We play rock ‘n’ roll, but we swing when we play. We want that ongoing flow, that lightness, that forward rush of jazz. ~ Walter Becker Sad to say goodbye to Walter Becker, guitar player extraordinaire and one hemisphere of the Steely Dan brainbox, who has died at 67. For this fan, it feels like a […]Read more "Walter Becker, 1950 – 2017"
In a way, you have to be able to play like a machine. But you can be better than a machine because of the human ear – you can hear what else is going on. ~ Jaki Liebezeit Never one to be an early adopter, by the time I had a decent computer and dial-up […]Read more "Jaki Liebezeit, 1938 – 2017"
A sense of mystery: that’s what was missing. Once upon a time, back in the distant dark ages, it was possible to own records about which nothing was known outside of what was printed on the jacket and label. So much of what counted as knowledge back then was based on half-truth, rumour, legend and […]Read more "William Onyeabor, 1946 – 2017"
The weird thing is that when that first record came out, we were still basically a club band. I don’t think we had played anything bigger than the Marquee. The record wormed its way into the top twenty, and suddenly, within a matter of weeks or so, we’d been transformed into pop stars. ~ Keith […]Read more "The Rolling Stones in Mono, Part Two: “The Rolling Stones” (Decca, 1964)"
In 2014 Apple/EMI released, to great acclaim, The Beatles in Mono boxed set on vinyl (fully five years after the CD equivalent). Here, at long last, was the Beatles done properly: remastered directly from analogue sources, pressed on high quality 180gm virgin vinyl, and housed in beautifully reproduced (down to the finest detail) replicas of […]Read more "The Rolling Stones in Mono, Part One: Introduction and First Thoughts"