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Life at 33 1/3: Music from a lost weekend

Friday, 28 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 35 By Carl Meyer
Harry Nilsson, Pussy Cats (RCA) Blame it on the bottle, Harry Nilsson makes another phenomenal attempt to dismantle his own career.  It had all been eccentric career moves and nonstop…

Classical Connections: Once upon a time

Friday, 28 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 35 By Colin Kaye
Last week I was chatting with a couple of friends at a local coffee house and the subject turned, as it so often does, to music.  To be more specific,…
WET WET WET! This is what greeted us on arrival Friday afternoon.  Not the band I hasten to say, but the incessant rain which had continued to fall for 24…

Life at 33 1/3: Carnival time with The Band

Friday, 21 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 34 By Carl Meyer
The Band, Rock Of Ages (Capitol) These excerpts from The Band’s New Year concerts in New York, 28.-31. December 1971, were released in August 1972.  Spread across four album sides,…

Pattaya Players perform back-to-back nights of comedy shorts

Friday, 21 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 34 By Paul Strachan
The Pattaya Players staged a Comedy Showcase on Friday and Saturday 24-25 July at the Eastern Grand Palace Hotel on Soi Khao Talo. Founded in 2008, the Pattaya Players have…

Classical Connections: Stars of the guitar

Friday, 21 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 34 By Colin Kaye
Right then.  Here’s today’s quiz question, so sit up straight and try to look as though you’re interested.  Can you name some of the world’s top classical guitarists?  You probably…

Life at 33 1/3: All the young dudes

Friday, 14 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 33 By Carl Meyer
Mott The Hoople, All The Young Dudes (CBS) August 9, 1972, a little over 43 years ago, “All The Young Dudes” climbs into the New Musical Express’ Top 30 at…

Classical Connections: Puppet on a String

Friday, 14 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 33 By Colin Kaye
If you are over a certain age, you may recall this song from the Swinging Sixties.  It was made famous by Sandy Shaw after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in…
Dj Henry Knowles hosted a special black & white themed 1st year anniversary party for Latin Saturdays at the Havana Bar, Holiday Inn Pattaya on July 25, with special shows…

French photographer makes his debut in Pattaya

Friday, 07 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 32 By Paul Strachan
A photographic exhibition entitled ‘Carnet de voyage’ opened Monday, July 27 at the L’Auberge De Pierre French restaurant on Pratamnak Hill, near the corner of soi 4.

Classical Connections: Music of the Mountains

Friday, 07 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 32 By Colin Kaye
During the late 1950s a new name unexpectedly appeared on the British popular music scene.  It was Manuel and the Music of the Mountains and the group recorded about thirty…

Life at 33 1/3: The Monkee-classic

Friday, 31 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 31 By Carl Meyer
The Monkees, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. (Colgems/RCA) Having proven beyond doubt that they were a real group capable of playing their own instruments and even composing the odd…

Classical Connections: The Ox on the Roof

Friday, 31 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 31 By Colin Kaye
It’s not often you come across a restaurant named after a piece of classical music, but there’s one in Paris which has a particular claim to fame.  The story began…

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…
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