Strange it may seem – yet logical it is! – but the last years have seen Judy Dyble‘s creative revival and a resurgence of interest to her music which reaches far beyond the singer’s work with FAIRPORT CONVENTION and a proto-KING CRIMSON. This interest is so keen that the artist decided to compile – and self-release – a box set full of rarities: both previously unreleased, including her improvisation with Richard Thompson, and scattered across her various guest spots and collaborations with kindred spirits. The rest is a selection of Judy’s most interesting material that saw the light of day before – with a glaring omission of – for licensing reasons – her officially issued recordings with FAIRPORTS and TRADER HORNE, although two songs from that time are represented here in late concert versions.
One of mainstays in THE MOODY BLUES and writer of many a classic, bassist John Lodge was never prolific solo-wise. Having released only one album under his own name, 1977’s brilliant “Natural Avenue,” it’s only now, 38 years later, that the veteran is ready to deliver its follow-up. “10,000 Light Years Ago” will see the light of day on May 4th and, like its predecessor, will feature Chris Spedding on guitar, as well as two former Moodies from the golden line-up: playing on “Simply Magic” are Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder.
There’s never been an abundance of material from the classic BAD COMPANY line-up outside their six LPs. Even 1999’s “The Original Bad Company Anthology” didn’t add much rarities to their canon. But now, with the onset of the band’s reissue program that will see their albums given a deluxe treatment, that’s about to change. Every one of those will come as a 2CD package, where first disc is a remastered record, and the second a collection of mostly unreleased material. Thus – and we’re talking about “Bad Company” and “Straight Shooter,” out on April 7th – B-sides such as a re-cut “Easy On My Soul” from FREE times will share the space with working versions, and now – finally – there’s a couple of outtakes here.
As we mentioned recently, WHITESNAKE promised to reveal something on February 25th – and they did. Rather expectedly, it’s a new record, one to see the light of day on May 19th; unpredictably, though, it’s a covers collection. Not that David Coverdale‘s band have never done it before – there were “Day Tripper” and “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City” – yet this time the singer decided to refresh the songs he delivered with DEEP PURPLE, plus “Holy Man” which he never did, as it was Glenn Hughes‘ showcase. Of course, SNAKE played some of those on-stage, but it would be foolish – and DC should have referenced “You Fool No One” here – to hope his new line-up are able to shape the classics better than the giants of DP lore.