Category Archives: Pop

LEWIS BALOUE-ROMANTIC TIMES.

LEWIS BALOUE-ROMANTIC TIMES. Earlier this year, music saw a ghost. The man who called himself Lewis arose from the dead. Lewis gave no explanation where he’d been or what he’d been doing. There was an element of bemusement that L’Amour, his 1983 debut album, had sparked such interest in his life and whereabouts. However, Lewis …

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-THE BOY WITH THE ARAB STRAP.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-THE BOY WITH THE ARAB STRAP. Unique. That describes Belle and Sebastian. They’re a band who do things their way. That’s been the case since Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David formed Belle and Sebastian in 1996. The two Stuarts met at Stow College in Glasgow. That’s where they formed Belle and Sebastian. They released their debut single and album …

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TODD RUNDGREN-RUNT AND THE ALTERNATE RUNT.

TODD RUNDGREN-RUNT AND THE ALTERNATE RUNT. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer describes Todd Rundgren. His career has spanned over forty years. During that period, Todd Rundgren released three albums with Nazz, and over twenty solo albums. His debut solo album was Runt which was released in 1970. Runt marked the debut of the man many …

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SHE DID IT! THE SONGS OF JACKIE DESHANNON VOLUME 2.

SHE DID IT! THE SONGS OF JACKIE DESHANNON VOLUME 2. When eventually, the definitive history of modern music is written, Jackie DeShannon will be remembered as one of the first, and most successful singer -songwriters. Her career began in 1956, when as Sherry Lee, she released her debut single Baby Honey. Jackie was just fifteen. …

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THE PEARLFISHERS- OPEN UP YOUR COLOURING BOOK.

THE PEARLFISHERS- OPEN UP YOUR COLOURING BOOK. “Everything comes to he who waits.” So the sayings goes.  Even a new album from The Pearlfishers. Recently, Scotland’s best kept musical secret, The Pearlfishers, released their seventh album, Open Up Your Colouring Book, on Marina Records. Open Up Your Colouring Book was released seven years after their …

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FRANK SINATRA-IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING AND SONGS FOR SWINGIN’ LOVERS.

FRANK SINATRA-IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING AND SONGS FOR SWINGIN’ LOVERS. It’s hard to believe that by the early fifties, Frank Sinatra’s career had stalled. Frank Sinatra’s career was at a crossroads. He hadn’t released an album since Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra. Released in October 1950, Sing and Dance with …

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THE KINKS-LOLA VERSUS POWERMAN AND THE MONEYGOROUND AND PERCY.

THE KINKS-LOLA VERSUS POWERMAN AND THE MONEYGOROUND AND PERCY. By 1970, The Kinks had been through the ringer. Everything that could’ve gone wrong, had gone wrong. The Kinks had lost of bassist Pete Quaife in 1969. Pete left after The Kinks sixth album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. It was released in …

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THE BLUE NILE-HATS.

THE BLUE NILE-HATS. For most groups, a gap of five years between albums would be unthinkable. It just wouldn’t happen. Either the group would be keen to get a new album released, or their record company would be pressurizing them to do so. Not The Blue Nile. In fact, the five years between their debut …

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HENRY GROSS-RELEASE/SHOW ME TO THE STAGE.

HENRY GROSS-RELEASE/SHOW ME TO THE STAGE. In 1969, Henry Gross was the youngest person to perform at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair. Henry was just eighteen when he took to the stage with Sha Na Na. However, Henry Gross, whose albums Release and Show Me To The Stage were recently rereleased by Chiswick, an …

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THE BLUE NILE-A WALK ACROSS THE ROOFTOPS.

THE BLUE NILE-A WALK ACROSS THE ROOFTOPS. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe The Blue Nile’s 1984 debut album A Walk Across the Rooftops. The Blue Nile are the complete opposite of most bands. Describing the Blue Nile as publicity shy, is an understatement. Indeed, since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and …

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END OF NEIL-ONLY SURFERS KNOW.

