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BansheeUK wrote:

Laurence Jones - Destination Unknown (2022)

Well, here we are, Laurence's new label debut for Marshall Records (as in Marshall Amps btw), and certainly the guitar playing live's up to the deal, as well as all the other instruments in this 1st recording for the new line-up. Well, new isn't exactly right, Bennett Holland remains on keys, as Laurence's right-hand man but it is first studio outing with drummer Samuel Jenkins as well as my ol' mate from VATA, Mr Jack Alexander Timmis on bass. Together, they make quite a unit and collectively & individually, they've contributed to all the songs on the album, as well as Laurence' fiancé c Amy hipping in on a number.

Destination Unknown? Well it is a departure from the Blues on which Laurence cut his teeth a decade ago; while contemporaries like Kris Barras and Jack J Hutchison have moved to markedly heavier sounds, Laurence too has "beefed-up" but only as far as AOR; think in the lines of Night Ranger. No fault with that, and while the new songs are crisp and punchy, he needs a "Sister Christian" since "Thunder In The Sky", great as it is, is getting a bit flabby. Still, Unknown as the destination may be, it's the journey that's been the fun, and Laurence has a good few miles in him yet.


Well, that was certainly an interesting take on LJ's latest.  I agree with all the observations, especially the non blues he's mostly known for.  Some of the songs will need a few listens to season the listener, but I've gotta say this is his best so far.  The whole band sounds real tight and Laurence's playing has a Claptonish restraint I prefer these days.  It does have an early 80's hair rock groove
too and that adds to its magic.

Re: What song are you listening to right now?

Curby wrote:
BansheeUK wrote:

Laurence Jones - Destination Unknown (2022)

Well, here we are, Laurence's new label debut for Marshall Records (as in Marshall Amps btw), and certainly the guitar playing live's up to the deal, as well as all the other instruments in this 1st recording for the new line-up. Well, new isn't exactly right, Bennett Holland remains on keys, as Laurence's right-hand man but it is first studio outing with drummer Samuel Jenkins as well as my ol' mate from VATA, Mr Jack Alexander Timmis on bass. Together, they make quite a unit and collectively & individually, they've contributed to all the songs on the album, as well as Laurence' fiancé c Amy hipping in on a number.

Destination Unknown? Well it is a departure from the Blues on which Laurence cut his teeth a decade ago; while contemporaries like Kris Barras and Jack J Hutchison have moved to markedly heavier sounds, Laurence too has "beefed-up" but only as far as AOR; think in the lines of Night Ranger. No fault with that, and while the new songs are crisp and punchy, he needs a "Sister Christian" since "Thunder In The Sky", great as it is, is getting a bit flabby. Still, Unknown as the destination may be, it's the journey that's been the fun, and Laurence has a good few miles in him yet.


Well, that was certainly an interesting take on LJ's latest.  I agree with all the observations, especially the non blues he's mostly known for.  Some of the songs will need a few listens to season the listener, but I've gotta say this is his best so far.  The whole band sounds real tight and Laurence's playing has a Claptonish restraint I prefer these days.  It does have an early 80's hair rock groove
too and that adds to its magic.

In terms of Laurence's style, the more I play this album, the more I hear the 80s rock stylings of Gary Moore, before he turned back to the Blues. Maybe, that's a hint of the journey to come. I do agree though, having seen the band recently, they are super-tight and this is Laurence's best album in a while, but he does need a BIG new number.

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I went through the three bands Mike's focused on and although Jack J Hutchinson's put out an interesting departure from previous albums I wouldn't put it above Destination Unknown.  Kris Barras' new music is definitely heavier than usual, but he's not as adventurous as Jack or Laurence.  Reminds me of Philip Sayce and Stevie Salas only not as original.

As for a big hit song, there's many great bands that never got a whiff.  listening to Mr. Jones' LP I'd rate it a 9/10.  After numerous plays I can't find a song I don't like.  This will be near the top for this year's stellar crop.  Bennett Holland really underscores the beautiful guitar playing on every track.

Thanks again BansheeUK for the shout.  Your best this year.

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Marillion - Holidays In Eden (1991/2022) Deluxe Edition

Yikes! Has it really been 30 years since this came out? Wow! I can remember a very hot gig in Workington Rugby Ground not long after the album's release and finding myself standing in the middle of the band...

