Category Archives: Pop

RICK REDBEARD-AWAKE UNTO.

RICK REDBEARD-AWAKE UNTO. Music has changed almost beyond recognition over the last fifteen years. One of the biggest changes is how long it takes an artist to release an album. No longer do artists release  an album each year. That was the norm during the late-sixties and seventies. Indeed, some artists released two albums during …

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JAY STRONGMAN PRESENTS POPCORN HEARTBREAK 1958-1964.

JAY STRONGMAN PRESENTS POPCORN HEARTBREAK 1958-1964. Throughout musical history, songwriters always revisit certain subjects. Especially, angst, betrayal, heartbreak and love lost. Countless songs have been written about these subjects. That has been the case since the birth of popular music. However, for many music lovers, the late fifties and early sixties was a golden age …

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AMERICA-THE WARNER BROS. YEARS.

AMERICA-THE WARNER BROS. YEARS. Somewhat confusingly, the America story began in London in 1971. That’s when high school students Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley first met. Their fathers were all members of the US Air Force,  and at that time, were stationed in London. Far from home, and strangers in a foreign country …

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MARIA MULDAUR-SWEET HARMONY, SOUTHERN WINDS AND OPEN YOUR EYES.

MARIA MULDAUR-SWEET HARMONY, SOUTHERN WINDS AND OPEN YOUR EYES. Although some artists record twenty or thirty albums, they’re often remembered for just one song. Usually, that song is the biggest hit of their career. That was the case with Maria Muldaur.  She released her eponymous debut solo album Maria Muldaur in 1973. The song that …

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THE LADIES OF TOO SLOW TO DISCO-RECORD STORE DAY VINYL EDITION.

THE LADIES OF TOO SLOW TO DISCO-RECORD STORE DAY VINYL EDITION. Over the last few years, there’s been a resurgence in interest in the West Coast sound. It fell from grace in  the late seventies. Before that, the West Coast sound had won over the hearts and minds of record buyers, and provided the soundtrack …

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THE AROCK, SEROCK, SYLVIA SOUL STORY CONTINUED.

THE AROCK, SEROCK, SYLVIA SOUL STORY CONTINUED. Al Sears’ career began in the 1928, when he replaced Johnny Hodges in Chic Webbs’ band. This was the start of a long and successful career.  In 1931, Al Sears joined Elmer Snowden’s band. He was the tenor saxophonist right through until 1932. Then in 1933, Al Sears …

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SOME KINDA MAGIC-THE SONGS OF JERRY ROSS.

SOME KINDA MAGIC-THE SONGS OF JERRY ROSS. Growing up in Philadelphia, Jerry Ross dreamt of becoming a trumpeter and singer. While this dreams never came quite true, Jerry went on to live the dream musically. Jerry Ross became a hugely successful songwriter and producer. He also worked in A&R and owned his own record companies. Jerry …

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TEENAGE FANCLUB-BANDWAGONESQUE-VINYL LIMITED EDITION.

TEENAGE FANCLUB-BANDWAGONESQUE-VINYL LIMITED EDITION. Hardly ever does commercial success and critical acclaim come overnight for a band. Instead, it often takes a couple of albums before a band hits their stride. That was the case with the Teenage Fanclub.  It wasn’t until the Teenage Fanclub released their third album Bandwagonesque in November 1991 that commercial …

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THE BLUE NILE-THEY COULD AND SHOULD’VE BEEN GIANTS.

THE BLUE NILE-THEY COULD AND SHOULD’VE BEEN GIANTS. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe The Blue Nile. They’re the complete opposite of most bands. The Blue Nile have been described as publicity shy. That’ is an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and Paul Joseph Moore formed the Blue Nile, …

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MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY-SATELLITE.

MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY-SATELLITE. You shouldn’t judge a book by its covers. These are wise words. Especially when it comes to Mull Historical Society. The name doesn’t sound particularly rock ’n’ roll. Far from it. Instead, it conjures up dusty relics in a far flung museum on the remote, but beautiful Isle Of Mull. However, that’s …

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BIG STAR-THE GREATEST BAND YOU’VE NEVER HEARD.

BIG STAR-THE GREATEST BAND YOU’VE NEVER HEARD. Sadly, in music, talent doesn’t equate to commercial success. If it did, Big Star would’ve been the biggest bands in musical history. That wasn’t the case. Lady luck failed to smile on Big Star when they released a trio of albums between 1972 and 1978. Despite this, nowadays, …

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PHIL’S SPECTRE-A WALL OF SOUNDALIKES.

PHIL’S SPECTRE-A WALL OF SOUNDALIKES. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So it must have seemed to Phil Spector, as producers on both side of the Atlantic tried to replicate his famous Wall Of Sound. These producers looked enviously at Phil Spector, and wanted to enjoy the same commercial success and critical acclaim that …

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CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. It was 10.30pm, when there was a knock at the door. The old couple from up the stairs stood there almost embarrassedly. “Could you possibly turn it down  a wee bit. We’re trying to sleep?” This actually happened to Chvrches during the recording of their new album Every Open Eye which recently …

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RM HUBBERT- TELLING THE TREES.

RM HUBBERT- TELLING THE TREES. Twenty-five years ago, in 1991, RM Hubbert made his first  tentative steps into Glasgow’s vibrant musical scene when he joined Me, Hubby and Thom. Since then, the man that’s known to all as Hubby, has become a stalwart of the Scottish music scene. He’s been a club promoter, and a …

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EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. 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 …

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ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. Often, the hardest thing about forming a new band is coming up with a name. It can be a long and tortuous process. Especially, in the internet age. A new band have to ensure the dot com address hasn’t been taken. If it has, it’s a case of starting the process …

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MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. Following up a critically acclaimed debut album is never easy. It never has been, and never will be. That’s why many artists labour long and hard over their sophomore album. In some cases, three years pass by. During this creative struggle, an artist is said to be suffering from second …

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SCRATCH MY BACK! PYE BEAT GIRLS 1963-1968.

SCRATCH MY BACK! PYE BEAT GIRLS 1963-1968. During the swinging sixties, Pye Records and its sister label Piccadilly Records were housed in London’s West End. Both labels had an enviable roster of artists. This included some of the top British female pop singers. Two of the biggest names were Petula Clark and Sandie Shaw. They …

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NICOLETTE LARSON-NICOLETTE/IN THE NICK OF TIME/RADIOLAND.

NICOLETTE LARSON-NICOLETTE/IN THE NICK OF TIME/RADIOLAND. Although Nicolette Larson was born in Helena, Montana in 1952, growing up, she led something of a nomadic existence. This couldn’t be helped. Her father worked for the US Treasury, and was often transferred to other towns and cities. By the time Nicolette graduated high school, the Larson family …

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HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON VINYL EDITION.

HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON VINYL EDITION. One of Ace Records’ longest running and most successful compilation series is their Songwriters’ series. It looks back at the careers of some of the most successful songwriters in the history of modern music. This includes Bacharach and David, Goffin and King, Serge Gainsbourg, Dan Penn, Laura …

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