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Angel Air’s latest anthology showcases a fascinating selection of unpolished demo recordings from the prog-rock keyboards ace, including some pieces which would go on to grace future Greenslade and Colosseum albums and others which have never seen the light of day until today.
Kevin Bryan, Regional Newspapers (October 2015)
Fans of Greenslade and Colosseum will find this interesting and for the uninitiated, there’s certainly enough here to encourage further exploration of the works of Mr. Greenslade and his friends.
Classic Rock Society (September/October 2015)
My favourite track is the more progressive sounding instrumental “Koblenz” which benefits from Dick Heckstall-Smith’s saxophone and an enjoyable symphonic arrangement that at times has a Parson’s feel. The moody blues of “Blues In The Night” is also enjoyable highlighted by Greenslade’s stellar keyboard work. The title track is another winner with its uplifting orchestrations and feel good sound.
Sea Of Tranquility (September 2015)
First a bit of history for those who don’t know. Dave Greenslade is a keyboard player who was a founder member of the band Colosseum, and he had his own eponymous band that was mainly active in the 70s. These original tracks, written between 1979 and the mid-90s have never been released before, and feature his own vocals as well as him playing all the instruments (bar tenor sax played by the late Colosseum member Dick Heckstall-Smith). I have been a Dave Greenslade fan since the early 1970s when, for my third ever gig, saw the superb Greenslade live at Birmingham’s Town Hall. From then on I was a fan for life.
Dutch Progressive Rock Page (August 2015)
These are one man recordings featuring Dave on all instruments and vocals. Nine well-conceived songs that have that nice cool feel of music that was probably made without the confines and restraints of a clock ticking away in the background. A pleasant musical universe where progressive rock meets mature adult pop. An interesting look behind the scenes.
babysue (July 2015)
This intriguing collection is made up of nine preliminary studio recordings, some of which would later emerge as the basis for pieces used in particular Dave Greenslade roles – whether he was composing and playing keyboards as part of the jazz-rock ensemble Colosseum, masterminding the prog band Greenslade or putting out solo albums released simply under his own name. It’s a rare chance to peep behind the curtain at a combination of fulfilled ideas and works-in-progress.
The Beat magazine (July 2015)
Still, ‘Koblenz’ didn’t need words to be touching, although they color its final result, COLOSSEUM’s ‘I Could Tell You Tales’, as Dick Heckstall-Smith’s sax solo does most expressive talking on the original recording, one harking back to Greenslade’s other band’s oeuvre without sounding dated…Such a charting of Dave’s back story requires much more investigation, and possibly a box-set treatment, and it is time indeed to reassess his contribution to popular music.
DMME.net (July 2015)
The album has a ‘summer music’ feel, mostly calm, gentle, melodic, as if moved by a gentle breeze – just beautiful. Occasionally, for example, if at the only time on the CD, another musician may contribute something, it will become gently jazzy. A CD, which should be given on prescription in these times of stress.
musikansich.de (June 2015)
Iron Foot Jack (aka Mike Read) ‘Killing Soho’ (RAJP920) released on 17th July 2015 from Angel Air Records and available from iTunes, Amazon and other digital platforms.
About the track:
Back in 2014 SAVE SOHO was created to articulate the concern for the future of Soho, London’s historic role as a national platform for the performing arts as well as recognizing the rich and valuable musical heritage that Soho has provided to the world since the 50’s.
MIKE READ has produced a killer track that will resonate with music fans and all of Mike’s profits from the single will be donated to House Of St Barnabas, Soho who provide support for homeless people and gets them back to work.
Check out the promo video for David Courtney’s new album ‘Anthology’, available from Angel Air Records on 4th September 2015.
The Contrast’s lyric video for “We Are The Monsters” which features on their album “A Sinister Flick” (SJPCD434) available from Angel Air.
STEVEN VAN ZANDT (Little Steven) “One of the best bands on the planet – and England too”
Linda Hoyle has released a promotional video for the track “The Fetch” taken from her forthcoming album of the same name “The Fetch” (SJPCD474) available from Angel Air on 7th August 2015.
See Joe Jammer live at the following venues:
Sat July 4th 2015
The Falkland Arms
60 Falkland Rd
Dorking RH4 3AD
Sat 11th July 2015
Windlesham GU20 6AA
Thursday 16th July 2015
The Eel Pie Club
The Cabbage Patch
67 London Road,
Twickenham TW1 3SZ
(JOE JAMMER’S ALL CHICAGO BLUES REVUE)
Monday July 20th 2015
The Bull’s Head
373 Lonsdale Rd,
London SW13 9PY
TEL: 020 8876 5241
(JOE JAMMER’S ALL CHICAGO BLUES REVUE)
Sat 25th July 2015
Sir Douglas Haig
Songs like the wistful country ballad “Neon Sky”, the country and western nugget that is “Plains Of Mexico” featuring nice Spanish guitar, the downhome hoedown of “Uncle Billy” featuring some pretty mean banjo and tasty acoustic guitar and the pure country drawl of “Wind Of Fate”, a heartwarming ballad, are decent enough tracks and make for pretty engaging country rock tunes.
