Category Archives: Reissues

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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Album review: RIOT – Reissues

Metal Blade [Release date 30.06.17] Riot are a US heavy metal band that formed in the mid 70s and came to the fore in the late 70s and early 80s, before moving into a more power metal direction. The band … Continue reading

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Album review: DIAMOND HEAD – Death and Progress/Evil Live

Dissonance Diamond Head were at the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, and were influential on many, most notably Metallica, who covered several Diamond Head tracks, most famously Am I Evil. Formed in the West Midlands in … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTHONY PHILLIPS – Slow Dance (Deluxe reissue)

ANTHONY PHILLIPS - Slow Dance

In March 2015 David Randall chatted to Anthony Phillips for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  In this exclusive edit, Ant talks about ‘Slow Dance’ (3:29) Esoteric [Release date 17.06.17] ‘Slow Dance’ might be regarded as Ant Phillips’ ‘Tubular Bells’, coincidentally … Continue reading

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Album review: THE AMORETTES – Haulin’ Ass

THE AMORETTES – Haulin’ Ass

[Release date 16.06.17] This is exactly what happens when testosterone bleeds across gender boundaries – three gal-rockers from Edinburgh, cunningly calling themselves The Amorettes – a cutesy name which suggests a motown-era backing group type deal….which they definitely ain’t !! … Continue reading

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Album review: RAVEN – Reissues

RAVEN - Reissues

Dissonance Productions [Release date 02.06.17] Formed in the mid 70s by brothers John and Mark Gallagher, initially with twin guitars and progressive rock leanings, Settling as a threesome, with drummer Rob Wacko Hunter, Raven were an integral part of the … Continue reading

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Album review: TYGERS OF PAN TANG – The MCA Years

TYGERS OF PAN TANG - The MCA Years

Caroline International [Release date 19.12.16] 5-CD box set Formed in the north east of England in the late-70s, Tygers Of Pan Tang were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and achieved moderate success, including the minor hit … Continue reading

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Album review: HANOI ROCKS – Reissues

HANOI ROCKS Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks/Oriental Beat/All Those Wasted Years (Dissonance Productions) Finish band Hanoi Rocks are a glam sleaze metal band largely responsible for an influence that directed the 80s metal scene. Formed in 1979 and recording … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JAGUAR, GIRLSCHOOL, SAMSON

JAGUAR Power Games

JAGUAR Power Games (Dissonance Productions) Jaguar were one of the fastest and most underrated bands in the NWoBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) movement, and along with Raven would have a huge impact on the forthcoming speed metal and … Continue reading

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Album review: URIAH HEEP Reissues (Look At Yourself, Demons And Wizards, The Magician’s Birthday)

URIAH HEEP - Look At Yourself

BMG [Release date 31.03.17] As we opined when reviewing the first tranche of Heep reissues, we would question the merits of adding a second disc with the “alternative”  album version as reimagined by Heep fan and collector Robert Corich under … Continue reading

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Album review: EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER – Reissues (Works Vol.1 & 2, Love Beach)

EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER - Reissues

BMG [Release date 26.05/17] Formed in 1970, Emerson, Lake & Palmer were one of the first progressive rock supergroups, and certainly one of the most successful. Keyboard player, pianist and keen advocate of the Moog Keith Emerson had previously played with … Continue reading

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Album review: HUDSON FORD – The A&M Albums

HUDSON FORD - The A&M Albums

Caroline Records [Release date 05.05.17] Vocalist, guitarist and bassist John Ford and drummer Richard Hudson were originally members of Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera in the 60s, before famously joining The Strawbs (a band that at one point featured Rick Wakeman). In … Continue reading

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Album review: DEBORAH BONHAM – Reissues (Looking Back At The Moon/Spirit)

DEBORAH BONHAM - Looking Back At The Moon

Deborah Bonham chatted to David Randall in March 2015, discussing her career and with tracks from several albums.  Plus she chose some of the tracks that have influenced her over the years. Sound Discs [Release date 28.04.17] When I chatted … Continue reading

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Album review: JON LORD – Reissues (Gemini Suite/Before I Forget)

JON LORD - Gemini Suite

Gemini Suite [Release date 09.12.16] Before I Forget [Release date 27.01.17] It is perhaps sometimes overlooked, but Jon Lord left a quiet legacy of solo albums even though for most of his career he laboured in the gargantuan shadow of … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MIKE GROGAN, PELE, THE MOST UGLY CHILD

MIKE GROGAN Too Many Ghosts

MIKE GROGAN Too Many Ghosts Poacher Records [Release date 10.02.17] Having paid his dues in the punk explosion of the 70′s, and a six piece Springsteen-esque band in the 80′s, South of England based multi-instrumentalist Mike Grogan has settled into … Continue reading

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Album review: VANGELIS – Delectus (Box set)

VANGELIS - Delectus

Win the box set!! (Comp. closes 19.02.17) UMC [Release date 03.02.17] Just too late for Xmas, comes this mammoth 13-disc box set of Vangelis’ albums on Vertigo and Polydor, remastered from the original first generation tapes under the big man’s … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Don’t Stop, Under The Influence, The Party Ain’t Over Yet…

Status Quo - The Party Ain

Edsel [Release date 20.01.17] These three Quo re-issues are given more poignancy now by the passing of Rick Parfitt whose ill health is bookended by the original albums.  A year after the covers album he had quadruple by-pass heart surgery … Continue reading

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Album review: JODY GRIND – Reissues

JODY GRIND - One Step On

Esoteric [Release date 25.11.16] Some readers may remember a motley band of musicians who  – back in the late seventies – masqueraded under that sometimes irksome banner “supergroup”, Hinkley’s Heroes.  At various times they included Mel Collins, John Halsey and … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKTHORNE – Afterlife/Don’t Kill The Thrill (Graham Bonnet, Bob Kulick)

BLACKTHORNE - Afterlife

Hear No Evil [Release date 02.09.16] Cherry Red have embarked on a fairly extensive trawl through Graham Bonnet’s back pages, ahead of some UK dates and a generally higher profile.  We’ve reviewed some of his solo material which is frequently … Continue reading

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