Dennis Dunaway – Alice Cooper Group

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 8:57 | Category : Podcasts
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Dennis Dunaway, bassist, songwriter, visionary for the Alice Cooper group joins host Jason Barnard to talk about his definitive book on the band ‘Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!’. Subtitled ‘My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group’ his account is the must read rock autobiography of 2015.

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group

  1. The Spiders – Why Don’t You Love Me (Single A-side, Mascot, 1965)
  2. The Spiders ‎– Don’t Blow Your Mind (Single A-side, Santa Cruz, 1966)
  3. Nazz ‎– Lay Down And Die, Goodbye (Single A-side, Very Record, 1967)
  4. Alice Cooper ‎– Fields Of Regret (Pretties For You, Straight, 1969)
  5. Alice Cooper ‎– Nobody Likes Me (Live At The Whisky A-Go-Go 1969, Edsel, 1992)
  6. Alice Cooper ‎– Return Of The Spiders (For Gene Vincent) (Easy Action, Straight, 1970)
  7. Alice Cooper – I’m Eighteen (Love It To Death, Warner Brothers, 1971)
  8. Alice Cooper ‎– Dead Babies (Killer, Warner Brothers, 1971)
  9. Alice Cooper ‎– Under My Wheels (Under My Wheels, Warner Brothers, 1971)
  10. Alice Cooper ‎– School’s Out (School’s Out, Warner Brothers, 1972)
  11. Alice Cooper ‎– Elected (Billion Dollar Babies, Warner Brothers, 1973)
  12. Alice Cooper ‎– Woman Machine (Muscle Of Love, Warner Brothers, 1973)
  13. Billion Dollar Babies – Battle Axe (Battle Axe, Polydor, 1977)
  14. Alice Cooper ‎– A Runaway Train (Welcome 2 My Nightmare, UMe, 2011)
  15. Blue Coupe feat Alice Cooper ‎– Hallow’s Grave (Million Miles More, CD Baby, 2013)

Playing tracks from across his incredible career listen to Dennis talk about Alice Cooper’s creation in the ’60s, strange glory in the ’70s, and the legendary characters they met along the way. More information on Snakes… is also available at dennisdunaway.com

Beautify Junkyards – The Beast Shouted Love

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 20:40 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

MegaDodo Records

Portugal’s Beautify Junkyards have focused on covers for a few years now, shining pastoral psychedelia typified by Vashti Bunyan’s ‘Rose Hip November’ and their reivinvention of Kraftwerk’s ‘Radioactivity’.

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However their new long player ‘The Beast Shouted Love’ demonstrates they can tie the acid folk gorgeousness that they embody with original songwriting.

To make the album the band recorded live in a field using with a mobile studio, layering on synths and effects shown by the birdsong and mellotron of opener ‘Sun Wheel Ceremony’. There’s an acid folk wash across “The Beast Shouted Love” al la The Wicker Man with the male female vocal interplay of “Lake”.

“Valley Of Wonders” is another essential listen, an aural psychedelia trip for the mind, a theme continued with closer “Technicolor Hexagon”.

Beautify Junkyards ‘The Beast Shouted Love’ is a must buy for fans of folk, psych and left-field indie.

More information:

https://megadodo.bandcamp.com/album/the-beast-shouted-love

https://www.facebook.com/beautifyjunkyards

Colin Blunstone – Planes – Never Even Thought

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 21:00 | Category : Reviews
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By Jason Barnard

Cherry Red are shining a light on the biggest hole in Colin Blunstone’s back catalogue with the re-release of his late 70s albums ‘Planes’ and ‘Never Even Thought’. Whilst his classic trio of solo records that he first released as a solo artist are freely available, ‘Planes’ and ‘Never Even Thought’ have never been digitised since the vinyl originals left the shelves in the late 70s.

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These albums marked the start of a new deal with Elton John’s Rocket label marking a new wave of creativity for the ex-Zombie.

