Category Archives: Pop

CULT CLASSIC: NKONO TELES-PARTY BEATS.

Cult Classic: Nkono Teles–Party Beats. During Tabansi Records’ long and illustrious history, few people made the same impact as Nkono Teles, who was born in  Cameroun, but grew up in Nigeria. That was where in 1952, Chief Tabansi founded the label he lent his name to, Tabansi Records. Three decades later, groundbreaking composer, engineer,  multi-instrumentalist …

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CULT CLASSIC: MARIANNE FAITHFUL- LOVE IN A MIST.

Cult Classic: Marianne Faithful-Love In A Mist. By March 1964, it was apparent that pop music wasn’t just a passing fad. By then, The Beatles were a global phenomenon and the British Invasion of the American charts had just begun. Britain was a now musical powerhouse that the world envied. Despite this, many labels weren’t …

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GIRLS WITH GUITARS KNOW WHY!

Girls With Guitars Know Why! Label: Ace Records. Format: LP. There are very few compilation series that are still going strong after thirty-one years. Often, the compiler has run out of material or musical tastes have changed. However, Ace Records’ Girls With Guitars compilation series is still going strong after thirty-one years and six volumes. …

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SAINT ETIENNE PRESENT SONGS FOR THE FOUNTAIN COFFEE ROOM.

Saint Etienne Present Songs For The Fountain Coffee Room. Label: Ace Records. Format: CD.  Recently, Ace Records released the much-anticipated third instalment in the “Saint Etienne Present” series which are best described as soundtracks for places which are either real and imaginary. This time around, Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs have compiled Saint …

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BRAINCHILD-HEALING OF THE LUNATIC OWL.

Brainchild-Healing Of The Lunatic Owl. Label: Magic Box. Format: LP with CD. Progressive brass rock pioneers Brainchild were formed in Somerset in the late-sixties, and by the 1970 the septet had signed to A&M. This was perfect timing as the brass rock boom began in 1969 and continued until 1972. By then,  Chicago, Blood, Sweat …

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LUIZ CARLOS VINHAS-O SOM PSICODELICO DE L.C.V

Luiz Carlos Vinhas-O Som Psicodélico De L.C.V. Label: Mad About Records. Format: LP. Within his native Brazil, Luiz Carlos Vinhas is remembered and regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the Bossa Nova movement. He was one of the genre’s founding fathers  and was a founder member of Bossa Três in 1961. They became one …

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HELEN SHAPIRO-FACE THE MUSIC: THE COMPLETE SINGES 1967-1984.

Helen Shapiro-Face The Music: The Complete Singles 1967-1984. Label: Ace Records. Format: CD. By the time Helen Shapiro celebrated her twenty-first birthday in 1967 the London-born singer realise had already enjoyed the most successful period of her career. Her rise had been meteoric and was like the script to a Hollywood film. Helen Shapiro was …

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GIRLS GO POWER POP!

Girls Go Power Pop! Label: Big Beat. Format: CD.  When Pete Townsend of The Who was promoting Pictures Of Lily in 1967 he was asked how he would describe their music? He replied: “power pop is what we play.” That day, a new genre was born. However, back then, music journalists didn’t always feel the …

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BOB STANLEY PRESENTS 76 IN THE SHADE.

Bob Stanley Presents 76 In The Shade. Label: Ace Records. Format: CD. Sometimes, when people of a certain age reminisce about  their childhood they’re convinced that every British summer when they were growing up in the seventies was long and hot. Cue confused looks from their friends who remember things differently. “Are you sure about …

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CULT CLASSIC: STYX-CAUGHT IN THE ACT LIVE.

Cult Classic: Styx-Caught In The Act Live. 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. Sadly, Styx had split-up citing musical differences which had divided the band over the last couple of years. It was the end of an era for a …

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TIM MAIA-RACIONAL VOLUME 2.

Tim Maia-Racional Volume 2. Label: Seroma. Format: LP. By 1975, Tim Maia was a changed man and had turned his back on the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle that he had embraced and enjoyed since releasing his eponymous debut album in 1970. Back then, the charismatic Brazilian singer realised that he was only here for a visit and decided to live life to the fullest. He …

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BOBBIE GENTRY-THE DELTA SWEETE.

Bobbie Gentry-The Delta Sweete. Label: UMC. Format: CD. Less than three weeks after Bobbie Gentry released Ode To Billie Joe as a single on the ‘10th’ of July 1967 the song topped the US Billboard 100 and US Country charts. The song was penned by Bobbie Gentry and was the twenty-five year old’s debut single …

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CULT CLASSIC: DAVID AXELROD-SONGS OF INNOCENCE.

Cult Classic: David Axelrod-Songs Of Innocence. By the time David Axelrod began work on his debut album Songs Of Innocence in 1968, the thirty-seven year arranger, composer, drummer and producer old had enjoyed a chequered career. He had started off as a boxer, before changing direction and finding work in film and television. However, in …

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CULT CLASSIC: ORANGE JUICE-RIP IT UP.

Cult Classic: Orange Juice-Rip It Up. Buoyed by the commercial success of their 1982 debut album You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever, Orange Juice were well on their way to becoming one of the most influential groups of the early eighties. Their timeless brand of perfect pop had won over critics and music lovers. Released …

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THE SOUL OF THE MEMPHIS BOYS.

The Soul Of The Memphis Boys. Label: Kent Soul. Somewhat belatedly, the Memphis Boys are starting to receive the recognition that they deserve. After all, they were one of the top studio groups of the sixties. They were the house band at Chips Moman’s American Studios and are up there with the studio groups at …

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SHE’S ALL RIGHT WITH ME! GIRL GROUP SOUNDS USA 1961-1968.

She’s All Right With Me! Girl Group Sounds USA 1961-1968. Label: Ace Records. Format: LP. Over the last few years, Ace Records have released many lovingly curated volumes of their Beat Girl, Girl Group Sounds and Where The Girls Are compilations. Recently, Mick Patrick who is responsible for so many of these compilations, compiled She’s …

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CULT CLASSIC: JOHNNY RIVERS-NO THROUGH STREET.

Cult Classic: Johnny Rivers-No Through Street. As 1983 dawned, Louisiana born singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Johnny Rivers had just turned forty, and had been a professional musicians since 1956. Back then, he was still known Johnny Ramistella when he formed his own band The Spades, who later that year, released their debut single. Less …

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STARLESS-EARTHBOUND.

Starless-Earthbound. Format: LP. Label: Last Night From Glasgow. Just over four years after Starless released their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album, the Scottish supergroup make a welcome return with their long-awaited and much-anticipated sophomore album Earthbound, which was recently released on the Last Night From Glasgow label. It’s the latest chapter in the Starless story, …

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CULT CLASSIC: ERIC ANDERSEN: SWEET SURPRISE.

Cult Classic: Eric Andersen: Sweet Surprise. 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 1964, had auditioned for Vanguard …

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STARLESS-EARTHBOUND.

Starless-Earthbound. Format: CD. Label: Last Night From Glasgow. Just over four years after Starless released their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album, the Scottish supergroup make a welcome return with their long-awaited and much-anticipated sophomore album Earthbound, which was recently released on the Last Night From Glasgow label. It’s the latest chapter in the Starless story, …

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