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Van Morrison – Beauty and The Beast

‘Sleeve designers’ are a mixed bunch. Their remit is to make the product look as attractive as possible to its intended market to help shift more units in an increasingly commercialised world. They often fail, and sometimes the musician is to blame for exerting undue influence, but I doubt that is the case [...]

By | September 17th, 2017|Popular Music|0 Comments

Building the Perfect Beat Group

Watching the recent Status Quo TV documentary ‘Hello Quo’ (Dir. Alan G Parker), I was reminded of a theory I’ve been expressing in one or two posts and talks concerning the DNA of the perfect ‘band’ (strange term, especially when applied to, say, the Spice Girls; ‘band’ conjures up images of euphoniums and [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Popular Music|0 Comments

Bobby Vee – Prince of Teen Angst

Bobby Vee (Robert Velline), who died on 24 October at the age of 73, was unfairly roped in with the numerous teen-appeal vocalists of the late 1950s / early 1960s, who were hammered by music critics for being lightweights with weak voices and even weaker recording material. Examples would have been Bobby Rydell [...]

By | October 29th, 2016|Popular Music|0 Comments