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Tamarisk – Breaking The Chains (2018)

Tamarisk – Breaking The Chains (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 494.79 Mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps ~ 160.84 Mb | 1:09:34 | Cover
Progressive Metal, Hard Rock, Prog Rock | Country: UK | Label: Cult Metal Classics – CULTMETALTMRSKCD
Formed in 1982 by Andy Grant & Steve Leigh after they left Chemical Alice earlier that year the original line up was: Andy Grant Vocals, Steve Leigh Keyboards, Richard Harris Drums, Peter Munday Guitar, Mark Orbell Bass. The line up changed over the years with Grant, Leigh & Munday the only members to be there for the life of the band when it folded in late 1984 This was the only version of Tamarisk that was properly recorded until 2017 when Steve & Andy returned to the studio to record the extra tracks for the Breaking The Chains project.
Written by Grant & Leigh & only ever heard live
The newly recorded tracks are:
Taxis For Janet
Total Coverage
Bandana In Chains
It Was Never There
The musicians used on these new recordings are:
Andy Grant – Vocals
Steve Leigh – Keyboards
Graham Cuttill – Drums
Chris Davis – Bass
Luke Morley – Lead Guitar
Ed Rome – Guitar

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Stone Driver – Rocks (2016)

Stone Driver – Rocks (2016)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 274.93 Mb | 36:01 | Cover
Modern Rock/Classic Rock/Blues-Rock | Country: USA (Washington, DC) | Label: Stone Driver
Keeping a core sound is what really helps a band stand out in the long run, particularly when a band has as many influences as Stone Driver. On their latest album Rocks the band mixes a hard rock sound with parts RHCP, T. Rex, Muse, Soundgarden, The Strokes and even some country to make a rich sound that never feels out of place.
Opening with the driving Send Me the band kicks down the gate and makes it clear what kind of rock they bring to the table. The chorus mix of simple melodies and boosting harmonies makes it catchy and although the overuse of twelve bar blues however does hurt the song a little. The distorted bass is candy on Cage and sets the tone for the exact brand of riff-driven heavy rock that it presents.
From The Sky however goes into a more Red Hot Chili Peppers influenced jam with bass taking the lead on top of more funky guitars and vocals that definitely have a more bouncy rhythm in comparison to the rest of the record. Bright guitars and ground-shaking drums start Don’t Tell Me sending it in a very classic rock direction, with a bit of T. Rex glam-rock for good measure. The vocals and guitar twang also showcase a hint of country influence, showing the band can mix in several sounds without losing their distinct identity.
The self-titled track Stone Driver brings back the funk-rock with distorted wah guitar and intense bass grooves. The band mixes these licks with some great dynamics that make the song as catchy as it is groovy. Reverb and more psychedelic sounds open I’ll Walk Away for a more softer side of the band. But the b-sections of the song still hit with the same intensity of any of the band’s tracks.
Perhaps the best bass sound on the entire record comes on Conspiracy Of The Mindless with a dark almost Muse sound to its groove. The track is a ominous and echo-filled beast with a pounding chorus, mixed with some Soundgarden-style backing vocals. Calling back the grooves of The Strokes’ Juicebox OK is a dark groove-driven rock track, with some killer solos and instrumentation all around. At this point in the record however the disconnect between the tracks to vocal styles make the heavier sound more like imitation Metallica than a distinct voice.
Going right back to the psychedelic influence is Baggage Claim complete with bongos and swirling guitar lines, and enough echo to send someone on a trip. The rock in the song doesn’t start until halfway through its six minute run, which may be long for some, but once it lands it grabs hold of the track and takes it for all its worth. ~ review by Owen Maxwell

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Spunk! – Fairies Sprinkle Magic Dust (2018)

Spunk! – Fairies Sprinkle Magic Dust (2018)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | 00:31:00 | 71.87 Mb | Cover
Psychedelic Rock | Country: Italy (Rome) | Label: Lostunes Records
Fairies Sprinkle Magic Dust is his first solo album in 30 years of career. A psychedelic trip to reproduce and drawing on psychedelic music from various genres. Paolo Spunk Bertozzi Is an Italian guitarist, singer, and songwriter and founding member of Italian rock bands Fasten Belt and 2Hurt. Best known as Spunk he has played in many of the underground rock bands of the 80s including Mind Waltz and others.

