Author Archive: dereksmusicblog

JETHRO TULL-MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY-STEVEN WILSON 2013 MIX.

JETHRO TULL-MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY-STEVEN WILSON 2013 MIX. 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, Jethro …

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KARIN KROG-DON’T JUST SING-AN ANTHOLOGY: 1963-1999.

KARIN KROG-DON’T JUST SING-AN ANTHOLOGY: 1963-1999. One of the most overused words in music journalism is innovative. That’s been the case throughout the last forty years. Everything from punk to hip hop and house music has been described as innovative. Go back further, and the music that Motown was making was described by many as …

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PERU BOOM-BASS, BLEEPS AND BUMPS FROM PERU’S ELECTRONIC UNDERGROUND.

PERU BOOM-BASS, BLEEPS AND BUMPS FROM PERU’S ELECTRONIC UNDERGROUND. Nowadays, the world is a much smaller place. Partly, that’s down to the internet, which has been a boon for music lovers. In the pre-internet days, music lovers were less aware of the music being released around the world. Granted, there was a brief upsurge in interest …

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REMEMBERING MOUNTAINS: UNHEARD SONGS BY KAREN DALTON.

REMEMBERING MOUNTAINS: UNHEARD SONGS BY KAREN DALTON. Karen Dalton could’ve, and should’ve, been one of the most successful singers of her generation. She certainly had the talent. Her peers agreed. Bob Dylan described Karen Dalton as his favourite singer in his autobiography. He compared Karen’s voice to Billie Holliday, and her guitar playing to Jimmy …

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SKYDIVE TRIO-SUN MOEE.

SKYDIVE TRIO-SUN MOEE. For many musicians, making the step up from sideman to bandleader can be problematic. Other musicians embrace the role and seem to enjoy the added responsibility. That’s the case with guitarist Thomas T. Dahl. He founded Skydive Trio, who recently released their debut album Sun Moee on Hubro Music. Since then, Thomas T. …

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THE MAGICAL MYSTERY PSYCH-OUT-A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.

THE MAGICAL MYSTERY PSYCH-OUT-A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES. On Saturday night, hell froze over. Hip hop “star” Kayne West took to the stage at the Glastonbury Festival. In an error strewn set, Glastonbury lost all credibility as Britain’s supposed premier music festival. To rub salt into the wound, towards the end of his “set,” West …

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HENRY STONE’S-MIAMI SOUND.

HENRY STONE’S-MIAMI SOUND. Henry Stone was a record man. That was the case since he founded his first record labels in 1952. Rockin’ and Glory were the first over over 100 record labels Henry Stone founded. These labels sold over 100 million copies. The most famous, and successful of these labels was T.K. Records, which …

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BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-CATCH A FIRE.

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-CATCH A FIRE. Forty years ago, Bob Marley and The Wailers released the album that launched their career, Catch A Fire which will be rereleased by Commercial Marketing on vinyl on 25th September 2015. Catch A Fire was certified in the UK and was the start of a career where critical acclaim and commercial success were …

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LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS COLLECTED RECORDINGS 1983-1989.

LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS COLLECTED RECORDINGS 1983-1989. The Lloyd Cole and The Commotions story began in 1982, when Derby born Lloyd Cole was studying at the University of Glasgow. Twenty-one year old Lloyd Cole had moved to Glasgow to study philosophy and English. Previously, Lloyd had studied a year of law at University College …

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PAUL BRADY-PRIMITIVE DANCE.

PAUL BRADY-PRIMITIVE DANCE. Paul Brady first came to prominence in 1978, when he released his debut album Welcome Here Kind Stranger. Later in 1978, Welcome Here Kind Stranger was voted Folk Album of the Year by Melody Maker magazine. However, the thirty-one year old Irishman wasn’t a newcomer to music. Far from it. Music was …

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THE BATHERS-SWEET DECEIT.

