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Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, released 43 Years ago today…

Written by Freddie Mercury for the band’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera. It is a six-minute suite, consisting of several sections without a chorus: an intro, a ballad segment, an operatic passage, a hard rock part and a reflective coda. The song is a more accessible take on the 1970s progressive rock genre. It was reportedly the most expensive single ever made at the […]

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30 Years On: Pet Shop Boys Introspective Album

The phrase “left to one’s own devices” entered routine English usage around 1300, by way of the Old French “à mon, ton, etc. devis”. Device in this sense means “will, pleasure, inclination, fancy, desire” — one’s devices are little more than intuitive whims in absence of council, which guide us through […]

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Tell us about your record collection…

We would like to know about your collections, be it vinyl LP’s, 7″ or 12″ Single, Compact Disc Albums & Single or Cassette Albums & Singles. If you are record collector, the chances are that not everyone understands your obsession. You’ve probably been asked dozens of questions about your collection […]

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What makes a winning World Cup song?

From Jeremy Allen at the BBC There’s a received wisdom that when football and music collide terrible things happen, but some songs written with the World Cup in mind are more sophisticated than they’re given credit for. With the greatest show on earth set to start on Thursday at the […]

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100 albums to love… according to The Times

From The Times… Kendrick Lamar, Dusty Springfield, Nick Cave, Blondie: they’re all here, in Culture’s hot list of rock and pop classics… DARK SIDE Blood on the Tracks Bob Dylan (1975) Dylan’s lyrical sophistication and music came together in his best album, a complex account of a relationship going wrong, […]

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An ode to the joy and madness of the B-side

Written by Pete Paphides For Vinyl Factory From Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac to Oasis and Air, Pete Paphides enters the upside world of the pop B-side. First record? It’s the most standard of questions – one that any respondent, be they pop star or punter, can answer without hesitation. For almost […]