Monthly Archives: November 2017

Quick plays: PENDULUM OF FORTUNE, TOMI MALM

PENDULUM OF FORTUNE Searching For The God Inside [Release date 08.12.17] Pendulum Of Fortune are based around former Eloy drummer Bodo Schopf, who is joined by Pink Cream 69/Almanac vocalist David Readman, guitarist Vladimir Shevyakov and bas player Franky R (who … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH PROG VI – Pwllheli, North Wales, 17-18 November 2017

Edgar Broughton - HRH PROG VI - Pwllheli, North Wales, 17-18 November 2017

David Randall writes… Friday Edgar Broughton opened the proceedings on Stage 1 without his band but with tales of daring-do over a career spanning nearly 50 years and since his signing to the Harvest label in 1968.  Apparently he presided … Continue reading

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Album review: BRUCE FOXTON & RUSSELL HASTINGS – From The Jam Live!

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Basstone via Absolute [Release date 01.12.17] Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings’s ‘From The Jam Live!’ ticks all the right boxes. It does what it says on the tin with an updated appraisal of music that stoked a generation some 40 … Continue reading

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Album review: PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI – Emotional Tattoos

. Inside Out [Out Now] Andy Tillison is a man whose opinion I value and truly respect. Many times in the past has the leader of the The Tangent sung the praises of the Italian Rock combo Premiata Forneria Marconi … Continue reading

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Album review: BLIND GUARDIAN – Re-issues

Battalions Of Fear/Follow Me Blind/Tales From The Twilight World/Somewhere Far Beyond/Tokyo Tales’/Imaginations From The Other Side/The Forgotten Tales (compilation)/Nightfall In Middle Earth/A Night At The Opera/Live Nuclear Blast [Release date 27.10.17] German power metal band Blind Guardian have produced some … Continue reading

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Gig review: LYNCH MOB – Islington Academy, London, 12 November 2017

LYNCH MOB- Islington Academy, London, 12 November 2017

A very rare appearance from former Dokken guitar maestro George Lynch – and the first with his band Lynch Mob in the capital since 1990 – should have been the hottest ticket in London town. It was therefore something of … Continue reading

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Gig review: ALICE COOPER – Manchester Arena, 15 November 2017

ALICE COOPER - Manchester Arena, 15 November 2017

The release of Killer in 1971 was a defining moment in my love affair with rock and I’ve waited 40 plus years to see Alice perform with what remains of the original Alice Cooper band, Glen Buxton having passed away … Continue reading

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EP review: DANDELION CHARM – Riding The Flood

www.dandelioncharm.com/ Riding The Flood is a new five-track EP from Newhaven-based duo Dandelion Charm, who comprise of John and Clare Fowler. Clare Flowler says that ‘the themes we deal with in our songs are not frivolous ones. They are all … Continue reading

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Gig review – BLACK STAR RIDERS – Queens Hall, Edinburgh, 9 November 2017

BLACK STAR RIDERS - Queens Hall, Edinburgh, 9 November 2017

During tonight’s gig Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick took time out during the show to remind us that the band have now been a around for five years. In that time a few members have come and gone and … Continue reading

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Album review: BARENAKED LADIES – Fake Nudes

UMC [Release date 17.11.17] Barenaked Ladies, a band you have to be careful when Googling particularly with this latest album title… Barenaked Ladies have deservedly won many awards in their native Canada – 8 Juno awards to date – for their harmony filled pop songs, … Continue reading

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Album review: ACQUA FRAGILE – A New Chant

ACQUA FRAGILE - A New Chant

Esoteric Antenna [Release date: 13.10.17] Italy does progressive rock very well even if the indigenous talent struggled to broach export markets until front-runners Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) got picked up in 1973 by Emerson Lake & Palmer’s vanity label Manticore … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTHONY PHILLIPS – Invisible Men

ANTHONY PHILLIPS - Invisible Men

Esoteric [Release date 13.10.17] The former Genesis guitarist’s solo career has been enjoying a boom courtesy of Esoteric Recordings and their expansive reissue programme of his back catalogue. We’ve had the 70s – acoustic, analogue, much meditative melancholy resonating nicely … Continue reading

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Album review: ALAN SIMON – Excalibur IV The Dark Age Of The Dragon

ALAN SIMON - Excalibur IV The Dark Age Of The Dragon

Babaika Productions [Release date 03.11.17] The first reference I saw to Alan Simon was the credit on Sonja Kristina’s recent anthology – it’s the track that’s also included here called ‘The Passion’.  Then an Alan Simon compilation arrives to add … Continue reading

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Album review: ROSE TATTOO – Tatts Live In Brunswick 1982

ROSE TATTOO - Tatts Live In Brunswick 1982

Golden Robot [Release date 24.11.17] Classic Australian hard rock band synonymous with the shaven headed frontman Angry Anderson and a tattoo or two, as well as a few AC/DC connections, Rose Tattoo were formed in the mid 70s and took AC/DC’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: SQUEEZE – Royal Albert Hall, London, 6 November 2017

Squeeze - BEARDED THEORY FESTIVAL, Catton Hall, Derbyshire, 26-29 May 2016

Nearly 40 years after emerging as one of the best bands from that burst of creativity known at the time as the New Wave,  Squeeze are not content with the easy option coasting on the Rewind-style nostalgia circuit. Instead the … Continue reading

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Album review: PROJECT MAMA EARTH – Mama Earth

PROJECT MAMA EARTH – Mama Earth

Provogue [Release date 10.11.17] The thematically titled ‘Mama Earth’, is an all-star collaboration featuring Joss Stone on vocals,  Nitin Sawheny on guitar, Jonathan Joseph on drums, Etienne M’Bappe on bass and Jonathan Shorten on keyboards. It’s a stellar line-up that … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMES LITHERLAND – Back ‘N Blue

JAMES LITHERLAND – Back

Self Release [Release date 01.05.17] ‘Back ‘N Blue’ is a loving crafted DIY song driven blues-rock album with a funky fusion undertow. James Litherland’s musical credentials go all the way back to Colosseum – check out the ‘Valentyne Sweet’ style … Continue reading

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Gig review: JON BODEN – Cornerstones, Didcot, 9 November 2017

A first for me a gig in walking distance of my home! Cornerstones is a cosy, modern theatre. It was a sold out show to see former Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden play a solo gig in support of his recently … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARILLION – Manchester Academy, 8 November 2017

MARILLION - Manchester Academy, 8 November 2017

Ok, so I did say the new album would be a grower when reviewing it last August! Don’t lynch me, it’s just that I do like the more straight-ahead romantic side of Marillion which is a little obscured on the … Continue reading

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Album review: BLITZEN TRAPPER – Wild And Reckless

Lojinx [Release date 03.11.17] Not stumbled across Blizten Trapper before until their new album arrived onto my review pile. They have been around since 2000 and ‘Wild And Reckless’ is their ninth studio album, so some catching up to do … Continue reading

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