The Can – Monster Movie

A first issue of Can’s experimental debut album is a rare beast… Revolutionary is a word that gets thrown around a lot in music, but there really is no other way to describe Germany’s finest psychedelic export, Can. Fusing elements of traditional rock music with avant-garde funk, jazz and way beyond, Can were at the forefront of the krautrock movement. While the band’s roots date … Continue reading The Can – Monster Movie

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets tour postponed

Nick Mason, Gary Kemp Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Bejen, aka Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets, came together with the simple idea of playing some early Pink Floyd—the songs pre Dark Side Of The Moon—that hadn’t been given a live outing in decades. This was the first time Nick had played live since Live 8 in 2005, and quickly after a series of small shows, … Continue reading Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets tour postponed

Nick Mason

Nick Mason's 'Live At The Roadhouse' coming to vinyl and cinemas

Pink Floyd’s drummer is back on the road, with a cinematic debut and a live album to boot… Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets Live At The Roadhouse is a live recording taken from the band’s sold-out shows at the legendary London venue in May 2019. Receiving huge acclaim throughout their first tour, Live At The Roundhouse captures the essence of the band reviving the music that had rarely … Continue reading Nick Mason's 'Live At The Roadhouse' coming to vinyl and cinemas

A Theatre For Dreamers

David Gilmour set to perform original song at 'A Theatre For Dreamers'

Polly Samson and David Gilmour are set to appear on stage together for an evening of words and music… A Theatre For Dreamers, a Polly Samson production, is set to travel from Manchester to Birmingham and London. Each of these events will feature Samson in conversation with journalist Rosie Boycott, readings, film and live music, including a new song Yes, I Have Ghosts, written by Gilmour … Continue reading David Gilmour set to perform original song at 'A Theatre For Dreamers'

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

The rainbow-reflecting prism may have been replaced by a live shot, but this Japanese record-club release is a genuine rarity… There’s an argument to be had that the sleeve design to the Pink Floyd 1973 opus, The Dark Side Of The Moon, is more recognisable than the music itself. Even those who haven’t heard a note of Pink Floyd’s music will still recognise the sleeve. All of … Continue reading Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

Genesis – From Genesis To Revelation, mono edition

The prog rockers recorded their debut album during the school holidays and its minimalistic sleeve meant it was often filed wrongly in record shops… After Genesis were discovered in 1967 while at Charterhouse school, From Genesis To Revelation was their debut album. It was released in March 1969 on Decca Records in the UK, and featured the original line-up of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike … Continue reading Genesis – From Genesis To Revelation, mono edition

The Essential: Samplers

Despite often costing far less than a regular LP, many samplers have become highly collectible. Surely a definitive list of 40 is impossible? Step forward Mark Sampson… The birth of the sampler album is generally attributed to Jac Holzman, the head of Elektra Records. With no budget for advertising, he looked for other ways of promoting his catalogue (then) of folk and world music. Always … Continue reading The Essential: Samplers

The 60 Greatest Debut Albums Of All Time

Some artists develop their sound over the course of a long career, working gradually towards a creative peak, while others hit the ground running and deliver a fully realised masterwork at the first time of asking. And it’s the latter group we pay tribute to here as  Gary Tipp names vinyl’s greatest debut albums… Debut albums have several advantages over what follows in a band’s … Continue reading The 60 Greatest Debut Albums Of All Time

Genre Hopping: Female-fronted pioneers

The women of garage rock, grunge pop and indie have been busy. Chris Parkin celebrates a slew of tremendous new vinyl releases. There’s only one rule concerning album announcements: don’t do it on the same day that Sleater-Kinney reveal to the world they’re recording a new album with Annie Clark (aka St Vincent). At least that’s the “note-to-self” that Mary Timony – Carrie Brownstein and … Continue reading Genre Hopping: Female-fronted pioneers

An image of Tony Banks of Genesis sitting at a grand piano. He wears all black with a pair of over-ear headphones resting around his neck and his lips are pressed in a small smile as he looks at the camera. The grand piano is black and the lid is propped open. There are microphone stands and other recording equipment in the background.

Tony Banks on his Top Ten Vinyl

From blues to rock to classical, Tony Banks’ influences are far-reaching: unsurprising, given the keyboardist and songwriter is approaching the 50th anniversary of his first release, Genesis’ prog-igniting From Genesis To Revelation. Right now, he’s firmly in classical mode, which influenced some of the records he pulled out during our crate-digging session… Various OST – The King And I “The first LPs I heard were the soundtracks … Continue reading Tony Banks on his Top Ten Vinyl