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February 25, 2019

Goldmine1 Bob Seger says ‘farewell’ on tour

A 73-year-old Bob Seger is in the middle of his Farewell tour, signifying the finish of a spectacular performing career. Goldmine gives you a review and Q&A while the tour continues. Read on!

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Goldmine1 Half-speed mastered editions of CCR titles to be reissued

Half-speed mastered editions of Creedence Clearwater Revival titles to be reissued—the band’s first two studio albums, their self-titled 1968 debut, ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival,’ and the 1969 follow-up ‘Bayou Country.’

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Goldmine1 Half-speed mastered editions of CCR titles to be reissued

Half-speed mastered editions of Creedence Clearwater Revival titles to be reissued—the band’s first two studio albums, their self-titled 1968 debut, ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival,’ and the 1969 follow-up ‘Bayou Country.’

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Freya Parr The best film soundtracks: Our top picks

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The newest fad hitting concert halls across the UK is that of screening films with a live orchestral accompaniment. This has got the BBC Music Magazine team reflecting on some of our favourite film soundtracks. 

 

Oliver Condy, Editor
The English Patient

Gabriel Yared’s score to Anthony Minghella’s 1996 epic brilliantly combines the influences of JS Bach and Middle Eastern music to magnificent effect. At its heart, Yared places a stunning piece of faux Bach, a stirring yet texturally simple three-part piano solo that utterly defines the tenor of the film.

 

 

Jeremy Pound, Deputy editor
Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence

How many film composers can boast that they have both written the soundtrack for a film and also played one of the major roles on screen? Such is the case with Ryuichi Sakamoto, whose portrayal of the complex character of Captain Yonoi in Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence is accompanied by his own music.

That score – a masterpiece of early electronic music – blends classical and oriental influences as it brilliantly conveys the stifling heat and oppression of the prisoner-of-war camp in which the likes of Major Jack Celliers (David Bowie) and Lieutenant Colonel John Lawrence (Tom Conti) are held. Crowned by the gorgeous ‘Forbidden Colours’ theme tune, it deservedly won Sakamoto a BAFTA.

 

 

 

Rebecca Franks, Managing editor
Mary Poppins

I’ve no idea how many times I watched this classic film as a child, but at least one hundred times more than my brother would have liked. I adore it – and hearing its string of brilliant songs by the Sherman brothers played by a live orchestra would only add to that.

From the exuberant tongue-twister ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ to the catchy dance number ‘Step in time!’, there’s plenty of scope for orchestral fun. And of course Mary Poppins includes one of the great Disney songs, the heartfelt ‘Feed the Birds’, with its stirring strings and choir. Oh yes, there would need to be a choir as well as an orchestra, please.

 

 

Freya Parr, Editorial assistant
Chef

This film is a sensory overload for foodies and music lovers alike. It follows the story of a hotshot head chef disenchanted with his life cooking food dictated by restaurant owners. He gives it all up to take a food truck serving Cuban sandwiches across America with his son.

The music is influenced by their travels – a mix of Latin, salsa, New Orleans R &B and Texas blues. It’s rich and dynamic and I can’t get enough of it. Warning: Do not watch on an empty stomach. 

 

 

 

Michael Beek, Reviews editor
ET – The Extra-Terrestrial

Beyond that iconic main theme, Williams’s Oscar-winning original score for Steven Spielberg’s classic film is a triumph. There’s magic, mystery, heartbreak and the thrill of the chase; those final 15 minutes of music truly lead the action and take centre stage.

If the history books are to be believed, Spielberg turned off the projector on the recording stage and let Williams simply conduct without having to meet the constraints of the edited film. In a rare move, he then went back to the edit suite and re-cut the sequence to the music. History made.

 

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Moon_Ray Bizarre Releases On Discogs, January 2019

 

In April 2018 Earjerk started a thread in the Discogs Database Forum asking Contributors to list their noteworthy or curious additions to the database: “Post your interesting new additions to the database here…” Here’s the best of the bunch from January 2019. Next time you add something weird, wonderful, rare or noteworthy in any way, share it in that forum thread for all to see.


