Monthly Archives: December, 2017

MOGOLLAR-A CAREER OF TWO PARTS

 Moğollar-A Career Of Two Parts. By 1976, Anatolian rockers Moğollar had been together for the best part of a decade, and were now one of  Turkey’s most successful bands. Everything seemed to have been going well for Moğollar until they lost their latest vocalist. This was nothing new, and was a problem that had haunted the group over the years.  Vocalists had been Moğollar’s …

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TRIGAL’S FIVE YEAR MUSICAL ADVENTURE.

Trigal’s Five Year Musical Adventure. When Trigal signed to Belter Records in 1975, this was the start of a musical adventure that would last five years and see the band release two albums and four singles. They featured Trigal’s unique and inimitable fusion of gypsy rumba-funk and flamenco pop, which found favour with audiences the …

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LISTEN PEOPLE: THE GRAHAM GOULDMAN SONGBOOK 1964-2005.

Listen People: The Graham Gouldman Songbook 1964-2005. Label: Ace Records. Graham Gouldman was only seventeen when he took to the stage with High Spots, The Crevattes and The Planets, and soon, he was a familiar face in Manchester’s thriving music scene. By late-1964, Graham Gouldman had been a member of several short-lived bands, and decided …

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THE ORIGINAL SOUNDS OF MALI.

The Original Sounds Of Mali. Label: Mr. Bongo Although Mali only gained independence from France on the ’22nd’ of September 1960, this relatively new country, already has a rich musical heritage. The golden age of Malian music began after Mali’s first president Modibo Keïta was overthrown in a bloodless coup d’état on the ’19th’ of November 1968, …

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ANE BRUN-LEAVE ME BREATHLESS.

Ane Brun-Leave Me Breathless. Label: Balloon Ranger Recordings. In her native Norway, forty-one year old Ane Brun is one of the most successful singer-songwriters of her generation. Her career began in May 2003, when Ane Brun released her debut album Spending Time With Morgan. This was the start of a glittering career for Ane Brun, …

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MELVIN SPARKS-I’M FUNKY NOW.

Melvin Sparks-I’m Funky Now. Label: Westbound Records. By the mid-seventies, jazz was no longer as possible as it had once been, and many artists were struggling to make a living.  Record buyers weren’t interested in jazz music, and sadly, disco, had overtaken jazz, soul and blues in the popularity stakes. It was a sad day …

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CYMBELINE 1965 – 1971.

Cymbeline 1965-1971. Label: Guerssen Records.  Nowadays, Norway and Sweden both have vibrant and thriving music scenes, where pioneering musicians record and release some of the most ambitious, important and innovative music that is currently being released in Europe. This is nothing new, and both countries have a long and illustrious musical history stretching back to …

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THE ZODIAC-COSMIC SOUNDS.

The Zodiac-Cosmic Sounds. Label: Cherry Red Records. By 1967, many critics and record buyers regarded Elektra Records as a folk rock label, that had released albums by some of the genre’s finest exponents including Judy Collins, Love, Tom Rush and Tim Buckley. Many of these albums would later become important and influential albums, and some …

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THE STORY OF SWEENEY’S MEN.

The Story Of Sweeney’s Men. One of the bands that emerged from the mid-sixties Irish roots revival was Sweeney’s Men, who were formed in Dublin in May 1966, by Andy Irvine, “Galway Joe” Dolan and Johnny Moynihan. Sweeney’s Men were together for just three years, and released two albums which  feature one of the most important …

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RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-LIVIN’, LOVIN’ AND LYIN’.

Rhythm ‘N’ Bluesin’ By The Bayou-Livin’, Lovin’ and Lyin’. Label: Ace Records. For the latest instalment in Ace Records’ long-running and critically acclaimed By The Bayou compilation series, compiler Ian Saddler returned to South Louisiana and East Texas where he compiled Rhythm ‘N’ Bluesin’ By The Bayou-Livin’, Lovin’ and Lyin’ which is the sixth volume …

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JAMES CARR-THE BEST OF JAMES CARR.

James Carr-The Best Of James Carr. Label: Kent Soul. By 1964, Memphis was a musical hotbed, and home to many up-and-coming soul singers and songwriters looking to make a breakthrough. Roosevelt Jamieson was a friend of many of these songwriters and soul singers, including OV Wright and James Carr, who were both looking for a label. …

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EMILIO APARICIO MOOG-EXPANSION GALACTICA.  

Emilio Aparicio Moog-Expansión Galáctica. Label: Mental Experience. Nowadays, the words pioneer and innovator tend to be overused, and musicians who create truly groundbreaking music seem to be sadly, few and far between. While there are some pioneering musicians whose music continues to push musical boundaries, there are no longer as many as there once were. …

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BETTYE SWANN-THE MONEY MASTERS-VINYL.

Bettye Swann-The Money Masters-Vinyl. Label: Kent Soul. All too often, talented singers fail top to enjoy the commercial success and critical acclaim that their talent deserves. That was the case with Bettye Swann who had the potential, talent and voice to become one of the great soul singers of the sixties. She released her debut single …

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NORTHERN SOUL’S CLASSIEST RARITIES VOLUME 6.

Northern Soul’s Classiest Rarities Volume 6. Label: Kent Dance. Nowadays, Northern Soul compilations are two a penny and hardly a week goes by without yet another Northern Soul compilation being released. That has been the case for the last few years, and nothing has changed during 2017. Most of the compilations are third-rate, and are …

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THE JOHNSTONS-WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN?

The Johnstons-What Might Have Been? During the mid-sixties, folk music on both sides of the Atlantic was growing in popularity, in America and Britain. It was a similar case in Ireland, where a number of folk bands were founded, including The Johnstons in Slane, County Meath, whose original lineup featured Adrienne Johnston, her younger sister Lucy …

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DEUTSCHE ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK: EXPERIMENTAL GERMAN ROCK AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC 1971-83. 

Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1971-83. Label: Soul Jazz Records. Over four years have passed since Soul Jazz Records released the second instalment in their criticality acclaimed Deutsche Elektronische Musik compilation series. Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2 was released in February 2013 and was the eagerly awaited followup to Deutsche Elektronische Musik …

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 ERLEND APNESETH TRIO-ARA

Erlend Apneseth Trio-Åra. Label: Hubro Music. Just a year after the Erlend Apneseth Trio released their critically acclaimed debut album Det Andre Rommet, they recently returned with their sophomore album Åra, which was released on Hubro Music. Åra finds the talented triumvirate return with another album of original music that is regarded as an almost …

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NILS OKLAND BAND-LYSNING.

Nils Økland Band-Lysning. Label: Hubro Music. Nowadays, fifty-six year old composer and Hardanger fiddle virtuoso Nils Økland is regarded as one of the elder statesman of Norwegian music, and a truly versatile musician whose played everything from folk, jazz, baroque and rock to art rock and improv. Regardless of what type of music Nils Økland …

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