After leaving Uriah Heep in 1980, multi-instrumentalist Ken Hensley embarked upon an often overlooked solo career. On 27th March 2020, Cherry Red Records/HNE Records will release a five disc set collecting his extensive recordings made between 2012-2013.
The new set follows Cherry Red’s previous Hensley anthology (‘The Bronze Years’) and brings together two studio album, an acoustic live set and various live recordings made with Ken’s band Live Fire.
In 2018, Dot Dash made the album of their career with ‘Proto Retro’. By making the jump from indie punk sounds to a mod influenced power pop, they became more commercial, but with that came some truly great chorus songs. [You can listen to the album here.]
A long time member of The Fleshtones, Ken Fox made his solo debut at the end of February 2020 with ‘Ken Fox & Knock Yourself Out’, a fantastic EP of power pop and garage rock tunes.
As part of the promotion for that release, Fox and his bandmates have also shot a video for the lead track ‘One Less Step’.
Jack Broadbent’s fifth album ‘Moonshine Blue’ was one of the best records of 2019. Stepping aside from the blues music that filled his previous albums, ‘Moonshine Blue’ ushered in a new era for the British singer songwriter. The album shared more in common with James Taylor than Elmore James, but had the potential to open up his talents to a whole new audience.
There were a couple of songs on the album where Jack’s blues influences could be found creeping in, not least of all on ‘If’, which has been chosen as his current single. To accompany the track, a new travelogue styled video has been shared to YouTube and its hazy Instagrammed images are the perfect accompaniment to a great track. You can check it out below.
One of the highlights of the many items issued for Record Store Day in 2019 was a heavyweight deluxe vinyl reissue of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Black Rose’. The expensive reissue coupled one of the band’s very best studio albums with a second LP featuring the album recreated in demo form.
The best news for fans is that those demos appeared not to mirror the anything from the widely circulated Black Rose demos bootleg, giving long-time collectors something worth having.
The same formula is being repeated for this years event, with 1980’s ‘Chinatown’ being chosen for the deluxe treatment.