Various Artists – Krautrock 3 – Original Album Series (2017) {5CD Set Warner Music 5054197-4297-2-9 – Remastered}

Various Artists - Krautrock 3 - Original Album Series (2017) {5CD Set Warner Music 5054197-4297-2-9 - Remastered}

Various Artists – Krautrock 3 – Original Album Series (2017) {5CD Set Warner Music 5054197-4297-2-9 – Remastered}
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Krautrock / Experimental / Psychedelic Rock

The third part of the collection of classic 70-x rock-rock albums, released as part of the Original Album Series. Albums Doldinger’s Motherhood “Motherhood”, Diez & Bischof “Daybreak” and Dennis “Hyperthalamus” for the first time on CD.

Kraut-rock is the direction of experimental and psychedelic rock music that arose in the late 1960s and early 1970s in West Germany. The business card of the style was a mixture of rock music performed on standard instruments of a rock band (electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, synthesizer), with electronic music structures, and electronic sound processing. Among other things, music often has a pulsating rhythm, so-called. “Motoric”. Thus, Krautrock gave an impulse for the development of electronic music and ambient music. In addition, in kraut-rock, emphasis is placed on instrumental music, improvisation and experimentalism.

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Richard & Linda Thompson – Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}

Richard & Linda Thompson - Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}

Richard & Linda Thompson – Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}
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Rock / Folk Rock / British Folk / British Folk Rock

1978’s First Light marked Richard & Linda Thompson’s first time in a recording studio after three years away from music, and it suggested they were still getting warmed up as performers; a year later, Sunnyvista found them in much stronger form and a significantly more upbeat frame of mind. Sunnyvista is the wittiest and most joyous album Richard & Linda made together; while several of Richard Thompson’s trademark meditations on romance at it’s least successful are on hand, “Why Do You Turn Your Back” manages to generate an unusually soulful groove, “Lonely Hearts” captures the melancholy country feel that First Light never quite caught, and “Traces of My Love” finds a winning warmth in its sadness.

Richard Thompson’s satirical eye gets an airing on the darkly witty title cut, and he displays his rarely aired politically conscious streak on the rabble-rousing “Borrowed Time” and “Justice in the Streets.” Linda Thompson’s vocals are in superb form on “Sisters,” a lovely duet with Anna McGarrigle. And you’d have to go back to Hokey Pokey to hear the Thompsons having as much fun as they do on the rollicking “Saturday Rolling Around” and the wildly passionate “You’re Going to Need Somebody.” With a big band of Fairport Convention and Albion Band associates and top UK session players on board, and Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Gerry Rafferty, and Glenn Tilbrook contributing vocals, Sunnyvista boasts the stylistic eclecticism of the Thompsons’ best work, with a healthy dose of added enthusiasm. Anyone who thinks Richard & Linda Thompson’s records are always depressing have obviously never heard Sunnyvista; if it isn’t quite as resonant as I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight and Pour Down Like Silver, it still boasts great songs, great singing, and you can play it at a party.

Richard & Linda Thompson – Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}
2CELLOS - Celloverse (2015) {Portrait 88843087812}

2CELLOS – Celloverse (2015) {Portrait 88843087812}
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Classical / Classical Crossover / Classical Pop / Pop / Rock / Cellos

The third studio album from the internationally renowned Croatian classical/pop duo consisting of savvy cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, the self-produced Celloverse offers up 13 spirited slabs of rock-infused, classical crossover mayhem that are as elegant as they are downright fiery. Tracks include rousing renditions of rock hits from the likes of Iron Maiden (“The Trooper”), Radiohead (“Street Spirit”), Muse (“Hysteria”), and AC/DC (“Thunderstruck”), the latter of which segues into Vivaldi’s Cello Sonata No. 4 in E minor.

2CELLOS, music’s most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, return with their new album Celloverse. Self-produced by Sulic and Hauser, Celloverse showcases 2CELLOS’ unique ability to reinvent classic rock and pop songs, starting with ‘The Trooper Overture’, a metal-meets-classical mash up of Iron Maiden’s hit and Rossini’s ‘William Tell Overture’. The album also includes their take on AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ (having garnered over 30 ‘million views on YouTube), ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford & Sons and Michael Jackson’s ‘They Don’t Care About Us’. Rounding off Celloverse is the Paul McCartney classic ‘Live and Let Die’, with special guest Lang Lang alongside the title track which is an original song penned and arranged by 2CELLOS themselves.

Propelled into international fame in 2011 after their version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’ went viral following an appearance on Glee, Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser return to their rock roots on their third al-bum, Celloverse. A visually dynamic act, 2CELLOS will create a music video for every song on the album.

2CELLOS playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. They have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out. They have sold out shows around the globe and frequently perform with Sir Elton John as part of his band, as well as opening his shows to rapturous acclaim.

Billy Bragg – Mr. Love & Justice (2008) {2CD Cooking Vinyl COOKCD452X}

Billy Bragg - Mr. Love & Justice (2008) {2CD Cooking Vinyl COOKCD452X}

Billy Bragg – Mr. Love & Justice (2008) {2CD Cooking Vinyl COOKCD452X}
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Rock / Alternative Folk / Folk / Folk Rock / Singer/Songwriter

It’s both significant and troubling that Billy Bragg’s best albums since releasing Talking with the Taxman About Poetry in 1986 were the two Mermaid Avenue volumes, in which Bragg set Woody Guthrie’s unpublished lyrics to new music with Wilco serving as his collaborators and backing band, suggesting that this former one-man band suddenly needed plenty of help to communicate with his audience. Bragg sounded confident and all but unbeatable on his first few albums in the ’80s, but political and creative uncertainty have dominated much of his work since then. Which is why Mr. Love & Justice is a pleasant and encouraging surprise – while hardly perfect, it’s easily Bragg’s best and most consistent solo effort since Don’t Try This at Home, and finds him coming to terms with maturity and the changing face of the world, two bugaboos that have been dogging his muse for some time.

