GOODBYE MR. MACKENZIE - GOOD DEEDS AND DIRTY RAGS
Quite possibly one of the greatest albums of all time, and yet somehow everybody missed it. Musically diverse and always engaging, Martin Metcalfe and the rest of the gang produced a late eighties masterpiece which only reached 26 on the UK album charts. Shirley Manson went on to better commercial success with Garbage but could never hope to better this excellent slice of rock.
Another slice of eighties rock. Philip Jap won one of the earliest talent contests on TV, The David Essex Showcase. Despite beating competition such as Thomas Dolby, Mari Wilson and Talk Talk, his career never took off. The excellent single, Save Us, only managed no 53 in the UK chart and the follow up faired little better, Total Erasure reaching no 41. One album and it was goodbye Philip. That does not detract from a great album produced by Trevor Horn. Find it and buy it.
SHAOLIN DEATH SQUAD - FIVE DEADLY VENOMS
TRANSATLANTIC - BRIDGE ACROSS FOREVER
As super groups come, they do not come more super than this. Take one member each from Spock's Beard, Dream Theater, The Flower Kings and Marillion, then put them in a studio and this is what you get. A brilliant with only four tracks on it. Sweeping, pompous, very long tracks that combine to form a glorious melodic progressive masterpiece. Definitely for fans of Pink Floyd, Yes and music of that ilk. Recommended!
THE ICICLE WORKS - THE SMALL PRICE OF A BICYCLE
Released in 1985 in the United Kingdom. The album was not released in either the US or Canada. Arista rejected it, calling it "punk-rock demos". Quite where Arista got that view from is impossible to discover. Small Price was their second album and was significantly edgier than their debut album. It retained the melodic focus of the first album but had a much harder rock sound. Ian McNabb's wonderfully deep vocals grace a driven rock sound. Check it out.
THE FIXX - SHUTTERED ROOM
The Fixx released Shuttered Room back in 1982 and had some success in the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic with "Stand of Fall" and "Red Skies". A rock band emerging from the new wave genre, their songs often had doomy overtones. The crisp and clean production adds to the progressive pop feel of the album, and as such, this is a very underrated piece of music.
RPWL - WORLD THROUGH MY EYES
Clocking in at one hour and twenty-three minutes long, you might be forgiven for thinking there must be a lot of filler on this album. Thankfully, that is not the case at all. The German prog rockers manage to produce an engaging album, full of different styles. Beautifully melodic and diverse, as you might expect from a band that started life as a Pink Floyd cover band, a must have for anyone who likes crafted and thoughtful music.