Bell & Martin Matthew Fisher Red Jasper

Angel Air 1997-2012



Welcome to our February newsletter!

This year we're celebrating our 15th anniversary with lots more great music to come!

In February, the solo album of former The Storys bass guitarist ANDY COLLINS is released. 'Closure' highlights Andy's undoubted skills as a singer as well as a gifted songwriter.

Also in February, a brand new album from NWOBHM legends OLIVER DAWSON SAXON entitled 'Motorbiker'. The album delivers heavy duty material - play loud and enjoy!

A remastered version of the 1984 chart topping compilation album HOOKED ON NUMBER ONES - 100 NON STOP HITS is released. Renowned songwriter and producer GEOFF MORROW assembled a who’s who of the Pop world to record their versions of pop classics.

March sees the release of a previously unreleased 1981 album by Madeline Bell and David Martin. BELL & MARTIN 'Together Again' features all of the classic singles released in the 1981-1982 period, as well as 4 bonus tracks.

A newly remastered version of the 1994 MATTHEW FISHER album 'A Salty Dog Returns' becomes available. The founding member of Procol Harum plays all instruments on the album, and 3 bonus tracks are included.

Finally, 'Sting In The Tale' by RED JASPER is released in March - the critically acclaimed 1990 album is now remastered with 3 bonus tracks.

Verden Allen Gig 2012
VERDEN ALLEN'S SOFT GROUND

Legendary founder member of MOTT THE HOOPLE and keyboard player and vocalist VERDEN ALLEN appears with his band SOFT GROUND at The Half Moon, Putney, London on 11th February 2012

Following on Mott The Hoople's decision not to play any gigs in 2012 Verden is devoting all his energies this year towards his new band

www.softground.net

www.mottthehoople.com

HALF MOON, PUTNEY, LONDON on Saturday 11th February 2012 www.halfmoon.co.uk

GRAHAM OLIVER has just launched at NAMM 2012 a Graham Oliver Signature Guitar

ODS web site www.metalthunder.co.uk

New Interview with STEVE DAWSON now online here

OLIVER DAWSON SAXON European Tour Dates

28th January, MONSTERS OF MARIAHEIDE, HOLLAND
2nd February MusikClub, Rutesheim, GERMANY
4th February Garden Club, Winterthuir, SWITZERLAND
5th February Huttenwerk, Michesstadt, GERMANY
6th February Kulturbastion, Torgan, GERMANY
8th February Hippodrom, Greding, GERMANT
9th February Kulturfabrik, Korbach, GERMANY
10th February Stadl Am Stadion, Neugersdorf,GERMANY
11th February Kubana, Seiegburg, GERMANY

OLIVER DAWSON SAXON release their new album 'Motorbiker' on Angel Air, 27 February 2012.
 



***** AT A GLANCE...

More information about our CD/AUDIO/DVD releases can be found in the dedicated CD catalogue page:

http://www.angelair.co.uk/cd_catalogue.htm

More information about our DVD releases can be found in the dedicated DVD catalogue page:

http://www.angelair.co.uk/dvd_catalogue.htm

AUDIO RELEASES (CD)

January 2012 - AMMO, JOHN DU CANN, TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS

February 2012 - ANDY COLLINS, OLIVER DAWSON SAXON, VARIOUS

March 2012 - BELL & MARTIN, MATTHEW FISHER, RED JASPER


Released in February 2012

[Release date 27.02.12]

Andy Collins

ANDY COLLINS Closure (SJPCD377)

ANDY COLLINS former bass guitarist and singer/songwriter with The STORYS ("Swansea's answer to the Eagles" Classic Rock Magazine) has spent the past year recording his first ever solo album following the emotional split by the band in June 2010.

"Closure" highlights Andy's undoubted skills as a singer as well as a gifted songwriter. He is joined on the album by his ex band mates ROB THOMPSON and ALAN THOMAS who collectively produce the vocal harmony that the Story's became famous for.

