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RENAISSANCE Live Fillmore West 1970

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This band was formed by Keith Relf and drummer Jim McCarty in the aftermath of The Yardbirds’ sad demise, and Angel Air’s new offering was recorded in fairly murky sound quality at San Francisco’s Fillmore West in March 1970 during their one and only American tour, fleshed out a little with the inclusion of a few demo tracks, outtakes and hitherto unreleased 1976 track from vocalist Jane Relf entitled ‘Statues’.

Kevin Bryan, Regional Newspapers (August 2016)


Renaissance was a group that always fantasized and improvised, so the music lovers are best catered for. With 35 minutes of music, we are treated to an unreleased song (‘Statues’, 1970), a studio demo (‘Please Be Home ‘, 1976) and two home recordings where Keith Relf plays the lead role (‘Try Believing ‘, 1968 & ‘I’d Love To Love You Till Tomorrow’, 1976). As on his official solo single, you can hear a Keith Relf here that has nothing to do with The Yardbirds, nor Renaissance. ‘I’d Love To Love’ is a folk tune, whilst ‘Try Believing’ sounds very commercial. Renaissance are for music fans and Keith Relf enthusiasts.

Keys and Chords (August 2016)


…this record captures the band in full progressive rock mode, recorded as they supported the Butterfield Blues Band during a US tour. Although there are only four live tracks, these weigh in at suitably hefty lengths allowing the band to indulge in a mixture of extended keyboard and guitar workouts that place them somewhere between the psychedelia of Jefferson Airplane and the more progressive rock noodlings of Soft Machine. The Airplane feel is further enhanced by Jane Relf’s vocal, a slightly less self-assured Grace Slick. The album comes with the addition of demos and the previously unreleased light ’70s pop rock offering Statues.

Southern Daily Echo (August 2016)

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GREENSLADE The Birthday Album – Live Switzerland 1974

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This distinctly low fidelity offering captures the stylish prog rockers’ performance at Prilly in Switzerland on keyboard ace Dave Greenslade’s 31st birthday, in what was destined to be the last known live recording made by their original line-up.

Kevin Bryan, Regional Newspapers (August 2016)


Greenslade was a band you could always listen to with pleasure, both on record and live. In 1974 they were on the stage at the renowned Jazz Bilzen Festival and gave an impressive show. With this release, you get to relive it!

Keys and Chords (August 2016)


The 72-minute excursion results from a recording that was only recently discovered by Reeves. The show was taped – on Dave Greenslade’s 31st birthday – in Prilly, Switzerland, during a European tour by the band. The big Greenslade following will be delighted to hear a selection of some of the songs and instrumentals they love resplendent in a concert ambience.

The Beat (August 2016)

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MIKE HURST PRODUCERS ARCHIVES SPECIAL OFFER!

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We release on 14th October 2016 “Producers Archives Volume 4 1966-1980” but in the run up to release we are offering Angel Air customers only the opportunity to purchase all 4 volumes for the amazing price of just £30 delivered (UK only), or £35 ROW (£33.00 plus standard £2.00 airmail charge).

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GO WEST Live Robin 2 – 2003

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This lengthy concert features seventeen tracks and presents the duo and their backing band playing for over seventy-eight minutes. This double disc set contains the audio from the concert as well as a DVD for those wanting the complete experience. Tracks that will definitely take fans back include “Don’t Look Down,” “Goodbye Girl,” “Innocence,” and “The King of Wishful Thinking.”

babysue (August 2016)


Playing live was and still is the core to this band’s continuing existence and this release, on a combined CD and DVD package, captures the band playing live in a sold out show at the Robin 2 in Bilston during 2003. The set list that night included their hits ‘Don’t Look Down’, ‘Faithful’, ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’, ‘Goodbye Girl’, ‘Call Me’, ‘We Close Are Eyes’, ‘Tracks Of My Tears’ and ‘The King Of Wishful Thinking’.

