Roger Pope was a dynamic, powerful, precise drummer who backed Elton John in concert and on several of the singer's most enduring recordings, including the 1971 ballad "Tiny Dancer'', the 1975 US No 1 "Island Girl'' and his first UK chart-topper, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart'', his irresistible 1976 duet with Kiki Dee.
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Album: Kent Nagano, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Beethoven: In the Breath of Time (Sony Classical)
Friday 26 August 2011
The latest in Kent Nagano's pairs of Beethoven symphonies, In the Breath of Time posits the 6th and 8th Symphonies and the "Grosse Fuge" as illustrating Beethoven's attempt to confront the dangers of the constant march of progress while simultaneously operating at its cutting edge.
Sunday 12 June 2011
Rick Hall, the owner and producer of Fame studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, liked to push his recording-meters well into the red, creating a slightly distorted sound-print that gave an extra grain of grit to his late 1960s/early 1970s, country-soul stylings.
Sunday 10 April 2011
The secrets in question are the less than "authentic" pop or simply perverse tracks that somehow made a brief splash on the dancefloors of Wigan or wherever in the days of Northern Soul.
Sunday 13 February 2011
This hugely enjoyable survey of the late, sorely undervalued Troy begins with a quartet of tunes that could rival anyone: the stunning Northern title track followed by singalong anthem "Face Up to the Truth", the still swoonable "Just One Look" (a massive influence on the Beatles), and then "What'Cha Gonna Do About It", a digest of soul's greatest virtues.
Thursday 07 October 2010
Standing in a new venue which was nearly closed down on its opening night, in a city brought to a standstill by a tube strike, watching a band who were shelved for five years thanks to their singer's breakout solo career, a series of highly improbable occurrences have coincided to throw together east London's huddled masses for tonight's show. Long odds and great performances often go hand-in-hand, though, and José González's band of synth-rockers are determined not to disappoint.
Friday 23 July 2010
The fourth movie from the Kent-born Andrew Kotting is set in the French Pyrenees, and watches a family blow apart.
Sunday 11 July 2010
You can get these tracks on a compilation CD but this is a facsimile of the original 1969 Canyon LP: a 12-song concept album on the theme of the wronged woman, a role that Duke, a backing singer for Nina Simone, incarnates with extraordinary fidelity (and fidelity is a big issue here, as you'd guess).
Sunday 04 July 2010
Friday 16 April 2010
Not the Galapagos, but Britain, where Darwin spent 40 years researching after his global adventure.
Sunday 28 February 2010
Wednesday 10 February 2010
A controversial council-run internet TV service is to be scrapped to save money.
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