Category Archives: Mixtapes

The Kinks – Top 50 Songs

You may have missed them along the way, they always seemed second fiddle to the likes of the Beatles and the Stones, or during the wave of like-sounding garage whimsy of 90s pop – Blur et al. The Kinks early … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney – Flowers in the Dirt (1989)

Here at Pierce’s Press I reconstruct an album, with benefit of time, steering it toward what the artist may have originally intended. Why not!   Flowers in the Dirt was a repudiation of the Macca we love/hate: no imperialist odes to … Continue reading

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The Todd Rundgren Odyssey (1970-1981)

The tracks on this two-disc compilation are taken from the multi-instrumentalist, seminal years: 1970-1981. Diverse and eclectic, this is a companion piece to Ballads, although still something of an introductory odyssey, recommended for anyone looking to begin exploring the delights … Continue reading

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#1: George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (1970)

Hi. Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning. I think … Continue reading

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Teenage Fanclub: The Best 2000-2017

Teenage Fanclub’s history is now part of rock folk-law: Nirvana label-mates (Geffen), huge critical acclaim in the USA, missed out on mainstream success, made some of the best records of the era (1991’s Bandwagonesque, 1995’s Grand Prix, 1997’s Songs from Northern Britain). Since … Continue reading

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#2: Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980)

Hi. Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning. I think … Continue reading

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Zappa: The Central Instrumentalizer Vol II

Zappa: The Central Instrumentalizer Vol II The uncatergorizable Frank Zappa. Astute, paradigm-shifting virtuosity at its uncompromisingly brilliant (and ballsy) best. This hand-picked Vol II selection highlights Zappa’s astonishing yet accessible instrumental work from his mindbogglingly expansive career. 1. I Promise … Continue reading

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Zappa: The Central Instrumentalizer Vol I

Zappa: The Central Instrumentalizer 1.  Filthy Habits – Sleep Dirt (1979) 2.  Twenty Small Cigars – Chunga’s Revenge (1970) 3.  Pink Napkins – Shut Up And Play Yer Guitar (1981) 4.  We Are Not Alone – The Man From Utopia … Continue reading

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#5: David Bowie – Outside (1995)

Hi. Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning. I think … Continue reading

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#6: Kiss – Solo (1978)

Hi. Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning. I think … Continue reading

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