Title - ‘Gleb Kolyadin’
Artist - Gleb Kolyadin
Following the success of two highly-praised albums with Iamthemorning, Russian virtuoso pianist Gleb Kolyadin affirms his musical authority with his debut, self-titled album on Kscope.
The record features a staggering who’s-who of performers, including: Gavin Harrison (King Crimson / Porcupine Tree) on drums; Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson) on bass; Theo Travis (Robert Fripp / Porcupine Tree / Steven Wilson) on flute and saxophone; the unmistakable voice and lyrics of Steve Hogarth (Marillion) alongside Mick Moss (Antimatter); and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) on additional keys.
2. “Astral Architecture” (featuring Mick Moss)
3. “White Dawn”
6. “Into The Void”
7. “The Room”
8. “Confluence” (featuring Steve Hogarth)
9. “Constellation / The Bell”
10. “Echo / Sigh / Strand”
11. “Penrose Stairs”
12. “Storyteller” (featuring Jordan Rudess)
13. “The Best Of Days” (featuring Steve Hogarth)
The album is a collaborative piece with each musician recording their own parts separately, starting with Gleb recording himself on grand piano in Moscow Winter-Spring 2017 at the famed Mosfilm studio.
From the moment the keys of Gleb combine with the tempered drum work back bone of opening track ‘Insight,’ you know you’re listening to something special. Featuring Mick Moss (best known for his role in the band Antimatter), the lighter fare of ‘Astral Architecture’ is next, and is backed seamlessly by both ‘White Dawn’ and the more uptempo, playful fun of ‘Kaleidoscope.’
The mid-tempo, piano hipsway of ‘Eidolon’ is my own personal favorite of the new tracks, and that’s followed by the upbeat ‘Into the Void’ and then the musically full on ‘The Room,’ Featuring Steve Hogarth (Marillion), ‘Confluence’ is a massively engaging track. Combining the piano skills of Gleb entwined within the hushed vocal tones of Hogarth, the track is mesmerizing.
Next up is ‘Constellation / The Bell’, a strong track that resonates throughout , and that’s backed by the passionate ride of the trilogy within ‘Echo / Sigh / Strand’. Gleb’s playful key strokes are once again brought to the fore on the triumphant ‘Penrose Stairs’ (featuring Jordan Rudess), before the album rounds out with the preciseness of ‘Storyteller’, and then we get yet another magical musical outing from both Gleb and Hogarth on the first track to be revealed on this project, ‘The Best of Days.’
This self-titled work of musical genius was mixed and engineered by Vlad Avy, who also previously worked on the two Iamthemorning records.
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Title - ‘The Vintage Years: 1970-1991’
Artist - Wishbone Ash
Wishbone Ash, one of Britain's most enduring and best-loved rock acts, are to release a comprehensive deluxe 30 CD box set, The Vintage Years: 1970-1991 (strictly limited to 2,500 copies), through Madfish.
Loaded with rarities, memorabilia, a new interview and a lavish 156-page hardback book, a third of this new collection features previously unheard & unreleased material.
The contents of The Vintage Years box set include: Brand new cover artwork designed by Colin Elgie, the original designer behind the award-winning Live Dates sleeve artwork. All 16 studio albums, featuring bonus material including rare album outtakes, B-sides and 12 previously unreleased studio tracks, presented in mini-gatefold sleeves.
Three of the 16 albums are currently out of print on CD from I. R. S. : Nouveau Calls, Here to Hear and Strange Affair. 8 previously unreleased live albums from 1973-1980 on 11 discs. 3 original live albums: Live Dates, Live Dates Volume Two and Live in Tokyo.
All music has been remastered from the original multitrack and ¼" tapes, sourced from Martin Turner and Andy Powell's personal collections, and from the Universal Music and Atlantic archives.
A 156-page coffee table hardback book written by Classic Rock's Dave Ling, including personal photos, rare posters and flyers and collector's memorabilia.
A 36-page poster book, covering the early years through to Here to Hear. 4 reproductions of original posters for: Christmas at the Palace Dec 1973, Live Dates European tour - Hamburg Musikhalle 1974, Europe 1975 tour, and the Front Page News tour - Empire Pool Wembley 1977.
A facsimile MCA debut album promo pack and a 7" flexi disc for the single Blind Eye, the first of the 11 Japanese singles series, along with individually signed photos of each band member.
Disc: 1 - 1. Blind Eye (Wishbone Ash)
2. Lady Whiskey (Wishbone Ash)
3. Errors of My Way (Wishbone Ash)
4. Queen of Torture (Wishbone Ash)
5. Handy (Wishbone Ash)
6. Phoenix (Wishbone Ash)
7. Lady Whiskey (First Light Recording)
8. Roads of Day to Day (First Light Recording)
9. Blind Eye (First Light Recording)
10. Joshua (First Light Recording)
11. Queen of Torture (First Light Recording)
12. Handy (First Light Recording)
13. Errors of My Way (First Light Recording)
Disc: 2 - 1. Vas Dis (Pilgrimage)
2. The Pilgrim (Pilgrimage)
3. Jail Bait (Pilgrimage)
4. Alone (Pilgrimage)
5. Lullaby (Pilgrimage)
6. Valediction (Pilgrimage)
7. Where Were You Tomorrow (Pilgrimage)
8. Alone (Full Length Album Sessions Version with Vocals)
9. Alone (First Light Recording with Vocals)
10. Where Were You Tomorrow (Album Sessions Studio Version)
Disc: 3 - 1. Time Was (Argus)
2. Sometime World (Argus)
3. Blowin' Free (Argus)
4. The King Will Come (Argus)
5. Leaf and Stream (Argus)
6. Warrior (Argus)
7. Throw Down the Sword (Argus)
8. Jail Bait (Live from Memphis 1972)
9. The Pilgrim (Live from Memphis 1972)
10. Phoenix (Live from Memphis 1972)
Disc: 4 - 1. So Many Things to Say (Wishbone Four)
2. Ballad of the Beacon (Wishbone Four)
3. 3No Easy Road (Wishbone Four)
4. 4Everybody Needs a Friend (Wishbone Four)
5. Doctor (Wishbone Four)
6. Sorrel (Wishbone Four)
7. Sing Out the Song (Wishbone Four)
8. Rock 'N Roll Widow (Wishbone Four)
9. No Easy Road (1972 Single Version)
10. Blowin' Free (1972 Single Version)
Disc: 5 - 1. The King Will Come - June '73, Croydon, Fairfield Hall (Live Dates)
2. Throw Down the Sword - June '73, Newcastle, City Hall (Live Dates)
3. Rock 'N Roll Widow - June '73, Reading, University (Live Dates)
4. Ballad of the Beacon - June '73, Reading, University (Live Dates)
5. Baby What You Want Me to Do - June '73, Portsmouth, Guildhall (Live Dates)
6. The Pilgrim - June '73, Croydon, Fairfield Hall (Live Dates)
7. Blowin' Free - June '73, Newcastle, City Hall (Live Dates)
8. Jail Bait - June '73, Reading, University (Live Dates
9. Lady Whiskey - June '73, Reading, University (Live Dates)
10. Phoenix - June '73, Croydon, Fairfield Hall (Live Dates)
Disc: 6 - 1. Silver Shoes (There's the Rub)
2. Don't Come Back (There's the Rub)
3. Persephone (There's the Rub)
4. Hometown (There's the Rub)
5. Lady Jay (There's the Rub)
6. F*U*B*B (There's the Rub)
Disc: 7 - 1. Rest in Peace (Locked in)
2. No Water in the Well (Locked in)
3. Moonshine (Locked in)
4. She Was My Best Friend (Locked in)
5. It Started in Heaven (Locked in)
6. Half Past Lovin' (Locked in)
7. Trust in You (Locked in)
8. Say Goodbye (Locked in)
9. Bad Weather Blues
10. Chicago Tease
Disc: 8 - 1. Mother of Pearl (New England)
2. (In All of My Dreams) You Rescue Me (New England)
3. Runaway (New England)
4. Lorelei (New England)
5. Outward Bound (New England)
6. Prelude (New England)
7. When You Know Love (New England)
8. Lonely Island (New England)
9. Candlelight (New England)
Disc: 9 - 1. Front Page News (Front Page News)
2. Midnight Dancer (Front Page News)
3. Goodbye Baby Hello Friend (Front Page News)
4. Surface to Air (Front Page News)
5. 714 (Front Page News)
6. Come in from the Rain (Front Page News)
7. Right or Wrong (Front Page News)
8. Heart Beat (Front Page News)
9. The Day I Found Your Love (Front Page News)
10. Diamond Jack (Front Page News)
11. Come in from the Rain (Live)
Disc: 10 - 1. You See Red (No Smoke Without Fire)
2. Baby the Angels Are Here (No Smoke Without Fire)
3. Ships in the Sky (No Smoke Without Fire)
4. Stand and Deliver (No Smoke Without Fire)
5. Anger in Harmony (No Smoke Without Fire)
6. Like a Child (No Smoke Without Fire)
7. The Way of the World - Part 1 (No Smoke Without Fire)
8. The Way of the World - Part 2 (No Smoke Without Fire)
9. Time and Space (Album Session Outtake)
10. Firesign (Album Session Outtake)
11. Hard on You (Album Session Outtake)
12. John Sherry Jam (Album Session Outtake)
13. Sherriff of Sherwood (Album Session Outtake)
Disc: 11 - 1. F*U*B*B - Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza 1978 (Live in Tokyo)
2. The Way of the World -Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza 1978 (Live in Tokyo)
3. You See Red - Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza 1978 (Live in Tokyo)
4. Jail Bait - Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza 1978 (Live in Tokyo)
5. Blowin' Free - Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza 1978 (Live in Tokyo)
6. Bad Weather Blues (Live B-Side from 'You See Red' 12" Single)
7. Helpless (Live Single)
8. Blowin' Free (Live Single)
Disc: 12 - 1. Living Proof (Just Testing)
2. Haunting Me (Just Testing)
3. Insomnia (Just Testing)
4. Helpless (Just Testing)
5. Pay the Price (Just Testing)
6. New Rising Star (Just Testing)
7. Master of Disguise (Just Testing)
8. Lifeline (Just Testing)
9. Halfway House (Album Outtake - Claire Hamill Vocal)
10. Fast Johnny
11. Come on
12. Is Justice Done (Album Outtake)
13. The Bells Chime (Album Outtake)
14. Out on a Limb (Album Outtake)
15. Where You Been (Album Outtake)
16. Halfway House (Album Outtake - Martin Turner Vocal)
17. Football and Boxing (Album Outtake)
Disc: 13 - 1. Doctor - Hull City Hall, 1980 (Live Dates Volume Two)
2. Living Proof - Bristol Colton Hall, 1980 (Live Dates Volume Two)
3. Runaway - Wolverhampton Civic Hall, 1980 (Live Dates Volume Two)
4. Helpless - Wolverhampton Civic Hall, 1980 (Live Dates Volume Two)
5. F*U*B*B - London, Hammersmith Odeon, 1978 (Live Dates Volume Two)
6. The Way of the World (Live Dates Volume Two)
7. Lorelei (Live Dates Volume Two)
8. Persephone (Live Dates Volume Two)
9. (In All of My Dreams) You Rescue Me (Live Dates Volume Two)
10. Time Was (Live Dates Volume Two)
11. Goodbye Baby Hello Friend (Live Dates Volume Two)
12. No Easy Road (Live Dates Volume Two)
Disc: 14 - 1. Loaded (Number the Brave)
2. Where Is the Love (Number the Brave)
3. Underground (Number the Brave)
4. Kicks on the Street (Number the Brave)
5. Open Road (Number the Brave)
6. Get Ready (Number the Brave)
7. Rainstorm (Number the Brave)
8. That's That (Number the Brave)
9. Roller Coaster (Number the Brave)
10. Number the Brave (Number the Brave)
11. My Mind Is Made Up (B-Side)
12. Get Ready (Single Mix with Claire Hamill Backing Vocal)
13. Now or Never (Album Outtake - John Wetton)
14. Hard on You (Album Outtake)
Disc: 15 - 1. Engine Overheat (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock))
2. Can't Fight Love (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
3. Genevieve (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
4. Me and My Guitar (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
5. Hold on (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
6. Streets of Shame (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
7. No More Lonely Nights (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
8. Angels Have Mercy (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
9. Wind Up (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
10. Cat and Dog Fight (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
11. Go for the Gold (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
12. Night Hawker (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
Disc: 16 - 1. Cell of Fame (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
2. People in Motion (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
3. Don't Cry (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
4. Love Is Blue (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
5. Long Live the Night (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
6. Rocket in My Pocket (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
7. It's Only Love (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
8. Don't You Mess (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
9. Dreams (Searching for An Answer) (Raw to the Bone (No
10. MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
11. Perfect Timing (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
12. She's Still Alive (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
13. Apocalypso (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
14. Valley of Tears (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
15. Nkomo (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
16. Talk to Me (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)
Disc: 17 - 1. Tangible Evidence (Nouveau Calls)
2. Clousseau (Nouveau Calls)
3. Flags of Convenience (Nouveau Calls)
4. From Soho to Sunset (Nouveau Calls)
5. Arabesque (Nouveau Calls)
6. In the Skin (Nouveau Calls)
7. Something Happening in Room 602 (Nouveau Calls)
8. Johnny Left Home Without It (Nouveau Calls)
9. The Spirit Flies Free (Nouveau Calls)
10. A Rose Is a Rose (Nouveau Calls)
11. Real Guitars Have Wings (Nouveau Calls)
12. T-Bone Shuffle
Disc: 18 - 1. Cosmic Jazz (Here to Hear)
2. Keeper of the Light (Here to Hear)
3. Mental Radio (Here to Hear)
4. Walk on Water (Here to Hear)
5. Witness to Wonder (Here to Hear)
6. Lost Cause in Paradise (Here to Hear)
7. Why Don't We (Here to Hear)
8. In the Case (Here to Hear)
9. Hole in My Heart - Part One (Here to Hear)
10. Hole in My Heart - Part Two (Here to Hear)
11. Heaven Is (Album Outtake)
12. Bolan's Monument (B-Side)
13. Duffle Shuffle (Album Outtake)
Disc: 19 - 1. Strange Affair (Strange Affair)
2. Wings of Desire (Strange Affair)
3. Renegade (Strange Affair)
4. Dream Train (Strange Affair)
5. Some Conversation (Strange Affair)
6. Rollin' (Strange Affair)
7. You (Strange Affair)
8. Hard Times (Strange Affair)
9. Standing in the Rain (Strange Affair)
10. Chimes of Freedom (Album Outtake - Andy Powell Vocal)
11. Standing in the Rain (Album Outtake - Martin Turner Vocal)
12. Strange Affair (Album Outtake - Brass Mix)
13. Dream Train (Album Outtake - Brass Mix)
14. Rollin' (Album Outtake - Brass Mix)
15. Chimes of Freedom (Album Outtake - Andy Powell Vocal)
Disc: 20 - 1. The King Will Come (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
2. Warrior (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
3. Throw Down the Sword (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
4. Ballad of the Beacon (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
5. Rock 'N Roll Widow (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
6. Everybody Needs a Friend (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
7. Blowin' Free (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
8. Jail Bait (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
Disc: 21 - 1. Doctor (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
2. So Many Things to Say (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
3. Baby What You Want Me to Do (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone
4. Phoenix (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
5. It Ain't Easy (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
6. Where Were You Tomorrow (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four
7. Live Dates Recording Tour)
Disc: 22 - 1. The King Will Come (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
2. Warrior (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
3. Throw Down the Sword (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
4. Ballad of the Beacon (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
5. Rock 'N Roll Widow (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
6. Everybody Needs a Friend (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four
7. / Live Dates Recording Tour)
8. Blowin' Free (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
9. Jail Bait (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
10. Doctor (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
11. So Many Things to Say (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
12. Baby What You Want Me to Do (Southampton 1973 -
13. Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)
Disc: 23 - 1. Runaway (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour)
2. The King Will Come (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour)
3. Warrior (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour)
4. Lorelei (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour)
5. Persephone (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour)
6. (In All of My Dreams) You Rescue Me (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour)
7. Outward Bound (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour)
8. Mother of Pearl (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour)
9. Rest in Peace (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour)
10. Time Was (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour)
11. Bad Weather Blues (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour)
12. Jail Bait (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour)
Disc: 24 - 1. Blind Eye (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
2. Lady Whiskey (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
3. The King Will Come (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
4. Warrior (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
5. Throw Down the Sword (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
6. Front Page News (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
7. Sometime World (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
8. Goodbye Baby Hello Friend (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
9. Runaway (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
10. Phoenix (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
11. Jail Bait (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
12. Blowin' Free (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
13. Bad Weather Blues (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
Disc: 25 - 1. Blind Eye (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
2. Lady Whiskey (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
3. The King Will Come (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
4. Warrior (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
5. Throw Down the Sword (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour) Front Page News (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour
6. Sometime World (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
7. Goodbye Baby Hello Friend (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
8. Runaway (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
9. Come in from the Rain (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
10. Jail Bait (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
11. Blowin' Free (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
12. No Easy Road (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
13. Bad Weather Blues (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour)
Disc: 26 - 1. The King Will Come (Bournemouth 1978)
2. Warrior (Bournemouth 1978)
3. Errors of My Way (Bournemouth 1978)
4. You See Red (Bournemouth 1978)
5. F*U*B*B (Bournemouth 1978)
6. The Way of the World (Bournemouth 1978)
Disc: 27 - 1. Phoenix (Bournemouth 1978)
2. Anger in Harmony (Bournemouth 1978)
3. Time Was (Bournemouth 1978)
4. Runaway (Bournemouth 1978)
5. Lady Whiskey (Bournemouth 1978)
6. Jail Bait (Bournemouth 1978)
7. Queen of Torture (Bournemouth 1978)
8. Blowin' Free (Bournemouth 1978)
9. Bad Weather Blues (Bournemouth 1978)
Disc: 28 - 1. Doctor (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
2. Blind Eye (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
3. Way of the World (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
4. Living Proof (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
5. The King Will Come (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
6. Lifeline (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
7. Insomnia (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
Disc: 29 - 1. Phoenix (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
2. Blowin' Free (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
3. Queen of Torture (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
4. Helpless (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
5. Jail Bait (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
6. Bad Weather Blues (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
7. Too Much Monkey Business (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)
Disc: 30 - 1. Doctor (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour)
2. Lady Whiskey (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour)
3. Helpless (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour)
4. I Need People (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour)
5. The Pilgrim (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour)
6. Lookin' for a Reason (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour)
7. Runaway (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour)
8. The King Will Come (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour)
9. Phoenix (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour)
10. Blowin' Free (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour)
11. Jail Bait (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour)
12. Bad Weather Blues (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour)
Talking about the release, founder member Martin Turner explains, “I looked after most of these tape recordings for decades, wondering when they would ever see the light of day and I am very glad that they will at last be available for everyone to hear.”
