Friday 31 March 2017


Gonzo Magazine #228
Graham travels to Phoenix, Arizona to meet the Space Pharoahs, a Hawkwind tribute band in a most unlikely location. And they even get raided by the cops! Meanwhile Alan is getting all arty in Vilnius, Lithuania, John goes to see Cary Grace and Mauve la Biche in darkest Somerset, Richard Freeman writes about Tura Satana, Richard Foreman about Neil Young's Jeans, Doug writes about Fleetwood Mac, Jon rants on about Krautrock, and The Man’s Daddy has a whole page of Brexit Jokes.
Groovy huh?
It’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, and Strange Fruit. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
Krautock, Gorillaz, RPO, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Clem Curtis, Arthur Murray Blythe, James Dent "Jimmy" Dotson, Peter Shotton, Edward Grimes, Tony Ashton with Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Neil Murray, John Entwhistle, Zak Starkey (Ringo’s son), Z, Gastank, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Atomic Rooster, Mary Hopkin, Space Pharoahs, Fleetwood Mac, Alan Dearling, Vilnius, Lithuania, John Brodie-Good, The Cary Grace Band, Mauve La Biche, Neil Young, Kev Rowland, Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkus, Argos, Cairo, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Philip Wayre
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 227 (Chuck Berry)
Issue 225-6 (The Rites of Spring)
Issue 224 (Hibernal)
Issue 223 (Beatles)
Issue 222 (Cruise to the Edge)
Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
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PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #202

Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks).

Neil Nixon, the founder and presenter of the show has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.

The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

Sky Picnic: Upon Further Reflection
Adrienne Posta: Something Beautiful
Tiny Ruins: Me at the Museum, You in the Winter Gardens
Pink Floyd: John Latham Version 1
Hope Sandoval and Warm Intentions: Into the Trees
Red Lama: The World is Yours
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum: Sunflower
Rikki Lee Jones: Dark was the Night
Blind Willie Johnson: God Don’t Never Change
Pink Floyd: A Saucerful of Secrets
The Magnetic North: Ward Hill
Billy Lee Riley: Your Cash Ain’t Nothing but Trash
Judy Mowatt: Only a Woman
Dragons: Anarchy in the UK
Tintern Abbey: Tanya
The Crochet Doughnut: Nice
Pink Floyd: Echoes (Live at Wembley 1974
Antigoni Goni Un Sueno el Florista for Guitar
Rosebud: Summer 68
New Order: Lonesome Tonight
The George Garabidian Players: Up-up and Away

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Van der Graaf Generator - A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers - Live 1972 (Remastered)


Live at the Paradiso Apr 2007
CD - £10.99


An Affair of the Heart..Rick Springfield Documentary!
If you are looking for something to watch this is a good documentary. It's called "An Affair of the Heart" and it's about Rick Springfield and his fans!

Live And Kickin
DVD - £10.99

SPIRITS BURNING: Italian review translated

Thirteenth publication for the project of the US keyboard from Italian origins Don Falcone, the second with the francese Cyrille "Clearlight" Verdeaux. A reality formed from time to time by a substantial plethora of musicians, all orbiting within quite extensive that goes from space-rock to ambient, comprising facets that touch inevitably instrumental psychedelia and perhaps even hints of new age . That Spirits Burning is an acronymensemble Anglo-French makes its presence felt in the initial title track , accompanying the music with electric guitar. A large great start, the soft-spoken as developed, similar to some found incarnation female call Mother Gong, mainly thanks to the violin Jonathan Segel. Guests are many and also the tracks are numerous, but the first pieces are definitely worth mentioning: "Sun & The Sculptor Electrobilities" presents the transformed voice of Bridget Wishart, in Hawkwind during the early '90s and the present with the same Falcone on "Bloodlines" (2009), on behalf Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart; It follows "The Birth Of Belief", embellished by Verdaux piano and sax soprano Ian East, album author soloists and currently own the Falun component; must mention the energetic "Coffe For Coltrane", this time with two familiar faces like Theo Travis on horns and Albert Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult) on drums is that the plan, together with the Anglo-Iranian guitarist Kavus Torabi, also a member of the new Gong (Daevid Allen has personally selected the musicians, in a totally renewed line, today continue to create new music with the old monicker ). Another piece to mention is "Mrs. Nooness ", still with Segel violin and especially with the liveliness of the guitar twelve string Harry Williamson. 
dusted off by Falcone in 1996, after he himself had played in a band by the same name in that of San Francisco, playing bass and keyboards. The Clearlight, for their part, are the other creature Verdeaux keyboardist, whose onset dates back to 1975. Of the latter would only present the same Verdeaux, though - just like Falcone - transalpine musician has collaborated with many musicians , including many of the Falun elements. Characters who make their appearance even here, first of all the deceased David Allen with backdated records, thus leaving a further testament to his long musical career. The former leader of '

