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Deborah Bonham – the Blues with Spirit

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Classic Rock magazine glows over her warm and fulsome voice”; Blues Revue describes her as “the Duchess of Blues-Rock”; Firework calls her “amazing woman”; and when Blues Matters caught her duetting with Dan McCafferty, it was “a vocal marriage made …

Here Comes the Ski Patrol!

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Of all the bands that hovered around the UK punk and post-punk scene at the tail end of the seventies, so many of whom trailed away having left barely a mark on the popular consciousness, one of the most invigorating …

Mike Oldfield – Man on the Rocks

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Talking to Goldmine this time last year, Mike Oldfield warned, “The new album is totally different to [his then-current] Tubular Beats.  There’s no software at all and everything is live backing tracks. “I have a coproducer called Steve Lipson, who’s …

Randall and Hopkirk and the Little White Bull

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It was one of British television’s most legendary creations.  Between 1968-69,  Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) told the tale of a down at heel London detective agency whose staff of two full-time gumshoes was tragically halved in the very first episode, …

Bill Nelson – not Be Bop, but still Deluxe

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Be Bop Deluxe were an interesting band.  Regardless of whether or not you actually liked them (and a lot of people didn’t, which is why they remained a defiantly second division act in terms of rock history), they never failed …

Mike Pinder makes a Promise

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In days of old when knights were bold, and monsters stalked the planet… …somebody decided it would be a really good idea for them to all to go out and make solo albums.  Even the drummers. Yes did it, and …

More Fresh Fruits for Fuzz-phazed Fishermen

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Ballet school.  It sounds so elegant, doesn’t it.  Steeped in beauty, laced in loveliness… and a bigger nest of vipers you’ll never stumble upon.  Remember Vicky in The Red Shoes, tumbling in front of an on-coming train?  Remember Black Swan, …