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Commander Cody - Flying Dreams and Rock n Roll Again (Retroworld)

It's difficult to think of the early Seventies Country Rock scene without at least one mention of the man known as Commander Cody (George Frayne), whose Lost Planet Airmen provided the perfect vehicle - in this case a truck or open top Cadillac or even an assortment of airplanes for that matter,...

Shankara Andy Bole - Rainbow Crow (Left Leg Records)

Compulsive scanners of album covers and details, those of us who spend hours hunched over boxes of records and Cds enter a zen like state. Fingers flicking eyes alert for gems. Everyone has their own talismans or touch stones they look for Beacons if you like shining through the unknown. It might...

Screaming Orphans - Taproom (Self Released)

Right from the off, TAPROOM is an album that demands attention. Ireland's Hour of Need (Gallant Heroes) has it all – arresting choir harmonies that put the Medieval Babes to shame, stirring Uilleann Pipes, tight production of the band's instruments and a brawny political message. And the energy and...

Jez Lowe - The Dillen Doll (Tanobie Records)

Released purely as an accompanying soundtrack to Jez Lowe's novel The Dillen Doll, the songs on this CD, released under the same name, appear as a suite, featuring several familiar songs from the North East, each joined in one continuous piece of music. The songs, some of which have been re-written...

Roger McGuinn - Peace on You (Retroworld)

The second solo album by The Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn, which was first released in 1974, could quite easily have been re-issued as a companion piece to the earlier ROGER MCGUINN (1973). Both have a similar sound in places although PEACE ON YOU seems to be a little more focused, rather than the...

Park Jiha - Communion (Glitterbeat)

This experimental debut solo album by minimalist South Korean musician Park Jiha, known for her work with fellow musician Jungmin Seo in the group 숨[suːm], is rich in atmosphere from the start. Park Jiha's tonal adventures are composed and performed on such traditional Korean instruments as the...

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman - Personae (Iscream Music Records)

Georges Braque once said of his artistic relationship with Pablo Picasso, that they were like "mountain-climbers roped together" which is in a way reflected in the dramatic Romantic-period cover photo on Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman's latest album release. PERSONAE, the duo's fifth album...

Cath and Phil Tyler - the Ox and the Ax (Ferric Mordant Records)

It seems rather a long time ago since Cordelia's Dad was going at it full throttle, delivering their message ala grunge to Nirvana audiences across the globe. Well, something like that at any rate. Since relocating to the North East of the UK, from the north east of United States, New Jersey-born...

You Are Wolf - Keld (Firecrest Records)

You Are Wolf, is a collaboration between singer Kerry Andrew, multi-instrumentalist Sam Hall and percussionist Peter Ashwell and KELD is the title of their new album release. The album is chock full of folk songs, some you may have heard before, some you may not. I would at first venture to...

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