Charles Mingus – The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Vinyl LP)

Bassist / composer Charles Mingus is one of the most radical figures in American music. Throughout the ’50s, he worked as a sideman with legendary players Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and more. In the ’60s, he gained recognition as a bandleader, often followed by controversy for making strong-minded statements in the press about race, politics […]

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Miles Davis – Live In Toyko 1975 (2CD)

• Brilliant performance live in Tokyo • Includes the entire broadcast • Digitally remastered • Background liners On his tour of Japan in early 1975, Miles Davis presented some of the most searing, electric fusion ever heard in concert. The performances on this 2CD set,  FM broadcast, hail from a January 22 gig at Shinjuku […]

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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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GARY MOORE: Blues And Beyond (4CD + Book Box Set)

We are told: Gary Moore’s Blues and Beyond, a remarkable collection of his powerful and emotive blues studio recordings. Blues and Beyond is released on double CD, 4 LP and as a box set, which includes unreleased live recordings and the official Gary Moore biography I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow written by Harry Shapiro. Best […]

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Essential Original Albums – Howlin’ Wolf (3CD)

We are told: This release presents some of the best recordings made by the electrifying Howlin’ Wolf, one of the greatest characters in blues history. All of the tracks included here are studio recordings with excellent sound quality, and showcase Howlin’ Wolf both as a singer and playing harmonica and guitar. • The three complete […]

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Brahms: String Sextets CD review – lithe recordings by a dream-team ensemble

Erica Jeal writes: The Capuçon brothers, violinist Renaud and cellist Gautier, plus others including cellist Clemens Hagen make this lineup for Brahms’ two glorious string sextets something of a dream team. These recordings were made at last year’s Aix-en-Provence Easter festival, but there’s little bar the odd swoopy slide to remind us that it’s not […]

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ELVIN BISHOP: My Father’s Place, New York 1979 (CD)

We are told: Incredible performance, live at My Father’s Place, Roslyn, New York The entire original WLIR-FM broadcast Professionally re-mastered with background liners and rare archival photos. Elvin Bishop, live at My Father’s Place, Roslyn, New York on 23rd November 1979. Blues, rock’n’roll, country, and soul were all on the program when Elvin Bishop played […]

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ROBERT CRAY: The Redux Club, Dallas Tx.Jan 21st 1987 (CD)

We are told: Smokin’ set from Club Redux, Dallas, Texas, Broadcast live by Q-102 FM. Riding high on the success of this Grammy Award winning 4th album ‘Strong Persuader’ Cray is joined by Stevie Ray Vaughan for a stunning Strat duel finale. 01 I Guess I Showed Her 02 Still Around 03 T-Bone Shuffle 04 […]

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SANTANA: Cow Palace, San Francisco, 31st December ’75 (Ltd/1000 2CD)

Santana live at the Cow Palace, San Francisco on New Year’s Eve 1975 broadcast by KSAN-FM. A smokin’ live band in full flow with a rejuvenated Carlos giving the material from the early albums new focus and energy. All captured in pristine sound quality. Limited Edition pressing of 1000. Disc 1 1 Incident At Neshabur […]

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Maynard Ferguson – Storm (CD)

  After moving to the U.S. from Canada in the 1940s, Maynard Ferguson gained prominence through his association with Stan Kenton in the following decade. Striking out on his own, he appeared on numerous film soundtracks (including The Ten Commandments), eventually forming his own band. A relocation to England in the 1960s, he became a […]

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JOHN WILLIAMS: The Complete Album Collection Box Set (59CD)

The long wait is over for guitar-music aficionados. Sony Classical is now issuing the first-ever complete collection of recordings by the incomparable John Williams. This Original Jacket Collection comprises 57 original albums made over four decades, including his style-crossing collaborations and a DVD. And Williams’s recordings of more than 60 works will now be available […]

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Outward Bound / South Of I-10 (2CD)

  We are told: Sonny Landreth is an American blues musician from southwest Louisiana. He is best known for his slide guitar playing, having developed a technique where he also frets notes and plays chords and chord fragments by fretting behind the slide while he plays.  Eric Clapton has said that Landreth is one […]

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Texas Blues Man (Limited Green Vinyl LP)

  We are told: Lightnin’ Hopkins had already recorded dozens, if not hundreds, of sides for various labels by the time he hooked up with Chris Strachwitz in the late ‘50s, but his recordings for Strachwitz’s Arhoolie label are some of the rawest and strongest of his career. Originally released in 1968, this classic slab […]

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Grainger: Folk Songs CD review – a beautiful celebration of a subversive composer

Disarming and engaging … pianist Christopher Glynn and soprano Claire Booth. Andrew Clements writes: More than half a century after his death, Percy Grainger’s true stature as a composer remains hard to pin down. For all that his own music trampled across stylistic boundaries and cheerfully subverted the conventions and proprieties of concert music, and […]

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Keep It To Ourselves (Limited 200g 45rpm Vinyl 2LP)

We are told: Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original analog tapes  Deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds’ state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings An American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, from Mississippi. One of the greatest bluesmen ever. His harp, vocals, and songwriting […]

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KIRI TE KANAWA: At the BBC

The charismatic New Zealand soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa looks back at her life in song through forty years of classic performances from the BBC archives, from her first TV performance on The Harry Secombe Show in 1971 to her appearances on Top of the Pops to sing the rugby anthem World in Union in […]

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Video: Maria Callas’s shattering ‘Vissi d’arte’ at Covent Garden in 1964

Callas sings Puccini’s Tosca with an unrivalled intensity Maria Callas’s 1953 recording of Tosca, opposite Giuseppe di Stefano’s Cavaradossi and Tito Gobbi’s Scarpia, remains one of the greatest of all opera recordings (go here for an insight into the tempestuous recording sessions). And here is Callas at Covent Garden in 1964, in Franco Zeffirelli’s production. […]

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The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of… (CD Mini-LP Replica)

We are told: Wes Montgomery (1925-1968) was one of the most revered guitarists in jazz history. ‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery’ marked his third album as a leader, following ‘Montgomeryland’ (1958) and ‘The Wes Montgomery Trio’ (1959).‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery’ was widely praised on release and received a five-star rating […]

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The Cinema Of Miles Davis (CD)

We are told: . The Cinema of Miles Davis showcases superior examples of the use of the great jazz trumpeter’s music in film. This edition includes his first complete score, sultry and improvised, for Elevator To the Gallows – Louis Malle’s directorial debut starring the eternal Jeanne Moreau – which came in late 1957, a […]

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The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions (4CD)

We are told: Remastered in 2006, and with insightful liner notes by Bob Blumenthal, These Miles Davis Quintet Prestige recordings are a box set reissue of the 2006 release except the 4CDs and booklet are housed in a smaller CD sized package which is CD shelf friendly. Recorded in three sessions by the legendary engineer […]

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