JOHN MAYALL: Crusade

Terrific. A very strong album. Needs no further comment from us. However AMG said: “Crusade is most notable for the appearance of a very young, pre- Rolling Stones Mick Taylor on lead guitar. Taylor’s performance is indeed the highlight, just as Eric Clapton, Peter Green’s playing was on the previous album. The centerpiece of the […]

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Iggy Pop’s John Peel Lecture review

Iggy Pop tackled the thorny question of free music in a capitalist society, says Pete Naughton Four years ago, the BBC began a yearly lecture series in commemoration of John Peel, their late – and sorely missed – musical discoverer-in-chief. Its remit, according to the official blurb, was to “shape a debate and create insight […]

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Genesis interview: ‘We were hated’

Craig McLean (Daily Telegraph) writes: In the mid-Seventies, when Genesis were ­reaching the heights of their theatrical pomp, singer Peter Gabriel’s outfits often threatened to steal the show. “I was always afraid that these guys would start arguing about any of the visual costumes bits that I was trying to do,” says the man famous […]

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GRAM PARSONS: A Song For You (Limited 7CD Box Set)

We are told ….. Limited edition 7CD Box Set featuring influences, rare live performances with the Flying Burrito Brothers, interviews and cover versions by Emmylou Harris, Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark, Linda Ronstadt Gram Parsons is the father of country-rock. With the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, the songwriter […]

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Roger Chapman – Peaceology (CD)

  “Peaceology” contains 13 tracks from Blues to Rock to Soul – an amazingly updated masterpiece of work by Roger Chapman. A great mix of different genres Roger used to create his very own and unforgettable sound.The former singer/songwriter and front man of famous UK rock bands like Family and Streetwalkers started his very successful solo career in […]

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Essential Listening: Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia USA 30th September 1978 (3CD set)

Classic live broadcast of the legendary performance at The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia USA, 30th September 1978 Includes the entire broadcast Background liners Originally scheduled for 23rd July (but postponed due to Springsteen’s occurring throat infection), the 30th September 1978 performance in Atlanta offers a valuable snapshot of The Boss in his energized, formative years. […]

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PAT TRAVERS: Hooked On Music… Live (CD) by Pat Travers Band

PAT TRAVERS BAND 1981 STANLEY THEATER PITTSBURGH With the demise of the short-lived, but renowned Pat Travers any newcomer to the line-up alongside Travers could be standing in the shadows, but all was not lost. The addition of ‘Italian battalion’ (and ex-Blackjack drummer) Sandy Gennaro combined with his counterpart Peter ‘Mars’ Cowling (ex Gnidrolog) allowed […]

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LOU REED: A Family in Peril – Lou Reed’s Sister Sets the Record Straight About His Childhood

  Merrill Reed Weiner writes: In the coming weeks, my brother, Lou Reed, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo performer, an honor celebrating his incredible impact upon the world of music. Since his passing from liver disease in 2013, there have been many accolades, articles, and ruminations […]

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Archive Live: Volume One – The 70’s (6CD Box) by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

We are told ….. Limited edition 6CD Box Set featuring four FM broadcasts from 1976 to 1979 New series of archival live performances from the grandfather of the New Jersey Sound. Box One (The 70’s) features incendiary performances from : The Savoy, San Francisco ’76 The Roxy, Los Angeles ’77 Palladium, New York ’79 Convention […]

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DONNA LEWIS: Brand New Day – a Ben Scholz interview

Ben Scholz writes ….. Pop culture’s love-hate relationship with its artists presents an interesting conundrum. Music created for mass-consumption must be easily digestible, yet the public is quick to retaliate against content that lacks substance. Gifted musicians are often pigeonholed into a certain style or sound that may not reflect their true range. This myopic […]

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Essential Listening: Robert Plant – lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar (CD)

‘lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar’ is Robert Plant’s first record since 2010’s ‘Band of Joy’, which followed 2007’s six-time Grammy Award–winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, ‘Raising Sand’. Produced by Robert Plant, the album is his label debut and features 11 new recordings, 9 of which are original songs written by Robert Plant with his band, The […]

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PAT METHENY: Live In Chicago ’87 (CD)

  PAT METHENY GROUP VIC THEATER, CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 29TH 1987   In 1986 Pat Metheny released Song X, an uncompromising free jazz collaboration with Ornette Coleman. Thereafter he signed with Geffen Records and recorded the considerably more accessible Still Life (Talking), which won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. This superb set was […]

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HERBIE HANCOCK: (4CD Book Set)

A 4CD, 34-track career retrospective set that examines the totality of Hancock’s work on the Columbia label, presented in a hardback book format case. CD1 and CD2 draw on the late 70s/early 80s work done with V.S.O.P, CD3 focuses more heavily on Hancock’s electric work and the final disc is represents the music of Hancock […]

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