Derek Anderson

Hi to everyone who reads this. My name is Derek Anderson, I’m 47, single and live in Scotland. I came to writing this blog in a round about way. For over thirty-five years I’ve been a huge music fan, collecting firstly vinyl, tapes, mini discs and now compact discs. During this time, I’ve always enjoyed reading, listening to and making music. So, for all these years, my main interest in life has been music. Truly, music is what I love. It means so much to me, it brings back memories, changes the way I feel and has been a constant throughout my life. It’s provided a soundtrack to my life. Some people have photograph albums, I have a music collection. My love of music, and my desire to share that love of music is why I decided to launch this blog. Each day, I put up new reviews  for everyone to read. So each day, when you look at this blog, you’ll always find something new.

My musical tastes are wide and varied, i enjoy everything from rock to indie, soul to folk and hip hop to house. Although I’ve lost count of how many albums are in my collection, there must be 1700 CDs and box sets. I’m fast running out of room, and I’m becoming submerged in CDs. Although my favourite label is Philadelphia International Records and many of my favourite artists like The O’Jays, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass and Billy Paul recorded for that label, there’s so much more to my musical tastes than Philadelphia International. Among the other artists I enjoy are Primal Scream, Blue Nile, Terry Callier, Neil Young, The Bathers, New Order and Al Green. Some of my other favourite labels are OM, Stax, Hi, Naked Music, Atlantic and Chess. I could go on for hours, but that’s a quick snapshot of my musical tastes.

I decided to write this blog as I’ve been immersed in music throughout my life although my life has taken a few twists and turns. Originally, I studied business studies, over twenty five years ago, then later in life, I decided to branch out, try something different. This lead to me studying first social sciences and then English Law. That resulted in me gaining a 2:1 in English Law. However, regardless of what I’ve done in life, music has been what I’ve always loved. This lead to me writing this blog,  writing about music I love,  music I believe in and music that I’m passionate about. This is something I enjoy doing and hope people enjoy reading.

Should you enjoy an article so much that you want to to re-blog or repost it then please ask my permission to do so. The copyright to all the articles belong to me. I’ve nothing against anyone reposting or re-blogging an article,  that’s  great,  just as long as you ask permission and then credit me for it. Remember, I own the copyright, both moral and legal copyright. Anyone reposting an article, must ask before doing so. Once permission has been granted, then they can repost it, if they credit me. Should you fail to do this, you will be asked to remove the article and compensate me. I’ve had problems with this recently, especially people on Facebook stealing my work. 

If you’re an artist or band, I’d be willing to review your music. Just contact me. You can send me a CD and once I’ve heard it, I’ll review it. 

My other interests are reading, technology and football. I have supported St Mirren FC all my life, and I hope that they will win another trophy in my lifetime. After all, 1987 and our Scottish Cup win is but a distant memory. I suppose supporting St Mirren means I must be the eternal optimist. Anything else you want to know just ask. Enjoy the blog, and remember, it’s “the music blog where music matters.”

Derek Anderson LLB (Hons), Cert. Soc. Sci.

34 Comments

  1. Hi Derek,

    I just discovered your wonderful blog today, Its after 1am here in Vegas and the last hour or so I’ve been captivated by thoughtful analysis of the the Philly Sound.

    I appreciate the time and effort, rest assured I have bookmarked this blog, I intend to visit weekly at least.

    If you have not read this yet, try to find “A House On Fire: The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul” written by John A Jackson. A well researched history, and if you have not read it. I think you will enjoy it.

    Keep up the good work.

    Harold
    Las Vegas, NV

    • Thanks Harold for your kind comments, I’ve enjoyed analysing the Philly Sound and will check the book out as I’ve been looking for a book on Philly Soul. Glad you enjoyed the blog and will continue to check it out.

      Best Wishes,
      Derek Anderson.

  2. Here are some acts that I’d love you to review if possible. In no order, The Temprees (Stax/We Produce) or LTD. Shuggie Otis and Fame records were a nice treat. Keep it up dude.

    • Hi Harold, I’ll try and get round to them pretty soon. I’ve got some Stax box sets that I must review soon as well, so I’ll add it to my list. Thanks for your kind comments.
      Best Wishes,
      Derek Anderson.

  3. CRIMSON TIMMS

    HI DEREK…LUV YA BLOGS AND U ARE TRYE PRO AT THIS…CRIMSON XOXOXOX

    • Hi Crimson,

      Thanks for that, I’m glad that you like the blog.

      Best Wishes,
      Derek.

  4. FlazrFlowr

    A friend sent me to your blog today to read a thorough post about Loose Ends. Delightful. Looking forward to taking a deeper dive.

