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“Bob Dylan and The Band – The Basement Tapes Complete” box set

Bob Dylan and The Band - The Basement Tapes Complete box set

Check out an unreleased song from the highly anticipated 6-CD box set, which brings together all of the recordings from Bob Dylan's so-called "Basement Tapes".

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Paul McCartney to release deluxe editions of “Venus and Mars” and “Wings at the Speed of Sound”

Paul McCartney to release deluxe editions of Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound

"Venus and Mars" and "Wings at the Speed of Sound" are the next albums to receive the deluxe treatment as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection.

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Elvis Presley’s “That’s All Right” – 60th anniversary

Elvis Presley's That's All Right - 60th anniversary

We are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the day that Elvis Presley recorded "That's All Right" and kick-started one of the most remarkable careers in music history.

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“Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” 10-disc deluxe edition out in August

Elvis: That's The Way It Is 10-disc deluxe edition out in August

Read about the 10-disc box set featuring material recorded during the filming of the 1970 documentary "Elvis: That's The Way It Is".

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Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes In South Africa

Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes In South Africa

The documentary film "Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes in South Africa" is available to view online for a limited time.

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New releases

New releases

Check the new and upcoming CD, Blu-ray and DVD music releases.

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“The Beatles: All These Years Volume  1: Tune In” – Review

The Beatles: All These Years Volume 1: Tune In - Review

George Smith reviews the first of Mark Lewisohn's three-volume biography of The Beatles.

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Conan O’Brien interviews music historian Peter Guralnick

Conan O'Brien interviews music historian Peter Guralnick

Watch Conan O'Brien's in-depth interview with music historian Peter Guralnick.

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Song of the week

Song of the week

Each week we showcase a classic track as Song of the Week. Check the current and past choices.

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Before they were famous – high school yearbook photos

Before they were famous - high school yearbook photos

See if you can identify these stars before they were famous.

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Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin dies aged 78

Written by admin on November 19, 2014 – 7:13 pm -

Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits included “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” died on Monday (Nov 17) in a Las Vegas hospital aged 78. No cause of death has been given.

Jimmy Ruffin

A statement from Ruffin’s daughter, Philicia Ruffin, says:

Jimmy Ruffin was a rare type of man who left his mark on the music industry. My family in its entirety is extremely upset over his death. He will truly be missed. We appreciate all of the love and prayers from our family, friends, his colleagues and his adoring fans. We will treasure the many fond and wonderful memories we all have of him.


Ruffin was born on May 7, 1936, in Collinsville, Mississippi. As a child, he performed with his younger brother David in a gospel group called the Dixie Nightingales. He moved to Detroit in the early 1960s and signed to Motown, recording singles for its subsidiary Miracle label, before being drafted for national service. He rejoined Motown after leaving the army and was considered as a replacement for Elbridge Bryant in The Temptations, but the job went to his brother David.

Jimmy Ruffin would go on to achieve several hits in the 1960s, including “I’ve Passed This Way Before,” “Gonna Give Her All the Love I’ve Got” and, biggest of all, the much loved “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”.

“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” – Jimmy Ruffin



In 1970, he collaborated with his brother David as the Ruffin Brothers on the album “I Am My Brother’s Keeper,” which included songs such as “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother” and “Stand by Me”.

The hits dried up for Ruffin in the US in the 1970s, but he still had some success in the UK, reaching the Top Ten with “Farewell is a Lonely Sound,” “It’s Wonderful (To Be Loved By You)” and a reissue of “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”.

After years away from the charts, Ruffin returned with “Hold On To My Love” in 1980, which was penned by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees and Blue Weaver.

“Hold On To My Love” – Jimmy Ruffin



After moving to the UK, Ruffin collaborated with Paul Weller on the benefit single “Soul Deep” (1984) and with Heaven 17 on an EP featuring “A Foolish Thing To Do” and “My Sensitivity” (1986).

In the 1990s, Ruffin hosted a seven-part radio show for BBC Radio 2 titled “Jimmy Ruffin’s Sweet Soul Music”. His brother David died from a drug overdose in 1991, after which Ruffin became an anti-drugs campaigner.

Ruffin’s final album was the 2012 compilation “There Will Never Be Another You”.



