Author Archives: Paul Barrel

Lou DiBello: Heat Wave (Self-Released)

Lou DiBello Heat Wave (Self-Released) Lou DiBello has been a fixture on the stages around Central Illinois since the late 80s. His brand of classic rock and blues-influenced guitar playing and soloing have been an attraction, bringing in scores of…

The Cake and the Rain By Jimmy Webb (St. Martin’s Press)

The Cake and the Rain By Jimmy Webb (St. Martin’s Press) Jimmy Webb is not a household name by current standards. Heck, few nowadays probably don’t know who he was/is. But, at one time, he was held in the highest…

Haircut One Hundred: Paint and Paint [Deluxe Edition] (Cherry Red)

Haircut One Hundred Paint and Paint [Deluxe Edition] (Cherry Red) Criminey, the folks at Cherry Red Records just find better and better albums to rerelease. Haircut One Hundred is one of those grossly underrated bands which should have ruled the…

The Who: Live at the Isle of Wight 2004 Festival (Eagle Vision)

The Who Live at the Isle of Wight 2004 Festival (Eagle Vision) The packaging will tell you that The Who delivered an incendiary performance that “lived up to the fan’s expectations and memories of 1970.” Well … God love publicists….

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…

Tammy Wynette: D-I-V-O-R-C-E/Stand By Your Man (Morello Records/Cherry Red)

Tammy Wynette D-I-V-O-R-C-E/Stand By Your Man (Morello Records/Cherry Red) ‘D-I-V-O-R-C-E’ and ‘Stand By Your Man’ reissues tell the sad tales of broken homes and broken dreams. Released originally in 1968 (‘D-I-V-O-R-C-E’) and 1969 (‘Stand By Your Man’), marked the rise…

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,…