Category Archives: Pop

FRA LIPPO LIPPI-RARUM 80-95.

Fra Lippo Lippi-Rarum 80-95. Label: Rune Grammofon. It is safe to say that when the name Fra Lippo Lippi comes up in conversation, it means different things to different people. Some people automatically think of the ‘15th’ Century Italian Renaissance painter, who inspired Robert Browning to write his what was one of his most sophisticated …

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PRAISE POEMS 6: A JOURNEY INTO DEEP SOULFUL JAZZ AND FUNK FROM THE 1970s.

Praise Poems 6: A Journey Into Deep Soulful Jazz and Funk From The 1970s. Label: Tramp Records. When a record labels releases the first instalment in a new compilation series, the hope is that this will be the start of a  long-running and successful series that will prove profitable and give the label a much-needed …

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JIMI HENDRIX-BOTH SIDES OF THE SKY.

Jimi Hendrix-Both Sides Of The Sky. Label: Sony Music. From the moment that Jimi Hendrix saw T-Bone Walker playing his guitar with his teeth he took it as a challenge, and was determined that one day, he would be able to replicate what he had just witnessed the veteran bluesman do.  In years to come, …

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DIE WILDE JAGD-UHRWALD ORANGE.

Die Wilde Jagd-Uhrwald Orange. Label: Bureau B. Release Date: ‘6th’ April 2018. Ever since the late sixties, Düsseldorf has always had a vibrant music and art scene, and that was the still the case in 2006 when Berlin born DJ Sebastian Lee Philipp first met Ralf Beck a local musician and producer in Salon des …

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TIM MAIA-DISCO CLUB.

Tim Maia-Disco Club. Label: Mr. Bongo Records. 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 …

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GUMBA FIRE: BUBBLEGUM SOUL AND SYNTH BOOGIE IN 1980S SOUTH AFRICA.

Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul and Synth-Boogie In 1980s South Africa. Label: Soundway Records. When 1980 dawned, little did the people of the Republic South Africa realise that this was the start of one of the most turbulent decades in the history of this proud and once great country. Over the next decade, there was political …

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FIREFALL-UNDERTOW, CLOUDS ACROSS THE SEA AND BREAK OF DAWN.

Firefall-Undertow, Clouds Across The Sea and Break Of Dawn. Label: BGO Records. By September 1979, Firefall had released three successful studio albums which had sold nearly two million copies in America alone. However, this had come at a cost and the years of constant touring and recording, had caught up on the band from Boulder, …

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WHEN THE DAY IS DONE: THE ORCHESTRATIONS OF ROBERT KIRKBY

When The Day Is Done: The Orchestrations Of Robert Kirby. Label: Ace Records. Compilation Of The Week. During the golden age of vinyl, buying a new album was often part of a wider musical education and could lead the record buyer on a long and fascinating musical journey. That was the case for the small …

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ELEANOR DUBINSKY SOFT SPOT OF MY HEART

Eleanor Dubinsky-Soft Spot Of My Heart. Label: Self Released Release Date: ‘30th’ of March 2018.  After years spent travelling and exploring different corners of the globe, jazz singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eleanor Dubinsky found herself living in New York where she had been part of the Big Apple’s contemporary dance scene for the past ten …

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ERIC ANDERSEN-BE TRUE TO YOU AND SWEET SURPRISE.

Eric Andersen-Be True To You and Sweet Surprise. Label: BGO Records. In 1975, thirty-two year old folk singer and songwriter Eric Andersen moved to Greenwich Village, New York, where it had all started for him in the early sixties. Back then, Eric Andersen was part of the folk scene, and as a twenty-one years in …

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THE HERBALISER-BRING OUT THE SOUND.

The Herbaliser-Bring Out The Sound. Label: BBE Music. As October 2012 dawned, Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba had been making music as The Herbaliser since 1995, and were now regarded as UK hip hop’s most exciting live band. The two members of The Herbaliser were also preparing to release their seventh studio album There Were …

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LARAAJI: VISION SONGS VOLUME 1.

Laraaji: Vision Songs Volume 1. Label: Numero Group. During a career that has spanned five decades, American multi-instrumentalist Laraaji has released around thirty albums and countless collaborations. Many of these albums were self released by Laraaji on cassettes, and feature his unique and inimitable genre-melting sound. This best described as a fusion of ambient, avant-garde, …

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

Bättre Lyss-Till Den Sträng Som Brast Än Att Aldrig Spänna En Båge. Label: Sommor. Release Date: ‘16th’ March 2018. 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 …

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NICOLETTE LARSON-ALL DRESSED UP AND NO PLACE TO GO.

Nicolette Larson-All Dressed Up and No Place To Go. Label: BGO Records. Nowadays, far too many people are scared to follow their dream and instead, settle for second best and the drudgery of working 9-5. Sadly, it’s only much later, when it’s too late, that they realise what they gave up and what might have …

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STYX-CAUGHT IN THE ACT LIVE.

Styx-Caught In The Act Live. Label: BGO Records. By April 1984, the members of Styx should’ve been preparing for the release of the twelfth album of the band’s career Caught In The Act Live, which was recently reissued as a two CD set by BGO Records. However, by then, Styx had split-up citing musical differences which had divided the …

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CHARLIE RICH-TOO MANY TEARDROPS: THE COMPLETE GROOVE AND RCA RECORDINGS.

Charlie Rich-Too Many Teardrops: The Complete Groove and RCA Recordings. Label: Ace Records. By 1963, thirty-one year old singer, songwriter and pianist Charlie Rich found himself looking back at his career as he was about to sign for Groove, a subsidiary of RCA. Charlie Rich’s career began five years earlier when the former college football …

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RUMBITA BUENA: RUMBA FUNK AND FLAMENCO POP FROM THE 1970s BELTER AND DISCOPHON ARCHIVES.

Rumbita Buena: Rumba Funk and Flamenco Pop From The 1970s Belter and Discophon Archives. Label: Pharaway Sounds. As the sixties gave way to the seventies, many within the Spanish music industry realised that the next few years were hugely important for the future of Spanish music. What these songwriters, producer and musicians realised that music …

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BEATCHILD AND THE SLAKADELIQS-HEAVY ROCKIN’ STEADY. 

Beatchild and The Slakadeliqs-Heavy Rockin’ Steady. Label: BBE. While many of Byram Joseph’s classmates at junior school  Sarnia, a small city in Southwestern Ontario, in Canada were interested in sport, the future Slakah The Beatchild was much more interested in music. He already had a small record collection which his parents had given him, and …

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THE BEST VINYL RELEASES OF 2017 PART 1

The Best Vinyl Releases Of 2017-Part 1.. Bettye Swann-The Money Masters. Label: Kent Soul. Bettye Swann had the talent and potential to become one of the greatest soul singers of her generation. A remainder why can be found on The Money Masters which covers Bettye Swann’s time at Money Records, and includes singles, B-Sides and …

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THE BEST VINYL RELEASES OF 2017 PART 2.

The Best New Vinyl Releases Of 2017 Part 2. Eric Clapton-Slowhand-Vinyl. Label: Polydor. When November 1977, Eric Clapton released his much-anticipated fifth album Slowhand, the reviews were mostly positive. Critics were won over by an album where Slowhand’s playing was much more subtle and understated on an album where he sometimes laid bare his soul. …

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