See also STONE THE CROWS

Suicide Sal

Queen of The Night

Live At The Rainbow

Live Boston USA - 1975

Midnight Flyer

Live Montreux 1981

No Mean City (single)

Best Of

 


Live At the Rainbow (SJPCD100)

Five times voted Uk Female Vocalist of the Year, her choice of material was impeccable. Coming On Strong, Free's classic Wishing Well and a Soul Medley are just a few of the delights to revel in on this album. But standing head and shoulders above these tracks is her towering version of I Was In Chains...this release...gives the opportunity to relive a great talent

Colin Bell, On the Record

 


…the sound quality is surprisingly good for a live recording of this vintage.

The first eight tracks are a prime example of just how good and how powerful vocalist Maggie Bell was and still is…

Steve Ward, Wondrous Stories (Feb 2002)

 


…this concert catches her in her prime. A fabulous band powered by keyboardist Pete Wingfield, they clearly had a ball…lovers of the likes of Free's 'Wishing Well' and The Sutherland Brothers 'I Was In Chains' make one pine for another of her ilk.

Classic Rock (March 2002)

 


Bell's powerful yet soulful vocals suit the mix of blues, rock, R & B and pop in which she dabbled very well and this set encapsulates her rightful claim to be judged as one of the UK's top female singers of the times…The closing number, 'Shout', is so fast and passionate that Maggie all but brings the house down. A fantastic archive package.

Record Collector (March 2002)

 


An extremely powerful singer with more than a hint of Janis Joplin about her, she manages to takes songs such as 'Wishing Well' and stretch the original, so much so that it sounds better than the original…

The encores show that the band is having a party and everyone is invited. Plain good rock and roll lunatic fun that has transferred well onto this compact disc. This is Angel Air's 100th release, and they have made the ton in great style.

Feedback, (March 2002)

 


…another sterling Angel Air release…Built around her forthcoming Suicide Sal solo debut but with plenty of room to manoeuvre around that, Live…captures one of Britain's finest ever blues-rock singers…

Goldmine (March 2002)

 


This is a fine album from a great performer. I just love it.

Frankie Mouse, Modern Dance, Issue 38 (June 2002)

 


...she aquits herself well with this feisty performance...

Hartlepool Mail, (November 2002)

 


…Maggie's larger than life personality totally dominates the proceedings. The track listing boasts fine covers of Free's 'Wishing Well'…alongside a splendid Pete Wingfield inspired 'Soul Medley'.

Kevin Bryan, Stirling News (February 2003)

 


Here's one of the finest female voices to come out of the UK. Stone The Crows promised so much, but that's another story in their cruelly too short existence. This set comes from the personal archive of band member Mo Foster [bass].... There's good bass lines in Wishing Well as Maggie gives the song her own treatment...the first half of this CD is worth the price alone.

Blues Matters (July 2003)

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Live Boston USA - 1975 (SJPCD128)

…captures her in typically feisty form...her passionate performance of songs such as 'Wishing Well' and 'Penicillin Blues' will have devotees thirsting for more from this criminally undervalued performer

Kevin Bryan, Belfast Telegraph (June 2003)



It's a great representation of what made Maggie Bell one of, if not THE best British female vocalists of any era wuth the sheer power of her gritty vocals being ideally suited to her blues-based material…

This is ballsy, no frills Blues Rock which really punches its weight.

Steve Ward, Classic Rock Society (July 2003)

 


…it does manage to convey a performer happily driving a band and raucous crowd through their paces…A valid release, capturing one of Scotland's great singers…

Feedback (July 2003)


…To say this album was recorded back in 1975 seems like a misprint to me, I would be happy to go out tomorrow and listen to a concert like this...this is one great live album

Modern Dance (Issue 45)

 


...fills a long-yawning void in the Stone The Crows-and-beyond vault, an eight track set that highlights both the old band's material plus material from her two solo albums-to-date...

Jo-Anne Greene, Goldmine(August 2003)


Midnight Flyer (SJPCD198)

It’s an album of well-played and crafted blues rock with a touch of soul, mainly due to the wonderfully earthy tones of Maggie Bell (nearest comparison would be Tina Turner in her classic 70’s guise)...

