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derek sherinian oceana

Derek Sherinian's profile has been raised considerably since joining the supergroup Black Country Communion and this release is by no means a chance to cash in on his name. In fact this is Sherinian's seventh solo release since the turn of the last decade.

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Now you would think that a solo instrumental album from a keyboardist and titled 'Oceana' would feature tranquil music best listened to whilst staring at the fish tank. You couldn't be further from the truth as once again Sherinain has enlisted the help of many friends who know a thing or two about the six string.

Playing to new depths are BCC band mate Joe Bonamassa who turns up more often these days on other people's albums than what Brian May does at encores, Toto's Steve Lukather, Tony MacAlpine, Whitesnake's Doug Aldrich and Billy Idol's right hand gun Steve Stevens.

'Oceana' was co-produced by drummer extraordinaire Simon Phillips, who also played a major role in the writing department, and the two have collaborated on an album full of jazz rock inspirations that would please many Jeff Beck or Gary Moore era Colosseum II fans. Each guitarist has added their own unique style that will please hardcore fans.

Best listened to alone whilst the wife is out on a shopping trip. Which reminds me, I better feed the fish...




Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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