Category Archives: Reissues

Album review: SKID ROW – Skid/34 Hours (reissues)

SKID ROW - Skid/34 Hours

BGO [Release date: 21.07.17] 2 on 1 CD “I remember Paris in ‘49” … five words guaranteed to cue the leery lads of the night to grab and clinch their squeezes for that last, up close smooch in the smoke … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – Winter Carols

BLACKMORE

Minstrel Hall Music [Release date 20.10.17] Ritchie Blackmore’s move from the hard rock of Rainbow and Deep Purple to the renaissance folk of Blackmore’s Night, with his wife Candice, has always been controversial among rock fans, When I reviewed the … Continue reading

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Album review: VERN DAYSEL – Shootin’ The Breeze/Blood Of A Wolf

VERN DAYSEL - Shootin’ The Breeze/Blood Of A Wolf

Remember the philosophical story about the optimistic kid who wakes up on Christmas morning to find his stocking filled with dung? Clearly in seventh heaven about his gift from Santa, he is asked by his parents why he’s so happy. … Continue reading

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Album review: BLIND GUARDIAN – Re-issues

Battalions Of Fear/Follow Me Blind/Tales From The Twilight World/Somewhere Far Beyond/Tokyo Tales’/Imaginations From The Other Side/The Forgotten Tales (compilation)/Nightfall In Middle Earth/A Night At The Opera/Live Nuclear Blast [Release date 27.10.17] German power metal band Blind Guardian have produced some … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTHONY PHILLIPS – Invisible Men

ANTHONY PHILLIPS - Invisible Men

Esoteric [Release date 13.10.17] The former Genesis guitarist’s solo career has been enjoying a boom courtesy of Esoteric Recordings and their expansive reissue programme of his back catalogue. We’ve had the 70s – acoustic, analogue, much meditative melancholy resonating nicely … Continue reading

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Album review: ROSE TATTOO – Tatts Live In Brunswick 1982

ROSE TATTOO - Tatts Live In Brunswick 1982

Golden Robot [Release date 24.11.17] Classic Australian hard rock band synonymous with the shaven headed frontman Angry Anderson and a tattoo or two, as well as a few AC/DC connections, Rose Tattoo were formed in the mid 70s and took AC/DC’s … Continue reading

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Album review: THOMAS LANG – Scallywag Jaz (2 disc expanded edition)

THOMAS LANG - Scallywag Jaz

SFE/Cherry Red [Release date 10.11.17] As we learn from the informative liner notes Tom T. Jones made his first demos in a studio in Birkenhead (Lily Savage’s spiritual home) before returning to his day job as a British Rail joiner.  … Continue reading

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Album review: GAMMA RAY – Reissues (Land Of The Free/Alive ’95)

earMUSIC [Release date 29.09.17] earMUSIC’s Gamma Ray re-issue schedule continues with the band’s fourth studio album (original released in 1995) getting a deluxe 2CD re-issue. The second disc adds three songs (including the band’s blistering cover of Holocaust’s ‘Heavy Metal … Continue reading

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Quick plays: A II Z, INTO THE UNKNOWN

A II Z - The Witch Of Berkeley

A II Z The Witch Of Berkeley Caroline Records [Release date 18.08.17] Part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, AIIZ (pronounced A To Z) were formed in Manchester in 1979 and recorded one album, this live set (like … Continue reading

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Album review: VARDIS – Reissues

VARDIS - Quo Vardis

Dissonance [Release date 22.09.17] Vardis have to be one of the most underrated and overlooked bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal genre. Their brand of metal, often dipping into boogie/biker metal, could also be seen as a … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Solid Book Of Rock (Box set)

SAXON - Solid Book Of Rock (Box set)

Edsel/Demon Music Group [Release date 18.08.17] It seems that – exhausting the market for CD expanded or deluxe editions – 2017 might be the “Year of The Box Set” as labels try and find new income streams.  We’ll be getting … Continue reading

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Album review: EMERSON LAKE & PALMER – Fanfare 1970–1997

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER - Fanfare 1970–1997

BMG [Release date 29.09.17] As the world of prog and rock continue to mourn the sad loss of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, and with Carl Palmer kicking off a tour, we get this mammoth box set that is as overblown … Continue reading

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Album review: COZY POWELL – The Polydor Years

COZY POWELL - The Polydor Years

Caroline International [Release date 25.08.17] Drummer extraordinaire Cozy Powell is one of the biggest hitters in the hard rock word, making his name with Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Whitesnake, MSG, Black Sabbath, and Brian May; just before he died in 1998 … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK SABBATH – The Ten Year War (Box Set)

BLACK SABBATH – The Ten Year War Box Set

BMG  [Release date 29.09.17] Black Sabbath’s Ozzy-fronted albums have been given a monster remaster and the full luxury box set re-issue treatment. It is quite a piece of work. The package has even had a roadshow of launch events. The … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TUBES – The A&M Albums

THE TUBES - The A&M Albums

In Part 1 (above) of a two-part special, Fee Waybill chats about the formative years of The Tubes. (First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 28 June 2015) Part 2 (above) discusses the band’s progress from the early-1980s to … Continue reading

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Album review: QUARTZ – Against All Odds

Dissonance Often associated with the NWoBHM, Quartz were at the melodic end; a bit like Magnum without the pomp. And before splitting in 1983 they produced some fantastic hard rock (and since their reformation too). The catalogue has been reissued … Continue reading

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Album review: BITCHES SIN – Predator

BITCHES SIN - Predator

Dissonance Formed in 1980, Bitches Sin were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and have since issued a number of classic metal albums, including Invaders, Uduvudu, The Rapture and First Temptation. It’s a genuinely great catalogue. This, … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHNNY LIMA – Johnny Lima/Made In California

JOHNNY LIMA - Johnny Lima/Made In California

MelodicRock Records [Release date 01.03.17] These two albums by Johnny Lima – his self-titled debut from 1996 and 2003′s ‘Made In California’ – have been made available again by MelodicRock Records and not before time I say! Johnny Lima’s debut … Continue reading

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Album review: ZZ TOP – Cinco: The First Five LPs

ZZ TOP - Cinco: The First Five LPs

Warners [Release date 09.06.17] One of the greatest blues rock and boogie exponents, this Texan trio have become as famous for their beards (except for the drummer called Beard – now THAT’s irony) as for their music. 70s tracks like … Continue reading

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Album review: CAPTAIN BEYOND – Lost And Found 1972–1973

Cleopatra [Release date 02.06.17] Somewhat of a trans-Atlantic supergroup in their day, Captain Beyond formed in 1971 and originally featured guitarist Larry Rhino Reinhardt and bassist Lee Dorman (both of Iron Butterfly), original Deep Purple vocalist Rod Evans (wanting to … Continue reading

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