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Carl Bookstein - Reviews


First release for Australia's the Lovetones in ten years which represents a return to form

Little Feat

Ain’t Had Enough Fun
Newly reissued and solid 1995 Little Feat album with a new and unique formation of the band

Magpie Salute

High Water II
Solid companion piece to 2018'S 'High Water I' from Black Crowes offshoot group, the Magpie Salute

I See Hawks in L.A. and The Good Intentions

Hawks With Good Intentions
California’s I See Hawks in L.A. and Liverpool’s The Good Intentions come together for British-American folk creation

James Clarke Five

Parlour Sounds
Enjoyable new album from the James Clarke Five, the latest project of Liverpool-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist James Hughes.

Galileo 7

There is Only Now
Solid sixth album from Medway’s Galileo 7 which features the band’s signature psychedelic sound

Willie Dixon

Live in Chicago,1974
Live 1974 album from Willie Dixon proves to be a clear window into the music of one of the great songwriters and legends of Chicago blues

Mandolin Orange

Tiles of a Teardrop
Excellent sixth album from bluegrass duo Mandolin Orange who create with it a poignant reminiscence of the loss of their songwriter’s mother

Jimmy Rankin

Moving East
Evocative latest album from Canadian musician Jimmy Rankin which passionately captures his return home from Nashville to Nova Scotia


Stranger Things
Beautiful and atmospheric ethereal folk rock from extraordinary UK-based duo Gypsyfingers

Deer Tick

Appealing mix of alternative tracks from previous albums, new songs and covers from Providence, Rhode Island-based alternative rock group Deer Tick

Doyle Bramhall II

Enjoyable fifth album from seasoned guitar slinger Doyle Bramhall II shows him in a singer-songwriter role

Magpie Salute

High Water I
Excellent first album of original material from the Magpie Salute, which is the side project of Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien from the Black Crowes

War and Treaty

Healing Tide
Strong gospel and soul debut album from Michigan-based husband-and-wife duo the War and Treaty

Cowboy Junkies

All That Reckoning
Political, yet poignant latest album from Canadian alt.country outfit the Cowboy Junkies

New Riders of the Purple Sage

The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage
Early 1970's cosmic California country rock is captured on reissued release of 'The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage

Hanging Stars

Songs for Somewhere Else
Enjoyable second album London quintet the Hanging Stars' second album is a solid combination of psych rock meets folk and country


The Songs of Paul Cotton
Rewarding reissue of 1979 compilation which looks at the songwriting of Paul Cotton who joined acclaimed country rock act Poco in 1971, and whose work soon came into the foreground

Blood Sweat and Tears

In Concert
Appealing live recording from Blood Sweat and Tears from 1975 that captures the jazz rock pioneers in fine form.

Green Seagull

(I Used to Dream In) Black and White/Not Like You and Me
First rate neo psychedelia on second single from this new band out of the London scene, Green Seagull

Hot Tuna

Live at New Orleans House, Berkeley, CA 09/69
Terrific early 1969 concert recording from Hot Tuna, which was then a Jefferson Airplane side project


Live at Columbia Studios, Hollywood, 30/9/71
Fine live album which captures a 1971 performance of resonant music from country rock trailblazing band Poco

Miranda Lee Richards

Existential Beasts
Political but poetic commentary on the state of modern times from Californian singer-songwriter Miranda Lee Richards

Allman Brothers Band

Hell and High Water: The Best of the Arista Years
Fine compilation album which features the best of the Allman Brothers Band on the Arista label in the early 1980's


Live At The Fillmore February 1969
Welcome re-release of 1969 live album from the celebrated, psychedelic, folk rock and country rock innovators, the Byrds.

Seafoam Green

Topanga Mansion
First-rate and evocative debut album from Seafoam Green, the project of Dublin-born, Liverpool-based musician Dave O’Grady

Jonny Velon

Goodness Flows
Bristolian singer-songwriter Jonny Velon’s debut album which captures fine art rock with great imagination

Old Crow Medicine Show

The Best of Old Crow Medicine Show
First-rate 'Best Of' collection from Nashville Tennessee-based Grammy winning Americana string group Old Crow Medicine Show

Son Volt

Notes of Blue
Inspired and distinctive latest studio album from seminal alternative country band Son Volt

Chris Murphy

The Tinker's Dream
Fine primarily instrumental from Los Angeles-based violinist Chris Murphy which explores Irish folk music


Fabulous combination of tradition and experimentation in first album in ten years from American alt. country band Freakwater

