Saturday, January 14, 2017

i-Spy


Jay Aston's third solo album 'i-Spy' is now available. It was initially released in September last year via Jay's website and autographed copies were also available on the recent Formerly of Bucks Fizz tour which is where I picked up my copy. However, according to this article the album is released in January! I'm confused...

Anyway the full track listing for the album is as follows:

1. The Insecure Chief
2. True Love
3. Music Box
4. The Law Of Happiness
5. Great Expectations
6. Fundamental Flaw
7. Sometimes
8. The God Song
9. The Fool

My favourite track on the album is 'The Law Of Happiness' but the track that she showcased on the tour is a strong ballad 'Great Expectations' which has a video which you can see here:


I also have to draw your attention to Jay's previous albums 'Lamb Or Lizard' (available in its original form in 1993 and then later as a 3 CD retrospective in 2006) and the wildly eclectic 'Alive & Well' which really deserved a much bigger audience. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wilson Phillips


The award winning debut album by Wilson Phillips received a long overdue deluxe edition reisssue last month. The Glen Ballard produced album sold 10 million copies when it was originally released in May 1990 and scored three US #1 singles with 'Hold On', 'Release Me' and 'You're In Love', while a fourth single, 'Impulsive', was another US Top 10 hit.

The full track listing is as follows:

CD One

Hold On
Release Me
Impulsive
Next To You (Someday I'll Be)
You're In Love
Over & Over
A Reason To Believe
Ooh You're Gold
Eyes Like Twins
The Dream Is Still Alive

Hold On (Acapella)

CD Two

Release Me (Single Edit)
Hold On (Single Fade)
Impulsive (AOR Mix)
Impulsive (Single Edit)
Impulsive (Album Version Edit)
Mi Sueno Vive Aun (The Dream Is Still Alive Spanish Version)
Otro Amor (You're In Love Spanish Radio Version)
Otro Amor (You're In Love Spanglish Version)
The Dream Is Still Alive (Radio Edit)
The Dream Is Still Alive (Spanglish Version)
You're In Love (Single/Radio Edit)
Hotel California (Live In Japan)
Hold On (Live In Japan)
Conversation with Wilson Phillips & Glen Ballard

I'm a sucker for harmonies at the best of times and the voices of Wendy, Carnie and Chynna are just glorious: worth the price of the CD by itself to be honest! Some of these tracks have become good friends over the years. Have a look/listen for yourself...



Friday, January 06, 2017

Lose My Cool


Ronika returns with a new album 'Lose My Cool' on January 20th. The full track listing is:

1. Principle
2. Late Night Radio
3. Lose My Cool
4. All Comes Back 2 U
5. Dissolve
6. Make Your Move
7. Superfine
8. Trouble
9. Never My Love
10. Feeling Is Believing
11. Distraction
12. Trying To See In The Dark
13. Better Than Ever
14. World Is Turning (Bonus Track)
15. Marathon (Bonus Track)

You can read an interview with Ronika on the Line Of Best Fit  website while mp3 and vinyl pre-orders are available here.

Check out the video to the album's lead track 'Principle' below:

Sunday, January 01, 2017

20 Years Of Steps


Well... 2017 is looking brighter already. Better start polishing up those dance moves :)



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Rick Parfitt


2016 - the git of a year that just keeps on taking - took another one of our heroes on Christmas Eve with the death of Status Quo's Rick Parfitt.

Rick was one of my boyhood heroes and Quo are part of my musical DNA. I bought three Quo singles ('Paper Plane', 'Mean Girl' & 'Caroline') before I was seven years old. I got my first Quo album for Christmas in 1978 ('If You Can't Stand The Heat') and then systematically bought all of the others over the next four years. The first album I bought after my Dad died was a Quo album ('XX''). The day I left school I went to a Quo gig: the first of many great nights with Quo over the next 30 years.

As I'm writing this I can picture Rick, heads down, blasting out the opening to 'Caroline' and it seems unreal that he's gone. It's as if he was indestructible. I met him once a few years ago and he was a nice guy. It feels like I've lost a friend.

R.I.P Rick Parfitt. Thank you for all the great music, great nights and so many great memories...





Monday, December 26, 2016

George Michael


George Michael. Beautiful, gorgeous George Michael. I can't even begin. I'm heartbroken.

A gifted songwriter blessed with an extraordinary voice and stunning good looks yet also a gentle, unassuming soul. He was simply an honest and genuine talent with a good heart. I feel like part of my youth has gone with him, as so many of us do, but I'm grateful for his music, his voice, his creativity and the fun, pathos and sense of humour that ran through his work.

I really don't have words for this, so perhaps all I can do is let George Michael's brilliant music speak for itself. R.I.P George. You Have Been Loved...

  









And then there's his wonderful voice interpreting other people's songs, whether it's a heartfelt rendition of  a Bonnie Raitt classic...


Or a stupendous version of Queen's 'Somebody To Love' at the Freddie Mercury Tibute concert. Freddie would have been proud of this one...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A New IO Earth


Last month Birmingham band IO Earth announced that they had parted ways with their lead vocalist Linda Odinsen due to the difficulties of the band being based in the UK and Linda living in Norway.

Linda's wonderful voice graced the band's last album 'New World' but the band appear to have discovered a fine replacement in 22 year old Wolverhampton vocalist Rosanna Lefevere, who is currently studying for her Masters Degree at Wolverhampton University.

A full statement from the band welcoming Rosanna to the IO Earth fold can be read on their website. This version of the Eagles 'Seven Bridges Road' suggests that she will be a fine addition to the band.


Rosanna also has her own website where you can discover more about her and her music. 

Meanwhile IO Earth return to the Robin2 next June, headlining their own 'Harmonix Fest' at the venue.