Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: DENNIS DE YOUNG – 26 East, Volume 2

DENNIS DE YOUNG- 26 East, Volume 2

Frontiers Records (Release date 11.06.21) This is an album I’ve been looking forward to for 12 months since the release of Volume 1. That represented the former Styx singer’s return to his melodic rock roots in far better fashion than … Continue reading

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Album review: CROWNE – Kings In The North

CROWNE – Kings In The North

Frontiers [Release date 18.06.21] Crowne is (another) gathering of Scandinavian melodic hard rockers from various bands comprising of vocalist Alexander Strandell (Art Nation), guitar, keyboards & producer Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), bassist John Levén (Europe) and drummer Christian Lundqvist (The Poodles), … Continue reading

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Album review: MICK PINI AUDIO 54 – Backtrack

Mick Pini - Backtrack

Pete Feenstra chatted to Mick Pini for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in January 2021.  First broadcast 10 January 2021. Bandcamp [Release date 01.07.21] Mick Pini’s ‘Backtrack’ marks his 55th anniversary in the music business. It’s a career defining contemporary … Continue reading

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Album review: THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY – S/T

THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY

Website [Release date 27.08.21] The Immediate Family maybe a new band but their ranks are full of seasoned session players who have worked with the likes of James Taylor, Keith Richards, Jackson Browne, Toto, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Stevie Nick … Continue reading

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Album review: LAST OF THE MISFIT HEROES – Hope For The Hopeless

The Last Of The Misfit Heroes - Hope For The Hopeless

Self release [Release date 26.03.21] South London trio Last Of The Misfit Heroes confidently tap into rock’s pre-corporate ability to channel anger and frustration into socially conscious and meaningful songs with enough intensity and frisson to bottle the excitement. As … Continue reading

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Album review: ONE DESIRE – One Night Only- Live in Helsinki (CD/DVD)

ONE DESIRE- One Night Only- Live in Helsinki (CD/DVD)

Frontiers Records (Release Date 11.06.21) In normal times, it might seem vainglorious for a band to issue a live CD and DVD just two albums into their career. However, in these strange times it is easy to empathise with One … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE JACKSON & TODD RUNDGREN feat. ETHEL – State Theater, New Jersey 2005 (CD/DVD)

JOE JACKSON & TODD RUNDGREN feat. ETHEL - State Theater, New Jersey 2005

Purple Pyramind [Release date 18.06.21] Back in 2005 the pairing of Joe Jackson and Todd Rundgren may have seemed rather incongruous.  I remember thinking at the time that Rundgren had just released an excellent solo album ‘Liars’ and it would … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS ARTISTS – Rockets Of Love! Power Pop Gems From The 70s, 80s & 90s

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Rockets Of Love!

Big Beat / Ace [Release date 25.6.21] Power pop collections are never going to be top sellers, so it’s encouraging to find Ace’s Big Beat imprint following up 2019’s “Come On Let’s Go” and last year’s “Girls Go Power Pop” … Continue reading

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Album review: NITRATE – Renegade

NITRATE - Renegade

AOR Heaven [Release date 30.07.21] Nitrate are back with album number three and it is all change in the line-up. Nick Hogg remains joined by a new vocalist, Art Nation’s Alexander Strandell, Alessandro Del Vecchio (keys, backing vocals) and lead … Continue reading

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Album review: TIGERCUB – As Blue As Indigo

TIGERCUB – As Blue As Indigo

BLAME Recordings [Release date 18.06.21] Fans of Brighton based Tigercub have been waiting patiently for this, the band’s second album, after releasing their well-received debut in 2016. In between times main songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Jamie Hall has been busy … Continue reading

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Album review: TOTO – With A Little Help From My Friends

TOTO- With A Little Help From My Friends

The Players Club/Mascot Label Group (Release Date 25.06.21) Last November Toto broadcast a live stream from California, which in the absence of concerts was the only way to introduce to the wider world their new line up in which Steve … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE DANKS – Seaspeak

JOE DANKS - Seaspeak

Website [Release date 09.07.21] Joe Danks may live in landlocked rural Derbyshire but the sound and smell of the sea and maritime images are locked firmly in his head. Danks found his ‘sea legs’ when he landed a year-long residency … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE BROOKFIELD – Hey Kiddo!