Chris Murphy

Red Mountain Blues
Fine bluegrass, folk and old time fiddle music on rich acoustic album from New York songwriter and violinist Chris Murphy

Mandolin Orange

Fine, acoustic and soothing songs about heartache on latest album from North Carolina bluegrass duo, Mandolin Orange

Gregg Allman

No Stranger to the Dark: The Best of Gregg Allman
First-rate 'Best of' solo collection from legendary Southern blues rock vocalist and Allman Brothers Band co-founder, Gregg Allman

Prophet Hens

The Wonderful Shapes of Back Door Keys
Well-crafted pop on second album from the Prophet Hens, who have arisen out of Dunedin, New Zealand's rich music scene

John Doe

The Westerner
Earthly 'psychedelic soul' solo album from John Doe, the front man with legendary LA punk rock band X

Mungo Jerry

Solid double disc collection, with old and new songs, from early 70's act, Mungo Jerry

Dick Dale

Live on the Santa Monica Pier
Evocative double CD live album from surf guitar king Dick Dale recorded at Los Angeles's iconic Santa Monica Pier

Supersonic Blues Machine

West of Flushing, South of Frisco
Gritty rock and blues debut album by American collective Supersonic Blues Machine, with notable special guests

Miranda Lee Richards

Echoes of the Dreamtime
Hypnotic and atmospheric third album from Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter. Miranda Lee Richards

Shifting Sands

Cosmic Radio Station
Compelling, well-rendered psychedelic rock on second album from New Zealand band, the Shifting Sands


Pacific Surf Line
Warm and sunny Californian folk rock on debut album from super-group, GospelbeacH

Los Lobos

Gates of Gold
Legendary East L.A. group Los Lobos cook up a diverse musical brew on their latest album 'Gates of Gold'

Gregg Allman Band

I'm No Angel/Just Before the Bullets Fly
Rewarding double disc reissue of two 1980's Gregg Allman Band albums, ‘I’m No Angel’ and ‘Just Before the Bullets Fly'

Watkins Family Hour

Watkins Family Hour
Rich acoustic sounds on first-rate self-titled debut covers album from accomplished musical collective, Watkins Family Hour

Jimmy LaFave

The Night Tribe
Well executed album and tribute to dwellers of the night on new album from Oklahama-based singer-songwriter, Jimmy LaFave

Orange Humble Band

Depressing Beauty
Sad yet evocative third album from power pop supergroup, the Orange Humble Band

Sonny Landreth

Bound by the Blues
First rate return to the blues on latest album from Mississippi slide guitar talent, Sonny Landreth


Rich Americana sounds from twenty years on duo the Kennedys on album that celebrates the American West

Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield

Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith
Well rendered album of songs from the late Elliott Smith’s catalogue by indie folk duo, singers Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield

Zervas and Pepper

Abstract Heart
Impressive 70’s West Coast-influenced folk pop on third album from Welsh duo, Zervas and Pepper

Randy Meisner

Live in Dallas 1982/Love Me or Leave Me Alone
Flawed double CD reissue from former Eagles member Randy Meisner, which combines together a 1982 live recording with a collection of previously unreleased live recordings


Berkeley to Bakersfield
Excellent double album from critically-acclaimed American alternative rock band Cracker, the first in twenty years to include the original line-up and which combines hard-edged punk with country rock

Surf City

Jekyll Island
Engaging psychedelia on summery third album from New Zealand-based band, Surf City

Albert King

Live in the 70s
Evocative blues rock from legendary guitarist Albert King, which was recorded live across the 1970s

Freddie King

Live and Loud 1968
Enthralling live album, recorded in San Francisco in 1968, from Texan-born blues guitarist, Freddie King

Inspiral Carpets

Inspiral Carpets
Exuberant comeback album from the Inspiral Carpets, which finds the group reunited with their original vocalist Stephen Holt

Robben Ford

Live at Rockpalast
Accomplished blues/jazz rock on double CD/DVD from much acclaimed guitarist Robben Ford, which was recorded for the German TV series ‘Live at Rockpalast’ at two gigs in in 1998 and 2007

David Kilgour and the Heavy 8's

End Times Undone
Melodic and enjoyable second album from New Zealand-based alternative rocker and ex-Clean frontman David Kilgour with his new band, the Heavy 8's

Mark Olson

Goodbye Lizelle
Eclectic and mystical solo album from Jayhawks front-man Mark Olson, which was recorded across the world

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