NICO: The End (2CD)

Nico’s 1974 album remastered and expanded into a 2CD set with the inclusion of five tracks from two John Peel sesions, two tracks from the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975 and two tracks from the Rainbow Theatre Allmusic.com review by Dave Thompson: “It is one of the most entrenched visions in the rock critic’s […]

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NICK CAVE: Morose? I’m just getting started’ – Nick Cave loses patience during Twitter Q&A with fans

Nick Clark writes ….. Many musicians see social networking sites as an ideal way to get closer to fans and drum up publicity for albums and concerts. Nick Cave is not one of those musicians. The 55-year old, described as having “one of the most extraordinary careers in the annals of pop music,” was dragged […]

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THE CARS: Heartbeat City [Expanded Edition]

Coming off the less-than-classic Shake It Up, the Cars decided again to change things up, this time moving from their home studio in Boston to London to record with Mutt Lange. The producer was coming off a string of sleek modern hits, most recently Def Leppard’s Pyromania, and the Cars put themselves in Lange’s capable […]

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Manfred Eicher – A Magnificent Obsession

At a time when the heads of most record labels barely know how to play a record, let alone make one, Manfred Eicher—owner, founder, and inspiration of ECM Records, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010—has been intimately involved in the making of nearly 1200 of them. How many, though, can he actually remember working […]

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Louis Armstrong – his genius lives on

Louis Armstrong’s biographer John Chilton enjoys a new 10-CD boxset that showcases a musical master. Louis Armstrong’s reputation as the greatest of all jazz musicians will be consolidated by the issue of a ten-CD box set covering much of his recording career. The 165 racks range from his first recorded solo (Chimes Blues in 1923) […]

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JAMES TAYLOR: Feel The Moonshine :The Classic 1976 Radio Broadcast

  This delightful James Taylor concert from 1976, broadcast live in FM stereo from Pennsylvanias legendary Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, admirably displays the cream of the artists sublime songwriting abilities in the early-to-mid 1970s, as well as highlighting his skills as one of the most consummate performers around at the time. Sharing the stage with […]

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AUDIOPHILE INTERVIEW: Producer Teddy Riley / Michael Jackson and Blackstreet producer talks gear

Teddy Riley has always had the cutting edge on production. Highlights of his career include forming R&B super groups Guy and Blackstreet, and co-producing and co-engineering Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album – it has sold over 32 million copies and saw him win a Grammy for Best Engineering (non-classical). He has produced countless landmark records, such […]

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TAYLOR SWIFT: ‘Sexy? Not on my radar’

THE GUARDIAN: She’s gone from ringletted country artist to feminist role model and the world’s most charming pop star. As she returns with her catchiest material yet, she talks awards-ceremony etiquette, autobiographical lyrics and why she puts nice before naughty. In Manhattan’s chi-chi Sant Ambroeus restaurant, the pair of smartly dressed women at the next […]

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