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Album review: SPREAD EAGLE – Subway To The Stars

SPREAD EAGLE - Subway To The Stars

Frontiers [Release date 09.08.19] Those lovely people at Frontiers have treated us to another fine slab of late 80’s/early 90’s rock, the spotlight this time falling on New York’s Spread Eagle. Not so much of a comebaclk in this case … Continue reading

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Album review: SOLEIL MOON – Warrior

SOLEIL MOON - Warrior

Frontiers [Release date 09.08.19] Soleil Moon formed as a collaboration between singer Larry King (Michael Thompson Band) and keyboardist John Blasucci (Dennis De Young) back in 1999 and have released two albums to date, both of which any self-respecting AOR … Continue reading

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Album review: ROXY BLUE – Roxy Blue

ROXY BLUE - Roxy Blue

Frontiers [Release date 09.08.19] Coming a mere 25 years since their debut album (“Want Some”), Roxy Blue are back with a brand new album, very good it is too, and with the exception of guitarist Jeffrey Wade Caughron, the band … Continue reading

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Backstage Hero: RICK PALIN

Rick Palin runs Skyfire Promotions and is organising another Cancer On The Rocks festival later this year on the 23 and 24 November at the Bush Hall, London. He gives us the lowdown on Cancer On The Rocks, why Gene … Continue reading

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EP review: LONELY DAKOTA – End Of Days

LONELY DAKOTA - End Of Days

Facebook [Release date 18.06.19] When PR guff casually drops “southern rock” into a band’s bio, it usually has the catnip effect; this feverish desire to get under the hood and measure matters up against the greats of the genre. I … Continue reading

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Album review: DONNIE VIE – Beautiful Days

DONNIE VIE - Beautful Things

Deko Music [Release date 07.06.19] Former Enuff Z’Nuff vocalist Donnie Vie returns with a new album, his first in four years and a treat as it looked that after his last album, ‘The White Album’, he wasn’t overly keen on … Continue reading

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Album review: MOB RULES – Beast Over Europe

MOB RULES - Beast Over Europe

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 13.09.19] Germany. Spiritual home of power metal. Influenced by British classic rock of early to mid 80s (think Saxon, Iron Maiden et al), the scene started in mid 80s mid Europe and it’s come a long way … Continue reading

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Album review: SLADE – Feel The Noize The Singlez Box

SLADE - Feel The Noize The Singlez Box

BMG [Release date 31.05.19] One for vinyl lovers, this box is, even at first view, an amazing package. With their roots in the late 60s, Slade found fame in the early 70s and were front runners in the UK Glam … Continue reading

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Album review: RISE TWAIN – Rise Twain

RISE TWAIN - Rise Twain

Inside Out [Release date 06.09.19] Rise Twain are a new project featuring Brett William Kull (producer, audio engineer, and member of Echolyn, Grey Eye Glances, and Francis Dunnery’s New Progressives) and J.D. Beck (The Scenic Route, Beck-Fields, author & playwright). … Continue reading

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Book review: ELTON JOHN – Every Album, Every Song 1969 to 1979 (On Track) by Peter Kearns

ELTON JOHN 1969 to 1979 On Track

SonicBond Publishing [Publication date 16.08.19] This book is nicely timed what with ‘Rocket Man’ recently being shown in cinemas and the DVD release in August, plus of course Elton John is currently on his worldwide farewell tour. The book covers … Continue reading

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Album review: EIGHTEENTH HOUR – Eighteenth Hour

EIGHTEENTH HOUR - Eighteenth Hour

Escape Music [Release date 23.08.19] Something a bit different on Escape Music, a label more associated with melodic rock and AOR, as Eighteenth Hour are modern rockers. This is the band’s seventh album and they have landed some prestigious support … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DEAD DAISIES – Locked And Loaded

DEAD DAISIES – Locked And Loaded

SPV [Release date 23.08.19] The Dead Daisies have been touring and recording since 2013 when David Lowy put the first line-up of the band together. Now, as the various current members of the band take a year out to concentrate … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS – Come On Let’s Go! (Power Pop Gems from the 70s and 80s)

Big Beat/Ace [Release date 26.07.19] Every few years a label attempts a new “Power Pop” collection, and this time it’s the turn of Ace Records via their Big Beat imprint.  Dave Burke presents an impressive selection of 70′s and 80′s … Continue reading

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Album review: MISS VELVET & THE BLUE WOLF Feat. GEORGE CLINTON – Feed The Wolf

MISS VELVET & THE BLUE WOLF Feat. GEORGE CLINTON – Feed The Wolf

Isotopia Records [Release date 23.08.19] In the nicest possible way, the first word that comes to mind as ‘Super Bon Bon’ the opening track of ‘Feed The Wolf’ unfolds is “sweaty”. Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf’s second album feels … Continue reading

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Album review: PHIL LANZON – 48 Seconds

PHIL LANZON - 48 Seconds

Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK [Release date 02.08.19] Hot on the heels of last year’s ‘If You Think I’m Crazy’ Uriah Heep’s keyboards player Phil Lanzon is back with another solo album, which again sees him working with producer Simon … Continue reading

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Album review: MY LIFE STORY – World Citizen

MY LIFE STORY - World Citizen

Exilophone [Release date 06.09.19] To my musical shame My Life Story have completely passed me by until this album arrived for review, which means a lot of catching up for me as they are masters of lush pop and are … Continue reading

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Album review: GOSPELBEACH – Let It Burn

GOSPELBEACH - Let It Burn

Alive Records [Release date 04.10.19] As a genre, Americana is a very broad church of influences and flavors from beards, banjo’s and BBQ to fiddles, flannel shirts and flared pants but possibly it’s most engaging allure is that it is … Continue reading

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Album review: THE REMBRANDTS – Via Satellite

THE REMBRANDTS - Via Satellite

Blue Elan Records [Release date 23.08.19] The Rembrandts – Danny Wilde and Phil Solem – return with their first new album in eighteen years. Forever known to many for the hit ‘I’ll Be There For You’ from the US TV … Continue reading

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Interview: BEN FEATHERSTONE

BEN FEATHERSTONE – Prisoner To The Wind

Ben Featherstone has just released his debut album ‘Prisoner to the Wind’, an album some ten years in the making. Ben tells us more about the recording and songs on the album, along with what inspired him to start playing music … Continue reading

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Album review: THE HOLD STEADY – Thrashing Thru The Passion

THE HOLD STEADY - Thrashing Thru The Passion

Frenchkiss Records [Release date 16.08.19] Whilst frontman Carif Finn has been busy releasing a trilogy of solo albums, the Hold Steady have been mainly seen in the live arena, until this new album ‘Thrashing Through Passion’ was announced earlier this … Continue reading

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