MUSICIANS
ANDY COLLINS, ROB THOMPSON, ALAN THOMAS, MATTHEW JOHN, TIM HAMILL

http://www.angelair.co.uk/sjpcd377.htm

Oliver Dawson Saxon

OLIVER DAWSON SAXON Motorbiker (SJPCD379)

During the summer of 2000 the line up of OLIVER DAWSON SAXON took to the world stage and delivered great music that had been enjoyed for 20 years previously and their new music. Over the past decade they have released live albums and DVDs

"Motorbiker" is a brand new album of new songs and delivers heavy duty material from the masters and originators of NWOBHM

Play very loud and enjoy

MUSICIANS
GRAHAM OLIVER, STEVE DAWSON, JOHN WARD, NIGEL DURHAM, HAYDN CONWAY

http://www.angelair.co.uk/sjpcd379.htm

Various

VARIOUS ARTISTS Hooked On Number Ones-100 Non Stop Hits (SJPCD388)

This is 1984 and renowned songwriter and producer GEOFF MORROW assembles a who's who of the Pop world to record their versions of pop classics and makes the top echelons of the UK carts as "Mixes" are all the rage.

The FORTUNES, MUNGO JERRY, MARMALADE, MUD, GERRY & The PACEMAKERS, MADELINE BELL, HELEN SHAPIRO, LYNN PAUL, SUSAN MAUGHAN, MIKE BERRY, CRAIG DOUGLAS, LONNIE DONEGAN, JOE BROWN and TONY BURROWS all deliver their stunning versions of pop classics.

Now remastered with informative sleeve notes on the story behind the project.

MUSICIANS
The FORTUNES, MUNGO JERRY, MARMALADE, MUD, GERRY & The PACEMAKERS, MADELINE BELL, HELEN SHAPIRO, LYNN PAUL, SUSAN MAUGHAN, MIKE BERRY, CRAIG DOUGLAS, LONNIE DONEGAN, JOE BROWN and TONY BURROWS

http://www.angelair.co.uk/sjpcd388.htm
 


Released in March 2012

[Release date 26.03.12]

Bell & Martin

BELL & MARTIN Together Again (SJPCD384)

Back in 1981 DAVID MARTIN (who as part of the AMMO song writing team had enjoyed Number 1 Hits the world over with artists such as BARRY MANILOW to GUYS & DOLLS covering their songs) teamed up with MADELINE BELL to record an album for his then fledgling DEB RECORDS. Madeline had shot to fame in the UK in the 70's as part of a two pronged vocalist team with BLUE MINK and recorded some classis songs such as "Melting Pot" and "Good Morning Freedom".

David also has Hits himself as part of BUTTERSCOTCH and Madeline has continued to tour the world working with BBC's Big Band, James Last, Netherlands Metropole Orchestra.

The album "Together Again" was never released although a number of singles were during the period 1981 and 1982-all are included on this release.

The bonus tracks include duets with KATE ROBBINS who had a UK number 2 hit with "More Than Love" and STEPHANIE De SYKES who also had a UK number 2 Hit with "Born With A Smile On My Face"

MUSICIANS
MADELINE BELL, DAVID MARTIN, KATE ROBBINS, STEPHANIE DE SYKES, JOSIE MARTIN, JANIE MARDEN

http://www.angelair.co.uk/sjpcd384.htm

Matthew Fisher

MATTHEW FISHER A Salty Dog Returns (SJPCD389)

MATTHEW FISHER, founding member of PROCOL HARUM, is forever immortalized for co writing and playing the classic organ on "Whiter Shade Of Pale". Matthew was writer/singer (along with Gary Brooker), organist and producer of Procol’s classic "A Salty Dog" album. Matthew also produced ROBIN TROWERS first three albums including the Gold album "Bridge Of Sighs".

"Whiter Shade Of Pale" is the most played track on British Radio ever.

In 1994 Matthew went into the studio and recorded "A Salty Dog Returns" playing all the instruments on the tracks. Out of print for the past decade this album is much sought after by the Fisher/Procol fans.

Now remastered with bonus tracks.

