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Press Release Roundup: August 24

Hiero Day For the fourth year in a row, The Hieroglyphics are producing one of the largest festivals in their hometown of Oakland, California. Centered around a full day of musical performances on three stages, the festival also offers food and drinks from local vendors, a skate park, graffiti wall, an area for b-boy battles, […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Epilogue

I mentioned at the very start of this series that the top 1000 list is continuously changing. On average I listen to about 300 new albums a year and buy about 60. Hardly surprising then that there are tracks which I had not heard when I began this list, but have heard now, and feel […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 58

So here it is, my number one track of all time. This song has everything – great melody, passionate vocals, a vivid link with a time and a place and the ability to provoke a strong emotional response in me. The song describes how a man confronts the woman who caused him to be “taken […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 57

19th November 2014 – Part 57 So, which artists have the most entries on this list? There are 604 separate artists (or composers) on the list. Of these, there are 97 artists with two entries, 31 with three, 18 with four, 11 with five and five with six entries. However, it may surprise you to […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 56

Last week we looked at the distribution of the tracks in this list according to decade. This week we will look at a geographical distribution. The 1000 tracks come from artists (or composers in the case of classical music) from 27 countries. Of these, the following ten have the greatest number of entries – United […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 55

At the start of this series of blogs I looked at how my taste would inevitably be influenced by geography and time. As we are now approaching the end, it may be interesting to revisit those issues again to see how it all panned out. So, first off, dealing with time, the breakdown of tracks […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 54

In an earlier post I spoke about great albums. Well, if there are great albums which generate great songs, then there ought to be albums which have more than one track on this list. There are tracks from 688 albums on the list plus 127 singles, 15 EP’s, one demo and one unreleased track (all […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 53

At this point, it may be worthwhile taking a look back (and forward anticipating the tracks to come) to see what genres of music are most heavily represented. This will be the first of such reviews as we count down towards my top all time track. Below then is an account of the top ten […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: part 52

Should you buy an album because, even though you do not much care for it, it is one of those albums you feel you have to have? I do not have in my collection either “The Velvet Underground and Nico” or “Dark Side of the Moon” despite these being probably in the top ten of […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 51

Compilation albums – boon or bane? The jury is out on this one in my view. Generally, I dislike compilations because they take songs out of context and put them together. On the other hand, without compilations there would some music which I did not have (remember I want hard copies). The first group of […]

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