JULIAN LENNON: Emotional echoes of the artist’s complicated public history reverberate through his album’s solid collection of mature mid-tempo rockers and ballads

Calling his seventh album Jude was an act of reclamation for Julian Lennon. In a recent interview, the 59-year-old explained that, while 1968 song “Hey, Jude” is “a great chanting song, a favourite Beatles song”, for him it had always been “a harsh reminder of what actually happened in my life, which was that my […]

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THE PRODIGY: Raved about then, ignored now – whatever happened to the band’s incendiary 1997 album? Ed Power revisits its multiple controversies to find out

T he crab snapping its claws on the cover of The Prodigy’s The Fat of the Land can justifiably claim to be the most famous crustacean in pop. It also has become a slightly unfortunate metaphor for a record that raised a huge, click-clacking ruckus when it first came out, but which has ultimately ended […]

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Sylvie Proulx Les Tendres Plaintes: Works by Jean-Philippe Rameau – AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

    Sylvie Proulx’s 2018 release on Centaur offers selections from the keyboard music of French Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau in transcriptions for classical guitar. In his time, Rameau was famous as an opera composer, though his reputation as a music theorist and composer of keyboard works grew in the modern era with the early […]

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ICH HABE GENUG: At the BBC

J.S Bach wrote his cantata Ich Habe Genug for the Feast of the Purification of Mary to be performed in Leipzig on 2nd February 1727. The work is a retelling of the story of the old man Simeon who, waiting in the temple, was presented with the baby Jesus. As he held the baby in […]

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THE BYRDS: Solo Flytes Volume 1. (Limited 3CD Set)

We are told: A new 3CD series with a remit to trawl through performances of the solo work of former Byrds members. This exhaustive series will exhume rarities from Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Gene Parsons, Gram Parsons, Skip Battin and Clarence White as they plough through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s playing radio […]

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JOHNNY WINTER: Raisin Cain (CD)

John Dawson Winter, III, known as Johnny Winter was an American blues guitarist. He was a multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer. Johnny was prominent session man and toured with Muddy Waters. Johnny is the brother of Edgar Winter. Sadly, Johnny passed away in 2014 so we are proudly releasing Raisin Cain on CD. This was originally […]

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KENNETH LEIGHTON: Complete Organ Works CD review – a towering triumph

Stephen Pritchard writes ….. This is a major achievement. Stephen Farr triumphs in his massive survey of the output of Kenneth Leighton, a towering figure in British 20th-century liturgical music – one who instinctively understood the context of his compositions; how the organ works within great buildings and how its power and myriad colours can […]

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The Smiths’ final album was the band’s favourite despite being “unusual sounding”, drummer Mike Joyce has said on the 35th anniversary of its release.

Strangeways, Here We Come was released on 28 September, 1987, months after the Manchester band disbanded in acrimony. It went on to reach number two in the UK charts and was the group’s most successful album in the US. Joyce said though the band had split before it came out, it had been “a great […]

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MILES DAVIS: The Cinema Of Miles Davis (CD)

We are told: . The Cinema of Miles Davis showcases superior examples of the use of the great jazz trumpeter’s music in film. This edition includes his first complete score, sultry and improvised, for Elevator To the Gallows – Louis Malle’s directorial debut starring the eternal Jeanne Moreau – which came in late 1957, a […]

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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN: Double Trouble – The Complete Epic Recordings Collection (12CD Box Set)

The late guitar hero Stevie Ray Vaughan is getting an epic release from Epic Records and Legacy Recordings. On October 28, Legacy will unveil Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection, a 12-CD box set compiling, for the first time, the entirety of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s official studio and […]

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Has the Beatles ‘Get Back’ series caused you to think differently about John, Paul, George, and Ringo?

MAX W writes… Yes, definitely. It illustrated how intimately close John and Paul were; how isolated and insecure George clearly felt (not just set against John and Paul, but also against his peers like Clapton) and how much of a junior partner he was considered by the two main songwriters; how surprisingly important and stabilising […]

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NICK MASON: Uncages Memories of Making Animals, Declares Which Pink Floyd Albums Sound Better in Mono on Vinyl, and Explains Why the Band Came Up With a New Song in 2022

STEREOPHILE Let’s face it — January 1977’s Animals has always been considered to be somewhat of a dark horse in the Pink Floyd recorded canon. Yet here in Year 45 of Animals, the album is finally getting a rightly deserved re-evaluation, thanks to Animals 2018 Remix (Pink Floyd Records/Sony Music), which was just released on […]

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‘It’s my age that’s the talking point, not that I’m black’: Toks Dada, the Southbank’s head of classical music. Erica Jeal interviewing

With its new season opening this weekend, the Southbank Centre’s 32-year-old leader talks about how he’s shaping the venue to reflect classical music today, the magic of live music, and the challenge of keeping the lights – and the heating – on. Toks Dada is reeling off the concerts that make up the opening weekend […]

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SPOTIFY: Former streaming service subscribers on why they have ditched mod cons for MP3s, CDs and other DIY music formats

Meg Lethem was working at her bakery job one morning in Boston when she had an epiphany. Tasked with choosing the day’s soundtrack, she opened Spotify, then flicked and flicked, endlessly searching for something to play. Nothing was perfect for the moment. She looked some more, through playlist after playlist. An uncomfortably familiar loop, it […]

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JONI MITCHELL: Some viewed Wild Things Run Fast, which turns 40 next month, as a betrayal of her roots. Looking back, the reality is far more complicated

Tourists visiting the Caribbean during the summer of 1981 might have spotted something unexpected: Joni Mitchell in the thick of things at a disco, grooving up a storm to the Police’s inscrutable hit De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da. “I love to dance, and anytime I heard it, boy, I didn’t care if […]

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LED ZEPPELIN: Did they invent heavy metal music or were there other bands that did it before them?

JASON B writes … I would say Steppenwolf’s “Heavy metal thunder” lyric in Born To Be Wild is more closer to the creative origin of the heavy metal rock genre than anything, and the band borrowed it from the post-WWII Zen motorcycle culture and its clubs like the original Hell’s Angels, not the successive versions […]

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