Looks like slim pickings on the new release front this July. Either that or I’m just a bit maxed out with new music at the moment and overlooking some stuff. I feel like taking stock, catching up on my recent purchases and working on that “to listen to” pile! And excuse me if this all leans more on the Classic Rock side of things, that’s just the way my listening mood is swinging these days. I think it’s the hot weather.
The high profile release of the month is Redeemer of Souls (2CDs – out July 14th), the return of Judas Priest sans KK Downing. I’m a bit on the fence with this, nothing I’ve heard so far has been particularly inspiring. But it’s JP so hopefully it’ll have some redeeming qualities, some soul? And that Mark Wilkinson cover… it’s starting to move towards Marillion territory isn’t it? Just a little? Hopefully the next Priest album will be adorned with some sort of robojester!
New York Thrashers Overkill release White Devil Armory (21st July.) I’m going to have to fess up here and admit I’m hugely unfamiliar with this band but I’ve been meaning to get round to them. Now seems as good a time as any. On the down side, like their NY buddies Anthrax, they seem really good at reissuing their albums with extra stuff a few months down the line. Maybe worth holding out a bit longer?
HMO favourite, Richard Thompson brings out Acoustic Classics (21st July.) Presumably in contrast to his last album Electric, this features newly-recorded acoustic versions of RT tunes done in the style of his solo acoustic shows. I’d rather be getting some new tunes but RT is always a joy so I’m sure I’ll be buying this.
And I’ll also be buying the reissue of Ian Hunter’s The Artful Dodger (7th July.) This album has been out of print for some time and I’ve been after it for ages! It has a bonus track but the main appeal is that it’s finally available and priced reasonably!
The Allman Brothers Band’s complete 1971 Fillmore East Recordings (28th July) rounds up their legendary performances into one luxury boxed thingy. I was going to pass on this given the £70 price tag but Amazon just dropped it down to £40 so it’s starting to become a contender. I think I could probably live with the original and the deluxe edition though. The original just has that perfect running order that seems to get lost with expansion. Still, this is sublime music and might be hard to pass up.
The Nuge returns to studio action after 7 years with the appallingly titled and covered Shutup&jam (7th July.) I do have a lot of time for Ted but I’m not feeling too enthusiastic about this. I quite liked Craveman but Love Grenade didn’t really grab my attention and I rarely listen to The Nuge these days so this might not be for me just yet.
I was actually starting to think that there wasn’t going to be any Deep Purple stuff out this month but …phew!… turns out there is. A double-check through the release schedules revealed Hard Road: The Mark 1 Studio Recordings ‘1968-69’ (28th July) compiling the first three Purps platters and featuring the sartorial elegance of Rod “Gold Lamé Trousers” Evans on vocals. Lots of rarities on here, most notably mono versions of the first two albums… looks like a nice set for the price. But I think if I had box set money I’d be giving it to the Allmans right now. Sorry Rod!
And that’s about the lot for July. It’s highly likely I’ve overlooked something so please let me know if there’s anything awesome coming out that I haven’t mentioned. As it looks just now Richard Thompson and Ian Hunter are my must-buys, Judas Priest a strong possibility and the Allmans box is a wild-card if I’m feeling reckless! Until next time, happy hunting!