Arts & Entertainment

Life at 33 1/3: Ray going country (again)

Friday, 24 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 30 By Carl Meyer
Ray Charles: Wish You Were Here Tonight (CBS) *From the vaults of Carl Meyer, an original album review written in February 1983.* The rhythm & blues and soul-giant Ray Charles…

Classical Connections: Take me to your Lieder

Friday, 24 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 30 By Colin Kaye
People have been singing songs for thousands of years and songs can probably be found in almost every culture on Earth.  In their simplest form songs are just melodies, usually…

Captivating Classics at Centara Grand

Friday, 24 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 30 By Colin Kaye
An enthusiastic audience welcomed the Salaya Chamber Orchestra at a recent concert in Pattaya’s Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort on July 12.  Presented by Pattaya International Ladies Club in support…

Life at 33 1/3: The guitar hero and the little boy lost

Friday, 17 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 29 By Carl Meyer
Gary Moore, Back On The Streets (MCA) *From the vaults of Carl Meyer, two album reviews written in March and April 1979.* Gary Moore became a permanent member of Thin…

Classical Connections: Sweet dances

Friday, 17 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 29 By Colin Kaye
Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not much good at dancing.  Not much good at all.  To be honest, I am completely useless at dancing and would…

Life at 33 1/3: Viva Australia

Friday, 10 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 28 By Carl Meyer
The Saints, Prehistoric Sounds (Harvest) *From the vault of Carl Meyer, an original album review written in November 1978.* The Saints’ third LP is an interesting and impressive experiment.  The…

Classical Connections: Intimate voices

Friday, 10 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 28 By Colin Kaye
There was a time when music was much quieter than it is today.  Before the eleventh century most music consisted of a single unaccompanied vocal melody.  The so-called Gregorian chant…

Life at 33 1/3: Rear-view mirror views

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Carl Meyer
Steve Gibbons Band, ‘Street Parade’ (Polydor) *From the vaults of Carl Meyer, an original album review written in May 1980.* Steve Gibbons continues to be helplessly nostalgic - but in…

Exciting classical concert at Centara Grand

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Colin Kaye
There’s a not-to-be-missed concert at Pattaya’s Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort at 5pm on Sunday 12th July when the Salaya Chamber Orchestra presents a programme of well-loved classical works.  The…

Classical Connections: Great Danes

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Colin Kaye
If you are over a certain age, you may recall a recording that was released in the 1950s and remained popular for many years afterwards.  The Singing Dogs was not,…

Life at 33 1/3: ABBA’s bittersweet masterpiece

Friday, 26 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 26 By Carl Meyer
ABBA, “Super Trouper” (Polar) *From the vaults of Carl Meyer, an original album review written in November 1980.* A Christmas without ABBA is like Mickey Mouse without his gloves.  But…

Classical Connections: Canada Dry

Friday, 26 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 26 By Colin Kaye
The other night, I was having dinner with some friends at a local Indian place when one of them asked who could name some Canadian composers.  Why he asked this…

Indian classical and fusion concerts in Pattaya

Friday, 19 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 25
One of the big names in Indian music, sitar player, Purbayan Chatterjee, is coming to Pattaya later this month.  Chatterjee is a master of both Indian classics and Indian fusion.…

Life at 33 1/3: …but the sleeve is a classic

Friday, 19 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 25 By Carl Meyer
Depeche Mode, A Broken Frame (Mute) *From the vaults of Carl Meyer, an original record review written in October 1982.* Depeche Mode used to be Vince Clarke’s band – until…

Classical Connections: Sumer is Icumen In

Friday, 19 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 25 By Colin Kaye
In case you had forgotten, or possibly never knew, the title is taken from one of the most famous medieval songs ever composed.  It appeared in a collection of manuscripts…

Pattaya welcomes 2 new clergymen

Friday, 12 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 24 By Elfi Seitz
The new pastor The Catholic churches of St. Nikolaus and Assumption in Pattaya opened their doors to welcome a new pastor at the beginning of last month. Rev. Peter Suraporn…

Life at 33 1/3: The dark horse of country music

Friday, 12 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 24 By Carl Meyer
David Allan Coe, “Castles In The Sand” (CBS) *From the vaults of Carl Meyer, an original album review written in July 1983.* Coe really is the dark horse of country-music.…

Classical Connections: Off the beaten track

Friday, 12 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 24 By Colin Kaye
Some of the most rewarding music can often be found in the byways of musical history rather than on the historical super-highway.  Even as a schoolboy, I was always more…

Life at 33 1/3: A crunchy great collection

Friday, 05 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 23 By Carl Meyer
The Rolling Stones, Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass) (Decca) The American version of this collection came as early as March 28, 1966, sporting a front cover photo that…

Classical Connections: Kicking up a storm

Friday, 05 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 23 By Colin Kaye
“Recently there was given a performance of the (new) overture…and all impartial musicians and music lovers were in perfect agreement that never was anything as incoherent, shrill, chaotic and ear-splitting…
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