THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL: Whatever happened to them?

Erich Ising: The Lovin’ Spoonful is an American rock band which was popular during the mid-to late-1960s. Founded in New York City in 1965 by lead-singer/songwriter John Sebastian and guitarist Zal Yanovsky, it is best known for a number of hits which include “Summer in the City”, “Do You Believe In Magic”, “Did You Ever […]

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MAYNARD FERGUSON / A LOST IMMORTAL: Live From San Francisco (CD)

His Storm release from that year brought him back to the faithful, and while the band was hot, they played a show at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. While he was incredible on record, hearing Ferguson live was the real deal. Luckily for all of us, that May 27th performance was captured on tape. […]

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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN / A LOST IMMORTAL: Live in Texas ’87

Majestic Theater, San Antonio, TX February 1st, 1987 Having finally conquered his addiction to alcohol and cocaine, in November 1986 Stevie Ray Vaughan embarked on his legendary Live Alive tour, generally reckoned to boast some of the finest performances of his career. Backed by Reese Wynans (keyboards), Tommy Shannon (bass) and Chris Layton (drums), the […]

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MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER / A LOST IMMORTAL: The Things That We Are Made Of (CD)

Mary Chapin Carpenter’s brand new album The Things We Are Made Of comprises eleven songs that communicate with the plain-spokeness of handwritten, heartfelt letters from a confiding friend; this is art without the artifice. The result is music that is likely to be as powerfully moving as any you have ever heard. The album is […]

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PETER GREEN / A LOST IMMORTAL: Blues Don’t Change (CD) by Peter Green Splinter Group

Peter Green was discovered by John Mayall and was lead guitarist in the late 60’s Bluesbreakers before leaving to form Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. After well documented health problems, Green reappeared in the mid 90’s, much changed but with his talent and love of the blues still intact, as […]

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THE CHURCH: The Unguared Moment. Tony Besgrove’s discusses

The Church were (and still are) a relatively unknown Australian band – at least outside of their home country. In 1981 they released their debut album, ‘Of Skins And Heart’. One track on that album became their first Australian top ten 45 – ‘The Unguarded Moment’. The Los Angeles Times described the band’s music as […]

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STRONG BLUES / A LOST IMMORTAL: Not for the novice!

If blues music really has a deep deep soul, then this may well be it. If you’re expecting Chicago Blues, or Delta Blues, Johnny Winter and stuff like that, then look elsewhere. This is Gospel Blues. Another sub-genre altogether. If the newly buried could sing then they might well sound like this guy. The performances […]

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GRAND FUNK LOST IMMORTALS: Did this ’70s rock group disappear in the realm of mediocrity?

Bob Smith writes … The band began as a trio back in 1969 and took their name from a railroad company that had a line running through their home town of Flint, Michigan. The band saw tremendous popularity in the early 1970’s quickly becoming a well recognized band. By 1971 the band was selling out […]

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MAYNARD FERGUSON A LOST IMMORTAL: Live From San Francisco (CD)

Reissue of Ferguson’s acclaimed live performance form 1983. Features original cover art. Contains new liner notes from noted Ferguson aficionado Eric Palmquist. BY 1983, MAYNARD FERGUSON HAD CONQUERED JAZZ, TELEVISION, THE POP CHARTS AND EVEN PLAYED THE CLOSING CEREMONIES OF THE 1976 OLYMPICS. His Storm release from that year brought him back to the faithful, […]

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EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND / LOST IMMORTALS: Live At Rockpalast – Harmonie Bonn, Germany, March 24th 2006 (CD/DVD)

We are told: Soon after moving from quiet Warwick to London in 1968, the Edgar Broughton Band was signed by the former Pink Floyd manager Peter Jenner to Blackhill Enterprises and EMI’s Harvest label. Their first album “Wasa Wasa” had a heavily blues-influenced and psychedelic sound, hard-driven by Edgar Broughton’s gritty vocal style, similar to […]

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JOE LOVANO / A LOST IMMORTAL: A Far Out Fugue

Originally posted April 2011 Robert Baird writes ….. Whistling ductwork, whirring fans, murmuring pipes—along with being jazz’s most storied location, a living shrine to the memories of Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and so many others, Manhattan’s Village Vanguard, on Seventh Avenue South, was, on this winter’s night, the Das Boot of jazz. In every corner, […]

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SOFT MACHINE / LOST IMMORTALS: Early

   “…can’t stop listening to it. Utterly wonderful, experimental but still “pop” music. The Soft Machine and Volume Two, I got into a few years ago but just found Jet Propelled Photographs which are recordings that predate the first album. The early single Love Makes Sweet Music is a classic as well. Any other early […]

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PRINCE: Purple Rain. Tony Besgrove’s opinion

Updated with new links 21/06/18 Many Prince You Tube videos get taken down pretty quickly, but for the moment you can view the performance at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8raPqu-6Gw and for those in a hurry a crudely edited truncated version of the guitar solo may be seen at:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANn8Y1p-DfA. —//— The first time I saw this performance on […]

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LOST IMMORTALS: What are some less well-known sixties and seventies classic rock albums?

Alex Johnston, BA Hons in music theory, technology of music and musicology. Fanny – Fanny (1970) I’m not making this up: it was the debut album by an all-female rock band, consisting of sisters June and Jean Millington (guitar and bass), Nickey Barclay (keyboards) and Alice de Buhr (drums). Fanny were a great band, the […]

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LOST IMMORTALS: What rock bands and/or songs never get played anymore?

RJ Holland writes … I stopped listening to the radio many years ago for two reasons. First reason, they keep rehashing the same songs over and over. Why is that? I thought, wow, these guys must be making tremendous royalties because these same songs are played day in and day out all year long. What […]

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