Essential Listening: Small Faces – The Decca Years 1965 – 1967 (5CD Box Set)

The Decca Years is a new five-CD Small Faces box set scheduled for release later this year. This collection will apparently round up “every recording” the group made for Decca, alongside rarities and alternative versions alongside a disc of their BBC sessions including several previously unavailable recordings. All audio has been remastered (again) from the […]

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Essential Listening: Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver (2CD Deluxe Edition)

Arc Of A Diver, originally released in December 1980, is the second solo album recorded by Steve Winwood (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith). The album was performed entirely by Steve Winwood himself. The bonus disc features three extra tracks; “Arc Of A Diver” (4:14 – the edited US single version), “Spanish Dancer” (6:08 – […]

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Hi Howard, I am impressed by your web site. If I were to up grade to build on my Hi-fi support table,  interconnects would be considered and the C.D. player, then the Amplifier. The speakers are Trinity, the interconnects are Chord solid silver, £120 new. The loudspeakers leads are Chord by wire. £183 terminated new […]

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Essential Listening: Nico – The End (2CD)

Nico’s 1974 album remastered and expanded into a 2CD set with the inclusion of five tracks from two John Peel sesions, two tracks from the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975 and two tracks from the Rainbow Theatre Allmusic.com review by Dave Thompson: “It is one of the most entrenched visions in the rock critic’s […]

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Morton Feldman: Crippled Symmetry – review

In the late 1970s Morton Feldman established an ensemble, Morton Feldman and Soloists, at the university in Buffalo, New York, where he taught. Feldman was one of its pianists, and the group’s repertoire naturally included a number of his own works, but it also ranged from Satie to Xenakis, Kurt Schwitters to Toru Takemitsu. Crippled […]

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Essential Listening: Feel The Moonshine :The Classic 1976 Radio Broadcast (CD) by James Taylor

This delightful James Taylor concert from 1976, broadcast live in FM stereo from Pennsylvanias legendary Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, admirably displays the cream of the artists sublime songwriting abilities in the early-to-mid 1970s, as well as highlighting his skills as one of the most consummate performers around at the time. Sharing the stage with the […]

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Essential Viewing:: Mountain – Mississippi Queen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFhM1XZsh6o A few viewer comments: Awesomely filthy, filthy distorted guitar – LOVE IT! White-boy man-rock rock defined, and then some. Whenever I hear this song it always goes hand in hand with Black Betty by Ram Jam. Those two songs were meant to be songs in some playlist…..haha  

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Essential Listening: Spooky Tooth – The Island Years 1967 – 1974 (9CD Box Set)

A 9 CD set comprising all the Island albums by SPOOKY TOOTH, including “Supernatural Fairy Tales” by ART (their earlier incarnation), and many rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks, including a full concert from April 1972, recorded in Germany (DISC NINE). 48-page book. The Island Years is available as a nine-CD box set or an eight-LP collection. All of the albums […]

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Listen To New Pete Townshend Song, How Can I Help You

Paul Stokes writes:  HE’S BEEN BUSY celebrating 50 years with The Who and orchestrating rock opera Quadrophenia, but Pete Townshend is turning his attention back to his oft-neglected solo work. The guitarist is set to release a new solo best-of, Truancy on June 29, and while the 17-track collection features a career-spanning look at his […]

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Essential Listening: Bob Dylan – 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (2CD Deluxe Edition) inc track listing

Columbia Records and Legacy Recording have announced The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration- Deluxe Edition  will be released on March 4, 2014.  The collection will be available in three different formats: 2CD, 2DVD, and Blu-ray disc. The CD version will include unreleased tracks from Sinéad O’Connor and Eric Clapton that were recorded during the sound check for the […]

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Essential Listening: The Lovin’ Spoonful – Do You Believe In Magic – Mono Edition (Limited CD)

Greenwich Village, 1964: While the folk boom is still in progress, other musics began seeping into the corners and clubs of lower Manhattan. Rock, once down for the count, came back with a vengeance, largely thanks to a klatch of young British bands. Roots music, especially blues, grew rapidly in popularity as folk enthusiasts expanded […]

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Essential Listening: Pete Townshend – Truancy: The Very Best Of Pete Townshend (CD)

Truancy: The Very Best Of Pete Townshend is the new 17 track album showcasing the very best of The Who guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend, featuring two brand new songs – ‘Guantanamo’ and ‘How Can I Help You’. This is part of on extensive reissue programme for Townshend’s solo material that will see the catalogue remastered […]

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Essential Listening: The Hollies – Changin’ Times – The Complete Hollies: January 1969 – March 1973 (5CD)

As major players in the magnificent 1960’s British Pop Revolution – a time when British bands first conquered the world, The Hollies hallmark vocal harmony has not wavered throughout 50 Years of continuous touring, performing and recording. The release of this 5 CD box brings together all the albums and singles the band recorded during […]

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Essential Listening: Blue Cheer – 7 (Vinyl 150g Limited LP)

This deluxe gatefold 150 gram multi colored vinyl edition will only be available in 500 numbered copies. All subsequent pressings will be standard black vinyl.  Produced by Eric Albronda and Jim Keylor and recorded at Army Street Studios in 1979  Previously unreleased vintage studio tracks Summertime Blues Route 66 Take Me Away I Want You Once […]

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Essential Listening: Yes – Progeny: Seven Shows From Seventy-Two (14CD Deluxe Box Set)

A new 14-disc Yes box set that, as the name implies, contains the audio from seven complete concerts from 1972. These gigs are from the Close to the Edge tour and were performed in the weeks leading up to the shows heard on the 1973 live album Yessongs. The recently discovered reel-to-reel recordings have been fully restored and we are promised “incredible sonic […]

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