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Release Date: 19th August 2013


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Reuben Archer has lived a full life from going to college in Kingston and being good buddies with Eric Clapton and Dave Brock, to fronting bands such as Lautrec, Wild Horses and Stampede and breaking a leg and pelvis whilst larking around with Bruce Dickinson prior to a performance at the Reading Festival and then leaving the business to be a very successful graphic artist all before making a return with Stampede with the very fine 'A Sudden Impulse' in 2011.

Although Archer has never become a household name in the field of rock he has however built up many a friendship with some of the biggest names from the rock scene, some of who have guested on this excellent solo album which is certain to surprise everyone on every level. It is in fact his finest piece of work to date.

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The album opens in style with the polished rocker 'Bulletproof' followed by the single 'Play My Rock 'N Roll' of which Archer recently shot a video for and is in actual fact about the most standard track on the whole album because what follows is music of pure quality and class.

'Personal Sin' has a biting riff that rocks hard with an edgy swagger and features Dave Meniketti of Y&T, Thunder's Harry James and Quo's Rhino Edwards... but wait there's more.

Time to open the bottle of red wine for the swinging blues drive of 'Lately' which once again has James on drums and Kevin Riddles on bass (yes, he of Angel Witch and Tytan).

How can one not like a tune with the lyrics of "Lately I've been thinking, Yeah I've been drinking". Yes, uncork that bottle right now.

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'Time On My Hands' is another bluesy number of pure bliss and the Thunder connection continues with Luke Morley on 'Desperation Train' and this is the first class ticket that takes you all the way.

'Ace Cafe' is a rip roaring ride in tribute to the North London bikers paradise and will sure became an anthem there and also features Saxon's Paul Quinn who also turns up with Snakecharmer Neil Murray and UFO's Paul Raymond for 'Reuben's Blues (Gimme Some Time)'.

I could easily go on and write about every tune on this album, but just take my word for it, this is one of the finest albums you will hear this year.

Reuben Archer has never sounded better and full credit must go to his young protege Rob Wolverson who played guitar, wrote and produced this album along with Archer and the youngster will sure be in demand once his talents are known more widely around the industry.

It's taken Reuben Archer fifty years to finally get it right and just like himself, it is full of vintage quality.

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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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