Rosie & the Hips, Porter's, Tynemouth
'One of the most promising acts to cross my path this century...' - John Tobler reviews Rosie & the Hips.
The Amazing Zigzag Concert: available now!
Here's an email we've received from a happy buyer of The Amazing Zigzag Concert:
'Many thanks for the concert CDs which arrived on Saturday morning (how did you get them here so quickly?). This meant that I could spend large parts of the weekend luxuriating in hours of beautiful music. What first struck me was how well recorded the concert was and how 'clean' it all sounds today.
Rather perversely, I listened to the CDs out of order, starting with two old favourite groups of mine: Help Yourself and Starry Eyed and Laughing. I think the Help Yourself set is magnificent; and I confess that the opening bars of Starry Eyed's Chimes of Freedom brought a tear to my eye. The Mike Nesmith set is superb. I've never really been a follower of his work and this came as a complete surprise - a very moving collection of songs.
So far, then, a wonderful experience - there is just so much humanity in these performances. Thank you for making it possible. With all my best wishes, Chris.'
LIMITED EDITION - 2000 copies only!
A set of 5 CDs, recorded live at Zigzag magazine’s fifth anniversary concert, held at The Roundhouse on Sunday afternoon and evening, 28 April 1974, complete with a 32 page booklet celebrating the occasion.
In the press:
John Tobler reflects: interviewing Bob Marley and a life in music journalism
"In 1977, the only people at Radio One who weren't nervous about involvement with punk/New Wave were John Peel and myself."
RGF boss John Tobler was interviewed recently by Roger Crow for The Huffington Post, discussing his interviews with the late, great BOB MARLEY in the late 1970s. He's also interviewed by Ian Ravendale in Vinyl Guru, in which he looks back at his life as a music writer.
John's previously-unheard interviews with Bob Marley have been compiled onto CD, and are available now. Read more >>>
North East All Stars - Save the City Hall
As you might have seen reported in the press recently, the future of the iconic Newcastle City Hall is under threat following a review of funding by Newcastle City Council.
A collective of concerned musicians, including ex-Lindisfarne's Ray Jackson, and Roxy Music drummer Paul Thompson, have recorded a new song written by Steve Daggett. 'Save the City Hall' is available now in CD format and digital download from iTunes. All profits after expenses will be donated to charitable causes such as the bid to Save The City Hall and/or local charities. Listen to 'Save the City Hall'.
Steve Gibbons Band - There & Now (Volume One)
The first double CD retrospective of the career of the great Steve Gibbons, featuring 42 tracks by several line-ups of The Steve Gibbons Band.
Dave Burland - Rollin'
It will be seen from the track list that Dave has impeccable taste in his selection of songs to cover...
Sex Pistols - Archive John Tobler interview
From the archives - John Tobler interviewing the Sex Pistols on November 11th 1977, broadcast on BBC Radio One the following day. Listen now!
Bill Stewart: On Top Of the World
A cross between Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton, Bill Stewart is a master country blues guitarist and a thought-provoking singer/songwriter.