Bev Bevan, Sunday Mercury (July 2016)


Live Robin 2-2003, a CD/DVD set, captures the band in a small, intimate setting during a reunion show. Unlike many bands of the era, it’s obvious that Go West was a real band; Cox singing with a passion and a strength that wasn’t enhanced by computer and studio trickery. This set is heavily Go West specific; eight of the nine songs are performed here, with single “Call Me” and album cut “Innocence” being highlights of the set. Though Dancing is largely ignored, their take of “True Colors” is excellent, and worthy of inclusion. “Faithful,” the band’s final major single, shows that by the end of their run, they had escaped the new wave pop ghetto they were regulated to, and were making fine soul music…

The DVD portion of this set (previously released in 2004 as King Of Wishful Thinking) offers the show in its entirety, and you can see how much fun the band is having onstage. There’s also an excellent, career-spanning interview between the Cox and Drummie, and it’s obvious of the love and the bond the two of them have as they regale with humour and honesty about the ups and downs of their career. It’s an enlightening coda to an excellent reunion show, and makes this live disc a must-have for the Go West fan, as well as a nice introduction for the curious.

The Recoup (July 2016)

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THE MUTTER SLATER BAND ‘WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?’ LIVE VIDEO!

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The Mutter Slater Band perform ‘Why Are You Talking To Me?’ from their forthcoming album release ‘The Champ’, available from Angel Air Records on September 16th 2016.

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DEL BROMHAM/STRAY LIVE DATES!

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24th September – THE YARDBIRDS CLUB – Grimsby – Del Bromham solo – as guest of Henrik Freischlader
30th September – HARTLEPOOL BLUES CLUB – Hartlepool – Del Bromham’s Blues Devils
1st October – CORNMARKET BLUES – Raven Hall – Corby – Del Bromham’s Blues Devils
2nd October – WHITBY BLUES FESTIVAL – Whitby – Del Bromham’s Blues Devils
15th October – THE FRUIT – Hull STRAY
28th October – THE BORDERLINE – London – STRAY Due to public demand an extra show has been added!
5th November – MALT SHOVEL BEER FESTIVAL – Northampton STRAY
11th November – ILFRACOMBE ROCK AND BLUES FESTIVAL – Ilfracombe – Devon STRAY
18th November – THE BORDERLINE – London STRAY
It gives us great pleasure to be able to announce that the original line up of Del Bromham Steve Gadd, Ritchie Cole and Gary Giles will all be attending this show. They intend to play a few songs and this will be the first time for many years that they have performed together. Along with Peter Dyer and Stu Uren and Karl Randall, this should be a night to remember. Hope you can make it. Tickets on sale now from www.reallylivemusic.com, and there is no booking fee if you book via them.

24th November – THE STABLES – Milton Keynes STRAY
15th December – THE BOOM BOOM CLUB – Chislehurst – Del Bromham’s Blues Devils
16th December – HOLY MOLY’S (ESQUIRES) – Bedford – Del Bromham’s Blues Devils

2017
22nd January – THE ROBIN 2 – Bilston, Wolverhampton STRAY
16th February – THE BLUES BAR – Tring – Del Bromham’s Blues Devils
12th March – LEGENDS OF ROCK – Great Yarmouth STRAY
27th May – DAGENHAM ROUNDHOUSE – with Dr Feelgood – Del Bromham solo
25th – 27th August – A NEW DAY FESTIVAL – Faversham – Kent – Del Bromham’s Blues Devils (actual show date to be confirmed)

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THE ORIGINAL CAST & FRIENDS The Ones That Got Away

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…the hour-long collection, featuring some lesser known recordings that heavily enlist a ‘revolving’ team of stalwart recording studio denizens (also including backing-singer sisters Sue & Sunny), is largely made up of catchy sunshine pop – not least the late-70′s original ‘Summertime’ by ‘the West End Boys’, which is very reminiscent of the aforementioned ‘Beach Baby’.

