Monthly Archives: November, 2015

JON SAVAGE’S 1966: THE YEAR THE DECADE EXPLODED.

JON SAVAGE’S 1966: THE YEAR THE DECADE EXPLODED. It was the best of times, it was the worst of time. That’s the best way to describe 1966, which musical historians and cultural commentators remember as the year that transformed music. 1966 was a game-changer. Nothing would ever be the same again. Jon Savage explains why …

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GIRL ZONE-VINYL EDITION.

GIRL ZONE-VINYL EDITION. Vinyl it seems, has made a Lazarus like recovery over the last few years. The sales figures for 2014 are proof of this. In Britain, sales of vinyl albums are at their highest in eighteen years. It’s a similar story in America.  Sales of albums on vinyl rose by fifty-two percent. Meanwhile, …

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CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-VINYL EDITION.

CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-VINYL EDITION. It was 10.30pm, when there was a knock at the door. The old couple from up the stairs stood there almost embarrassedly. “Could you possibly turn it down a wee bit. We’re trying to sleep?” This actually happened to Chvrches during the recording of their new album Every Open Eye which …

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LOVE AND AFFECTION-MORE MOTOWN GIRLS.

LOVE AND AFFECTION-MORE MOTOWN GIRLS. For a generation, Motown was the label that provided the soundtrack to their youth. They fondly remembers singles by The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and Diana Ross. These singles bring back memories, of times, places and people. It’s escapism. Suddenly, they’re transported back in time. …

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LOST WITHOUT YOU-THE BEST OF KENT BALLADS 2.

LOST WITHOUT YOU-THE BEST OF KENT BALLADS  2. Just over five years ago, Deep Shadows-The Best Of Kent Ballads was released to critical acclaim by Kent Soul in August 2010. Deep Shadows-The Best Of Kent Ballads featured a truly eclectic selection of ballads. That’s almost an understatement. When soul fans pressed play on Deep Shadows-The …

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GEORGIE FAME HEARD THEM HERE FIRST.

GEORGIE FAME HEARD THEM HERE FIRST. Not many compilation series has enjoyed the longevity and success of Ace Records’ Heard Them Here First series. There’s a reason for this. The series allows music lovers to hear the music that influenced some of the biggest names in music. This has previously included The New York Dolls, …

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SPOOKY TOOTH-THE ISLAND YEARS.

SPOOKY TOOTH-THE ISLAND YEARS. All too often, some bands don’t get the credit they deserve. That was the case with Spooky Tooth, who for a time, pioneered the use of twin keyboards. They lead the way. Soon, other bands were following in their wake. By then, the Spooky Tooth story was over. Spooky Tooth were only …

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VAN MORRISON-HIS BAND AND STREET CHOIR.

VAN MORRISON-HIS BAND AND STREET CHOIR. When Van Morrison began work on his fourth album His Band and Street Choir, he faced the biggest challenge of his career. His last two albums, 1969s Astral Weeks and 1970s Moondance, had been stonewall classics. Following these albums up wasn’t going to be easy. It was going to …

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MOGWAI-CENTRAL BELTERS.

MOGWAI-CENTRAL BELTERS. 2015 finds post rock pioneers Mogwai celebrating their twentieth anniversary. A lot has happened in that twenty year period. Mogwai have released eight studio albums and three soundtracks. These albums have been critically acclaimed and commercially successful not just in Britain, but in America. That’s why nowadays, Mogwai are regarded as Scottish music’s …

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DAVID GILMOUR-RATTLE THAT LOCK-VINYL EDITION.

DAVID GILMOUR-RATTLE THAT LOCK-VINYL EDITION. After a career than spanned forty-seven years, Pink Floyd released their final album, The Endless River. It was the end of an era. Pink Floyd had been a musical institution. For six decades, Pink Floyd had provided the soundtrack to the lives of several generations. However, realistically, The Endless River …

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