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ALBUM REVIEW: Childhood – Universal High (Marathon Artists)

Firstly, let’s get one thing straight: “Lacuna”, the 2014 debut album from South London’s Childhood, was NOT a bad record. However, with nods to Puressence and the House of Love here, Toy and Temples there and several others of that broad ilk in between, the major problem that Childhood had was being a composite of …

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ALBUM REVIEW: Judy Dyble/ Andy Lewis – Summer Dancing (Acid Jazz)

Take an erudite, semi-retired ex-librarian who was the original, crystalline voiced singer in Fairport Convention, a member of pre King Crimson band Giles, Giles & Fripp, and also one half of critically acclaimed but short-lived folk duo Trader Horn; put her in a recording studio with an eclectic soul/ funk DJ who is also a …

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ALBUM REVIEW: Pete Fij/ Terry Bickers – We Are Millionaires (Broadcast Recordings)

Pete Fij and Terry Bickers are best known as the lead-singer in Adorable and the guitarist in The House Of Love respectively. Both bands had varying degrees of success on the (then) relatively unknown Creation label in the late 80’s and early 90’s and although critically lauded in the press and touted as the next …

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LIVE: Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds – Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza, 5th August 2017

  The thunderstorms and torrential downpours that crossed the region earlier in the day gave way to a dry, clear and cool evening in the grounds of the beautiful Glastonbury Abbey. I witnessed something tonight that was as heartwarming as it was melancholy. Brian Wilson and his band were in town on the latest leg …

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The Day I Met… Cathy Dennis (Among Others)

A staff photographer snapped this colourful (who said gaudy?) ensemble at the Brighton  Metropole Hotel during the 1991 PolyGram Autumn Conference. It perfectly captures the sheer delight on mega-successful singer and songwriter, Cathy Dennis’s face after she was corralled by a “refreshed” album sales team (that’s me, 2nd right). Did she want to touch us all …

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2016 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year (Part One – No’s 20-11)

Here it is then, the, ahem, eagerly anticipated Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year. Despite there being some great records released during 2016, it was a forgettable year for many reasons, not least for the fact that we saw the untimely deaths of some true musical legends, and in my book at least, …

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2016 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year (Part Two – No’s 10-1)

At this point it’s probably worth mentioning, in no particular order, the albums that on another day and with a fair wind behind them could have made this year’s Top 20; FRENCH BOUTIK – Front Pop; C DUNCAN – The Midnight Sun; LEONARD COHEN – You Want It Darker; MADNESS – Can’t Touch Us Now; …

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2015 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year (Part Two – No’s 10-1)

It’s here! The Acoustic Egg Box Top 10 favourite album of 2015 as compiled by a bloke who has too much time on his hands and considers editing and grammar to be the unnecessary enemy of a poor vocabulary. Joking aside, if anyone reading this blog decides to go out and buy one of these …

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2015 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 20 Albums Of The Year (Part One – No’s 20-11)

Well, I purposely decided that this year’s feverishly anticipated 2015 Top 20 albums overview would be fashionably late, and it is. There’s still nothing from Mario Lanza in the chart, but, despite massive technological advances, this is largely due to his being dead for 55 years. Anyway, hold on to your hats and swing your …

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LIVE: Richard Hawley – Bristol Colston Hall, 9th November 2015 no

Here’s the thing, I fully accept that all art is subjective. However, I still stand by my statement that most of today’s raft of “pop” acts are as closely related to music as Spam is to meat. Subjectivity aside though, if there’s currently a better British singer, songwriter or guitarist than Richard Hawley then I’ve …

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