Category ODDS & SODS

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 […]

FRENCH OPEN — DAY THREE

A gala dinner was held last night as several famous past champions were inducted into the Roland Garros Hall of Fame. Recalling his first win soon after the war, when everything was played at 78 rpm, Charles Aznavour waxed lyrical. She may be the face I can’t forget, A trace of pleasure or regret, May […]

FRENCH OPEN — DAY TWO

In an unprecedented move, tournament officials called a Press Conference this morning, hoping to calm the uproar over the absence of electro-pop duo Air from the draw. ‘It’s not our fault. They missed the deadline.’ It would have been one of the shortest conferences in history. But as the level of dissatisfied muttering in the […]

A QUIZ FOR RECORD STORE DAY

It’s two years since I’ve posted a cover art quiz here at Vinyl Connection. What with the ongoing ‘Pick the artist’ game at 1001albumsin10years (the dedicated Geoff presiding) and the fun sporcle links hosted by Aphoristic Album Reviews (keeping the antipodean flag flying) no-one could say that the old musical grey matter has been un-ruffled […]