Category Archives: Rock

HOLGER CZUKAY-DER OSTEN IST ROT/ROME REMAINS ROME.

HOLGER CZUKAY-DER OSTEN IST ROT/ROME REMAINS ROME. Recently, I was fortunate enough to interview one of the most innovative musicians of his generation, Holger Czukay. I spend forty minutes talking about Can and Holger’s solo career. It was a truly fascinating insight into a musical legend. Two of the albums we discussed were Der Osten …

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TRUE INGREDIENTS-THROUGH THE LENS.

TRUE INGREDIENTS-THROUGH THE LENS. Over the last few years, the music industry has been forces to reinvent itself. There’s many reasons for this. This includes the way people consume and buy albums. Gone are the days of the vinyl, when it was a case of immersing yourself in the music. You sat and studied the …

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EMERSON. LAKE AND PALMER-BRAIN SALAD SURGERY.

EMERSON. LAKE AND PALMER-BRAIN SALAD SURGERY. For their fourth album, Brain Salad Surgery,  Emerson, Lake and Palmer set about recording an album they could replicate live. That hadn’t been the case with their their three previous albums. Something had to change, they realised.  So, Brain Salad Surgery, which was recently released by Sony as a …

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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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1970S ALGERIAN FOLK AND POP.

1970S ALGERIAN FOLK AND POP. During the late-sixties and seventies, life in Algeria wasn’t easy. It hadn’t been since 1963, when Ahmed Ben Bella came to power following the Sand War. Two years later, he was overthrown by President Houari Boumediene.  He continued the program of industrialisation. Since 1963, industries were state-controlled, within the authoritarian, socialist …

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COUNTRY FUNK 2 1967-1974.

COUNTRY FUNK 2 1967-1974. Until two years ago, country funk was a genre with no name. That was until Light In The Attic Records released Country Funk 1969-1975, back in July 2012. At last, here was the perfect description of this irresistible music. It was a perfect description of the feel of the music. After …

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LED ZEPPELIN-LED ZEPPELIN.

LED ZEPPELIN-LED ZEPPELIN. Music critics don’t always get it right. Sometimes, they fawn over third-rate albums, just because of who recorded the album. That’s often the case with ageing artists. I could quote numerous examples where critics had their head turned by sentiment.  This is nothing new.  Thirty-five years ago, on 12th January 1969, Led Zeppelin …

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JACKSON BROWNE-LATE FOR THE SKY.

JACKSON BROWNE-LATE FOR THE SKY. Before Jackson Browne embarked upon a solo career he packed a lot into a short space of time. His career began in 1966. That’s when he moved to Greenwich Village and joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Jackson wasn’t even eighteen. Soon, he was writing songs for the Nitty Gritty …

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INTERVIEW WITH HOLGER CZUKAY OF CAN.

INTERVIEW WITH HOLGER CZUKAY OF CAN. It’s not every day I get the opportunity to interview one of my musical heroes. Today I did. I was fortunate enough to spend forty minutes interviewing the legendary Holger Czukay, who cofounded Can in 1968. We spent forty minutes discussing all things Can, Holger’s solo career and even, …

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FIRE! ORCHESTRA-ENTER.

FIRE! ORCHESTRA-ENTER. The origins of Fire! Orchestra can be traced to Fire! It’s a trio consisting of bassist Johan Berthling, drummer Andreas Werliin and saxophonist Mats Gusfasson. They’re three of Sweden’s finest jazz musicians. Their speciality is free jazz. However, there’s much more to the members of Fire! than that. They’re far from purists when …

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THE DOORS-WEIRD SCENES INSIDE THE GOLD MINE.

THE DOORS-WEIRD SCENES INSIDE THE GOLD MINE. By 1972, The Doors were history. Their charismatic frontman Jim Morrison had died on the 3rd July 1971. The Lizard King became the latest entrant into the twenty-seven club, where he joined Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Alan Wilson and Jimi Hendrix. This meant that The Doors’ career ended …

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THE HERBALISER-THERE WERE SEVEN-REMIXES.

THE HERBALISER-THERE WERE SEVEN-REMIXES. Twenty months ago, The Herbaliser released the seventh album of their career, There Were Seven. It was released to widespread critical acclaim and marked a welcome return from The Herbaliser. They’d been away too long. Four years to be exact. That’s a long time in music.  Music is constantly changing. As …

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DAVE MASON-IT’S LIKE YOU NEVER LEFT.

DAVE MASON-IT’S LIKE YOU NEVER LEFT. There aren’t many musicians who’ve played with everyone from Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, David Crosby, George Harrison, Joe Walsh, Graham Nash and Paul McCartney. Dave Mason did. He played on numerous classic albums. This includes Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, the Rolling Stones’ Beggar’s Banquet and George Harrison’s …

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DONNIE AND JOE EMERSON-STILL DREAMIN’ WILD: THE LOST RECORDINGS 1979-81.

DONNIE AND JOE EMERSON-STILL DREAMIN’ WILD: THE LOST RECORDINGS 1979-81. Back in 1979, Donnie and Joe Emerson’s parents spent $100,000 buying equipment for their two son’s home studio. That wasn’t enough. Donnie and Joe weren’t going to settle for second best. Not when it came to the equipment for their nascent studio. The synths, drum …

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KASAI ALLSTARS-BEWARE THE FETISH.

KASAI ALLSTARS-BEWARE THE FETISH. Nearly six years ago, in December 2008, the Kasai Allstars released their critically acclaimed  debut album In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish and Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic. On its release, critics were won over by the Kasai Allstars’ music. They hadn’t heard …

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MICHAEL CHAPMAN-PLAYING GUITAR THE EASY WAY.

MICHAEL CHAPMAN-PLAYING GUITAR THE EASY WAY. Nine years after releasing his debut album Rainmaker, on Harvest Records, Michael Chapman released Playing Guitar The Easy Way which has just been released on CD for the first time by Light In The Attic Records. This is no ordinary reissue. Far from it. It’s a no expense spared …

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MIDNIGHT RIDER-A TRIBUTE TO THE ALLMAN BROTHERS.

MIDNIGHT RIDER-A TRIBUTE TO THE ALLMAN BROTHERS. Earlier this year, Cleopatra Records released what was one of the best compilations of 2014, so far, A Psych Tribute To The Doors. The latest instalment in the “Tribute To” series is The Allman Brothers, one of the founding fathers of Southern Rock. Midnight Rider-A Tribute To The …

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JARIBU AFROBEAT ARKESTRA-JARIBU.

JARIBU AFROBEAT ARKESTRA-JARIBU. Over the last few years, the JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra have established a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands in Japan. That’s been the case since the JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra released their debut album Afro Sound System in 2009. Released to critical acclaim, Afro Sound System won over DJs and …

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CATFISH HODGE-DIFFERENT STROKES-THE COMPLETE EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND RECORDINGS.

CATFISH HODGE-DIFFERENT STROKES-THE COMPLETE EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND RECORDINGS. Great things were expected of Bob “Catfish” Hodge. He was born into a musical family in Detroit, and began playing in clubs when he was still in high school. Before long, he was a regular in Detroit’s clubs. Despite not being able to read music, music came …

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