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Album review: JOHN NORUM – Total Control, Face The Truth, Another Destination (reissues)

JOHN NORUM - Total Control

Rock Candy Records Remasters [Release date 07.08.20] It’s always about timing, isn’t it? John Norum left Europe on the cusp of the band’s breakthrough in 1986. He was legally obliged to fulfil a 3 album contract with the label. These … 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: SIMON SAYS – Spin This

SIMON SAYS - Spin This

Escape Music [Release date 14.08.20] Bit of a musical curio in Simon Says, a band who hail from Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada and were formed from the ashes of Spectrum and Rawx. ‘Spin This’ was originally released back in 1991, … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Curse Of The Hidden Mirror

BLUE OYSTER CULT – Curse Of The Hidden Mirror

Frontiers Records [Release date 12.06.20] Back in the late nineties, their creativity sandbanked, Blue Oyster Cult spent 3 solid years on the road. Those years eventually sparked songwriting lightning, and assisted once more by Sci-fi/cyberpunk writer, John Shirley, the band … 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: 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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Album review: PAUL SABU – Sabu/Kidd Glove

PAUL SABU - Sabu

PAUL SABU – Sabu Rock Candy Records [Release date 24.04.20] 1980: After building a name for himself as a producer of slicked back, funk-lite disco music, Paul Sabu took an out-of-the-blue offer from MCA Records to record a melodic rock … Continue reading

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Album review: MOLLY HATCHET – Molly Hatchet

MOLLY HATCHET - Molly Hatchet

Rock Candy Records [Release date 24.04.20] Musical blood brothers of Skynyrd and the Allmans, Molly Hatchet released their self titled debut in 1978, with the strikingly original “Death Dealer” artwork on the front cover. It’s one of many unique pieces … Continue reading

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Album review: FOGHAT – Family Joules

FOGHAT - Family Joules

Metalville [Eelease date 22.05.20] Released originally in 2003, this was always going to be a tough gig for Foghat. Slide guitar wizard Rod Price had recently left, and then they were knocked for six by the untimely death of their … Continue reading

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Album review: ZON – Astral Projector/ORPHAN – Salute

ZON - Astral Projector

Rock Candy [Release date 20.03.20] ZON – Astral Projector + 4 The band members’ post Zon experiences are arguably more colourful than their brief, 2 album grab at fame and fortune. And yet, the 1978 debut, “Astral Projector” promised so … Continue reading

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Album review: RETURN – V

RETURN - V

AOR Heaven [Release date 27.03.20] Classy Norwegian four man melodic rock band, Return, released their fifth album in 1992. That year, the rock’n’roll world shifted on its axis, and a lot of great melodic rock albums suffered commercially as a … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Heaven Forbid

BLUE OYSTER CULT - Heaven Forbid

Frontiers [Release date 06.03.20] Blue Oyster Cult originally released ‘Heaven Forbid’ in 1998 on the CMC label, so it never got a widespread release and the band had left the label by their next album. Although there are no bonus … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Rock Till You Drop & Thirsty Work

STATUS QUO - Rock

UMC [Release date 06.03.20] “Rock Till You Drop” was something of a love/hate album for the band. Rossi loved it, Parfitt hated it. It was a look back in the band’s rear view mirror. It was never uncomfortably reverential, but … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Perfect Remedy

STATUS QUO - Perfect Remedy

UMC [Release date 06.03.20] Albums nineteen, twenty and twenty one. How many bands can say that? Each one now reissued, and expanded to within an inch of its life. With added liner notes and pics. “Perfect Remedy” (1989), “Rock Till … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BURRITO BROTHERS – The Notorious Burrito Brothers

THE BURRITO BROTHERS -- The Notorious Burrito Brothers

Store For Music [Release date 06.03.20] This is one of those situations where a little knowledge is a bad thing. Without any “previous” one would pick up this disc and be introduced to very pleasant, competent country rock. Non-threatening, if … Continue reading

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Album review: FOGHAT – Fool For The City & Foghat Live (2019 Remasters)

FOGHAT - Fool For The City

Rock Candy Records [Release date 06.12.19] Britband Foghat clocked up a considerable number of tour miles after relocating to the USA in 1970, road testing their material, looking to kickstart their career. It worked a treat. . . it’s on … Continue reading

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Album review: FASTWAY – Trick Or Treat

FASTWAY - Trick Or Treat

Rock Candy Records {Release date 29.11.19] The late, great “Fast” Eddie Clark died a year ago this month. Many consider Motorhead to be his single most important legacy. Fastway wasn’t far behind. The 80s produced some great horror movies. “Trick … Continue reading

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Album review: NAZARETH – coloured vinyl reissues (July 2019)

NAZARETH - coloured vinyl reissues July 2019

BMG [Release date 05.07.19] Celebrating their 50th Anniversary, Nazareth are still going, albeit with just founder member and bassist Pete Agnew at helm. Last year BMG issued the amazing Loud And Proud box (33CDs, 3 7” 45s, LP, picture disc … Continue reading

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Album review: NAZARETH – coloured vinyl (reissues)

NAZARETH - Razamanaz

Razamanaz (yellow vinyl LP, gatefold sleeve) Loud’n’Proud (orange vinyl LP, gatefold sleeve) Rampant (blue vinyl LP, inner sleeve) Hair Of The Dog (white vinyl LP, inner sleeve) Expect No Mercy (pink vinyl LP, inner sleeve) No Mean City (green vinyl … Continue reading

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Album review: QUARTZ – Quartz/Live Count Dracula

Dissonance Productions Originally called Bandylegs, Quartz formed in 1974 and would later become associated with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Some absolutely first class metal that the label have been reissuing of late. In fact the band’s third … Continue reading

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