Album review: Woody Guthrie, American Radical Patriot (Rounder)

Andy Gill writes: Collected here across six CDs, Woody Guthrie’s recordings for the Library of Congress are one of the great treasures of American Demotic Art. Their mere existence seems, in an America latterly phobic about socialism, a miracle: the United States government preserving the songs and recollections of an avowed leftie – and, even […]

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A Hard Day’s Night: How The Beatles had Cliff Richard on the run

Andrew Roberts writes: In January 1963, British cinemagoers were enticed by posters claiming that, “It’s what happens when FOUR BOYS in a borrowed bus… (with built-in bunks and bath)… meet FOUR GIRLS with a single mission…MEN!!”. For a mere 1/9d,  the audience could see Summer Holiday – and vicariously experience the pleasures of sun and […]

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JACK BRUCE and FRIENDS: Rockpalast – The 50th Birthday Concerts (3DVD+CD)

It was a late 50th birthday present. Born on May 14th 1943 Jack Bruce greeted his notable friends on stage on November 2nd and 3rd 1993 at the E-Werk in Cologne The Scottish bassist from Bishopbriggs had invited long time companions such as drummer Ginger Backer, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and guitarist Clem Clempson. The enthusiastic […]

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The Manhattan Transfer / The Junction – AllMusic Review by Matt Collar

An eclectic, brightly attenuated recording, 2018’s The Junction is the Manhattan Transfer’s first studio album since the death of founding member Tim Hauser from a heart attack in 2014. It’s also the first album the legendary vocal group has recorded with his replacement, M-Pact vocalist Trist Curless. Along with Curless, once again showcased are the […]

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Szymanowski: Violin Concertos, review: ‘transcendent’

Vasily Petrenko conducts violinist Baiba Skride in an unmissable release, says Geoffrey Norris For the past five years or so, Vasily Petrenko’s name in the context of CDs has been associated primarily, but by no means exclusively, with the revelatory series of Shostakovich symphonies he has been conducting with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on […]

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The Lost Chess Tapes (Limited Grey Vinyl LP) by The Rolling Stones

We are told ….. During 1964 The Stones booked two sessions at the legendary Chess studios. They recorded the big hits ‘It’s All Over Now’ and ‘Time Is On My Side’. Also recorded were eight legendary outtakes which were never officially released including ‘Goodbye Girl’, a rare Bill Wyman composition. Also included are bonus tracks […]

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What about the Syrinx PU2?

Zstereo write: The tale begins at the end of the nineteen seventies, with the arrival of Linn’s Ittok LVII tonearm. It put the cat amongst the pigeons in an analogue landscape dominated by the SME 3009S2, which appeared on virtually every turntable motor unit at the time. There was also the Grace G707, which had been Linn’s tube […]

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