Paul Raymond: Rewind 50

50 years in music on one CD.

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Not on the same level as the Stones or The Who reaching their half-century landmark, nonetheless Paul Raymond has had a good run, most notably with UFO. To mark the occasion, he’s re-recorded songs spanning his five decades, and avoided embarrassing himself.

People will immediately pick up on the UFO and MSG tracks, while there’s also a nod to Chicken Shack. Throughout, the playing is composed, while Raymond’s vocals veer between Phil Mogg and Rod Stewart with real character.

Best moments, though, are the previously unreleased The Sky And You (written by Terry Reid) and Twice Nightly. The former has a memorable zip, while the latter’s a pleasing blues-rock thump.

It’s all decent, and that sums up the man’s career./o:p

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.