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David Bowie’s “Nothing Has Changed” goes beyond the hits

Written by admin on November 17, 2014 – 9:04 am -

David Bowie’s “Nothing Has Changed” is released this week in a 3-CD deluxe edition, a 2-CD standard edition and a 2-LP vinyl edition. The aim was to bring together the definitive collection of Bowie’s music, spanning 1964 to 2014, alongside some unreleased material and tracks making their debut on CD.

David Bowie Nothing Has Changed album covers

Among the songs featured is the new recording “Sue (Or In a Season of Crime),” which is also released on single. The video for “Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)” was filmed in New York and London and directed by Tom Hingston and Jimmy King. The track was recorded earlier this year with the Maria Schneider Orchestra and produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti.

“Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)” – Video


The “Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)” single is backed with a radio edit of the song and another new track, “‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore.” You can pick up the single as a digital bundle or on 10″ vinyl (see below).

The three editions of “Nothing Has Changed” are presented as separate releases entirely, with order of tracks and artwork different for each, ie the deluxe is not simply the standard edition with a bonus disc. Neither the 2-CD or 2-LP editions feature songs that are not on the deluxe edition, but there are some differences in mixes and edits used, eg the longer single version of “Absolute Beginners” is on the deluxe and vinyl editions. Some will no doubt be tempted to double-dip, but the deluxe edition is the recommended purchase.

“Nothing Has Changed” 3-CD Deluxe Edition tracklist

CD 1

  1. Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)
  2. Where Are We Now? (4.09)
  3. Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
  4. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (3.57)
  5. New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
  6. Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (edit) (3.29)
  7. Slow Burn (radio edit) (3.55)
  8. Let Me Sleep Beside You (3.14)
  9. Your Turn To Drive (4.44)
  10. Shadow Man (4.48)
  11. Seven (Marius De Vries mix) (4.12)
  12. Survive (Marius De Vries mix) (4.18)
  13. Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
  14. I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1) (clean edit) (4.30)
  15. Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
  16. Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
  17. The Heart’s Filthy Lesson (radio edit) (3.32)
  18. Strangers When We Meet (single version) (4.21).

CD 2

  1. Buddha Of Suburbia (4.24)
  2. Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
  3. Time Will Crawl (MM remix) (4.18)
  4. Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
  5. Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
  6. Loving The Alien (single remix) (4.45)
  7. This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
  8. Blue Jean (3.11)
  9. Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
  10. China Girl (single version) (4.15)
  11. Let’s Dance (single version) (4.08)
  12. Fashion (single version) (3.25)
  13. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version) (3.32)
  14. Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)
  15. Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
  16. Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
  17. Heroes (single version) (3.35)
  18. Sound And Vision (3.03)
  19. Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
  20. Wild Is The Wind (2010 Harry Maslin Mix) (5.58).

CD 3

  1. Fame (4.14)
  2. Young Americans (2007 Tony Visconti mix single edit) (3.13)
  3. Diamond Dogs (5.56)
  4. Rebel Rebel (4.28)
  5. Sorrow (2.53)
  6. Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
  7. All The Young Dudes (3.08)
  8. The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
  9. Moonage Daydream (4.40)
  10. Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
  11. Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
  12. Life On Mars? (2003 Ken Scott Mix) (3.49)
  13. Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11)
  14. Changes (3.33)
  15. The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
  16. Space Oddity (5.12)
  17. In The Heat Of The Morning (3.00)
  18. Silly Boy Blue (3.54)
  19. Can’t Help Thinking About Me (2.46)
  20. You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving (2.32)
  21. Liza Jane (2.18).


“Nothing Has Changed” 2-CD Standard Edition tracklist

CD 1

  1. Space Oddity (5.12)
  2. The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
  3. Changes (3.33)
  4. Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11)
  5. Life On Mars? (3.49)
  6. Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
  7. Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
  8. Moonage Daydream (4.40)
  9. The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
  10. All The Young Dudes (3.08)
  11. Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
  12. Sorrow (2.53)
  13. Rebel Rebel (4.28)
  14. Young Americans (original single edit) (3.13)
  15. Fame (4.14)
  16. Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
  17. Sound And Vision (3.03)
  18. Heroes (single version) (3.35)
  19. Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
  20. Fashion (single version) (3.25)
  21. Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35).

