Articles by: Fred Phillips

Something Else! sneak peek: Karmakanic – In a Perfect World (2011)

by Fred Phillips Karmakanic had me from the name of the band.

Guilty pleasures: Poison – Open Up and Say … Aah! (1988)

by Fred Phillips In the circle of music fans that I normally find myself in, mentioning Poison is usually not a good idea. Bands with poof hair and makeup — unless, of course, it’s corpse paint — will usually get you laughed out of the conversation.

Movies: AC/DC – Live at River Plate (2011)

Of the two recently released AC/DC DVDs, Live at River Plate is by far the least interesting to me. I’m much more intrigued by the long-awaited DVD/Blu-Ray release of Let There Be Rock, featuring original singer Bon Scott. But this is the one Sony has presented me with, so here we go.

Forgotten series: Infectious Grooves – The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move (1991)

by Fred Phillips Converting a huge CD collection to digital as I’ve been doing slowly for the past couple of weeks can be tedious, but it also has its rewards: Namely, stumbling across very cool records that you haven’t spent any quality time with in years.

Forgotten series: Aerosmith – Honkin' on Bobo (2004)

by Fred Phillips As I listen to the awful new solo work coming out of the Steven Tyler camp and begin to come to grips with the fact that my favorite rock band is dying a slow, painful death, I think back a few years

Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Ozz / Diary of a Madman (1980/81; 2011 reissue)

One of the more contentious issues in Ozzy Osbourne’s career may have finally been laid to rest with the release of a pair of reissues on Sony Legacy — Diary of a Madman and Blizzard of Ozz.

Warrant – Rockaholic (2011)

by Fred Phillips Warrant? Seriously? Is this some kind of test? Have I somehow offended the editors in my brief time here?

WhoCares, featuring Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan, "Out of My Mind" (2011)

For all the mediocre music he shelled out under the Black Sabbath name following the departure of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi seems to be making amends later in life.

Forgotten series: Blue Murder – Blue Murder (1989)

After spending the last couple of weeks with the new records from Whitesnake and King Kobra, it’s only natural that I’d eventually turn to the album where the two factions met, 1989’s self-titled debut from Blue Murder. When John Sykes was ousted from Whitesnake, along with most of the band that recorded 1987’s self-titled megahit record, he was offered aRead More

King Kobra – King Kobra (2011)

When the new self-titled project from reformed 1980s rockers King Kobra, issued by Frontiers Records earlier this month, landed in my hands, I remembered two things about the band. Sadly, neither one of them was legendary drummer Carmine Appice