Essential Viewing:: Richard Thompson Calvary Cross live

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3biCVTKwRQ A few viewer comments: “Such a great live performer. I love the way he can easily reach back into his vast catalogue and pull out a song from 1974, pairing it alongside a tune from his current album, with few or no seams showing. It must be amazingly satisfying to command that body of work. […]

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Essential Listening: 13th Floor Elevators – Live Evolution Lost (2CD)

Live Evolution Lost: The 13th Floor Elevators Live at the Houston Music Theatre is the first ever release of the complete performance of the band?s legendary show from 18th February 1967 The trailblazing 13th Floor Elevators released the first ?psychedelic? rock album in America, transforming culture throughout the 1960s and beyond. Formed in late 1965 […]

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We likje this: JJ Cale – Cajun Moon (CD)

The reclusive, enigmatic JJ Cale did not enjoy touring, but was on fine form when playing this superb set in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma on New Year’s Eve, 1975. Taped for FM broadcast, it features his signature classics Call Me The Breeze, Cocaine and After Midnight, as well as a selection of other laid-back […]

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Essential Listening: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Plain Dirt Fashion | Partners, Brothers And Friends (CD)

The band’s first two albums, from 1984 and 1985, for new label Warner Bros. Both albums spent nearly a year each on the Country charts ‘Long Hard Road’ and ‘Modern Day Romance’ were Country No.1 hits The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have had many changes in personnel since their inception, but John McEuen, Jeff Hanna, […]

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We lile this: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – CSNY 1974 (Pure Audio Blu-Ray & Bonus DVD/Book Box Set)

Long-rumored and highly anticipated, CSNY 1974 captures the band’s one-of-a-kind harmonic alchemy during its remarkable outdoor stadium tour, a trek that spanned more than two months, and included 31 concerts, in 24 cities, with combined audiences of over a million people. Produced by Graham Nash and Joel Bernstein, the box set mirrors the electric/acoustic/electric format […]

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Essential Listening: Bert Jansch – Live At The 12 Bar (CD)

‘One of the most innovative instrumentalists of the twentieth century in the folk rock canon’ The Quietus // ‘Peerless in his consistency of making astonishing records’ All Music // Available on vinyl for the first time, included download code. Inspiring generations of musicians, Scottish guitarist and songwriter Bert Jansch will be forever known as a […]

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Essential Listening: Green Day – WFMU, New Jersey, May 28th 1992 – FM Broadcast (CD)

Two years shy of Dookie but already banging out “Welcome to Paradise,” this is GREEN DAY live for WFMU Radio in New Jersey in their 100% punk rock era. The trio still sounds raw, which is naturally part of the appeal of this performance: they’re stumbling toward greatness, occasionally tripping into the transcendent but most […]

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Essential Listening: Santana & McLaughlin – Invitation To Illumination – Live At Montreux 2011 (2CD)

On 1st July 2011 Montreux hosted the reunion of two master guitarists Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin with their Invitation To Illumination concert. Both musicians have been regulars at Montreux across the years but this was the first time they headlined their own concert together. The show features most of the tracks from their classic […]

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Designing A Movie For Sound

Randy Thom wrote in 1999: The biggest myth about composing and sound designing is that they are about creating great sounds.  Not true, or at least not true enough.  What is Sound Design?  You may assume that it’s about fabricating neat sound effects. But that doesn’t describe very accurately what Ben Burtt and Walter Murch, […]

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Is the Resurgence of Vinyl a Fad?

Sound & Vision write: A couple months back, Ken Pohlmann asked whether the renaissance of vinyl records is “just a hipster fad” or a “long-term business opportunity.” And just the other day Noel “Paul” Stookey of the ’60s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary called the  …. Please click HERE to continue

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From the archives: Yes – I was there – The Kinks, in Manchester in 1968 and then in London

I was fortunate enough in the sixties to see the Kinks live at Manchester University where I was a student at UMIST. They were indeed outstanding and it wasn’t just because of their strange and unusual stage presence, but they really could play their instruments and sing and of course wrote some truly wonderful tunes. […]

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