Author Archives: Paul Barrel

A Flock of Seagulls: Remixes & Rarities (Cherry Red)

A Flock of Seagulls Remixes & Rarities (Cherry Red) Sakes, how I love what the folks at Cherry Red Records are doing! Their latest is a release by the incredible and often mis-categorized band A Flock of Seagulls. I know…

Dave Davies & Russ Davies: Open Road (Green Amp)

Dave Davies & Russ Davies Open Road (Green Amp) Dave Davies comes to us with his new album like an old friend returning after a long absence to reconnect and let us know he’s the same ole guy we’ve always…

Anthrax: For All Kings 7-inch Box Set (MegaForce)

Anthrax For All Kings 7-inch Box Set (MegaForce) In what can really only be described as a gift to the fans, Anthrax is releasing their amazing and monumental album ‘For All Kings’ as a limited edition 7-inch box set. The…

The Creation: Action Painting (Numero Group

The Creation Action Painting (Numero Group) The Creation was a blip on the UK music scene in the mid/late 1960s. Produced by the legendary Shel Talmy, they remained a musical footnote with tiny flashes of recognition throughout the years. Alan…

Matt North: Above Ground Fools (Self-Released)

Matt North Above Ground Fools (Self-Released) Matt North is a musician’s musician. The veteran drummer describes his career as “35 years of music with a sabbatical into comedy and film.” His first solo album (Above Ground Fools) is engaging, smart,…

Matt North: Above Ground (Death Before Bro-Country)

“In Nashville, this shirt is the fastest way to make the right people hate me.” Matt North said with a smile and a wink. He’s referencing the new t-shirt on his website (“Death Before Bro Country”), a phrase I co-opted…

An Open Letter to Paul Stanley, On His Birthday

Paul, happy birthday, my friend. Another year has passed and you’re still rockin’ as hard as ever. Good for you, pal. Good for you. It’s well known in my circles that you’ve been a huge influence since ‘Alive II’ was…

The Beach Boy:s Pet Sounds: Classic Albums (Eagle Rock)

The Beach Boys Pet Sounds: Classic Albums (Eagle Rock) By now, most folks recognize the Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’ (1966) as one of the greatest albums ever written and recorded. It’s just that. There are no surprises anymore. That album…

Cheap Trick: In The Joint (Smokin’ Production)

Cheap Trick In The Joint (Smokin’ Production) There’s no other band like Cheap Trick. These guys are the quintessential rock & roll group. They paid their dues early, earning them mainstream appeal and global recognition. But, this is a band…