Monthly Archives: May 2020

Album review: VANDENBERG – 2020

VANDENBERG- 2020

Mascot Records [Release Date 29.05.20] Best known for a long if chequered stint in Whitesnake, before that guitarist Adrian Vandenberg led his own band through three albums in the eighties. Now he has revived the name and iconic logo, though … Continue reading

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EP review: THE LICKERISH QUARTET – Threesome Vol. 1

THE LICKERISH QUARTET - Threesome Vol. 1

Lickerish Quartet/Label Logic [Release date 15.05.20] The Lickerish Quartet formed in 2017, featuring former Jellyfish members Roger Manning Jnr. (Imperial Drag), Eric Dover (Slash’s Snakepit, Alice Cooper, Imperial Drag) and Tim Smith. All three of them toured in support of … Continue reading

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Album review: DION – Blues With Friends

DION - Blues With Friends

Keeping The Blues Alive Records [Release date 05.06.20] Dion Francis Dimucci is a genuine legend of modern popular music culture. Scoring no fewer than thirty-nine Top 40 hits running from the late 1950’s to the mid 1960’s, including the classics … Continue reading

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Album review: TROY REDFERN – Island

Self release [Release date: 22.05.20] Troy Redfern’s ‘Island’ may well be his best work yet. It’s an atmospheric nuanced album full of vacillating emotions and material that he might not have envisaged writing a few months ago. It’s a splendid … Continue reading

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Album review: IRON TYGER – Hyperdrive

IRON TYGER - Hyperdrive

Coda Records [Release date 10.03.20] In the spirit of keeping 80s rock music alive, Sussex (England) based band Iron Tyger release their third album, and they remain firm favourites of the team at Music Legends. Drummer Trev Harper is son … Continue reading

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EP review: SVEN GALI, HANNAH WICKLUND

SEVEN GALI - 3

RFL Records [Release date 12.06.20] Sven Gali started out in the late 80’s as a covers band before releasing their self-titled debut in 1992, which earned them a gold disc in their native Canada. Sadly grunge appeared to spell an … Continue reading

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Feature: Call Collect – An introduction to ROY BUCHANAN

Roy Buchanan - Alligator Records pubilicity photo, 1985

David Randall reflects on a patchy early recording career, with Telecaster Titan Roy Buchanan only realising his full potential three years before his untimely death… The story of Roy Buchanan is one of a great unsung hero, a feeling of … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – NOTHING BY CHANCE – Ghosts Of Love

NOTHING BY CHANCE - Ghosts Of Love

Dover/Chrysalis/Starward [1991] Bob Harris has a lot to answer for.  I am sure – like many other musical insomniacs – he influenced our choice of album purchase in the early 1990s.  As mentioned in despatches elsewhere, his overnight show for … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – MAE McKENNA – Mirage And Reality

MAE McKENNA - Mirage And Reality

Kadence [1991] In 1993  “old school” DJs at the BBC, such as Bob Harris and Alan Freeman, would be culled as part of a new regime at Radio 1 but that didn’t stop a “golden” period for a few years … Continue reading

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EP review: CHAOS MAGIC – Desert Rose

CHAOS MAGIC – Desert Rose

Frontiers [Release date 08.05.20] A meeting of minds and talent, Chilean outfit Chaos Magic are an exciting prospect who have managed to blaze their way into many a Symphonic Rock fans heart. With two albums under their belt (the self-titled … Continue reading

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Feature: Call Collect – An introduction to MOLLY HATCHET

Molly Hatchet in 1978

Joe Geesin on southern rockers Molly Hatchet, named after a prostitute who allegedly mutilated and decapitated her clients.  Things got even more horrendous as the band entered the 1990s … Molly Hatchet is a Southern Rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, … Continue reading

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Feature: What FREEDOM CALL mean to me

Freedom Call

Joe Geesin recounts an enduring 20 year passion, cultivated after a few drinks and an introduction to the German metallers Freedom Call… After a decade of writing features and sleevenotes, (I first starting writing reviews for Record Collector magazine in … Continue reading

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Album review: KANSAS – All Just Dust In The Wind The Legendary Broadcast

Coda Records Ltd (blue vinyl) This beautiful release (I’ll call it that because it’s great to look at and even better to listen to) features US rock band Kansas at their peak. Coda Records have been doing a fine job … Continue reading

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Album review: THUNDERSTICK – Something Wicked This Way Came, Live In France

THUNDERSTICK – Something Wicked This Way Came, Live In France

Indie [Release date 20.03.20] Thunderstick the man is a drummer who, having already played with Iron Maiden in their early daze, made his name replacing Clive Burr in Samson. As the masked and caged mad man, and a bloody good … Continue reading

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Album review: ONE DESIRE – Midnight Empire

One Desire-Midnight Empire

Frontiers Records (Release date 22.05.20) Three years ago young Finns One Desire suddenly emerged with a very impressive first album which made many people’s end of year melodic rock lists.  It has taken a long time but they hope to … Continue reading

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Album review: DENNIS DE YOUNG – 26 East, Volume 1

Dennis De Young- 26 East, Volume 1

Frontiers Records (Release Date 22.05.20) This album marks a welcome rock comeback for former Styx singer Dennis De Young. For much of the time either side of his departure from the band  he seemed more interested in Broadway inspired or … Continue reading

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Album review: JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – Long John Silver/Thirty Seconds Over Winterland

 JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - Long John Silver/Thirty Seconds Over Winterland

Esoteric [Release date: 27.03.20] Bed fellows of the early ’70s, the Airplane’s last studio release for 17 years and a subsequent live album ensemble woozily in a heyday fade. Where the ’60s releases were taped under the clock in Hollywood … Continue reading

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Album review: SHAPE OF THE RAIN – Rily Riley Wood & Waggett (Deluxe Edition)

SHAPE OF THE RAIN - Rily Riley Wood & Waggett (Deluxe Edition)

Grapefruit [Release date: 24.04.20] Deep catalogue but worth the wait is this welcome reissue of an unjustly-neglected little diamond dogged by ill fortune. Signing to emergent imprint Neon back in 1971 probably seemed a good plan given it was run … Continue reading

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Album review: FM – Synchronized

Frontiers Records [Release Date 22.05.20] It’s now a whole decade since FM returned to stay with their comeback album ‘Metropolis’. Though from time to time they look back, rerecording ‘Indiscreet’ and most recently celebrating ‘Tough It Out’s anniversary on the … Continue reading

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Album review: DEF LEPPARD – From London to Vegas

DEF LEPPARD - From London to Vegas

Eagle Rock [Release date 29.05.20] The geewhizz numbers are overwhelming…twenty billion albums sold. Ok, an exaggeration, but the Def Leppard stats come at you so fast and ferocious that it’s genuinely impossible to absorb the enormity of what this UK … Continue reading

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