No wall of sound on this one

Apr 2016 No wall of sound on this one

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RONNIE SPECTOR ‘ENGLISH HEART’ 429 RECORDS: FTN16121 Ten years since her last release Ronnie Spector delivers her most complete album for three decades with ‘English Heart’, a personal collection of songs recalling the artists she either met while touring the UK back in 1964 with The Ronettes, or within the flood of bands that...

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Love – the best album

Dec 2015 Love – the best album

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By Jim Stewart As the 60th anniversary of entering a recording studio for the first time approaches, Phil­lies legend Darlene Love releases her best album of her long career. ‘Introducing Darlene Love’ returns Darlene to the ca­pable hands of Steven Van Zandt, who created the perfect mix of Spector and Springsteen with ‘Alone At...

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The unpredictable side of Cliff

Nov 2015 The unpredictable side of Cliff

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A huge part of Cliff Richard’s multi-decadal success derives from an ability to spot a potentially commercial song and serve it up in an accessible manner.

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The Christmas hit they never had

Nov 2015 The Christmas hit they never had

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Breakfast with: Alan Williams – The Rubettes Echos of better late than never – but after 40 years, that seems ridiculous, I know. If there has ever been one regret over the years, it’s the fact that we never recorded a Christmas single. Unlike ‘Slade’ and ‘Mud’ and ‘Wizard’ – and the list goes on – the...

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Fishy stories

Oct 2015 Fishy stories

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THE LINDISFARNE STORY Fans of North-East legends Lindisfarne may be bemoaning the fact that the band itself never tours these days, content to perform their traditional Christmas Show in Newcastle’s City Hall during the festive season, but – thanks to two former members, the music will be echoing around the theatres of Britain from...

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Glitz, blitz and 70s hitz

Oct 2015 Glitz, blitz and 70s hitz

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A few sixties – and even eighties – packages are doing the rounds these days, but apparently not many from the seventies. However, that omission is being corrected as the latest ‘Glitz, Blitz and 70s Hitz tour is set for November and December. This is the fourth of the tours, which celebrate the ‘Glam’ rock era....

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Rumours can come true

Oct 2015 Rumours can come true

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There are rumours flying around that there is a superb tribute band to Fleetwood Mac doing the rounds. For once, the rumours are, in fact – er – fact, and the celebrated Rumours of Fleetwood Mac are touring their acclaimed show in an exhaustive 26-date UK tour. The original Fleetwood Mac had a string of hits from ‘Albatross’...

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The odyssey rolls on

Oct 2015 The odyssey rolls on

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By Martin Hutchinson After more than 50 years, the highly-influential band The Zombies are in the midst of a very productive and busy period. Not only are they gearing up for a five-week tour of the US, performing their iconic album ‘Odessey and Oracle’ (sic) which will be followed by shows on the continent, and then a tour of the...

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Former Cricket Jerry Naylor loses sight

Aug 2015 Former Cricket Jerry Naylor loses sight

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By Paul Bowen The Jerry Naylor Connection Jerry Naylor, lead singer with The Crickets from 1961 to 1965, has been fighting to save his sight for the greater part of 2015. After some issues he was experiencing, he was diagnosed with a problem where a group of blood clots filled the nerves to blood vessels in his eyes which, in turn,...

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Monkees make their mark

Aug 2015 Monkees make their mark

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Monkees Micky and Pete together

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Reviewbeat: Rebel Dean

Aug 2015 Reviewbeat: Rebel Dean

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I first saw Rebel Dean perform in 2002, at the annual `Eddie Cochran Memorial Weekend` in Chippenham, UK, from where I would regularly broadcast my radio show live. Given the event, Rebel was obviously doing a mostly Eddie set, but I could see this young guy was more than just a `tribute` artiste. So I was pleased to see him there...

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The dark side of stardom

Aug 2015 The dark side of stardom

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“Fame isn’t all Sugar and Spice”

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The show goes on for The Hermits

Aug 2015 The show goes on for The Hermits

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Is there any chance of a Herman’s Hermits re-union?

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Leo’s ‘restless years’ on tour

Aug 2015 Leo’s ‘restless years’ on tour

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Leo Sayer returns to his native country for a mammoth UK Tour celebrating the release of his brand new studio album ‘Restless Years’. During 43 years since his first album, he’s had five worldwide No.1 hits, and is a Grammy winning songwriter. Leo’s 14th studio album, and first for six years, was recorded over 3 months and features...

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Cilla’s last surprise

Aug 2015 Cilla’s last surprise

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Cilla Black, whose impressive career spanned 50 years has died at her holiday home in Spain, aged 72. Cilla had two No.1 singles at the start of her career. Cilla, who often flew to Spain in the summer months, also had homes in London, Buckinghamshire and Barbados. From Liverpool, the star was born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on...

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Timeless Manfred music

Jun 2015 Timeless Manfred music

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By Martin Hutchinson Back in the sixties, Manfred Mann was a big hit-making machine, and from 1964 to 1969, they were almost ever-present in the charts due to such classic hits as ‘5-4-3-2-1’, ‘Doo Wah Diddy Diddy’, ‘Pretty Flamingo’ and ‘Come Tomorrow’ to name but four. Their music was so good that they survived a change of...

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PP’s got plans for her talent

Jun 2015 PP’s got plans for her talent

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I caught up with the 2015 Solid Silver Sixties Tour in The Pavilion, Bournemouth last month. I was greeted at the stage door by the highly-professional tour manager Bob Balchin, who was obviously pleased to see me – I don’t know why! He gave me the layout of the dressing rooms so I went for a walk round to see who had...

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Collecting the “Greatest Hits”

Jun 2015 Collecting the “Greatest Hits”

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By Pat Murphy When I first started to buy albums more than 50 years ago, “greatest hits” compilations were a particular attraction. After all, you could get a whole whack of favourites in one package, most of which you hadn’t been able to afford as separate singles. It seemed like a perfect deal. Of all the hit collections around...

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Sunny in Seattle – not so long ago!

May 2015 Sunny in Seattle – not so long ago!

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John Lodge releases his second solo album ‘10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO’ ahead of the Moody’s UK tour in June.

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I can still remember when

May 2015 I can still remember when

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Don Mclean: from aspiring young songwriter to internationally acclaimed artist.

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