Al Stewart – Time Passages (Esoteric / Cherry Red)

Last year I did an interview for Velvet Thunder with Eric Bloom and the conversation turned to Blue Oyster Cult’s most famous song, (Don’t Fear) The Reaper. Asking about its longevity, Bloom said that certain songs simply ‘have legs’ and they just keep on getting played and played until they burrow themselves into the public..

Hawkwind – Somnia (Cherry Red)

Brock has managed to show us that the journey into the sleeping brain is even stranger than the one into deepest space. Hawkwind have released a new studio album every year since 2016, and here they are like clockwork with this year’s release Somnia. It’s amazing really because Dave Brock is now officially an octogenarian...

TOYAH – The Blue Meaning: Expanded Edition (Cherry Red)

With the context of the passing of time, this is all brilliantly boundary-pushing music, and The Blue Meaning is an album which could astound the unprepared. Pure gold. The Cherry Red Toyah reissue programme continues with the second album, 1980's The Blue Meaning, following on from the excellent reissue of the Sheep Farming In Barnet..

Lee Kerslake – Eleventeen (Cherry Red Records)

We are used to pampered artists complaining about taking a long time to write an album due to writer’s block, tiring tours, and myriad other narcissistic excuses, and so the naked honesty from Kerslake in the sleeve notes of this album is startling: ‘It’s been a little over three years to record and finish it,..