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.

CHAS CRONK – Liberty (Renaissance Records)

Chas Cronk is probably best known as Mr Bass Man with folk-rockers The Strawbs, a spot he previously occupied throughout the seventies and again from 2004 up to the present day. In between he played with a number of stellar musicians, notably Steve Hackett and Rick Wakeman, and appeared on Wakeman’s Six Wives of Henry..

VIRGIL & STEVE HOWE – Lunar Mist (Inside Out)

Anyone coming to this album who knew nothing about Steve Howe, and listened to this album of short instrumental pieces encompassing a variety of styles, would be amazed to learn he’s a prog rock guitarist of considerable renown, voted Prog God in 2018, and also contributing mightily to Yes and Asia... all of which highlights..

LONELY ROBOT – A MODEL LIFE (InsideOut)

Any new music from the mighty John Michell is usually something to look ahead to wanting to listen to. Through his years of playing, either in his Lonely Robot solo project or with one of the several bands he contributes to, which includes Arena, It Bites and Frost*, as well as playing in Fish’s touring..

MS AMY BIRKS – In Our Souls

The debut album from Ms Amy Birks, 2020’s All That I Was And All That I Am was an absolutely delightful piece of work, and her long anticipated sophomore album In Our Souls doesn’t disappoint either, a kind of ‘baroque chamber pop’, and is further evidence of how well Amy Birks is establishing a rep..

TIM BOWNESS – BUTTERFLY MIND (InsideOut)

Arriving only a few months after Warm Winter - his 2011 album with Giancarlo Erra - re-released as Memories Of Machines, is the latest studio album by Tim Bowness, Butterfly Mind, and it has a case for claiming to be one of the more unexpected releases of his career. Unexpected in the sense that, on..

ASIA – Live At The Budokan, Tokyo, 1983 (BMG)

Whatever else might be happening in the world at present, now is currently a good time if you’re a fan of Asia, because following on from last autumn’s 5-CD boxset of Asia gigs from 1982-2008 comes a sumptuously packaged boxset release of the band's 6 December 1983 gig at the Budokan, comprising 2 CDs, featuring..