Essential Listening: I’ve Always Wanted To Do This (CD) by Jack Bruce & Friends

First UK cd release for this classic album – remastered from the original master tapes Booklet with photos & notes with quotes from jack bruce -fully restored album artwork Classic JACK BRUCE album from 1980, the result of a unique collaboration between Bruce and musicians BILLY COBHAM, CLEM CLEMPSON and DAVID SANCIOUS. A wonderful album […]

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Vinyl revival: is it back for good?

Bob Stanley writes: When BBC Music went looking for a TV ident last year, they settled on a needle slowly lowering until it hit the groove of an album with a warm, satisfying thump. Vinyl may still make up only 1.5% of record sales in Britain, but the figure’s up from 0.1% in 2007. If […]

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On Appreciation of Indian Classical Music by Ravi Shankar

“Indian classical music is principally based on melody and rhythm, not on harmony, counterpoint, chords, modulation and the other basics of Western classical music. The system of Indian music known as Raga Sangeet can be traced back nearly two thousand years to its origin in the Vedic hymns of the Hindu temples, the fundamental source […]

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Essential Listening: Elephant Ball (Vinyl LP/w digital download) by Crystal Syphon

A truly astounding West Coast Psych masterpiece from ’67 to ’69! They combine the best elements of Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service, have a listen! All completely unearthed material! Comes in an old-style “tip-on” jacket with a digital download shipping at the end of May For decades, Crystal Syphon were, at most, a footnote […]

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Essential Listening: The Residents Featuring Snakefinger – 13th Anniversary Show Live In The USA (2CD)

In 1986 The Residents went on their second tour. Entitled “The 13th Anniversary Show” and featuring exceptional guitar wizard Philip Charles Lithman aka Snakefinger, the tour was a huge success in both America and Europe. The band played a mix of their then catalogue, presenting songs from “Meet the Residents”, “Not available”, “The Big Bubble”, […]

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Arabic Classical Music:The Nature of Maqam

Each culture has a unique method of which it formulates its melodic form and this is because each culture has a set of rules and practices that are used by musicians and composers, and understood by musicians, composers, and listeners. (DVD 6.) The melodies in Arabic music are formulated by following a set of music […]

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Essential Listening: Live In Argentina, 1994 [2xDVD] by King Crimson

Two complete audio/video shows from King Crimson’s unexpected 1994 return to live performance, Live In Argentina comprises the earliest complete performance film footage of the band’s astonishing double trio line-up. Simultaneous audio/video playback DTS 4 channel (quadraphonic) surround sound & LPCM stereo (DVD video players) Additional audio playback in MLP lossless 4 channel (quadraphonic) surround […]

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David Munrow: Tragic genius who brought early music to the masses The short but brilliant life of David Munrow blazed a trail for his passion, says Ivan Hewett.

For most of history, the territory of what people called music didn’t extend very far. It consisted, by and large, of the sounds and styles they grew up with. Anything else was a barbaric noise. Now, the territory seems endless. It stretches outwards to “ethnic” non-Western instruments and beyond them to electronic sound. And part […]

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Peter Maxwell Davies: The old rebel has a new cause Sir Peter Maxwell Davies tells Ivan Hewett about the inspiration for his Ninth symphony .

“Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is in a bit of a grump. He’s just been giving a lecture at the Royal Academy of Music, and can’t understand why the students are so enthused by the fashionable minimalist music of Steve Reich. “It’s all so repetitive,” he says. “There’s no proper development.” This sentiment would surprise anyone […]

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Blast from the past: Meridian 588

“Meridian 588 New made-for-CD player puts the music first.Andrew Everard finds much to like in this upmarket British -CD machine, which is designed to perform – and does! You’d he forgiven for thinking that the whole world has gone DVD crazy: read most of the world’s mainstream hi-fl magazines and the talk is all of […]

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Essential Listening: Rush – Kiel Auditorium, St Louis, MI, February 14 1980 (CD)

Legendary Valentines Day 1980 recording Includes the entire broadcast Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality Background liners and images Recorded on Valentine’s Day 1980, shortly after the release of their hugely successful Permanent Waves album, this tight and forceful live set captures the long-lived Canadian trio at their progressive best. Presented in superb fidelity, […]

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Essential Listening: Steve Stills – Live In Concert – King Biscuit Flower Hour,Portland,Oregon 10/4/76 & The Palladium, NYC 1/9/77(CD)

Two shows, one CD. Classic performances at Portland, Oregon and The Palladium, NYC Includes the entire syndicated King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality Background liners and images In late 1976 and early 1977, Stephen Stills was operating on his own after the collapse of the short-lived Stills-Young Band, and […]

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Understanding Music. Philosophy and Interpretation

Roger Scruton first addressed this topic in his celebrated book The Aesthetics of Music (OUP) and in this new book he applies the theory to the practice and examines a number of composers and musical forms. His continued fascination with Wagner provides much interesting content but he also deals near-death blows to his favorite targets […]

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