Category Archives: Pop

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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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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THE BATHERS ARE BACK, AND ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL.

THE BATHERS ARE BACK, AND ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL. Nowadays, anniversaries are a cause for celebration in music. They’re also the perfect excuse for record companies to reissue an album. Especially, if it happens to be a the twenty-fifth or thirtieth anniversary of an album’s release. This gives a record company the perfect excuse for …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 1.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 1.. The next stop in my look back at 2015, is the compilations released during the last twelve months. Again, I started with a long-list, and over the course of a few weeks, gradually, narrowed it down to fifty-five albums. That took some doing. After all, 2015 was a …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 2.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 2. DISC0 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 …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 3.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 3. GROOVE WITH A FEELING-SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS-BOOGIE, SOUL AND FUNK 1975-1985.  By 1975, soul music was no longer as popular as it had once had been. Executives running the Sounds Of Memphis label realised this; and between 1975 and 1985, the label released a much more eclectic selection of …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 4.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 4. KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS VOLUME 5.   Summer wouldn’t be summer without the latest instalment of the Legendary Wild Rockers’ series. So, in May 2015, Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers Volume 5 was released by BBE Music.   Somehow, Keb Darge …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 5.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 5. PRIVATE WAX VOLUME TWO. Private Wax Volume Two was released on BBE Music in October 2015. This is another compilation of “Super Rare Boogie and Disco Compiled By Zaflovevinyl.” Given their rarity, it’s no wonder it’s taken three years to compile Private Wax Volume Two. However, if anyone …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 6.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 6. SWEET THINGS FROM THE ELLIE GREENWICH AND JEFF BARRY SONGBOOK. Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry formed what would prove to one of the Brill Building’s most successful songwriting partnerships. So much so, that it’s taken Ace Records three compilations to celebrate the Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry partnership. …

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THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART TWO.

THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART TWO. BLACK MOON CIRCLE-THE STUDIO JAMS VOLUME I: YELOW NEBULA IN THE SKY. Norwegian psychedelic space rock band Black Moon Circle are one of the rising stars of the Norwegian music scene. Their previous album Andromeda was released to critical acclaim in October 2014. A great future was …

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THE BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2015.

THE BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2015. It’s at this time of the year, I usually look back at the previous year. 2015 is no different.  So over the last few weeks, I’ve immersed myself in the music of 2015. Somehow, I’ve managed to listen to, and remind myself of, the music I’ve reviewed during the …

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THE MURMAIDS-A FEW OF THE THINGS WE LOVE.

THE MURMAIDS-A FEW OF THE THINGS WE LOVE. Musical history is littered with one-hit wonders. Their brush with commercial success is brief, but tantalising. Once an artist or band has enjoyed one hit single, they want another. That’s not surprising. Commercial success, and the fame and money it can sometimes bring, are as powerful as …

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GOLDEN STATE PSYCHEDELIA.

GOLDEN STATE PSYCHEDELIA. Eventful. That described Leo De Gar Kulka’s career. He was an intelligence officer, recording engineer, producer and owned a recording studio and record company. That’s why eventful best describes Leo De Gar Kulka’s career He was born in Czechoslovakia in 1921, but moved to Los Angeles in 1938. By the time the …

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BOBBY GILLESPIE PRESENTS SUNDAY MORNIN’ COMIN’ DOWN.

BOBBY GILLESPIE PRESENTS SUNDAY MORNIN’ COMIN’ DOWN. Bobby Gillespie’s life has always revolved around music. That’s been the case since he was growing up in Mount Florida, in the south side of Glasgow. Back then, Bobby Gillespie hungrily devoured music. It was akin to an education. This education didn’t take place at the at Glasgow …

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CINNAMON GIRL: WOMEN ARTISTS COVER NEIL YOUNG FOR CHARITY.

CINNAMON GIRL: WOMEN ARTISTS COVER NEIL YOUNG FOR CHARITY. At this time, of year, anyone looking for a compilation is spoiled for choice. Literally, there’s something for everyone. That’s the case whether it’s a lavish, lovingly compiled, budget busting, multi-disc box set, or something  more modest, that you’re after. This week, over one hundred compilations …

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PSYCHEMAGIK PRESENTS MAGIK SUNSET-PART TWO.

PSYCHEMAGIK PRESENTS MAGIK SUNSET-PART TWO. Over the last two years, crate-diggers extraordinaire Psychemagik, have released a quartet of compilations. That takes some doing, as compiling compilation are fraught with difficulties.  As a result, many compilers struggle for two years to get one compilation released. Especially, if it’s a compilation rarities. A multitude of problems await …

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YAORCHT ROCK.

YAORCHT ROCK. Back in the seventies and eighties, AOR was at the peak of its popularity. Especially amongst the generation who had just graduated university and had entered the workplace for the first time. With their disposable income, they bought albums by Boz Scaggs, Seals and Crofts, Carly Simon, Toto, Christopher Cross, Daryl Hall and …

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SLIP-DISC-DISHOOM’S LONDON BOMBAY GROOVES.

SLIP-DISC-DISHOOM’S LONDON BOMBAY GROOVES. In the wake of World War II, the British government encouraged people from all over the Commonwealth and Empire to  emigrate to Britain. The War had hit Britain hard. So many people had died, that there weren’t enough people to fill shortages in the labour market. Soon, people were making their …

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JON SAVAGE’S 1966: THE YEAR THE DECADE EXPLODED.

JON SAVAGE’S 1966: THE YEAR THE DECADE EXPLODED. It was the best of times, it was the worst of time. That’s the best way to describe 1966, which musical historians and cultural commentators remember as the year that transformed music. 1966 was a game-changer. Nothing would ever be the same again. Jon Savage explains why …

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GIRL ZONE-VINYL EDITION.

GIRL ZONE-VINYL EDITION. Vinyl it seems, has made a Lazarus like recovery over the last few years. The sales figures for 2014 are proof of this. In Britain, sales of vinyl albums are at their highest in eighteen years. It’s a similar story in America.  Sales of albums on vinyl rose by fifty-two percent. Meanwhile, …

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