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(1) ALIVE0177 KING MUD Victory Motel Sessions - SPLATTER VINYL (KING MUD is VAN CAMPBELL from The BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES, FREDDY J IV from LEFT LANE CRUISER, and features guitarist PARKER GRIGGS of RADIO MOSCOW).
BLURT MAGAZINE : As much pound as boogie, as much snarl as soul—what’s not to like? The line between the blues and rock & roll can be as fine as the hair on a baby’s head, and few walk that line as deftly as the bands on the Alive roster. In that spirit, guitarist Freddy J IV from Left Lane Cruiser and drummer Van Campbell from Black Diamond Heavies wrote some songs with a claw in each mud puddle, rounded up some pals and recorded them as King Mud.
(2) ALIVE0180 BONNEVILLES - Arrow Pierce My Heart - (* NOTE, CLASSIC BLACK ON THIS ONE!)
NO DEPRESSION : Self-annointed a garage, punk, blues outfit like an arrow piercing my very own heart, lovers of heavy licks and head knockin’ back beats need apply in droves. McGibbon’s song writing is never suspect, influenced from those before yet soaked and steadily glazed in a brine of “cheap beer and buckfast” as well as personal stories, characters, and fore-warnings. Simply a band that needs to be on any rock fans radar regardless of where you stand sub-genre wise, you want to dance and feel like a bad ass at the same time, spin this record on your turntable and turn it up well past your comfort zone.
(3) ALIVE0179 LEFT LANE CRUISER - Beck in Black (REMASTERED) - STARBURST
I94 BAR : A compilation of favourite tracks, as nominated by former drummer Brenn "Sausage Paw" Beck, Beck in Black hangs together really well. Six tracks are previously unreleased and a few others are re-mastered so there’s plenty of value here for glued-on fans.
(4) ALIVE0178 HOLLIS BROWN - CLUSTER OF PEARLS - STARBURST
GLIDE MAGAZINE : The group brings together rock, country and blues to create their own timeless sound that listeners of any age can find something to relate to.
(5) ALIVE0181 SULFUR CITY - Talking Loud - STARBURST
CLASSIC ROCK : Fronted by electric washboard-toting powerhouse Lori Paradis, Ontario band Sulfur City have unleashed a speaker-shredding blues-rock tornado with Talking Loud, which sits beautifully with labelmates the Black Keys but also harbours an intoxicating, multi-hued diversity.
(6) ALIVE0183 RADIO MOSCOW - LIVE IN CALIFORNIA - DBL LP GATEFOLD COVER - STARBURST
I94 BAR : If live albums are often dismissed as the preserve of bands fresh out of ideas and with nothing else to release to hoover more money from their witless and obliging fans, it’s time to re-assess that call. In fact, Radio Moscow’s barn-busting, sprawling opus screams out for a re-think.
(7) ALIVE0184 JAMES LEG - Blood On The Keys - STARBURST
MOJO MAGAZINE : Where Black Diamond Heavies launched a seemingly unstoppable locomotive of punk-rockin' blues, Myer's solo records have deviated admirably from that script, colouring around his Howlin' Wolf growl and filthy-dirty organ with unexpected shades.
(8) ALIVE0185 DATURA4 - HAIRY MOUNTAIN - STARBURST
UBER ROCK : The band are in thrall to the classic sounds of the Seventies and yet bring a fresh take with a nice crisp production and songs that worm their way in to your psyche. Sure there’s a coupla choruses that stick after the first play, but give it a dozen plays and the craftsmanship in the songs really reveals itself, unfolding as you find the delights buried within – musically & lyrically.
(9) ALIVE0186 JACK LEE - BIGGER THAN LIFE - DBL LP GATEFOLD ANTHOLOGY - STARBURST VINYL
COLLECTOR MAGAZINE : In 1978, Gun Club front man Jeffrey Lee Pierce – then Blondie’s biggest fan – handed the band a cassette including songs he thought they may like to cover. Hanging On The Telephone and Will Anything Happen? were written by Los Angeles power pop stalwart Jack Lee, whose band, The Nerves, had recorded the former on their 1976 EP. Though they had split, Lee was made for life when both songs appeared on the multi-platinum Parallel Lines.
Though other Lee songs were covered by Suzi Quatro and Paul Young, he found it hard to break through under his own name after releasing 1981’s Jack Lee’s Greatest Hits Vol 1 and 1985’s self-titled album. Following 2008’s One Way Ticket, featuring reworked Nerves and solo songs, Alive have compiled this set on which tracks such as Crime Doesn’t Pay, Paper Dolls and I’m Gonna Have Fun crystallise the upbeat US bubblegum jangle of the 70s with big melodic choruses and heartfelt yearning delivered in his reedy voice.