The Beat (August 2016)


For those of you whose collections proudly boast entries by Edison Lighthouse, White Plains, Brotherhood Of Man and Butterscotch, there are just enough fresh thrills here to encourage you to get out and grab the original 45s of Burrows’ solo outings like the funky, driving ‘Have You Had A Little Happiness Lately’…

Shindig Magazine (August 2016)


…this album was created to shed light on the music created by Tony, David, Sue, and Sunny. If you love the light and sunny 1970′s pop sound that can be found on the Rhino Records Have A Nice Day various artists collection, The Ones That Got Away will be right up your alley. These nineteen tracks are sure to take you back to another time and place when music was simpler and folks weren’t quite so sarcastic and jaded about everything. To bring things full circle, the album closes with a new track recorded in 2016 that includes vocals by Ron Dante (of The Archies). A fascinating journey into the music of four exceedingly talented artists.

babysue (August 2016)


…Just as sincere, Sue’s delicate “Solo” and soulful “All So Different Now” from Sunny are prime examples of understated balladry, while “Ain’t That Tellin’ You People” finds the sisters in boisterous mood. Burrows managed to combine the two aspects in “Better Fly Butterfly” and rock it with a certain defiance, and THE NAIMZ’ “Golden Yearz” from 2016 may serve as a bottom line to this dewy-eyed compilation. Sometimes it’s so sweetly ’70s that there’s a risk of toothache; sometimes it’s conventionally adventurous; altogether, it’s a good reminded of the musical-minded landscape that’s long gone. ***

DMME.net (August 2016)


I can tell you that a lot of the tracks on this new 20 track CD are rare and hard to find and if you enjoy pure pop put together impeccably there is a lot to enjoy, its perfect summer time sunny day listening. And the final track ‘Golden Yearz’ is a little stroke of genius, recorded this year and featuring Tony B, David M and the USA’s ‘equivalent’ of Tony Burrows in the shape of Ron Dante the ‘voice’ behind The Archies ‘Sugar Sugar’, The Cufflinks ‘Tracy’, ‘When Julie Comes Around’ and a host of others. An inspired idea, a hell of a catchy song, and proof (if it was needed) that these guys have lost none of their vocal prowess 4 decades on, love it!

ninebattles.com (August 2016)


Think seventies, think of the timeless memorable sounds of White Plains, Guys And Dolls, Edison Lighthouse, and you know what musical direction this goes in. Tony Burrows has long been noted for decades as the best pop singer, and there are great songs here. “Love Matters” from the Original Cast is a nice love song while Tony Burrows’ “Better Fly Butterfly” is a more solid pop track. Sue & Sunny provide strong vocals which can be heard clearly on “Ain’t That Telling You People” which appeared in 1976. “Oh My Jo” by Tony Burrows takes me back to nice memories of the golden early seventies.

Keys and Chords (Translated – June 2016)

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JERUSALEM Cooler Than Antarctica

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If 2014′s “Black Horses” saw the ensemble trying to locate light moments in a bleak environment, its follow-up nails current situation on the head, what with Lynden Williams’ adoption of declarative delivery. Such stance is used to great effect in opener “Snake” whose riffs vigorously bite into philosophical and political comments, but the key to the piece’s proud position would be the “when you were younger” line, the past being a recurring theme here.

In this context, the glorious “Simple Man” – written around the time of the group’s 1972 debut and restored for eventual recording now – has an air of nostalgia about it, while “Drums, Bass And Guitar” serves up a romp through rock ‘n’ roll era, listing each decade’s attributes, on a harmonica-enhanced slab of rhythm-and-blues.