MUSICIANS
MATTHEW FISHER

http://www.angelair.co.uk/sjpcd389.htm

Red Jasper

RED JASPER Sting In The Tale (SJPCD390)

RED JASPER were formed in 1987 and quickly built a strong band following playing their own unique brand of Prog Rock live in UK and Europe.

Over a four week period in 1990 the band recorded their critically acclaimed album "Sting In The Tale" which is now remastered with three bonus tracks added including the tracks from their much sought after 12" EP.

As one reviewer wrote when the album was originally released "Red Jasper's strength is not only their musical and song-writing ability but the fact that within each song they combine instruments and moods in a constructive, challenging yet interesting manner" We could not have said it more eloquently.

MUSICIANS
DAVEY DODDS, ROBIN HARRISON, TONY HEATH, PAT D'ARCY, DAVE CLIFFORD, RIC SANDERS

http://www.angelair.co.uk/sjpcd390.htm
 


Released in January 2012

[Release date 16.01.12]

Ammo

AMMO - Can't Smile Without You 1966-1977  (SJPCD378)

AMMO was the collective name used by gifted songwriters CHRIS ARNOLD, DAVID MARTIN and GEOFF MORROW aka BUTTERSCOTCH but that as they say is another story. The guys got together one night in 1964 when they demoed a song ultimately recorded by BILLY FURY "In Thoughts Of You" which reached number 5 in the UK charts. During the 60's they wrote further songs for Billy Fury, CLIFF RICHARD, FRANK IFIELD and CILLA BLACK.

In the early 70's they decided to release their own songs under the Butterscotch name and had a UK Top 20 Hit with "Don't You Know" as well as a Japanese Hit with "Surprise Surprise". After their brief flirtation with performing the guys went back to writing for other artists and they wrote all the singles for RESCUE Co No 1 as well as the smash hit for BARRY MANILOW "Can't Smile Without You", ELVIS PRESLEY. JOE BROWN, GUYS & DOLLS, CARPENTERS, ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK, DUSTY SPRINGIELD, EDWIN STARR to name just a few-collectively they have sold over 26 million records around the world and received the most prestigious award for songwriting, an Ivor Novello.

This 2CD set includes original versions of songs that became worldwide hits, unreleased demos and tracks that they released under the name Butterscotch and Arnold, Martin, Morrow from their most creative years of 1966 to 1977.

http://www.angelair.co.uk/sjpcd378.htm

John Du Cann

JOHN DU CANN The Many Sides Of - 1967-1980 (SJPCD383)

JOHN DU CANN shot to fame as singer songwriter for ATOMIC ROOSTER and wrote European HIT single "Devils Answer". John though was at the forefront of music prior to Rooster and in the golden period of late 60's onwards he fronted/formed a number of memorable bands including ATTACK, ANDROMEDA, BULLET and HARD STUFF before having a surprise solo UK hit single in 1979 with "Don't Be A Dummy".

Sadly John died in September 2011 just as he had completed the remastering and artwork of the two HARD STUFF albums released November 2011 on Angel Air but not before he had given instructions to Jeff Perkins to write the sleeve notes to his Anthology (a term he felt was overused hence the title "The Many Sides Of") and compiling the track listing and creating the cover artwork for this release.

MUSICIANS
JOHN DU CANN, JOHN McCOY, PAUL HAMMOND, JOHN GUSTAFSON, VINCENT CRANE

http://www.angelair.co.uk/sjpcd383.htm

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS Live! At The Bitter End, New York (SJPCD385)

TOMMY JAMES in 1995 returned to his adopted home of New York's Greenwich Village for a one night stand of which most musicians dream, a date with the famous Bitter End stage and it's brick wall backdrop. In addition he reunited with his band The Shondells.

His audience is already in his corner and playing to a packed venue when the opening bass notes of "Draggin The Line" snake through the club, an answering roar echoes back.

