Category Archives: Pop

CHARTBUSTERS USA-SPECIAL COUNTRY EDITION.

CHARTBUSTERS USA-SPECIAL COUNTRY EDITION. It was back in June 1999 that Ace Records released Chartbusters USA Vol.1. Little did they realise that this occasional series would still be going strong over seventeen years later. That’s quite a feat in the increasingly competitive compilation market. What has been crucial to the continued success of Chartbusters USA …

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BOB DYLAN-FALLEN ANGELS.

BOB DYLAN-FALLEN ANGELS. Not many artists have enjoyed a recording career that spans fifty-four years. One man has. Bob Dylan. There’s a reason for this. Constantly, Bob Dylan has sought to reinvent himself. Having began life as a folk singer, he went on to release albums of country, gospel, blues, rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly …

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PERRY COMO-I THINK OF YOU, IN NASHVILLE, JUST OUT OF REACH AND TODAY.

PERRY COMO-I THINK OF YOU, IN NASHVILLE, JUST OUT OF REACH AND TODAY. Nowadays, there’s been a resurgence in Easy Listening music. Just like many other musical genres, it’s fallen in and out fashion. However, nowadays, a new generation of music lovers are discovering the music of crooners. This includes everyone from Frank Sinatra to …

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RECORDARE: THE SONGS OF ENNIO MORRICONE.

RECORDARE: THE SONGS OF ENNIO MORRICONE. Although Ennio Morricone’s name is synonymous with film soundtracks, there’s much more to his career than that. This includes over 100 classical pieces that Ennio wrote between 1946 and the late-fifties. After that, Ennio worked at RCA as an arranger. He arranged over 500 songs, and worked with everyone …

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THE GIRLS WANT THE BOYS! SWEDISH BEAT GIRLS 1964-1970.

THE GIRLS WANT THE BOYS! SWEDISH BEAT GIRLS 1964-1970. Over the last few years, Ace International’s Beat Girls’ compilation series, has proved to be on the most popular series released by Ace Records. That is no surprise, as the compilers have travelled far and wide in search of the creme de la creme of music …

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DAN WHITEHOUSE-THE REVEAL RECORDS’ E.P.s.

DAN WHITEHOUSE-THE REVEAL RECORDS’ E.P.s. For Dan Whitehouse, 2016 has been without doubt, one of the most important and successful years of his eighteen year career. This began when Dan Whitehouse signed to Reveal Records. On April 22nd 2016, Dan Whitehouse released his Reveal Records’ debut Introducing. It was a mixture of new songs and …

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JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN AND BENJAMIN LAZUR DAVIS-LET IT BE YOU.

JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN AND BENJAMIN LAZUR DAVIS-LET IT BE YOU. Signing a distribution deal to Reveal Records in December 2005 was the turning point for Joan As Police Woman. Their new label rereleased their eponymous debut E.P. Meanwhile, Joan As Police Woman headed into the studio and recorded their debut album, Real Life. It …

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ARISE KING CREOSOTE.

ARISE KING CREOSOTE. Ever since the birth of modern music, Scotland has constant and consistently produced talented and innovative musicians. That’s been the case since the days of Donovan, John Martyn and Maggie Bell in the sixties, through to the Average White Band and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band in the seventies. Then in the eighties, Scotland produced The …

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VERONIQUE VINCENT AND ASKAK MABOUL-16 VISIONS OF EX-FUTUR.

VERONIQUE VINCENT AND ASKAK MABOUL-16 VISIONS OF EX-FUTUR.  After Marc Hollander and Vincent Kenis left Aksak Maboul, many within Belgian music thought that would mark the end of the band. It didn’t though. The Aksak Maboul story was far from over. Instead, the remaining members of Aksak Maboul decided to continue, and record a new …

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JOHN MILES-THE DECCA ALBUMS.