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Slackjaw – It's Always Something (2015)

Slackjaw – It’s Always Something (2015)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 289.78 Mb | 41:12 | Cover
Blues-Rock/Hard Rockin’ Blues | Country: USA (New Jersey) | Label: Slackjaw
Slackjaw has managed to turn quite a few heads in the past couple years, after their debut self-titled cd was released in 2011. With the installment of their second cd, It’s Always Something they’ve gained even more momentum. Their unique new sound of blues rock has been shaking the walls of nearly every venue throughout New Jersey, large and small, including the Stanhope House and the legendary Stone Pony.
Slackjaw is lean and mean, comprised of only 3 members packing that hard hitting rockin’ blues. John Thompson, Randy Marinelli, and Carl Capodice have been weekend warrior veterans of the local music scene for years, and have joined forces to create a sound that is all their own. These guys have gone beyond their local legend status, performing and sharing the stage with such artists as Johnny Winter, the Edgar Winter Group, Billy Cox from the original Band of Gypsys, The Pat Travers Band, Rick Derringer, Bernie Worrell, Vinnie Lopez from the E Street Band, Samantha Fish, Eric Steckel, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Indigenous and more. The airwaves are also starting to get a taste of Slackjaw, especially Centenary College Radio WNTI, and WDVR in Sergeantsville. The stations want more and so do the listeners. Slackjaw is cultivating a fast-growing popular demand!

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Sky – The Studio Albums ~ 1979-1987 (Clamshell Boxset) (7CD) (2018)


Sky – The Studio Albums: 1979-1987 (Clamshell Boxset) (7CD) (2018)
XDL Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 1,78 Gb | 05:43:24 | Covers
Symphonic Rock, Art Rock, Progressive Rock | Country: UK | Label: Esoteric Recordings – ECLEC 82622
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1979 – 1987, a new clamshell boxed set that gathers together all seven studio albums released by the legendary classical rock band SKY over a nine year period. Formed in 1979, Sky brought together the worlds of rock and classical music in a highly successful and inspiring way.
Featuring the gifted talents of guitarist JOHN WILLIAMS, percussionist Tristan Fry, legendary bass player Herbie Flowers, former Curved Air keyboard player Francis Monkman and guitarist Kevin Peek, Sky recorded their debut album at Abbey Road studios in the early months of 1979. The band’s self-titled debut reached the UK top ten in May 1979 and went on to achieve Platinum status in the UK and was also a major hit in Europe and Australia. Also a huge live attraction, SKY released their second album in April 1980. SKY 2 was a fine achievement, featuring the hit single ‘Toccata’, and topped the UK album charts upon its release and the band continued their run of success as SKY 3 reached the UK top ten upon its release in March 1981. The albums SKY 4 and CADMIUM continued the run of best-selling albums. This set also includes a bonus DVD (NTSC / Region Free), SKY LIVE IN NOTTINGHAM 1990, a performance recorded for Central Television on the 24th June 1990.
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CD1 – (1979) Sky
Track List (00:36:50):
1. WESTWAY
2. CARILLON
3. DANZA
4. GYMNOPEDLE NO. 1
5. CANNONBALL
6. WHERE OPPOSITES MEET
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CD2 – (1980) Sky2
Track List (01:19:32):
1. HOTTA
2. DANCE OF THE LITTLE FAIRIES
3. SAHARA
4. FIFO a. FIFO b. ADAGIO c. SCHERZO d. WATCHING THE AEROPLANES
5. TUBA SMARTIES
6. BALLET-VOLTA
7. GAVOTTE & VARIATIONS
8. ADANTE
9. TRISTAN’S MAGIC GARDEN
10. EL CIELO
11. VIVALDI
12. SCIPIO
13. TOCCATA
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CD3 – (1981) Sky3
Track List (00:45:31):
1. THE GRACE
2. CHIROPODIE 1
3. WESTWIND
4. SARABANDE
5. CONNECTING ROOMS
6. MOONROOF
7. SISTER ROSE
8. HELLO
9. DANCE OF THE BIG FAIRIES
10. MEHECCO
11. KEEP ME SAFE AND KEEP ME WARM, SHELTER ME FROM DARKNESS
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CD4 – (1982) Sky4 Forthcoming
Track List (00:39:51):
1. MASQUERADE
2. RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES
3. MARCH TO THE SCAFFOLD
4. TO YELASTO PEDI
5. WALTZ NO. 2
6. FANTASY
7. MY GISELLE
8. XANGO
9. FANTASIA
10. SKYLARK
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CD5 – (1983) Cadmium
Track List (00:48:37):
1. TROIKA
2. FAYRE
3. A GIRL IN WINTER
4. MOTHER RUSSIA
5. TELEX FROM PERU
6. THE BOY FROM DUNDEE 7. NIGHT
8. THEN AND NOW
9. RETURN TO ME
10. SON OF HOTTA
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Alexis Ren by Kim Akrich on Bora Bora

