Tag Archives: classic rock

Album review: ANGEL – The Casablanca Years

Caroline International [Release date 14.09.18] Formed in Washington DC in the mid 70s, Angel were allegedly discovered playing in a nightclub by bassist Gene Simmons, and subsequently signed Kiss’ then label Casablanca. A big lush sound and the band dressed … Continue reading

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Album review: MAD MAX – 35

Steamhammer/SPV [release date: 10.08.18] ‘35’ denotes the number of years that Mad Max have been together. Top marks for endurance. The melodic hard rockers formed in Munster, Germany have waited five years to follow-up 2013’s studio platter, ‘Interceptor’. Despite the … Continue reading

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Album review: MARTIN BARRE – Roads Less Travelled

MARTIN BARRE - Roads Less Travelled

Garage Records [Release date 31.08.18] You always thought with Martin Barre’s post-Tull albums that he was searching for his own niche.  ‘Away With Words’ in 2013 was a largely acoustic mish-mash of Tull covers and originals, ”Order of Play’ (2014) … Continue reading

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Gig review: GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL (Planet Rock Stage) – Olympia, London, 9 August 2018

Broken Witt Rebels - GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL - Olympia, London, 9 August 2018

While musical entertainment has been supplied for many years at the Great British Beer Festival, it has tended to be a bit ‘end of the pier’, whether it be oompah bands or covers acts. However this year the penny finally … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (April 2018 – June 2018)

The Sharpeez

THE SHARPEEZ Wild One (3MS Music) “…there isn’t a weak track on here, while their very best efforts such as ‘Automatic Mode’, ‘Losing Hand’, and ‘Heat Of The Night’ give this album every right to be regarded as one of … Continue reading

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Gig review: DEL AMITRI – Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London, 26 July 2018

DEL AMITRI - Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London, 26 July 2018

Back in the nineties Del Amitri were chart regulars, the Scots’ wryly bittersweet but cleverly structured, melodic songs making them one of the few bright spots in a bleak musical climate, at least for me. But the new millennium has … Continue reading

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Gig review: THUNDERSTICK – Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend, 28 July 2018

THUNDERSTICK - Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend, 28 July 2018

Back in the early 80s after a three-album stint with Samson, masked drummer and NWOBHM pioneer Thunderstick (Barry Graham Purkis) formed a band of the same name. Female-fronted, first with Ana Marie Borg then with Jodee Valentine, it allowed Purkis … Continue reading

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DVD review: ERIC CLAPTON – Life In 12 Bars

ERIC CLAPTON - Life In 12 Bars

Eagle Vision [08.06.18] When it comes to guitar legends they don’t get much bigger, or more influential, then Eric Clapton. They also don’t come much more damaged and this excellent new biographical documentary brings us his story, warts and all. … Continue reading

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EP review: JIM LEA – Lost In Space

JIM LEA - Lost In Space

Wienerworld [Release date 22.06.18] Formed in the 60′s, massive in the 70′s and enjoying something of a revival in the 80′s, the original Slade finally came to an end in 1991. Since then vocalist, Noddy Holder, has become a a … Continue reading

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Album review: DOKKEN – Return To The East Live 2016

DOKKEN - Return To The East Live 2016

Frontiers [Release date 20.04.18] Well, where can I start? Dokken’s classic line up disbanded in 1989, got back together in 1993 but split again five years later. They then reformed for a short spell in 2016 for some live dates … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK COFFEE – Take One

[Release date 21.04.18] Columbus, Ohio represents the US industrial heartland the same way Birmingham and Wolverhampton do in the UK so it’s entirely unsurprising that Black Coffee hail from there. Formed in 2017 by drummer Tommy McCullough, singer/bassist Ehab Omran … Continue reading

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Quick plays: PAUL RODGERS, ATOMIC ROOSTER

PAUL RODGERS - Free Spirit

PAUL RODGERS – Free Spirit Quarto Valley Records [Release date 29.06.18] This account of Paul Rodgers revisiting his Free-form past was recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall in May 2017 . It was the culmination of his UK tour where … Continue reading

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Album review: CARL PALMER’S ELP LEGACY – Live (CD/DVD)

CARL PALMER

In this exclusive, extended, interview edit, Carl Palmer chats about his formative years and the influence of his musical family in terms of career direction. (9:14) The full interview with Carl was broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on … Continue reading

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Interview: JIM LEA

JIM LEA - Lost In Space

Jim Lea, the former Slade bass-player and one half of the mega-hit Holder-Lea song-writing duo, has a brand new six-track EP out: Lost In Space. I caught up with Jim to discuss the inspiration behind the title track and the … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK SABBATH – Supersonic Years The Seventies Singles Box Set

LACK SABBATH - Supersonic Years  The Seventies Singles Box Set

BMG [Release date 08.06.18] This is no ordinary reissue; for a catalogue that has been reissued more times stamps have first day covers, last year’s 8LP + crucistick box took reissues to a new sonic and packing level, and this … Continue reading

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DVD review: THE MOODY BLUES – Days of Future Passed – Live

THE MOODY BLUES - Days of Future Passed - Live

Eagle Vision [Release date 23.03.18] Over the past few years a number of bands that have been releasing records since the 1960’s have reached that impressive milestone that is celebrating 50 years of being together, the other side to this … Continue reading

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Gig review: FOREIGNER – Manchester Apollo, 12 May 2018

FOREIGNER - Manchester Apollo, 12 May 2018

The bets were on.  Would Mick Jones appear at this first UK date of a massive 40th anniversary world tour?  The omens weren’t good as four songs in the band played one of the massive “hits” (and somewhat ridiculous without … Continue reading

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Album review: DON AIREY – One Of A Kind

DON AIREY - One Of A Kind

earMUSIC [Release date 25.05.18] Don Airey can be considered rock royalty and in a quiet sort of way, and in down time from his Purple “day job”, finds the time to release consistently excellent solo albums.  This is the successor … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVE GREENSLADE – Cactus Choir

DAVE GREENSLADE - Cactus Choir

Angel Air [Release date: 18.05.18] While it’s done the rounds before, this is a timely reissue for ‘what Dave did next’ post-the winding up of his eponymous progressive rock ensemble. The ex-Colosseum keyboards whizz  had recorded a quartet of acclaimed … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Denim And Leather, Power And The Glory, Crusader (reissues)

SAXON - Crusader

BMG [Release date 25.05.18] BMG continue with their Saxon reissue campaign and have produced fine editions of their fourth, fifth and sixth albums. And we can announce these the same week as the first three remasters (Saxon, Wheels Of Steel … Continue reading

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