He was a sweet, sweet man, Huw Lloyd-Langton, whom I used to to be in touch for a couple of years before the British guitarist untimely passed away in 2010, and he was a fine, fine guitarist. Mostly known for his playing on HAWKWIND records at various times, laying down tasty lines on their 1970 debut and bolstering their fantasy on "The Chronicle Of The Black Sword" among contributions to their other albums, Huw also played alongside Steve Ellis in WIDOWMAKER and took part in different projects, all the while fronting THE LLOYD-LANGTON GROUP and releasing an occasional solo LP. Following the veteran’s labyrinthine endeavors can be difficult, then, which is why his “Anthology” – available now on Cleopatra – is so welcome.
Unlike many of his peers’ rekindled flames, Steve Hackett‘s “Genesis Revisited” project doesn’t show any signs of dimming after a regular tours and regular live releases as their result. The secret to the success of this endeavor is each of Steve’s concert trek having a concept, a theme that allows Hackett – and his fans – not focus on the staples of the veteran’s repertoire but introduce deep cuts to the set, while offering an excuse for leaving out some aficionado’s favorites. That’s how it was in 2019, when the guitarist was celebrating the 40th anniversary of his "Spectral Mornings" album and also performing GENESIS classic “Selling England By The Pound” in its entirety.
A respectable writer whose fantasy novels have been captivating a few generations now, Michael Moorcock is no stranger to music world, and although he has a sort of solo career – as documented on a recent solo outing – the veteran’s rock credentials are mostly associated with HAWKWIND and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT whose records gave a tune to his lyrics. Yet his collaboration with Don Falcone’s SPIRITS BURNING proved more equal-footed, with their "An Alien Heart" bringing sci-fi context to life, so the end of 2020 will see the release – on CD and vinyl as well as download – of that album’s follow-up. An adaptation of “The Hollow Lands” – the second book of Moorcock’s “Dancers At The End Of Time” trilogy – it’s to feature, as usual, a variety of guests performers.
Often overshadowed by “Baby Blue” – to many, more prominent track off the “Straight Up” album – BADFINGER‘s “Day After Day” remains a classic piece almost five decades after its release. But it’s been remade into a classical number now that one of the song’s original vocalists, Joey Molland, joined forces with MANCHESTER STRING QUARTET for a new version and enlisted the help of two other legends: Ian Anderson and Terry Reid, the former supplying his flute and the latter playing guitar, rather than singing as one might expect him to.
The result of this collaboration – a digital single – can be heard here.
When RADIO BIRDMAN co-founder Deniz Tek and THE STOOGES’ guitarist James Williamson conspired to serve up the “Acoustic K.O.” EP back in 2017, it looked like a one-off collaboration – an outlet for four of the latter’s old songs. Yet, as it turned out, these two kindred spirits didn’t stop working together, so September 18th will see their full-length effort hit the shelves. Titled “Two To One” and realizing the pair’s proto-punk roots in an electric environment, the album will include eleven (or ten, on vinyl) originals that rock hard and dirty.