Rick Danko - Live on Breeze Hill Review by Gary Hill I have to admit I’ve never been a huge fan of The Band. Don’t get me wrong, I like the radio songs well enough – although at times they got a bit too “down home countrified” for my tastes. More
The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets - Great Old Ones Review by Gary Hill This CD is a compilation of various songs by The Darkest of The Hillside Thickets that until the disc's release were only available on out of print cassettes with a few others added into to fill out the album. This one comes in and out of print rather frequently, but for the time being is still available. More
The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets - Spaceship Zero Soundtrack Review by Gary Hill There are some who will never get the Thickets. Either the group's particular blend of alternative, metal, punk and other sounds will turn them off, or they just will not understand the sense of humor and the macabre (especially HP Lovecraft's mythos) that permeates this band's material.
The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets - Let Sleeping Gods Lie Review by Gary Hill An unusual concept, this collection of insanity from Darkest of the Hillside Thickets was assembled for use with the new version of the Call of Cthulhu. In keeping with that concept, the back cover actually includes rules on how game play is changed by the playing of various songs. More
Brian David - Up Down Sideways Review by Gary Hill Fans of melodic pop rock based in the folky singer songwriter tradition will embrace this new release. Brian David has put together an EP that showcases a mature songcraftsmanship and musical talent. More
Dead Man - Euphoria Review by Gary Hill Fans of psychedelia should be all about this CD. Dead Man have captured a sound that is so rooted in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s that it’s scary. More
Deep Purple - Live at Montreux 1996 Review by Gary Hill Deep Purple has always had a special place in my heart. When I first started getting into hard rock a friend turned me onto the In Rock album and I was amazed. More
Deep Purple - The Early Years Review by Bruce Stringer At just under 78 minutes, EMI's first CD compilation of the much-underrated Mark I line-up sees a bold collection taken from Deep Purple's first 3 LPs remastered with astounding clarity and a song collection that confirms the pioneering integrity of the fore fathers of British heavy metal. More
Deep Purple - Burn 30th Anniversary Remaster Review by Bruce Stringer With the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass player Roger Glover, the remaining members of Deep Purple enlisted the talents of Trapeze vocalist/ bassist Glenn Hughes to fill part of the void, however the role of vocalist continued to elude them. More
Deepfield - Archetypes and Repetition Review by Greg Olma I’m lucky enough to get new music to review because a lot of the stuff that passes through my CD player might never have gotten to me otherwise. Radio in Chicago is not what it used to be (I remember hearing Def Leppard’s On Through The Night in it its entirety when it first came out) and a new band will have a hard time getting on the airwaves other than a college station.
Devil Doll - The Return Of Eve Review by Greg Olma This is one of those releases that defies a straight category.There are so many elements in this CD (including rockabilly, punk, jazz, and 50’s rock) that you could be left scratching your head trying to figure out which section to put it in
Devon Allman's Honey Tribe - Torch Review by Gary Hill I had to check the calendar. Here it is 2006 and yet there have been a number of killer rock based classic rock releases this year leading me to think I had landed back in 1976. More
Steve Ditzell & Blue Lightning Band - Blues For Theresa Review by Gary Hill The latest release from Rockford Illinois' Steve Ditzell and Blue Lightning Band, this disc shows a very traditional blues style to their music. While in live appearances they sometimes wander more into the harder rocking territory popularized by people like Stevie Ray Vaughn, this album stays closer to its old school roots. More
Dog Faced Gods - Stoned Council Review by Gary Hill I have to make one thing perfectly clear. This review in no way supports or condones the usage of illegal substances. That said, I doubt very much that Dog Faced Gods could say the same thing. More
Donovan - Mellow Yellow Review by Gary Hill Perhaps more than just about any other artist Donovan seems an integral part of the 1960's. His optimistic approach seems to make him the perfect flower child. More
The Doors - The Doors (40th Anniversary remix/reissue) Review by Bill Knispel The mid to late 1960’s saw a sudden emergence of rock bands reacting to the sounds and styles brought over as part of the British Invasion. From folk inflected psychedelic rock (The Byrds, some Grateful Dead) to full flight psychedelia (Jefferson Airplane), the reaction was swift and decisive. More
The Doors - Live in Boston 1970 Review by Gary Hill The Doors were often times a study in contradictions. So, too, is this CD set. They are high points and low points – brilliant things and useless things.
The Drovers - Little High Sky Show Review by Gary Hill This Chicago band, formed in 1988, is a nice combination of Celtic rock, progressive rock, and deadhead music. The personnel on this 1995 album are Paul Bradley, Sean Cleland, David Callahan, and Mike Kirkpatrick with several backing musicians.
The Duke - My Kung Fu Is Good Review by Gary Hill Rich Ward is The Duke. Ward is also better known for his work in metal bands Stuck Mojo and Fozzy. While this disc shows off some minor metal leanings, it is certainly not going to be confused with an album by either of those outfits. More
Jesse James Dupree and Dixie Inc - Rev It Up And Go-Go Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing, if a bit odd, disc. The first half of the album is a combination of metallic hard rock with southern rock and bits of country. That blend is probably not all the unheard of for fans of Dupree’s main band, Jackyl. More