Author: Steve Pilkington

Former editor of the CRS magazine 'Rock Society'. Presenter of weekly radio show A Saucerful Of Prog on Rock Radio UK. Author of several music biographies. 70s throwback...

TOYAH – Toyah! TOYAH! TOYAH! (CD/DVD Edition) (Cherry Red)

These reissues are a long-overdue reassessment of Toyah's early-'80s output, and reaffirm just how much depth and sheer great musicianship and songwriting there was to her catalogue. The deluxe Toyah reissue series reaches its third instalment here, with this 1980 live album getting the treatment. It is slightly confusing now, as a later compilation album..

Band photo: Steve Gullick

HEADSWIM Announce ‘Flood #Redux’ and reform for intimate show

Trapped Animal records have announced the return of '90s legends Headswim, with a reissue of their seminal psych-grunge masterpiece, Flood, on 7 October 2022.  Released on double vinyl and double CD, this deluxe re-issue will feature previously un-released BBC sessions, studio B-sides and experiments by the band and their mad scientist friends on Disc Two!  To celebrate the release, Headswim’s..

WINTER IN EDEN – Social Fake (Cherry Red)

The sound - courtesy of Steve Johnson's production - is immense... It grabs you around the head and gets your attention like the musical equivalent of Judge Death opening his helmet visor on you. It's been a long time now since North-East of England prog-metal band Winter In Eden released an album - in fact,..

HELD BY TREES – Solace (Tweed Jacket Music)

It's an odd thing, but as I have grown older, with a free bus pass tantalisingly close, my approach and attitude to ambient instrumental music has very much shifted. Time was, and not all that long ago, when - aside from a liking for a few early Tangerine Dream albums and the like - the..

SLADE – Coloured Vinyl Reissues (BMG)

The 'Slayed?' album looked and sounded as if it was going to bully your other records as soon as you left the room, and this edition, with its replication of the original sleeve, looks like it will do it again. If you have the original vinyl as well, and store both together, they might do..


The Blackheart Orchestra are embarking on a UK tour which will see them traverse the length and breadth of the country during April, May and June. TBO are a two-person 'orchestra' playing up to 13 instruments in their unique live show. Their symphonic use of vintage synthesisers, acoustic and electric guitars, mandola, bass, bowed guitar..