Led Zeppelin

Sunday, 27 July 2014, 18:18 | Category : Led Zeppelin
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To celebrate the latest batch of Led Zeppelin reissues The Strange Brew Podcast takes an alternative look at Led Zep.

Led Zeppelin

  1. Band of Joy – For What It’s Worth (demo) (Robert Plant – Sixty Six to Timbuktu, Mercury, 2003 rec 1968)
  2. The Yardbirds – White Summer (Live Yardbirds: Featuring Jimmy Page, Epic, 1971 rec 1968)
  3. Jake Holmes – Dazed and Confused (“The Above Ground Sound” of Jake Holmes, Tower (US), 1967)
  4. PJ Proby – Jim’s Blues (Three Week Hero, Liberty, 1969 rec 1968)
  5. Led Zeppelin – The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair (BBC Sessions, Atlantic, 1997 rec 1969)
  6. Sandie Shaw – Your Time Is Gonna Come (Reviewing the Situation, Pye, 1969)
  7. Led Zeppelin – La La (Led Zeppelin II (reissue), Atlantic, 2014 rec 1969)
  8. Led Zeppelin – Hey Hey What Can I Do – (Single B-side to Immigrant Song, Atlantic (US), 1970) 
  9. Collective Consciousness Society – Black Dog (CCS, RAK, 1972)
  10. Patricia Paay ‎– Stairway to Heaven (Beam Of Light, EMI – Netherlands, 1975)
  11. The Jason Bonham Band – Since I’ve Been Loving You (In the Name of My Father: The Zepset Live from Electric Ladyland, Epic, 1997)
  12. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant – Most High (Walking into Clarksdale, Atlantic, 1998)
  13. Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes – Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Live at the Greek, TVT, 2000)
  14. Sandi Thom – Rain Song (The Covers Collection, Guardian Angels Music, 2013)
  15. Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters – Rainbow (Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, Nonesuch, 2014)

From their roots, rare tracks, side projects and covers; listen to a new collection related to the former New Yardbirds.

Trolley – Things That Shine And Glow

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 13:55 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

Hailing from Milwaukee USA, Trolley have a long history however they have surely produced their masterpiece in the album ‘Things That Shine And Glow’. I can hear strains of classic powerpop tied with The Zombies, Kinks, Beatles put through the transatlantic filter. However whilst many more illustrious acts have incorporated influences into their music, they rarely do so in a way that is more than the sum of its parts.

Things That Shine And Glow

Trolley are the exception, they really know their way around a fantastic hook. In fact their sound also has a modern indie edge in places indicated by ‘Summer Long’, if only Jarvis Cocker could belt out a track like that now. ‘In The End’ is a little Matthew Sweetish too. But ultimately with tracks so strong as ‘Til I’m Gone’, ‘Vanity’s Song’ and ‘That Made Me Wanting You’ who cares. Comparisons are irrelevant especially with the title track, just listen and enjoy!

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A special mention goes to country-esque ballad closer ‘Love The Way You Look’, beautiful harmonies and a band at their peak. Deserves to be massive.

Out now extremely limited vinyl on Sugarbush Records:


Roger Deering – SMASH Fashion

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 12:51 | Category : Interview
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Interview by Jason Barnard

SMASH Fashion are a crack unit of LA based musicians who produce big bold guitar music uniting fans from all quarters of the rock scene. Classic Rock declare them as “fizzy pop and psyche-tinged glam-punk [with an] injection of macho 70s arena-rock swagger… It’s sorta like if Peter Frampton hired Turbonegro as his back-up band to score some early ’70s episodes of Scooby Doo. And who wouldn’t want a piece of that?” Who indeed.


 SMASH Fashion (Roger Deering far right)

With a new album ‘Big Cat Love’ making waves; ladies and gentlemen, please meet SMASH Fashion’s honest, humorous and inspiring frontman, Roger Deering:


Nick Piunti Sounds Good

Sunday, 20 July 2014, 14:13 | Category : News
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The Strange Brew is proudly posting Mark Waters’ recent Sounds Good shows starting with Mark’s interview with Power Pop hero Nick Piunti.

NickPiuntiHear Sounds Good’s Mark Waters talking to Nick Piunti. Nick has featured in many best of 2013 album polls with his record ‘In My Head’.

‘In My Head’ has great songs, classic guitars and strong melodies with big hooks. Nick  featured on MOJO magazine’s cover mounted CD in November 2013 and his album is now also available on vinyl on Sugarbush Records.

Listen to Sound’s Good with Nick Piunti: http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/SoundsGoodNickPiunti.mp3

More info also available at: http://www.nickpiunti.com/home

Mark Alan Lofgren – The Past Perfect

Saturday, 12 July 2014, 15:56 | Category : Articles, Interview
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Mark Lofgren, co-founder of psych-rock stars The Luck of Eden Hall has helped produce a sensational string of releases for over 20 years. With co-founder Greg Curvey taking the lead for much of the band’s output Mark has finally stepped to the front with his first solo project, The Past Perfect.


It has been gaining plaudits from across the globe so Jason Barnard speaks to Mark about his career and The Past Perfect:


Carl Douglas – Stampeding the Mod Scene

Friday, 11 July 2014, 19:40 | Category : Articles
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Forty years ago this summer, Pye Records issued Carl Douglas’s disco anthem “Kung Fu Fighting” to an unsuspecting public. Shipped just as the chopsocky film craze was taking hold, the Jamaican singer’s best known recording initially struggled for airplay. However, by the tail end of 1974, the single had stormed to the top of the UK and US charts, eventually selling over 11 million copies worldwide. 

To mark the 40th anniversary of his global chart topper, Carl Douglas is preparing a new CD, for release this September, his first collection of new material since 2008’s Return of the Fighter, which includes a re-recording of “Kung Fu Fighting”. 


The long awaited release follows hot on the heels of a superb new compilation LP from revered collectors’ label Acid Jazz, issued on 30 June. Pulling together much of Carl Douglas’s recorded work during the mid-late 1960s, including a number of previously unreleased tracks, the album finally throws a light on the singer’s little known, formative years. 

Nick Warburton concludes the story of Carl Douglas’s rise to fame: