Monthly Archives: July, 2019

CATFISH-WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.

Catfish-What Might Have Been. The story of Detroit-based blues rockers Catfish is a case of what might have been. This talented five piece band was formed in the late-sixties, and over the next few years opened for Black Sabbath, Bob Seger, Black Sabbath and Ted Nugent, and played at the prestigious Fillmore East. It was …

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HIROSHIMA’S FIRST FIVE ALBUMS

Hiroshima’s First Five Albums. Dan Kuramoto’s interest in music began when he became the inaugural chairman of the Asian-American studies program at California State University in Long Beach in the sixties. This was an honour for Dan Kuramoto who had just graduated from California State University with a degree in Fine Arts. The chance to return …

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THE LIFE AND CAREER OF MUSICAL PIONEER EMILIO APARICIO.

The Life and Career Of Musical Pioneer Emilio Aparicio. 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 …

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THE MORENA Y CLARA STORY.

The Morena Y Clara Story. As 1973 dawned, a new Spanish flamenco-pop duo Morena y Clara, were about to make their debut at the now legendary tablao restaurant Caripen in Madrid. This was where just Los Grecas had been discovered just a few months previously by producer José Luis de Carlos and were signed to …

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THE SHORT-LIVED STORY OF VOIGT/465

The Short-Lived Story Voigt/465. The story of Voigt/465 is a case of what might have been. They were formed in Sydney, Australia in 1976, and spent the next three years trying to make a breakthrough. By May 1979, things were looking up for Voigt/465 and they looked on the verge of a breakthrough. Their single State was …

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HEAT EXCHANGE AND THEIR LOST DEBUT ALBUM REMINISCENCE.

Heat Exchange and Their Lost Debut Album Reminiscence. Heat Exchange’s root’s can be traced to a Toronto high school, in the late-sixties. That was when four school friends decided to form a blues band, which they named Cloud. Just a couple of years later, and Cloud were one of the top bands in Toronto.  Several record …

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CROMWELL-WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN?

Cromwell-What Might Have Been? By 1975, Dublin had an eclectic and vibrant music scene , and there literally was something for all musical tastes. This ranged from the traditional showbands that had long been part of the Irish music scene, right through to traditional Irish music and sentiment-laden pop music. However, this was only part of …

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GILLIAN HILLS-THE YE-YE YEARS 1960-1965. 

Gillian Hills-The Yé-Yé Years 1960-1965. Gillian Hills was born in Cairo, Egypt, on the ‘5th’ of June 1944  and was the daughter of teacher, traveller, author and adventurer Denis Hills and Dunia Leśmianowna, daughter of Polish poet Bolesław Leśmian. Much of Gillian Hills’ early life was spent in France which was where the fourteen year …

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SUSANNE SUNDFOR.

The Life and Times Of Susanne Sundfør, Although Susanne Sundfør only embarked upon a musical career in 2005, the thirty-three year old is already one of Norway’s most successful singer, songwriter and producers. Her last four studio albums have topped the Norwegian charts, including her fifth album Music For People In Trouble which was released …

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THE NON BAND STORY

The Non Band Story. In the summer of 1978, a musical revolution took place in Japan, which changed music forevermore,..punk. The Japanese punk rockers were christened Tokyo Rockers, and initially were disregarded by the mainstream music industry. Record company executives made the mistake of thinking that the Japanese punk movement was just a passing fad, …

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CRAIG ARMSTRONG-SUN ON YOU-VINYL.

Craig Armstrong-Sun On You-Vinyl. Label: Decca. Over the past twenty years, Glasgow born Craig Armstrong has been one of the hardest working British composers and is the man many top film directors call when they’re looking for a score to their latest movie. This includes fellow Glaswegian Peter Mullan and Baz Luhrmann,  who Craig Armstrong …

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SEUN KUTI-HIS FATHER’S SON MAKING HIS OWN WAY IN MUSIC.

Seun Kuti-His Father’s Son Making His Own Way In Music.  Nowadays, one of the most overused word in the English language is legend, which is bandied about all too freely, with faux punks, third-rate Britpop bands and Beatles impersonators being labelled legends by fawning music journalists who hang on their every word. These bands aren’t worthy of …

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IRMIN SCHMIDT-FROM CAN TO THE THE SOLO YEARS.

Irmin Schmidt-From Can To The Solo Years. After eleven years and eleven studio albums, Can called time on their career in 1979. By then, Can were rightly regarded as one of the most innovative bands of the Krautrock era. They had enjoyed an almost unrivalled longevity.  Can were formed in 1968, by Holger Czukay and …

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THE MURMAIDS-A CASE OF WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN?

The Murmaids- A Case Of What Might Have Been?  Sadly, musical history is littered with groups that are remembered as one-hit wonders. Their brush with commercial success may have been brief, but at least they enjoyed a tantalising taste of what some established groups take for granted. As a result, after a group has enjoyed one hit single, they want another. …

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BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-1973 1978: CATCH A FIRE TO KAYA

Bob Marley and The Wailers-1983-1978: Catch A Fire To Kaya. Nine month after Bob Marley and The Wailers released their critically acclaimed classic album Exodus in June 1977, they returned on the ‘23rd’ of March 1978 with their much-anticipated tenth album Kaya. It was a very different album to Exodus, and was one of Bob Marley …

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JIMI HENDRIX-LIVE AT WOODSTOCK.

Jimi Hendrix-Live At Woodstock. Label: Sony Music BMG. From the moment that Jimi Hendrix saw T-Bone Walker playing his guitar with his teeth he took it as a challenge, and was determined that one day, he would be able to replicate what he had just witnessed the veteran bluesman do.  In years to come, this …

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FAREWELL DR JOHN AND A GUIDE TO HIS MUSIC:PART 1-THE ATCO YEARS 1968-1974.

Farewell Dr John and A Guide To His Music: Part 1: The Atco  Years 1968-1974. A month ago, on the ‘6th’ of July 2019, Dr John, who was born Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. on November the 20th 1941, in New Orleans, which he still called home, passed away aged seventy-seven.  That day, music lost one of the greatest musicians of his generation. The next day I …

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JOHN MARTYN-TROUDADOUR AND MUSICAL MAVERICK.

John Martyn-Troubadour and Musical Maverick  It’s no exaggeration to say that the late, great John Martyn’s life revolved around music. His career began in 1967, when he was just seventeen. Back then, John Martyn was a folk singer. However, over the next forty-two years, John Martyn continually reinvented his music  flitting between folk and folk rock to blues, psychedelia, …

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NIGERIA 70: NOW WAHALA: HIGHLIFE, AFRO-FUNK AND  JUJU 1973-1987. 

Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk and Juju 1973-1987. Label: Strut Records. Twenty years ago, in 1999, Strut Records was founded and for tiger next four years, released a number of lovingly curated compilations. This included everything from breaks, funk, library music, old school hip hop, underground disco and Nigerian Afrobeat. By 2003, Strut Records …

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 WHERE THE ACTION IS! LOS ANGELES NUGGETS.

Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets. Label: Rhino  There aren’t many compilation series that last twenty-five years. That’s apart from Rhino’s much loved Nuggets compilation series. It began in 1984 when Nuggets, Volume 1: The Hits was released. Little did anyone know that the Nuggets series would last twenty-five years, and include fifteen LP, five …

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