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Third issue of MUSIC for GROWN-UPs Newsletter just circulated

March 20, 2009
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celebrating great musicians:
from Sinatra to the Stones, Miles to Mozart, and Dylan to David Bowie.

Exclusive news and views, emailed free to subscribers on alternate Thursdays.
Editor: Gerry Smith (


Thanks to all readers who entered the competition to win a copy of Music For Grown-Ups, my new book, by nominating their Top 5 musicians. Please watch the website: the Top 5 Musicians For Grown-Ups will be revealed very soon.

Please continue to send me your news and views – of gigs you’ve enjoyed, new releases, and back catalogue discoveries – for posting on the web site for the benefit of your fellow grown-up music lovers.

Gerry Smith, Editor (email:

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* Definitive Beethoven by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
* Buddy Holly’s great legacy
* New Bob Dylan album: revealing interview on Together Through Life
* Bach, Handel and The Smiths
* New Dylan CD – possibly Best Album Of 2009, according to MOJO

* Herbie Hancock on radio and TV next week
* Sacred music for Easter by Bach, Handel and Haydn at King’s College Cambridge
* Bryn Terfel and Anja Kampe shine brightly in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman
* Free MUSIC for GROWN-UPs Newsletter re-launched – second issue


* The new Bob Dylan album, according to Rolling Stone
* Mozart, Handel, Purcell: a classical feast on Radio 3
* Leonard Cohen Live in London – new CD and DVD
* Jim Moray last night
* Van Morrison’s new release – Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl

* John McLaughlin’s brilliant Corea
* Is Bob Dylan losing credibility? A resounding no!
* Free MUSIC for GROWN-UPs Newsletter re-launched
* New albums from Springsten, Morrison, Morrissey… : Encore #1

* New albums from Springsten, Morrison, Morrissey, and maybe Dylan and Young
* Bartok, Baaba Maal, Bob Dylan
* Your last chance to win a copy of new Music For Grown-Ups book
* A fine Buddy Holly documentary
* Jose Carreras and Roberta Flack play Adelaide

* Morrissey, Dylan, Beethoven
* Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Jeff Beck
* John Martyn RIP
* Bob Dylan, American folk, Handel
* Astral Weeks – live


Buddy Holly’s great legacy

Idly browsing the supermarket CD racks to see what pap the populace is currently wasting its money on, my attention was grabbed by The Very Best Of Buddy Holly and The Crickets, a new 50 track double CD retailing at under £10.

I was probably attracted by the strikingly lovely cover artwork – red background to a pair of those geeky “library frame” spectacles which were Buddy’s trademark.

But it was also the sheer surprise of seeing a Holly disc in the top 50 racks.

Then the penny dropped – it’s the 50th anniversary of the Texan rockabilly’s death, so a prime catalogue exploitation opportunity for whichever multinational conglomerate now owns the legacy.

Along with the Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison, Holly created the definitive late ’50s soundscape (you can forget Elvis). The new album is a fine sampler of Buddy Holly’s great art (track list below) – this disc has his best-known work.

But there is an earlier single disc album of the same name; it has the first 37 of these tracks and is all the Holly most people will ever need. As it’s widely available – eg from – at a mere £5, it’s a better choice, and highly recommended.

The Very Best Of Buddy Holly & The Crickets (2009)
Disc: 1
1. Heartbeat
2. That’ll Be The Day
3. Peggy Sue… (…continued)

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