After the negligible "The Old College Sky Is Where We Left It" with Steve Hillage on guitar (but in that minute and twenty-eight seconds there could be anyone), "Fuel For The Gods" is another beautiful moment. Thirteen minutes they see once again very convincing Verdaux piano, inside the atmosphere bucolic narrated by Paul Booth flute then turn into a gait more pressing (guitars handled by Williamson and the Brazilian Fabio Golfetti, still a new Falun component) . "Black Squirrel At The Root Of The Staircase" is a viable alternative psychedelic to that too beaten by Ozric Tentacles clones, which not coincidentally sees Steve Bemand guitar Hawkwind, as well as another great job on the piano that blends perfectly with unreal environment, it made this thanks to the horn of David Newhouse of the Muffins. "Déjà Vu", with a lot of work on saxophones by Didier Malherbe - needless to say with whom he played -, has the defect of last too little, however, giving way to the day freshness "La Rue Inconnue", a sort of cheerful trip from the late '60s and immersed contemporary spatial nell'effettistica. Closes "Roadmaps (The Other Way)", last testimony sung by Daevid Allen, to whom the album is dedicated. 

It is a total of a good job; a prog who does not want to be stereotyped strength may well move from these streets, in which they fit elements the sum of which goes beyond the parts and create something different, while bearing in mind what are all calls components in question. Fun fact: apart from the track with Bouchard, no there is no where the battery appear. Amazingly, the rhythmic solutions manage to suspend execution of such failure without any forcing.

Spirits Burning is one of the most unique entities in the space rock galaxy. The group consists of one main member, Don Falcone, and many other participants from various  bands and projects...

Healthy Music In Large Doses is the latest offering from the Spirits Burning space rock collective, this time featuring keyboardist Cyrille 'Clearlight' Verdeaux. Clearlight is a project of French son..


Graham travels to Phoenix, Arizona to meet the Space Pharoahs, a
 Hawkwind tribute band in a most unlikely location. And they even get raided by the cops! Meanwhile Alan is getting all arty in Vilnius,
Lithuania, Doug writes about 
Fleetwood Mac, and John goes to see Cary Grace and Mauve la Biche,
Jon rants on about Krautrock,
and The Man’s Daddy has a whole page of |Brexit Jokes.


Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?"

Is poetry serving politics,or politics serving poetry?
Does music make or mar the performance of verse?
Do beliefs enhance poetry?Or limit the freedom to express?
Is censorship of language ever justified?
Do you need to plead "originality"in your poetry?
Can performance overwhelm content?
Should a poem carry a "message"?
Is it fine to rhyme ALL the time?
What poets/poems SING to you?
Do other languages /cultures convey themselves well in verse?
Is religion a source or a defeat of poetry?
Can secular poetry advance religion(s)?
Is poetry REALLY necessary?
Can you live without dreams/music/song/art?
Is life worth living without artistic exploration/inspiration?

Can you fit your world into a poem?

Thursday 30 March 2017

Galahad split with guitarist Roy Keyworth

Keyworth has had two stints with the UK outfit, from the band's formation in 1985 until 1998 – rejoining them again in 1999. But Galahad have issued a ...


