Fireworks

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This is an album that entertains and enthrals repeatedly.

One of the challenges of being Reviews Ed for this magazine and Rocktopia is deciding what to cover and what to leave out, and for this my final issue as editor the challenge has been greater than ever, in both the sheer quantity of hopeful releases and of their variety. Here is a case in point; submitted with a brief covering letter by the artist himself, this is a self-released album, stunningly presented as a collector's edition in hard book format including embossed silver title and fantastic artwork containing 32 pages of lyrics and imagery, it proudly stared at me and suggested "don't ignore me, please".

And of course I didn't – and couldn't once I'd listened to some of it. It's certainly not our usual fare – but if something that has splashes of David Bowie, The Pet Shop Boys, Ultravox, burlesque, the occasional "poppy" moment or two, the Phantom Of The Opera and other stage musical presentations including Gilbert & Sullivan and no shortage of glam and glitter and all wrapped up with a marvellously melodic vocal performance, great musicianship and a top notch production – then you are getting a little closer to understanding what we have here! It's certainly the surprise package of this issue for me and I am intoxicated by it! So might you be, if you do not exist in the permanent states of either AOR Puritanism or Symphonic Rock (not that I am knocking those of you who are residents of either Universe, as we need you!) and are prepared to explore its charms.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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Described by Reeves as "a sonic threesome between Aladdin Sane, Hedwig and The Phantom Of The Opera" this is one of those albums that delights from beginning to end and through the prerequisite number of listens for this review I have become more and more enamoured with it and 47 minutes in its company seem to pass in half the time! The variety of approach – some songs are performed in character, others are not – enhance the aural experience, and the strength of the material is remarkable. Joined by Sarah Louise-Young on the delightful 'Smoke & Mirrors' and both Benjamin Louche and Adrian Stout on the burlesque-infused 'The Disappearing Man' (listen out for the Singing Saw and Theremin on this one), the rest of the album is magnificently performed by Reeves and his seven musical companions. Further highlights are many: the dreamy, slow ballad 'Gone', the macabre 'Black Tears' and atmospheric 'Behind The Mask' amongst them – but really the whole album just exudes quality.

This is an album that entertains and enthrals repeatedly. Do, please, go and investigate...

Paul Jerome Smith

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  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
  • Berny : @el nowy: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. Pls. check your mail!
  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @l.thijs: Apologies for the delay, your digital copy can now be downloaded from your "My Downloads" section.
  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.

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