She’s been around the world and she can’t find her baby, but Lisa Stansfield still loves her hometown, “because everyone gets so excited that it gets really sweaty”. Live In Manchester reveals that the feeling is reciprocated, its two CD set of her September 2014 show at the city’s Bridgewater Hall documenting the affection in which this partisan crowd still holds a woman whose multi-million sales are often forgotten. This at times sounds like it was recorded at the back of the room, but it’s a still decent document of slick, funky, soulful performances covering her entire career, from All Around The World to tracks off her last album, Change, via her cover of Barry White’s Never, Never Gonna Give You Up.

Single Review: A-HA - UNDER THE MAKEUP

Very huge and symphonic, which made it hard to get into, but Morten Harket is a beautiful singer and the melancholic feel emerged eventually. A-ha have made some amazing songs – Take On Me is one of the best singles ever, and I loved Analogue. I’d love to see Morten collaborate with Johnny Marr. Imagine how good that would be!

The Classic POP OF . . . BOND (All James Bond Soundtracks)

1963: From Russia
With Love
The first film to be scored
by John Barry and with Matt
Monro delivering a rousing
vocal for the end titles.

1964: Goldfinger
Every musical element gels
for the first time and sets
the template for the genre
of music that is Bond. The
first of three title songs by
Shirley Bassey.

Marc Bolan - Love and Death Review

Limited to 1,000 copies, Love And Death is based on 12 very early demos from 1966 made by Marc Bolan for his first manager, Simon Napier-Bell. The demos remained unheard until extra instrumentation was added in 1981. The album’s release at that time by Cherry Red came as a picture disc with a free interview book, You Scare Me To Death. Let Them Eat Vinyl’s reissue omits the book and is pressed on heavyweight white vinyl. It also drops the three songs Cherry Red added for the album’s 1998 CD version, which came from Bolan’s single The Wizard.

Deafheaven: New Bermuda - Album Review

With their third album Deafheaven continue to push the boundaries of what is expected within black metal. Returning to their heavier roots on ‘Brought To The Water’, the progression of the band since 2013’s ‘Sunbather’ is incredible, mastering technicality and emotion with an eight-minute epic of soaring instrumentation. With veteran producer Jack Shirley at the helm, the Californians’ direction is breathtaking with some mind-bending time signatures. Each song showcases a part of this band’s diversity and ‘Baby Blue’ utilises the dark, brooding type of chord progression that we have come to love from the experimental five-piece.


It seems that everything Michael Jackson touches still turns to gold. The rights to the comedy song Do The Bartman, which the star wrote for an episode of The Simpsons, recently sold for $38,000. Simpsons boss Matt Groening said back in 1998, “It has always been amazing to me that no-one ever found out that Michael Jackson wrote that song.” In other news, Jackson’s sound engineer Michael Durham Prince claims he has 20 unfi nished tracks by the late pop star on his computer, but can’t let anyone hear them due to an agreement with Sony.

Tidal goes purple

Prince has released his latest album HITNRUN exclusively via Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service. “After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team at TIDAL recognise and applaud the effort that real musicians put in2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry,” said Prince in a statement. “Secondly, TIDAL have honoured Us with a nonrestrictive arrangement that once again allows Us to continue making art in the fashion we’ve grown accustomed 2 and We’re Extremely grateful 4 their generous support.” His all-girl backing band 3RDEYEGIRL seemed pretty excited by the new music: “Super hardcore Prince fans that know every song he’s ever recorded – we refer to them as The Purple Collective or The Purple Army – and this album is absolutely for them, because it’s super funky.”

Absolutely Kylie’s Flying Circus

Kylie Minogue has added her musical talents to Terry Gilliam’s fi rst directorial project in two decades, contributing a brand new track entitled Absolutely Anything to the Monty Python man’s sci-fi comedy of the same name. The movie stars Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale alongside Sanjeev Bhaskar, Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley, and concerns a group of aliens who confer the power to do absolutely anything upon a human being. It also features the vocal talents of Robin Williams in his last-ever role, plus the entire Python team – Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, and Eric Idle. The project is a dream come true for fan-girl Kylie. “Growing up in Australia, Monty Python thrilled, baffl ed and entertained my entire family,” she says. “I’m such a fan, so to record the theme song was a great honour.” The feeling is mutual: “I was thrilled Kylie recorded the fi lm’s end title song,” adds Gilliam. “She’s not as small as everyone says she is.” Oh, yes she is…

Surrender to Hurts

Synth pop aficionados Hurts return with a third studio album, Surrender, on 9 October. The duo have a fine ear for classic pop melodies but this time they have expanded their sound, citing Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, and even Motown as influences. “We decided to see how things would turn out if we enjoyed ourselves!” singer Theo Hutchcraft explains. “It was quite a dark time making the last record, and the content was quite refl ective of our state, but once we’d finished it and exorcised the demons our mood shifted quite a lot.” The duo joined forces with Madonna’s Grammy Awardwinning producer Stuart Price and Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Vampire Weekend) to sculpt the new opus, and a first taster, Some Kind of Heaven, is available on iTunes now.

