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Combustion
Combustion
Price: 10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning - Hot Stuff, 20 Jun 2013
This review is from: Combustion (Audio CD)
Why is it they keep banging on about "difficult second albums" when guys like Russ Tippins come along and make it look so flippin' easy?

Electrickey was going to be a tough act to follow, but where Russ has been canny for Combustion is that he's largely turned away from the "I can play like......." showcase format in favour of developing his own style, though a couple of tracks do give a generous nod to the hillbilly picking style of Albert Lee. Still teamed with Ian Halford's crisp, sharp drumming and John Dawson's pummelling bass, Russ has delivered 11 rockin' funky blues tracks, including one cover, a rockabilly tinged free-for-all romp through Mamma Don't Allow, with Jenna Hooson trading lyrics with Russ and Tygers Of Pan Tang's Michael McCrystal adding a guitar solo as well as Steve Clifford adding some sax.

One of Russ's many strengths, with his fiery playing and vocals, is his lyrics, and we can all identify with the core character in Mr Done It All, the politicians in Better Time Coming (some fine guest guitar work from Tom Atkinson) and the characters in Too Cool To Sweat, with a nice touch adding Harry Stoneham's Parkinson theme to make it "swing" along. Then there's Russ' nod to Clint Eastwood westerns as well as a Geordie nod to AC/DC's Whole Lotta Rosie - Big Bad Bella.

The twin-barrel openers of Combustion and Smoke House kick the album off with a couple of melodic rock openers, with blazing solo sections, and the chilled bluesy funk of Misty Blue brings the album to a graceful close, but the undoubted jewel is slap bang in the centre, Tear Down The Sky, where Russ hands over the vocal duty to South Carolina's J Edwards in what's almost a soulful, Michael Burks homage.

An album this strong can only push up Russ's profile, and here's hoping he stretches himself to more gigs outside his home N.East. Fortunately, there is a handful such dates on the books, but here's hoping for more.


SHAKE THE WALLS
SHAKE THE WALLS
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 11.43

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the cover, 20 Jun 2013
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This review is from: SHAKE THE WALLS (Audio CD)
Marcus' third album and this surely will put him on the British Blues Rock top-table for sure. I've long been a fan of his deep voice and know him to be a searing guitarist, but this record is where it all comes together. Backed by Saint Jude mate & bassist Scott Wiber, long time and much overlooked drummer Alex Reeves and with ol' mate Paddy Milner sitting in on Hammond, from the very opening of Alley Cat, this album has the place shakin'. Finally, a full, but still acoustic take on The Bittersweet is a great closer, but so many treats are to be found inbetween, not least of which, Blind Alley.

My Baby Don't Dance rocks while Cheap Whisky stomps; We All Do Bad Sometimes gets in your head and does interesting things.

Ah, what the heck - 11 cracking tracks that deserve to be heard - go one, treat yourself.


The Next Day
The Next Day
Offered by MEGA Media FBA
Price: 8.33

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure vintage Bowie, 15 Mar 2013
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This review is from: The Next Day (Audio CD)
What else can you say? Not so much leaving where he left off - this harks back closer to Scary Monsters, full of little hooks and references to previous work - some obvious, some not so.

Despite the hiatus, the voice still has the range and the power and of course, Bowie has put back together a powerful backing band of friends.

What a way to make a return - welcome back David!


Pressure & Time Redux Edition
Pressure & Time Redux Edition

5.0 out of 5 stars Not "Retro", but "re-defined"., 22 Jan 2013
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There are a lot of "sound like" and "reminds me of" tags around Rival Sons, and as flattering they are to the band, they're also a millstone. Instead, they take a rich mix of rock, soul, funk, folk, give it a good shake and pour it in a striped-back but heavy, rich concoction. One of thier gigs is like standing in a sonic hurricane. Classic Rock magazine really fete this band, and its not just hype.

This is a great debut album that has been augmented with a couple extra tracks and DVD of live shows - well worth checking out.


Chicago 2013 Calendar
Chicago 2013 Calendar
by Browntrout Publishers Inc.
Edition: Calendar

4.0 out of 5 stars Great views of a Great City, 22 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Chicago 2013 Calendar (Calendar)
Visited Chicago several times over the last ten years, lovely city and these Brown Trout calendars always manage to find new and intersting views of the city as well as some hitherto unexplored corner.


