Blue Note Review – Volume Two Spirit & Time

Legendary jazz label Blue Note continue to set a high bar with 
their subscription-only vinyl boxsets. This second volume, once again curated by Blue Note President Don Was, expands on the first, following subscriber feedback to include 
a second classic catalogue reissue album. Limited to 2,000 copies, there’s an exclusive 
2LP 180g vinyl compilation showcasing the label’s drumming roster – highlights include the wonderful Brian … Continue reading Blue Note Review – Volume Two Spirit & Time

Sonic Youth – Battery Park, NYC: July 4, 2008

Over the course of a feedback-heavy career spanning 30 years, Sonic Youth journeyed from callow, underground no wave noiseniks to experienced major label mainstream hit-makers, but, to their credit, somehow never lost their own sense of effortless cool along the way. Maybe it was a New York City thing, maybe it was a testament to the power of a good pair of sunglasses and a … Continue reading Sonic Youth – Battery Park, NYC: July 4, 2008

Bob Marley – Legend 35th Anniversary Edition

The biggest-selling reggae album of all time. 15 million copies shifted in the US alone and more than 30 million worldwide. 500 weeks on the Billboard chart… You may wonder how many people are left on Planet Earth without a copy of this undeniably stellar greatest hits collection.  The justification for the latest reissue is the 35th anniversary of its original release, in addition to … Continue reading Bob Marley – Legend 35th Anniversary Edition

Brian Eno Apollo

Brian Eno – Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks

Though often associated with Brian Eno’s Ambient tetralogy – as much thanks to its comparable cover as its frequently weightless content – Apollo, his ninth solo album, was in fact recorded for a documentary about America’s late 1960s space programme, For All Mankind. Additionally, it wasn’t really a solo record, as it instead found him working closely with his brother Roger, kickstarting his career, and … Continue reading Brian Eno – Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks

James Taylor

James Taylor – The Warner Bros Albums 1970-1976

Taylor epitomised the gentle, introspective singer/songwriter movement of the early 70s, but seems to have disappeared under the radar of serious critical acclaim. John Earls argues his case. He’s a strange presence in the music industry, is James Taylor. He released some of the best music of the 70s, but he’s rarely mentioned in the pantheon of great singer-songwriters alongside peers such as Neil Young … Continue reading James Taylor – The Warner Bros Albums 1970-1976

Black Midi Schlagenheim

Black Midi – Schlagenheim

The much-anticipated debut from these genre-straddling BRIT School graduates finally arrives. Jonathan Wright finds out whether Schlagenheim lives up to the considerable hype. T here are bands around who, whether by accident or design, an air of mystery swirls. In the case of London four-piece Black Midi, there’s certainly an element of design about the way they’ve largely avoided journalists to date, including turning down … Continue reading Black Midi – Schlagenheim

Love Saves The Day Festival

Love Saves The Day Festival

Love Saves The Day  Eastville Park, Bristol    Bristol has a long, rich and well documented lineage of purveying some of Britain’s best underground music. The heritage can be traced back through traditions of reggae, dub, punk, hip hop, trip hop, drum’n’bass, dubstep and the bass music of today. Step out onto the graffitied streets of Stokes Croft on any given night of the year … Continue reading Love Saves The Day Festival

Primal Scream – Maximum Rock 'N' Roll The Singles Volume 1

Primal Scream MAXIMUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

From their psych roots to the rave-pop of Screamadelica, through to the ear-grind of XTRMNTR and beyond, Primal Scream have kept it real. Long Live Vinyl reviews new best-of Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll. There’s an ugly sneering towards Primal Scream from some critics – it’s as if Bobby Gillespie’s deep passion for music is something to be mocked. Oh, why can’t he just relax and shut … Continue reading Primal Scream MAXIMUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

David Bowie – Clareville Grove Demos

David Bowie, Clareville Grove Demos/The 'Mercury' Demos

1969 was a pivotal year in David Bowie’s development as an artist, as these the new Clareville Grove and The ‘Mercury’ Demos boxsets illustrate… After the 4×7″ boxset Spying Through A Keyhole in April finally offered up official releases for unreleased David Bowie songs, these two new releases are further evidence of the extent of Bowie’s prolific workrate in 1969. As well as being the … Continue reading David Bowie, Clareville Grove Demos/The 'Mercury' Demos