JOHN MILES-THE DECCA ALBUMS. Every artist dreams of a hit single. Especially one that tops the charts, and goes on to feature on radio playlists for the next forty years. The only problem with this, is that sometimes, the artist becomes synonymous with that one hit single. That’s the case with John Miles. Forty years …

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FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK-LIMITED EDITION VINYL VERSION.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK-LIMITED EDITION VINYL VERSION. In a space of thirteen years, Frightened Rabbit have come a long way. Back in 2003, Scott Hutchison dawned the Frightened Rabbit moniker, and started playing  small shows in his home town of Selkirk, in Scotland.  Thirteen years later, and Frightened Rabbit are now signed to a major label, Atlantic Records. It …

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THE PICTISH TRAIL-FUTURE ECHOES-LIMITED EDITION VINYL VERSION.

THE PICTISH TRAIL-FUTURE ECHOES-LIMITED EDITION VINYL VERSION. In 2002, Johnny Lynch was a student at the prestigious University of St. Andrews. He was approaching the end of his degree course. Most students would’ve been thinking about the life after University. Not Johnny Lynch.Instead,  Johnny Lynch began performing as The Pictish Trail in 2002. Later that …

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TEENAGE FANCLUB-HERE-LIMITED EDITION VINYL EDITION.

TEENAGE FANCLUB-HERE-LIMITED EDITION VINYL EDITION.  Recently, Teenage Fanclub returned with their much anticipated tenth album, Here. It was the followup to  Shadows, which was released in May 2010. A lot has changed in the last six years. This includes the resurgence in interest in vinyl. Suddenly, a new generation are discovering the delights of vinyl. It’s a hipster’s new best …

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THE WELCOME RETURN OF BOB LIND.

THE WELCOME RETURN OF BOB LIND. Bob Lind, it’s fair to say, is a many of many talents. He started life as a singer-songwriter in 1965, and helped define the folk rock genre. His debut single Elusive Butterfly gave Bob a hit single on both sides of the Atlantic in 1966. Five years and four albums …

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THE LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS STORY, 1983-1989.

THE LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS STORY, 1983-1989. With Lloyd Cole about to hit these shores on the latest leg of his 2016 tour, this seems a perfect time to look back at the band he made his name with, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions. They were one of the finest purveyors of perfect pop during the …

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FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK. Frightened Rabbit’s roots can be traced back to Scott Hutchison’s teenage years in Selkirk, Scotland. Back then, Scott Hutchison was chronically shy. So much so, that his mother christening her son Frightened Rabbit. This moniker Scott would later resurrect, when he began to play some live shows. Before that, …

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THE PICTISH TRAIL-FUTURE ECHOES.

THE PICTISH TRAIL-FUTURE ECHOES. In 2002, Johnny Lynch was a student at the prestigious University of St. Andrews. He was approaching the end of his degree course. Most students would’ve been thinking about the life after University. Not Johnny Lynch.Instead,  Johnny Lynch began performing as The Pictish Trail in 2002. Later that year,  Johnny began …

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TEENAGE FANCLUB-HERE.

TEENAGE FANCLUB-HERE. After a six year absence, Glasgow’s very own Kings of jangle pop, Teenage Fanclub have just returned with their much anticipated tenth album, Here. It was released on the PeMa label, and is the long awaited followup to Shadows, which was released in May 2010. Since then, the members of Teenage Fanclub have …

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KING CREOSOTE-ASTRONAUT MEETS APPLEMAN-LIMITED EDITION DELUXE VINYL VERSION

KING CREOSOTE-ASTRONAUT MEETS APPLEMAN-LIMITED EDITION DELUXE VINYL VERSION. Since 1995, Kenny Anderson  has been a one man music making machine. He has released over forty albums under a number of aliases, including the Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra, Khartoum Heroes, Kwaing Creasite and Jokes.  That however, is  just part of the Kenny Anderson story.  Kenny Anderson is also …

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RAY PRICE-ANOTHER BRIDGE TO BURN, TOUCH MY HEART, DANNY BOY AND TAKE ME AS I AM.

RAY PRICE-ANOTHER BRIDGE TO BURN, TOUCH MY HEART, DANNY BOY AND TAKE ME AS I AM. It was never Ray Price’s intention to become a country singer. If his mother and step-father had their way, Ray Price would’ve followed in their footsteps and become a fashion designer. However, the world of couture didn’t appeal to …

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