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Live4ever's Essential Listening 2013: The Albums

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2013: The Albums

Posted on 18 Dec 2013 at 4:41am

Another year of essential listening draws to a close today with The Albums.

From the ‘rich arcane pleasures and secret thrills’ of veteran Richard Thompson, to the ‘near flawless, brazen, yet reflective dancefloor filling triumph’ of Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ and the ‘explorations and celebrations of life and death’ which inform Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s ‘Specter At The Feast’, both high profile and under-the-radar album releases have fallen under the gaze of Live4ever’s talented writing staff as 2013 has progressed, and here a select 20 have been pulled out and revisited for you to take a look through. Maybe there’s some major releases you can share your thoughts on, and some hidden gems which can be given a spin for the first time. Clicking on each individual artwork will take you through to our reviews in full.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out albums of the year get a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2013: The Tracks

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2013: The Tracks

Posted on 11 Dec 2013 at 3:09am

The Essential Listening 2013 series has so far taken in Live4ever publisher Paul Bachmann’s top music video picks of the year and photographer Andy Crossland’s favourite gigs of the past twelve months. Now, editor Dave Smith has taken a look back through a busy year’s worth of Radar music to select 25 of the very best for our Essential Tracks of 2013.

Through New Tunes Guides, Presents features, videos, interviews and reviews, Live4ever’s Radar section has showcased in excess of 300 new and emerging bands during the course of the year, with everything from brash young indie, laid back Americana, solo troubadours and East Coast new wave making the cut for this final rundown. You can rediscover and immerse yourself in all of the selected tracks by clicking on each individual artwork.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out tracks, singles and EPs of the year all get a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2013: The Gigs

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2013: The Gigs

Posted on 06 Dec 2013 at 4:20am

Into December, and as the festive season rolls ever closer Live4ever’s 2013 Essential Listening series continues today with The Gigs.

As a regular fixture in the photo-pits across London during 2013, Live4ever’s Andy Crossland has witnessed a vast array of acts as the year has unfolded, taking in modern day legends, Mercury nominees, prog icons, art installations and plenty more along the way. And now, Andy talks us through 25 of the very best which have been collected together for you to revisit as we remember an outstanding year of live music in the capital. Find all the complete galleries by clicking on each individual picture.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. Make sure your stand-out music gig of the year gets a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2013: The Music Videos

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2013: The Music Videos

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 at 4:59am

Here we go again! Live4ever’s end-of-year look back is primed and ready to bring the best of another great twelve months of music together during the next few weeks when some of our favourite albums, tracks, gigs and more will be remembered and revisited as the festive season gets in full swing.

The Essential Listening 2013 series begins today with some essential viewing – Live4ever’s Emmy award winning founder Paul Bachmann has been casting his expert eye over some of the best videos to have crossed our path this year, variously looking out for cinematography, visuals, production value, editing, concept and adaption, all of which prove the world of the music video is flourishing with fresh ideas and imagination.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening series is here to share, not preach! An interactive celebration of rock and roll where your favourites can contribute. If your stand-out music video of the year isn’t included then make sure it gets a deserved mention by leaving a comment below.

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Live4ever's Essential Listening: The 50 Beatles Tracks

Live4ever’s Essential Listening: The 50 Beatles Tracks

Posted on 22 Jul 2013 at 11:33am

Picking even 50 tracks to ponder and revisit out of a body work as complete as The Beatles amassed during their unrivalled career is no straightforward task. Like a kid in a sweet-shop trying to decide which sugary delights their hard-earned pocket money should go on, they all seem as tantalising and attention grabbing as each other. Countless worthy options are finally left behind for those that, at least this time, have made the final cut.

Here, we’ve taken a look at some of the Fab Four’s most celebrated songs, as well as a fair smattering of relatively lesser known gems, for you to take a read through and revisit for yourself. From early b-sides to their final, glorious 15-minute swansong, the latest addition to our Essentials Series presents a half-century of songs blessed with unparalleled success and influence.

Are you mortally offended by what is or isn’t on this list? Got a clearly superior view which you need to share with the world? Leave a comment below by all means.

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Live4ever's Essential Listening: Ten Albums Of 2013...So Far

Live4ever’s Essential Listening: Ten Albums Of 2013…So Far

Posted on 27 Jun 2013 at 6:33am

As summer gets ready to rear its all-too-fleeting head, it’s that time once again when we at Live4ever take a look back through the many top quality albums to have passed our way since the new year rolled in to view. From that list we’ve picked out ten records which have particularly had our writers’ juices flowing during the past six months for you to take a look through. As ever, Live4ever’s Essential Listening series doesn’t aim to preach, it merely aims to recommend some of our own favourite releases which we hope you’ll share a passion for.

Click on the album artwork to bring up our reviews in full, and make sure you let us know your own essential albums of 2013 so far by leaving a comment below.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2012: The Albums

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012: The Albums

Posted on 19 Dec 2012 at 6:03am

Our Essential Listening 2012 series concludes today with The Albums.

From the ‘cohesion through experimentation’ of Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism, through the ‘muscular power ballads, stirring, keyboard-led harmonies and call-and-response choruses’ that inform The Killers’ return with ‘Battle Born’, to the ‘sheer magnetism and unwavering belief’ which made ‘Blunderbuss’ such a successful solo debut for Jack White, we feel this rundown highlights some of the year’s truly outstanding releases that everyone should make an effort to check out.

And don’t forget, there’s only room for one place each on our Essential Listening Series, so if your favourite artist of the year isn’t included in this particular rundown, make sure you check through our previous lists to see if they’ve made an appearance elsewhere. And after that, if they’re still nowhere to be seen, maybe you should leave a comment below to let us know about it.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2012: The Tracks

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012: The Tracks

Posted on 12 Dec 2012 at 9:39am

And now for the tracks…So many have crossed our path this year, and with the introduction of our hugely popular New Tunes Guide, we’ve been able to highlight hundreds of brilliant tracks, singles and EPs during the course of 2012. Plenty more besides have been included with track reviews, Presents features and Soundbites articles, meaning pulling just 25 out for a special end of year mention has been one tough task. As always, when you’ve been through our list of recommendations, make sure you let us know which tracks and singles have been soundtracking your life during 2012.

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012 series so far is available in full at the end of this article. Next week, it’s the Albums.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2012: The Gigs

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012: The Gigs

Posted on 05 Dec 2012 at 6:58am

During the past year, writers, guest reviewers and photographers have been out covering gigs in cities from Melbourne to Glasgow, Austin to London for Live4ever as we paid witness to some of 2012′s biggest live music events, as well as some unexpected delights. Whether it’s four Manchester legends returning home and creating history in the process, or a bunch of last minute, bandana-clad Kiwis stealing the show in Austin, we’ve brought together just some of our highlights for the next part of Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012 series.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below letting us know who has provided your favourite live experience of the previous twelve months.

Live4ever's Essential Listening 2012: The Music Videos

Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012: The Music Videos

Posted on 04 Dec 2012 at 7:06am

For the latest installment of Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012 series, we’ve picked out some of our favourite music videos of the past year for you to enjoy. Some might be here for the quality of the promo, and some because we’re simply in love with the track itself, but all are included as they’ve proved to be among the most popular with our readers during the course of 2012.

From tomorrow, the business end of our annual lookback will begin with the Essential Gigs of 2012, when a select few of the many shows Live4ever has paid witness to these past twelve months will be highlighted with both live reviews and photo galleries.

Got a music video you think everyone should have been watching this year? Let us know by leaving a comment below.