Category Archives: Pop

SOUNDS OF THE UNEXPECTED.

Sounds Of The Unexpected. Label: Ace Records. Ever since she was teenager growing up in Southend-on-Sea, on the Thames Delta, Vicki Fox loved music and was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable  collector of vinyl. It was no surprise that when Vicki Fox moved to London, she would embark upon a career in the music industry. One …

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TAKE WHAT YOU NEED: UK COVERS OF BOB DYLAN SONGS 1964-1969.

Take What You Need: UK Covers Of Bob Dylan Songs 1964-69. Label: Ace Records. As 1969 drew to a close, Bob Dylan was without doubt, one of the biggest names in popular music, and had come a long way since releasing his eponymous debut album on March ’19th’ 1962. This was the first of nine …

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THE MONKEES’ PSYCHEDELIC YEARS AND BEYOND.

The Monkees Psychedelic Years and Beyond. On September the ‘8th’ 1965, the Daily Variety contained an advert that said: “Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series.” This was a new sitcom that had been written by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider about a struggling rock band from Los Angeles. The new …

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NON GROUP AND BEYOND.

Non Band and Beyond. During 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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SUBHI-SHAITAAN DIL (NAUGHTY HEART).

Subhi-Shaitaan Dil (Naughty Heart). On September the ‘15th’ 2017, Chicago-based singer-songwriter Subhi will release her much-anticipated, accidental debut album Shaitaan Dil (Naughty Heart). For Subhi, this is something she has dreamed about all her life. Even when she was working in finance on Wall Street. However, a career in finance wasn’t for Subhi, who remembers: …

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REDBONE-GO WEST IN SEARCH OF THE AMERICAN DREAM.

Redbone-Go West In Search Of The American Dream. When brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas decided to move to Los Angeles in 1969 to form a new band Redbone, they arrived with just a handful of change in their pocket. However, moving to Los Angeles was just too good an opportunity to turn down. Pat Vegas had recently …

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JOHNNY RIVERS-HELP ME RHONDA.

Johnny Rivers-Help Me Rhonda. Label: BGO Records.  By 1975, Johnny Rivers was approaching his thirty-third birthday, and had already spent nearly twenty years as a musician. His career began while he was still a student at Baton Rouge Magnet High School. That was where John Henry Ramistell had formed his first band, The Spades. They …

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CLAUDE LOMBARD-CHANTE.

Claude Lombard-Chante. Label: Sommor Records. By 1969, twenty-four year old Belgian chanteuse Claude Lombard had been involved in the music industry for seven years, and had already written several scores and appeared as a session singer on numerous singles.  Claude Lombard had also represented Belgium at Eurovision Song Contest and released a number of singles …

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GIRLS WITH GUITARS TAKE OVER!

Girls With Guitars Take Over! Label: Ace Records. Not many compilation series’ are still going strong after twenty-eight years.Those that do, must be doing something right. That is certainly the case with Ace Records’ Girls With Guitars’ series, which began in 1989.  That was when the first instalment in the Girls With Guitars’ series was …

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BOBBY HATFIELD-THE OTHER BROTHER: THE VERVE RECORDS AND MGM RECORDS YEARS 1968-1970

Bobby Hatfield-The Other Brother: The Verve Records and MGM Records Years 1968-1970, When twenty-two year old Bobby Hatfileld met Bill Medley in 1962, and formed The Righteous Brothers little did the pair realise that this was the start of a journey that would see the pair become one of the most successful musical partnerships of …

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THE MONKEES -SUMMER OF LOVE-VINYL.

The Monkees-Summer Of Love. Label: Rhino. On September the ‘8th’ 1965, the Daily Variety contained an advert that said: “Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series.” This was a new sitcom that had been written by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider about a struggling rock band from Los Angeles. The new …

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TRANSPARENT DAYS: WEST COAST NUGGETS-VINYL.

Transparent Days: West Coasts Nuggets-Vinyl. Label: Rhino. By the summer of 1967, around 100,000 people had arrived in the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood of San Francisco. Many of those who had arrived were flower children or hippies, who had rejected consumerist values and embraced what was seen as an alternative lifestyle. The flower children, including many students on their …

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THE MURMAIDS-WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN?

The Murmaids-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. This comes as no …

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GRINGA-LETTERS FROM A.BROAD.

Gringa-Letters From A.Broad. Label: gringamusic.com  One of the most exciting, up-and-coming new bands in San Francisco’s live scene is Gringa, a five-piece female band who recently, have been winning friends and influencing people with their unique, genre-melting sound. The basis for Gringa’s irresistible, hook-laden sound are the rhythms from the music of Brazil and the …

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GOTTA GET UP: THE SONGS OF HARRY NILSSON 1965-1972.

Gotta Get Up: The Songs Of Harry Nilsson 1965-1972. Label: Ace Records. Enigmatic describes Harry Nilsson who was, without doubt, one of the most talented singer-songwriters of his generation. He released sixteen studio albums and e four soundtracks albums between 1966 and 1980. Sadly, most of these albums failed to find the audience they so …

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SEAFARING STRANGERS: PRIVATE ROCK.

Seafaring Strangers: Private Rock. Label: Numero. As the sixties drew to a close, the Rolling Stones were one of the most successful bands of the decade. They were preparing to release their Let It Bleed, on the ‘5th’ of December 1969. It was the Rolling Stones eighth album in Britain, but their tenth album in …

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MARYLEBONE BEAT GIRLS 1964-1967.

Marylebone Beat Girls 1964-1967. Label: Ace Records. During the sixties, many singers and groups made the journey to EMI House, in Marylebone, in the heart of London’s West End. The meeting that they were about to have, they know, had the potential to transform their lives. At stake, was that all-important recording contract.  While it …

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PLAYBACK RECORDS-THE STORY SO FAR.

Playback Records-The Story So Far. Many record buyers dream of leaving the 9 to 5 grind behind, and founding their own record company. In their dream, their new record company would reissue some of their favourite hard to find albums. These hidden gems are the albums that slipped under the radar first time around, and …

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OTE MALOYA-THE BIRTH OF ELECTRIC MALOYA ON REUNION ISLAND 1975-1985.

Oté Maloya-The Birth Of Electric Maloya On Reunion Island 1975-1985. Label: Strut. Nothing ever stays the same. That is certainly the case in music. It has been since the birth of rock ’n’ roll just over sixty years ago. Since then, every musical genre has continued to evolve and reinvent itself, in an attempt to …

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