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Album review: GAMMA RAY – 30 Years Live Anniversary

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Ear Music/Edel [Release date 10.09.21] In 2020, it looked like this could become the new normal. A live gig without an audience. Kai Hansen’s Gamma Ray know what it is to play live…they’ve been doing it for 30 years. It becomes … Continue reading

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Album review: VANDENBERG – The Complete Atco Recordings 1982-2004 (4 CD Boxset w/bonus tracks)

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Cherry Red [release date 27.08.21] Vandenberg (1982) Heading For A Storm (1983) Alibi (1985) Demos and Live (2004) Emerging unbloodied and unbowed from the golden age of AOR, Vandenberg’s 3 albums (now remastered) embody all that was good and all … Continue reading

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Album review: BRITISH BLUES INVASION TO RUSSIA FESTIVAL – On-line Invasion Anthology

BRITISH BLUES INVASION TO RUSSIA FESTIVAL – On-line Invasion Anthology

Pete Feenstra chatted to Boris Litvintsev in July 2021 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio featuring several tracks from the new compilation. Hot Draft Productions [Release date 26.05.21] “It’s 9 o’clock in Moscow, 7pm in London….” Boris Litvintsev’s time check … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE JACKSON & TODD RUNDGREN feat. ETHEL – State Theater, New Jersey 2005 (CD/DVD)

JOE JACKSON & TODD RUNDGREN feat. ETHEL - State Theater, New Jersey 2005

Purple Pyramind [Release date 18.06.21] Back in 2005 the pairing of Joe Jackson and Todd Rundgren may have seemed rather incongruous.  I remember thinking at the time that Rundgren had just released an excellent solo album ‘Liars’ and it would … Continue reading

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Album review: PAT McMANUS & ERIC McFADDEN – Two Big MC’s Live at Patrimonio

PAT McMANUS & ERIC McFADDEN – Two Big MC’s Live at Patrimonio

Bad Reputation [Release date: 01.06.21] Guitarists Pat McManus and Eric McFadden are currently label mates at French company Bad Reputation. They initially met in Paris and went on to perform at the ‘Night of the Guitars’ event at Patrimonio in … Continue reading

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Album review: MOTORHEAD – Louder Than Noise… Live In Berlin

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Silver Lining Music [Release date 23.04.21] High on my list of memorable gigs is a night spent with Motorhead at Newcastle City Hall back in November 2012. Motorhead were on top form that night and when you add in a … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Live albums

BLUE OYSTER CULT - A Long Day's Night

Frontiers Records [Release date 04.12.20] Even when hearing familiar Blue Oyster Cult material performed live, you are reminded of just how different they are to all in their peer group. These two live recordings are densely packed with reasons that … Continue reading

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Album review: THE RODS – Expanded Remasters

THE RODS - In The Raw

In The Raw, The Rods Live, Let Them Eat Metal Rock Candy’s remastered & reissued programme often serves to bring a deserving band (and album) to a new audience. The Rods are the perfect example. Their eighties’ albums were in … Continue reading

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Album review: HUMBLE PIE – The Atlanta Years

HUMBLE PIE - The Atlanta Years

Store For Music [Release date 11.12.20] Steve Marriott is best remembered in the UK as the front man for the Small Faces . Also rememberd by many as Britain’s best blue eyed soul singer, and not least for his songwriting … Continue reading

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Album review: IRON MAIDEN – Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City

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Parlophone  [Release date 20.11.20] Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister stated a few years ago that older bands with hit laden back catalogues were idiots to record new songs and play them live. His argument was that the fans just want to hear the … Continue reading

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Album review – VOLBEAT – Rewind, Replay, Rebound (Live in Deutschland)

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Republic Records [Release date 27.11.20] Live music has been absent in all our lives for far too long throughout 2020 so the chance to relive the German leg of Volbeat’s 2019 tour is an enticing package to anyone starved of gigs. The … Continue reading

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Album review: RUNRIG – One Legend – Two concerts (Live At Rockpalast 1996 & 2001)

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MiG Records [Release date 30.10.20] A year or so ago I went along to the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow for the world premiere of the Final Dance DVD which was recorded at the band’s final show in Stirling. It … Continue reading

