June 17, 2019

Dave Thompson Review: The best band ever to begin with “B” – the Bay City Rollers “Singles Collection”

Bay City Rollers The Singles Collection (7T’s/Cherry Red – 3 CD box set) “Shimmy shammy shong.” The history of rock is littered with what the grown-ups considered to be imbecilic nonsense. “A wop bop a loo bop…” “Yeah yeah yeah…” …

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Discogs Staff The Biggest Rock Operas Ever, In Light Of ‘The Who’s Tommy Orchestral’

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The term “rock opera” applies to hundreds of albums. Off hand, you can probably think of a handful of records that tell a unified story throughout their runtime. While most popular in the late ’60s and early ’70s, the framework has been used consistently since Simon The Simopath — considered by some as the first rock opera — was released in 1967.

Pink Floyd didn’t release The Wall until 1979, Queensrÿche closed out the ’80s with Operation: Mindcrime, and bands like Green Day, Fucked Up, and My Chemical Romance released rock operas in this century. There’s even the sub-subgenre of rap operas (or hip-hopera if you’re looking to get punny).

But if you’re on Family Feud and Steve Harvey tells you to name a rock opera, the number one answer will almost certainly be: The Who’s Tommy. The Who helped coin the phrase, after all.

On June 14, Roger Daltrey marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark rock opera by making even more operatic. He released The Who’s Tommy Orchestral, a live album recorded during last year’s world tour with an orchestra conducted by Keith Levenson and arrangements provided by David Campbell.  

“The sound of all these musicians takes your face off, it’s so physically powerful,” Daltrey told iNews recently. “I’ve always said Townshend writes in the classical form. I think Tommy is one of the best operas ever written.”

In addition to the orchestra, Daltrey was joined by musicians who’ve played live with The Who in recent years, including Simon Townshend, Frank Simes, Scott Devours, Jon Button, and Loren Gold.

Recorded on the site of the original Woodstock festival, The Who’s Tommy Orchestral is a new presentation of the rock opera — distinctly different from the London Symphony Orchestra’s overwrought 1972 version. It also contains a slightly augmented track list when compared to the original edition of Tommy.

That said, it’s not meant to be a drastic departure from the source material. “We stay faithful to the record,” Daltrey told Rolling Stone. “We treat it with the respect that you’d treat a Mozart opera.”

In light of Tommy’s 50th anniversary and the release of The Who’s Tommy Orchestral, here are the biggest rock operas — and one rap opera — of all time according to the Discogs community. Since some records straddle the line between full-blown rock opera (a unified narrative) and just a concept album (songs linked by a general concept), there may be some borderline LPs that didn’t quite fit on this list. Let us know what your favorites are in the comments.

This article was produced in partnership with UMG.

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Lee Zimmerman Indie Spotlight: Jeff Kelly, Over the Rhine, Tom Russell, Lambchop and more

Indie Spotlight author Lee Zimmerman reviews the latest from indie artists such as Jeff Kelly, Over the Rhine, Tom Russell, Lambchop and more.

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Adventures In Sound And Music hosted by Frances Morgan

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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Oslo Presents Grace Jones ‘Slave To The Rhythm’

Slave to the Rhythm is an audio biography of Grace Jones produced by Trevor Horn, it’s a sonic treat along the lines of Yes’s 90125 or Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s first album. The music ranges from slick R&B runaway grooves to striking audio montages, interrupted occasionally by conversation about Jones’s life. Serious ear candy.


Time and Date: Thursday June 20th 2019 6:30pm – 9:00pm


Laboratoriet (Kulturhuset), Youngs gate 6, 0181 Oslo


Available Here


Kent Horne

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hcmf announces 2019 Composer in Residence

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Alex Ross Stockhausen’s LICHT in Amsterdam

Infinity Opera. The New Yorker, June 24, 2019.

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Acclaimed jazz-folk group Babelfish are set to launch their new album, Once Upon A Tide, at Kings Place on 29 June. Co-led by singer Brigitte Beraha and pianist Barry Green, and featuring renowned rhythm section players Chris Laurence on bass and Paul Clarvis on drums and percussion, the group perform songs that draw on a variety of literary ideas such as life and death, the beauty of impermanence and the cyclical nature of existence.

“This album is reflective of both the surprising nature of life and our playing style. We all like to take risks and have fun, knowing that no matter where we start the end result is never set,” says Beraha. “It isn’t about striving for perfection but instead pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, following the music where it takes us and expressing something true in the moment.” The album is released on Moletone Records the same day as the launch.

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