The Andrew Fisher Songbook - Music review

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The Andrew Fisher Songbook presents Fisher’s musical theatre songwriting, specially selected from his catalogue of original musicals. This compelling collection of solo stand-alone songs are ideally suitable for cabarets, concerts and auditions, and showcase his gift for melody, his characterful, insightful and witty lyrics, and stylistic range as a composer. Including a range of comedy, drama and pathos, these well-contrasted highlights are given a ravishing orchestral treatment... [click here...]

 

Straight Shooting & Hell Bent - Blu-ray review

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Eureka Entertainment release Straight Shooting (1917) & Hell Bent (1918): Two Films by John Ford, which offers two early films from the greatest Western director of all time. Straight Shooting was the first feature directed by Ford, it revived the career of Harry Carey who gives a rough and tumble performance here as a hired gun who turns on his employers to defend an innocent farmer and his family. In Hell Bent, ‘Cheyenne Harry’ (Harry Carey playing the same character from Straight Shooting) flees the law after a poker game shootout, and arrives in the town of Rawhide, where he becomes friendly with local cowboy Cimarron Bill (Duke Lee) and dance hall girl Bess Thurston (Neva Gerber). When gang leader Beau Ross (Joseph Harris) kidnaps Bess, Harry goes to desperate lengths travelling across the deadly desert in order to free Bess from the hard-bitten Ross... [click here...]

 

A.A. Williams: Songs from Isolation - review

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Bella Union release A.A. Williams's Songs From Isolation, an album of covers. The project started at the beginning of the UK’s nationwide lockdown in March 2020. Williams took songs suggested by fans and created a series of videos presenting the tracks with stripped-down instrumentation, recorded and filmed from her home in North London. The album represents a continuation of the project into a full collection of recordings and features cover versions of songs by The Cure, Pixies, Deftones, Nick Cave, Gordon Lightfoot, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and more... [click here...]

 

Mono: Beyond the Past - Music review

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For two decades, Mono have honed their unique form of orchestral rock. Over the past 20 years they have produced 10 studio albums and entertained fans with their live concerts, which are typically more subdued in instrumentation – and more supercharged in volume and voltage. Pelagic Records release the band's new live album, Beyond the Past, recorded at the Barbican Centre in London on 14 December 2019... [click here...]

 

Sparks: Vol II - Classical Music Review

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Bows bend and sparks fly in this vibrant collection of pieces for string orchestra. Bound to please modernists and traditionalists alike, this eclectic collection contains pieces by Dave Dexter, William C. White, Simon Andrews, Rain Worthington, Allen Brings, John Carollo, John Franek, and Jeff Mangels. While the pool of inspiration might be diverse – ancient myths, dance, chaos, rites of passage, reflection and homesickness for a place which (may have) never existed – the pieces are united by their display of raw musical energy, an undercurrent of longing, as well as profundity in both technical and emotional terms... [click here...]

 

The Planets: Original Television Soundtrack

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The soundtrack to the five part TV series The Planets is released via Silva Screen Records. The show follows the dramatic lives of the eight majestic planets that make up our solar system through five episodes: A Moment in the Sun - The Terrestrial Planets (Inner Worlds), The Two Sisters - Earth & Mars, The Godfather - Jupiter, Life Beyond the Sun - Saturn, Into the Darkness - Ice Worlds... [click here...]

 

Meerkat: Dynasties Special - Soundtrack review

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Benji Merrison and Will Slater's score for Meerkat: A Dynasties Special is released via Silva Screen Records. The special follows the young meerkat queen Maghogho and her family battling to survive in a hostile environment, during a drought. Joyous and heart-breaking, the programme was filmed in the searing heat of Makgadikgadi, a 6,000-squaremile wedge of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana in southern Africa... [click here...]

 

Rollon - Soundtrack review

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Maximilien Mathevon's score for the documentary film, Rollon, is being released by Plaza Mayor Company Ltd. In the 10th century, the Viking Rollon was banished from Norway. He travelled to France where he became the founder of Normandy... [click here...]

 

 

The Crossing: The Tower & the Garden - Music

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The Crossing perform works by three composers on The Tower and the Garden. The album explores the fragility of the earth, the awe of nature, and the power of language to unite, or divide, society... [click here...]

 

 

Remembering Joe Kane - Feature

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The Phantom of the Movies Has Left the Bijou.25 Years of Genre Thrall, Aesthetic Tabulations & Insider Interviews: Horror, Action, Asian, Cult, Animation, Indies, Exploitation: Author, Film Redactor, Entertainment Journalist, Publication Editor, Industry Historian... John Huff looks back at the career of the great Joe Kane... [click here...]