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Midge Ure, Nazareth, Marc Almond & More!

Brief commentary of vinyl releases from BMG, Music on Vinyl, Silva Screen, Chrysalis and more!

NAZARETH

Fans of the heavy rock band. Nazareth have been having a fine time of late with BMG’s album releases on vinyl. Well, here’s yet another batch for you: Snaz (1981, pictured above) a double album that’s rare in projecting the raw energy of the group…

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Nazareth, Midge Ure, Marc Almond & More!

2XS (1982) a superb 80s release…

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Sound Elixir (1983) the band’s last major label release, via MCA – good in parts…

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Cinema (1986) an oft ignored LP that deserves attention…

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No Jive (1992) a very strong album that kicked back at the grunge scene of the time and finally…

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Move Me (1995), which offers more energy than creativity.

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MUSIC ON VINYL

New from Music on Vinyl (www.musiconvinyl.com) comes The Best of Spirit (1973) features the better known songs such as I Got a Line on You and 1984.

Nazareth, Midge Ure, Marc Almond & More!

Not really a hits-type band, this compilation serves as a good introduction to their core album collection.

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Peter Green’s White Sky is a rock-out LP with songs written by brother Mike but Peter’s contribution sounds a little uncomfortable.

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Finally, Marc Almond’s Stardom Road (2007) and arguably his best album.

Consisting of covers from the likes of Charles Aznavour, David Bowie and Al Stewart plus a host of guests (i.e. Kiki Dee, Sarah Cracknell, etc.) Almond examines the artist, related emotions and excess. And does it very well indeed.

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MIDGE

Midge Ure has a new Soundtrack out and about.

The Singles 1980-1988 (Chrysalis) is a 10-tracker from Midge featuring Call of the Wild and If I Was. Watch out for the 2017 version of Fade to Grey!

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UFO

The mighty, Gerry Anderson TV program UFO (Silva Screen; www.silvascreen.com) –  one of my favourites as a kid – has emerged as a soundtrack, penned by the legendary Barry Gray.

Replete in a gatefold sleeve plus great pics inside, it arrives without shrink wrap but, instead an (extremely tight fitting!) band and sticker. Arrives on purple vinyl: a popular colour in the TV series, it has to be said.  

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CHANTAL CHAMBERLAND

Temptation from Chantal Chamberland (Evosound: www.evosound.com) makes a big sticker play of its German pressing source but fails to say exactly where.

Nevertheless, this singer-songwriter combines new and classic tracks, cooly interpreted, vocally textured and spatially generous. It’s also exactly what you’d expect to hear at a hi-fi show. So you probably will.

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GUIDO SPANNOCCHI

Guido Spannocchi’s jazzy All of the Above (Audioguido; audioguidorecords.kudosrecords.co.uk) is supposedly derived from European folk but sounds like classic bop to me! Excellent stuff.

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WIZARD RIFLE

Wizard Rifle’s (Svart: svartrecords.com) self-titled, psychedelic noise rock is hard, tough, in yer face yet injects surprising melodic undertones.

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KLONE

Klone’s Le Grand Voyage (Kscope: kscopemusic.com) reminds me of Steven Wilson blended with Sting. But the former in terms of arrangements and delivery. Porcupine fans take note.

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THE AKRON QUARTET

The Akron Quartet Plays Ritualul Sferei (Vampi Soul: www.munster-records.com) is a jazz combo majoring in exotica. Think Les Baxter in its cool, lounge strangeness. 

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