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Album review: Bolt Thrower – Those Once Loyal

Posted on February 1st, 2017 by Harrison Murray

Formula music, to be sure, but it’s a good formula well-executed. Genre: Death metal Country: United Kingdom Release date: November 14, 2005 (reissued on vinyl November 25, 2016) Label: Metal Blade Records Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: 3984-14506-1 Personnel: Karl Willetts – vocals Gavin Ward – rhythm guitars Barry Thompson – lead and rhythm guitars […]

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Album review: The Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home

Posted on December 24th, 2016 by Harrison Murray

Beautiful and often transcendent music—when it sticks to its core values. Genre: World fusion/classical crossover/roots music Country: USA Release date: April 22, 2016 Label: Sony Masterworks (vinyl release by Music on Vinyl) Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: MOVCL025 Personnel: Kinan Azmeh – clarinet Cameron Beauchamp – vocals Jeffrey Beecher – bass Michael Ward Bergeman – […]

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Album Review: Fela Kuti – Live!

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Harrison Murray

The addition of Ginger Baker makes this slab of Afrobeat a bit more “beat” than “Afro”. Genre: Afrobeat Country: Nigeria Release date: August 30, 1971 (reissued 2012) Label: Regal Zonophone (reissued on vinyl by Knitting Factory Records) Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: KFR-003

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Album review: Magma – Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by Harrison Murray

A jazz fusion ensemble interprets Verdi’s Requiem in the original Klingon. Genre: Zeuhl (progressive rock/jazz fusion/contemporary classical/avant-garde) Country: France Release date: December 1973 (reissued 2013) Label: A&M (reissued on vinyl by Jazz Village) Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: JV33570070

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Album review: Dream Theater The Astonishing

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by admin

The band keels over on Broadway. Genre: Progressive metal Country: USA Release Date: January 29, 2016 Label: Roadrunner Records Format: Streamed Catalog number: 1686-174932 Personnel: James LaBrie – vocals John Petrucci – guitars John Myung – bass Jordan Rudess – keyboards and programming Mike Mangini – drums Track listing: 1. Descent of the NOMACs 1:10 […]

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The Mothership’s Navigator: A Eulogy for Bernie Worrell (1944-2016)

Posted on August 9th, 2016 by admin

If there were any justice in this world, Bernie Worrell would need no introduction. His name would have gone down in history as one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. Bob Moog may have invented the electronic synthesizer as we know it, but it was Bernie Worrell who made it sing—and sigh, and […]

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Music You Must Hear

Posted on August 7th, 2015 by admin

Music That You Need to Hear We live in a time where you can find any music in just a few seconds on the various streaming services and amazing live concerts on YouTube.  I find myself falling down musical rabbit holes for hours!  I have recently become aware of a few albums that I never […]

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The Vinyl Voice: Rolling Stone Magazine’s 6th Best Album Of All Time

Posted on January 12th, 2015 by admin

I recently was reading Rolling Stones list of the top 100 albums of all time.  The list is actually the top 500, but I was more interested in the top 50 or so.  There were few surprises in the top 20 or so, at least for a mid-fifties white guy.  One album in particular caught […]

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