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.

Simple Minds Exhibit Staying Power On “Direction Of The Heart” DLX UK CD [part 3]

[…continued from last post] Of the three songs here that Cherisse Osei played drums on, “Natural” was the clear winner for me. In all cases her drums were fine; it was the songs that either sank or swam. “Natural” managed … Continue reading

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Simple Minds Exhibit Staying Power On “Direction Of The Heart” DLX UK CD [part 2]

[…continued from last post] It’s strange to hear a Glitterbeat in the middle of a Simple Minds song, but “Human Traffic” didn’t bother asking our permission. The band had pulled this gambit once before on their [second recorded] cover of … Continue reading

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Simple Minds Exhibit Staying Power On “Direction Of The Heart” DLX UK CD [part 1]

Simple Minds: Direction of The Heart – UK – DLX CD [2022] Well, it’s been the requisite four years since the last Simple Minds opus. I really thought that “Walk Between Worlds” was the best album by Simple Minds since … Continue reading

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The Countess Of Fife “Star Of The Sea” Fulfills Country Yearnings For Fay Fife

The Countess of Fife: Star Of The Sea – UK – CD [2022] The story began almost two years ago when The Countess Of Fife ran a Kickstarter campaign to get their debut album recorded and manufactured. The band surpassed … Continue reading

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40 Years Of Spoons “Arias + Symphonies” Demands Close Inspection of Canada’s Best Album [part 4]

[…continued from last post] Some songs are simply so splendid that they inhabit a level of emotional sweep that few others can reach. “Nova Heart” is one such song. Beginning with an insouciant 808 rhythm, the deception of its casual … Continue reading

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40 Years Of Spoons “Arias + Symphonies” Demands Close Inspection of Canada’s Best Album [part 3]

[…continued from last post] “One In Ten Words” was an effervescent blend of synths with the Jupiter IV’s arpeggiator getting plenty of use in adding melodic filigree throughout this song, and as we’ll hear, the album to come. A rhythm … Continue reading

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40 Years Of Spoons “Arias + Symphonies” Demands Close Inspection of Canada’s Best Album [part 2]

[…continued from last post] The band planned on recording two songs for a dance single that their label had suggested. The songs in hand were “Symmetry,” and the intended B-side, “Nova Heart.” Producer John Punter arrived in the middle of … Continue reading

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