There are plenty of rockers like ‘Hey Boy’ and ‘French Kisses’, but Bell comes alive on the slower, soul tinged tracks like ‘In My Eyes’. There are two bonus tracks on this remastered re-release including the good time feel of ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Party’ plus very informative and interesting sleeve notes...

Certainly one for Maggie Bell fans and those who enjoy classic blues rock.

Jason Ritchie, www.getreadytorock.com  
(March 2005)

 


The songs, mostly written by drummer Dowle, are generic would-be stadium rockers...

Classic Rock, May 2005



This is one of those that really seems to have slipped through the net for some reason as this is a great album that powers along with the band playing strong songs and Mick Ralphs doing a fine job on the production...loads of great melodies...

...a strong polished rock album with great vocals which definitely deserves to be heard by a wider audience and this reissue does it plenty of justice with copious sleeve notes and photos in the 24 poage booklet, and two extra songs not originally featured on the album

Feedback, May 2005

 


Bell possessed a granite, soulful voice but her looks were never going to bother the glossy magazine pages, and shamefully the group disbanded after this one-off release. It ranks as a true long-lost classic with enough extras, in two bonuses and extensive packaging, to warrant a replacement of the original vinyl.

Record Collector (June 2005)


...this is a fine soul-based blues-rock release that can be easily regarded as a feminine version of Whitesnake.

www.maelstrom.nu (June 2005)


...hard riffing rock...well packaged with informative liner notes...

Blues In Britain (July 2005)


...keep turning up the volume, and when the roof starts shaking you can finally hear the power intrinsic to the original vinyl.

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (July 2005)


It's an excellent piece of work which has certainly never achieved the recognition that it deserved...

Kevin Bryan, Belfast Telegraph


Queen of the Night (SJPCD200)

...this collection displays a woman with an incredible voice who can switch between rock, soul, jazz and blues.

Evening Star (January 2006)


...an excellent effort..a nicely varied set.

Kevin Bryan (January 2006)


...an album that is full of many styles...with Maggie singing her heart out

Feedback (February 2006)


...this collection displays a woman with an incredible voice who can switch between rock, soul, jazz and blues.

Evening Star (January 2006)


..the recording is nothing short of precision...Queen of the Night is a careful, dedicated workout and a highly colourful release (7.25/10)

Maelstrom (March 2006)


Whether she's singing upbeat or melancholy, Maggie Bell is always worth a listen.

Hartlepool Mail (March 2006)


It only takes a few lines of Bell's singing to recognize why she is often referred to as the 'British Janis Joplin'. Those bluesy, soulful and heartrending vocals are absolutely chilling

Prog-Nose (March 2006)


Suicide Sal (SJPCD201)

...an album that in many ways is more rocky than the debut...Yet again Angel Air have done her proud.

Feedback (February 2006)


...a timely reminder of the power and quality of the former Stone The Crows vocalist

Classic Rock Society (March 2006)


Maggie Bell's distinctive vocals, raw and lived in, are perfectly suited to this selection of songs.

Hartlepool Mail (March 2006)


While her debut was recorded with stellar session players, this album sees Bell's touring band supporting her. Consequently, the album has a more liberated feel and more wholehearted contributions, including some delicate organ and guitar playing. It might lack consistency (in particular, leaving the Beatles cover out would have been a wise choice), but there is a good dose of soulful material here to please fans of mainstream 70's rock. (7/10)

Maelstrom, Issue 43


This critically acclaimed set has now been released in CD form by Angel Air, giving a whole new lease of life to prime cuts such as 'What You Got', 'In My Life' and Free's 'Wishing Well'

Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (April 2006)


...a solid piece of work illustrating her raw power...

Record Collector (May 2006)


This critically acclaimed set has now been released in CD form in Angel Air, giving a whole new lease to prime cuts such as 'What You Got', 'In My Life' and Free's 'Wishing Well'

Kevin Bryan, Hartlepool Mail (May 2006)


...What she lacked was the songs. At her best, as on the best tracks here, this was something she overcame with inspired cover versions like the wonderfully breathy take on Free's 'Wishing Well', and the ballsy role-reversal of 'I Saw Him Standing There.' All this topped off by the addition of Jimmy Page on a couple of tracks.

