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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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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Gerald Wilson: Little Big Man

Originally posted September 2011 Robert Baird writes ….. Big bands died out back in the 1950s, right? They went away when the jitterbug faded and folks began dancing to music other than swing? And then real jazz fans departed when the bebop soloists came along and made big-band players look clumsy and quaint?Despite that widely […]

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Kurt Elling The Questions – AllMusic Review by Matt Collar

Continuing the fruitful creative partnership that began with 2016’s Upward Spiral, vocalist Kurt Elling once again pairs with saxophonist Branford Marsalis for the lyrical, ruminative 2018 effort The Questions. Joining them are pianist Joey Calderazzo, drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, guitarist John McLean, pianist Stu Mindeman, bassist Clark Sommers, and trumpeter Marquis Hill. As the title […]

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BOB DYLAN and FRIENDS: Decades Live… ’61 To ‘94 (8CD Box Set)

8CDs, Collectors Box Set with 16 Page Full Colour Booklet with Background Liners and Rare Images Exhilarating live performances across 4 decades of Bob Dylan masterpieces Includes broadcasts from various radio stations, including WBAI-FM, WNBC-FM and others. Since coming to prominence in 1962, Bob Dylan has never ceased to create and innovate, his remarkable songwriting […]

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ISOL-8: MiniSub 2 test review

Power delivery inevitably is a polarizing subject, the topic of filtration perhaps even more so. Should you wish to explore it for yourself with a system you find could stand somewhat more relaxed accuracy, subtlety, maturity and long-term pleasantness, the ISOL-8 MiniSub 2 would make a good subject. Without any dynamic losses but six sockets […]

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Watch Your Step – The Final Performances Live ’91: (4CD Deluxe Boxset) by Steve Marriott’s Packet Of Three

This 4CD box set lovingly documents the final musical years of a true legend, a great songwriter, musician, and formidable frontman. Steve Marriott was sadly taken from us prematurely at the age of 44 on the 30th April 1991. Vocalist and guitarist in such great bands as Small Faces and Humble Pie, Steve clearly had […]

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Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 (3CD) by Miles Davis Quintet

A 3CD box set collection chronicling Miles’ musical evolution in the studio from 1966-1968 working with his “second great quintet,” the latest edition in Columbia/Legacy’s acclaimed Miles Davis Bootleg Series provides an unprecedented look into the artist’s creative process, drawing on full session reels including all rehearsals, partial and alternate takes, studio conversation and more. […]

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Miles Davis Quintet – Harmon Gymnasium, University of California, Berkeley CA, April 7th 1967 (CD)

This remarkable concert finds Miles Davis playing with his second quintet, comprising Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Herbie Hancock (piano), Albert Stinson (bass) and Tony Williams (drums). Recorded for broadcast on KALX Radio, it features the only live recording of Dolores by this group, and their last known recording of Stella By Starlight. An incendiary document […]

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Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti 3 CD expanded set with 7 previously un-released studio outtakes

This is a deluxe 3 CD package of Led Zeppelin’s sixth album, Physical Graffiti with the original artwork, plus the newly created negative artwork for the companion audio. The original album is newly remastered on 2 CDs; the 3rd CD features previously un-released studio outtakes. Includes a die-cut square slipcase to hold 3 wallets, booklet, U-card, slipcase […]

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This second album by Staff Benda Bilili, the veteran Congolese paraplegic musicians feels entirely modern writes Mark Hudson.

A great back story can make a band. Take Staff Benda Bilili, a bunch of veteran Congolese paraplegic musicians, discovered living on the streets around Kinshasa zoo, playing home-made guitars and driving around in scary-looking motorbike wheelchairs that might have done earlier service in a Mad Max movie. How could they fail to make international […]

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John Coltrane: Live In Berlin November 2nd 1963 (Clear Vinyl LP)

Audiophile Clear Vinyl is made using the highest quality co-polymer available and processed without any carbon additive in order to dramatically reduce the “electrical distortion” often found on records. By itself the co-polymer of vinyl is transparent. In order to make the record black in color the plant must use a carbon additive with trace […]

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ASTELL & KERN: Their AK Ti8e

They say: The AK Ti8e earphones are built by hand at Beyerdynamic’s facility in Heilbronn, Germany and come with accessories including a leather case, detachable, Kevlar-reinforced cables and eight choices of ear-tip. The AK Ti8e arrives powered by a ring magnet. The single-driver design omits the need for crossover filters. The earphones also come with […]

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Live In Los Angeles 1982 (2CD) by Gene Clark & Chris Hillman – Flyte

As founder members of the Byrds, Gene Clark and Chris Hillman will need no introduction to fans of folk-rock, country-rock or singer-songwriting. In 1982 the legendary singer-guitarists teamed up with Herb Pedersen (guitar / banjo), Al Perkins (steel guitar) and Trey Thompson (bass) to form the short-lived Flyte. These two superb sets were broadcast on […]

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