Author: Pete Sargeant

Dave Hanson – Almost Horizontal

Dave Hanson  Almost Horizontal (Six String Social Records) “Dave Hanson’s “Almost Horizontal” is a breakthrough album in many ways. Combining blues and melodic changes in its song structures, the record has a a futuristic sense about it. This is the direction music SHOULD be going: fresh, innovative and haunting. Hanson is an original, one from whom I hope to hear more music as his inspiration grows!” Mick Martin  –  Mick Martin’s Blues Party – KXJZ – Sacramento USA   When he was in the Dunwells, Hanson brought a Mike Campbell touch to the band’s arrangements and occasional solos and...

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The Beatles – Live At Hollywood Bowl

The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl (Apple Records) The trouble with previous versions of these shows in 1964 and 1965 – official or not – is that the screaming of hysterical female fans buried the actual music. Now that the tapes have been worked upon and by Giles Martin son of George Martin no less we can all pretty much hear what nobody including the band on stage could ever hear before – the music. They were a kick-ass rock’n’roll band sounding much closer to the spirited performances heard on early BBC radio shows, the drums and bass...

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Eric Clapton: Live In San Diego with Special Guest JJ Cale

Eric Clapton Live In San Diego with Special Guest JJ Cale (Reprise/Bushbranch Records – Warners) When the buzz about JJ Cale first started, he brought his band over from the US to play in Victoria in London. The show started with a row of musicians getting into the groove. Eventually one stepped up to a mike and began to growl..so THAT was JJ! The set flowed along, real foot-tapping stuff. A slight bearded figure moved in the background and plugged in a Strat. I leaned over to my partner of the time and whispered. She loudly and scornfully exclaimed...

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King King – Live

King King Live (Manhaton Records) This ensemble creates powerful and crafted studio records. Their songs are either custom-written and arranged or well-chosen. But to appreciate their firepower, interplay and deft use of light and shade – being their strongest suit – you have to see them at a live performance. These recordings were made this year and before Alan Nimmo’s sabbatical for some TLC and treatment on his throat, which we discussed with him at the band’s Crawley gig and briefly after their triumphant appearance at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival and at which drummer Wayne Proctor mentioned...

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Pete Gardiner – Pretty Smiles (Single)

Pete Gardiner Pretty Smiles (Single) (NUA Entertainment) He’s Irish, he writes songs, he is known as a lively performer. But enough about Daniel O’Donnell…just kidding. This singer-songwriter has a new single ‘Pretty Smiles’ just out and we can show you the promotional video below. Production is in the hands of Tommy Mclaughlin of Villagers renown and mixing is by Ash Howes who as part of the Biffco troupe sorts songs for and acts as MD for The X Factor. Gardiner’s previous singles have garnered attention from Janice Long and Radio London’s morning man Robert Elms. Not to mention Record...

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