…And then there’s “Cry” to take it all to “forever after” via folk dance and heroic moves, which may quite possibly be the band’s best epic. If this is an assessment of the route they are taking now, that’s the way to go. ***2/3

DMME.net (August 2016)


“Northern Lights” shows the band at their best, the urgent, furtive, rhythm carrying you along at a magnificent lick that is as enigmatic as it is engaging. Vocally Williams is skilled and honed, and yet for some his delivery might be just a little too polite for the hard hitting fare his band hope to recount. However with accordion, blues harp and violin all making an appearance, the eclecticism is assured…In a way it is hard to ignore the underlying feeling of frivolity that somehow permeates from much on this album; from its quirky cover to its individualistic word play…If you’re looking for an album that reverberates with a pop pulse, pushes with a prog beat and then weighs in with some unusual lyrics and characterful vocals, this may be for you…

Sea Of Tranquility (July 2016)


Categorization of this release is difficult. Everything is normal on the one hand, and on the other influences are spread wide. Rock, melodic rock, pop, power pop, blues are completely natural aspects making for a diverse record. The fantastic “Steaming Hot” with a lot of organ sound and a nice guitar solo cries out for a live version, and also the power rocker “All My Doors Are Open” would be well suited to a live performance. Basically you would have to discuss every single song in detail from this album to do it justice.

There is refined harmonica and crisp blues on “Drums, Bass and Guitar”, and the rocker “Northern Nights” has intense melodies, then there’s the power pop of “Simple Simon” with its haunting refrain. There are sill calm tunes such as “The Book Of You”, to contrast with the power. An album without failure, which lacks only the occasional hit.

Music An Sich (Translated – June 2016)


In terms of proginess, what Jerusalem serve up, resides in the more rock with a slice of prog side of life, than the other way round, all of the songs reliant on a strong sense of melody and structure to get their message across. Lyrically however things are a little more quirk-driven, a sideways glance at the modern world being where everything stems from. This approach works best on the bullish “Steaming Hot”, the pulsating beat driving a comment on the wish to be young and beautiful forever…”Northern Lights” shows the band at their best, the urgent, furtive rhythm carrying you along at a magnificent lick that is as enigmatic as it is engaging.

Sea Of Tranquility (June 2016)


In “Northern Lights” the violin even gets a bit part, and Lynden Williams voice resounds with rich chimes. Here and there it is drawn from the blues and folk style which will sharpen your focus as it contrasts with the guitar rock. Fair is fair, Jerusalem can finally get the attention they deserve. Excellent guitar rock that will amaze, and that does not surprise me with such a good line-up.

Keys and Chords (Translated – June 2016)

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MR BIG Bitter Streets

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This is pure melodic pop rock loaded with delicious melodies and strong lead vocals. The songs are lushly orchestrated and many fall into the mid-tempo ballad category. Addictive choruses and tasty but not very complex musicianship abound so if you are into melodic pop and rock music Bitter Streets will provide much enjoyment. Songs like the album opening “Come And Dance” and the pretty piano laced “Georgia” will certainly appeal to the pop rock crowd. The country tinged “My Sweet Medicine” is another tasty melodic pop rock morsel. The soaring vocal melodies are a high point throughout the album. Occasionally, the band rock out a bit as in the bluesy boogie of “God Save Me From The Blues”. Also included is a reworked version of “Romeo”, as catchy as anything on the disc.

Sea Of Tranquility (July 2016)


The ’70s may ooze out of many a pore, yet when tunes are as arresting as “Baby Come Around” or as life-affirming as the sunny “Sandy” with its almost baroque backdrop, the drift is timeless. So Dicken may cast another dreamlike glance over his shoulder on the exquisitely textured bonus “Close My Eyes” and sail away on acoustic lull: the streets he still walks on are full of sweet light rather than bitter tears. ****1/3

DMME.net (June 2016)


The guys in Mr Big are back. But upon hearing the fresh pop sounds on Bitter Streets you’d never know they disbanded in the first place. This band originally made a big splash way back in 1977 with their hit single “Romeo.” Like so many bands, however, follow up recordings failed to reach the success of that single and they eventually threw in the towel. The band members did eventually form a new band called Broken Home, but that only lasted for a while…before they decided to re-fuel Mr Big.

