And the Winners of Coke Belda’s Bee Gees Tribute CD Are…

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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…James Lowe and Rick Vittenson. Congratulations, James and Rick; both of you will be receiving a copy of Coke Belda’s fantastic album, Coke Belda 3 (Gs): A Tribute to the Bee Gees.

Thanks to all who entered our contest. More cool contests are coming soon!

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Win Coke Belda 3 (Gs): A Tribute to the Bee Gees CD

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

coke belda 3gs cover for websiteCoke Belda 3 (Gs): A Tribute to the Bee Gees is a loving embrace of the quality songwriting and performances that the Brothers Gibb came to be, and still are, known for. The album’s dozen tracks are performed Coke Belda-style, which is to say that Coke has melded his acute pop sensibilities with the magic of some of melodic pop music’s greatest songs.

Choosing from well-known Brothers Gibb tracks and those that are perhaps less-known and underappreciated, Coke has delivered one of this year’s best albums. Played entirely by Coke, with vocal assistance from Gretchen Wheel’s Lindsay Murray, and mastered elegantly by former Merrymaker Anders Hellgren, Coke Belda 3 (Gs) is a marvel.

We have two sealed copies of Coke Belda 3 (Gs): A Tribute to the Bee Gees to give away. Simply fill in the form below–be sure to include your email address and type “Coke” in the Comment field–for your chance to win. Entries must be received by this Saturday, September 30 at noon ET. U.S. residents only.

Good luck!

 

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Coke Belda (Airdate: August 23, 2017)

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By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

Singer-songwriter and world traveler Coke Belda returned to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on August 23 in a different role–that of classic melodic pop interpreter, helping to spin and talk about songs from his majestic new album, Coke Belda 3 (Gs): A Tribute to the Bee Gees, now available on CD from Kool Kat Musik and as a download from Futureman Records.

I love what Coke has done, pouring his heart out with his peerless covers of some of the greatest melodic pop songs ever recorded; check out my review of Coke’s album here and watch how fast you click on one of the above links.

During this program, Coke talks about his commitment to his Bee Gees project, and why he chose the songs he eventually covered. It’s another in-depth back-and-forth with one of our most creative musicians that you can only hear on In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop music talk show.

pprListen to my interview with Coke Belda from August 23 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

Test drive the songs played during this interview by clicking on the following links residing on the Futureman Records Bandcamp page:

“Claustrophobia” | https://futuremanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/claustrophobia

“Sir Geoffrey Saved the World” | https://futuremanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/sir-geoffery-saved-the-world

“You Win Again” | https://futuremanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/you-win-again

Listen to the entire album by clicking here, and don’t forget to purchase either the CD or a digital download.

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews.

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Pure Pop Radio on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio This Week: The Pop Tunes Deejay Show Pops Twice and Coke Belda Sings Bee Gees Classics on In Conversation

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

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This week’s Pure Pop Radio signature shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio sing sweetly with sparkling, all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show tonight and Thursday night, and a first-run interview with Coke Belda, talking about and playing songs from his smashing new album, Coke Belda 3 (Gs), A Tribute to the Bee Gees, on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation tomorrow night (Wednesday).

pop tunes disc smallTonight at 8 pm ET, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show gets into gear with plenty of new tracks from Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, Magpie, Shake Some Action!, The John Sally Ride, Thrift Store Halo, and classics from Herman’s Hermits and the Electric Light Orchestra. Plus, plenty of snappy deejay patter from yours truly! (Repeats Friday at 2 pm ET)

 

in conversation new graphic blueTomorrow night (Wednesday, August 23 at 9 pm ET), Coke Belda checks in on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his just-about-to-be-released album, Coke Belda 3 (Gs), a Tribute to the Bee Gees. Coke puts his imprint on both well-known classics and perhaps lesser-known treasures from the Brothers Gibb, from “Claustrophobia” to “Sir Geoffrey Saves the World” to “You Win Again,” all three of which you will hear during this program. It’s another in-depth conversation that you can only hear on In Conversation. (Repeats Saturday at 2 pm ET)

pop tunesAlan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show returns this Thursday, August 24 with another all-new go-round, a potpourri-style range of songs from across the decades. Your favorite melodic pop artists! And more delicious deejay patter from me! (Repeats Monday, August 28 at 11 am ET)

That’s this week’s Pure Pop Radio signature shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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New on Pure Pop Radio 08.15.17: Coke Belda Wins Again, Bob of the Pops is Popping Again, and the Bye Bye Blackbirds Soar

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Spins and Reviews | 08.15.17
By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

coke belda 3gs cover for websiteCoke Belda | Coke Belda 3 (Gs) (2017)
So natural is Coke Belda’s ability to breathe new life into the songs of the Bee Gees that it would seem perfectly acceptable to call him “Mr. Natural,” at least temporarily, and in honor of one of the songs on this alluring celebration of the charms of the Brothers Gibb.

The long-awaited followup to 2013’s Coke Belda I and 2015’s Nummer Zwei similarly breathes new life into the art of musical homage. Certainly, paying tribute to favored artists is a tradition in pop music; it is not uncommon to come upon covers of certain songs or collections dedicated to a particular group, such as Zero Hour Records’ new tribute to the Knack, Not the Knack. So Coke Belda’s 12 song paean of Bee Gees joy is not all that unexpected, especially when you consider how enamored he is of the group’s songs.

Which is obvious as Coke serves up peerless versions of classics and buried treasures such as “Run to Me,” “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” and “Sir Geoffrey Saved the World” with both reverent approach and Belda style. Playing all the instruments and singing all the vocal parts (save for some welcome and soulful passages from Gretchen Wheels’ Lindsay Murray on “Run to Me” and “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You”), Coke delivers a tour de force that should land on more than a few best-of lists later this year.

