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Review: TAMRAH AERYN

TAMRAH AERYN Typical Girl Massacre Records (2005) website Tamrah Aeryn is a singer/songwriter from the US who will delight fans of Kate Bush as her vocal phrasing and the backing arrangements are very similar to Kate Bush, although not direct copying. Of interest to rock fans as well is that Balance of Power’s drummer Lionel Hicks produced this album. The ... Read More »

Review: REO SPEEDWAGON The Essential

REO SPEEDWAGON The Essential Legacy (2004) REO wesbite A double CD set containing 33 tracks from one of the US giants of AOR/melodic rock. It has never been trendy to like REO Speedwagon, certainly in the UK where the press wrongly dismiss them as a bland ballads band but hey what do the press know? The ballads in question are ... Read More »

Gig review: Sacred Heart

SACRED HEART, TARA’S SECRET Stripes Bar,Brentford 12 August 2005 First off a rant – Despite handing out over 1,000 flyers at gigs by Styx, Kansas, Y & T and a local blues festival plus endless plugs on music and non-music websites, after football matches, listings magazines like ‘Time Out’ etc the turn out was still very low. Okay Brentford isn’t ... Read More »

CD Review: WALTHAM

WALTHAM Ryko Disc (2005) www.rykodisc.com Waltham released this album under their own label and now it gets a big label release with added tunes. If you like quality, power pop rock this is a MUST! Simple as that. They combine highly catchy melodies with power riffs and glorious harmonies – just listen to opener ‘Cheryl (Come And Take A Ride)’ ... Read More »

Gig Review: KANSAS Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London 12th June 2005

KANSAS Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London 12th June 2005 How long have I waited to see this band play the UK? Too long! After discovering the delights of this band back in 1985 whilst at school, I have been waiting for a chance to see then live ever since. Bar shows at US air force bases (which are of course private ... Read More »

CD Review: PRESTO BALLET – Peace Amongst The Ruins

PRESTO BALLET Peace Amongst The Ruins Inside Out This is the new band put together by former Metal Church/Vanderhoof guitarist Kurt Vanderhoof. But the music is nothing like the metal assault of Metal Church or the more hard rock leanings of Vanderhoof. Instead the music takes a distinct retro path and tips a nod to the classic years from Kansas, ... Read More »

CD Review: EZIO ‘Live Cambridge’ A

EZIO ‘Live Cambridge’ A Label (2005) Ezio Ezio are based around singer /guitarist Ezio Lunedei and acoustic 12-string guitarist Mark ‘Booga’ Fowels. Ezio are a massive draw and sellers in mainland Europe but have a cult following in the UK. This live show was recorded in the band’s hometown of Cambridge in front of a very appreciative audience. The songs ... Read More »

CD Review: JOHN WETTON & GEOFF DOWNES ‘Icon’

JOHN WETTON & GEOFF DOWNES ‘Icon’ Frontiers (2005) Frontiers This album marks the return of the partnership that provided so successful for Asia in the 80’s. There will doubtless be a lot of interest in this album and rightly so. Geoff Downes did guest on John Wetton’s last solo album ‘Rock Of Faith’ but now we get a whole album’s ... Read More »

THE LEVELLERS ‘Truth & Lies’

THE LEVELLERS Truth & LiesEagle Records (2005) Eagle Rock Amazingly the Levellers have been going now since 1988 and have had considerable chart success in both album and singles terms. “One Way Of Life” and “It’s A Beautiful Day” are certifiable classics! Now they are back with a new album and one that keeps all the band’s key elements – ... Read More »

ZENO ‘II’

MTM Music (2005) MTM Music This is a collection of previously unreleased songs recorded between 1983 and 1989. Overall it is a very strong collection with only the two tracks featuring vocalist Tommy Heart failing to get my attention. Personally I much prefer the soaring vocal talents of Michael Flexig – just check out the pomp rocker ‘On My Way’ ... Read More »