Review by Michael Oshust

The Isolation Sessions by Danny Stoakes and Friends gives the listeners a fresh spin on classic songs. The songs are all reworked and rearranged. From hard rock, country, rock and roll and folk, the album is a huge cross section of music with one goal in mind - to raise money for The National Emergencies Trust Covid Appeal. With the current global situation, the “isolation” aspect means that everything was recorded in various locations.

The album see’s Stoakes collaborating with a host of different artists including guitarist Craig Joiner (from Romeo’s Daughter), guitarist Matt Pearce (from Voodoo Six) and drummer Craig Ellis (from Tygers of Pan Tang). The album has been mastered by Benedict Harris Hayes, of Oceanica and Massive Dynamic, who also features on the opening track, Danny’s take on Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’. Craig Ellis and Sicilian guitarist Antonello Giliberto are featured on ‘Diamonds and Rust’, a track which is a cross between the original Joan Baez version and the Judas Priest acoustic remake. 


The album also features Kyle Lamley (from THEIA), Hoss Thompson (from Thirteen Stars), C. Diddy (from The Big Dirty Axeman), drummer Adam Stevens (from Liberty Lies ), Gary Moat (from Burnt Out Wreck), and Ian Sanderson and Michael Armstrong.

The album covers songs by The Alarm, AC/DC, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and more. 

I enjoyed listening to this album and it is a great collection of songs for everyone. An album you can play from end-to-end! 

Founding member of Judas Priest KK Downing shared these thoughts about the album;

"I would like to say congratulations and a big thank you to Danny Stoakes and all of the talented musicians for this collaboration. The Isolation Sessions is a collection of many well-known and loved songs that have been interpreted in a unique way during these past difficult months, and all in the name of a most worthy and appropriate charity, “The National Emergencies Trust Covid Appeal”, As I listen to the songs it is difficult to find favourites, but I admit I do warm to Diamonds and Rust - a song I have played with Priest so many times. I would strongly urge everyone to get on board and check out The Isolation Sessions, not only for its much needed cause, but for the undoubtable enjoyment you will have from listening to it. Again, much respect to all involved in this creation and my sincere thanks to you all for your support.”


- K.K. Downing

Donate and order The Isolation Sessions Here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/theisolationsessions

out of five

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