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Album review: NINE BELOW ZERO – Live At Rockpalast 1981 &1996

MiG Records [Release date 30.10.20] As a latecomer to the Nine Below Zero party having only caught them live in the last couple of years at the Butlins Rock and Blues Festival, this set is the ideal package to explore … Continue reading

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Album review: TODD RUNDGREN – A Wizard A True Star, Live

TODD RUNDGREN – A Wizard A True Star, Live

Cleopatra Records, USA [Release date 25.09.20] Eleven Years ago this month, Todd Rundgren and his band, suitably garbed in white “coat’n’tails” played “A Wizard, A True Star” in its entirety, at the Akron Ohio Civic Theatre, one of the last … Continue reading

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Book review: MARK BADGEMAN & ANDREW WOLFMAN – Memories of The Market Tavern Kidderminster 1990-96

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Self-published [Publication date 16.11.20] Even if you didn’t attend a gig at Kidderminster’s Market Tavern, if you’re a live music fan then there’s plenty here to enjoy. This long defunct but fondly remembered and unique venue is celebrated in this … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DARKER MY HORIZON – The Victoria, Swindon, Thursday 27 August 2020

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So it’s Thursday 27 August and the wind down to a long weekend, what better way to get in the mood than to see live music – yes real, live, raw, rock in an amazing venue, the Victoria in Old … Continue reading

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Quick plays: RURA, JOSHUA BURNELL, GYPSY PISTOLEROS

GYPSY PISTOLEROS - The Greatest Flamenco Glam Sleaze Band Ever!

RURA Live at the Old Fruitmarket [Release date 11.09.20] Rura releases this live album to celebrate the band’s tenth anniversary, recorded in February this year at the Celtic Connections festival, just before live shows stopped due to the pandemic. Their … Continue reading

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Album review: DEE SNIDER – For The Love Of Metal Live!

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Napalm Records [Release date 31.07.20] To front a rock band takes a few special ingredients. The candidate should be larger than life, outspoken, overblown, like the sound of their own voice, have massive self-confidence and not give a flying f**k for … 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: SKERRYVORE – Live Across Scotland

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Tyree Records  [Release date 11.07.20] 2020 should have been a huge year for Skerryvore. The band had big plans to celebrate their 15th anniversary culminating in one hell of a party with several thousand friends in the grounds of Inveraray … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Iheart Radio Theater NYC 2012

BLUE OYSTER CULT – Iheart Radio Theater NYC 2012

Frontiers [Release date 08.05.20] An invited audience of 200 lucky fans saw Blue Oyster Cult live on stage at the IHeart Radio Theater in New York in 2012. The event noisily celebrated the band’s 40th year together, expertly recorded by … Continue reading

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Album review: PRETTY MAIDS – Maid In Japan

PRETTY MAIDS – Maid In Japan

Frontiers [Release date 22.05.20] Pretty Maids have been around since the early 80’s, with original members vocalist Ronnie Artkins and guitarist Ken Hammer joined by bassist Rene Shades, Chris Laney on keyboards, guitar and drummer Allan Sørensen (who left the … Continue reading

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Album review: RUSH – Permanent Waves 40th Anniversary Edition

UCM [Release date 29.05.20] Back in January 1980 Rush released their seventh studio album which met with great critical acclaim and saw the band reach their highest chart positions worldwide. That album was Permanent Waves and it was the first … Continue reading

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Album review: KANSAS – All Just Dust In The Wind The Legendary Broadcast

Coda Records Ltd (blue vinyl) This beautiful release (I’ll call it that because it’s great to look at and even better to listen to) features US rock band Kansas at their peak. Coda Records have been doing a fine job … Continue reading

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Album review: JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – Long John Silver/Thirty Seconds Over Winterland

 JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - Long John Silver/Thirty Seconds Over Winterland

Esoteric [Release date: 27.03.20] Bed fellows of the early ’70s, the Airplane’s last studio release for 17 years and a subsequent live album ensemble woozily in a heyday fade. Where the ’60s releases were taped under the clock in Hollywood … Continue reading

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