Essential Listening: Psychedelia – ‘’A Herbal Mixture Of Psychedelic Remedies And Freakbeat Fantoms’.’ 1966-1974 (5CD Box Set with 32pg booklet)

Psychedelia Collection Volumes 1-5; 5 CD Box 5 CDs• Over 60 tracks 32 page full colour booklet with rare photos, detailed biographies and full discographies.Presenting a herbal mixture of psychedelic remedies and freakbeat fantoms collected together for your listening pleasure. Ultimately rare and genuinely obscure sounds from around the world with a particular eye on […]

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Essential Listening: Jackson Browne and David Lindley – Live At Main Point – 15th August 1973 (CD)

Exquisite Performance on WBCN-FM 15th August 1973 Live at The Main Point Includes the entire broadcast Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality Background liners Since January 1972 and the release of his debut self-titled album, Jackson Browne’s career has been garnished with critical applause. The 23 year-old boyish singer/songwriter displayed an acutely profound and […]

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Six seconds that shaped 1,500 songs

Amen, Brother was a little-known B-side released in 1969. Barely noticed at the time, its drum solo has been hugely influential, appearing in different forms in more than 1,500 other songs – but the band behind it never made any money from it. Please click HERE to continue

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Essential Listening: Jethro Tull

“The Commemorative Collector’s Edition of the classic 1971 album, featuring previously unreleased all new stereo and 5.1 surround sound edition, mixed by Steven Wilson. Package contains: 1x180g LP / 2CD / DVD / BLU-RAY + 48page hard back book, presented in a hardback slipcase. Contains: Aqualung LP* Cut from new Aqualung Stereo Mix (Previously unreleased) […]

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From the archives: Handel conquers London

Richard Wigmore marks the 300th anniversary of Handel’s era-defining move to London in 1712 Never short of confidence or savoir faire, the young Handel seems to have set out to become the supreme musical cosmopolitan. After a thorough grounding in the contrapuntal tradition of his native Saxony, he honed his command of form and fluid, […]

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Essential Listening: Blondie – The Old Waldorf, SF CA, 21st September 1977 – Early And Late Shows (2CD)

Classic live KSAN-FM broadcast of the brilliant performance at The Old Waldorf Includes the entire broadcast Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality Background liners Less than a year after the release of their debut album, Blondie were reaching their peak as a pop-punk band. They played almost everything from that self-titled debut LP at […]

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Essential Listening: Joni Mitchell – The Wells Fargo Theater, Los Angeles, 26th January 1995 (CD)

While Joni Mitchell had made a few one-off appearances around this time, she hadn’t actually committed to a tour in more than a decade. Secondly, Turbulent Indigo was the revered singer-songwriter’s first album in three years, and first for Reprise since 1971. Mitchell’s informal show in the Griffith Park facility’s Wells Fargo Theater was promoted […]

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Building the world’s biggest record collection

Zero Freitas has been obsessed with music since he was a little boy growing up in Brazil. Since buying his first record as a teenager, he has steadily built up a collection of vinyl to rival any in the world.Now in his 60s, Freitas owns more than 5 million records, thanks largely to his fortune […]

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How we made: Graham Coxon and Stephen Street on Parklife by Blur

‘Damon wasn’t comfortable doing the verses – he just couldn’t get into character’ Modern Life Is Rubbish [Blur’s second album] was overlooked because of the rise of grunge, but we were halfway to somewhere, and with Parklife we arrived. The album was the convergence of a lot of influences: Alex [James, bassist] wanted to be […]

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Essential Listening: Nils Lofgren (CD) by Nils Lofgren

As Nils himself puts it in his notes for our Real Gone reissue of this classic record, My first self-titled solo album, affectionately nicknamed the Fat Man album [after the front cover photo], remains a colorful and dramatic chapter in my musical and personal life. And still, one of my best albums. Indeed, this 1975 […]

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Think Too Much: The S&G Album That Wasn’t

“August 22, 1983. A packed concert at the newly constructed BC Place stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are halfway through a set on the last leg of their North American tour, billed as “A Summer Night with Simon and Garfunkel.”  The summer tour is the latest phase of a successful […]

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Recalling the art of Galina Vishnevskaya – by Jeremy Eichler

The musical past does not always recede at a uniform speed, measured coolly in years or decades. Sometimes an artist’s death can make an entire era feel suddenly more distant. That was the case with the passing this month of the Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, one of the last prominent links to a legendary chapter […]

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Blast from the recent past: 2007. Joni Mitchell – why the fuss?

“Having vowed never to record again, one of pop’s most lauded singer-songwriters, Joni Mitchell, is returning with a new album this year. A tribute album is also due for release and Radio 2 was recently granted a rare interview. Is this the resurfacing of just another rock relic or that rare event: a comeback worth […]

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Essential Listening: Santana – Toda La Gente Baila (2CD)

Santana Live At Cow Palace San Francisco, CA December 31st 1977. Santana are one of the great American bands from the last forty five years. Beginning life as the Santana Blues Band in the mid-sixties, the band went through a number of changes in personnel before arriving at the “classic” line up of Carlos Santana, […]

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Remembering Farid al-Atrash: A Contender in the Age of Giants

“The same family that spearheaded the rebellion against the French in Syria’s Druze Mountain after World War I also produced two of the most renowned Arab musical artists of this century. Farid al-Atrash and his sister Amal, along with their brother Fouad, grew up in the religious minority clan of their parents, Princess Alia and […]

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Tubular Bells: The Mike Oldfield Story

Duration: 1 hour. In 1973, an album was released that against all odds and expectations went to the top of the UK charts. The fact the album launched a record label that became one of the most recognisable brand names in the world (Virgin), formed the soundtrack to one of the biggest movies of the […]

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