Category Archives: Reissues

Album review: RAMSEY LEWIS – Funky Serenity, Solar Wind, Sun Goddess (reissue)

RAMSEY LEWIS - Funky Serenity (reissues)

BGO [Release date 18.05.18] I immediately recognised three of the albums on this 2-disc four album compilation.  In fact that’s the great thing about BGO releases.  They tend to bring together a series of albums spanning a couple of discs, … Continue reading

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Album review: NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN – Looking At You…, The Nature Of Things, Divine Emotion (reissue)

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN - Looking At You, Looking At Me (reissues)

BGO [Release date 18.05.18] Back in the late 1970s/early 1980s it wasn’t unusual for fusion funk bands to be drummer-led.  We might recall Maurice White in Earth, Wind & Fire but then of course, there was Lenny White and Harvey … Continue reading

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Album review: ROSE TATTOO – Blood Brothers

ROSE TATTOO - Blood Brother

Golden Robot Records [Release date 18.05.18] When it comes to good Aussie heads down, blues based rock n roll, played with a sense of urgency there are only three bands that come immediately to mind. AC/DC, Cold Chisel and Rose … Continue reading

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Album review: GENE CLARK – Gene Clark Sings For You

Omnivore Recordings [Release date 15.06.18] After leaving The Byrds, Gene Clark’s solo output contained some wonderful music, even though releases were fairly sporadic – particularly in his later years.  There have been a small number of archival releases since his … Continue reading

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Album review: BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY – Strange Men, Changed Men (The Complete Recordings 1978-1981)

BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY – Strange Men, Changed Men (The Complete Recordings 1978-1981)

Cherry Red [Release date 27.04.18] Bram Tchaikovsky left The Motors in 1978 after playing on their 1977 debut album. Born Peter Bramall, he’d been christened Bram Tchaikovsky by fellow Motor, Andy McMaster. This new 3CD set collects all three albums … Continue reading

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Album review: MANSUN – Attack Of The Grey Lantern

MANSUN - Attack Of The Grey Lantern

Kscope [Release date 08.06.18] Mansun’s ‘Attack Of The Grey Lantern’ gets a 21st anniversary re-issue with all the bells and whistles you’d expect. This reissue is remastered from the original multi-tracks and is available on all digital platforms and as a media book … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK SABBATH – Supersonic Years The Seventies Singles Box Set

LACK SABBATH - Supersonic Years  The Seventies Singles Box Set

WIN! We’re giving away a box set! Competition BMG [Release date 08.06.18] This is no ordinary reissue; for a catalogue that has been reissued more times stamps have first day covers, last year’s 8LP + crucistick box took reissues to … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVE GREENSLADE – Cactus Choir

DAVE GREENSLADE - Cactus Choir

Angel Air [Release date: 18.05.18] While it’s done the rounds before, this is a timely reissue for ‘what Dave did next’ post-the winding up of his eponymous progressive rock ensemble. The ex-Colosseum keyboards whizz  had recorded a quartet of acclaimed … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Denim And Leather, Power And The Glory, Crusader (reissues)

SAXON - Crusader

BMG [Release date 25.05.18] BMG continue with their Saxon reissue campaign and have produced fine editions of their fourth, fifth and sixth albums. And we can announce these the same week as the first three remasters (Saxon, Wheels Of Steel … Continue reading

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Album review: WISHBONE ASH – Two Barrels Burning/Raw To The Bone (reissues)

WISHBONE ASH - Two Barrels Burning

Lemon/Cherry Red [Release date 02.02.18] Back in the racks for their first official outing on CD in some years, two eighties “lost classics” from the band who are currently receiving renewed attention largely thanks to the massive limited “vintage years” … Continue reading

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Album review: MONGREL STATE – Mestizo

MONGREL STATE - Mestizo

Mongrel State [Release date 29.01.16] Did I tell you the one about the two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American? No, sorry, that was last week’s Americana review. This week it’s a tale of an Irishman, an Italian, a Spaniard … Continue reading

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Album review: DWORNIAK BONE LAPSA – Fingers Pointing At The Moon

DWORNIAK BONE LAPSA - Fingers Pointing At The Moon

Platinum Pursuits/Proper Records [Release date 09.03.18] I’m not quite sure why this album, originally released in 2014, by Winchester-based three piece Joe Dworniak (bass/backing vocals), Greg Bone (lead and rhythm guitars/backing vocals), and Chris Lapsa (lead vocals/guitars and keys), who … Continue reading

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Album review: RAVEN – Wiped Out

RAVEN - Wiped Out

Dissonance Productions [Release date 27.04.18] Formed in the north of England in the mid 70s by brothers John (bass, and vocals) and Mark (guitar) Gallagher, Raven were a trio associated with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Playing what … Continue reading

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Album review: SPIRIT – It Shall Be (The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972)

SPIRIT - It Shall Be (The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972)

Esoteric [Release date: 16.03.18] Life is not fair. Were it to be, this 60′s US outfit would be up there along with the much-feted likes of fellow West Coast time-liners, Love. Yes, ‘Forever Changes’ is a wonderful album; in this … Continue reading

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Album review: ATOMIC ROOSTER – Sleeping For Years (The Studio Recordings 1970-1974)

ATOMIC ROOSTER - Sleeping For Years (The Studio Recordings 1970-1974)

Esoteric [Release date: 01.12.17] Now that pretty much every noteworthy heritage release has been reissued individually on CD, labels have turned to a secondary repackaging concept: the box set (or clamshell), that conventionally takes in a selection of albums from … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – 10 Years Of Denim And Leather Live 1990/The CD Hoard (reissues)

SAXON - 10 Years Of Denim And Leather Live 1990

Edsel [Release date 27.10.17*, 16.03.18**] Saxon seem to be enjoying a resurgence even more impressive than their 2007-2010 revival.  With a remarkably relevant new album ‘Thunderbolt’ and a raft of reissues and box sets, we can at least luxuriate in … Continue reading

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Album review: MARILLION – Unplugged At The Walls/Tumbling Down The Years

MARILLION - Unplugged At The Walls

earMUSIC [Release date 23.03.18] Live albums three and four in this set of bi-monthly releases find our intrepid heroes in a restaurant in Oswestry in 1988, and once again at the 2009 Marillion Weekend convention in Port Zelande, Holland. Unplugged … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Reissues (Saxon, Wheels Of Steel, Strong Arm Of The Law)

BMG [Release date 30.03.18] Bastions of British Heavy Metal, Saxon formed in the late 70s and were at the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, alongside Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Samson and Girlschool et al. And while … Continue reading

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Album review: RUPERT HOLMES – Songs That Sound Like Movies – The Complete Epic Recordings

RUPERT HOLMES - Songs That Sound Like Movies - The Complete Epic Recordings

This is a non-broadcast preamble and exclusive edit from a two hour special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio featuring the music of Rupert Holmes and a recent interview (6:17) Part 1 is broadcast on Sunday 1 April at 18:00 … Continue reading

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Album review: CURVED AIR – Air Cut (reissue)

CURVED AIR - Air Cut

Esoteric [Release date: 26.01.18] Interviewed in the booklet notes for Esoteric’s contemporaneous reissue of the bands’ 1970 debut ‘Air Conditioning’, chanteuse linchpin Sonja Kristina opined it – and this later release – to be her faves, and it’s clear why. … Continue reading

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