James Reyne soars as a solo artist after doing the Australian Crawl

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 23, 1988 By Steve Newton Have you ever heard of a fellow named James Reyne? Unless you're from Australia--or were a big fan of the now-defunct Australian Crawl--you probably don't recognize the name. But you will in the future, if Reyne's solo career follows the same pattern that … Continue reading James Reyne soars as a solo artist after doing the Australian Crawl

Album review: Andy Taylor, Thunder (1987)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 3, 1987 By Steve Newton Former Duran Duran and Power Station guitarist Andy Taylor shows himself to be a significant solo artist on Thunder--although he had a lot of help from Steve Jones, whose Les Paul used to propel the Sex Pistols. Jones plays guitar on the album, co-wrote … Continue reading Album review: Andy Taylor, Thunder (1987)

Album review: Crusaders, Ghetto Blaster (1984)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 20, 1984 By Steve Newton Joe Sample plays keyboards, Wilton Felder plays saxophone and bass, Leon Ndugo Chancler plays drums. And when the three get together to record an album as the Crusaders, the result is some of the most joyous, funky music around. My favourite tracks on Ghetto Blaster are … Continue reading Album review: Crusaders, Ghetto Blaster (1984)

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)

Album review: Joe Satriani, The Extremist (1992)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 10, 1992 By Steve Newton As much as I admire Kim Mitchell as a musician and songwriter, I must say that he ticked me off somewhat when I interviewed him a couple of months back. We were talking guitarists when Joe Satriani’s name came up, and Mitchell … Continue reading Album review: Joe Satriani, The Extremist (1992)