Classic Rock magazine

 


Live Montreux 1981 (SJPCD246)

...the highlight of the busy year came in mid-summer, as Flyer climbed onto the Montreux festival stage and ripped through one of the best shows of their all-too-brief career. Live Montreux July 1981 features the bulk of their show that day, as the band rips through its set, then is joined for two numbers by blues legend Taj Mahal and by the Telecaster master Albert Collins for a further pair.

It was a phenomenal show, the sound quality exceptional, and the band at its very, very best. Unforgettable.

All Music Guide (December 2007)



Talk about the unrealized potential yet, without this recording the history of modern British blues can't be complete.

www.dmme.net (December 2007)


As live albums go, this is up there with the very best: listening to it, you really do feel that you're at the gig.

Classic Rock Society (Dec 2007)


It's a typically gritty and uncompromising affair...

Kevin Bryan, Stirling News (Dec 2007)
 



...rather raw and bautifully sounding live recording seems to do more justice to the band's unrelenting blues-rock than its confined studio counterpart...

Anyone who appreciates early Led Zeppelin should give this album a listen, if only to hear the female equivalent of Plant rocking with the mostest. 8/10


Avi Shaked, www.maelstrom.nu


No Mean City (RAJP904)

…a hard-hitting, guitars-awashed slab of rhythm-and-blues with funky synthesizers...


www.dmme.net (May 2008)


Maggie Bell is a cracking vocalist and she is in total command of this bluesy hard rocker.

Classic Rock Society (June 2008)


Sadly not the Nazareth track of the same name, this track is the theme music from the TV show Taggart.

The former Stone The Crows first lady belts out a decent bluesy if melodic tune here, written by respected composer/pianist Mike Moran.

Second track is a classic Bell solo track "Suicide Sal", the title track to a mid 70s solo album. Brilliant back then and still thoroughly enjoyable. As solid, powerful and ballsy as bluesy. Worth checking out. ****/*****

Joe Geesin, www.getreadytorock.com (April 2008)

MAGGIE BELL Best Of (SJPCD274)

The accompanying live DVD...is a must for Maggie Bell fans

Classic Rock (December 2008)


Albert Collins and Taj Mahal enhance what is already impressive

Mojo (November 2008)


...one of the best blues voices in the business

Classic Rock Society (December 2008)


Best Female Vocalist in the pre-Kate Bush era...any Melody Maker reader who cast his vote will find this a worthwhile memory jogger

Record Collector (December 2008)


The 70 minutes DVD...is by itself- worth the price of the set. The footage is one of the most exciting to have come out of the label yet - being spirited enough to keep up with the kindled performance and with both its audio and video in pristine condition, it allows to almost relive the event.

The band, which included Whitesnake and Foghat refugees amongst others, performs its boogie rock numbers with the chops of hard rock and the soul of the blues; the latter is portrayed in purer form on the closing tracks, featuring renowned bluesmen Taj Mahal and then Albert Collins jamming gracefully with the band.

http://maelstrom.nu/ezine/review_iss64_4956.php


This 2 disc set brings us the cream of her solo output...

Amplifier (January 2009)



If you haven't seen or heard Maggie Bell then I don't need to convince you that you need this album. If you haven't, well, now's the time to put that right...it's not every day you can catch a living legend. Angel Air have delivered precisely that.

Jeff Perkins, www.blogcritics.org (January 2009)


...the ballsy, tough but cute stage persona never overshadowed the voice...it's the live material with later band, Midnight Flyer, which sets the pulse and takes us to a real bonus in Disc 2's thirteen-song DVD rendering of the band live in Montreux from 1981 where the goods are delivered bang on the nail...

Rock n Reel (March 2009)


This two disc set couples a CD anthology of this gritty Glaswegian's finest recordings with a similarly robust live DVD...

Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (July 2009)


...a CD anthology of this gritty Glaswegian's finest recordings with a similarly robust live DVD...

Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (July 2010)