BRAHMS: The Symphonies (3 cd)

  We are told: The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons are pleased to release their latest recordings on BSO Classics–a three-disc set of the four Brahms symphonies, recorded live during concert performances at Symphony Hall in November 2016, engineered by the same in-house team that produced the BSO’s Grammy-winning Shostakovich recordings under Maestro Nelsons […]

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Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page: Why I assembled a 40th-anniversary edition of Physical Graffiti

So many myths have grown around Led Zeppelin, the British rock band that ruled the Seventies and continues to cast a long shadow over popular music, that their guitarist, producer and curator extraordinaire Jimmy Page has to see the funny side. The 71-year-old’s hair may be snow-white but his black-clad frame is as pencil-thin as […]

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Delius, Elgar: String Quartets CD review – zest and passion

Fiona Maddocks writes: Elgar’s only string quartet, a masterpiece of the chamber music repertoire premiered in 1918, is well established. That of his contemporary Delius, dating from a year earlier, is more of a rarity. The composer was discontented with his first (three-movement) attempt and reworked the opening movement and the wistful “Late Swallows” slow […]

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JAZZ: Remembering Clifford Brown

Victor L. Schermer writes …… Benny Golson’s timeless ballad, “I Remember Clifford” is but one measure of the reverence and love with which Clifford Brown was regarded by musicians, friends, family, and fans. The affection in which he was held during his lifetime was made all the more poignant by his untimely death at the […]

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MIKE BLOOMFIELD: Live At Mc Cabe’s Guitar Workshop: 1/1/77 (CD)

Mike Bloomfield was one of the great and unique artists of our era. Considered by millions to be America’s answer to Eric Clapton, his effect on both musicians and public alike has been no less. A master guitarist, arranger and writer, Bloomfield has the honor of being responsible for turning many millions of white American […]

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RAMONES: Sire Years 1976-81 (Ltd Edition 6CD Box Set)

Limited edition six disc box set. Rhino explores the incomparable footprint of the Ramones’ musical legacy with a boxed set featuring the band’s seminal first six albums, each presented with their original running order and artwork. Their first six studio albums in mini-LP sleeves! “Ramones” (1976), “Leave Home” (1977), “Rocket To Russia” (1977), “Road To […]

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John Mayall – Live In 1967 Volume 2 (CD)

The follow up to last year’s Volume One of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers “Live In 1967”, featuring Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. Volume 2 showcases three John Mayall originals including the opening track, all-time blues classic “Tears In My Eyes”; “Chicago Line”, complete with John McVie bass solo; and “Please Don’t Tell”, a great […]

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Essential Listening: Last Orders (CD) by Creedence Clearwater Revival

On the 4th of July, 1971, The Fillmore West hosted its final show. The Fillmore’s proprietor, Bill Graham was San Francisco’s most famous promoter and impresario and had made the live music scene both enormously profitable and spectacularly creative. The combinations of bands, light shows and artists that he put on during a three year […]

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An ever-changing industry grows and blooms

Martin Cullingford writes: Every year, around this time, I report back from the annual gathering of the classical industry at the Classical:NEXT conference. Bringing labels, distributors, innovators and artists together always breeds good ideas, goodwill and a better, shared understanding of where, as an industry, we are heading. Year after year, the constant is the […]

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Jazz: Verve Records helped spread jazz around the world

Verve Records was formed in 1955 by Norman Granz and their studio albums and live recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday helped bring jazz to a world audience. Richard Havers writes “Jazz stirs the possibilities for creativity in the moment. Jazz is about the human character; jazz is about feeling, […]

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As a collector myself, I’ve long believed that ‘collecting’ (like any addiction) is a sort of madness

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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