Category Archives: Country

STONEGROUND-STONEGROUND AND STONEGROUND 3.

Stoneground-Stoneground and Stoneground 3. The Stoneground story began in San Francisco in 1968. That was when Tim Barnes and Luther Billed and Mike Mau founded Stoneground. By late 1970, they had released their eponymous debut album, Stoneground. It’s joined by Stoneground 3 on  BGO Records’ recently reissued two CD set. These two albums document the early …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2016-PART 1.

The Best Compilations Of 2016-Part 1. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been looking back at the music released during 2016. The final part of this annual series looks at the compilations released during 2016.  Just like previous years,  thousands of compilations were released during 2016. They cover literally every musical genre. Quite simply, there …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2016-PART 3.

The Best Compilations Of 2016-Part 3. Kev Beadle Presents The Best Of Inner City Records. In 1976, music industry veterans Irv Kratka and Eric Kriss founded Inner City Records. What they didn’t know about the music industry, wasn’t worth knowing. This looked like a musical marriage made in heaven. By 1979, Inner City Records was …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2016-PART 5.

The Best Compilations Of 2016-Part 5. The Golden Age Of American Country Music: More Country Hits. For many people, the golden age of country music was the late fifties and early sixties. During that period, country music provided the soundtrack to much of American life. Providing the soundtrack were giants of country music like Johnny …

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CROMWELL-AT THE GALLOP.

CROMWELL-AT THE GALLOP. By 1975, Dublin had an eclectic and vibrant music scene. 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 the story.  …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 2.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 2. Circles-More Circles. Just a year after the release of their eponymous debut album, Circles returned in 1984 with their sophomore album, More Circles. Again, Circles had put their impressive of array of technology and traditional instruments to good use on More Circles. It features the coming of age of Circles.  They …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 3.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 3. Emerson, Lake and Palmer-Trilogy-Deluxe Edition. For fans of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, 2016 was a good year. Much of their back-catalogue was remastered and reissued by BMG as CD sets. This included Trilogy, where Emerson, Lake and Palmer were determined to push musical boundaries. It was a progressive rock, …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 4.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 4. Gordon Lightfoot-Dream Sweet Rose, Midnight and Salute. For Gordon Lightfoot, the seventies proved to be the most successful period of his career. Commercial success and critical acclaim were constant companions for the man that was dubbed “Canada’s greatest songwriter.” This success many thought would continue into the eighties. Gordon …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 5.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 5. Led Zeppelin-The Complete BBC Sessions. Last year, the Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continued when Atlantic Records released The Complete BBC Sessions as a three CD set. This is essentially an expanded version BBC Sessions which was released in 1997 as a double album that featured twenty-four songs. However, nine …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 6.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 6.  Melissa Manchester-Home To Myself, Bright Eyes, Melissa and Help Is On The Way. It was almost inevitable that Melissa Manchester would end up embarking upon a musical career. The Manchester family were a highly creative family, with music playing an important part in everyday life. So it was no …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 7.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 7. Sun Ra-Jazz By Sun Ra Volume 1. During a career that spanned six decades, it’s estimated that Sun Ra released around 125 albums. This includes Jazz By Sun Ra Volume 1 which was released by Poppydisc for Record Store Day 2016. It was one of three Sun Ra albums …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 8.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 8. The Charlatans-The Limit Of The Marvellous-Vinyl. Between 1964 and 1969, The Charlatans’ star shawn bright. They were larger than life mavericks who looked like a cross between 19th Century, wild west outlaws and Victorian dandies. This carefully cultivated image soon began to prove popular with the audience at their …

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LEE HAZLEWOOD-COWBOY IN SWEDEN.

LEE HAZLEWOOD-COWBOY IN SWEDEN. By 1969, Lee Hazlewood’s career was no longer going to plan. The man who had been around since the birth of rock  ‘n’ roll was suddenly regarded as yesterday’s man. Suddenly, he was no longer in demand as a producer. Especially by a new generation of up-and-coming musicians. A few that …

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GEOFF MULDAUR-IS HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME AND MOTION.

GEOFF MULDAUR-IS HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME AND MOTION.  After leaving Paul Butterfield’s Better Days in 1975, Geoff Muldaur decided to resume his solo career. So he signed to Warner Bros. and began work on what would be the followup to his 1964 debut album Sleepy Man Blues.  Later in 1975, Geoff Muldaur released his much …

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TERRY ALLEN- JUAREZ AND LUBBOCK (ON EVERYTHING).

TERRY ALLEN- JUAREZ AND LUBBOCK (ON EVERYTHING). Terry Allen’s career began back in 1966, when he was just twenty-three. Since then, his various careers have blossomed, and he’s now a successful country singer, conceptual artist, sculptor and painter.  Given his many talents, nowadays, Terry Allen means different things to different people. Some people know Terry …

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CHARTBUSTERS USA-SPECIAL COUNTRY EDITION.

CHARTBUSTERS USA-SPECIAL COUNTRY EDITION. It was back in June 1999 that Ace Records released Chartbusters USA Vol.1. Little did they realise that this occasional series would still be going strong over seventeen years later. That’s quite a feat in the increasingly competitive compilation market. What has been crucial to the continued success of Chartbusters USA …

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FEEL LIKE GOING HOME-THE SONGS OF CHARLE RICH.

FEEL LIKE GOING HOME-THE SONGS OF CHARLE RICH. When Sam Phillips first encountered Charlie Rich, he was singing demos for Sun Records, in Memphis. On hearing the demos, Sam Phillips thought Charlie Rich’s music wasn’t commercial. It was also: “too jazzy.” Sam Phillips then picked up a pile of Jerry Lee Lewis records and handed …

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BOB DYLAN-FALLEN ANGELS.

BOB DYLAN-FALLEN ANGELS. Not many artists have enjoyed a recording career that spans fifty-four years. One man has. Bob Dylan. There’s a reason for this. Constantly, Bob Dylan has sought to reinvent himself. Having began life as a folk singer, he went on to release albums of country, gospel, blues, rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly …

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PERRY COMO-I THINK OF YOU, IN NASHVILLE, JUST OUT OF REACH AND TODAY.

PERRY COMO-I THINK OF YOU, IN NASHVILLE, JUST OUT OF REACH AND TODAY. Nowadays, there’s been a resurgence in Easy Listening music. Just like many other musical genres, it’s fallen in and out fashion. However, nowadays, a new generation of music lovers are discovering the music of crooners. This includes everyone from Frank Sinatra to …

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JIM REEVES-YOURS SINCERELY, JIM REEVES, BLUE SIDE OF LONESOME, A TOUCH OF SADNESS AND ON STAGE.

JIM REEVES-YOURS SINCERELY, JIM REEVES, BLUE SIDE OF LONESOME, A TOUCH OF SADNESS AND ON STAGE. Gentleman Jim Reeves was, without doubt, a true legend of country music. He first came to prominence in 1953, when Mexican Joe reached number one on the US Country charts. This was the first of six number one singles …

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