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Book review: On track…MIKE OLDFIELD (Every album, every song) – Ryan Yard

On track…MIKE OLDFIELD (Every album, every song) – Ryan Yard

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 18.09.20] As Ryan Ward suggests in this survey of Mike Oldfield’s music, his calling card Tubular Bells – in 1973 – defined him and was never surpassed.  He was only 20.  Those of a certain age … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN DURY – Hit Me! The Best Of

IAN DURY - Hit Me! The Best Of

BMG [Release date 16.10.20] 3-CD Reasons To Be Cheerful? Well we certainly need some of those and who better than to supply a cheery soundtrack to covid-crocked  times than the cheeky chappy from Harrow.  Ian Dury may have died in … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot … CODE OF SILENCE – Dark Skies Over Babylon

CODE OF SILENCE - Dark Skies Over Babylon

Mausoleum Records (Europe) Rubicon (Japan) (2013) Described by GRTR! reviewer Alan Jones as ‘a truly genre-bending tour de force, which, whilst having melodic metal at its heart, makes frequent forays into the diverse worlds of progressive rock, heavy metal, shred … Continue reading

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Album review: CONNOR BRACKEN AND THE MOTHER LEEDS BAND – Nightbird Motel

CONNOR BRACKEN AND THE MOTHER LEEDS BAND - Nightbird Motel

[Release date 25.09.20] Based in Astbury Park, New Jersey, Connor Brand (lead guitar and vocals) has a whiff of a look of a young Springsteen.  But hometown aside, that’s about where the similarities end – MLB being a blues rock … Continue reading

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Album review: TIGER MOTH TALES – Still Alive (CD/DVD)

TIGER MOTH TALES - Still Alive (CD/DVD)

White Knight Records [Release date 01.08.20] Not even lockdown can subdue Peter Jones.  It seems only 5 minutes since he released A Visit To Zoetermeer, making Still Alive his second CD/DVD release in 3 months, but he also popped up … Continue reading

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Album review: SHANNON LaBRIE – Building

SHANNON LABRIE - Building

Moraine Records [Release date 25.09.20] Since when did just 7 songs make an ‘album’?  And it’s not as if we’re talking prog – this is Americana.  And just 27 minutes of it. But then we live in strange times.  And … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…THE WHO (Every album, every song) – Geoffrey Feakes

On track...THE WHO (Every album, every song) - Geoffrey Feakes

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 17.08.20] One of the good things about any book like this, it encourages you to either dig out old vinyl or notice that you’ve missed something. In the case of The Who they released their latest … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…DREAM THEATER (Every album, every song) – Jordan Blum

On track...DREAM THEATER (Every album, every song) - Jordan Blum

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 17.07.20] This volume reveals the strengths and weaknesses of the series’ premise. Jordan Blum’s careful expose of all the albums reveals how indebted he is to other writers, websites and magazines.  And, let’s be honest, Wikipedia.  … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot … BLACKTHORNE – Afterlife

BLACKTHORNE - Afterlife

Music For Nations (1993) Graham Bonnet’s career started in the late 1960s with a conventional pop approach and early solo albums.  It was only in 1979 when he came to Ritchie Blackmore’s attention as a potential frontman of Rainbow (replacing … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…10cc and Godley & Creme (Every album, every song) – Peter Kearns

On track...10cc and Godley & Creme (Every album, every song) - Peter Kearns

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 17.08.20] In the hot summer of 1976 I was checking roll-on roll-off cargo at Liverpool Docks and realised I was looking at a consignment of music gear.  It turned out that 10cc were coming over from … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…GENTLE GIANT (Every album, every song) – Gary Steel

On track...GENTLE GIANT (Every album, every song) - Gary Steel

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 17.08.20] The only time I saw Gentle Giant live was when they “supported” a film about Jimi Hendrix at Liverpool Stadium.  Due to the poor PA system it was just cacophony.  Giant’s music is so full … Continue reading

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Album review: LEGACY PILOTS – Aviation

LEGACY PILOTS - Aviation

Laterne [Release date 23.07.20] I do find in these strange days of Lockdown I am automatically drawn to the unusual and the previously unknown in terms of bands and albums.  Maybe even the underdog.  And especially those that don’t necessarily … Continue reading

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Album review: STARING INTO NOTHING – Love

STARING INTO NOTHING - Love

Antares Records [Release date 13.03.20] Southern California based Staring Into Nothing – Steve Rogers (keys/vocals) and Kurt Barabas (bass/vocals/guitars) – are a highly melodic, mildly proggy, rock combo, who bring a wide range of guest musicians into the studio to … Continue reading

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Album review: NEAL SMITH – Pop 85/95

NEAL SMITH - Pop 85/95

Kachina Records [Release date 01.06.20] OK, hands up – greatest ‘garage’ band of all time?  Easy – the ‘original’ Alice Cooper band.  Under the tutelage of Bob Ezrin, they produced one of the finest rock albums of the 1970′s in … Continue reading

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Album review: BEN REEL – The Nashville Calling

BEN REEL - The Nashville Calling

Ceol Music [Release date 03.03.20] Recorded in Nashville, produced by Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack, and featuring E Street Band’s Garry W Tallent on bass, Ben Reel’s 9th studio album finds him paying homage to The Boss.  At least, in … Continue reading

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Album review: L.SHANKAR – Chepleeri Dream

L.SHANKAR - Chepleeri Dream

Cleopatra Records [Release date 26.06.20] When you have heavyweights such as Chester Thompson and Tony Levin featuring prominently in the credits you expect that the album in front of you may be of a certain standard, or at least a … Continue reading

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Album review: Q-BIZM – Corduroy Shorts

Q-BIZM - Corduroy Shorts

[Release date 15.05.20] The retro flavour of this album might be detected in the tongue-in-cheek title.  Yeah, baby, yeah.  This is only the Italian band’s second album after forming originally back in 1996. Their debut album came in 2003, 15 … Continue reading

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Album review: GLENN HUGHES – Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 3, 1995-2010

GLENN HUGHES - Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 3, 1995-2010

Cherry Red Records [Release date 31.07.20] 6-CD set A trove of previously unreleased Glenn Hughes’ live material – 19 CDs’ worth – has been released by Cherry Red Records over the last two years. Calling them “Official Bootlegs” has an … Continue reading

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Album review: WHITE LION – All You Need Is Rock’n'Roll – The Complete Albums 1985-91

WHITE LION - All You Need Is Rock'n'Roll - The Complete Albums 1985-91

Cherry Red [Release date 28.08.20] 5-CD set The Cherry Red label has established a reputation for moving across genres in resurrecting high quality material, suitable for repackaging and reissuing. With this one, they’ve recognised one of the classiest, if short … Continue reading

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Book review: STEVE HACKETT – A Genesis In My Bed

STEVE HACKETT - A Genesis In My Bed

Wymer Publishing [Publication date 24.07.20] It was perhaps inevitable: riding the crest of the prog resurgence, repurposing classic Genesis in front of insatiable crowds, and making well received solo albums.  And now, the book! Steve Hackett traces his journey from … Continue reading

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