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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb album. Well worth checking out., 13 Dec 2014
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This review is from: Long way down (Audio CD)
This is a great album and one of the best new hard rock releases I’ve heard in years. It deserves to get recognition and I really hope that it sells well. I checked it out on the basis of a very good review in Classic Rock magazine and I’m really glad that I did. There is not a weak track on the whole album and Nigel Bailey has a superb voice that is brilliantly suited to this style of heavy rock (not metal) music. If you want comparisons, then I get bits of Thin Lizzy (twin guitars etc), FM, Praying Mantis, maybe some early 80’s UFO and even a hint of Alter Bridge. Stand out tracks for me are probably Feed the Flames, In the Name of the King (a real classic), Stay, Somewhere in Oslo, and Ticket to Yesterday, but as I’ve already said there is not a weak track on the CD. In terms of overall style, I guess this will sit within the “melodic rock” genre, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is in any way lightweight. It isn’t, and for those of you who were brought up on heavy/hard rock music that has melody and really good musicianship then I strongly suggest that you check this album out. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Well done Mr Bailey!!


Tomorrow and Yesterday
Tomorrow and Yesterday
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection of Samson Tracks, 28 Mar 2006
This review is from: Tomorrow and Yesterday (Audio CD)
There have been quite a few Samson compilations put out over the last few years (some authorised and some just to try and make a quick buck), and although Tomorrow and Yesterday does not profess to be a "Greatest Hits" type package it is an excellent collection of songs. Some fans may moan about the lack of any tracks featuring Bruce Dickinson on vocals (presumably due to the usual music business crap about who owns the rights to songs etc), but let's not forget that he was only in Samson for a couple of years and "Vice Versa" from his era is included. The track list and superb sleeve notes (loads of interesting stuff in there) were put together by Rob Grain who was Paul Samson's road manager, guitar tech and best mate right up to when Paul died in 2002 and showcase the best of what Samson put out from the late 1970's right through to 2000. There is a good mixture of live recordings with the great Nicky Moore on vocals (check out "Losing My Grip", "Vice Versa", "Mr Rock & Roll" and "Tomorrow or Yesterday"), some different versions of songs like "Red Skies" and "Driving with ZZ" and some really good stuff from the late 1980's and 1990's ("Room 109" and "Good to See You" will blow you away), which many Samson fans from the "good old days" will not necessarily be familiar with and are bound to enjoy. Any young rock/metal fans who were not around when the New Wave of British Heavy Metal really kicked off in the very early 1980's could do a lot worse than picking up a copy of this CD to hear one of the most underrated guitarists of all time in full flow - the late and very, very great Mr Paul Samson (he really did have everything - great guitar player and a really cool image). There's a new Samson CD due out later in the year featuring Paul's last recorded work so look out for that as well.


Inferno
Inferno
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original's and still the best, 23 Jun 2004
This review is from: Inferno (Audio CD)
I always look forward to a new release from Motorhead and Inferno is a real rock and roll cracker that should hopefully sell well. “Ferocious” was how my sixteen year old son described it when he first heard the album and that sums it up pretty well actually as Motorhead have put together a stunning set of tracks that are as good (or better) as anything they’ve done in a very long time. Don’t get me wrong, there are classic tracks on all the Motorhead albums, but the collective strength of the songs on Inferno makes it stand out from the rest in my view. The line up of Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee have been together for quite a few years now and it shows in the quality of what they do and how they sound. The band is as tight as the proverbial ducks rear end and they are clearly totally comfortable as a unit, with Lemmy showing no signs of letting up with his brilliant lyrics and unique bass playing combining with Phil Campbell’s great guitar riffs. As Lemmy often says, Mikkey Dee is “the best drummer in the world” and his aggressive style is key to the overall Motorhead sound. The stand out tracks for me are Terminal Show (which features a certain Mr Steve Vai on guitar), Smiling Like a Killer, Life’s a Bitch, In the Black and Killers, but there are no fillers on Inferno. The album closes with an acoustic (yes that’s right) blues number titled Whorehouse Blues that works superbly (Lemmy on harmonica and everything!). Inferno is a great album and is the best thing that Motorhead have done for ages. I genuinely feel it is right up there with the classic Motorhead stuff from 20+ years ago so go ahead and check it out, you won’t be disappointed.


Third Wish
Third Wish
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock in every sense, 19 Jun 2004
This review is from: Third Wish (Audio CD)
I bought this album on the strength of a recent 4* review in Classic Rock magazine and also hearing snippets from some of the tracks via the band's website. I was also a fan of David "Rock" Feinstein and his then band The Rods some 20 plus years back. As far as I am aware "Rock" has not released anything much between the demise of The Rods and this latest offering. Was it worth the wait? You better believe it. Third Wish is is a brilliant album, full of massive guitar riffs courtesy of "Rock" and great songs. It would be wrong to try and categorise Feinstein in terms of how they sound against particular bands as their songs stand up for themselves on the strength of the quality of the writing and playing. However, anyone who like me who is steeped in those halcyon days of the late 70's and early 80's will love this album, which has all the classic feel of the hard rock music from those times with a modern twist to some of the lyrics (think of a hybrid of heavyweights like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio etc, but with an original twist and you won't be far wrong). Killer riffs, great vocals, melody; it doesn't get much better than this for old farts like me, but will also appeal to the new legion of heavy rock fans who wish they'd been around 25 years ago!!


