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Shane’s Rock Challenge: KEEL – 2010 - Streets Of Rock n' Roll

Shane’s Rock Challenge: KEEL – 2010 – Streets Of Rock n’ Roll

Shane’s Rock Challenge: KEEL – 2010 – Streets Of Rock n’ Roll By Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Ron Keel was there in ‘82-83 when metal returned to America, standing loud n’ proud alongside Quiet Riot as one of the bands who built the bridge from British metal to hair metal. Neither of them remained a force […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: SAXON- 1980 - Strong Arm Of The Law

Shane’s Rock Challenge: SAXON- 1980 – Strong Arm Of The Law

Shane’s Rock Challenge: SAXON- 1980 – Strong Arm Of The Law By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Biff Byford and the boys were riding high after their excellent second record, Wheels Of Steel, when they released this NWOBHM (C’mon, we’ve talked about this already – New Wave Of British Heavy Metal – don’t make me explain it […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: TEXAS – 1999 - The Hush

Shane’s Rock Challenge: TEXAS – 1999 – The Hush

Shane’s Rock Challenge: TEXAS – 1999 – The Hush By Shane Pinnegar 4/10 for me – 8/10 for Trulie M’Lady put this one on the other day, and since some of her albums have been assimilated into The Family Collection, it’s only fair that I sat and listened to it* and am now including it […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: BADLANDS – 1989 - Badlands

Shane’s Rock Challenge: BADLANDS – 1989 – Badlands

Shane’s Rock Challenge: BADLANDS – 1989 – Badlands By Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 Coming out of a celebrated stint as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitar slinger , Jake E Lee wasted no time after being fired by Sharon Osbourne (by telegram, no less) and assembled a hard blues outfit to showcase his playing. Importantly, Badlands quickly became a […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: MICK JAGGER with THE RED DEVILS – 1991 – Blues Sessions Bootleg

Shane’s Rock Challenge: MICK JAGGER with THE RED DEVILS – 1991 – Blues Sessions Bootleg

Shane’s Rock Challenge: MICK JAGGER with THE RED DEVILS – 1991 – Blues Sessions Bootleg By Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 It was 1992, The Stones were at loggerheads again, and Mick Jagger wanted to cut a record. On the recommendation of uber-producer Rick Rubin Jagger enlisted a group of New Orleans reprobates called The Red Devils, […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: BAI BANG – 2009 - Are You Ready

Shane’s Rock Challenge: BAI BANG – 2009 – Are You Ready

Shane’s Rock Challenge: BAI BANG – 2009 – Are You Ready By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 There’s a place for every sort of rock in this crazy business, and that includes the rock n’ roll-all-night-and-party-all-day vibe of Bai Bang, one of Scandinavia’s longest-rocking outfits. It’s almost all fun n’ games on Are You Ready – girls, […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: VAN HALEN – 1986 - 5150

Shane’s Rock Challenge: VAN HALEN – 1986 – 5150

Shane’s Rock Challenge: VAN HALEN – 1986 – 5150 By Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 How the hell do you replace David Lee Roth? Van Halen wondered the same thing and considered – amongst others – Jimmy Barnes and Patty Smythe for the job, but even on paper they didn’t seem a decent fit. One chance encounter […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LIFE SEX & DEATH – 1992 - The Silent Majority

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LIFE SEX & DEATH – 1992 – The Silent Majority

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LIFE SEX & DEATH – 1992 – The Silent Majority By Shane Pinnegar 9/10 I don’t recall a lot about these guys, other than the singer was a homeless bloke who stunk because he never washed, and this – their only album – is an incredibly intense – and confronting – listen. […]

CD REVIEW: LED ZEPPELIN – Reissues, Led Zeppelin I, II and III

CD REVIEW: LED ZEPPELIN – Reissues, Led Zeppelin I, II and III

CD REVIEW: LED ZEPPELIN – Reissues, Led Zeppelin I, II and III Atlantic/Swansong June 2014 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar I – 7.5/10 II – 8.5/10 III – 8.5/10 Extras on each – 5.5/10 These are the albums that changed the course of rock n’ roll. Seasoned London session men Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: KEITH RICHARDS – 1988 - Talk Is Cheap

Shane’s Rock Challenge: KEITH RICHARDS – 1988 – Talk Is Cheap

Shane’s Rock Challenge: KEITH RICHARDS – 1988 – Talk Is Cheap By Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 Keef’s craggy visage scowls at us from the cover of this first solo album, skull ring shining malevolently, fag almost burnt down, eyes glaring – challenging. He’s Keef Fucking Richards. Louche, raw, loose: the embodiment of REAL rock n’ f’n […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: FABIENNE DELSOL – 2004 – No Time For Sorrows

