Gigs I really wished I had been to and for whatever reason didn’t get to see. Part #2. Hendrix, Spirit, Love, Jefferson Airplane and …

Being a bit too young at the time though, I dearly, dearly would have loved to have seen the Small Faces live. I’ve seen a number of live performance videotapes of them and they were certainly not a studio-bound band. Whilst it’s true that certain effects in the studio such as phasing and backwards guitars […]

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Essential Listening: Santana – Live at the Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti MI 25th May 1975 (CD)

Santana’s appearance at the Rynearson Stadium (Ypsilanti, MI) on May 25, 1975, was originally broadcast on the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show. Opening with an inspired pairing of Peter Green’s Black Magic Woman and Gabor Szabo’s Gypsy Queen, Santana display an explosive showcase of virtuosity and improvisational flare throughout the show with familiar material […]

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Essential Listening: Jerry Garcia – Midnight Moonlight Live

Alongside his work with the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia played prolifically with other musicians, and intermittently led a band under his own name, combining elements of blues, folk, country and jazz with strong improvisational elements. This superb set was recorded for broadcast on KSAT FM, and finds the band on terrific form as they tackle […]

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Essential Listening: Damage (CD) by Sylvian & Fripp

CD reissue of the classic live recording  Music performed and composed by David Sylvian & Robert Fripp With a well-received studio album in the form of “The First Day” issued in summer 1993, Sylvian/Fripp took to the road for a lengthy tour to support the release. Trey Gunn reprised his role from the earlier tour […]

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Essential Listening: The Kinks – Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround – Part One (Re-mastered Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition) (2CD)

To mark their 50th anniversary, The Kinks have announced details of an extensive re-release programme covering their classic 1964-1970 catalogue.  The first album in the series will be 1970’s Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One, which will be reissued on August 18. This 2-CD reissue expanded edition comes with Mono and Stereo mixes as well as […]

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6 really great guitar-based albums

John Cahill writes: While reading Channa Vithana article about Joe Satriani I was inspired to write about some of my favourite guitar based albums. I enjoy listening to a wide variety of music, but my biggest passion is the guitar. I guess somehow for the guitar is a instrument that is able to capture a […]

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Trust me on this – even if you are not a fan of Yes!

I’m not a fan of Yes. Not really. I’ve owned quite a few of their albums and have given nearly all of them away. However, one track sticks out – and I love it. Love it for probably all the ‘wrong’ reasons. It’s the 9.41 minute epic ‘Yours Is No Disgrace’ Frankly, bl**dy amazing. The […]

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Essential Listening: Talking Heads – Live Chicago 1978 (CD)

Great early years concert by New York’s Talking Heads, recorded at Park West, Chicago in 1978, just three years after their 1975 formation – a must for any fan! Tracks include ‘The Big Country’, ‘Stay Hungry’, ‘Artists Only’, ‘New Feeling’, ‘Don’t Worry About the Government’ & – of course – their first charting single ‘Psycho […]

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Essential Listening: Blues Pills (Deluxe CD+DVD)

Elin Larsson, Cory Berry and Zack Anderson – all in their early twenties – formed a group which should quickly become one of the most acclaimed and interesting bands around. Behold the birth of a new musical experience, an experience we thought was long gone, lost in time and space. Behold the birth of Blues Pills.• The young […]

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Essential Listening: Boston Tea Party, December 12th 1968 (2CD) by The Velvet Underground

1968 was a tumultuous year for the VelvetUnderground, with the departure of JohnCale, the addition of Doug Yule, a gruelling touring schedule and considerable musical transition. Supportedby the MC5, the quartet played their final shows of the year at the Boston Tea Party,which Lou Reed once described as his favourite place to play. This legendary […]

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Essential Listening: Bryan Adams – Reckless (2CD+DVD+Blu-rayA Box Set)

The ‘Reckless’ reissue has been personally overseen by Bryan working with many of the original team including Bob Clearmountain, Bob Ludwig and Jim Vallance. The 2014 deluxe remaster by Bob Ludwing enticingly includes seven previously unreleased bonus tracks. Of utmost interest to fans will be the actual inclusion of the track “Reckless” which due to […]

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Essential Listening: Saint in the City (2CD) by Bruce Springsteen

This superb live set was taped at Georgetown University for WGTB-FM broadcast, six months after the release of Springsteen’s landmark The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle LP. Although the Boss was battling a severe cold, he turned in a heroic performance, including rousing renditions of several of his trademark epics, with an […]

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Essential Listening: Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile (2CD) by Little Village

An unlikely supergroup, Little Village consisted of guitar wizard Ry Cooder, legendary singer-songwriters Nick Lowe and John Hiatt, and renowned drummer Jim Keltner. Their sole album appeared in February 1992, and this superb live set was taped in Boston, Massachussetts two months later, for simulcast on WBCN-FM. Capturing their instrumental virtuosity and songwriting that encompasses […]

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Howard Popeck muses on passion, the lack of status for decent hi-fi equipment and …. a Boss suit.

My pal Laurence owns a £78k Maserati car; magnificent enginering, superb performance and more. Next year the marque will probably announce ‘a huge breakthrough’; the 0-62 mph slashed by 0.3 seconds for another £6K. Laurence, working from home and sometimes preferring to visit his clients by train and/or air travels around 7,000 miles per year […]

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Essential Listening: Paul Rodgers / Bad Company – Live In Glasgow / Live At Montreux 1994 / Live At Wembley (3DVD)

This Special Edition 3DVD set brings together three concerts featuring the great Paul Rodgers. Paul Rodgers “Live In Glasgow” was filmed on was filmed on Paul’s solo tour in 2006 and features tracks from across his career. Paul Rodgers & Friends “Live At Montreux1994” was filmed at the famous festival on the tour in support […]

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