Archive for November, 2011

Classic hit songs and golden oldies from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s ‘speak the language of emotion’, say researchers

November 29, 2011

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Music is sometimes called ‘the language of emotion’ because it has an amazing power to influence people’s emotions and behaviour. It can affect and stimulate many different parts of the brain and body, and can reduce stress, aid relaxation, and alleviate depression.

In fact, scientists have found that a piece of music can become so closely associated with an event from a person’s life that hearing the music again evokes powerful memories of the original experience.

A recent study revealed that the memories triggered by music – such as classic hits and golden oldies from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s – tend to involve relationships with past or present lovers, or experiences with family and friends.

Most significantly, though, the study found a substantial bias towards music evoking memories of happy events that can cheer us up during these worrying economic times.

In 2008, researchers at the University of Leeds conducted a Magical Memory Tour during which they asked people to record their memories of the Beatles in an online survey. The study set out to use people’s autobiographical memories of Beatles songs, albums, movies, concerts, and news events to show how music — particularly the music of the most influential band of the rock ‘n’ roll era — can be used to retrieve memories that have been all but forgotten.

Most people who took part in the survey fell within the 55 to 65 age range, having been teenagers in the 1960s when the Fab Four were still together. The song that cued the most memories among middle-aged people was ‘She Loves You’, while ‘Love Me Do’ cued the most memories among the over-60s.

The researchers found that the memories evoked by the Beatles songs were surprisingly detailed and provided diverse snapshot images of long-forgotten times and places.

For one 57-year-old man, for example, ‘She Loves You’ triggered a memory of the weather on the first night he heard the song at the age of 11; another man remembered lying in the grass at age seven and playing with his toy soldiers as ‘Penny Lane’ played on the radio.

Another interesting finding of the study, say the researchers, was that most retrieved memories occurred during people’s early teenage years. The songs we hear when we’re growing up, it seems, shape the story of our lives.

One definition of ‘memory’ is that it is a mental system that receives, stores, organises and recovers information from sensory input. According to the Leeds University researchers, the results of their Magical Memory Tour study implied that music has a powerful influence on the storage and retrieval of long-term memories in particular.

As Oliver Sacks, the noted British neuroscientist and author, puts it: “Music brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.”

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Disco star Andrea True dies aged 68

November 28, 2011

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Andrea True, the porn star turned pop singer who recorded the disco classic ‘More More More (How Do You Like It?)’, died in New York earlier this month, it has been announced. She was 68.

Released under the name The Andrea True Connection, the song – which she co-wrote in 1975 with producer Gregg Diamond – reached No. 5 on the UK singles chart in 1976. She enjoyed one more UK hit, ‘What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number’.

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Cliff Richard ‘thrilled’ to share stage with soul legends on new Soulicious DVD

November 28, 2011

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Fans of Sir Cliff Richard are being given a chance to relive his recent Soulicious live arena tour with the release of a new DVD titled The Soulicious Tour: Live At The O2.

Also available in a deluxe Special Limited Edition, the DVD includes 18 of Cliff’s classic hits and fan favourites, plus live versions of the soul classics and brand new songs featured on his recent Soulicious duets album.

Joining Sir Cliff on stage at the O2 are legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier, Fred Payne, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davies, Jr., Percy Sledge, James Ingram and Jaki Graham.

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Bruce Springsteen lining up new album and UK tour in 2012 including Isle of Wight Festival

November 22, 2011

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Bruce Springsteen has confirmed that he and The E Street Band have almost finished recording their 18th studio album.

A release date has still to be set for the as-yet-untitled album, but it is expected to be available in the UK next summer to coincide with a series of live concerts at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light (June 21), Etihad Stadium, Manchester (June 22) Isle of Wight Festival (June 24) and London’s Hard Rock Calling Festival (July 14). Concert tickets go on sale on December 3.

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Dennis Lotis profiled by British Pathé in 1958…

November 22, 2011

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Along with Lita Roza, Dickie Valentine and Jimmy Young, Dennis Lotis was one of the UK’s most successful singers and TV performers in the 1950s – having made his name as a vocalist with the Ted Heath Band.

Here’s a rare British Pathé newsreel profile of South African-born Lotis, filmed at the height of his fame in January 1958 …

DENNIS LOTIS – British Pathe.

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New Dusty Springfield box set covers entire career

November 21, 2011

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Dusty Springfield fans are in for a treat this Christmas following the release of a brand new Super Deluxe box set that spans her entire career.

Titled Goin’ Back: The Definitive Dusty Springfield, the comprehensive collection comes in a lavish pink box and features four CDs, three DVDs, two hardback books and four photo prints.

The four CDs are split thematically into Dusty’s hits, rarities, BBC recordings, and her work for stage and screen.

Also now available is The Magic Of Dusty Springfield – a new 4-disc set that is presented in hardback book-style packaging.

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Jimi Hendrix app launched to provide a complete ‘Hendrix Experience’

November 19, 2011

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Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience is now available as a free app for the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

The app is being offered as “Your backstage pass to explore and learn all about the music, life and career of the legendary Jimi Hendrix”.

Launched to coincide with what would have been the guitarist’s 69th birthday on November 27, the app enables fans to explore interactive chapters of Hendrix’s legacy through text, images and video.

Listeners can browse through the full collection of Hendrix’s albums, read about documentaries, live performances and other films about Hendrix, and also download music content directly from iTunes.

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The Kinks in Mono on new 10CD box set

November 18, 2011

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Amid growing speculation about a possible reunion of The Kinks’ Ray Davies and his brother Dave, Sanctuary have launched an impressive new 10CD box set, titled The Kinks in Mono.

The set uniquely brings together The Kinks’ first seven LPs – from Kinks (1964) through to Arthur (1969) – plus four original EPs and two exclusive collectors’ compilations … all remastered in their original mono.

The set also includes a 32-page ‘pop annual’ style Kinks book, comprehensive liner notes, memorabilia (including rare photographs), a discography, plus other information about the band.

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Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters anniversaries inspire new ‘100 Years of the Blues’ box set

November 16, 2011

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A superb new 4CD box set, titled 100 Years of the Blues, has been released to celebrate the centenary of Robert Johnson’s birth, and also to mark the 60th anniversary of Muddy Waters’ first recording sessions on Stovall’s Cotton Plantation in Mississippi.

The set comprises 91 tracks and traces the story of the blues from the early 20th century right up to the present day.

It comes with a 126-page book and detailed liner notes that describe each stage in the evolution of the blues.

Each CD covers a different era of the blues: Pre War Blues, Urban Blues, The Sixties and Modern Day Blues.

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Black Sabbath to reform for new studio album and 2012 world tour

November 12, 2011

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The original Black Sabbath line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, 62, Tony Iommi, 63, Geezer Butler, 62, and Bill Ward, 63, have announced that they will be reuniting next year to record their first studio album together since 1978.

The comeback album will be produced by Rick Rubin and is expected to be released in autumn 2012.

The band are also lining up a massive world tour to coincide with the release of the as-yet-untitled new album.

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