Quick Picks serves up verdicts on releases by The Sweet, Anais MItchell and Jefferson Hamer, Hawkwind, Quicksilver Messenger Service and “The Dutch Woodstock.”
Fast Eddie Clarke came to prominence in Motörhead, but the guitarist also is known for forming Fastway, an ’80s supergroup that originally featured UFO bassist Pete Way and ex-Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley. Fastway scored a hit with the hard-rockin’ “Say What You Will.” In 2012, Clarke got the band back together (this time with vocalist and bassist Toby Jepson) to release “Eat Dog Eat,” Fastway’s first studio album since 1990. In April, Clarke released the solo LP “Make My Day (Back to Blues)” on Secret Records. One thing that’s not much of a secret? The blues’ influence on Fast Eddie. Check out the 10 albums that changed his life.
Wonder whether you should buy, borrow or bypass those new releases and reissues? Let Quick Picks help you decide. This time: Pat Prince weighs in on Concord jazz reissues featuring Cannonball Adderley, Milt Jackson, The Bill Evans Trio, Chet Baker, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan and Wes Montgomery.
Whatever happened to the singer who moaned, groaned and fretted about a snake we suspect got around town on two legs? We may never know Luella Miller’s fate, but one thing we do know is how much her 78 RPM record ‘Rattlesnake Groan’ has grown in value since 1927.
It has been about five years since Nektar released its last studio album. But it feels more like 35 — the last time Nektar released an important album.
From psychedelia to rock to disco to metal, drummer Carmine Appice has conquered it all and never missed a beat. (He even co-wrote Rod Stewart’s disco anthem ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?,’ but that’s another story.) It only makes sense he’s decided to dive into new territory with his own record label.
Go treasure hunting at upcoming record shows, including the KUSF Rock ‘N’ Swap on Sept. 14, Toledo Record Show on Oct. 26 and the MSP Music Expo on Nov. 9.
It’s no wonder that guitarist-singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa didn’t want to tour as lead guitarist for Black Country Communion. He had bigger fish to fry.
Slash is heading back out on the road with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators to support the new album “World of Fire,” which will be released Sept. 16 on Slash’s own Dik Hayd International record label.
Jeff Lynne has followed up his “Long Wave” solo album and newly recorded “Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra” with three more dandies.