Recorded in 2010, Bitter Streets finds the band returning to something quite similar to their original sound (there’s even a re-recording of “Romeo” here). Streets sounds very much like a non-stop string of potential hits. And this release also includes two bonus tracks (“Close My Eyes” and “Dreamed”). Hopefully this album will reignite the flame that began so many years ago. These guys still have a fresh inviting sound–you’d never know they’ve been around for as long as they have. A good solid release.

babysue (June 2016)

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SNIPS La Rocca

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An elegant bounce to the album’s title cut can push its clipped groove towards dub but still keep on the rockabilly side of the tracks, in the private heaven Parsons envisaged for Brian Jones. The Stone is also glorified in “Skies Of England” which has turned the anger of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” inside out to reach for his, and Snips’, romantic essence; that’s why, perhaps, the voice in the wilderness of “Backs Of Millions” doesn’t sound revolutionary and “Happy Sometimes” taps into the same soul vein as a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “You’re A Wonderful One” in the bountiful bonus section of this CD. So although the singer is asking “What Is Pop?” at the record’s finale, the answer is obvious: it’s the edge Snips could have ridden for ages if his ego was as big as his talent. Thankfully, he’s back with those big fish now. ***1/3

DMME.net (August 2016)


A sharp-rocking album that unites early 70′s pop, new wave and 80′s synth pop in glorious fashion. Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons had sung in pre-punk supergroup Sharks (alongside Free’s Andy Frazer and guitar hero Chris Spedding) as wells as, curiously, the Baker-Gurvitz Army…Six bonus B-sides and outtakes complete an album that so deserved to crack it…

Record Collector (August 2016)


Really, this album should have been much more popular than it probably was but it’s still not too late thanks to our friends at Angel Air Records. Hopefully, this rerelease will catch some well-deserved attention. Highly recommended for fans of pop and new wave music of the late ’70s/early ’80s.

Sea Of Tranquilty (July 2016)


This album was originally released way back in 1979 but we’re only now hearing it thanks to the folks at Britain’s Angel Air label (this is the first time the album has ever been issued on CD).

Snips (whose real name is Steve Parsons) was originally in the band Sharks and also worked for a while with Ginger Baker. In 1979 he began his solo career with the release of La Rocca! Produced by Chris Spedding (who also plays guitar on the album), this disc is one entertaining spin.

What’s interesting here are the songs themselves. Although the vocals are markedly different than either, the songs on La Rocca! remind us very much of mid-career stuff from Sparks and Devo (!?). As is almost always the case with Angel Air’s reissues, this disc includes all the tracks from the original album plus six additional bonus tracks. After spinning this a few times, we can’t help but feel that it’s a shame this album didn’t produce at least one or two hits. The songs certainly have that sort of appeal. Plenty of upbeat catchy pop cuts here including “Nine O’Clock,” “Skies of England,” “Happy Sometimes,” and “What Is Pop?”

babysue (June 2016)


This interesting period piece dates form 1979 and found vocalist Steve “Snips” Parsons working in close collaboration with guitarist and producer Chris Spedding in a revival of the partnership which had proved so creatively fruitful during the pair’s stint in short-lived supergroup Sharks earlier in the decade. The bulk of this stylish set was self-penned with the notable exception of Larry Wallis’ ‘Police Car’, with Bill Nelson’s distinctive interjections on synthesiser lending added impetus to the proceedings on tracks such as ‘Happy Sometimes’, ‘Dark Outside’ and ‘La Rocca’.

Kevin Bryan, Regional Newspapers (June 2016)


A pleasantly nostalgic ‘of-its-time’ feel pervades on an LP that should perhaps have had more impact than it did, and which is now appended by six additional tracks. Nearly all the pieces are Parsons originals – and perhaps unsurprisingly he’s developed a successful later career in music for TV and film.

The Beat (June 2016)

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