Category Archives: Pop

BITTESCHON PHILOPON! VOLUME 1.

Bitteschon Philophon! Volume 1. Label: Philophon. Release Date: ‘7th’ December 2018. The Berlin based Philophon label will release their first ever label compilation Bitteschon Philophon!Volume 1 on the ‘7th’ December 2018. Bitteschon Philophon!Volume 1  is essentially a best of compilation, that features  ten tracks from the first fifteen seven-inch singles released on Philophon. These fifteen …

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KEITH MANSFIELD AND JOHN CAMERON-VOICES IN HARMONY.

Keith Mansfield and John Cameron-Voices In Harmony. Label: Be With Records. Over the last year or so, Be With Records have been working with KPM to reissue ten albums from across the KPM 1000 Series and the Themes International Music catalogue. This includes Voices In Harmony, which features two of the leading lights of the British library music, Keith Mansfield and John Cameron. They were responsible for …

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COCTEAU TWINS-TREASURE HIDING: THE FONTANA YEARS-VINYL.

Cocteau Twins-Treasure Hiding: The Fontana Years-Vinyl. Label: UMC It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for 4AD President Ivo Watts-Russell when the Cocteau Twins released their sixth studio album Heaven Or Las Vegas on the ’17th’ of September 1990. He watched as the critically acclaimed  album of dream reached number seven …

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TIM MAIA-TIM MAIA (1977).

Tim Maia-Tim Maia (1977. Label: Mr. Bongo Records. 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 …

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GOOSEBUMPS 25 YEARS OF MARINA RECORDS-VINYL.

Goosebumps 25 Years Of Marina Records-Vinyl. Label: Marina Records Any indie label that has survived for the last twenty-five years is obviously doing something right. Especially given how challenging a market it has  been for both major and indie labels during that period. Everything from the supposed death of vinyl to the introduction of illegal torrents, MP3s, …

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MOUNTAIN-WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEEN.

Mountain-What Might Have Been. Mountain were the band who could’ve and should’ve become one of the biggest hard rock band of the seven tie  but  left the field clear for the unholy trinity of hard rock. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple continued to write their way into musical history while Mountain would only play a …

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VENEZUELA 70 VOLUME 2: COSMIC VISONS OF A LATIN AMERICAN EARTH: VENEZUELAN EXPERIMENTAL ROCK IN THE 1970S AND BEYOND.

Venezuela 70 Volume 2: Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth: Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970s and Beyond. Label: Soul Jazz Records. During the seventies, Venezuela was one of the most prosperous countries in South America after oil was discovered in the North West of the country in 1914. Soon, there was the equivalent …

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THE LIBRARY MUSIC FILM: MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY THE FILM.

The Library Music Film: Music From and Inspired By The Film. Label: Legere Recordings Germany. During the last few years, there’s been a resurgence of interest in library music, with British and European independent record labels releasing lovingly curated compilations that are welcomed by a coterie of musical connoisseurs who have a passion for library …

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MARIANNE FAITHFULL-COME AND STAY WITH ME-THE UK 45s 1964-1969. 

Marianne Faithfull-Come And Stay With Me-The UK 45s 1964-1969. Label: Ace Records. Release Date: ‘26th’ October 2018. In March 1964, nearly two years after The Beatles released Love Me Do it was already  apparent that pop music wasn’t just a passing fad. The Beatles were a global phenomenon, and the British Invasion of the American …

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SHE CAME FROM HUNGARY! 1960S BEAT GIRLS FROM THE EASTERN BLOC.

She Came From Hungary! 1960s Beat Girls From The Eastern Bloc. Label: Ace International. After releasing compilations of girl pop from France, Italy, Japan, Spain and Sweden, over the last few years, Ace International’s Beat  Girls’ series turns heads to Eastern Europe and Hungary for the latest instalment in this long-running and successful compilation series. …

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BOB STANLEY AND PETE WIGGS PRESENT STATE OF THE UNION.

Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs Present State Of The Union. Label: Ace Records. Release Date: ‘26th; October 2018. By 1968,  the times they were a changing in the land of the free, and many Americans watched on as the country they loved and were proud of changed, and sadly not for the better. The Vietnam …

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GORDON JACKSON-WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN?

Gordon Jackson-What Might Have Been? Over the past to fifty years, there are many artists in Britain and America who could’ve and should’ve enjoyed long and successful careers. Some of these artists even recorded albums that should’ve launched or kickstarted their solo careers . Sadly, the fickle finger of fate decided otherwise and commercial success eluded …

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THE BETA BAND-THE BETA BAND.

The Beta Band-The Beta Band. Label: Regal Records. Buoyed by the success of 1998s critically acclaimed The Three E.P.s compilation, The Beta Band’s thoughts turned to recording their debut album. Initially the plan for the Edinburgh-based band was to record parts of the album on different continents. However, financial constraints put paid to this plan, …

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COCTEAU TWINS-TREASURE HIDING: THE FONTANA YEARS.

Cocteau Twins-Treasure Hiding: The Fontana Years. Label: UMC It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for 4AD President Ivo Watts-Russell when the Cocteau Twins released their sixth studio album Heaven Or Las Vegas on the ’17th’ of September 1990. He watched as the critically acclaimed  album of dream reached number seven …

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DJ SHADOW-PRIVATE PRESS.

DJ Shadow-Private Press.  Label: UMC. On September the ’16th’ 1996, DJ Shadow released his critical acclaimed landmark debut album Endtroducing…..on the label Mo Wax Recordings. Endtroducing….which featured uptempo jams and slow, dark and broody tracks was inspired by early hip hop and was hailed as a genre classic-in-waiting.  It was no surprise when Endtroducing….was certified …

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TIM MAIA-1970-1978: THE FIRST TEN ALBUMS.

Tim Maia-1970-1078: The First Ten Albums.  By 1978, charismatic Brazilian singer-songwriter Tim Maia’s career was at a crossroads and he was worried about what the future held for him. Tim Maia found himself financially embarrassed, after  a couple of musically barren years.  He had spent much of the money he earned on cars, musical instruments …

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GOOSEBUMPS 25 YEARS OF MARINA RECORDS.

Goosebumps 25 Years Of Marina Records. Label: Marina Records Any indie label that has survived for the last twenty-five years is obviously doing something right. Especially given how challenging a market it has  been for both major and indie labels over the past twenty years. Everything from the death of vinyl and the introduction of …

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MOGWAI-KIN ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

Mogwai-Kin Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Label: Rock Action Records. Although Scottish post rock pioneers Mogwai have released nine studio albums, two live albums, two remix albums and written and recorded the  score to three documentaries, until very recently, there was still something missing from the Glasgow band’s impressive musical CV. Mogwai had still to write …

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ROCKIN’ IN THE USA-HOT 100 HITS OF THE 80S.

Rockin’ In The USA-Hot 100 Hits Of The 80s. Label: Ace Records. As 1979 gave way to 1980, critics and cultural commentators wondered whether the golden era that began  when The Beatles released Love Me Do in 1962 was about to continue?  Record buyers had been spoiled by some of the biggest bands from Britain …

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DAVID AXELROD-SONGS OF EXPERIENCE-VINYL

David Axelrod-Songs Of Experience Vinyl. Label: Now Again Records. By 1968, composer, musicians and producer David Axelrod was just about to embark upon a solo career after nine years working in the music industry. Buoyed by the experimental climate of popular music, David Axelrod wrote and recorded what was akin to a suite-like tone poem …

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