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The Techniques – Little Did You Know – album review

The Techniques - Little Did You Know Doctor Bird CD/DL Released 13th March 2020 The first official reissue of key vocal group the Techniques' rare 1968 album, which...

40 years of 2 Tone – a personal recollection

A personal look back at the halcyon years of 2 Tone Records as it marks its 40th anniversary with three of its key bands...

Lord Tanamo & Friends – Festival Jump-Up- album review

Lord Tanamo & Friends - Festival Jump-Up Doctor Bird 2CD/DL Released 15th November 2019 Rare album by ska/mento/calypso kingpin Lord Tanamo, with some heavyweight backing in the form...

Alton Ellis – Greatest Hits – Mr Soul Of Jamaica –...

Album Review Alton Ellis - - Greatest Hits - Mr Soul Of Jamaica Doctor Bird 2CD/DL Released 11th October 2019 Reissue of Alton Ellis' compilation album from 1973, which...

Various – Independence Jump Up Calypso – Album Review

Various - Independence Jump Up Calypso Doctor Bird 2CD/DL Released 9th August 2019 Reissue of the rare 1966 Treasure Isle album which despite the title was more Mento...

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Baddies: London, Lexington – live review

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Southend's Baddies broke up in 2012 but reformed for a special one-off gig in London to celebrate...

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In depth interview with the late Alan Merrill (The Arrows) who died this week

The following is the full transcription of an interview that Mark McStea did with Alan Merrill about four years ago where he talks his career in depth.......

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HMS Morris Release Great New Single ‘Poetry’ – Listen!

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Wales' HMS Morris have today released a brand new single 'Poetry' via the Cardiff label Bubblewrap Collective. https://youtu.be/X2wZ8njrnuE According...

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Kwaidan – film review

Kwaidan (1964) Director: Masaki Kobayashi Cast: Rentarō Mikuni, Keiko Kishi, Kazuo Nakamura Run time: 183 mins Format: Blu-ray Language: Japanese (with optional...

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Dark Music Days (Myrkir Músíkdagar), Iceland – festival review

Dark Music Days (Myrkir Músíkdagar) Reykjavik, Iceland 26 January to 4 February 2020 Reykjavík's Dark Music Days midwinter festival has...