Yearly Archives: 2018

Book review: JIM McCARTY with DAVE THOMPSON – Nobody Told Me: My Life With The Yardbirds, Renaissance and Other Stories

Jim McCarty with Dave Thmpson - Bobody Told Me

http://www.jamesmccarty.com/ 305 pages paperback ISBN 978-0-244-96650-8 [Publication date: May 2018] ‘Nobody Told Me’ is a suitably titled autobiography that documents the life and times of Jim McCarty, The Yardbirds founder member, drummer and rock and roll hall of fame inductee. … Continue reading

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Album review: PRAYING MANTIS – Gravity

Frontiers [Release date 11.05.18] Originally part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, albeit at the more melodic almost AOR end of the spectrum, Praying Mantis are still going strong. This new album is their 10th studio outing, 11 if you include … Continue reading

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Album review: MANSUN – Attack of the Grey Lattern

Kscope [Release date 08.06.18] Mansun’s ‘Attack of the Grey Lantern’ gets a 21st anniversary re-issue with all the bells and whistles you’d expect. This re-issue is remastered from the original multi-tracks and is available on all digital platforms and as a media book … Continue reading

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Gig review: JACK BRUCE: SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE – TRIBUTE CONCERT SCREENING – The Curzon, London, 14 May 2018

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Introduced by Scottish DJ Edith Bowman who later anchors a Q&A session, the Kyla Simone Bruce directed ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ is an aptly titled film. It represents the triumph of the collective spirit over potential adversity, as the musicians … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK SABBATH – The Supersonic Years

‘ BMG [Release date 08.06.18] This is no ordinary reissue; for a catalogue that has been reissued more times stamps have first day covers, last year’s 8LP + crucistick box took reissues to a new sonic and packing level, and … Continue reading

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DVD review: THE MOODY BLUES – Days of Future Passed – Live

Eagle Vision [Release date 23.03.18] Over the past few years a number of bands that have been releasing records since the 1960’s have reached that impressive milestone that is celebrating 50 years of being together, the other side to this … Continue reading

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DVD review: IGGY POP – American Valhalla

Eagle Vision [Release date 06.03.18] “American Valhalla” tells the story of Iggy Pop and Josh Homme’s experiences creating Pop’s 2016 “Post Pop Depression” album. We get to watch the very inception of the album from idea to finished product, and … Continue reading

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Album review: RYAN ROXIE – Imagine Your Reality

Cargo When I look through my record collection there are not many other guitarists that feature as much as Ryan Roxie. Having recorded with the likes of Slash, Gilby Clarke, Electric Angels, Casablanca, Roxie 77, more than a few Alice … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMES CHRISTIAN – Craving

JAMES CHRISTIAN - Craving

Frontiers [Release date 20.04.18] Fourth solo album from House Of Lords frontman James Christian sees him work with a variety of songwriters including Tommy Denander (who also plays guitars, bass and keys), Cliff Magness (who has his solo album released … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTHRAX – Kings Among Scotland

ANTHRAX – Kings Among Scotland

Nuclear Blast  [Release date 27.04.18] Hard to believe that it is 30 years since the release of the ‘Among The Living’ album from Anthrax. This was the album which spawned some of the band’s biggest songs and raised their profile to … Continue reading

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Album review: BULLETBOYS – From Out Of The Skies

BULLETBOYS - From Out Of The Skies

Frontiers [Release date 23.03.18] I’ll be honest, I was never a huge fan of the Bulletboys , sure they were on my radar but that was about as far as it got. So when I saw that long term fans … Continue reading

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Gig review: FOREIGNER – Manchester Apollo, 12 May 2018

FOREIGNER - Manchester Apollo, 12 May 2018

The bets were on.  Would Mick Jones appear at this first UK date of a massive 40th anniversary world tour?  The omens weren’t good as four songs in the band played one of the massive “hits” (and somewhat ridiculous without … Continue reading

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Album review: LAST GREAT DREAMERS – 13th Floor Renegades

Ray Records [Release date 13.04.18] Last Great Dreamers first surfaced in the UK in the 90′s, previously going under the name Silveheart and split in 1997, coming back to life again in 2014 with original members Marc Valentine (vocals/guitar) and … Continue reading

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Album review: SPOCK’S BEARD – Noise Floor

Inside Out [Release date 25.05.18] Spock’s Beard return with their thirteenth album and it also marks the return of original drummer Nick D’Virgilio who guests on the album, after the previous drummer Jimmy Keegan left the band in 2016. On … Continue reading

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Album review: SMOKING MARTHA – In Deep

SMOKING MARTHA - In Deep

Bad Reputation [Released date 25.05.18] I’ll say one thing for our cousins ‘down under’.  They like a bit of female fronted raunch ‘n’ roll.  And there’ve been some great bands over the years – stretching back as far as Cheetah … Continue reading

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Album review: LAURA MEADE – Remedium

LAURA MEADE - Remedium

Doone Records [Release date 18.05.18] Anyone heard of New York-based progressive rock band Izz?  No, me neither, but they’re another in a long line of bands inspired by the pioneers such as Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, ELP, and Renaissance. Laura … Continue reading

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Album review: MASS – When 2 Worlds Collide

Escape Music [Release date 25.05.18] This is album number eight from Mass who have been making music since the mid-80′s. On this album the added keys/strings provided by Jeremy Heussi add another dimension to the band’s classy melodic hard rock … Continue reading

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Album review: DEL BROMHAM BLUES DEVILS – Del Bromham Blues Devils Live

DEL BROMHAM BLUES DEVILS – Del Bromham Blues Devils Live

Self release [Release date 01.05.18] Del Bromham Blues Devils Live’ does what it says on the tin. From the opening echo reverb and Robin Trower style guitar figure, we are dropped right into the middle of an evening of a … Continue reading

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Album review: DON AIREY – One Of A Kind

DON AIREY - One Of A Kind

earMUSIC [Release date 25.05.18] Don Airey can be considered rock royalty and in a quiet sort of way, and in down time from his Purple “day job”, finds the time to release consistently excellent solo albums.  This is the successor … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVE GREENSLADE – Cactus Choir

DAVE GREENSLADE - Cactus Choir

Angel Air [Release date: 18.05.18] While it’s done the rounds before, this is a timely reissue for ‘what Dave did next’ post-the winding up of his eponymous progressive rock ensemble. The ex-Colosseum keyboards whizz  had recorded a quartet of acclaimed … Continue reading

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