OPINIONS / MUSIC

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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OPINIONS / MUSIC

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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LIMITED CAREER: What are the best bands/singers with only 2 albums (that’s it)?

James O’Connor writes … So…there’s a tough one. I’m VERY familiar with bands and singers with only one album, that’s sort of a music trivia classic question, and here was my contribution to that list James O’Connor’s answer to Who is the best band of all time that only released 1 album? But two and […]

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BLUE OYSTER CULT: Why didn’t they become a mega band like Black Sabbath, Journey, Aerosmith, and other groups with similar talent? Were they just too science fictiony?

Ramakrishnan Parthasarathy answers here: No garage punk, proto-punk or punk rock band (or, to take it even further: no rock band) wrote better and more memorable riffs than Blue Oyster Cult. No one had a more intriguing sound that was dirty when required and deliciously evil at will. In fact, the best of Blue Oyster […]

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SPIRIT: Whatever happened to the late 60s band Spirit after their hit single “I Got A Line On You”?

Bob Smith provides an answer The members of Spirit all had successful careers that began long before the incarnation of “Spirit”. Drummer Ed Cassidy had been a part of some very noteable acts prior to the formation of Spirit, performing with Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, in addition to several giants of jazz. Following years on […]

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THE RUBBLE COLLECTION: Vol. 1 – 20 (20CD box set with 2x booklets)

20 CDs • Over 300 tracks • Two Lavish full colour booklets, one 86 pages and the other 96 pages with rare photos, detailed biographies and full discographies. The legendary Rubble Collection Volumes 1-20 CD boxed set. Amongst the first and best psych compilations ever put together, each and every volume is a mind-blowing treasure […]

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JAZZ: 100 Years Of Jazz: … A Celebration Through Ten Masterpieces (10CD Box Set)

  100 years from the first commercial Jazz recording. Jazz as a great metaphor for American Culture in the 20th Century! Jazz as one of the most influential art forms of today! An essential box set including ten masterpieces everyone should own. Each CD includes a beautiful reproduction of the original and iconic album covers. […]

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DREAM THEATRE: John Cahill / My beginners guide to ProgressiveMetal (Dream Theatre, Fates Warning, Watchtower, Spastic Ink, Spiral Architect, Pain Of Salvation, Psychotic Waltz – and much more!)

I don’t usually feel the need to comment on a contributor in these occasional ‘a civilian writes’ pieces. However, I’ve known John for a couple of years now and rarely have I known such an open minded person when it comes to music, or indeed many other things too. I’ve never managed to sell him […]

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MOSE ALLISON: The Complete Recordings 1957 – 1962 (5CD Box Set)

  Eleven Complete Mose Allison Albums Over Five Discs Born just outside Tippo, Mississippi on his grandfather’s farm (known as The Island because Tippo Bayou encircles it , Mose Allison was already taking piano lessons by the age of five. He picked cotton at home, played piano in grammar school and trumpet in high school, […]

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IRON BUTTERFLY: What happened?

Bob Smith writes … In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida . Anyone familiar with Iron Butterfly will recognize that as the bands most recognized song , clocking in at an astounding 17 minutes in it’s unedited form. But first things first. The early prog rock group Iron Butterfly formed in 1966 following the various band members stints in other groups […]

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BILL HALEY: Why didn’t any of the big 50s rock & rollers acknowledge him? They did covers of each others’ songs but never one of his.

John Howard Sr writes … Just off the top of my head, I can think of two reasons. First, Bill Haley was white. Many radio stations simply would not play songs by black artists, even if the songs were big hits. A large number of record producers and managers took advantage of this by having […]

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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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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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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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