FRANK ZAPPA: News

  We are told …. This DVD contains a filmed rehearsal of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention at the legendary Beat Club in Bremen, Germany, on 6th October 1968. The music is largely one long improvisatory continuous performance rather than a run-through of their greatest hits, but is punctuated by Zappa directing the […]

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KOMITAS: News

Simon Broughton talks to pianist Lusine Grigoryan about her new Komitas recording on ECM Ask someone to name an Armenian composer and the first name on the list is likely to be Aram Khachaturian, famous for his Gayane and Spartacus ballet scores. But for Armenians, their most treasured composer is Komitas (1869-1935), often described as […]

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WILCO / Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Super deluxe edition

REVIEW BY MARK DEMMING (allmusic.com) Wilco’s first three albums each had a distinct personality of their own as the band (and their leader, Jeff Tweedy) were quite literally figuring out what they were going to be as they went along: 1995’s A.M. was a direct extension of the music Tweedy and his bandmates were making […]

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BLUES: The 47 Best Blues Songs Of All Time

The great blues artists talked, the savviest rockers listened. Without the blues there’d be no rock’n’roll, but certain tracks were especially pivotal. Either they were famously covered, or the licks got borrowed, or they schooled the rockers in style and attitude. Many of the most influential blues songs reverberate to this day, and a few […]

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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Mark Bebbington on Vaughan Williams and the piano

The pianist Mark Bebbington continues his invaluable service to British music with a new album for Resonus that gathers together four rarities from Vaughan Williams’s output, ranging from the Piano Quintet of 1903 to the Fantasia on the ‘Old 104th’ Psalm Tune of 1949. Joined by members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for three of […]

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DAVID BOWIE: News

ALLMUSIC.COM The subtitle of Divine Symmetry is “The Journey to Hunky Dory” but it could’ve easily been “The Journey to David Bowie” as this 1971 album is where Bowie hit his stride. This four-disc set, accompanied by a lavish book, illustrates that this was no simple process. Coming off the crushing hard rock of The […]

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ORNETTE COLEMAN: News

ALLMUSIC.COM Ornette Coleman’s 1960s recordings for Blue Note are usually — and perhaps unjustly — de-emphasized when accounting for the enormity of his contribution to the evolution of jazz. The saxophonist recorded five albums under his own name: There are two volumes of At the “Golden Circle” Stockholm, The Empty Foxhole, Love Call, and New […]

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BRITTEN: Top 10 Sinfonia Recordings as chosen by Gramophone magazine

A diverse range of excellent recordings spanning a breadth of repertoire, reminding us just why the Britten Sinfonia is such a fine, not to mention versatile, ensemble, and sought after for the studio. Donizetti Il Paria Opera Rara / Britten Sinfonia / Sir Mark Elder cond (Opera Rara) ‘The music is splendid, well worth discovering…Shagimuratova […]

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PLAINSONG: News

ALLMUSIC.COM After leaving Fairport Convention in 1969, Iain Matthews strung together a journeyman’s career, touring and recording prolifically both as a solo artist and with his country-inflected folk-rock band Matthews Southern Comfort. Apart from a chart-topping cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” his efforts tended to be admired by critics but shunned by the mainstream. One […]

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TOM PETTY and THE HEARTBREAKERS: News

ALLMUSIC.COM Early in 1997, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers set up shop at the Fillmore in San Francisco, playing 20 consecutive concerts during a residency that amounted to their only live shows of the year. Being anchored in one spot paradoxically gave them the freedom to move, to not constrain themselves to their standard repertoire. […]

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