Category ODDS & SODS

DUNE, CHAPTER TWO

It is a rule of cinema that any successful novel will eventually be made into a film, no matter how challenging the translation from page to screen might appear. It is a rule of the known universe that any film adaptation of a beloved book will disappoint bibliophiles. It is a rule of pop that […]

ALBUM COVER QUIZ — THE SIXTIES

Here is the third instalment in the ‘Decade’ themed album cover quizzes. We’ve aced the Eighties, and nuked the Naughties… Now it’s time to swing into the Sixties. Below are fourteen album covers (CD sized) resting on a 12″ LP. All were released between 1960 and 1969. The task is to identify as many as […]

DON’T NEED NO TICKET

After a breakthrough year in 1967, Aretha Franklin surged into 1968 with Lady Soul, a flat-out classic that hit the shelves in January of that year. Aretha had a way of making a song her own. Didn’t matter who wrote it—male/female, black/white, pop/R&B—made no difference to the Queen of Soul. When Aretha sang a song […]

ALBUM COVER QUIZ—THE NAUGHTIES

Continuing the ‘Decade’ theme, this is the millennial edition of the album cover quiz — with a twist. The general consensus was that the all-eighties quiz was too difficult, so this is a variant. Ten of the albums are from the period 2000–2009, the other five are not.* The setup and rules are the same: […]

ALBUM COVER QUIZ—THE EIGHTIES

The album cover quiz posted a few weeks ago seemed to be enjoyed by many. In fact, a series of ‘Decade’ themed quizzes was proposed. Here is the first: THE EIGHTIES Below are fourteen album covers (CD sized) resting on a 12″ LP. All were released between 1980 and 1989. The task is to identify […]

FRENCH OPEN — DAY FIVE

This evening’s night match was a dark affair, with Richard Pinhas taking on Magma. Neither conceded a point either to the crowd or each other and as the tense battle unfolded, you could hear the stadium exhale at the end of every game. Pinhas, perhaps still finding his way after (temporarily) abandoning his band Heldon, […]

FRENCH OPEN — DAY FOUR

Last night’s evening fixture was a marathon, finishing long after the press contingent retired to Le Pub. Patrons, however, were glued to their seats for the intriguing and often elegant encounter between electric violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and guitarist/composer Alain Markusfeld.  Both opened with their 1978 albums: Platock for Markusfeld and Cosmic Messenger for Ponty.  The […]