With Record Store Day on 21st April, Verus Ferreira explores how the invention of Thomas Edison’s marvel of the phonograph and Emile Berliner’s invention of the disc, is making a comeback in today's digital age.
Blaxploitation movies that emerged in the early 1970s, had black actors and communities as the heroes and laid emphasis on the plot, rather than being portrayed as sidekicks or as victims, which used to be the norm in Hollywood.
Going back to the 80s and one album that really rocketed an unknown star to popdom was ‘She’s so Unusual’. The midget girl with a powerful voice was totally new to the music world when she released her debut album, and what an album it came to be.
In 1953, bass singer Herb Reed put together a group of four men and called them "The Platters." Herb got the idea from a disc jockey referring to records as platters. The four men were Herb Reed, Joe Jefferson, Cornell Gunther, and Alex Hodge.
John Mayer is some sort of a ‘chameleon of music’ and a very good one at that. He becomes a pop sensation with some kitschy songs. Then he goes and makes two solid albums influenced by the music of 70’s Laurel Canyon scene (born and raised and Paradise Valley), a new territory for him.
The hugely popular 90’s British band, Oasis borrowed copiously from these four Manchester lads (vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani, and drummer Reni), not just musically, but attitudinally.
The harmonies fall like a cascade, the hooks sink in as you play Boney M’s Christmas album which is one of the most sought after 1981 re –release. Boney M has never quite gone out of style. They are one international act whose appeal spans over 2 generations.
This LP is incredible for it features many of the Guitar Gods well-known songs and takes me back to a fantastic time period when I just got to know his music. This is a really good compilation of Eric Clapton's most famous tracks
The good old Johann Sebastian is back with a touch of bluegrass in the company of three very accomplished musicians. Cellist YoYo Ma, bass player Edger Meyer and the mandolin (and guitar) player Chris Thile have come together to present this gentle beauty.
The Seventy's superstars to stay in the limelight comes on with full force with the distinctive style that the duos so famous for. For Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, making music is nothing less than pure joy something they have being doing for over a quarter - century.