Anyway, has age diminished my enjoyment of the album, at the time and probably still) Marillion's most commercial sounding (3 projected singles: Dry Land; No One Can; Cover My Eyes; only EMI decided to promote Vanilla Ice at the time - whatever...) Well, I still love it, the electronic insistence of Splintering Heart and the unfurling drama of The Party (a foretaste of the next album, Brave). This was a difficult album to make apparently, Marillion being the only band to suffer "difficult 2nd album" syndrome; firstly, with Fugazi and now Holidays, h's sophomore album. Season's End had been an easy ride since most of the music had been written before he joined; now accepted by the fans, the follow-up was a blank canvas that took 6 months to fill.

Judge for yourselves the result, but this Deluxe edition in the dog's b*****ks. It may not have had the obligatory Steven Wilson proggy breathe on treatment, but you can't fault Stephen Taylor's remix: then you get a 2-disc recording of September 1991's Hammersmith show. However, the Blu-ray disc in the goodie bag; 3 sound mixes of the original album, 12 b-sides and demos, 3 promo videos + studio demo, a new, 85 minute "Making of" documentary and a full 95-minute Rockpalast video (featuring Garden Party, Freaks & Jester's Tear).

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Taster from Troy Redfern's new album, Wings of Salvation released yesterday; brace yourselves....

Sweet Carolina - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ppvjxf5hVg

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BansheeUK wrote:

Marillion - Holidays In Eden (1991/2022) Deluxe Edition

Yikes! Has it really been 30 years since this came out? Wow! I can remember a very hot gig in Workington Rugby Ground not long after the album's release and finding myself standing in the middle of the band...

Anyway, has age diminished my enjoyment of the album, at the time and probably still) Marillion's most commercial sounding (3 projected singles: Dry Land; No One Can; Cover My Eyes; only EMI decided to promote Vanilla Ice at the time - whatever...) Well, I still love it, the electronic insistence of Splintering Heart and the unfurling drama of The Party (a foretaste of the next album, Brave). This was a difficult album to make apparently, Marillion being the only band to suffer "difficult 2nd album" syndrome; firstly, with Fugazi and now Holidays, h's sophomore album. Season's End had been an easy ride since most of the music had been written before he joined; now accepted by the fans, the follow-up was a blank canvas that took 6 months to fill.

Judge for yourselves the result, but this Deluxe edition in the dog's b*****ks. It may not have had the obligatory Steven Wilson proggy breathe on treatment, but you can't fault Stephen Taylor's remix: then you get a 2-disc recording of September 1991's Hammersmith show. However, the Blu-ray disc in the goodie bag; 3 sound mixes of the original album, 12 b-sides and demos, 3 promo videos + studio demo, a new, 85 minute "Making of" documentary and a full 95-minute Rockpalast video (featuring Garden Party, Freaks & Jester's Tear).



This has to be at least your third mention of Marillion and I finally really looked into this double album.  All I can say is WOW!  What a great album and with 2 discs to boot.  I really like the demo versions the best for some reason.  "This Town" has a Billy Idol pulse to it and other songs are all over the great sounds of 80's/90's.  Not this record, but these guys are mostly Prog (like Hawkwind), yet there's Peter Gabriel floating around here too.
If you knew about these guys in the day you were one hep cat.

Adios Forum friends....

6,919 (edited by BansheeUK 2022-09-27 03:12:41)

Re: What song are you listening to right now?

Curby wrote:
BansheeUK wrote:

Marillion - Holidays In Eden (1991/2022) Deluxe Edition

Yikes! Has it really been 30 years since this came out? Wow! I can remember a very hot gig in Workington Rugby Ground not long after the album's release and finding myself standing in the middle of the band...

Anyway, has age diminished my enjoyment of the album, at the time and probably still) Marillion's most commercial sounding (3 projected singles: Dry Land; No One Can; Cover My Eyes; only EMI decided to promote Vanilla Ice at the time - whatever...) Well, I still love it, the electronic insistence of Splintering Heart and the unfurling drama of The Party (a foretaste of the next album, Brave). This was a difficult album to make apparently, Marillion being the only band to suffer "difficult 2nd album" syndrome; firstly, with Fugazi and now Holidays, h's sophomore album. Season's End had been an easy ride since most of the music had been written before he joined; now accepted by the fans, the follow-up was a blank canvas that took 6 months to fill.

Judge for yourselves the result, but this Deluxe edition in the dog's b*****ks. It may not have had the obligatory Steven Wilson proggy breathe on treatment, but you can't fault Stephen Taylor's remix: then you get a 2-disc recording of September 1991's Hammersmith show. However, the Blu-ray disc in the goodie bag; 3 sound mixes of the original album, 12 b-sides and demos, 3 promo videos + studio demo, a new, 85 minute "Making of" documentary and a full 95-minute Rockpalast video (featuring Garden Party, Freaks & Jester's Tear).



