The treasure ‘behind the curtain’

Jul 2013 The treasure ‘behind the curtain’

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The treasures that grew CD: Various artists  –  Canterburied Sounds Floating World Records   This four-disc box set is awash with excavated treasures for fans of the so-called “Canterbury scene”, in which the flagship names included Caravan, Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt and Kevin Ayers.   Largely derived from tapes and...

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Born to perform with conviction

Jul 2013 Born to perform with conviction

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By Martin Hutchinson   LIVE REVIEW THE MOODY BLUES WEDNESDAY JUNE 12 O2 APOLLO, MANCHESTER   EXPERIENCING The Moody Blues live has got to be one of the most rewarding things you can do as a music fan.   Their music is timeless, emotional and downright exciting and on stage they play it with conviction. Don’t just take my...

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The silver screen Status Quo

Jul 2013 The silver screen Status Quo

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CD Review Status Quo: Bula Quo! Fourth Chord Records.   THIS is the soundtrack to the action/adventure film starring Status Quo opening in July.     Yes, you read that right – Status Quo starring in an action/adventure film, and it’s set in Fiji. Francis Rossi said: “It’s a lousy job, but someone’s gotta do it.”...

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Crafted music

Jul 2013 Crafted music

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CD review Dave Davies: I Will Be Me Cleopatra Records Inc. THE long-awaited new solo album from Kink’s lead guitarist Dave Davies has him stretching his compositional muscles to create some finely crafted music.   Dave’s last studio album was six years ago with Fractured Mindz, but with this new collection of songs we see –...

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50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds

May 2013 50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds

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[private] 50th Anniversary of The Yardbirds St. George’s Suite, Twickenham Stadium March 15   I headed down to Twickenham Stadium for the 50th anniversary concert of the Yardbirds. The special event was in the presence of the Mayor of Richmond. The concert was in the St. George’s Suite. The venue was just the right size for an...

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Quo re-united and united

Apr 2013 Quo re-united and united

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STATUS QUO – THE REUNION TOUR
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 – O2, APOLLO, MANCHESTER

“DEAR, dear, dear, whoever would have thought this would happen?” said Francis Rossi as the classic line-up of Status Quo – Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan took to the live stage for the first time for more than 30 years.

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Tears of success

Mar 2013 Tears of success

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Billie Davis celebrates the Golden Anniversary of her big hit ‘Tell Him’ this year, recalling how she was reduced to tears in the studio in the drive to get the sound that would propel the record into the UK Top 10.

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Jeff ’s electric idea is switched on

Mar 2013 Jeff ’s electric idea is switched on

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For inspiration for his new album “Long Wave”, Jeff Lynne has gone back to his childhood days in Birmingham when he heard songs on a crystal set

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Heep of good live music

Mar 2013 Heep of good live music

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UNLIKE many of the audience, this show was my first experience of seeing – and hearing – this vintage rock band live; and I was left with the thought, why have I waited this long?

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Build your own electric guitar

Feb 2013 Build your own electric guitar

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Hard-hitting 10 top tips for building your own electric guitar

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Aggression brilliantly on display

Feb 2013 Aggression brilliantly on display

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The Who’s inimitable brand of joyous aggression is showcased brilliantly in this DVD and double-CD package.

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Chas & Dave UK Tour 2013 – Back by demand!

Feb 2013 Chas & Dave UK Tour 2013 – Back by demand!

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Due to ‘phenomenal’ demand from fans, Chas & Dave are back and about to embark on an extensive UK tour, kicking off at the Cambridge Corn Exchange February 28.

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Blues Band Live

Feb 2013 Blues Band Live

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One of the most highly-regarded of British Blues outfits, The Blues Band have their albums Brand Loyalty (1982) and the double live CD Bye Bye Blues (1983) reissued on the Repertoire Records label this month.

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Starr and team performance

Feb 2013 Starr and team performance

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Keeping the legend that was Edwin Starr and his music alive is his original eight-piece band The Team.

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Jerry springs some surprises on radio

Feb 2013 Jerry springs some surprises on radio

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An interview with Jerry Naylor on Sunday January 20 was very interesting and well received. One special e-mail came from Peggy Sue Gerron, yes, the same Peggy Sue from the songs.

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70s at its best

Feb 2013 70s at its best

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This is a party that requires no thinking whatsoever. Just turn up, tune in, let yourself go, and enjoy the ride.

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All ‘action – no gimmicks’

Feb 2013 All ‘action – no gimmicks’

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The title to this live performance by the great jazz drummer and his band is taken from a brief introduction in which he explains the philosophy behind his music .

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Ellis the Widowmaker

Feb 2013 Ellis the Widowmaker

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The 70s hard rock group Widowmaker saw Love Affair’s singer Steve Ellis fronting a somewhat “heavier” outfit than the one with which he’d enjoyed such success in the late 60s.

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Hits from a nostalgic era

Feb 2013 Hits from a nostalgic era

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During the late 50s and early 60s, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman wrote dozens of hit songs for Elvis Presley, The Drifters, Dion, Andy Williams, Ray Charles and many others. The new musical ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ features some of their biggest hits.

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Bread supplies limited edition

Feb 2013 Bread supplies limited edition

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The first biography of the 70s musical collective known as Bread – the book reveals the story behind the band members’ formative years.

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