Saturday, July 18, 2009

Uriah Heep - Live at the Glasgow Apollo 1985

I wouldn't normally post bootlegs but this one is very special to me because I was in the audience. Recorded at the same venue, Which is sadly no longer there, that Rush recorded the wonderful live version of Closer to the Heart (I was there also). This concert sticks in my memory more than others probably because it was literally the loudest concert I have ever been to in my life, I swear I was deaf for about a weak afterwards

While this is not the complete show (they played Poor Little Rich Girl among others) it still showcases a remarkable band live. Heep always give there all on stage (regardless of the size of the crowd) and this night was no exception. Listen to the intro to bad blood and I can tell you there was barely 1000 people there never mind 15000.

This show was recorded barely a couple of months after David Byron's death and its nice to hear Pete Goalby dedicating the wizard to one of the greatest front men rock had ever seen

Now if anyone has a copy of Heep playing during the TT festival on the Isle of Man during the Abominog tour in '82 I would love to hear from you


1 The Other Side Of Midnight
2 Too Scared To Run
3 Angel
4 The Wizard
5 July Morning
6 Bad Blood/Easy Livin'
7 That's The Way That It Is


Peter Goalby - Demos

Peter Goalby is a singer and guitarist. He was the lead vocalist for Uriah Heep between 1982-1985, recording three albums with the band. He also wrote Blood Red Roses, recorded by the band for their 1989 album Raging Silence and released as the second single from the album.

Before singing for Uriah Heep, As far as i can make out his first recording was for the band Fable releasing a self titled album on magnet records in 1973 where he is credited as lead vocalist also playing guitar and mandolin. He was also lead singer and second guitarist in Trapeze on the studio recording Hold On (1978) and the live album Live in Texas: Dead Armadillos (1981). He also plays mandolin.

Not much info on these demos although I suspect that the majority of them are from his ill fated Perfect Stranger project. It is interesting to listen to these songs as it doesnt take much to imagine some of these songs being on Uriah Heeps raging silence album had pete still been in the band



1 Perfection
2 Take Another Look
3 They'll Never Find Us
4 Easy With The Heartaches
5 Waiting For An Angel
6 Hold The Dream
7 Another Paper Room
8 The Last Time
9 Somebody's Fool
10 Brand New Love
11 There All The Time
12 Place In My Heart
13 Chance Of A Lifetime
14 I Found Real Love
15 Mona Lisa Smile
16 Perfect Strangers
17 This House
18 Used To Be Your Lover


Part 1 
Part 2

Thursday, July 9, 2009

John Sloman - Disappearances Can Be Deceptive

Singer John Sloman, perhaps best known for one Uriah Heep album, has had a long, varied and often overlooked career

John was born in Cardiff and started singing and playing piano while still at primary school, forming his first band with a couple of classmates at the age of thirteen. After gigging with various bands on the Welsh music scene, at nineteen hejoined Lone Star as vocalist, recording the album Firing on all Six with Queen’s engineer Gary Lyons in the producer’s chair.

He went on to tour and record with various artists such as Uriah Heep and Gary Moore, before going into the studio with producer Todd Rundgren to record tracks for the album later to be released under the title: Disappearances can be deceptive… Other solo recordings include: 2003’s Dark Matter and 2006’s 13 Storeys.

John Sloman was born as John Anthony David Sloman in Cardiff (South Wales), 26 April 1957 as the eldest of six children. He is a former member of Trapper, Pulsar, Lone Star, and Uriah Heep. He was lead vocalist for Uriah Heep between 1979-1981, and during that time was on the album Conquest.

After Uriah Heep, he formed the band "John Sloman's Badlands" and showcased several songs at The Marquee Theatre, 'John Sloman's Badlands' featured former Trapper drummer John Munro and Whitesnake's John Sykes and Neil Murray . Badlands broke up upon Sykes joining the band Thin Lizzy. Sykes and Murray later played together in Whitesnake on the U.S. version of Slide It In and on the Whitesnake album.The band were ultimately passed over and John went on to record the first of his solo albums Disappearances Can Be Deceptive produced in part by Todd Rundgren.

