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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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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Essential Listening: The Lost Broadcasts (DVD) – The Byrds

This CD/DVD is taken from performances from a German television broadcast filmed over two dates in 1971 and 1972, the band at this time featured Roger McGuinn alongside Skip Battin, Clarence White Gene Parsons. The first session from May,19, 1971 featured newer material including Chestnut Mare, Mr Tambourine Man and Eight Miles High. On the […]

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Essential Listening: Tim Buckley – Newport ‘68 (CD)

£8.99 or less On the 28th of July 1968 Tim Buckley took to the stage at the Newport Folk Festival after being introduced as an artist who “in the great Ogden Nash tradition of poetry, has been writing and singing his own songs, in a fairly modern idiom, which sits, however, very, very comfortably on […]

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Essential Listening: Robert Palmer – Original Album Series (5CD)

£11.99 – or less After 3 years and over 1 million sales worldwide, the ‘Original Album Series’ continues to offer music lovers the easiest way to get their hands on the catalogue of the world’s biggest artists. Each one houses 5 albums all with their original artwork and music in slipcase form. With near 100 […]

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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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Essential Listening: Jesse Winchester – A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble (CD)

When Southern-based singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester died in April 2014 after the cancer that had threatened his life in 2011 fatally recurred, he left behind a legacy of much-covered songs, awards, grieving musicians and thousands of fans – and A Reasonable Amount of Trouble, a 12-song CD containing nine new Winchester compositions written and recorded while his cancer was […]

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Essential Listening: The Band – Carter Barron Amphitheater, Washington DC, July 17th 1976 (Vinyl 180g 2LP) Track titles included

‘This show runs through nearly every great song the Band ever wrote and recorded since their original inception… remarkably fresh and exciting’ – concertvault.com Classic live show Recorded shortly before The Last Waltz Superb audio fidelity Background notes included First time on Vinyl 2x 180g Vinyl w/ insert in sleeve After more than 15 years […]

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Essential Listening: Fripp & Eno – The Equatorial Stars (Vinyl 200g LP)

Brian Eno is usually credited with the claim that everyone who originally bought a Velvet Underground album subsequently formed a band. It’s no less valid to suggest that many of those involved in electronic music might not have been but for “No Pussyfooting” and “Evening Star”. Indeed few contemporary albums can claim as much lasting […]

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Essential Listening: I’m Walking, Complete Streetwalkers 1974-77 (15CD + Book Box Set) by Streetwalkers

Following on from its award winning Family box set Once Upon A Time, Snapper Music has created a new box of wonder on its Madfish imprint guaranteed to reinvigorate the reputation of one of the 1970s most underrated and ageless Rock bands. I’m Walking, Complete Streetwalkers 1974-77 is a gloriously packaged 15 CD collection of Streetwalkers entire […]

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