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06 Aug 2020 · By Bruce Jenkins

One of the wonderful things about popular music is the way it has splintered into a thousand sparkling threads, like a fireworks display in slow motion. There are more genres, sub-sections, and styles than could be examined in a lifetime… and it all started less than seventy years ago. Yet despite t[...]
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06 Aug 2020 · By Bruce Jenkins

Singing along to “Is this love” or “I shot the Sheriff”, it’s easy to forget the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers is, at the core, a revolutionary music. Nesta Robert Marley was born in Jamaica on February 6, 1945, a child of mixed-race origins who spent his formative years strumming a home made [...]
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23 May 2020 · By Bruce Jenkins

Kindergarten, Autobahn, Schnitzel. We all speak a little German. Kraftwerk is another German word. It means power station. Kraftwerk is also the name of the most innovative and influential electronic band in the history of electricity. Formed in Düsseldorf in western Germany, the band’s core of Ralf[...]
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28 Apr 2020 · By Bruce Jenkins

The 1967 album by the Rolling Stones received mixed reviews on release. Some dismissed it as a sub-par Sgt Pepper while to others it appeared to be desperately clutching the paisley coat-tails of Summer of Love psychedelic whimsy. Both responses were inaccurate. Their Satanic Majesties Request is, s[...]
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21 Mar 2020 · By Bruce Jenkins

One of the most popular on-line music guides lists more than 50 adjectives to describe the latest album by progressive-metal masters Tool. This tells you a lot about the complexity of their 2019 eighty-minute epic. Some of the descriptors are pretty obvious… dramatic, powerful, intense, heavy… words[...]
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11 Mar 2020 · By Bruce Jenkins

One of the holy grails of rock music is the making of an album that defies time. The Stone Roses achieved this with their 1989 self-titled debut, a shimmering melodic masterpiece with a dark heart. From the Jackson Pollock inspired cover with its paint-trail puzzle to the ecstatic, epic final track [...]
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24 Oct 2019 · By Bruce Jenkins

They have released four “multi-platinum” albums, won three Grammy Awards, and have a fondness for outrageously fancy packaging. Their music has been variously described as Art Rock, Progressive Metal and even Experimental. The quartet formed in 1990 and have just released a new album called Fear Inn[...]
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13 Oct 2019 · By Bruce Jenkins

No matter what the decade, a good song is a good song. And they don’t come much better than the dozen on Carole King’s 1971 album Tapestry. In fact, it is fair to say that Tapestry set the bar for seventies singer-songwriters… and set it very high indeed. This, her second album, was well received an[...]
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03 Sep 2019 · By Bruce Jenkins

ABBEY ROADWORKS AHEAD Some see it as the culmination of a brief, frenetic, indisputably great recording career. Others cite it as evidence of The Beatles inevitable decline. Little in life and music is black and white and some want a bet each way, lauding parts of the final recordings but dismiss[...]
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05 Aug 2019 · By Bruce Jenkins

“Tonight I’m a rock ’n’ roll star”. Rarely in the history of rock has a band laid out its wares so powerfully as Oasis did on the opening cut of their debut album Definitely Maybe. Having signed to the Creation label in 1993, the Manchester band—constructed around brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher—[...]
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15 Jul 2019 · By Bruce Jenkins

A number of Bob Dylan’s 60s songs have become part of the tapestry of popular culture. He was a lightning rod for the folk revival and the emerging protest movement. As a result, it is tempting to think of Dylan as an introverted singer-songwriter, a strumming folkie who presents his songs in an una[...]
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09 Jun 2019 · By Bruce Jenkins

Released in March 1995, by mid-year Silverchair’s debut album was #1 on the ARIA Chart. Rolling Stone magazine awarded it four-and-a-half stars. In Triple J’s “Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time” it came in at #2. Not a bad opening salvo from a bunch of fifteen year olds from Newcastle. Fr[...]
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24 May 2019 · By Bruce Jenkins

From the time she topped the charts with her swooping, swooning debut single “Wuthering Heights”, Kate Bush has been a unique—and uniquely talented—voice. When her first album came out in 1978, Kate was just 19 years old, inexperienced in the music industry but possessed of both confidence and deter[...]
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10 May 2019 · By Bruce Jenkins

Revered as one of the most influential jazz albums of all time, Kind of Blue is kinda slippery to get a handle on. Not a frustrating kind of slippery like soap in the bath, nor the dodgy kind of slippery of a pub deal too good to be true; what Kind of Blue offers is the intense and liquid smoothness[...]
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24 Apr 2019 · By Bruce Jenkins

The debut album by Pink Floyd was a teacup full to the brim with whimsy and swirling acid drenched psychedelia, courtesy of founding member Syd Barrett. The sad tale of Syd’s decline is well known yet remains poignant; how he simply stopped playing during concerts, becoming unreliable in both engage[...]
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03 Apr 2019 · By Bruce Jenkins

It is difficult to imagine a world without John’s song “Imagine”. From the time it appeared on the album of the same name in September 1971—and then as a single a month later—it has become an anthem and a lullaby, a protest and a non-religious prayer, a campfire sing-along and a manifesto for drea[...]
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17 Mar 2019 · By Bruce Jenkins

STANDIN’ AT THE CROSSROAD “In folk as well as in fine art, there are especially gifted individuals who make great advances that preoccupy the less talented for generations afterward. Robert Johnson of Tunica County, Mississippi, was one of these exceptional men.” So wrote legendary musico[...]
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25 Feb 2019 · By Bruce Jenkins

No matter how awful your worst relationship breakup was, two things are likely. One: it was less public than the three Fleetwood Mac un-pairings that inspired Rumours. Two: you probably haven’t sold 45 million copies of a record detailing the emotional trauma. It was without doubt one of the[...]
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19 Dec 2018 · By Bruce Jenkins

WHITE AND BRIGHT A whole lot of songs. Amazing variety. So much to digest. That was a common reaction to The Beatles (aka White Album) when it was released in November 1968 and it’s a reasonable response half a century later. Gone are the thematic links (musical, visual) of Sgt Pepper, long go[...]
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10 Dec 2018 · By Bruce Jenkins

There’s a special thrill in buying a new record. The anticipation as you walk through the front door with your latest acquisition tucked under your arm… removing the plastic shrink-wrap—carefully slicing or gleefully ripping, according to taste—then studying the cover for the first time. Is it a gat[...]
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