Category Archives: Rock

ERIC BURDON AND THE ANIMALS-EVERY ONE OF US.

ERIC BURDON AND THE ANIMALS-EVERY ONE OF US. A lot can happen to a band in just four years.  In August 1968, Eric Burdon and The Animals were proof of this. They were preparing to release their fouth American album, Every One Of Us, which was recently released by BGO Records. However, a lot had happened since …

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THE DAMNED-THE BLACK ALBUM.

THE DAMNED-THE BLACK ALBUM. By 1980, change was afoot for The Damned. This wasn’t new. The last four years had been turbulent for The Damned.  Their lineup had been fluid since The Damned were formed in 1976.  Members came and went, and after the release of their most disappointing album, Music For Pleasure Rat Scabies …

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IAN GILLAN-THE GILLAN BAND AND GILLAN YEARS.

IAN GILLAN-THE GILLAN BAND AND GILLAN YEARS. From the late sixties, right through to the seventies, fusion was one of the most popular musical genres. Fusion was popular on both sides of the Atlantic. However, by the late seventies record buyers were tiring of the fusion of jazz and rock. So were some musicians. This included …

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WEATHER REPORT-THE COLUMBIA YEARS 1971-1975.

WEATHER REPORT-THE COLUMBIA YEARS 1971-1975. By the late-sixties, jazz was no longer as popular as it had once been. Jazz’s popularity had plummeted over the last few years. Many jazz clubs were  closing, or being converted into venues that put on rock bands.  Sales of jazz were down. Critics and cultural commentators were drawing comparisons with  blues music.  Although there had …

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HITLIST 2-MORE HOT 100 CHARTBUSTERS OF THE 70S.

HITLIST 2-MORE HOT 100 CHARTBUSTERS OF THE 70S. For many baby boomers, the early to early to mid-seventies was a golden age for music. They had just graduated from university, and were making their way in the world. Many had well paid jobs, no commitments and often, a high disposable income.  By then, the  baby …

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PAUL McCARTNEY-PURE McCARTNEY-DELUXE BOX SET.

PAUL McCARTNEY-PURE McCARTNEY-DELUXE BOX SET. It was on the 10th of April 1970, that Paul McCartney announced his departure from The Beatles. A week later, he released his debut studio album McCartney. Since then, Paul McCartney has released another sixteen solo albums and seven albums with Wings. That is not forgetting eight live albums, various …

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THE MAGNETIC NORTH-PROSPECT OF SKELMERSDALE.

THE MAGNETIC NORTH-PROSPECT OF SKELMERSDALE. Four years ago, The Magnetic North announced their arrival when they released their debut album Orkney: Symphony Of The Magnetic North in May 2012. It was released to widespread critical acclaim, and immediately was hailed one of the best albums of 2012. However, the inspiration for the critically acclaimed Orkney: Symphony …

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THE DAMNED-MACHINE GUN ETIQUETTE.

THE DAMNED-MACHINE GUN ETIQUETTE. Not many bands get to celebrate their fortieth anniversary. Especially punk bands. They were mostly short-lived affairs, who released one or two singles, before calling it a day. However, one band are still going strong after forty years, The Damned. Their third album Machine Gun Etiquette has just been reissued on …

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STEIN URHEIM-STRANDEBARM.

STEIN URHEIM-STRANDEBARM. Stein Urheim is unlike most musicians. He’s a talented multi-instrumentalist, who refuses to be constrained by musical norms. Instead, his approach to music is that anything is possible. That has been the case on his first two solo albums, where Stein Urheim has pushed boundaries to their limits, and sometimes beyond. This approach …

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GEORGE HARRISON-THE APPLE YEARS.

GEORGE HARRISON-THE APPLE YEARS. On the 10th April 1970, Paul McCartney announced his departure from The Beatles. A week later, he released his debut album McCartney. Meanwhile, The Beatles were in the process of releasing their swan-song, Let It Be. Just a month later, the Phil Spector produced Let It Be, and the single The …

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DONNIE AND JOE EMERSON- STILL DREAMING?

DONNIE AND JOE EMERSON-STILL DREAMING? All parents want the best for their children. That has been the case since time immemorial. Parents want their children to have what they never had. So when children are young, they lavish them with the best in clothes and toys. As the children get that bit older, they’re given the best bikes, game’s consoles and sport’s …

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BOB LIND-MAGELLAN WAS WRONG.

BOB LIND-MAGELLAN WAS WRONG. It was in 1966, when Bob Lind released his critically acclaimed debut album Don’t Be Concerned, on World Pacific Records. One of the songs on Don’t Be Concerned, was the song that launched Bob Lind’s career, Elusive Butterfly.  It was released as Bob Lind’s debut single in 1965, not long he …

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SIMPLE MINDS-NEW GOLD DREAM (81-82-83-84) DELUXE EDITION.

SIMPLE MINDS-NEW GOLD DREAM (81-82-83-84) DELUXE EDITION. Simple Minds weren’t an overnight success. Very few bands are. It took five years and five albums before commercial success and critical acclaim came Simple Minds’ way. The album that transformed Simple Minds’ career was New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84).  Suddenly, Simple Minds were one of the most successful bands …

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TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY, THE STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN STORY.

TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY, THE STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN STORY. Stevie Ray Vaughan’s career is a story of triumph and tragedy. He spent eleven years struggling to make a breakthrough. During that period, Stevie Ray Vaughan spent six years as a sideman. This was akin to a musical  apprenticeship for Stevie Ray Vaughan. Having  served his apprenticeship, …

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THE SHORT-LIVED STORY OF FOTHERINGAY.

THE SHORT-LIVED STORY OF FOTHERINGAY. When Sandy Denny left Fairport Convention in December 1969, the reason she gave, was that the wanted to hone her skills as a songwriter. However, less than a year after her departure from Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny formed a new group, Fotheringay. Although Fotheringay were a short lived band, they certainly …

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TRASHCAN SINATRAS-WILD PENDULUM.

TRASHCAN SINATRAS-WILD PENDULUM. Not many bands formed in 1986 are still together today. That includes some of the most successful eighties bands. Many of these bands spilt-up in the late-eighties. Some made it as far as the nineties before calling it a day. By then, music had changed, while many of these bands had stood …

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VAN HALEN-THE DAVID LEE ROTH YEARS AND BEYOND.

VAN HALEN-THE DAVID LEE ROTH YEARS AND BEYOND. For any successful band, losing their lead singer can prove disastrous. Suddenly, the very future of the band is at risk.The band has two options, to and find a replacement or call it quits. However, this isn’t really an option for a band whose first six albums …

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS. Over the last fifty years, many bands have been formed at university or college.  Many of these bands went on to hone their sound on college and university circuit. However, only one of theses bands went on to release their debut single and album  on their college’s record label. This might sound fat …

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JOHN ILLSLEY-LONG SHADOWS.

JOHN ILLSLEY-LONG SHADOWS. Nowadays, life is very different for John Illsley. The former Dire Straits bassist lives in the New Forest, where he lives with his wife, their young family and two dogs. John it seems, has taken to country living. So much so, that when his local pub came up for sale, he decided …

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STARLESS-STARLESS.

STARLESS-STARLESS. Paul McGeechan, it’s fair to say, is a veteran of Scottish music. After all, he’s spent over thirty years making music. His career began in 1982, when he was cofounded the short-lived, but much missed Friends Again.  Friends Again’s recording career began in 1983, when they released the first of eight single and EPs. …

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