN LEVINE’S SOLID STAX SENSATIONS.

IAN LEVINE’S SOLID STAX SENSATIONS. The Stax Records’ story began in 1957, when Jim Stewart founded Satellite Records. Four years later, in 1961, Satellite Records changed its name to Stax Records. That day, one of what become one of the most successful independent soul labels was born. This success lasted fourteen years. Then on December …

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DAVID PORTER-…INTO A REAL THING…AND MORE.

DAVID PORTER-…INTO A REAL THING…AND MORE. Ten years ago, in 2005, David Porter was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. By then, David Porter was a veteran of the music industry. He started off as a singer, and then became a producer and songwriter. It was as a songwriter that Dave Porter’s best known. …

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BLACK MOON CIRCLE-THE STUDIO JAMS VOLUME I: YELOW NEBULA IN THE SKY.

BLACK MOON CIRCLE-THE STUDIO JAMS VOLUME I: YELOW NEBULA IN THE SKY. Norwegian psychedelic space rock band Black Moon Circle are one of the rising stars of the Norwegian music scene. Their previous album Andromeda was released to critical acclaim in October 2014. A great future was forecast for the Trondheim based trio. No wonder. …

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SUN RA ARKESTRA UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MARSHALL ALLEN-BABYLON LIVE.

SUN RA ARKESTRA UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MARSHALL ALLEN-BABYLON LIVE. 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of most enigmatic and innovative musicians in the history of music, Sun Ra. The man that many referred to as Mr. Mystery has proved to be one of the most important figures in jazz. Constantly, …

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RICHARD THOMPSON-STILL.

RICHARD THOMPSON-STILL. Not many musicians enjoy the longevity that Richard Thompson has. His professional career career began in 1967, when Richard was just eighteen. He had just left the William Ellis School in Highgate. That’s where Richard Thompson formed his first band, Emile and The Detectives with future Strangler Hugh Cornwell.   It was with …

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OMAR SOULEYMAN-BAHDERI NAMI.

OMAR SOULEYMAN-BAHDERI NAMI. It’s safe to say that Omar Souleyman is Syria’s most successful musical export. He has released over 550 albums. Granted some of these albums feature Omar Souleyman singing at weddings. They’re sold in kiosks in Omar’s native Syria. That’s where his nickname the Wedding Singer comes from. Despite Omar’s prolificacy, and nearly …

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ROLLING STONES-STICKY FINGERS-DELUXE VINYL EDITION.

ROLLING STONES-STICKY FINGERS-DELUXE VINYL EDITION. By 1970, The Rolling Stones were in the middle of what is now perceived as their “golden age.” It began in 1968, when The Rolling Stones released Beggars Banquet in December 1968.  Beggars Banquet was released to widespread critical acclaim. It featured an outpouring of creativity from The Rolling Stones. …

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FOTHERINGAY-NOTHING MORE: THE COLLECTED FOTHERINGAY.

FOTHERINGAY-NOTHING MORE: THE COLLECTED FOTHERINGAY. Sandy Denny left Fairport Convention in December 1969. The reason she gave, was that the wanted to hone her skills as a songwriter. However, less than a year after her departure from Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny formed a new group. That group was Fotheringay, who although they were a short …

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