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Album review: STORM WARNING – Take Cover

Storm Warning - Take Cover

  Self release [Release date 09.04.17] Storm Warning’s ‘Take Cover’ is an object lesson in fine interpretive skills on original arrangements that drip with feel and are framed by an intuitive production. After 3 albums of mostly original material, the … Continue reading

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Gig review: LIONHEART/AIRRACE- Camden Underworld, London, 2 December 2017

Lionheart - Camden Underworld, London, 2 December 2017

Picture a brief point of time in the early to mid-eighties. With the New Wave of British Heavy Metal running out of steam, many of its more enlightened musicians turned their ears westwards to the more AOR sounds that then … Continue reading

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Gig review: STATUS QUO – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 5 December 2017

Status Quo – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow – 5 December 2017

Almost exactly a year ago I attended a Quo gig at the nearby Hydro which was billed as the ‘Last Night Of The Electrics’ tour. Yet here I am a year on looking at a stage lined with white amps powered up … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGNUM – Lost On The Road To Eternity

MAGNUM - Lost On The Road To Eternity

SPV [Release date 19.01.18] We’ve always said Magnum should be cherished.  Even more so in 2018, and with the arrival of their 20th studio album.  The latest magnum opus also introduces new members Rick Benton (keys) and Lee Morris now … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) January – March 2018

Joe Satriani - What Happens Next

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January 12th ASKING ALEXANDRIA S/T Summerin Records AUDREY HORNE ‘Blackout’ Napalam Records AVATAR ‘Avatar Country’ BLACK VEIL BRIDES ‘Vale’ CORROSION OF CONFORMITY ‘No Cross No Crown’ Nuclear Blast FLEETWOOD MAC S/T (re-issue of 1975 album with … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TYPHOON, EWAN CRUICKSHANKS, THE HAZEY JANES

TYPHOON Offerings

TYPHOON Offerings [Release date 12.01.18] The PR copy states that ‘If a Fellini film, a Bosch painting and a Rorschach drawing had a collective sound, it would be Typhoon’s new release’. Or in more simpler terms it is an album … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TALK-SHOW, STEVE RAVENSFIELD

TALK-SHOW Permanent Honeymoon

TALK-SHOW Permanent Honeymoon (Wooden Piano Records) The brainchild of Maidstone singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lawrence O’Shea, Talk-Show brings together Gustaff Llunggren (brass, woodwind, strings and lap steel) and Chris Pepper (drums, percussion, programming, electric and bass guitars and syths), overseen by … Continue reading

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Album review: BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE – Medicine Songs

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE - Medicine Songs

True North Records [Release date 07.11.17] A new album from the now 76 year old Buffy, and guess what?  Yes, lurking there amidst a collection of old, new, and borrowed, (and Blue) material are career defining numbers like ‘Soldier Blue’ … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVE KERZNER – Static

DAVE KERZNER - Static

Recplay [Release date 10.11.17] The second solo album from Miami-based keyboard maestro and co-founder of Sound Of Contact (Kernzer/Simon Collins) is creating something of a stir in prog circles.  Perhaps, of little surprise given the heavyweight guest appearances of Steve … Continue reading

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Album review: SKID ROW – Skid/34 Hours (reissues)

SKID ROW - Skid/34 Hours

BGO [Release date: 21.07.17] 2 on 1 CD “I remember Paris in ‘49” … five words guaranteed to cue the leery lads of the night to grab and clinch their squeezes for that last, up close smooch in the smoke … Continue reading

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Book review: THE MEANEY OF LIFE – Sean Meaney

Sean Meaney - The Meaney Of Life

Cunas Music & Publishing – 329 pages paperback [Publication date: 28.07.2017] ‘The Meaney of Life’ is an autobiographical journey though the life and times of a proud Irishman Sean Meaney. He’s a passionate music fan who rises above what the … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – Winter Carols

BLACKMORE

Minstrel Hall Music [Release date 20.10.17] Ritchie Blackmore’s move from the hard rock of Rainbow and Deep Purple to the renaissance folk of Blackmore’s Night, with his wife Candice, has always been controversial among rock fans, When I reviewed the … Continue reading

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Interview: BEN CHRISTO (Diamond Black)

Diamond Black is the new project from Ben Christo (The Sisters of Mercy, Night By Night) who have recently released their debut single ‘Sorrow’.  Here we ask Ben for some background on Diamond Black and his recent touring activity with … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MEMBERS – Greatest Hits

THE MEMBERS - Greatest Hits

Cadiz Music [Release date 10.11.17] The Members have recorded for labels including Beggars Banquet, Stiff, Virgin, Island and Cadiz Music and been signed by amongst others Dave Robinson, Richard Branson and Clive Davis. This compilation gathers together for the first time the band’s singles … Continue reading

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Gig review: MR BIG – Shepherds Bush Empire, London,19 November 2017

MR BIG - Shepherds Bush Empire, London,19 November 2017

Accompanying their first release in three years, ‘Defying Gravity’, Mr Big undertook an extensive tour, which also represented their first dates on these shores in the same period. Always noted for their relatively long sets, on this occasion further value … Continue reading

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Album review: GARY MOORE – Blues And Beyond

GARY MOORE - Blues And Beyond

Sanctuary/BMG (4CD + book box-set) [Release date 24.11.17] Belfast born guitarist and vocalist Gary Moore was an unparalleled legend, whose career combined hard rock and blues, and at times dipping into jazz fusion (‘Colosseum II’) and a more contemporary harsh … Continue reading

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Album review: ALICE DIMICELE – One With The Tide

ALICE DIMICELE - One With The Tide

Alice Otter Music [Release date 19.01.18] DiMicele’s last offering the sparsely arranged, jazz influenced, Swim  a beguiling melting pot of roots infused with breathy Hammond B3 keys, gospelesque vocals, Americana-tinged fiddle, dobro, lap steel, and Tex-Mex horns – came within … Continue reading

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Album review: ELECTRIC DUCKS – Change Your Mind

ELECTRIC DUCKS - Change Your Mind

The Store For Music [Release date 17.11.17] Originally starting out as an AC/DC tribute band, it’s taken the Ducks three albums and a line-up change to shake off, pretty much, the final vestiges of their former modus operandi. Their 2007 … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SONIC TOOLBOX, THE MAGNETIC SOUTH

SONIC TOOLBOX - A Space In Time

SONIC TOOLBOX A Space In Time Double Dutch, anyone?  Sonic Toolbox, a fairly grizzly pair of old proggers (?) from Denmark who – on the cover art – look like Boris Becker and Robert Plant after a night on the … Continue reading

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Gig review: BAD TOUCH/MOLLIE MARRIOTT- Islington Academy 2, London, 26 November 2017

BAD TOUCH - Islington Academy 2, London, 26 November 2017

The old saying that it takes years to become an overnight sensation was never truer in the case of Norfolk band Bad Touch. I’ve seen them play numerous support slots over the years but was unaware until singer Stevie Westwood … Continue reading

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