Essential Listening: Copperhead – Live At Winterland, September 1st 1973 (CD)

‘John Cipollina’s distinctively high-pitched, slightly dissonant lead guitar work defines the band’s sound, just as it did in Quicksilver Messenger Service… Copperhead recalls the earlier band’s late 60s heyday’ – www.allmusic.com • Awesome post-Quicksilver psych • Lead guitar from John Cipollina • Finally available on CD • Background notes included Formed by psychedelic guitar hero […]

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So, is this what the reviewer really thought?

If like us you wonder how everything between the major global cock-ups and the insignificant ones occur (like the differences between one rip-off power cord and another), and everything in between – then we might just have stumbled on the answer. Could it just be that to varying degrees, all communication, from that between nations […]

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Essential Listening: Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos – Live In San Francisco (CD)

Nonesuch / Perro Verde Records release Ry Cooder’s first live record in more than 35 years, Live in San Francisco, on September 10, 2013. Recorded in 2011 during a special two-night engagement at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, the album includes 12 songs and was produced by Cooder. The Corridos Famosos band includes Joachim […]

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Essential Listening: Bruce Springsteen – Live At The Capitol Theater Passiac NJ, September 19th 1978 (3CD)

In any respected artist’s career, there lies a milestone and September 1978 revealed an energy and aura in Bruce Springsteen that truly reflected that. Live at the Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ from 19th September, 1978 boasts a seminal performance from Springsteen whose conviction was blindingly apparent on his home turf in New Jersey. Other than […]

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In defence of Ken Kessler in particular and audio writes in general – or at least most of them – by Neil McCauley (part 2 of 2)

Previously Not only is the Editor’s decision final, but … His decision is not up for debate or interpretation. Let me explain. Years ago it was not uncommon for a reviewer to act as a talent scout for a magazine. He / she might have spotted a new maker and/or new technology at a show […]

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Essential Listening: Donovan – 1965 (2CD)

1965 was quite a year: the double whammies produced by The Beatles (‘Help!’ and ‘Rubber Soul’); Bob Dylan (‘Bringing It All Back Home’ and ‘Highway 61 Revisited’) and The Byrds (‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ and ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’) inspired and challenged both peers and acolytes. In addition, Donovan appeared on the UK folk scene, his elfin […]

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Windsor Hi Fi News Show

The thread starts: Did anyone go? I thoroughly enjoyed it despite shelling out £22 and was impressed to hear that nearly all rooms I visited managed to sounded acoustically decent which was a first for me. Choice of music was not to my tastes but still didn’t detract me. Special mentions go to GT Audio’s […]

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Essential Listening: Fairport Convention – The Airing Cupboard Tapes (Vinyl 180g LP) Track titles listed here

Sandy Denny, Simon Nicol, Trevor Lucas, Dave Pegg, Jerry Donahue and Dave Swarbrick First time on 180 grm Vinyl The Airing Cupboard Tapes were so called because they were put away in an airing cupboard for several years by Dave Pegg when they were running Woodworm Records. When they were discovered a deal was struck […]

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