Eternal Infinity
Eternal Infinity
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a find!!!!, 12 Nov 2003
This review is from: Eternal Infinity (Audio CD)
I first heard Tony O’Hora on the Praying Mantis albums Forever in Time and Nowhere to Hide and mightily impressed I was with his vocal performance on both of these recordings. On this basis I thought I would give his album with Jamie O’Kane (Horakane, get it?!?) a try and damned glad I am that I did. This is a really good set of songs in a classic hard rock style that were recorded back in 1998 before Mr O’Hora joined Mantis and showcase just what a versatile and talented musician he is. As expected he sings lead vocals on all the tracks, but also plays bass and rhythm guitar and just for good measure wrote all of the tracks himself as well! Jamie O’Kane plays lead guitar and he is also a rare talent on the basis of his work on this album. After a short instrumental opening track the album gets going with Over the Edge, which is very reminiscent of classic Judas Priest. The album is a great mix of hard rocking tracks with a nice melodic feel and the other highlights for me are Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow, Hold On and the utterly brilliant End of An Era, which is one of the best hard rock tracks I have heard in years and worth buying the album for on it’s own. There are also a couple of great slower tracks including Remember My Name, which featured on the Mantis Forever in Time album. I think that Tony O’Hora is currently playing bass and singing with Andy Scott’s version of The Sweet and good luck to him with that, but I wish he would get the Horakane project back together because the current resurgence in the popularity of heavy rock music in the UK is a great opportunity for him and Jamie O’Kane. I am sure that a support slot on a tour with one of the big names would be propel them to some much deserved recognition.


Country Life
Country Life
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5* release from England's finest, 31 Oct 2003
This review is from: Country Life (Audio CD)
The anticipation that accompanies the release of a new album from Show of Hands (aka Steve Knightley and Phil Beer) has been a highlight for me since I first heard them back in 1994/95. The sheer quality of song writing and musicianship is a feature of all their work and “Country Life” is no exception, where they have put together a brilliant set of 13 songs. Steve Knightley writes most of their material and “Country Life” comprises of 10 of his songs, a couple of traditional folk numbers (including a great version of “Reynardine”) and a superb version of the Kelly-Joe Phelps track “Tommy”. The album is still in the acoustic style (I don’t think it is fair to simply categorise Show of Hands under the Folk genre) that has served Show of Hands so well on their previous recordings, but “Country Life” benefits from the addition of keyboards on several tracks from Matt Clifford and there are even drums on the title track!! Phil Beer’s fiddle playing is as good as ever and I doubt whether there is a more versatile musician anywhere in the UK. The opening song and title track of the album is an angry and very telling view of how the English countryside and way of life has been treated over the past 50 years or so. “Hard Shoulder” is Knightley at his best and is one of several numbers on this album that are achingly well written and truly moving. My own favourite in this style is “Don’t Be a Stranger”, which in my humble opinion is one of the best songs that Show of Hands have ever recorded. Other highlights for me include “Seven Days”, “Smile She Said”, “Reynardine” and “Suntrap”, but there really isn’t a duff track on “Country Life” and existing fans of Phil and Steve will be delighted with this release. If you have never seen or heard Show of Hands you could do a lot worse than buy “Country Life” and introduce yourself to two of the most talented musicians that the UK has ever produced.


The Journey Goes On
The Journey Goes On
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Price: £16.53

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album - Don't believe the reviews!!, 2 Jun 2003
This review is from: The Journey Goes On (Audio CD)
Having seen a couple of ok, but fairly average, reviews of this album in the music press over the past few weeks I was a bit concerned that the departure of Tony O'Hora and Bruce Bisland from the Praying Mantis lineup might have had an adverse effect on the band. I need not have worried. This is as good, if not better, than both of its predecessors (the great Forever in Time and Nowhere in Time) and is crammed full of the trademark Mantis riffs and melodies. The overall style and feel of this album is a bit different to their previous releases and it takes more than one listen to fully appreciate the quality of Chris Troy, Tino Troy and Dennis Stratton's songwriting. However, this is always the sign of a great album that will not fade quickly from the memory. "The Journey Goes On" kicks off with "Tonight", a typical melodic and rocking Mantis track that anyone who has heard them before will recognise. The next four tracks took me a couple of plays to fully appreciate, but having heard them several times they stand up really, really well. Track number 6 is called "Hold on for Love" and is written by guitarist Dennis Stratton. This is a real belter of a song and is one of my personal favourite tracks on the album. Another highlight for me is "Lost World", which has a cracking guitar break. The lead vocals on the album are handled by "guest" singers Doogie White (this guy has a great rock voice and I think sings with Yngwie Malmsteen's band) and John Sloman (ex Uriah Heep) and this arrangement works really well with great performances by both of them. The Mantis lads share the vocals on the title track and Chris Troy takes over the mic for "If Tomorrow Never Comes". I must also mention the contribution of "guest" drummer Martin Johnson who really adds something to the proceedings. All in all this is a wonderful album, which if there is any justice will sell shed loads and get the band back on the road in the UK before too much longer. Thanks lads.


