Monday, 25 May 2015

Review: Rush - A Farewell To Kings

It took me a while but I finally managed to finish my review of A Farewell To Kings, the April re-issue from The Twelve Months Of Rush series. This was the first Rush album I heard and it was the one that got me hooked, not only to Rush, but to rock music in general. After all these years, it remains one of my favourite Rush albums.

I am enjoying listening to and reviewing stuff for the Moshville Times but the writing gets squished into what little free time I have, so it takes me a long time to finish things. Let me know what you think of the review either here or on Moshville Times. Is it worth the time it takes me?

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Review: The Sun Explodes

I have managed to post another review to Moshville Times. The band is The Sun Explodes and the review is of their latest EP, The Calm, the Storm which will be released on 18 May.

Up until now, I have reviewed bands that I already knew but I had never heard of this band until I was offered the chance to review their work. After one listen, I knew I wanted to hear more. I had to arm wrestle one of the other Moshville crew members for the privilege of reviewing their EP but it was worth it. 

If you read what written, you'll see I am convinced that it is a Concept EP. I've had a bit of correspondence with the band who claim that it is not, but what do they know? They only wrote it. I'm the one who listened!

Comments and constructive criticism welcome either here on on the review at the Moshville site

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Review: Uriah Heep - Live At Koko

I have just posted my first non-Rush related review at The Moshville Times: Uriah Heep - Live At Koko.

Wizards%252520%252526%252520Demons%252520by%252520Roger%252520DeanUriah Heep was one of those bands that, as a teenager, I was aware of but somehow never connected with. I even had a poster of one of their covers on my wall but, until relatively recently, I did not own any of their albums. I got the poster because it was by Roger Dean an artist I came across through the work he did with Yes. I saw the poster in Listen in Renfield Street (now there was a record shop!) and bought it because I thought it looked cool. It was only after it was on my wall that I discovered it was album art for Uriah Heep - Wizards & Demons.

(If you are interested, you can buy it to download as a desktop image from Roger's site.)

But back to Live At Koko... You can read the review for full details but the edited highlight is: I like it! Comments and constructive criticism is welcome either here or on the Moshville Times site.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Back in the saddle again

Just started writing for the Moshville Times, so decided it was well past time to start writing here too.  My first two reviews have been about, guess what, Rush!
Head over there and leave a comment. All comments and constructive criticism gratefully received.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

It's Christmas - Time for a Bonamassa download!

I haven't written anything in this blog since February!? Crumbs.

Finally though, something to write about... And guess what? It's a free download from Joe Bonamassa. Another year, another Christmas tune. Check it out, then download (see below the video for details).

You can download Lonesome Christmas here and for every download (up to 25 December), Joe will donate money to the Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation. What's not to like? You get a great Christmas track and Joe donates to charity.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

And another one...

The outstandingly brilliant Joe Bonamassa and the wonderful Beth Hart have made yet another track available for free download: Close To My Fire. Give them your email address and download gorgeously laid back track.

So what do you think of Beth's vocals?

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Free Download: BethHart and Joe Bonamassa

Today is Beth Hart's birthday. Happy birthday Beth.

Somewhat unusually though, instead of getting presents for her birthday... she is giving a present to us. Namely, a free track from an album called Seesaw that she did with Joe Bonamassa. Specifically, you can give your email address in exchange for the title track.

So what are you waiting for? Go get a free download and celebrate Beth's birthday!