CD6 – (1985) The Great Balloon Race
Track List (00:42:05):
1. DESPERATE FOR YOUR LOVE 2. ALLEGRO
3. THE LAND
4. PETER’S WEDDING
5. THE GREAT BALLOON RACE 6. THE LADY AND THE IMP
7. CALDANO
8. ROLEYSTONE
9. NIGHT SKY
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CD7 – (1987) Mozart
Track List (00:50:57):
1. THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO: OVERTURE
2. EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK: RONDO
3. THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO: NON SO PLU, COSA SON
4. SYMPHONY NO. 34: LAST MOVEMENT
5. THE MAGIC FLUTE: OVERTURE
6. EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK: ROMANZA
7. HORN CONCERTO NO. 4 IN EB: RONDO
8. DON GIOVANNI: LA CI DAREM LA MANO
9. A MUSICAL JOKE: PRESTO
10. COME, SWEET MAY (SPRING SONG)
11. RONDO ALLA TURKA: RONDO
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Sister Rosetta Tharpe – The Gospel Truth (Expanded Edition) (2018)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – The Gospel Truth (Expanded Edition) (2018)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | 00:41:54 | 96.45 Mb | Cover
Soul, Blues, Gospel | Country: USA | Label: Verve
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 October 9, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist. As a pioneer of mid-20th-century music, she attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic accompaniment that was a precursor of rock and roll. She was the first great recording star of gospel music and among the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll audiences, later being referred to as the original soul sister and the Godmother of rock and roll. She influenced early rock-and-roll musicians, including Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Tharpe was a pioneer in her guitar technique; she was among the first popular recording artists to use heavy distortion on her electric guitar, presaging the rise of electric blues. Her guitar playing technique had a profound influence on the development of British blues in the 1960s; in particular a European tour with Muddy Waters in 1963 with a stop in Manchester is cited by prominent British guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Keith Richards.
Willing to cross the line between sacred and secular by performing her music of light in the darkness of nightclubs and concert halls with big bands behind her, Tharpe pushed spiritual music into the mainstream and helped pioneer the rise of pop-gospel, beginning in 1938 with the recording Rock Me and with her 1939 hit This Train. Her unique music left a lasting mark on more conventional gospel artists such as Ira Tucker, Sr., of the Dixie Hummingbirds. While she offended some conservative churchgoers with her forays into the pop world, she never left gospel music.
Tharpe’s 1944 release Down by the Riverside was selected for the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress in 2004, which noted that it captures her spirited guitar playing and unique vocal style, demonstrating clearly her influence on early rhythm-and-blues performers and cited her influence on many gospel, jazz, and rock artists. (Down by the Riverside was recorded by Tharpe on December 2, 1948, in New York City, and issued as Decca single 48106.) Her 1945 hit Strange Things Happening Every Day, recorded in late 1944, featured Tharpe’s vocals and electric guitar, with Sammy Price (piano), bass and drums. It was the first gospel record to cross over, hitting no. 2 on the Billboard race records chart, the term then used for what later became the R&B chart, in April 1945. The recording has been cited as precursor of rock and roll. On December 13, 2017, Tharpe was chosen for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Early Influence.

