RLYR – Actual Existence (2018)

“Chicago-based experimental rock trio RLYR (pronounced “Relayer”) are proud to present their sophomore album Actual Existence, a four song full-length that distills and expands on the explosive energy and anthemic catharses of the band’s 2016 debut Delayer. Comprising Steven Hess (Locrian, Cleared), Colin DeKuiper (Bloodiest, ex-Russian Circles), and Trevor Shelley de Brauw (Pelican, Chord), RLYR’s indelible earworm melodies belie the intricacy and labryinthian structures of their songs. Actual Existence represents a step forward in complexity for the instrumental band, while preserving the exhilarating climaxes and frenetic intensity that are hallmarks of their live performances.” Bandcamp

Manfred Mann – If you gotta go, go now (1965)

“One of the greatest early Manfred Mann sides, this version of the (at the time) unreleased Bob Dylan song gave the band a huge (number two) hit in England in late 1965. The arrangement is one of the greatest adaptations of a Dylan song, rivaling some of the Byrds’ efforts from the period. Led by a fabulous, almost country-rock guitar lick from Mike Vickers and a powerful drum pattern by Mike Hugg, singer Paul Jones lays down one of his greatest vocals, clearly echoing the tough stance of the lyrics. Although the record never made an impact in the U.S., it is widely reported that Dylan himself loved this version and commented that the Manfreds did his material better that most.” Allmusic