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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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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Written by admin on December 16, 2014 – 1:27 pm -

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced that the 2015 inductees will be Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Ringo Starr will receive the Award For Musical Excellence and the “5” Royales will receive the Early Influence Award.

Lou Reed is posthumously inducted for his solo work, having already been inducted as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996.


Artists are eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their first release, so Green Day have made it in the first year that they have been eligible (their first release, the EP “1,000 Hours,” came out in 1989).


Stevie Ray Vaughan is another posthumous inductee (he passed away in 1990), and many will be pleased to see the influential blues-rock performer inducted, along with his backing group Double Trouble.


It’s excellent news that Joan Jett will be inducted as she has remained true to her rock ‘n’ roll roots since performing as a teenager with the Runaways in the 1970s. A clearly delighted Jett told Rolling Stone:

It’s surreal… It’s incredible. I’m very flabbergasted… I’ve set myself up to not expect it because it’s easier to go about your life that way, just focusing on your life. If accolades comes, they do and you don’t have to stress out about it. I’ve always been hopeful because I think it’s an incredible acknowledgment. I’m very proud to be with all these great musicians.



Withers has also welcomed the honour, but amusingly told Rolling Stone that he doesn’t yet know whether he will perform at the ceremony because “I don’t want to be one of those old guys that sounds like a gerbil trying to give birth to a hippopotamus.”


The Paul Butterfield Blues Band were a fine blues rock outfit of the 1960s, whose leader also performed with other bands and released solo material before his untimely death in 1987. It was the Paul Butterfield Blues Band that were backing Bob Dylan when he controversially chose to plug-in at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. The band have been eligible for the Rock Hall since 1988 and were first nominated in 2006.


Ringo Starr is now the last of the Beatles to be inducted as a solo artist. The Beatles were inducted in 1988.


The “5” Royales has a string of hits in the 1950s, including “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Think,” “Baby Don’t Do It” and “Help Me Somebody”. They have been cited as an influence by many artists, including Eric Clapton, James Brown and Steve Cropper.


The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 18th, 2015.



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Millie Kirkham, backing singer for Elvis, dies aged 91

Written by admin on December 15, 2014 – 10:06 am -

Millie Kirkham, who featured as a backing singer on many classic recordings by artists such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Jim Reeves, has died aged 91. The singer suffered a stroke last week and had been in intensive care for days before passing away on Sunday (Dec 14th) at a hospital in Nashville.

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New releases update – December 2014

Written by admin on December 12, 2014 – 11:49 am -

New music releases December 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 December include:

  • Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie’s “December Day – Willie’s Stash Vol. 1″ (2 Dec)
  • “Leonard Cohen – Live in Dublin” in multiple editions (2 Dec)
  • Shirley Bassey’s “Hello Like Before” in standard and deluxe editions (2 Dec)
  • AC/DC’s new studio album “Rock or Bust” (2 Dec)
  • “Sinatra – Live in London” 3 CD/DVD box set (9 Dec)
  • Supertramp’s “Crime of The Century – 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” (9 Dec)
  • “The Rolling Stones – From the Vault: L.A. Forum” 3 LP/DVD edition (9 Dec)
  • “Blondie” 6 LP vinyl box set (9 Dec)
  • “The Kinks – The Anthology 1964-1971″ 5 CD box set (15 Dec)
  • “Cream: 1966-1972″ 7 LP box set (15 Dec).


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New music releases December 2014


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Sam Cooke – 50 years on

Written by admin on December 11, 2014 – 9:45 am -

The great Sam Cooke died 50 years ago today aged 33. The reason that the soul legend was shot will probably never be known with certainty, but the magnificence of his voice and charm of his recordings are in no doubt.

Sam Cooke

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Bob Dylan announces “Shadows in the Night” standards album

Written by admin on December 9, 2014 – 5:16 pm -

Bob Dylan has confirmed that his forthcoming album “Shadows in the Night” will be an album of standards, featuring classic songs such as “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Autumn Leaves”.

Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night

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