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'Futurama' EP

mark taylor


When is an EP not an EP? When it clocks in at a whopping fifty-seven minutes, that's when! That's officially a full length album, but FM are not a band who cheat their loyal fans.

What we have here are four brand new studio recordings, hence why they've called it an EP (Extended Player from the old vinyl days) plus a collection of live tunes plus an extended remix of the lead track 'Cold Hearted'.

You can't keep the lads from FM out of the studio at the moment. Not content in releasing two studio albums last year with 'Rockville I & II', here is yet another EP full of quality material.

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Opening with an instrumental, 'Futurama', it seems that Jim Kirkpatrick has been stargazing with Brian May as this has May's trademark sound all over it which neatly brings us to 'Cold Hearted' which features a heavy crisp guitar riff with some grinding keyboard sounds from Jem Davis.

'Bad That's Good To Me', which like 'Rainbow's End' from their previous EP, reminds me of Bryan Adams in his 'Reckless' period with it's good summer time feel packed with a Def Lep type chorus.


My favourite is the dark ballad, 'Preying On My Mind', which features Steve Overland at his soulful best with meaningful lyrics with a superb acoustic touch from Jim Kirkpatrick towards it's finale.

With six well recorded live tracks apparently recorded in Crewe, featuring tracks from the overlooked 'Aphrodisiac' album plus the more recent 'Rockville', ballads 'Closer To Heaven' and 'Story Of My Life' with it's chilling keyboard intro shine the most.

The extended remix of 'Cold Hearted' meanders on for almost eight minutes and is the sort of 80s mash that fooled people into parting with their cash in buying the 12" vinyl in days of old. Just stick with the rather good normal version.

It's amazing how FM are continually writing such good numbers and can just throw them out on an EP. At this rate their next studio opus will be a triple album affair.

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

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Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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