Bill Hill - Maps and Signs (LP RD Records)

Can't say the name rings a bell but this is the album he recorded after 1983's 'Free Advice' album. Inspired by early '70s pre-cretin rock it's chock full of extended, flashing guitar solos. Pretty good. Snag is the rather lousy song writing and vocals. When it got to the turgid  'Justine', it was too close to Dire Straits to bare. A stiff mug of black coffee was needed to keep me from chucking the LP out the window.

All praise to RD for diligently releasing previously unheard material by long lost bands, but sometimes things were lost for a reason. The all black cover comes with two photocopied maps of Afghanistan, one a title sheet and the other a lyrics sheet. HM

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