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Goldmine1 Roy Orbison’s ‘Black & White Night’ 30 Vinyl LP set out in October

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album for Roy Orbison’s renowned televised comeback concert in Los Angeles, “Black & White Night 30”  a 2-LP vinyl set will be released on October 18.

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“I was very comfortable around musicians and it maybe helped that I looked like them. I never felt…

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Jeffrey Lee Puckett The Cure: Documentary Disintegration

This Is 40…

The Cure celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018 with two concerts that perfectly encapsulated four glorious decades of abject moping, thunderous gloom and head-spinning pop.

Both shows were filmed and they comprise the contents of 40 Live – Curætion-25 + Anniversary, a box set arriving Oct. 18 that will, sadly, only be available in various combinations of DVDs, CDs, and downloads. Vinyl editions are often late to the party, so fetishists can only be patient and hope.

Anniversary: 1978-2018 was filmed at a massive concert in London’s Hyde Park before 65,000 Cure fans who somehow survived their late teens and early 20s — thanks in no small part to Cure leader Robert Smith, who has served as their virtual camp counselor.

The Cure Hyde Park

The second film, Curætion-25: From There to Here/From Here to There. is a clever conceit that finds the band performing songs from each of its 13 studio albums, plus two unreleased songs, at the Meltdown Festival. The first set starts with 1978’s Three Imaginary Boys and moves forward while the second begins at 2008’s 4:13 Dream and moves backward, creating an arc that shows just how durable the band’s aesthetic has proven.

Each film offers multiple highlights and abundant evidence that this version of the band, anchored by longtime bassist Simon Gallup, is capable of great subtlety and enormous power.

From There to Here/From Here to There

From There to Here begins with Three Imaginary Boys, a song that reads like any number of sorrowful tracks penned by bummed-out singer-songwriters. But when you add the band’s artful swirls of dark, hard pop and Smith’s singular vocals, which are simultaneously broken and commanding, you have a blueprint for goth rock.

Smith has described himself as an accidental member of the goth rock scene — in 1978, he was no more than a depressive with an ear for crushing music — but it’s easy to see why the goth scene grew around him.

Tall, angular, black mascara slathered around both eyes, red lipstick applied with disregard for the actual location of his lips, a bush of jet-black hair atop an outfit of jet-black clothes — Smith was the personification of how goth wanted to sound. But The Cure’s music was more complex, and its blend of teenage gloomscapes and exhilarating pop turned the band into a hit machine.

You won’t hear a ton of those hits on From There to Here/From Here to There, which Smith purposely skewed toward the morose. Instead, the band delivers taut, expert versions of deep album cuts and fan favorites such as From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, Sinking, 39 and Like Cockatoos.

Director Nick Wickham and editor Reg Wrench set a brisk, but not kinetic, pace. Most of the camera’s attention is focused on Smith, who is still pulling off the mascara, lipstick and black clothes like a boss. His odd charisma is intact and his supple tenor voice remains the sad, lonesome sound of a phone call never returned. It’s a strong performance.

The ageless Gallup dominates the stage in both films, prowling around with a bouncy punk-rock lope while rolling out deep, memorable bass lines. He’s joined by Cure veterans Jason Cooper and Roger O’Donnell along with semi-recent addition Reeves Gabrels.

Hyde Park

They pull out all the stops at Hyde Park which is more like a typical Cure set. Director Tim Pope and editor Tim Woolcott chose a more panoramic approach to capture the enormity of the stage and crowd but the sharp pacing is similar to that used in the other film. The two-channel sound, mixed with Smith’s input, is very good but I had access only to streams of the films so I can’t comment on the 5.1 mix.

The Cure Hyde Park

In addition to some choice album cuts, some of which also appear in the first film, the band delivers massive hits such as Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, Lullaby, Friday I’m In Love, The Caterpillar, In Between Days and Why Can’t I Be Like You.

The show was held shortly after the Meltdown Festival and the band remains on fire. The set starts in the late afternoon with a string of songs that pass for light entertainment in Smith’s world, including gorgeous versions of Pictures of You and Lovesong. But as the sun goes down the set grows more aggressive, perhaps peaking with an incendiary Shake Dog Shake and the black grandeur of Disintegration.

Between the two films, Cure fans are treated to 50 songs that capture the desolation and ecstasy of a band that has made its own way in the world to a degree that many others haven’t. The Cure isn’t a goth band. It’s just The Cure.