Since Disappearances he has released two more solo albums: Dark Matter in 2003 and more recently 13 Storeys in 2006 on which John is credited with playing everything from cello to harpsichord. He is also credited in Highlander: The Source as the vocalist who sang Queen's hits Princes of the Universe and Who Wants to Live Forever.

He reportedly also recorded a solo album which hasn't ever been released.

Vocal: John Sloman
Guitars: Alan Murphy, Shaun Baxter,John Sloman
Bass: Pino Palladino
Keyboards: Rob Fisher , Adrian Lee ,Richard Cottle
Drums: John Munro
Backing Vocals: Gregg Dechert , Neil Lockwood , John Sloman

01. Foolin' Myself
02. Now You Say Goodbye
03. Parting Line
04. Breathless
05. Save us
06. In Too Deep
07. She Talks About You
08. Perfect Strangers
09. Jealous Eyes
10. Hooked on a Dream

Additionall Voice On "Hooked" John 'Caruso' Munro


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Peter Goalby - Perfect Stranger

After leaving Uriah Heep in 86 Peter goalby formed his own band and became the first signing on Mickie Mosts newly relaunched RAK records recording this single and at the time an album was promised but never surfaced


FM - Original Soundtrack

It is very seldom that a soundtrack album is better than the film. It is even rarer that the soundtrack is a real classic for music. This is just such a gem.

FM radio stations were the bastions of US soft rock in the late 70's and the film producers managed to assemble a soundtrack that reflected some of the greats in the genre. They even persuaded Steely Dan to write the theme - the classic track "FM". They also got Linda Ronstadt to blast out "live" versions of the Rolling Stones classic "Tumblin' Dice" and "Poor, poor pitiful me" in the film that are (perhaps uniquely) captured here.

There are almost too many outstanding tracks on the album to list - "Night Moves" by Bob Seger, "Cold as Ice" by Foreigner, etc. Whilst these are available elsewhere, the logic of the compliation flows well. Imagine an expert on the era burning a CD for you with the highlights and you are not far off.

We get a lot of great stuff here from such acts as Boston ("More Than A Feeling"), Foreigner ("Cold As Ice"), the Eagles ("Life In The Fast Lane"), Steely Dan ("F.M.", "Do It Again"), Jimmy Buffett ("Livingston Saturday Night") any many others. My personal two favorite cuts on the soundtrack, because I happen to be a big fan of hers, are the live versions of "Tumbling Dice" and "Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me" by Linda Ronstadt. She doesn't show any traces of her stage fright in the concert footage in the movie; and her searing rendition of "Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me" will make everyone wonder why in the world Terri Clark ever bothered to remake this song in 1996.

Any self-respecting classic rock fan should have the F.M. soundtrack in their collection. It's a winner!

1. FM - Steely Dan
2. Night Moves - Bob Seger
3. Fly Like an Eagle - Steve Miller, Steve Miller Band
4. Cold as Ice - Foreigner
5. Breakdown - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
6. Bad Man - Randy Meisner
7. Life in the Fast Lane - Eagles
8. Do It Again - Steely Dan
9. Lido Shuffle - Boz Scaggs
10. More Than a Feeling - Boston
11. Tumbling Dice - Linda Ronstadt
12. Poor, Poor Pitiful Me - Linda Ronstadt
13. Livingston Saturday Night - Jimmy Buffett
14. There's a Place in the World for a Gambler - Dan Fogelberg
15. Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
16. It Keeps You Runnin' - The Doobie Brothers
17. Your Smiling Face - James Taylor
18. Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh
19. We Will Rock You - Queen
20. FM (Reprise) - Steely Dan true

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Sacrasanct - Welcome to Prejudice Day

This is a demo/self financed tape? from UK band Sacrasanct recorded in 1991. I really don't have any info on them (any help would be appreciated).

I used to run a small hotel back then and one of the group used to come and stay with his grandmother (i think), and knowing my musical taste at that time gave me this tape.

I have to say I really enjoy these songs they are heavily influenced by the bands of the time IE Whitesnake , Blue Thunder etc

Well worth a listen

All songs written, Arranged & Produced by Sacrasanct

The Band

Geordie ; Vocals, Backing Vocals

Martin James ; Guitar

David John Englund ; Drums

Michael Rotherford ; Keyboards


1 - Prejudice Day (Kerry's Song)

2 - Don't Bring Me Down

3 - In Love With Love