Monthly Archives: May, 2011

SHUGGIE OTIS-INSPIRATION INFORMATION.

SHUGGIE OTIS-INSPIRATION INFORMATION. Today I am going to write about an artist and album that many people will not have heard of. To me that is a tragedy, because this artist is one of the most talented musicians you will here, and the album is a minor classic. The artist is Shuggie Otis, and the …

Continue reading

NEW ORDER-POWER, CORRUPTION AND LIES.

NEW ORDER-POWER, CORRUPTION AND LIES. In this article I will write about one of the most influential bands of the last thirty years. This band was formed after a tragedy, and went on to change their sound several times. They were innovators, not followers, always ahead of the trend, pushing musical boundaries, and embraced the …

Continue reading

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-THE BOY WITH THE ARAB STRAP.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-THE BOY WITH THE ARAB STRAP. The group that I am about to write about, recorded their first single in 1996, whilst at college, and went on to record their debut album in three days. Since then, they recorded a further eight albums and have achieved almost cult status, amongst their large and …

Continue reading

VAN MORRISON-BACK ON TOP.

VAN MORRISON-BACK ON TOP. Recently, I have been listening to a wide variety of music, with a view to writing articles for this blog. It was when I was sitting looking through a huge pile of albums, that I re-discovered the album I am going to write about. This album is Van Morrison’s album Back …

Continue reading

HAPPY MONDAYS-PILLS ‘N’ THRILLS AND BELLYACHES.

HAPPY MONDAYS-PILLS ‘N’ THRILLS AND BELLYACHES. In a previous article, I wrote an article Primal Scream’s classic album Screamadelica, which was one of the greatest albums of 1990’s. Screamadelica was a snapshot of a new movement of music which was a fusion of rock music and dance music. A year prior to the release of …

Continue reading

SOUL II SOUL-CLUB CLASSICS-CLUB CLASSICS VOLUME 1.

SOUL II SOUL-CLUB CLASSICS-CLUB CLASSICS VOLUME 1. When Soul II Soul released their debut album Club Classics Volume 1, in April 1989, the album was like a breath of fresh air. Suddenly, someone had released an album that was totally different from anything else that was around at that time. Not only was the album …

Continue reading

JENNIFER WARNES-FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT.

JENNIFER WARNES-FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT. A few days ago, I put my Ipod on shuffle, and as sometimes happens, after a few tracks, it played a fantastic track. That track was Famous Blue Raincoat, the title track from Jennifer Warnes’ 1987 album Famous Blue Raincoat. I had not listened to this album for a few months, …

Continue reading

JOHN MARTYN-THE APPRENTICE.

JOHN MARTYN-THE APPRENTICE. In this article, I am going to write about an artist who has long been a favorite of mine. This artist recorded twenty studio albums in their lifetime between 1967 and their death in 2009. They were an artist whose music crossed the musical genres, and encompassed folk, blues, jazz and rock. …

Continue reading

PORTISHEAD-DUMMY.

PORTISHEAD-DUMMY. In previous articles, I have written about groups who were innovators within their chosen genre. Previously, I have written articles about King Tubby, Kraftwerk, The Orb and Primal Scream. Each of theses groups have produced albums that have been influential in various ways. King Tubby pioneered dub reggae and is believed to have invented …

Continue reading

MINNIE RIPERTON-PERFECT ANGEL.

MINNIE RIPERTON-PERFECT ANGEL. When writing a previous article on The Orb, I mentioned that they had used a Minnie Riperton sample on one of their tracks. Some time later, I was thinking that maybe it was time I wrote an article on Minnie Riperton as, although some of her music is heard occasionally on the …

Continue reading

THE ORB-THE ORB’S ADVENTURES BEYOND THE ULTRAWORLD.

THE ORB-THE ORB’S ADVENTURES BEYOND THE ULTRAWORLD. Recently, I wrote and article about one of electronic music’s most influential and pioneering groups Kraftwerk. In that article, I said that Kraftwerk had influenced future generations of musicians, including electronic and dance artists. One of the artists who they had a huge influence on was The Orb. …

Continue reading

OTIS CLAY-TRYING TO LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU.

OTIS CLAY-TRYING TO LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU. Recently, I was listening to a compilation of Stax Records music, 3000 Volts of Stax, and came across a track by Otis Clay called Come To Me. This set me thinking about how great a soul singer Otis Clay was. I have long been a fan of …

Continue reading

KRAFTWERK-AUTOBAHN.

KRAFTWERK-AUTOBAHN. In this article, I will write about a group that many people may have heard about, yet will have never have heard any of their music. That band is Krafwerk and the album is Autobahn. Kraftwerk and their music are often misunderstood. Often this is because people have not taken the time to find …

Continue reading

LABEL FOCUS-OM RECORDS.

LABEL FOCUS-OM RECORDS. Om Records is a San Francisco based record label, that was founded in 1995 by Chris Smith. Since then, Om Records have released a wide array of compilation and artist albums, ranging from house music to hip hop. Since then, Om Records have set up a number of other sub-labels and affiliated …

Continue reading

LOVE AND MONEY-STRANGE KIND OF LOVE.

LOVE AND MONEY-STRANGE KIND OF LOVE. The band that I am going to write about, Love and Money, are one of Scotland’s finest bands of the past thirty years. In an eight year recording career from 1986-1994, Love and Money recorded just four albums, All You Need Is Love in Money in 1986, Strange Kind …

Continue reading

OLETA ADAMS-CIRCLE OF ONE.

OLETA ADAMS-CIRCLE OF ONE. The artist that I am going to write about in this article is an object lesson to any artist who is waiting to be discovered. Oleta Adams back in 1985, was an unknown artist who, up until then, had faced rejection at every turn. Then one night in 1985, when she …

Continue reading

TIM BUCKLEY-GOODBYE AND HELLO.

TIM BUCKLEY-GOODBYE AND HELLO. In this article, I am going to write about an artist many people will not have heard of, and therefore, will be unaware of the wonderful music he recorded in his career. The artist is Tim Buckley, and in this article i will review one of his finest albums Goodbye and …

Continue reading

MUDDY WATERS-ELECTRIC MUD.

MUDDY WATERS-ELECTRIC MUD. The album I am about to review is one that, upon its release, had the effect of dividing the opinion the artist’s fans and also, opening up the artists music to a new, wider audience. That album is Muddy Water’s 1968 release Electric Mud. Electric Mud had the effect of reviving Water’s …

Continue reading

LABEL FOCUS-NAKED MUSIC.

LABEL FOCUS-NAKED MUSIC.  In this article, I want to discuss one of the most influential labels in urban music. Over many years, Naked Music have released a wide variety of albums that include deep and soulful house music, broken beat, mid-tempo and nu-jazz releases. Such was the popularity of the albums, that they have achieved …

Continue reading

OV WRIGHT-THE BOTTOM LINE.

OV WRIGHT-THE BOTTOM LINE. The album that I am now going to write about, is one that I discovered when crate-digging, many years ago in a record shop. This album is OV Wright’s album The Bottom Line. Wright released The Bottom Line on Hi Records in July 1978. However, many people will never have heard …

Continue reading

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 142 other followers