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AKIRO ITO-JAPANESQUE.

AKIRO ITO-JAPANESQUE. Before Akiro Ito embarked upon a solo career in 1978, he was a member of the Far East Family Band. They were a pioneering band, who are regarded as Japan’s first progressive rock band. Keyboards dominated the Far East Family Band’s music, as they fused prog rock, psychedelia and space rock. It was …

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MARK KNOPFLER-TRACKER.

MARK KNOPFLER-TRACKER. Three years have passed since Mark Knopfler released his previous  solo album, Privateering. Since then, very little has been heard of Mark Knopfler. However, he recently made a welcome return with his eighth solo album, Tracker, which was released by Mercury. The release of Tracker in 2015 is fitting. It’s thirty years since …

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MILES DAVIS-BITCHES BREW 40TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTORS EDITION.

MILES DAVIS-BITCHES BREW 40TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTORS EDITION. Miles Davis’ recording career began in 1951, when he released his debut album The New Sounds. Soon, Miles Davis was establishing a reputation as a prolific, and innovative musician. He released further forty-three albums between 1951 and 1969. This included classics like 1957s Round About Midnight and 1959s …

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LONESOME HIGHWAY-AN ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN SONGS OF THE ROAD.

LONESOME HIGHWAY-AN ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN SONGS OF THE ROAD. The automobile is one of the most celebrated of American institutions. That’s been the case for nearly 100 years. Right back to the days of the blues, the automobile and the highways they travel down, have been celebrated by musicians. That’s the case on Lonesome Highway-An …

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BLACK SABBATH-MASTER OF REALITY-VINYL EDITION.

BLACK SABBATH-MASTER OF REALITY-VINYL EDITION. 1970 had been a year that defined Black Sabbath’s career. They’d released two hugely successful albums. This includes their debut album Black Sabbath, which was released in February 1970. It reached number eight in the UK and number twenty-three in the US Billboard 200 charts. This resulted in Black Sabbath …

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TOO SLOW TO DISCO VOLUME 2.

TOO SLOW TO DISCO VOLUME 2. Ever since the birth of rock ’n’ roll, musical genres have fallen in, and then out, of fashion. That was the case as the seventies dawned. The sixties had come to a disappointing end. It may have been a musical age of aquarius, but it ended badly.  Undoubtably the …

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JETHRO TULL-MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY-40TH ANNIVERSARY: LA GRANDE EDITION.

JETHRO TULL-MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY-40TH ANNIVERSARY: LA GRANDE EDITION. By the time Jethro Tull began work on their eighth album Minstrel In The Gallery, they were one of the biggest selling groups of the seventies. Especially in America. Five of their albums had been certified gold, while 1971s Aqualung was certified triple-platinum. In America alone, …

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KILINDU-KILINDU.

KILINDU-KILINDU. There aren’t many bands who are fortunate enough to have a two-times Grammy Award winning producer working on their debut alum. Kilindu have been. Last year, they worked with Grammy winning producer, Robert Cutarella. He producer their eponymous debut album, Kilindu which was recently released on CD. Previously, Robert Cutarella has worked with the …

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HOLGER CZUKAY-ELEVEN YEARS INNERSPACE.

HOLGER CZUKAY-ELEVEN YEARS INNERSPACE. The very first Record Store Day took place back in 2007. Since then, Record Store Day has become a huge event. This year, on 18th April 2015, 1,400 record shops worldwide celebrated Record Store Day. For the ninth Record Store Day, record companies across the globe released a plethora of exclusive …

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BERANGERE MAXIMIN-DANGEROUS ORBITS.

BERANGERE MAXIMIN-DANGEROUS ORBITS. Crammed Discs’ Made To Measure series began back in 1983. For the next twelve years, a total of thirty-five albums were released. They’ve been described as the musical equivalent of a collection of art books. These albums are a reminder of some of the most innovative, important and interesting music of an era. …

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20 YEARS OF HENRY STREET MUSIC-THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION.

20 YEARS OF HENRY STREET MUSIC-THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION. Nowadays, not many independent record labels survive to celebrate their twentieth anniversary. Especially given how turbulent the last twenty years have been. During that period, the music industry was forced to reinvent itself. So much had changed. Many labels struggled to survive. Some fell by the wayside. …

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BLACK SABBATH-PARANOID.

BLACK SABBATH-PARANOID. Just seven months after Black Sabbath released their eponymous debut album in February 1970, they were back with the album that defined their career, Paranoid. It was released in September 1970 and features three Black Sabbath classics Paranoid, Iron Man and War Pigs. They’ve since become staples of Black Sabbath’s live performances. They’re …

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LAKKER-TUNDRA.

LAKKER-TUNDRA. Over the last nine years, Lakker have called various labels home. As a result, Lakker have been like musical nomads, moving from label to label. These labels have been based in Berlin, Dublin and London. Often, Lakker were only signed to a label for a short time, moving on after one or two releases. …

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KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS VOLUME 5.

KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS VOLUME 5. Four years ago, in June 2011, Keb Darge and Little Edith released the first instalment in their Legendary Wild Rockers’ compilation series, on BBE Music. This was Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers. It was so successful, that Keb Darge and Little Edith’s …

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I HAVE A TRIBE-YELLOW RAINCOATS E.P.

I HAVE A TRIBE-YELLOW RAINCOATS E.P. Ever since 2012, Patrick O’Laoghaire has been one of music’s rising stars. Patrick first came to prominence as a member of Dublin based band Slow Skies. They were founded in  2012, and  featured Karen Sheridan, Conal Herron and Patrick O’Laoghaire. Less than a year later,  and Slow Skies were ready to …

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DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA-THE CONNY PLANK SESSION.

DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA-THE CONNY PLANK SESSION. By 1970, thirty year old Conny Plank was already well on his way to establishing a reputation as one of the most innovative producers in Germany. He had come a long way since his early days working as Marlene Dietrich’s sound engineer.  When multi-track recording was introduced, …

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WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS-PITTSBURGH.

WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS-PITTSBURGH. Like many artists, William Fitzsimmons draws upon personal experience for his songs. That has been the case since William released his 2005 debut album, Until When We Are Ghosts. Since then, William has released a further five albums.Each album has proved a compelling insight into William Fitzsimmons’ life. It seems no subject is …

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GIL SCOTT-HERON-SMALL TALK AT 125TH AND LENNOX.

GIL SCOTT-HERON-SMALL TALK AT 125TH AND LENNOX. There’s been many an important day in Chicago’s musical past. That’s not surprising. The Windy City has given the world some of the biggest names in music. This includes Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock,  Nils Lofgren, Patti Smith, Ray Manzarek of The Doors and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder  were all …

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GONG-CAMEMBERT ELECTRIQUE (VINYL EDITION).

GONG-CAMEMBERT ELECTRIQUE (VINYL EDITION. In music, true innovators never seem to get the credit they deserve. That’s the case it seems in life and death. Especially, if the type of music they produce is shall we say leftfield. That was the case with Australian musicians Daevid Allen, who founded Gong in 1967. His death on 13th March 2015, …

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JETHRO TULL-BENEFIT-STEVEN WILSON 2013 STEREO MIX.

JETHRO TULL-BENEFIT-STEVEN WILSON 2013 STEREO MIX. For Jethro Tull fans, 2015 looks like proving an expensive year. Much of Jethro Tull’s back catalogue has been released on import. This includes Thick As A Brick, Passion Play, War Child, Stand Up and Benefit. 2015 was proving an expensive year for fans of the Tull. It was soon,about to get a …

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