One of the absolute joys of a terrific album such as the rather cleverly titled Coke Belda 3 (Gs) is discovering the surprises contained within, and seeing the striking cover art by Ignacio Alcázar. Speaking of surprises, 1965’s “Claustrophobia,” arranged and played by Coke as a sweet Merseybeat romp, will have you booking tickets for the Cavern in Liverpool (and a virtual time travel trip back to the 1960s). The album closer, a beautiful take on “Our Love (Don’t Throw It All Away),” a top 10 Billboard chart hit for Andy Gibb in 1978, written by Bee Gee Barry and keyboardist Blue Weaver, is another welcome, perhaps unexpected nugget.

Coke Belda 3 (Gs) is the, yes, natural and welcome third project from the artist whose travels brought him from Spain to take root in Germany and now in the United States. Naturally, this is the next step in Coke’s musical journey, and one you should absolutely follow with glee.

black box Where to Get It: Futureman Records (digital–preorder here), Kool Kat Musik (CDs–preorder here), and Rock Indiana (link to come)

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My love for cool covers of melodic pop songs from across the decades knows no bounds, so it was a fait accompli that a second dip into the treasure trove of Robyn Gibson’s favorite pop nuggets would stir my interest.

And so it has. I raved about Bob of the Pops Vol. 1 back in May; if anything, I feel more strongly about this collection, and that’s really saying something. This time around, “Bob” has essayed some truly spectacular wares with truly spectacular results by such artists as the Tremeloes, the Byrds, Abba, the Soft Boys, the Who, and the Dukes of Stratosphear (aka XTC). He’s also taken flight, in similarly spectacular fashion, with the Monkees’ “Girl that I Knew Somewhere” and Matthew Sweet’s “I’ve Been Waiting.” And a little group from Liverpool’s “There’s a Place.”

Once again, “Bob,” in his various pseudonymous guises, has played all the instruments and sung all the vocal parts. It’s all to, yes, spectacular, highly enjoyable effect, and it’s a free download from Futureman Records’ Bandcamp page, leaving you and yours to simply click the proper links and enjoy. Volume three please, “Bob,” and soonest, if you will.

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the bye bye blackbirds take out the poison coverThe Bye Bye Blackbirds | Take Out the Poison (2017)
Bradley Skaught’s Oakland, California-based outfit have been strong performers of the melodic pop art since arriving on the scene in 2006 with their Honeymoon EP. This full-length effort, their latest release, is their best offering yet, with 11 finely wrought, emotionally charged songs that will surely take root in listener’s hearts.

Highlights are many, and varied. The aggressive pop-rocker “Alfred Starr Hamilton” pops hard with lots of guitars and an enticing melody. “Let Your Hair Fall Down” is an out-and-out pop workout, complete with horns, sounding right out of the J. Geils playbook. The mid-tempo country ballad, “Duet,” features strings and a lovely vocal by Lindsay Paige Garfield, who co-wrote the song with Bradley. And “Poison Love,” a fiercely upbeat country rocker, carries a lineage that goes as far back as 1951, when Johnnie and Jack hit big with the Elmer Laird tune on no less than three Billboard country charts.

Take Out the Poison is no less than one of this year’s finest releases. Take a bow, Bradley Skaught, Aaron Rubin, Lenny Gill, KC Bowman, and so many other fine performers. Pop, and rock, on.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Debut This Week on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio

pure pop radio radioThere is excitement on the air! This week sees Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation debut on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallEvery Tuesday night at 8 pm ET on the Pop Tunes Deejay Show, I will spin the very latest and greatest melodic pop releases by artists you love and some that may be new to you. This week, thrill to top tunes from Tommy Lorente (his brand-new pop and roll single), Daniel Wylie’s Cosmic Rough Riders, Fun of the Pier (their first long player!), Sitcom Neighbor, Jared Lekites (with a great cover of a song by one of my favorites, Coke Belda), Terry Draper, and many more. (Repeats Friday at 2 pm ET)

The Thursday edition of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET) will feature a mix of catchy melodic pop songs from today and across the decades. It’s a mirthful melange of melodies you won’t want to miss! (Repeats next Monday at 11 am ET)

in conversation new graphic blueOn this week’s all-new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday at 9 pm ET), I talk to one of my favorite-ever melodic pop artists, the great Richard X. Heyman, whose smashing 12th album, Incognito, has just been released. It’s a spirited half hour show with one of the great instrumentalists, songwriters and performers in melodic pop. You won’t want to miss it. (Repeats Saturday at 2 pm ET)

Don’t miss a minute of the fun: Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET), and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesdays at 9 pm ET).

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

Coke Belda’s In Conversation Appearance Now Available for Listening and Downloading

coke belda nummer zweiSinger-songwriter Coke Belda returned to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on June 14 to talk about his latest releases and his love for the music of a certain musician who is a favorite of pop music fans around the world. This episode of the premiere pop music talk show is now available for listening and downloading from our PodOmatic podcast page.

Topics on the table during this fun interview include Coke’s latest album, Nummer Zwei, for which Pure Pop Radio’s Alan Haber contributed a lively introduction and liner notes; the spirited version of the Cowsills’ “Poor Baby” that Coke placed on Rock Indiana’s Pop Parade Vol. 7 compilation; and Coke’s love for Jeff Lynne’s music (it turns out that both Coke and Alan consider “Wild West Hero” their favorite song by the ELO head honcho).

Coke is always fun to speak with; we think you’ll enjoy hearing from this native of Spain who now calls Germany his home. Listen to and download it from our PodOmatic podcast page. Enjoy!

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET. Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

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