Tag Archives: Grönland Records

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 4.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 4. Gordon Lightfoot-Dream Sweet Rose, Midnight and Salute. For Gordon Lightfoot, the seventies proved to be the most successful period of his career. Commercial success and critical acclaim were constant companions for the man that was dubbed “Canada’s greatest songwriter.” This success many thought would continue into the eighties. Gordon …

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I HAVE A TRIBE-BENEATH A YELLOW MOON.

I HAVE A TRIBE-BENEATH A YELLOW MOON. Back in 2013, Patrick O’Laoghaire was a member of Slow Skies, the group he had formed with Karen Sheridan and Conal Herron in 2012. They released their debut E.P., Close in May 2013. Close was well received by critics, and a great future was forecast for the Dublin based …

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BOY-WE WERE HERE.

BOY-WE WERE HERE. Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass first met in 2005, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. They were both students on a pop music course.  Singer Valeska Steiner had travelled from Zurich in Switzerland, to join the course. Bassist Sonja Glass was local. She had been born in Hamburg, and lived …

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THE BEST LIVE ALBUMS OF 2015.

THE BEST LIVE ALBUMS OF 2015. The final category in my best of series is live albums. For some reason, live albums seem to divide opinion. While some people love live albums, others loathe them. There seems to be no middle ground. Partly that’s down to how an artist approaches a live album. It may be …

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THE BEST 50 REISSUES OF 2015-PART TWO.

THE BEST 55 REISSUES OF 2015-PART TWO. EJI OYEWOLE- CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME. In the sixties and seventies, the Nigerian music scene was thriving. New bands were constantly being formed. Similarly, new artists were making an impression on Nigerian music. This included Eji Oyewole. However, the flautist, saxophonist and future bandleader was different from his …

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THE 33 BEST BOX SETS OF 2105-PART ONE.

THE 33 BEST BOX SETS OF 2105-PART ONE. So far, in my look back at 2015, I’ve picked the best Scottish, Nordic Wave and new albums of 2015. Now we turn to the best box sets of 2015.  Last year, was a good year for box sets, which came in all shapes and sizes. Everything …

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THE 33 BEST BOX SETS OF 2105-PART TWO.

THE 33 BEST BOX SETS OF 2105-PART TWO. HAWKWIND-THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING…YOUR CAPTAIN IS DEAD. Since 1969, the various lineups of Hawkwind have released twenty-seven studio albums, ten live albums and fifteen compilations. That’s not forgetting the recently released eleven disc box set, This Is Your Captain Speaking…Your Captain Is Dead. It was recently …

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THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART TWO.

THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART TWO. BLACK MOON CIRCLE-THE STUDIO JAMS VOLUME I: YELOW NEBULA IN THE SKY. Norwegian psychedelic space rock band Black Moon Circle are one of the rising stars of the Norwegian music scene. Their previous album Andromeda was released to critical acclaim in October 2014. A great future was …

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THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART THREE.

THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART THREE. ERRORS-LEASE OF LIFE. Errors have come a long way since they were formed in Glasgow, in 2004, by Simon Ward, Greg Paterson and Stephen Livingstone. Back then, Errors’ makeshift studio was a bedroom. That was the Glasgow based musical alchemists laboratory. Through experimentation and innovation, Errors sound …

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THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART FOUR.

THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART FOUR. LABFIELD-BUCKET OF SONGS. Five years after the release of their sophomore album Collab, LabField, one of the leading lights of the European improv scene make a welcome return. They returned in 2015 with their genre-melting third album, Bucket of Songs. It was released on Hubro Music. Bucket …

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THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART SIX.

THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART SIX. THE WOODBINE AND IVY BAND-SLEEP ON SLEEPING ON. Four years after releasing their eponymous debut album in 2011. The Woodbine and Ivy Band return with their new album Sleep On Sleeping On. It was released in March 2015, on Static Caravan Recordings, and sees The Woodbine and …

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HARMONIA-DELUXE.

HARMONIA-DELUXE. In June 1975, the three members of Harmonia returned to their studio in Forst for the recording of their sophomore album, Deluxe which was rereleased by Grönland Records on 18th December 2015. Deluxe would become the followup to Musik Von Harmania, which had been released in January 1974. Sadly, this groundbreaking album had failed …

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HARMONIA-MUSIK VON HARMONIA.

HARMONIA-MUSIK VON HARMONIA. Just a week before Christmas, the album that caused Brian Eno to call its makers “the most important band in the world” was reissued on CD by Grönland Records. Sadly, that album didn’t go on to sell millions of copies. Far from it. Musik Von Harmonia, the debut album from German supergroup …

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GLORIA-GEISTER.

GLORIA-GEISTER. Just two years have passed since Gloria released their eponymous debut album. Since 2013, Gloria’s star has been in the ascendancy. They’re regarded as one of the rising stars of the German music scene. However, things were very different when Klaas Heufer-Umlauf, Mark Tavassol, and Tim Schierenbeck first started making music. Back then, music …

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HARMONIA COMPLETE WORKS.

HARMONIA COMPLETE WORKS. All too often, groundbreaking music is overlooked upon its release. It’s only much later, that the music’s importance and innovation is recognised. Musical history is littered with examples. This includes Harmonia, Germany’s first supergroup.  Harmonia featured members members of Neu! and Cluster. They decided to form a new group, and went on …

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BOY-WE WERE HERE.

BOY-WE WERE HERE. Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass first met in 2005, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. They were both students on a pop music course.  Singer Valeska Steiner had travelled from Zurich in Switzerland, to join the course. Bassist Sonja Glass was local. She had been born in Hamburg, and lived …

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MUELLER-ROEDELIUS-IMAGORI.

MUELLER-ROEDELIUS-IMAGORI. Nowadays, some artists spend years working on an album. Partly, that’s down to the way albums are recorded. Things used to be very different. Forty years ago, the only way to record an album, was in a recording studio. That  cost money. So, the only bands able to record an album, were those signed …

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INTERVIEW WITH HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS.

INTERVIEW WITH HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS. The words pioneer and innovator are often overused. However, it is a fitting description of Hans-Joachim Roedelius. He is, without doubt, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of the past fifty years. His music has influenced several generation of musicians. And Hans-Joachim Roedelius has released more music that most musicians. …

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HOLGER CZUKAY-ELEVEN YEARS INNERSPACE.

HOLGER CZUKAY-ELEVEN YEARS INNERSPACE. The very first Record Store Day took place back in 2007. Since then, Record Store Day has become a huge event. This year, on 18th April 2015, 1,400 record shops worldwide celebrated Record Store Day. For the ninth Record Store Day, record companies across the globe released a plethora of exclusive …

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DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA-THE CONNY PLANK SESSION.

DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA-THE CONNY PLANK SESSION. By 1970, thirty year old Conny Plank was already well on his way to establishing a reputation as one of the most innovative producers in Germany. He had come a long way since his early days working as Marlene Dietrich’s sound engineer.  When multi-track recording was introduced, …

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