Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Pete Seeger: US folk singer and activist dies aged 94

From the BBC News website:

US folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, whose songs included Turn! Turn! Turn! and If I Had A Hammer, has died at the age of 94.

He died at a New York hospital after a short illness, his grandson said.

Seeger gained fame in The Weavers, formed in 1948, and continued to perform in his own right in a career spanning six decades.

Renowned for his protest songs, Seeger was blacklisted by the US Government in the 1950s for his leftist stance.

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Vinyl Feature: Rod Steward - Blondes have more fun




"Blondes have more fun" was Rod Stewards 9th album and went on to sell over 14 000 000 copies with the song "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" being the big hit single off the album. It was released on the 24th of November 1978.








Sunday, 19 January 2014

Vinyl Feature: Bobby Hackett - Rendezvous




Rendezvous by Bobby Hackett is an incredible display of trumpet mastery by a maestro of the art! If you haven't heard it yet I suggest you look out for a copy as soon as possible and immerse yourself into some heavenly jazz atmosphere.

Released in 1956 Rendevouz was Bobby Hackett's 5th album and was on the Regal and EMI Record labels.

It is a mono album which some people claim is better than stereo, but having listened to many albums of both kinds over nearly 50 years I can say that the sound quality has more to do with the way the album was produced and mastered with both sounding equally great when done well.





Friday, 17 January 2014

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

In Car Vinyl Record Players

The thought of an in car record player seems almost laughable today, and yet when they came out they were probably the hot new car audio item! Bumpy roads must have been a nightmare, but as far as I know they didn't last long and were replaced by the much more practical and convenient cassette tape player. Here are a few examples of the Car Radio/Record Players:

 








Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Vinyl Feature: Elvis Presley's Greatest Hits



I picked up this box set of six records at a charity shop here in Southern Sweden a couple of months ago for a whopping 50kr! It also includes a bonus "Elvis at the Movies" disc with a small variety of music from movies he was in over his career.

The set was compiled and released by Readers Digest in the mid 70's and is a wonderful collection of a wide variety of songs by the "King of Rock 'n Roll".




Thursday, 2 January 2014

You can't beat the sound of Real Vinyl!



BBC News: Are vinyl records making a comeback?




1 January 2014 Last updated at 17:35 GMT

New technology often pushes out the old, but despite the invention of the CD and the era of digital music downloads, vinyl records still have a loyal fan base.

Steve Evans reports from a factory in Germany that says demand for records is soaring.

Watch the video report HERE.