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Dylan Carlson – “Conquistador”: a celebration of the glories of distortion and drone

Dylan Carlson – “Conquistador”: a celebration of the glories of distortion and drone

Ross McGibbon April 25, 2018 0

SARGENT HOUSE                              27 April 2018 No-one ever said Dylan Carlson played too fast and flash. In fact the first Beatles album is shorter than the gap between any two of his riffs. I picture

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Alan Simon – “Big Bang”    – a symphonic grand concept album

Alan Simon – “Big Bang”    – a symphonic grand concept album

Ross McGibbon April 25, 2018 0

CHERRY RED RECORDS          Out now Grand concept prog on a wide sonic stage. Pounding piano chords, strings and a bit of mock-Gregorian chant. For me, this is a little like indulging in a huge

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Peter Banks – “BE WELL, BE SAFE, BE LUCKY… THE ANTHOLOGY” is a treasury of progressive rock guitar

Peter Banks – “BE WELL, BE SAFE, BE LUCKY… THE ANTHOLOGY” is a treasury of progressive rock guitar

Ross McGibbon April 25, 2018 0

CHERRY RED RECORDS      Out now Limpidly beautiful guitar. Eclectic drops of world sounds (Arabic singing on track two). The gentle plod of seventies progressive rock. Many guitar tones. Vintage keyboards. Very fine musicianship, complex

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Eric Chenaux – Paradise passed by in a dream – Live in Bradford

Eric Chenaux – Paradise passed by in a dream – Live in Bradford

Ross McGibbon April 18, 2018 0

Eric Chenaux – live at Fuse, Bradford    15th April 2018 I was there to see if Eric Chenaux could make the noises from his latest album live. He did. And equally amazing; Eric spent

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Shob – “Karma Obscur” – funky bass rules the show

Shob – “Karma Obscur” – funky bass rules the show

Ross McGibbon March 28, 2018 0

April 2018 Massive amounts of showboating from French bassist, Shob, makes this album a lot of funky fun. Not that it’s all funky – there are hard rock moments too – but this leans heavily

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Wreckless Eric – Construction, Time & Demolition – a review

Wreckless Eric – Construction, Time & Demolition – a review

Ross McGibbon March 21, 2018 0

SOUTHERN DOMESTIC RECORDS         30th March 2018 The perpetual underdog, Wreckless Eric defies the proverbial saying by actually being quite bitter. Having produced one of the best songs of the seventies, Whole Wide World, the

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Gwenno at the Brudenell – “Got Cheese?”

Gwenno at the Brudenell – “Got Cheese?”

Ross McGibbon March 14, 2018 0

Live at The Brudenell Social Club   10th March 2018 Wisely mixing her two albums and wisely bringing a full band (she toured solo in 2015), Gwenno returned to The Brudenell, drawing a motley crew

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The Bellrays – rock, soul and blues at The Brudenell

The Bellrays – rock, soul and blues at The Brudenell

Ross McGibbon March 13, 2018 0

Live at The Brudenell Social Club 8th March 2018 It’s more than 15 years since I first heard the Bellrays on disc and live and, back then I played that CD twice a day

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ERIC CHENAUX – “SLOWLY PARADISE”: Jazzy and distinctive

ERIC CHENAUX – “SLOWLY PARADISE”: Jazzy and distinctive

Ross McGibbon March 7, 2018 1

CONSTELLATION RECORDS                          9th March, 2018 I’ve heard a few Eric Cheneaux albums and every one has been different – he’s earnt a lot of respect here. A very skilled guitarist but one who

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Gwenno – “Le Kov” :  Cornish Waif, errr……..

Gwenno – “Le Kov” :  Cornish Waif, errr……..

Ross McGibbon February 28, 2018 0

HEAVENLY RECORDINGS    2nd March, 2018 You know what I’d do if I’d had critical acclaim for a concept album in Welsh based on an obscure science fiction album? I’d record my next set in

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