Music Matters - with John Murray

John Murray
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STEREOPHONICS are back with their eighth studio album and already the title track ‘Grafitti On The Train’ (Stylus), can be hailed as a new torch song. Roll the Dice too has that stadium sound to it which brings me to the news that all tickets for the March tour (Indian Summer – also the first single title, a soaring love song with pounding Indian beat and David Arnold arranged strings ) has sold out immediately. With all songs by Kelly Jones as per usual he turns to the blues with suitable guitar licks on Been Caught Cheating but their storming power trio rocks on Catacomb like the old Dakota days. Meantime next Monday they are off to Abbey Road to record a Beatles cover 50 years after the Fab Four recorded the Please Please Me album in just one day. This project with a variety of acts are aiming to rehearse and record in a day will feature on radio and on television channel BBC Four on February 15th.

I guess the secret of a good movie soundtrack album will have a hit song and a terrific score as well. In recent weeks Les Mis has been flying off shelves (where available) and from the Disney camp Wreck –It Ralph has ticked all boxes but to a different demographic as the movie opens next Friday. The animation features an arcade-game bad guy and so game reminders come up frequently in the score which includes a new title track from Buckner & Garcia who were famous for their Pac-Man Fever hit in 1982. Owl City are here with When Will I See You Again? and Rihanna and Kool & The Gang have licenced tracks to accompany the original score from Henry Jackman.

With so many hits like Be My Guest, Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday, I’m Ready, Ain’t That A Shame, Walking To New Orleans and I’m Walking, Fats Domino Collector (Milan), shows how many there really were. The 24 selections on this CD have that dominating voice with upright piano capturing the essence of good song in just over two minutes mostly.