Billy Bragg – Mr. Love & Justice (2008) {2CD Cooking Vinyl COOKCD452X}
2Cellos - In2ition (2013) {Sony Music Masterworks 88725409442}

2Cellos – In2ition (2013) {Sony Music Masterworks 88725409442}
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Classical / Classical Crossover / Pop / Rock / Cellos

Legendary rock producer Bob Ezrin is at the helm on In2ition, the second release by the Croatian classical crossover duo 2Cellos. Similar to their debut release, In2ition features a wide array of restructured cover versions including “We Found Love” (Rihanna), “Highway to Hell” (AC/DC), “Bang Bang” (Sonny & Cher), and “Orient Express” (Jean Michel Jarre). The guest appearances on this date are just as eclectic as the choice of material. Helping out are Steve Vai, Lang Lang, Naya Rivera, Karl Jenkins, Zucchero, and Elton John, who is such a fan he had the duo open for him on his 2011 summer tour.

2Cellos - In2ition (2013) {Sony Music Masterworks 88725409442}

Musicians:
Stjepan Hauser – cello
Luka Sulic – cello

tracklist:
01 – Oh, Well (feat. Elton John)
02 – We Found Love
03 – Highway to Hell (feat. Steve Vai)
04 – Every Breath You Take
05 – Supermassive Black Hole (feat. Naya Rivera)
06 – Technical Difficulties
07 – Clocks (feat. Lang Lang)
08 – Bang Bang (feat. Sky Ferreira)
09 – Voodoo People
10 – Candle in the Wind
11 – Orient Express
12 – Il Libro dell’Amore (feat. Zucchero)
13 – Benedictus

2Cellos - In2ition (2013) {Sony Music Masterworks 88725409442}
2Cellos - In2ition (2013) {Sony Music Masterworks 88725409442}

Ryan Hamilton And The Traitors – The Devil’s In The Detail (2017) {Fannypack Records 18831}

Ryan Hamilton And The Traitors - The Devil's In The Detail (2017) {Fannypack Records 18831}

Ryan Hamilton And The Traitors – The Devil’s In The Detail (2017) {Fannypack Records 18831}
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Indie Pop Rock / Glam Rock / Power Pop

Ryan’s back – and this time he’s bringing an army….

The place to begin discussing “The Devil’s In The Detail” is, oddly perhaps, right at the end. Because the last minute and nine seconds of this is a hidden song called “Ode To Idiots” in which Ryan Hamilton takes internet trolls to task on the snottiest country punk this side of Jason and the Scorchers. He ends it with the gleeful line: “I know you live with your mum and I’ll be seeing her again…” and in so doing shows why he just might be the best writer of pop rock songs with incredible hooks that we have right now.

He showed this on “Hell Of A Day” his solo record from a couple of years ago, and now in his new band with The Traitors, he underlines it, dots the I’s crosses the T’s and delivers something approaching a classic.

Kicking off with “Smarter” (sample hook line: “I’m still not clean, and I’m not sober, I’m just a little bit smarter and a whole lot older”) which essentially is the type of thing that former touring mate Ginger does on his solo records, “…..Detail” is one of the most uplifting and empowering records that you’ll hear in 2017.

Every one of these is a gem. “We Never Should Have Moved To LA” – which contains the line “don’t be such a see you next Tuesday” and still rules – “Anywhere”, which gets bonus points for namechecking Tom Petty and Van Halen, and the gorgeous “Heavy Heart” come and go in a blur.

It is the versatility of Hamilton that really impresses. “Scottish Mud” comes on like a cross between Redd Kross and Fountains Of Wayne, “The Gulf Of Mexico” is Cheap Trick writ large but in between is “Back In Time” which is a brilliant, evocative love song.

A Texas native, there is a welcome Country lilt to many of the 12 songs here. Perhaps the best of them is “Cheaters Never Change” with its brilliant lap steel usage, but that he follows this up with the Bowie-esque glam rock stomp of “Drugs And Fashion” is proof, perhaps, of a songwriter that isn’t too bothered about tied down.

Simply a master of a three minute pop song, Hamilton and The Traitors pack more into these than anyone has any right to in the time frame. “Strength In Numbers” boasts more hooks than most bands achieve in a career and “Don’t Say I Told You So” is a duet in the classic mould and “It Ain’t Easy” has a kind of The Eagles type feel as if to exemplify the idea that there’s nothing that can’t be tried here.

Which brings us back – literally – to where we came in. The reason why “Ode To Idiots” is so important is this: if you listened to haters who like to tell you how music is supposed to sound, then record’s like this don’t get made. If you stay true to yourself, make the ones you wanted to, they do. “The Devil’s In The Detail” is a collective middle finger to those who think they know what cool is and at the same time have done nothing more creative than press an emoji on Facebook, and it is absolutely brilliant.

Ryan Hamilton And The Traitors - The Devil's In The Detail (2017) {Fannypack Records 18831}

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