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Barnabas - Approaching Light Speed (Legends Remastered)The third album by the now-fully-heavy-metal band Barnabas continues the remaster series from Retroactive Records. Approaching Light Speed is a no-holds barred heavy metal assault on the senses that leap-fogged the band over most metal competition of the day by a long shot.

Barnabas - Feel the Fire (Legends Remastered)The fourth album by the Barnabas saw the band reaching the pinnacle of their metal evolution. Retroactive Records continues the re-issue train with Feel the Fire, showcasing a band that had finally gelled together and perfected the sonic direction they were shooting for.

Barnabas - Find Your Heart a HomeThe second album by the hard rock legends Barnabas gets the remaster treatment from Retroactive Records. Find Your Heart a Home takes Barnabas one last step towards heavy metal, while still bringing in some varied sounds from their last album.

The first album by the legendary Barnabas gets the remaster treatment from Retroactive Records. Hear the Light finds Barnabas experimenting with various sounds, but always pointing towards the heavy metal heavy weights they would later become.

Barnabas - Little Foxes (Legends Remastered)The fifth and final album by Barnabas serves as a fitting end to the bands career. Little Foxes proved that the band didn't just get lucky with two good albums (like so many other metal bands did). Retroactive Records concludes the epic re-issue series in style.

Never Look_Back_90God inhabits stark places as well as places of plenty.

When you’ve been a part of Jethro Tull for so long, anything you put out as a solo offering is inevitably going to be compared with the group’s vast catalogue (and probably listeners will be secretly hoping it matches the best).

Crossing Over waxes eloquent both lyrically and instrumentally, combining atmospheric elements with a strong metal vibe.

John Bassett - Unearth as reviewed on The Phantom TollboothUnearth is a great solo album. It's a break from John Bassett's typical work and an opportunity for him to expand different avenues of writing. Melodic, haunting, and soul-searching, this is one that will both please your ears and leave you with plenty to think about afterwards.

JesusMusicAgainA little nostalgia, a lot of musical integrity, and some flat-out great songs. Jesus Music Again will make you a believer...

 There’s no holding back the best material for solo projects, as the two singer-songwriters complement each other beautifully on a fast-flowing stream of tunes. Fans of both should be thrilled.

Adam BeattieWith a hangdog tone, distinctive stoic voice and a touch of dark humour, this jazz-inflected singer-songwriter collection is quite unique.

  Bedford is a storyteller, evoking past ages, and a poet with a fine sense of melody.

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