BRYAN FERRY: Interview 28/04/22

The Roxy Music star answers your questions on his favourite Newcastle boozers, the influential mentors who shaped his thinking, and the temptation to overproduce everythingT Fifty years down the line, what does Roxy Music mean to you? Jungtheforeman A lot. Roxy Music were the first 10 years of my career, so it’s a huge part […]

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PAVAROTTI: Ian Bostrich writes “As a young opera singer, I was snobbish about the Three Tenors – but a legendary Pavarotti performance made me realise that the key wasn’t vocal pyrotechnics, but emotional connection”

The iconic tenor of my lifetime – and in terms of sheer voice, the very best – was Luciano Pavarotti. I only heard him once in the flesh, in a production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera at London’s Royal Opera House. His interest in the stage action was limited, but his vocal resources were […]

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FONTAINES DC: News

A Coventry woman who won a legal battle to erect a gravestone with an inscription in Irish, to honour her late mother, has described Fontaines DC’s new song inspired by the case as “a fitting end to the journey that we went on as a family”. Bernadette Martin, daughter of Margaret Keane, and her family, […]

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BEACH BOYS: With Me Tonight (CD)

We are told …. Prayer Heroes And Villains Barnyard Do You Like Worms The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine He Gives Speeches Wonderful Child Is Father Of The Man Cabin Essence Look Good Vibrations I Wanna Be Around / Friday Night Vega-Tables Wind Chimes Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow I Love To Say Da […]

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PJ HARVEY: News

The singer-songwriter has written an extraordinary narrative poem that glories in the landscape and dialect of her home county. She talks about angst and ageing and treats Kate Kellaway to a personal reading https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/apr/24/pj-harvey-poetry-dorset-orlam-interview

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BRAHMS: Don’t miss this, we suggest

Donald Macleod explores the lifelong friendship between Brahms and the violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim, and the music of genius that resulted. Throughout his life, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) enjoyed the close friendship of two kindred musical spirits: the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim. Yet whilst his relationship with the former is much-pored over […]

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MUSIC NEWS / TUBBY HAYES: Dancing in the Dark – review by John Fordham

  The Savage-Solveig label devotes itself to the archive of previously unreleased live material by the dazzling British sax star of the 50s and 60s, Edward Brian “Tubby” Hayes. This session finds the bop virtuoso at Nottingham’s Dancing Slipper club (a favourite haunt of a jazz-loving teenager who would become Kenneth Clarke MP) on 12 […]

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DEXTER GORDON: Our Man In Paris (Numbered 140g Clear Vinyl LP)

We are told …. This 1963 date is titled for Dexter Gordon’s living in self-imposed Parisian exile and recording there with two other expatriates and a French native. Along with Gordon, pianist Bud Powell and Kenny “Klook” Clarke were living in the City of Lights and were joined by the brilliant French bassman Pierre Michelot. […]

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THE ALLMAN BROTHERS: Fork In The Road – Solo Live (Limited 6CD Box Set)

They tell us ….. Disc 1. Delaney & Bonnie with Duane & Gregg Allman & King Curtis – WPLJ-FM, A&R Recording Studios,New York, 22nd July 1971 Annoucer/sponsor Come On In My Kitchen * Talk Goin’Down The Road Feeling Bad * Talk Poor Elijah * The Ghetto * Annoucer introduces musicians/tuning Livin’On The open Road Better […]

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MUSIC NEWS: The Soul Crusaders (2CD) by Bruce Springsteen

We are told: CLASSIC 1977 BROADCAST FROM TORONTO At 3 a.m. on 28th May 1977, after ten months of legal battles, and nearly two years after Born to Run had catapulted him to national celebrity, Bruce Springsteen and his former manager, Mike Appel, settled their differences and parted ways forever. The move finally enabled Springsteen […]

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OSIBISA: Howard Popeck interviews Gregg Kofi Brown: Lead vocals, bass, guitar, compos. Part 1 of 3 – in the recording studio

Hi Gregg. Thank you so much for agreeing to this. So jumping right in … Q: Where do your affections lie; is it vinyl, CD, Radio, live gigs? A. Playing live is my passion. It’s the one thing I missed during the pandemic, although I was able to record some live performances for social media. […]

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Farewell Aldebaran (CD) by Judy Henske and Jerry Yester

First ever legitimate reissue of lost classic! “A gorgeous blossom of exotic folk-pop, Farewell Aldebaran was mostly overlooked when it was first released in late 1969. Maybe its snarling rockers, genteel ballads and gothic mood pieces made it too difficult to fit into conventional musical categories, or perhaps it simply fizzled due to lack of […]

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R&B: A Rhythm & Blues Chronology 1: 1940-1941 (4CD Boxset)

Rhythm and Blues was not generally recognised as a distinct musical genre until the years following the end of World War II. These 4CD sets centred on 1940-1944 attempt to pinpoint records typical of the various strands of music which coalesced into what can now be seen as a historically definable form of black popular […]

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