Saturday, August 12, 2017

Neon Blue...And Hope In Dark Times...

Steps release their third single from their recent album 'Tears On The Dancefloor' this week. It's entitled 'Neon Blue' and the video was unveiled yesterday (11th August).

For me these are dark and restrictive times. Things Being What They Are the chances of going out after work are few - I haven't been out in the evening since January, a late afternoon Wolves game at home to Aston Villa. At work and on Facebook I hear about people going on holiday, or looking forward to going on holiday, but the chances of me being able to do that too are nil - I've just completed my leave year for 2016/17, having taken only 14 of the 36 days I was entitled to and every single one of those days was taken up as a carer or for Uni study. The only day in the last 12 months in which I have had a break for me was Kylie Christmas, a flexi leave day on 9th December last year. Everything I wrote in the 'Personal Bit' of that post still holds.

Television is watched in small doses - 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there. Music too comes in small doses, mainly via You Tube. The only place I can listen to an album, including the Steps album as it happens, is in my car. Today has been a rough day, as weekends usually are these days...

I therefore thank The Gods of Disco for Steps. Although 'No More Tears On The Dancefloor' is my track from this album (I cried the first time I heard that one!) this track is also part of my positivity play list on my i-Pod. Along with Kylie, ABBA, Madonna, uplifting pop/dance, Hi NRG and Disco - this is the music that sustains me and gives me hope right now...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Glen Campbell

Sad to read that country music legend Glen Campbell passed away this week, aged 81, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimers.

There is perhaps a perception that Alzheimers just means you lose your short term memory and then your long term memory but it's far more than that. It affects reasoning, cognition, speech, movement and bodily function. There are hallucinations (visual and auditory), confabulation, confusions, unsettling behaviour and mood swings.

A few months ago I read this moving piece by Glen's partner, Kim Campbell about living with Alzheimer's and its impact on both Glen and her. Carers too often get overlooked and Kim fought a long and courageous battle too.

But this dreadful disease shouldn't be allowed to obscure Glen's achievements: a career spanning 50 years, 45 million albums sold, a clutch of Grammy, Country Music and American Music Awards. He was a fine musician with a golden voice that graced songs like this one. R.I.P Glen.

Friday, August 04, 2017

To The Moon & Back

Blackmore's Night celebrate 20 years as a band with a career retrospective entitled 'To The Moon And Back' on 11th August. CD One is a 'Best Of' collection whilst CD Two features some re-recorded material. Full track listing is as follows:

CD One

Shadow Of The Moon
Spirit Of The Sea
Renaissance Faire
Play Minstrel Play
Under A Violet Moon
Spanish Nights
Fires At Midnight
Ghost Of A Rose
Village Lanterne
The Circle
25 Years
Dandelion Wine
Home Again (Live)

CD Two

I Surrender (bonus)
Moonlight Shadow (2017 Version)
Somewhere O0ver The Sea (2017 Version)
Writing On The Wall (2017 Version)
Coming Home (2017 Version)
Ghost Of John
Minstrel Hall
Possum Goes To Prague
Durch den Wald zum Bach Haus
Nur eine Minute
Village Dance
Land Of Hope & Glory (2017 Single Version)
Bonus Video

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Out Of The Blue

Y'know, I've been running this blog for eleven years and I haven't missed a month yet, No matter how crazy things get I don't intend to start now!

Electric Light Orchestra's magnificent 'Out Of The Blue' - an album which should be in everybody's record collection - celebrates its fortieth anniversary and receives a release on picture disc for the first time on September 29th. There is no bonus material and the sound quality won't be great but the Shusei Nagaoka artwork looks sumptuous.

Of course it would be wonderful to have Deluxe Editions of the ELO back catalogue put together with the same attention to detail as, say, the ABBA reissues...but that's a whole other story!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Coloured Vinyl Bonanza

A selection of ABBA solo albums are released on vinyl on 28th July with initial pressings coming out on coloured vinyl. Agnetha's 1983 album 'Wrap Your Arms Around Me' is released on a rather fetching pink vinyl pressing...

While her 1985 follow up 'Eyes Of A Woman' is pressed on red vinyl, although I think navy blue would have suited it better!

Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson's pre-ABBA album 'Lycka' is issued on a rather fabulous yellow & blue splattered vinyl...

Frida's 1975 album 'Ensam' is issued in white vinyl....

Her 1984 album 'Shine' is released on light green vinyl...

While her Phil Collins produced 1982 album 'Something's Going On' is pressed on violet vinyl.

