Best of 2021: Celtic Bob

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Top 20

01. Exodus – Persona Non Grata

Whilst my LP didn’t arrive until December I was fortunate enough to get the download prior so I could hear it incase my record didn’t arrive by the years end. This album does not disappoint. It is everything you’d expect and more. This is Exodus at its most brutal.

02. The End Machine – Phase 2

I loved the debut by this Dokken-less Dokken. Now with “Wild” Mick’s younger Brother behind the kit they return with PHASE 2. Killer LP from start to finish.

03. Flotsam & Jetsam – Blood In The Water

04. Night Ranger – ATBPO

05. KK’s Priest – Sermons of the Sinner

06. Alice Cooper – Detroit Stories

07. Todd LaTorre – Rejoice In Suffering
08. Iron Maiden – Senjutsu

Iron Maiden - Senjutsu

09. Mammoth WVH

10. Dee Snider – Leave A Scar

11. Dead Daisies – Holy Ground

12. Artillery – X

13. Rob Zombie – Lunar Injection Kool-Aid

14. LA Guns – Checkered Past

15. Tomahawk – Tonic Immobility

16. Smith/Kotzen

17. Michael Schenker – Immortal

18. Accept – Too Mean To Die

19. Thunder – All The Right Noises

20. Lee Aaron – Radio On!

Best EP

Billy Idol – The Roadside EP

Best Live Album
Trapeze – Live ’72

Coney Hatch – Live at The ElMocombo

Best Covers Album
Deep Purple – Turning To Crime

Deep Purple

Best Metal Book
Eve of Darkness

Best New Band/Artist

The Norseman Company

Best Comeback of 2021
KK Downing. The former Judas Priest guitarist has been away too long and his new LP is absolutely amazing.

Favourite non-metal releases from 2021

01. Billy Gibbons – Hardware

02. Cheap Trick – Another World

03. The Alarm – WAЯ

04. Brian Setzer – Gotta Have That Rumble

05. Paul Stanley’s Soul Station – Now & Then

Disappointments of 2021:
Loss of Mike Howe and Jeff LaBar

The Beatles – Let It Be set. The “Rooftop” concert should have been included as should Glyn Johns’ 1970 mix of Get Back. A missed opportunity.

George Harrison – All Things Must Pass reissue. The audio quality was subpar. It sounded muddy and lifeless. The “Outtakes and Apple Jams” were all that saved it as the mix & mastering of the original album was terrible.

Hopes for 2022
The VanHalen One Step reissues by Mobile Fidelity. Really looking forward to these 2LP versions of the Classic VH albums. Wish they would have included ADKOT as well.

New albums by Scorpions, Slash, and Sven Gali