Acoustic Sounds

Features: Discography

April 5th, 2023

Starting a Jamaican Music Collection-- Part 3a: The Deejays. The Start Of Rap?

delving into the best of first wave Jamaican deejays

By: Willie Luncheonette

So far we've covered ska in Part 1, rock steady the singers in Part 2a and rock steady the groups in Part 2b. We now come to the deejays and how in the early 1970's they became Jamaica's most popular recording artists.Some of the most famous deejays got their start working for sound systems. As recounted in part 1 of our survey, these sound systems often consisted of a truck equipped with a turntable, speaker, cables and amplifiers. The owners,... Read More

March 31st, 2023

Satchmo Plays King Oliver---Louis Armstrong's Audiophile Classic LP

100th Anniversary Of King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band April 5, 1923 Recordings---The First Black Jazz On Record

By: Joseph W. Washek

On April 5, 1923, one hundred years ago, in Richmond, Indiana, at the studio of Gennett Records, King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band made the first recordings by African American musicians that are indisputably jazz. They are also the first recordings of Louis Armstrong, who, during the next eleven years, would revolutionize jazz and popular music in America and the rest of the world. Mixing African vocal techniques and concepts of improvisation and rhythm with... Read More

March 17th, 2023

Redefining the Deutsche Grammophon Sound

DG'S all-analogue "original source" vinyl reissues will tackle the label’s variable sonics

By: Mark Ward

Classical music-loving audiophiles can sometimes feel like they've been left out in the cold with regard to all-analogue vinyl reissues. Not so rock and jazz lovers who are well catered to with excellent AAA reissues from Analogue Productions, Impex, Craft, Blue Note et al. Speaker’s Corner used to keep the classical reissues coming, but even their releases have dried up in the last few years - a great shame.However, relief is at hand. As reported by MF and... Read More

March 6th, 2023

Starting a Jamaican Music Collection Part 2b―Rock Steady: The Groups

Delving into the best of Jamaican rock steady

By: Willie Luncheonette

In the "Starting a Jamaican Music Collection" series, in part 1 we covered ska and in part 2a rock steady, the singer. We now come to rock steady, the groups. To recapitulate, ska lasted roughly from 1960 to the later part of 1966. Rock steady then took over the island. The fast tempi and thundering horns of many ska songs gave way to rock steady's much slower beat. Playing a much more prominent role in the new genre were the bass and drums and along... Read More

March 5th, 2023

Marquee Moon....Tom Verlaine and Television's "Not Punk Rock" Masterpiece

A Personal History Of Punk Rock

By: Joseph W. Washek

Tom Verlaine died on January 28, 2023. He was the guitarist, singer, songwriter for, and co-founder of the band Television. Their first album "Marque Moon", released in February 1977, is a masterpiece and, like all masterpieces, an expression of a unique talent and sensibility that fits in no category or genre. But the media and the streaming services insist that "Marquee Moon" is a "punk" album and Television was a "punk" band.... Read More

February 9th, 2023

"THE HOBBIT" - Read by Nicol Williamson


By: Mark Ward

Forget the bloated “prequel” film trilogy by Peter Jackson. If you want to experience the real magic of J.R.R. Tolkien’s first novel, seek out a copy of this beautiful recording by the quirky Scottish actor, Nicol Williamson.Whenever I pop into a record store, I always make a point of checking out the Spoken Word section. There are many unusual treasures to be found here, usually at rock bottom prices. And if you’re lucky, you might score a copy of this 4-LP set... Read More

January 27th, 2023

In Defense of Brown Sugar

A Celebration of The Rolling Stones' Most Endangered Song

By: Joshua Smith

After finding a white-label seven-inch promo copy of the Stones' most controversial song, the author finds the alternate mono version of "Brown Sugar" to be both piercing and majestic. After considerable thought and listening came the discovery that the Stones' best work is also their most provocative and outrageous.

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