September 21st, 1973 was the date when THIN LIZZY delivered “Vagabonds Of The Western World”: their third album, a watershed one, which saw the Irish trio progress not only from soft tone to hard edge – primarily via “The Rocker” and accompanying single “Whiskey In The Jar” – but also from a trio to a quartet, being the band’s last platter to feature the original guitarist Eric Bell and the first to introduce Jim Fitzpatrick’s artwork to the ensemble’s canon. Over the years, it has seen quite a few reissues, most notable being a 1991 expansion that added four bonuses, A- and B-sides of two ’45s, and the 2010 edition, with a bonus disc dedicated to the group’s recordings for the Beeb, yet it never received a box-set treatment – until now.
In 2022, when ARENA took to the road after a three-year-hiatus, their fans had the first opportunity to witness the British ensemble on-stage with a new vocalist, the esteemed Damian Wilson fronting, alongside guitarist John Mitchell, the collective founded back in the mid-’90s by Clive Nolan and Mick Pointer. That tour was relatively short and it ran through the UK and Europe only, so the rest of the world didn’t get the chance to see the veterans live – but there will be a chance to hear them next month.
If there ever was a band eternally associated with Yuletide, it’s SLADE whose “Merry Xmas Everybody” yearly rules the waves, and still one would wonder as to how this ensemble’s former skin-hitter came across the idea of recording his own seasonal album. Yet he did – and he chosen now DON & THE DREAMERS but DON POWELL’S OCCASIONAL FLAMES as a vehicle for such a jubilant enterprise that will be out on October 27th.
A few years ago Van Morrison snatched an unhealthy dose of headlines when he vented his anti-vaccination outlook, so it’s quite logical to see the veteran title his forthcoming – slated for release on November 3rd – album “Accentuate The Positive” and dedicate it not to the idealistic Veedon Fleece of the non-tangible but to classic rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm ‘n’ blues – something that the grumpy Northern Irishman excelled in since his day in THEM.
Having occupied the suave end of art-rock back in the ’70s, Bryan Ferry would find two following decades rather self-unsatisfying in terms of creative flight; as a result, ’80s and ’90s found the singer release only two, one per each ten years, platters of original material. Not for the lack of trying, though, especially in the case of 1994’s “Mamouna” which, nearing its 30th anniversary, will be celebrated with an expanded edition on November 17th.