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ANYTHING GOES LUKE REVIEWS INSPIRAL CARPETS NEW ALBUM
The Inspiral Carpets along with the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays made their name as part of the whole Madchester scene, with a string of classic singles and a lucrative line in iconic T-shirts. Between 1989 and 1995, the band notched up 15 hits and four Top 20 albums. In 2003, they re-formed and have been playing live ever since. In 2011, they reunited with original singer Stephen Holt. Another of this brand new album’s highlights is the garage punk opus ‘Let You Down’, which boasts an amazing and unique cameo by special guest and legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke! Schedule to be released 20thOctober 2014
Anything Goes Featuring Inspiral Carpets Self Titled Album. Album review 30-09-14
It was 20 years ago Inspiral Carpets released their last studio album. A lot of water has travelled under the bridge since then. Tom Hingley has left the band to be replaced by the original frontman Stephen Holt . Graham Lambert, Craig Gill, Stephen Holt, Clint Boon , Martyn Walsh make up the current line up. When bands reform or come back from a long period of absence you often wonder what your going get, most of the time it’s a let down.
Not so with the Inspirals new album, It’s like an old friend you haven’t seen since school who drops by. You’re met with anticipation, you start to catch up and then it’s like they’ve never gone away and your right back at the moment. This album has taken me right back to the time I first heard the likes of Plane Crash, Joe, Commercial Rain, the early period. I think I’m going to rename the album, Inspiral Carpets (Prologue To Life), it’s a Clint Boon Masterclass of Organ, lot’s of different styles in sound from Clint. Notebley, The Seeds, The Doors and even The Tornadoes.
The sound of the album is more Freakbeat and Garage, Calling Out To You opens with a thumping Doorseque bass line from Martyn Walsh, it’s a grooving bass and organ track that wouldn’t be lost in The Whiskey A Go Go. Forever Here, start’s off like a messed up version of The Charlatans Weirdo. Is it a nod to Rob Collins or just nod to The Charlatans? It’s a stand out track. Let You Down, A mashup of Commercial Rain in the style of The Doors doing Gloria. Early Inspirals live shows often had long wigout tracks in their shows, this will fit in nicely to that segway.
Things I like on this album, the band gets to show what they can do. Graham Lambert chips in with some nice guitar riffs, Craig Gill drives a lot of the tracks with his Garage/ R&B rhythm. Human Shield , only can described as Trip Maker/ Mr Farmer. It a really up liffting album. This has a feeling of complete freedom, a lot of influences in the sounds from all the members. Stephen Holt’s vocals fit the bands sound perfectly. Flying Like A Bird, a Madchester ballad, Holt’s vocals stand out on this track, complemented by Gill’s drumming. Madchester is back and Cool As *&*^
SKERRYVORE OFFICIAL ALBUM LAUNCH
To celebrate the release of their new album – ‘World of Chances’, Skerryvore are having a massive launch night in the O2 ABC Glasgow on Friday 22nd June.
This will be Skerryvore’s biggest show ever and also the first chance to buy the new album – 3 days before it is released in stores and online!!!
DUNOON CONCERT DATE CONFIRMED
Skerryvore have confirmed that they will be visiting Dunoon again this year and have confirmed they shall be playing in the Queen,s Hall on Saturday 15th December 2012
No strangers to Dunoon the boys are looking forward to their pre Christmas Concert and catching up with many of their fans, they say “We are delighted to have finally finished ‘World of Chances’ and can’t wait to perform it to you”.
We shall of course be inviting the band into our new studio to bring us up to date since their last visit and in the meantime have the June release of the new album “World of Chances” to look forward to and playing it here on Dunoon Community Radio
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Sonido Criminal – ‘Crime Payz’
Although young, Carlos was influenced by soneros such as Ismael Rivera, Hector Lavoe, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Tito Allen, Ray De La Paz, Ismael Quintana, Chamaco Ramirez and Justo Betancourt.
Carlos began singing at the age of 15, gaining his experience by singing with local bands and later on sharing the stage with various artists including Ismael Miranda, Brenda K Starr, Luisito Carrion, Hector Tricoche, Lalo Rodriguez, Tito Puente Jr and Johnny Polanco Y Su Conjunto Amistad (one of LA’s top salsa bands).
