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Archive for August 2009

Indukti: Idmen

August 29, 2009

I am not exactly what most would consider a metal fan, but I do like some. In the old days it was Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden. Then an obscure band from Poland called Indukti renewed my interest. I was blown away by “S.U.S.A.R.” and even amazed myself at how often I chose […]

Blue Öyster Cult: Imaginos

August 24, 2009

This is my first review by request. Blue Öyster Cult released a string of great albums in the ’70s, with the crowning achievement being “Secret Treaties” in 1974. Unfortunately, like so many of their contemporaries, the 80’s left a lot to be desired. The band hadn’t released a really good album since “Spectres,” (contrary to […]

Interactive Time

August 4, 2009

I had a brainstorm a couple of days ago. I was thinking it might be fun to try doing reviews by request. My library is pretty large, and there are other sources at my disposal. I have also become very adept at locating hard to find items. Of course, it has to fit my criteria. […]

Jeff Beck: Who Else!

August 4, 2009

It had been ten years since a proper Jeff Beck studio release. “Guitar Shop” had been very satisfying, but not exactly a revelation. I imagine Jeff sitting around, and thinking about the stagnation of rock at the turn of the millennium. So, he decides to come out of hibernation and show them how it’s done. […]

The Beatles: Help!

August 4, 2009

Here we are with another movie, and another album, but there is more going on here. They sound different. There seems to be a more sophisticated sensibility. Sure, this is still mainly a collection of pop tunes, but you get the feeling that they are striving for more. “Help” seems like a typical Beatles song […]

Marillion: Afraid of Sunlight

August 4, 2009

I have been a Marillion fan since “Script for a Jester’s Tear” was released in 1983. However, when Fish left the band, I thought that was it. A few years later, I discovered they had continued with a new singer. Because I was such a fan of Mr. Dick, I never bothered to check out […]

Grey Lady Down

August 3, 2009

In 1992, vocalist Martin Wilson, keyboard player Louis David, and guitarist Julian Hunt were in a band called Shadowland. When bass player Sean Speer, and drummer Mark Robotham joined, they realized there was another band using the Shadowland name. Not wanting to run into this problem again, they chose to name themselves after an obscure […]

Premiata Forneria Marconi: Stati di Immaginazione

August 1, 2009

Once in a while, you get a surprise from a classic artist. If it happens once in a year, you are lucky. In 2006 it happened twice. My first one was from Steve Hackett, and I would have been satisfied with that. Then I heard “Stati di Immaginazione.” What a gift this is. Many times […]