All of the albums are 180g vinyl copies and come with a download card. Only initial copies come in coloured vinyl, after which they revert to standard black vinyl pressings. As an ABBA fan and a bit of a vinyl junkie I will hopefully be picking up a couple of these (I can't afford them all!). I'll keep you posted!  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Play It Again Sam: The Fox Box

Following the deluxe 2CD reissues of her first four Jive studio albums, Cherry Pop releases a career spanning 2CD/2DVD Samantha Fox compilation entitled 'Play It Again Sam: The Fox Box' on 28th July. It brings together all of her Jive singles while the DVD compilation showcases all of Sam's promotional videos - many of them on DVD for the first time - including an additional disc of rare videos including the 1983 single (as a member of SFX) 'Rocking With My Radio'.

I've always liked Sam so this is going on my wish list! Full track listing is as follows:

Disc One

1. Touch Me
2. Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)
3. Hold On Tight (Radio Remix)
4. I'm All You Need (Single Remix)
5. Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now
6. I Surrender (To The Spirit Of The Night) (7" Mix)
7. I Promise You (Get Ready)
8. True Devotion (New Mix)
9. Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) (Single Edit)
10. Love House (7" Edit)
11. I Only Wanna Be With You
12. I Wanna Have Some Fun (7" Edit)
13. (Hurt Me! Hurt Me!) But The Pants Stay On (Radio Edit)
14. Another Woman (Harding/Curnow 7" Mix)
15. Go For The Heart
16. Let Me Be Free
17. The Reason Is You (Radio Edit)
18. Santa Maria - Samantha Fox with DJ Milano
19. Angel With An Attitude
20. Call Me - Samantha Fox & Sabrina
21. You've Got Me Believing In Make Believing

Disc Two

1, I Should Have Known Better
2. Confession
3. Lovin' Don't Grow On Trees
4. All I Wanna Do
5. Love To Love You Baby (Hip Hop Mix)
6. Even In The Darkest Hours (7" Edit)
7. Love House (7" Remix)
8. I Only Wanna Be With You (Special Single Edit)
9. Too Late To Say Goodbye (Original 12" Mix)
10. The Winner Takes It All
11. La Isla Bonita
12. A Question Of Honour
13. Midnight Lover
14. I Give Myself To You (Pete Hammond Remix)
15. Touch Me 2016 (Radio Edit)
16. It's You (Nick Harvey Club Mix)
17. Gimme Shelter - Samantha Fox with Hawkwind
18. The Best Is Yet To Come (7" Mix)

Disc Three - The Videos (DVD)

1. Touch Me
2. Do Ya Do Ya
3. Hold On Tight
4. Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now
5. I Surrender
6 I Promise You
7. True Devotion
8. Naughty Girls
9. Love House
10. I Only Wanna Be With You
11. I Wanna Have Some Fun
12. Hurt Me Hurt Me
13. Another Woman
14. Just One Night
15. Go For The Heart
16. Let Me Be Free
17. The Reason Is You
18. Santa Maria
19. Angel With An Attitude
20. Call Me - Samantha Fox & Sabrina

Disc Four - Bonus Video (DVD)

1. Rockin With My Radio - SFX
2. I Surrender (Unedited Version)
3. Naughty Girls (Club Version)
4. Love House (Dance Mix)
5. I Only Wanna Be With You (Alternate Version)
6. All I Wanna Do
7. Touch Me - Samantha Fox & Gunther
8. Rockin With My Radio - Behind The Scenes
9. 1987 Interview
10. 1989 Interview
11. 1991 Interview
12. Call Me - Behind The Scenes  

And I'm going to post this picture just one more time :) 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


In This Moment follow up 'Black Widow' with their sixth studio album 'Ritual' on July 21st.

Produced by their long time collaborator Kevin Churko 'Ritual' sees the band taking their dark, powerful sound into new areas - including the tortured metallic blues of lead single 'Oh Lord' and 'Black Wedding' which features guest vocals from Judas Priest's Rob Halford.

The band embark on a tour across America this summer with Motionless In White, Vimic, Little Miss Nasty and Starset. Here's hoping the band come to the UK later this year.

Full track listing is:

1. Salvation
2. Oh Lord
3. Black Wedding
4. In The Air Tonight
5. Joan Of Arc
6. River Of Fire
7. Witching Hour
8. Twin Flames
9. Half God, Half Devil
10. No Me Importa
11. Roots
12. Lay Your Gun Down

The album can be pre ordered from the band's website here

Check out the video to 'Oh Lord'

And view the trailer for the album below...