As one of the greatest pop and rock songwriters, 10CC’s Graham Gouldman doesn’t really need to resort to playing other people’s numbers, nor he has to render vocal pieces voiceless – yet that’s just what he recently did on a short album titled, quite appropriately, “No Words Today” and currently available for listening or download. On it, the veteran, who laid the ten cuts down during the lockdown, pays tribute to his personal favorites – from Gershwin and Sondheim to Lennon and McCartney, including also Israel anthem and a sole original track for the record’s finale.
Despite a solid following and his role in BLACK SABBATH’s resurgence in the late ’80s, Tony Martin remains a very much underestimated artist, and no amount of guest appearances on other people’s records can seem to rectify this. Perhaps, all of it is because the singer’s solo releases has been rather few and far between, amounting to two albums: the magnificent and not-too-heavy “Back Where I Belong” from 1992 and a rather hefty “Scream” from 2005. Looks like the veteran’s third offering under his own name, titled “Thorns” and scheduled to hit the shelves on January 14th, 2022, was done in a metal vein as well, as it features, among others, renown bassists Greg Smith, who played with the likes of RAINBOW, and Magnus Rosén of HAMMERFALL fame, VENOM’s Danny Needham on drums, and Scott McClellan on guitar.
As the updated line-up of the legendary COLOSSEUM – with Nick Steed and Kim Nishikawara replacing Dave Greenslade, who retired from the band, and Barbara Thompson and GENTLE GIANT’s Malcolm Mortimore taking over the drums – are back on the road, in Germany, there could be no better time to prepare the release of “Live In Germany”: a double CD compilation of the veterans’ classic performances from 1969-1971 and a DVD of their appearances on the “Beat Club” TV show, plus three tracks from their 1969 concert in Vienna.
They style their project as the clash of fire and ice, yet there’s a lot of coolness in Fernando Perdomo‘s guitar art and Carmine Appice‘s thunderous drumming. The two masters have been gravitating towards one another for some time now, exchanging ideas and taking them in the studio where they bounced it all off of one another, the instrumental results being simply called APPICE-PERDOMO PROJECT. Their first record, known as “Energy Overload” and scheduled for the September 24th release, lives up to its title – featuring mostly original cuts alongside two covers: Paul McCartney‘s “Maybe I’m Amazed” – a nice continuation of the recent Fern-helmed "Ram On" tribute to the Beatle’s album – and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” which Carmine co-wrote with Rod Stewart.
Five decades since their inception, PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI remain most famous Italian rock import, and the erstwhile chocolate kings still don’t seem willing to stop. Driven by the sole original member, singing drummer Franz Di Cioccio, and bassist Patrick Djivas who joined the line-up back in 1974, PFM are ready to present another theatrical record to their audience on October 22nd – a sci-fi-themed concept album titled “I Dreamed Of Electric Sheep” that the two veterans started working on in their home studios before bringing it all together and fleshing out not only with instruments by their regular colleagues, but also the two British luminaries: Ian Anderson and Steve Hackett.