Toolbox is the second solo album by Ian Gillan originally released only in Europe, Japan and Brazil on German label EastWest. Gillan screamed his way through an entire album. Not that bad actually. It was Gillan's last album before his second comeback with Deep Purple in August 1992. Worth pointing out that, although the ‘Gillan’ band logo is used on the cover, this release is considered and billed as an Ian Gillan solo album.
Cargoe is an American Band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, originally formed in the late 1960s as Rubbery Cargoe, whose lone studio album, engineered by phonon Terry Manning, was released on Memphis Tennessee’s legendary Ardent Records in 1972. Cargoe did an admirable job blending power-pop melodicism with various contemporary sounds - late Beatles, post-CS&N and Traffic soft/folk rock, blues lead guitar and some country sounds. Listening to Cargoe, it sounds like they just a bunch of Southern boys who loved the Beatles and others, and went in a different direction. Southern rock were their brethren, (you can hear it on the vocals, the acoustic guitar bedrock and the blues-rock guitar leads), but instead of founding a new tribe, Cargoe became a curious attempt. Had they become more popular, they might have been the American Badfinger, but even better. Very Rare CD!
The term "rock legend" certainly applies to Ian Gillan. Fronting such bands as Deep Purple and Black Sabbath over the years, he has proved that he has an incredible voice and has been a very influential force in the rock genre. This solo album features both his incredible vocal talents and some fine songwriting. The material varies from hard rock that feels a bit like Deep Purple to more balladic sort of works. In fact, one of the ballads on the disc is an incredibly emotional piece that is one of the best cuts on the CD.
1978 came and went and Unicorn's third American (4th in the UK) album was ignored. Even though this album may not have been stronger than its predecessors, it is nonetheless wonderful. Songs like "Eric," "Get Along Fine" and "So Hard To Get Through" are little gems of Pop music with a slight country tinge but just didn't have that something special enough to break the band and so this marked the end of Unicorn. But with a catalog of inspired music behind them, they had made their mark and continue to do so to this day.
Too Many Crooks, which followed (in the States, this would be considered the band's second album when in actuality, it is their third), sees Gilmour again in the producer’s chair. The band (with the same line up) is really in the moment here. Whether it’s Andy Jackson's meticulous remastering or that all the pistons were firing for Unicorn at this point, "Crooks" sounds fantastic. The songwriting is clever and the tunes are well crafted and melodic.
Produced by Pink Floyd's own David Gilmour, Blue Pine Trees was the second release from British folk/country rock act Unicorn (though self-titled here in the US upon its release on Capitol Records) back in 1974. Blue Pine Trees is country rock, more mellow then rock actually. It begins with the upfront mandolin, vocal harmonies and fine bass playing from Pat Martin on "Electric Night."
Slade in Flame is the fifth album by the British rock group Slade released on 29 November 1974. The album contained songs from the film of the same name. The album reached #6 on the UK album chart and produced two hit singles, "Far Far Away", which reached #2 on the UK Singles chart and "How Does it Feel". The band tried to give the album a "sixties" feel, as its eponymous film was set in 1966. Japanese exclusive limited edition 24-Bit digitally remastered 12-track CD album, plus 2 bonus recordings.
Old New Borrowed and Blue is the fourth album by the British rock group Slade. It was released on 15 February 1974 and reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart. It was certified gold by BPI the same month of release. Japanese exclusive limited edition 24-Bit digitally remastered 14-track CD album, including the big hit single 'My Friend Stan', plus 2 bonus recordings.
"Magic Christian Music" is an debut album by the British rock band Badfinger, released in early 1970 on Apple Records. Three tracks from the LP are featured in the film The Magic Christian, which also gives the album its title. However, Magic Christian Music is not an official soundtrack album for the film.
As the ‘70s wore on, British glam rockers Geordie were looking less like contenders and more like pretenders with each passing day. Their first two albums had yielded no certifiable hits, and thus the early promise they'd shown had been gradually overshadowed by accusations that they were nothing more than a second-rate Slade. So, needless to say, the pressure was on as the quartet prepared to release its third studio long-player – the falsely confident of named Save the World – in 1976, which may well explain why its songs pointed in several distinct directions.