Five’s Company – Friends and Mirrors

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 20:48 | Category : Reviews
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By Jason Barnard For the first time Grapefruit/Cherry Red have compiled the complete recordings from Chelsea based beat band, Five’s Company. The band released three singles in 1966, Ango-Dylan hybrid ‘Sunday For Seven Days’, the jaunty 60s pop of ‘Some Girls’ and excellent Ray Davies cover – ‘Session Man’. Rejected 4th single ‘Friends and Mirrors’ […]

Fairground Attraction – The First Of A Million Kisses: Expanded Edition

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 16:54 | Category : Mark Nevin, Reviews
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By Jason Barnard Fairground Attraction, now notable for the songwriting prowess of Mark Nevin and peerless vocals of Eddi Reader, are a band of contrasts. They were incredibly popular but produced music that cut against the grain of the late 1980s  pop scene. They live long in the memory thanks to chart topper ‘Perfect’ and Brit Award winning […]

Richard John-Riley – I Can’t Tell You (How This Feels)

Monday, 14 November 2016, 20:29 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard The online reviews for this 12″ 45rpm yellow vinyl release by Richard John-Riley have been phenomenal but does it live up to the hype? Yes, Side A’s extended mix of ‘I Can’t Tell You (How This Feels)’ is a thing of beauty. It’s 10 minutes of prog-synthness hypnotic perfection with echoes of meddle […]

Us and Them: Fading Within The Dwindling Sun – When I Was Walking

Thursday, 10 November 2016, 20:38 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard Us and Them have two forthcoming records that highlight the captivating nature of this Swedish duo. Taking on five signature Sandy Denny tracks is quite a challenge. So it was with some trepidation I gave their forthcoming Fruits de Mer 10 inch EP ‘Fading Within The Dwindling Sun’ a spin. How would Britt […]

The Honey Pot – Ascending Scales

Sunday, 30 October 2016, 21:04 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard To celebrate Fruits de Mer Records 100th vinyl release, FDM favourites The Honey Pot embark on an audacious double album. Icarus Peel, Crystal Jacqueline and the band have fittingly assembled a crack FDM friends to guest on a set of psych/rock covers and Honey Pot originals. Starting with a pair of 60s legends, […]

Ben Reed – Station Masters

Saturday, 29 October 2016, 20:33 | Category : Reviews
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Ben Reed’s third album ‘Station Masters’, is a beautifully produced album infused with the Canterbury sound. It’s out now on Gare de Nord records. Taking its lead from Soft Machine, the album’s highlights include the jazz-pop of ‘Drifting’ and ‘Be Mine’. Other gems include the folky ‘Errata’ – a lovely version of Portuguese poet Manuel de Freitas’ song, and […]