Currently Sonido Criminal is promoting their first CD, the critically acclaimed, “CRIME PAYZ” which includes the songs “CARELESS WHISPER,” “RUMBA EN EL CIELO,” “PURO Y SIN CORTE,” “SANDUNGUERA” & “FACEBOOK” and is currently available for purchase on the band’s website.
After listening to this album, you will instantly be transformed into a fan because you will experience a refreshing and inspirational journey through the music of the best Salsa Artist of the New Generation. This young and talented Salsa singer delivers a very soulful, passionate and intense melodic voice combined with incredible soneo & rap skills as well as tight & masterful arrangements that are taking the Salsa world by storm with every song. This debut album promises to be a classic for all salseros across the globe. This is Salsa Dura at its highest degree with a perfect twist of urban, New York, hip-hop influences that will be noticed in his style and flavor along with a different technique that many can’t pull off or manage. “Crime Payz” is original, creative and relevant. This classic album is guaranteed to move you and your feet.
Sonido Criminal’s music is being heard on on-line radio stations and satellite radio both nationally and internationally which has provided them with a growing fan base throughout the world.
The Purple Doves – Christmas Cheer
If you have listened to our evening show with Douglas and Victor you should have heard this track at the start. We have had many requests asking where people can get a copy, unfortunately as it is by alocal unsigned band it is not available to buy. But there is a rumour they may be about to release the tune, so keep an ear open for further information. For more information on the band go to www.myspace.com
We are all set to go Dec Ist . For the Third time your Christmas Cheer will be our Theme song of the month- The very first song broadcast on Dunoon Community Radio 97.4fm -29 seconds past 5.00pm 1st December 2009 – be nice to have you guys in the studio at that time this December 2011
See below in comments for the reviews on Eddi Reader and Buddy Holly
Warner Bros. have launched an extensive reissue campaign of Rod Stewart’s legendary catalogue, beginning with this release of Some Guys Have All The Luck, which spans material recorded between 1971 and 2004, this two-CD set is arranged chronologically with Rod’s early solo years well represented by several tunes including “Maggie May” and “You Wear It Well” from the unforgettable classic albums, Every Picture Tells A Story (1971) and Never A Dull Moment (1972). The opening disc also includes “Stay With Me”, a nod to Rod’s time with the Faces.
The second half of Disc One shifts to Rods Warner Bros. years with the stadium-swooning ballad, “Sailing,” the No1 smash, “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright),” the Top 10 hit “You’re In My Heart” and disco favourites the number I Hit “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks”.
The second disc concentrates on music Rod recorded during the ’80s and ’90s, including Baby Jane, “Infatuation”, “Some Guys Have All The Luck”, “Love Touch”, “Forever Young” and “Downtown Train” and “Rhythm Of My Heart” from the “Vagabond Heart” album.
Also included is a previously unreleased track entitled “Two Shades Of Blue,” recorded in 1998 during the “When We Were The New Boys” session and quite unique for a Rod Stewart tune in that it features a sample of a very famous classical piece of music.
In This double CD we have some of Rod’s classics both old and new plus some lesser known songs. A lot of Rod’s songs like “Maggie May” have never really gone away and sound as fresh today as they did back in the early seventies. An album like this makes you realise just how timeless Rod Stewart’s music and songs are.
An excellent compilation to augment any music collection
Fi @ DCR WebAdmin
After the disaster that was MOTOWN 50 I found this wee gem on Amazon.
This triple CD contains 81 tracks from the vaults of Motown, all except the opening track “Money that’s what I want” are recorded in the sixties, which is generally regarded as Motown’s best period.
British fans are often surprised when they first discover that Motown released their first single in 1959. It took almost five years before the British public embraced the sound of Motown.
It wasn’t until 1964 when “Baby love” (Supremes) and “My guy” (Mary Wells) became huge hits. After that, there was no stopping the seemingly endless stream of hits and the remainder of the sixties is strongly represented here with plenty of tracks from Marvin Gaye (solo and duets), Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Marvelettes,
Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Velvelettes, Junior Walker and the All-Stars, The Isley Brothers, The Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Gladys Knight and the Pips.
