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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 20

There are occasions when I have been very specific about which particular version by an artist is included in the list. In most cases, that is because there is a live version which surpasses the original. That is not to say the original was poor, but merely that the live performance was superior. On a […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 19

There is a word which every music critic in the history of music criticism will use at least once. No matter how hard you strive to avoid it, that word will keep popping up and you will be forced to confront it. You will consult a thesaurus to try to identify alternatives, but in the […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 18

One consequence of not having LP album covers any more is that I find myself unable to recite the lyrics of many of my favourite songs which date from after the demise of the vinyl LP. This is a direct consequence of not having the lyrics printed on the inside sleeve, as was so often […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 17

Call me old-fashioned, but I still have a predeliction for albums and do not consider myself actually owning a piece of music unless I can pick it up in my hands and look at it. Of course, though I have more CD albums now than vinyl ones, I have many singles and EP’s for there […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 16

My advanced age has allowed me to live through some of the most turbulent times of modern popular music. When I first started buying albums, rock and roll was not 20 years old and most of the pioneers were not only still alive but still relatively young. Mick Jagger was still being busted for drugs […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 15

So what is missing? Well there are some genres which I detest with a ferocity that I could sell to Iran to replace their nuclear weapons programme. Disco is one and most of what is today called RnB I consider to be nothing more than soulless soul. Occasionally, a mainstream commercial release will slip in, […]

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