Category Archives: Rock

FUNCTION UNDERGROUND-THE BLACK AND AMERICAN ROCK SOUND 1969-1974.

Function Underground: The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974. Just over a month ago, Function Underground: The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974 was released by Now Again Records on vinyl as part of Record Store Day as a limited edition of 2,000. As a result, many people who wanted a copy of …

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LINDA PERHACS-MUSIC’S BEST KEPT SECRET.

Linda Perhacs-Music’s Best Kept Secret. It was in 1970, that twenty-seven year old dental hygienist Linda Perhacs released Parallelograms, her debut album. Some people wondered why it had taken Linda so long? After all, she was a musical prodigy. Linda Long was born in Mill Valley, which lies just north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate …

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FAZERDAZE-MORNINGSIDE.

Fazerdaze-Morningside. Despite a population of just 3.8 million, New Zealand has always punched above its weight when it comes to music. That has been the case for the best part of fifty years. Proof of that is the roll call of artists and bands New Zealand has produced over the last five decades. This ranges …

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LIGHTHOUSE-LIGHTHOUSE, SUITE FEELING AND PEACING IT ALL TOGETHER.

Lighthouse-Lighthouse, Suite Feeling and Peacing It All Together. In 1968, Skip Prokop the former drummer and vocalist with the Canadian psychedelic rock band The Paupers, met Brooklyn born keyboardist Paul Hoffert in a New York nightclub. The men bonded over their mutual love of music. However, when they parted company at the end of the …

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MULATU ASTATKE-MULATU OF ETHIOPIA.

Mulatu Astatke-Mulatu Of Ethiopia. By 1972, Ethiopian multi-instrumentalist Mulatu Astatke was twenty-nine, and had already spent time studying music in London, Boston and New York. This included spells at two prestigious institutions,  London’s Trinity College of Music,  Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The time he spent there, influenced and shaped Mulatu Astatke as a musician.  …

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FAUST-FRESH AIR.

Faust-Fresh Air. Forty-six years ago, Faust released their critically acclaimed, groundbreaking, genre-melting eponymous debut album in 1971. The innovative and imaginative music on Faust was unlike anything else that was being released in 1971. Musically, Faust was a breath of fresh air, which was hailed as a revolutionary album that had the potential that to …

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RUPTURE-ISRAEL SUITE/DOMINANTE EN BLEU.

Rupture-Israel Suite/Dominante En Bleu. Over the last fifty years, bands and artists have penned ambitious concept albums about all manner of subjects. No subject matter it seems is off-limits when it comes to the concept album. There’s been concept albums about bureaucracy and censorship, death and dreams, evolution and revolution, heaven and hell, hurt and …

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AIRTO FOGO-AIRTO FOGO.

Airto Fogo-Airto Fogo. During the seventies, Paris born drummer and percussionist Sylvain Krief was one of France’s top musicians. He was also a talented composer, arranger and producer who founded and lead two bands. The first of these bands was Rupture, who released the spiritual jazz classic Israel Suite/Dominante En Blue in 1973.  Three years …

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THOS. RAPP AND PEARLS BEFORE SWINE-CITY OF GOLD AND …BEAUTIFUL LIES YOU COULD LIVE IN.

Thos. Rapp and Pearls Before Swine- City Of Gold and…Beautiful Lies That You Could Live In. By April 1971, Pearls Before Swine were preparing to release their fifth album City Of Gold, which was BGO Records recently released alongside …Beautiful Lies That You Could Live In. City Of Gold would be Pearls Before Swine third release …

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ANNELI DRECKER-REVELATION FOR PERSONAL USE.

Anneli Drecker-Revelation For Personal Use. Anneli Drecker first came to prominence in 1987, when she was the lead singer of the Norwegian band Bel Canto. Back then, Anneli Drecker was just seventeen, but determined to make a career out of music. So Anneli Drecker made the brave decision to leave behind her Arctic hometown of …

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KEB DARGE AND CUT CHEMIST PRESENT DARKSIDE: 30 SIXTIES GARAGE, PUNK AND PSYCH MONSTERS.