END OF NEIL-ONLY SURFERS KNOW. Without doubt, one of the most talented Scottish singer-songwriters around today is End Of Neil. I’ve been following End Of Neil’s career for the past couple of years. Since I last touched base with him, a lot has happened to End Of Neil. Neil Stewart, the man behind End Of …

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JOHN MORALES PRESENTS CLUB MOTOWN.

JOHN MORALES PRESENTS CLUB MOTOWN. DJ and remixer John Morales, spent much of the last seven years working what he describes as his “labor or love,” John Morales Presents Club Motown. It’s a lovingly compiled double album which was recently released by UMC. John Morales Presents Club Motown  features a total of twenty tracks from …

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KING CREOSOTE-FROM SCOTLAND FROM LOVE.

KING CREOSOTE-FROM SCOTLAND FROM LOVE. There aren’t many artists who’ve released over forty albums. Scottish singer-songwriter Kenny Anderson has. However, many people won’t have heard of Kenny Anderson. They will have heard of King Creosote. King Creosote is just one of a number of aliases Kenny Anderson records records under. He’s been a one man …

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L.C. COOKE-THE COMPLETE SAR RECORDINGS.

L.C. COOKE-THE COMPLETE SAR RECORDINGS. Although Sam Cooke made his name as a singer and songwriter, he was also a successful producer. So much so, that Sam formed his own record label SAR Recordings. This made sense. He needed a vehicle for the various artists he was producing. They included some big names. Among them …

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LEWIS-SMOKE, MIRRORS, HYPE AND HYPERBOLE?

LEWIS-SMOKE, MIRRORS, HYPE AND HYPERBOLE? One of the biggest stories in music in 2014, was the mystery surrounding the man they called Lewis. It’s become an internet phenomena. Usually, I don’t bother with sensationalist stories like this. Especially, this story. It just didn’t seem right.  Far from it. There were way too many unanswered questions. …

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LEWIS-A MUSICAL RIDDLE, WRAPPED IN A MYSTERY, WRAPPED INSIDE AN ENIGMA.

LEWIS-A MUSICAL RIDDLE, WRAPPED IN A MYSTERY, WRAPPED INSIDE AN ENIGMA. Back in May 2014, Light In The Attic Records rereleased an album that mystery and conjecture continues to surrounds. Thirty-one years after Lewis released L’Amour, nobody was any the wiser who Lewis was. It remained one of the great musical mysteries. To coincide with the …

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NIGHT WALKER-THE JACK NITZSCHE STORY VOLUME 3.

NIGHT WALKER-THE JACK NITZSCHE STORY VOLUME 3. The name Jack Nitzsche means different things to different people. To some people, Jack Nitzsche is a remembered as a critically acclaimed producer and arranger. Others remember Jack as a singer and songwriter. Film fans remember Jack for the film soundtracks he composed. Then there’s a generation who …

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CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG-C.S.N.Y. 1974.

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG-C.S.N.Y. 1974. Forty years ago, in 1974, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young put their differences aside, and embarked upon what was the first ever outdoor stadium tour. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young had been on hold for nearly three years. It had been four years since Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young …

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GULP-SEASON SUN.

GULP-SEASON SUN. It’s just over two years ago that Gulp released their debut single, Game Love. It was released to critical acclaim, and resulted in Gulp supporting  Django Django on a tour of the UK and Ireland. This wasn’t end of the link with Django Django. No. Gulp were asked to contribute a track to …

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RARE PSYCH MOOGS AND BRASS 1969-1981-MUSIC FROM THE SONOTON LIBRARY.

RARE PSYCH MOOGS AND BRASS 1969-1981-MUSIC FROM THE SONOTON LIBRARY.  Mention KPM, De Woife, Amphonic, Conroy and Sonoton to most people, and they’ll have no idea what you’re talking about. However, mention it to several generations of sample-hungry hip hop producers and crate-digging DJs, and their eyes will light up. Their eyes will also have …

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