Quick plays: MICK FLINN BAND, MATCHBOX

MICK FLINN BAND Road To L.A.

MICK FLINN BAND Road To L.A. [Release date 29.01.16]

The Mick Flinn Band formed around five years ago, but Mick Flinn is most probably more well known as the lead singer in 70′s hitmakers the Mixtures, who had chart success in the UK and their native Australia with ‘The Pushbike Song’. He was also involved in hits for Joe Dolce and Black Lace!

Mick Flinn has lost none of his vocal power nor the knack for penning easy listening songs. That is meant as a compliment, as ‘For The Sake Of A Song’ has hint of CSN about it and the title track is a decent little rock ‘n’ roll number. Nice hark back to the doo wop sound on ‘Going Crazy’, whilst ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Stew’ is the one time the band let the shackles off and go for it. The sort of tune Roy Wood does, less the kitchen sink arrangement.

His wife Donna Finn joins him on the two bonus songs and they sound like the New Seekers. Well hardly surprising as both are members of that band!

An inoffensive set of tunes, of interest to fans of his previous bands and worth a listen. ***

Review by Jason Ritchie

MATCHBOX Going Down Town [Release date  05.02.16] www.angelair.co.uk

Matchbox had a series of UK hit singles between 1979 and 1982, including ‘Rockabilly Rebel’, ‘When You Ask About Love’ and ‘Over The Rainbow’. This album was recorded in 1985 and was originally only released in Sweden but now for the first time ever is released worldwide.

All the songs on here are originals penned by various band members and in the case of ‘Shooting Gallery’, this was recorded by Shakin’ Stevens. ‘Stealing Hearts’ is a classy melodic rock, something you could imagine US artists Jude Cole or Eddie Money recording and having a hit with. Lots of toe tapers including ‘Flip Flop Floosie’ and ‘She’s Hot’.

Doubtless their fans will have this album, if not now’s their chance and anyone else who enjoys a bit of rock ‘n’ roll/rockabilly. Very enjoyable and an album to put you in a good mood.

The band are still going strong and touring, with the line-up that had all the hits, which is very unusual for a band that has been going as long as Matchbox.***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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