Cabaret

“There was a cabaret, and there was a master of ceremonies. And there was a city called Berlin, in a country called Germany… And it was the end of the world.” The Kit Kat Club is the place to go if you want to leave your troubles behind; based on the past five years (at least), […]

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Cratchit

Marley was dead to begin with – and what of it? There’s still work to be done, and Bob Cratchit has to bear the brunt of his remaining master’s foul moods whilst remaining industrious. It’s little wonder he can’t always bring himself to smile, and no surprise that a crafty swig from a hip flask […]

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Stereophonics: Just Enough Education to Perform – 20th anniversary (Shepherd’s Bush Empire)

Stereophonics’ third album, Just Enough Education to Perform, was released on 11 April 2001 – and in August of the same year it found its way into my beginner’s CD collection. Therefore, when the announcement came that the band would be doing some relatively intimate shows in which they’d play the full album (an increasingly popular […]

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A Christmas Carol (Goblin Theatre)

Once you reach late November & early December, you don’t have to look far to find several adaptations of a certain Charles Dickens novella – the key is finding an original take on the story. That is certainly the case with Goblin Theatre’s version of A Christmas Carol; performed in the Baroque surroundings of the […]

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#MindTheBand: “Discovering The Classics” – Parallel Lines

The VitalsRelease date: 23 September 1978UK chart peak: #1Running time: 39:06Singles: Picture This (#12), Hanging on the Telephone (#5), Heart of Glass (#1), Sunday Girl (#1) Although Blondie had enjoyed success prior to Parallel Lines, this was the album that brought them attention across the globe, hitting the top 40 in Italy & Finland (#11), Norway […]

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#MindTheBand: “Discovering The Classics” – Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.

The VitalsRelease date: 5 January 1973UK chart peak: #41 (1985)Running time: 37:08Singles: Blinded by the Light, Spirit in the Night Though Bruce Springsteen’s debut album received pretty positive reviews, that didn’t translate into immediate chart success – Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. peaked at #60 in the USA, #71 in Australia, and #35 in Sweden. It made […]

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#MindTheBand: “Discovering The Classics” – Exodus

  The VitalsRelease date: 3 June 1977UK chart peak: #8Running time: 37:24Singles: 1977 – Exodus (#14), Waiting in Vain (#27), Jamming/Punky Reggae Party (#9); 1980 – Three Little Birds (#17); 1984 – One Love/People Get Ready (#5) Originally released on Island Records, Exodus is considered both a critical and commercial success, receiving gold certifications in the […]

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