    • Hi there,

      I’m glad that you’ve discovered my blog and enjoyed the review of Loose Ends. It’s good that their albums have been rereleased, especially with the bonus tracks. I hope that you’ll continue to visit my blog, I post new reviews each day. Thanks for your comments and tell your friends about my blog.

      Best Wishes,
      Derek.

  5. Hi,
    I don’t know whether you’ve ever been, but I went for the first time to the Southport Weekender at Butlins, Minehead recently. I actually thought of you a couple of times as the weekend was chock full of soul and funk and disco and house. I cannot recommend it enough and it seemed like something you’d like. Don’t worry about not being young, I’m 49, and was far from the youngest but its not about age, race, gender or anything – just thousands of people who love the music.

    Anyway – keep up the great blogging.

    Darryl

    • Hi Darryl,

      Sounds like something I’d really enjoy. I’ve never been to the Southport Weekender, and have wanted to go for some time. Hopefully one day soon. I’ll get round to it. There’s quite a number of soul weekends round the UK nowadays, but Southport is the biggest and best known.

      Incidentally, I’ve reviewed the Southport Weekender Volume 9 some time ago, mixed by Mr Scruff and DJ Spinna. Thanks for you comments and keep reading my blog. There’s lots of great stuff coming soon.

      Best Wishes,
      Derek.

  6. FlazrFlowr

    Derek, a friend just suggested I buy Kimbra’s US release “Vows” today. I highly recommend taking a listen. My favorite so far is “Plain Gold Ring (LIVE)”, but there are so many outstanding songs on this, I’m sure you can find more to like.

    • Hi there,
      Vows is a really good album. I first heard Kimbra’s Settle Down EP. Having heard this, I had a listen to Vows and enjoyed it too. I see there’s an Australian Tour Edition out, which is a double album. You might like that too. Thanks for your comments.

      Best Wishes,
      Derek.

  7. I second the Kimbra album because she’s a Kiwi like me and from my home town, but also she’s making fresh, fun pop music. I see a big future for her.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for your comments. I hope Kimbra has a big future. It’s always good to hear someone making quality pop music, there’s a freshness and vibrancy about the music. Have you heard of Goyte and their album Like Drawing Blood? I was listening to it tonight. You should have a listen, you might enjoy it. Keep reading my blog, I’ve got some great stuff coming soon.

      Best Wishes,
      Derek.

  8. Ty

    Just discovered your blog . . . lots to digest, wow you’ve been busy. Lots of stuff you’re hipping me to. Let me drop some reciprocal: Calima Shatiday, Telefon Tel Aviv, Northscape, Elastic Bond and Trestal.

    • Hi Ty,

      Glad you’re enjoying my blog. There are over 630 albums reviewed here. I was having a listen to the music you recommended. There’s some great stuff there. I really enjoyed it, especially Telefon Tel Aviv and Elastic Bond. One album I’d definitely recommend is Telefuzz’s Sleep. It’s a few years old, but well worth picking up a copy. Thanks for your comments.

      Best Wishes,
      Derek.

      • Ty

        It surprises me that you picked Elastic Bond over Northscape and Calima Shatiday. It always surprises me what people prefer, but that’s what makes the world go round I guess. Don’t get me wrong, I like Elastic Bond too, but in order of favorites, I ranked them in my original post. If you prefer songs with words I can see why you picked who you picked. :-)

      • Hi Ty,

        Thanks for your comments. It’s always interesting to hear what someone’s favourite tracks on an album are. It’s a very subjective thing.Sometimes, songs stand out, other times it’s much more difficult. Often, it’s very close between two or three songs. This time, it was really hard. Thanks for your comments though.

        Best Wishes,
        Derek.

  9. Ty

    No problem keep up the good work. Enjoy!!!

  10. Hi Derek,

    I was wondering what has happened to BBR and Soul Music Records. You usually review them each month. This month you haven’t though. I just wondered what was going on with them. Could you let me know. I’m really enjoying this month’s reviews. You’ve picked a really eclectic selection of music. Keep up the good work.

    Bobby

    • Hi Bobby,

      Thanks for your comments. This is a question I’ve been asked literally hundreds of times each day. Each morning I’ve people asking this. All I can say is that I’m hoping that I’ll have advance copies of the BBR and SMR releases to review in the next few days. I’ve been doing my best to get them. Once I have them, I’ll get them reviewed.

      I’m glad that you like the more eclectic selection of music I’ve been reviewing. It’s proved really popular. However, I won’t be abandoning the old favourites. There will still be plenty jazz, soul, funk, disco and Philly Soul.

      Best Wishes,
      Derek.

  11. Dear Derek,

    Enjoying the blog. I’ve been with you since day one. This month there’s been some great stuff. However, is there any sign of the SoulMusic Records and BBR Records? I saw you’d said that you hoped to have promo copies when you replied to Bobby. Are there any sign of them? It’s just I always read your reviews before buying them. Your reviews are spot on. I’ll hold off buying them until I’ve read your review.

