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Album review: HYDRA – Point Break

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Frontiers [release date: 12.08.22] Hydra is a project put together by rock’n’roll impresario, Daniel Flores, built around the songs of Swedish wunderkind, Henrik Hedstrom. Flores has brought in another highly talented musician, Andy Kravljaca, to sing and add lead and … Continue reading

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Album review: SIX BY SIX

SIX BY SIX

Inside Out [Release date 12.08.22] SiX By SiX is a new trio that sees Saga guitarist Crichton, Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler and vocalist & multi-instrumentalist Robert Berry (3 – Emerson, Berry, Palmer; Alliance) join forces. Maybe seeing Saxon’s drummer in … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE BROOKFIELD – Built To Last

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Golden Rule [release date 01.07.22] The Anglo-Irish singer songwriter/guitarist Mike Brookfield is back with the latest version of his own ever changing musical vision. The aptly titled ‘Built To last’ is a song driven album with meaningful lyrics and the … Continue reading

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Album review: LITTLE TEXAS – 4 Classic Albums on 2 CDs

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Cherry Red [release date 12.08.22] In the nineties, Little Texas were country rock’s most famous unknown band. Unknown outside of the USA perhaps, but a multi platinum selling band in their home territory through that decade. This 2 CD set … Continue reading

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Album review: H.E.A.T. – Force Majeure

H.E.A.T- Force Majeure

earMUSIC (Release date 05.08.22) H.E.A.T’s seventh album has been anticipated with some curiosity. 2020’s misleadingly entitled ‘H.E.A.T II’ was a  refreshing return to their trademark anthemic melodic rock sound, after the experimental ‘Into The Great Unknown’ but singer Erik Gronwall, … Continue reading

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Album review: RESTLESS SPIRITS – Second To None

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Frontiers [Release date: 12.08.22] Restless Spirits’ guitarist Tony (Lords Of Black) Hernando’s melodic rock project gains some momentum here, with 4 outstanding singers. 3 of them, Chez Kane, Kent Hilli and Renan Zonta are on the verge of wider recognition. … Continue reading

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Singles review: EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER – Singles (12 x 7″ singles box set)

EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER - Singles (12 x 7" singles box set)

BMG [Release date 26.08.22] It may be hard to believe that Emerson, Lake & Palmer, progressive rock titans, actually produced singles and -  moreover – some became hits. This splendid box set includes a dozen of them from around the … Continue reading

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Album review: NORDIC UNION – Animalistic

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Frontiers [release date 12.08.22] Nordic Union, as every melodic rock fan will know, is a musical marriage of two talented people. Songwriter, producer and guitarist, Erik (Eclipse, WET) Martensson, and vocalist, Ronnie (Pretty Maids) Atkins. Atkins’ advanced form of lung cancer, … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (April 2022 – June 2022)

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DARE Road To Eden (Legend Records) Though it would be unreasonable to expect a full return to their original style, this nice blend of classic and newer Dare is a perfect representation of where they are in 2022, setting them … Continue reading

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Album review: FRACTAL SEXTET

FRACTAL SEXTET

Alchemy Records [Release date 16.09.22] It would be easy to dismiss Fractal Sextet as a muso-based-up-their-own-backside combo.  In fact the press release might have you believe that.  But no. Muso – yes – but damned accessible with it. The whole … Continue reading

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Album review: AMY GODDARD – Rise

AMY GODDARD - Rise

Bandcamp [Release date 22.07.22] Amy Goddard is a British contemporary folk singer/songwriter with both Celtic and American influences. She is also an artist and luthier (which I had to look up and they are a maker of string instruments). With … Continue reading

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Album review: PALACE- One 4 The Road

PALACE- One 4 The Road

Frontiers Records (Release date 15.07.22) Swedish man of many talents Michael Palace is back with his latest recreation of vintage AOR. Like its predecessor ‘Rock and Roll Radio’ 18 months ago he sings and plays all instruments himself, writes and … Continue reading

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EP review: HILLBILLY VEGAS – Greetings From Hillbilly Vegas

Greetings From Hillbilly Vegas

Conquest Records [Release date 17.06.22] Hillbilly Vegas have been around since 2011 making quite a name for themselves in their native USA and now look set to repeat that success in the UK & Europe. They already have UK dates … Continue reading

