Category Archives: On This Day

John Lennon | September 1962

It’s all in the eyes. This rarely seen photograph of John Lennon on the precipice of superstardom was taken around the back of Paul McCartney’s childhood home in Liverpool 60 years ago to the day. We’ve seen a few shots … Continue reading

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David Bowie | Thank you for the cigs!!

This charming two-page note written by a 30-year old David Bowie to his friend and confidant Tony McGrogan in September ’77 with his shopping list of records, shows he was keeping his finger on the pulse of rock. Bowie made … Continue reading

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David Bowie, 1981

On the face of it, 1981 was the quietest year of Bowie’s career so far. Having spent the last ten years redefining the rock landscape, there was no new album nor was there another world tour in support of the … Continue reading

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T.Rex | The Slider

Released on this day 50 years ago, the timeless photograph of Marc Bolan on the cover of The Slider was credited to have been taken by Ringo Starr. But was it? The iconic photograph of Marc Bolan with his “corkscrew … Continue reading

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Mick Jones | I Turned Out a Punk

The guitarist and founding member of one of the most important and influential bands of the rock era recently turned 67. To celebrate, The Press compiles Mick Jones’ best songs with The Clash. The late Joe Strummer may have been … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue Outtakes & Demos

Defining the sounds of the 70’s by appropriating contemporary rock, funk and disco stylings on Emotional Rescue, these album outtakes and demos capture a band keeping things fresh within a changing musical landscape. The logical continuation of their tough and … Continue reading

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Bowie – Deep Cuts Pt.2

On what would’ve been the great man’s 75th birthday, The Press brings you Part 2 of our Bowie Deep Cuts series, collecting some interesting mixes, demos and live versions, and album tracks.  David Bowie – Deep Cuts Pt.2 mp3 TRACKS … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Hunky Dory

David Bowie’s first ready-made classic finds the supreme shape-shifter eagerly anticipating the raunchy camp swagger of the impending Ziggy Stardust phenomenon. Released on this day in 1971. The transitional Hunky Dory was recorded at Soho’s Trident Studios in London with … Continue reading

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John Lennon

So long ago Was it in a dream? Was it just a dream? I know, yes I know It seemed so very real Seemed so real to me

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Syd Barrett – Earl’s Court

Mick Rock captured these seminal shots of Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett outside his flat in Earl’s Court during the Madcap Sessions. The photos are some of the best the late-great legendary snapper shot, and considered to be Rock’s … Continue reading

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Never Heard It Before…Until Now!

Released on this day 33 years ago, the ramshackle swagger of Fisherman’s Blues marked a clear departure for charismatic bandleader and principal songwriter Mike Scott and his band the Waterboys. The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues (1988) Coming three years after … Continue reading

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100 years ago, today

Not a mobile phone in sight just people living in the moment:             All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy….

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Tangled Up In Bob

On the great man’s 80th birthday, guest writer and long-time fan Chris Wyness brings us – Tangled Up in Bob: My Personal Relationship With Dylan. As a long-time Bob Dylan fan, his 80th birthday got me thinking about my personal … Continue reading

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Stevie Wonder: 20 Deep Cuts

To celebrate the great Stevie Wonder’s birthday, we bring you 20 Deep Cuts from Stevie’s classic mid-70s era where the music he created will forever stand as some of the greatest ever made. Stevie Wonder is only 71. He signed to … Continue reading

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David Bowie: Rotterdam 1976

Our Bowie bootleg bonanza continues with this remastered soundboard recording of Bowie live on stage at the Sports Palais Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland on 13 May 1976, during the Station to Station White Light tour. This is one hell of a … Continue reading

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All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy

Jack Nicholson is straight up one of the coolest people who has ever lived. Here he is, aged 32, getting high and listening to some records, circa 1969. But which records? The Press investigates…. In September 1969, not long after … Continue reading

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David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name

Released 50 years ago today on Atlantic Records, David Crosby’s debut solo album If I Could Only Remember My Name was recorded at a traumatic time for the musician, following the death of his girlfriend Christine Hinton in a car … Continue reading

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Nick Lowe – Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family

A roundly enjoyable seasonal selection from Nick Lowe, Christmas-themed for your convenience, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family (2013) is a twinkling blend of forgotten gems, torch songs and three Lowe originals. From the opening rockabilly-charged Children … Continue reading

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John Lennon 1980

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#13: The Clash – Sandinista! (1980)

Here at The Press we take a look at expansive double albums (in this case triple) and trim it back to a single, filler-free listening experience, negating the need to reach for the skip button or needle repositioning. In some … Continue reading