Empires Never Last (Digipack Ltd Ed)
CD - £9.99

Guardian Angel
CD - £7.99

Mein Herz Brennt
CD - £7.99

Seize The Day
CD - £7.99

Beyond The Realms of Euphoria
CD - £9.99

Battle Scars
CD - £9.99


Throughout your time in YES and up until his death, you and late

Credit: Dan HigginsEx-Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin is one of eight former or current members of the band who will be recognized when the prog-rock ...


Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?"

OLDE AUSTIN OF 1992(when i first moved
but you have been displaced ,and all your elders in diaspora
flee gridlock and high property taxes -to Buda,Kyle,Round Rock ,Georgetown
and commute down Death Highway IH35 to High Rise Valet Parking Condominia
New Austin?i got to meet you when my car broke down on IH35 in rush hour Friday
No one stopped to help-they swore and drove fast past.And when,@poetry
all i owned was stolen /credit cards abused,and APD did nothing.East Side
has coffee shops and restaurants,but only Victory Grill and Kenny Dorham's Backyard as indigenous cultures
BLACK is now BLACK HISTORY.Resistencia had to move .SXSW swamped folk cultures,and now we have murders and K2.
I still live-in restricted funding Libraries,which cannot afford to open every day
and with a Bonded Central Library that has not opened and is way over Budget.APD still kills blacks
and Capitol Metro will not provide regular services.(Light Rail to Leander?)
Austin,you went BIG-high rents,high rates of eviction
Soon Taco Marias will close.Hippy Church-where will you go?
Poetry is a whisper in coffee shops and independent bookstores
I will not ask you to care,New Austin.You prefer Festivals over Parks and Gardens.
Gridlock over bicycles and pedestrians.I will love you when you are small-like a pit bull.

But you are biting tall now.Like a confused dinosaur..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Van Der Graaf Generator - Go

Live at the Paradiso Apr 2007
CD - £10.99

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Rick Wakeman The Phantom of the Opera Review by G. W. Hill

Rick Wakeman - The Phantom of the OperaI'm a big fan of progressive rock, and especially Yes (and by extension Rick Wakeman). I'm also a fan of horror movies, including the old classic ones. So, a Rick Wakeman soundtrack for the original silent film of "Phantom of the Opera" is my kind of thing. This new set includes both the two CD audio of the soundtrack and the movie with Wakeman's music. I will say that the music tends to overshadow the film a bit, but the movie is an old chestnut. This is well worth having for fans of soundtrack music and fans of Rick Wakeman. It has some great music.
Track by Track Review
Disc 1

