PAUL RODGERS - Free Spirit

PAUL RODGERS – Free Spirit Quarto Valley Records [Release date 29.06.18]

This account of Paul Rodgers revisiting his Free-form past was recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall in May 2017 .

It was the culmination of his UK tour where he explored the more familiar material amongst the less so, competently backed by Deborah Bonham’s band.  (Deborah appears briefly on the DVD/Bluray version with his daughter Jasmine).

The setlist may seem predictable to most, but what’s also predictable is Rodgers’ still-superb vocal delivery.

Whilst none of this setlist is ground-breaking – and indeed it might have been made more authentic with the presence of Simon Kirke – it does afford a great celebration of a classic blues rock songbook.  ****

Review by David Randall

David Randall presents ‘Assume The Position’ on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio every Sunday at 22:00 GMT.

Gig review (Manchester, May 2017)

ATOMIC ROOSTER A Classic History Of

ATOMIC ROOSTER A Classic History Of
The Store For Music [Release date 18.05.18]

This 3-CD set is economical to say the least.  Focusing on the “classic” early seventies Crane/DuCann/Hammond line-up, and later period, there is little here to really educate casual punters.

This sort of broad brush overview might interest those who wish to get a flavour of a legendary band but Atomic Rooster demand greater detail and were much  more than the sum of their hit singles.

The CD insert is minimalist and there is no source information.  We see that this is licensed from Angel Air, so we know that the content has been previously available on that label but doesn’t contain official studio albums.  Merely live, outtakes or alternate versions.

Further research reveals that this collection is largely derived from Angel Air’s ‘The First 10 Explosive Years’ (1999) and ‘Rarities’ (2000) both originally gleaned from the late John Du Cann’s personal tape collection.

The lack of transparency or even chronology is hardly acceptable to the true collector, but the mere curious would also be better served by the recent collection available via Esoteric (review link below).  ***

Review by David Randall

David Randall presents ‘Assume The Position’ on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio every Sunday at 22:00 GMT.

Album review (Sleeping For Years, 2018)

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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)

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