Family – Fearless (Cherry Red / Esoteric)

Esoteric’s revisiting of the Family catalogue continues unabated, and just a couple of months after releasing the band’s quirky half-live/half-studio fourth album, Anyway, here we are with a remastered version of the group’s fifth album, Fearless, originally released in 1971.  As usual, the remastered original is supplemented by live sessions from around the same period,..

Headstone – Bad Habits/Headstone (Esoteric)

Dynamite 70s rock still highly listenable in 2023... My abiding question through numerous listens to the two newly-reissued albums from Headstone is: Why is this band so unknown? When mentioning them to my fellow music-worshipping peers, I've been met with quizzical responses and even occasional hints of disdain; as though to say 'They can't be..

Family – Anyway (Cherry Red / ESOTERIC)

Despite it sounding dated to twenty-first century ears, there is plenty of creativity and originality on show in Anyway and it is an album well worth exploring.  Have you ever had that experience where you think your vinyl turntable speed is off? Maybe the belt has slipped and it’s going to grind to a halt?..

Barclay James Harvest – Once Again (Cherry Red / Esoteric)

Once Again is undoubtedly an essential album in any rock fan’s collection, so this box set is an opportunity for younger rock enthusiasts to discover one of the hidden classics or for seasoned admirers to jump in……once again. Over recent years Esoteric have been doing a fabulous job of remastering, remixing and issuing comprehensive editions..