Author Archive: dereksmusicblog

MASTERPIECES OF MODERN SOUL-VINYL EDITION.

MASTERPIECES OF MODERN SOUL-VINYL EDITION. Over the last few years, there’s been an upsurge in interest in vinyl. In 2014, reached a record high. For the first time in over twenty years, vinyl sales in America surpassed the nine million mark. Things got even better in the first quarter of 2015, with sales increasing by …

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DISCO LOVE VOLUME 4-MORE DISCO AND SOUL UNCOVERED.

DISCO LOVE VOLUME 4-MORE DISCO AND SOUL UNCOVERED. For nearly three years, Al Kent, disco’s international man of mystery has been missing in action. Nobody has heard from the Glasgow-based DJ and remixer. There’s not been as much as a postcard home. That’s not surprising. Al’s not had time. He’s been busy looking for the fifteen tracks …

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BEATSPOKE-THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION.

BEATSPOKE-THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION. It’s been twelve years since Josh Fontan and Sarah Gessler formed Beatspoke in 2004. Since then, singer Sarah Gessler and beat maker and producer have released two albums as Beatspoke. Their debut album No Rush was released to critical acclaim in 2009. It caught the imagination of critics, and was …

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THE BATHERS-KELVINGROVE BABY.

THE BATHERS-KELVINGROVE BABY. January 2016  marked the comeback of  a Scottish musical institution, The Bathers. They were formed in Glasgow, in 1985, by singer, songwriter and troubled troubadour Chris Thompson and released six albums between 1987 and 1999. The Bathers fifth album was Kelvingrove Baby, a minor classic, that’s one of the finest Scottish albums ever …

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRAX-STAX-VOLT 45PRM RARITIES 1964-1968.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRAX-STAX-VOLT 45PRM RARITIES 1964-1968. Just like Picasso, the Stax and Volt labels had a blue period. In Stax and Volt’s case, this began in 1964, and lasted until mid-1968. During this period, Stax released over 300 singles and Volt in excess of 120 singles. This included some of best music …

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BLACK ROOTS-SON OF MAN.

BLACK ROOTS-SON OF MAN. In the British reggae scene, Black Roots are viewed as respected elder statesmen. That’s fitting. Black Roots have been making music for over thirty years. Still, though, their music is powerful and full of social comment. That’s the case on their new album Son Of Man, which was released on Soulbeat …

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SWAMP POP BY THE BAYOU-TROUBLES, TEARS AND TRAINS.

SWAMP POP BY THE BAYOU-TROUBLES, TEARS AND TRAINS. One of Ace Records longest-running, and most successful compilation series, is their By The Bayou series. Compiled by Ian Saddler, the thirteenth instalment in the By The Bayou series was recently released. However, Swamp Pop By The Bayou-Troubles, Tears and Trains is only the second compilation of …

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THE CURTIS COUNCE QUINTET-EXPLORING THE FUTURE-VINYL.

THE CURTIS COUNCE QUINTET-EXPLORING THE FUTURE-VINYL. One of jazz’s best kept secrets is hard bop, double bassist Curtis Counce. He may not have enjoyed the longevity of many of his contemporaries, but was one of the leading lights of West Coast jazz. Curtis played alongside Teddy Charles, Shelly Manne, Lyle Murphy and Clifford Brown. Then …

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OUT OF LEFT FIELD-WHERE COUNTRY MEETS SOUL.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD-WHERE COUNTRY MEETS SOUL. Country music has always been inextricably linked with soul music. In some cases, the two go hand-in-hand. This has been documented by Ace Records on their Where Country Meets Soul series.  The series began in June 2012, with the release of Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul. …

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SPLASHGIRL-HIBERNATION.

SPLASHGIRL-HIBERNATION. When doom jazz trio Splashgirl released their sophomore album Arbor in 2009, it was the first release on the newly formed Hubro Music label. Since then, a lot has happened to both Splashgirl and Hubro Music. Both Splashgirl and Hubro Music’s star have been in the ascendancy. Splashgirl have released two critically acclaimed albums, …

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CHES SMITH-THE BELL.

CHES SMITH-THE BELL. In January 2014, Ches Smith was booked to play at the prestigious New York Winter Jazzfest. This was a huge honour for him. The great and good of jazz descended on New York for Winter Jazzfest. Over these three days, jazz musicians from all over the world would be creating groundbreaking music. …

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BAUMAN/KOEK-BAUMAN/KOEK.

BAUMAN/KOEK-BAUMAN/KOEK. By 1978, German music was changing. The Krautrock era had ended in 1977, and there was a move towards electronic music. This wasn’t new.  The Berlin School had been around since the early seventies. It was also a precursor of ambient music, and went on to influence future generations of ambient musicians. Among the founding …

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MIKE OLDFIELD-DISCOVERY.

MIKE OLDFIELD-DISCOVERY. By June 1984, thirty-one year old Mike Oldfield prepared to release the ninth album of his career, Discovery. This was the followup to 1983s Crises, which was Mike Oldfield’s most successful album of recent years. Crises was certified platinum in Germany and Sweden; and gold in Britain, France and Holland. This surpassed the …

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JOHN MARTYN-A LIFE IN MUSIC REMEMBERED.

JOHN MARTYN-A LIFE IN MUSIC REMEMBERED. It’s hard to believe that it’s seven years since John Martyn passed away on 29th January 2009. Incredibly, John Martyn was only sixty years old. He seemed to have been around forever. John Martyn’s life revolved around music. His career began in 1967, when he was just seventeen. Back …

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BLACK SABBATH-MASTER OF REALITY-IMPORT.

BLACK SABBATH-MASTER OF REALITY-IMPORT. 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 being …

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JOHN COLTRANE-A LOVE SUPREME-THE COMPLETE MASTERS BOX SET VINYL EDITION.

JOHN COLTRANE-A LOVE SUPREME-THE COMPLETE MASTERS BOX SET VINYL EDITION. On December 9th 1964, four musicians made their war to the Van Gelder Studio, on 445 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. They were scheduled to record an album with renowned jazz producer Rudy Van Gelder. He was a veteran of countless recordings, and had worked with some …

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EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD.

EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD. Most people haven’t heard of Castle Douglas. Why should they? It’s a small market town in Dumfries and Galloway, in south-west Scotland. However, Castle Douglas has been home to some famous faces over the last 224 years. This includes a potter, politician, footballer and two rugby players. However, they’ve been …

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IKARUS-IKARUS.

IKARUS-IKARUS. In Greek mythology, Icarus, the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, who created the Labyrinth, met a tragic ending. Icarus and Daedalus were desperate to escape from Crete. So Daedalus constructed wings made of feathers and wax. As Icarus prepared to make his escape, Daedalus warned his son of complacency and hubris.  Icarus shouldn’t …

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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND-LIVE AT MAX’S KANSAS CITY.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND-LIVE AT MAX’S KANSAS CITY. 1970 should’ve been the start of a new era for The Velvet Underground. They had just signed a two album deal with Atlantic Records in late 1969. This should’ve been the dawn of a new era for The Velvet Underground, where they belatedly made a commercial breakthrough. Instead, …

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GURU GURU-UFO.

GURU GURU-UFO. By the late sixties, the members of many British and American bands were well on their way to becoming multi-millionaires. Especially groups like The Beatles and Rolling Stones. They had been at the top for the best part of a decade, and were now enjoying wealth beyond their wildest dreams.  To look after …

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