Miles Davis – Nefertiti (Vinyl 180g Limited 45RPM 2LP)

Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity Final All-Acoustic Outing from Davis’ Classic Second Quintet Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Record’s Tonal Shadings, Gradations, and Textures Come Alive Confident 1967 Effort Steeped in Inquisitive Interplay and Subconscious Impressionism Nefertiti will always be known as the final all-acoustic record made by Miles Davis’ classic second […]

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BRAHMS: Leonidas Kavakos discusses Brahms’s Violin Concerto

From the archives: His first concerto recording for Decca has just been released. The Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos, newly signed to Decca, has just released his first concerto recording for the label: Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Gramophone’s editor-in-chief James Jolly caught up with Kavakos when he was in London to perform the work at the Barbican […]

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DAVID BOWIE: In Japan (4CD)

We are told: This powerful anthology starts with Bowie’s Tokyo broadcast of his 1990 Sound + Vision performance. Bowie’s 1990 Sound + Vision tour was billed as a greatest hits tour. He intended this to be a live swansong for his catalogue of old favourites, after which Bowie declared that they would disappear from his […]

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Essential listening: Miles Davis – Live at the Plugged Nickel, 22-23 December 1965 (5LP Vinyl Box)

Miles Davis Live at the Plugged Nickel, now available in a deluxe five LP box set with liner notes! This box represents the most complete version available on vinyl of the Miles Davis Quintet’s legendary Plugged Nickel performance! 20 tracks in all with almost 4 hours of music taken from the 7 sets Davis played […]

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Crackdown Concert 1986 (CD) by Allman Brothers

LIVE ALLMAN BROTHERS BROADCAST FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDENS, NEW YORK, 31ST OCTOBER 1986 The Allman Brothers had played only one other show in 1986 – prior to which they hadn’t performed together since disbanding in 1982 – and had no further plans to tour or record, but were on good form. The group stuck to […]

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Live In Concert 1979 Parr Meadows Long Island (CD) by Canned Heat

Live In Concert 1979 Parr Meadows Long Island There have been quite a few high profile events to commemorate the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival, but one of the most interesting occurred when many of the original musicians who had performed at Woodstock converged in Long Island’s Parr Meadows to celebrate the 10th anniversary. Unlike later […]

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Essential viewing: Roy Budd – “Get Carter” Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kMhcf8eyiA “Still one of the finest and beyond a doubt the coolest soundtrack to one of the best British films of all time Roy Budd’s theme from Get Carter is truly kick ass…from the bad ass bass riff to the tablas to the keyboards. The three keyboard instruments are a grand piano (with lots of […]

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BLUES MUSIC: A Complete Introduction To Chess Records

“There are only a handful of record labels that can claim to have changed the course of popular music. Chess Records is one of them. Responsible for signing and developing some of the greatest names in music, such as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf, Chess provided the blueprint for The Beatles […]

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MOZART: Violin Concertos

“With this recording we wish to present a fresh version of the most elegant violin concertos in the history of music. While respecting the origin and tradition of this music, we have sought a new and dynamic musical experience rooted in our present time. To us, Mozart is as solid as rock, as soft as […]

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KING CRIMSON: Sailors’ Tales (1970 – 1972) (Limited 21CD/4 blu-ray/2DVD Box Set)

We are told: The complete 1970-72 King Crimson captured on 21 CDs, 4 blu-ray discs and 2 DVDs (all audio content) and presented in a 12” box with booklet, memorabilia, a further downloadable concert, and sleeve-notes by Sid Smith, Jakko Jakszyk and David Singleton. Limited edition. * 3CDs feature Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp stereo […]

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WAGNER: A-Z – A is for Alberich

Stephen Ross writes: A stands for Alberich, antisemitism and Apocalypse Now. A is for Alberich, the vertically challenged, sex-crazed villain whose theft of the gold at the beginning of Das Rheingold – the prelude to the Ring Cycle – triggers a train of deranged events, which concludes four evenings and 15 hours later with the […]

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Newport Folk Festival 1989 (3CD)

We are told: The Newport Folk Festival takes place at Fort Adams State Park in Newport Rhode Island, a beautiful setting and a favourite of many acts. This gem saw stunning performances by John Hiatt, Laura Nyro, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, John Lee Hooker, BB King all captured & broadcast by KGNU-FM.

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BLACK SABBATH: The End (Live in Birmingham) (Super Deluxe 2CD/DVD/Bluray+bonus disc Box Set)

We are told: This limited collector’s edition comes in a two-part rigid mirror-board box set with a 32-page, bound fan booklet, and contains the double CD, DVD and Blu-ray edition of the live spectacular, as well as the bonus CD “The Angelic Sessions” (exclusive studio recordings of selected songs that Black Sabbath did not perform […]

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MICAH GAUGH: Ahead of New Album, this NYC Avant-Pop Artist Presents Jazz-Infused Single ‘Remembering’

We are told: NYC-based avant-pop artist Micah Gaugh has announced that he will be releasing a new album ‘Stars Are a Harem’ on May 12. Ahead of that, he presents the first single from this album. ‘Remembering’ is a minimalistic, tranquil and spacious ballad resting on an underlying bed of jazz. ‘Stars are a Harem’ is a modern […]

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MUDDY WATERS: Celebrating a great blues star

Martin Chilton writes ….. “Van Morrison, not a man given to hyperbole, said: “Muddy Waters is a prime influence for anybody who’s ever done anything rock ‘n’ roll.” Just ask Eric Clapton or surviving members of the Rolling Stones — named after one of his songs, of course — why we should toast the memory […]

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MICHAEL MESSER: Slide guitarist, singer and songwriter interview

From our archives ….. “Michael Messer recently toured the UK with Louisiana Red  – “A collaboration of two great musicians from totally different backgrounds, brought together through a passion for playing blues slide guitar and many years of mutual admiration for each others’ work”. I had the privilege of interviewing Michael on tour at Bury […]

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Comprehension of classical music interpretation

Now I’ve never consciously tried, but I don’t think I am capable of picking out a musical “personality” in the way mentioned. I tend to like what I like, for reasons often ill-defined, or not defined at all. It would appear that, after 30-odd years of classical listening, I still have a very long way […]

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