Win a copy of Hard To Find CD – Free Competition

Win a copy of Hard To Find CD - Free Competition
Hard To Find - a brilliant snap shot of time

Described by Pacha Magazine as a ‘brilliant snap shot of timeHard To Find is a compilation series bringing together great and lost remixes from old 12” vinyl collections and CD singles.

For anyone who grew up listening to Jeff Young’s Big Beat and Pete Tong’s Essential Selection from the late 1980’s through to the 1990’s and beyond, or Annie Nightingale’s Sunday night request show, this album is for you. Highlight rare mixes of St Etienne, Neneh Cherry, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and D:ream are just of the CD high spots.

Hard To Find Tracklist:

CD1
01 William Orbit – Water From a Line Leaf (Underwater Mix Part One) (Remixed by Underworld)
02 It’s Immaterial – Driving Away From Home (Wicked Weather for Walking)
03 Beloved – The Sun Rising (Deeply Satisfying)
04 Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance (Nearly Neue Beat) (Remixed by Arthur Baker)
05 A Certain Ratio – Won’t Stop Loving You (Norman Cook Remix)
06 Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (A Mix Of Two Halves) (Remixed by Andrew Weatherall)
07 Bassomatic – Fascinating Rhythm (Claudio Caniggia Mix) (Remixed by Renegade Soundwave)
08 The Grid – Floatation (Sonic Swing Mix) (Remixed by Andrew Weatherall)
09 Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That  (No Can Do) (Ben Liebrand Remix)
10 ABC – The Look of Love (US Remix) (Remixed by Trevor Horn)

CD2
01 A Tribe Called Quest – I Left My Wallet in El Segundo (Norman Cook Independence Mix)
02 Simply Red – Something Got Me Started (Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley’s Club Mix)
03 Definition of Sound – Moira Jane’s Café (E-Smoove’s Groovy Mix)
04 Sub Sub – Space Face Techno Todd Dub  (Remixed by Todd Terry)
05 Leftfield Lydon – Open Up (The Chemical Brothers Remix)
06 Sheena Easton – 101 (Def House Mix) (Remixed by David Morales)
07 D:Ream – UR The Best Thing (Sasha Full Mix)
08 Stereo MC’S – Step It Up (Stereo Field Dub) (Remixed by Leftfield)
09 Roxy Music – Same Old Scene (Glimmers Remix)
10 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasure Dome (Fruitness)

Buzzin Music has two copies to giveaway in a free competiton.

To enter all you need to do is answer the following easy question:

Q: Who had a hit in the 1980’s with ‘Driving Away From Home’?

Submit your entries to comps@buzzinmedia.co.uk with the subject line: ‘Hard To Find’ (other subject lines will not be entered) with your full name, address & contact number.

This Buzzin Media Competition ends on 30 September, 2011.

The editor will randomly choose two winners from the correct answers. The editor’s choice is final.

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Classic Albums – Grace by Jeff Buckley (1994)

Classic Album - Grace by Jeff Buckley
Classic Album - Grace by Jeff Buckley

In 1994 Jeff Buckley released his debut, and due to his untimely death in 1996, his only studio album. At the time my musical tastes were in a different corner and I merely acknowledged that Grace appeared in many ‘Best Albums of the Year’ lists, including #1 in Mojo magazine.   But I didn’t read any reviews and didn’t knowingly hear any tracks.

Initially album sales didn’t match the critical acclaim.  But like many others I was a late-comer to Grace.  In 2006, British Hit Singles & Albums and NME organised a poll of which, 40,000 people worldwide voted for the 100 best albums ever and Grace was placed at #23 on the list. If ever an album suffered by being released ‘out of time’ with the music trends of the day, Jeff Buckley’s Grace is it.

Four singles were released in 1995 (Grace, Last Goodbye, So Real & Eternal Life) but like the album, all failed to make the UK Top 40 which leads me to think I wasn’t the only one to believe the timing was wrong rather than the music of Jeff Buckley.  In 1994 the UK music scene was blabbering on about the BritPop war between Blur and Oasis and how Suede was better than I could ever imagine.

