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1970s 45 rpm Country

When only bluegrass banjo will do

There are times when the news, both at home and abroad, is so bleak, stupid and depressing that you need an escape. At such times, in my personal opinion, only hot-fingered bluegrass banjo will do. Hit it! Whoops, wrong speed. (Notice how it sounds strangely like traditional Chinese music?) Arthur Smith, who we are about […]

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12" 1980s 33 rpm Folk LP

Dorky uncles get down

The cliché about books and covers applies double to recorded music. Some LP sleeves, especially those produced by little independent folk labels, take gauche, add extra gauche, then multiply by the number you first thought of. The music may be brilliant; it’s just that the graphic design was entrusted to the bass player’s second cousin, […]