The extremely strong ‘Planes’ album was produced by Elton John and David Bowie producer Gus Dudgeon and it shows. With an all-star band Colin kicks off with then Rocket artist, Neil Sedaka’s upbeat ‘Beautiful You’. He then uncovers a lost John-Taupin masterpiece, the title track ‘Planes’ that has all the hallmarks of Elton John in his prime – emotive lyrics and elegant melody.

Colin’s songwriting is equally strong with string laden ballad ‘Ain’t It Funny’ that would have fit neatly on ‘One Year’, whilst the arresting ‘Good Guys Don’t Always Win’ has a more contemporary feel.

Penultimate track ‘(Care Of) Cell 44’ stays faithful to the ‘Odessey and Oracle’ original but sprinkles enough flourishes to retain its freshness.

The album ‘Never Even Thought’, focuses more on Colin’s songwriting with gems including the hooky ‘Lovelight’, beautifully tender love songs ‘Touch And Go’ and ‘Photograph’ plus the quintessential Blunstone number ‘You Are The Way For Me’.

The album’s title track is Murray Head’s dramatic ‘Never Even Thought’, one of the few tracks brought in from outside. It’s a stand out track up there with Head’s masterpiece ‘Say It Ain’t So’.

As a package ‘Planes’ and ‘Never Even Thought’ embody Colin Blunstone of a songwriter of high regard and fine interpreter of songs. Everything is marked by quality: the production, band and, of course, his peerless voice.

Available on Cherry Red Records:

http://shop.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=5128

The Army

Saturday, 8 August 2015, 14:46 | Category : Articles
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By Nick Warburton

West London R&B/soul connoisseurs The Army have the distinction of being the group that spawned future Sweet bass player/singer Steve Priest.

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The Army, February 1968 at The Grange Club in Hayes, left to right: Richard Herring, Steve Priest, Alan Bennett, Anita (go-go dancer), Richard Bennett, George Russell, Ron Lewingdon, John Barter and Dennis White (used with kind permission of Richard Bennett)

Take a look at this feature on The Army with rare photos and a chance to listen to the unreleased track “You Don’t Know Like I Know”:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-army

Mike Piggott

Wednesday, 5 August 2015, 20:03 | Category : Articles
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Guitarist/violinist, Mike Piggott learned violin while he was at boarding school in Ramsgate, Kent during his early teens. After hearing guitarist Roger Dean on John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers debut LP, he also took up the guitar.

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The Denny Laine Band, 1980 

Nick Warburton tells Mike’s journey working with The System Soul Band, Paul Brett, Denny Laine, Pentangle, Ralph McTell, Bert Jansch to John Lodge:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/mike-piggott

Paul Roland – Bitter and Twisted

Wednesday, 5 August 2015, 16:00 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

Over his 4 decade journey through goth-rock-pop, Paul Roland has carved a cult following with acclaimed tracks like ‘The Great Edwardian Air-Raid’, ‘Wyndham Hill’ and ‘Nosferatu’. His 17th long player ‘Bitter and Twisted’ presents a compelling case to add more classics to his canon.

Paul Roland Bitter and Twisted

Kicking off with insistent plastic surgery rocker ‘I’m The Result Of An Experiment (Which Went Hideously Wrong)’, this bumper album darts and twists in a number of musical directions with a horror filled lyrical theme.

Other highlights include ‘Hugo’, a devilishly great pop song tied a tale of a ventriloquist possessed by his murderous dummy; ‘Another Me’ then embarks in a darker proggier direction. ‘I’ve Been Hearing Voices’ is in turn gorgeous acid folk, with a lighter sound-scape of the genre presented in ‘Professor Feather’. ‘Born In The 60s’ is fitting tribute to garage rock and the west coast psych scene. With a further five bonus tracks tied to ‘Bitter and Twisted’ Paul shows that after all these years his songwriting talent is undimmed.

http://www.paul-roland.com/

http://www.paulroland.de/