    Another thing is, is there any sign of the Loleatta Holloway album? It’s been delayed since last year. I tried contacting Cherry Red to find up, but never heard back from them. Maybe you could find out what’s going on.

    Soon be two years of blogging Derek, keep it up. Yours is my favourite music blog.

    Ron Donald

    • Hi Ron,

      Thanks for your kind comments. Glad to hear that you’ve been a regular reader since the blog started. It doesn’t seem two years. Time has gone quickly.There’s still no sign of the SMR and BBR reviews. I had hoped they’d be here by now, because each day, I’m receiving hundreds of enquiries about them. As soon as I get them, I’ll get some reviews written. Then you’ll be able to decide whether to buy them.

      As far as I know from talking to Cherry Red, the Loleatta Holloway album is still delayed. If you want, I can put you in touch with Cherry Red. They can keep you up to date with the release. You can let me know.

      Best Wishes,
      Derek.

  12. Dear Derek,

    Many thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I hope that you’ll get the promo copies of the BBR and SoulMusic Records soon. I’ll hold off buying them until I read your reviews.

    Thanks for offering to put me in touch with Cherry Red, but I’d rather deal with you. At least you get back to me quickly. Any time I’ve tried contacting them, and it’s a number of times, I’ve never heard back. So, thanks, but no thanks.

    I’ll look forward to seeing what’s in store for your 2nd anniversary. Maybe some Philly Soul?

    Ron

  13. Bill Rodebaugh

    Hi Derek,

    I really enjoyed your history research behind library music in Britain and especially of KPM in the 60’s. I’ve been searching for KPM LP 21 which features Kenny Graham (and I believe his earier recordings from the old 78’s) and also Eric Spear, and a couple of other composers. Do you have any advice upon where to find thisi LP released in 1970?

    Sincerely,

    Bill

    • Hi Bill,

      Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed my review of Music For Dancefloors The KPM Music Library. I had a look for the KPM LP 21 on Ebay and Discogs, but neither site had a copy for sale. I’d suggest that you keep an eye on both sites, as they’ve always got plenty of KPM LPs and CDs for sale. Just now, Ebay has a lot of KPM releases listed. Ebay has also several Kenny Graham LPs advertised. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful, but if I see a copy for sale, I’ll be in touch.

      Best Wishes,
      Derek.

  14. Great blog, so much to digest. I’m passionate about music too, it can mean so many things; it can be therapeutic, uplifting, nostalgic, a way to feel your feelings, as well as purely for aesthetic enjoyment etc. Wouldn’t life be less richer without music? I’m a lover of soul, funk, jazz funk and also love the Philly sound. Will gradually get round to reading some of your older posts. Thanks!

    • Hi there,

      Thanks very much for your comments. I agree with everything you say. Music is so therapeutic and capable of provoking a variety of emotions and memories. It’s hard to imagine life without music. I hope you’ll enjoy reading the rest of the blog. There’s plenty to catch up, plus more every day.

      Thanks again for your comments.

      Best Wishes,
      Derek.

  15. Came across your blog while searching for a review of Salsoul Orchestra’s output, as I’m putting together a disco set.

    Great info on here – Many thanks

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for your comments. There’s plenty of classic disco in Salsoul’s back-catalogue for a disco set. Loleatta Holloway, First Choice, Double Exposure, Silvetti, Ripple and Carol Williams. Then there’s John Davis and His Monster Orchestra, another of the great disco orchestra.

      There’s reviews of lot’s of disco compilations on my blog. I’d recommend any of the Disco Recharge or Disco Discharge, plus the three volumes of John Morales M&M Mixes. Then there’s Tom Moulton’s Philadelphia International Records’ remixes and three volumes of Philly ReGrooved. They’re both available as a vinyl box set.

      Hope you find plenty of music for your disco mix.

      Best Wishes,
      Derek.

  16. hi derek
    i just discovered your music blog, it’s great! very interesting, full of love and passion.
    i’m swiss, 44, musician, performing, listening, and recording.
    your blog is kind of a “goldgrube” means kind of goldmine in english :-)

  17. Hi Derek, many thanks for your great review of our album Coffee and Disruption, we really appreciate it! Could we please have your permission to use extracts from it in our press & publicity materials, crediting you as author? Thanks, Derecho

    • Hi there,

      I’m glad that you enjoyed my review of Coffee and Disruption. It’s a great album. Hope you’re working on the followup.

      Please feel free to use my review. As long as I’m credited I don’t mind. Anything I can do to help. Good luck with with the future.

      Regards,
      Derek.

  18. Thanks Derek – much appreciated!

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