Monthly Archives: July, 2011

PAUL McCARTNEY AND WINGS-BAND ON THE RUN.

PAUL McCARTNEY AND WINGS-BAND ON THE RUN. Sometimes your memory plays tricks on you, and things that you’ve remembered from may years previously turn out to be very different. In a way, the memory is almost spoiled, when you revisit somewhere or something. Suddenly, it isn’t quite how you remember it, and sadly, your memory, …

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GLASVEGAS-GLASVEGAS.

GLASVEGAS-GLASVEGAS. In a previous article I wrote about how groups are never really an overnight success, and how usually, it takes many years for a band to make a breakthrough. The band this article is about, Glasvegas, are a good example of this. They were formed back in 2003, and five years later, released their …

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RUMER-SEASONS OF MY SOUL.

RUMER-SEASONS OF MY SOUL. One thing that makes me laugh in the music industry, is when someone is referred to as an “overnight sensation.” This usually, is so far removed from the truth. Hardly any artist ever becomes a “star” overnight. Usually, they’ve fruitless spent years trying to make a breakthrough. Sometimes, this can mean …

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NEIL YOUNG-HARVEST MOON.

NEIL YOUNG-HARVEST MOON. For over twenty years, I’ve been a fan of Neil Young. My love of Neil Young’s music came from a friend of mine, who I used to work with. Jim was a huge fan of Neil Young’s music, he was almost evangelical, about Neil’s music. To Jim, Neil’s music was peerless. Eventually, …

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NINEY THE OBSERVER-SLEDGEHAMMER DUB.

NINEY THE OBSERVER-SLEDGEHAMMER DUB. As many people who regularly read this blog will have gathered by now, is that although I love all types of music, one of my favorite styles of music is dub reggae. When most people think about dub, they think of Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Tubby, Sly and Robbie, Joe Gibbs, …

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THE ORB-U.F. ORB.

THE ORB-U.F. ORB. In a previous article, I wrote about The Orb’s debut album The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld. That album proved to be one of the most influential of the decade. It was a brilliant album, one of the best debut albums you’ll ever hear. What many people wondered, was how would The …

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AMY WINEHOUSE-BACK TO BLACK.

AMY WINEHOUSE-BACK TO BLACK. Neil Young once sang “it’s better to burn out than fade away.” It’s nothing more than a good lyric. Nobody should take this lyric seriously. Sadly, some singers seem to take this lyric seriously, witness Kurt Cobain and Sid Vicious. The way they led their lives, it was almost inevitable that …

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OTIS REDDING-THE SOUL ALBUM.

OTIS REDDING-THE SOUL ALBUM. In this article, I’m going to write about one of the greatest soul singers ever. Sadly, during their lifetime, they only released six albums. This album was their fourth album, released in 1966. Tragically, he died in tragic circumstances aged twenty-six, when the plane he was traveling on, crashed killing six …

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NIGHTMARES ON WAX-CAR BOOT SOUL.

NIGHTMARES ON WAX-CAR BOOT SOUL. Have you ever thought after buying an album you know absolutely nothing about, just why you bought it? I have, many times. One of the explanations I’ve come up with, is the album cover. Imagine the scene, your in your local record store, you need your weekly fix of music, …

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NEW ORDER-REPUBLIC.

NEW ORDER-REPUBLIC. Sometimes a great album can emerge out of the most difficult of circumstances. Even if the four band members aren’t getting along, and fighting like cat and dog, sometimes, the music they make can be outstanding. When New Order reconvened after a four year hiatus, to record Republic, it seemed that everything that …

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SADE-DIAMOND LIFE.

SADE-DIAMOND LIFE. Back in the summer 1984, it seemed that everywhere you went, this album was being played. From the release of Your Love Is King as a single in February 1984, and then the album Damond Life, in late July this was the soundtrack to 1984. It seemed that wherever you went, Sade was …

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AZTEC CAMERA-LOVE.

AZTEC CAMERA-LOVE. Back in 1988, I went to a music festival, and one of the bands that I saw that day, were Aztec Camera. I’d been invited along to this festival by a good friend of mine. The idea, was that we’d make a weekend of it. So on the Friday night, we decamped to …

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BIG STAR-RADIO CITY.

BIG STAR-RADIO CITY. Quite often, when an album that becomes highly regarded and hugely influential, is released, it isn’t a huge commercial success. Even if it’s critically acclaimed, and a few music critics realize the albums importance, its release passes almost unnoticed. This album is loved by critics and a small coterie of fans, who …

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SUEDE-A NEW MORNING.

SUEDE-A NEW MORNING. Sometimes towards the end of a band’s natural lifetime, they release an album that at the time, is underrated, and it’s only some time afterwards, that its quality is recognized. This is true of the band I’m going to write about today. They were formed in 1989, and by the time they …

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AL GREEN-LET’S STAY TOGETHER.

AL GREEN-LET’S STAY TOGETHER. I’ve always loved soul music, and have done for many years. Unlike many people, I don’t just focus on one style of soul music. Some people just like Northern Soul, others Motown or deep soul, while other people love the sound of Chicago, Stax or Atlantic. One other type of soul …

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HAROLD BUDD, SIMON RAYMONDE, ROBIN GUTHRIE AND ELIZABETH FRASER- THE MOON AND THE MELODIES.

HAROLD BUDD, SIMON RAYMONDE, ROBIN GUTHRIE AND ELIZABETH FRASER- THE MOON AND THE MELODIES. Previously, I’ve written two articles on the Cocteau Twins, one of my favorite groups. When the group split up, the various members of the band went their own ways, and started working on different projects. The member of the band that …

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MARVIN GAYE-LET’S GET IT ON.

MARVIN GAYE-LET’S GET IT ON. Today I’ve decided to write about one of my favorite albums of all time. This album is one of the most beautiful albums that you’ll ever hear. There are only eight songs on the album, and it lasts just over thirty one-minutes. It’s also an album that was once described …

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HORSE-GOD’S HOME MOVIE.

HORSE-GOD’S HOME MOVIE. Previously, I’ve written articles about various Scottish artists. Some many people will be familiar with, others that are new to them. Today, I’m going to write about an artist many people may not have heard about. However, she has had several hits in various European countries, released eight albums and toured with …

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BON IVER-FOREVER EMMA, FOREVER AGO.

BON IVER-FOREVER EMMA, FOREVER AGO. As someone who has spent more years than I care to remember immersed in music and, as a result, reading the music press, I’ve lost count of the artists how have been hailed as the savior of music. Generally, these artists are hailed as the next Beatles, Rolling Stone or …

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PRINCE JAMMY-OSBOURNE IN DUB.

PRINCE JAMMY-OSBOURNE IN DUB. Regular readers to this blog will have gathered that I’ve quite a wide musical taste, because previously, I’ve written about different types of music, everything from indie, blues and soul, to house, rock and reggae. One other type of music I’ve written about before is dub reggae, and today, I’m going …

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