Author Archive: dereksmusicblog

CULT CLASSIC: ARTHUR-DREAMS AND IMAGES.

Cult Classic: Arthur-Dreams and Images. The story of Arthur Lee Harper is a familiar one. He was a talented singer-songwriter who looked as if he was destined for great things. Sadly, that proved not to be the case. Arthur only ever released one album, Dreams and Images which was released on Lee Hazelwood’s LHI Records …

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DISCO DEMANDS PART SIX-BY AL KENT.

Disco Demands Part Six-By Al Kent. Label: BBE Music. Release Date: ‘7th’ February 2020. After a ten year wait, Scotland’s disco King Al Kent makes a welcome return on the ‘7th’ of February 2020 with Disco Demands Part Six, which will be released by BBE Music as a 2CD or 3LP set. For fans of …

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ROY AYERS-VIRGIN UBIQUITY: UNRELEASED RECORDINGS 1976-1981 AND VIRGIN UBIQUITY II: UNRELEASED RECORDINGS 1976-1981.

Roy Ayers-Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981 and Virgin Ubiquity II: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981 Label: BBE Music. For Roy Ayers, the late-seventies through to the early eighties was one of the most productive periods of his long and illustrious careers. He was signed to Polydor Records, and between 1976 and 1981, the legendary vibes man was on …

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CULT CLASSIC: NON BAND-NON BAND.

Cult Classic: Non Band-Non Band . 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 …

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CULT CLASSIC: HARMONIA-MUSIK VON HARMONIA.

Cult Classic: Harmonia-Musik Von Harmonia. Having spent five months between June and November  1973 recording their debut album, a new German supergroup Harmonia, released Musik Von Harmonia in January 1974. This groundbreaking album should have been the dawn of a new and successful era for the Harmonia, but sadly it failed to find the audience it deserved and and failed commercially.  So did the followup Deluxe, which …

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CULT CLASSIC: BOBBY WHITLOCK-BOBBY WHITLOCK.

Cult Classic: Bobby Whitlock-Bobby Whitlock Before embarking upon a solo career in 1971, Memphis born Bobby Whitlock, had worked with some of the biggest names in music. His career started when he was just seventeen and signed to Stax Records. He went on to work with Albert King, Booker T. and The MGs, Sam and …

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CULT CLASSIC: CIRCLES-MORE CIRCLES.

Cult Classic: Circles-More Circles. Between 1969 and 1977, German music was thriving. In towns and cities, new groups were being formed. Many of these bands eschewed the Anglo-American, jazz-blues tradition, and decided to plough their own musical furrow. What followed, was a musical revolution…Krautrock.  The Krautrock era lasted for eight years, and nowadays, is regarded …

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SCOTT WALKER MEETS JACQUES BREL.

Scott Walker Meets Jacques Brel. Label: Ace Records. Release Date: “31st” January 2020.  It’s no exaggeration to say that Scott Walker and Jacques Brel were two of the most influential singer-songwriters of their generation. However, if it wasn’t for Scott Walker covering nine of Jacques Brel’s songs on his first three solo albums, the Belgian …

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EZE-NRI ROYAL DRUMMERS VOL. 1

Eze-Nri Royal Drummers Vol. 1. Label: BBE Africa. One of the most important labels in the history of African music is Tabansi  Records, which  was founded in Onitsha, a trading centre in the Igbo southeast of Nigeria, in 1952. Chief (Dr) G.A.D. Tabansi had watched as  Decca, and then  Philips, closed the doors on their …

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CULT CLASSIC: AGITATION FREE-2ND.

Cult Classic: Agitation Free-2nd. Berlin, in 1967  was where the Agitation Free story began. That was when Lutz ‘Lüül’ Ulrich, Michael ‘Fame’ Günther, Lutz ‘Ludwig’ Kramer and Christoph Franke formed Agitation. This new band quickly established a reputation as one of the pioneers of Berlin’s underground music scene. When Agitation played live, their sets were …

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TEA AND SYMPHONY: THE ENGLISH BAROQUE SOUND 1968-1974. 

