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Album review: LONELY ROBOT – Feelings Are Good

LONELY ROBOT - Feelings Are Good

Inside Out [Release date 17.07.20] In true Douglas Adams fashion Lonely Robot are back with their fourth album in a trilogy. Actually the first three albums were part of the space trilogy, whereas ‘Feelings Are Good’ as John Mitchell explains … Continue reading

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News: JEFFERSON STARSHIP, THE CULT, SKERRYVORE, Y&T (July 2020)

The Cult - Festival D

Jefferson Starship are planning to put out their first album in 12 years, ‘Mother Of The Sun’. Guitarist David Freiberg is the only original member remaining in the group. Skerryvore release ‘Live Across Scotland’ on July 10 to celebrate their … Continue reading

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EP review: COUNCIL, MARISA AND THE MOTHS

Website [Release date 23.06.20] Council is made up of 3 brothers and they are based out of NYC now. They have gone the organic route by building up a fan base by interacting with them, playing plenty of live shows … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHNNY HATES JAZZ – Wide Awake

JOHNNY HATES JAZZ - Wide Awake

[Release date 14.08.20] Johnny Hates Jazz’s return in 2013 was well received, with a comeback album ‘Magnetized’ gathering airplay and even a short tour in 2016 (when we saw them in downtown Darwen Library Theatre) and a handful of festival … Continue reading

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Album review: STRAWBS – Burning For You (Remastered & Expanded Edition)

 STRAWBS - Burning For You  (Remastered & Expanded Edition)

Esoteric [Release date: 26.6.20] In common with most rock survivors, David Cousins’ Strawbs have worked a variety of music genres over the past 50 years, segueing early folk stirrings into more conventional song structures via a progressive heyday. The last … Continue reading

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Album review: BUZZCOCKS – Sell You Everything 1991-2014

BUZZCOCKS – Sell You Everything 1991-2014

Cherry Red [Release date 29.05.20] The recent release of new single ‘Gotta Get Better’ marked the beginning of “Phase 3” of Buzzcocks, now solely fronted by Steve Diggle following the death of Pete Shelley in December 2018. With most “Phase … Continue reading

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Single reviews: STORMZONE, BRANTLEY GILBERT, GIRL SKIN, LUCA BASELE

STORMZONE - Tolling Of The Bell

STORMZONE Tolling Of The Bell Metalapolis Records [Release date 05.06.20] Blimey, album number seven ‘Ignite The Machine’ from StormZone is released by Metalapolis Records on July 31. Before that we have this new single, a six minute trad metal feast … Continue reading

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Album review: CPR (Crosby Pevar Raymond)

BMG [Release date 21.07.20] Guitarist, songwriter and vocalist David Crosby is quite a legend, all historic drug and alcohol issues aside, being a founder member of folk rock/country rock pioneers The Byrds, he has recorded with Crosby & Nash (former … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL KING – A Baker’s Dozen

PAUL KING – A Baker

Angel Air [Release date 22.05.20] Britpop band, Mungo Jerry had nine charting singles and two number ones, but all everyone remembers is ‘In The Summertime’. For the song’s writer and singer, Paul King, it has never been the albatross it … Continue reading

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Album review: KIERAN CONAWAY – Your Ghosts

KIERAN CONAWAY - Your Ghosts

Buoy 58 Records [Release date 29.05.20] Kieran Conaway is a singer/songwriter from Delaware, USA. Kieran began his musical studies as a classical pianist and cellist, later receiving instruction in orchestral arranging and composition. Kieran developed his acoustic guitar, piano and … Continue reading

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Album review: LAURA BRANIGAN – Self Control

LAURA BRANIGAN - Self Control

Cherry Red Records [Release date 05.06.20] In other circumstances, it would have been reported that Branigan’s untimely death in 2004, aged 52, brought a sparkling, hit filled career to a tragic end. But in fact, while that was true, she’d … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – NOTHING BY CHANCE – Ghosts Of Love

NOTHING BY CHANCE - Ghosts Of Love

Dover/Chrysalis/Starward [1991] Bob Harris has a lot to answer for.  I am sure – like many other musical insomniacs – he influenced our choice of album purchase in the early 1990s.  As mentioned in despatches elsewhere, his overnight show for … Continue reading

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Album review: SHAPE OF THE RAIN – Rily Riley Wood & Waggett (Deluxe Edition)

SHAPE OF THE RAIN - Rily Riley Wood & Waggett (Deluxe Edition)

Grapefruit [Release date: 24.04.20] Deep catalogue but worth the wait is this welcome reissue of an unjustly-neglected little diamond dogged by ill fortune. Signing to emergent imprint Neon back in 1971 probably seemed a good plan given it was run … Continue reading

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Album review: SPARKS – A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

SPARKS – A Steady Drip, Drip

BMG [Release date digital 15.05.20; physical 03.07.20] There are not many artists that have been going for over fifty years and still regularly tour and release good new music, and Sparks are one of those few. Their last album, 2017’s … Continue reading

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Feature: Music Industry v Covid 19

Whitesnake - DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, Donington Park, Leicestershire, 14-15 June 2019

Many reading this will be furloughed writes Brian McGowan… over 6 million UK jobs have been so far. Many will not. Maybe you’re working from home. Maybe you’re less fortunate. You’ll know that the music industry is an integral part … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE BATT – The Penultimate Collection

MIKE BATT - The Penultimate Collection

Dramatico [Release date digital 08.05.20; physical 26.06.20] Mike Batt’s long and varied career is celebrated on this double album, which highlights his work as performer, composer and arranger. This collection features Mike Batt’s original solo material, along with his own … Continue reading

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Single reviews: THE DARKER MY HORIZON, MILTON HIDE, ALLAN CLARKE, CWF, THE LICKERISH QUARTET

TDMH - Carpe Diem

THE DARKER MY HORIZON Carpe Diem Another band utilising their lockdown time wisely are the Darker My Horizon, who made the video with help from their fans with all proceeds going to the NHS charities. Nice riff-tastic tune with lyrics … Continue reading

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Single reviews: JESSICA LYNN, SCORPIONS, QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT, ROBERT JON & THE WRECK

JESSICA LYNN - Run To

JESSICA LYNN Run To Jessica Lynn releases her first single of 2020 and despite the country label, this is one of those timeless pop power ballads. She has a vocal and a half, backed by a big production and guitar … Continue reading

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Book review: Broken Greek by Pete Paphides

Quercus [Publication date 05.03.20] An entertaining memoir that works on two levels, first and foremost as a musical journey through the hits (and some misses) of the 70s and 80s charts, and secondly as Pete Paphides recalls his own family … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – PUBLIC SYMPHONY

Public Symphony

[2006] Public Symphony is the brainchild of TV music composer (including ‘The Travel Show’, ‘Rogue Traders’) Dobs Vye who, together with James Reynolds, released their one and only album in 2006. When reviewing the album I opined: “‘Public Symphony’ is … Continue reading

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