Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

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: BILLY SHERWOOD – Citizen: In The Next Life

BILLY SHERWOOD - CITIZEN: IN THE NEXT LIFE

Frontiers Music [Release date: 12.07.2019] The prolific Mr Sherwood is a busy man. Not only is he now ensconced as bass player in the ever-revolving door of personnel that is Yes and also as the wonderful John Wetton’s replacement in … 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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Album review: LAURENCE JONES – Laurence Jones Band

Laurence Jones - Laurence Jones Band

Top Stop Music [Release date 27.09.19] ‘Laurence Jones Band’ is a career departure for the former rock-blues hero who makes a major pitch for the pop market. They say the most significant thing about the blues genre is that historically … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE – Don’t Turn Away

STEVE IGNORANT

Overground Records [Release date 23.08.19] Sculptor, Music Hall historian, Punch & Judy performer, volunteer life boatman, and perhaps most significantly – from a musical perspective – vocalist and co-founder of seminal 1970′s punk band Crass, Steve Ignorant is a man … 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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Album review: CARAVAN – The Decca/Deram Years (An Anthology) 1970-1975

CARAVAN - The Decca/Deram Years (An Anthology) 1970-1975

Decca/UMC [Release date 06.09.19] Caravan The Decca/Deram Years may not look quite as handsome as the previous 4 disc anthology (2010), and notwithstanding the 2-disc compilation (2000), it is nevertheless the most complete introduction to the band. Presented in a … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN McNABB – Our Future In Space

IAN McNABB - Our Future In Space

Fairfield Records [Release date 08.03.19] I will be honest I have not really followed Ian McNabb’s musical journey since 1994’s excellent ‘Head Like A Rock’ he did with Neil Young’s band Crazy Horse. He’s been regularly releasing albums and touring … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND – Down To The River

The Allman Betts Band - Down To The River

BMG [Release 28.06.19] The Allman Betts Band don’t so much reinvent the wheel as relive subliminal snapshots of the band’s musical antecedents. They formed on the 50th anniversary of the first Allman Brothers gig and brought with them a weight … Continue reading

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Album review: REDD KROSS – Beyond The Door

REDD KROSS - Beyond The Door

Merge [Release date 23.08.19] Amazingly this year marks the fortieth year that Redd Kross have been playing live (albeit originally under the name Red Cross) and it is the band’s first new album in seven years. The band are still … Continue reading

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Album review: IAMTHEMORNING – The Bell

IAMTHEMORNING - The Bell

K-scope   (Release date: 02.08.19) One thing is for certain – you don’t listen to the music of iamthemorning for a laugh. Their exceptional 2016 album ‘Lighthouse’ which was based around the complexities of mental illness and which I described … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN GILLAN & THE DON AIREY Band and Orchestra – Contractual Obligation Album #2 Live In Warsaw

IAN GILLAN with the DON AIREY BAND - Contractual Obligaiton #2 Live In Warsaw

earMUSIC/Edel [Release date 26.07.19] Recorded in November 2016, while Deep Purple were on some downtime, and vocalist Ian undertook this short tour with current Purple pianist Don Airey’s band. Oh, and an orchestra. Deep Purple have, with their current line-up, … Continue reading

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Album review: FREEDOM CALL – M.E.T.A.L.

FREEDOM CALL - M.E.T.A.L.

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 23.08.19] Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Chris Bay, Freedom Call have been going since 1998, several line-up changes under their belt, and Bay has overseen a few changes. And this album is as great as ever. I have championed … Continue reading

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Album review: PISTON-s/t

Release date 13.09.19 Midlands rockers Piston have been going since 2012 but having gone under the radar till now, their first album finally arrives in a year where they seem to be touring extensively and belatedly attracting attention. Opener ‘Dynamite’ … Continue reading

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Album review: ALBERT CASTIGLIA – Masterpiece

Albert Castiglia - Masterpeice

Gulf Coast Records [Release 15.07.19] It’s often said that an artist discovers their best work when they find their muse. And when Albert Castiglia tells us that his new ‘Masterpiece’ album resulted from finding a daughter he didn’t know he … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL J BOLTON – Earthrise

MICHAEL J BOLTON - Earthrise

Market Square [Release date 30.08.19] www.marketsquaremusic.com Arriving to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, Michael J Bolton has fashioned his own tribute.  As he outlines in the liner notes “I wanted to portray the drama and … Continue reading

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Album review: BEN FEATHERSTONE – Prisoner To The Wind

BEN FEATHERSTONE – Prisoner To The Wind

Website [Release date 23.08.19] Ben Featherstone has been working on this album over the past decade, mostly recorded in a 400 year old abandoned chapel on a disused cemetary in the middle of nowhere on mostly a 1950′s reel to … Continue reading

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