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  • Orange Amplification Launches The Pyramid Audio System

    The Pyramid Audio System has been carefully formulated to sound pleasing to the ear with a warm clean sound shaped to limit “ear fatigue”.

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  • Why 2024’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Disappoint

    “There has to be a party. Which is why there have to be as many inductees crammed in as groupies at a Mötley Crüe orgy.”

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  • An Evening With DALI’s Epikore 11 Loudspeaker, Featuring Accuphase, Esoteric, Stable 33.33, André Thériault, Luna Cables

    “Some studio effects seemed to pop out of nowhere, in a way that sounded completely liberated from the speakers.”

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  • Diving Into Disco – Rediscovering the Soul of a Generation

    Hi, my name is Claude and I’m a… disco addict. There I said it. Now that wasn’t so awful after all. Truth be told, I never shied away from admitting my lifelong disco dependency to strangers. I was always an unabashed member of the disco brigade, but from what I’ve gathered from friends and acquaintances,…

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  • The Jackson 5 on “American Bandstand”: When Five Brothers from Gary, Indiana, Became America’s Favorite Siblings

    On the electrifying day of February 21, 1970, the Jackson 5 made an unforgettable debut on “American Bandstand,” a moment that has since been etched into the annals of music history. Led by the prodigious Michael Jackson, the group’s performance was more than just a musical set; it was a revelation. Michael, with a presence…

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  • MICHEL PETRUCCIANI: THE MONTREUX YEARS

    BMG & THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE NEXT RELEASE IN THE MONTREUX YEARS SERIES.  A COLLECTION OF MICHEL PETRUCCIANI’S FINEST PERFORMANCES AT THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL FROM 1990 – 1998. PRE-ORDER LONDON, WEDNESDAY MARCH 1, 2023 – BMG and The Montreux Jazz Festival have today announced the release of “Michel Petrucciani: The Montreux Years”…

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  • PACO DE LUCÍA: THE MONTREUX YEARS

    A SHOWCASE OF PACO DE LUCÍA’S MOST MESMERISING MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL LIVE PERFORMANCES BETWEEN 1984 to 2012 PLUS LINER NOTES FROM JOHN MCLAUGHLIN & RARE PHOTOS OF PACO DE LUCÍA’S TIME AT MONTREUX PRE-ORDER HERE. London Wednesday 18 January 2023 – BMG today announces the next instalment in The Montreux Years series with “Paco De…

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  • Norah Jones’s “I Dream of Christmas”—A new Christmas classic?

    At this time of year, I have always been fascinated by the question of what draws musicians from nearly every musical genre to Christmas music. Google “Christmas music” and you’ll see literally thousands of listings, everyone from Cheech & Chong and XTC to Charles Brown and The Flaming Lips. Even The Rolling Stones have a…

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  • MoFi’s 40th Anniversary Edition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller REVIEWED

    When MoFi offered to send me an advanced promo for one of the most famous albums of all time, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and thrill of revisiting a classic forty years after its initial release.

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  • MONTY ALEXANDER: THE MONTREUX YEARS

    THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL & BMG ANNOUNCE THE NEXT RELEASE IN THE MONTREUX YEARS SERIES FEATURES THE LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST’S PERFORMANCES AT MONTREUX FROM 1993 – 2016 PRE-ORDER MONTY ALEXANDER: THE MONTREUX YEARS HERE. Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG today announce the next instalment in The Montreux Years series with Monty Alexander: The Montreux Years.…

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  • CHICK COREA: THE MONTREUX YEARS

    THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL & BMG ANNOUNCE THE NEXT RELEASE IN THE MONTREUX YEARS SERIES RELIVE THE 23 TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER’S PERFORMANCES AT MONTREUX FROM 1981 – 2010 PRE-ORDER CHICK COREA: THE MONTREUX YEARS HERE LONDON 17 AUGUST 2022 – Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG today announce the next installment in The Montreux Years…

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  • Diving into Disco, Part 7 — Psychedelic Soul

    The Vietnam War and social upheaval… The times they were (still) a’changin’

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  • Diving into Disco, Part 5 — Going to a Go-Go

    While the Supremes, with the support of their writing and producing team of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland, a.k.a. H-D-H, continued their winning streak with “I Hear a Symphony” in October, 1965, and “My World Is Empty Without You” in December of the same year, squeezed in between those two months, in…

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  • Diving into Disco, Part 4 — Funk and Memphis Soul

    Born in Barnwell, South Carolina, James Brown had to hustle his way up and out from extreme poverty. Partly raised by a mostly-absent mother and abusive father-husband, young Brown bore the brunt of a rough, tough childhood, shining shoes for less than a dime, and living with one of his aunts in a brothel; his…

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  • Diving into Disco, Part 3 — The Motown years

    Blues migrated towards the urban centres, along its way electrifying guitars and gigs, as black musicians fleeing southern racial segregation strived for more economic opportunities and a better life in places like Detroit, Chicago, and New York City.

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