Steve King: Record Store Day

Steve King: Record Store Day

Remember that few days before Christmas when you were a kid? School was finished, the house was decorated from top to bottom in tinsel and tat, for months the adverts on CITV had been like an Aladdin’s cave of possibilities, but by now your list was already with Santa at the north pole and a good pile of presents already sat under the tree so now the question was, which ones would you get? …. And did you make the right choices? By now there was a steady stream of good movies on the tv, including the Star Wars trilogy...

Review: Pink Floyd - Live at Knebworth 1990

Review: Pink Floyd - Live at Knebworth 1990

Post by Otis Hayes - @otherthanotis Pink Floyd is a name you should have heard of if you are into music in any genre and there is very good reason for it! “Live at Knebworth 1990” delivers a solid set of tracks spanning across some of Floyd’s best material, opening with “Shine on you crazy diamond (parts1-5)” you straight away can sense you’re in for more than just a casual listen, the crowd shouts and screams whilst the lead guitar driven intro of “Shine on you crazy diamond” is produced before their eyes and slides out across the stage into their...

Review: Gary Moore - How Blue Can You Get

Review: Gary Moore - How Blue Can You Get

Post by Otis Hayes - @otherthanotis “How Blue Can You Get” is the latest collection of songs released by Gary Moore, it is all unreleased material from the sadly passed on musician and is a great collection of blues tracks that are certainly not demo quality but studio album quality. Although I must say the album cover is not up my alley and in fact oozes a little tacky in my opinion even if fittingly it is just about as blue as you can get, that is besides Gary’s Les Paul guitar and hairdo! But do not let that deter you...

Review: Curtis Mayfield - Roots

Review: Curtis Mayfield - Roots

Post by Otis Hayes - @otherthanotis Curtis Mayfield is a soul legend and it’s easy to see why when you listen to his music, I mean let’s be honest do you get much cooler than this man? It is certainly a challenge! "Roots" is the second album produced by Curtis Mayfield and it follows on from his amazing debut "Curtis" with all the style and attitude along for the ride. Released in 1971 "Roots" opens up with the track "Get down" which immediately has a tribal vibe in the music with panting and whoops heard form vocalists which is driven home...

Review: Tim Buckley - Tim Buckley (Self Titled)

Review: Tim Buckley - Tim Buckley (Self Titled)

Post by Otis Hayes - @otherthanotis If all Tim Buckley did for music was to inspire his son named Jeff Buckley whom I’m sure many of you have heard of to follow in his musical path then Tim had already done enough for music however the man himself also has a beautiful discography to explore even if it will never outlive his sons first and only stunning record "Grace". Tim Buckley’s debut self titled effort was released in 1966 and is an innocent and beautiful canvas of work painted with his unique voice. The opening track to the self titled album...

Review: Shocking Blue - Scorpio’s Dance

Review: Shocking Blue - Scorpio’s Dance

Post by Otis Hayes - @otherthanotis Shocking Blue were a Dutch psychedelic rock band formed in 1967 and had a string of hits throughout the 1960’s and early 1970’s and although not the biggest hit from the band they are often remembered today for their song ‘’Love buzz’’ due to it being covered by grunge rockers Nirvana on their debut album ‘’Bleach’’. Shocking Blue released ‘’Scorpio’s dance’’ in 1970, it’s a tantalising album full of rock vibes churned in the pot with lashings of psychedelia, blues, folk and more to create one hell of a mean brew! ‘’Scorpio’s dance’’ opens with...

Preview: Dinosaur Jr – Sweep It Into Space

Preview: Dinosaur Jr – Sweep It Into Space

The world has changed a lot since 1985. Music has changed a lot since 1985. One thing that never changes much is Dinosaur Jr…..and that’s just fine by me. Ever since they recorded their self-titled debut “Dinosaur” (the “Jr” was added two years later to avoid legal issues) they have been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene. With a scuzzy guitar rock sound that was ahead of their time they were playing “grunge” music before the phrase had yet been coined! Indeed after performing on the same bill as Nirvana in New Jersey back in 1989 J Masics...

Robin Critchard: 2021 Ambassador

Robin Critchard: 2021 Ambassador

Three LP’s you’d recommend to someone getting into collecting? The Beach Boys 'Pet Sounds' - most versions are suitable but the 50th anniversary EU release from 2016 is a great starting point with this. Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours' - Especially if you can get the 2011 US release with the hype sticker showing 'Pressed at Pallas'.The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' - Lots of versions available but I would recommend the Special Edition, Stereo, ½ Speed Mastered, Gatefold from 2017. Your first and your last gig? First gig: Thompson Twins at the Poole Arts CentreLast gig: White Lies at...

Otis Hayes: 2021 Ambassador

Otis Hayes: 2021 Ambassador

Three LP’s you’d recommend to someone getting into collecting? Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon Curtis Mayfield - CurtisBeastie Boys - Hello Nasty Your first and your last gig? First gig: Red Hot Chili Peppers (John Frusciante By the way era)Last gig: The Raincoats Your top 5 albums? Déjà Vu - Crosby, Stills & Nash Songs Of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen Desire - Bob Dylan Free - Free (Self titled) Four Sail - Love Your first album? My first album I truly remember buying and owning and really playing the hell out of on my Walkman CD...

Tommy Lisi: 2021 Ambassador

Tommy Lisi: 2021 Ambassador

My first insight into music was as a child as my parents were both massive music fans and it was rare for there not to be music playing in the house growing up. My mum's favourite albums to play were Elton's goodbye yellow brick road, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Tears for Fears greatest hits while my dad enjoyed anything Genesis, Ian Dury, Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. I loved listening to all of these as well and would regularly play things that were recorded years before I was even born, and still do to this day.          ...

Megan Cole: 2021 Ambassador

Megan Cole: 2021 Ambassador

Three LP’s you’d recommend to someone getting into collecting? Wham - Fantastic David Bowie - Changes OneThe Beatles - Abbey Road Your first and your last gig? First gig: JLS in 2013Last gig: Blossoms in 2020 Your top 5 albums? The Wall - Pink Floyd Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles Heroes - David Bowie Through the Past Darkly - The Rolling Stones Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston Your first album? Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston Your last album? An original pressing of The Beatles - 1962-1966 Do you Play Any Instruments? Yes, a bit of guitar...

Steve King: 2021 Ambassador

Steve King: 2021 Ambassador

Music I'm into: As a teenager in the 90s my early music listening was dominated by the American grunge scene (Nirvana, Pearl Jam & Smashing Pumpkins particularly) but I was also a fan of the britpop scene (Super Furry Animals, Blur and Supergrass were probably my favourites). I also fell in love with Mogwai in the late 90s. As I've grown older my tastes have mellowed into the more "indie" side of alternative music. Recent favourites include Okkervil River, Phoebe Bridgers and Bonny Doon. I also have a passion for modern country/americana with Jason Isbell, John Moreland and Nathaniel Rateliff...

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