Category Archives: Rock

AKIRO ITO-JAPANESQUE.

AKIRO ITO-JAPANESQUE. Before Akiro Ito embarked upon a solo career in 1978, he was a member of the Far East Family Band. They were a pioneering band, who are regarded as Japan’s first progressive rock band. Keyboards dominated the Far East Family Band’s music, as they fused prog rock, psychedelia and space rock. It was …

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MARK KNOPFLER-TRACKER.

MARK KNOPFLER-TRACKER. Three years have passed since Mark Knopfler released his previous  solo album, Privateering. Since then, very little has been heard of Mark Knopfler. However, he recently made a welcome return with his eighth solo album, Tracker, which was released by Mercury. The release of Tracker in 2015 is fitting. It’s thirty years since …

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MILES DAVIS-BITCHES BREW 40TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTORS EDITION.

MILES DAVIS-BITCHES BREW 40TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTORS 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 …

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LONESOME HIGHWAY-AN ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN SONGS OF THE ROAD.

LONESOME HIGHWAY-AN ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN SONGS OF THE ROAD. The automobile is one of the most celebrated of American institutions. That’s been the case for nearly 100 years. Right back to the days of the blues, the automobile and the highways they travel down, have been celebrated by musicians. That’s the case on Lonesome Highway-An …

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BLACK SABBATH-MASTER OF REALITY-VINYL EDITION.

BLACK SABBATH-MASTER OF REALITY-VINYL EDITION. 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 …

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TOO SLOW TO DISCO VOLUME 2.

TOO SLOW TO DISCO VOLUME 2. Ever since the birth of rock ’n’ roll, musical genres have fallen in, and then out, of fashion. That was the case as the seventies dawned. The sixties had come to a disappointing end. It may have been a musical age of aquarius, but it ended badly.  Undoubtably the …

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JETHRO TULL-MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY-40TH ANNIVERSARY: LA GRANDE EDITION.

JETHRO TULL-MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY-40TH ANNIVERSARY: LA GRANDE EDITION. 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, …

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HOLGER CZUKAY-ELEVEN YEARS INNERSPACE.

HOLGER CZUKAY-ELEVEN YEARS INNERSPACE. The very first Record Store Day took place back in 2007. Since then, Record Store Day has become a huge event. This year, on 18th April 2015, 1,400 record shops worldwide celebrated Record Store Day. For the ninth Record Store Day, record companies across the globe released a plethora of exclusive …

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BLACK SABBATH-PARANOID.

BLACK SABBATH-PARANOID. Just seven months after Black Sabbath released their eponymous debut album in February 1970, they were back with the album that defined their career, Paranoid. It was released in September 1970 and features three Black Sabbath classics Paranoid, Iron Man and War Pigs. They’ve since become staples of Black Sabbath’s live performances. They’re …

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I HAVE A TRIBE-YELLOW RAINCOATS E.P.

I HAVE A TRIBE-YELLOW RAINCOATS E.P. Ever since 2012, Patrick O’Laoghaire has been one of music’s rising stars. Patrick first came to prominence as a member of Dublin based band Slow Skies. They were founded in  2012, and  featured Karen Sheridan, Conal Herron and Patrick O’Laoghaire. Less than a year later,  and Slow Skies were ready to …

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WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS-PITTSBURGH.

WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS-PITTSBURGH. Like many artists, William Fitzsimmons draws upon personal experience for his songs. That has been the case since William released his 2005 debut album, Until When We Are Ghosts. Since then, William has released a further five albums.Each album has proved a compelling insight into William Fitzsimmons’ life. It seems no subject is …

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GONG-CAMEMBERT ELECTRIQUE (VINYL EDITION).

GONG-CAMEMBERT ELECTRIQUE (VINYL EDITION. In music, true innovators never seem to get the credit they deserve. That’s the case it seems in life and death. Especially, if the type of music they produce is shall we say leftfield. That was the case with Australian musicians Daevid Allen, who founded Gong in 1967. His death on 13th March 2015, …

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JETHRO TULL-BENEFIT-STEVEN WILSON 2013 STEREO MIX.

JETHRO TULL-BENEFIT-STEVEN WILSON 2013 STEREO MIX. For Jethro Tull fans, 2015 looks like proving an expensive year. Much of Jethro Tull’s back catalogue has been released on import. This includes Thick As A Brick, Passion Play, War Child, Stand Up and Benefit. 2015 was proving an expensive year for fans of the Tull. It was soon,about to get a …

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LAU-THE BELL THAT NEVER RANG.

LAU-THE BELL THAT NEVER RANG.  Ever since the release of their 2007 debut album. Lightweights and Gentlemen, Lau have been variously described as “adventurous,” and “modern folk’s most innovative band.” That’s no exaggeration. Lau are, without doubt, one of the most exciting and ambitious folk bands of their generation. That’s why Kris Drever, Martin Green …

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DON’T BE BAD! 60S PUNK RECORDED IN TEXAS.

DON’T BE BAD! 60S PUNK RECORDED IN TEXAS. Not everyone can spot a hit record. Especially over a variety of musical genres. That takes a very special person. It also takes “good ears.” Not many people are blessed with good ears. However, Huey Purvis Meaux was. Good ears are what Huey credits his success to.  …

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SWEET THINGS FROM THE ELLIE GREENWICH AND JEFF BARRY SONGBOOK.

SWEET THINGS FROM THE ELLIE GREENWICH AND JEFF BARRY SONGBOOK. Ever since it was built in 1931, The Brill Building was synonymous with the music industry. Its eleven floors housed music industry offices and recording studios. The Brill Building was also home to some of the greatest songwriting teams in musical history. Especially during the …

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ERRORS-LEASE OF LIFE.

ERRORS-LEASE OF LIFE. After weeks of speculation, the long-list for the Scottish Album Of The Year Award 2015 was recently announced. Most of the albums that made the final twenty got there on merit. Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Phantom Band, Withered Hand, King Creosote,Twihlight Sad and Kathryn Joseph all deserve their place on the long-list. …

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NICK CAVE HEARD THEM HERE FIRST.

NICK CAVE HEARD THEM HERE FIRST. For the fourth volume in Ace Records’ Heard Them Here First series, the latest artist in the spotlight is shawn on  Australian troubadour, Nick Cave. On Nick Cave Heard Them Here First, there’s twenty-two tracks that have influenced the career of Nick Cave. His career began over thirty hers …

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PSYCHEMAGIK PRESENTS MAGIK SUNSET-PART ONE.

PSYCHEMAGIK PRESENTS MAGIK SUNSET-PART ONE. Most people have no idea the time and effort it takes to compile a compilation. Done properly, it can be a frustrating and time consuming. The Psychemagik team realised that last year, when they started to compile Psychemagik Presents Magik Sunset-Part One, which was released on Leng Records on 27th …

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LABFIELD-BUCKET OF SONGS.

LABFIELD-BUCKET OF SONGS. Five years after the release of their sophomore album Collab, LabField, one of the leading lights of the European improv scene make a welcome return. Their genre-melting third album Bucket of Songs, was recently released on Hubro Music. Bucket Of Songs marks the start of a new era for LabField. Not only …

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