Category Archives: Reissues

Album review: RETURN – V

RETURN - V

AOR Heaven [Release date 27.03.20] Classy Norwegian four man melodic rock band, Return, released their fifth album in 1992. That year, the rock’n’roll world shifted on its axis, and a lot of great melodic rock albums suffered commercially as a … Continue reading

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Album review: RATT – The Atlantic Years 1984-1990

RATT - The Atlantic Years 1984-1990

Cherry Red Records [Release date 27.02.20] The Atlantic Years were indeed Ratt’s best years. This boxset is a compelling, 5 CD picture of a Glam Rock band constantly on the rise, before the breakup and the fall. There’s a dozen … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUES BREAKERS – Road Dogs

JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUES BREAKERS – Road Dogs

EAR Music [Released 20.03.20] The first thing I wrote as I heard the title track “Road Dogs” coming through the speakers was “authentic”. Then I had to chuckle. If ANY British man playing the blues is authentic! Mind you, along … Continue reading

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Album review: YES – The Ladder, Open Your Eyes

YES - The Ladder

YES The Ladder (Collector’s Edition CD, Gatefold Digipack) EarMUSIC/Edel [Release date 20.03.20] How much was producer, Bruce Fairbairn responsible for the the band’s return to creative form on 1999′s “The Ladder”? Considering that his path through the nineties was littered … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Heaven Forbid

BLUE OYSTER CULT - Heaven Forbid

Frontiers [Release date 06.03.20] Blue Oyster Cult originally released ‘Heaven Forbid’ in 1998 on the CMC label, so it never got a widespread release and the band had left the label by their next album. Although there are no bonus … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Rock Till You Drop & Thirsty Work

STATUS QUO - Rock

UMC [Release date 06.03.20] “Rock Till You Drop” was something of a love/hate album for the band. Rossi loved it, Parfitt hated it. It was a look back in the band’s rear view mirror. It was never uncomfortably reverential, but … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Perfect Remedy

STATUS QUO - Perfect Remedy

UMC [Release date 06.03.20] Albums nineteen, twenty and twenty one. How many bands can say that? Each one now reissued, and expanded to within an inch of its life. With added liner notes and pics. “Perfect Remedy” (1989), “Rock Till … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BURRITO BROTHERS – The Notorious Burrito Brothers

THE BURRITO BROTHERS -- The Notorious Burrito Brothers

Store For Music [Release date 06.03.20] This is one of those situations where a little knowledge is a bad thing. Without any “previous” one would pick up this disc and be introduced to very pleasant, competent country rock. Non-threatening, if … Continue reading

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Album review: METAL CHURCH – The Elektra Years 1984-1989

METAL CHURCH - The Elektra Years 1984-1989

Cherry Red Records [Release date 28.02.20] Before Kurdt Vanderhoof went off to invent a new genre with his band, Hall Aflame, in 1991, he released 3 albums with his startup venture, Metal Church. Cherry Red Records have bundled these into … Continue reading

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Album review: SQUIRE – Get Ready To Go!/September Gurls

SQUIRE - Get Ready To Go!

Hi-Lo Records [Release date 26.10.19] Squire formed around the time of the Mod revival in the late 70’s and were fronted by Anthony Meynell. They went on to release five studio albums, before relocating to the US in 1985 and … Continue reading

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Album review: HARRY CHAPIN – Live At The Bottom Line (The Bottom Line Archive)

HARRY CHAPIN - Live At The Bottom Line (The Bottom Line Archive)

Store For Music [Release date 28.02.20] Harry Chapin was tragically killed some seven months after a series of gigs at New York’s legendary Bottom Line venue.  In that sense, it marks a great songsmith and performer at the end of … Continue reading

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Album review: THE RECORD COMPANY – Early Songs And Rarities

THE RECORD COMPANY – Early Songs And Rarities

Snakefarm/Universal [Release date 14.02.20] (vinyl only) Such is the demand for new product from Billboard top five debuting band, The Record Company, that their old product – their “recorded in the front room” tracks, following them from the past like … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Cult Classics

BLUE OYSTER CULT – Cult Classics

Frontiers [Release date 24.01.20] Surprising and exciting news was announced in the autumn of last year in that Frontiers have signed Blue Oyster Cult for a series re-issues (including their hard to find 1998 album ‘Heaven Forbid’ which is re-issued … Continue reading

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Album review: GLENN HUGHES – Justified Man

GLENN HUGHES - Justified Man

Cherry Red Records [Release date 31.01.20] Part One: Feel (CD1), Addicted (CD2), The Way It Is (CD3) : This clydebuilt boxset plugs into Glenn Hughes’ solo career in 1995, kicking off with his fourth solo album “Feel” (CD1). It’s the … Continue reading

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Album review: GIRL – Wasted Youth

GIRL - Wasted Youth

Cherry Red Records [31.01.20] Arguably, Girl was simply the launching pad for Phil Lewis – later to join The LA Guns; Phil Collen – later to join Def Leppard, and Gerry Laffy – later to carve out a significant career … Continue reading

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Album review: FOGHAT – Fool For The City & Foghat Live (2019 Remasters)

FOGHAT - Fool For The City

Rock Candy Records [Release date 06.12.19] Britband Foghat clocked up a considerable number of tour miles after relocating to the USA in 1970, road testing their material, looking to kickstart their career. It worked a treat. . . it’s on … Continue reading

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Album review: FASTWAY – Trick Or Treat

FASTWAY - Trick Or Treat

Rock Candy Records {Release date 29.11.19] The late, great “Fast” Eddie Clark died a year ago this month. Many consider Motorhead to be his single most important legacy. Fastway wasn’t far behind. The 80s produced some great horror movies. “Trick … Continue reading

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Album review: MOTLEY CRUE – Dr Feelgood

MOTLEY CRUE - Dr Feelgood

(30th Anniversary Edition) Motley Records/Eleven Seven Music [Release date 29.11.19] “Dr. Feelgood” was originally released in 1989, the fifth studio album from Motley Crue, it is also their bestselling to date having sold over six million copies (and who knows … Continue reading

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Album review: JIMMY PAGE & FRIENDS – Tribute To Alexis Korner

JIMMY PAGE & FRIENDS - Tribute To Alexis Korner

The Store For Music (released 6.12.19) Dubbed “The Godfather of British Blues”, Alexis Korner died, aged 55, on the first day of the year, 1984. His influence was felt by many. Without him, Fifties rock’n’roll in the UK would not … Continue reading

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Album Review : THE BABYS – Silver Dreams: The Complete Albums 1975-1980

THE BABYS - Silver Dreams

Cherry Red Records [Release date 06.12.19] The Babys were indeed the launching pad for John Waite’s worldwide solo success and a key component of the CV that landed Jonathan Cain the job with Journey. But the band would never have … Continue reading

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