Ellison – 1971

Friday, 4 March 2016, 21:27 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

Escaping from hopelessly rare vinyl and mp3 blog rips, Guerssen have newly remastered one of the great rare hard-rock LPs of the early 70s.

ELLISON LP FRONT 1971

Ellison hailed from Montreal Canada, forming in Montreal in 1967. Comprising Vincent Marandola (vocalist/ guitarist), Richard Arcand (bass), Robert Cager (drums) and Christian Tremblay (guitars), they played gigs around Quebec before releasing their sole album on Trans-World Records in 1971.

Highlights include ‘Seal A Beam Bow’ (think Free’s ‘Mr Big’ with a more melodic edge), ‘Winter Sludge’ (a great Doors feel), Untruth Story (Ugly Ducklings take note), and acoustic ballad ‘Freedom’.

With a mix of North American and UK influences this new release is an essential purchase for fans of early seventies rock.

guerssen.com

Sendelica – Ziggy Stardust

Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 21:04 | Category : Reviews
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Recorded before his passing to the stars, Sendelica’s superb Bowie cover ‘Ziggy Stardust’ sees a well deserved single release on Fruits de Mer.

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Moving away from this landmark song’s rock edge and amplifying its spacier elements, Sendelica shine a light on ‘Ziggy’s’ strength whilst being in tune with David’s spirit. As a bonus the flip adds a sparkling remix, its ambient tone echoing ‘Heroes’, courtesy of Astralasia’s Marc Swordfish.

Containing all the best elements of Bowie’s sound, Sendelica’s ‘Ziggy’ was one of the highlights of a last years Fruits de Mer fan only CD set of Bowie reinterpretations- it’s great to see a wider pressing on colour vinyl.

www.fruitsdemerrecords.com

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Mike McGear McCartney

Saturday, 20 February 2016, 10:17 | Category : Interview, Podcasts
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Mike ‘McGear’ McCartney joins Jason Barnard to talk about the expanded reissue of 1968’s McGough & McGear album out now on Esoteric.

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  1. McGough & McGear – ‎So Much (McGough & McGear, Parlophone, 1968)
  2. McGough & McGear – ‎Ex Art Student (McGough & McGear, Parlophone, 1968)
  3. The Scaffold – 2 Day’s Monday (Single A-side, Parlophone, 1966)
  4. The Scaffold – 3 Blind Jellyfish (Single B-side to 2 Day’s Monday, Parlophone, 1966)
  5. The Scaffold – Thank U Very Much (Single A-side, Parlophone, 1968)
  6. The Scaffold – Lily The Pink (Single A-side, Parlophone, 1968)
  7. Donovan – Happiness Runs (Barabajagal, Epic, 1969)
  8. Mike McGear – Woman (Woman, Island, 1972)
  9. Grimms – Take It While You Can (Rockin’ Duck, Island, 1973)
  10. Mike McGear – Sea Breezes (McGear, Warner Brothers, 1974)
  11. Mike McGear – Leave It (McGear, Warner Brothers, 1974)
  12. Mike McGear – The Man Who Found God on the Moon (McGear, Warner Brothers, 1974)
  13. The Scaffold – Liverpool Lou (Single A-side, Warner Bros, 1974)
  14. Paul McCartney – Jenny Wren (Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Parlophone, 2005)
  15. McGough & McGear – ‎Yellow Book (McGough & McGear, Parlophone, 1968)

In an extended podcast listen to songs from and related to Mike’s career as well as how they were written and recorded.

The Hummingbirds

Thursday, 18 February 2016, 21:00 | Category : News, Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

Following in the rich vein of the Liverpool forefathers, The Hummingbirds are gently kicking up a storm with their Mersey enthused Americana. With new single ‘Knocking On My Door’ being pushed by Q Magazine everything bodes well for the forthcoming album ‘Pieces of You’.

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Bristling with pop hooks, ‘Knocking On My Door’ rattles around your head as the harmonies wash through your soul.

Already drawing packed crowds in their home town The Hummingbirds are definitely a band to watch for:

wearethehummingbirds.com

The Loose Ends

Monday, 8 February 2016, 19:33 | Category : Articles
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By Nick Warburton

Formed in Bexley Heath, Kent in late 1963, The Loose Ends were fronted by Lahore-born singer Alan Marshall and his bass playing cousin Rick Marshall. The group released the superb freakbeat version of George Harrison’s “Taxman” plus rare cover of Moody Blues’ track “Send The People Away”.

Roy Davies, Rick Marshall, Alan Marshall, Peter Kirtley and Alan Whitehead

The Loose Ends, 1966, left to right: Roy Davies, Rick Marshall, Alan Marshall, Peter Kirtley and Alan Whitehead (photo from Alan Whitehead)

Band members included members of The Attack, The Carl Douglas Set, Brainticket, The In Crowd (pre-Tomorrow) and Uriah Heep.

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-loose-ends

Jeff Beck Exclusive – Tiger In Your Tank recorded with The Tridents

Sunday, 31 January 2016, 12:50 | Category : Blues, Interview, News
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Nick Warburton’s full history of the Jeff Beck’s pre-Yardbirds group The Tridents has been updated to exclusively include the track ‘Tiger in your Tank’.

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It was performed and recorded by the BBC at Eel Pie Island in 1964. The Tridents line up at the time was Jeff Beck lead guitar, Paul Lucas vocals and bass guitar, John Lucas on rhythm guitar and Ray Cook on drums. It is the first time that we have released any of this material.

To listen go to:

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