“I wanted to mix the live performances myself, but being a busy chap and not famous for my speediness, we decided to give it all to the wonderful Pete Reynolds whom I believe has done a brilliant job of mixing and remastering a massive collection of work. It’s almost like having one’s whole musical life in one box. It certainly represents the most comprehensive Wishbone collection that I know of and I hope you enjoy it.”
Andy Powell agrees, “It’s truly amazing to look back at the musically fertile 70s and 80s and wonder at the sheer amount of incredible creative output from our band. We had great roots and a really strong blue-print for success. I feel blessed to have played my part in it all and I’m truly thankful that it’s set the course for my entire life and all the music that’s followed, as the band continues to live on into the 21st century.”
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Title - ‘Karma Obscur’
Artist - Shob
Talented bass player with many collaborations (Roger (Biwandu-Zawinul syndicate), Patrick
Rondat (G3), PapaGuyo (Sly & Family Stone), J Halliday, Charles X, Eths…), Shob releases his
second album Karma Obscur after the successful debut, Pragmatism.
An intense progressive rock/funk played live by amazing musicians, Karma Obscur is Jazz-Rock Fusion at its finest. Twisting and turning delightfully, never steering a course too unknown, in my humble opinion, Shob's sophomore album is already his best work.
1. “Hors D'oeuvre” (2:02)
2. “Straight Ahead” (5:25)
3. “Except I'm 65” (4:47)
4. “Enclosures” (5:19)
5. “Karma Obscur” (4:18)
6. “Rusty Dog” (5:36)
7. “The Right Move” (4:53)
8. “Green Elephant” (5:15)
9. “The Professor” (4:23)
10. “Divergence” (5:29)
11. “Action Mutante” (3:55)
12. “Dissection” (5:25)
13. “Sulfur” (5:03)
We begin with the appropriately entitled “Hors D'oeuvre”, a slap bass funk delight, that blends seamlessly into both the harder, more pronounced Blues bass of “Straight Ahead” and then the lush, R&B vibe of “Except I’m 65.”
The frenetic soul/blues “Enclosures” is up next and that’s followed by the title track, the terrifically paced “Karma Obscur.” The tempo comes down somewhat next for the late night jazz club appeal of “Rusty Dog”, before it’s picked right up again for the playful jazz notes of “The Right Move”. Some ferocious slap bass is back again for the brilliant “Green Elephant”, which is followed by the deliberately stop-start pace of “The Professor.”
Next up is “Divergence”, which is backed by another stand out track on this sophomore album, “Action Mutante.” The album then comes to a close with the jazz lite “Dissection”, before rounding out with the Blues organ , and guitar-backed beauty “Sulfur.”
Line-up: Shob - Bass, Guitar (3, 6, 7, 9-13), Additional Percussions
With Morgan Berthet - Drums; Denis Cornardeau - Guitar (2-4, 8); Gabriel Druot - Guitar (5);
Jean Loup Siaut - Guitar (10); Pierre Danel - Guitar (11); Jorris Guilbaud - Keyboards (6, 7, 10, 11); Vincent Vilnet - Keyboards (4, 12, 13); Tony Lavaud - Keyboards (2, 5, 8); Robin Magord - Keyboards (3, 9); Laurène Pierre Magnani - Vocals (3); Monkey D Beasty - Vocals (1); Rémy Béesau - Trumpet
PJ Ley - Trumpet (3); Olivier Miqueu - Trombone; FM Moreau - Sax; Ludovic Lesage - Jumbe, Congas
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Title - 'One More Crooked Dance’
Artist - Jules Shear
For those not in the know, Jules Shear is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who wrote the Cyndi Lauper hit single "All Through the Night" and The Bangles' hit "If She Knew What She Wants". Oh, and he also charted a hit as a solo performer with "Steady" in 1985.
Today, Jules Shear isn’t being cagy when he insists he doesn’t know what the songs on his 13th studio album, One More Crooked Dance (Funzalo Records), and first since 2013’s Longer to Get to Yesterday are about!
He really doesn’t, at least without being able to consult a lyric sheet, which is nowhere in sight at the moment. With nary a guitar, bass or drum in earshot, Shear didn’t have to wander far from his longtime Woodstock, N.Y., home, corralling locals Pepe (piano), touring partner Molly Farley (vocals) and the legendary John Sebastian (harp) at his neighborhood health food store and somehow cajoling them to join him at his friend’s nearby home studio.
1. ‘Rules of the Game’
3. ‘Be With You’
4. ‘Don't Remember’
6. ‘Looking For Me’
7. ‘The Hunter & the Hunted’
8. ‘A Color That Barely Exists’
9. ‘Oh Marlena’
10. ‘This Flame’
11. ‘Half Hearted Heart’
12. ‘When It's Right’
13. ‘Wrong Again’
On an album bass lined out by some dulcet piano playing, Shear opens with ‘Rules of the Game’ before gently (oh so gently) upping the tempo somewhat on the throaty ‘Painkiller’. The harmonica-opened ’Be With You’ is one of the best, for my money, on this album, and that’s back by both ‘Don’t Remember’ and the angelic, chorus like ‘Guessing.’
Next comes another great track on the thoughtful key work of ‘Looking For Me’ which Shear follows with the quietly beautiful ‘The Hunter and the Hunted’, the perky piano work of ‘A Color that Barely Exists’, and both ‘Oh Marlena’ and the playful ‘This Flame.’
‘Half-Hearted Head’ is a strong track, perhaps the strongest out of the 13, and that’s backed by the wonderful ‘When It’s Right’, before the new offering from Shear rounds out with the resounding ‘Wrong Again.’
Shear’s album might not be what you would want to play at a party, sure, I’ll give you that, but it’s definitely an album chock full of pure, unadulterated musical songwriter and lyrical genius. Which alone is worth it’s weight in gold in this busy, crowded business.
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Title - 'Under What Flag - A Tribute to Fad Gadget'
Artist - Various
For those not in the know, Francis John "Frank" Tovey, known also by his stage name Fad Gadget, was a British avant-garde electronic musician and vocalist.
He was a proponent of both new wave and early industrial music, fusing together a unique blend of pop structured songs mixed with mechanised experimentation.
As Fad Gadget, his music was characterized by the use of synthesizers in conjunction with sounds of found objects, including drills and electric razors.
His bleak, sarcastic and darkly humorous lyrics were filled with biting social commentary toward subjects such as machinery, industrialization, consumerism, human sexuality, mass media, religion, domestic violence and dehumanization while often being sung in a deadpan voice.
Now on Under What Flag (Cleopatra Records), a smattering of underground dark electronic artists pay tribute to the truly groundbreaking British avant-garde artists, Fad Gadget.
1. Bioassay – 'Collapsing New People'
2. Blakk Glass – 'Lady Shave'
3. Blicky – 'Ricky’s Hand'
4. Canter – 'The Box'
5. Charlatan – 'Fireside Favourite'
6. Cortex Defect – 'Back To Nature'
7. Cylab – 'Swallow It'
8. George Sarah – 'Arch Of The Aorta'
9. Labrynth – 'King Of The Flies'
10. Leæther Strip – 'Back To Nature'
11. Maleagant – 'Saturday Night Special (Threatened Brick In The Wall)'
12. Manufactura – 'Insecticide'
13. Microchip Junky – 'Insecticide'
14. Missing Witness – 'The Box'
15. NOIR – 'Back To Nature'
16. Pixelpussy – 'State Of The Nation'
17. Shrapnihil – 'Insecticide'
Blending electronics with found-object noise and deadpan vocals made Fad Gadget an influence on everyone from Depeche Mode, Liars, NIN and more. Inclusive here of performances by industrial icons Leæther Strip, LA-based composer George Sarah, NOIR feat. Athan Maroulis, et al, from the very start re: Bioassay's brilliant early '80s DM vibed 'Collapsing New People', on through to Shrapnihil's more goth industrialization on 'Insecticide', Under What Flag is a flashback to an era sadly gone by; but yet still warmly welcomed in most all our hearts.
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Title - 'Æppreciation II'
Artist - Leæther Strip
For those not in the know, Leæther Strip is a Danish musical project founded on January 13, 1988 by Claus Larsen whose influence has been most felt in the electronic body music and electro-industrial genres.
Leæther Strip was one of the earliest and most prominent acts on Germany's now defunct Zoth Ommog record label. After the demise of Zoth Ommog in 1999, Larsen signed to Bloodline Records, which only released a single before also going out of business.
In 2005 Leæther Strip signed with the Belgian-based label Alfa Matrix. On June 3, 2011, Larsen announced his split from Alfa Matrix in order to self-release future material.
In 2014, Leæther Strip brought us Æppreciation, a collection of songs performed in tribute to their favorite artists of all time. Now we have the follow up to that set, Æppreciation II (via Cleopatra Records).
1. 'Lady Shave' (Fad Gadget)
2. 'Beat My Guest' (Adam Ant)
3. 'Tainted Love' (Gloria Jones/Soft Cell)
4. 'Man in the Man' (Dave Ball)
5. 'You Spin Me Round' (Like a Record) (Dead Or Alive)
6. 'Holidays in the Sun' (Sex Pistols)
7. 'Heat' (Soft Cell)
8. 'View from a Bridge' (Kim Wilde)
9. 'Broken English' (Marianne Faithful)
10. 'Anal Staircase' (Coil)
An interesting collection of artists that wouldn't have sprung to my mind for such a collection of tributes by Leæther Strip to have chosen, but nonetheless, and for the most part, they work really rather well in these new formats.
Fad Gadget's 'Lady Shave' is a defining moment on the album and sets the tone perfectly for what's to come. Adam Ant's 'Beat My Guest' isn't as frenetic as the original, but nice enough, which is actually what could be said of most all the tracks, in truth.
Tracks like 'Tainted Love' (Soft Cell), 'You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)' (Dead Or Alive), Kim Wilde's 'View From A Bridge' and even the Sex Pistols' 'Holidays In The Sun' are all great renditions, but without any uproar behind them, tend to fall a wee bit flat mid way through.
That said, stand out cuts here are ones such as 'Man In The Man' (Dave Ball), 'Heat' (Soft Cell0< and the two tracks that round the album out: the wonderful, truly inspired 'Broken English' (Marianne Faithful), and the powerful 'Anal Staircase' from Coil.
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Title - 'Unbreakable'
Artist - Ali McManus
For those not in the know, Ali McManus, I'll allow Ali to introduce herself.
"My journey has been a series of twists and turns and I mean that literally. Life – and my body itself – have thrown me some serious curves. But music saved my life. One song means three minutes
of no pain, and I can say things with song that I can’t speak in words alone."
"I don’t see myself as a person in a wheelchair. I see myself as a regular person who just happens to sit down all day. I don’t sweat the small stuff, and I believe positivity is the only way."
"I write songs that reflect my life, and I hope to connect with people through my lyrics and inspire with my message. Music has been my greatest healer. Through music, I have become UNBREAKABLE!"
Out now via Desert Dreams, Ali McManus’ debut album Unbreakable, produced by the legendary Jack Douglas, showcases a singer with a powerful voice; and not just a young girl suffering from a rare bone disorder.
2. 'Rhythm That Rhymes'
3. 'Breaking Free'
5. 'Heart Shattered'
Beginning this delightful 6-track album with the title track, the piano balladry of 'Unbreakable', you know through each word sung, each lyric poured out, that Ali's heartfelt life story is coming forth.
Those most personal of feelings are indeed sewn throughout these new tracks, and come to the fore most noticeably within songs such as both 'Breaking Free,' and the simply stunning 'Home.'
A uniquely talented artist who has overcome more obstacles in her 20 young years than some people do in their entire lives, Ali McManus is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most talented songwriters and most beautiful-voiced of singers that I've personally heard in the past decade.
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Title - 'Velvet Groove'
Artist - Eric Valentine & Velvet Groove
This coming Valentine’s Day takes on greater significance for Eric Valentine who will drop his longtime-coming labor of love, Velvet Groove on his namesake day.
This collection of soul-soaked urban grooves and sophisticated contemporary jazz stylings is the first release from the drummer-multi-instrumentalist-songwriter-producer’s Velvet Groove, a creative community of musicians and recording artists spreading love and positivity through music and collaboration.
Drummer/Producer Eric Valentine's 1st single from his much anticipated project - one that features one of today's top charting artists, the sax of Keith McKelley - also brings to the fore the combined talents of: Adam Hawley (guitar); (piano); Benjamin Shepherd (bass); and Darrell Crooks on rhythm guitar.
1. 'Back to the Groove'
2. 'E. Love (Everlasting Love)'
3. 'Velvet Groove'
4. 'Back in the Day'
5. 'Mr. Z'
6. 'That Guy'
7. 'Velvet Groove Reprise'
8. 'Mi Sol'
9. 'Tis So Sweet' (for Wayman Tisdale)
10. 'Joy Inside My Tears'
11. 'Sixth Sense'
12. 'Joy Inside My Tears (Reprise)'
13. 'Reflections (Back in the Day Reprise)'
This delightful, atmospheric 13-track album brings us ten full songs and three reprises, all filled with beautiful, lush melodies and glorious R&B and soul vibes.
Inclusive of Valentine's wife on some tracks - 'E. Love' and 'Back in the Day,' each and every track is a showcase of one of the finest voices in the business today.
Featuring originals throughout, save for a stunningly delightful, and oh-so fresh take on Stevie Wonder’s brilliant 'Joy Inside My Tears,' it also comes complete with members of Wonder’s very own horn section in the mix.
Chock full of all those smooth jazz instrumental sounds mixing sweetly with Valentine's very own soulful vocals - everything that you've come to expect from the man, of course - Velvet Groove is just perfect as being the music you put on for that very special night you have planned, this upcoming February 14th.
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Title - 'Decadence'
Artist - Gong Expresso
For those not in the know, Pierre Moerlen's original Gong was an instrumental jazz fusion outfit led by French drummer and percussionist Pierre Moerlen, which developed as an offshoot of the psychedelic progressive rock band Gong, founded and led by Daevid Allen.
PM’s Gong was a major branch of the massive Gong tree. In the mid ’70’s drummer Pierre Moerlen separated from Daevid Allen marking an end to the Flying Teapot period and a powerful jazz/rock unit was formed and signed to Virgin Records. Pierre’s brother Benoit Moerlen, Hansford Rowe, Francois Causse, Allan Holdsworth were core members.
Many major guests joined them both on albums and touring. Mick Taylor, Mike Oldfield, and French violinist Didier Lockwood were key participants. Mike Oldfield occasionally used the PMG rhythm section for touring also calling on members for albums such as Ommadawn, Incantations, Exposed and Platinum.
Now Gong alumni Francois Causse and Benoit Moerlen and Hansford Rowe join HRIII guitarist Julien Sandiford for the recording of the new album by Gong Expresso titled Decadence.
Featuring: Hansford Rowe – bass; Benoit Moerlen – vibes, marimba; Julien Sandiford – guitar; and Francois Causse – drums, percussion, this new 8 track album (which was also launched using a Pledge Music campaign) is, for my money, already one of the best albums of 2018!
5. 'The Importance of Common Things'
6. 'Eastern Platinum''
8. 'God Knows'
This delightful, atmospheric 8-track album brings us some very strong pieces, some great moments of what one can only assume to be improvisations, and all nurtured sweetly within the loving embrace of jazz fusion / jazz rock.
Says Hansford himself, “Decadence is the title tune on the new Gong Expresso album. Here the word means 'falling away.' I hope this tune and all the music on the album somehow addresses this in an unadorned, direct way."
"When I play with these 3 musicians I am convinced there is something special happening. Benoit Moerlen (vibes, marimba) and Francois Causse (drums, perc) and I began playing together in early 1977 in PM's Gong and our rapport is of the kind only long term relationships can provide."
"On the other hand Julien who is 25 has been alive less time than I have been playing with the others. Yet our musical relationship feels infinitely long. We are recording in two cities, Paris and Montreal."
"Francois' studio in Paris is a tuned percussion church and Piccolo Studios in Montreal is owned by Denis Savage who is co-producing with the band. He is known for his work with Celine Dion.”
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Title - 'Tiki Lounge Live'
Artist - MerrellFankhauser
For those not in the know, Merrell Fankhauser is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s with bands including the Impacts, Merrell & the Exiles, HMS Bounty, Fankhauser-Cassidy Band, and MU.
In addition, 12 songs recorded by Merrell & the Exiles were later released under the group name Fapardokly, even though that group never actually existed!
After moving to San Luis Obispo, California in his teens, he began playing guitar, and got his first break playing in movie theaters and talent shows.