Keb Darge and Cut Chemist Present Darkside: 30 Sixties Garage, Punk and Pysch Monsters. “All things come to he who waits.” So said Violet Fane in her poem Tout vient ß qui sait attendre. That is very true. Especially for record buyers who spend a lifetime searching for obscure singles and LPs. After a while …

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THE BLUE NILE-PERFECTION PERSONIFIED.

The Blue Nile-Perfection Personified. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe The Blue Nile. They’re the complete opposite of most bands. The Blue Nile have been described as publicity shy. That’ is an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and Paul Joseph Moore formed the Blue Nile, they’ve been one of …

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DONA ONETE-BANERO.

Dona Onete-Banzeiro. Never give up on a dream. These are words of advice that Dona Onete heeded in 2013, when somewhat belatedly, the seventy-five year old ‘grande dame of Amazonian song’ released her debut album Feitiço Caboclo. Three years later, and Dona Onete returns with her sophomore album Banzeiro, which will be released on the …

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BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE-STREET ACTION AND ROCK ’N’ ROLL NIGHTS.

Bachman-Turner Overdrive-Street Action and Rock ‘N’ Roll Nights. For Bachman-Turner Overdrive, their seventh studio album Street Action, which  was released in February 1978 was the start of a new era for the band. Street Action was the first album not to feature Randy Bachman.  He had left the band after the release of Freeways in …

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RAKKATAK-SMALL PIECES.

Rakkatak-Small Pieces. Amongst locals, Jodhpur in central India is known as Sun City. With bright, sunny weather all year, it’s a popular destination for tourists. This included musician Anita Katakkar, who founded Rakkatak in Toronto, Canada in 2009. By the time she journeyed to Jodhpur,  Rakkatak had already released two albums. Soon, two would become …

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SWAMP POP BY THE BAYOU-LET’S GET TOGETHER TONIGHT.

Swamp Pop By The Bayou-Let’s Get Together Tonight. Recently, one of Ace Records’ longest running and most successful compilation series made a welcome return when Swamp Pop By The Bayou-Let’s Get Together Tonight was released. It’s the seventeenth instalment in the By The Bayou series, and the third compilation of swamp pop. Just like the previous …

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TEENAGE FANCLUB-SCOTLAND’S BIG STARS AND KINGS OF JANGLE POP.

Teenage Fanclub-Scotland’s Big Stars and Kings Of Jangle Pop. Not many Scottish bands have enjoyed the longevity and commercial success that Teenage Fanclub have. Scotland’s Kings of jangle pop have been together four decades,  have released ten albums and toured the world several times.  Still though, Teenage Fanclub still going strong, and must be contenders for the 2017 Scottish Album of The …

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SING IT HIGH, SING IT LOW: TUMBLEWOOD RECORDS 1971-1973.

Sing It High, Sing It Low: Tumbleweed Records 1971-1973. Nowadays, it can be a risky business founding a new record label, and many hopeful music moguls are left licking their wounds. However, founding and running a record label has always been a risky business. It’s not a licence to print money, and never has been.  …

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NINA MIRANDA-FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT.

Nina Miranda-Freedom Of Movement. Not many singers wait twenty-six years before releasing their debut album. Nina Miranda has. She made her debut in 1991 on Sweatmouth’s Read My Hips EP, and since then Nina Miranda has been a familiar face on the London music scene.  Since 1997, Nina Miranda has been the lead singer of …

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THE JERRY CANS-INUUSIQ.

The Jerry Cans-Inuusiq. Over the last few years, The Jerry Cans have been one of the rising stars of the Canadian music scene. Recently, though, The Jerry Cans’ music has won them friends much further afield than the of Arctic reaches of Iqaluit, Nunavut, their hometown in the far North of Canada. This includes in …

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