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 Softs […]

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RANDY NEWMAN: Q&A: ‘I try to shut up, but I can’t’

Previously published: Martin Chilton writes: Randy Newman is touring the UK this month and has a new album out next year. In additional extracts from a recent interview with the 71-year-old Oscar-winning songwriter, Martin Chilton presents 10 answers to questions about music. Please click HERE to continue

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OPINIONS / MUSIC

PREMATURE: Which people left a musical band/group before the band got famous?

Al I. Husain writes ….. This is an interesting question as my interpretation of the answer is people who intentionally left and/or voluntarily left rather being dismissed or succumbing to illness or death, which is also leaving I suppose, but not necessarily by someone’s own volition. I’m also trying to apply some measures around the […]

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SCRATCHED CDs: Ideas for best way to repair them?

Hello all. Over the years, I’ve managed to scratch a few cd’s, due to transferring between players, cars, lying around as lots get played on drinking nights etc etc..There are quite a few that are going to be hard or impossible to replace, so I’d like to ask opinions on effective methods / widgets for […]

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VINYL REPLAY: Is record wear over hyped?

Back in the days I followed the trend of aspiring to an SME/Shure V15 as I was told that poor stylus tracking caused significant record wear and groove distortion so ‘trackability’ was king. Now, playing some of my golden oldies which had been played when I was a kid with a Sonotone cartridge of dubious […]

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SORRY: Nicola Benedetti, but sex is a vital ingredient of musical success

Professor Gloria Moss writes ….. Like it or not, looks affect our responses. So Nicola Benedetti’s comments that “classical music isn’t supposed to be sexy” and that her success bears no relation to her looks flies in the face of volumes of marketing research. It also flies in the face of history, since you have […]

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BEETHOVEN: The 50 greatest Beethoven recordings (2020 update)

“Following the overwhelming popularity of our lists of the 50 greatest Mozart, Bach, Chopin and Handel recordings, we have now gathered 50 of the finest recordings of Beethoven’s music – Gramophone Award-winning albums, Recordings of the Month and Editor’s Choice discs, from legendary performers like Artur Schnabel and Otto Klemperer to modern masters like Isabelle […]

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JIMMY PAGE: Why I assembled a 40th-anniversary edition of Physical Graffiti

So many myths have grown around Led Zeppelin, the British rock band that ruled the Seventies and continues to cast a long shadow over popular music, that their guitarist, producer and curator extraordinaire Jimmy Page has to see the funny side. The 71-year-old’s hair may be snow-white but his black-clad frame is as pencil-thin as […]

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