Bikini Test Failure, Fleecing The Easily Pleased (Blague Records)
WE can’t vouch for the movie but going by this it must be great – or over-compensating with tunes. It kicks off in lively style with The Fratellis’ Chelsea Dagger contrasting heathily with Band Of Skulls’ Bomb and Just Saying, a gem from The Hold Steady. Never thought we’d hear Kiss standard Detroit Rock City and The Black Keys’ She’s Long Gone on the same running order as Ray Charles’ elegant Sticks & Stones.
The Dilemma, Original Soundtrack (Universal)
KNOWN to loved ones as James Hill, this Mancunian one man band matches his album name with lyrics such as “you knew you had problems when your imaginary friend left you again” and songs titles Captain Hindsight and confessional Not A People Person. With a voice reminiscent of Floyd’s Roger Waters, the music is sometimes a tad too sweet for the sentiments and barbed wit but Hill’s DIY approach is to be admired.
Rainbow, Down To Earth (Polydor)
IF you’ve ever endured the laugh/torture that is karaoke chances are you have seen someone burn attempting to sing Since You Been Gone or All Night Long.
Neither are wise choices as the huge hits from this expanded edition of the 1979 Rainbow album featured the classic rock voice of Graham Bonnet. His foghorn tonsils marked a chart-friendly shift for Richie Blackmore’s post-Purple band. Here the original eight tracks are flanked by extras. Hardly essential but good to hear this British rock landmark re-appreciated.