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Live Albums

Blue notes

There has been no greater composer or arranger in the history of jazz than Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington. His canon includes some of the most enduring standards of the 20th century - versatile tunes susceptible to a great variety of treatments.

Sunday, 8 July, 2012, 12:00am

Mayer feels born again

Nothing quite beats the exhilaration of releasing one's first album. Unfortunately for John Mayer, it's been more than a decade since that experience.

However, midway through the Battle Studies World Tour, the 34-year-old American found something of a muse by revisiting the classic works of greats such as Neil Young and Bob Dylan.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Blue notes

Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius is no stranger to Hong Kong audiences, having performed here on several occasions, most recently in April last year at the Skylark Lounge in duet with Martin Taylor.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A remedy for all your ills

It's likely that Malcolm John 'Mac' Rebennack, otherwise known as Dr John, has done a better job as an ambassador for the music of New Orleans than anybody since Louis Armstrong.

Therefore it's fitting that one of his current projects is a tribute album to jazz's first great soloist, featuring a multi-generational cast of Crescent City musicians.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Blue notes

The presence of a live audience during a jazz or blues recording can certainly turn up the creative voltage, but it is open to question whether the presence of a recording crew during a concert necessarily improves the performance.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

ALBUM (1969)

Kick Out the Jams MC5 Elektra

Many bands have taken their names from their hometowns, but few managed to distil the essence and character of their city like the MC5, or Motor City Five.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

ALBUM (1972)

Made in Japan Deep Purple EMI/Warner Bros

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The Eagles

'You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave,' Don Henley sang in Hotel California 1977, and for Henley (pictured) and fellow Eagles Glen Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy Schmit, so it has proven.

2 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Mayer lays bare his heart

American singer-songwriter John Mayer's fourth studio album, Battle Studies, went to No 1 on the US Billboard 200 and sold more than 280,000 copies in the first week of its release.

28 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Buble

Frank Sinatra might be dead, but he's not gone as Canadian singer Michael Buble shoots for his crown. Described as a modern take on swing's smoothest vocalist, Buble is hitting Hong Kong for his first show to promote his latest album, Crazy Love.

18 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

ALBUM (1980)

Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath (Vertigo)

11 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

ALBUM (1970)

Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother (EMI)

2 May 2010 - 12:00am

ALBUM (1972)

Machine Head Deep Purple (Purple Records, reissue EMI)

Which is the definitive Deep Purple album? Some think it is 1970's Deep Purple in Rock. Others take the view that the band really hit their stride with Made in Japan which was recorded during the tour to promote 1972's Machine Head.

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Good Evening New York City The Beatles (DVD and CD)

Recorded live over three nights at New York's Citi Field, Good Evening New York City includes many highlights from Sir Paul McCartney's career.

5 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

ALBUM (1973)

New York Dolls New York Dolls (Mercury)

A 1973 poll in then-influential US rock magazine Creem saw the accolade of best band go to the New York Dolls. They also topped the worst band list in the same poll. That pretty much describes the cross-dressing band's career.

22 Nov 2009 - 12:00am