PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 – GOODNIGHT OSLO (2009)

ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 Goodnight Oslo (Yep Roc)

It is my firm belief that by and large, solo singer-songwriters do their best work when backed by a semi-permanent band. Good examples include Bob Dylan (& The Band), Neil Young (& Crazy Horse), Bruce Springsteen (& the E Street Band) and Elvis Costello (& the Attractions).

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BOOK REVIEW | PoP LEGENDS : BILLY JOEL BY FRED SCHRUERS [GOODREADS]

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The biggest question when thinking of Billy Joel is – why hasn’t he released a new album in 20 over years? This biography does not seem to answer that question satisfactorily. This makes the final third rather difficult to get through as it covers the period where Joel becomes an oldies act basically – living off the glories of his past. But before that the book is riveting – providing details during Joel’s successful time as a singer-songwriter/recording artist. For fans only, though.

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PoP LEGENDS : RUSH – A FAREWELL TO KINGS (40TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION) [REVIEW]

The Canadian rock trio Rush have always evoked polarising views. Some folks found the band viz. Geddy Lee – (vocals, bass, keyboards); Alex Lifeson – (guitar); Neil Peart (drums), somewhat pretentious, obnoxious with Lee’s high pitched vocals an annoyance whilst others (present company included) revered them as virtuoso progressive rock gods who could do no wrong!

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DISCOVERED @ SPOTIFY – PoP LEGENDS

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Alright. This is a lil embarrassing but late last year Spotify made Power of Pop a ‘Tastemaker’ with a new account and despite my best efforts (?), so far we’ve had only 10 (!) followers. Shameful!!

So I am still pushing this the best way I know how – by working hard at putting together more playlists that I imagine would interest the kind folks who visit us every day. Recently, I have focusing on PoP Legends – artists whom we believe deserve that accolade so here’s what we have so far. Enjoy, spread the word and FOLLOW!

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POWER OF POP LEGENDS PLAYLISTS ON SPOTIFY FT. BOB DYLAN

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Seems appropriate to start this series with Bob Dylan, doesn’t it? Considering that The Beatles are currently not on any streaming service, Dylan deserves top billing. After all, can one imagine talking about singer-songwriters without mentioning Dylan’s massive influence?

The man is the very definition of the modern folk troubadour but more than that, Dylan’s legacy extends to rock as well, of course. For me personally, I remember hearing Dylan on the radio when I was a kid – especially his well known early folk songs but I really got into his work (ironically enough) – with his controversial Christian conversion album Slow Train Comin’ (1979), which explains why I kick off the playlist with “Precious Angel” (which also features incandescent guitar work from Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler). Including “Make You Feel My Love” was necessary to provide Dylan’s continuing relevance as Adele’s cover version proved conclusively. The rest of the playlist focuses mainly on his seminal 60s/70s works. Enjoy!

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