Column from November 8th, 1999 issue

Gypsy Soul have just completed recording of their fourth album which will be called "Superstition Highway" and be released by Off The Beaten Track Recordings and WorldSound later this year. The band have also recently done the music for a new film which Brooke Shields stars in, though I don't know its title as yet.... To mark all this the band will be having a "Gypsy Soul CD Release & Christmas Concert" on Thursday, December 16th in California - go to their web site at http://www.gypsysoul.com for full details. The concert will be co-headlined with Orange County-based new-age, rock group, Insight. Also at the Gypsy Soul website you'll find that the band are setting up a special web-based fan club where members will be able to download exclusive live and rare songs direct to their PC. If you've never heard Gypsy Soul then I urge you to check them out as they're mixture of styles is very invigorating.

Further to the success of Charlie Farren's current "Deja Blue" release, there seems to be possibility that Warner Brothers is going to re-release the first Farrenheit album on CD early in the new year. A limited number of the original tapes are still available from Charlie's web site. The second never-released Farrenheit second album "F2 - Raise the Roof" has been remastered and also looks likely to see the light of day on CD in the new year. Not content with just that, Farren's first solo album "Greasetown" (which is essentially a third Farrenheit album anyway) has also been remastered and will follow "Raise the Roof" onto CD.... The potential for a live CD and video is also being explored with a release provisionally scheduled for early 2000. Further details on all these releases are available from http://www.charlie-farren.com/ . Fans of people like Glen Burtnik (at his best) will find heaps to like in Charlie's material, so surf in past his web site....

The Outfield are now writing songs for an all new studio album  and are preparing their own studio in the UK for the recordings. The writing of several new songs is already complete, but it is likely to be into the new year before recording begins in earnest. To me, The Outfield is probably the best melodic AOR band the UK has ever produced, so let's hope the new album can be successful and lead to more....