THE BATHERS-SWEET DECEIT. Usually, the music business is quick to celebrate anniversary. Especially, a thirtieth anniversary. That usually, is a cause for celebration, and would result in a reissue of all the band’s albums.  Each album would be remastered and released in various formats. Usually, there’s lavish double albums, featuring outtakes, unreleased tracks and live …

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DIRE STRAITS- COMMUNIQUE.

DIRE STRAITS- COMMUNIQUE. 7th July 1978 is the day that changed the lives of the four members of Dire Straits forevermore. That day, Dire Straits released their eponymous debut album. This was the beginning of a glittering seventeen year career. However, it wasn’t until Sultans Of Swing was released as a single in the spring …

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STOMU YAMASHTA-RED BUDDHA.

 STOMU YAMASHTA-RED BUDDHA. Too often, Stomu Yamashta’s role in the popularisation of world music is overlooked by critics and cultural commentators. They forget that Stomu Yamashta helped popularise world music back in the sixties. Right through to the seventies, Stomu Yamashta was one of the leading lights in the burgeoning world music scene. That was …

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THE ROLLING STONES-STICKY FINGERS-DELUXE EDITION.

THE ROLLING STONES-STICKY FINGERS-DELUXE EDITION. By 1970, The Rolling Stones were in the middle of what is now perceived as their “golden age.” It began in 1968, when The Rolling Stones released Beggars Banquet in December 1968.  Beggars Banquet was released to widespread critical acclaim. It featured an outpouring of creativity from The Rolling Stones. …

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GEORGE DUKE-A BRAZILIAN LOVE AFFAIR-VINYL EDITION.

GEORGE DUKE-A BRAZILIAN LOVE AFFAIR-VINYL EDITION. By 1979, when George Duke released A Brazilian Love Affair, he was one of the hardest working men in music. Not only had he released fifteen solo albums, but had moved into production. Then there was George’s work as a sideman. The list of musicians George has played with …

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SHE…WANTS A PIECE OF YOU.

SHE…WANTS A PIECE OF YOU. In 1963, sisters Nancy and Sally Ross were attending a Beach Boys concert in Sacramento. That concert would change their lives. Buoyed by having witnessed the Beach Boys at the peak of their powers, Nancy hit on the idea of forming a band. Sally Ross who was only thirteen, volunteered …

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DISCO 2: A FURTHER FINE SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT DISCO, MODERN SOUL AND BOOGIE 1976-80.

DISCO 2: A FURTHER FINE SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT DISCO, MODERN SOUL AND BOOGIE 1976-80. Just seven months after Soul Jazz Records released Disco: A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie in November 2014, the London based label return with the sequel, Disco 2: A Further Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul …

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YOUNG JESSIE-HIT, GIT AND SPLIT.

YOUNG JESSIE-HIT, GIT AND SPLIT.  Texas has a rich musical history. That’s been the case for over a hundred years. Country legends Gene Aubry,  Boxcar Willie and George Jones were from Texas. So were blues men Albert Collins, Freddie King and T-Bone Walker. Then there’s Buddy Holly, jazz drummer Buddy Miles, Janis Joplin, Sly Stone, …

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MIKI CURTIS-THE FIRST EAR.

MIKI CURTIS-THE FIRST EAR.  Miki Curtis made his musical debut in 1958. Back then, the twenty year old was a rockabilly singer. This was just the beginning of Miki Curtis’ musical journey. By 1970, Miki was a member of Samurai. They released their debut eponymous album in 1970. It was well received upon its release. …

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DAVID KAUFFMAN AND ERIC CABOOR-GREETINGS FROM SUICIDE BRIDGE.

DAVID KAUFFMAN AND ERIC CABOOR-GREETINGS FROM SUICIDE BRIDGE. Often when recording an album, an artist thinks about an album cover only once they’ve finished recording. Not David Kauffman and Eric Caboor. They put the cart before the horse, in the spring of 1983, and came up with an album cover before they had even recorded …

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