Category Archives: BRITISH LIONS
…their high energy rock tinged with a fair amount of boogie won many admirers…this DVD…shows a band full of vitality and taking greater pleasure in their performance…There are also several extended interviews with band members as they talk over the history of the band.
Classic Rock Society (July 2007)
…it’s astonishing, an energetic roar that reminds us just how many great songs British Lions had salted away. The title track, in particular, is a stone cold John Fiddler classic, and the bonus cuts allow us another chance to experience it, as an unplugged Fiddler runs through a five song mini-set that begins with the same song.
There’s also a clutch of band interviews lined up at the end of the disc, to put the entire British Lions story into excellent perspective.
Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (June 2007)
…the cream of their high octane repertoire is captured in this live DVD, which boasts five ‘unplugged’ songs from a solo Fiddler as a bonus
Kevin Bryan, Houderness Gazette (August 2007)
This excellent Angel Air archive release brings a 1978 radio broadcast from San Francisco back into your consciousness to give you a heaping dose of hard-driving, rock ‘n’ roll swagger that classic rock fans will be eager to sink their teeth into.
www.seaoftranquility.org (September 2010)
…tons of rock ‘n’ roll energy, great songs like ‘One More Chance To Run’ and ‘Break The Fool’, powerful guitars, goofy early synth sounds, and the solid rhythm section of Overend Watts and Buffin…
www.e-gear.com (September 2010)
…captures the band’s talent and energy…
Classic Rock Society (October 2010)
It’s good to hear a professional recording of this great band in such good quality…
www.hunter-mott.com (October 2010)
… the band barrel through first album highlights propelled by Fisher’s rampant keyboards, Major’s Beck-charged leads and one of the greatest rhythm sections in rock ‘n’ roll…
Record Collector (October 2010)
…a no-nonsense British rock band …with enough raw texture combined with just enough playing and production gloss to make it worthwhile on real stereo systems of the quality to which TNT-audio readers aspire
www.tnt-audio.com (November 2010)
…not only captures a band that sound hungry and totally convincing, but illustrates just how strong the post Hoople era was for these musicians…the British Lions were truly an enigmatic live force to be reckoned with.
Fireworks December 2010
The band crammed a great deal of musical activity into their relatively brief existence and this hitherto unreleased live CD captures them at something approaching their energised best…
Kevin Bryan, various regional papers (January 2011)
…although different from their first it is still distinctly ‘Lions…At long last, Angel Air have released it on CD, and a welcome release it is too…look beyond the original tracks and you’ll find some real gems in the bonus tracks…I like this album and it withstands repeated playing. The bonus tracks are a delight, and prove (if proof were needed) that the Lions did indeed have enormous potential and their demise robbed the world of a mighty fine band.
Adrian Perkins, (October 2000)
…the British Lions certainly had their own style and flair and it still shines through on this release. Angel Air has made this release special by adding quite a few bonuses….It is these extras that really make this album worth looking into…For any connoisseur of unsung rare-but-necessary additions to their collection, this is a must-have.
Phil Anderson, Kaos 2000 (October 2000)
As usual with Angel Air, the CD comes with an excellent 16-page booklet wriiten by Dale Griffin…additional recollections by John Fiddler, Ray Majors and Morgan Fisher as well as some great photos. I can’t recommend this release enough, I’ve been playing it to death for weeks and after not playing it for such a long time, I keep hearing bits I don’t recall hearing before…It’s almost like hearing it for the first time. If you’re undecided as to whether to pick up Trouble With Women let me make up your mind for you. Just go out and buy it OK.
Two Miles From Heaven (February 2001)
…Only nine of the twenty tracks here are from the “official” album, while the rest (excluding three radio promos) are from a couple of live dates, home recordings and demos…if you are looking to be a British Lions completist these discs are for you. In the end the disc is oddly entertaining in its own generic way. British Lions forever!
Colin Bryce, Mohair Sweets (January 2001)
…They cut a fine, if occasionally workmanlike, album together…with eight previously unreleased tracks bolstering the nine original cuts (including a Peel session, a live performance, and a clutch of demos), British Lions emerge a lot stronger than memory likes to make them out…
Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (July 2000)
I haven’t played my vinyl copy of British Lions for quite some time and I’d forgotten just how good an album it is. From the opening adrenaline surge of One More Chance To Run to the humourous closer Eat the Rich…theis album features great songs and great playing and quite possibly is the strongest post MTH album featuring Messrs Watts, Griffin,Fisher and Majors. A lot of that was down to the great songwriting of the new secret ingredient, John Fiddler, of course….
As well as great songs this album also contains some marvellous performances that highlight the instrumental power of this band…
In addition to the album’s original nine songs there are 8 previously unreleased bonus tracks…
The set comes complete with a sixteen-page booklet…sound quality is excellent…this release is long overdue.
Two Miles From Heaven Issue 2
…The secret to enjoying The British Lions album is to try and forget that three fifths of the group were once members of arguably one of the best English power-glam groups of their time, Mott The Hoople…The playing is superb…The liner notes are complete and the original albums’ nine tracks are augmented by an additional eight, live/John peel and demo tracks. Mott fans will want to add this to their collection and glam aficionados should take note as well. Something of an undiscovered rough gem.
Jeff Monk, Mohair Sweets (November 2000)
They purveyed a hard eged yet melodic Power Pop/Soft Rock all accompanied by inspirational and very memorable riffs…an album of the finest quality Rock. By 1978 the British Lions were no more but this excellent album is a timely reminder of the fact that there was some fine traditional Rock around in the 70′s amidst the gob and the Oi!
Steve Ward, Wondrous Stories (March 2002)
Too early for its new wave touches, too late for its glam and classic rock background British Lions didn’t fare as well as it should have done…Its first time on CD, the album is bolstered by eight previously unreleased live and demo tracks, plus the usual Angel Air trimmings. Fans of the band and of rock from the time will certainly enjoy it.
Joe Geesin, Record Collector (May 2002)
…a raw, gritty rock album which still stands the test of time
Classic Rock Society (June 2009)
… The CD sleeve is one of the most comprehensive histories I have seen, with 100% participation from all band members and adds to the sense of ‘what might have been’ had the record company not (unfairly) pulled their financial support. An excellent audio document of the band and the times.
David Pearson, Wondrous Stories, September 1999
They only left behind two studio albums, but they do nothing to capture the vitality and out and out enthusiasm of these guys…Yet again, as with all Angel Air releases there are copious notes and details of the recordings etc. This is a band that played with their hearts on their sleeve and their guitars cranked up loud. If you want high octane rough raucous rock and roll then this is for you.
Feedback, October 1999
…seemingly carries on where Mott The Hoople left off!…this reviewer enjoyed this more than Mott’s live expeditions!…Brilliant liner notes…They live up to their name! Roaring stuff!
Zabadak, October 2000
…This was a damn good band and if you’re a Mott fan, you’ll relate. What we’re presented with here is a collection of live cuts of their best tracks…Interesting stuff and enjoyable…
Sonic Iguana (Issue 4)
…This Angel Air set features eight live cuts from various sources and actually does do them justice…They were a tough little guitar pop band with a stiff Rock backbone…Another good little Angel Air release with a 16 page booklet full of memories from the band themselves and representing a fine package for fans of the group…
Free Appreciation Society(August 2000)