Monthly Archives: June, 2011

AIR-MOON SAFARI.

AIR-MOON SAFARI. I spend much of my time listening to music. It seems that sometimes, there aren’t enough hours in the day to hear every album I want to listen to. As a result, sometimes I don’t get a chance to listen to albums I bought years ago. So last week, I thought I’d make …

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PREFAB SPROUT-FROM LANGLEY PARK TO MEMPHIS.

PREFAB SPROUT-FROM LANGLEY PARK TO MEMPHIS. In the past, I’ve been lucky enough to see many bands and artists in concert. Some of these concerts have been brilliant, others woeful. The band that this article is about, fall into the first category. When I saw them live, they were amazing, putting on a performance full …

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TERRY CALLIER-TIMEPEACE.

TERRY CALLIER-TIMEPEACE. This article is about one of the most talented and charismatic artists I have ever been fortunate to see live. When you see him in concert, you’re immediately taken with his presence on stage. There is something about him that makes him stand out from other artists. He is a deeply religious man, …

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DR JOHN-ANUTHA ZONE.

DR JOHN-ANUTHA ZONE. The artist I’m going to write about today is one of the greatest live acts I have ever been privileged to witness. Twice I have been lucky enough to witness him live in concert, each time he was brilliant, producing a masterful performance. One of the concerts I was at, was when …

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BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-EXODUS.

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-EXODUS. Although I love all types of music, one type of music I have always loved is reggae music. Ever since I was young I have reggae. Mostly it’s dub reggae I like, but I like all types of reggae. One artist who has always been a favorite of mine, is …

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DUFFY-ROCKFERRY.

DUFFY-ROCKFERRY. I’m not usually the type of person that bothers much with commercial music. Most successful commercial music is the result of hype and marketing, rather than talent. This is nothing new in the music industry. Much of the success of many punk and post-punk groups was due to puff pieces and hype in the …

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LEFTFIELD-LEFTISM.

LEFTFIELD-LEFTISM. In previous articles, I have often written about artists who have been pioneers, who have either produced a groundbreaking album that has had huge affect on music, artists who are pioneers and innovators, leaders not followers. This article will feature another group who are pioneers, and have been credited with being one of the …

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THE BLUE NILE-PEACE AT LAST.

THE BLUE NILE-PEACE AT LAST. The group this article is about, have only released four albums since forming in 1981. They have a reputation for working slowly, and the album this article is about was released seven years after their previous album. This album saw the group change their style. Previously it was based upon …

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NEW ORDER-TECHNIQUE.

NEW ORDER-TECHNIQUE. The story of the making of the album this article is about, is one of excess, hedonism, eleven crashed hire cars and four memorable months spent in Ibiza. Regardless of the carnage that took place when this album was being recorded, it was all worth while, because when the album was finished, it …

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GAELLE-TRANSIENT.

GAELLE-TRANSIENT. Recently, I wrote articles on Naked Music downtempo music, and while researching these articles, I found myself listening again, to songs by this artist. An artist who is highly talented, not just a singer, but also a songwriter and producer. I have long been a huge fan of her music, and have always loved …

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FUG-READY FOR US.

FUG-READY FOR US. Recently I wrote an article on Block 16, who had recorded their Morning Sun album on Nuphonic, a sadly lamented label, that for an eight year period, released some wonderful music. After writing that article, I was looking through some of my old albums and chanced upon another album released on Nuphonic, …

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NICOLE ATKINS-NEPTUNE CITY.

NICOLE ATKINS-NEPTUNE CITY. Today I am going to write about a genuine up and coming artist, one who takes her music seriously, and has been involved in the music industry all her adult life. During her career she has been compared with some of music’s greatest singers including Roy Orbison. Her music sees a combination …

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PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION-AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY.

PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION-AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY. The artist who this article is about, is one who has divided opinion since his career began. He is definitely an artist who people love or loath, there seems to be no happy medium. His music has been variously described as seedy and sordid, and sensuous …

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COCTEAU TWINS-MILK AND KISSES.

COCTEAU TWINS-MILK AND KISSES. The album that this article is about, is the final album by one of the best bands to come out of Scotland in the last thirty years. They were a hugely influential band, who were innovative and pioneering, and in turn, have influenced a new generation of musicians. During their career, …

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BLOCK 16-MORNING SUN.

BLOCK 16-MORNING SUN. In this article I am going to write about an album that came out ten years ago, on a small record label that, back then, was releasing many great albums and twelve inch singles. Quickly, Nuphonic Records established a reputation for releasing some great music. Between 1994 and 2002, they released albums …

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TOMMY McCOOK AND THE AGGROVATORS-BRASS ROCKERS.

TOMMY McCOOK AND THE AGGROVATORS-BRASS ROCKERS. In this article, I am going to return to one of my favorite types of music, dub reggae. This article is about one of the best saxophonists in reggae music, who played on numerous recordings, and worked with some of the greatest reggae musicians ever. Amongst the artists he worked …

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CHRIS REA-WATER SIGN.

CHRIS REA-WATER SIGN. The album that this article is about was almost never released. So little interest did the record company have in the artist, that they never gave him any money to record the album professionally. Instead, he recorded that album himself, with little in the way of overdubbing. To save money, he used …

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D’ANGELO-VOODOO.

D’ANGELO-VOODOO. Today I have decided to write about a singer who, in a twenty year career, has only released to solo albums, yet has been compared to soul legend Marvin Gaye, and Prince. This artist is much more than a singer, he is a highly talented multi-instrumentalist, song writer and producer. The two albums he …

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TEENAGE FANCLUB-SONGS FROM NORTHERN BRITAIN.

TEENAGE FANCLUB-SONGS FROM NORTHERN BRITAIN. The band I am going to write about in this article have an unusual feature. There are three songwriters in the band, and each songwriter sings their own song. This band is a democracy, and each songwriter is given the same amount of playing time for their songs. These songwriters …

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RICHARD HAWLEY-COLE’S CORNER.

RICHARD HAWLEY-COLE’S CORNER. In life there are two types of people, those who follow others blindly, and others who go their own way, and do their own thing. The same can also be said with the music industry. One of those people who fall into the latter category, is Richard Hawley, who this article is …

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