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August 11, 2017

The week in mandersmedia

Welcome! I hope you’ve had a great week…

The news this week is the chosen charity which mandersmedia supports… We are supporting Help Musicians UK, they support emerging musicians as well as those that are working and retired along with supporting musicians’ health and well-being. It’s such a great cause and fits in so well. They are currently raising funds for the world’s first dedicated 24/7 mental health service for people working in music. What a fantastic cause.

In other news, we have this rarity from the mid-sixties Prince Buster All Stars* ‎– It’s Burke’s Law just come in, a fantastic piece of Ska and Rocksteady on the legendary Blue Beat label. Along with this, we have rarities including these from Jimmy Barnes and Mikey Dread (featured last week).

Soon we will be running features on the play grading equipment mandersmedia uses, we have chosen some of the best in their format to be able to give you the best possible feedback on your playgrading request (eg. for 8 Track, we use an Akai CR-81D).

There’s a big focus on listing new items, CD, then cassettes and maybe some more vinyl this week, we believe in listing everything we can, after all, one of the most used Hip Hop samples of all time was from an album originally pulled from a dollar bin!

How do you fancy a podcast? or some You Tube videos? What would you like them to be on? Feed back as we’re always interested in hearing your opinions.

That’s everything for this week, as always, keep your eyes peeled on the Blog for news stories around all different genres of music.

Have a great week! John from mandermedia.

 

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Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise Wagner in Omaha, 1887 and 1895

 
The first is a visit by the National Opera Company, during its troubled nationwide tour, with an array of operas that included Lohengrin; the second is Walter Damrosch, the New York Symphony, a distinguished retinue of singers, including Johanna Gadski and Max Alvary, in performances of Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, and Die Walküre. Click to enlarge.

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Price reductions at mandersmedia

Welcome to another week of price reductions, we are very keen for our prices to remain competitive, read on for some great reductions and don’t forget, if you’d like to see everything we have that’s £1 and under, go to mandersmedia.cheap

London Philharmonic Orchestra* & Charles Mackerras* – 1812 Overture (Classics For Pleasure) LP was £1.91, now £1.45

London Philharmonic Orchestra* & Charles Mackerras* – 1812 Overture (Classics For Pleasure) LP was £2.25, now £1.45

Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A. (CBS) Cass, Album, Ora was £6.53, now £3.50

Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A. (CBS) Cass, Album, Ora was £9.50, now £3.50

Human League* – The Sound Of The Crowd (Virgin) 12″, Single was £3.25, now £2.50

Jimmy Ruffin – Greatest Hits (Tamla Motown, Tamla Motown) LP, Comp was £2.50, now £1.75

Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove (Warner Bros. Records) 7″ was £2.00, now £1.23

Various – That’ll Be The Day (Ronco) LP, Comp, Mono was £5.00, now £1.54

Boulez* Conducts Debussy* – La Mer – L’Après Midi D’un Faune – Jeux (CBS, CBS) LP, Album was £8.79, now £6.35

The Hamburg Staatsoper Orchestra* – Peer Gynt (Marble Arch Records) LP, Album, RE was £4.99, now £3.25

Richard Denton And Martin Cook* – Theme From “Hong Kong Beat” (BBC Records And Tapes) 7″, Single was £2.05, now £1.50

Fugees – The Score (Columbia, Columbia, Ruffhouse Records) CD, Album was £1.25, now £0.91

Chic – Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (Atlantic) 7″, Single, Sol was £0.99, now £0.72

Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (Chrysalis) 7″, Single, Pus was £0.99, now £0.70

Doug Supernaw – Red And Rio Grande (BNA Entertainment, BMG Music) CD, Album was £3.72, now £2.31

Stavros Xarhakos* – (Music From The BBC TV Series) The Dark Side Of The Sun (BBC Records) LP, Album was £7.05, now £5.58

Various – Cocktail – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Elektra, Elektra) LP, Comp was £3.45, now £1.92

Various – 20 All Time Greats Of The 50’s (K-Tel) LP, Comp, Ltd was £1.44, now £1.00

Leo Sayer – The Very Best Of Leo Sayer (Chrysalis) LP, Comp was £2.99, now £0.99

Barry Manilow – Even Now (Arista) LP, Album, RE, Blu was £2.29, now £1.58

Bobby Darin – The Legend Of Bobby Darin – His Greatest Hits! (Atlantic, Stylus Music) LP, Comp was £6.50, now £3.03

The Shadows – Jigsaw (Columbia) LP, Album was £6.35, now £4.24

Various – Milestones (Telstar) 2xLP, Comp was £7.60, now £3.91

Michael Flanders And Donald Swann* – The Bestiary Of Flanders And Swann (Parlophone) LP, Mono was £5.35, now £4.00

Various – Buster – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Virgin) LP, Comp was £3.25, now £1.90

