Author Archives: Paul Barrel

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…

Hello: The Albums (Cherry Red)

Hello The Albums (Cherry Red) Good golly, another box set from Cherry Red Records. I love this label, I do. They’ve outdone themselves with this fantastic box set from Hello. Hello was a band out of North London that came…

Zager & Evans: The RCA Masters 1969-1970 (Cherry Red)

Zager & Evans The RCA Masters 1969-1970 (Cherry Red) How I love the folks at Cherry Red Records. I know I’ve said it before but it bears repeating. They’ve got the knack of finding quality artists, albums, and music which…

Rikk Agnew Band: Learn (Frontier)

Rikk Agnew Band Learn (Frontier) Rikk. fuckin’ Agnew. Some call him the “Brian Wilson of punk” and that’s fair. But, shit, he’s so much more. Legend is most appropriate. This is the guy who defined the O.C. hardcore sound through…