Category Archives: FEATURES

A selection of interviews and longer articles including updated archive material

Feature: What FREE mean to me…

Free

Alan Jones on a woman in a diaphanous dress, a wailing Les Paul, and a T-shirt that said it all… It could have gone either way. In the late sixties my musical experiences were limited to my mother’s meagre collection … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – DOMINICI – O3 A Trilogy (Part 3)

DOMINICI - O3 A Trilogy (Part 3)

Inside Out [2008] Charlie Dominici may merit a mere footnote in the history of Dream Theater, the band’s original singer who was in the formative Majesty before making the band’s first album. Then in 2005 he produced the first of … Continue reading

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Feature: Call Collect: An introduction to CHRISTOPHER LEE and his music

Christopher Lee - Hammer Horror

Best known for his portrayal of Dracula in the late 1960s Hammer horror films Christopher Lee also lent his (vocal) talents to several rock albums including power metallers Rhapsody of Fire… Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee CBE was an actor … Continue reading

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Feature: What SAXON mean to me…

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Saxon have been a life-long passion for Joe Geesin who has followed the band since the mid-1980s.  More recently he has contributed sleeve notes and curation to several re-issues.  And now he’s ready to write the band’s biography… Barnsley born … Continue reading

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Feature: Gigs of the Millennium – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Manchester Etihad Stadium,  22 June 2012

For many years Andy Nathan was a non-believer of the Boss and his enduring influence in rock music.  All that was to change, finally, on a summer’s night in June 2012… Of the hundreds of bands I’ve been lucky to … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – HUGHES THRALL

HUGHES THRALL

Epic [1982] Often cited by musos as a favourite album, ‘Hughes/Thrall’ was released in 1982. By all accounts Glenn Hughes (bass and vocals in MK III and IV Deep Purple) ‘stole’ guitarist Pat Thrall after seeing him play with Pat … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – IOMMI – Fused (Tony Iommi/Glenn Hughes)

IOMMI - Fused (Tony Iommi/Glenn Hughes)

Sanctuary [2005] In 2005 Tony Iommi and Glenn Hughes collaborated on the album ‘Fused’.  It was Iommi’s second solo album.  The pair had worked together on ‘Seventh Star’ in 1986,  with drummer Kenny Aronoff, and this was originally destined to … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – ELEKTRADRIVE – Living 4

ELEKTRADRIVE - Living 4

Valery Records (2009) Elektradrive is one of the more significant Hard Rock/AOR bands to emerge from Italy. At the very start, in 1983, the name of the band was Overdrive and they had a four-piece line up without keyboards; after … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – JONATHAN TYLER & THE NORTHERN LIGHTS – Pardon Me

JONATHAN TYLER & THE NORTHERN LIGHTS – Pardon Me

F-Stop/Atlantic [2010] I do like a good rummage through the charity and record shops bargain CDs to take a punt on an unknown album based either on the cover, band members/instruments played or song titles (the latter can be a … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – TERRAPLANE – Black And White

Back in the depths of time there was a programme on Channel 4 called No Limits. It was a youth culture show presented by Jonathan King (we will gloss over that one!) and a host of new presenters. It also … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – SARAYA – When The Blackbird Sings

SARAYA - When The Blackbird Sings

Polygram (1991) There was a lot happening at the turn of the eighties and a glut of excellent CDs (and bands) that were destined for obscurity. We’ll feature some in this series, but these were good times for melodic hard … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – CHIMPAN A

Chimpan A (2006)

F2 Music (2006) Chimpan A, released in 2006, was a project featuring Rob Reed (better known for his work in the prog-rock band Magenta), and two members of country rock band The Storys: Rob Thompson (guitar) and Steve Balsamo (vocals). … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – SHADOW KING

Shadow King (1991)

Atlantic (1991) Shadow King was Lou Gramm’s first foray in a band format since his departure from Foreigner in April 1991. The charismatic vocalist had been working on songs with Bruce Turgon for a third solo album and these developed … Continue reading

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Feature: Bands that time forgot… LOVE AND MONEY (James Grant)

Love And Money - 2011

Love And Money formed out of Glasgow-based ‘Friends Again’ in the early eighties and whilst their debut album ‘All You Need is…’ hinted at the funky tunesmithery to come it wasn’t until 1988′s Strange Kind Of Love that the band … Continue reading

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Feature: Bands that time forgot…RIVER CITY PEOPLE

River City People - 1991

River City People consisted of two brothers Tim and Paul Speed (guitars and drums respectively)and Dave Snell (bass) who in 1987 were all studying at Liverpool Polytechnic. Vocalist Siobhan Maher had previously worked with Snell in a band called Peep … Continue reading

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Feature: Call Collect – An introduction to NIGHT RANGER

Night Ranger - HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Friday 9 March 2018

Andy Nathan favourites Night Ranger remained a largely USA-based phenomenon until their reformation in the late 1990s.  Their UK gigs from 2011 onwards would make grown men cry… When Night Ranger played their first-ever headline show in England at the … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – GRAND PRIX – Samurai

Chrysalis [1983] Back in 1983 I ventured along to my first gig on my own at the tender age of 14 to see Iron Maiden at the Playhouse in Edinburgh (Friday 13th May to be exact) and what a show … Continue reading

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Feature: Call Collect – An introduction to RORY GALLAGHER

Rory Gallagher - Isle of Wight 1970

Rory Gallagher’s legacy has been maintained with a raft of posthumous releases including the more recent ‘Blues’ anthology.  Joe Geesin takes up the story. Irish born blues/rock guitarist/vocalist Rory Gallagher made his name in the 70s and 80s, and is … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – IT BITES – Map Of The Past

IT BITES - Map Of The Past

Inside Out (2012) www.itbites.com The second (and final) album released by the reformed It Bites, that saw John Mitchell (Arena, Kino) take over from Francis Dunnery in fronting the band. John Beck (keyboards) and Bob Dalton (drums) remained from the … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – PRIDE OF LIONS – The Roaring Of Dreams

PRIDE OF LIONS - The Roaring Of Dreams

Frontiers (2007) With his Pride of Lions project, former Survivor keyboardist and songwriter Jim Peterik recreated the glory days of eighties AOR with no concession to 2000′s  musical trends other than updated production values. As a result both their first … Continue reading

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