In 1960, after one of these shows, he joined a local band The Impacts as lead guitarist. Their Ventures-influenced sound developed a strong following at the start of the surfing scene.
That surf vibe stayed with Fankhauser forever thereafter and now the legendary psychedelic surf guitarist returns with a live set inspired by his long running TV and radio show, Tiki Lounge!
1. Merrell – 'Fair Winds Blowin'
2. The Brymers – 'Love Of Rock N Roll'
3. Lindsey Ikeno – 'My Ipo'
4. Tim Fankhauser – 'Witch Doctor'
5. Merrell – 'Jungle Lo Lo Band'
6. Merrell – 'Sweet Janeita'
7. Merrell – 'Nawiliwili With You'
8. Merrell – 'Feelin Ok'
9. Merrell & Ed Cassidy – 'Out Of The Town'
10. Big John – 'Rockin Country'
11. Merrell – 'California Cosmic Jam'
12. Merrell – 'Tiki Lounge'
Opening with the upbeat 'Fair Winds Blowin' and backing that up with the Neil Youngesque 'Love Of Rock N Roll' from The Brymers, the album continues onward in various styles. Such as Lindsey Ikeno's island-styled 'My Ipo', which is followed by the husky vocal styling of Merrell's brothe Tim on the slow funk of 'Witch Doctor'.
Merrell takes the lead again on 'Jungle Lo Lo Band', the romantic hipsway of 'Sweet Janeita', the surf ride of 'Nawiliwili With You', and then the brilliant country-tinged 'Feelin Ok'.
Featuring a guest appearance by Ed Cassidy of Spirit, 'Out Of The Town' is a blues jam of the highest order and that's followed by the Johnny Cashesque 'Rockin Country' from Big John. The album then rounds out perfectly with the '60s flashback 'California Cosmic Jam', before the title track, 'Tiki Lounge'.
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Title - 'Ready For Me'
Artist - Madame Mayhem
My goodness! Madame Mayhem is a true rocker, that's for sure! With an eclectic style in every aspect of life, she wears her attitude to her music like a living goth couture mask, and thrusts it in your face whenever you dare peak into her musical world!
With her full force attitude, mayhem is also definitely the right word to describe this extreme artist. Following on from 2015's Now You Know, Madame Mayhem's new album Ready For Me is out in stores now.
1. 'WAR YOU STARTED'
2. 'WAKE UP (ENEMY)'
3. 'HURT ME'
5. 'ALL AROUND THE WORLD'
6. 'NUMBER ONE'
7. 'STAND UP'
8. 'SAY GO'
9. 'BEFORE YOU BURN'
11. 'SLOW IT DOWN'
12. 'SO WRONG (LAY YOU TO REST)'
13. 'READY FOR ME'
As Mayhem herself explains, “All the songs on this album are super personal to me. About my frustrations, trying to get through the rough times, my anxieties and insecurities, some messed up stuff that has happened to me along the way, relationship devastation, you name it."
"I noticed it only afterwards that audiences are really getting 'the dirt' on me through this album. I was super honest, vulnerable, and didn't hold back during the writing process of these songs."
"Corey Lowery and I are a great team because he makes me feel comfortable to spill my guts during writing sessions, and during recordings, to re live these situations I am writing about so whoever is listening gets all of what we wanted to give."
The hard-hitting 'War You Started' kicks off this superb new album in perfect style and, in truth, the other tracks that make up this 13 long album, don't ever bow down either.
Another great track is 'All Around The World' where the feelings of it's always you against the whole damn world, always racing against time, and brought superbly to the fore.
'So Wrong (Lay You To Rest)' is another stand out here, and allows Mayhem to reveal some of her more dark, perhaps even messed up secrets, and then the album rounds out with the strong title track, 'Ready For Me’.
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Title - '24 Hours To Live'
Artist - Tyler Bates
Make no mistake, '24 Hours To Live' is yet another frenetic, fast-paced soundtrack from uber-composer, Tyler Bates, (Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick).
Currently a member of Marilyn Manson's touring band, Tyler got 'The Dark Prince' to lend a new unreleased song, 'God's Going to Cut You Down,' as an album only bonus. Indeed, the traditional hymn was popularized by Johnny Cash and Odetta and Marilyn's interpretation is utterly stunning here.
1. Africa Driving (2:54)
2. Check Point Shoot Out (1:25)
3. Mission Explained (5:10)
4. Assassination (2:14)
5. You Have 24 Hours (5:48)
6. Escape (1:49)
7. Bodies Everywhere (3:33)
8. Car Chase (2:07)
9. Sniper (3:35)
10. Brigade Detour (4:57)
11. Protocol (1:33)
12. Red Mountain (1:31)
13. Flashback (2:43)
14. Mass Shooting (1:32)
15. Family (2:02)
16. Crashing and Killing (2:11)
17. Boy Vision (1:28)
18. He Killed Your Wife (5:41)
19. Dying Again (1:33)
20. God’s Gonna Cut You Down (Marilyn Manson) (2:42)
'24 Hours to Live' is the 2017 American-South African science fiction action thriller film directed by Brian Smrz that follows a career assassin (Ethan Hawke) who is brought back to life for 24 hours to seek revenge and redemption.
As you would expect from a film detailed as such and from a composer renowned for his upbeat soundtracks, '24 Hours To Live' is very heavy on the action sequences - running, fighting, car chases, etc.) and so the music is willing obliging at those junctures.
The uplifting, stirring even opener 'Africa Driving' is quickly followed by what is expected throughout, and that's a total all out adrenaline burst of activity ('Check Point Shoot Out'), but then comes the sedate, quite, passive, thoughtful 'Mission Explained'.
And that's how this soundtrack plays out, never really overloading with heavy, fast stuff, moreover serving us a well balanced musical meal of Tyler Bates at his very best; once again, and as usual.
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Title - 'The Long Road Home'
Artist - Jeff Beal
A Limited Edition 2CD set of just 500 copies, this quite brilliant 'The Long Road Home - National Geographic Original Series' soundtrack from sterling composer Jeff Beal is, most definitely, one for the musical ages.
Based on journalist Martha Raddatz's same-named best-seller, "The Long Road Home" dramatizes the heroism on the front lines of the Iraq War. On April 4, 2004 -- a day that came to be known in military annals as "Black Sunday" -- the 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood was brutally ambushed, an incident that changed the U.S. military's view of Iraq from a peacekeeping mission to a fight against domestic insurgents.
Across eight episodes, the series cuts between the battle in Iraq and the homefront in Texas, where wives and families anxiously await news for 48 agonizing hours. "The Long Road Home" is developed by Mikko Alanne and stars Michael Kelly, Jason Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto and Noel Fisher, Jon Beavers, E.J. Bonilla, Jorge Diaz, Darius Homayoun and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
1. The Mission (3:17)
2. The Long Road Home (1:32)
3. Israel & Lupita (:54)
4. The Ambush Begins (10:02)
5. Last Rites for Chen (4:05)
6. Riddell’s First Kill (2:00)
7. Leann & Gary Volesky (1:18)
8. Just a Boy (1:48)
9. Faith (4:39)
10. The Rescue Begins (4:30)
11. Narrow Streets (:52)
12. Start Making Calls (2:36)
13. It’s Too Late (1:43)
14. A Gathering Of Ravens (2:10)
15. Jassim (2:16)
16. Kids Moved Forward (:39)
17. Darkest Hour (6:11)
18. Young In Iraq (6:32)
1. You Can Tell Them (2:41)
2. Rescue Misses (1:59)
3. Eric Enlists (4:25)
4. Miltenberger’s Ghost (2:21)
5. Crying Doesn’t Help (3:38)
6. Finding The Soldiers (5:09)
7. Here We Go (1:28)
8. Dreaming of Coming Home (5:58)
9. Hope (1:14)
10. A Thousand Steps (1:45)
11. Dream Of Me (2:03)
12. Another Mission (2:11)
13. Roll Call Of The Dead (2:18)
14. Taps — End Credits (:59)
15. Brothers In Arms (1:33)
As you would already fully expect from Jeff Beal, the album is extraordinary from start to finish. Both discs harbor some fine works of musical art, whereas both sides capture the density of the subject matter quite like nothing I've ever heard before.
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Title - 'Disintegrate Me'
Artist - Professor and the Madman
Interestingly enough, 'The Professor and the Madman' is an upcoming American-Irish drama film, based on the book The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester.
That said, it has nothing to do with (one assumes) this brand new supergroup of musical talents and their debut album, Disintegrate Me.
Inspired by Universal horror movies, the literature of Edgar Allan Poe, and the chaos of the world around them, the four veteran musicians who comprise PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN are ready for the curtain to rise on their world debut.
The group comprises co-frontmen Alfie Agnew and Sean Elliott, alongside the legendary rhythm section of drummer Rat Scabies and bassist Paul Gray.
2. 'Space Walrus'
8. 'Demented Love Song'
9. 'Electroconvulsive Therapy'
10. 'Christmas Eve' (Bonus Track)
They open with the balls to the wall retro punk of 'Nightmare', before heading into the Beatlesesque 'Space Walrus', a track that is, for my money, the highlight of the album. That's backed by the guitar pop of both 'Wishes' and the brilliant 'Faces', before the unexpected piano ballad 'Mirror' comes to the fore.
The frenetic guitars of 'Machines' is yet another great track to fire up on a car journey and that's followed by both 'Useless' and the lo-fi countrified 'Demented Love Song'. The album then rounds out officially with the wirey Oasisesque beauty 'Electroconvulsive Therapy,' but there's still time for them to sneak the simply brilliant bonus track 'Christmas Eve' in!
Co-produced by the band and David M. Allen (The Cure, The Damned, The Sisters of Mercy), Disintegrate Me's nine tracks (not counting the Xmas bonus cut) obviously encompass elements of British Invasion rock, Britpop, psych, Prog, power pop, and even country, all underpinned by the melodic punk energy that these guys have always possessed and shown live.
But don't think for one minute that this is music still destined to be resigned in people's minds as flashback fodder, for every single one of these tracks is urgent, is required, and is more raw and alive as anything in today's current so-called Top 40 chart.
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Title - 'Jazz, Groove & Attitude'
Artist - Under The Lake
2018 marks Under The Lake's 25th Anniversary and so why wouldn't they want to bring forth one of their best albums to date.
But more of that in a moment, for over the past 25 years, UTL has garnered many notable accomplishments including: nominations for Best Pop-Jazz Album and Best Pop-Jazz Group in the 1994 San Diego Music Awards; and “Up For Air” was listed by WBJB (NY/NJ) as one of the top 10 releases for 1996.
Black Entertainment Television's BET on Jazz included the song “The Slider” on their Jazz Discoveries CD released and distributed by BMG Direct (1997); Radio and syndicated broadcast of songs from both CDs nationally and internationally; and their 1994 release “Dive In” was listed as Chartbound for 5 weeks on Gavin's NAC tracking.
Indeed, Under The Lake's last release, "People Together" (2007) was on the Smooth Jazz Indie Radio Chart for 11 weeks and received radio airplay throughout the country. And so, as Under The Lake recordings continue to be heard streaming on Spotify, GooglePlay, and iTunes, released February 23rd, 2018, their brand new album Jazz, Groove & Attitude is here to claim even more awards and accolades.
1. 'Breaking Through'
2. 'Good Things'
3. 'November 30th'
4. 'George is His Name'
5. 'Fathers Day'
6. 'Second Time Around'
8. 'Full Of Life'
9. 'I Just Can't Wait'
10. 'Rise and Shine'
11. 'September Groove'
The new album from Portland, OR's UTL (Keyboardist Jayson Tipp, Bassist Kenny Franklin, Guitarists Trent Baarspul or Evan Mustard, Drummer Brian Foxworth, saxophonist Nat Caranto and trombonist John Moak), and which also features David Evans on tenor sax, with special guest Joe Powers on harmonica), kicks off with the upbeat and funky 'Breaking Through', and backs that up with both the trumpets of 'Good Things' and the slip 'n' slide vibe of 'November 30th.'
The laid back approach to 'George is His Name' is a winner from start to finish and is backed by the mid-tempo funk and slap bass of 'Fathers Day.' Next up is one of my own personal favorites in the late night, smokey jazz club appeal of 'Second Time Around' which itself is followed by the deep heartfelt raw soul of 'LGT' and then the trumpets and organ come back to the fore on the longest track on the CD at just over seven minutes, 'Full Of Life.'
Next up is the vibrantly soulful 'I Just Can't Wait' and that's backed by the low and breezy 'Rise and Shine', with this terrific album coming to a close with the six minute trumpet epic, 'September Groove.'
In closing, Under The Lake does an excellent job of featuring their own individual style and instruments in a collaborative fashion, from the funky bass and drums to the guitar grooves, melodic keyboards and sexy saxophone. See them live whenever they come to your town and buy this, and all their previous CDs today.
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Title - 'Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham'
Artist - Steve Hackett
For those not in the know, Steve Hackett is an English musician, songwriter, singer and producer who gained prominence as the guitarist of the English progressive rock band Genesis from 1971 to 1977.
Hackett contributed to six Genesis studio albums, three live albums, seven singles and one EP before leaving to pursue a solo career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.
Hackett released his first solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte, while still a member of Genesis in 1975. After a series of further solo albums beginning in 1978, Hackett co-founded the supergroup GTR with another progressive guitarist, Steve Howe of Yes and Asia, in 1986.
The group released the self-titled album GTR, which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and spawned the Top 20 single "When the Heart Rules the Mind". When Hackett left GTR in 1987, the group disbanded.
Hackett then resumed his solo career. He has released albums and toured worldwide on a regular basis since.
On 26th January 2018, Inside Out Music released Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham, the new live release from the guitar legend.
Wuthering Nights was filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall during Hackett's recent, critically-acclaimed Genesis Revisited & Classic Hackett tour.
Available as Special Edition 2DVD + 2CD Digipak, Blu-Ray, Digital album and Blu-Ray in stereo and surround sound, this is a must-have for any prog fan.
1. "Every Day"
2. "El Niño"
3. "The Steppes"
4. "In the Skeleton Gallery"
5. "Behind the Smoke"
6. "Serpentine Song"
7. "Rise Again"
8. "Shadow of the Hierophant"
9. "Eleventh Earl of Mar"
1. "One for the Vine"
2. "Acoustic Improvisation"
3. "Blood on the Rooftops"
4. "In That Quiet Earth"
6. "Dance on a Volcano"
7. "Inside and Out"
8. "Firth of Fifth"
9. "The Musical Box"
10. "Los Endos"
DVD 1 - Concert Part 1:
1. "Every Day"
2. "El Nino"
3. "The Steppes"
4. "In the Skeleton Gallery"
5. "Behind the Smoke"
6. "Serpentine Song"
7. "Rise Again"
8. "Shadow of the Hierophant"
Wuthering Nights, Live in Birmingham - Behind the Scenes Documentary (32:32)
DVD 2 - Concert Part 2:
1. "Eleventh Earl of Mar" *
2. "One For the Vine" *
3. "Acoustic Improvisation"
4. "Blood on the Rooftops" *
5. "In That Quiet Earth" *
6. "Afterglow" *
7. "Dance on a Volcano" *
8. "Inside and Out" *
9. "Firth of Fifth" *
10. "The Musical Box" *
11. "Los Endos" *
(* Genesis track)
Behind the Smoke"
Fifty Miles from the North Pole"
West to East"
Indeed, this tour marked the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, Hackett's last album with Genesis which reached number 7 in the UK album chart. To celebrate Steve and his band played 5 of the best-loved tracks from this iconic album: "Eleventh Earl Of Mar", "One For The Vine", "Blood On The Rooftops", "In That Quiet Earth" and "Afterglow".
The quietly melodic 'Every Day' begins the live experience and is backed by the raging 'El Niño', a very cutting edge, sax-backed 'The Steppes', and then both a mid-tempo 'In the Skeleton Gallery' and a delightful 'Behind the Smoke'. 'Serpentine Song' has always been one of my favorite tracks from Hackett's musical history and that's backed by the dulcet 'Rise Again,' the terrifically ambient 'Shadow of the Hierophant,' and the track that ends the first disc, the 'Eleventh Earl of Mar' is, as always, a frenetic organ-backed track.
Out the box first on the second disc is 'Out for the Vine' which is followed seamlessly by some terrific, and rather breathtaking, albeit short at just .34 seconds, 'Acoustic Improvisation.' 'Blood on the Rooftops' is a study in acoustic guitar, and is backed by 'In That Quiet Earth', 'Afterglow', and both 'Dance on a Volcano' and 'Inside and Out.'
The first disc then comes to a close with the simply fantastic, and ten minute long 'Firth of Fifth', before finally rounding out with both the eleven minute long gem 'The Musical Box', and then the guitar powerhouse rockathon on 'Los Endos.'
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Title - 'Blue Rain'
Artist - Cary Heuchert
For those not in the know, Vancouver based singer-songwriter Cary Heuchert is one of the best artists-you've-never-heard-of that I myself have finally heard of!
Coming complete with an extensive progressive rock history, like many musicologists, Cary is also a gifted recording artist in his own right.
On what has turned out to be an incredible debut (although he did release Nocturna And Other Stories beforehand), Blue Rain, Cary reaches into his assortment of musical past experiences and loves and brings forth an album that persons the best elements of both rock and pop. Not stopping there, he also lovingly includes elements of folk-rock, psych-pop, and even clearly improvisational moments too.
The self-produced debut sees Cary playing all I the instruments himself, with each song featuring different instrumentations, with multi-tracked songs aplenty, all played entirely in his very own studio. A long process, for sure, but one that provides us, the listener, the (new) fan with a musical experience that's as honest, as raw, as heartfelt as quite like anything I've heard in the past decade.
