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Album review: THE GALILEO 7 – Decayed

THE GALILEO 7 – Decayed

Bandcamp Medway’s finest, fronted by Allan Crockford (ex-Prisoners), mark their tenth anniversary as a band with a limited edition album containing studio recordings of some of their favourite cover versions that have featured in their live set over the years. … Continue reading

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EP review: THE LICKERISH QUARTET – Threesome Vol. 2

THE LICKERISH QUARTET – Threesome Vol. 2

Stranger Danger [Release date 15.01.21] The Lickerish Quartet return with their second four song EP. The band comprise ex-Jellyfish members Roger Joseph Manning Jr, Tim Smith and Eric Dover and like the much missed Jellyfish, they carry on that band’s … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SWEET – Isolation Boulevard

THE SWEET – Isolation Boulevard

Website [Release date 18.12.20] First recordings by the revamped Sweet line-up that sees original member guitarist Andy Scott and long serving drummer Bruce Bisland joined by bassist/backing vocalist Lee Small (Phenomena, Shy, Lionsheart) and vocalist Paul Manzi (Cats In Space, … Continue reading

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Album review: PICTUREHOUSE – 1999 Live in Dublin

PICTUREHOUSE – 1999 Live in Dublin

Website [Release date 27.11.20] Ahhh live music we miss you so and even someone like me who isn’t normally a big fan of live albums has been playing a lot of live tracks this year. So when of the many … Continue reading

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Album review: THE QUESTIONNAIRES – Atlantic Ridge

THE QUESTIONNAIRES - Atlantic Ridge

Boom Chang Records [Release date 15.01.21] It seems a bit disingenuous in the PR blurb to refer to Jane Wade and Steve Hall, aka The Questionnaires, as having been ‘around a bit’.  For most, me included, their formative bands – … Continue reading

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Album review: ZEBRAS DON’T SMOKE – Don’t Mention The Swedes (ABBA Tribute)

ZEBRAS DON'T SMOKE - Don't Mention The Swedes

Singsong Music [Release date 20.11.20] www.singsongmusic.com ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus said what he thought of streaming live music during Lockdown.  He wasn’t impressed and thought kitchen gigs will never be a substitute.  I wonder what he would have thought of the … Continue reading

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Album review: TREMENDOUS – Relentless

TREMENDOUS - Relentless

Facebook [Release date 20.11.20] TREMENDOUS (stand down grammar peeps as they deliberately have their name in capitals) hail from Birmingham, UK and consist of Mark Dudzinski (guitar, vocals), Ryan Jee (bass) and Dave Lee (drums). The TREMENDOUS name is taken … Continue reading

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Album review: ANGELICA – All I Am

ANGELICA – All I Am

Frontiers [Release date 12.11.20] Murder of My Sweet vocalist, Angelica Rylin goes solo again after seven years. “All I Am”, written and produced by the multi talented Daniel Flores, is only Rylin’s second solo outing since 2013. It has opened … Continue reading

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Album review: CATS IN SPACE – Atlantis

CATS IN SPACE – Atlantis

Harmony Factory [Release date 27.11.20] On new album, “Atlantis”, it seems the new CIS line up, with vocalist Damien Edwards replacing Mark Pascall, has largely abandoned the iconoclastic tone of its predecessor, “Daytrip To Narnia” That of course, is down … Continue reading

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Album review: DORIS BRENDEL & LEE DUNHAM – Mass Hysteria

DORIS BRENDEL & LEE DUNHAM - Mass Hysteria

Sky Rocket Records [Release date 01.09.20] A new Doris Brendel album is a bit like Christmas coming early.  That moment when your Aunty Doris invites you to dip blindfold into a tub of Quality Street, only to discover she’s mixed … Continue reading

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Album review: PADRAIG JACK – Making Sand

PADRAIG JACK – Making Sand

Website [Release date 25.09.20] Padraig Jack writes and sings in Gaelic and English, being born and raised 10 miles off the west coast of Ireland on the Aran Islands. Padraig has won second prize at the Pan Celtic National Song … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVE EDMUNDS – 5 Originals

DAVE EDMUNDS – 5 Originals

Floating World Records [Release date 6.11.20] This new 3CD set comprises five Dave Edmunds solo albums. It kicks off with 1975’s “Subtle As A Flying Mallet”, his second solo effort, which consists of covers of late 1950s and early 1960s … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG COUNTRY – Out Beyond The River, The Compulsion Years Anthology

BIG COUNTRY – Out Beyond The River, The Compulsion Years Anthology

Cherry Red [Release date 25.09.20] The late great Stuart Adamson and his band, Big Country, made an indelible musical mark on UK popular culture. Their history is well documented. This anthology focuses on a very narrow, but hugely fertile period … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS – Girls Go Power Pop!

VARIOUS – Girls Go Power Pop!

Big Beat/Ace [Release date 28.08.20] Ace (via their Big Beat imprint) follow 2019’s impressive “Come On Let’s Go” power pop collection with a new 25 tracker. This time, compiler Dave Burke varies the theme by focussing on female-fronted acts. As … Continue reading

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Album review: ROY WOOD AND WIZZARD – Mainstreet/Eddy &The Falcons

ROY WOOD AND WIZZARD – Mainstreet

Main Street Cherry Red Records [Release date 28.08.20] Two years later, apparently stifled by the “hit machine” expectations that weighed upon him, Wood wrote, recorded and released “Main Street”. It was his first real attempt to climb off the pop … Continue reading

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Album review: JOEY MOLLAND – Be True To Yourself

JOEY MOLLAND – Be True To Yourself

Omnivore Recordings [Release date 16.10.20] As the sole surviving member of the classic line-up of Badfinger, Joey Molland’s pedigree in power pop circles is second to none. Over the years he has regularly produced solo albums, notably “After The Pearl” … Continue reading

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Album review: KATRINA – Hearts, Loves & Babys

KATRINA & THE WAVES – Hearts, Loves & Babys

Independent [Release date 28.08.20] Now a solo artist, Katrina, ex of The Waves, will always be known for her monster, worldwide hit, ‘Walking On Sunshine’. It can be an albatross as much as it can be a permanent passport to … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…10cc and Godley & Creme (Every album, every song) – Peter Kearns

On track...10cc and Godley & Creme (Every album, every song) - Peter Kearns

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 17.08.20] In the hot summer of 1976 I was checking roll-on roll-off cargo at Liverpool Docks and realised I was looking at a consignment of music gear.  It turned out that 10cc were coming over from … Continue reading

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DVD review: INXS – Live Baby Live

INXS - Live Baby Live

Eagle [Release date 26.06.20] INXS are one of the few bands that could blend rock, pop and dance music and successfully take it to the stadiums all over the world. They were an absolute machine of a band, and no … Continue reading

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EP review: SEMISONIC – You’re Not Alone

SEMISONIC – You’re Not Alone

Order link [Release date 18.09.20] Back in 2001 Semisonic went on hiatus before returning in 2017 with a series of shows. In between times singer and main songwriter Dan Wilson enjoyed a successful career as a songwriter and producer for … Continue reading

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