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Album review: THE CHRIS BEVINGTON ORGANISATION – Sand & Stone

The Chris Bevington Organisation - Sand & Stone

Self release  [Release date 18.07.20] The Chris Bevington Organisation’s fourth album ‘Sand & Stone’ is a booming, gospel tinged, big band blues-rock outing.  And while the songs are written by guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick and vocalist /multi instrumentalist Scott Ralph, it’s … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL SABU – Heartbreak & Only Child

ONLY CHILD

Rock Candy Records Remasters [Release date 07.08.20] From the moment he burst onto the disco music scene in the late seventies, the legend that is Paul Sabu has been inundated with accolades… “best this…”, “best that…”, but he never truly … Continue reading

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Album review: JD SIMO – JD Simo

JD Simo by JD Simo

Crows Feet Records Inc [Release date 21.08.20] For some folks, Acid rock never really went out of fashion, it was simply subjugated into a supporting role for other genres. JD Simo may well buy into that theory, as his self-titled … Continue reading

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Album review: NEAL MORSE – Sola Gratia

NEAL MORSE - Sola Gratia

Inside Out [Release date 11.09.20] Neal Morse hardly seems to be out of the studio, with a covers collection released in the summer under the Morse Portnoy George handle, and last year he released the ambitious double album ‘Jesus Christ: … Continue reading

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Album review: THE PETAL FALLS – Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day

THE PETAL FALLS - Workin' All Night Workin' All Day

Rock Avenue Records [Release date 31.07.20] This is my new favourite album of 2020, by UK band, The Petal Falls “Workin’ All Night Workin’ All Day” and if the impressive production is anything to go by, this band most certainly has … Continue reading

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Album review: ROACHFORD – Twice In A Lifetime

ROACHFORD - Twice In A Lifetime

BMG [Release date 11.09.20] Anyone who can stay the distance in the fickle UK music business deserves considerable recognition and with 32 years under his belt, Andrew Roachford MBE is due his flowers. Originally operating as a band, “Roachford” achieved … Continue reading

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Album review: TWISTER- Cursed and Corrected

TWISTER- Cursed and Corrected

Off Yer Rocka Recordings: Release Date 13.11.20 Young North-Easterners Twister looked to have been building a name for themselves prior to lockdown with some high profile support slots and winning a Hard Rock Hell Battle of the Bands competition, so … Continue reading

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Album review: JIM KIRKPATRICK – Ballad of a Prodigal Son

JIM KIRKPATRICK – Ballad of a Prodigal Son

US One Records [Release date 04.09.20] Whilst fellow FM member and vocalist Steve Overland channels his soul influences more on his solo outings, guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick goes down a blues path and to great effect. Mind you, Jim Kirkpatrick has … Continue reading

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Album review: DARREN BLACK – Playing With The Truth

DARREN BLACK - Playing With The Truth

Independent [Release date 04.09.20] Darren Black’s “Playing With The Truth” is essentially a singer/songwriter/poet’s guide through the uncharted waters of a post truth, post pandemic, post Brexit Britain. Naturally, it moves forward into this landscape by looking back. The “band” … Continue reading

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Album review: KISS THE GUN – We See You

KISS THE GUN - We See You

KTG Records [Release Date 04.09.20] Kiss The Gun’s 2017 debut, “Nightmares” readily labelled them as ‘one to watch’. Much of the credit went to charismatic Georgian vocalist, Nadin Zakharian. She’s gone now, and has been replaced by Brit, Abigail Austin. … Continue reading

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Album review: RORY GALLAGHER – The Best Of

RORY GALLAHGER - The Best Of

UMC [Release date 07.10.20] Irish guitarist and vocalist Rory Gallagher is one of THE names in blues guitar; he was considered The Man by both Jimi Hendrix and Joe Bonamassa, no mean feat. Finding fame in the late 60s with … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS – Girls Go Power Pop!

VARIOUS – Girls Go Power Pop!

Big Beat/Ace [Release date 28.08.20] Ace (via their Big Beat imprint) follow 2019’s impressive “Come On Let’s Go” power pop collection with a new 25 tracker. This time, compiler Dave Burke varies the theme by focussing on female-fronted acts. As … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN NORUM – Total Control, Face The Truth, Another Destination (reissues)

JOHN NORUM - Total Control

Rock Candy Records Remasters [Release date 07.08.20] It’s always about timing, isn’t it? John Norum left Europe on the cusp of the band’s breakthrough in 1986. He was legally obliged to fulfil a 3 album contract with the label. These … Continue reading

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Album review: JEFFERSON STARSHIP – Mother of the Sun

JEFFERSON STARSHIP – Mother of the Sun

Golden Robot Records [Release date 21.08.20] Jefferson Starship release new music for the first time in 12 years, although it is only seven songs so not quite an album but maybe longer than an EP?! Jefferson Starship/Starship have been through … Continue reading

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Album review: HUSTLER – Reloaded

HUSTLER - Reloaded

Black Cat Records [Release date 07.08.20] Many won’t know the name Hustler, however back in the 70’s they released two albums on A&M, supported Queen on that band’s first headline tour and toured with Status Quo in Europe. The band … Continue reading

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Album review: ACE FREHLEY – Origins Vol 2

ACE FREHLEY - Origins Vol 2

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 18.09.20] Original Kiss guitarist Ace releases his ninth studio album and after the success of 2016’s Origins Vol 1 (which hit #23 in the Billboard 200), we get a Volume 2, and again it’s pretty damn good … Continue reading

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Album review: ROY WOOD AND WIZZARD – Mainstreet/Eddy &The Falcons

ROY WOOD AND WIZZARD – Mainstreet

Main Street Cherry Red Records [Release date 28.08.20] Two years later, apparently stifled by the “hit machine” expectations that weighed upon him, Wood wrote, recorded and released “Main Street”. It was his first real attempt to climb off the pop … Continue reading

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Quick plays: RURA, JOSHUA BURNELL, GYPSY PISTOLEROS

GYPSY PISTOLEROS - The Greatest Flamenco Glam Sleaze Band Ever!

RURA Live at the Old Fruitmarket [Release date 11.09.20] Rura releases this live album to celebrate the band’s tenth anniversary, recorded in February this year at the Celtic Connections festival, just before live shows stopped due to the pandemic. Their … Continue reading

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Album review: MAD MAX – Stormchild Rising

MAD MAX – Stormchild Rising

SPV Records [Release date 21.08.20] The undoubted star of Mad Max’s umpteenth album is Michael Voss’s guitar. It provides blistering solos and fine textural detail, often in the space of a single track. That’s nothing new, but it might be … Continue reading

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Album review: TRISHULA – Time Waits For No Man

TRISHULA – Time Waits For No One

AOR Heaven [Release date 25.09.20] British melodic rock band Trishula is the brainchild of guitarist Neil Fraser (Rage Of Angels, Ten), accompanied by vocalist Jason Morgan. This is album number two, hot on the heels of last year’s very enjoyable … Continue reading

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