The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra are a British band formed in 2011 by Madness saxophonist Lee Thompson. The band consists of an ever-shifting line-up of ska and reggae-orientated musicians playing classic ska covers. Their debut album was released in 2013. Album No.2 by this great Ska band is a cracker, lead of course by Madness's Lee Thompson and his pals. Their first album was one of those that you keep playing because it has that fell good factor. Twelve groove ridden tracks including a very neat reworking of a Bond Theme, a few covers including one from The Beatles, 'I'll Be Back', then we have Leiber & Stoller's 'Hongry' a stand out version oh and that Bond theme is John Barry's 'On Her Majesty's…
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
Although admittedly a posthumous release, I was very surprised at the rather dismissive tenor of many of the reviews of this album to date. Hopefully this record will be reappraised soon as being a release worthy of anyone's consideration as I feel it does enhance an already rich legacy left behind by this very fine and innovative band. (So what if Charisma wanted to ride the slipstream of the lucrative ELP juggernaut?)
Featuring "Mainstreet" and… "Night Moves"
Bob Seger recorded the bulk of Night Moves before Live Bullet brought him his first genuine success, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that it's similar in spirit to the introspective Beautiful Loser, even if it rocks harder and longer.
CHINA BEACH recorded a new demo, entitled 'Six Bullet Russian Roulette', which scored favourable Japanese response from radio and record companies. The band even became embroiled in a bidding war between eight different record companies, but finally signed to Teichiku. The sound is heavy and melodic. The singer, Danny Fox, shows he can convey great emotion and give an amazing performance. A true rock band & a great first…and only album!
The Distance was hailed as a return to form upon the time of its release and, in many ways, might be a little stronger, a little more consistent than its predecessor, Against the Wind. Still, this album has the slickest production Bob Seger had yet granted, and the biggest hit single on The Distance wasn't written by him, it was a cover of Rodney Crowell's "Shame on the Moon."…