Black Sheep [2007] [DVD]
Black Sheep [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nathan Meister
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 3.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars aka Shorn of The Dead, 18 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Black Sheep [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
It shouldn't work, its probably the daftest idea for a movie since Snakes On A Plane, but it somehow, it's a good watch; probably will end up as a cult classic. Proof that New Zealand doesn't need a Peter Jackson type sprawling epic triology to tell a simple little story. Its a tongue, firmly in cheek little horror tale; played for what it is. A very cheesy, but enjoyable way to spend 90 or so minutes with your brain in low-gear. Only thing I found incredulous was that a Morris 110 could hit a sheep at speed and come off best.


I Can't Complain
I Can't Complain
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4.0 out of 5 stars New side to Jay, 16 Jan 2013
This review is from: I Can't Complain (MP3 Download)
Couple of interesting new tracks here from Jay - showcasing not only his acoustic side but that he's as good on the piano as he is on guitar. I Can't Complain is a very catch, acoustic guitar number that builds steadily while Hold Me is a tender piano ballad. Only thing not changed is Jay's usual high quality song writing and performance. Look forward to a full album later in the year.

Interesting new logo - very "bauhaus".


Jock's Juke Joint Volume 1
Jock's Juke Joint Volume 1
Offered by Birnam CD Ltd.
Price: 11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotland's secret is out, 8 Jan 2013
Scotland isn't the first place that comes to mind when you think of Blues; but like their distilleries, they've been quietly fermenting and maturing some major talent to match their English counterparts and American interlopers. Alan and Stevie Nimmo have already slipped over the border as has Dave Arcari, and have blazed a trail through Britain and the Continent. Though neither are featured on here, those who follow are set to put Scotland firmly on the Blues map.

There's a staggering depth and feel of music represented on this collection that marries Blues of all kinds with a folkie touch, or country or even Rock 'n' Roll but still has a distinct Scottish roots feel. It's hard not to comment on every band represented but the set swings from Lewis Hamilton's searing slide work to Gus Munro's metronomic rhythms. The Yahs give an almost "Brit-pop" swagger while Dana Dixon wouldn't be out of place in a mid 50's dance, but both hold you, though in different ways.

Yep, like thier finest whiskey, Scottish Blues has been maturing away quietly, secretly for years - now it's ready. To paraphrase - Come taste the bands......


Jock's Juke Joint Volume 2
Jock's Juke Joint Volume 2
Offered by Birnam CD Ltd.
Price: 11.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best blues compilation you'll hear this decade., 4 Jan 2013
This has got to be the best Scottish invasion since the Jacobites; then they came with Claymores and bagpipes, now they're coming with Stratocasters and harmonicas.

Pick a standout track? Some chance; at the moment I'm listening to the Lynsey Dolan - Do Right Man track, and it reminds me of a young Elkie Brooks with a dash of Aretha; hop back to Cynthia Gentle & the True Tones - You Just Can't Win and it's reminiscent of Maggie Bell; that's the sort of standard we're talkin'. Just picking tracks at random, Wang Dang Delta - Shutting Out The World, as smooth as anything from Henrik Freischlader; Binsness Bluesboys - Crawdad Hole, as pure Delta roots as it comes: Black Diamond Express - Never Was A Lass So Fair; well, they say Blue Grass and the like was distilled from Celtic roots folk amongst other things; the Black Diamond guys are just bringing it back home, fine style; how do they get a fiddle to sound so mournful? And the final track, Fraser Spiers & Lewis Hamilton - There You Are Now; you get the feel of "old guard" passing on the baton to the new generation, and Lewis has to be one of the most organised and talented of the new bloods.

Can't go through each track one-by-one, though each deserves a mention, but on the basis of this and the previous volume, put any 3 of these bands on a bus, send them south and any venue I know would be glad to have them, any night (if they know what's good for them).

Congratulations Duncan, Lewis & Nick on another winner.


Try!
Try!
Price: 6.70

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Try! And succeed., 9 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Try! (Audio CD)
Quite simpley - John Mayer at his very best. Give him a live audience, two top session guys and magic happens. Wish John would re-visit this side more often.


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