From start to finish, Blue Rain is a completist's album of music. For example, on the title track alone, Cary plays acoustic 12-string, something he's always obviously loved the sound of, and a Roland guitar synthesizer for harmony. Oh, and by the sound if it, a fretless bass.
“Every Morning Comes” is a quietly passive cut, whilst one of my favorite tracks, “The Girl Of Dreams” incorporates a delightful '60s vibe along with an ethnic backbeat. Quite clearly inspired by groups such as Pink Floyd, Spirit, Traffic, Family and others, next on Cary's debut album is “Rainfall,” which keeps to the overall theme of the album, and that's backed by both the keyboard-infused “Winterlude” and the acoustic/electric guitar work on “Not Just Another Day.”
Stand out track “Maoershan” is up next and wow, what a cut it truly is. “Maoershan,” which is actually the Mandarin Chinese name for a mountain in Heilongjiang province, a place that Cary knows all too well, heavily leans into the mellotron, thusly giving it a sound that becomes unique to the overall recording. “Lost In Your Dream” has a defiant Moody Blues vibe to it, whereas the optimism of the folk-oriented "Someday” is beyond delightful.
Rounding out the album is, funnily enough, another optimistic track in “Ode To The Sun", where both the Mellotron brass and organ provide a stunning contrast to one another.
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Title - 'Atoms'
Artist - Bonefish
For those not in the know, the bonefish (Albula vulpes) is the type species of the bonefish family (Albulidae) , the only family in order Albuliformes ... wait, hang on just one dang minute, this is a CD review, not the bloody fishing channel!
OK, so with that now said, this Bonefish is a rock band from Stockholm, Sweden and was formed in 2010 by singer/songwriter Bie Karlsson whom have a long career with chart selling Swedish’ bands T-Shirts and Docenterna.
On their second full length album, Atoms, Bonefish is taking their '70s and '80s influences well into the 21st century in Max Lorentz’ fine and innovative production.
Sure, some of their blues flavors have been toned down, but the foundation of these 11 brand new compositions are still pure Americana, that's for sure. Clearly more polished, sculptured with art rock and Brit rock influences within their cores, each track is vibrant and as warranted to the scene as the next, of that have no worries.
2. 'Another Day'
3, 'Fallen in Love'
4. 'Old Town Fisherman Blues'
5. 'Potential Loss of Faith'
7. 'Kissing In The Rain'
8. 'I See Your Heart'
9. 'Hey Hi Ho'
10. 'Salt and Crome'
11. 'Crappy Eyes'
The mid-tempo, twisting and turning sounds of the title track open the album and that leads seamlessly to the more pop lock, late '80s fun of 'Another Day', with the '60s vibe of 'Fallen in Love' following along close behind. One of my own personal favorites is the storytelling of 'Old Town Fisherman Blues', which is backed by both the jangly guitars of 'Potential Loss of Faith' and the darkly upbeat 'Sister.'
The tempo reduces for the gentle hipsway of 'Kissing In The Rain' which is then backed by the mid-'90s feel of 'I See Your Hear' and then the inner turmoil of where we are in life within 'Hey Hi Ho.' This quite stunning new album then rounds out with the slow guitar blues ballad of 'Salt And Crome' and then a song they obviously had so much fun recording, 'Crappy Eyes.'
Bonefish are: Bie Karlsson, lead vocals and guitar, Matte Norberg, guitar and backing vocals, Rasmus Rasmusson, drums, percussion and backing vocals, Anders Nylle Thoor, Bass and lead vocals.
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Title - 'Electric Eyes'
Artist - Thor
For those not in the know, Thor (stylized as THOR) is a heavy metal band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Thor started out as a concept band in 1973. They used the names "Thor", "Centaur" and "Mikl Body Rock". These entities were the brainchild of Jon Mikl Thor, a vocalist, musician and body building champion who won titles such as Mr. USA and Mr. World Canada.
He decided to combine muscle with music. In every show Jon Mikl Thor would appear as "Thor The Rock Warrior". Mikl Body Rock aka "Thor" toured throughout North America seeking fame and to garnish enough attention to secure a record deal. The press dubbed them "Kings of Muscle Rock" or "Warriors of Gladiator Rock".
Now out as a wonderful archive release, Electric Eyes is a true gift from the metal Gods! The unreleased album from metal heroes Thor was recorded in 1979 as a follow-up to their blockbuster debut Keep The Dogs Away and features some never before heard recordings.
These very same tracks bridge the gap perfectly between Thor's glam rock beginnings and his later evolution into full heavy metal in the early '80s! With original cover art by comic book artist, Ken Landgraf, who has worked for both DC and Marvel, Electric Eyes is a pure delight for all fans of not only Thor, but this genre of music.
1. 'Special Flight'
2. 'She's a Fancy Lady'
4. 'Wild Thing'
5. 'Electric Eyes'
6. 'Twitch (Let's Go)'
9. 'The Door (Face Behind My Mask)'
10. 'Gladiator Romp'
Recorded in 1979, then inexplicably shelved, this what-would-have-been sophomore album showcases the transitional changes they made to their music perfectly. Less glam, more heavy, guitar centric, Electric Eyes' 10 tracks are all solid and are all worthy of having actually been that sophomore album release.
Now nearly some 40 years on and the always brilliant Cleopatra Records ave secured the rights to the recording and have released it for everyone to enjoy. Chock full of a more conventional rock/metal than their debut, you can also hear the rumblings of a band trying to find that musical comfort zone within each track.
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Title - 'Damo Suzuki & Jelly Planet'
Artist - Damo Suzuki & Jelly Planet
For those not in the know, Kenji Suzuki, better known as Damo Suzuki, is a Japanese musician who has been living in Germany since the early 1970s and is best known as the former lead singer of the German krautrock group Can.
As a teenager, Suzuki spent the late 1960s wandering around Europe, often busking. When Malcolm Mooney left Can after recording their first album Monster Movie, Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit encountered Suzuki busking in Munich, Germany, whilst the two were sitting outside at a street café. They invited him to join the group, and he did, performing with them that evening.
Suzuki was with Can from 1970 to 1973, recording a number of well-regarded albums such as Tago Mago, Future Days and Ege Bamyasi. Suzuki's first vocal performance with Can was "Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone" from Soundtracks. His freeform, often improvised lyrics, were sung in no particular language.
He returned to music in 1983, and currently leads what is known as "Damo Suzuki's Network" – as he tours, he performs live improvisational music with various local musicians, so-called "Sound Carriers".
This brand new release, Damo Suzuki & Jelly Planet finds Damo performing a fully improvised set in studio with German experimentalists Jelly Planet. Incredible sonic quality and authentically mind-blowing explorations of the outer edges of space rock, each and every one of the tracks will have you mesmerized.
1. Wildschweinbraten (27:59)
2. Venushügel (34:51)
From the innovative vocalist of legendary Krautrock group, Can, comes this incredible album that combines all he is known for along with a stunning side step into the musical world of Jelly Planet. This CD/ digital / 2 LP set may well only have 2 tracks, but both are half-hour journeys into pure, unadulterated improvisational Krautrock territory.
For those unaccounted with Damo, what you get here is a variation of feedback drone combining perfectly with slow pulse movements, all lovingly wrapped within the confines of a motor beat and, at times, swooping modulators set to various distinctions.
As we head into the second of the tracks, this musical form is continued - for, if it ain't broke, don't fix it - but this time adds more deep bass patterns, synths, and even some legendary Damo vocal mumbles. Deep and low, at first, throughout the track they start to rise, to grown in front of our very ears, as the quirky guitars and dulcet grooves begin to take ahold.
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Title - 'This Burning Sun'
Artist - Peter Galperin
For those not in the know, the multi-talented Peter Galperin writes songs about the people, places and things he loves, with a healthy combination of humor, skepticism, and honesty.
Indeed, he fully admits to what he doesn't understand and questions what he already knows, in a unique musical style that fuses world rhythms with rock, country and folk melodies.
Recorded in 2017 in Nashville at the 515 Studio with Chip Hardy (production), Smith Curry (pedal, lap steel and electric guitar), David Dorn (piano, organ), Rodney Lewis (bass), Wes Little (drums and percussion), Britt Savage (bkgd vocals) and Robert Aaron (sax), his brand new album ThisBurning Sun is a musical testament to the songwriting skills that Galperin harbors.
1. 'Normal To You'
2. 'King of You and Me'
3, 'I Been Told'
4. 'On Higher Ground'
5. 'Don't Look Back'
6. 'Hey, What Can You Do'
7. 'Lost Our Way'
8. 'One More Smile'
Engineered by Trevor Golden and Bobby Holland, the 8 tracks are of the highest storytelling nature that you quickly find yourself not only humming or singing along, but agreeing to Halperin's lyrical observations. Whether they be on life or the planet, love or the complexities of relationships, This Burning Sun covers them all and more.
A gentle key organ opening brings us one of the best tracks on this new album, the upbeat, observantly revealing ballad 'Normal To You' and backs it with both the drum-backed, jaunty storytelling of 'King of You and Me' and the lo-fi 'I Been Told'.
'On Higher Ground' is a happy, whistling song and makes you smile every time you hear it and is followed by the guitar rock of 'Don't Look Back' and then the finger-snapping' ditty 'Hey, What Can You Do.'
The album then comes to a close with a beautiful act of musical climate storytelling on 'Lost Our Way' and then the lovelorn, initially low key, initially low vocal, harmonica-driven 'One More Smile.'
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Title - 'Zürich / Lausanne'
Artist - Brainticket
For those not in the know, Brainticket is an experimental European krautrock band most active in the early 1970s, and known for its use of exotic instruments and jazz-inspired compositions.
Nowadays, the only constant member has been Belgian musician Joel Vandroogenbroeck. The band continues to perform concerts and release albums in the 2000s.
Out now via Cleopatra Records are two full-length, and previously unreleased live recordings spanning 2CDs and featuring the founder of pioneering electronic behemoth, Brainticket, Joel Vandroogenbroeck!
Zürich / Lausanne includes compositions not found on any other album and combine everything that you know and have loved over the years about the band now in one incredible live 2CD package.
DISC 1: Live in Zürich – February 4, 1983
1. Flight In The Rings Of Saturn
2. Seventh Dance To Relativities / For Papa
3. Dark Star
DISC 2: Live In Lausanne – October 20, 1984
1. Bali Loop
2. Matter Matters
3. Markus’ Interlude
5. Black Sand
In 1980, Belgian-born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Joel Vandroogenbroeck revived his early ‘70s avant-garde electronic act Brainticket alongside longtime member Willy Seefeldt, jazz musician Hans Deyssenroth, and Swiss jazz & electronic aficionado Bruno Spoerri.
Three years later the quartet would perform their very first show in a landmark performance at the “Computer und Musik” symposium in Zürich, Switzerland.
Though long a part of Brainticket lore, this concert has never before been released on a commercial format and now comes perfectly paired with an equally historic performance in 1984 at the Théatre de Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Inclusive also of Vandroogenbroek and Spoerri plus Peter Fürst, both of these full-length concert recordings contain improvisations and compositions not found anywhere else and, from start to finish and a pure musical joy to behold.
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Title - 'The Lost Tapes'
Artist - Buddy Rich
For those not in the know, Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.
Widely considered one of the most influential drummers of all time and known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed, Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" during his career.
Indeed, he performed with many bandleaders, most notably Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Count Basie, and even led his own big band.
Rich also played for Presidents Roosevelt, Kennedy and Reagan as well as the Queen of England. He was a featured soloist with Boston Pops and London Philharmonic and was the recipient of a Grammy Presidents Merit Award.
In April 1985 — two years before his untimely passing — Buddy Rich and his band recorded a concert at One Pass Productions’ King Street Studio in San Francisco.
Thought to be destroyed in a fire and lost, Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes is a historic preservation and restoration project. The producers recovered the masters in 1990 and went about restoring the original surround sound track of the last concert Buddy Rich recorded before he passed away in 1987.
1. "Mexicali Nose"
3. "‘Round Midnight"
4. "Cotton Tail"
5. "New Blues"
6. "Tee Bag"
7. "The Red Snapper"
8. "West Side Story (Medley)"
From start to finish this live performance is a true joy to behold. Inclusive of such musically demanding chart hits as "Mexicali Nose, "Willowcrest, "The Red Snapper" and Bill Reddie's superlative arrangement of the "West Side Story (Medley)" - that includes two of Buddy's breathtaking extended drum solos - just hearing these alone would have been Heaven enough for me.
But there's so much more, of course, for Rich rounds out with Monk's "'Round Midnight", Ellington's "Cotton Tail", Don Piestrup's "New Blues", and even Mike Manieri's "Tee Bag". This last track being the actual last one ever to be performed by Buddy, pianist Bill Cunliffe and bassist Dave Carpenter.
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Title - 'Earthbound: 40th Anniversary Edition' [CD/DVD]
Artist - King Crimson
For those not in the know, King Crimson are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968.
In fact, King Crimson have been influential both on the early 1970s progressive rock movement and numerous contemporary artists.
Indeed, the band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history of which 21 musicians have been members; since October 2017 it has consisted of Robert Fripp, Jakko Jakszyk, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, Jeremy Stacey and Bill Rieflin.
Nowadays, Fripp is the only consistent member of the group and is considered the band's leader and driving force and with the band having earned a large cult following, they were ranked No. 87 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
The just released Earthbound is the twelfth release in the acclaimed King Crimson 40th anniversary series. The CD features an expanded 12 track version of the original five track album with the DVD featuring the 12 track expanded album in 24/96 hi-res stereo audio plus the Summit Studios performance in a new stereo mix and in quadraphonic.
1. 21st Century Schizoid Man
3. The Sailor’s Tale
Mastered by Robert Fripp and Simon Heyworth at Sanctuary Mastering, 2002
6. Pictures Of A City (8/3/72, Milwaukee)
7. Formentera Lady (8/3/72, Milwaukee)
8. Cirkus (26/2/72, Orlando)
Mastered by David Singleton at DGM, 2017
Original album sequence extended - 4 additional tracks for DVD - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48)
Summit Studios: New Stereo Mix
PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48)
PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48)
Original vinyl transfer
PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48)
Summit Studios: New Quad mix
DTS 5.1 Digital Surround
As all their devoted fans will already know, this is the only surviving multi-track performance from the 1972 tour. Furthermore, the DVD features the album length "Schizoid Men" sequence of edits of 21st Century Schizoid Men taken from the Ladies of The Road live album.
As for the album itself, this live recording known as Earthbound was released in 1972 as a budget record shortly after the line-up that recorded it had broken up. As aforementioned, it contains the band's first official live release of their signature song "21st Century Schizoid Man", and an extended live version of their 1970 non-LP B-side "Groon". It also contains two improvised tracks with scat vocals from Boz Burrell.
So, just what did we think of Earthbound the first time of hearing it? Well, to me, it was King Crimson let loose, uncontrolled for want of a better word. A wall of sound is put up time after time here, allowing them to forsake their previous outings where a more finessed sound was their core.still an album for the ages, believe it or not.
Robert Fripp – electric guitar
Boz Burrell – bass guitar, vocals
Mel Collins – alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, mellotron
Ian Wallace – drums
A transfer of the original vinyl album completes the audio selections and this release is also presented as a digipak format in a slipcase with new sleeve notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith along with rare photos and archive material.
As aforementioned, Earthbound: 40th Anniversary Edition continues the highly collectable King Crimson series, and in some great style, as hearing these songs again, in such luxurious quality, is like Heaven on a stick for this prog fan.
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Title - 'The Diary of Patrick Xavier'
Artist - Stu Hamm
For those not in the know, the story behind this new album from Stu Hamm is rather wonderful.
As noted on his Indiegogo fundraising page for it, he began looking to raise the money to record this album, a complete and new project, due to finding a diary in a hotel in Italy on day.
The author, Patrick Xavier, had been going through many things that were completely different at the time to Hamm's own life, but at exactly the same time as what Hamm himself had been going through on his latest journey.
Furthermore, what Hamm held in his hands back then was a diary of an American who, after life-changing events, had decided to travel for 18 months to find…???...and to keep a journal of his physical, emotional and spiritual journey.
Ergo, Hamm's deeply personal and rather intriguing, and appropriately entitled new album, The Diary of Patrick Xavier is a collection of solo bass work based on his own real life experiences - and one amazing coincidence, of course, one day in that aforementioned hotel room.
Stu Hamm has been the go-to bass player for the world's great musicians. Time spent playing with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani has cemented his place among the greats and gave him the
platform to display his pioneering bass techniques to adoring crowds worldwide.
This new album is going to only further endorse just what a stunning and complete bass musician he truly is and once the live shows kick in, and he showcases to the public each night the quality of his work - both old and new - I wouldn't be surprised if a major label deal is put across his table to sign soon thereafter.
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Title - 'Creatures of Love'
Artist - Andy Wickett & World Service
For those not in the know, Andy Wickett (once known as Fane in the 1970s) is a singer-songwriter from the Birmingham area, who was a member of Duran Duran in 1979.
indeed, more than that, Wickett actually wrote most of 'Girls on Film' and 'Rio' before leaving Duran Duran; both of which he rerecorded with Ray Bronner the guitarist for Blues legends John Lee Hooker and Freddie Roulette.
Wickett's career started in 1976, singing and playing in the band TV Eye, followed by Duran Duran, The Xpertz and World Service. He has played concerts supporting The Clash, U2, Culture Club, Duran Duran, Burning Spear and Gregory Isaacs, also producing and writing albums with Asian artists Nusrat Ali Fateh Khan and DCS.
Now the original vocalist for the new wave icons Duran Duran, who has built a solid music career in his hometown of Birmingham recording and performing both as a solo artist and with his band World Service, has just released his debut solo CD, Creatures of Love.
