THE OAK RIDGE BOYS: out live for the first time

April 20, 2014

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Almost impossible to believe but THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, being in action since the late ’40s, have never released a concert recording – until now. “Boys Night Out” is their first live album, and it features the band’s current line-up that last year celebrated its 40th anniversary – and here’s the result. In the absence of founder members there still are the guys who, in the ’60s, took the gospel/country collective into the rock era. The more interesting these tapes are.

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Neil Young runs for cover

April 19, 2014

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For an artist of his vintage, Neil Young demonstrates quite a high working rate, churning up record almost on yearly basis, so another of his releases could hardly be a surprise if only it wasn’t a collection of other people’s songs. Young has never been known for sprinkling his studio platters with many covers but they appeared in his live set from time to time, yet “A Letter Home,” out now on Jack White’s Third Man Records right for the Record Store Day, is full of unexpected delights. Meanwhile, it’s available only on vinyl, although it’s sure bet a CD or a digital versions will materialize as well.

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Jo Harman: an Albert Hall file

April 18, 2014

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In these days of manufactured stars Jo Harman radiates a genuine light. One of the hardest working female artists in show business, it was only last year that she released her impressive debut album, “Dirt On My Tongue,” and since then has been touring almost incessantly – well, perhaps, at the same rate as before but on a larger scale venue-wise. A testament to that is Jo’s forthcoming concert document, “Live At The Albert Hall,” which is going to be an official addition to a string of Harman’s bootleg tapes.

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URIAH HEEP become outsiders

April 16, 2014

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On the rise again during the last decade, URIAH HEEP took their new album in the wake of tragedy: the untimely passing of their long-serving bassist Trevor Bolder. As he would have wished, that doesn’t get in the way of new music from the band who get younger year by year, both in the veterans’ attitude and the players’ age, their latest recruit Davey Rimmer having lined up after drummer Russell Gilbrook, the HEEP skin-kicker since 2008. And now, with the core of founder guitarist Mick Box, singer Bernie Shaw and keyboardist Phil Lanzon, the quintet recorded their latest studio album.

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