This has to be at least your third mention of Marillion and I finally really looked into this double album.  All I can say is WOW!  What a great album and with 2 discs to boot.  I really like the demo versions the best for some reason.  "This Town" has a Billy Idol pulse to it and other songs are all over the great sounds of 80's/90's.  Not this record, but these guys are mostly Prog (like Hawkwind), yet there's Peter Gabriel floating around here too.
If you knew about these guys in the day you were one hep cat.

Adios Forum friends....

if you didn't really know Marillion back "in the day", they were always dogged with a "poor man's Genesis" tag, so you're right about the "Prog" label, and interesting nod with the Peter Gabriel comparison.

After their 1st four albums they were thought to have mis-stepped when frontman, singer and lyricist Fish left the band, they were down, and counted out by a lot and it gave new singer Steve Hogarth a mountain to climb. He was a real out-field choice, but boy, what a voice he had [& still has] as well as charisma by the bucketful.

Maybe they never quite hit the commercial & critical peak of Misplaced Childhood but there's a lot of albums over the years come close. And this is the band that all but invented "crowd-funding" to boot.

PS - if you hadn't guessed - I'm a FAN. One of the few bands I'll use that term about.

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Cathal Murphy - I'm Writing to You -It Can Be Lonely & Beautiful at The Edges of Print (2022) EP
                             Monteal Sessions (2022) EP

Following on from Wednesday's fabulous show ay Ashington, I came away with Cathal's 2 CD EP's. The 1st one came out at the start of the year, and the 2nd, just released officially today, was recorded earlier this year, in, as the name suggests, Montreal.

I've banged on a bit about this young Irish lad as I knew on 1st encounter, he has talent to spare, and these releases vindicate that insight. He doesn't play like another Rory, or have the voice of a Van Morrison, he does have a genre straddling, easy style mixing elements of jazz & country with touches of his folk-music background. What comes out is a surprisingly sophisticated mellow sound.

The 2nd EP is more of the same, but Cathal was invited to Montreal to record with his mentor Ariel Posen who also produced the sessions. This time, there's a much more textured fell to the 4 tracks and we hear Cathal using a slightly higher register on his voice. Standout track has to be Overworked, Underpaid.

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Fiona Apple - Across the Universe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmlnO1EwCT4

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Scott Mckeon - New Morning (2021)

Believe or not, actually only his 3rd "solo" album but first since 2017's Rufus Black project, half of which appear on the album. Actually, his producing a certain guitarist-of-note's upcoming album and that jogged the ol' grey cells as it got, deservedly, fine ratings on Bonamassa's forum last year. No one set style or genre, but the mostly instrumental tracks showcase the variety of work Scott has been doing over the past decade and what a fine musician he is.

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Rory Gallagher - Deuce 50th Anniversary edition (1972/2022)

What more needs to be said, reputation cementing album with fine, crystal clear sound and a bonus disc rich in studio session and searing demos & alt takes.


Thorbjorn Risager & Black Tornado - Navigation Blues (2022)

If BB King's Revue band was fronted by frank Sinatra, they come close; these guys are so smooth, so effortless on an album that could/should be a Tarantino soundtrack. Achingly good sound that deserves to be heard Live...

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6,924 (edited by BansheeUK 2022-10-09 10:07:01)

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New-to-forum band who made a big impression at the Carlisle Blues Festival this weekend were  a fiesty young trio. Formed in Gillingham in 2020, The Zac Schulze Gang have been storming the south-east scene with a mixture of up-tempo blues, rock and pop originals and covers ranging from the 50s to present. Drawing influence from artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Beatles, The Who, Dr. Feelgood, Rory Gallagher, Eagles, 10cc and many more.

The Zac Schulze Gang are:

Zac Schulze – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Ant Greenwell – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Ben Schulze – Drums/Vocals
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Bullfrog Blues - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9vADjFOpiY
Steppin' Out - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK5wZ0Sb54U
Call Me The breeze - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gMKggnr1dI

From what I've seen on Facebook friend's reports, they are likely to have a full 2023 diary from their showing.

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BansheeUK wrote:

Marillion - Holidays In Eden (1991/2022) Deluxe Edition


Judge for yourselves the result, but this Deluxe edition in the dog's b*****ks. It may not have had the obligatory Steven Wilson proggy breathe on treatment, but you can't fault Stephen Taylor's remix: then you get a 2-disc recording of September 1991's Hammersmith show. However, the Blu-ray disc in the goodie bag; 3 sound mixes of the original album, 12 b-sides and demos, 3 promo videos + studio demo, a new, 85 minute "Making of" documentary and a full 95-minute Rockpalast video (featuring Garden Party, Freaks & Jester's Tear).