CD 2

  1. Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
  2. Let’s Dance (single version) (4.08)
  3. China Girl (single version) (4.15)
  4. Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
  5. Blue Jean (3.11)
  6. This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
  7. Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
  8. Absolute Beginners (edit) (4.46)
  9. Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
  10. Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
  11. Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
  12. I’m Afraid Of Americans V1 (clean edit) (4.30)
  13. Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
  14. Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (3.29)
  15. New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
  16. Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
  17. Where Are We Now? (4.09)
  18. Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24).


“Nothing Has Changed” Double Vinyl Album tracklist

Side 1

  1. Let’s Dance (single version) (4.08)
  2. Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)
  3. Heroes (single version) (3.35)
  4. Changes (3.33)
  5. Life On Mars? (3.49).

Side 2

  1. Space Oddity (UK single edit) (4.38)
  2. Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
  3. Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
  4. The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
  5. Rebel Rebel (4.28).

Side 3

  1. Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
  2. Fame (4.14)
  3. Sound And Vision (3.03)
  4. Under Pressure (3.56) – Queen & David Bowie
  5. Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24).

Side 4

  1. Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) – with The Pet Shop Boys (4.23)
  2. China Girl (single version) (4.15)
  3. Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
  4. Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
  5. Where Are We Now? (4.09).


The film “David Bowie Is” will be released on November 18th in cinemas across the UK and Ireland. The film was made on the closing night of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s recent Bowie exhibition. “David Bowie Is” was directed by Hamish Hamilton, the BAFTA-winning Director of the Academy Awards and the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“David Bowie Is” – Trailer


You can purchase “Nothing Has Changed” and the “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)” single via the Amazon or iTunes links below.

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John Fogerty speaks out on “Concert For Valor” controversy

Written by admin on November 13, 2014 – 4:24 pm -

John Fogerty has had his say on the controversy sparked by Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Zac Brown’s performance of “Fortunate Son” at Tuesday night’s “Concert for Valor” in Washington, D.C.

The performance ended Brown’s set and was one of the musical highlights of the night, but the decision to sing the counter-culture classic received a mixed response on social media, with some asserting that the lyrics were inappropriate for a night dedicated to veterans. It should be obvious that no one involved meant the performance as a slight to veterans, but some clearly didn’t see it that way.

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New releases update – November 2014

Written by admin on November 7, 2014 – 3:18 pm -

New music releases November 2014

The New Releases page has been updated to include this month’s music CD, DVD and Blu-ray releases from classic artists.

Highlights for November include:

  • Bob Dylan’s “The Basement Tapes Complete – The Bootleg Series Vol. 11″ (4 Nov)
  • Neil Young’s new album “Storytone” in standard and deluxe editions (4 Nov)
  • Paul McCartney and Wings “Venus and Mars” and “Wings at the Speed of Sound” reissues in standard and deluxe editions (4 Nov)
  • The Rolling Stones’ “From the Vault: Hampton Coliseum – Live In 1981″ (4 Nov) and “From the Vault: L.A. Forum Live In 1975″ (17 Nov) in multiple editions
  • “Eric Clapton – Planes, Trains & Eric” on DVD and Blu-ray (4 Nov)
  • Pink Floyd’s final album “The Endless River” in multiple editions (10 Nov)
  • “Whitney Houston Live – Her Greatest Performances” (10 Nov)
  • The Doors “Feast of Friends” on DVD and Blu-ray (10 Nov)
  • “Queen – Forever” in standard and deluxe editions (11 Nov)
  • David Bowie’s “Nothing Has Changed” in 2-CD standard and 3-CD deluxe editions (17 Nov)
  • Bryan Ferry’s new album “Avonmore” (17 Nov)
  • “Bruce Springsteen – The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984″ in 8-CD and 8 LP editions (17 Nov)
  • “The Moody Blues – The Polydor Years” box set (24 Nov)
  • “Joni Mitchell – Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced” 4-CD box set (24 Nov)
  • “The Velvet Underground – 45th Anniversary” deluxe and super deluxe editions (24 Nov)
  • “Simon & Garfunkel – The Complete Albums Collection” 12-CD box set.(25 Nov).


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New music releases November 2014


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Elvis Presley exhibition coming to London’s O2

Written by admin on November 3, 2014 – 8:47 pm -

The largest Elvis exhibition ever mounted in Europe will open at The O2, London, on December 12.

Elvis Exhibition at the O2 London

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