Prince Buster's All Stars / Prince Buster & Prince Buster's All Stars - Seven Duppy / Shanty Town album cover

Prince Buster’s All Stars / Prince Buster & Prince Buster’s All Stars – Seven Duppy / Shanty Town

7, W/Lbl – Jamaica

  • Year: 1966
  • Styles: Ska, Rocksteady
  • Submitted By: Diognes_The_Fox
  • Pretty incredible to find a 50 year old white label of this Ska/Rocksteady gem.

Cecil Eustace Bustamente Campbell, AKA Price Buster, is a big name in Jamaican music. Born in Kingston in 1938, he cut his teeth in the heyday of Jamaican sound system culture. Sound systems were big business and any crew’s popularity was contingent on one thing and one thing only: fresh new tunes. If only they had Discogs…
 
Originally drawn to the sounds of 1950s American Rhythm & Blues booming from Chinese-Jamaican Tom Wong’s ‘Tom The Great Sebastian’ sound system, Prince Buster was eventually hired by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd (who started the much lauded Studio One label) to work for the ‘Down Beat’ sound system. Alongside sourcing and selecting new music, he was tasked with identifying the singles that nemesis Arthur “Duke” Reid  (who later founded Treasure Isle) was importing for his rival system, dubbed ‘Trojan’. This was nothing trivial. Duke, an ex-cop who bought a liquor store after winning a national lottery, was infamous for always carrying a gun on his hip, and for the ‘bad men’ that travelled with him, who often sabotaged his rival’s gear at sound system clashes.
 
Around the beginning of the 60s,  to avoid being tied to the American release cycle, the sound systems began producing their own records. What started out as copying American Rhythm & Blues evolved into the uniquely Jamaican music of Ska. Prince Buster put his training under Dodd to good use and started many local labels of his own (Wildbells, Buster Wild Bells, Soulsville Center, Islam, Olive Blossom Records, Prince Buster and Prince Buster Records Shack), but the most prolific output was on Voice Of The People, which was also the name of the sound system he later formed. These are now prize possessions, there are dozens of VOTP records worth over $100 USD, and their average ratio of Wants to Haves is six times the site wide average at 3.54. Luckily for us a lot of Buster’s his own material has been repressed or reissued, but there are still quite a few super rare and highly sought after Releases:
 

However, given how critical new music was in the culture of sound system clashes, an old white label like this one is super rare indeed! They were what the crews would play at clashes before the music was Released to the public. Nice find Diognes_The_Fox.
 


Unknown Artist - Instructions Model A-80 Talking Book Machines album cover

Unknown Artist – Instructions Model A-80 Talking Book Machines

Flexi, 9 – US


Vernon Dalhart And Company - The Prisoner's Song album cover

Vernon Dalhart And Company – The Prisoner’s Song

Cyl, 4min – US

  • Year: 1925
  • Styles: Country
  • Submitted By: narcisco
  • Originally developed in the later 1870s, phonograph cylinders were one of the first media that allowed for playback of audio recordings. These days you’re more likely to find them in museums than garage sales or thrift shops, so if you see one be sure to pick it up. If you have one not yet on Discogs be sure to let us know when it’s added! Vernon Dalhert, born the son of a Notorious KKK member, used hundreds of pseudonyms to record thousands of 78 rpm singles, mostly between 1923 and 1929. There are only 18 Cylinders in his name on Discogs so this one must be quite rare!