My first son was born in 1995 and sometime before and after I appeared to spend more time in Mothercare and the Early Learning Centre than I did in any music shops. It was therefore with outstretched arms that I welcomed the saviour of online music file sharing.  While pretending to work in my office I was able to listen to music… again.  I’m not quite sure when I first listened to Grace but I do remember downloading it as I was intrigued to know what Tim Buckley’s son sounded like.  Thereafter I went out and bought the CD, underlining the argument that online music file sharing doesn’t always lead to musicians going penniless, but that’s for another article.

Because of its popularity after it was originally released, I’m assuming others had a similar experience to me that when I was in the right frame of mind to listen to Grace, it really blew my mind.

The album begins with Mojo Pin drifting around like a ship lost in the mist, gradually appearing only to drift away again into something mystical.  Then it surges forward with thunder and crashing waves as it lands on the shore with a final burst of energy.

Mojo Pin is nothing like any other song from the 1990’s that I have listened to.  In fact it’s difficult to say which decade it belongs too.  This can be said for much of the album. Both voice and music has a theatrical rock sound that possibly owes more to the 1970’s.  But now I am listening, its clear Jeff Buckley’s voice is truly something special, just like his father.

The album continues with the beautiful warm warbling of the title track Grace. Buckley’s voice is infectious, beautiful and full of life.  Listening again tonight to the track Grace, I can clearly hear the progressive rock and over-the-top operatic references made by Muse and The Darkness, among others.

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Last Goodbye is my favourite song on the album.  A truly beautiful pop song complete with a full string accompaniment that perfectly melds with this pop song about love.  Again Buckley hits a vocal range that I have only heard from one other artist, Tim Buckley.

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Four songs in, and another surprising element to Grace is the choice and inclusion of several cover versions.  Whether Jeff Buckley didn’t feel he had enough quality self-penned songs to complete Grace or he really didn’t care less for the rules of what he should and shouldn’t include on a debut album.

The album takes its first twist and change in mood with the inclusion of Lilac Wine, a slow ballad written in 1950, it was originally a UK hit single for Elkie Brooks in 1978 but had previously been recorded by other female singers including Eartha Kitt & Nina Simone.

From a ballad the album picks up the tempo with one of the most rocking tracks on the album, So Real which like previous tracks has its soft, loud, soft moments in a post-Nirvana world and ends with Jeff Buckley’s trademark screeching and warbling.

Next the album drops once more with a version of Leonard Cohen’s beautiful song, Hallelujah (from Lenard Cohen’s 1984 album ‘Various Positions’.  Buckley based his version not on Cohen’s recording but John Cale’s version which includes a different arrangement and lyrics.

Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah gained popularity in December 2008 when it was re-released on the back of the X Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s version which kept it from becoming the Christmas no.1.

Lover, You Should Have Come Over sits between Hallelujah and the most surprising of all cover versions on Grace.  Who else would have included the hymn Corpus Christi Carol, let alone got away with it!  If this song was included for no other reason than as for Jeff Buckley to impress with his angelic voice, then it works.

Eternal Life has a post-grunge angst about it.  In fact it wouldn’t sound out of place on a Pearl Jam album; and following the high standards of the previous eight tracks I’m afraid it’s probably the albums’ weakest link which is down to the timid production.  There’s a much improved, more raucous live version on the bonus CD of the Grace – Legacy Edition (see below) which unleashes the track like a wild animal that sounds drugged on opiates on the original album.

The final track of the album, Dream Brother begins with a snake charming middle-eastern vibe.  The sound swirls like a smoke-filled haze. Dream Brother drifts off into a completely different place for the final five minutes of the album; and after hearing live recordings where the group play the song with more venom and power, like Eternal Life, the album version sounds weak in comparison and doesn’t do the song justice. However, on hearing the original album for the first time, the songs sounded great to me.