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Sam Green And The Midnight Heist – Onsette Return (2018)

Sam Green And The Midnight Heist – Onsette Return (2018)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | 00:25:30 | 58.81 Mb | Cover
Blues/Roots Rock | Country: United Kingdom | Label: Sam Green and the Midnight Heist
Discover Surf Roots Rock music from the North Atlantic Coast. Sam Green and the Midnight Heist are an Alt Americana/Roots Rock band from North Devon in the UK. The band is made up of Sam Green (vocals, slide, electric and acoustic guitar), Lucy Green (vocals, banjo and acoustic guitar), Paul Hopkins (vocals and double bass) and Steve Tanton (vocals and drums). SGATMH’s music is heavily influenced by the blues, west coast folk rock and alt country soul. Taking inspiration from artists such as The John Butler Trio, Gomez and Ryan Adams, the band is proud to release it’s latest 5 track EP ‘Onsette Return.’

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Sacred Leather – Ultimate Force (2018)

Sacred Leather – Ultimate Force (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 285.67 Mb | 41:28 | Scans included
Heavy Metal | Country: USA | Label: Cruz Del Sur Music – CRUZ91
After two years in the making, Sacred Leather were determined to make a mark with their debut full-length album Ultimate Force and without any reservations, they have done just that. Out February 24, 2018, on Cruz Del Sur Music this album is a fine example of classic metal, harking back to 1983 (specific, I know) which is exactly what the band intended.
The midwest five-piece which makes up Sacred Leather are determined, as vocalist Dee Wrathchild says to return the true essence of heavy metal to the masses and this is the perfect vehicle from which to start this quest.
Wrathchild is joined by non-ironically named Magnus Ironslut on bass, Highway and TDH on guitars with Jailhouse bashing the skins and they all gel superbly on Ultimate Force which delivers classic metal in bucketfuls.
SACRED LEATHER Ultimate Force
The album by Sacred Leather begins with the storming title track and with its dramatic opening vocal and twin leads we know we’re in for a raucous metal ride. In classic NWOBHM style, Wrathchild’s vocals are powerful and soaring yet still somehow muted with the guitars very much taking center stage.
As I’m on the subject of the guitaring, Highway and TDH show exactly what twin leads bring to the party. Depth, variety and a willingness to throw off the shackles and enjoy sustained solos. There are plenty of fast twiddling going on but it’s never forced and always fits the song. However, there is also an equal number of emotional and considered solos so there is something for everybody in there.
I detected numerous influences including Maiden, Priest and indeed early Def Leppard, especially on the opening to Master Is Calling which would fit nicely onto High N’ Dry.
Power Thrust is a moody thumper, with a decent amount Sacred Leather bandof menace and more top licks to be drunk in.
Watcher lowers the standard just a touch but is rescued by Highway and TDH giving it plenty at the end.
Ultimate Force appears to mature as the album goes on as the last 3 tracks show.
We have Prowling Sinner with its atmospheric, studied opening and almost bombastic riffs and Wrathchild’s vocals are big and screamy on this treat of a track.
The final two tracks must definitely be filed under epic’ as they clock in at 9:32 and 8:17. I am usually concerned by anything over 5 minutes but needn’t have worried, The Lost Destructor/Priest of the Undoer and Dream Searcher keep the momentum going throughout and I never looked at my watch once.
The Lost Destructor/Priest of the Undoer is clearly divided into two distinct part (I wonder what they can be), one a pounding rocker and the other an emotional instrumental piece.
Dream Searcher is clearly the diamond on this album already full of quality. It reminded me of Priest’s Dreamer Deceiver with impassioned vocals where Wrathchild is on top form.
Whilst it is not a fast rocker it is an intense experience all the same and great to hear the twin leads going at it in perfect harmony.
All in all Ultimate Force is indeed a force to be reckoned with and if they really want to return the true essence of heavy metal to the masses then this is a fine place to start.
~ review by Graham Spark

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Roy Metté – Vibralism (2014)