This article produced in partnership with Eagle Rock Entertainment.

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Goldmine1 “Abbey Road”: Fifty years later, the reviews are in

Here are reviews of two of the 2019 anniversary editions of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” and recent books about the masterwork.

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Unknown My Uncle, Harpsichordist: Session 006 (Jean Françaix)

I grew up with the records of my uncle’s (him performing, that is)—most memorably Scarlatti sonatas and some baroque sonatas for harpsichord and recorder. A few years ago I stumbled across a stack of copied CDs—taken from those out-of-print LPs and home-recordings—and grabbed them for memory’s sake. To my great intrigue, I found several discs devoted to works from the 20th century… which made me

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John Borack The Top 5 songs from The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album

It’s the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” and while it might be nearly impossible to choose the cream of the crop from such a masterful album, here are five songs that stand out from the rest.

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Goldmine1 Enter to win a ‘Vintage Shot’ of The Cars’ Ric Ocasek

Goldmine and Rock Scene Auctions give you the opportunity to win a 17×22″ photo print of The Cars’ Ric Ocasek in concert July 1979, photographed (and autographed) by Mark Weiss.

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C M Playlisted: Pavey Ark – “Cuckoo”

Hull-based alt-folk band Pavey Ark first landed on our radar back in July of 2108. Richer Unsigned had our own stage at the famous Cornbury Music Festival, who worked alongside us to curate a playlist of performers who went on to dazzle festival-goers with performances across a range of genres. Cornbury chose the band’s song “Leaf By Leaf” for the playlist.

Fast forward a little over a year and the band has just released their latest single “Cuckoo”, a warm folksy number that’s an ideal companion to have in your ears as the temperature starts to get a bit crisp:

And speaking of Cornbury Festival, in case you missed it you can check out the band performing this track recorded live by us from the fest!

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Muzio Clementi

Donald Macleod delves into the life and work of piano prodigy Muzio Clementi.

Muzio Clementi was one of the 18th and 19th century’s most revered musicians – a star performer, a composer admired by Czerny, Beethoven and Chopin and an astute musical businessman. However, he also had his detractors in his own time and history hasn’t been as kind to him as to the greater names of his time – Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Today his name is unfamiliar to most but it is certainly better known than the music he wrote. He was fortunate to have interactions with perhaps the world’s three greatest composers, but this fortune may have also worked against him – putting him in direct competition with them. Across the episode, Donald Macleod explores Clementi’s contact with the greatest composers of his day, reassessing the life and music of the man known as the “father of the piano” in the light of these encounters. We’ll hear the stories of his musical duel with Mozart, stage-sharing with Haydn, brushes with Beethoven and dispute with John Field over a hat.

Music featured:
Symphony No 3 (Finale)
Musical Characteristics, Op 19
Piano Sonata in A flat Major, WoO 13
Sonata for piano, Op 2 No 4
Duetto in C Major, Op 3 No 3 (Presto)
Mozart (arr. Clementi): Symphony no. 40 in G minor, K 550 (Finale)
Sonata in G minor, Op 7 No 3
Toccata in B flat Major, Op 11 No 2
Sonata in B flat major, Op 24 No 2
Variations on Mozart’s Batti, batti, o bel Masetto from Don Giovanni, WoO 10
Sonata in E flat major, Op. 8 No 2 (II. Larghetto con espressione)
Symphony in B flat major, Op 18 No 1 (I. Allegro Assai)
Sonata in G minor, Op 9 No 2
Overture in D Major
Symphony No 4
Capriccio in F major, Op 34 No 2
Monferinas selection
Sonata, Op 34 No 2
Concerto for piano and orchestra (II. Adagio e cantibile)
Piano Sonata in F minor, Op 13 No 6 (III. Presto)
Adagio sostenuto in F major (Gradus ad Parnassum, Book I, No 14)
Sonata in B minor, Op 40 No 2 (II. Largo)
Symphony No 2 in D major ( Finale)
Symphony No 1 in C major (III. Minuet and Trio)
Piano Sonata in G minor, Op 50 No 3 “Didone abbandonata”

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

For full tracklistings, including artist and recording details, and to listen to the pieces featured in full (for 30 days after broadcast) head to the series page for Muzio Clementi

And you can delve into the A-Z of all the composers we’ve featured on Composer of the Week here:

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