Všetky príspevky od Dmitry M. Epstein

Narodil som sa v Bielorusku (1974), žijem v Thornhille, Ontário, Kanada - hudobný novinár a niekedy pracujem aj ako manažér, koproducent a textár. Som autorom mnohých článkov, rozhovorov i recenzií CD publikovaných v rôznych periodikách. Spolupracujem s vydavateľstvami Angel Air (UK), Esoteric Recordings (Cherry Red Group, UK), Unicorn Records (Quebec, Kanada), Salvo Music (Union Square Group, UK) a mnohými ďalšími. Zapojil som sa - ako komentátor a prekladateľ textov do ruštiny - do vydania 8 kníh venovaných The Doors, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Uriah Heep a Black Sabbath, ktoré vyšli v Rusku... Nájdete ma aj na mojej stránke DMME - LET IT ROCK - http://dmme.net/ V júni 2017 ma oslovil zástupca webu ROCKOVICA.com s ponukou na spoluprácu a ja som ju prijal. Súhlasím s publikovaním mojich článkov a ich prekladmi do slovenského jazyka.

Quantum Jump – Quantum Jump (1976)

Fusion accomplished: an energy release from romantic, if down-to-earth, warriors.

Projected from atomic physics into a macrocosm, quantum jump may also mean a leap of faith, and that’s what it was for these four musicians. VIAC Quantum Jump – Quantum Jump (1976)

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Quantum Jump
Prog Rock, Jazz Rock
The Electric Record Company
CD Esoteric Recordings ‎– ECLEC 2472 /2014/

Jericho Jones – Junkies, Monkeys & Donkeys (1971)

In a way, it was predictable that a country as set on the Anglo rock culture as Israel would produce a few solid acts. There were few of those, and it’s a shame that JERICHO JONES didn’t make it big. Still, were they any different from many a band on the thriving British scene of the early ’70s? GUN, anyone? VIAC Jericho Jones – Junkies, Monkeys & Donkeys (1971)

Junkies, Monkeys & Donkeys Book Cover Junkies, Monkeys & Donkeys
Jericho Jones
Hard Rock
CD Repertoire Records ‎– RR 4101-WZ /1990/

The Zippers ‎– The Zippers (1990)

Still catching the skin, legacy album of American ensemble snaps out of lethargy.

This Pittsburgh group seemed destined to hit the big time but, instead, found themselves doomed, due to the record label’s politics, and hit bottom, having left only two LPs in their wake: 1987’s self-released debut and its self-titled follow-up which more than deserves rediscovery. VIAC The Zippers ‎– The Zippers (1990)

The Zippers Book Cover The Zippers
The Zippers
Hard Rock
MCA Records
CD Angel Air Records ‎– SJPCD512 /2018/

VANILLA FUDGE – Live At Sweden Rock 2016 (2017)

Heroes of heavy rock reclaim their rightful place in history and win the day to make their renaissance eternal.

A seminal ensemble whose role in the development of popular music must not be underestimated, this band aren’t recognized nowadays on a level they deserve, so the quartet’s invitation to the Sweden Rock Festival should have validated them in the eyes of unbelievers – and it did. VIAC VANILLA FUDGE – Live At Sweden Rock 2016 (2017)

Live At Sweden Rock 2016 - The 50th Anniversary Book Cover Live At Sweden Rock 2016 - The 50th Anniversary
Vanilla Fudge
Psychedelic Rock, Hard Rock


Saying, “Scottish rock”, we mean NAZARETH – there’s no better synonym. Four decades into their career, the band still rock hard, so one cannot help but think of the Highlander and his immortality. Still, they’re mortals, and it’s the words that sound rather serious and pretentious, not their music. Of all the merry bunch bassist Pete Agnew is, perhaps, the one who fleshes out the very spirit of the group. Your heard him play, you heard him sing, now hear him talk. VIAC FROM MY ARCHIVE: FEBRUARY 2004 – PETE AGNEW (INTERVIEW)

FROM MY ARCHIVE: February 2008 – NICK SIMPER (Interview)

Here’s a classic case of a legend overshadowing a man behind it. A monster that is DEEP PURPLE wouldn’t be as massive if not for the band’s first line-up’s heavy leanings of bassist Nick Simper and a certain guitar player. But once Simper was out of it, only a few people have followed his career which produced so much great music. Back to his rock ‘n’ roll roots with GOOD OL’ BOYS currently, Nick’s still doing what he does best – locking into the groove with full abandon. Quite like he took it to our conversation. VIAC FROM MY ARCHIVE: February 2008 – NICK SIMPER (Interview)

WISHBONE ASH – Live At Rockpalast 1976

Shining out of the darkness, British quartet get on with the times and stage a stellar set across the ocean from their new home.

