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Album review: IAN DURY – Hit Me! The Best Of

IAN DURY - Hit Me! The Best Of

BMG [Release date 16.10.20] 3-CD Reasons To Be Cheerful? Well we certainly need some of those and who better than to supply a cheery soundtrack to covid-crocked  times than the cheeky chappy from Harrow.  Ian Dury may have died in … Continue reading

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Album review: BILLY WALTON – Dark Hour

Billy Walton - Dark Hour

Harmonized Records [Release date 04.09.20] ‘Dark Hour’ is a ground-breaking album for the Billy Walton Band. It kicks like a mule but also searches for soulful subtly. ‘Dark Hour’ also finds a meaningful role for the band’s horn section, beyond … Continue reading

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Album review: THE CHRIS BEVINGTON ORGANISATION – Sand & Stone

The Chris Bevington Organisation - Sand & Stone

Self release  [Release date 18.07.20] The Chris Bevington Organisation’s fourth album ‘Sand & Stone’ is a booming, gospel tinged, big band blues-rock outing.  And while the songs are written by guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick and vocalist /multi instrumentalist Scott Ralph, it’s … Continue reading

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Album review: ROACHFORD – Twice In A Lifetime

ROACHFORD - Twice In A Lifetime

BMG [Release date 11.09.20] Anyone who can stay the distance in the fickle UK music business deserves considerable recognition and with 32 years under his belt, Andrew Roachford MBE is due his flowers. Originally operating as a band, “Roachford” achieved … Continue reading

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Album review: ADAM SWEET – Sink Or Swim

Adam Sweet - Sink Or Swim

Adam Sweet Music [Release date 11.09.20] Although credited as an Adam Sweet solo album, the conceptually titled ‘Sink or Swim’ is very much a band effort. Singer songwriter Adam Sweet has taken a step up by working with an A-team … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MIGHTY BOSSCATS – Ticket to Memphis

The Mighty Bosscats - Ticket To Memphis

Self Release [Release date 24.04.20] Richard Townsend’s ‘Ticket To Memphis’ is another impressive release from a singer song writer and band leader with a world view. That said, ‘Ticket To Memphis’ isn’t quite what it appears to be. Firstly, it’s … Continue reading

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Album review: L.SHANKAR – Chepleeri Dream

L.SHANKAR - Chepleeri Dream

Cleopatra Records [Release date 26.06.20] When you have heavyweights such as Chester Thompson and Tony Levin featuring prominently in the credits you expect that the album in front of you may be of a certain standard, or at least a … Continue reading

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Album review: GLENN HUGHES – Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 3, 1995-2010

GLENN HUGHES - Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 3, 1995-2010

Cherry Red Records [Release date 31.07.20] 6-CD set A trove of previously unreleased Glenn Hughes’ live material – 19 CDs’ worth – has been released by Cherry Red Records over the last two years. Calling them “Official Bootlegs” has an … Continue reading

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Album review: JOSE RAMIREZ – Here I Come

JOSE RAMIREZ - Here I Come

Self release [Release date 12.06.20] American based Costa Rica’s blues artist José Ramirez calls himself an interpreter of soulful blues. The aptly titled  ’Here I Come’ can equally be seen as a statement of intent and announces his own considerable … Continue reading

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Album review: LETTUCE – Resonate

LETTUCE - Resonate

Round Hill Records [Digital release date 08.05.20] I have to declare at the outset that I have a soft spot for jazz funk.  After a decade of prog and classic rock buying, in the late-1970s and 1980s I turned my … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – VOODOO RAMBLE – That’s Why

Voodoo Ramble - That

Self Release [Release date 31.08.18] We’re currently in lockdown as I write this review. And having been encouraged to pen some reviews of albums that we may have missed for review – but have certainly played – there’s no better … Continue reading

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Album review: TINSLEY ELLIS – Ice Cream In Hell

Tinsley Ellis - Ice Cream In Hell

Alligator Records [Release date 31.01.20] ‘Ice Cream In Hell’ is a tasteful album that reaffirms Tinsley Ellis’s contemporary blues-rock credentials. He counterbalances a melodic bent with stinging guitar lines and relationship narratives. It’s an album shot through with generic songwriting … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – DISTANCE – Under The One Sky

DISTANCE - Under The One Sky

Reprise Records [1989] The Distance were a natural successor to the Power Station who featured legendary producer Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson, both of who were members of Chic. Taking the place on vocals of Robert Palmer was Robert Hart, … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – LENNY KRAVITZ – 5

LENNY KRAVITZ – 5

Virgin [Release date 12.05.98] Lenny Kravitz has always been hard to define; it’s entirely possible to imagine Kravitz in the crowd at Woodstock or strutting down a Parisian catwalk. Despite being effortlessly cool and the very embodiment of old school … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MOOD GROOVE – Some Left, Some Stayed

THE MOOD GROOVE – Some Left, Some Stayed

Indie [Release date 29.02.20] The Mood Groove, formed by JK Northrup and Ed Balldinger, released their debut album back in 2018 as an outlet to create and record music that stretched their collective imaginations and to invite listeners to something … Continue reading

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Album review: POPA CHUBBY – It’s A Mighty Hard Road

Popa Chubby - It

Dixie Frog Records [Release date 14.02.20] Popa Chubby’s ‘It’s A Mighty Hard Road’ is the self proclaimed ‘Beast From The East’s 30th anniversary album. It’s a song driven set encompassing rocking blues shuffles, funky feels and surprisingly soulful moments, all … Continue reading

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Album review: THE KENDALL CONNECTION – The Kendall Connection

The Kendall Connection by The Kendall Connection

Pete Feenstra chatted to Nick Kendall for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 15 March 2020. Vibratown Music Records  [Release date 10.01.20] Nick Kendall is a UK based South African session guitarist and a contemporary of … Continue reading

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Album review: ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION – Chameleon

Zoe Schwarz Blue commotion - Chameleon

33 Records [Release date 03.04.20] ‘Chameleon’ is Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion’s 6th and best release so far. It’s a superbly crafted contemporary blues album with a dozen self penned track and a hidden bonus, full of musical diversity, imaginative arrangements, … Continue reading

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Album review: KING SOLOMON HICKS – Harlem

King Solomon Hicks - Harlem

Provogue Records [Release date 13.03.20]   ‘Harlem’ is the classic example of how American roots music recycles itself by supporting up and coming talent. It surrounds them with experienced hands to revitalise blues covers and interpret related material in the … Continue reading

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Album review: SONNY LANDRETH – Blacktop Run

Sonny Landreth - Blacktop Run

Provogue Records [Release date 21.02.20] ‘Blacktop Run’ is a guitar album with a difference.  It’s full of full of subtle tones, textures, lovely grooves, pulsing riffs and imaginative solos, tempered by startling stylistic diversity. It’s an album sparked by some … Continue reading

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