1. 'Border Song'
2. 'Make It'
4. 'The Good Die Young'
7. 'Ain't No One'
8. 'Children of the Night'
9. 'Creatures of Love'
10. 'Preacher Man'
11. 'Take Me to the City'
Chock full of lush, pop sounds built on classic-sounding lines, Wickett's solo debut is, quite easily, as good as they come. The hipsway of the opener, 'Border Song' is backed seamlessly by the lo-fi Gospel sounds of 'Make It' and then the euphoric 'Kingdom.'
'The Good Die Young', an ode to Billy May, is up next and is followed by the translucent vibe of 'Darleen', which in turn is backed by both the upbeat, perky pop of 'Evidently' and then 'Ain't No One.' One of my own personal favs is the fun pop rock flow of 'Children of the Night', which is followed by the title track.
The album then comes to a close with the finger-snapping' urgency of 'Preacher Man', with the album rounding out with the old-school swing vibe of 'Take Me to the City.' With all the tracks unsurprisingly wrapped lovingly within the heart and soul of the '80s, Creatures of Love is an album laid bare on synth strong and well-crafted pop songs - just as you would always hope to expect from the man who brought the world 'Rio'.
In closing, and hot on the heels of last year's monumental release (on RSD vinyl) of the original 1979 demos Duran Duran cut with Wickett prior to the entrance of Simon Le Bon, Wickett and World Service's new album is truly magnificent and a wondrous venture back into the musical genre that he obviously still enjoys so very much.
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Title - 'No Mercy'
Artist - Karney
For those not in the know, Anna Karney has been making great music for many years, performing across the US and collaborating with many talented and notable artists.
She has put out several singles and EPs as a solo artist and together with her band, and now has just released the fifth full-length Karney album of original songs entitled No Mercy.
1. 'No Mercy'
2. 'Wild Green'
3. 'Restless Wind'
4. 'Same Song'
5. 'I Got Mine'
6. 'Speed of a Bullet'
7. 'Not Lost'
8. 'Hold On'
9. 'Beautiful Day'
10. 'I Got the Light'
11. 'Manifest Destiny'
12. '9 Lines - In the 21st Century'
Keeping her mind on social justice and positive messages, Anna Karney's lyrical content offers a sardonic and sometimes straightforward approach to many of the issues facing people today, with a message of hope resonating throughout every song she writes.
The title track opener is like listening to The Pretenders at the height of their fame, and that's backed by the Eastern-backed, balls out rocker 'Wild Green' and then the lo-fi countrified 'Restless Wind.' The mid-tempo 'Same Song' is next and is backed seamlessly by both 'I Got Mine' and the frenetic guitar fest 'Speed of a Bullet'.
'Not Lost' is another countrified cut and is followed by the upbeat 'Hold On', with another of my fav tracks, the storytelling of 'Beautiful Day' along next. The jangly guitar and pert horn combo on the uplifting 'I Got the Light' is then backed by the rocker 'Manifest Destiny', before the album comes to a close with the grunge-lite '9 Lines - In the 21st Century'.
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Title - 'Live at Montreux, 1975'
Artist - Charles Mingus
For those not in the know, Charles Mingus was one of the all-time great jazz bass players, but he was also an innovative composer and a leader with a clear vision of where he wanted to go and, in truth, little sympathy for those who couldn’t keep up with him.
As a young jobbing bass man in the forties he played with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, and his idol Duke Ellington. In the fifties he pursued a solo career and launched his own record label.
After a brief withdrawal from music in the late sixties he returned, seemingly reinvigorated, in the early seventies playing in a quintet. Unfortunately in 1977 he was diagnosed with a crippling disease, which confined him to a wheelchair up until his death in 1979, but didn’t stop him composing.
This just-released new 2CD entitled Live at Montreux, 1975 concert, recorded (of course) at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 20,1975, primarily features considerably extended versions of tracks from the pair of albums Changes One and Changes Two that were released in 1974 together; with workouts on a couple of old standards Goodbye Pork Pie Hat and Take The “A” Train.
1. Devil Blues
2. Free Cell Block F Tis Nazi U S
3. Sue's Changes
1. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
2. Take The "A" Train
The line-up that night featured Charles Mingus on bass with Don Pullen on piano, Dannie Richmond on drums, George Adams on tenor sax, and Jack Walrath on trumpet. For the track Goodbye Pork Pie Hat they are joined on stage by the great Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax and Benny Bailey on trumpet.
As you would fully expect from the Hall of Fame iconoclastic composer, arranger, pianist, and double bassist Charles Mingus, Live at Montreux, 1975 is an album that you can easily lose yourself deeply within the moment they start playing.
Having listened to these CDs twice through now, back to back, it's as if each of the rousing, heartfelt treatments created there that night slowly, but surely raise their own musical bar as the concert progresses.
Much like as with the propulsive saxophone riffing, at the same time Mingus is urging the musicians to go higher, faster and stronger. I mean, just their rendition of Good Bye Pork Pie Hat alone will grab your soul, believe me.
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Title - 'Hangman' (Soundtrack)
Artist - Frederik Wiedmann
'Hangman' is the story of a grizzled detective (Al Pacino) and a criminal profiler (Karl Urban) who pursue a serial killer whose crimes are inspired by a children's game called Hangman.
The soundtrack has been composed by the highly talented young German composer, Frederik Wiedmann. Out now via Varese Sarabande, 'Hangman' is as taut a set of compositions as the actual play out of the movie.
1. The Hangman (1:49)
2. The First Victim (3:55)
3. Only Blood Left Behind (2:44)
4. Joey (2:37)
5. Suicide Attempt (1:00)
6. Underneath the Cross (1:42)
7. An Old Case (3:07)
8. 11 PM Murder (2:40)
9. Slaughterhouse (3:05)
10. The Letter V (2:40)
11. The Replica (2:53)
12. No Rest (4:10)
13. Inches Away (2:20)
14. Seven More People (1:34)
15. My Own Reasons (2:42)
16. The Girl in the Alley (1:54)
17. The Apartment (3:31)
18. One Scar Is Not Enough (5:13)
19. I Failed You (4:51)
20. Archer (3:47)
21. The Letter (:35)
Each of the 21 tracks encapsulate their moments on screen perfectly and embrace the jobs given to them by Wiedmann perfectly. The opening track, for instance, 'The Hangman' is a brilliantly stirring, edgy work of musical art, much like the sombre, stirring 'An Old Case', the chilling 'Slaughterhouse', and the longest track at over five minutes, the simply pulsating 'One Scar Is Not Enough'.
Wiedmann composed the scores for the 2014 films Sniper: Legacy as well as Field of Lost Shoes. Wiedmann also composed the score for the 2007 film Return to House on Haunted Hill (building on Don Davis' score from the first film for some scenes).
As of 2012, he is responsible for composing the score to the television series Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Beware the Batman. Most recently, he composed the score for "Tremors 5: Bloodline" and Shut In.
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Title - 'The Commuter' (Soundtrack)
Artist - Roque Banos
From the director of The Shallows and Non-Stop comes his newest action thriller, 'The Commuter'.
Liam Neeson stars as a businessman who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy to uncover the identity of a targeted passenger during his train commute home.
The movie also stars Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill, Patrick Wilson and Elizabeth McGovern.
The soundtrack has been composed by the highly acclaimed composer Roque Banos (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe). Out now via Varese Sarabande, 'The Commuter' is a speeding train of a soundtrack that accompanies the journey of the actual commuter perfectly.
1. A Commuter’s Trip (5:02)
2. Back Home Down (4:33)
3. One Little Thing (3:17)
4. They Are Watching You (2:50)
5. Murdered For Help (4:10)
6. Zone 7 Tickets (4:21)
7. A Suspicious Man (2:02)
8. The Seek Starts (3:45)
9. A Beautiful Family (4:17)
10. Moving Vagons (4:34)
11. Do Not Stop The Train (4:02)
12. Finding The Witness (4:32)
13. The Train Wreck (4:36)
14. I Won’t Let Them Hurt You (9:02)
15. Who Is Prince? (5:42)
16. The End Of The Line (5:01)
Each of the 16 tracks, as hinted to above, fit this cinematic train ride just perfectly. Sometimes you can get just a so-so score to accompany such a high speed flick, but not here. For here, Banos has woven together one of the best scores in the past decade.
The opening track, for instance, 'A Commuter’s Trip' is a sheer jaunty delight to behold, whereas the vibrant 'Murdered For Help' and the pulsating, edgy duo of both 'Moving Vagons' and 'Do Not Stop The Train' enable the listener to stay close to the edge of their collective seats.
Roque Baños López (born 1968) is a Spanish music composer whose place of birth is Jumilla, a municipality in the Spanish region of Murcia. Baños graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music in 1995 and has since scored both Spanish and English-language films.
He has received numerous awards for his compositional work, including the Spanish Goya Award for Best Original Score in both 2008 and 2009.
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Title - 'E.B. White's Charlotte's Web' (Soundtrack)
Artist - Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
For the first time ever, the beloved animated classic 'E.B. White's Charlotte's Web' is available on CD, featuring music and lyrics written by the legendary duo of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman aka The Sherman Brothers.
The stellar cast of 'Charlotte's Web' who sings on this record includes Debbie Reynolds, Agnes Moorhead, and Paul Lynde.
The Sherman Brothers won two Oscars in 1965 for Mary Poppins and wrote music for classics such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Magic Of Lassie and Tom Sawyer.
1. Main Title (Orchestra) (2:05)
2. There Must Be Something More (Fern)
3. I Can Talk (Wilbur & Goose) (2:16)
4. Chin Up (Charlotte & Wilbur) (2:10)
5. Mother Earth And Father Time (Charlotte) (2:28)
6. We've Got Lots In Common (Wilbur, Barnyard Animals & Charlotte)
7. A Veritable Smorgasbord (Templeton & Goose) (3:54)
8. Deep In The Dark (Charlotte/Charlotte's Web Male Choir) (3:18)
9. Chin Up March (The Marching Band)
10. Zuckerman's Famous Pig (Barbershop Quartet, Chorus & Band)
11. Charlotte's Farewell (Mother Earth And Father Time) (Charlotte)
12. End Title (Orchestra & Chorus) (2:15)
This quite stunning audio CD release by Varese Sarabande is the first of its kind for the soundtrack of 'Charlotte's Web', in my humble opinion. The actual recording quality is in glorious stereo, and sounds just so crystal clear, so vibrant that it's like I'm hearing it all for the very first time.
Funnily enough, and with that said, there are slight differences in the songs that i've noticed now. Such as an extra verse with a chorus that is not present in the film, and some of the tracks have dialogue at the beginning. That said, I'll take the additional elements every single day as it only enhances the overall listening experience.
I guess my only gripe is that the entire soundtrack runs for only 28 minutes long, but if this is all there ever was, and now it all sounds o much more lush, so much more bountiful, then I'll gladly take it.
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Title - '21 Jump Street' (Soundtrack)
Artist - Peter Bernstein
'21 Jump Street' focused on Officer Tom Hanson (Johnny Depp) and his band of agents in the special Jump Street division who would go undercover to infiltrate local schools and put a stop to crime to keep students safe from corrupt influences.
The 21 Jump Street team was a mixed group which included the wise cracking Officer HT Ioki (Dustin Nguyen), the brilliant Officer Judy Hoffs (Holly Robinson Peete), the streetwise Officer Doug Penhall (Peter DeLuise) and, in latter episodes, the renegade Officer Dennis Booker (Richard Grieco).
'21 Jump Street' was among the fledgling Fox TV network’s biggest breakout hits and made stars of the young cast, especially Johnny Depp and Richard Grieco.
Like everything else about the show, the score became something new in the history of television. “The cast, stories and music were all aimed at a new generation of viewers largely ignored by series television of the time and helped launch the careers of many young directors and actors including its top billed star Johnny Depp,” explained Peter Bernstein.
The music itself was also revolutionary in how it was recorded. Bernstein composed anywhere between 12 and 20 minutes of music per episode, as explained in the albums extensive liner notes by Jim Lochner, working from his home studio set up in his spare bedroom – a rarity at the time - using mostly samples, a bank of synthesizers, with an occasional acoustic overdub.
As the series evolved through the years, so did the music. “It got a little darker as time went on, more emotional,” Bernstein said. “In the beginning, I think it was enough to have some rhythm going on. As time went on, everybody was digging deeper and the series changed. The music reflected that.”
1. 21 Jump Street (Theme) (2:28) Performed by Holly Robinson
(Liam Sternberg) Produced by Peter Bernstein
IRS single 53468, 1988
2. Hansen (2:16)
3. Mean Streets (2:05)
4. Worst Night Of Your Life (:59)
5. The Teacher (1:05)
6. Bad Influence (1:03)
7. Holly (1:26)
8. Requiem (1:55)
9. Riffing (2:55)
10. Has To End (1:01)
11. Low And Away (1:52)
12. This Generation (1:24)
13. Goin’ To School (2:23)
14. On The Road (2:45)
15. Rainbow (2:07)
16. After School Special (2:56)
17. A Big Disease (2:04)
18. Higher (:34)
19. Besieged (2:19)
20. The Body (1:37)
21. Christmas Day (2:27)
22. I’m OK (2:07)
23. The Best Years (1:14)
24. Cory And Dean (1:57)
25. Animals (2:08)
1. Date With An Angel (2:07)
2. Cruising With Angels (2:25)
3. Currency (1:42)
4. Our Choice (1:16)
5. The Dragon (1:09)
6. What About Love (1:21)
7. Nemesis (2:29)
8. Hell Week (2:39)
9. Loc’d Out, Part 1 (1:28)
10. Loc’d Out, Part 2 (2:12)
11. 1000 Points Of Light (1:42)
12. High (2:26)
13. Hope (1:07)
14. Eternal (1:52)
15. It Ain’t So (1:10)
16. A New Age (2:12)
17. Come From The Shadows (1:41)
18. Your Man (1:46)
19. Parental Guidance (1:13)
20. Heart (2:02)
21. Everyday (1:34)
22. One More Chance (1:37)
23. Poison (1:38)
24. Back To School (:56)
25. Crossfire (1:20)
A limited edition of just 1,200 copies. this incredible 2CD release of '21 Jump Street', the original TV show is as much a joy to listen to now as it was hearing the cuts interspersed within the scenes back then.
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Title - 'The Last Post' (Original TV Soundtrack)
Artist - Solomon Grey
Set in the mid-sixties in Aden (Yemen), 'The Last Post' centers on the lives of a Royal Military Police unit and their families, in the last days of the British Empire.
The show has been created by Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice, Silk, Undercover) and stars Jessica Raine, Jessie Buckley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Ben Miles and Jeremy Neumark-Jones.
The process of crafting the soundtrack for 'The Last Post' was unusual in that Solomon Grey (Joe Wilson and Tom Kingston) made frequent visits to the filming location in South Africa, writing and recording.
The resulting score features both electronic and classical orchestral instrumentation, creating a rich dystopian sonic landscape that befits the story.
Joe from the band also appears as an actor in 'The Last Post', playing a pivotal role in the series.
"Once filming began we were working closely with the sound recording team on set, using wild-tracks and anything that seemed to give us an interesting start-point for the music," Solomon Grey explains.
"We found these 'field recordings' so useful in creating a bespoke soundscape that was unique to this project and it was so much more fun working like that!"
1. 'Clouds - Theme'
9. 'Steel - Nowhere'
15. 'Clouds (piano reprise)'
This quite stunning 'The Last Post' soundtrack blends Solomon Grey’s signature epic electro-orchestral sound with influences from Arabian music so seamlessly and is quite like nothing I've heard in the past few years within this genre.
It is always a pleasure when a film or TV drama manages to successfully combine the visuals with the soundtrack and 'The Last Post', and Solomon Grey especially, certainly manages that.
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Title - 'Love Is Stronger Than Smoke and Fire' (Single)
Artist - Sydney Brown
'Love Is Stronger Than Smoke and Fire,' a recently released song written and recorded by San Francisco singer-songwriter Sydney Brown and Grammy-winning Bay Area producer Narada Michael Walden, is raising money to benefit victims of California’s fires from late last year.
Brown is the 16-year-old daughter of Willie Brown, former San Francisco mayor and California State Assembly speaker and Walden has been a successful and prominent musician, singer and songwriter for more than three decades.
Written because it’s her home, the teenager couldn’t help but feel the pain of those burned by wildfires that raged through the state in October 2017. So when Sydney was writing a song with the legendary Narada Michael Walden, whom she’d first met seven years earlier, at the very beginning of her musical career, she knew the right person to turn to.
As a result, the smoldering dance number turned into something larger, much more spiritual and passionate – compassionate even – on a completely different level.
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Sydney Brown @ Facebook!
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Title - 'Ballads of Captivity and Freedom'
Artist - George St. Clair
Part western balladeer, part borderland chronicler, songwriter George St. Clair is a master of conjuring feelings and images of lives past and present.
Growing up on the high plains of Texas put George in touch with the vastness of the American West, and his songs evoke the dry deserts, rolling grasslands, and high mountains of his West Texas homeland.
Living for the past several years in the UK has given him a renewed perspective on the land where he grew up, and these reflections take shape in Ballads of Captivity and Freedom.
2. 'The Places Where They Prayed'
3. 'Autumn 1889'
5. 'Good Times'
7. 'Up to Fail'
9. 'New Mexico'
10. 'Pedro Páramo'
11. 'Talking Mesquite'
This really lovely new album kicks off in fine style with the countrified bounce of 'Tularosa' ("I know all the right ways to get it wrong"), and backs that up with the evolutionary harken back within 'The Places Where They Prayed' and then the gentle guitar ballad, 'Autumn 1889'. The beat is picked up and becomes a finger-snapping', foot-tappin' affair for 'Corridors' which is followed by the piano-led 'Good Times.'
