Saturday, September 14, 2013

ANGEL AIR still has wings! A round-up of some exciting recent releases on the label!



     I always look forward to the latest releases from ANGEL AIR Records.  Their catalog is a mixture of reissues, new releases and archive material, and most of it is up my alley... even if I don't realize it before I listen to it!  Peter Purnell does a great job in issuing quality releases from a variety of genres including Prog Rock, Blues, Folk, Rock and Pop (to name just a few).  When Angel Air releases show up, I'm so eager for the evening's drive home so I can pop them in the CD player and crank them up.

     Yes, I still have a CD player in my car! No, I don't have satellite radio.  Who needs satellite radio when I have my CDs to play loudly during the commute home through OC traffic!

     Anyway, I'm always struck by the diverse sounds that jump out of my speakers when I'm skimming through Angel Air's releases and I'm usually more than pleased with the sounds I hear.  I've decided to list a few of my recent favorites in hopes that you might check them out, too!  These are merely the tip of the iceberg - there is a treasure trove of great titles on the label!

     And here are today's picks in no particular order:



IRONBRIDGE
IRONBRIDGE


Digitally remastered edition of this 1973 album from the Pop outfit. Formed from the ashes of The Birds And The Bees and Fluff, Ironbridge released their one and only album in 1973. Now having achieved a cult status the album is released on CD for the very first time and the music today falls under the Pop category but at the time was described by reviewers as "somewhere between The Beatles and The Moody Blues".




ANDY SCOTT
THE SOLO SINGLES

BUY from IMPORTCDS

UK collection of solo recordings by the guitarist/songwriter best known for his work with UK Glam rockers Sweet. During the '70s, Sweet notched up no less than 25 hit singles in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Andy also had a very successful solo career and it started with a song called "Lady Starlight" which Andy had written for inclusion on Sweet's celebrated album "Desolation Boulevard".




UGLY GUYS
LOST IN THE BADLANDS


2013 album from the modern Pub Rock band led by former Kursaal Flyers members Paul Shuttleworth and Vic Collins (who first played together back in 1969). Sounding not unlike a modern version of the Kursaals, the band also features Steve Oliver (Jerry The Ferret), Bob Clouter (Mickey Jupp) and Andy Farrell. The band name comes from a much loved Kursaal Flyers song. 




FUSION
(Featuring NIK KERSHAW)
TILL I HEAR FROM YOU


Fusion were a British band that released their one and only album back in 1980 which was described as "funkier than a mosquito's tweeter". The band featured a young man by the name of Nik Kershaw who was to take the UK pop charts by storm some three years later. (Nik also wrote the 1991 UK #1 single "The One And Only" for Chesney Hawkes). Fusion's sound, like Kershaw's solo material, owed a lot to the Jazz/Pop blend made popular by UK bands like Level 42. Great musicianship, dynamic arrangements and catchy melodies were Fusion's forte...




CULTURE CLUB
20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY: 
LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL 2002


Deluxe two disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition of this live performance by Boy George and mates. During the summer of 2002 at a historic sold out gig at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall, Culture Club played a global jukebox of hits that stretched by 20 years. The performance, which features all four original members, includes most of their hits including 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?', 'It's A Miracle', 'Karma Chameleon', 'Church Of The Poisoned Mind', Move Away' and more.


.Peace, love and pancakes,
Stephen SPAZ Schnee

2 comments:

Reg said...

Hi. I'm Reg Webb, who founded Fusion, and I approached Peter about the re-release of our album.
I had to smile at Fusion being defined as "East Anglican". Missionaries we certainly were not. Thanks for this review.

Stephen SPAZ Schnee said...

Hey Reg

OK, that was a spelling mistake. Will make changes! Sorry 'bout that. Love that CD and will write a bit more about it soon on the blog!