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JAMES TAYLOR; Live Pittsburgh, 1976 (CD)

Recorded at the legendary Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, PA in 1976, this FM stero broadcast concert is superbly reproduced here in crysatal clear quality. The 19 tracks admirably display the artist’s sublime song-writing abilities during the early to mid-70s, and the fine selection of self-penned songs is augmented by a solitary cover. Tracks Include: Fire & Rain, […]

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EMILY DICKINSON: The poet who offers composers potentially limitless possibilities

Philip Clark celebrates the American poet who was a kindred spirit of the composers she has inspired As an intellectual loner, a disrupter of poetic convention, an instinctual progressive, a sensual philosopher, an obstinate believer in the validity and vitality of her own work, a transformer of small-town 19th-century America into impassionedly passionate poetic visions […]

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BB KING: The Life of Riley – review

The Guardian writes ….. The great Mississippi-born blues singer and guitarist BB King, was christened Riley B King in 1925, which explains the comic title of this authoritative British documentary on his long, impressive career. BB bore with dignity his …….. MORE

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SUPERTRAMP: Crime Of The Century revisited

This 40th anniversary celebration features the remastered original album and brings together the previously unreleased concert from London’s Hammersmith Odeon in March 1975, mixed from the original tapes by Crime’s original producer Ken Scott. It showcases the band at the zenith of their powers, playing of all of Crime and introducing numbers from their forthcoming […]

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THE BAND; Carter Barron Amphitheater, Washington DC, July 17th 1976 (Vinyl 180g 2LP) Track titles included

‘This show runs through nearly every great song the Band ever wrote and recorded since their original inception… remarkably fresh and exciting’ – concertvault.com Classic live show Recorded shortly before The Last Waltz Superb audio fidelity Background notes included First time on Vinyl 2x 180g Vinyl w/ insert in sleeve After more than 15 years […]

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WOW AND FLUTTER

The terms wow and flutter will bring back memories of tape recorders to some, perhaps pictures of butterflies to others. Wow is a low-frequency fluctuation while flutter is a much faster version of the same thing. Steady state instruments like oboes and piano are particularly affected by these mechanical distortions prevalent in tape recorders and record players. I […]

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN; The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood July 7, 1978 (3CD)

Recorded for broadcast on KMET-FM, and regarded as one of Springsteen’s best ever performances, this outstanding show captures the Boss at the height of his powers, near the outset of his legendary Darkness Tour. The remarkable set list includes live premieres of his classics Point Blank, Raise Your Hand and Independence Day (performed solo on […]

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ASK ALEX: PUPAJIM

Pupajim is one of the most unique sounds in Reggae and music due to the pitch , sounds and lyrics. They have very naturalistic lyrics and talk about all elements of society. They also talk about the environment and homelessness . Considering as it is two white males behind the music from listening to their […]

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CHARLES MINGUS: Live At The Jazz Workshop, Boston, October 11th, 1971 (CD)

Following his relentless creativity in the 1950s and 60s, Charles Mingus was slowing down by the early 70s, having combated financial hardship and health issues in recent years. In 1971 he served as Slee Professor of Music at the University at Buffalo, New York, as well as performing intermittently. This superb set was taped at […]

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What is the Chicago Blues Style?

by Reverend Keith A. Gordon / Updated February 12, 2017 When American became embroiled in World War II, it served to increase the exodus of African-Americans from the Southern states northward to cities like St. Louis, Detroit, and Chicago. Former sharecroppers were moving out of the rural areas of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to find jobs […]

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CASSETTE TECHNOLOGY: For those still using analogue tape decks ….. particularly Nakamichi

Got my nakamichi dr3 tape deck out the cupboard ,first time in a couple of years and made up a couple of tapes using tdk sa90‘s.really surprised at the sound quality from it.forgot how good a sound i could get from it since anytime i record for the last few years its always been to […]

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IRON BUTTERFLY: Live At The Galaxy LA July 1967 (CD)

We are told ….. ‘Captures psychedelic wrecking crew Iron Butterfly in a particularly sharp club performance from early in their career… Spirited jamming that all but wrote the acid rock rulebook’ – www.allmusic.com Recorded live at the Galaxy club in Sunset Boulevard in July 1967, this captures Iron Butterfly’s early five-piece, two-guitar line-up on fiery […]

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The completion of the Solti/Wagner Decca Ring cycle in the late ‘60s was something of a Watershed.

Reassuringly Expensive. The Solti Decca Wagner Ring cycle in the big wooden presentation box (Ring 1-22) was like that. In the mid ‘70s it retailed for about £49 – at a time when I earned around £30 a week before tax. There it was, this magnificent edifice – ‘The Greatest Achievement in the History of […]

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