McCartney III, Paul’s “rockdown” project, is set for release on 11 December. But how will it rank alongside such a rich and varied back catalogue? Let us know your views of the album and where it would sit alongside these: Long Live Viny’s ‘six of the best’ selection from McCartney I to the present day, via Wings, Costello, Godrich, and all points in between… 1. … Continue reading Paul McCartney: Six before III…
Field Music have made a concept album exploring the ways in which ripples from the First World War played out through the 20th century and even beyond. Jonathan Wright hears exactly why and how they did it… The guns on the Western Front fell silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918. The First World War, a conflict of … Continue reading Field Music – “The World At War…”
Hippy relic created by four warring egos or a timeless Americana classic? Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s second album sold by the bucketload, yet 50 years on it still continues to divide opinion. Ben Wardle gets Déjà Vu… “When we did our first CSN record, we were very much in love with each other and each other’s music. By the time of Déjà Vu that … Continue reading Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà Vu
Mark Elliott takes a trip to Liverpool and looks beyond the Fab Four for vinyl delights… When John Lennon was murdered in December 1980, it accelerated my obsession with music. True, I’d already been seduced by the soundtrack to Grease and had started buying the odd 7″ single, but the avalanche of Beatles books and magazines launched off the back of the tragedy offered something … Continue reading The Record Store Guide to Liverpool
Looks like Johnny Cash is coming back to town… In the mid-1980s, Johnny Cash found himself between labels when Mercury Records snatched him up to produce a string of six albums in five years. The records, released from 1986 to 1991, were a diverse collection that included a notable reunion with fellow Sun Records alumni Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, as well … Continue reading Johnny Cash reissue announced: 'The Complete Mercury Recordings 1986-1991'
The 7″ single is popular music’s most magical artefact, possessed with a power that far outstrips its modest physical dimensions – Johnny Marr described 45s as “absolutely powerful, possibly otherworldly objects”. Gary Tipp salutes this most enduring format… In the eternal debate about the vinyl format of preference, the 45 is often dismissed – too easily – as the starter to the LP’s main course. … Continue reading The Top 45 7″ Singles That Changed The World!
Peru’s homegrown rock soon evolved beyond its revolutionary mid-60s beginnings into a unique and fiery sound. Russ Slater charts its history… Forget the panpipes – when it comes to music, Peru has an illustrious history packed with many musical detours and movements, but never did it hit its stride quite so well as when it embraced rock in the 60s and 70s. From setting a … Continue reading Peruvian Blend: Peruvian Rock Records
Compiling The Beatles’ recording career across 22 singles, plus a new-to-vinyl double A-side 7″ that scoops up the Anthology-era ‘Threetles’ encore, this limited edition boxset has been remastered for vinyl at Abbey Road from the original mastertapes. Effectively, it’s the narrative arc of 60s British pop in microcosm – from the beat boom years through to the emergence of psychedelia and incorporation of World music influences … Continue reading The Beatles – The Singles Collection
Craft Recordings has announced their plans to reissue Big Star’s acclaimed first two albums on 180-gram vinyl. Set for a 24 January release date and available for pre-order now, #1 Record and Radio City feature all-analog mastering by Jeff Powell at Memphis’ Take Out Vinyl, and also manufactured locally—in Big Star’s hometown—at Memphis Record Pressing. Though they both failed to strike commercial success at the … Continue reading Craft Recordings to reissue Big Star's #1 Record and Radio City
The artists of the Laurel Canyon movement were a mellow, yet tightly knit bunch who formed bands, wrote songs, partied hard and slept together and, as Gary Tipp details, released an incredible catalogue of music… Laurel Canyon is a mountainous neighbourhood located in the Hollywood Hills district of Los Angeles, California. With the birth of the film industry in 1910, it attracted a host of … Continue reading The Essential: Laurel Canyon