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Album review: PRINCE – Originals

PRINCE - Originals

Warner Brothers Records [Release date 07.06.19 exclusively on Tidal, 21.06.2019 CD, vinyl, streaming] In this multi-platform, content driven age it would be hard to imagine an artist ever producing too much material but such were his prolific studio habits, that … Continue reading

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Single review: TIGER & THE LIGHT SIDE – Somewhere Else

TIGER & THE HOMERTONS - Somewhere Else

Website [Release date 24.06.19] A sparse ethereal atmosphere pervades the opening of ‘Somewhere Else’, a new single from barely a year old outfit, Tiger and The Light Side. Hailing from France, Tiger Finkel has assembled a distinctly international band coming … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DIVINE COMEDY – Office Politics

THE DIVINE COMEDY - Office Politics

DC Records [Release date 07.06.19] Never one to do things by halves, Neil Hannon and the Divine Comedy return with a double album, three years after their last album ‘Foreverland’. As the album’s title suggests it has a loose theme … Continue reading

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Album review: STING – My Songs

STING - My Songs

A&M Island [Release date 24.05.19] Longevity can be both a blessing and a curse. Music industry economics are such that a tour is more successful with an album behind it and if that album isn’t of new material, a compilation … Continue reading

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Rising Stars: BADMINTON

Badminton are a trio from Leeds – singer, guitarist Robbie Tooth, guitarist Dominic Marshall and drummer Tom McAndrew - who have been writing together since 2015, releasing their first couple of tracks in 2016 under the name of Friends of Friends. These tracks … Continue reading

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Album review: ALAN PARSONS – The Secret

ALAN PARSONS – The Secret

Frontiers [Release date 26.04.19] ‘The Secret’ is the fifth solo album by Alan Parsons, some fifteen years after his last solo album ‘A Valid Path’. Magic provides a theme throughout the album with the Alan Parsons Live Project band members … Continue reading

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Quick plays: NITRATE, HOWARD JONES

NITRATE - Open Wide

NITRATE Open Wide AOR Heaven [Release date 21.06.19] Hot on the heels of last year’s enjoyable debut album ‘Real World’, Nitrate are back with album number two. The core duo of Nick Hogg (bass, guitars, keyboards) and Midnite City’s Rob … Continue reading

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Album review: LEO SAYER – Selfie

LEO SAYER - Selfie

Edsel Records [Release date 26.04.19] Leo Sayer, is like fellow 70’s and early 80’s singer songwriters Gilbert O’Sullivan, Chris de Burgh and David Essex, a name that can still fill large theatres up and down the UK, despite being under … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE KORGIS featuring James Warren – Bristol Folk House, 27 April 2019

THE KORGIS featuring James Warren - Bristol Folk House, 27 April 2019

David Randall chatted to James Warren in June 2017 for an hour special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  This includes  tracks from all aspects of his career including Stackridge, The Korgis and solo. James Warren may well have channelled … Continue reading

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Album review: TODD RUNDGREN’S UTOPIA – Live At The Chicago Theatre (CD/DVD/Bluray)

 TODD RUNDGREN

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 26.04.19] CD/DVD/Bluray Utopia was Todd Rundgren’s progressive/pop fusion vehicle and can sometimes get overlooked or misunderstood in his varied back catalogue. The band had split by 1986 but there was a brief reunion nearly 10 years … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…JETHRO TULL, THE BEATLES

On Track...The Beatles by Andrew Wild

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 26.04.19] The On Track… series continues with some momentum, nearly 20 titles currently scheduled, spearheaded by prog aficionado Stephen Lambe. The idea is to discuss in some detail individual songs but that invariably means talking about … Continue reading

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Album review: THE WILDHEARTS – Renaissance Men

THE WILDHEARTS – Renaissance Men

Graphite Records [Release Date 03.05.19] The Wildhearts are back with a new album, their first full release in ten years, and boy is it worth the wait. What we have here are ten joyous slabs of perfect pop rock with more harmonies per chorus than most … Continue reading

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Album review: FAT COPS – s/t

Fat Cops

Absolute [release date: 01.03.19] It’s hard to work out whether this Fat Cops ensemble is a serious project, or whether a bunch of blokes with other, loftier careers have simply got together to have a bit of a blast. Maybe … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMIE FREEMAN – Dreams About Falling

Union Music [Release date 17.05.19] Jamie Freeman (brother of the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning Martin Freeman aka Dr Watson!) returns with his third album, which was produced by Grammy-nominated Neilson Hubbard in Nashville. The songs are themed around the fine … Continue reading

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Album review: BONNIE TYLER – Between The Earth And The Stars

BONNIE TYLER - Between The Earth And The Stars

BMG [Release date 22.03.19] Celebrating 50 years in the business and looking good (although the cover art has surely been subject to some diligent Photoshopping) Bonnie Tyler looks to bolster sales of her latest studio album with cameo duets from … Continue reading

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EP review: ALEX JAMES BRIERLEY – Home Sweet Home

Facebook [Release date 22.02.19] Alex James Brierley released his debut EP ‘Listen’ last year to positive reviews, including a four star review from this reviewer. Fast forward a year and we have a new EP, four songs recorded over the … Continue reading

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Album review: DESIGN – Children Of The Mist – The Best Of

DESIGN - Children Of The Mist - The Best Of

Market Square Music [Release date 05.04.19] You may well ask: was there a Design flaw?  This six-piece pop harmony group had great exposure in the early-1970s via several major TV shows but they never had a hit single.  Their ultimate … Continue reading

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Album review: CATS IN SPACE – Daytrip to Narnia

CATS IN SPACE – Daytrip to Narnia

Harmony Factory [Release date 08.03.19] Album number three already from these groove filled Cats In Space who since their last album ‘Scarecrow‘ have been touring with the likes of Status Quo and Deep Purple, plus their own headlining tour. In … Continue reading

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Album review: DEL BROMHAM – White Feather

DEL BROMHAM - White Feather

In February 2019 Pete Feenstra chatted to Del Bromham for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, playing tracks from ‘White Feather’. Estoteric Antenna [Release date 12.10.18] After a 50 odd year career, ‘White Feather’ finally reveals who … Continue reading

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DVD review: SUGGS – My Life Story

SUGGS - My Life Story

Cadiz Music [Release date 23.11.18] Whether you are a fan of Madness or not, if you have read either of Suggs’ books (“Suggs and The City” and “That Close”) you will know he can tell a story, and here he … Continue reading

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