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The Gift of Music CD Catalogue

The Gift of Music” CD catalogue has taken me with great interest last night. No track listings, which I think is a bit crazy in this information age, and with such great titles as “Forever England“, “Music for Motoring” and ”Under an English Heaven” it presses my patriotic buttons!

Another interesting discovery was “Pax Romana” – music from 5th Century Europe under Roman rule and as they describe it  “recreating the sounds that might have been heard in a Roman villa in 5th or 6th century Europe using a wide variety of instruments which were known at the time“. Very atmospheric stuff after hearing the samples.

What they do at The Gift of Music is a very good idea — a catalogue of well-designed CD covers and tantalising descriptions of the type of music on them. What is better is being able to go on Amazon and listen to the tracks to sort out which CDs are actually any good and which are a hodge-podge of recordings of strange treatments of the songs you thought you were getting. To be fair, they do have track listings of all the CDs on their website.

However, in the end, I bought a few from the Amazon Marketplace (sorry The Gift of Music!). One was only 1p! They work out at about £6.67 per CD via the catalogue (£9.99 each, but if you buy 2 you get a 3rd one free), but you have to pay £2.99 postage and let’s be honest — no-one likes having to pay postage.

Anyway, I just thought I would share this with you.

I wonder if my history of reading the Tridias catalogue (of which there is no mention on the Internet at all, but when I was about 6 to 10 years old this catalogue was my Christmas shopping list!) and the infamous Innovations catalogue has made me fond of catalogue shopping over online shopping?

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KABL Radio

There’s an absolutely fantastic radio station I listen to on my bedside WiFi radio called KABL.

KABL serenaded San Francisco with lush, beautiful music, very few commercials, and rich-voiced announcers who wooed the Bay Area with poetic paeans. This gentle KABL sound soon swept the area.

Listeners responded to its elegant charm and sophisticated whimsy.

The music they play is best described by KABL’s website,

Lush, timeless instrumentals, unforgettable vocalists, swinging Big Bands, sophisticated jazz and countless cool musical surprises that you haven’t heard on the air in years.

It will remind you of the San Francisco of long ago, mornings in the Financial District, afternoons in Union Square, evenings at the Top Of The Mark, weekends at Playland At The Beach or simply wandering around Fisherman’s Wharf.

Doesn’t it just sound great from the description alone!?

It used to be an AM station in San Francisco (960 KABL) but now broadcasts only online as a tribute stream. Fantastic songs, no DJs most of the time and no adverts (although they do want advertisers). It’s a bit like my beloved PrimeTime Radio again. I’ve been listening for weeks, I’ve never heard the same song twice, never heard the same ‘memories of San Francisco’ interlude twice. Absolutely love it!

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