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Bob Marley & The Wailers – Easy Skanking in Boston ’78

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Easy Skanking in Boston '78

"Bob Marley & The Wailers - Easy Skanking in Boston '78" features a previously unreleased show captured at the Boston Music Hall on June 8, 1978.

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Elvis Presley’s first recording sells for $240,000

Elvis Presley's first recording sells for $240,000

The acetate of Elvis Presley's first recording, "My Happiness," has sold for $240,000 at an auction held at Graceland in Memphis.

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Musicians we lost in 2014

Musicians we lost in 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, we remember some of the many musicians who passed away over the last 12 months.

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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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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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Buddy Holly publishing rights move to BMG

Written by admin on July 2, 2015 – 4:25 pm -

Buddy Holly’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, has entrusted the U.S. publishing rights to Buddy’s songs to BMG.

Buddy Holly

Maria Elena Holly has welcomed the move, saying:

For almost 60 years Buddy’s loving fans and I have worked to bring his creativity to successive generations of fans and I have been looking for a steward to lead those efforts into the future. I am very happy to announce that I have entrusted Buddy’s legacy to BMG.


The new arrangement will cover the U.S publishing rights to the bulk of Buddy’s classic songs, including “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue”. BMG will also administer the worldwide royalties for the songs and the name, image and likeness rights.

Laurent Hubert, BMG’s president of creative & marketing, says:

Buddy Holly is truly one of the founding fathers of rock and roll. What is all the more extraordinary is that he completed this tremendous body of work by the time he was 22. Maria Elena and the music community can be assured that BMG takes its responsibility to preserve and develop the Buddy Holly legacy extremely seriously.





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Elvis Presley’s Pink Cadillac on display in London

Written by admin on June 19, 2015 – 2:12 pm -

Elvis Presley’s iconic pink Cadillac is the latest of the temporary exhibits to arrive at the “Elvis at The O2″ exhibition in London. The huge exhibition features around 300 items from Graceland, many of which have never been seen before. Some of the most high profile items, such as the Cadillac, appear for two-month intervals before being returned to their Memphis home.

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Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate dies aged 71

Written by admin on May 6, 2015 – 9:54 pm -

Errol Brown, the lead singer of Hot Chocolate, passed away at his home in the Bahamas today (6 May). The 71-year-old had been battling liver cancer for some time.

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Percy Sledge – 1940-2015

Written by admin on April 15, 2015 – 8:52 am -

Percy Sledge died yesterday morning (April 14) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana aged 74. The American soul singer, best known for his classic number one hit “When a Man Loves a Woman,” had battled cancer for years.

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The Beach Boys vinyl reissues out now

Written by admin on April 3, 2015 – 11:11 am -

Capitol/UMe has reissued five Beach Boys albums on 180-gram vinyl. The titles are “15 Big Ones” (1976), “M.I.U. Album” (1978), “L.A. (Light Album)” (1979), “Keepin’ The Summer Alive” (1980) and “The Beach Boys” (1985).

Beach Boys vinyl reissues

The band’s 1972 album, “Carl & The Passions – So Tough,” will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl on May 12.

Beach Boys fans will also be interested to know that the band’s classic 1966 album, “Pet Sounds,” will be released on Blu-ray Audio on June 16, complete with bonus content.

The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds on Blu-ray audio

The album will be presented with six bonus tracks in high resolution (192kHz/24-bit) and in three distinct mixes, including Brian Wilson’s original mix in PCM Mono, Dolby True HD Stereo and new DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround mixes. The new mixes were produced by Mark Linett, under the supervision of Brian Wilson.

“Pet Sounds” is one of the most critically-acclaimed albums of all time, ranking at number two on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” in 2003, and topping Mojo’s similar list in 1995.

The vinyl reissues can be ordered now via the links below:

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15 Big Ones (LP)

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M.I.U. Album (LP)

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L.A. (Light Album) (LP)

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Keepin’ The Summer Alive (LP)

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The Beach Boys (LP)

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Carl & The Passions – So Tough (LP)

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