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We were very sad to learn that TM-O favourite Daevid Allen has terminal cancer and wonít be with us for very much longer, in a very moving statement Allan revealed that recent surgery failed to stem the spread of the disease and that he would not be pursuing any further surgical treatments. This will come as a huge blow to those many fans who were looking forward to seeing Allenís latest incarnation of Gong tour the recent excellent I See You album, or indeed any of the regular bouts of inspired live lunacy that he has visited upon us over the years. As a founding member of both Soft Machine and Gong Allenís contribution to rock music is beyond question but let us not forget the numerous, varied and brilliant off-the-wall projects he has undertaken since those heady days. As a mark of respect we reprint his message in full and dig a recent interview out of the vaults...
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Shmade 's Appay

Brain May This week we 'ave been mostly listening to Steve Harley and Cockney Rebelís Birmingham - Live With Orchestra & Choir, the reason being itís a live recording (on CD and DVD) of both The Human Menagerie and The Psychomodo played in their entirety with, yup youíve guessed it, an Orchestra & Choir, and it's bloody great. Never let anyone tell you that Roxy Music were the only good thing to come out of glam rock, just check this '84 performance of 'Judy Teen' from London's Camden Palace
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Brown In The Pink

Arthur Brown The rather splendid but utterly bonkers Arthur Brown returns this month with a new album (his first in 10 years), entitled Zim Zam Zim the album finds the god of hellfire in remarkably fine voice - especially given that he has been entitled to apply for a bus pass for a good many years now (heís 73 fact fans) and not only are his old vocal chords in fine fettle he has also appears to have rediscovered his muse with a whole host of willfully wayward clanking tunes (see the album review here) and check out the video for 'Unknown' here...
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Top Tunes of 2014

Albums of 2014 It's that time again as our top trumps of 2014 are named and whatever the opposite of shamed is. Having pestered the staff into picking their favourite albums of 2014 we then collated the results, chucked out a few which were clearly just silly (and yes we know who voted for William Shatner Ray) and arrived at our top twenty must have albums for this year, so you don't have to go out and buy a load of old tosh that will end up on ebay by February. We don't profess to have heard everything released this year but this is the best of what we have heard
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