The Hits just keep on coming, one after the other. Don't forget "Crimson And Clover" and a drink of "Sweet Cherry Wine" and here comes "Mony Mony"

All too soon The Shondells are taking their bows centre stage. Tommy offers thanks to all

MUSICIANS
TOMMY JAMES, JOHN GOLDEN, DAVID SANTOS, HAL GOLD, BENNY HARRISON, GLENN WYKA

http://www.angelair.co.uk/sjpcd385.htm
 


2012 CATALOGUE!!

NEW full colour CD and DVD Catalogue

Angel Air Catalogue 2012

FREE 2012 full colour Audio and DVD Catalogue will be sent out with every order.

http://www.angelair.co.uk/order.htm

Download the catalogue: http://www.angelair.co.uk/page1.htm


BOOK CHARTS RISE AND RISE OF ANGEL AIR

To celebrate Angel Air's 10th Anniversary a new book by James McCarraher was published in 2007.

Angel Air


The book details the development of the label, its philosophy, and lists all releases with reviews.

Further information: 

www.angelair.co.uk/book_catalogue.htm

'Angel Air is 10' is a welcome celebration of the label's first ten years and for any rocker of a certain age, and with an eye for trivia, makes essential reading. Where else could we read about Affinity, an early jazz rock stomping ground for the great Mo Foster, Warhorse (debut album on the Vertigo 'swirl' label) and what happened to Bobby Harrison of seventies funk rockers Snafu? Author James McCarraher has brought together the 200-plus label catalogue, prefacing each release with an essay culled mainly from the original liner notes.

David Randall, www.getreadytorock.com

...a celebration of the label rather than a detailed account of the every day ins and outs of a small independent record company...'Angel Air is 10' is as much a reference book as anything else.

More Black Than Purple (June 2007)
 


Audiotube 

Angel Air DVD clips online

You can now view online actual clips of artists performing from the Angel Air DVD catalogue on www.audiotube.com Click onto Channels and select Angel Air Records


LATEST REVIEWS...

Don't forget you can read a selection of album reviews on the website from a wide range of music magazines...

http://www.angelair.co.uk/reviews.htm

http://www.angelair.co.uk/dvd_reviews.htm

CD Reviews

JOHN DU CANN
The Many Sides Of - 1967-1980 (SJPCD383)

The bluesy seventies rock, or swinging 70's rock and roll must have brought many houses down back then. "Millionaire" and "Jay Time" are examples of the ultimate in 70's lyrics, as well riffs with 50% super glue in them...The band may have sounded slightly oddly retro but among the recognizable guitar, Hammond and vocal parts there is also traces of adapting to the new hard rock era.

If you are not acquainted to the work of the late great JOHN DU CANN, this is one of the best introductions possible. R.I.P. JOHN!

Festivalphoto - January 2012 

With almost all the material on offer being written by Du Cann himself you soon come to realise that as a writer and performer he was a master of the zeitgeist. Each song is a perfect encapsulation of the era in which it was recorded. Even later in the album, 'She's My Woman' from 1977 is more stripped down and could easily appeal to a punk audience; 1979's 'Don't Be A Dummy' – taken up for a TV advert – is tinged with a healthy splash of American new wave, and the reformed Atomic Rooster offerings – 'Don’t Lose Your Mind' and 'They Took Control Of You' – could easily have been a great NWOBHM single.

John Du Cann 1945 - 2011: a sad loss whose brilliance will live on through his music for pretty much all time.

John Tucker - January 2012

With solo recordings and tracks by five bands, this 16-song 70-minute CD covers Du Cann's most creative Years. Du Cann had a surprise solo hit in his own right in 1979 when his recording of the Lee Cooper jeans commercial song Don't Be A Dummy scaled the Top 40. A Year later, he was back with Atomic Rooster, who close the album with 'Don't Lose Your Mind'
which sounds similar to their hits, and the much harder-hitting 'They Took Control Of You'.

Music Week - January 2012

In the '80s the veteran lost the fire himself, ostensibly for personal reasons, and there's nothing from the last 30 years that he deemed the world worthy to hear, while he submitted a lot of archive and remastered material to Angel Air. Du Cann wanted this label to release a compilation representing his multi-faceted work, and now it's John testament and a starting point to investigate all his sides.

DME

The song selection here provides only a taster of the wealth of material that Du Cann has been involved with over the years but is nevertheless a welcome overview of his career.