The Collection
The Collection

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All girl rock at its absolute best, 8 Dec 2002
This review is from: The Collection (Audio CD)
I first saw Girlschool back in March/April 1981 when they were touring their superb "Hit and Run" album and I was blown away by the energy and power that they put into their performance. Kim McAuliffe (god how I loved that woman!) was/is a brilliant front for the band and Kelly Johnson (guitar), Enid Williams (bass) and Denise Dufort (drums) just seemed to gell together in what was a really great live band. Back then the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was at its peak and Girlschool were very much part of that scene and were without doubt the best all female heavy rock band in the history of the genre. This double CD is a brilliant collection of their best material and goes right back to the early days and gives us the best bits from the "Demolition", "Hit and Run" and "Screaming Blue Murder albums" and takes us through to the late 1980's. All of the classic tracks from these first three albums are included as well as some really nice songs from the later albums that were released after 1985. Girlschool were/are great mates with Motorhead and their Headgirl collaboration "St Valentines Day Massacre" is also included here. This CD is a must for anyone who enjoyed Girlschool back in the 1980's and wants to get the best of the bands vinyl albums on one CD. Any younger metal fans who have not actually heard anything by Girlschool and who have only ever read about the band should also pick this one up as you will find the quality of the songs and the power that the girls generated a pleasant surprise (check out Denise Dufort's drumming on "Tonight"). As far as I know Girlschool are still around and play live now and again and if you ever get the chance to see them don't miss it, I gurantee that you'll have one hell of a night!!


Riding With The Angels - The Anthology
Riding With The Angels - The Anthology
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of Samson's finest, 28 Aug 2002
Samson first came to notice as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal right at the end of the 1970's. This stunning double CD takes us through this great rock band's entire career from those early days right up to the present. I first heard Samson on the "Metal for Muthas" compilation album that showcased some of those NWOBHM bands. The track on that album was "Tomorrow or Yesterday" and it is featured here as are a couple of other really early songs, most notably the live favourite "Mr Rock & Roll". The period that Bruce Dickinson spent with Samson is very well featured with most of the classic tracks from the "Head On" and "Shock Tactics" albums included, although for some bizarre reason the wonderful "Walking Out on You" is not here. Dickinson's vocals on the tracks from the "Shock Tactics" album really are superb (check out Riding With the Angels, Earth Mother, Communion etc.) and you can see why he was signed up by Iron Maiden back in 1981. Disc 2 covers the period that Nicky Moore joined Samson and added a more soulful/blues feel to the still very much heavy rocking music. There are tracks from the "Before the Storm" and "Don't Get Mad Get Even" albums, most recorded live and I think released on an album called "Thank you and Goodnight" around 1985. Disc 2 also covers Paul Samson's work through the late 1980's and 1990's which is also well worth hearing (check out "Tell Me" and "Room 109" as examples). The final track is a new song called "Brand New Day". Unfortunately Paul Samson died recently, but this double CD is a superb showcase of his songwriting and guitar playing skills. Samson the band and Paul Samson the man were massively underated, not least because he just stuck to his musical principals and refused to get diverted by record company whims and fads. Anyone who saw or heard Samson back in the 1980's will love the stuff on this collection and I gurantee that those of you who just know Samson as a name from the NWOBHM will be massively impressed by the music on offer here. Buy it and sit back and enjoy a lesson in how to write and perform great heavy rock music from a wonderful guitarist and true gent.


Acrylic Teepees
Acrylic Teepees

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and prepare to be amazed!, 16 Feb 2002
This review is from: Acrylic Teepees (Audio CD)
This really is a classic CD with the quality of the songs (mainly written by David Munyon and his partner S.P. Standley) standing head and shoulders above most of the stuff you get to hear these days. The CD begins with the track "Super Blue" (I think this has had some air play from the likes of Bob Harris) and includes 11 other great songs such as "Surfin" (David Munyon's tribute to River Phoenix) and the emotive "Desparate for a Friend". David Munyon plays acoustic guitar and provides vocals on all of the tracks and is supported by a backing band that includes Al Perkins on electric guitar. If you buy this CD, I promise that you won't regret it!


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