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Looking Back: 80 Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets
Looking Back: 80 Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets
Price: £21.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Box, 25 Sept. 2012
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Where to start is my problem on reviewing this gem of a box set. It features some great garage rock/freakbeat (The Renegades, The Syndicats, The In Crowd). Great Soul (Val McKenna, Lloyd Alexander Real Estate, Tony Rivers & the Castaways). Great pop (Ray Singer, Katch 22, The Soul Purpose). Think that The Spencer Davis Group ended when Steve Winwood left, listen again, Eddie Hardin proves himself a great replacement on the two tracks in this set, both excellent. Arthur Brown was the god of hellfire, right, well yes but on the two tracks featured here he proves himself to be fine soul singer. The Mojo's deliver a superb slice of blue eyed soul (Until My Baby Comes Home), The Knave rave it up with an adrenalin fuelled Hammond organ driven instumental (Ace Of Clubs). Hoagy Benson will insist that your feet tap with some energetic ska (Kangaroo) as will the The Tribe (The Gamma Goochie). I could go on and on, if you like 60's music then this collection is a must, a great alternative to more famous music of the decade from where it came. It is very neatly packaged with informative liner notes on every track and housed in a neat little box.


When I'm President (With The Rant Band)
When I'm President (With The Rant Band)
Price: £14.97

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He does it again!!, 10 Sept. 2012
Ian Hunter is amazing 73 years old and still making great music. This album is a bit of a throwback in that it rocks like Hunter hasn't rocked in years.The opening track Comfortable (flyin' scotsman) set the pace,a mix of Chuck Berry and Little Richard, Hunter is clearly enjoying himself on this track whilst The Rant Band give him superb backing on this rousing opener. The title track is fantastic a tune that will stay in your head for days after hearing it and it boasts a great lyric "I'm gonna lean on the 1% when i'm president" he sings in the chorus. There are some other tough rockers (What For) and the wonderfully playful Wild Bunch which is a hoot. Bittersweet ballads Black Tears and Fatally Flawed are both superb and middle of the road rockers Saint and Just the Way You Look Tonight are both very good. As usual with Hunter you have razor sharp lyrics "Still whining 'bout your bonus-man up your ridiculous, Give a little extra-you can't take it with yer!" he tells the greedy bankers. The closing track Life is a quiet end to the album and is a tribute to his fans that have stayed loyal to him "Can't believe that I'm still here and your'e still here" he sings - moving and poignant a lovely song. The Rant band are top drawer musicians and Hunter's voice has never sounded better (he can't be 73 can he ?) and most importantly he still clearly means it - astonishing ! Buy with confidence this is another must have Ian Hunter disc.
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Force 9
Force 9
Price: £9.44

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars King Rock, 18 May 2012
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This review is from: Force 9 (Audio CD)
I was a fan of the band Sharks in the 70's who Steve Parsons (Snips) and Chris Spedding were in along with Andy Fraser from Free, they were a great little band and produced two rock/soul orientated albums of high quality.They re-united in the mid 90's for another high quality record as Sharks and that was it! so i thought!
Heavens alive i come accross them again by accident on the net as King Mob teaming up with young guitarist "sixteen" and ex sex pistol Glen Matlock on bass and Martin Chambers on drums from the Pretenders.
So to the record which is alot of fun, the album is filled with top notch "ROCK & ROLL" played with a rare swagger,singer Snips voice has lost none of it's power the band behind him are superb simply rocking the house down.The album kicks off with 'Lover of High Renown'an energetic blast of boogie which sets the tone for some more of the same.The only let up in pace is the slower song Chapel of Love which changes tempo mid-song building to a wonderful climax a fantastic song.The rest of the record is pure high adrenalin rock and roll a real throwback superb stuff,there are hints of rockabilly here and there with some unusual guitar lines but the template is to get those feet tapping and on that level the record excells.
This record deserves to be heard by anyone who appreciates proper rock n' roll,great performances all round.


Some Girls (2CD Deluxe Digipack Edition)
Some Girls (2CD Deluxe Digipack Edition)
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Price: £9.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Stones album since Some Girls LP, 7 Feb. 2012
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I think most people need no introduction to the original album which is the last great Stones album so i will review the bonus disc which is great.There is some old style rock n' roll in tracks such as Claudine and Tallahassie Lassie (complete with groovy handclaps) both are great,some punchy blues and boogie (So Young,Keep Up Blues)and best of all some country rock such as the georgous Do You Think I Really Care and You Win Again all with fine vocal performances by Jagger.Keith Richards vocal on We Had It All is superb a real tearjerker and the disc finishes with the piano boogie of Petrol Blues which somes the second disc up it is loose,rootsy and fun and puts to shame every Stones album since er! Some Girls.So a great value package.If you already own Some Girls or purchased the 2009 re-issue (as i did) and you are a fan of the band i would recommend you shell out again it is worth it.


