Yearly Archives: 2018

Album review: LINTON OSBOURNE – Drunk At Breakfast

www.lintonosborne.com [Release date 14.09.18] Former Nazareth vocalist (who has also worked with original Naz guitarist Manny Charlton) has continued to work hard and, amongst a number of projects, has released this rather marvellous album. His work with Nazareth was too short … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Deluxe Editions – 1+9+8+2, Back To Back, In The Army Now, Ain’t Complaining

STATUS QUO - 1+9+8+2

earMUSIC [release date 17.08.18] These albums are the next in line to get the Deluxe Edition reissue treatment which covers the band’s output during the 1980’s. This was a period which saw band members come and go, the ‘End Of … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Down Down & Dignified At The Royal Albert Hall and Down Down & Dirty At Wacken

Status Quo - Down Down & Dirty At Wacken

earMUSIC [release date 17.08.18] These two albums have been released in tandem to demonstrate the two different sides of Quo and to prove that live they are still a must see. The Albert Hall show captures the band in full … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DREAM CHILD, THE UNITY, PLASTIC TEARS

DREAM CHILD Until Death Do We Meet Again

DREAM CHILD Until Death Do We Meet Again Frontiers [Release date 14.09.18] Dream Child is formed around former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy, who is joined by fellow Dio member drummer Simon Wright, former Ozzy/Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo, Wayne Findlay (ex-MSG) … Continue reading

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Gig review: NORTHERN FLYWAY – Cornerstones, Didcot, 21 September 2018

Northern Flyway is the brainchild of Jenny Sturgeon (Salt House, Jenny Sturgeon Trio) and Inge Thomson (Karine Polwart Trio, Da Fishing Hands). In 2017 they wrote and created Northern Flyway – an audio-visual production exploring the ecology, folklore, symbolism and mythology … Continue reading

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Album review: LAYLA ZOE – Gemini

LAYLA ZOE – Gemini

Self release [Release date 05.10.18] Layla Zoe’s ‘Gemini’ is one of the most honest and hard hitting blues-rock albums of the year. She openly tackles the pain of the blues, but you always get the feeling that there’s a more … Continue reading

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Album review: HOGJAW – Rise To The Mountains

HOGJAW - Rise To The Mountains

Snakefarm Records [Release date 2015] Hogjaw embark on their maiden UK tour this autumn and they have a new album, ‘Way Down Yonder’ to promote, along with this, their 2015 album which is now getting a full UK release via Spinefarm … Continue reading

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Gig review: BIG BOY BLOATER/Jack J. Hutchinson – The Blackheart, London, Camden 20 September 2018

BIG BOY BLOATER - The Blackheart, London, Camden 20 September 2018

If there was something incongruous about finding Big Boy Bloater & The Limits and in a dark biker pub in Camden,  it’s nothing that bothers Bloater and his powerhouse trio, who revel in a typically boisterous show built from the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JIM SHEPARD, PHILLIP HENRY, SIR REG

JIM SHEPARD Jaded

JIM SHEPARD Jaded MelodicRock Records [Release date 10.08.18] This is the third solo album by US musician Jim Shepard who has been on the music scene for some years including a band called Taxi, who had some success in their local … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE QUIREBOYS – 02 Forum, London, 14 September 2018

THE QUIREBOYS - 02 Forum, London, 14 September 2018

Playing a classic album in its entirety is now such a well established concert concept that bands are having to approach it a little differently. The Quireboys already did this many years ago to mark 20 years of ‘A Bit … Continue reading

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Album review: TIFFANY – Pieces Of Me

TIFFANY - Pieces Of Me

Go On Then Records [Release date 05.10.18] Tiffany sold over 15m albums to date and most will know her for her worldwide hit ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ in 1987. She has been releasing albums since then that have covered pop, country and … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROSE TATTOO & GIRLSCHOOL – 02 Islington Academy, London, 13 September 2018

Girlschool - HARD ROCK HELL, Pwllheli, 15 November 2014

Rose Tattoo’s first appearance in London in far-too-many years and it was hotly anticipated. And for those not familiar with the Aussie rock band, led by the short in stature but no way in attitude Angry Anderson, they formed in … Continue reading

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Album review: CINDERELLA – The Mercury Years

CINDERELLA - The Mercury Years

Caroline Records [Release date 28.09.18] US rock band Cinderella formed in the early 80s, and had some notable success in the late 80s and early 90s. And a great live band they were too. They split in the mid 90s, … Continue reading

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Album review: VANESSA PETERS – Foxhole Prayers

VANESSA PETERS - Foxhole Prayers

[Release date 05.10.18] For some reason, Texas based indie-folk singer songwriter Vanessa Peters’ last album – The Burden Of Unshakeable Proof (2016) seems to have bypassed GRTR!  But a quick listen on bandcamp.com suggests it was a welcome return to … Continue reading

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News: STEVE HACKETT – orchestral tour, box set, radio interview

Prog-meister Steve Hackett tours with a 41 piece orchestra in October, plus there is the release of a 6-CD/2-DVD box set covering the years 1984-2006. Steve’s orchestral tour stems from a one-off performance in March 2017 in the USA.  He’ll … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN REED NETWORK – Origins

DAN REED NETWORK - Origins

Zero One [Release date 23.11.18] ‘Origins’ is an interesting concept and is perhaps best viewed as a live album recorded in the studio.  Over the past year or so, DRN have recorded themselves in various studios (Manchester, NYC, Portland and … Continue reading

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Gig review: JAWBONE – 02 Islington Academy, London, 12 September 2018

JAWBONE – 02 Islington Acadamy, London, 12 September 2018

And so to Jawbone, a new roots rock band with some familiar faces. Jawbone isn’t so much a case of old wine in new bottles, as a thoughtful and musically excellent quartet exploring a new significant context for their collective … Continue reading

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Album review: JIMMY WALDO & STEVEN ROSEN – Voices From The Past

MelodicRock Records [Release date 28.09.18] Jimmy Waldo and Steven Rosen were a prolific writing duo at the height of hard rock’s popularity in the 1980′s and were two of the go-to-guys for songs. This writing partnership lasted more than 30 years and now … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE BONAMASSA – Redemption

JOE BONAMASSA – Redemption

Provogue Records [Release date 21.09.18] ‘Redemption’ is a loosely based concept album on which some of the songs explore the titular theme. The dozen self penned songs track Joe Bonamassa’s musical evolution as one of the most broad based blues … Continue reading

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Album review: ENUFF Z’NUFF – Diamond Boy

ENUFF Z

Frontiers [Release date 14.08.18] Enuff Z’Nuff returned to action with 2016′s ‘Clown’s Lounge’, although that was older songs recorded back in the band’s early days with some updating . ‘Diamond Boy’ marks the first album without any input from former … Continue reading

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