Category Archives: Pop

THE COMPLETE FAME SINGLES VOLUME 1-1964-1967.

 THE COMPLETE FAME SINGLES VOLUME 1-1964-1967. Mention Southern Soul, and certain labels spring to mind. Among them are Stax, Hi Records and Fame Records. These three labels are synonymous with Southern Soul. Together, they released some of the greatest music in the history of Southern Soul. Indeed, the artists who walked through the doors of …

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THE REBEL KIND: GIRLS WITH GUITARS.

THE REBEL KIND: GIRLS WITH GUITARS. It was back in 2004  that Ace Records released Girls With Guitars. Featuring twenty-four tracks, Girls With Guitars it brought back memories of the golden age of the girl group. Record buyers were reminded of the sound of The Angels, The Beattle-Ettes, The Tomboys, The Daughters Of Eve and …

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ROBBIE BASHO-THE VOICE OF AN EAGLE.

ROBBIE BASHO-THE VOICE OF AN EAGLE. There are some artists who follow trends, while others are trendsetters. Trendsetter describes Robbie Basho perfectly. His love and appreciation of various cultures, especially Indian culture, resulted in a series of albums of genre-defying music. Robbie’s raison d’être seemed to be broaden the minds of music lovers. He wanted …

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ENNIO MORRICONE-MORRICONE HIGH-THE TRIPPIER SIDE OF MORRICONE.

ENNIO MORRICONE-MORRICONE HIGH-THE TRIPPIER SIDE OF MORRICONE. Although Ennio Morricone’s name is synonymous with film soundtracks, there’s much more to his career than that. This includes over 100 classical pieces that Ennio wrote between 1946 and the late-fifties. After that, Ennio worked at RCA as an arranger. He arranged over 500 songs, and worked with …

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RODRIGO AMARANTE-CAVALO.

RODRIGO AMARANTE-CAVALO. There aren’t many solo artists who can claim to have been part of one of the most successful bands of all time. Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante can. His debut solo album Cavalo will be released on 5th May 2014, on Mais Um Discos. He was a member of Los Hermanos. Their four albums sold millions of …

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SWAMP POP BY THE BAYOU.

SWAMP POP BY THE BAYOU. When the first compilation of Swamp Pop was released back in the early seventies, it was a genre without a name. So, the compilation was simply called, The Other Sound Of The South. Then Bill Millar coined the term Swamp Pop. That day, a new musical genre was born. Swamp …

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ELTON JOHN-GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD.

ELTON JOHN-GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD. Although critical acclaim and commercial success were constant companions for Elton John between 1970 and 1978, one year stood out, 1973. During 1973, Elton released two of his most successful albums. The first of these two albums was Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player which was released in …

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HAL BRADBURY-THIS IS LOVE.

HAL BRADBURY-THIS IS LOVE. During the late-seventies and early eighties, the Hawaiian music scene was thriving. A generation of artists were making a name for themselves. Many of these artists would go onto release albums. As a result, the Hawaiian music industry was thriving. Everyone from songwriters, session musicians and owners of recording studios were …

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LINDA PERHACS-THE SOUL OF ALL NATURAL THINGS.

LINDA PERHACS-THE SOUL OF ALL NATURAL THINGS. Back in 1970, twenty-seven year old dental hygienist Linda Perhacs released her debut album Parallelograms. It was released to critical acclaim, but sadly, this psychedelic folk classic wasn’t the huge commercial success it should’ve been. Despite this, many people within the music industry forecasted a great future for …

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LESLEY GORE-GIRL TALK.

LESLEY GORE-GIRL TALK. When Lesley Gore released Girl Talk in 1964, her career was at a crossroads. This was despite her being just eighteen. She’d burst onto the scene with It’s My Party in 1963. It reached number one in the US Billboard 100 and US R&B charts. This resulted in It’s My Party certified …

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SERENA KERN-I LIED E.P.

SERENA KERN-I LIED E.P. Hardly a day goes past without me receiving press releases about artists who have “a big future ahead of them.” Sadly, that’s often wishful thinking. Either that, or the result of an over exuberant P.R. company. Not in the case of Serena Kern. Serena Kern is the real deal. She has …

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BLOOD RELATIVES-DEERHEART.

BLOOD RELATIVES-DEERHEART. It’s about this time of year that people start that the movers and shakers in Scottish music start thinking about the nominations for the Scotland’s premier music award, the Scottish Album of The Year Award. Last year, R.M. Hubbert’s sophomore solo album Thirteen Lost and Found won the Scottish Album of The Year …

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LOU ADLER-A MUSICAL HISTORY.

LOU ADLER-A MUSICAL HISTORY. Songwriter, producers, manager, director and impresario. That describes Lou Adler. During a long and illustrious career, that started back in 1958, Lou Adler has written over 150 songs and has 300 production credits to his name. Lou Adler has worked with some of the biggest names in music. Among them are …

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THE BLUE NILE-PEACE AT LAST (REMASTERED DELUXE SET).

THE BLUE NILE-PEACE AT LAST. The Blue Nile were no ordinary band. They did things their way. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe the Blue Nile, whose third album Peace At Last was released as a Remastered Deluxe Set on the 3rd March 2013. This reissue has been a long time …

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FREDDIE FICTION-I DON’T DREAM.

FREDDIE FICTION-I DON’T DREAM. Nowadays, when we hear a song we’ve never heard before, we can find out everything we want to know at the click of a button. We either log on to the internet, or reach for our phones. Not this time. Freddie Fiction’s debut single I Don’t Dream isn’t all it seems. …

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ORANGE JUICE-RIP IT UP.

ORANGE JUICE-RIP IT UP. Buoyed by the commercial success of their 1982 debut album You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever, Orange Juice were well on their way to becoming one of the most influential groups of the early eighties. Their timeless brand of perfect pop had won over critics and music lovers. Released to critical …

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ORANGE JUICE-YOU CAN’T HIDE YOUR LOVE FOREVER.

ORANGE JUICE-YOU CAN’T HIDE YOUR LOVE FOREVER. Bearsden, a leafy suburb of Glasgow, was an unlikely place to form The Nu-Sonics, a  post-punk band. Named after a line of budget guitars, The Nu-Sonics were formed by Edwyn Collins and his school friend Alan Duncan. They were then joined by James Kirk and Steven Daly, who …

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VAMPS ET VAMPIRE-THE SONGS OF SERGE GAINSBOURG.

VAMPS ET VAMPIRE-THE SONGS OF SERGE GAINSBOURG. Maverick, bon viveur, raconteur and rebel. These are just a few of the words that describe French singer, songwriter, poet, composer, artist, actor and director Serge Gainsbourg. He’s one of the most influential and controversial figures in French culture. Serge did things his way. Often that proved controversial. …

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KATE BUSH-LIONHEART.

KATE BUSH-LIONHEART. Kate Bush is no ordinary singer-songwriter. Far from it. She was discovered aged sixteen, by Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd. He recommended her to EMI. They signed Kate. In 1978, aged eighteen, Kate released her debut album The Kick Inside. Some of the songs on The Kick Inside, had been written when she …

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DUSTY HEARD THEM HERE FIRST.

DUSTY HEARD THEM HERE FIRST. For the latest instalment in Ace Records’ Heard Them Here First compilation series, compiler Mick Patrick has turned to the music that influenced Dusty Springfield. Dusty Heard Them Here First was recently released by Ace Records and features twenty-four tracks. Fittingly, each of these tracks are the US versions. Why …

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