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10 Albums From 1972

10 Albums From 1972

James MacLaren October 15, 2017 0

For newcomers, I am journeying through my life my noting ten albums from every year of my life. This year: 1972 – Another very strong year (perhaps not as strong as ’71, though). One

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How a Lost Folk Classic Shows Stark Unsettling Beauty

How a Lost Folk Classic Shows Stark Unsettling Beauty

James MacLaren October 11, 2017 0

While it was originally released in 1972, it very quickly disappeared and only received a CD release earlier this year. A little context is necessary: The Watersons were the first family of the ‘60s

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V/A – Wayfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares (Numero 2017)

V/A – Wayfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares (Numero 2017)

James MacLaren October 7, 2017 0

I have long been an admirer of the Numero label. Get me started and I will wax lyrical about the label night and day (just ask my wife). But the focus of my affection

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10 Albums from 1971

10 Albums from 1971

James MacLaren September 29, 2017 0

Before we leap straight in, let me bring up two things: I am going to have to be briefer. I am just about to embark upon a pretty demanding course and I just cannot

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10 Albums From 1970

10 Albums From 1970

James MacLaren September 17, 2017 3

A while ago, a friend suggested a silly game on Facebook – I don’t know how it came to him – to name a favourite film for every year since you were born. It

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Ten Soulful Versions of Eleanor Rigby

Ten Soulful Versions of Eleanor Rigby

James MacLaren August 29, 2017 0

Eleanor Rigby is not the most covered song by The Beatles, but it is up there. Whosampled identifies over 130 covers of the song.  It could be argued that it is a difficult song

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Gimme Danger

Gimme Danger

James MacLaren August 10, 2017 0

If ever there was a band that deserves to be thrust into the public’s mind, it is The Stooges. Well, perhaps there are others too, but whatever list you care to compile, The Stooges

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Oumou Sangare Gets The Balance Right

Oumou Sangare Gets The Balance Right

James MacLaren May 1, 2017 2

Release date: May 19 This could end up being long, so let me cut to the chase right now. This album is awesome and absolutely worth picking up (you should do so right now).

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Oumou Sangare – The Queen of Mali Is Back

Oumou Sangare – The Queen of Mali Is Back

James MacLaren February 11, 2017 0

Oumou Sangare is set to return. It has been almost 9 nears since her awesome ‘Seya’ and with a change of label and a change of sound, she is back with a new album

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Unfairly Neglected: Morphine

Unfairly Neglected: Morphine

James MacLaren April 2, 2016 0

Unfairly Neglected marks an intermittent series of posts celebrating or even simply reminding us of bands or artists that have, despite positive critical reception and exposure, somehow fallen through the cracks. Morphine were key

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