The Phantom of the Opera Part One
The first disc is a 41 minute and eight second slice of the soundtrack. This comes in with powerful synthesizer based music. The opening fanfare is powerful stuff. Then we're taken to a playful, lighthearted romp from there. A rousing kind of old school sound is heard next. It is trademark Wakeman, but also befitting the music of the period in which the film was released. Some of the dramatic elements that emerge bring more of the pure Wakeman to bear. Then the soundtrack shifts again moving forward with some intriguing synthesis. As it works to a more "song based" element, Chrissie Hammond's vocals join, and we're into a real mellow rock mode. This is very much in line with the kind of thing Wakeman did in the 70s. After the song section there is audience reaction. Then the music turns dark. Wakeman works through some variants before powering out to a driving, rocking synthesizer movement. Operatic vocals come over the top of that. The powerful rock of this serves as a great backdrop for the more rock song oriented chorus vocals. The operatic stuff returns for the verse, though. It works to a more melodic chorus with even more rock driven singing. Eventually it drifts down toward more trippy kinds of music after the vocal section ends. There is a dark, uneasy texture to it. The music keeps driving forward building into more dramatic territory. Some trademark Wakeman stuff emerges from there. Then we're taken into a more playful thing for a bit. Classical Wakeman comes in after that part of the piece. Ashley Holt delivers some vocals that are part rock music and part opera. When Hammond joins for the female part of the duet, it's more purely rock oriented. This is definitely a song like part of the piece. It's also a section that feels very much like the 70s era of Wakeman's music. After that some mysterious keyboard tones take control. From there a more rock based segment serves as the backdrop for the next vocal movement. There are some cool rock and roll guitar fills on this segment. There is a killer rocking jam that ensues at one point with the keys and a guitar solo really driving it. Then a different rock arrangement emerges. Wakeman gets some great soloing in that movement. Then it shifts again and we get some operatic vocals in the next part. Cool keyboards drive the movement that comes in next. The singing included there is more of the prog rock variety. This really is classic prog rock at times. It works to a mellower, more operatic movement from there. The Wakmen soloing that emerges after that is really trademark. That works to a classically based section for the next vocals. Then it drops back down for more operatic type singing. The music turns dramatic and a bit creepy for a short time, but then resolves to something pretty and rather gentle. It works to a cool classically based section from there. This turns dark and noisy. It's downright unsettling. More operatic vocals emerge in the section that comes next. It's quite classical and traditional. That section ends the first CD.
Disc 2
The Phantom of the Opera Part Two
This second half of the soundtrack is roughly half a minute longer than the first half was. Wakeman's synthesizers start it in fine fashion. The piece works forward with a playful classically styled treatment. There is a build out to a classical turned electronic fanfare that's powerful. Then the rock band concept kicks into gear. Holt's vocals come over the top making this again feel like 70s Wakeman. This works through and drops back to a mellower movement over which the female vocals rise in evocative style. This section really has a great contemporary ballad feeling to it. It's an extended movement, too. It's one of my favorite vocal performances here. I love the keyboard work that takes it in the next classical meets playful rock section. It works to mellower, stuff for a time. Then the keyboards burst forward moving the piece onward. I love the piano that leisurely flavors the arrangement here. We're taken out to some more 70s style Wakeman rock for the next vocal movement. I like the alternation between the male and female vocals. Keyboards take control in a dramatic, but more atmospheric segment after that. I love the melodic lines that emerge as the keyboards take it from there. We're taken to another cool rocking movement for the next vocal section. That movement is hard rocking prog that's again very much like Wakeman's 70s output. The powerhouse fanfare at the end of that movement is great. It gets rather exploratory as keyboards move it out from that point. Eventually another prog rocking movement emerges from there. It has some powerhouse vocals and feels like we're back in the rocking 70s. Some trademark Wakeman jamming ensues as the instrumental part of the piece works toward the end. There is actually an ending to that particular movement, but keyboards bring the next one in almost immediately. The piece eventually works out to a more rock based arrangement. The vocals that join, though, are more operatic. This really gets pretty intense as it continues driving foward. There is a connecting piece, and then it explodes to the hardest rocking movement of the whole thing. It feels a bit like Deep Purple to me. The female vocal based chorus, though, brings some different. There is some rocking guitar soloing. Then, it explodes ro more 70s Wakeman styled stuff with the same hard rocking sound as its backdrop. It resolves to a titular chorus that is part hard rock, part opera and all dramatic. There is an ending, and then we're brought into a full on hard rocking reprise of the chorus. This one is a bit more raw and almost heavy metal. That takes it to some cool keyboard jamming for a short closing section. It's a powerhouse way to bring it all to a close.

