Category Archives: Pop

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1973-1977.

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1973-1977. 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, …

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MELISSA MANCHESTER-HOME TO MYSELF/BRIGHT EYES/MELISSA AND HELP IS ON THE WAY.

MELISSA MANCHESTER-HOME TO MYSELF/BRIGHT EYES/MELISSA AND HELP IS ON THE WAY. It was almost inevitable that Melissa Manchester would end up embarking upon a musical career. The Manchester family were a highly creative family, and music played an important part in everyday life. That was no surprise. Melissa’s father was a bassoonist in the New …

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TIM MAIA-1972 AND 1973.

TIM MAIA-1972 AND 1973. After the success of his sophomore album Tim Maia 1971, the Brazilian singer-songwriter headed to London to celebrate his newfound success. He had just enjoyed two successful albums, after six years of struggling to make a breakthrough. Tim wanted to celebrate, and enjoy the fruits of his labour. It was during …

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KATE BUSH-BEFORE THE DAWN.

KATE BUSH-BEFORE THE DAWN. Touring isn’t for every artist or band. Some like Free, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath loved touring, and spent much of their career on tour. Kate Bush never enjoyed touring. So much so, that for thirty-five years, Kate Bush never took to the stage. She toured once in 1979. After that …

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THE RISE OF THE PARIS SISTERS.

THE RISE OF THE PARIS SISTERS. The Paris Sisters weren’t an overnight success. Far from it. It took nearly a decade of hard work and dedication before they made a commercial breakthrough. Suddenly, all the hard work was worthwhile.  Especially when I Love How You Love Me reached five on the US Billboard 100 in …

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JODI-POPS DE VANGUARDIA.

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 electronic music, …

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

THE STAINED GLASS-THE STORY OF ONE OF SAN FRANCISCO’S SEMINAL LOST GROUPS.  Sometimes, despite their undoubtable talent, a group fails to make the impact their talent and music deserves. It’s only, much later, that critics and record buyers belatedly  realise how innovative a group they were. That was the case with The Stained Glass, who originally, started …

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LEE HAZLEWOOD-COWBOY IN SWEDEN.

LEE HAZLEWOOD-COWBOY IN SWEDEN. By 1969, Lee Hazlewood’s career was no longer going to plan. The man who had been around since the birth of rock  ‘n’ roll was suddenly regarded as yesterday’s man. Suddenly, he was no longer in demand as a producer. Especially by a new generation of up-and-coming musicians. A few that …

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SYLVIE-EN ANGLAIS…ET EN AMERICAIN.

SYLVIE-EN ANGLAIS…ET EN AMERICAIN. Sylvie Vartan was just seventeen when she embarked upon a career as a ye-ye singer. Little did she realise that this was the start of a five decade career, where Sylvie would be crowed queen of French pop. By then, she was one of the most successful of the new generation …

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TIM MAIA 1970.

TIM MAIA 1970. For many musicians, choosing the title for an album can prove problematic. Especially, for a debut album. As a result, many of new artists and bands have gone done this route. This includes everyone from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers Band to Art In America and Ash Ra Tempel. Then there’s  Cluster, Dire …

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RHYTHM ON THE RADIO: OVAL RECORDS-SINGLES 1974-1987.

RHYTHM ON THE RADIO: OVAL RECORDS-SINGLES 1974-1987.  By 1972, Charlie Gillette was a successful journalist, based in London. He wrote for various publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including Creem, NME and Let It Rock. Occasionally, Charlie presented the BBC TV music program The Old Grey Whistle Test. It was a program  that suited Charlie’s …

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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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