Category Archives: Pop

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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CULT CLASSIC: GARY MCFARLAND-SOFT SAMBA.

Cult Classic: Gary McParland-Soft Samba. Composer, arranger, vibraphonist and vocalist Gary McParland was born on October the ’23rd’ 1933, in Los Angeles, but moved to Grants Pass, in Oregon as a fifteen year old. After graduating from high school,Gary McParland headed to college where he became interested in jazz.  Despite his burgeoning interest in jazz,Gary …

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CULT CLASSIC: DAVID AXELROD-SONGS OF EXPERIENCE.

Cult Classic: David Axelrod-Songs Of Experience. 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 that was based …

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CULT CLASSIC: JODI-POPS DE VANGUARDIA.

Cult Classic: Jodi-Pops de Vanguardia. Innovator, pioneer and visionary are just three of the words that were used to describe German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. His career spanned six decades and nowadays, he’s regarded as one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th Century. Karlheinz Stockhausen was also one of the pioneers of …

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CULT CLASSIC: BÄTTRE LYSS-TILL DEN STRANG SOM BRAST AN ATT ALDRIG SPANNA EN BAGE.

Cult Classic: Bättre Lyss-Till Den Sträng Som Brast Än Att Aldrig Spänna En Båge. When the Swedish band Bättre Lyss released their debut album Till Den Sträng Som Brast Än Att Aldrig Spänna En Båge as a private pressing on the Musiklaget label in 1975, they had no idea that five decades later this psychedelic …

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THE BLUE NILE-HATS-VINYL EDITION.

The Blue Nile-Hats-Vinyl Edition. Label: Confetti Records. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe The Blue Nile. They’re the complete opposite of most bands. The Blue Nile have been described as publicity shy. That’ is an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and Paul Joseph Moore formed the Blue Nile, they’ve …

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CULT CLASSIC: GORDON JACKSON-THINKING BACK.

Cult Classic: Gordon Jackson-Thinking Back. Nowadays, Gordon Jackson’s 1969 lost classic  Thinking Back, which has just been reissued by Sunbeam Records, is often referred to as a: “lost Traffic album.” However, that isn’t strictly true, despite Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, and Steve Winwood all play on Thinking Back. As is often the case, there’s more …

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CULT CLASSIC: LINDA PERHACS-PARALLELOGRAMS.

Cult Classic: Linda Perhacs -Parallelograms. In 1970, twenty-seven year old dental hygienist Linda Perhacs released her debut album Parallelograms. Some people wondered why it had taken Linda so long. After all, she was a musical prodigy. Linda Long was born in Mill Valley, which lies just north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in 1943. By …

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TIME BURGESS AND BOB STANLEY PRESENT TIME PEAKS-SONGS FOR A LATE-NIGHT DINER.

Tim Burgess and Bob Stanley Present Tim Peaks-Songs For A Late-Night Diner. Label: Ace Records. On April 8, 1990, the first series of Twin Peaks, which was created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, made its debut on ABC, and quickly, gained a cult following. Viewers in Britain and America were captivated by what was …

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CULT CLASSIC: TEENAGE FANCLUB-BANDWAGONESQUE.

Cult Classic: Teenage Fanclub-Bandwagonesque. Hardly ever does commercial success and critical acclaim come overnight for a band. Instead, it often takes a couple of albums before a band hits their stride. That was the case with the Teenage Fanclub.  It wasn’t until the Teenage Fanclub released their third album Bandwagonesque in November 1991 that commercial …

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SHE CAME FROM LIVERPOOL! MERSEYSIDE GIRL-POP 1962-1968.

She Came From Liverpool! Merseyside Girl-Pop 1962-1968. Label: Ace Records. Over the last few years, Ace Records has turned its attention to the music released by the British beat girls in the sixties and early seventies. This music made its way onto compilations like Love Hit Me! Decca Beat Girls 1962-1970 and Scratch My Back! …

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THE LONDON AMERICAN LABEL YEAR BY YEAR 1967.

The London American Label Year By Year 1967. Label: Ace Records. For a generation of British teenagers who embarked upon a lifelong love affair with music during the fifties and sixties, the London American Recordings will forever have a place in their heart. London American Recordings was the label that introduced a British music lovers …

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CULT CLASSIC: THE DAMNED-THE BLACK ALBUM.

THE DAMNED-THE BLACK ALBUM. By 1980, change was afoot for The Damned. This wasn’t new. The last four years had been turbulent for The Damned.  Their lineup had been fluid since The Damned were formed in 1976.  Members came and went, and after the release of their most disappointing album, Music For Pleasure Rat Scabies …

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CULT CLASSIC: HAL BRADBURY-THIS IS LOVE.

Cult Classic: Hal Bradbury-This Is Love. During the late-seventies and early eighties the Hawaiian music scene was thriving, and  generation of artists were making a name for themselves. Many of these artists would go onto release albums. Everyone from songwriters, session musicians and owners of recording studios were enjoying the benefits of the mini-boom. However, …

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MUSIC FROM JARVIS COCKER’S SUNDAY SERVICE.

Music From Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service. Label: Ace Records. When it was announced in 2010, that former Pulp frontman, and songwriter-in-chief, Jarvis Cocker, was about to present a show on BBC 6 Music, his statement of intent was posted on the Corporation’s website: “It is my intention to fill these hours with as much dodgy …

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THE STAINED GLASS-THE STORY BEHIND ONE OF SAN FRANCISCO’S SEMINAL LOST GROUPS.

The Stained Glass-The Story Behind One Of San Francisco’s Seminal Lost Groups. Sometimes, and despite their undoubtable talent, a band or artist fails to make the impact that their music deserves and It’s only much later, that critics and record buyers belatedly  realise how innovative they were. That was the case with The Stained Glass, who originally, started life as …

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CULT CLASSIC: TIM MAIA-DISCO CLUB.

Cult Classic-Tim Maia-Disco Club. By 1978, Tim Maia had released nine 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 last few years …

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YESTERDAY HAS GONE-THE SONGS OF TEDDY RANDAZZO.

Yesterday Has Gone-The Songs Of Teddy Randazzo. Label: Ace Records. The name Teddy Randazzo means different things to different people.  To some, he’s the singer who had Billboard 100 hits with 1958s Little Serenade, 1960s The Way Of A Clown and Big Wide World in 1963. He featured in  rock revues alongside Chuck Berry and …

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CULT CLASSIC: SKEETER DAVIS-LET ME GET CLOSE TO YOU.

Cult Classic: Skeeter Davis-Let Me Get Close To You. Nowadays, Skeeter Davis is remembered and regarded as one of country music’s pioneers. She was one of the first women in country music to enjoy commercial success as a solo artist. This proved to be a game-changer.  Skeeter Davis paved the way for several generations of …

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AMERICAN TUNES-SONGS BY PAUL SIMON.

American Tunes-Songs By Paul Simon. Label: Ace Records. Ace Record’s critically acclaimed and commercially successful Songwriter Series is one of their  longest-running compilation series. It’s featured songs by such luminaries as Burt Bacharach, Harry Nilsson, Dan Penn, Serge Gainsbourg and Tony Hatch. There’s also been compilations featuring the music of some of the greatest songwriting …

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