Tuesday, August 16, 2016

CD Review: Cherry Red Records Revisits Classic Albums From Arjen Anthony Lucassen And Gunhill

Dutch progressive rock legend Arjen Anthony Lucassen recently re-released his out-of-print album, "Strange Hobby" on July 15 through Cherry Red Records. The album was originally released ten years ago with no artist attached to the album and has become a collector's item over the last decade. The new 22-song release features cover songs originally performed by such esteemed artists as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Kinks and others from the sixties heyday. The psychedelic tones of "Arnold Layne" and "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" are perfectly portrayed by Lucassen. He turns "Boris The Spider" into hard rock gold and has fun turning Bob Dylan's "I Want You" into a punk-like anthem. The new re-release of the album includes four bonus tracks, "Pretty Girls," "In The Room Of Percussion," "Last Train To Clarksville" and "Ruby Tuesday." To find out more about Arjen Anthony Lucassen's "Strange Hobby," please visit cherryred.co.uk.

U.K. band Gun Hill received quite a following around the London area in the mid-90's and featured lead singer John Lawton from Uriah Heep. They took their successful stage show into the studio, performing a mix of covers and originals. The band's second album "Nightheat" quickly vanished from record racks and their fan club only cassette "One Over The Eight," has never been released on CD, until now. On July 15th, Cherry Red Records released the 2CD set "Nightheat/One Over The Eight" for fans of Gun Hill. Both discs feature the original releases along with bonus tracks to make this the ultimate Gun Hill release. Even the remaster process was personally overseen by John Lawton. To find out more about the new Gun Hill release of "Nightheat/One Over The Eight," please visit cherryred.co.uk.

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