Sandra Brookover - How To Buy Meat album cover

Sandra Brookover – How To Buy Meat

LP – US


Fattburger - Sound Bites Volume 2 ENJOYA-BULL Contemporary Jazz album cover

Fattburger – Sound Bites Volume 2 ENJOYA-BULL Contemporary Jazz

CD, Comp – US

  • Year: Unknown
  • Styles:
  • Submitted By: GParty
  • “Not sure what connection slightly funky smooth jazz might have to an antibiotic used for strep throat and ear infections, but somebody put them together here “

Chico and the Marvettes, R.T. Prince - Music To Tickle Your Needle By/What Do You Want For Nothing album cover

Chico and the Marvettes, R.T. Prince – Music To Tickle Your Needle By/What Do You Want For Nothing

Flexi, 7, Single – US

  • Year: Unknown
  • Styles: Vocal, Novelty, Parody
  • Submitted By: jeff.missinne.5
  • Produced solely from underexposed Ektachrome with Estar base. Ektachrome and Estar are trademarks of the Eastman Kodak Co.

No Artist - Mit Dieser Langspielplatte Können Sie Ihrem Stummen Sittich Das Sprechen Beibringen album cover

No Artist – Mit Dieser Langspielplatte Können Sie Ihrem Stummen Sittich Das Sprechen Beibringen

LP, Mono – Germany

  • Year: Unknown
  • Styles: Field Recording
  • Submitted By: Vortexsurfer75
  • “The title of this record translates to something like ‘With this long playing record you can teach your mute parakeet to talk’”

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Moon_Ray Discogs Database In Review: January 2019

What a kick off to the new year: total contributions to Discogs were up 14% on December 2018. Perhaps that’s not such a surprise given that January is always one of the busiest months for the Contributor Community, but it’s still a lot of work.

Big, big shout out to Diognes_The_Fox, who made his 50,000th Submission to Discogs on February 6th (a Gospel 7″, The Fantastic Golden Voices Of Washington, D. C. – I Sure Do Love The Lord). He’s been a very active contributor since he joined the Discogs Database project in 2005: from his first to his 50,000th Submission he made an average of 9.8 submissions every single day for 5,123 days. For context, the second and third largest Submitters of all time are degm (34,569) and Oedipus_Recs (18,920), and only 25 people have ever submitted more than 10,000 Releases.

To top it all off we also passed another crazy Community milestone: there are now over 300 million Releases across all Users’ collections! Check out our analysis of the first and last million Releases added to Collections. Vinyl still makes up two thirds of all Collections, but the Genres and Release Countries have shifted a lot.

Overview

For the full breakdown of what happened last year, check out our How Did The Discogs database Grow in 2018 blog post.

 

Daily Submissions

Top Contributors In January

From The Database Forum

 

Updates To The Submission Guidelines

There has been a small but important and well received update to the first paragraph of RSG §5.2.c ‘Matrix / Run-Out’. The word ‘can’ has been replaced by ‘should’, with the intention of indicating that all information from the run-outs on any one Release should be entered in a single ‘Matrix / Run-Out’ field, which makes it easier to read & sort multiple run-outs:

  • FROM: “…This information can all be added to one ‘Matrix number’ field.”
  • TO: “…This information should all be added to one ‘Matrix number’ field”

Thanks andygrayrecords for asking the right questions and kicking off the Community review process.

Want to learn more about how Discogs is built?
Ready to submit a new Release to Discogs?
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Moon_Ray The Biggest Discogs Contributors Of 2018

Every year tens of thousands of people contribute their time and effort to the Discogs project: trying to build the biggest and most comprehensive music Database that has ever existed; a site with discographies of all Labels and all Artists, all cross-referenced, free and open to the public forever.

But as any one of these people will attest, that’s not an easy task… Why not just make it easier? Well, it’s a difficult task by nature: creating a cataloguing system that is complex enough to neatly capture all kinds of metadata about all the music in the world, but flexible enough allow anyone in the world to contribute, is a careful balancing act.

Currently in it’s 18th year, the Discogs project is far from complete, but it’s definitely the biggest and the best music Database in the world, and it’s all thanks to the Contributors and the time they take to catalogue everything, dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s all along the way. Big thanks in particular goes to the 10% of Contributors who made 80% of all the Contributions (Submissions, Edits, and Images) last year.

