Author: Laurence Todd

An ex-teacher and a long-time music obsessive who has a wide and varied taste in music, with favourite acts including Genesis (with Gabriel), Rush, Riverside, Mute Gods, Camel, CSNY and The Beatles, to name a few. His work has appeared in Record Collector, Shindig and Ramzine, For his sins he's also a Spurs fan.

STRAWBS – The Broken Hearted Bride (Esoteric / Cherry Red)

Originally released in 2008, The Broken Hearted Bride saw a reunion of the Strawbs line-up which had recorded albums like Hero & Heroine and Ghosts, both of which did well in the US, and reawakened interest in the band. It’s been unavailable in recent years but has now been remastered, reissued and includes previously unreleased..

JETHRO TULL – The Zealot Gene (InsideOut)

While Ian Anderson hasn’t exactly been idle when it comes to releasing albums in recent years, solo or otherwise, The Zealot Gene is the first new studio Jethro Tull album since 2003 - and while band members come and go, including while recording this album, Ian continues to lead the band in whatever direction he..

SOLSTICE – Sia Live

Sia Live isn’t an official live release from Solstice as such, it’s a special online edition sent out to fans and supporters of the band, recorded over two gigs at the Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes, with one being a ‘secret’ gig on 27th June 2021 and the other at the same venue on 4th September. ..

ASIA – The Official Live Bootlegs, Vol. 1 (BMG)

Looking for something different, as the times were most definitely a-changing in 1981, four stellar talents - Geoffrey Downes (keys), Steve Howe (gtr), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (bass & vocals) - formed what was then described as a ‘supergroup’ and, in 1982, they hit the ground running with their eponymously titled debut album,..

THE KORGIS – Kartoon World (Korgi Music)

'The world is heading for a colossal fall and it’s the power of love .. not technology .. which is the one indisputable answer.' This is the manifesto of The Korgis and it’s the theme which permeates the whole of Kartoon World, the band’s first new album release since 1992’s  The World Is For Everyone...