Category Archives: Pop

DAYME AROCENA-CUBAFONIA.

Daymé Arocena-Cubafonía. When it comes to music, nowadays, the world is a much smaller place that it used to. Especially when compared to the sixties, seventies or even the eighties. Back then, it was almost impossible to discover music from anywhere other than North America, parts of Europe or Britain. It was impossible to discover …

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BOO HEWERDINE-SWIMMING IN MERCURY.

Boo Hewerdine-Swimming In Mercury. There aren’t many people who have spent the past four decades doing something they love. Nowadays, they’re in the minority, and are the lucky ones. Award winning singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine is one of the lucky ones, and has been fortunate enough to spend the last four decades fulfilling what was once …

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JON SAVAGE’S 1967-THE YEAR THAT POP DIVIDED.

Jon Savage’s 1967 -The Year Pop Divided. Nowadays, 1967 is regarded by critics and cultural commentators as one of the most important years in musical history. It’s remembered for its Summer Of Love in San Francisco, and the birth of Flower Power. 1967 is also a remembered as the year that pop divided.  A signal …

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TO LOVE SOMEBODY:THE SONGS OF THE BEE GEES 1965-1970.

To Love Somebody: The Songs Of The Bee Gees 1966-1970. During a career that spanned the best part of fifty years, the Bee Gees released twenty-two albums and sold 220 million records worldwide. Despite that, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb considered themselves first and foremost as songwriters. That was certainly the case between 1967 and …

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UZELLI PSYCHEDELIC ANADOLU.

Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu. By the early seventies, many Turkish people had moved to other parts of Europe in search of a better life. Some headed to Britain and France, settling in large cities like London and Paris. Others headed to Germany, and in particular Frankfurt. Soon, Frankfurt, like many other European cities, had a burgeoning …

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THE RISE OF JUDY COLLINS 1961-1970.

The Rise Of Judy Collins 1961-1970. Judy Collins was never meant to become a folk singer. Originally, she had studied classical music and made her public debut when she was just thirteen. That night in Denver, Judy Collins played Mozart’s Concerto For Two Pianos. All Antonia Brico’s tuition and encouragement had been worthwhile. Her pupil …

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MOGALLAR-MOGALLAR.

Moğollar-Moğollar. In 1976, one of Turkey’s most successful bands, Moğollar, called time on their career. By then, the Anadolu Pop heroes had been together for nearly a decade. For their  swan-song,  Moğollar decided to change direction musically, and release an album of instrumental progressive rock. This made sense, as currently, Moğollar didn’t have a lead …

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LOVIN’ MIGHTY FIRE: NIPPON FUNK, SOUL, DISCO 1973-1983.

Lovin’ Mighty Fire: Nippon Funk, Soul, Disco 1973-1983. Sometimes, record collectors can be somewhat myopic and overlook great swathes of music. That has long been the case.  It was certainly the case back in the late-sixties and early seventies. This was a golden age for music. Especially for anyone interested in classic rock, progressive rock …

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FRIGHTENED RABBIT-THE STORY SO FAR.

Frightened Rabbit-The Story So Far. It’s at this time of year, that the Scottish music industry’s thoughts turn to the Scottish Album Of The Year Award. It’s Scotland’s most prestigious music prize. Already many albums have been nominated. This includes Frightened Rabbit’s Picture Of Panic Attack, which is regarded as a contender for the  Scottish Album Of The Year Award. Picture Of Panic …

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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA’S SEVENTIES’ HEYDAY.

Electric Light Orchestra’s Seventies’ Heyday. In 1970, Birmingham based songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood decided to form a new band with drummer Bev Bevan. This new group they christened the Electric Light Orchestra.  At first, the Electric Light Orchestra was regarded as an offshoot of The Move, which Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood …

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ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC! THE SONGS OF CHUCK BERRY.

Rock and Roll Music! The Songs Of Chuck Berry. For the latest instalment in Ace Records’ long running and successful Songwriter series, the spotlight was shawn on the man regarded by many as the Poet Laureate of Rock n Roll, Chuck Berry. He celebrated his ninetieth birthday on October ‘18th’ 2016. This was a major …

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LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME-THE SONGS OF ROD McKUEN.

Love’s Been Good To Me-The Songs Of Rod McKuen. The latest instalment in Ace Records’ long running and successful Songwriters’ series focuses on American singer, songwriter and poet Rod McKuen. His career spanned four decades and is celebrated on Love’s Been Good To Me-The Songs Of Rod McKuen. It was released by Ace Records and …

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BOB STANLEY AND PETE WIGGS PRESENT ENGLISH WEATHER.

Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs Present English Weather. Last year, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs were responsible for one of the best compilations of 2016, Saint Etienne Presents Songs For The Carnegie Deli. It featured twenty-four songs that Bob Stanley thought might, at one time, have provided a backdrop to life in a New York …

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STONEGROUND-STONEGROUND AND STONEGROUND 3.

Stoneground-Stoneground and Stoneground 3. The Stoneground story began in San Francisco in 1968. That was when Tim Barnes and Luther Billed and Mike Mau founded Stoneground. By late 1970, they had released their eponymous debut album, Stoneground. It’s joined by Stoneground 3 on  BGO Records’ recently reissued two CD set. These two albums document the early …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2016-PART 2.

The Best Compilations Of 2016-Part 2. Come Back Strong-Hot Atlanta 4. For anyone interested in Southern Soul, Come Back Strong-Hot Atlanta 4 was a must-have. It featured contributions from Sam Dees, John Edwards, Dee Irwin, Joe Hinton, Loleatta Holloway, Danny Johnson, Jimmy Lewis and Dorothy Norwood. That was just part of the story. There’s much …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2016-PART 3.

The Best Compilations Of 2016-Part 3. Kev Beadle Presents The Best Of Inner City Records. In 1976, music industry veterans Irv Kratka and Eric Kriss founded Inner City Records. What they didn’t know about the music industry, wasn’t worth knowing. This looked like a musical marriage made in heaven. By 1979, Inner City Records was …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2016-PART 4.

The Best Compilations Of 2016-Part 4. Pink Floyd-Cre/ation: The Early Years 1967–1972. One box set that divided opinion during 2016, was Pink Floyd’s The Early Years 1965–1972. It featured eleven CDs, DVDs, blu-ray discs, vinyl, and memorabilia. There was everything from unreleased material to live recordings and non-album singles. The Early Years 1965–1972 was marketed …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2016-PART 5.

The Best Compilations Of 2016-Part 5. The Golden Age Of American Country Music: More Country Hits. For many people, the golden age of country music was the late fifties and early sixties. During that period, country music provided the soundtrack to much of American life. Providing the soundtrack were giants of country music like Johnny …

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KLAUS DINGER AND JAPANDORF-JAPANDORF.

KLAUS DINGER AND JAPANDORF-JAPANDORF. By 2007, sixty-one year old Klaus Dinger was a veteran of German music. He had been a member of three of the most important, influential and innovative German groups of the past forty years, Kraftwerk, Neu! and La Düsseldorf. Despite enjoying such a long and successful career, Klaus Dinger hadn’t lost …

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THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 1.

THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 1. Black Moon Circle-Sea Of Clouds. April 2016 saw Norwegian space rock pioneers Black Moon Circle make their debut at the prestigious  Roadburn Festival. This was prefect timing. That day, Black Moon Circle released their fourth album Sea Of Clouds via Crispin Glover Records. It was a much anticipated …

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