'Cynthia' is a stunning act of balladry storytelling, and is followed by the jangly guitar work of 'Up to Fail', and then one of my own personal favs, the mid-tempo country pop of 'Lie to Them'. 'Cimarrones' is another beautiful track and is backed by the train-a-rollin' feel of 'New Mexico', and then the album comes to a close with both the in-depth storytelling of 'Pedro Páramo', before rounding out with the live one take, 'Talking Mesquite.'
George St. Clair’s family background of ranching and wildcat oil prospecting spurred him to probe the controversial history of that part of the world in his songwriting.
He grew up in and around places where vicious battles were fought over the possession of land, and where large numbers of indigenous people were corralled into encampments.
George’s bilingual mother made sure to regularly take her children deep into Mexico, where they learned Spanish and acquired a broad view of what it means to be American.
George St. Clair @ Facebook!
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Title - 'Film Music Works: 2005 -2017'
Artist - Sergio Moure de Oteyza
Karonte Records has released a special collection celebrating the film music compositions of Sergio Moure de Oteyza (EXTINCTION, LOBOS SUCIOS aka DIRTY WOLVES).
Entitled Film Music Works, the double-album set features an extensive booklet containing an in-depth article about his career, written by David Rodríguez.
The release is a celebration of the first 12 years of a composer who is currently one of Europe’s brightest rising stars.
Fresh off Sergio’s moving works for both EXTINCTION and LOBOS SUCIOS, this collection is an examination of the many intricate facets of his style. Thus, Film Music Works: 2005-2017 is both a work of passion for Karonte Records and the composer himself.
1. 'Yew Forest' (De "Dirty Wolves")
2. 'Candela Death' (De "Dirty Wolves")
3. 'The Plot' (De "Dirty Wolves")
4. 'Manuela' (De "Dirty Wolves")
5. 'Welcome To Harmony' (De "Extinction")
6. 'The Farewell' (De "Extinction")
7. 'The Siege' (De "Extinction")
8. 'A New Home' (De "Extinction")
9. 'Somos Gente Honrada' (De "Somos Gente Honrada")
10. 'Perdóname' (De "Somos Gente Honrada")
11. 'Inicio' (De "Tesis Sobre un Homicidio")
12. 'Destrucción' (De "Tesis Sobre un Homicidio")
13. 'Laura' (De "Tesis Sobre un Homicidio")
14. 'El Cuerpo' (De "El Cuerpo")
15. 'Tienes Que Ayudarme' (De "El Cuerpo")
16. 'Todo Lo Malo' (De "El Cuerpo")
17. 'Final' (De "El Cuerpo")
18. 'Gaze Of The Stones' (De "El Cuerpo")
19. 'Todo Es Silencio' (De "Todo Es Silencio")
20. 'Ida y Regreso de Fins Malpica' (De "Todo Es Silencio")
21. 'En el Embarcadero' (De "Todo Es Silencio")
22. 'Títulos' (De "Retornos")
23. 'Accidente' (De "Retornos")
24. 'Velatorio' (De "Retornos")
25. 'Viaje' (De "Retornos")
26. 'Despedida' (De "Retornos")
1. 'Lobos de Arga' (De "Lobos de Arga")
2. 'La Maldición' (De "Lobos de Arga")
3. 'La Segunda Maldición' (De "Lobos de Arga")
4. 'La Madre' (De "Secuestrados")
5. 'La Huida' (De "Secuestrados")
6. 'Nuestra Casa' (De "Secuestrados")
7. 'Un Buen Hombre' (De "Un Buen Hombre")
8. 'No Te Lo Puedo Decir' (De "Un Buen Hombre")
9. 'Llueve' (De "Un Buen Hombre")
10. 'Introducción' (De "Inconscientes")
11. 'Vals de los Disfraces' (De "Inconscientes")
12. 'Nos Espera una Nueva Vida' (De "Inconscientes")
13. 'Tango Inconscientes' (De "Inconscientes")
14. 'Créditos' (De "Mayon Volcano")
15. 'Erupción' (De "Mayon Volcano")
16. 'Celebración' (De "Mayon Volcano")
17. 'Por la Mañana' (De "Mayon Volcano")
18. 'Time Rojak' (De "Time Rojak")
19. 'La Batalla Desconocida' (De "La Batalla Desconocida")
20. 'Railway To Heaven' (De "Railway To Heaven")
21. 'Tibet' (De "Railway To Heaven")
22. 'Iguana Hunter' (De "Iguana Hunter")
23. 'Absent' (De "Absent")
“It is a very carefully considered edition which we have been working on this diligently for almost a year,” said Sergio. “With a booklet of nearly 50 pages, there are extensive comments on all my soundtracks to help give the listener a better understanding of the works. This is also coupled with a very extensive text about my music written by the amazing David Rodríguez. I was incredibly honored to work on the this celebration”.
There was so much hear it even extended beyond the selection music fans would expect. “This recording includes a lot of music that had not been released before, including themes from the film HERE’S THE DEAL (2013), and music from some shorts and documentaries like RAILWAY TO HEAVEN. This compilation is nowhere near the end of the journey, but rather a brief stop, a looking back on all these years of music and a look forward towards what’s to come,” Sergio added.
Title - 'Lady Bird' (Soundtrack)
Artist - Jon Brion
For those not in the know, Jon Brion is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and composer.
He performed with The Excerpts, The Bats, and The Grays before becoming an established producer and film score composer and has since produced music for artists like Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Aimee Mann, Brad Mehldau, of Montreal, Rufus Wainwright, Robyn Hitchcock, and Sky Ferreira.
His film scores include Hard Eight (1996), Magnolia (1999), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and I Heart Huckabees (both 2004), ParaNorman (2012), and Lady Bird (2017). He released his debut solo album, Meaningless, in 2001.
And talking about 'Lady Bird', it is an American comedy-drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Lois Smith.
Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, it is a coming-of-age story of a high-school senior (Ronan) and her turbulent relationship with her mother (Metcalf).
This quite stunning 'Lady Bird - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' contains 23 freshly-composed tracks by Brion and although it runs only a short 27 minutes, is definitely already one of my fav's for 2018.
1. Title Credits
2. Sign Up
3. Drive Home
4. LB / Danny
5. Pick Up
6. Lady Bird Kiss
7. Rose Garden
8. LB Steals Math Grade Book
9. Thanksgiving in Sacramento
10. Coffee Shop
12. More Hope
14. Hope Against Hope
15. Model Homes
17. Looking Forward
18. Summer in Sacramento
19. Packing Up
23. Lady Bird
Opening with the breezy 'Title Credits', where and orchestral intro combines with a rather nice brass section and brings forth a lovely catchy rhythm, each track thereafter is as delicate, as poignant, as real and as raw as the next.
Personally, my favourite track of the 23 is toward the end, 'Leaving,' as is goes somewhat, well, deeper than the others. Sure it's a wee bit more melancholy than most the others, but it still remains buoyant and stays within the musical lines of the score overall.
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Title - 'Celtic Thunder X' [Double Deluxe Edition]
Artist - Celtic Thunder
For those not in the know, Celtic Thunder is an Irish singing group and stage show known for its eclectic, theatrical style show.
The group is backed by the Celtic Thunder Band on their concert tours, and their live shows are known for the use of dramatic set pieces (often invoking symbols of ancient Celtic mythology), visual effects, and highly choreographed staging.
Since the original group's formation in 2007, Celtic Thunder has released fourteen albums as well as ten live performances on DVD, three of which were split into two releases.
And now we get Celtic Thunder X, a Deluxe Double CD and Deluxe Double DVD celebrating the multi-platinum Irish group's 10th Anniversary.
This brand new special was filmed in Dublin on October 30th, 2017 at the Helix Theatre and features new ensemble songs including "Sons of Light", "Toora, Loora, Lay", "The Wild Rover", "Right All Right", and "Castle on the Hill" followed in the second act by nostalgic fun songs like "Celebration", "I'm a Believer", "Seasons in the Sun" and "Rise Again" in addition to traditional Irish songs like "Ireland's Call" and more.
1. Sons of Light (5:12)
2. Only Time (2:52)
3. The Galway Girl (3:13)
4. Toora Loora Lay (2:55)
5. The Crow on the Cradle (3:02)
6. I Useta Lover (2:35)
7. The Wild Rover (2:59)
8. Phil the Fluter's Ball (2:40)
9. The Streets of London (3:16)
10. Right, All Right (2:36)
11. Lannigans Ball (3:08)
12. The Voice (3:20)
13. Castle on the Hill (3:19)
14. Celebration (2:43)
15. A Thousand Years (3:28)
16. Bye Bye Baby (2:46)
17. When I Was Your Man (3:32)
18. I'm a Believer (2:49)
19. On the Street Where You Live (3:14)
20. Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) (2:54)
21. Season's in the Sun (3:02)
22. L-O-V-E (3:05)
23. The Devil Went Down to Georgia (3:35)
24. Without You (3:18)
25. Rise Again (3:37)
26. Ireland's Call )3:05)
Captured live at the Helix Theatre in Dublin, this is quite an incredible live recording of a group that has been taken to the Irish hearts as much as Guinness or the harp!
Out now via Sony Legacy Recordings, Celtic Thunder X showcases a group still chock full of maturity and loyalty to the musical cause. Listening to and seeing Emmet, Ryan and Kelly do their thing, even though they've all embarked on solo careers, is a joy to behold, truly.
Also, Michael O’Dwyer is a great fit with these lads and with Damian back, and all grown up, they use both to good advantage. Personally, I loved “Seasons of the Sun” - on the standards side and “Toora Loora Lay” on the Irish side.
Emmet’s “Crow on the Cradle” gave me chills while “Phil the Fluter’s Ball” made me smile, just as Neal’s “Finnegan’s Wake” did. Both do such a great job on character songs.
And who can stop from tapping their toes through “Lannigan’s Ball!” Michael’s “Without You” was excellent as well. I miss the Keegan’s though, it has to be said, sorry. Anyway, overall, it was also great to see Seamus Brett at the keyboards, violin and even an accordion - what a talented musician! And what a talented bunch of lads Celtic Thunder truly are.
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Title - '17th Avenue Revival'
Artist - The Oak Ridge Boys
For those not in the know, The Oak Ridge Boys are an American country and gospel vocal quartet and were founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet.
They became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s and their name was officially changed to The Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s. They remained a gospel group until the mid-1970s, when they changed their image and concentrated on country music.
The line up which produced their most world-famous and most well-known country and crossover hits (such as "Elvira", "Bobbie Sue", and "American Made") consists of Duane Allen (lead), Joe Bonsall (tenor), William Lee Golden (baritone), and Richard Sterban (bass).
Golden and Allen joined the group in the mid-1960s, and Sterban and Bonsall joined in the early 1970s. Aside from an eight-year gap (1987–95) when Golden left the group and was replaced, this line up has been together since 1973 and continues to tour and record.
Now The Oak Ridge Boys are back with a brand new Lightning Rods Records release entitled 17th Avenue Revival, produced by Dave Cobb, which will be released on March 16th, 2018.
This is the group’s second project with Cobb, who produced the Oaks’ The Boys Are Back album in 2009. Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe, Jamey Johnson, and Brandy Clark all penned tracks on the new album, recorded at Studio A on 17th Avenue in Nashville.
Cobb’s vision included no vocal stacking and very few overdubs during production. For two of the songs, the Boys gathered around one microphone and let the harmonies shine on the new collection.
In addition, and in typical Oak Ridge Boys fashion, the group set a unique precedent by presenting the Country Music Hall of Fame with a special Edison cylinder recording of 'Brand New Star,' the first track from their new album.
1. 'Brand New Star' (Aaron Raitiere & Mando Saenz)
2. 'There Will Be Light' (Jamey Johnson, Larry Shell & Buddy Cannon)
3. 'God’s Got It' (Charlie Jackson)
4. 'I’d Rather Have Jesus' (Rhea Miller & George Beverly Shea)
5. 'Walk In Jerusalem' (Traditional /Public Domain)
6. 'Where He Leads Me I Will Follow' (Ernest W. Blandy / Public Domain)
7. 'Pray To Jesus' (Brandy Clark & Shane McAnally)
8. 'If I Die' (Ashley Monroe & Vince Gill)
9. 'Let It Shine On Me' (Vince Gill & Ashley Monroe)
The Gospel finger-snappin' country blues of 'Brand New Star' is a pure joy to behold and is backed seamlessly by both the piano ballad 'There Will Be Light' and the upbeat, rowdy 'God's Got It.' The more sedate 'I'd Rather Have Jesus' is a stand out track and is followed by the gentle hipsway of 'Walk In Jerusalem.'
The timeless Gospel track 'Where He Leads Me I Will Follow' is beautifully orchestrated here by the Oaks, and is backed by the uplifting 'Pray to Jesus' ("We pray to Jesus and we play the lotto, 'cause there ain't but two ways we can change tomorrow"). The mournful storytelling of 'If I Die' is up next and then the album rounds out with the raw truth and belief of 'Let It Shine On Me.'
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Title - 'Six String Quartets'
Artist - Elena Ruehr
For Guggenheim Fellow composer Elena Ruehr the appeal of the string quartet lies in the ability of four instruments to express an infinite range of emotional possibilities, to communicate across time.
Her six string quartets attest to her enthusiasm for musical time-travel: echoes of Perotin, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Schoenberg and jazz are there, but the musical language is purely her own.
Elena's Six String Quartets are a magnum opus, three of them commissioned by the Cypress String Quartet, two by the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and one an ASCAP Award winner.
Sumptuously scored and full of soaring melodies and piquant harmonies, released this past February 16th, 2018 via AVIE Records, Six String Quartets featuring Laura Harrington are as good, as clean, as vibrant as I've heard such works in the past decade.
String Quartet No. 5 (Bel Canto) (26:25)
Commissioned by the Cypress String Quartet
1. I. Rebels in the vents (1:18)
2. II. Three generals (1:05)
3. III. Esmeralda and Joachim (2:37)
4. IV. The accompanist dies (1:39)
5. V. Simon Thibault makes coq au vin (0:50)
6. VI. Gen translates for Roxanne (2:54)
7. VII. Carmen studies grammar (2:56)
8. VIII. Gen arranges a meeting (1:35)
9. IX. Cesar sings (1:15)
10. X. In the garden (10:19)
String Quartet No. 3 (23:32)
Commissioned by the Rockport Chamber Music Festival
11. I. Clay Flute (3:55)
12. II. The Abbey (8:55)
13. III. How She Danced (4:12)
14. IV. Bell Call (6:31)
String Quartet No. 1 (20:49)
Winner ASCAP Award
15. I. Patterns (7:39)
16. II. Interlude (3:35)
17. III. Let’s Sit Beneath the Stars (5:27)
18. IV. Estampie (4:09)
Total time CD 1: 70:57
1. Song of the Silkie (String Quartet No. 2) (15:21)
Commissioned by the Rockport Chamber Music Festival
String Quartet No. 6 (23:20)
Commissioned by the Cypress String Quartet
2. I. Restless (7:15)
3. II. For Todd (3:20)
4. III. Idée fixe (7:30)
5. IV. Finale (5:18)
String Quartet No. 4 (30:31)
Commissioned by the Cypress String Quartet
6. I. Sonata: Introduzione; Andante con moto (7:27)
7. II. Aria: Andante (7:04)
8. III. Minuet: Grazioso (7:57)
9. IV. Finale: Allegro molto (8:04)
Total time CD 2: 69:24
Listening intently to Ruehr's work here allows you to be transported to a whole other plane. One where her music, these string works are the only sustainable life source and where you would feel lost without it in your life.
Throughout these works, where each one develop's from relatively simple structures, such as a five-note motif, two perfect fifths a half-step apart, a ten-note phrase and such, your enjoyment levels escalate along with their individual evolution.
As you would expect, each track comprises gentle flowing melodies with tides, dynamics, and warm harmonies making these six string orchestral pieces wholly and continually attractive and satisfying.
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Title - 'Elgar Bruch Violin Concertos'
Artist - Rachel Barton Pine
For those not in the know, in both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people.
Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research.
She plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire, thrilling audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.
Pine debuted with the Chicago Symphony at age 10, and was the first American and youngest ever gold medal winner of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. Indeed, The Washington Post wrote that she "displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon."
Pine tours worldwide as a soloist with prestigious orchestras, has an active recording career, and has run The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation since 2001 which provides services and funding to promote classical music education and performances.
In conjunction with the release of her brand new classical work of art, Elgar Bruch Violin Concertos (her 36th album and fourth for AVIE Records), it should be known that Pine was just 11 when she first performed Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra!
She has performed it many times since then, and now, 32 years later, she's recording this work for the first time. It's paired with an unlikely partner, Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto, but don't allow that to sway you connoisseurs away from the fact that what Pine has brought forth here today on this new album is nothing short of stunning.
Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)
Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61
1. I. Allegro (18.07)
2. II. Andante (13.00)
3. III. Allegro molto (20.01)
Max Bruch (1838 – 1920)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
4. I. Vorspiel: Allegro moderato (8.28)
5. II. Adagio (8.57)
6. III. Finale: Allegro energico (7.48)
Total time: 76.23
It's also interesting to note that this recording is actually dedicated to the late Sir Neville Marriner, who died suddenly in 2016 at 92. "Yes, this was going to be Sir Neville Marriner's first recording of the Elgar", Pine herself explains. "He was going to do this album with me. We had previously recorded the complete Mozart concertos together a few years ago and were planning to reunite for these two concertos."
"When he was a young violinist, Sir Neville had studied the Elgar with his teacher, Billy Reed, the great London concertmaster who had been the very violinist that Elgar consulted while writing the piece."
"Sadly, he passed away right before the session, and so I was like, 'Oh, no, what are we going to do?' But thankfully Andrew Litton was able to step in, and I am so grateful that he did such a wonderful job, and it really worked out well."
