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Music essays/reviews that are worth reading

Post by AdvertBreak » 24 Jan 2016, 22:56

Strange idea for a thread, but I feel like I post a lot of cool music stuff in the off topic section because there's no place for it here. So...

Anyway, check these out:
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These are essays/reviews of, and detailing the history of, a great series of compilations in the mid-late 90s in the UK called 'This is Cult Fiction' which collected a lot of cult TV and film themes (although its a lot more interesting than that) as well as other stuff like easy listening. It shows how well they epitomized the often forgotten culture in Britain at the time that was all things retro, starting with the post-Tarantino boom and working its way through the likes of the easy listening revival (tied to Britpop) and whatever, stuff that I think is sadly missed out of John Harris' The Last Party. I don't agree with all of his background opinions but that's very much besides the point.

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Post by Forever Low Man » 24 Jan 2016, 23:03

This is pretty worth your time as well.

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Post by AdvertBreak » 24 Jan 2016, 23:04

Yeah, I'll also be posting some of my own essays from my blog, if Forever Low Man is ;)

Anyway, here's another great review of a series of UK 90s compilations, although completely different
Virgin's Ambient series
http://women-and-dreams.blogspot.co.uk/ ... s-1-4.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by AdvertBreak » 25 Jan 2016, 00:59

Here's one I've written tonight

I've reviewed the 2000 compilation album "The Best TV Ads...Ever!"

https://moonrakerblabbering.wordpress.c ... /01/25/lk/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 27 Jan 2016, 07:39

I well remember a new interest in easy listening music tied in with Britpop. This music had previously disappeared from our TV screens (& consciousness) by the early 80s. I bought 'This Is Easy' at the time - I liked the way it was easy-listening in a seamless DJ mix style. The success was because many 20-somethings who were Britpop fans remembered these old themes, orchestral pieces etc from TV and radio of their childhood.

There were other good compilations I had, among the best being 'The Sound Gallery' (Vos 1 & 2) which I think were before This Is Easy, and played all tracks in full. When Vol 1 first came out, it was featured on evening Radio 1.

John Harris didn't include the easy listening revival in his book - maybe it didn't tie in with the story he was telling, i.e. that the upper echelons of indie music became tied in with emerging politicians. When each made it to mainstream acceptance, their scene dissolved.

Re: the writer's background opinions - sometimes his reviews are a difficult read, and I don't agree with all he says.
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Post by AdvertBreak » 27 Jan 2016, 11:38

I too have The Sound Gallery compilations. Volume One is fantastic, Syd Dale's Penthouse Suite and Mandingo's Headhunter are my favourites. I first knew the Penthouse Suite as the Tarrant on TV theme tune, I guess one in a few examples - for example Ron Grainer's Man in a Suitcase is the the TFI Friday theme, and that was Britpop era. There was another great compilation called Inflight Entertainment which is set up in a concept album style. I included both that, Sound Gallery Volume One and This is Cult Fiction in my top 50 various artist albums list 1968-97, although I never finished the write ups for it :lol:

Not they are essays/reviews, but the other day I wrote the Wikipedia page for another defining compilation of the era, The Beautiful Game (Euro 96 Official album) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beautiful_Game_(compilation_album" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) . Normally I write the pages for albums by Show of Hands and Peatbog Faeries. (Any of the studio and live albums listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Show_of_Hands" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; , and any of the studio albums listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Peatbog_Faeries" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; )

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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 02 Feb 2016, 07:39

Read this one, quite a lot of it was interesting, but sometimes a bit difficult to follow. E.g. it seemed to flip between early-mid 90s and the 2000s.
AdvertBreak wrote:Here's one I've written tonight

I've reviewed the 2000 compilation album "The Best TV Ads...Ever!"

https://moonrakerblabbering.wordpress.c ... /01/25/lk/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Nice work. I remember a lot of the songs being hits, didn't necessarily remember that this was on the back of adverts. I used to record programmes and watch them later, one of the advantages was that I could ffwd through the adverts. This is probably why I didn't pick up so much on which songs were being used. ;)
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Post by AdvertBreak » 11 Feb 2016, 00:19

Yeah the jump in the ambient one is a bit confusing.

