Tag Archives: Ray Davies

Album review: SHEMEKIA COPELAND – America’s Child

SHEMEKIA COPELAND – America

Alligator Records[Release date 03.08.18] Shemekia Copeland’s ‘America’s Child’ is very much an album of our times. The title is an all enveloping concept that leads into a bunch of related, philosophical and at times analytical songs that shift from the … Continue reading

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Album review: DS4 – Sweet Georgina

DS4 - Sweet Georgina

Critical Discs [Release date 11.05.18] DS4′s ‘Sweet Georgina’ is a lyric-led album, full of Ray Davies style vocals and coloured by imaginative narratives that leap from the page. And right there at the bottom of the credits is the great … Continue reading

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Album review: BRUCE FOXTON & RUSSELL HASTINGS – From The Jam Live!

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Basstone via Absolute [Release date 01.12.17] Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings’s ‘From The Jam Live!’ ticks all the right boxes. It does what it says on the tin with an updated appraisal of music that stoked a generation some 40 … Continue reading

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Book review: BOB HENRIT – Banging On!

Bob Henrit - Banging On!

Bank House Books (2014) Bob Henrit’s ‘Banging On’ is the opposite of the usual sex, drugs, rock and roll and oblivion confessionals. It’s a lightly humorous recollection of his role in the drift of pop toward rock and beyond, but … Continue reading

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Gig review: HOP FARM MUSIC FESTIVAL – Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent 4/5/6 July 2014

Hop Farm Festival, 4-6 July 2014

The Hop Farm Music Festival 2014 is a reconfigured broad based festival. While previous years included Neil Young, Dylan and The Eagles, the new promoters focused on striking a musical balance that pleased more than it alienated.  The result was … Continue reading

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Gig Review: DAVE DAVIES – The Barbican, London, 12 April 2014

Dave Davies, The Barbican, London, 12 April 2014

Given Dave Davies current spiritual bent, he’s probably a firm believer in karma. And it is that principle of causality that works for him at The Barbican tonight, a venue not totally unfamiliar with rock music, but still lacking any … Continue reading

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Album review: STEPHEN DALE PETIT – Cracking The Code

Stephen Dale Petit

        333 Records [Release date 16.09.13] ‘Cracking The Code’ is an apt title for an album that counter balances some retro sounding material with a contemporary production. There’s something lying underneath the frisson busting energy levels but … Continue reading

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Album review: SEAN TAYLOR – Chase The Night

Sean Taylor Songs [Release date 23.09.13] ‘Chase The Night’ confirms Sean Taylor as one of this country’s leading roots rockers. If New Orleans singer songwriter Anders Osborne sets the standard for crossing over roots rock to a bigger audience, then … Continue reading

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Gig Review: RAY DAVIES, ELVIS COSTELLO, JUSTIN CURRIE – Hyde Park,12 July 2013

Old hippies of a certain vintage reminisce fondly about the days of free festivals, which has been unthinkable to my generation,  once the corporate world cottoned on to the fact there was money to be made out of live rock … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVE DAVIES – I Will Be Me

Cleopatra [Release date 04.06.13] Partly autobiographical and partly fictive imagery but always routed in a spiritual feel, Dave Davies’s ‘I Will Be Me’ is an uneven but ultimately enjoyable album. He veers from the past – referencing his riff driven … Continue reading

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