Here’s a quick summary of the biggest Contributors in 2018. Check out the Contributor Stats page for all-time rankings, or the Biggest Contributors of 2018 Forum Thread for a searchable list of the top 100 Contributors by Rank Points, Submissions or Votes Given.

Top Contributors By Total Rank Points

  • 1 Submission = 3 points
  • 1 Edit = 1 point
  • 1 Image = 1 point
  • Adding Videos does not earn Rank Points, but they’re a great addition to the Database!

Top Contributors By Submissions & Edits

Top Contributors By Images & Videos Added

Top Contributors By Votes Given

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CAS Classic Album Sundays London Presents The Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’

We feature The Flaming Lips tenth studio album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots for our March session in London. The album was well-received critically and commercially, helping the band break into the mainstream, and was adapted into a musical in 2012. Uncut declared that “even by their standards, Yoshimi is astonishing.

Join us to experience the album as never before.

Please note our London Sunday sessions now begin an hour earlier at 3pm.

London

Time and Date: Sunday 31st March 2019 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Venue

Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AE

Tickets

£10 in advance

Presenter

Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy

Audio Menu

Dynavector D17D3 MC CartridgeRega P9 TurntableRega IOS Phono Stage Audio Note Jinro Integrated AmpChord Signature Speaker CableChord Signature Tuned Aray interconnectsISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner, Klipschorn Loudspeakers and Klipsch SW-115 Subwoofers

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Six of the best classical pieces on film

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The Lone Ranger: Rossini's William Tell Overture

Rossini’s lengthy opera about the exploits of the Swiss folk hero is best known for the final section of its overture – and much of its fame is thanks to The Lone Ranger. The series, which started out on radio before migrating to television and the silver screen, followed the escapades of the masked hero and his companion Tonto as they fought injustice in the Old West of America.

Rossini's William Tell Overture (or at least part of it) became the show's signature tune. And in 2013's Disney blockbuster of the same name, starring Johnny Depp, Rossini's music once again played a starring role.

 

 

 

Brief Encounter: Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2

Among the composer’s most popular works, this Concerto has long been associated with cinematic romance. David Lean’s Brief Encounter of 1945 uses the piece as a symbol of the relationship between a suburban housewife and a doctor.

The concerto can also be heard throughout Billy Wilder’s comedy The Seven Year Itch, the opening of the work repeatedly appearing in the fantasies of middle-aged executive Richard Sherman as he dreams of seducing The Girl (Marilyn Monroe).

 

 

 

Manhattan: Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue 

Arguably no film maker is as connected to a city as Woody Allen is to Manhattan, and no composer captured the giddy glamour and excitement of New York like Gershwin.

The beginning of Allen's classic black-and-white film Manhattan opens with a montage of shots of the town set against Gershwin's jazz-soaked Rhapsody in Blue to create one of the most iconic openings in cinema.

 

 

 

: Grieg's ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ from Peer Gynt

Originally from Grieg’s incidental music to Henrik Ibsen’s play of the same name, the presence of the piece in films is a sure sign of danger round the corner.

Its most ominous manifestation is in Fritz Lang’s 1931 thriller, M, with child killer Hans Beckert (played by Peter Lorre) whistling the melody whenever he is overcome by murderous urges. Even when Lorre is not on screen, the tune indicates that his character is lurking nearby.

 

 

 

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: JS Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor

The use of the Toccata and Fugue under the opening credits of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931) is undeniably eerie. No less creepy is the use of the music in Billy Wilder’s 1950 film noir, Sunset Boulevard.

The Toccata wakes William Holden’s character on his first night staying with fading star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). A more light-hearted use of the work is in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, accompanying a farcical rugby match between students and teachers.

 

 

 

Moonrise Kingdom: Britten's Noye's Fludde

Wes Anderson's quirky film about two young misfits who run away together also serves as an homage to the music of Benjamin Britten.

Indeed, the film's climax is a performance of Britten's opera for children, Noye's Fludde, and other works including Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Simple Symphony appear throughout the film. 

 

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