Monthly Archives: September 2017

Quick plays: STEVE HILL, JARED JAMES NICHOLS

STEVE HILL Solo Recordings Volume 3 No Label Records [Release date 06.10.17] Steve Hill is a proper one-man band as his feet play bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his guitar, … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE MILLER BAND – Ultimate Hits

UMC [Release date 15.09.17] This hits set is available as a single disc and a two disc edition which features 4 previously unreleased live tracks, 3 previously unreleased studio tracks and a previously unreleased demo. It is released ahead of a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: LEVI CUSS, JIM McHUGH

LEVI CUSS Just Below Radio

LEVI CUSS Just Below Radio (Vol. 1 & 2) [Release date 03.11.17] Well, that’s a first – 2 EP CDs, 4 tracks on each, which surely doubles up on the production cost, when both would fit handsomely on a single … Continue reading

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Album review: JANIS IAN – The Essential 2.0

JANIS IAN - The Essential 2.0

Sony Legacy [Release date 22.09.17] This 2 CD collection neatly brings together, for the first time, some of Ian’s best (?) works spanning her whole career from 1967 to date on the Columbia, Verve And Rude Girl labels. All too … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVE STEWART – Nashville Sessions The Duets, Vol.1

DAVE STEWART - Nashville Sessions The Duets, Vol.1

Dave Stewart Entertainment [Release date  25.08.17] Pop, rock – Dave Stewart is a master of both.  And his taste in female vocalists, second to none.  But his output, even with The Eurythmics was always patchy.  More moments of sheer brilliance … Continue reading

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Single review: THE BAD FLOWERS – Thunder Child

THE BAD FLOWERS - Thunder Child

[Release date 15.09.17] The Bad Flowers are a no nonsense three-piece rock band hailing from Cannock – hometown of the legendary Glenn Hughes. The band’s line-up is Tom Leighton (Guitar/Vocals), Dale Tonks (Bass/Vocals) and Karl Selickis (Drums) and to date they … Continue reading

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Album review: MOONLIGHT DESIRES – Just The Hits 1981-1985

MOONLIGHT DESIRES - Just The Hits 1981-1985

Infamous Butcher Records [Release date 15.09.17] Moonlight Desires hail from Canada and have produced a set of very enjoyable covers, and not the usual suspects either as they have gone for 80′s synth led pop rockers. The band’s name comes from … Continue reading

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Gig review: GUN – St Luke’s, Glasgow, 14 September 2017

GUN – St Luke’s, Glasgow, 14 September 2017

With Gun about to unleash their excellent new album ‘Favourite Pleasures’ on an expectant public, what better way to introduce a few of the songs than a short showcase gig. The fact that the show was on home turf for … Continue reading

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Album review: APPICE – Sinister

APPICE - Sinister

SPV [Release date 27.10.17] This is the first ever studio collaboration between the Brothers Appice.  Carmen is of course best known for his work with Vanilla Fudge and Jeff Beck.  Vinny is the younger whipper snapper who has worked most … Continue reading

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Quick plays: RICKY ROSS, MATT PATERSHUK

RICKY ROSS - Short Stories Vol. 1

RICKY ROSS Short Stories Vol. 1 earMUSIC [Release date 15.09.17] While there’s no argument Ricky Ross can pen a decent tune, and has a signature vocal timbre, he’s perhaps not the most technically gifted of singers, which in no small … Continue reading

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Album review: AMELIA WHITE – Rhythm Of The Rain

AMELIA WHITE - Rhythm Of The Rain

[Release date 27.10.17] East Nashville based singer and songwriter Amelia White’s 2014 offering Old Postcard, her 6th long player, was what I’d describe as ‘a keeper’ – an Americana/soft rock cross over album reminiscent of classic Tom Petty and delivered … Continue reading

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DVD review: Changes Begin Within (Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr)

Changes Begin Within (Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr)

Eagle Rock [Release date 01.09.17] It seems almost unthinkable in this day and age that a benefit concert would be held for a charitable foundation aimed at teaching at-risk children to meditate, and to begin to change their lives from … Continue reading

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DVD review: ALICE COOPER – Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition

ALICE COOPER - Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition

Eagle Rock [Release date 08.09.17] Alice’s long available Welcome to My Nightmare, December 1975 Wembley, Empire Pool footage gets a 2017 ‘reboot’ with the addition of a same year TV special -  ‘Alice Cooper: The Nightmare’.  It’s the first time … Continue reading

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Album review: TOM KILLNER – Live

TOM KILLNER – Live CD

Cleopatra Records [Release date 02.06.17] Rotherham based blues rocker Tim Killner plays the blues the way he feels them. Uninterested in the disposable music that holds its thrall on many of his musical contemporaries, the young Killner taps into the … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS – The Long-Awaited Album

STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS - The Long-Awaited Album

Rounder Records/Decca [Release date 29.09.17] Steve Martin, not content with being a comedian, actor, playwright and author, has in recent years found a new area of success with his banjo playing. He has released albums previously with the Steep Canyon Rangers and … Continue reading

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Album review: COLDSPELL – A New World Arise

COLDSPELL - A New World Arise

Escape Music [Release date 22.09.17] ColdSpell have been around since 2005 and this is the band’s fourth album, with what is quite a gap for them since 2013′s ‘Frozen Paradise’. However, that extra time in between albums has allowed the … Continue reading

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Book review: Some Fantastic Place by Chris Difford

W&N [Publication date 31.08.17] Chris Difford is the lyricist to Glen Tilbrook’s music and arranging in Squeeze, a band who have split up twice and now since reforming again in 2007 seem to be enjoying a purple patch both in terms … Continue reading

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Gig review: HAIR METAL HEAVEN – Welly Club and City Hall, Hull, 25-27 August 2017

Sebastian Bach - HAIR METAL HEAVEN - Hull, 25-27 August 2017

If eyebrows were raised at Hull’s designation as European City of Culture 2017, the news that a major rock festival in Hair Metal Heaven was taking place there was an even more unexpected story. The Humberside port city may have … Continue reading

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Gig review: CROPREDY, Oxfordshire, 10-12 August 2017

Fairport Convention - Cropredy, 13-15 August 2015

Fairport Convention’s festival at Cropredy has been an annual fixture for almost four decades now but the big celebration this year was marking the fiftieth anniversary of the band’s formation. In the eight years since I have been going it … Continue reading

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Album review: PHIL VINCENT – XX

PHIL VINCENT - XX

Phil Vincent Music Phil Vincent is very prolific, this being his twentieth solo album, plus he has been in various bands/projects through the years including D’Ercole, Legion and Tragik. Although Phil plays and produces all of the music on here, he … Continue reading

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