Fireworks

Pompeii - 'The Secret Sessions' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/cd/a2/e1/pompeii-the-secret-sessions-20-1544216425.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 07, 2018    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
2435   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Label

Label

Genre

Genre

A good, solid album with a guest list to die for, so it's very strange as to why this was never released back in the day.

The term super-group has been bandied around for years with record companies bringing together so-called stars to record what could be the ultimate release. Very few seem to work, which is probably down to the egos of the respective band members. With that said, who are Pompeii and how does super-group fit into the equation? The leader of the band is Corky Laing, the former drummer of Mountain, who joined forces with a certain Ian Hunter to write songs for the project; the final pieces of the jigsaw were the recruitment of bassist Felix Pappalardi and legendary guitarist Mick Ronson. The Elektra/Asylum record company brought in superstar producer Bob Ezrin and 'The Secret Sessions' was born. The list of guest musos for the project reads like a who's who of seventies Rock music and includes Eric Clapton, Todd Rundgren and Leslie West, to name but a few.

The album kicks off with 'Easy Money', a rambling tale of working girls which shows its age and style, but is performed with the class that you would expect given the talent involved. The songs have an ambience of the time and it's a shame that these have been kept hidden away for almost forty years. Other quality songs include The Rolling Stones-esque 'Silent Movie' with its harmonica and piano interludes and it's a real foot-tapper.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


The hard part about the album is keeping up with the guest list of players and alternate vocal styles between songs. 'Just When I Needed You Most' is a slow meandering ballad which twelve months later was re-recorded by Randy Van Warmer and became a Number One hit single in the USA.

Last year Corky got together a new incarnation of the band and re-recorded four of the tracks which are only available via digital download; these have a slightly crisper sound to them. The songs have aged well, but are they relevant today? For the nostalgia factor, I would say yes. It is a good, solid album with a guest list to die for, so it's very strange as to why this was never released back in the day. Perhaps it could be put down to the Punk explosion; after all, did the world need another dinosaur Rock group? Probably not. Like the real Pompeii, it was buried for years only to be rediscovered for a new generation.

Mark Donnelly

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  April 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
    1  2  3  4  5
  6  7  8  9101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930   

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 7 hours, 54 minutes ago
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
  • Berny : @el nowy: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. Pls. check your mail!
  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @l.thijs: Apologies for the delay, your digital copy can now be downloaded from your "My Downloads" section.
  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site