The albums you can judge by their cover thanks to Storm Thorgerson – the master of the record sleeve

He never played a note, but Storm Thorgerson left an indelible mark on the musical history of the 1970s. David Hepworth pays tribute. The cover of the 12in long-playing album had the magical effect of making the record within the cover seem more important than it was. It’s this canvas, longingly gazed at through the […]

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Squeeze my lemon? Pop’s five oddest sexual lyrics

Danny Wright: From Thom Yorke’s self-love shenanigans to Justin Timberlake’s nativity nookie to Led Zep’s fruity metaphors, here’s our pick of cringeworthy lines from writers who really should know better When Alt-J unveiled their new single, Every Other Freckle, last week, there was one lyric that stood out. “Turn you inside out and lick you […]

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PETER GREEN: Biography

    by Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated March 08, 2017 If not for the cruel hand of fate, Peter Green (born October 29, 1946 in London England) might today be considered the greatest British blues guitarist, on par with Eric Clapton, instead of the somewhat obscure cult artist he is today. Green’s struggle with […]

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MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto; String Octet CD review – thrilling intensity

Stephen Pritchard writes ….. Oh, not another Mendelssohn violin concerto recording, I hear you cry. Well, yes, but wait: this one is worth exploring. These Dutch musicians treat the piece as a chamber work, the cut-down forces of the Het Gelders Orkest giving light and airy support to Liza Ferschtman’s carefully judged, singing solo line. […]

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COUNTRY: How Nashville became music city USA

This historical biography of the city that is the glittering hub of country music reveals the dynamic relationship between commerce and art, music and the market, that has defined Nashville since 1925. It explores the conflicts and demons that have confronted Nashville’s artists and music industry down the years, such as the creative pressures of […]

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STAX: DAC X-1t tube / MOSFET hybrid DAC test review – by Ken Kessler

  Introduction by KK: With the arrival of eBay and feverish activity in the second-hand market, a lot of audiophiles find old reviews useful. Simply Stax asked if I minded them running my old reviews – flattered, I said, ‘No problem!’ The only provisos I would add is that you read these in the context […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: In conversation with Howard Popeck – part three

Geoffrey – what is your response to the statement ‘How many channels do you think it takes to make a music listener happy; One. Mono’s fine. I’ve never heard anybody bitch about Louis Armstrong, saying, “I would enjoy it if it were only stereo” Now this question is interesting from several perspectives and I’m going […]

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BOB DYLAN; Folk Singer – Humdinger: Just About As Good As It Gets! (2CD) by Bob Dylan

“Now an internationally venerated and still sometimes audience-baffling 72 year old, Bob Dylan started to be increasingly broadly recognised as a significant songwriter and maverick entertainer between 1963 and 1965, depending on your local media coverage. For a couple of years before that he had been the new kid on the block within NYC’s Greenwich […]

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