Author Archive: dereksmusicblog

LED ZEPPELIN-THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS.

LED ZEPPELIN-THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS. Between 2014 and 2015, Led Zeppelin’s back-catalogue was remastered and reissued. It was without doubt, one of the most extensive reissue program of recent years.  Led Zeppelin’s extensive and lovingly curated reissue program began in 2014, with albums being released in chronological order. This began with Led Zeppelin which released in …

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MANUEL GOTTSCHING-INVENTIONS FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR.

MANUEL GOTTSCHING-INVENTIONS FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR. When Manuel Göttsching released Inventions For Electric Guitar in 1975, it was regarded as a new chapter in his career. Inventions For Electric Guitar was Manuel Göttsching’s debut solo album, and first album post Ash Ra Tempel album. Or was it? Eagle eyed record buyers having bought Inventions For Electric …

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MARTIN GREEN-FLIT.

MARTIN GREEN-FLIT. Lau are, without doubt, one of the most exciting and ambitious folk bands of their generation. They’ve been described as “modern folk’s most innovative band,” and have been winning awards, praise and plaudits since the release of their debut album Lightweights and Gentlemen in 2007. Since then, Lau have released four further albums, …

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THE WELCOME RETURN OF BOB LIND.

THE WELCOME RETURN OF BOB LIND. Bob Lind, it’s fair to say, is a many of many talents. He started life as a singer-songwriter in 1965, and helped define the folk rock genre. His debut single Elusive Butterfly gave Bob a hit single on both sides of the Atlantic in 1966. Five years and four albums …

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THE LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS STORY, 1983-1989.

THE LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS STORY, 1983-1989. With Lloyd Cole about to hit these shores on the latest leg of his 2016 tour, this seems a perfect time to look back at the band he made his name with, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions. They were one of the finest purveyors of perfect pop during the …

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TERRY REID-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER.

TERRY REID-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER. For many people, Terry Reid is music’s nearly man. He could’ve been the lead vocalist of two of the biggest rock bands in musical history. Sadly, that wasn’t to be, instead,Terry Reid decided to concentrate on his solo career.   He released six studio albums between 1968s Bang, …

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EDWIN SANZ-OVERFLOW.

EDWIN SANZ-OVERFLOW. There aren’t many six year olds that leave home to become a dancer. That’s apart from Edwin Sanz.  He was only six when he joined the Grupo Madera dance group, which promotes Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Venezuelan culture through dance and music. For the next twelve years, Edwin Sanz toured Venezuela and traversed South America and Europe. …

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FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK. Frightened Rabbit’s roots can be traced back to Scott Hutchison’s teenage years in Selkirk, Scotland. Back then, Scott Hutchison was chronically shy. So much so, that his mother christening her son Frightened Rabbit. This moniker Scott would later resurrect, when he began to play some live shows. Before that, …

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THE PICTISH TRAIL-FUTURE ECHOES.

THE PICTISH TRAIL-FUTURE ECHOES. In 2002, Johnny Lynch was a student at the prestigious University of St. Andrews. He was approaching the end of his degree course. Most students would’ve been thinking about the life after University. Not Johnny Lynch.Instead,  Johnny Lynch began performing as The Pictish Trail in 2002. Later that year,  Johnny began …

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TEENAGE FANCLUB-HERE.

TEENAGE FANCLUB-HERE. After a six year absence, Glasgow’s very own Kings of jangle pop, Teenage Fanclub have just returned with their much anticipated tenth album, Here. It was released on the PeMa label, and is the long awaited followup to Shadows, which was released in May 2010. Since then, the members of Teenage Fanclub have …

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EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER-BRAIN SALAD SURGERY.

EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER-BRAIN SALAD SURGERY. When the time came for Emerson, Lake and Palmer to record their fourth album, Brain Salad Surgery, the trio were determined to record an album that 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 will …

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KING CREOSOTE-ASTRONAUT MEETS APPLEMAN-LIMITED EDITION DELUXE VINYL VERSION

KING CREOSOTE-ASTRONAUT MEETS APPLEMAN-LIMITED EDITION DELUXE VINYL VERSION. Since 1995, Kenny Anderson  has been a one man music making machine. He has released over forty albums under a number of aliases, including the Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra, Khartoum Heroes, Kwaing Creasite and Jokes.  That however, is  just part of the Kenny Anderson story.  Kenny Anderson is also …

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ARBEIT SCHICKERT SCHNEIDER-A S S.

ARBEIT SCHICKERT SCHNEIDER-A S S. For the best part of fifty years, Berlin has produced many truly innovative musicians.  This includes Can, Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra and Cluster. They consistently produced groundbreaking music which even today, is influencing a new generation of musicians. Since then, Berlin has consistently produced many more talented and inventive musicians.  …

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DJ AMIR PRESENTS BUENA MUSICA Y CULTURA-VINYL EDITION.

DJ AMIR PRESENTS BUENA MUSICA Y CULTURA-VINYL EDITION. As BBE continue to celebrate their twentieth anniversary, they’ve been welcoming back some of old friends from the label’s past. This includes DJ, crate digger and compiler DJ Amir. His association with BBE began in 2007, when as one half of Kon and Amir, he released the …

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SANDY DENNY-5 CLASSIC ALBUMS.

SANDY DENNY-5 CLASSIC ALBUMS. Sandy Denny was one of the finest British folk singers of her generation. There is no doubt about that. Sadly, her career was cut tragically short, on the 21st of April 1978, when Sandy Denny died aged just thirty-one. That day, music lost a hugely talented singer and songwriter. Music was …

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RAY PRICE-ANOTHER BRIDGE TO BURN, TOUCH MY HEART, DANNY BOY AND TAKE ME AS I AM.

RAY PRICE-ANOTHER BRIDGE TO BURN, TOUCH MY HEART, DANNY BOY AND TAKE ME AS I AM. It was never Ray Price’s intention to become a country singer. If his mother and step-father had their way, Ray Price would’ve followed in their footsteps and become a fashion designer. However, the world of couture didn’t appeal to …

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BUSHMAN’S REVENGE-JAZZ, FRITT ETTER HUKOMMELSEN.

BUSHMAN’S REVENGE-JAZZ, FRITT ETTER HUKOMMELSEN. After spending twelve years touring and recording, the three members of Bushman’s Revenge decided to take a much needed break. The gruelling and relentless schedule of the last few years had taken its toll. All that was needed was some time off, and a newly refreshed and revitalised Bushman’s Revenge …

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KAREN DALTON.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF 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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LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES-THE FLYING DUTCHMAN YEARS.

LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES-THE FLYING DUTCHMAN YEARS. Innovative, influential and way ahead of the musical curve, describes the music of Lonnie Liston Smith. Especially the music the perfect description of Lonnie Liston Smith recorded with The Cosmic Echoes at Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Productions. It would be home to some of the most …

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MARY AFI USUA-AFRICAN WOMAN.

MARY AFI USUA-AFRICAN WOMAN. When Mary Afi Usuah released her sophomore album African Woman on Clover Music in 1978, very few people outside of Nigeria heard the album. That was despite Mary Afi Usuah having performed in front of hundreds of thousands of music fans.  Mary Afi Usuah had spent thirteen years touring Europe with …

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