Capsule Reviews for May 2017, Part Two

The Lancashire Hustlers – Adventures (Steep Hill Music) This London duo – Brent Thorley and Ian Pakes – has clearly come of age on a steady diet of Magical Mystery Tour-era Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra, Arthur-era Kinks, Small Faces circa Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake and other fine influences. But there’s a pleasing DIY sensibility that

Capsule Reviews for May 2017, Part One

Thank You, Friends (Concord Bicycle Music) I remember a time when seemingly nobody knew about Big Star; happily for me, that was about the time I found “new old stock” vinyl copies of #1 Record and Radio City in a local record store. I was immediately hooked. As is its character, Big Star’s Third album

Album Mini-review: Lita Ford — Time Capsule

File next to: Heart, Poison, Jim Steinman Is there a place for big-guitar power ballads in the 21st century? Former Runaways guitarist Lita Ford certainly thinks so. All of the grandeur and excess of hair metal is on display within the disc’s eleven tunes, compiled from Ford’s archives of previously unreleased material. On the snarling

Capsule DVD Reviews, January 2015 Part 2

Picking up where I left off yesterday, here are four more brief DVD reviews. Rockin’ the Wall Most people will agree that the communist regimes that ruled on the other side of the so-called Iron Curtain were repressive. What they may or may not agree on is the contention of this film: the manner in

Capsule DVD Reviews, January 2015 Part 1

Every so often, I do a set of capsule reviews. Those short-take looks at CDs are a way of clearing my backlog. There’s so much good music out there – so much that I want to tell readers about – that it’s impossible to get to all of it. So the capsule reviews help a

Capsule Reviews: Still More from Real Gone Music

Wrapping up the series (for now, at least), here’s the last of four entries presenting short looks at recently-released reissues and/or compilations from Real Gone Music. Vanilla Fudge – The Complete ATCO Singles Most rock fans with any sort of memory are familiar with Vanilla Fudge, and they know the band’s deceptively simple approach to

Capsule Reviews: And Yet Three More from Real Gone Music

Here’s the third of four collections of brief reviews of recently-released reissues and/or compilations from Real Gone Music. Dr. John, The Night Tripper – GRIS-gris Dr. John (aka Mac Rebbenack) was a well-known fixture on the New Orleans music scene long before he cut this, his debut album in 1968. And while he’d later enjoy

Capsule Reviews: Three More from Real Gone Music

Continuing from yesterday’s collection, here are more quick looks at recently-released reissues and/or compilations from Real Gone Music. Toomorrow: Original Soundtrack Album Seeing the names Harry Saltzman (of James Bond film fame) and Don Kirshner (of, well, Don Kirshner fame/infamy) emblazoned across the cover of this 1970 curio suggests we’re in for something that might

Capsule Reviews: Three from Real Gone Music

Because there’s so much of a backlog here at Musoscribe’s palatial new World HQ ( I moved recently), here’s the first of at least three collections of short reviews. These are all reissues or compilations on the Real Gone Music label, renowned (along with Rock Beat, Omnivore, Numero and a select few others) for their

Progtastic Capsule Reviews for November, Part 1

I am unashamed to admit it: I like progressive rock. I like it a lot. And yet I can’t trot out the boilerplate statement, “The fourteen-year-old boy in me loves his prog,” because at fourteen – even at seventeen – I didn’t really like the stuff. Which is a bit odd, seeing as those years