Category Archives: Reissues

Album review: STATUS QUO – Vinyl Singles Collection (1990 – 1999)

STATUS QUO – Vinyl Singles Collection (1990 – 1999)

UMC/Mercury [Release date 30.11.18] This is the foutth vinyl singles collection release from the Quo back catalogue each covering a different decade with all 7 inch singles lovingly recreated and packaged as a collector’s box set. When thinking of Status Quo’s output throughout their career perhaps the … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC CLAPTON AND THE YARDBIRDS Feat.SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

 ERIC CLAPTON AND THE YARDBIRDS Feat.SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

The Store For Music  [Release date: 09.11.18] And so to the endlessly recycled ‘Eric Clapton And The Yardbirds with Sonny Boy Williams’ (Williamson) and a few tracks from Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. This material will always hold some interest … Continue reading

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Album review: GRYPHON – Raindances (The Transatlantic Recordings 1973-1975)

GRYPHON - Raindances (The Transatlantic Recordings 1973-1975)

Esoteric [Release date: 24.08.18] Folk rock sipped at diverse sources in its late 60s evolution; the traditional ale-house song was most prominent, probably because it was relatively simple to repurpose, while the music of the medieval court was less so, … Continue reading

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Album review: SEMISONIC – Feeling Strangely Fine

UMC [Release date 09.11.18] Semisonic’s classic album ‘Feeling Strangely Fine’ gets the twentieth anniversary make-over that sees the album released on deluxe edition CD and digital, as well as a limited edition gold vinyl pressing, which marks the first time … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – The Eagle Has Landed

SAXON - The Eagle Has Landed

BMG [Release date 19.10.18] To coincide nicely with their latest opus Thunderbolt, we get this reissue of Saxon’s classic 1982 live album. This rounds off the BMG reissues of the Carrere and Phonogram catalogue. Originally a single LP, this comes … Continue reading

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Album review: GREENSLADE (remastered and expanded)

GREENSLADE

Esoteric [Release date 28.09.18] When Warner Brothers’ then-fledgling UK arm scored a hit debut with Curved Air’s ‘Airconditioning’ it was clear there was something in this new progressive rock music and the London office A&R scouts duly sallied forth to … Continue reading

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Album review: NAZARETH – Loud & Proud Box Set

NAZARETH - Loud & Proud Box Set

BMG (2LP, 2 double LP, 3*7”, 32 CD) [Release date 28.09.18] Scottish rock legends Nazareth celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, and issue a new album to boot, with their new line-up. It’s a few years since any reissue campaign, and … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Deluxe Editions – 1+9+8+2, Back To Back, In The Army Now, Ain’t Complaining

STATUS QUO - 1+9+8+2

earMUSIC [release date 17.08.18] These albums are the next in line to get the Deluxe Edition reissue treatment which covers the band’s output during the 1980’s. This was a period which saw band members come and go, the ‘End Of … Continue reading

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Album review: HOGJAW – Rise To The Mountains

HOGJAW - Rise To The Mountains

Snakefarm Records [Release date 2015] Hogjaw embark on their maiden UK tour this autumn and they have a new album, ‘Way Down Yonder’ to promote, along with this, their 2015 album which is now getting a full UK release via Spinefarm … Continue reading

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Album review: CINDERELLA – The Mercury Years

CINDERELLA - The Mercury Years

Caroline Records [Release date 28.09.18] US rock band Cinderella formed in the early 80s, and had some notable success in the late 80s and early 90s. And a great live band they were too. They split in the mid 90s, … Continue reading

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Album review: BOBBIE GENTRY – The Girl From Chickasaw County (Box set)

BOBBIE GENTRY - The Girl From Chickasaw Country

UMC [Release date 21.09.18] It’s always frustrating when a ‘definitive’ box set promo amounts to a couple of discs of largely alternative versions, demos, and live recordings.  In other words, a handful of album tracks and, in this case, a … Continue reading

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Album review: THE COCKNEY REJECTS – The Wild Ones (re-issue)

Cadiz Music [release date 04.06.19] Originally released in 1982, this Cockney Rejects album was the first foray for the creators of Oi! and street-punk into classic Rock. ‘The Wild Ones’ came along at a low point for the band. The … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Thunderbolt (Tour edition)

SAXON - Thunderbolt (Tour edition)

Silver Lining [Release date 07.09.18] To promote their forthcoming tour, Saxon’s latest opus gets a swift rerelease with a couple of bonus tracks. Formed in the late 70s, Saxon were front runners in the era’s New Wave of British Heavy … Continue reading

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Album review: ANGEL – The Casablanca Years

Caroline International [Release date 14.09.18] Formed in Washington DC in the mid 70s, Angel were allegedly discovered playing in a nightclub by bassist Gene Simmons, and subsequently signed Kiss’ then label Casablanca. A big lush sound and the band dressed … Continue reading

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Album review: GRAHAM GOULDMAN – Love And Work

GRAHAM GOULDMAN - Love And Work

Graham Gouldman chatted to David Randall on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 12 August 2018. More information (and additional interview) Wienerworld [Release date 17.08.18] If ‘Love And Work’ had been released back in the seventies or eighties it would … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Reissues (Innocence Is No Excuse, Rock The Nations, Destiny)

SAXON – Innocence Is No Excuse

BMG [Release date 10.08.18] BMG complete their run of the CD remasters from Saxon and take in the mid to late 80s. This trio of albums by the NWoBHM legends are often overlooked, and looking back now they are far … Continue reading

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Album review: ROY BUCHANAN – My Babe

ROY BUCHANAN - My Babe

Angel Air Records [Release date 17.08.18] It wasn’t until the mid-1980s – and a series of albums for the Alligator label – that Roy Buchanan really found his calling on album: fiery, blues rock.  Back in the 1970s when he … Continue reading

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Album review: MARILLION – Smoke/Mirrors (reissues)

MARILLION - Smoke/Mirrors (reissues)

earMUSIC [Release date 25.05.18] You need deep pockets in 2018 to keep up with the almost constant Marillion ‘product’ output.  As well as the single CD Steven Wilson-Brave stereo remix, this month sees the release of Part 3 of the … Continue reading

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Album review: TWELFTH NIGHT – Fact And Fiction

TWELFTH NIGHT - Fact And Fiction

F2 Music/Festival [Release date 11.06.18] Twelfth Night were one of the bands to emerge in the early to mid-80′s boom in prog rock that was spearheaded by Fish-era Marillion. ‘Fact And Fiction’ was originally released back in 1982, Twelfth Night’s first proper … Continue reading

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Album review: JON BUTCHER AXIS – Stare At The Sun

JON BUTCHER AXIS - Stare At The Sun

Escape Music [Release date 25.05.18] The second Jon Butcher Axis album, originally released in 1984, gets a first time release on CD by Escape Music, following on from the self-titled album released earlier this year. Joining Jon Butcher on the album … Continue reading

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