For all of this band’s initial brilliance, it took them a few years to establish a pattern different to progressive drift that had always been there, but the difficulty was a result of the change in the musical climate, not the ensemble’s own creative conflicts. VIAC WISHBONE ASH – Live At Rockpalast 1976

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Wishbone Ash
Hard Rock

CRESSIDA – The Vertigo Years Anthology 1969-1971

One of the most famous of the most obscured groups reassess their assets and make their trip round and definitive.

In the pre-CD era, this British band’s legend was secure thanks mostly to the memorable cover of their second, and last, album, and to some extent to their link, via the drummer, to URIAH HEEP. VIAC CRESSIDA – The Vertigo Years Anthology 1969-1971

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ECLEC 22348
Prog Rock
Esoteric Recordings

From my archive: November 1999 – KEN HENSLEY (Interview)

You may think of him as of rock ‘n’ roll prima donna or devout Christian, as of extremely humble person or a raging star – there are two things you can’t deny, one being his music and the other that Ken Hensley is a genius, with a songwriting gift equal to Paul McCartney’s and Brian Wilson’s, and a poetic eloquence to knock off both. “He’s going to return”, was a line of his, and Ken might have been singing about himself, because now he’s back and full-on. VIAC From my archive: November 1999 – KEN HENSLEY (Interview)

EPITAPH – Five Decades Of Classic Rock (2020)

Half-century down the line and no sign of slowing down, one of the greatest German groups cast a glance behind and plan their next steps.

Founded in Dortmund in 1969, EPITAPH – who featured local performers and British players – didn’t leave a lasting trace on an international level, but connoisseurs keep them in high esteem and, rather importantly, they still deliver the goods. VIAC EPITAPH – Five Decades Of Classic Rock (2020)

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Hard Rock

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – The Final Note (2020)

The bootleg which was bound to become official – a document of the last-ever public performance by a fallen guitar-hero

When a budding radio DJ arrived for an evening with ABB on October 17th, 1971 for an interview with their singer, he could not know the Owings Mills show would see Duane Allman grace and leave the stage to never return, as the artist perished in a motorcycle crash a mere 12 days later, but he felt it wasn’t a regular gig in terms of delivery. VIAC ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – The Final Note (2020)

The Final Note Book Cover The Final Note
Allman Brothers Band
Blues Rock, Southern Rock
The Allman Brothers Band Recording Company

THE OUTLAWS – Live At Rockpalast 1981 (2020)

Florida’s finest purveyors of earthly pleasures shoot for the moon and bask in the stage lights.

One of the least celebrated, yet immensely respected for their stylistic breadth, Southern rock ensembles, this collective have always been severely underserved on video front, with only a single public outing preserved for posterity on VHS and a couple of their television broadcasts landing on unofficial releases. VIAC THE OUTLAWS – Live At Rockpalast 1981 (2020)

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The Outlaws
Southern Rock

Dio ‎– Magica, 2000

Po Strange HighwaysAngry Machines, dvoch nevýrazných pokusoch s doom metalom, sa spevák Ronnie James Dio vrátil ku klasickému hard’n’heavy. Štýlu, ktorý sám pomáhal budovať a kreovať. Keď prišiel s nápadom fantasy príbehu, prizval k spolupráci dvoch starých priateľov – gitaristu Craiga Goldyho a basáka Jimmyho Baina. Skupinu, doplnenú o bubeníka Simona Wrighta, akoby pokropili živou vodou.  VIAC Dio ‎– Magica, 2000

Magica Book Cover Magica
hard rock, heavy metal
Spitfire Records

Natural Gas – Natural Gas, 1976

Superskupina odsúdená k neúspechu – s jedným, nie výnimočným, ale veľmi pekným albumom.

V polovici 70. rokov došlo veľakrát k tomu, kedy ego jednotlivca prevládlo nad zdravým rozumom a určité spojenia hudobníkov sa ukázali ako nezdravé. Dvaja Liverpoolčania, gitarista Joey Molland a basgitarista Mark Clarke, obaja aj dobrí speváci, si tým hlavu nezaťažovali. VIAC Natural Gas – Natural Gas, 1976

Natural Gas Book Cover Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Private Stock
CD - It's About Music, 2010