Category Archives: Rock

THE HOUSE IS ROCKIN’- A TRIBUTE TO STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN.

THE HOUSE IS ROCKIN’- A TRIBUTE TO STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN. Twenty-five years ago, music was robbed of one of the most influential electric blues guitarists ever, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was killed in a helicopter crash on August 27th 1990. The Texan blues man was just thirty-six, and had only enjoyed seven years in the …

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JETHRO TULL-THICK AS A BRICK-STEVEN WILSON MIX.

JETHRO TULL-THICK AS A BRICK-STEVEN WILSON MIX. Jethro Tull came of age musically in 1971. That’s when they released Aqualung, the most successful album of their four album career. Aqualung sold three million copies in America, and was certified triple platinum. This surpassed the success of their three previous albums, including 1969s Stand Up and …

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MILES DAVIS-BITCHES BREW-VINYL EDITION.

MILES DAVIS-BITCHES BREW-VINYL EDITION. Miles Davis’ recording career began in 1951, when he released his debut album The New Sounds. Soon, Miles Davis was establishing a reputation as a prolific, and innovative musician. He released further forty-three albums between 1951 and 1969. This included classics like 1957s Round About Midnight and 1959s Kind Of Blue. …

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JIMI HENDRIX-ARE YOU EXPERIENCED, AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE AND ELECTRIC LADYLAND-VINYL EDITIONS.

JIMI HENDRIX-ARE YOU EXPERIENCED, AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE AND ELECTRIC LADYLAND-VINYL EDITIONS. Jimi Hendrix’s career was tragically short. He only released three albums during his lifetime. These albums were recorded with The Jimi Hendrix Experience.  Their debut album was Are You Experienced, which was released on May 12th 1967. It was released to widespread critical and commercial …

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SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE-LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST-OCTOBER 4TH AND 5TH 1968.

SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE-LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST-OCTOBER 4TH AND 5TH 1968. As promoters go, Bill Graham was one of the best. He seemed to have the uncanny knack of spotting bands on their way up. Often he managed to book bands just before they made it big. This meant when a band were …

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RACHEL SERMANNI-TIED TO THE MOON.

RACHEL SERMANNI-TIED TO THE MOON. Rachel Sermanni can’t remember life without music. It has always been there, and has been a constant in her life. This was certainly the case as long as Rachel can remember. Growing up, music provided the soundtrack for Rachel and her siblings. Music also provided Rachel with one of her …

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LED ZEPPELIN-PRESENCE-VINYL EDITION.

LED ZEPPELIN-PRESENCE-VINYL EDITION. By 1975, Led Zeppelin were at the peak of their powers. They were one of the biggest bands in the world. Every time they released an album, it was to critical acclaim and commercial success. Led Zeppelin albums sold by the million.  That had been the case since Led Zeppelin released their …

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ANNELI DRECKER-ROCKS AND STRAWS.

ANNELI DRECKER-ROCKS AND STRAWS. After ten years, Anneli Drecker will shortly released her long awaited, and much anticipated third solo album, Rocks and Straws. It will be released on Rune Grammofon on 17th July 2015, marks a welcome return from Anneli Drecker. Her recording career began twenty-eight years ago, with Bel Canto. Anneli Drecke first …

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HAPPY LOVIN’ TIME-SUNSHINE POP FROM THE GARPAX VAULTS.

HAPPY LOVIN’ TIME-SUNSHINE POP FROM THE GARPAX VAULTS. By 1967, Gary S. Paxton had established a reputation as one of the top producers in Los Angeles. Success hadn’t come overnight for Gary S. Paxton. Far from it. He had overcome a lot to get to where he was. Gary Sanford Paxton was born on 18th …

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HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON.

HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON. Brian Wilson is seen by some, as the closest thing music has had to a genius. Proponents of this argument cite the Beach Boys 1966 progressive, psychedelic Magnus Opus, Pet Sounds. By then, Brian Wilson was one of the most successful singer, songwriter, and producers of his generation. Already, …

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FINLAND-RAINY OMEN.

FINLAND-RAINY OMEN. Over the last ten years, the Norwegian music scene has been thriving.  It’s now one of the most vibrant musical scenes in Europe. Playing an important part in the rise and rise of Norwegian music, are the  members of Finland, whose debut album Rainy Omen, will be released on the 17th July 2015, …

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BOPPIN’ BY THE BAYOU-ROCK ME MAMA!

BOPPIN’ BY THE BAYOU-ROCK ME MAMA!  Asked to name America’s musical centres of excellence, and most people will come up with Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New York and Philadelphia. Each of these cities are responsible for some of the best, and most important music of the past fifty years. To this list I …

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LED ZEPPELIN-PRESENCE-DELUXE EDITION.

LED ZEPPELIN-PRESENCE-DELUXE EDITION. By 1975, Led Zeppelin were at the peak of their powers. They were one of the biggest bands in the world. Every time they released an album, it was to critical acclaim and commercial success. Led Zeppelin albums sold by the million.  That had been the case since Led Zeppelin released their …

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VAN HALEN-VAN HALEN, VAN HALEN II, WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST, FAIR WARNING AND DIVER DOWN-REMASTERED.

VAN HALEN-VAN HALEN, VAN HALEN II, WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST, FAIR WARNING AND DIVER DOWN-REMASTERED. In the history of rock ’n’ roll, Van Halen are one the most successful bands. They released twelve studio albums between their 1978 debut Van Halen, and their 2012 swan-song A Different Kind Of Truth. These albums sold an incredible …

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BILAL-IN ANOTHER LIFE.

BILAL-IN ANOTHER LIFE. Just over two years ago, in March 2013, Bilal released his fourth album A Love Surreal, on BBE Music. A Love Surreal was billed as the most ambitious album of Bilal’s career. The music on A Love Surreal had been inspired by the art of legendary surrealist painter, Salvador Dali. It seemed …

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JETHRO TULL-MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY-STEVEN WILSON 2013 MIX.

JETHRO TULL-MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY-STEVEN WILSON 2013 MIX. By the time Jethro Tull began work on their eighth album Minstrel In The Gallery, they were one of the biggest selling groups of the seventies. Especially in America. Five of their albums had been certified gold, while 1971s Aqualung was certified triple-platinum. In America alone, Jethro …

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REMEMBERING MOUNTAINS: UNHEARD SONGS BY KAREN DALTON.

REMEMBERING MOUNTAINS: UNHEARD SONGS BY 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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SKYDIVE TRIO-SUN MOEE.

SKYDIVE TRIO-SUN MOEE. For many musicians, making the step up from sideman to bandleader can be problematic. Other musicians embrace the role and seem to enjoy the added responsibility. That’s the case with guitarist Thomas T. Dahl. He founded Skydive Trio, who recently released their debut album Sun Moee on Hubro Music. Since then, Thomas T. …

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THE MAGICAL MYSTERY PSYCH-OUT-A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.

THE MAGICAL MYSTERY PSYCH-OUT-A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES. On Saturday night, hell froze over. Hip hop “star” Kayne West took to the stage at the Glastonbury Festival. In an error strewn set, Glastonbury lost all credibility as Britain’s supposed premier music festival. To rub salt into the wound, towards the end of his “set,” West …

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BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-CATCH A FIRE.

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-CATCH A FIRE. Forty years ago, Bob Marley and The Wailers released the album that launched their career, Catch A Fire which will be rereleased by Commercial Marketing on vinyl on 25th September 2015. Catch A Fire was certified in the UK and was the start of a career where critical acclaim and commercial success were …

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