Album review: Jethro Tull: The Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 11, 2003 By Steve Newton Despite its title, this is not your typical Christmas recording. There are no “Jingle Bells” or “Frosty the Snowman”, although there is a jazzy instrumental version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”. British prog-rock veterans Jethro Tull choose mainly to integrate classic holiday … Continue reading Album review: Jethro Tull: The Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003)

Album review: Stuttering John, Stuttering John (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 9, 1994 By Steve Newton According to Stuttering John's bio, lead vocalist John Melendez is "known to millions in North America as the fearless interviewer on Howard Stern's mega-popular radio show." I'd never heard of the guy myself, but supposedly his go-for-the-throat interviews have resulted in him being … Continue reading Album review: Stuttering John, Stuttering John (1994)

Album review: Kim Mitchell, Itch (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 26, 1994 By Steve Newton After hearing that Canuck guitar-rock great Kim Mitchell had reunited with longtime lyricist Pye Dubois--and then recorded their new tunes with ace producer Joe Hardy (ZZ Top, Colin James, the Tragically Hip)--I had high hopes for the resulting CD, Itch. Those hopes were … Continue reading Album review: Kim Mitchell, Itch (1994)

Album review: Gary Hoey, Music from the Motion Picture The Endless Summer II (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 19, 1994 By Steve Newton Rock-guitar maniacs are gonna love this one. Fretboard wizardry abounds in the score to director Bruce Brown's latest surfing documentary, as up-and-coming axe master Hoey tears up the beach on 14 surefooted instrumentals. With the exception of Dick Dale's "Shake & Stomp (Part … Continue reading Album review: Gary Hoey, Music from the Motion Picture The Endless Summer II (1994)

Album review: Cadillac Tramps, It’s Allright (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 19, 1994 By Steve Newton Maybe you've seen that quick shot of hefty Cadillac Tramps singer Gabby Gaborno doing his grizzly-bear-with-shades impression during one of those manic "I Am Canadian" beer commercials. Well, Molson goofed, because the Cadillac Tramps ain't Canadian--they're from Orange County, California. The good news … Continue reading Album review: Cadillac Tramps, It’s Allright (1994)

Album review: Pride & Glory, Pride & Glory (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 5, 1994 By Steve Newton It comes as somewhat of a surprise that Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde is a dyed-in-the-swamp southern-rock maniac, but the New Jersey native is at the forefront of the current trend toward repopularizing the style epitomized by the Allman Brothers Band. On its … Continue reading Album review: Pride & Glory, Pride & Glory (1994)

Album review: Gilby Clarke, Pawnshop Guitars (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 5, 1994 By Steve Newton Sometimes I wonder if guitarists join Guns N' Roses just so they can get in the position to release their own solo recordings of punk-inspired garage-rock and blues-based boogie. (I doubt if they do it so they can bask in the positive vibes … Continue reading Album review: Gilby Clarke, Pawnshop Guitars (1994)

Album review: Little Jimmy King, Something Inside of Me

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 29, 1994 By Steve Newton The death of blues guitarist Albert King in December of '92 was a real downer for anyone who had followed the stellar career of the big bulldozer operator and master of the Flying V. King's influence on the likes of Jeff Beck, Eric … Continue reading Album review: Little Jimmy King, Something Inside of Me

Album review: Yngwie Malmsteen, The Seventh Sign (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 29, 1994 By Steve Newton Four years ago Yngwie Malmsteen released an album, Eclipse, that showed the Swedish guitar demon finally overcoming the songwriting deficiencies that had made his previous recordings little more than launching pads for his incredibly fast, classically bent solos. Tuneful craftsmanship had previously been … Continue reading Album review: Yngwie Malmsteen, The Seventh Sign (1994)

Album review: Paul Dean, Machine (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 22, 1994 By Steve Newton I first heard the Texas blues-style rhythm intro and moaning lead surge of Paul Dean's "Couldn't Get Arrested" on the radio while mixing margaritas in my kitchen one sunny afternoon a month or two ago, but I had no idea who it was … Continue reading Album review: Paul Dean, Machine (1994)

Album review: the Allman Brothers Band, Where It All Begins (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 15, 1994 By Steve Newton Like a hearty handshake from a rarely see high-school buddy, every new Allman Brothers release is a hazy reminder of my teenage glory days, when the purchase of a southern-rock LP such as the Allmans' Eat A Peach made everything right in my … Continue reading Album review: the Allman Brothers Band, Where It All Begins (1994)

Album review: Bryan Adams, Into the Fire (1987)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 10, 1987 By Steve Newton The most highly anticipated album ever by a Vancouver artist, Bryan Adams' Into the Fire comes 2-1/2 years after the release of his seven million-selling Reckless LP. Recorded in the living room of the 27-year-old's North Van home, Into the Fire contains 10 … Continue reading Album review: Bryan Adams, Into the Fire (1987)

Album review: John Mellencamp, Dance Naked (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 15, 1994 By Steve Newton Talk about cutting out the fat. John Mellencamp just keeps making his instrumentation leaner as the years go by; now he's gotten to the point where he'll pass up bass and go with drums and guitars only, and the effect--on bare-bones tunes like … Continue reading Album review: John Mellencamp, Dance Naked (1994)

Album review: Derek and the Dominos, Live at the Fillmore (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 8, 1994 By Steve Newton This two-hour-long double CD is basically a digitally remixed and remastered version of the 1973 Derek and the Dominos double-album In Concert, which is a good thing in itself, but the bonus is that it includes five previously unreleased performances, all culled from … Continue reading Album review: Derek and the Dominos, Live at the Fillmore (1994)

Album review: Spin Doctors, Turn It Upside Down (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 8, 1994 By Steve Newton I've listened to this new Spin Doctors CD three times now, and there are only two songs out of the 13 offered that I would care to hear again. "Mary Jane" and "You Let Yor Heart Go Too Fast' are the only cuts … Continue reading Album review: Spin Doctors, Turn It Upside Down (1994)

Album review: George Benson, In Your Eyes (1983)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 1, 1983 By Steve Newton With the help of such fine session musicians as drummers Steve Gadd and Steve Ferrone, bassists Will Lee and Marcus Miller, keyboardists David Paich and Jorge Dalto, and saxman David Sanborn, George Benson has come up with another tantalizing collection of funk and … Continue reading Album review: George Benson, In Your Eyes (1983)

Album review: Boston, Walk On (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 1, 1994 By Steve Newton Twenty years ago, I liked Boston. The band's tight harmonies, uplifting melodies, and surging, echo-laden guitars could always put a smile on my teenage face. Heck, even now I'll reminisce about those halcyon mid-'70s rock days by cranking up "More Than a Feeling" … Continue reading Album review: Boston, Walk On (1994)

Album review: Larry Carlton, Friends (1983)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 1, 1983 By Steve Newton One of the reigning monarchs of L.A. session guitarists, Larry Carlton has played with some of the best in the world. And now, on his third self-produced LP Friends, he's gathered some of the best in the world to play with him. Bassist … Continue reading Album review: Larry Carlton, Friends (1983)