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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…

Bangkok set to host 15th Asia International Guitar Festival

Friday, 05 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 23
The Sukosol hotel and the Thailand Guitar Society in association with the Conservatory of Music, Rangsit University will present South-East Asia’s finest assembly of international guitar players, makers and enthusiasts…

Potato live at Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya

Friday, 05 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 23
Leading Thai rockers Potato will be performing live at the Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya on Friday 12 June. The members of Potato started their musical journey in 2001 and over…

Life at 33 1/3: Not a classic at all

Friday, 29 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 22 By Carl Meyer
Black Sabbath, Paranoid (Vertigo) Recorded in two days on a budget that would barely keep a goldfish alive.  That didn’t stop “Black Sabbath” from becoming one of the most stunning…

Classical Connections: Visions of America

Friday, 29 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 22 By Colin Kaye
Sometime during the 1970s – I am not quite sure exactly when – the Turnabout record label released a pair of vinyl LPs entitled Americana.   They contained, as you…

Life at 33 1/3: Nothing left to prove

Friday, 22 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 21 By Carl Meyer
The Moody Blues: Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Threshold) With “A Question Of Balance” The Moody Blues had an ever so small go at social criticism.  The album’s proposed theme…

Classical Connections: The Twilight Zone

Friday, 22 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 21 By Colin Kaye
Mention the words “night music” and I suppose the first classical piece that springs to mind is Mozart’s Serenade No. 13 in G Major, better known as Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.…

Classical Connections: Harping on

Friday, 15 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 20 By Colin Kaye
A well-established joke among musicians is that harps are like old people; they’re unforgiving and difficult to get in and out of cars.  Harps have been the target for musicians’…

Life at 33 1/3: The triumphant return of Ian Hunter

Friday, 08 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 19 By Carl Meyer
Ian Hunter, You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic (Chrysalis) *From the vaults of Carl Meyer, and original album review written in May 1979.* In 1977 Ian Hunter reached rock bottom…

Classical Connections: From song-plugger to star

Friday, 08 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 19 By Colin Kaye
George Gershwin had a modest start to his musical career.  After leaving school at the age of fifteen his first job was a song-plugger whose task it was to promote…

Life at 33 1/3: Hermania made Ramones tick

Friday, 01 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 18 By Carl Meyer
Herman’s Hermits, 20 Greatest Hits (K-tel) Talkin’ to Joey and Johnny when The Ramones visited Oslo in 1980, I was quite unprepared for their total lack of enthusiasm when questioned…

Classical Connections: Seconds apart

Friday, 01 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 18 By Colin Kaye
One of the most satisfying things about playing in an orchestra is that you experience the music from a different perspective.  It’s difficult to describe, but you feel that you’re…

Viennese Opera Ball coming to Bangkok

Friday, 24 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 17 By Elfi Seitz
At a recently held press conference, the Austrian Ambassador to Thailand, HE Enno Drofenik, announced that a Viennese style Opera Ball would be held on May 8 at the Chadra…

Life at 33 1/3: A strong case for the future

Friday, 24 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 17 By Carl Meyer
Ronnie Lane, See Me (GEM) *From the vaults of Carl Meyer, an original album review written in June 1980.* What a long, strange trip it’s been.  All the way from…
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