These artists dominate, but Motown’s lesser names from the sixties are here too, with excellent tracks by Brenda Holloway, Kim Weston, Edwin Starr, Jimmy Ruffin, The Originals.
Even with 81 tracks, it is not possible to include all the hits that Motown have produced (or even all the hits from 1964-1969), but this is more the type of compilation I was expecting MOTOWN 50 to be. Because believe me even this only scratches the surface!
There is also a wee memorabilia note on each track which DJs love – helps make them sound so knowledgeable (including me!)
This is a brilliant introduction to “The Sound Of Young America” – Tamla Motown No Dancing In The Aisles – Vinnie Thoms
The Little Drummer Boy – BANDAGED
Everyone should have heard this by now and everyone should have a least one copy-well, it is for the Kiddies. It would also make a brilliant stocking filler so maybe buying two copies is in order.Unfortunately the Bandaged single is released at the same time as the Leona Lewis single Run, which at the time of writing has just been declared the best selling download to date and under normal circumstances a very probable No1.
A lot of folk many led by Radio Two DJ Chris Evans who declared on the first ‘airplay’ of the “Drummer Boy” that it should be released as a single for Christmas. Togs are also hoping this will give Sir Terry his second No1, his first, some may remember was the Floral Dance in January 1978.
Unfortunately the other member of the group, Aled Jones only managed as the fifteen year old ‘boy soprano’ to get to No 5 with his well known tune “Walking in the Air” in November 1985. That was just about a year before his recording career was temporally halted when his voice broke at sixteen having sold more than six million albums-that’s a lot of mums-can the Togs and Mums make this a number one against all odds- with a little help, anything is possible. DCR Admin
I was really looking forward to reviewing this CD. As some of you may recall I told you some time ago of how Motown Records were asking fans to help them select the best tunes from their catalogue so as they could compile a definitive CD to Celebrate 50 years in 2009. Well here it is and I have just finished listening to it!
This is not the Celebration of Motown 50 I was expecting to hear! If this is what the voters thought was the best of Motown from the past 50 years, as a Motown fan, I am appalled! I cannot believe that Motown fans would vote to listen to an artist sing a cover version of a “pop” song and disregard the Classic Original Motown songs they have been credited with. Something has gone terribly wrong in putting this Album together!
Thank goodness there are quite a few CDs available that do represent the true Motown sound of the last 5o years; several of them I see are still available through our link with Amazon.
I was so looking forward to writing a review of this CD on the Music Review page as an insight into what Motown has contributed to music over the last 50 years – not with this CD I am sad to say. But don’t worry no such errors on the Sound of Detroit section of my radio show: No Dancing in the Aisles; VINNIE THOMS
Gabriella Cilmi Lessons To Be Learned
Known for her recent chart hit Sweet About Me in June 2008 and her current hit Save The Lies; both on this her first album, Gabriella Cilmi (pronounced “Chill Me”) is certainly living up to all the hype surrounding this release.First, let’s dispense with some of what your hearing and reading,This album is to be filed under Pop Music, and yes the girl is only sixteen as you may have seen on your PC or TV and as you’ve heard, got a big and at times jazzy soulful voice, but on listening to this CD I think we should try to forget the Amy, Duffy and even Anastacia comparisons. As for references to Girls Aloud this comes about through association with Xenomania who are, wait for it, a group of very talented people including Miranda Cooper to name just one. Put together by an equally talented Brian Higgins, a producer and writer who has written and produced albums and tracks for some of the biggest names. And I mean huge names in music, all through his Xenomania production group, Girls Aloud being just being one along with Miranda Cooper who he has co-written for. So let’s recognize we have a great production team working on this CD but without Gabriella……….although as a kinda footnote I do recall Brian Higgins was involved in reviving the career for Cher in the late nineties with a smash hit with the lady singing with a distorted voice I do (Believe)The Album starts with the current single SAVE THE LIES a chart bound uptempo Tune and a worthy follow up to the second track SWEET ABOUT ME and what must be a pleasing start to fans.Tracks three SANCTUARY slows the pace with a bluesy jazzy vibe feel which nearly all the slower tacks tend to have. Tracks five, six and seven a trio of up-tempo pop tunes which should keep fans bouncing at the live concerts AWKWARD GAME and SAFER tracks eight and nine seem a strange mix at this time after the previous three tracks, AWKWARD GAME a gritty bluesy tune which Gabriella certainly does the business putting over then there’s SAFER A “pop ballad” Track ten CIGARETTES AND LIES sounds as if Gabriella is having a lot of fun with this up tempo bluesy tune which leads into TERRIFYING with Gabriella right out front in a sort of rock chick mode.SIT IN THE BLUES no prizes to what genre this is but the girl can sing it so why not.The final tune on the CD is a jingle jangly straight forward cover of Martha and the Muffins ECHO BEACH which can’t fail to leave you on a high.Forget the hype this is a very good Album with a good variety of tunes, Gabriella is an awesome talent from rock chick to gusty blues. Just listen and except it as it is. It will be interesting to see where Gabriella goes but that’s for the future this is now and this CD is going to get many more plays.