Rainbow Suite
CD - £11.99

Crimes of Passion
CD - £9.99

Gospels (Deluxe Box Set)
BS - £157.00

Simply Acoustic
CD/DVD - £10.99

Country Airs
CD - £9.99

Out There
CD/DVD - £9.99

The Phantom of the Opera
2CD - £19.99

Live at the Winterland Theatre 1975
CD - £9.99

Time Machine
CD - £9.99

The Two Sides of Yes
2CD - £10.99

Made in Cuba
CD/DVD - £10.99

Grumpy Old Picture Show
CD/DVD - £9.99

The Myths and Legends of King Arthur (2CD)
2CD - £15.00

Can You Hear Me?
CD - £7.99

Gole/Almost Live in Europe
2CD - £9.99

Fields of Green/Always With You
2CD - £9.99

Live in Lincoln Cathedral
2CD - £7.99

Live At The Maltings 1976
DVD/CD - £9.99

Caped Crusader- Rick Wakeman in the 1970s
Book - £14.99

Video Vaults
6DVD box - £85.00

Cirque Surreal 
CD - £7.99

The Mixture
CD - £7.99


Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?"

would you offer her the moon?If the frames
cost more than the images within-what price fame?
When the people in your poems demand their own voice
is there room enough in these lines for every choice?
Eye cannot claim to be nor see how babies see,nor elders/
still less indigenous or different cultures.And my sex
is no carte blanche to pontificate @large.But i do..
My life engages you and all who may just read,respond,create
You do not have to agree,nor even like.Response is golden!
Your creativity platinum!And you can remain believer,atheist,agnostic
when it comes to art,music,poetry or life itself(and its representation!..
Censorship shows who owns art.Figleafs and Popes.Buddhist sculptures&Taliban.
Palmyra and ISIS.Hitler valued art so much he stole it.Mussolini authorized bad art.
Many paintings will not survive the marketplace.Value is determined by sellers,not owners
Van Gogh sold one-to his brother,Theo.Picasso,Dali,Warhol sold everything.
Some art will offend you.It needs to live,to throw light and shade on our lives.
The narrator owns their own voice,but not the subject matter.You who read this now-
go out and write and draw and paint and dance your way through this battlefield world.
If you are ignored,and survive,you have won.Just ask Thom.

Tuesday 28 March 2017


Binky Womack

Womack Style

Review by G. W. Hill
Binky Womack might have lived in the shadow of his more famous uncle Bobby, but he's not lacking in the talent department at all. This album shows off a lot of that classic soul sound blended with more modern rock Binky Womack plays a mean guitar, and it really gets to shine here. I'd say that in a lot of ways, the man shares a lot of musical territory with Prince. You can't argue with that pedigree, the Womack family business delivered with some Prince sensibility.
Track by Track Review
Sunday Morning
This is part rock music and part old school soul. I like the guitar sound on this, but in some ways this feels a bit over-produced. Still, it's a solid tune.
Just Enough
Built on a slow soul meets pop music groove, this is tasty stuff.
Nobody Loves Me Like You
Here we get a slow moving soul grind that's just so classic in sound and motif. It's such a great tune.
Me And My Guitar
As you might expect, there is some cool guitar built into this thing. It's one part classic soul and one part guitar based alternative rock. It's all class.
Malibu Nights
This is a classy, smooth soul number. It has a lot of jazz in the mix. It's slow and just so sultry.
Love Addict
Bobby Womack is heard on backing vocals here. Snoop Dogg is also featured on this thing. The cut is another killer soul journey. I dig the rap on this cut.
Must Be Nice
There is no big change here, but instead this is a classic sounding piece of soul music. I like the blend of vocals and the various layers of them that are all over this thing.
When You're Wrong
This is more of a rocker. It's a nice change and a good tune. it's just plain fun. There is some great funk in the mix here, too.
Here Womack covers John Mayer. In a lot of ways this really makes me think of Prince. It's a cool slow rocker with some great guitar work.
I'm In Love
I really like this rocker. It's a lot more modern in texture. It's another that makes me think of Prince quite a bit. Sure, there is still some classic soul in the mix, but this is newer in texture and delivery.
Love Is
This is a much harder rocking song. The guitars go to eleven on this. It's part Lenny Kravitz and part Prince.
Put Something Down On It
Wow! This is almost heavy metal. It pounds out with screaming guitar and is just so cool. Again, I think of Lenny Kravitz here, but this is much harder edged than that. This is a great way to end things in style.

Womack Style
CD - £9.99
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