Author: Paul Whimpenny

Features writer and album reviewer. Fan of all music from Vivaldi onwards with a predilection for classic and progressive rock from the 1970s.

Curved Air – The 100 Club, London, 16 March 2022

The way the songs are transformed in the live environment is quite remarkable. All photos: Olivia Whimpenny The venue well-hidden between Oxford Street shops Oxford Street on a filthy wet Wednesday evening. It’s 8pm and the last remaining open shops spew out their serial shoppers, pull down the shutters, and turn off the lights. But..

MWWB – The Harvest (New Heavy Sounds)

The ability to draw out a song by hypnotically repeating riffs is of course a trademark of Hawkwind and it’s a trick that’s not as easy as it might appear, but MWWB pull it off brilliantly and the title track is probably the best thing they’ve produced in their career so far. What’s in the..

Mother Morgana – Rise

...this is the best rock album to come out of Austria for some time. Austria and music go together, don’t they? Everyone knows Haydn, and Mozart, and maybe even Bruckner and Schoenberg. Even Julie Andrews declared the Austrian hills are alive with music! But since Julie’s bold claim, the nation has barely made a blip..

Hawkwind – Dust Of Time: 1969-2021 (Cherry Red)

...anyone who has more than a passing interest in Hawkwind really must own this superbly comprehensive six-CD box set. I know, I know. You are probably thinking ‘oh no, not another another Hawkwind compilation album’. After all, there have been so many Hawkwind compilations that if you laid them back-to-back then you might be able..

Julian Littman – Goblin Market Music (Park Records)

The name Julian Littman may not be familiar to that many readers – but I bet the name Steeleye Span certainly is. The legendary folk-rock band, that rose to fame in the ‘70s during that glorious flowering of the English folk-rock genre, are still going strong and Julian Littman is one of their current guitarists...