Glad you like my TV Ads review. I feel the album highlights just how big of an impact advert songs actually had on the charts in the 90s, and the 00s for that matter.

Anyway, a bit of self-promotion here, but on my Wiki user page you'll find a list of all the album articles I wrote (where it says 'Examples of large articles I've written' in the 'Perhaps my best pages' section. Try and avoid the rest of the page though because I need to rewrite it its so bad.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:TangoTizerWolfstone" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 12 Feb 2016, 07:28

I must admit Wikipedia is an easy source of reference, rather than trawling through bookshelves, album sleeves etc for forgotten details.

And good that people are compiling pages for Wikipedia because their efforts often bring information that is new to others.
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Post by AdvertBreak » 12 Feb 2016, 18:47

Mallard No. 22 wrote:I must admit Wikipedia is an easy source of reference, rather than trawling through bookshelves, album sleeves etc for forgotten details.

And good that people are compiling pages for Wikipedia because their efforts often bring information that is new to others.
Agreed. I love Wikipedia. And that's perhaps the main reason I love writing pages (and for the way it looks afterwards), as I love tieing up random bits of information from all other the internet and in books etc. etc. and putting them into one page, and it's unknown information really because I mostly write pages for obscure albums. My most recent: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_%26_Remastered" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 16 Feb 2016, 07:03

AdvertBreak wrote: I love tying up random bits of information from all other the internet and in books etc. etc. and putting them into one page
It is good to use different source information and put it into one whole. Not many people do this. E.g. when a famous person dies, the same biographical details are trotted out by numerous columnists, without expanding or adding to the detail.
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Post by AdvertBreak » 10 Jan 2017, 11:26

FreakyTrigger is one of my favourite music websites for sure, but I typically only read the stuff written by Tom Ewing (including Popular, an ongoing series where he individually reviews ever UK number 1 single of all time [he's been doing it since 2003, and he's currently into 2002, the 51st year of the charts.])

However I present to you 'Blog 92', written by another writer for the site about the 1992 compilation album Rave 92, which she grew up with. She writes about all 24 tracks on the album individually (links to each individual part on the right). http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/2007/08/b ... roduction/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I also created and wrote the Wikipedia page for Rave 92 yesterday, here it is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rave_92" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 11 Jan 2017, 07:03

AB - interesting write-up about 'Rave 92'. I remember a lot of those tracks. I have them on other albums or compilations.

There was always intrigue about the anonymity of rave.
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Post by AdvertBreak » 20 Mar 2017, 23:18

back to me and my wiki articles

Here's ones I have written this year so far (its not a complete update on last time because there was loads i wrote last year i never mentioned but go on my user profile TangoTizerWolfstone for a comprehensive enough scroll list if you wanna see)

The page for The Beta Band's s/t is perhaps my favourite I've ever written.

REQ - One
REQ - Frequency Jams
The Beta Band - The Beta Band
Jesus Jones - Perverse
Tortoise - TNT
Flying Saucer Attack - Mirror
Neotropic - Mr Brubakers Strawberry Alarm Clock

Various artists compilations:
Rave 92
One Half of a Whole Decade
Casino Classics: Chapter One
A Night at Studio 54
Law of the Jungle
Happy 2b Hardcore (mixed by Anabolic Frolic)
Make 'Em Mokum Crazy
The Positiva Ambient Collection
Give 'Em Enough Dope Volume One

All the various artists ones listed Law of the Jungle onwards I wrote this week.

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Post by AdvertBreak » 30 Nov 2017, 01:41

Can I shamelessly self-promote some of the Wikipedia pages I've written recently for mostly instrumental electronic albums?

Tonto's Expanding Head Band - Zero Time (1971) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_Time" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
British Electric Foundation - Love and Dancing (1981) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_for_Stowaways" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The League Unlimited Orchestra - Love and Dancing (1982) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_and_Dancing" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Adamski - Liveandirect (1989) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liveandirect" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Nicolette - Now Is Early (1993) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Now_Is_Early" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Derek Bailey - Guitar, Drums 'n' Bass (1996) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guitar,_D ... 7n%27_Bass" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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