Playing here right now

Tuesday morning. No demos. Catching up on paperwork. Got a few calls to make. So what music do I reach for? Not Green Day, “American Idiot” Although I love it. Just too early. So this morning it’s Peter Green with Nigel Watson/Splinter Group “Hot Foot Powder”. Damn good choice I have to say.After that? Well […]

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Essential Listening: Mark Knopfler – Tracker (Deluxe CD)

Mark Knopfler releases his eighth solo album on March 9th 2015. Entitled TRACKER the new album features 11 new Knopfler songs inspired by a wide range of subjects including Beryl Bainbridge and Basil Bunting. The songs contain Mark’s usual wryly but accurately observed vignettes of real life wrapped up in a musical accompaniment of distinctive […]

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Currently I’m listening to this and …

Currently I’m listening to this and yes, it’s better than okay but not quite excellent. The Amazon buyer-reviews seem accurate to me. Mind you, I bought mine from Fopp (Covent Garden} for £3.00 and because of this I rate it as good value. MORE  

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His Master’s Voices

Singer Cerys Matthews and music expert Tristram Penna go back to summer 1898 when The Gramophone Company opened offices in London’s Covent Garden. This was the very first disc record company in the UK, later becoming well known as HMV and EMI, and was the London affiliate of inventor Emile Berliner’s US National Gramophone Company. […]

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BBC Music Jazz

Singer Cerys Matthews and music expert Tristram Penna go back to summer 1898 when The Gramophone Company opened offices in London’s Covent Garden. This was the very first disc record company in the UK, later becoming well known as HMV and EMI, and was the London affiliate of inventor Emile Berliner’s US National Gramophone Company. […]

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Channa Vithana / The audiophile heroes – and villains

Heroes – and Villains The majority of people I have met and encountered so far in this hi-fi industry (manufacturers, PR people, retailers & dealers, journalists, customers and readers) are really nice individuals. There is however a small minority of ‘villains’ who can spoil our enjoyment, and for obvious legal reasons I cannot mention their […]

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Essential Listening: Fairport Convention – Live 1974 At My Father’s Place (CD)

Recorded live at My Father’s Place, Old Roslyn, New York, USA on 8th May 1974. Dave Swarbrick: Violin, Vocals Trevor Lucas: Guitar, Vocals Sandy Denny: Vocals, Piano Dave Pegg Bass: Guitar Dave Mattacks: Drums Jerry Donahue: Guitar Matty Groves Solo It’ll Take a Long Time Dirty Linen Brilliancy Medley-Cherokee Shuffle Like an Old Fashioned Waltz Ballad of Ned Kelly Hexamshire […]

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Essential listening: Steve Miller Band / Live 1973-1976 (2CD)

Steve Miller Band are best known today for a string of mid-1970s hit singles that are staples of classic rock radio.  This CD features concerts performed in at the Beacon Theater New York in 1976 and the Record Plant Sausolito in 1973 and features all of their greatest hits. Disc 1 – New York 1976 […]

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Essential Listening: Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock: Live at The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL – August 14, 1993 (CD)

In 1993, The Smashing Pumpkins’ released Siamese Dream; a meticulous work of ’90s Alternative Rock brilliance that injected much needed eclecticism into what was labeled the “Seattle Grunge Sound.” The Smashing Pumpkins would embark on a tour in support of Siamese Dream, but not before a 3-night send-off at The Metro. The hype behind Siamese Dream could have easily […]

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Essential listening: Angel Dust Psychedelia 1968-1972 (LP)

Non-hippie devastating guitar-psych and PCP induced hard-rock!! Angel Dust Psychedelia is a “100% killers, no fillers” compilation featuring obscure and unknown 45s / unreleased acetates from the US, most of them released on private labels. Many local underground bands of the late 1960s-early 1970s lacked the money and/or material needed to make a full-length album, […]

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