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The starting point for an index of all my musical sections.


Historic Album Reviews

I am gradually building up my reviews of historic albums from America to U2


The Music Years

Albums reviewed by years from 1963 until the present day.


The Gig List

A list of concerts and gigs I have attended over the years with reviews when I can remember what they were like.


Music Writing

My music writing - both published and unpublished.


Here and Now

Details of Eastern Evening News Here and Now columns I was involved in.


2009 Album Reviews

Major 2009 albums reviewed and rated.


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Free music - Best of 2010

My favourite tracks from 2010 compiled as a playlist.






The Music Years - 1976

The following albums were released in 1976 and have been reviewed thanks to the following legal music sites:


Arrival - 6.5

Many bands start at the top of their game and then almost disintegrate after two or three albums. Abba had much more of a long game plan than that and with Arrival they stepped up a gear with a more sophisticated and classy sound that at last stretched their vocal ability thanks to much more complex songs such as "My Love, My Life." As the melodies improved so did the lyrics. Songs began to take on a meaning rather deeper than the shallowness of much of the first three albums although there are still some aberrations like the meaningless pap of  "Dum Dum Diddle." The album contains what was to almost become Abba's theme song "Dancing Queen" along with other top 10 hits "Knowing Me, Knowing You" and "Money, Money, Money." With tracks like "Knowing Me, Knowing You" they kept their pop sensibilities but with poignant and much more biting lyrics. This was a distinct improvement on what had gone before.