Sea Of Tranquility (September 2015)
The Ugly Guys’ version of ‘White Line Fever’ is decidedly different to the Merle Haggard original. Here, the song is far more richly textured and works very well as an ensemble piece. As for the second anthem – and the title song – it is an encouraging affair for all those oldtimers out there who refuse to grow old and still rock out on a regular basis. ‘Still Twenty-Five In Your Head’ – and who listening to this CD ain’t still?
Music-News (July 2015)
Stand-outs include ‘Neon Sky’, Farrell’s joyful title track, the thoughtful ‘Where Did It Go Wrong’ (by Shuttleworth’s singer/songwriter son Harry) and a jumping take on Merle Haggard’s ‘White Line Fever’. Euphoric, combining the spirit of true country with the devil-may-care swagger that only Brits can manage.
Maverick Magazine (June 2015)
‘Still Twenty-Five in Your Head’ is the fifth album that The Ugly Guys have released since their formation in 2003 and it’s arguably their finest offering to date, blessed with a batch of effortlessly tuneful gems led by ‘Plains Of Mexico’, ‘Rose Tattoo’ and ‘Wind of Fate’.
Kevin Bryan, Regional Newspapers (June 2015)
…the quintet get down to ‘Plains Of Mexico,’ where Vic Collins shakes the dust with his mariachi strum-and-lace before Steve Oliver takes the strings to the bluegrass pastures of ‘Uncle Billy’ via a strange tempo bump and a Roanoke reference at the start of it. The ensemble aren’t lost like that colony, though, and are led by pedal steel. It shimmers throughout and shoots through the twang and piano of ‘Late Great Golden State’ and the mellifluous cover of Merle Haggard’s ‘White Line Fever,’ whereas ‘Where Did It Go Wrong’ has its bitterness sweetened with a funk riff underneath the melodic flow.
DMME.net (June 2015)
Catchy glam inspired rock and pop is the name of the game here. Songs like the danceable opening track “Enjoy Yourself”, the radio friendly pop confection of “Mr Wolf” and the glam influenced “Passion Killer”, highlighted with catchy vocals and saxophone start the disc in an irresistible way…Nearly A Sin is an enjoyable nugget from the past, and if you are a fan of new wave, glam rock or just catchy tunes, One the Juggler will be well worth your time.
Sea Of Tranquility (September 2015)
The bulk of this deliciously dated set was penned by singer-guitarist Rokko Lee, including their minor hit single, ‘Passion Killer’ and an assortment of moderately arresting ditties clearly influenced by the likes of The Velvet Underground, David Bowie and their much better known contemporaries the Psychedelic Furs.
Kevin Bryan, Regional Newspapers (September 2015)
Utterly spunky and fast-paced is track 12, titled ‘Patience Of A Saint’ with its dominating drum beat courtesy of Steve Nicol, and its peculiar spoken-word ending (‘You could be responsible for the thousands of outbreaks every year! Keep it clean, keep it cool, keep it covered!’). Whatever that means!
…bonus highlights include the speedy ‘Rip The Cat’ – a track that would be perfect for films such as The Monster Club. A honking sax solo by Trimmer and a relentless frenzied beat and stop-gaps whip you into action on the dance floor. Meow!
All in all, this is not only one hell of a groovy album but the bonus tracks don’t come across like any left-over material that’s been added just for the hell of it but each and every one is a little gem in its own right.
Music-News (August 2015)
Nearly A Sin is worth exploring, especially because the music cannot be put into one box.
Keys and Chords (August 2015)
Kickstarted by a short invitation of ‘Enjoy Yourself’ and rounded off with an orchestral reprise of the booming ‘Damage Is Done,’ the record gets playful, if threatening, in the riffs and cries of ‘Mr Wolf’ whose mariachi funk is taken to dance in ‘Django’s Coming,’ yet there’s a violin-enhanced spirituality to the singalong ‘Blind Old Senator,’ where Rokko’s yelp and acoustic strum ride Lin Minchin’s twang. But it’s ‘Barnaby’ – propelled with Lushi’s bass and Steve Nichol’s drums and lifted by a string section – that shows the full, symphonic scope of the ensemble’s artful creativity.
DMME.net (July 2015)
It’s a bit of a mystery why this album didn’t do better because it has plenty of good songs, notable singles, good musicianship plus plenty of song-writing depth. Maybe it just didn’t have that hook-laden shallowness that is demanded of the charts. It’s a shame that the band didn’t persevere though, it would have been interesting to see how they would have evolved and matured. Something that maybe Lushi wonders about too, ‘I don’t think you ever know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. We just knew we had our own sound that was difficult to pigeon-hole and we really came alive on stage. I guess, to a certain extent, we were a band out of sync with the times.’