Steve Race And His Orchestra – Dance To The TV Themes (World Record Club) LP was £2.99, now £1.11

Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom (The Best Of Michael McDonald) (Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records) LP, Comp, RM was £4.84, now £3.81

Various – Buster – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Virgin) LP, Comp was £3.25, now £1.90

The London Symphony Orchestra And The Royal Choral Society – Classic Rock, Rock Classics (K-Tel) LP was £3.72, now £1.84

Anne Murray – Annie (Capitol Records) LP, Album was £2.17, now £1.15

The London Symphony Orchestra With The Royal Choral Society – Classic Rock – The Living Years (CBS) LP, Album was £3.07, now £1.77

The London Symphony Orchestra Featuring The Royal Choral Society – Classic Rock – The Second Movement (K-Tel, K-Tel) LP was £2.75, now £1.99

Glen Campbell – Glen Campbell’s Twenty Golden Greats (Capitol Records) LP, Album, Comp was £2.64, now £1.90

Alison Moyet – Alf (CBS) LP, Album, Blu was £4.84, now £0.91

Barbra Streisand – Barbra Streisand’s Greatest Hits – Volume 2 (CBS, CBS, CBS) LP, Comp was £3.65, now £0.32

The Stylistics – The Best Of The Stylistics (Avco Records) LP, Comp was £4.07, now £1.64

The Guildford Cathedral Choir – Christmas Carols From Guildford Cathedral (Music For Pleasure) LP, Album was £0.76, now £0.55

Barry White – Greatest Hits (20th Century Records) LP, Comp was £6.73, now £2.63

The Moody Blues – In Search Of The Lost Chord (Deram) LP, Album, Mono was £119.57, now £6.25

Various – Black Joy: 22 Hits From Original Soundtrack Of The Film (Ronco) LP, Comp was £3.71, now £1.59

Johnny Rivers – Help Me Rhonda (Epic, Epic) LP was £2.76, now £1.41

Kenny Thomas – Voices (Cooltempo, Cooltempo) CD, Album was £11.75, now £0.99

Bryan Adams – Waking Up The Neighbours (A&M Records) CD, Album was £3.01, now £0.99

David Gray – Life In Slow Motion (IHT Records, Atlantic) CD, Album was £1.80, now £1.23

The Corrs – Unplugged (143 Records, Lava, Atlantic) CD, Album was £1.76, now £0.70

Michael Bolton – Time, Love & Tenderness (Columbia, Columbia) CD, Album was £4.61, now £1.80

Christina Aguilera – Stripped (RCA, RCA) CD, Album was £1.47, now £0.25

MIKA (8) – Life In Cartoon Motion (Casablanca) CD, Album, Enh, Sup was £1.06, now £0.01

Various – Modern Love (PolyGram TV) CD, Comp was £0.72, now £0.50

Robbie Williams – Live At Knebworth (Chrysalis, Chrysalis) CD, Album was £2.39, now £0.91

Madonna – Confessions On A Dance Floor (Warner Bros. Records) CD, Album, Mixed was £2.61, now £0.68

All Saints – Saints & Sinners (London Records, London Records) CD, Album was £2.94, now £0.84

Various – Now That’s What I Call Music! 57 (Virgin, EMI) 2xCD, Comp was £2.25, now £1.00

Melanie C – Northern Star (Virgin, Virgin) CD, Album, RE was £1.30, now £0.88

Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (Island Records Group, Universal Records) CD, Album, Enh was £2.57, now £2.00

That’s the price changes for this week… see you next time… mandersmedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jazzwise News

Now in its eighth year the Ystad Jazz Festival (not far from Malmo in southern Sweden) shows that with strong programing and excellent organisation new festivals can grow and create an audience (and future) for themselves. This year the festival featured 43 concerts at 10 venues over six days – a comprehensive musical programme featured most types of jazz from straight-ahead to free improv and many points in between.

There were back to back concerts from 11am to 11pm while being very varied it is also quite tiring – going from big band to avant-garde takes its toll on the ears and brain. Major artists who appeared this year included Joshua Redman (playing with his Still Dreaming band featuring the music of his father Dewey), Al Foster, Al Di Meola (in a duet with Sardinian guitarist Peo Alfonsi, below) and Hiromi and Edmar Castaneda (a remarkable duo with so much energy).

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Artistic director and pianist Jan Lundgren also played two major concerts – one with his Potsdamer Quartet featuring Jukka Perko (sax), Dan Berglund (bass) and Morten Lund (drums) and one duo concert featuring himself with trombonist/vocalist Nils Landgren (below). The latter for me was the better of the two concerts, with Landgren’s laid back vocal style very enjoyable. His versions of Leon Russell’s, ‘This Masquerade’ and Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘The Nearness of You’ were sublime as was his trombone playing all night – the finale of Joe Sample’s melancholic ‘Same Old Story, Same Old Song’ including audience participation to Landgren’s hand written lyric sheet was just joyous.

