Jack Bruce – Live At The Canterbury Fayre (DVD Digipack)

This is the stunning film of Jack Bruce and the Cuicoland Express captured live at the Canterbury Fayre music festival inthe summer of 2002. Featuring the amazing talents of Living Color guitarist, Vernon Reid, the keyboard magic of WooWarrior and former Parliament/Funkadelic musical director, Bernie Worrell and the supreme percussion skills ofRoddy Ameen, El Negro […]

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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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From the archives: Christopher Breunig – Davis’s new Fidelio, Haitink’s Beethoven completed – and more.

Davis’s new Fidelio The New Year brings a sea-change to the London Symphony Orchestra as workaholic Valery Gergiev takes over from Sir Colin Davis as principal conductor, his senior colleague becoming its president. (The Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestras have also announced new appointments: Esa-Pekka Salonen and Vladimir Jurowski.) Happily, Sir Colin is to make […]

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Blues in Britain: Interview – Paul Rishell & Annie Raines

  From the archives – several years ago Paul Rishell & Annie Raines were interviewed by Y6 pupils* at Russell Hall Primary School, West Yorkshire following their workshop at the school and prior to their appearance in Keighley. * Thanks to Laura, Daniel, Natasha, Emily, Holly, Scott, Lauren & Lucy. Who or what encouraged you to start playing music? Annie – […]

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MAHLER: Symphony of a Thousand

………… we ask: which recording of his vast Eighth Symphony is best? Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is the calling-card for all orchestras with ambition: but which ones should you welcome in, asks Ken Smith.(Originally published in Gramophone, December 2008.) As soon as I got the invitation I immediately called my wife to tell her why I’d […]

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“How can modern R&B-singers even pick up a microphone, after hearing this man?”

  Howard Popeck writes:  Quite so. Went to EVERY gig within the M25. Loud? I’ll say. Had to start to learn to lip-read as a consequence. Hard-faced birds, broken glass on the floor, broken teeth and broken noses in the loo – but not on me! ‘ Trrific’ – as the great man would say. […]

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TANGERINE DREAM: Mysterious Semblance At The Strand Of Nightmares (Vinyl Picture Disc LP)

Highly influenced by artists like Salvador Dalì, Tangerine Dream began life as a kind of surrealism in music. After having sold off all of their “traditional” music equipment, the Berlin-based band began using strictly electronic devices like synthesizers, sequencers, mellotron, moog and other self-built toys. These rare recordings trace the band from this initial experimental […]

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AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Craig Kallman of Atlantic Records – Listen Closely

Robert Baird (Stereophile Magazine) writes: Label heads—those at the very highest positions of power at music companies. To anyone who’s spent time near the record business, they’re a mythical breed. Like gnomes. Or dragons. Often, it’s their vision that spells success or failure for the label they run. And what they say goes. Over the […]

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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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TEN YEARS AFTER: 1967 – 1974 – Complete Studio Box (Limited Edition 10 CD Box Set)

We are told: To coincide with the Ten Years After’s eponymous debut release in 1967 Chrysalis Records are proud to present a 50th Anniversary 10 CD Box Set. This limited edition set includes a CD of previously unreleased material. To celebrate this special occasion, in November 2017 Chrysalis Records will release a brand new 10 […]

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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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POCO: Ghost Town – Inamorata

Poco’s two albums from Atlantic dating from 1982 and 1984 and both making the US Top 200. Paul Cotton and Rusty Young were still in the band and the single ‘Shoot For The Moon’ made the US Top 50.‘Inamorata’ features guest spots by former band members Timothy B Schmit, Ritchie Furay and George Grantham. Poco […]

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MOZART (He) would be ‘outraged’ to hear classical music is for the elite

From the archives: Mozart and Verdi would be “outraged” to hear classical music was considered the “exclusive preserve of an educated elite”, Clemency Burton-Hill says. “Rock stars” of classical music such as Mozart and Verdi would be “outraged” to know their works are considered the “exclusive preserve of an educated elite”, Clemency Burton-Hill has said, […]

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ATOMIC ROOSTER: Sleeping for Years – The Studio Recordings 1970-1974 (4CD Clamshell Box Set)

We are told: Esoteric Recordings label is proud to announce the release of the very first 4 CD collection of every album and single track recorded by the legendary ATOMIC ROOSTER between 1970 – 1974. Sleeping for Years is a clamshell boxed set anthologising all the recordings made by the band on the classic albums […]

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Essential Listening: Yes – Songs From Tsongas – The 35th Anniversary Concert – Special Edition (3CD) inc track listing

This is the first ever release of “Songs From Tsongas” on CD. It is taken from Yes’ 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last tour by the band to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White. The concert was recorded at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, […]

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