Mike Brookfield - Hey Kiddo!

Pete Feenstra chatted to Mike Brookfield for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in June 2021.  First broadcast 27 June 2021. Golden Rule Records [Release date 09.07.21] Mike Brookfield’s catchphrase is: “keep it burnin”.  And he certainly does that on ‘Hey … Continue reading

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Album review: GERRY MARSDEN – My Home Town

GERRY MARSDEN - My Home Town

Angel Air [Release date 26.06.21] Back in 1963, the song ‘How Do You Do It’, penned by prolific UK hit writer, Mitch Murray, was offered to Gerry &The Pacemakers, manager Brian Epstein’s second signing. This was after the Beatles had … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS – Party For Joey

VARIOUS - Party For Joey

Sweet Relief [Release date 25.06.21] The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. One of those … Continue reading

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Album review: DUFFY – Scruffy Duffy (remaster w/bonus tracks)

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Cherry Red [Release date 25.06.21] An undiscovered gem of an album. That’s a familiar phrase, and one that too often disappoints when exposed to the light. Scruffy Duffy doesn’t let us down. This was Brit band, Duffy’s second album, recorded … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DOOBIE BROTHERS – Cycles, Brotherhood

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS – Cycles, Brotherhood

BGO Records [Release date 25.06.21] Two albums for Capitol by The Doobie Brothers, first released in 1989 (‘Cycles’) and 1991 (‘Brotherhood’), get a re-issue and digital remaster from BGO Records. The Doobie Brothers officially split in 1982 but re-formed in … Continue reading

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Album review: SOCIAL DISORDER – Love 2 Be Hated

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AFM Records [Release date 18.6.21] Social Disorder is not just another punk rock band, in fact despite its misleading name (and album title), it’s not a punk rock band at all. Love 2 Be Hated is pretty cool melodic metal, … Continue reading

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Album review: PAT McMANUS & ERIC McFADDEN – Two Big MC’s Live at Patrimonio

PAT McMANUS & ERIC McFADDEN – Two Big MC’s Live at Patrimonio

Bad Reputation [Release date: 01.06.21] Guitarists Pat McManus and Eric McFadden are currently label mates at French company Bad Reputation. They initially met in Paris and went on to perform at the ‘Night of the Guitars’ event at Patrimonio in … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC McFADDEN – Starving At The Feast

ERIC McFADDEN – Starving At The Feast

Bad Reputation [Release date: 01.06.2021] Known far better on the US western seaboard than in the UK, singer, songwriter and guitarist Eric McFadden is enjoying a diverse career. Alongside output with Bay Area bands such as Liar, Alien Lovestock, Angry … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS ARTISTS – I’m A Freak Baby 3

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Cherry Red Records [release date 25.06.21] The immortal words of Edgar Broughton – I’m A Freak Baby – have reached their third iteration in Cherry Red’s estimable series of “The British Heavy Psych and Hard Rock Underground Scene 1968-1973” collections. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MERSEYBEATS and THE MERSEYS – I Stand Accused, The Complete Sixties Recordings

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  Grapefruit / Cherry Red [Release date 11.6.21] The output of The Merseybeats and The Merseys has been relatively poorly served on CD over the years. Cherry Red’s Grapefruit imprint now rectify this with a definitive 63 track collection. The … Continue reading

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Album review: KENT HILLI – The Rumble

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Frontiers [Release date 18.06.21] After two albums fronting A Perfect Plan, Kent Hilli has gone solo (helped by wunderkind, Michael Palace, who has arranged and produced), with The Rumble, on which he has written the bulk of the material. Unsurprisingly, … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL ARMSTRONG – Ojai

MICHAEL ARMSTRONG - Ojai

www.michaelarmstrongmusic.co.uk [Release date 25.06.21] London-born, singer songwriter Michael Armstrong releases his third studio album, which going by the press releases is a modern take on the ‘Yacht Rock’ genre. As Michael explains – “In 2018 I was invited to join … Continue reading

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Album review: BILLY SQUIER – Emotions In Motion/Signs Of Life

BILLY SQUIER – Emotions In Motion/Signs Of Life

BGO Records Two albums from Billy Squier’s classic 80’s period get a neat double CD re-issue. Not only of interest to fans of his work and 80’s US melodic rock, but also Queen fans as these two albums both feature … Continue reading

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