Aero Flynn - Aero Flynn Album Review

Worthwhile addition to the burgeoning ‘Bon Iver and related’ section An old pal of Justin Vernon’s from the University Of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Josh Scott was highly regarded by his peers but turned his back on music for 10 years while suffering from kidney disease and depression. Coaxed back into the studio by Vernon, this is Scott’s debut solo album. Understandably there is a tense, troubled air to many of these songs, the combination of tightly coiled guitar or piano figures, glitchy rhythms and Scott’s high, keening vocals inviting comparisons with Alt-J and various Thom Yorke projects. But the likes of “Plates2” and “Moonbeams” mirror the story of the album by unfurling gloriously into expansive soft-rock vistas.

Classic Pop: Boy George - Everything I Own Album

Written by singer David Gates as a tribute to his father after attending his funeral, Gates’ band Bread took Everything I Own to No. 5 in the US in 1972. Two years later, prolific reggae singer Ken Boothe took it to No. 1 in the UK and it was his version that Boy George echoed in his first single following Culture Club’s split. Seven months after his arrest for heroin, it appeared to mark calmer times for George as he launched his Sold album. “I’m still trying to fi nd out why I got on drugs in the first place,” he said at the time. “When I have the answer, I’ll be able to tell people ‘Look, don’t do it.’” Other covers of Everything I Own have included Shirley Bassey, *NSYNC and Rod Stewart.


Despite having one of the fattest address books in contemporary pop, Joss Stone disappeared in a camper van to travel Europe anonymously – perhaps motivated by 2011’s bizarre plot to behead her – returning with songs infl uenced by her adventures. These the barefoot soul contessa added to reggae-fuelled tracks inspired by weed-fuelled sessions with Damian Marley and Dennis Bovell to deliver Water For Your Soul, a jubilant journey into (the) Stone(r)’s self-confessed hippie psyche. It’s a colourful departure but her fruity voice perfectly matches the Caribbean-vibed Love Me and Harry’s Symphony, while the vintage soul of Sensimilla and This Ain’t Love give Alicia Keys a run for her money. Stone free! Rating: 80/100


An outstanding song with great melody and lyrics, but the mix is all wrong. Paul’s vocals have developed wonderfully over the years, but you wouldn’t guess from this. The vocals aren’t loud enough, they’re double-tracked in the wrong place, there’s too much reverb. Top marks for Weller, but a kick up the arse for the mixer. I’d be telling him: “I can’t hear my own vocals!”


With new album Paper Gods arriving on 11 September, Simon Le Bon is sounding committed. “The big thing is to keep Duran Duran going. I want to make a really serious body of work. That’s my big ambition.” The band will tour the UK this winter, kicking off at Manchester Arena on 27 November. Pick up the next issue of Classic Pop for an exclusive feature!

5 BEST BB KING ALBUMS (Top BB King Records)

SINGIN’ THE BLUES (1957) King’s debut compiled some of his most successful singles to date, including four R&B No 1s: “3 O’Clock Blues”, “You Know I Love You”, “Please Love Me” and “You Upset Me Baby”. It may say “Singin’” on the sleeve, but guitar playing is really what’s going on as this strong primer for King’s early work amply illustrates.

Marilyn’s Sweet Dreams

For his second Under-g cover story, Marilyn Manson met writer Chris Heath at a Wolfgang Puck restaurant in Hollywood and saw the Christina Ricci movie The Opposite of Sex.

Jason Isbell’s New Morning

Jason isbell felt a rush of familiarity when he watched the final episode of Mad Men on his tour bus.As he saw Don Draper go AWOL from his advertising job and embark on an aimless cross-country road trip, Isbell recalled his own life around 2008, after his first marriage had fallen apart and he’d been fired from the Drive-By Truckers due largely to his heavy drinking. Isbell bought a motorcycle and took off from his home in Alabama. “I drove down to Florida, back up through Georgia and visited some of the girls I had met on the road,” he says in a husky Alabama drawl. “It’s a wonder I didn’t kill myself. I got home feeling and looking worse than when I’d left, just completely lost.” Isbell eventually went to rehab and turned his dark past into some of the best music to come out of Nashville this decade. On 2013’s Southeastern, he reflected on cocaine nights at Super 8’s, mistreating vulnerable women, and starting over. “I was behaving in a way that was deplorable on a lot of levels,” Isbell says, drinking Red Bull and smoking cigarettes on his tour bus, outside the Capitol Theatre in Portchester, New York, one recent afternoon.

Keith Richards “Trouble”

Spin this salty jam for the first time, and you just might think you’ve stumbled across a most excellent outtake from Nellcôte in the Seventies. Nope – it’s a promising preview of Keith’s  upcoming solo album, Crosseyed Heart, due this fall.


Jason Derulo releases the 4th instant grat track today "Broke" featuring Stevie Wonder and Keith Urban produced by Charlie Puth from his upcoming fourth studio-album Everything Is 4(out June 2). The 11-track album features more appearances such as Jennifer Lopez, Meghan Trainor, K. Michelle, Matoma, and pop-songwriter Julia Michaels

Music requests: Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways (2014)

I'm looking for Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways CD that was released this year. Anyone have it??

Country: USA
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release: November 10th, 2014
Quality: MP3@CBR 320 kbps
Size: 96.56 MB (.rar)

01. Something From Nothing
02. The Feast and the Famine
03. Congregation
04. What Did I Do?/God as My Witness
05. Outside
06. In the Clear
07. Subterranean
08. I Am a River


From grunge beginnings via synths and sequencers to the portentous present.