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Album review: GIN BLOSSOMS – Mixed Reality

GIN BLOSSOMS - Mixed Reality

Cleopatra Records [Release date: 22.06.18] Back in the late ‘80s, early ‘90s I was turned on to the jangling guitar sound of American “college radio” by my discovery of two bands – REM (before they hit paydirt) and The Gin … Continue reading

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Album review: TWELFTH NIGHT – Fact And Fiction

TWELFTH NIGHT - Fact And Fiction

F2 Music/Festival [Release date 11.06.18] Twelfth Night were one of the bands to emerge in the early to mid-80′s boom in prog rock that was spearheaded by Fish-era Marillion. ‘Fact And Fiction’ was originally released back in 1982, Twelfth Night’s first proper … Continue reading

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Album review: JON BUTCHER AXIS – Stare At The Sun

JON BUTCHER AXIS - Stare At The Sun

Escape Music [Release date 25.05.18] The second Jon Butcher Axis album, originally released in 1984, gets a first time release on CD by Escape Music, following on from the self-titled album released earlier this year. Joining Jon Butcher on the album … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ALARM – Equals

THE ALARM - Equals

The Twenty First Century Recording Company [Release date 29.06.18] The Alarm return with their first new album since 2010′s ‘Direct Action’, although there was an album entitled ‘Blood Red’ which came out last year and features a few songs on … Continue reading

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Quick plays – LUCERO, ORIONS BELTE, FRED MIKA, JOHN BUTLER

LUCERO Among the Ghosts

LUCERO Among the Ghosts Thirty Tigers [Release date 03.08.18] Alt rock/country outfit Lucero have been going for twenty years and Among The Ghosts is their ninth studio album, co-produced by Matt Ross-Spang, who has produced the Drive-By Truckers amongst others. … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN STUART – The Unfortunate Demise Of Marlowe Billings

DAN STUART - The Unfortunate Demise Of Marlowe Billings

Cadiz Music [Release date 20.07.18] Green On Red were a brief mid-eighties reincarnation of the spirit of The Byrds, Neil Young, Dylan, and the Stones.  Featuring Dan Stuart on vocals, and Chuck Prophet on guitar they made an album in … Continue reading

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Album review: TNT – XIII

Frontiers [Release date 08.06.18] With vocalist Tony Harnell leaving TNT again last year, TNT’s latest album ‘XIII’ sees a new vocalist join the band, Baol Bardot Bulsara. Bassist Ove Husemoen is a relative newcomer as well having joined the band in … Continue reading

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Album review: LITTLE RED KINGS – Callous

 LITTLE RED KINGS - Callous

Bandcamp [Release date 12.04.18] Little Red Kings, hailing from Norwich, have been around since 2011 and thanks to a fellow music fan on Facebook I was made aware of them. Glad they did as I have been missing a treat on this band! … Continue reading

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EP review: DORIAN SORRIAUX – Hungry Ghost

DORIAN SORRIAUX - Hungry Ghost

Soulseller Records [Release date 29.06.18] Dorian Sorriaux is the guitarist in Blues Pills where he has gained many plaudits for his playing with comparisons to legendary blue guitarists such as Peter Green and Paul Kossoff. On this EP he has … Continue reading

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EP review: JIM LEA – Lost In Space

JIM LEA - Lost In Space

Wienerworld [Release date 22.06.18] Formed in the 60′s, massive in the 70′s and enjoying something of a revival in the 80′s, the original Slade finally came to an end in 1991. Since then vocalist, Noddy Holder, has become a a … Continue reading

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Album review: ULTRAPHONIX – Original Human Music (George Lynch/Corey Glover)

ULTRAPHONIX - Original Human Music

earMUSIC [Release date 03.08.18] George Lynch is ever the chameleon.  Known primarily for his time in Dokken, more recently he’s been involved in any number of projects:  KXM, T & N, Sweet & Lynch… What we do know is that … Continue reading

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Album review: THE FIERCE AND THE DEAD – The Euphoric

THE FIERCE AND THE DEAD - The Euphoric

Bad Elephant Music [Release date 18.05.18] The Fierce and the Dead – Matt Stevens (guitar, synth, piano), Kev Feazey (bass, programming, synth, percussion), Steve Cleaton (guitar, piano) and Stuart Marshall (drums, percussion) – return with their fourth album. Opener ‘Truck’ … Continue reading

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Album review: GUILD OF AGES – Rise

Escape Music [Release date 29.06.18] Guild Of Ages are this year’s ‘Missing In Action’ band now returning to action, following on from the return of Boulevard last year. They called it a day in 2002 before being tempted back for … Continue reading

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Album review: SMASH FASHION – Rompus Pompous

Electric Pudding Recordings [Release date 13.07.18] It has been a long wait since Smash Fashion gave us the power pop-tastic treat that was their debut album ‘Big Cat Love’. Now they are back with their new album, the gloriously titled ‘Rompus … Continue reading

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Album review: STANLEY CLARKE – The Message

STANLEY CLARKE - The Message

Mack Avenue [Release date 29.06.18] With Stanley Clarke’s rare gigs in the UK in 2017, my interest in his music was rekindled and not least as a result of a lengthy chat for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. I grew … Continue reading

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Album review: RAMSEY LEWIS – Funky Serenity, Solar Wind, Sun Goddess (reissue)

RAMSEY LEWIS - Funky Serenity (reissues)

BGO [Release date 18.05.18] I immediately recognised three of the albums on this 2-disc four album compilation.  In fact that’s the great thing about BGO releases.  They tend to bring together a series of albums spanning a couple of discs, … Continue reading

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Album review: NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN – Looking At You…, The Nature Of Things, Divine Emotion (reissue)

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN - Looking At You, Looking At Me (reissues)

BGO [Release date 18.05.18] Back in the late 1970s/early 1980s it wasn’t unusual for fusion funk bands to be drummer-led.  We might recall Maurice White in Earth, Wind & Fire but then of course, there was Lenny White and Harvey … Continue reading

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Gig review: VOLBEAT – ABC, Glasgow, 6 June 2018

VOLBEAT – ABC, Glasgow, 6 June 2018

There can’t be many bands who have their own personal busker, but walking down Sauchiehall Street towards tonight’s venue I could hear the strains of an acoustic guitar and someone blasting out a decent version of ‘Lola Montez’. Apparently the enterprising gentleman had been there most of the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE NEW FORBIDDEN – Songs From The Subway (Loyd Grossman and Valentine Guinness)

THE NEW FORBIDDEN - Songs From the Subway

Cadiz Music [Release date 04.05.18] The roots of The New Forbidden, a band led by Through The Keyhole / Masterchef presenter, and pasta sauce entrepreneur Loyd Grossman (OBE), can be traced back to his formative years reviewing for American underground … Continue reading

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Album review: VICTOR WAINRIGHT AND THE TRAIN – s/t

VICTOR WAINRIGHT AND THE TRAIN

Ruf Records GmbH [Release date 09.03.18] Victor Wainwright is a musician in motion. Where once he led the ‘Wildroots’ and briefly settled on ‘Southern Hospitality’, he’s spreading his musical roots again with ‘Victor Wainright And the Train’. Newly signed to … Continue reading

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