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ZZ Top

ZZ Top – Cinco No.2 The Second Five LPs (Vinyl)

Here is the second box of vinyl treasures from the hard-rockin’ trio. A great way to own five proper classic albums, each of which rings the changes and entertains. The records are also an educational exercise for anyone learning guitar bass or drums.

The Sharpeez

The Sharpeez – Wild One

Bill Mead and crew always sound so purposeful, but not jaded. Powerful, but refined. Their exciting stage brew of rock, R &B, rockabilly and country rock makes for absorbing and rhythmic shows.

Desert Mountain Tribe

Desert Mountain Tribe – Om Parvat Mystery

This outfit came together in 2012, grouping Jonty Balls on guitar/vocal, Philipp Jann on bass and Frank Van Der Ploeg on drums. Roadwork has honed their act and songs and this new album reflects the sound of a working band. These cuts were recorded in London and on The Faroe Islands.

Hatful Of Rain

Hatful Of Rain – Songs Of The Lost & Found

I love the name of this group – it conjures up a street busker keeping on performing in inclement weather. So here is a new album, the sonic ingredients including vocals, the expected roots instrumentation plus lyrics that hinge on a lot of current concerns – I WILL not use the word ‘issues’! – make up the brew captured here.

Imarhan

Imarhan – Temet

This edgy Algerian Tuareg desert rock five-piece came together in 2006, down in Tamanrasset. To this listener, the group – like Tinariwen – weave a magical sound that seems to combine the reflective with pure propulsion and enough refinement to lift the music to heights one might not anticipate.

Zialand – Unbridled & Ablaze

This Norwegian singer-songwriter tends to get straight to the heart of the dilemmas and situations she opts to write about. A good case in point is the song Running Cold, about an acquaintance with deep troubles.

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Joan Armatrading – Not Too Far Away

One of our leading and most grounded singer-songwriters returns with a brand-new set of songs. Armatrading remains the illuminator of human dilemmas, the midwife of melodies. Her subject matter never seems to stray too far from the personal, the heartfelt, the relatable.

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Tom Bailey – Science Fiction

A long time a-coming, this one – but now Thompson Twins singer Bailey is releasing this set of songs. Seven Top 40 hits in the UK and USA back in the 80s means Tom can tour on those for the duration but can he still connect with the public via these new efforts?

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Just Loud – Electrified (Single)

When a band or artist comes along with a name which does not include the genre or style in it that really does help them. The reason is that it doesn’t restrict your material as if you were could the Joe Bloggs Rock Community and one day you decided you wanted to record a funk number it would come across as slightly confusing and possibly difficult to market. 

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Judith Owen – redisCOVERed

Owen is one of our favourite artists here at Just Listen To This – on account of her imagination, musical skills, choice of accompanists, beguiling voice, bravery and waspish humour.

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