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The Beatles – The Final Images

This is the last ever photo of The Beatles. The Beatles broke up 50 years ago, and their music remains embedded in the fabric of pop culture. By the time Paul McCartney sued his fellow Beatles, and their parent company … Continue reading

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The Gil Evans Orchestra – Out of the Cool

In the wake of brilliant arranger Gil Evans’ emblematic triumphs of classical-jazz  collaborations with Miles Davis: Miles Ahead (1957), Porgy and Bess (1958), and Sketches of Spain (1960), this album, Out of the Cool, a title evoking his experiments in mood and form with … Continue reading

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David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World

Hard rocking, heavy metal hybrid The Man Who Sold the World was released 50 years ago by Mercury Records in the US, Bowie’s third studio album, although considered the second of his ‘classic’ period. It’s release in the UK was … Continue reading

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Lou Reed – Street Hassle

Lou Reed left us on this day seven years ago so today is as good a day as any to celebrate one of the man’s finest works. Reed’s influence as a solo artist and leader of the now canonised Velvet … Continue reading

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McCartney III – Part II

The Press might have got there first but now it’s official: McCartney III was announced today by Macca to be released on 11 December 2020 – freakin’ awesome news in a shitful year. Let’s face it, it’s going to be … Continue reading

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David Bowie – “Heroes”

“Heroes” was released 43 years ago today by RCA Records and is arguably Bowie’s artistic zenith. The only album to be recorded entirely in Berlin, “Heroes” is stylistically similar in structure to Low, although has a fuller and more chaotic overall sound, … Continue reading

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Talking Heads – Remain in Light

The name of the band is Talking Heads, and the name of the album is Remain in Light. Released in October 1980 it is simply one of the greatest records in music history. A record without precedence, it was released … Continue reading

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Tom Waits – Heartattack and Vine

Heartattack and Vine was released 40 years ago, in September 1980 by Asylum Records. It was Waits’ final studio album for the label and last with long-term producer Bones Howe before a still-remarkable musical reinvention on Island Records with Swordfishtrombones … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) was released 40 years ago, in September 1980 by RCA Records. It was Bowie’s final studio album for the label and his first following the genre defining Berlin Trilogy of Low, “Heroes” and Lodger. To … Continue reading

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Guided By Voices – Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia

Guided By Voices’ third album Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia was released on this day in 1989. It marked the beginning of the golden age of Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices, when the band moved past its influences and defined the … Continue reading

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The Beatles

Left to right: George, John, Pete, Paul, Stu.

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Peter Gabriel – I Have the Touch

It was 40 years ago today that ex-Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel released the innovative masterpiece Melt. Brilliant prog-art-pop drenched in a chilly jaggedness. Depressed, romantic, twitchy, paranoid, and regularly unsettling. His third successive solo album since leaving Genesis after the … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan – Electric Black Nite Crash

Happy 79th Birthday Bob! This 1965 Californian Hollywood Bowl recording finds Dylan in transition, and is every bit as fascinating as had been rumored. The acoustic set is breath-taking perfection. The electric set doesn’t crash quite as hard as it … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Bremen, Germany

Having released two of rock music’s most important albums in 1977 (Low and “Heroes”), Bowie commenced his supporting tour in early 1978. He had effortlessly conquered the USA and Canada, so by mid-May our hero had commenced the European leg … Continue reading

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John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band Demos

cd1 mp3 cd2 mp3 This bootleg is largely the definitive collection of demos and outtakes from John Lennon’s home recordings in California and Abbey Road studio in 1970, which would eventually become the seminal Plastic Ono Band album. Fresh from … Continue reading

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George Harrison’s Best Songs

George Harrison. We have collected some wondrous treasures to create a small tribute to such a gifted artist. Encompassing a solo career spanning four decades filled with beautiful, wise and spiritual songs and albums including the landmark Phil Spector-produced triple … Continue reading

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The Beatles – Abbey Road

September 1969 saw the release of The Beatles’ Abbey Road the group’s eleventh and chronologically final studio album. So with the 50th anniversary now upon us, Pierce’s Press are taking a brief glance at the iconic album cover that began life as … Continue reading

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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix on stage at the Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA. September 6, 1968.

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Bob Dylan – The Motorcycle Crash

One of the defining moments of the Dylan myth is the Triumph motorcycle crash, 53 years ago today, which led to him taking time out of the public eye for a couple of years. For for all its importance, details … Continue reading

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