Observationally, sure the pairing here of the Max Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Elgar Violin Concerto is not the most obvious coupling that could have first sprung to mind, but as Chicago-based Pine obviously approached both works with the same physical manner of playing, her unique styling has allowed them to blend rather seamlessly.
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Title - 'On The Race Track; Expanded Edition'
Artist - Precious Wilson
Following on from BBR’s re-issues of Eruption’s first two releases, Hot Shot Records are proud to present the expanded and re-mastered edition of On The Race Track by Precious Wilson.
Complete with extensive liner notes and several extended disco versions of the classic Eruption singles this is a must have for all R&B, Disco, Dance and Pop fans.
Precious Wilson started out as a backing singer for the all-male group Eruption. The group enjoyed their first minor success when they won a talent competition in 1975, and then went on to record the song "Let Me Take You Back in Time".
Shortly after, the lead singer left the group, and Precious Wilson stepped forward to front the band.
The group then relocated to Germany in 1976, and the following year in 1977, while on the road touring in Germany, Eruption was introduced to German producer Frank Farian who booked them to work with Boney M as their backing band, and as their support act on Boney M's first European tour.
Frank Farian then went on to sign them to Boney M.'s label, Hansa Records, Farian released the single "Party Party" but it was their disco cover version of Ann Peebles' "I Can't Stand the Rain" from their first album which broke big, giving them a UK #5 hit and a US #18 hit.
After a second album and another hit single with Neil Sedaka's "One Way Ticket" (UK #9), Precious Wilson left the group to pursue her solo career.
Wilson's debut single as a solo artist was a cover version of Sam & Dave's "Hold On I'm Coming", released in August 1979. Produced by Frank Farian and set to a funky disco-beat, the single reached #45 in the Dutch charts.
The song was also included in Boney M.'s No. 1 album Oceans of Fantasy which also yielded a guest performance by Wilson on the opening track "Let It All Be Music".
She co-wrote the title song of her debut album "We Are On the Race Track", also produced by Farian, was completed during 1980 on Hansa Records. It was released in October, heralded by the single "Cry to Me" which Wilson performed on TV, backed by the band that she created called Sky Train.
In October 1981, she released a cover version of "I Need You" which peaked at #6 in Switzerland where her popularity was strong. In Germany, it reached #39.
In the summer of 1982, the electro-pop track "I Don't Know" was released, followed by her second album "All Coloured in Love". The album was released with a different track selection in the UK, Italy and France under the name Red Light followed by several different single releases in the various territories.
Hot on the heels of the then Aerobic craze and Farian's success with its current album Aerobic Fitness Dancing, the theme song "Let's Move Aerobic (Move Your Body)" was rush-released with Wilson's vocals in March '83.
Her third album "Funky Fingers" (December 1983), consisting of two side-long medleys of soul standards, was released with minimal support. In 1985, she signed with Jive Records and teamed up with multiple producer teams for the album, including American songwriter, Monte Moir, a musician and song-writer, best known as a member of Prince Rogers Nelson's band, The Time.
The following year Precious Wilson released several singles; launching "I'll Be Your Friend" (a U.S. Top 40 R&B hit), the theme song from the Michael Douglas movie "The Jewel of the Nile",( which was the sequel to the movie "Romancing The Stone"), and "Nice Girls Don't Last" ("Love Can't Wait" in the U.S.).
1. WE ARE ON THE RACE TRACK
2. CRY TO ME
3. STOP RUNNIN’
4. STAY BY MY SIDE
5. YOU AIN’T GOT LOVE
6. IF I LOVED YOU LESS
7. TOGETHER FOREVER
8. MR. PILOT MAN
9. FUNKY DANCER
10. KILLING ME SOFTLY
11.HOLD ON, I’M COMING (Single Version)
12.I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN* (12” Long Version)
13.ONE WAY TICKET* (12” Disco Version)
* ERUPTION featuring PRECIOUS WILSON
Released in 1980 her debut album maintained the singer’s popularity, especially across mainland Europe. First single "Cry To Me", a disco-fied cover of the Solomon Burke R&B hit from ’62, ideal for Wilson’s rich voice, reached number 3 in Switzerland and the album's second single, "We Are on the Race Track", reached #11 there in early 1981.
Indeed, the title track and second single, co-written by Wilson, "We Are On The Race Track", is about negotiating the so called Rat Race. A mid-tempo dancer with a light, Caribbean feel and complete with race car engine effects just missed out on the Swiss top ten.
Listening to each track again today on this wonderful re-release, it's hard to fathom where the years have gone - and why music doesn't sound as good, as polished, as incredibly well sung as these tracks all do.
For me, the highlights amongst the gems would be "If I Loved You Less", "Stop Runnin'", "Stay By My Side" and a stunning rendition of the Roberta Flack classic, "Killing Me Softly" rounding out the original album.
The three expanded edition tracks are lovely to hear also, but more so the two 12" versions of both "I Can't Stand The Rain" and "One Way Ticket". Precious' stand alone vocals combined with the smooth, timeless even production values of this album make On The Race Track as delightful to hear today as I'm sure it was back when it first came out.
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Title - 'Sarah, Sarah: The Anthology'
Artist - Jonathan Butler
As part of its well-received and critically acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is truly proud to present Sarah Sarah – The Anthology, a highly satisfying retrospective of internationally-recognized recording artist, award-winning musician, songwriter and global performer Jonathan Butler’s work from 1985-1990 for Jive Records.
Soul R&B performer Jonathan Butler was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, and eventually signed to Jive Records in 1977. Later relocating to the UK, he enjoyed a high profile and several hit singles and albums across the 1980s.
The brand new 2CD release entitled Sarah Sarah: The Anthology contains all of Jonathan’s US and UK charted singles including the much-loved title track, 1987’s ‘Lies’ (a global pop/R&B hit, featured here in an extended version), 1988’s ‘Take Good Care Of Me’, an extended version of the Top 10 US R&B hit, ‘There’s One Born Every Minute (I’m A Sucker For You)’ and 1989’s ‘More Than Friends’.
The anthology (compiled by David Nathan with assistance from Amar Naik) also includes a number of key album cuts from Jonathan’s five Jive albums, notably ‘Love Hurts So Bad’, making its CD debut worldwide, quiet storm favourite ‘Love Songs, Candelight And You’, a stunning duet with gospel star Vanessa Bell Armstrong on ‘True Love Never Fails,’ and as a bonus, a 1999 cover of Jr. Walker’s classic ‘What Does It Take (To Win Your Love For Me)’ with acclaimed Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer.
1. Baby Please Don't Take It (I Need Your Love)
2. I'll Be Waiting for Your Love
3. Crossroads Revisited
4. Haunted By Your Love
5. 7th Avenue South
6. Love Hurts So Bad
8. Gentle Love
9. Song for Jon
10. If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) - JONATHAN BUTLER with RUBY TURNER
11. Lies (Extended Version)
12. Take Good Care of Me
13. Holding on
14. I Miss Your Love Tonight
15. Going Home
16. Love Songs, Candlelight and You
1. One More Dance
3. Say We'll Be Together
4. There's One Born Every Minute (I'm a Sucker for You) (Extended Version)
5. More Than Friends
6. Sarah Sarah
7. Take Me Home
8. True Love Never Fails - JONATHAN BUTLER with VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG
10. It's So Hard to Let You Go
11. All Grown Up
12. No Strings, No Ties
13. Sing Me Your Love Song
14. Heal Our Land
15. Welcome Home
16. What Does It Take (to Win Your Love for Me) - CANDY DULFER featuring JONATHAN BUTLER
In truth, Sarah, Sarah is a mixed bag of Butler's earlier '80s recordings, but that said, this beautifully packaged double album does also come chock full of some still incredible to listen to funky grooves and ballads.
Most all definitely locked into the whole '80's era of synth-pop, Butler's success was no mere fluke, as this incredible 32 track compilation clearly showcases.
Containing a nice mix of soul, smooth jazz, and funky guitar when called for, each and every song here is as good as what went before it. If you listen closely enough, some of the pop tracks are infused with that South African guitar sound he is now so proud to prominently display in his music.
Excellent notes by renowned US writer Justin Kantor include extensive quotes from Jonathan; and first class remastering (Nick Robins) and artwork (Roger Williams).
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Title - 'Ricochet Heart'
Artist - Alannah McCready
Growing up, University of Wisconsin alum Alannah McCready allowed her Saint Paul roots to lead her to hockey, which eventually earned her a scholarship to play on the UW women’s team that won the 2009 NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Championship.
But regardless of that and where such an accolade could have taken her on the ice, and with her mother having roots in Oklahoma, country music had always nestled deeply within her heart.
McCready, now living in Atlanta, GA has put together her brand new sophomore album, Ricochet Heart, due for release on April 27th, 2018.
Chock full of countrified guitar riffs aplenty, along with dashes of raw soul and pop blues, the rhythms may well be primal, but they sure elicit that well earned knee-jerk appreciative response from the listener, that's for sure.
With her lyrical content distinctly, shall we say, erring on the side of girl power, her views and standpoints from and about life most definitely embedded into the heart on her sleeve, McCready knows the kind of sound she wants to bring forth and, for the most part, isn't afraid to bring us all into the mix.
The opening track on the album, 'Enemies With Benefits,' is also, for my money, one of her best and with lyrics such as “I don’t like you, I never will, but you’ve got a body like a Coupe de Ville” free flowing gracefully, well, who amongst us hasn't encountered that particular relationship conundrum.
Other stand out cuts are the soulful title track 'Ricochet Heart', which twists and turns down all the most delightful country lanes, the summer radio jam 'Steal a Ladder', and the age old heel down hard, twist, turn, spin, dancefloor vibe of 'Last Girl Standing'.
Alannah McCready @ Twitter
Official ‘Last Girl Standing’ Video
Title - 'Dance Scandal At The Gymnasium!'
Artist - The Claudettes
Piano, snarling bass and sultry vocals have a blues-punk brawl at the studio of Black Keys producer Mark Neill.
On their head-spinning new album Dance Scandal At The Gymnasium!, The Claudettes summon early blues, '60s pop-soul and Cramps-like psychobilly as they introduce the line up that's been touring for two years: piano, drums, ''Bass VI'' guitar and three singers.
Revved-up raves 'Influential Farmers' and 'Taco Night Material' and garage-soul stompers 'Don't Stay with Me' and 'Give It All Up for Good' sit alongside transfixing ballads 'Pull Closer to Me' and 'Death and Traffic.'
Look behind the eclectic tracks, though, and you'll find a common thread: a search for humanity behind the vitriol and cracked communication of the Internet Age. And need anything more be said about the timely prescience of 'Naked on the Internet'.
'Don't Stay with Me'
'Give It All Up for Good'
'Naked on the Internet'
'Pull Closer to Me'
'Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium'
'Bill Played Saxophone'
'Death and Traffic'
'Taco Night Material'
12. 'Utterly Absurd'
The band recorded at Soil of the South for 10 days, tapping Neill's vast knowledge and collection of vintage equipment. Neill, who shuns building tracks in Pro Tools, had the band play again and again until the take arrived. Marxophones, mellotrons, fuzz pedals and percussion helped finalize Neill's sonic visions.
Opening track 'Don't Stay with Me' is, as mentioned, is a swarmy soul stomper to its core, and is backed by both the swirling 'November' and the upbeat, perky 'Give It All Up for Good'. The rapid fire 'Naked on the Internet' is easily one of my personal favorites and is followed by the subtle ballad 'Pull Closer to Me' and then along comes another dynamite track in the form of the title track.
'Bill Played Saxophone' is then backed by the speeding train vibe of both 'Influential Farmers' and 'Death and Traffic' along next. The album then comes to an all-to-soon close with 'Total Misfit', the fun 'Taco Night Material', and then rounds out with 'Utterly Absurd'.
This is The Claudettes' first album with seductive singer Berit Ulseth. "She went to the New School in NY for jazz vocals, but she's got a tone you can't learn," says Claudettes pianist/songwriter Johnny Iguana (who toured with Junior Wells, Otis Rush and punk-organ band oh my god). "Sometimes she reminds me of 'I Feel the Earth Move' Carole King, and she's got this Patsy Cline lushness to her voice."
The Claudettes @ Facebook
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Title - 'Little Dark Age'
Artist - MGMT
For those not in the know, MGMT is an American rock band formed in 2002 in Middletown, Connecticut. It currently consists of Andrew VanWyngarden (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, percussion) and Ben Goldwasser (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion).
In the live line-up it consists of VanWyngarden, Goldwasser, Will Berman (drums, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals), Simon O'Connor (bass guitar, backing vocals), and James Richardson (lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals).
Originally signed to Cantora Records by the nascent label's co-founder, NYU undergrad Will Griggs, MGMT later signed with Columbia and RED Ink in 2006 and released their debut album Oracular Spectacular the next year.
After the release of Oracular Spectacular Asti, Richardson and Berman joined the core band in the studio for Congratulations, which was released on April 13, 2010.
In January 2011 they began work on their eponymous third studio album which was released on September 17, 2013, and was released as an early exclusive on Rdio on September 9, 2013.
Little Dark Age is the long awaited new album from MGMT. The album is produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela, Blood Orange), and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala) and was recorded at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, NY.
1. "She Works Out Too Much"
2. "Little Dark Age"
3. "When You Die"
4. "Me and Michael"
7. "Days That Got Away"
8. "One Thing Left to Try"
9. "When You're Small"
10. "Hand It Over"
This highly anticipated and well worth the wait, brilliant new album includes the previously released title song "Little Dark Age," and the tracks "When You Die" and "Hand It Over."
Sure all the tracks are as great as each other, but with each of these new cuts also being accompanied by stunning video clips online, well, how damn cool is that!
Kicking off in simply stunning PSB-style with "She Works Out Too Much", that's backed seamlessly by both the synth-heavy beauty of a title track and then the hyper, soaring, vibrant "When You Die."
"Me and Michael" (which centers around the unexpected closure of a close friendship), is one of the few mid-tempo synth pop ballads of the album and that's followed by the upbeat pop-lock fun of "Tslamp." The languid "James" is up next and although not one of my favorites amongst this new bunch, it still manages to fit in (just).
The freeflowing synth-happy orchestrations of "Days That Got Away" is along next and that's backed by the excellent '80s pop flow of "One Thing Left to Try". This simply terrific album then rounds out with the one true ballad of the selection, "When You're Small", and then comes the delightfully lush musical ride, "Hand It Over."
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Title - 'Days of Future Passed Live' (2CD)
Artist - The Moody Blues
For those not in the know, although I would assume that figure isn't too high, The Moody Blues are an English rock band formed in Birmingham, England in 1964.
They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive rock.
The band became known internationally with singles including "Go Now", "Nights in White Satin", "Tuesday Afternoon", and "Question". They have been awarded 18 platinum and gold discs. The Moody Blues have sold 70 million albums worldwide.
Indeed, they will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
The aforementioned Moody Blues classic 1967 album Days Of Future Passed is regarded as one of the foundation stones of the progressive rock genre. It has even been described as a "landmark" and "one of the first successful concept albums" ever.
In 2017, the band headed out on the album's 50th Anniversary Tour including the wonderful show captured at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto accompanied by a full orchestra. Released now via Eagle Rock Records, Day of Future Passed Live is not only on double CD, but also in both Blu-ray and DVD formats.
Part One The Moody Blues In Concert
1. I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
2. The Voice
3. Steppin' In A Slide Zone
4. Say It With Love
6. Your Wildest Dreams
7. Isn't Life Strange
8. I Know You're Out There Somewhere
9. The Story In Your Eyes
Part Two Days Of Future Passed Live
10. The Day Begins
11. Morning Glory
12. Dawn (Prelude)
13. Dawn Is A Feeling
14. The Morning (Prelude)
15. Another Morning
16. Lunch Break (Prelude)
17. Peak Hour
18. Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
19. Evening (Time To Get Away)
20. The Sun Set (Prelude)
21. The Sun Set
22. Twilight (Prelude)
23. Twilight Time
24. Late Lament
25. Nights In White Satin
26. The Night (Finale)
28. Ride My See-Saw
The concert begins with the band by themselves performing a selection of classic Moody Blues tracks before they are joined by the orchestra to perform Days Of Future Passed in its entirety, plus a couple of fantastic encore tracks.
Featuring narration performed by Jeremy Irons and, on the Blu-ray and DVD versions of this wondrous release, atmospheric projections galore that, one and all, transport you back to the psychedelic era of their classic 1967 record, this new live show is as good as it gets now for all fans of The Moody Blues.
Including the iconic hits “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon”, among others, the show pays homage to the band’s five decades of musical influence and showcases their groundbreaking foray into progressive rock.
And aside from their noted hits segment of the show, this retelling of the entire Days of Future Passed is truly magnificent. The entire album's music featured psychedelic rock ballads, all brought forth from the mind of the great singer-songwriter and guitarist Justin Hayward, sure, but for me it was always the Mellotron (played by keyboardist Mike Pinder) that had be hooked.
An influential work of the counterculture period, and one of the defining documents of the blossoming psychedelic era, along with being one of the most enduringly popular albums of its era, Days of Future Passed Live (2CD) is, without a shadow of a doubt, the definitive live version of this much loved album.
The Moody Blues: Justin Hayward (guitar, vocals); John Lodge (bass, vocals); Graeme Edge (drums, percussion).
With: Norda Mullen (flute, guitar, percussion, vocals); Julie Ragins (keyboards, percussion, guitar, saxophone, vocals); Alan Hewitt (keyboards, vocals); Billy Ashbaugh (drums, percussion); and Elliot Davis (musical director, conductor and co-arranger).
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Title - 'Sebastiana'
Artist - Richard Bacelar
For those not in the know, Brazilian composer and pianist Ricardo Bacelar first came to the music world's attention when he released his debut album In Natura in 2001.