Shane’s Rock Challenge: FABIENNE DELSOL – 2004 – No Time For Sorrows

Shane’s Rock Challenge: FABIENNE DELSOL – 2004 – No Time For Sorrows By Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 Pure, perfect, uber-chic French garage pop from a chanteuse whose voice dredges up wave after wave of wonderful 60s and 70s memories – the Phil Spector-produced girl bands, Serge Gainsbourg, Lulu, Françoise Hardy and more. French born, though she […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: RED DOGS – 1990 - Wrong Side Of Town

Shane’s Rock Challenge: RED DOGS – 1990 – Wrong Side Of Town

Shane’s Rock Challenge: RED DOGS – 1990 – Wrong Side Of Town By Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 Red Dogs were raspy singer Mickey Ripley, bassist Mick Young, drummer Stow, and guitarists Chris John and Paul Guérin, based out of London, and this was their debut mini-album (whatever that means – though at 6 songs it’s more […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: COUNTING CROWS – 1993 - August And Everything After

Shane’s Rock Challenge: COUNTING CROWS – 1993 – August And Everything After

Shane’s Rock Challenge: COUNTING CROWS – 1993 – August And Everything After By Shane Pinnegar 4/10 Mystery surrounds this compact disc: Why is it in my collection? Where and when did I acquire or inherit it? Have I ever listened to it? How did it manage to be such a huge hit? How did I […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE STONE ROSES – 1989 - The Stone Roses

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE STONE ROSES – 1989 – The Stone Roses

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE STONE ROSES – 1989 – The Stone Roses By Shane Pinnegar 10/10 An album of great influence, The Stone Roses’ debut is widely considered to have inspired the 90s Britpop movement, as well as being voted one of the most influential albums of all time by various (usually British) publications and […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: HEY!HELLO! – 2012 - Black Valentine [CD single]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: HEY!HELLO! – 2012 – Black Valentine [CD single]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: HEY!HELLO! – 2012 – Black Valentine [CD single] By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Ginger Wildheart hit the ball outta the park for his 555% crowd funded project, and followed that up with another big win with Hey!Hello! – so much so that he treated pledgers to this bonus single for the song Black […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THUNDER – 1999 - Giving The Game Away

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THUNDER – 1999 – Giving The Game Away

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THUNDER – 1999 – Giving The Game Away By Shane Pinnegar 5/10 If it’s profundity you’re looking for, then I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place as Giving The Game Away – Thunder’s sixth studio album, and released at the time of their tenth anniversary – sees the UK band merely […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: BOB DYLAN – 1966 – Blonde On Blonde

Shane’s Rock Challenge: BOB DYLAN – 1966 – Blonde On Blonde

Shane’s Rock Challenge: BOB DYLAN – 1966 – Blonde On Blonde By Shane Pinnegar 10/10 In 1965 Bob Dylan plugged in, prompting cries of ‘Judas’ from the folk mafia, but ultimately ensuring his music would reach a global audience, redefining rock n’ roll itself – something his earlier protest folk could only begin to manage. […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LENINGRAD COWBOYS – 1993 - Total Balailaika Show: Helsinki Concert

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LENINGRAD COWBOYS – 1993 – Total Balailaika Show: Helsinki Concert

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LENINGRAD COWBOYS – 1993 – Total Balailaika Show: Helsinki Concert By Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 It’s rock n’ roll, Jim – but not as we know it. Those familiar with the Aki Kaurismaki film Leningrad Cowboys Go America will have an inkling of what to expect from the 13-piece Finnish rock n’ cabaret […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE STRAY CATS – Rumble In Brixton

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE STRAY CATS – Rumble In Brixton

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE STRAY CATS – Rumble In Brixton By Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 Recorded, obviously enough, in Brixton on one of their early 2000’s reunion tours, Rumble In Brixton catches Messers Setzer, Rocker & Phantom in fine form as they bounce and roll through 21 of their favourite tracks and covers. Setzer’s guitar twangs […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE DOORS – Waiting For The Sun

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE DOORS – Waiting For The Sun

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE DOORS – Waiting For The Sun By Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 The legendary Doors’ third studio album of the six they made during Jim Morrison’s lifetime, Waiting For The Sun finds the cracks starting to appear in the band. With Morrison’s alcoholism gearing up and what appears to be his death wish […]

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