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NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "BIG COUNTRY"

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A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR.  THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU.  HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!
BIG COUNTRY

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The incredible groundbreaking debut album by Big Country released in 1983 gives my playlist 5 tracks, including the anthemic "Fields Of Fire" and "In A Big Country".  I also included the debut single, "Harvest Home" which epitomises the Big Country sound and paves the way for the sound ahead.  Also included are the gorgeous ballad "Chance" and fast tempo almost Punk style of "Inwards".


A year later came the second album, "Steeltown", such a great album I chose 7 tracks from the albums's 10 tracks.  The band's lyric writing was becoming more and more polished as was the musical quality.  Amazingly, only the single "East Of Eden" reached Top 20 in UK, possible because it is the closest sound to the previous album…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "BILLY JOEL"

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A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR.  THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU.  HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!
BILLY JOEL

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From Billy's debut album, "Cold Spring Harbor" I only chose one song, the Folk-style foot tapper that is "Everybody Loves You Now".



1973 brought the second album and it was the one that got Billy Joel noticed.  4 of the 10 tracks have been picked for my playlist which obviously includes the brilliant and well loved title track from which fans dubbed Mr Joel throughout his career.  Also here are the uptempo Folk style of "Travelin' Man" and the soft ballad "You're My Home".  Completing this quartet is the anthemic Soul of "Stop In Nevada".



After the disappointing backward step of 1974's "Streetlife Serenade", Billy pulled the critics back in a little with "Turnstiles" in 1976.  I took two tracks from this…

DEBATE ARTICLE - "HAS THE INTERNET MADE IT TOO EASY TO BE A MUSIC STAR?"

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It has been said for decades by the "older" generations that the music now is poor and it was "much better" in their day.  From the 50s to the 80s and maybe half the 90s it has to be said that the music was much, much better than today.


When you see all the producers making records, and the DJ's making "featuring" an artist who they found to make money with you have to despair when you listened to music in the decades I previously mentioned.  When Ed Sheeran and Beyonce can release five or six single songs that all make the top ten at the same time and clog up the charts it is a little insane.  Justin Bieber and others got famous from YouTube videos of themselves.  What happened in the days before the Internet and Pop talent shows when artists had to earn the right to get a hit?
You hear all the stories in history how the great bands and singers had to work hard, learn their craft in dives and downbeat clubs and bars, sometimes facing torrents of abu…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - ROCK BAND "THE AMAZONS"

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Reading quartet, frontman Matt Thompson, guitarist Chris Alderton, bassist Elliot Briggs and drummer Joe Emmett had played together for a decade before embarking on their second Rock phase.  Toying with an Indie and Electro sound they went back to their original starting point and haven't looked back.  In 2014 they began writing new material and rehearsing and choosing the name The Amazons inspired from the Swallows and Amazons novel title.


2015 saw the band supporting The Kooks in Europe and having their debut single "Junk Food Forever" produced by Grammy nominated Catherine Marks, who had previously worked with PJ Harvey and Wolf Alice.  After appearing on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading Festival they got to working on their debut album.

After just several songs released as singles and E.P.'s the band's rise has been quite rapid since 2014.   Gaining notable support from the media and fans alike, as well as Radio DJ's Nick Grimshaw, Annie M…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "THE SWEET"

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A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR.  THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU.  HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!
THE SWEET

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The Sweet's debut album "Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be" was a great first album of quirky Glam Rock and Classic Rock.  I chose 7 of the 12 tracks for my playlist.  The singles "Funny Funny" with its hint of Soul and Motown and the tribal Indian sounding "Co-Co" are here.  The cover of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Daydream" and the brilliant B-sde that is "Jeanie" make the list.  "Chop Chop" is similar to "Co-Co in its bare bones sound while the final two songs are Classic Rock standards of the time, "Done Me Wrong Alright" and "Spotlight".



In 1972 The Sweet released what was to be my defining album regarding the band.  Although a compilation "Biggest Hits" was packed full of non-album single…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - PSYCHEDELIC CUMBIA ROCK BAND "XIXA"

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XIXA (pronouced "she-sha") are a quirky, amazingly talented and incredibly strange, genre crossing band from Tucson, Arizona in the U.S.A.  This is a really great band of musicians, Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan are the key men behind this groundbreaking new sextet.  Ironically, dressed as possibly the new Magnificent Seven (or should that be six) western heroes, thay have a brand of seemingly gothic, psychedelic, Mexican style Rock that simply captivates the senses.


The band released debut album, "Bloodline" in 2016 following from their first E.P. "Shift And Shadow".  To categorise the band's music would be futile, they have such a unique style and take on various music genres.  This is evident on the track "Shift And Shadow" which is like a Western Movie soundtrack before dipping into Psychedelic 70s Progressive Rock and The Kinks! Add to this a nice little Mexican vibe (as Tuscon is famous for its Mexican food this sounds a…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - ROCK BAND "FIVE A.M."

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Five A.M. are a six piece band from California, USA, playing an energetic, anthemic, Alternative Rock and have been playing together for quite a few years.  Influences of the band range from U2 and Matchbox 20 to Snow Patrol and Foo Fighters.  Personally, I think they remind me a little of the Welsh band Stereophonics, Trent has that husky Rock voice at times and the melodies and backing match up brilliantly that could please many genres.  Lyrics and music that can evoke a little Soul, Blues, Pop and Rock.


I first heard the band from the video to "Come On, Come On" from the most recent album "Broken///Beautiful".  It's a brilliant song and just made me want to hear more from this great Rock band.  The sound reminded me of a mix between Pearl Jam, Kane and Stereophonics.  Husky voiced vocals with a pure Rock backing encompassing a few genres.


The band have released four albums since 2002.  The debut in that year, "Degrees Of Falling" containe…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - FUNK BAND "TEN MILLENNIA"

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Ten Millennia are a six piece funky grooves band from Yorkshire.  Consisting of Rosie (vocals), Wayne (keys), Russell (sax), Rich (guitar), Colin (bass) and Jules on drums.  Their self titled debut album was released in 2017.  For the last few years the band have toured and played gigs all over the country supporting the likes of The Corrs and Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.


The back story of the band started when a man called Derek advertised in a newsagent window asking for "aging rock and rollers" to get in touch.  Drummer Jules got in touch and the band was born.  Derek has since suffered from a long debilitating illness so no longer plays with the band.  However, they continually dedicate their music to recognise the founding member and the affection they still have for him, which is nice.

The band's music is a light Funk and is reminiscent of the early 70s grooves of Earth, Wind & Fire and the like.  Rosie's vocals complimen…