Rendez-vous Houston: A City in Concert was a live performance by musician Jean Michel Jarre amidst the skyscrapers of downtown Houston on the evening of April 5, 1986, coinciding with the release of the Rendez-Vous album. For a period of time, it held a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest outdoor “rock concert” in history, with figures varying from 1 […]
8/10 … Toccata Electronica is possibly the most stunning bootleg of Kraftwerk ever ‘released’. Comprising of rare and different remixes of many well known Kraftwerk songs. This bootleg first surfaced in 1995 as a CD with professional looking packaging and high quality audio. Different pressings including differing artwork and CD labels are in circulation however the front cover is usually the one shown here above…
6/10 … I have to be honest, I’m not a disco fan. It’s one of the few music styles that I have never got into. For me, the music usually is too simple, kind of feels like it’s made to be sold with a McDonalds menu. It lacks soul! So with that said, I probably shouldn’t review this kind of release, but hey, the music is made to old school porn, of course it then got my attention. And I kind of like it, but I have the same problems with this as with other disco releases, although this one being a darker kind of disco. But it’s again, too simple and have no real identity and again, soul. I prefer his “Mind Warp” (1982) record. So I will not buy this one, but if someone puts it on, I will not throw things at them either.
When American rock music spread across Europe in the late 1950s, it was integrated with the countries’ own cultural heritage. In the UK, the road to rock’n’roll went via skiffle, fast folk music on the banjo and washboard. In 1956, John Lennon formed a slate group, the Quarrymen, of which Paul McCartney and George Harrison […]
9/10 … The British press calls him The Göttfater (Godfather) of Techno. With the album E2–E4, Göttsching created music that influenced the development of electronic music (almost) as much as Kraftwerk.
When Manuel Göttsching released the album E2–E4 in 1984, but he received criticism at home in Germany for not understanding the path taken by electronic music. Several years later, reviewers apologized. It was they themselves who did not understand what a groundbreaking album Göttsching had created…
Manhattan Research Inc.’ is a posthumous compilation from inventor and early electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott. It contains over just over two hours’-worth of space-age pop jingles and library-flavoured electronic music. It’s a perfect release both for those wanting to explore the history of synth music and for listeners who are just after some playful, retro-futurist […]
9/10 … This is a real coffee table book, 436 pages and a wooping 31x25cm. I sat down with a cup of cooffe and started at the begining. I was imiditlly sucked into this amazing universe and 6 hours later I was still at it. Writting down for me new titles to discover and listening to them on Spotify to see if I wanted to hunt down the vinyl. Another aspect I love about this kind of books is that I feel less crazy for spending so much time and so much money on music. There’s a whole lot of other people out there that are the same.
7/10 … I don’t know if it was a Swedish only phenomena, but during the 1980’s there could break out fights between ”Synthare” (People into Electronic music such as Depeche Mode & Kraftwerk) and ”Hårdrockare” (Metal kids), and these fueds are still here today but more of a verbal thing than actual fistfights. For the moment, there’s a really funny one going on by two journalists here, my favourite Swedish entertainment journalist, Fredrik Strage from a national newspapers and one guy from a more of a local newspaper.
9/10 … Directed by DA Pennebaker (R.I.P) We get to follow both the band and 10 fans who won a dance contest and get to go by bus throughout the US till they arrive in California. There they have their last concert (101th) on the tour, ”Music for the Masses” on 18 June 1988 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.