New Dawn / Alive And Giggin
New Dawn / Alive And Giggin
Price: £12.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Package Live and in the Studio, 12 Jan. 2012
A double header here from Angel Air re-releasing New Dawn (studio 1997) and Alive & Gigging (live 1996)making for a great value package.New Dawn found Del Bromham's new line up of Stray in the studio for the first time since 1976 and it is a decent album, the title track's chord structures remind me of Message in a Bottle by The Police.There are two great rockers that sit together well in No Future and Dangerous Games.JimiJam is a Hendrix tribute song where Del Bromham excells again on guitar.The last two tracks are superb I Want More is a lovely acoustic song and In The Name Of God is semi acoustic and builds brilliantly both songs have great words and end the album in style.
Alive and Giggin' is a live offering where the new line of Stray play a support slot to The Groundhogs and they come on to trickle of applause and go off to a very happy audience where the band have clearly won them over.The set itself is choc-full of the bands material from the 70's songs like All In Your Mind,After The Storm and Fire And Glass really get the treatment,Bromham's guitar work is truly inspired.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' and a' Rollin', 12 Jan. 2012
This review is from: 10 (Audio CD)
It is 2001 Stray are back and well established again in the clubs on the circuit and knock out this raw and in your face rock album. The Rock starts the album off in fine style, rocking the house down and has a great chorus. On Top Of The World builds impressively and there is a slight pause with the acoustic blues of Georgia. The highlight for me is Sleepy Time Blues which is a Hendrix style slab of electric blues and has great feel to it, the guitar work by Del Bromham is something special. Years is another top tune that really rocks with a great lyric and shout along chorus. Everthing else on here is good though making for a very consistent and enjoyable album which really does rock - the band caught a mood here where they they just went for it, really good.


Move It
Move It
Price: £28.06

3.0 out of 5 stars More changes to the sound, 12 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Move It (Audio CD)
Album number five for Stray what do you do when you have made four classic albums already, have a large live following and have not been promoted to the premiership? You go more commercial do a cover version of a classic british rock & roll record and all will be OK right!! - Well no actually!! the bands cover of the old Cliff Richard classic was Strays attempt to hit the single's chart and it should have gone top 10 at least - it is great (Ford now use it in America to promote 4x4's)Steve Gadd's vocal on this track make the album worth buying for this alone.Give It Up is a great song bluesy and soulful with once again great vocals by Gadd, Like a Dream grows with every listen,Somebody Called You's potential can be heard to far greater effect on the bonus disc (Live at the BBC)where the bands live power can be felt.The bonus disc at the Beeb is a holy grail for fans of the band it is full of energy and is the only 'live' document of the original line up.The real find here for hardcore fans is hearing Steve Gadd singing Down Down Down (it appeared on Stand Up and Be Counted with a shared Dyer/Bromham vocal)this version of the song is fantastic Gadd's vocal is superb sung with passion while the band really cook behind him with Del Bromham's guitar playing as passionate as the vocal a great performance by all.So not Stray's greatest work but the bonus disc as an add on to the original album make this a more than worthwhile purchase.


Stand Up And Be Counted
Stand Up And Be Counted

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Del Bromham's first solo album?, 11 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Stand Up And Be Counted (Audio CD)
Vocalist Steve Gadd had left the band and they were short of songs and most of what appears here was intended for a Del Bromham solo album so no surprises then that the record sounded nothing like Stray.But that is not to say that it is poor just a tad dissapointing as it didn't really rock.The title track is Bromham solo backed by the London Symphony Orchestra - good song but very unlike Stray.Next up is a 'Stray song' the brilliant For The People great perfomance by the band, really good lyrics all driven along by Gary Giles wonderful bass and Bromham's impassioned vocal, it is a super track which the band opened with at there gigs for many years.Other stand out tracks are Down Down Down a mid-tempo song which features a great dual guitar break by Bromham and Pete Dyer.Another stand out is the fantastic Everyday Of My Life again superb bass by Gary Giles who drives the song along,nice harmonies on this one between Bromham and Dyer as well.Waiting For The Big Break is another song that once again has a good lyric about the bands struggle to ' make it' here is a telling line from the song in question "We play alright nearly every bloody night,four happy souls are we,It ain't all glamour,i could hit 'em wiv' me 'ammer,when the business sh**s on me"-good stuff, musically it's folk rock ala 'The Strawbs'.Smile is another good song as is the bonus track Recover but much of the rest just doesn't really make it for me although after 36 years i still dig this record out on occasions because there is some good stuff on here.


Hearts Of Fire
Hearts Of Fire
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Price: £14.65

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Houdini Part 2, 11 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Hearts Of Fire (Audio CD)
The final album of the 70's for Stray saw them release Hearts of Fire which is a cousin of the previous album Houdini mixing some great hard rock tracks with some west coast acoustic songs of which Lady stands out.Track four I Wanna Be Free is the best song here with guitar from Del Bromham that could peel paint,it also features some amazing bass playing by Gary Giles and fantastic drumming from Richie Cole a top! top! track.Other stand out tracks are Take A Life where Bromham again excells on guitar and the anthemic One Night In Texas.Mr Wind features a down and dirty guitar sound and only the poor Live Wire lets things down.So a good album which is better than Houdini and very nearly merits 4 stars.


Houdini
Houdini
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' Again, 11 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Houdini (Audio CD)
Stray by this stage had recorded six Lp's, the first four were timeless classics (Stray,Suicide,Saturday Morning Pictures and Mudanzas)arguably the best of the early 70's.Vocalist Steve Gadd had left the band guitarist Del Bromham took over lead vocals and Pete Dyer joined on second guitar and vocals, records five and six (Move It and Stand Up and be Counted)were not as good but both had some very good moments so they toured America with Canned Heat and were back in the studio again to record Houdini which in places really rocked.Lead off track Feel Like I've Been Here Before is great, blinding guitar work by Bromham driving the song along other tracks like Fire and Glass and Percy the Pimp are great rock tracks which would grace any hard rock album.Take It Easy could and should have been a hit single it is very catchy and dare i say it pop rock.There is a funk track (Wait Another Day) which is unusual and two nice medium pace songs (Lennon tribute-Everybody's song and Didn't We love).There are two other decent rockers Give a Little Bit and the title track which is subdued in the studio but is much much better perfomed live-it is under produced here.If you are a Stray fan (then if not why not?)buy this album it is a solid affair.


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