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Album review: QUINN SULLIVAN – Midnight Highway

QUINN SULLIVAN – Midnight Highway

Provogue [Release date 24.03.17] Best known as Buddy Guy’s protégé, 17 year old Quinn Sullivan’s third album ‘Midnight Highway’ takes a major step up in carving out his own niche in the crossover blues rock-world He’s got the chops, he’s … Continue reading

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Album review: LONELY ROBOT – The Big Dream

LONELY ROBOT - The Big Dream

Inside Out Music [Release date 28.04.17] After a two year wait we get the second part of the trilogy from Lonely Robot, aka John Mitchell (Frost*/Arena/It Bites). He again plays all instruments bar the drums, played by the ever reliable Craig … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MICHAEL KIWANUKA, THE DAWN BROTHERS

MICHAEL KIWANUKA Love and Hate

MICHAEL KIWANUKA Love And Hate Since my son and I are “live on Sky” football junkies, my dear lady busies herself with her own TV series and was bowled over by the opening soundtrack to “Big Little Lies” which happens to … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MARK LANEGAN BAND – Gargoyle

THE MARK LANEGAN BAND - Gargoyle

[Release date 28.04.17] Not being hugely familiar with Mark Lanegan’s previous output, I was able to spin this album with neither pre-conception nor expectation…and pretty impressed I was too. Straddling between the truism that “you can only objectively critique that … Continue reading

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Album review: ONE DESIRE- s/t

One Desire

Frontiers Records [Release Date 24.03.17] The latest in a seemingly endless line of melodic rock talent from Scandinavia, a real buzz is building around One Desire, a new name but boasting former Sturm and Drang singer and guitarist Andre Linman. … Continue reading

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Album review: KINKY WIZZARDS – Quirky Musings

KINKY WIZZARDS - Quirky Musings

White Knight Records [Release date 31.03.17] In recent years we’ve enjoyed several artists or bands who have purveyed an infectious brand of instrumental-based prog rock, inspired by jazz fusion or just plain inspired.  Amongst them the likes of Norway’s Pymlico … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE + THE MECHANICS – Let Me Fly

MIKE + THE MECHANICS - Let Me Fly

BMG [Release date 07.04.17] When Mike + The Mechanics played live recently – ostensibly to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Word Of Mouth – it was clearly evident they were also promoting a new album; taking pre-release orders in the … 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: ECLIPSE- Monumentum

ECLIPSE- Monumentum

Frontiers [Release Date 24.03.17] He may be the most prolific, in demand writer and producer on the melodic rock scene, but no-one could accuse Erik Martensson of neglecting his day job as lead singer and guitarist with Eclipse. Two years … Continue reading

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Album review: JESSICA LEE MORGAN – Around The Block

JESSICA LEE MORGAN - Around The Block

[Release date 16.06.17] Another ‘next generation’ release – this time from the daughter of Mary Hopkin and Tony Visconti. I’ve yet to be convinced of the merits of following in the family footsteps’, although it has to be said Lisa … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGENTA – We Are Legend

MAGENTA - We Are Legend

In June 2012 Rob Reed chatted with David Randall for his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio when the current Magenta album was ‘Chameleon’.  He was also poised to release the major project ‘Kompendium’. They covered Magenta, the … Continue reading

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Album review: LITTLE RIVER BAND – The Big Box (6 Disc incl DVD)

LITTLE RIVER BAND - The Big Box

The Store For Music [Release date 28.04.17] The only problem with this welcome 5-CD/DVD boxed set is repetition.  In more recent years Little River Band have seemingly sought to reinvent their past with not a lot of new material.  (Some … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBBY KRIEGER – In Session

ROBBY KRIEGER - In Session

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 24.02.17] Like the Cleopatra release before it by Joe Lynn Turner “In Session” collects together some of Robby Krieger’s session work over the years.  The Doors guitarist was always a master of restraint in terms of … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUES IMAGE feat. MIKE PINERA – Timeless

BLUES IMAGE feat. MIKE PINERA - Timeless

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 31.03.17) Perhaps best known for his stint in Blues Image, Mike Pinera was also for a time a member of seminal heavy metallers Iron Butterfly.  Unsurprisingly, a version of the classic ‘In A Gadda Da Vida’ … Continue reading

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Album review: AS LIONS – Selfish Age

AS LIONS - Selfish Age

Better Noise [Release date 20.01.17] We first heard As Lions when they released a four track EP featuring tracks from their forthcoming debut album.  Immediately, as with the opener here ‘Aftermath’, you knew this was something special. Strong on melody, … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL MENEL AND THE ESSENTIALS – Spare Parts For Broken Hearts

PAUL MENEL AND THE ESSENTIALS - Spare Parts For Broken Hearts

www.paulmenelessentials.co.uk [Release date 14.02.17] Paul Menel will be known to many prog rock fans as the lead singer with IQ between 1985 and 1990. However, since then and on this album in particular, he takes a few prog leanings and … Continue reading

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Album review: PROCOL HARUM – Novum

PROCOL HARUM - Novum

Eagle Records [Release date 21.04.17] What do you think of when you hear the words “Procol Harum”?  “Whiter Shade Of Pale”?  Symphonic rock, maybe?  Robin Trower was in an early incarnation?  Perhaps this demonstrates the band’s eclectism over 50 years … Continue reading

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Album review: HOUSE OF LORDS – Saint Of The Lost Souls

HOUSE OF LORDS - Saint Of The Lost Souls

Frontiers [Release date 24.03.17] House Of Lords return with their eleventh studio album and a new bassist, Chris Tristram, who replaces the departing Chris McCarvill, who has been in the band since 2005. The other thing to note is that … Continue reading

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Album review: NIGHT RANGER – Don’t Let Up

NIGHT RANGER - Don

Frontiers [Release date 24.03.17] Night Ranger, unlike many of their fellow 80′s melodic hard rock bands, have been consistently releasing new music and of a high quality. In fact for me they are one of the few bands who I … Continue reading

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Album review: C-SIDES – We Are Now

C-SIDES - We Are Now

White Knight Records   [Release date: 14.03.17] Back in the day there was a TV comedy series called ‘Never Mind The Quality, Feel The Width’ and it’s a maxim that applies to so much of what passes for progressive rock these … Continue reading

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