Paul Rigby (The Audiophile Man) (July 2015)
Angel Air Records has FINALLY released this gem on CD, adding nine bonus tracks including non-album b-sides, unreleased recordings and ‘It Hurts,’ a rare post-album single that matches the quality of the album. And the liner notes? Well, I can’t make a comment about those since I wrote them, but they offer a history of the band with input from band members Rokko and Lushi. So, grab yourself a copy, listen, read on and give One The Juggler the respect they deserve.
discussionsmagazine.com (June 2015)
…it might be savvy to admit they were Suede before Suede were out of school. Frontman Rokko’s drunk-on-the-glamour-of-sleaze vocals, the clever set-ups and choruses suggest as much, and it’s easy to see what Ronson heard in them…From the satisfying singles Damage Is Done and Django’s Coming to boho anthems like Blind Old Senator, there’s a remarkably deft blend of Pretenders’ style and Psychedelic Furs’ bile.
Classic Rock Magazine (June 2015)
…I try to avoid comparisons but I don’t think anyone would argue with the obvious Bowie/Mott/Roxy vibe going on here. Indeed Bowie was a hero to the band and Mick Ronson was lined up for the producers chair on the follow up album. N.A.S. needs, in my view, a good few listens to get the aforementioned influences out of the head and get down to the essence of the band. Clever lyrics and some memorable melodies emerge ‘Django’s Coming’ and ‘Damage Is Done’ are two examples. The interplay between acoustic and electric guitar is neat and the band can certainly rock when they want to. I get the overall feeling that like so many bands OTJ were no doubt a great ‘live’ act who didn’t quite capture their all on disc. However if you like glam rock with a twist you’ll love this and the quality of the recording is first class. The band has recently reformed and will be playing gigs. I think its quite possible I’ll go along to one!
SMART Seventies Music And Retro Talk (June 2015)
“Enjoy Yourself” is a great album opener, kicking into “Mr. Wolf”, which careens into “Passion Killer”, and then the album never really lets up. It’s a strange trip, and one that does not seem that it would have had the commercial push that it did in the UK. Albums like this are made for music fans, not for new wave kids (which could account for it’s lackluster performance in the charts).
allmusic.com (May 2015)
The Ugly Guys with their lyric video for “Neon Sky” from their forthcoming album “Still Twenty-Five In Your Head” (SJPCD473) available from 1st June 2015 on Angel Air Records.
You can catch the fantastic Stackridge live at the following venues:
Date: September 12 (Saturday) 2015
Venue: The Talking Heads
Address: 320,Portswood Road
Date: September 18 (Friday) 2015
Venue: The Half Moon
Address: 93 Lower Richmond Road
Tickets £15. www.musicglue.com
£18 on the door .
Date: September 19 (Saturday) 2015
Venue: The Greystones
Address: Greystones Road
Ticket hotline: 0114 2665599
Date: September 22 (Tuesday) 2015
Venue: The Robin2
Address: 26-28 Mount Pleasant
Ticket hotline: 01902 401211
Date: September 23 (Wednesday) 2015
Venue: The Green Hotel ( Backstage )
Address: The Muirs
Ticket hotline: 01577 863467
Date: September 24 (Thursday) 2015
Venue: Belle Vue Social Club
Address: Kendal Road
Tickets £12 advance or £15 on the door.
Ticket hotline: 075359 79658
Date: September 25 (Friday) 2015
Venue: Lowdham Village Hall
Address: Main Street
Date: September 26 (Saturday) 2015
Venue: The Trades Club
Address: Holme Street
Tickets £18.00 ( £15 Club Members )
Ticket hotline: 01422 845 265
Date: October 2 (Friday) 2015
Venue: The Ropetackle
Ticket hotline: 01273 464440
Date: October 3 (Saturday) 2015
Venue: The Bull Theatre
Address: 68, High Street
Ticket hotline: 020 84415010
Date: October 9 (Friday) 2015
Venue: Chapel Arts Centre
Address: Lower Borough Walls
Ticket hotline: 01225 461700
Date: October 10 (Saturday) 2015
Venue: The Square & Compass
Address: Windmill Hill
Ticket hotline: 01823 480467
Date: October 16 (Friday) 2015
Venue: The Borderline
Address: Orange Yard
Tickets available from www.seetickets.com
Date: October 17 (Saturday) 2015
Venue: The Quarterhouse
Address: Mill Bay
Tickets £15 Advance £18 on the door
Ticket hotline: 01303 760750
Date: October 24 (Saturday) 2015
Venue: Club Seata
Matinee : 13.30pm
Evening : 18.30pm
Support Act = Azuma Kazamaturi
For Tickets E Mail email@example.com
Date: November 1 (Sunday) 2015
Venue: The Tithe Barn
Address: Cheltenham Road
Ticket hotline: 0333 666 3366
Date: November 6 (Friday) 2015
Venue: The Atkinson
Address: Lord Street
Support Steve Rodgers
Ticket hotline: 01704 533333
Date: November 13 (Friday) 2015
Venue: The Scene
Address: 50 Plymouth Street
Tickets £15 from Derricks Music Swansea
Date: December 11 (Friday) 2015
Venue: Farncombe Music Club
Address: St.Johns Church
Ticket hotline: 01483 421520
Date: December 19 (Saturday) 2015
Venue: The Fiddlers
Address: Willway Street
THE FINAL GIG !
There will be an aftershow party until 2.00am !