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ACT label boss Siggi Loch was in town for his 77th birthday celebrations with a succession of his artists. Marius Neset, Lars Danielsson and Morten Lund (picture top) started the proceedings playing songs from their excellent Sun Blowing album. Neset in ebullient mood blew up a storm with Lund as manic as ever on drums. Next up were Dan Berglund’s Tonbruket (below) who played a wonderful gig at the Ystad Saltsjobad – a beachside spa resort 10 minutes outside the town. The instrumentation of the band is extremely varied with keyboards, electronics, guitars, pedal steel, bass, percussion and violin – all of which allowed the music to ebb and flow like the sea outside the venue – at times pastoral and then heavy jazz rock, but always interesting and fresh sounding.

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Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala played solo in the Monastery a set that included Gershwin, Bizet, Lennon & McCartney and his own emotional composition, ‘Tears for Esbjörn’ written following the untimely death of Esbjörn Svensson. In the confines of the monastery this was a real ‘hairs on the back of the neck’ moment. One of the main joys of festivals such as Ystad is discovering new artists – often artists who have been around for years but who don’t figure on the main European festivals and certainly not on UK festivals. Ystad has a modest budget so cannot afford the biggest names but what it lacks in big money US artists it more than makes up for by its programming of quality European artists.

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This year there were several excellent artists I had not seen before. The young Swedish flugelhorn player Oskar Stenmark (who lives and plays in New York) improvising on traditional Swedish folk tunes, German bass player Lisa Wulff (above) and her trio featuring the brilliant saxophonist Adrian Hanack. The Carsten Dahl Experience with Jesper Zeuthen (alto sax) who must have one of the most unique sounds around, his vibrato playing quite astonishing. The veteran Dutch pianist Louis van Dijk’s solo performance (also in the Monastery) just oozed quality and class. The Greek trio, Magnanimus, were a revelation. Mixing Middle Eastern sounds created by Christos Barbas (who also played piano) on the Ney and Kaval (Arabic and Balkan flutes) with modern lyrical jazz and a little electronics to create something a little different and their CD, No Time, captures the music perfectly.

One of the highlights of the festival was undoubtedly Tommy Smith leading the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and featuring the singer Eddi Reader (below) playing the songs of Robert Burns. Fortunately the overwhelmingly Swedish audiences are mostly fluent English speakers so Reader’s tales of Burns and the songs meanings (in her Glaswegian lilt) were fully understood which of course adds to the enjoyment of the music. Smith runs a very tight band and the arrangements were superb – ‘Love is Like a Red, Red Rose, Ye Jacobites, Jamie Come Try Me’, the slightly salty ‘Brose & Butter’ and a rousing and ever quicker and quicker ‘Charlie is my Darling’ left the audience breathless and giving Reader and the Orchestra a standing ovation.

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The festival sold more tickets this year than ever before (10,500) 18 concerts were sold out. The festival has minimal support from the state and some decent sponsorship (30%) ticket sales represent 30% of the total cost of the festival. Ystad relies on an army (or rather) a family of happy volunteers who control the venues, sell merchandise, provide the catering and generally look after the festival – this provides the other 30% of the cost and this is the Swedish way – Ystad has over 200 societies all run by volunteers. Before the final concert the festival’s management committee came on stage and sang to the audience by way of a ‘thank you’ to the paying customers, by rights of course, it should have been the other way round.

While Sweden may not have the glorious weather of Juan Les Pins or Nice or the majesty of Umbria, it does have something almost more important; a heart and a soul and is probably one of the friendliest jazz festivals you can go to.

– Tim Dickeson (Story and Photos)

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The Real Mick Rock Stop by the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle this weekend and…

Composer of the Week Grieg

Donald Macleod looks at the multi-talented Norwegian composer, pianist and conductor

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Discogs Blog The Best Record Stores In Portland

POWERED BY CRATE DIGGERS RECORD FAIR & AFTER PARTY | PORTLAND OR | AUGUST 26 2017 “Best Record Stores” lists undoubtedly depict a biased slant. If the list is “curated” by a single writer or a cultural aggregator of lists (we’re looking at you, Thrillist) posturing as a local, best is ambiguous at best. With […]

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Discogs Blog Top 30 Most Expensive Records Sold On Discogs – June 2017

June’s Top 30 Most Expensive Records Sold in the Discogs Marketplace starts (as should always be the case) with a fleet-fingered guitar solo. This month’s most expensive record comes to us courtesy of venerated sideman Caleb Quaye. Before he started backing up some of the biggest names in the rock world, including Sir Elton, Sir […]

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This day in music On this Day August 11, 1999

KISS arrived on Hollywood Boulevard to unveil their star on The Walk Of Fame. The band had released over 30 albums and sold over 80 million records world-wide.

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