Austin John Marshall, record producer, folk-revival ideas man, lyricist and songwriter, performance poet and muralist, created, nurtured or acted as cultural midwife to many strands of art. His fingerprints are all over Shirley Collins & Davy Graham's folk roots, new routes, Shirley & Dolly Collins' magnum opus Anthems in Eden, Ultravox!'s pre-Midge Ure incarnation Tiger Lily and English songwriter Steve Ashley's groundbreaking Stroll On. He also contributed footage to Peter Neal's Jimi Hendrix film Rainbow Bridge (1972) and to the Incredible String Band's film Be Glad for the Song Has No Ending (1970).
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Tuesday 14 February 2012
For an overnight success, Gotye (pronounced “goaty-eh") is quite a slow burner. He’s been popular in Australia, his homeland, since his first single, "Learnalilgivinanlovin" was released in 2006.
Monday 13 February 2012
Whitney Houston, who has died at the age of 48, was a dazzling performer who blazed a trail for a new generation of black female singers, from Beyoncé Knowles to Mary J Blige.
Friday 03 February 2012
What better for a cold January night in double dip Britain than an injection of warming political satire?
Sunday 08 January 2012
This box-set collects pianist Mehldau's five albums with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jorge Rossy on drums, plus five unreleased Village Vanguard tracks.
Thursday 01 December 2011
Before the major record companies snapped up Emeli Sandé she projected a girlie look with luscious, long curls.
Sunday 06 November 2011
A collaborative effort between the Oxfordshire singer-songwriter Gilmore and the hitherto-unscored lyrics of her long-dead Northamptonshire equivalent, Sandy Denny.
Sunday 07 August 2011
Much will depend on what the words "Laurel Canyon" mean to you. For this is an updating of the late-'60s model of golden, folk-inflected pop so associated with that storied gulch. And a world already saturated with Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver is primed. Wilson's music is meditative, quiet, stretched. The melodies barely move, sung by a voice as soft as mousse, while tempos seldom stir above a flip-flopped stroll. Themes? Well, here are some titles: "Canyon in the Rain", "Ballad of the Pines", "Magic Everywhere", "Woe is Me". And can that be an authentic mellotron we hear on "Waters Down"? There is always a temptation with these things to play the reference game – "CS&N meet Quicksilver over veggie cutlets round at Neil's" – but that might be a way of avoiding a higher truth, which is that Gentle Spirit is impressively inert.
Sunday 24 July 2011
This is the debut UK release for a 1978 live recording, which is Volume 5 in a top, top survey of the King of Motown's solo career.
Friday 17 June 2011
Sunday 08 May 2011
Norwegian tenor and soprano player Neset has produced a stonking debut demonstrating a fully formed musical personality over 11 original compositions.
Friday 29 April 2011
The scarily rendered "future portraits" of Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat on the sleeve signal the unflinching nature of the latter's reflections on ageing, underscored by Wells's wistful piano progressions, allied to lachrymose cello.
Sunday 20 March 2011
The "Soul & Country Murder Ballad" album to The Big To-Do's rock blast – and who's to say that the Truckers don't sound better when allowing their mojo a little quiet time?
Friday 11 February 2011
Go-Go Boots is the promised "R&B Murder Ballad Album" recorded concurrently with last year's The Big To-Do, and it's every bit as good as that description suggests.
Friday 17 December 2010
Their name might be derived from a musicological reference to a 13th-century musical theorist, but Anonymous 4 could easily serve as an indication of how seamlessly the four womens' voices blend together in these acappella arrangements of 15th-century carols.
Sunday 03 October 2010
With an artist as fecund as Atzmon you learn that some you win, some you lose.
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
- 2 Scottish independence: What you shouldn't tweet about if you want to avoid jail today
- 3 Scottish independence: Five reasons Salmond is secretly hoping for a 'No' vote
- 4 Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
- 5 Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God