Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ten years! And counting...

Wow! It has now been a full decade since I first created my website Rarebird's Rock and Roll Rarity Reviews. How many personal websites stay online that long? However many or few there are, I am proud to count my site among them.

In previous years in which I posted anniversary messages like this one, I found myself explaining why I hadn't added any new artist pages recently. But this year is different. For the first time since 2004, I have recently created such a page. It felt like old times while I put together my new Kiss rarity review page, and it quickly turned into one of the largest web pages I've ever created. I don't know for sure if I will create more such pages related to more artists in the future, but I'm never saying never. Inspiration might sneak up on me again. And, of course, I will periodically add more spotlight album review pages to the site.

In the meantime, I've noticed that some of the site's existing pages are due for updates. I've added four reviews to my Mott The Hoople page. This week, I plan to add one short review to the Eve's Plum page. And during the summer months, I hope to update the Lou Reed and Matthew Sweet pages. I'll keep you posted.

As always, I want to thank everyone who has ever supported the site in any way over the last ten years. Let's see if I can keep it up for another ten!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mott The Hoople page updated

It came to my attention recently that the Mott The Hoople page on my website was due for an update. So I've added reviews of four more Mott albums which have gone out of print. Those albums are Brain Capers (1972), Live (1974), Two Miles From Heaven (1980), and World Cruise (1993). Here is the page:

http://rarebird9.net/mott.html

By the way, five Mott the Hoople 40th anniversary shows will be taking place in October at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. The original lineup -- Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Overend Watts, Verden Allen, and Dale "Buffin" Griffin -- will be performing together for the first time in 35 years. And on June 3rd, Hunter is turning 70!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Kiss Rarity Review page

Finally! For the first time in over four years, I've created a new page on the website containing multiple album reviews pertaining to a certain artist, instead of just a spotlight album page containing a single review. The subject is a band who are loved by some and hated by others: Kiss! What brought this on? It recently came to my attention that the band's 1998 album Psycho-Circus is out of print. I originally planned to make that album the subject of a spotlight review. But I soon found that, although all of the other proper Kiss albums are currently in print, many related albums have been discontinued. One review led to another, and my Kiss page turned into the second-largest page on my website! I hope you enjoy it:

http://rarebird9.net/kiss.html