Despite his impressive stage presence and a no less impressive pair of pipes, Peter Goalby has always been perceived a secondary singer in famous ensembles the vocalist served in: TRAPEZE and URIAH HEEP – although, if not for him, the former could hardly survive in the mid-’70s and the latter would hardly see a resurgence in the early ’80s. Strangely, the veteran never really thought about starting a solo career and never took any such attempt further than a few singles which preceded his aforementioned stints; still, there was a plan to issue the warbler’s self-titled album in 1990, before retiring for good. It never panned out, and aficionados had to deal only with what leaked onto bootlegs, marked as demos – but finally the wait is over.
For all the wonderful works RENAISSANCE recorded in the ’70s, “Scheherazade And Other Stories” from 1975 remain the English ensemble’s finest offering – featuring, alongside other classics, their most magnificent ballad “Ocean Gypsy” and the side-long “Song Of Scheherazade” suite. Long overdue for remastered reissue, this album will finally see the expanded, clamshell-box edition on November 26th, wherein the the second disc contains the concert document from 1976 and a DVD not only the platter’s surround and a high-res stereo mixes but also a previously unreleased live video film – with three precious songs shot as a promo. There was a talk about the inclusion of studio out-takes as well, which doesn’t look to be the case now, as the sole bonus track on CD is a single version of the aforementioned serenade.
It’s been exactly half a century since one of the best Krautrock ensembles, ABACUS, came to prominence. They may have changed the line-up through the years, keeping it strictly German after the band’s original British singer, Chris Williams, had bailed, and they broke up in 1976, but the combo came back in 1979 to soldier on, under the guidance of keyboard player Jürgen Wimpelberg into the here and now, delivering such solid albums as “Fire Behind Bars” along the way.
As one of the greatest pop and rock songwriters, 10CC’s Graham Gouldman doesn’t really need to resort to playing other people’s numbers, nor he has to render vocal pieces voiceless – yet that’s just what he recently did on a short album titled, quite appropriately, “No Words Today” and currently available for listening or download. On it, the veteran, who laid the ten cuts down during the lockdown, pays tribute to his personal favorites – from Gershwin and Sondheim to Lennon and McCartney, including also Israel anthem and a sole original track for the record’s finale.
Despite a solid following and his role in BLACK SABBATH’s resurgence in the late ’80s, Tony Martin remains a very much underestimated artist, and no amount of guest appearances on other people’s records can seem to rectify this. Perhaps, all of it is because the singer’s solo releases has been rather few and far between, amounting to two albums: the magnificent and not-too-heavy “Back Where I Belong” from 1992 and a rather hefty “Scream” from 2005. Looks like the veteran’s third offering under his own name, titled “Thorns” and scheduled to hit the shelves on January 14th, 2022, was done in a metal vein as well, as it features, among others, renown bassists Greg Smith, who played with the likes of RAINBOW, and Magnus Rosén of HAMMERFALL fame, VENOM’s Danny Needham on drums, and Scott McClellan on guitar.