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Album review: THE BAD FLOWERS – Starting Gun

[Release date 16.02.17] The Bad Flowers - Tom Leighton (guitar/vocals), Dale Tonks (bass/vocals) and Karl Selickis (drums) – released a damn fine single ‘Thunder Child’ in September and now unleash their full debut album on the musical world. Tom Leighton sounds … Continue reading

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Album review: JON BODEN – Afterglow

Hudson Records [Release date 06.10.17] ‘Afterglow’ follows on from Jon Boden’s 2009 post-apocalyptic concept album ‘Songs From The Floodplain’. Whereas that album was largely rural in its setting, ‘Afterglow’ takes the listener into the chaos of a ruined city’s street carnival, as two star-crossed lovers try to … Continue reading

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Gig review: LIONHEART/AIRRACE- Camden Underworld, London, 2 December 2017

Lionheart - Camden Underworld, London, 2 December 2017

Picture a brief point of time in the early to mid-eighties. With the New Wave of British Heavy Metal running out of steam, many of its more enlightened musicians turned their ears westwards to the more AOR sounds that then … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGNUM – Lost On The Road To Eternity

MAGNUM - Lost On The Road To Eternity

SPV [Release date 19.01.18] We’ve always said Magnum should be cherished.  Even more so in 2018, and with the arrival of their 20th studio album.  The latest magnum opus also introduces new members Rick Benton (keys) and Lee Morris now … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TYPHOON, EWAN CRUICKSHANKS, THE HAZEY JANES

TYPHOON Offerings

TYPHOON Offerings [Release date 12.01.18] The PR copy states that ‘If a Fellini film, a Bosch painting and a Rorschach drawing had a collective sound, it would be Typhoon’s new release’. Or in more simpler terms it is an album … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TALK-SHOW, STEVE RAVENSFIELD

TALK-SHOW Permanent Honeymoon

TALK-SHOW Permanent Honeymoon (Wooden Piano Records) The brainchild of Maidstone singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lawrence O’Shea, Talk-Show brings together Gustaff Llunggren (brass, woodwind, strings and lap steel) and Chris Pepper (drums, percussion, programming, electric and bass guitars and syths), overseen by … Continue reading

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Album review: BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE – Medicine Songs

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE - Medicine Songs

True North Records [Release date 07.11.17] A new album from the now 76 year old Buffy, and guess what?  Yes, lurking there amidst a collection of old, new, and borrowed, (and Blue) material are career defining numbers like ‘Soldier Blue’ … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVE KERZNER – Static

DAVE KERZNER - Static

Recplay [Release date 10.11.17] The second solo album from Miami-based keyboard maestro and co-founder of Sound Of Contact (Kernzer/Simon Collins) is creating something of a stir in prog circles.  Perhaps, of little surprise given the heavyweight guest appearances of Steve … Continue reading

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Album review: SKID ROW – Skid/34 Hours (reissues)

SKID ROW - Skid/34 Hours

BGO [Release date: 21.07.17] 2 on 1 CD “I remember Paris in ‘49” … five words guaranteed to cue the leery lads of the night to grab and clinch their squeezes for that last, up close smooch in the smoke … Continue reading

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Book review: THE MEANEY OF LIFE – Sean Meaney

Sean Meaney - The Meaney Of Life

Cunas Music & Publishing – 329 pages paperback [Publication date: 28.07.2017] ‘The Meaney of Life’ is an autobiographical journey though the life and times of a proud Irishman Sean Meaney. He’s a passionate music fan who rises above what the … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – Winter Carols

BLACKMORE

Minstrel Hall Music [Release date 20.10.17] Ritchie Blackmore’s move from the hard rock of Rainbow and Deep Purple to the renaissance folk of Blackmore’s Night, with his wife Candice, has always been controversial among rock fans, When I reviewed the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MEMBERS – Greatest Hits

THE MEMBERS - Greatest Hits

Cadiz Music [Release date 10.11.17] The Members have recorded for labels including Beggars Banquet, Stiff, Virgin, Island and Cadiz Music and been signed by amongst others Dave Robinson, Richard Branson and Clive Davis. This compilation gathers together for the first time the band’s singles … Continue reading

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Gig review: MR BIG – Shepherds Bush Empire, London,19 November 2017

MR BIG - Shepherds Bush Empire, London,19 November 2017

Accompanying their first release in three years, ‘Defying Gravity’, Mr Big undertook an extensive tour, which also represented their first dates on these shores in the same period. Always noted for their relatively long sets, on this occasion further value … Continue reading

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Album review: GARY MOORE – Blues And Beyond

GARY MOORE - Blues And Beyond

Sanctuary/BMG (4CD + book box-set) [Release date 24.11.17] Belfast born guitarist and vocalist Gary Moore was an unparalleled legend, whose career combined hard rock and blues, and at times dipping into jazz fusion (‘Colosseum II’) and a more contemporary harsh … Continue reading

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Album review: ELECTRIC DUCKS – Change Your Mind

ELECTRIC DUCKS - Change Your Mind

The Store For Music [Release date 17.11.17] Originally starting out as an AC/DC tribute band, it’s taken the Ducks three albums and a line-up change to shake off, pretty much, the final vestiges of their former modus operandi. Their 2007 … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SONIC TOOLBOX, THE MAGNETIC SOUTH

SONIC TOOLBOX - A Space In Time

SONIC TOOLBOX A Space In Time Double Dutch, anyone?  Sonic Toolbox, a fairly grizzly pair of old proggers (?) from Denmark who – on the cover art – look like Boris Becker and Robert Plant after a night on the … Continue reading

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Gig review: BAD TOUCH/MOLLIE MARRIOTT- Islington Academy 2, London, 26 November 2017

BAD TOUCH - Islington Academy 2, London, 26 November 2017

The old saying that it takes years to become an overnight sensation was never truer in the case of Norfolk band Bad Touch. I’ve seen them play numerous support slots over the years but was unaware until singer Stevie Westwood … Continue reading

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Gig review: BRIAN DOWNEY’S ALIVE AND DANGEROUS – Nells Jazz and Blues, West Kensington, 25 November 2017

BRIAN DOWNEY

If Philip Lynott was the creative force and public image of Thin Lizzy and their twin lead guitars their defining musical sound, Brian Downey was the rock on which the band was based. His understated but effective drumming style was … Continue reading

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Album review: KYLE SHUTT – Doom Side Of The Moon

Doom Side Of The Moon

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 08.12.17] ‘Doom Side Of The Moon’ celebrates 50 years of Pink Floyd by re-imagining a heavier version of ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. It’s an attempt to get inside the textural richness of Pink Floyd’s … Continue reading

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Album review: SWEET & LYNCH – Unified

SWEET & LYNCH - Unified

Frontiers [Release date 10.11.17] Second album from Sweet & Lynch – Michael Sweet and George Lynch – who have both been busy with their respective bands Stryper and Lynch Mob. In fact the ever busy Lynch has recently announced he … Continue reading

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