B.B KING: ‘you can tell it’s him from one note’

Martin Chilton writes: “You say blues, you gotta say BB.” So remarks Aaron Neville, one of the many leading musicians – including Buddy Guy, Bobby Bland and Dr John – who line up to pay tribute to the man revered as ‘The King Of The Blues’. The Life Of Riley, an exceptionally good documentary about […]

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CHOPIN: A Polish ‘Nationalist’ whose music also resonates across China

“BEIJING — The great Polish composer Frederic Chopin is one of the classical music world’s best-loved musicians, admired both for his lyrical piano compositions and romantic life story.The bicentennial of his birth has thus been marked by a seemingly endless series of concerts and commemorations. While many of these are in Poland (where Chopin was […]

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A SORT OF MADNESS: As a collector myself, I’ve long believed that ‘collecting’ (like any addiction) is …

Madness – Welcome to the House of Vinyl As a collector myself, I’ve long believed that ‘collecting’ (like any addiction) is a sort of madness. For some unfathomable reason, you become convinced that certain things are worth far more than they really are. It’s not helped by idiot reviewers raving over certain discs as though […]

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Blues in London: Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir Interview by Will Bray

Mix plenty of traditional, deep south, old country blues, a sprinkling of cajun spice and a dollop of bluegrass will only result in an Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir cake. Following the release of the brilliant Ten Thousand, AMGC have been extremely busy and in high demand. The Canadian four piece have just completed a very […]

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STUDIO: Classic UK Recording Studios in the 60s, 70s, and 80s Abbey Road studios

philsbook.com write: Studios become famous because of their clientele. Abbey Road will always be inseparable from The Beatles in history but Abbey Road Studios and the whole EMI support structure deserves its own credit not just as a place that produced great sounding records over many decades, but as an infrastructure that nurtured engineers, technicians, […]

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OLGA PERETYATKO: Arabesque review – from po-faced to jaw-dropping

Tim Ashley writes: Olga Peretyatko’s latest album is essentially an old-fashioned recital of coloratura show-stoppers, some drawn from the mainstream operatic repertoire, though others, like Alyabyev’s The Nightingale and Tosti’s Il Bacio, are party pieces associated with the great divas of yesteryear. As a technician, the Russian soprano is ……….. http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/may/08/olga-peretyatko-arabesque-review

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ASK ALEX: THREE DAYS GRACE

Three Days Grace is a Canadian Rock Band formed in Ontario in 1997. Based in Toronto, the band’s original line up consisted of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier . Drummer Backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Waist . Signed to RCA records , they have released six studio albums, each at the year […]

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RORY GALLAGHER: Album buying guide

by Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated February 12, 2017 Irish-born guitarist Rory Gallagher first came to our attention as the frontman of the power trio Taste, a well-regarded band that rode the second wave of the 1960s-era British blues-rock boom to a modicum of success and fame. Gallagher launched his solo career with a self-titled […]

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ASK ALEX: LINKIN PARK

Linkin park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California . the bands current lineup comprises vocalist/ rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda, lead guitarist Mark Wakefield and Chester Bennington. The band used to be called Xero (1996-1999). Their rise to international fame was their debut studio Hybrid Theory (2000) which became certified Diamond . The […]

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NINIA SIMONE: What Happened Miss Simone? (DVD+CD

Oscar® nominated documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” is the story of Nina Simone’s life and career. Through archive interview and extensive performance footage, alongside new interviews with family, friends and colleagues, it paints a fascinating portrait of this complex and challenging artist. Nina Simone was many things: pianist, singer, songwriter, performer, civil rights campaigner, wife […]

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MONTEVERDI: Makes time stand still

Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini on captivating form Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini are Monteverdi masters, their recordings are invariably highly acclaimed and they won a Gramophone Award in 2015 for their account of Vespri solenni per la festa di San Marco (read the review). Their new recording ‘Night. Stories of lovers and warriors’ has ….. […]

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