TOM JONES / RONNIE WOOD: interview: Why everyone’s still singing the blues

From the archives Neil McCormick: In a dingy, crowded rehearsal studio in north London, Sir Tom Jones sits on a high stool, facing his five-piece band as they come to the rumbling end of another song. “Sounds a bit timid to me,” says the grey-haired, grey-bearded, deeply tanned 72-year-old veteran. “Let’s do it again.” A […]

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SYNAESTHESIA: How people with the condition can taste colours, feel sounds and overwhelmingly make music

Emily Jupp writes: When Lowell, a Canadian electro-pop musician, listens to “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, she sees a wave of blue water crashing over her. When she hears the experimental group Animal Collective, the layered synths, clicks and vocals in the music create multiple textures and colours, so listening becomes like looking through […]

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Geoff Muldaur / Geoff & Maria Muldaur / Maria Muldaur Pottery Pie – AllMusic Review by Brian Beatty

One of just two albums to be released by the easier-going American equivalent of Richard & Linda Thompson (without the brooding gloom and biting irony), this set includes some virtuoso folk-blues performances, as well as the version of “Brazil” made famous in Terry Gilliam’s movie of the same name. Though the ten tunes here are […]

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WILCO JOHNSON: Oil City Confidential

  Review by Vac Fagan, Pics by Andy Hall – “Julien Temple’s “Oil City Confidential” documentary of the rise of Dr. Feelgood launched across the UK with a ground breaking rock & roll cinema event as fans saw the film in their local cinemas, followed by the gig beamed live. Our crack team our Feelgood […]

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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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Buried Alive In The Blues (6CD Box)

Limited edition 6CD Box Set featuring four FM broadcasts from 1973 to 1978 An Introductory pre-order price of £14.99 for first 100 orders. Disc 1. Record Plant, Sausalito – KSAN-FM, 22nd April 1973 1. (Better Stop Drinkin’ That Wine) Sonny Boy 2. (I Want You To) Love Me Woman 3. Swingin’ Time Woman 4. I’m […]

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BLUES MUSIC: Were Robert Johnson’s Original 78 RPM Recordings Sped Up?

Writing the liner notes for the Columbia/Legacy single-CD anthology Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blueswas a great pleasure, since I’ve loved and admired Johnson’s music since the 1960s. I’ve listened to Robert Johnson so much – along with his contemporaries Son House, Willie Brown, and others – that this music feels ingrained on my soul. Recently […]

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JACK BRUCE and FRIENDS: Rockpalast – The 50th Birthday Concerts (3DVD+CD)

It was a late 50th birthday present. Born on May 14th 1943 Jack Bruce greeted his notable friends on stage on November 2nd and 3rd 1993 at the E-Werk in Cologne The Scottish bassist from Bishopbriggs had invited long time companions such as drummer Ginger Backer, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and guitarist Clem Clempson. The enthusiastic […]

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Editor Neil McCauley: Today I’m listening to Van Morrison ‘Pay The Devil’

Meanwhile ……. “His vocal digs into the lyrics and sets it in the blanket of the deceptively loose barroom-styled accompaniment. The set closes with a deeply emotional read of Rodney Crowell’s “Till I Gain Control Again.” Paul Godden’s lonesome dobro is the engine that guides it emotionally. Bob Loveday’s violins add painterly touches to the […]

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BESSIE SMITH: Complete Columbia Recordings (10CD)

  When Columbia issued the first of the five volumes in Bessie Smith’s complete recordings series in 1991 — as a logical follow-up to 1990’s wildly successful Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings box — they were simply hoping for another hit. As the Smith series continued through to its conclusion in 1996, each volume was […]

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What albums were virtually ignored when first released but eventually became big sellers and are considered among the greatest of all time?

DIMITRI KEN: From a fringe musician to a superstar of Hip Hop: Let me tell you about this French guy, I mean, this genius: guy, I mean, this genius: This is Alain Mion, a Jazz Funk pianist. Back in the 70s, he formed a group named Cortex, and they released 3 albums between 1975 and […]

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LIVE: Howard Popeck wonders if audience expectations are realistic, unrealistic, reasonable or unreasonable?

Me, as part of an audience: I’m not talking here about the performer turning up on time, or indeed not turning up at all. Actually what I have in mind is more prosaic than that! I tend wherever and whenever possible to attend live music. Among many other genres such as classical, folk-rock and grunge […]

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