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Album review: RICHIE KOTZEN, IAN GILLAN (reissues)

RICHIE KOTZEN - Telecasters & Stratocasters - Klassic Kotzen

The Store For Music [Release date 17.11.17/23.02.18] A welcome outing for three late-1990s solo albums from the underrated Richie Kotzen, repackaged as Telecasters & Stratocasters: Klassic Kotzen.  Kotzen might be best known for his stints in Poison and Mr.Big and … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVEY LANE – I’m Gonna Burn Out Bright

DAVEY LANE  I

Capgun [Release date 16.03.18] Introspective opener ‘Hell (A Prelude)’ hardly prepares the listener for what’s to come on Davey Lane’s second solo album.  Before you know it, the belting synth epic ‘Taurus All Apart’ swirls into your head – sonically … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS HILLMAN – The Asylum Years

CHRIS HILLMAN - The Asylum Years

Omnivore Recordings [Release date 09.02.18] This new CD brings together Chris Hillman’s first two solo albums, from 1976 and 1977 respectively.  Hillman had a fine pedigree as a member of The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Manassas. Immediately prior … Continue reading

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Album review: THE INNOCENTS – Teardrop Kiss

THE INNOCENTS - Teardrop Kiss

Public Records [Release date 02.04.18] Tasmania’s The Innocents have previous form.  In their original guise of Beathoven, they released one of the finest (and obscure) slices of 1970s power pop in ‘Please Don’t Go’ – check it out on YouTube … Continue reading

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Album review: MARILLION – Holidays In Eden Live/Size Matters (reissues)

MARILLION - Holidays In Eden Live/Size Matters (reissues)

earMUSIC [Release date 19.01.18] Curious ‘mainstream’ releases for these two double CD sets, that fans will know were originally released on the band’s own Racket Records label (in fact, Size Matters is still currently available, albeit with a different sleeve), … Continue reading

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DVD review: YES – The New Director’s Cut

YES - The New Director

The Store For Music [Release date 16.02.18] Talk about milking it. It may have been a major event when Wakeman reunited with Anderson, Squire, Howe and White in time for the band’s 35th anniversary tour in 2004, but there continues … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DEAD SOUTH – Illusion & Doubt

THE DEAD SOUTH - Illusion & Doubt

DevilDuck Records [Release date 23.03.18] Outlaws, modern hillbillies?  The opening strains of ‘Boots’ does, indeed, bring Jed Clampett and his clan to mind.  And regrettably, not Elly May. No, more her half-witted half-brother Jethro, having a banjo/mandolin fuelled bluegrass hoedown … Continue reading

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Album review: MISSISSIPPI STOMP – Shine

MISSISSIPPI STOMP - Shine

[Release date 22.04.17] Mississippi Stomp are an Americana outfit from, yes, you guessed it  [northeast] Mississppi.  Tupelo, to be precise  the home of the King.  Shine is their sophomore release. Together since the early nineties, with the focal point husband … Continue reading

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Album review: FRACTAL MIRROR – Close To Vapour

FRACTAL MIRROR - Close To Vapour

Bad Elephant Music [Release date 26.01.18] My heart sinks when I see a shallow Press Release signposting a band as being of the ‘Progressive/Art Rock’ genre, and then sinks several degrees further when I see the only other information (apart … Continue reading

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Album review: KORBY LENKER – Thousand Springs

KORBY LENKER - Thousand Springs

[Release date 16.03.18] Nashville singer songwriter Korby Lenker chose to record his seventh album, not in the studio, but in places that resonated with him  his guitar and vocals being captured in places as diverse as the edge of the … Continue reading

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Album review: TAUTOLOGIC – Re:Psychle

TAUTOLOGIC - Re:Psychle

[Release date 18.01.18] If you’re into ‘prog’ and looking for something, well, ‘different’, then this release from Chicago-based sextet Tautologic could be worth exploring.  It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before, at least not on a single album. Formed back … Continue reading

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Album review: AL DI MEOLA – Opus

 AL DI MEOLA - Opus

earMUSIC [Release date 23.02.18] Many will remember Al Di Meola from his three-album sojourn with jazz fusionists Return To Forever.  After that time Di Meola pursued a solo career frequently incorporating world flavours and collaborating with other guitar icons. His … Continue reading

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Album review: GONG EXPRESSO – Decadence

GONG EXPRESSO - Decadence

Gong Expresso [Release date 20.02.18] Once upon a time there was a band called Gong.  They were hippy, trippy and certainly dippy.  In their ranks was percussionist Pierre Moerlen who evidently saw an eye to the main chance.  Pierre established … Continue reading

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Album review: OSMOSIS (reissue)

OSMOSIS

Esoteric [Release date: 24.11.17] If the ‘assimilation of ideas’ inherent in the meaning of the term osmosis is also a process of ‘almost unconscious gradualism’, it is not reflected in the 1970 debut (and only) release by this US Bostonian … Continue reading

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Album review: STRAY – Fire & Glass (The Pye Recordings 1975-1976)

STRAY - Fire & Glass (The Pye Recordings 1975-1976)

Esoteric [Release date: 24.11.17] Regulars on the 70s’ gigging circuit in the UK, Stray harnessed consistently strong and varied repertoire with colourful performances supporting the likes of Black Sabbath and Ten Years After. But they were also signed to indie … Continue reading

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Gig review: GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 26-29 January 2018 (Day 3)

Chantel McGregor - GIANTS OF ROCK - Butlins, Minehead, 26-29 January 2018 (Day 3)

Day 3 – Sunday As the final day started we wouldn’t have been surprised to see Bobby Kimball sliding out of the curtains reminiscing about his appearance on Toto IV but … instead Chantel McGregor got the juices flowing with … Continue reading

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Gig review: GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 26-29 January 2018 (Day 2)

John Verity - GIANTS OF ROCK - Butlins, Minehead, 26-29 January 2018 (Day 2)

Day 2 – Saturday John Verity opened up shop on a damp Saturday with a thoughtful blues rock set, not overplaying his own solo material (new album: Blue To My Soul) and treating us to some familiar standards including ‘Cocaine’ … Continue reading

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Gig review: GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 26-29 January 2018 (Day 1)

FM - GIANTS OF ROCK - Butlins, Minehead, 26 January 2018 (Day 1)

News during the week that Wetherspoons had taken steak off their menu may not have been of great interest until we learn that Butlins also get their meat from the same source that is currently “under investigation”.  The loss of … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOANOVARC, HELL’S GAZELLES, KILLIT, BLACK WHISKEY – Giants Of Rock, Minehead, 26-29 January 2018

KILLIT - Giants Of Rock, Minehead, 26-29 January 2018

A spotlight on some of the upcoming bands that graced the Giants of Rock stages in 2018… Dubbed the ‘new queens of rock’ JoanovArc immediately impressed with an energetic and high-quality performance. Big drums, powerful bass, nice heavy guitar and … Continue reading

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News: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR announce first headliner for two day event (30 June/ 1 July 2018)

Gun - Giants of Rock, Minehead, January 2017

Ramblin’ Man Fair have announced their first headliner for the event taking place 30 June – 1 July.  British rock legends The Cult will play an exclusive festival set. Scottish rockers Gun (pictured) have been added to the main stage … Continue reading

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