Grateful Dead: Martin Scorsese’s documentary marks the psychedelic rock band’s 50th anniversary

Andy Gill writes:  This year, the Grateful Dead celebrate their 50th anniversary, a milestone marked by a slew of releases – the first of which is an imminent double-album compilation – and a Dead documentary produced by Martin Scorsese. The band haven’t actually been in existence since the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995 – […]

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Record review: Jefferson Airplane “Volunteers”

Err, who? Jefferson Airplane were the first of the 6o’s San Francisco psychedelic rock groups. Their unique sound was cemented by the acid rock guitar playing of Jorma Kaukonen and the soaring twin vocals of Grace Slick and Marty Balin. Jack Casady (Guild Starfire 2 bass with Alembic modifications) provided rock solid foundation. They epitomized […]

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Essential Listening: Classic Deep Purple BBC recordings available as a 2CD set and a Deluxe 2CD/2 Vinyl LP set.

Packaging is as follows: 2 CDs and 2 180 Gram heavyweight vinyl LPs both in individual card sleeves. A 24page 12” x 12” booklet – Packed with rare and unseen photographs & newly commissioned liner notes by Simon Robinson from the Deep Purple Official fanclub. (All recordings have been digitally remastered by Peter Mew at […]

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Warren Zevon: the man behind the demons

Hadley Freeman writes as follows: The singer/songwriter, best known for Werewolves of London, died 10 years ago next month. His family and friends, including the writer Stephen King, explain why, despite his dark side, they still miss him. Warren Zevon, who died a decade ago this September at the far-too-premature age of 56, was a […]

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Essential Listening: Family – Anyway (2CD)

Growing out of the R&B boom of the early 60s, Family’s sound evolved into a unique mix of blues, folk, jazz, psychedelia and high energy rock’n’roll built around the distinctive vocals of frontman Roger Chapman, Charlie Whitney’s innovative guitar playing and Rob Townsend’s thunderous drumming. Anyway was released in late 1970 as the band were […]

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Essential Listening: Joan Baez – Diamantes

‘Diamantes’ was originally created for a tour of South America in 2014. It combines Spanish language songs culled from the 1988 recording, ‘Diamonds and Rust in the Bullring,’ with some concert favourites and two newly recorded Portuguese songs, “O’Cangaceiro” and “Ate Amanha/Te Ador”. Six of the tracks – “God Is God” (penned by Steve Earle), […]

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Dobro suggestions?

The thread starts as follows: Having recently seen Jerry Douglas and getting more into Americana as a musical genre, I find myself drawn to the sound of the Dobro. With that in mind, does anyone have any recommendations for albums/bands which feature the Dobro? MORE

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Essential Listening: Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force – Now Your Ships Are Burned The Polydor Years 1984 – 1990 (4CD Box Set)

Lauded and acclaimed for over 30 years, both Swedish guitarist Yngwie J Malmsteen and Canadian guitarist/vocalist Pat Travers are true guitar heroes. These sets bring together the Polydor albums recorded by Yngwie J Malmsteen and Pat Travers during the periods 1984 – 1990 and mid-1970s to 80s respectively. All the tracks have been digitally remastered […]

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Essential Listening: Dory Previn – Ultimate Collection – Mythical Kings and Iguanas (2CD)

40 Track best of from one of the most iconic American singer songwriters. Dory Previn (born Langan and changed it to Langdon) was an American lyricist, singer-songwriter and poet. During the late 1950s and 1960s she was a lyricist on songs intended for motion pictures and, with her then husband, Andre Previn, received several Academy […]

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Essential Listening: Steve Howe – Anthology (2CD)

Guitarist Steve Howe played an integral role in shaping the sound of Yes and Asia, two of the world’s most beloved and successful progressive rock bands. The gifted guitarist has also enjoyed a long and prolific career as a solo artist with more than a dozen studio albums to his credit. Howe has handpicked 33 […]

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A guide to John Cage’s music

4’33” has made him famous – or should that be notorious? – but listen to his actual music and you’ll hear that there’s a great deal more to John Cage than his ideas. John Cage. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. Not my aphorism, but the epithet of Michael Finnissy, a composer who worked with Cage […]

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All together now: The quest to save Indian music

Two men are trying to save Indian folk music, one haunting song at a time. Andrew Buncombe joins them as they haul their microphones to the farthest reaches of the Thar desert. A father and his sons sit in the desert, barely looking at one another as their hardened fingers press on the dark teak […]

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Classical Music / The Heiligenstadt Testament

Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt Testiment, written when he was in an anguished state whilst comming to terms with deafness.  He moved forward to an explorative and innovative period in his life. Written in 1802, the same year he wrote his 8th Violin Sonata in G major, opus 30/3.  ‘The Heiligenstadt Testament is a letter written by Ludwig van […]

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Valery Gergiev: Power player

The maestro tells Andrew Stewart about his passion for Slavic culture – and Putin It takes less than a minute to rattle Valery Gergiev. He looks irritated while I mention the names of several younger Russian musicians whose careers are located firmly in the West, Vladimir Jurowski and Vasily Petrenko among them. The 59-year-old’s roots […]

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Synaesthesia: How people with the condition can taste colours, feel sounds and overwhelmingly make music

Emily Jupp writes: When Lowell, a Canadian electro-pop musician, listens to “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, she sees a wave of blue water crashing over her. When she hears the experimental group Animal Collective, the layered synths, clicks and vocals in the music create multiple textures and colours, so listening becomes like looking through […]

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Anger over BBC radio streaming changes

Listeners have expressed anger about the BBC’s radio streaming service as the broadcaster continues to change its audio streaming formats. It has left some internet radio devices, including some models aimed at blind and partially sighted listeners, unable to receive BBC radio at all. Continue HERE

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