Author Archives: Dave Thompson

Book reviews – Murder Ballads, Piracy, Rare Bowie and Rip-offs

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David Bowie – Rare Records Price Guide Volume One (Singles 1964-2016) by Tamsin Darke Createspace ISBN 978-1523856268 https://tamsindarkebowiepriceguide.wordpress.com Goldmine’s latest price guide gives David Bowie a couple of pages.  Record Collector’s smaller format surrenders a couple more.  Tamsin Darke’s prosaically …

Kevin Godley’s got Hog Fever

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It’s difficult to say what Kevin Godley is most famous for. For some, it’s his four years behind the drum kit with 10cc, a period during which he played, sang and wrote some of the most deathless songs in that …

50 good Kinks

This album cover (minus the  vinyl) of “Kinks Greatest Hits” (Marble Arch Records MALS 1403, Canadian, 1975) was signed by both Ray and Dave Davies and sold by Heritage Auctions this year for a cool $400. Photo image courtesy of HA.com.

There wasn’t nearly as much hoopla when The Kinks turned 50. But, hey, The Kinks’ music can hold up to any of the classic bands – defunct or still standing. Here are our picks for the band’s best songs – 50 of them.

Reviews: Fashions, Sendelica, Sons of the Void, Dodson & Fogg, Bordellos, Schizo Fun Addict, United Bible Studies, Soft-Hearted Scientists, Proud Peasant, Juju, In The Cities of Your Eyes, Claudio Cataldi

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various Fashions (CD) Sendelica Ziggy Stardust (45) (both Fruits de Mer) Sendelica I’ll Walk With The Stars For You (http://sendelica.bandcamp.com) Of all the tributes offered up to the recently fallen David Bowie, the most affecting, and effective was, in fact, …

Book Review – George Harrison: Soul Man by John Blaney

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George Harrison – Soul Man by John Blaney Mega Dodo/Paper Jukebox ISBN 978-0-9544528-7-2 (book) They always called him the quiet one, but of course, he wasn’t.  Not really.  Quiet ones don’t write songs like “Taxman,” “Piggies” and “Bangla-Desh.”  Quiet ones …