Tag Archives: West Coast

Album review: MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND – Love & Beyond

MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND - Love & Beyond

Frontiers [Release Date 26.04.19] Michael Thompson is one of the most respected session guitarists in rock – alongside Steve Lukather and Bruce Gaitsch he is probably the go-to man, particularly for the so-called West Coast sound where soft rock and … Continue reading

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Album review: PETER H. NILSSON – Little American Dream

PETER H. NILSSON – Little American Dream

AOR Heaven [Release date 29.03.19] Swedish guitar player Peter H. Nilsson has been in the music business for many years in different bands in and extensive touring in his native Sweden. He hooked-up with singer Chris Biano (a Nashville based … Continue reading

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Album review: LETHBRIDGE OWEN – Mind Over Matter

LETHBRIDGE OWEN – Mind Over Matter

Pete Feenstra chatted to Kelly Lethbridge and Jimmy Owen for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio with tracks from the album ‘Mind Over Matter’ Self Release [Release date: digital 23.11.18 and CD 07.12.18] Lethbridge Owen are about … Continue reading

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Album review: SPIRIT – It Shall Be (The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972)

SPIRIT - It Shall Be (The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972)

Esoteric [Release date: 16.03.18] Life is not fair. Were it to be, this 60′s US outfit would be up there along with the much-feted likes of fellow West Coast time-liners, Love. Yes, ‘Forever Changes’ is a wonderful album; in this … Continue reading

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Quick plays: PENDULUM OF FORTUNE, TOMI MALM, THE ESKIES

PENDULUM OF FORTUNE Searching For The God Inside

PENDULUM OF FORTUNE Searching For The God Inside [Release date 08.12.17] Pendulum Of Fortune are based around former Eloy drummer Bodo Schopf, who is joined by Pink Cream 69/Almanac vocalist David Readman, guitarist Vladimir Shevyakov and bass player Franky R (who … Continue reading

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Album review: MECCA – III

MelodicRock Records [Release date 14.10.16] It seems ages since the last Mecca album came  out, ‘Undeniable’, although in fact it came out in 2011 and not that long in some bands eyes. However, this third album has been recorded over … Continue reading

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Album review: CULVER KINGZ – This Time

CULVER KINGZ - This Time

Escape Music [Release date 24.06.16] Culver Kingz maybe a new name, however the ideas for the musical pairing started back in 1983 when Michael Thompson and Billy Trudel planned a band called Slang. Sadly this never came to fruition and … Continue reading

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Album review: CHAMPLIN, WILLIAMS, FRIESTEDT – CWF

CHAMPLIN, WILLIAMS, FRIESTEDT - CWF

AOR Heaven [Release date 26.10.15] CWF is a West Coast AOR supergroup teaming up Toto’s Joseph Williams with former Chicago vocalist Bill Champlin and guitarist/producer Peter Friestedt. The trio have released a live DVD already and Williams & Friestedt released … Continue reading

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Gig review: CROSBY STILLS AND NASH, Brighton Centre, 19 September 2015

CROSBY STILLS AND NASH, Brighton Centre, 19 September 2015

Crosby Stills and Nash are both pioneers and survivors.  They can be regarded as forefathers of the whole West Coast scene and the voice of the late sixties American counterculture, and though their initial burst of creativity was brief before … Continue reading

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Album review: RADIOACTIVE – F4ur

RADIOACTIVE - F4ur

Escape Music www.escape-music.com [Release date 17.04.15] This is indeed as the title suggests album number four from Radioactive, the first in nearly ten years. Radioactive is the brainchild of guitarist/songwriter Tommy Denander and on each album to date he has … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEND SINISTER, GANDALF’S FIST, DAVID BRONSON, THE KORGIS

Bend Sinister - Animals

BEND SINISTER Animals FU:Music [Released 11.03.14] Canadian four piece whose album has been out since earlier this year and they create a massive wall of sound. Case in point being the eight minute epic opener ‘Best Of You’ that has … Continue reading

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Album review: JAY FERGUSON – Reissues

Jay Ferguson - reissues

Edsel Records [Release date 02.12.13] 2-CD From a personal point of view, these three albums from the late-seventies are perhaps best recalled from their place in the racks of many a vinyl seller at record fairs.  I don’t really remember … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE MAGIC BAND – Under The Bridge, London, 16 March 2013

There can be fewer stranger tales than the cult like relationship between the late Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band. His totalitarian grip on the line-up that recorded the groundbreaking ‘Trout Mask Replica’ album has spawned numerous articles, documentaries and … Continue reading

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TORBEN SCHMIDT – Long Short Story

Blimey here is a blast from the past as Torben Schmidt used to front Danish melodic/pomp rockers Skagarack, who even played the Reading festival back in the late 80’s. The band split in the mid-90’s and nothing much has been … Continue reading

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