One of the reasons bands like The Rolling Stones have enjoyed such longevity is that they’ve created and played from the listener’s viewpoint. They’ve never appeared bothered about looking clever, or skilled as musicians. All that matters in the music is Continue reading
This is another really nice example of a high quality chromium dioxide pre-recorded cassette tape. It’s a Philips compilation entitled Für Elise – The Magic of the Piano, which includes works by a raft of composers including Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, Brahms, Schubert and Gershwin. Continue reading
Here’s a fine example of a major recording label maintaining the highest standards in its audio cassette output in the early 1990s. It’s a German-made EMI tape from 1992, featuring Pinchas Zukerman (violin) and Daniel Barenboim (piano) performing Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas, Nos. 5, 8 and 9. Continue reading
It’s often hard to remember why you bought albums. Singles are easier to explain – at least you have a specific track to analyse when trying to determine what appealed to you. With albums, you know you like the artist, but you may not be sure which of the tracks, if any, first caught your attention.
As regards Pocket Full of Kryptonite by The Spin Doctors, however, I know Continue reading
Whether or not this is “the best live rock album of all time”, it’s certainly had a phenomenal impact on the world of music, and since not even Wikipedia mentions the availability of a compact cassette version, I’ve done my good deed for the day and added this rather interesting specimen to the Internet.
You know the basics: recorded at Leeds Uni in Continue reading
Whilst my street-cred mates would never have anything to do with compilation albums, I didn’t have the slightest problem with the idea. Right from as far back as I can remember I was pestering my Mom for K-Tel double albums and playing them repetitively until the record player needed a new stylus. Continue reading
Whether or not you have any religious leanings, if you care about the history and development of modern pop music, the work of the legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson should be essential listening. This audio cassette, compiled as a posthumous Greatest Hits album in 1974, contains some amazingly vital and musically thrilling performances by the Queen of Gospel, who died at the beginning on 1972. Continue reading