Category Archives: Core Collection

Releases by groups that make up the serious bulk of my music collection. There are bands that I have been collecting for around 30 years or so.

Record Review: Robert Fripp – “League Of Gentlemen” US LP [part 2]

[…continued from last post] One of the most astonishing songs here, “Eye Needles,” was built on urgent tick-tock rhythms played furiously on keys that had Fripp soloing with a shower of double picked notes before hanging back to beefier chords … Continue reading

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Record Review: Robert Fripp – “League Of Gentlemen” US LP [part 1]

Robert Fripp’s “Drive To 1981” culminated in a trio of albums for that most significant year. The first out of the box was perhaps the most surprising of the Fripp albums of that period. “The League Of Gentlemen” was a … Continue reading

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Record Review: Propaganda – “Wishful Thinking” UK DLX RM CD [part 2]

My entrée to the world of Propaganda had been their 12″ single of “Duel;” one of the most vivid examples of the Hegelian dialectic between the Apollonian and the Dionysian rendered into song. The same song as performed and arranged … Continue reading

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Record Review: Propaganda – “Wishful Thinking” UK DLX RM CD [part 1]

Propaganda: Wishful Thinking DLX RM – UK – CD [2012] Abuse 3:30 Machined 6:54 Laughed! 8:54 Loving 0:47 Jewelled 7:44 Loved 6:43 Abuse 4:18 Thought 2:38 Strength To Dream (Outtake 04.02.84) 2:29 p:Machinery (The Beta Wraparound) 10:47 The Murder Of … Continue reading

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Want List: Ultravox “Rage In Eden” Ultrabox Coming for Album’s 41st Anniversary

In the biggest open secret for some months, Ultravox’s much-mooted “Rage In Eden” ultrabox was finally announced today in an official capacity. Rogue retailers in Europe had played their hands early last year which must have vexed the minds at … Continue reading

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Classic Pop’s New Romantic Special Attempts To Parse the Slippery “Movement”

It’s been a while now, but knowing my predilections, commenter Jordan asked me if I’d be interested in a copy of the Classic Pop “New Romantic Special Edition” from 2019. Not being one to turn down too many free offers, … Continue reading

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A Young Person’s Guide To “Say The Word”

Today we’ll look at the North American single by Arcadia that came out after “So Red the Rose” and was a rare example of Arcadia [on EMI and Capitol worldwide] being farmed out to do soundtrack duty on a rival … Continue reading

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