Sounds interesting, saw Marillion in the days of Fish back in the 80’s - great live band.

Lester

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Hawkwind - We Are Looking In On You (2022)

The original "Guardians of the Galaxy" are once again strapped into their Silver Machine and chasing the Psychedelic Warlords (2 tracks strangely omitted from this collection) through deep space.

This is a collection of 13 tracks, over 2 CDs, performed live throughout 2021 and does include classics such as ‘Spirit Of The Age' Brain Storm and ‘Levitation’, along with newer favourites from their last studio album, like ‘Cave Of Phantom Dreams’ and ‘Unsomnia’.

Nobody does it quite like Hawkwind.... Mind you, a cover of It's Not Unusual, that's pushing the strange quotient.

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Ariel Posen - Headway (2021)

Ariel's 2nd album here did almost slip through the gap, being released during the midst of the chaos of the last couple of years, but fortunately, he toured in the Uk recently, so I made sure I bagged a copy.

Always a good listen, and technically, one of the better guitarists around; I don't know quite how Ariel managed the soubriquet of "laid-back Springsteen" when to me, there's more a blending of JJ Cale and Ry Cooder to his particular style, with nods of Tom Petty and a dash of John Martyn for trans-Atlantic appeal.

Ariel is one of that rare breed whose guitar-work is a perfect match for his vocal prowess, soulful content that comes via Ariel’s clear, expressive and versatile; his signature guitar sound – moderate distortion and lots of slide work making an enjoyable mix of white soul and bombastic rock.

For my money, there isn’t a weak track on this album, beautifully written with production to match which simply allows you to shut out all of life’s crazy distractions and just immerse yourself in the twelve sonic beauties just for a little while.

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Troy Redfern - Wings of Salvation (2022)

A causality of the current industrial disputes, my copy of Troy's latest album arrived yesterday and has been getting multiple spins through the day. I don't know what voodoo he's been on, but what, 6 albums in the last couple of years - he's making Bonamassa look idle: the amazing this being, Mr Redfern shows no signs of bottoming out this rich seam he's plundering.

He's still a slide-wiz and master of the Resonator, on this album explodes from Gasoline and climbs through Sweet Carolina which owes little to Neil Diamond's near namesake, sounding more like a swaggering Alice Cooper when he's parked up the grand guignol and getting down to some straight rocking. Hey, Troy & Alice.... I'm getting goosebumps... But the power-boogie maybe be Troy's stock-in-trade, but it's not the only string to his guitar; Dark Religion is a dark and brooding cowboy-noir. And Come On is the missing link between hard rock and country

Anyway, 10 perfectly formed slices of snarling Delta in 36 minutes, the album is relentless, like a stampede with Dave Marks and Paul Stewart along for the ride. There seems to have been a slight change in the overall production, Wings sounds overall a bit cleaner and sharper than Fire Cosmic. There's no doubt, even though the album's gestation was little over 1 month, Redfern's raised his own bar, yet again. And if that wasn't enough, he found time to do the album cover artwork himself too...

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drinking champagne, eating halloween candy and listening to Taylor Swift - Anti-Hero https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1kbLwvqugk

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Motorhead - Iron Fist (1982) 40th Anniversary edition

Had a good time this rainy afternoon wallowing in a bit nostalgia with a bit of Motorhead (phrases that shouldn't really sit together) and a smartly packaged release of their Iron Fist album. Coming after the [un]holy trinity of Overkill, Bomber & Ace of Spades as well as the monster No Sleep 'til Hammersmith Live album it was always going to be a big ask to top that lot, which, to be frank, it didn't, for the usual reasons of "burn-out" and it lost a lot of favour with the fans, being the swan-song for the legendry line-up of Lemmy, Philthy and & Fast Eddie (who left on the US leg of the tour). Looking back though, though some of the songs are rough and sounding at times "unfinished", it isn't really deserving of its bad reputation; everything that you want is there.

Crikey though, 40 years!! With the remastered album and various extras on Disc one, there comes a 2nd Disc of the full show from Glasgow Apollo in March 1982 (couple of days after I was at the Newcastle show). Maybe it didn't help matters that 'Head dropped {oops!] the Bomber rig and went for something new that had more than enough technical problems, marring several gigs. These involved the band entering stage by being raised and lowered on a drawbridge-like platform, a giant mechanical hand (with spotlights in the fingers) that more often than enough just moved enough to give "the finger", (only Motorhead) and a specially shot trailer, (see below) in a pre GoT style that was supposed to set up the theme of the show.
Happy days!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDt-tSO … z9ntccdkEI

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