Monthly Archives: September 2017

Gig review: UFO – Dorking Halls, 14 September 2017

 UFO - Dorking Halls, 14 September 2017

UFO’s long career has in recent times been taking them down the road less travelled. It’s nearly three years now since a Central London date, but after last year’s show in St Albans, capital based fans like me now made … Continue reading

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Album review: TARGET – In Target

TARGET - In Target

Escape Music [Release date 20.10.07] Target will be of interest to melodic rock fans as the band featured future Cobra/Survivor vocalist Jimi Jamison, who sadly died back in 2014. This was planned to be Target’s third album and was recorded … Continue reading

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Quick plays: FRIGG, PALE HONEY, HELL IN THE CLUB, CATHEDRALE

FRIGG - Frost On Fiddles

FRIGG Frost On Fiddles Frigg [Release date 06.10.17] Frigg (be careful how you spell that on a Google search!) hail from Finland and feature the talents of four fiddle players, plus a guitarist, bassist and cittern/mandolin players. All instrumentals and … Continue reading

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Album review: RINGO – Give More Love

Ringo Starr - Give More love

UMC [Release date 15.09.17] Ringo’s ‘Give More Love’ -  he’s dropped his Starr moniker on the album credit – is better than you might imagine, for an artist who has been known to ration his appearances on his own all … Continue reading

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Album review: GAMMA RAY – Reissues (Land Of The Free/Alive ’95)

earMUSIC [Release date 29.09.17] earMUSIC’s Gamma Ray re-issue schedule continues with the band’s fourth studio album (original released in 1995) getting a deluxe 2CD re-issue. The second disc adds three songs (including the band’s blistering cover of Holocaust’s ‘Heavy Metal … Continue reading

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Quick plays: STEVE HILL, JARED JAMES NICHOLS

STEVE HILL - Solo Recordings Volume 3

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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