ROCK HISTORY | PoP LEGENDS : THE BEATLES SUPER DELUXE EDITION

After the success of last year’s Sgt Pepper remix reissue, this 50th anniversary edition of my favourite Beatles album was the one to look out for!

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | PoP LEGENDS : THIS IS QUEEN (SPOTIFY PLAYLIST)

Photo credit : Chris Hopper (1978)

Are you still basking in the Bohemian Rhapsody afterglow? If so, I would recommend that you check out the official Spotify playlist for Queen.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | PoP LEGENDS : ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS – LOOK NOW

Photo credit : James Omara

EC fans received a bit of a scare after the singer-songwriter cancelled a clutch of live dates due to ill health. But news of his recovery and the release of Look Now – one of Costello’s best albums of recent times – must have cheered diehard followers!

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : THE JAYHAWKS – RAINY DAY MUSIC (2003)

Blast from the distant PoP past – 15 years on…

THE JAYHAWKS Rainy Day Music (Lost Highway/American)

After the greater pop emphasis of Sound of Lies and Smile, the Jayhawks return to the roots rock approach of their earlier albums (especially Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass) with this, their first album with the Lost Highway label (also home of that other alt-country standard bearer, Ryan Adams).

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – ZOOM (2001)

An ELO review from 2001!

If the announcement of a new ELO album, after a 15-year absence, raised eyebrows, then the realisation that Zoom is essentially Jeff Lynne playing everything caused many brows to furrow.

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : OLÉ ELO – WHAT JEFF LYNNE/ELO MEANS TO … (2001)

Back in the hazy-dazy days of 2001, I had put together a feature on one of my favourite bands, the Electric Light Orchestra, which included reviews of then-new album Zoom and the Eldorado re-issue and Flashback boxset. 

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LIVE IN SINGAPORE | PoP LEGENDS : BOB DYLAN – STILL BREAKING ALL THE RULES…

“NO PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOGRAPHY & AUDIO RECORDING ALLOWED”

A warning on the ticket was repeated by ushers throughout Bob Dylan’s third concert in Singapore.

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : XTC – COAT OF MANY CUPBOARDS (2002)

Continuing our look back at our review history. Here’s one from 2002!

XTC
Coat of Many Cupboards
(Virgin)

Be warned! This 4-CD box is NOT for neophytes but for the diehard fans who can’t wait to get their grubby hands on any XTC material.

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : ROBYN HITCHCOCK – LUXOR (2003)

Here’s another blast from the past for this throwback Thursday – a 2003 review of one of my favourite artists!

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PoPTV | PoP LEGENDS : GANG OF FOUR – “LUCKY”

Guitarist Andy Gill might be the only original member of Gang of Four remaining but that does not take away from the vitality or relevance of the band’s new music.

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : XTC – WASP STAR (APPLE VENUS VOL. 2)

The last XTC album, reviewed in 2000.  Written in a time when I would wax lyrical about my favourite music for hundreds of words. You have been warned!

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | PoP LEGENDS : NEIL YOUNG [SPOTIFY PLAYLIST]

Definitely amongst our top ten favourite artists, here’s our PoP Legends playlist for the genius that is Neil Young!

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : GEORGE HARRISON – BRAINWASHED [2003]

25th February would have been George Harrison’s 75th birthday. Thus it seems appropriate to repost a review of his final album from 15 years ago.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | PoP LEGENDS : TONY BANKS – FIVE

Genesis fans rejoice! But more than that, fans of Tony Banks’ songwriting will more than appreciate Five, the band’s keyboards player’s new orchestral album, which will also appeal to classical music and film score enthusiasts.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | PoP LEGENDS : SIMPLE MINDS – WALK BETWEEN WORLDS [REVIEW]

When you consider how obsessed the current modern rock scene is with the 80s New Romantic/Big Music vibe, it makes perfect sense for Simple Minds to freshen up their sound by going back to a tried and tested formula.

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

Billy JoelBilly Joel by Fred Schruers
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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THE LISTENING BOOTH | PoP LEGENDS : TONY BANKS – “PRELUDE TO A MILLION YEARS”

Here at Power of Pop, we are huge fans of Tony Banks, the keyboardist/songwriter from legendary progressive pop-rock outfit Genesis.

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PoP LEGENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : GUIDED BY VOICES – SPACE GUN

“Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes…”
A new album by Guided By Voices, yet again!

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ROCK HISTORY | PoP LEGENDS | POP CLASSIC SONG : PRETENDERS – “BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG” (1982) [PoP20 REMIX]

PRETENDERS “Back on the Chain Gang” (off the album, Learning to Crawl)

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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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PoP LEGENDS : U2 – SONGS OF EXPERIENCE [REVIEW]

Please explain something to us – why is it not okay to ditch a sports team when they’re losing but perfectly fine to abandon a band when their new music is less than perfect?

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