An album with classical impression and manifestation, his sophomore effort, Concerto para Moviola (Concerto for Moviola), was a live album, recorded in 2015 during the Guaramiranga Jazz and Blues Festival at the Via Sul Theater, Fortalezea, Ceara, Brazil.
Just released this past January 5th, 2018 (via Bacelar Productions), Richard Bacelar now brings us his third album, and most ambitious yet, the beautiful, and stunningly creative Sebastiana.
1. 'A Volta da Asa Branca' (4:06)
2. 'Suco Verde' (4:13)
3. 'Nothing Will Be as It Was' (feat. Maye Osorio) (4:05)
4. 'River of Emotions' (0:45)
5. 'Menina Baiana' (4:21)
6. 'Somewhere in the Hills' (feat. Andrea Mangiamarchi) (3:57)
7. 'Partido Alto' (4:06)
8. 'Parts of Me' (0:41)
9. 'Sambadouro' (feat. Rose Max & Ramatis Moraes) (4:05)
10. 'Oh Mana Deixa Eu Ir (Caicó Cantiga)' (4:19)
11. 'Sebastiana' (4:57)
12. 'Depois dos Temporais' (5:01)
13. 'Vento de Maio' (4:01)
14. 'Sernambetiba, 1992' (feat. Cesar Lemos) (4:46)
15. 'The Best Years' (1:10)
We begin with the freeflowing 'A Volta da Asa Branca' (The White Wing Tour), and that's backed seamlessly by both the drum centric 'Suco Verde' (Green Juice), and then the truly beautiful 'Nothing Will Be as It Was'. Featuring the smooth, sultry, soulful vocalist Maye Osorzio and pedal steel guitarist Steve Hinson, they combine to bring us the most perfect, loving cover of a song by Brazilian artist Milton Nascimento.
The .45 second interlude entitled 'River of Emotions' has you begging for more the moment it comes to its short end, and is backed by the upbeat jazz styling of 'Menina Baiana'. A song originally by Gilberto Gil, the original samba rhythm has been tempered down here by Bacelar, to allow his piano to redefine those once more overly playful moments.
Up next is one of my favorites on this delightful and rather charming new album, the stunning jazz classic 'Somewhere in the Hills.' Performed in the past by Ella Fitzgerald, Nathalie Cole, Sergio Mendez, et al, Bacelar's version is sung by vocalist Andrea Mangiamarchi. Allowing it to breathe nicely with a '40s vibe, Mangiamarchi's vocals are spot on and allow the song to ooze that still adored styling of a decade long since gone.
Next up is the trumpetlicious rendition of 'Partido Alto' (High Party). Featuring Jose Sibaja's trumpet, it's followed by another quick .41 second piano interlude ('Parts of Me'), before the hipsway of 'Sambadouro' is unleashed. Featuring Brazilian vocalists Rose Max and Ramatis Moraes, it is backed by the cool vocal approach of Bacelar on 'Oh Mana Deixa Eu Ir (Caicó Cantiga).' A song with an amazing musical history, and originally a simple classical piano moment, Bacelar now gives it a more contemporary jazz feel; which works tremendously well.
The fast-paced, yet lovingly contained title track 'Sebastiana' is up next. Written in 1953 by Rosil Cavalcanti in partnership with Jackson do Pandeiro, here Bacelar has seemingly done everything he can to alter the DNA of it, and yet still allows the track's originality to shine through. Ergo, this beautiful, well known, much adored track's new arrangement allows it to have, in my humble opinion, a new lease of life also.
The melodies incorporated within 'Depois dos Temporais' (After the Storms) are delightful also. A more methodical Brazilian song, this version features Gabriel Fernandez on Bandoneón and that's backed by 'Vento de Maio (Wind of May)', a track composed by Brazilian songwriter, singer and guitarist Lô Borges.
'Sernambetiba, 1992' brings together the creative forces of both Bacelar in conjunction with Cesar Lemos, and then the album rounds out with the summer garden sounds, birds tweeting, piano interlude. A mighty fine, and contemplative final epilogue of just over one minute, 'The Best Years' is the most perfect way to end this new musical project.
For his Brazilian reinterpretations and originals, Bacelar assembled an International crew of musicians from Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and the United States.
From Brazil Cesar Lemos (bass, guitar), Maria and Sara Queiroz Bacelar (percussion), vocalists Rose Max, and Ramatis Moraes, from USA vocalist Maye Osorio and guitarist Steve Hinson, from Venezuela Anderson Quintero (drums, percussion) and vocalist Andrea Mangiamarchi, from Cuba Yoel Del Sol (percussion), from Colombia Channo Tierra (accordion) and Jose Sibaja (trumpet, flugelhorn), from Peru Jesus Rodriguez (percussion and Charango), from Argentina Gabriel Fernandez (Bandoneón).
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Title - 'Like A Radio'
Artist - Matthews Southern Comfort
For those not in the know, Iain Matthews is an English musician and songwriter. He was a singer with Fairport Convention before forming his own band, Matthews Southern Comfort, which had a UK number one in 1970 with a cover version of Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock".
Born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, Matthews was known in the 1960s as Ian McDonald, then as Ian Matthews. In 1989, he reverted to the original spelling of his first name.
Influenced by both rock and roll and folk music, he has performed mainly as a solo act, although he was a member of Fairport Convention during the early period when they were heavily influenced by American folk rock.
He later had a solo career and led the bands Plainsong, Hi-Fi, No Grey Faith, More Than A Song, and the aforementioned Matthews Southern Comfort.
Now, and some 50 years since that initial Matthews Southern Comfort album, Matthews has just released his quite brilliant new album, Like A Radio via MVD Audio, this past February 23rd, 2018.
1. 'The Thought Police'
2. 'Like A Radio'
3. 'The Age Of Isolation'
4. 'Bits And Pieces'
5. 'Darcy Farrow'
6. 'Crystals On The Glass'
7. 'Been Down So Long'
8. 'Jive Pajamas'
9. 'Phoenix Rising'
10. 'To Love'
11. 'Right As Rain'
12. 'Chasing Rainbows'
13. 'Something In The Way She Moves'
14. 'A Heartless Night'
15. 'Your Cake And Eat It'
An album that is a definitive bow down and worship testament to the timeless quality of Americana themes, both here today and in days gone by, Like A Radio's 12 tracks are as much required listening now as any of Matthews' work was back then.
Joined by multi-instrumentalist Bart Jan Baartmans, keyboardist Bart de Win and singer/songwriter Eric Devries, they all combine to evoke a folk-rooted, vocal harmony-laden musical era that still lives and breathes successfully today. Albeit one that might have lost is radio play popularity over the past few decades, Americana is most definitely still around and judging by this new album, ready for a new burst of life.
The slow melodic climb of 'The Thought Police' kicks everything off nicely and that's backed by the storytelling of the title track, and then the restlessness of 'The Age of Isolation.' The mid tempo 'Bits and Pieces' is a perky joy to behold and is followed by the dulcet piano workings of both 'Darcy Farrow' and Moody Bluesesque 'Crystals on the Glass.'
The ravished story of 'Been Down so Long' is backed by the finger-snappin' fun of 'Jive Pyjamas' and then comes the languished beauty of 'Phoenix Rising.' A '60s vibe is brought more to the fore on 'To Love', before the pace is tempered back down on the lovelorn ballad 'Right as Rain.' The album then comes to a close with the mid tempo bounce of 'Chasing Rainbows,' which, as it turns out, is the most perfect track to close on, tempo wise.
That said, there are also some delightful bonus tracks here to be enjoyed. Indeed, the three additional remakes are from earlier MSC releases (including James Taylor's 'Something in the Way She Moves'), and mean that the album's run time fantastically clocks out at just over an hour.
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Title - 'Jazz: Outside The Box'
Artist - David Garfield
For those not in the know, David Garfield is a renowned American keyboardist, songwriter, and producer who performs in the Los Angeles music scene.
Furthermore, he has recorded with Smokey Robinson, Cher, Larry Carlton, Steve Lukather, Spinal Tap, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, Eros Ramazzotti, and The Rippingtons, and has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Boz Scaggs, Oleta Adams, Brenda Russell, Natalie Cole, and Michael Bolton.
Released this past March 23rd, 2018 via Creatchy Records, his long awaited first full length album, Jazz: Outside The Box instantly showcases an extensive and diverse slant to the genre that has been so welcoming to Garfield all these years.
2. 'Harvest Time (Acoustic)'
3. 'In a Sentimental Mood'
5. 'Song for My Father (Full-Length)'
6. 'Rainbow Seeker (Acoustic)'
7. 'Stolen Moments'
8. 'Voodoo Gumbo / Citizen Coryell'
9. 'East Lou Brew'
10. 'Sophisticated Lady'
11. 'Red Baron'
12. 'Country Preacher'
14. 'My Favorite Things'
15. 'Song for My Father (Radio Version)'
16. 'Red Baron (Alternate Version)'
17. 'Harvest Time (Extended Version)'
Listening to the tracks contained on Jazz: Outside the Box, it's very evident that this whole project has been a true labor of love for the keyboardist. Word has it that Garfield actually recorded more than four discs worth of music for this on-going Outside the Box project, which means there are many more tracks to be discovered down the line; one can only hope.
“All my life, I’m just trying to make music that I really believe in and can get really excited about," Garfield explains. "It’s never fit into one particular category thus, in many ways, I’ve spent my whole music career outside the box."
"It’s never been intentional and it’s not like I’m trying to be different just to be different. I’m just trying to be creative while striving for the highest level of musical and artistic integrity. In the long run, my career has taken place outside the box,”, he adds.
The opening track, a cover of Sting's 'Fragile' is a haunting exposition of the original track. Stripping it down to its bare core essential, and with vocalist Michael McDonald providing one of his most naked of vocals, the song is a true highlight amongst many gems.
Inclusive of a perky little Latin jazz underbelly groove, 'In a Sentimental Mood' allows percussionist and bandleader Poncho Sanchez to gently introduce congas and shakers to the mix, whereas the astoundingly brilliant 'Roxanne' will have you sitting back, kicking back, and closing your eyes to enhance the whole melodic mood.
An unerring trumpet bass line kicks throughout the track, but it's not long before a band swings into the familiar tones of the song. Garfield is at his best here on this track, for my money, and when the backing vocals turn up to support it all, well, Robbie Wyckoff’s lead is only enhanced upon their lush voices.
Including some of the final recordings from the late guitarist's Larry Coryell and Chuck Loeb, and combining new and fresh treatments of songs from Sting, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Joe Sample and Billy Cobha, trust me when I say you're gonna want to own this CD for your long car journeys.
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Title - 'Lovesick'
Artist - Romain Virgo
For those not in the know, Romain Virgo (born 24 January 1990) is a singer from Jamaica, specializing in the lovers rock style of reggae music and past competitor of local music competition called Rising Star competition in 2007, two months before his graduation from high school in St. Ann, Jamaica.
Having previously released both Romain Virgo RV (2010) and The System (2012), both on VP Records, Romain now releases his brand new, and long-awaited album, Lovesick (once again thru VP Records).
1. 'Face To Face'
4. 'In This Together'
5. 'Day In Day Out'
6. 'Cannot Close My Eyes'
7. 'Sweet Liar'
10. 'Hold On'
11. 'Will You Be There'
15. 'Stay With Me'
16. 'Caress Me'
Listening to Lovesick, which I've now done twice through and back to back, it's hard not to want to snuggle up to this music and hope the feelings of goodwill and love last forever within you.
In the many twists and turns of romance and relationships, Romain Virgo represents a young man who has experienced it all and now has a dynamic story to tell. So buy this new CD, put it on, sit back and allow his story infused with all the goodness the Caribbean can provide wash lovingly over you tonight.
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Title - 'Memories in Rock II' (CD+DVD)
Artist - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
For those not in the know, Rainbow (also known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow or Blackmore's Rainbow) is a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, active from 1975 to 1984, from 1993 to 1997, and from 2015 to the present.
They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio's American rock band Elf, but after their first album, Blackmore fired the backing members and continued with Dio until 1979.
Three British musicians joined in 1979 — singer Graham Bonnet, keyboardist Don Airey and then former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover — and this line-up gave the band their commercial breakthrough with the single "Since You Been Gone".
Over the years Rainbow went through many line-up changes with no two studio albums featuring the same line-up. Other lead singers Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White would follow, and the project consisted of numerous backing musicians.
A pioneer to power metal, the band's early work primarily featured mystical lyrics with a neoclassical metal style, but went in a more streamlined, commercial direction following Dio's departure from the group.
Following the successful 2016 shows in Germany (Monsters Of Rock) and the UK, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow played three British shows in June 2017, which were recorded for this set, the highly impressive, and musically sonic from start to finish, Memories in Rock II (CD+DVD).
Together with Ronnie Romero (vocals), Jens Johansson (keys), Bob Nouveau (bass), David Keith (drums), Candice Night and Lady Lynn (backing vocals), the legendary guitarist performed a first-class mixture of classic Rainbow and Deep Purple tracks, which was exactly what the fans had requested.
1. 'Over the Rainbow'
2. 'Spotlight Kid'
3. 'I Surrender'
5. 'Since You've Been Gone'
6. 'Man on the Silver Mountain / Woman from Tokyo'
7. '16th Century Greensleeves'
8. 'Soldier of Fortune'
9. 'Perfect Strangers'
10. 'Difficult to Cure'
11. 'All Night Long'
12. 'Child in Time'
14. 'Long Live Rock'n'roll / Lazy'
15. 'Catch the Rainbow'
16. 'Black Night'
17. 'Carry on Jon'
18. 'Temple of the King'
19. 'Smoke on the Water'
20. 'Waiting for a Sign (Brand New Song)'
Releasing April 6th, 2018 via Minstrel Hall Music / Eagle Rock Music, Ritchie Blackmore's brilliant guitar work can never be duplicated and is clearly a highlight of every track, but there will also be many Dio, Bonnet or Turner fans who will be very pleasantly surprised - nay, convinced - by Ronnie Romero's incredibly powerful vocal performance.
Complete with all the profoundly loved and adored Deep Purple hits lovingly wrapped within the old school Rainbow cuts and the chart hits they had with Bonnett at the vocal helm, listening to new boy Ronnie Romero on vocals and wow, you can close your eyes and be listening to a man who sounds like he's been part of the Rainbow set up for 50 odd years!
A name put in front of ringleader supreme Ritchie Blackmore by his wife Candice one night whilst she was surfing YouTube, the trouble was at the time that Rainbow had dissolved as a musical entity for Blackmore. It was now all about Blackmore's Knight with Candice.
But then it crossed Blackmore's mind that perhaps if he could resurrect a new version of Rainbow that Romero might well slot in rather perfectly. And listening to Romero sing all these classic hits and album cuts on this new CD, and watching his energy and passion for the project seap through his pores on the DVD, and you know that Blackmore made the right choice - for us all!
This quite brilliant new live collection, that blends audio recordings with live footage, also provides an hour of backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes moments, let alone that aforementioned brand new studio recording 'Waiting for a Sign.'
Ritchie Blackmore Interview
Ronnie Romero Interview
Jens Johansson Interview
Bob Nouveau Interview
David Keith Interview
Candice Night Interview
Lady Lynn Interview
Dave David Interview
Andreas Bock Interview
Michael Bockmühl Interview
Bonus Backstage Clip
'I Surrender' 2017 - Backstage Clip
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Title - 'Botanical Gardens'
Artist - Don McLean
For those not in the know, Don McLean (72) is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie”, “Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”, “Castles in the Air”, “And I Love You So” and “Crying”.
Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notably Madonna‘s No. 1 recording of “American Pie” in 2000 and George Michael’s version of “The Grave” in 2003, sung in protest at the Iraq War.
Now, in 2018, a new chapter starts as Don McLean releases his new album Botanical Gardens on March 23rd, 2018.
1: 'Botanical Gardens'
2: 'The Lucky Guy'
3: 'A Total Eclipse of the Sun'
4: 'The Waving Man'
5: 'When July Comes'
6: 'You're All I Ever Had'
7: 'Rock and Roll Your Baby'
8: 'I've Cried All the Tears That I Have'
9: 'Ain't She a Honey'
10: 'The Kings of Fools'
11: 'Grief and Hope'
12: 'You've Got Such Beautiful Eyes'
13: 'Last Night When We Were Young'
His 19th studio album, and his first in 8 years, Botanical Gardens was recorded in Nashville, but inspired by the Sydney gardens of the same name.
As he puts it, “The inspiration for the project started years ago when I would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney Australia near the Opera House. I would dream young dreams and it was a comfort and an inspiration. I was always young inside, like we all are, and I felt it again there.”
The joyous, upbeat title track opens up this rather wonderful new album in perfect style, and is backed seamlessly by the guitar-heavy, rock and roll duo of both 'The Lucky One' and then 'A Total Eclipse of the Sun.' One of my favourite bouts of storytelling here, it's followed by the true tale (one assumes) of 'The Waving Man', with another gem, the stoic piano ballad 'When July Comes' along next.
Another piano ballad, albeit more dedicated to his past lyrical memories, more melodic, more cute, is 'You're All I Ever Had', which is followed by a quick change of pace on the guitar-led beauty 'Rock and Roll Your Baby.' The mid-tempo twang of 'I've Cried All the Tears That I Have' could well be a decades old embedded country riff, and is backed by the laid back, summer sunshine vibe of 'Ain't She a Honey' ("Ain't she a ripper, with a buckle and zipper").
The profound 'The Kings of Fools' is up next and sees McLean slip back into his old lyrically comfortable shoes, with 'Grief and Hope' following. Then comes the best ballad on the album by a long shot, the truly stunning 'You've Got Such Beautiful Eyes', before the album rounds out with another piano ballad, the contagiously sentimental 'Last Night When We Were Young.'
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