James — Hey Ma Review by Victor DCR
After a seven year gap the Manchester Veterans do not fail to deliver with this their tenth Album regardless of some of the initial press.
Most folk will remember them for tunes like COME HOME and SIT DOWN.
Over the years James has become for has me a band that was wise to included in a play list and even wiser to have on hand to lift a Disco Party Nite and fill the floor.
This album is everything and more than previous albums,
What ever these guys were doing before their “reformation” in 2007 hasn’t harmed one bit as it sounds as if they have been playing forever which is probably down to the tunes of Booth, Gott and Glennie, the skilled musicians, hard work and playing as a band should play, together!
This album brings together again the same line-up that appeared on their 1990s album Gold Mother their most successful UK album to date.
As Jason from Dunoon mentioned band member Andy Diagram’s unique style on the trumpet certainly rates up there with the best (check out waterfall) and with Tim Booth never singing better and taking his lyrics to a higher level Hey Ma to me is their best album yet. Stand out tracks BUBBLES, HEY MA, WATERFALL and OH MY HEART as anthemic as any of their previous anthems (awesome drums by the way)
Sharleen Spiteri – Melody
Best known for fronting the multi platinum selling guitar band TEXAS Glaswegian favourite Sharleen has released her first Solo Album. Eagerly awaited by fans the album has received good reviews in the press and more than generous reviews from her many fans. To create a new sound Sharleen has reverted to an almost retro sound of the 1960s and 70s which she does very well.
The opening song IT WAS YOU, a collaboration with Bernard Butler and David McAlmont just lacks the hand claps to put it in the Motown snake pit with the Funk Brothers; and the final cord finish could well be the starting cord for a Lee Hazlewood produced Nancy Sinatra 45 disc. This pace keeps up through track two the current single ALL THE TIMES I CRIED and track three STOP, I DON’T LOVE YOU ANYMORE before briefly slowing the pace to get your breath back with the haunting title track MELODY. With more than a passing nod to sixties French Chanson Serge Gainsbourg and the even later Frederic Chopin absolute magic.
The next track I WONDER picks up the pace a shade as does track six I’M GOING TO HAUNT YOU, although this in its self is not a bad track, it has a nice hypnotic tune, it did immediately remind me of Jonathon Richmans Egyptian Raggae and dare I say, sand dancing, but hey, just knowing about these things tells you, what do I know about anything and I do like it. With the opening lines “Pull up out the front you see the club glow, See him there at the door then you say hello.” Track seven DON’T KEEP ME WAITING sounds as if it was born in the Brill building to be sung by a live sixties girlie group with a lot of R&B and like all the upbeat tunes on this CD far superior than a lot of original recently “discovered” tunes of a certain northern influence.
DON’T LET ME DOWN track eight is a ballad, a nice sixties word to describe a slow tune with a good MELODY, this girl has never had a problem singing the slow ones but never has she sang with such conviction, some call it soul.
The surging horns that open track nine WHERE DID IT GO WRONG bring on a reality check that this is a new recording but the lush strings that come in two thirds through the first verse add even more confusion and I wonder, if I could forget all those years listening to Texas for a short while I might hear this CD the way SHARLEEN wants it to be heard.
The standard only gets better and with track ten DAY TRIPPING I am now starting to feel comfortable with this new sound so much so I’m looking forward to listening to it again, especially to take in the lyrics that I have only partially enjoyed having been distracted by analyzing the sound.
