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The Soundtrack

The Soundtrack: Cheap thrills & The Critic

16 August 2016

by James Fleming The most obvious example is The Beatles. In 1967, The Beatles released Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Widely hailed as the greatest album of its, or any, era. But subsequently panned by many critics of later generations, Sgt Pepper’s…, no matter what your opinion, was revolutionary. It elevated rock n’ roll […]

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The Soundtrack: The Best of The Box 1

28 June 2016

by James Fleming 2016. A box arrives with an uncle. Maybe 70 CDs inside. Some long out of print, some so obscure that even this well-versed writer has never heard of them. This is entry one of The Best of The Box 1966-1971. To this day, it’s heralded as a sort of renaissance-era for popular […]

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The Soundtrack: Banal and Mediocre

21 June 2016

by James Fleming People have always liked what’s bad for them: excess, junk food, heroin. It tastes better and feels better and it’s all presented in a more immediately satisfying package. “Banal and Mediocre.” That’s what Bill Hicks called it. This package is brightly coloured and catchier than the plague, it comes pre-packed in under […]

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