Over the past 10 years Grace hasn’t strayed far from my home CD player and occasionally makes its way into the car, too.  It is a classic album where the music perfectly complements one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard.   It’s a classic album by virtue of the fact that like other albums including The Beatles’ Let It Be, London Calling by The Clash and Led Zeppelin II I have never got tired of playing the album in its entirety.

In 2004 Grace was re-released with a bonus CD of alternate versions and unreleased cover versions including the MC5’s Kick Out The Jams, Bob Dylan’s Mama, You Been On My Mind and great versions of Robert Johnson’s Preachin’ The Blues and Leiber & Stoller’s Alligator Wine (the latter sung in the spirit of Captain Beefheart).

Unlike other posthumous re-issues which are clearly nothing more than a money-making venture, the bonus CD is well worthy of a few extra pounds of your money.

Legacy also includes a DVD with a short film – The Making of Grace and five promo videos for Grace, Last Goodbye, So Real, Eternal Life and Forget Her.

Jeff Buckley – Grace (Original album)

1.    “Mojo Pin” (Jeff Buckley/Gary Lucas)
2.    “Grace” (Jeff Buckley/Gary Lucas)
3.    “Last Goodbye” (Jeff Buckley)
4.    “Lilac Wine” (James Shelton)
5.    “So Real” (Jeff Buckley/Michael Tighe)
6.    “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen, arr. Jeff Buckley)
7.    “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over”
8.    “Corpus Christi Carol” (Traditional/Benjamin Britten)
9.    “Eternal Life” (Jeff Buckley)
10.    “Dream Brother” (Jeff Buckley/Mick Grondahl/Matt Johnson)

Grace – Legacy Edition Bonus CD

1.    “Forget Her” (Jeff Buckley)
2.    “Dream Brother” (Alternate Take)
3.    “Lost Highway” (Leon Payne)
4.    “Alligator Wine” (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)
5.    “Mama, You Been on My Mind” (Bob Dylan)
6.    “Parchman Farm Blues/Preachin’ Blues” (Bukka White/Robert Johnson)
7.    “The Other Woman” (Jessie Mae Robinson)
8.    “Kanga-Roo” (Alex Chilton)
9.    “I Want Someone Badly” (with Shudder to Think) (Nathan Larson)
10.    “Eternal Life” (Road Version)
11.    “Kick Out the Jams” (Live) (MC5)
12.    “Dream Brother” (Nag Champa Mix)
13.    “Strawberry Street” (Jeff Buckley/Andrew Goodsight/John McNally)

Jeff Buckley recorded Grace with Mick Grondahl (bass), Michael Tighe (guitar) and Matt Johnson (drums).

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Soundgarden release first live album recorded in 1996 – Live on I-5

Soundgarden Live On I-5
Soundgarden Live On I-5

Having reformed in 2010 following a 13 year hiatus, Soundgarden roared back to a thunderous reception, prompting the band to announce the release of their first ever album of live tracks Soundgarden Live on I-5 which is released today, Monday March 21st.

Taking it’s name from Interstate 5 which runs up and down the West Coast the live album captures Soundgarden at their definitive best, capturing the band at the height of their recording and touring career.

This carefully selected compilation includes fan favorites like “Spoonman”, “Rusty Cage”, “Burden In My Hand,” and “Black Hole Sun” (performed by Chris Cornell solo), as well what insiders are calling the definitive live performance of “Jesus Christ Pose.”

As a bonus, the disc includes two brilliantly inspired covers:  The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and The Stooges’ anarchic proto-punk classic, “Search & Destroy”. The band took out recording engineer, Adam Kasper with them on the West Coast leg of this tour- the first time they ever recorded any live shows.

They rented a mobile 24 track machine/truck and recorded the gigs on 2″ tape. Soundgarden had always intended to release it as a live record soon after the tour, but alas, they disbanded and the tapes were left in the closet of Studio X in Seattle (now called Bad Animals) to gather dust until now.

