Tag Archives: Cream

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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Album review: JOE BONAMASSA – British Blues Explosion Live

JOE BONAMASSA – British Blues Explosion Live

Provogue [Release date 18.05.18] ‘British Blues Explosion Live’ is the latest conceptual vehicle for the prodigiously talented Joe Bonamassa and his constant search for a meaningful context with which to keep the blues alive. Playing to a seated outdoor crowd … Continue reading

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Book review: JIM McCARTY with DAVE THOMPSON – Nobody Told Me: My Life With The Yardbirds, Renaissance and Other Stories

JIM McCARTY with DAVE THOMPSON – Nobody Told Me: My Life With The Yardbirds, Renaissance and Other Stories

http://www.jamesmccarty.com/ 305 pages paperback ISBN 978-0-244-96650-8 [Publication date: May 2018] ‘Nobody Told Me’ is a suitably titled autobiography that documents the life and times of Jim McCarty, The Yardbirds founder member, drummer and rock and roll hall of fame inductee. … Continue reading

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Album review: SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – Californisoul

SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – Californisoul

Provogue [Release date 20.10.17] The all star Supersonic Blues Machine’s second album ‘Californisoul’ isn’t so much a concept as a feel and attitude, as revealed by the album title. It’s all there in the sparkling interplay on a subtle melange … Continue reading

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Gig review: ERIC GALES BAND & Gary Hoey Band – Nells Jazz & Blues, London, 2 June 2017

Eric Gales #1

This may well be the first time two American label mates who have known each other down the decades make their UK debut’s on the same night. And while the evening brings a sharp contrast in styles, the two guitarists … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG WOLF BAND – A Rebel’s Story

BIG WOLF BAND – A Rebel

Big Wolf Records [Release date 15.5.17] In this age of instant downloads, there’s something reassuring about a Brummy blues-rock band with well crafted songs, deep grooves, tight arrangements and inspired playing fuelled by plenty of passion. Big Wolf Band come … Continue reading

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Gig review: 2016 ROADSTARS – 02 ACADEMY, Islington, London, 7 December 2016

Federal Charm – 02 ACADEMY, Islington, London, 7 December 2016

The 2016 Roadstars triumvirate is a triumph of musical hunger and passion over cultural and musical diversity. Mancunian powerhouse Federal Charm have a punk like fervour that taps into classic rock sensibilities with an occasional bluesy undertow. Aaron Keylock is … Continue reading

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News: An Evening For JACK – Jack Bruce Celebration – London, 25 October 2016

An Evening For JACK - A Celebration of the Life & Music of Jack Bruce, London, 25 October 2016

Pete Feenstra chatted to Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. First broadcast 23 October 2016. Bassist/singer/songwriter Jack Bruce is the subject of a special celebratory evening at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMO – Let Love Show The Way

Simo - Let Love Show The Way

Provogue [Release date 26.01.16] Sometimes a new band needs a relevant context to make a splash. Happily for Simo, they seems to be in the right place at the right time to explode on to the contemporary blues-rock scene with … Continue reading

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Gig review: SIMO – St.Moritz Club, London, 23 November 2015

SIMO – St.Moritz Club, London, 23 November 2015

Sometimes you just have to dip into the past to make sense of the present and such is the case with alt. Nahville’s psychedelic tinged improvisational jam trio Simo. Their intense improvisational spirit draws from a wide variety of classic … Continue reading

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Gig review: CORKY LAING BAND /Rainbreakers – 100 Club, London,15 November 2015

CORKY LAING BAND /RAINBREAKERS – 100 Club, London,15 November 2015

Tonight, Mountain drummer Corky Laing looks like a man who is prospering without the combined egos of Leslie West and Jack Bruce in front of him (think Mountain and West Bruce & Laing). Pitching up at the 100 Club at … Continue reading

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Album review: KRISSY MATTHEWS – Scenes From A Moving Window

Promise [Released 02.03.15] ‘Scenes From a Moving Window’ finds young guitar slinger Krissy Matthews teaming up with former Cream lyricist and esteemed producer Pete Brown to great effect. This is the 22 year old’s 4th album and it’s a notable … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKTOP DELUXE – Turn Up Be Nice Play Hard

BLACKTOP DELUXE – Turn Up Be Nice Play Hard

Blacktop Deluxe [Release date 13.05.14] Blacktop Deluxe are a Cornish based power trio featuring Keith Howe on guitar and vocals, Tim Chapple on bass and Alan Ibbotson on drums and vocals, with producer Gareth Young doubling on keyboards.  ‘Turn Up … Continue reading

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Album review: POOBAH – U.S. Rock

Poobah - US Rock

Ripple Records [Release date 10.02.14] This album was originally released back in 1976 during the peak of Poobah’s career and has now been lovingly re-mastered and reissued by Ripple Records. Poobah were formed by guitarist Jim Gustafson back in 1972 … Continue reading

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Gig review: WALTER TROUT – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 8 November 2013

Walter Trout’s most durable qualities are his intense guitar playing and his ever ready sense of humour. Both were in evidence at a packed Shepherd’s Bush Empire as he overcame his daunting health problems in front of his biggest London … Continue reading

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Album review: LESLIE WEST – Still Climbing

Provogue/Mascot [Release date: 28.10.13] ‘Still Climbing’ is an aptly title album and metaphor for the guitar heavyweight Leslie West who has rebuilt his career since his leg amputation. The album finds the former Mountain guitarist with a surprising amount of … Continue reading

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Album review: PETE BROWN & PHIL RYAN WITH PSOULCHEDELIA – Perils Of Wisdom

Repertoire [Release date 24.06.13] Pete Brown and Phil’s Ryan’s Psoulchedelia is a misleading name for a band whose music only occasionally broaches soul and is not remotely psychedelic.  The punned title ‘Perils of Wisdom’ turns out to be an oblique … Continue reading

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Book reviews: ERIC CLAPTON – All You Need To Know FAQ and Day by Day

ERIC CLAPTON - All You Need To Know FAQ

Published by Backbeat Books Normally reserved for the ranks of more obsessive fans and anoraks (and before you ask, I am one myself- KISS, Rolling Stones and Hanoi Rocks) of late these kinds of books have taken on a whole … Continue reading

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Album review: ALBANY DOWN – Not Over Yet

Albany Down - Not Over Yet

AD Recordings Ltd [Release date 8.04.13] Albany Down draw on deeply entrenched classic rock influences, contemporary production values and impressive song craft to suggest a bright future. The album title ‘Not Over Yet, could just as easily refer to rock … Continue reading

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