1 (edited by BansheeUK 2022-07-01 02:25:18)

Topic: Best of 2022 releases - so far...

So, that time of year again, 6 months down, let’s see who makes the “all-star” selection of 2022…

Jack J Hitchinson – The Hammer Falls  (UK)
Jethro Tull – The Zealot Gene  (UK)
Elles Bailey – Shining In The Half Light  (UK)
Dan Patlansky – Shelter of Bones  (SA)
Eric Johanson – Live at DBA  (US)
Marillion – An Hour Before It’s Dark  (UK)
Kris Barras – Death Valley Paradise  (UK)
Toby Lee – Icons Vol 1  (UK)
Ian Siegal – Stone By Stone  (UK)
Robin Trower – No More Worlds To Conquer  (UK)
Bonham / Bullick – Bonham / Bullick  (UK)
Xander & The Peace Pirates – Order Out of Chaos  (UK)

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana...

Re: Best of 2022 releases - so far...

Is this list for UK/Europe/SA only?  Other than Jack J Hutchinson and Xander's new album I doubt any of the others would be included in my list.

TMS's To Be Continued would top my list so far and can't wait to see them again in August.  It worries me the drummer, Reuben Gingrich has a couple outside projects going.  He'd be very hard to replace.
I'd go so far to say The Squeeze is the best band I've come across since Zeppelin in Christmas 1968.

Surprised you didn't include Smoke's fine little album you alerted me too.

Others for this year so far...

Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs - External Combustion
Lewis Taylor - Numb
Smoke - The Mighty Delta Of Time

Re: Best of 2022 releases - so far...

Wow! Until I checked back, I hadn't realised that there was only one representative from the USA.... There are plenty of US bands back touring over here again but seems a shortage of new product - no doubt someone will shoot me down here...

TMS is certainly the "find" of the year, so kick there butts over in this direction but I've not included as I'm not certain of release dates. As for Smoke, Mighty Delta of Time hasn't yet had a UK release (thanks Brexit) and seems is harder to get here than over there...(I don't do downloads, people argue still for vinyl, but any physical form does me.)

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana...

4 (edited by Curby 2022-07-01 19:24:28)

Re: Best of 2022 releases - so far...

Speaking of physical music ownership vs downloads, I’d have to agree I wish vinyl or even cds were readily available, but unfortunately they’re not.
Amazon is an option, but for me it came down space in my home.  I boxed up all my cds a long time ago and now I can’t find them.
Downloads are an option, but Apple can and will taketh away randomly.
That’s really an irritation.  I have their streaming music which is nice, but often not all the music is available and most new cars don’t have CD players.  I can only play thru my phone on Apple Play.

Re: Best of 2022 releases - so far...

I'm not an advocate of the "vinyl is best", maybe it was when Cds first came to the fore, but with improvements in the transfer processes and better amps, it's hard to chose. The other reason I avoid vinyl, like Curby, is a shortage of space, and believe me, at one time I did have a lot of vinyl. I'll only buy vinyl if there's absolutely no other choice, and then only from the artist [at a gig] or their website or via Bandcamp. Streaming sites I avoid as there's very little return to the artist. And besides, you can't get an autographed download as you can a physical music product, often making a notable keepsake from a good gig.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana...