Month: December 2015

Prince is only a Slave to his rhythms.

By Rob Jones Prince arrived on the sonic scene in the late 70’s and it was obvious that this individual had gifts both as a player and performer. However, the man born Prince Rogers Nelson was set to begin a career that  provided a whole host of genre breaking sounds but his business brain has also led to a major upheaval in a world where previously record labels ruled the roost. The artists under the regime of the major musical magnates had to follow their leaders and as 80’s success ensued Prince took umbrage to what he felt was...

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Patti Smith Rising.

By Rob Jones The Patti Smith Easter Rising live set kicks off with visceral verse and the business then heads in to overdrive as the band join their leader. As the gig unravels we are treated to a pop powerhouse while also being taken on other aural adventures. This May 9, 1978 radio mix at the Place, Eugene, Oregon has Smith firing on all sixes as her third long player Easter was also making headway (and the global hit, Because the Night, aided this cause). The original Smith material catches a hungry artist at her prime and these tunes...

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Lou Reed

The Lou Reed Transmission Impossible 3CD set is a new beautifully packaged product that harks back to the multi-dimensional career of the late, great former Velvet Underground man. This trio of live offerings present feature legendary FM broadcasts from the 1970’s and there is an abundance of variety in these vaults. Lou is an aural alchemist who is not happy to see a song replicated on its studio style. Reed and his associates twist and turn the arrangements and across nearly four hours of music it is evident that a lot of rehearsals have contorted and conditioned the material....

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Cash machine distraction thieves steal £23,000 from 93-year-old

The 93-year-old victim was withdrawing cash from a NatWest bank in Grantham on Monday when one of the three men tricked him into turning around. While he was looking away, a second man swapped his bank card for a fake one. The thieves later used the man’s details to transfer the money from his account. The victim only realised later that he did not have his own card. Det Insp Simon Bromiley said: “What is quite clear from our enquiries so far is that these three men were very organised in their deception and very selective about their victim....

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Volunteers, coaches and players in line for Tennis Wales awards.

Dedicated and hard-working volunteers, coaches, and players across Wales will be celebrated at the annual Tennis Wales awards. Judges have shortlisted finalists in 10 categories for the awards night to be held on Saturday 20th February 2016 at the Royal Welsh College Music and Drama in Cardiff. “The awards not only recognise success on court, but also those who make it possible for thousands of people of all ages and abilities to enjoy tennis at so many venues and in so many forms all over Wales,” said Tennis Wales chief executive officer Peter Drew. The shortlisted finalists are: Volunteer...

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