A fitting tribute to a much underrated talent - RIP.

Sea of Tranquility - January 2012

The songs are presented here in chronological order and you really get a sense of the musical styles changing from the hippy, happy opener 'Magic In The Air' from The Attack moving to Andromeda and their Black Sabbath inspiring heavy rock sound. Atomic Rooster struck me as to how close they sounded to classic Alice Cooper, particularly 'Tomorrow Night' - more Cooper than The Coop! 'Devil's Answer' was, of course, the big 'Hit' the Rooster had throughout Europe and deservedly so; a great track reaching number 4 in the UK in 1971.

...This serves as a great tribute and reminder, not only to fans of John's work but lovers of the great 'stoner' rock of the Seventies.

über röck - January 2012

The compilation offers 16 fiercely awesome tracks that are a mixture of the following bands: The Attack, Andromeda, Atomic Rooster, Bullet, Hard Stuff, and Du Cann.

'Magic In The Air' (The Attack, 1967) is much as you would expect a track with such title to sound like… somewhat psychedelic with some nostalgic bell sound intro, but still rockin'. Very curious yet totally inspired is 'Return to Sanity' (Andromeda, 1969) which is broken into three parts: Breakdown / Hope and Conclusion. It has a slow start, reminiscent of 'White Rabbit' by Jefferson Airplane, then gets heavier and more percussion-based towards the end. Great track, that one!

...The excellent players on this excellent album are John Du Cann, John McCoy, John Gustafson (that's a lot of John's), Paul Hammond and Vincent Crane. Really, if you don't get this anthology then you're a dick, not a John!

Music-News - January 2012

PHILLIP GOODHAND-TAIT Radio Songs (SJPCD374)

At his best, Phillip is a witty and imaginative songwriter. 'The Lady Lives In England' and 'Inter-City Flight', for example, are stories encapsulated in a few minutes of words and music.

R2 magazine

...He's just playing some good solid songs for listeners who appreciate his music. These sixteen songs make it perfectly clear that this man was truly on top of his game in 1977.

baby sue

MEDICINE HEAD Fiddlersophical
(SJPCD373)

...this is an excellent album full of Med Head trademarks. 'First I Lost My Mind' has that unique drum sound that characterised so much of the band's early period with the lonesome harmonica that Peter Hope-Evans used to play, and 'Halfway' has that reverb-drenched guitar. Elsewhere there is the fuller sound of the later years - songs like 'Cadillacs And Diamonds' and 'The Haunting' - while the opening 'Free' puts a new twist on the familiar sound and 'Narcisister' takes it to extremes.

R2 magazine

MAGGIE BELL Suicide Sal
(SJPCD201)

...What she lacked was the songs. At her best, as on the best tracks here, this was something she overcame with inspired cover versions like the wonderfully breathy take on Free's 'Wishing Well', and the ballsy role-reversal of 'I Saw Him Standing There.' All this topped off by the addition of Jimmy Page on a couple of tracks.

Classic Rock magazine

STEVE ELLIS Ten Commitments (SJPCD375)

Ten Commitments builds slowly with moments like Frogman Curtis's sax solo on 'Hit The Spot' that lift it another notch. By the end Steve is in full-on Rod Stewart mode with tonsil-rasping white soul vocals on 'We Got It'.

I have the feeling that Steve made this album just because he could and sometimes that's the best reason to make music.

R2 magazine

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS Live! At The Bitter End, New York (SJPCD385)

If there's a certain air of nostalgia about the '60s, some of the artists from that era can blow it to pieces and rip it up on stage. And that's exactly what the former SHONDELLS did with his new band in 1995 when he crossed the States to a city he loves dearly and played a one-night-only gig at one of the NYY's premiere clubs.

The veteran builds an excitement and engagement with the soulful mid-tempo groove of "Draggin' The Line" only to shed the glitz some minutes later with a calypso-tickled "Say I Am (What I Am)" that, for all its easy roll, pounds quite heavily. There's a coherent flow from "Sugar On Sunday" into "Gettin' Together", both too sweet, yet prompting the punters to clap, which is all a fan and an artist alike need, and a non-stop emotional exchange is preserved so well on this swirl of a record. The more it spins, the higher one's spirit kicks.