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News: SAMMY HAGAR, RINGO STARR, GINGER WILDHEART (August 2022)

The Commoners release their latest album ‘Find A Better Way’ on November 4. A live album and concert film of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1970 performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall is to be released through Craft Recordings on September 16. To celebrate … Continue reading

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Book review: DECADES – ROXY MUSIC IN THE 1970’s by Dave Thompson

DECADES – ROXY MUSIC IN THE 1970’s by Dave Thompson

SonicBond Publishing [Publication date 10.06.22] As the book’s title suggests it covers Roxy Music’s career between 1972 and their first break-up in 1976, along with their 1979 reunion. Unlike other titles in this series the author Dave Thompson focuses more … Continue reading

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Single reviews: JMS, COYOTE CREED, HOUSE OF LORDS, PHIL THORNALLEY

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JMS  (the name coming from the initials used on a highscore table in an arcade) is an Oxford musician with a penchant for pinball. He is also the frontman of quirky pop rockers Alphabet Backwards. ‘Election Day’ is a record … Continue reading

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Album review: DEF LEPPARD – Adrenalize (vinyl reissue)

DEF LEPPARD - Adrenalize

Universal [Release date 05.08.22] Def Leppard are Britain’s most successful rock bands, whose records adorn many a collection (and radio playlist too). 1987’s Hysteria, with hits like Poor Some Sugar On Me, was such a success it’s album everyone either … Continue reading

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Album review: MONTROSE – I Got The Fire (6 CD Boxset)

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Cherry Red/HNE Recordings [Release date: 29.07.22] If you’re looking for comprehensive CD coverage of Montrose’s journey through the seventies, look no further. That might sound like a PR man’s tagline, but it’s reflective of reality. This boxset consists of: CD1: … Continue reading

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Album review: WAYSTED : Heroes Die Young – Waysted Volume 2 (5 CD boxset)

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Cherry Red/HNE [Release date 29.07.22] Waysted reformed early in the new millenium, just to prove that the world hadn’t ended. This 5 CD boxset chronicles the band’s releases from when they kick started their career in 2000, to the date … Continue reading

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Album review: OUSEY MANN – Is Anybody Listening

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Escape Music (Release date 24.06.22) Both Chris Ousey and Steve Mann have  been on the UK rock scene as long as I can remember –the former singing with Virginia Wolf, Heartland and Snakecharmer among others, the latter the loyal sideman … Continue reading

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Album review: SILENT RUNNING – Follow The Light

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Door Records [Release date: 22.07.22] Northern Ireland’s Silent Running convincingly transitioned from Punk to Hard Rock in the eighties, and enjoyed moderate success, scoring support tours with Simple Minds, Talk Talk and Robert Palmer. Albums on EMI and Atlantic Records … Continue reading

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Album review: PHIL VINCENT – No Respect

PHIL VINCENT – No Respect

Bandcamp [Release date 22.07.22] As he aptly describes himself on his Bandcamp page, “Phil Vincent is truly a one man band. His proficiency with multiple instruments makes it possible for him to write, arrange, perform, produce and mix all of … Continue reading

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Album review: LESSMANN VOSS – Rock Is Our Religion

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Atomic Fire Records [Release date: 22.07.22] This Lessmann Voss, Rock Is Our Religion album would be easy to write off because it seems so out of time. Bonfire’s Claus Lessmann and Mad Max’s Michael Voss are clearly not keen to … Continue reading

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Album review: UFO – High Stakes And Dangerous Men / Lights Out In Tokyo (2 CD set)

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Cherry Red [Release date 22/07/22] UFO’s Lights Out (1977) had been a huge album for the band in Japan. So when they toured the High Stakes And Dangerous Men album there in 1992, they would include a Lights Out set. … Continue reading

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Book Review: DECADES – Free and Bad Company in the 1970s by John Van der Kiste

DECADES- Free and Bad Company in the 1970s by John Van der Kiste

Sonicbond Publishing (Publication Date 29.04.22) The latest in the Decades series, that delves in detail into the most productive phase of a band’s career, is one with a difference.  It spans the activity of two separate bands,  Free and Bad … Continue reading

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