Next to last track FRANCOISE, a simple beautiful song without the musical accompaniment of previous tracks which only adds to the simplicity and the awareness of something precious. The final track WHEN DID YOU LEAVE HEAVEN is exactly what you have now come to expect but still surprises that it is so good. No sooner are all the body parts swinging in unison its all over, leaving you to check the track time just in case the silence is actually a long break.
Sharleen Spiteri deserves whatever it is that inspired her to make this album, I think it will be a lot of different things to a lot of different people. If you like up tempo tunes, surging horns and clacking percussion that make body parts move in unison, lush strings that appear from nowhere and the occasional slow song that makes you feel sad but happy you heard it, then you can experience all that anytime you want by acquiring a copy of this, the first solo album from Sharleen Spiteri MELODY, I’ m just going to listen to it again and enjoy!
THE ORIGINAL BRITISH GUITAR LEGEND DIES AGED 91
At 91 years old the Legendry British Guitarist Bert Weedon has passed away.
Among the star guitarists who have acknowledged Bert’s help in their early days through his book “Play in a Day” are: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Brian May, Pete Townshend, Sting, Mike Oldfield, Mike Read, John Miles, Dr Phil, Steve Hillage, plus many many more. . .
When Alvin Stardust visited us here last year he told us during his interview and set from the Legends Window that he recommended any one starting out to learn the guitar to purchases a copy of Bert’s Learn in a Day guitar tutor. .
With the coming of the Golden Age Of rock and roll, Bert was in great demand as the named soloist on no end of hit records, and his playing greatly aided the success on records of many of the foremost stars of the period.
Many of the rock n’ roll tunes played here on DCRs Rock Slot feature the guitar playing of Burt, early rock singers such as Tommy Steele, Marty Wild, Laurie London, Cliff Richard, Adam Faith and Billy Fury all asked for Bert to play on their records.
His virtuosity in all fields of music also enabled him to accompany such artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland and many top British stars, while at the other end of the music scale he played for Gigli, Paul Robeson and many others.
As a result of his exciting solos on the early rock records. Bert was asked by Top Rank to make a record as a solo artist.
Bert became the first British guitarist to get a solo record in the Hit Parade – the memorable “Guitar Boogie Shuffle”. He subsequently notched further hits with “Apache”. “Nashville Boogie”. “Ginchy”. “Sorry Robbie” “Tokyo Melody”. to mention but a few. His L.P. `s have sold in tremendous numbers; “Bert Weedon remembers Jim Reeves” sold over 250,000 while his “22 Golden Guitar Greats” L.P. reached the No 1 spot in the Album Charts, and he once again made disc history by becoming the first solo guitarist to reach the coveted top of the Hit Parade – receiving both Gold and Platinum L.P.’s for his record breaking sales of over one million copies. The tremendous success of his L.P.’s and C.D’s ensures that Bert is still among the top recording artists of Britain.
Apart from his reputation as a session and guitar soloist he is known throughout the world because of his guitar tutor called “Play in a Day”. This is probably the best selling tutor in the world and Bert is proud of the fact that most of today’s top guitarists have told him that they started their first steps on the guitar with the aid of his book. In fact he has been nicknamed ” the Man who taught the world to play the guitar”.
His book is printed in several languages and has been published all over the world. The book has sold over 2 million copies and over 30 years on remains the world’s most successful guitar tutor. It has been awarded two Golden Pages in recognition of that fact. The first by Chappell Music Ltd for the sale of 1,000,000 copies of “Play in a Day”, and the second by International Music Publication for the 30th Anniversary Edition 1957-1987 of “Play in a Day”, which was presented by Mike Oldfield on the Terry Wogan TV Show.
Bert originally wrote it because he remembered the difficulty he had as a 12 year old with a battered guitar in his hand and not knowing a thing about it or how to play it. He was determined there would be a tutor that anyone could understand and learn from without a teacher, and by anticipating all the questions that a beginner would ask and answering them in his book, he was able to help most of today’s top pop idols on their way to stardom.
Through his book and television tuition it is estimated that Bert Weedon has influenced approximately 4 million guitar players over the past forty years.