The Outsiders UK – Everythings Gone Vintage
East Lancashire Rock blues legends The Outsiders UK have reformed after 15 years to record a blistering album of 10 original songs.
“Everythings gone vintage” is a wry, sometimes bittersweet observation of a society obsessed with retro culture and the pitfalls of the digital age, where sharing private personal information with the world has become the norm.
The Outsiders UK – Black Shoes & Travelling TV
The Outsiders – Ripped Shirt
With a lighter sound on this 1994 album, the band still featured Mel Outsider as the vocalist and principal writer arranger with a broader spectrum cast of players. Instruments include violin and mandolin for the occasional track. The press really liked the record and gave great reviews respectively (see Press). Original guitarist and hidden gem Peter Rowlands (formerly of punk band The Pathetix) returned to a later line up and re kindled a working relationship with his old pal Mel Outsider.
The Outsiders – Skin
Lancashire Rock band The Outsiders were regulars on Radio one Alan Freeman’s Saturday rock show during the early 90s. Skin was the debut record and featured Oldham based members John Hull, Martin Schofield and Mark Caffrey, of “Touched”, “Dragster” and “Aragorn” respectively. Mel Outsider from Colne was the singer and principal writer and the late Martin (Brad) Bradley from Nelson was the pianist. The album received great reviews and is ever present around the world on specialist radio.
Michael Chapman – Navigation
With a career spanning 47 years, The Yorkshire guitar master virtuoso recorded this come back album for Planet in 1995. After some years in the wilderness, Planet MD and childhood fan Adrian Melling headhunted Michael with the offer of making him a come back album to return him to his rightful place at the front of the acoustic songwriter scene in the UK. With the help of Ray Laidlow on drums (Lindisfarne) and Rick Kemp (Steeleye Span) on bass, The press duly obliged with rave reviews for Michaels best album since the classic “Fully Qualified Survivor”. Q magazine awarded 5 stars and named the album as top 5 folk album of the year.
Angela Costa – Soul Disease
Angela Costa – Inside the Kiss
Sentimentalists – The Next Three Floors
First single EP taken from the King Joe album. Two versions of the beautiful “I wouldn’t drown myself today” including an alternative instrumental arrangement.
Sentimentalists – King Joe
The writing of Phil Fowler and Joe Sibmaud is at the centre of the Sentimentalists sound. Beautiful arrangements and Northern wit are prevalent through the album in what could become the most engaging record of the year. Bitter-sweet melancholia with edgy near to the bone storylines on a bleak landscape of troubled waters. A roller-coaster ride of emotions and not forgetting the odd dip into comical observation. Vocal deliveries by the charismatic and downbeat Phil Fowler. Sentimentalists represent a safe and strange world, mistrustful of the future, railing against the present and misguidedly finding comfort in the bitter past.
Heads Hands and Feet – Truckers Music
More unearthed never issued before recordings of classic material from British 1970s National treasures. Released to coincide with Albert Lee 70th birthday 2014, the album features beautiful versions of classics like “Delaware” “Detroit Jones” and the haunting “Song for Suzie”. The regular classic line up includes Chas Hodges and Ray Smith.
Heads Hands and Feet – Wizz Kids
British multi instrumentalists Heads Hands and feet were the in demand session players of the late 60s early 70s and included famous British players Chas Hodges (Chas & Dave) and guitarist Albert Lee. Demanded and responsible for some of the most popular recordings of the day by the likes of Shirley Bassey and Jerry Lee Lewis, they went on to release cult albums and appeared on huge tours throughout the US and Europe. The band also included often overlooked guitarist and writer Ray Smith. These long lost recordings are available for the first time on Wizz Kids with more promised in the near future.
Heads Hands and Feet – Everybody’s Hustlin
More unearthed recordings from the vaults of HH&F guitarist Ray Smith. The regular line up with celebrity guest sessions released for the first time and never issued previously.
Poet and the One Man Band – Days I Most Remember
A one album only long lost project. The band included Jerry Donahue and Pat Donaldson who both left to form Fotheringay with Sandy Denny. The original line up of Heads Hands and Feet were soon to emerge from this group that included Albert Lee and Ray Smith. This album also featured rock royalty as additional players with non other than James Burton/guitar. Ronnie Tutt/drums (both from Elvis Presley band). Roger Coulam and Barry Morgan (Both from Blue Mink). Max Bennett/bass (Joni Mitchell). Max Middleton/piano (Jeff Beck group). Dave Swarbrick and Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention). Dave Mattacks/drums (The Strawbs, Jethro Tull, Proclaimers, Albion Band).
Tony Crotty – Tubular Bells
Merseyside master arranger and classical guitarist Tony Crotty recorded this album for Planet in 2004. Tony recorded a condensed and sympathetic homage to a legendary work for solo classical guitar by Mike Oldfield. All recordings were one take only and without overdubs. Although The Beatles remain the obsession of Tony Crotty with (more arrangements of Tony playing the fab four to follow), This landmark recording should be enjoyed by all.
Original lost recordings of DIY punk from 1978 East Lancs. This mini album features both ep releases from the early days of Punk from this Nelson based four piece group. The first ep was a self financed title called Alistair Crowley and the second was the only release on Manchester based TJM records. They appeared on the TJM Identity parade multi band tour which also famously included a young Mick Hucknall in the band Frantic Elevators. Both releases are very rare and still command very high prices on the collectors scene.
Kings Cross Hot Club
Walter Mittys Head – Head On
35 Summers – Come Together
35 Summers – Fiasco
Various Artists – Grit In The Oyster
Hate Syndicate- Round is out
Dave Gardener – Empty Dreams
Corned Beef – All In It Together