Live on I-5 is the follow-up to Soundgarden’s celebrated 2010 reunion, with the band re-staking their well deserved place, earning a Grammy nomination for previously unreleased track “Black Rain” for Best Hard Rock Performance, gracing the covers of music magazines SPIN and Guitar World, performing on the second night of Conan and topping critics’ lists with their fall 2010 release, Telephantasm.

The multi-label, career-spanning collection, also available in collector’s editions with the band’s first-ever DVD and booklet,  was a comprehensive retrospective of the enormously influential band whose music put Seattle and a young label called Sub Pop on the map.

Capturing the rawness, spontaneity and magic of Soundgarden at their best the live album represents the blueprint for the Seattle sound explosion of the nineties – heavy, loud, full of metal guitar heroics and classic rock pomp.

Soundgarden Live on I-5 Tracklisting in full:

1.    Spoonman
2.    Searching With My Good Eye Closed
3.    Let Me Drown
Tracks 1-3: Recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – November 30, 1996
4.    Head Down
Recorded live at Mercer Arena, Seattle, WA – December 18, 1996
5.    Outshined
Recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – November 30, 1996
6.    Rusty Cage
Recorded live at Pacific National Exhibition Forum, Vancouver, BC, Canada – December 7, 1996
7.    Burden In My Hand
Recorded live at Salem Armory, Salem, OR – December 8, 1996
8.    Helter Skelter
9.    Boot Camp
Tracks 8 and 9: Recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – November 30, 1996
10.    Nothing To Say
Recorded live at Mercer Arena, Seattle, WA – December 18, 1996
11.    Slaves And Bulldozers
12.    Dusty
13.    Fell On Black Days
Tracks 11-13: Recorded live at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA – December 5, 1996
14.    Search And Destroy
Recorded live at Mercer Arena, Seattle, WA – December 18, 1996
15.    Ty Cobb
Recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – November 30, 1996
16.    Black Hole Sun
Recorded live at Mercer Arena, Seattle, WA – December 17, 1996
17.    Jesus Christ Pose –
Recorded live at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA – December 5, 1996

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Levellers Folk Award & UK Tour

The Levellers have just won ‘Roots Award’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at The Brewery in East London.

Presented by Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine, he stated that the award was for a band who, “Stays true to folk and where it came from. Taking punk and folk together, brash guitars with the true bite of folk soul. Only the strong survive and The Levellers have done it by staying true to their roots.”

The Levellers then went on to close the show with a high-energy charge through two of their most popular songs – One Way and Riverflow, showing just how much they deserved the recognition.

2011 is turning into a year not to forget for the Levellers as they head out on a Spring UK & Ireland Tour.  The band will perform the ‘Levelling The Land’ album in its entirety for the very first time followed by an extended encore of live favourites from their extensive back catalogue including the the hit singles One Way, 15 Years, Far From Home, The Game, Liberty Song, Sell Out, Another Man’s Cause, Riverflow and Boatman.

Levelling The Land Live
The 20th Anniversary Tour – March 2011

March 2011
The Levellers will be supported by special guests The Wonder Stuff on all March dates (except Dublin).

Thu 03 DUBLIN Academy
Fri 04 LIVERPOOL o2 Academy SOLD OUT
Sat 05 CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Sun 06 LINCOLN Engine Shed
Tues 08 BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy
Wednesday 9 BRISTOL O2 Academy SOLD OUT
Thursday 10 LEEDS O2 Academy
Friday 11 GLASGOW Barrowland
Saturday 12 NOTTINGHAM Rock City SOLD OUT
Sunday 13 NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
Tuesday 15 SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall
Wednesday 16 NORWICH UEA
Thursday 17 BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy SOLD OUT
Friday 18 MANCHESTER Academy SOLD OUT
Saturday 19 LONDON O2 Brixton Academy SOLD OUT

May 2011

Thu 12 LEICESTER 02 Academy 0844 477 2000
Fri 13 SHEFFIELD 02 Academy 0844 477 2000
Sat 14 02 LONDON Brixton Academy 0844 477 2000

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