DME

Here Mr. James and company obviously played out of pure passion and love...creating an unforgettable experience for everyone involved...hopefully one day Tommy will be recognised as one of the greatest pop singer/songwriters of all time...because he truly is.

babysue

AMMO - Can't Smile Without You 1966-1977  (SJPCD378)

... the mellifluous flow of cabaret-smelling "I Believe In You" and the choir surge in "Theme From Arethuza Dustin" is irresistible. Their '60s works feel like perfect pop creations with deliberate naivete, adorably crooned in "I've Said It All Before" and the childish "World I Love You", whereas the '70s brought an orchestral sleaze, very much of its era with a guilty pleasure tinge in the unplugged swagger of "Nice To Be Home".

Still, 1968's "Another Day Goes By" arrestingly anticipates the next decade's easy listening, if moving, approach which reach a soulful silkiness in "Is It Yes Or No" and harks back to THE PLATTERS with "Three Wishes". One may wish AMMO continued as a unit longer than they did, but they did enough to be praised as genuine masters of their craft: here's the proof.

DME

...if you think this album is all centered around a 'one hit wonder' theme think again...these two discs present a mind-boggling assortment of songs that many folks probably will have never heard before now...If you dig 1960's bubblegum and 1970's FM radio fluff, there's a good chance you'll go apeshit over this one. We certainly did!

babysue

This 2-CD set includes original versions of songs that became worldwide hits, as well as unreleased demos and tracks that the band released under the names Butterscotch and Arnold, Martin, Morrow from their most creative years of 1966 to 1977.

Predictably enough, the forty (!) songs are less rock but instead much more radio-friendly pop, occasionally drifting into a category that nowadays would be described as 'light entertainment'. It's definitely a product of its time and not all of the tracks included can be considered timeless or have stood the test of time. Nonetheless, this is a lovely trip down memory lane for those who remember all these hits but also for collectors of 60's pop.

Music-News - January 2012

HARD STUFF Bulletproof (SJPCD371)

...his departure from Atomic Rooster (along with drummer Paul Hammond) saw the duo hook up with former Big Three bassist Jon Gustafson. The result was Hard Stuff, whose 1972 debut - recorded using Hendrix's Marshall stack - is suitably punchy, the propulsive rhythms of 'Jay Time' proof that power trio don't need to rely solely on heaviosity.

Classic Rock magazine

HARD STUFF Bolex Dementia (SJPCD376)

Knocked off course by a serious car crash in Belgium, follow up Bolex Dementia has its glammy moments (Sick'n'Tired), but the game was up. Du Cann and Hammond reformed Atomic Rooster shortly after its release...

Classic Rock magazine

BUTTERSCOTCH Don't You Know It's Butterscotch
(SJPCD359)

This CD brings together the album and a handful of As and Bs...You could call it "Butlins Psych" - British Bubblegum with chart potential; songs Cliff, Cilla and Tom would feel comfortable belting out. 'Things I Do For You' and the follow-up single 'Surprise Surprise' evoke a family holiday to the Costa Brava, 'Office Girls' is pure '68-vintage Cat Stevens, and 'Constant Reminder' is catchier than Chlamydia.

Shindig magazine - January 2012

GREENSLADE Live 1973-1975 (SJPCD347)

A fascinating live set from Angel Air, showcasing the only available live recordings from Greenslade's creative heyday in the early seventies.

Kevin Bryan

AFTER THE FIRE Signs Of Change (SJPCD361)

...this album in particular has now become a highly sought after collector's item in its original vinyl form...now remastered and re-issued with the addition of four bonus tracks in the then spectacularly unfashionable keyboard driven prog rock style which dominated their early output.

Kevin Bryan


Please note you cannot reply to the newsletter email address.


For sales enquiries mailto:sales@angelair.co.uk


Click on the link below to be removed from the Angel Air Records mailing list, complete the form, and select unsubscribe.

http://www.angelair.co.uk/page1.htm


Angel Air Records