Tea and Symphony: The English Baroque Sound 1968-1974. Label: Ace Records. Release Date: ‘31st’ January 2020. As the sixties gave way to the seventies, music in Britain was changing, with rock becoming and harder and heavier as groups like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath emerged and went on to become three of the …

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CULT CLASSIC: CAN-FUTURE DAYS.

Cult Classic: Can-Future Days. In the history of modern German music, Can were undoubtably one of the most ambitious and innovative  groups of the past fifty years. Their music was constantly evolving and was always groundbreaking. So much so, that it was always way ahead of the musical curve. Ca’s music is also  timeless and has influenced several generation of musicians. …

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CULT CLASSIC: PETER WALKER-“SECOND POEM TO KARMELA” OR GYPSIES ARE IMPORTANT.

Cult Classic: Peter Walker-Second Poem To Karmela” Or Gypsies Are Important. Back in 1967, Peter Walker released his seminal album Rainy Day Raga, which was released on Vanguard Records. Since then, it’s become a cult classic. Many people though, thought Rainy Day Raga wa his only album. It wasn’t and The following year, 1968, Peter …

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CULT CLASSIC: BERT JANSCH-L.A. TURNAROUND.

Cult Classic: Bert Jansch-L.A. Turnaround. On New Year’s Day, 1973, Glasgow-born Bert Jansch announced his intention to leave folk-jazz band Pentangle, and concentrate on his burgeoning solo career. This resulted in the headline: “Pentangle Split” featuring on the first edition of Melody Maker released in 1973. For some of Pentangle’s fans, this came as a surprise, …

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STEVEN TAYLOR-SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND OF EXPERIENCE: SHEWING THE TWO CONTRARY  STATES OF THE HUMAN SOUL.

Steven Taylor-Songs Of Innocence and Of Experience: Shewing The Two Contrary States Of The Human Soul. Ace Records. Nowadays, many critics consider that the enigmatic William Blake was England’s greatest ever poet and artist. Some critics have gone as far as to say that he was the greatest poet and artist and artist ever. Blake …

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CULT CLASSIC: RIM KWAKU OBENG-RIM ARRIVES.

Cult Classic: Rim Kwaku Obeng-Rim Arrives. For collectors of Afro-funk and disco, many albums remain tantalisingly out of reach. This includes Ghanian drummer Rim Kwaku Obeng’s legionary lost debut album Rim Arrives. It was released in 1977, four years after a perilous time for Rim Kwaku Obeng.  He found himself stranded in London, without money, …

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CULT CLASSIC: KLAUS SCHULZE-CYBORG.

Cult Classic: Klaus Schulze -Cyborg. By the time Klaus Schulze released his debut solo album Irrlicht in 1972, he had already been in what would prove to be two of the most important, innovative and influential Krautrock bands, Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel. Both groups would write their names into the history books. However, …

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CULT CLASSIC:REQUIEM-FOR A WORLD AFTER.

Cult Classic: Requiem-A World After. For six months, George A. Speckert and Massimo Grandi laboured long and hard in Sparky Studios to record Requiem’s debut album For A World After. Eventually, the two men had completed what was an ambitious and innovative concept album, For A World After.  It had been written by George A. …

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CULT CLASSIC: STOMU YAMASHTA-RED BUDDHA.

Cult Classic: Stomu Yamashta-Red Buddha. Too often, Stomu Yamashta’s role in the popularisation of world music is overlooked by critics and cultural commentators. They forget that Stomu Yamashta helped popularise world music back in the sixties. Right through to the seventies, Stomu Yamashta was one of the leading lights in the burgeoning world music scene. …

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CULT CLASSIC: TIM MAIA-TIM MAIA (1977).

Cult Classic: Tim Maia-Tim Maia (1977. As 1977 dawned, Tim Maia had already released seven albums since his 1970 eponymous debut, and although some of these album had been released to critical acclaim and were a commercial success, the charismatic Brazilian singer found himself financially embarrassed. Things had been going from bad to worse over the …

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