OPINIONS / MUSIC

BEATLES: If they couldn’t read music, how did they write down the songs and notes they composed for them to remember and for others to play?

They didn’t write them down at all. They remembered them. In their early years, Lennon and McCartney wrote songs together and one of their rules was that if they wrote a song but then couldn’t remember how it went, they’d junk it. Since they were trying to write songs that were catchy, this rule worked […]

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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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PETER GREEN: What should I avoid in his releases?

Well, first off, looking at his Fleetwood Mac career, avoid nothing other than Mr. Wonderful. From his Splinter Group years, most of it is pretty good although the first album, Peter Green’s Splinter Group is a bit weak. Nevertheless everyone was pretty forgiving about this because it was a miracle he could stand on stage, […]

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LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: The 2003 concert in Boston – Tony Besgrove comments

Every few years, the music and guitar magazines run their ‘best guitar solo’ poll, and every year it is topped by either Dave Gilmour’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ or Don Felder’s & Joe Walsh’s ‘Hotel California’ solos – all magnificent pieces of guitar artistry. However, here’s one that seems to have been forgotten, but in my view […]

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JAZZ: Why does Jazz Loft sound so good?

  Can anyone enlighten me as to why this internet station sounds so exceptional? http://jazzloft.de/ I listen through my system via Squeezebox Touch. It doesn’t appear compressed to me, always warm, relaxed yet dynamic. I’ve purchased CDs of artists I’ve heard here, ripped them and played them back through the Touch via powered hard drive; […]

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What did classical composers say about the Beatles?

Thomas J. Beaver, Classical musician and rock musician, fanatic of the 60s/70s replies ……. The famous 20th century classical musician/composer Leonard Bernstein, long-time conductor/director of The New York Philharmonic (and composer of the musical “West Side Story, and the operetta “Candide”) liked the Fab Four too! Bernstein’s daughter, who was 6 when Beatlemania hit the […]

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MC5: Tony Besgrove suggests that you Stay Alive with The MC5

In the late sixties, earning their spurs at the legendary Grande Ballroom in Detroit alongside The Stooges as a house band, the MC5 blasted their way into my affections, producing some of the loudest, baddest, heavy rock music ever heard at that time.  Having given their support to a left wing, anarchist movement called the […]

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WHY: It’s why so many legitimate reviews of equipment today express an opinion on sound and ignore the details of performance.

And continuing our thought from a recent post, only this time in reverse, isn’t it obvious that just because something has all the right stuff it doesn’t necessarily qualify as great itself? And doesn’t this observation help explain one of the age old mysteries in audio about how something can measure great and sound poor? […]

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OPINIONS / MUSIC

Does Brian May still play his original Red Special in concerts or is it now a museum piece and he plays a replica of the original he made with his dad at the beginning of his career?

Matt Rimmer Queen information sponge (1975 – present day) answers ….. “Does Brian May still play his original Red Special in concerts or is it now a museum piece and he plays a replica of the original he made with his dad at the beginning of his career?” Yes, he still prefers to play his […]

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SOFT MACHINE: Versus Motown.

Really? Re Soft Machine, I sat through too many of their live tedious ramblings at too many 1960’s free gigs waiting for Pink Floyd as the headline act. There were murmuring that some hapless audience members would sooner bite their own heads off rather than sit through another experience. Mind you, the same was said […]

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What is a costly mistake made by an artist or band that affected their career?

Timm Davison, studied Media Communication at University of Washington (2017) replies: For a rock band, bringing it to the stage is supremely important, as much so now as ever before (there could be an entire post about how touring is really the only money-maker these days, as streaming has taken precedence over physical sales, there […]

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