Fruits de Mer August 2016

Saturday, 30 July 2016, 18:52 | Category : Reviews
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By Jason Barnard A bundle of aural treats from Fruits de Mer have been imbibed recently here at Strange Brew HQ for release in August. All of which come highly recommended. The first EP out shortly is the very welcome return of California’s Sidewalk Society. What a great idea for the band to do four covers, two early Bowie and nice pair from […]

I’m A Freak Baby

Sunday, 24 July 2016, 12:14 | Category : Podcasts
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Take a journey through the British heavy psych and hard rock underground scene 1968-1972 with David Wells, compiler of a new 3 CD box set I’m A Freak Baby. Speaking to Strange Brew host Jason Barnard, David plays highlights from this new collection, balancing the familiar with the obscure. The Pink Fairies – Do It […]

Gilbert O’Sullivan Interview

Saturday, 23 July 2016, 19:14 | Category : Interview
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Gilbert O’Sullivan’s songwriting soundtracked the 1970s and Nothing Rhymed and Alone Again (Naturally), in particular, are recognised as classics. All his material is currently undergoing a critical reappraisal and his latest retrospective The Essential Collection recently hit the UK top 20.  Transcribed from his extensive podcast interview with Jason Barnard, Gilbert talks about the hits as well as the rarer cuts that deserve wider attention: […]

The Move and Shazam Remastered and Expanded

Sunday, 17 July 2016, 13:20 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard Esoteric Recordings have released two deluxe boxsets of The Move’s first two albums, The Move and Shazam. Taken together both sets provide the definitive picture of the Carl Wayne years. April 1968’s self-titled debut took an 18 month span to record, and there are many magic moments although it’s mix of styles occasionally clash. Roy […]

biG GRunt – In Session

Sunday, 10 July 2016, 19:18 | Category : Reviews
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Mega Dodo Records Review by Jason Barmard The name biG GRunt may not be familiar to you but the genius of former Bonzo, Vivian Stanshall, surely will. biG GRunt was one of the early projects Stanshall embarked on after the Bonzos fractured following the release of their album, Keynsham, in late 1969. Featuring two fellow Bonzos, dependable bassist Dennis Cowan and […]

Ken Scott – Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust

Saturday, 9 July 2016, 12:29 | Category : Beatles, David Bowie, Interview
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Ken Scott’s work as a recording engineer and producer spans much of the greatest rock music ever recorded. From The Beatles ‘White Album’, David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’, George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ to Lou Reed’s ‘Transformer’. He has an excellent book recalling his time working with these artists and much more – ‘Abbey Road to Ziggy […]