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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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New CD, DVD and Blu-ray releases



Paul Simon performs at Phil Everly fundraiser

Written by admin on October 31, 2014 – 10:39 am -

Paul Simon paid tribute to the late Phil Everly at an intimate fundraiser in Nashville on Wednesday night (Oct 29).

The event, organised by Everly’s widow, Patti, took place at the Belle Meade house of Nashville socialite, Sylvia Roberts. Among those in attendance were songwriters Bob DiPierso and Brett James, and cast members of the ABC show “Nashville” (the house is used as the home of the character Rayna Jaymes on the show).

Patti Everly told Rolling Stone:

Phil loved hanging out with Paul and telling their stories when they toured together. And Paul loved Phil so much. So how can you not call Paul for your first choice? He starts playing and the world stops.


After an introduction by Brenda Lee, Paul Simon performed a nine-song set, opening with “The Sound of Silence” and also featuring “Hearts and Bones,” “Mystery Train,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “The Boxer,” the Everly Brothers’ hits “When Will I Be Loved” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” and a duet with Brenda Lee on “Mrs Robinson”.

The event raised an estimated $180,000 for the COPD Foundation.

The harmonies of the Everly Brothers were a big inspiration to the young Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel when they were developing their act. The brothers reunited to appear as a guest act on the Simon & Garfunkel “Old Friends Tour” in 2003.

“Bye Bye Love” – Simon & Garfunkel & The Everly Brothers (Live 2003)



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Paul McCartney promotes “Venus and Mars” reissue with free “Letting Go” download

Written by admin on October 30, 2014 – 10:29 am -

Paul McCartney has offered a free download of a previously unheard version of the song “Letting Go” ahead of the deluxe reissues of “Venus and Mars” and “Wings at the Speed of Sound”.

“Letting Go” closed side one of “Venus and Mars,” which was released in May 1975, and was also released as a single several months later. The free download is an extended version of the track, without backing vocals or horns, and it does not appear on either the standard or deluxe reissues which are released on November 4.

The free download of “Letting Go (Extended Version)” is available from McCartney’s website.

“Wings at the Speed of Sound” will also receive the deluxe treatment on November 4 as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection.

Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound reissues

Further information on the reissues is available here.

Both titles are available as two-disc standard editions on CD and vinyl, three-disc deluxe editions, and digital downloads. The deluxe editions will include extra material, a book, and a DVD of material from the period.

All titles are available for pre-order via the links below:

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“The Who Hits 50!” career spanning compilation out now

Written by admin on October 29, 2014 – 9:30 am -

The Who have issued a new compilation titled “The Who Hits 50!” to mark their 50th anniversary.

Available in standard and deluxe editions, “The Who Hits 50!” charts the band’s incredible career, from “Zoot Suit” (recorded while still called The High Numbers) up to the brand new track “Be Lucky”.

The Who Hits 50!

There’s little to fault with the collection and there are some real plus points, including the inclusion of the mono versions of the early singles and the longer edit of “Magic Bus”. The full length version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” is not included though, which is a shame. The sound is also impressive throughout, with effective and intelligent remastering of this classic material.

The tracklist for the two-disc deluxe edition of “The Who Hits 50!” is as follows:

CD One

  1. Zoot Suit (as The High Numbers)
  2. I Can’t Explain
  3. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  4. My Generation
  5. Substitute
  6. The Kids Are Alright
  7. I’m A Boy
  8. Happy Jack
  9. Boris The Spider
  10. Pictures Of Lily
  11. The Last Time
  12. I Can See For Miles
  13. Call Me Lightning
  14. Dogs
  15. Magic Bus
  16. Pinball Wizard
  17. I’m Free
  18. The Seeker
  19. Summertime Blues (live)
  20. See Me, Feel Me
  21. Won’t Get Fooled Again (single edit)
  22. Let’s See Action
  23. Bargain
  24. Behind Blue Eyes.


CD Two

  1. Baba O’Riley
  2. Join Together
  3. Relay
  4. 5:15
  5. Love Reign O’er Me
  6. Postcard
  7. Squeeze Box
  8. Slip Kid
  9. Who Are You
  10. Trick Of The Light
  11. You Better You Bet
  12. Don’t Let Go The Coat
  13. Athena
  14. Eminence Front
  15. It’s Hard
  16. Real Good-Looking Boy
  17. It’s Not Enough
  18. Be Lucky.


Some fans will have hoped for a more substantial release to mark the anniversary, such as a box set full of real rarities from the archives, but “The Who Hits 50!” is a solid compilation and of particular value for those who don’t already have something similar in their collection. Unless on a very tight budget, the two-disc deluxe version is the one to go for.

The Who are also marking the 50th anniversary with “The Who Hits 50″ worldwide tour, which begins on 30 November at SEE Hyrdo, Glasgow. The following dates are confirmed for the UK leg of the tour:

  • 30 November – SEE Hyrdo, Glasgow
  • 2 December – First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • 5 December – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
  • 7 December – NIA, Birmingham
  • 9 December – Metro, Newcastle
  • 11 December – Echo Arena, Liverpool
  • 13 December – Phones 4U Arena, Manchester
  • 15 December – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 17 December – The O2, London
  • 18 December – The O2, London.


The previously announced dates in Dublin (26 November) and Belfast (28 November) have been rescheduled and will now take place next summer at the 3Arena, Dublin (23 June) and the Odyssey Arena, Belfast (21 June).

The US leg of the tour kicks off in April of next year.

You can order “The Who Hits 50!” via the links below.

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David Gilmour working on new solo album

Written by admin on October 29, 2014 – 8:04 am -

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour has told Rolling Stone that he is working on a new solo album, which will be his first since “On an Island” (2006).

Gilmour said:

It’s coming along very well. There are some sketches that aren’t finished, and some of them will be started again. There’s a few months’ work in it yet. I’m hoping to get it out this following year. Then I’m hoping to do an old man’s tour, not a 200-date sort of thing.

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Jack Bruce – 1943-2014

Written by admin on October 25, 2014 – 7:38 pm -

Jack Bruce, former bassist and singer with 1960s supergroup Cream, passed away today (Oct 25) at his home in Suffolk aged 71. He had been suffering from liver disease.

Jack Bruce on stage

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