Roy Mett – Vibralism (2014)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 377.49 Mb | 01:02:51 | Cover
Blues/Rock/Rockin’ Blues | Country: England (Southend-on-Sea, Essex) | Label: Roy Mette
Roy Mette is an experienced musician from Essex in the UK and this is the sixteenth album of his career. He has always mixed things up and has recorded in both blues and folk idioms. Live he plays solo acoustic as well as in an electric band where live he often mixes original numbers and Rory Gallagher covers, keeping true to British blues/rock roots. This album is something of a departure as the all original music ranges quite widely across styles. The band is Roy on all guitars and vocals, Andy Bostock on bass and Dave McCarthy on drums; Dave Woodcock adds piano to three tracks.
The album opens with Like A Ball And Chain, Roy on both acoustic and electric guitars playing a menacing riff, well supported by the rhythm section, on a song about a solitary guy with a drink problem who ends up talking to his whisky bottle. Just Because harks back to some of the gentler work of the original Fleetwood Mac with Roy’s guitar and Andy’s bass producing a lilting tune enhanced by Dave’s piano. Love In The First Degree is a solid shuffle with an interesting lyric; Roy wants to enter a plea to the court that he is suffering. from the title of the song! An extended ballad of lost love Heartbreak Time offers plenty of scope for Roy to play some classic guitar licks, at times double-tracked against himself and with Dave’s piano again adding depth to the arrangement.
The title track Vibralism is an instrumental that pounds along on top of a core riff from Roy and plenty of guitar flourishes on top. There is a Rory Gallagher feel to this one, hardly surprising as Roy is clearly a fan of the late Irish guitarist. A tragic tale of an alcohol-dependent friend is played with minimal drum accompaniment to Roy’s vocals in The Drop Below (Song For John) All the time we were flying we did not see the drop below. Roy is worrying about what others think in Paranoia; the rhythm section plays some great jazzy stuff here and Roy does some Al Stewart style picking in another interesting change of style; Big Daddy C has something of the same feel at a slightly faster pace.
Some deep chords propel Roy into the moody Honey Trap: Something is out of place, something has moved, someone has left a trace. Now you know how it is to be an open case, now you face the honey trap. Roy shows us his sense of humor in the rockabilly Big In That which is great fun both lyrically and musically. The title Electric Grass gets our attention and it is certainly a strange song which includes references to Vietnam, surveillance and 1960’s fashions! The rhythm section sits this one out as Roy accompanies himself on electric guitar.
The whole band is back for the catchy groove of Easy Money, a tale of a girl who wants it all now, paid for by easy money, Roy taking a solid solo before Dave returns to assist on the instrumental track Blue Surf Shadows. Now, those who know the English climate and the area of Essex will be aware that surfing is not a common occurrence there but The Shadows were once as influential an instrumental band in 1960’s Britain as The Ventures were in the USA which probably explains the title as Roy finds his inner Hank Marvin on this one! Another odd title White Men Sing The Greens closes the album with a piece of late night jazzy blues and a comical lyric spoken by Roy in an exaggerated English accent which may be provide an interesting challenge for American listeners!
This album shows that Roy is a talented writer and guitarist who has several strings to his bow. As a consequence this CD is not all blues but there is plenty of good material to enjoy across the range of style presented. ~ review BY JOHN MITCHELL

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Rob Halligan – We All Write the Songs (2018)

Rob Halligan – We All Write the Songs (2018)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | 00:40:21 | 94.65 Mb | Cover
Folk Rock | Country: UK (Coventry) | Label: Blatant Promotions
Once the BBC described Rob Halligan as Bruce Springsteen having English tea with Billy Bragg It’s been a good comparison although you could maybe invite more people along to the party, as Rob has been compared to Neil Diamond, Martyn Joseph and John Mayer.
A professional musician for over 10 years, Rob is an award winning singer/songwriter and has toured across the world, gaining a reputation as a passionate and engaging performer.
Rob’s songs draw from his own experiences of life on the streets, of losing his father in the terrorist attacks of 9-11 and of the people he’s met on his journey. His first album, Dancing With Seagulls’ explored his desire to find hope in a messed up world and his down to earth faith and story-telling connected with audiences everywhere. The BBC’s Paul Gambaccini commented These are some of the strongest songs I have heard.
Apart from live sessions on BBC Radio 2 and numerous television and radio slots, Rob has performed at some of the UK’s iconic venues and festivals. He’s as at home on stage at the Manchester Apollo or main stage at the Godiva Festival as he is at a local church caf or folk club. He has toured extensively across the UK as well as shows in Canada, USA, Brazil, Hong Kong and Europe.
We All Write The Songs is Robs eighth studio album and continues a tradition of brutal honesty, faith and hope.
This is song writing craftsmanship at its best. Its’ a mystery why Rob isn’t better known – R2R Magazine
Song-writing gold – Maverick Magazine
Rob is a brilliant performer who writes wonderful, well- crafted songs. – Brian Houston
One of my favourite singer-songwriters – Adrian Plass

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