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Album review: STEPHEN DALE PETIT – 2020 Visions

STEPHEN DALE PETIT - 2020 Visions

333 Records [Release date 27.03.20] Let me straight away pay tribute here to the cover artwork by Klaus Voorman, which is fantastic. Voorman, of course, was tight with The Beatles from Hamburg days – and he won a Grammy for … Continue reading

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Album review: SIOBHAN MILLER – All Is Not Forgotten

SIOBHAN MILLER - All Is Not Forgotten

Songprint Records [Release date 03.04.20] ‘All Is Not Forgotten’ is the fourth solo album from Scottish folk singer Siobhan Miller, three times winner of MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards and a 2018 BBC Folk Awards recipient. Miller is backed … Continue reading

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Album review: DYNAZTY – The Dark Delight

DYNAZTY - The Dark Delight

AFM Records [Release date 03.04.20] Dynazty’s first three albums culminated in the stirring melodic rock of “Sultans Of Sin” in 2012. By 2014, they had radically recalibrated their sound, trudging through the bland power metal of “Renatus” (2014) and “Titanic … Continue reading

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Album review: LIAR – Sunset Plaza Drive

LIAR - Sunset Plaza Drive

Escape Music [Release date 20.03.20] Liar originally formed in 1975 and recorded two albums prior to this one, with extensive UK and European tours. Now after 42 years, the long-lost Liar album from 1978 finally gets its debut appearance on … Continue reading

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Album review: NOBLE JACKS – Stay Awake

NOBLE JACKS - Stay Awake

Noble Ground Records [Release date 27.03.20] Brighton-based duo Noble Jacks (Will Page on fiddle, piano and Matty Deveson on guitar/bass) originally released their second album ‘Stay Awake’ in March 2019, gaining a Top 10 spot in the UK Americana album … Continue reading

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EP review: YAKIMA – Go Virtually

YAKIMA - Go Virtually

[Release date 03.04.20] Yakima are a four piece consisting of John Houston (guitar & vocals), Neil McArthur (bass & vocals), Paul Bradley (guitar) and Kay McLaren (drums & percussion). The words lo-fi and dreamy pop get mentioned in articles about … Continue reading

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Album review: TESLA – Five Man London Jam

TESLA - Five Man London Jam

Universal [Release date 27.03.20] Tesla are a band who write songs so good that they can be played in any style and still sound great. The world of rock music discovered this way back in 1990 when the band released … Continue reading

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DVD review: ZZ TOP – That Little Ol’ Band From Texas

ZZ TOP - That Little Ol’ Band From Texas

Eagle Vision [Release date 29.02.20] Brilliant. Buy/Stream right now. Nikk Gunns. 5 out of 5. Now that would be the quickest review I have ever written, and yet how true that simple statement is. Newly released ZZ Top documentary “That … Continue reading

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Album review: RETURN – V

RETURN - V

AOR Heaven [Release date 27.03.20] Classy Norwegian four man melodic rock band, Return, released their fifth album in 1992. That year, the rock’n’roll world shifted on its axis, and a lot of great melodic rock albums suffered commercially as a … Continue reading

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DVD review: BARRY WOM – Plenty-Mental Journey

BARRY WOM – Plenty-Mental Journey

Guilty Dog Productions The main feature of this DVD is “John Halsey – A Life In Pitchers”, which is an entertaining interview with the man best known for his role as Barry Wom in The Rutles. With a running time … Continue reading

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Album review: HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT’S ADEQUATE – Nostalgia For Infinity

HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT’S ADEQUATE – Nostalgia For Infinity

Bandcamp [Release date 06.05.20] Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate are Malcolm Galloway and Mark Gatland along with Kathryn Thomas on flute and vocals on one song. The theme of the album is the frailty of civilisation, from a variety of … Continue reading

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Album review: RATT – The Atlantic Years 1984-1990

RATT - The Atlantic Years 1984-1990

Cherry Red Records [Release date 27.02.20] The Atlantic Years were indeed Ratt’s best years. This boxset is a compelling, 5 CD picture of a Glam Rock band constantly on the rise, before the breakup and the fall. There’s a dozen … Continue reading

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Album review: PETER KNIGHT’S GIGSPANNER BIG BAND – Natural Invention

PETER KNIGHT’S GIGSPANNER BIG BAND – Natural Invention

Gigspanner [Release date 10.04.20] Beginning life as a trio – with fiddle player Peter Knight and former member of Steeleye Span, being joined by percussionist Sacha Trochet and guitarist Roger Flack – the line-up has been expanded to form the … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC ROBERSON – Erro Live: Vol. UK

ERIC ROBERSON – Erro Live Vol. UK

Blue Erro Soul [Release date 16.03.20] “We celebrating music tonight and we celebrating those who have made music and made art”. So proclaims Eric Roberson, he might also proclaim that he’s celebrating those who make music independently. In the age … Continue reading

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Album review: INTENSE – Songs Of A Broken Future

INTENSE – Songs Of A Broken Future

Pure Steel Records [Release date 27.03.20] It has been nearly nine years since we last saw an album from Intense, during which time they have signed with Pure Steel Records. The album was recorded, produced and mixed by Threshold guitarist … Continue reading

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Album review: KEN HENSLEY – Tales Of Live Fire & Other Mysteries

KEN HENSLEY - Tales Of Live Fire & Other Mysteries

Cherry Red Records/HNE [Release date 27.03.20] Most will know keyboard player/songwriter, Ken Hensley from his ten year (1970-80) stint as a key component of Uriah Heep. This 5 CD package revisits Hensley’s work much later in his career. It focuses … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUES BREAKERS – Road Dogs

JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUES BREAKERS – Road Dogs

EAR Music [Released 20.03.20] The first thing I wrote as I heard the title track “Road Dogs” coming through the speakers was “authentic”. Then I had to chuckle. If ANY British man playing the blues is authentic! Mind you, along … Continue reading

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Album review: JOCASTA – Ideas Are Bulletproof

JOCASTA - Ideas Are Bulletproof

TA Music [Release date 20.03.20] Tim Arnold now has multiple roles as singer, songwriter, showman, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. But Arnold’s first musical incarnation was as lead singer and songwriter of the 90’s indie rock band Jocasta. ‘Ideas Are Bulletproof’ … Continue reading

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Album review: SIERRA HULL – 25 Trips

SIERRA HULL – 25 Trips

Rounder [Release date 27.03.20] Sierra Hull has built her reputation as a world class mandolin player, becoming the first woman to be voted Mandolin Player of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in 2016, after a near-decade … Continue reading

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Album review: YES – The Ladder, Open Your Eyes

YES - The Ladder

YES The Ladder (Collector’s Edition CD, Gatefold Digipack) EarMUSIC/Edel [Release date 20.03.20] How much was producer, Bruce Fairbairn responsible for the the band’s return to creative form on 1999′s “The Ladder”? Considering that his path through the nineties was littered … Continue reading

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