quarta-feira, novembro 14, 2018

Birdsong At Morning Spins Elegant Tapestries of Sound, Words, and Music on New Album “Signs and Wonders”


"Beautiful acoustic textures… a deep, compelling listening experience." – Guitar Player

Lowell. MA - From the quietly ambitious 4-CD box set debut, "Annals of My Glass House" (2011), through the expansive territory of "A Slight Departure" (2015), to the masterful new album, "Signs and Wonders" (2018), Birdsong At Morning has garnered rave reviews and airplay around the world.

Led by songer/songwriter Alan Williams, along with compatriots Darleen Wilson (guitar) and Greg Porter (bass), and a host of new and old collaborators, Birdsong At Morning spins elegant tapestries of sound, words, and music.

Produced by leader Alan Williams, the band's new album contains 10 original compositions by Alan, and an inventive (and timely) interpretation of Supertramp's "The Logical Song." Joining the core trio of Alan, Darleen and Greg, are drummer Ben Wittman (Sting, Paula Cole, Laurie Anderson) and guitarist Thomas Juliano (Seven Mary Three, Aimee Mann), along with a 20-piece string orchestra. Basics were recorded with David Minehan at Woolly Mammoth Sound, and the strings were recorded at WGBH, engineered by Antonio Oliart. The album was mastered by Grammy award winner Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering, and the Blu-Ray was authored by Neil Wilkes of Opus Productions, the same folks behind the King Crimson, Yes, and XTC reissues.

Says Alan, "Just as the album art is a bold, full-color shift from our previous sepia-toned artwork, so the music inside represents a wider sonic spectrum, and musical pace. The general theme is that there is often hidden and overlooked beauty to be found in unexpected places. There are references to the natural environment in many of the songs, and some of these are contrasted with a more urban experience, or interior mindset. To quote the title song, 'take a look around.'"

"Signs and Wonders" is available for streaming and download on September 28, 2018, but will also be issued in a 2-disc CD/Blu-ray package, with 44.1/16 stereo mixes on the CD, and 96/24 vocal and instrumental mixes in stereo, LPCM 5.1 surround sound, and DTS-HD 5.1 surround sound, along with a 16-page lyric book.

Additionally, there are videos to accompany every song on the album. These videos are available on the Blu-ray, and will be posted on YouTube throughout the year.

Watch Birdsong At Morning's video for the lead track from the album, "Waterfall": https://youtu.be/hKvksNVhkeo 


Photo by Jude Porter - L-R: Darleen Wilson, Alan Williams, Greg Porter 

Formed in 2008, Birdsong At Morning began as an exercise in resurrecting long-dormant musical energies. Williams and Porter had gone to the New England Conservatory of Music, then played together in several groups, notably the star-crossed folk-rock ensemble, Knots and Crosses. Porter was a founding member of Talking To Animals, before playing for Aimee Mann and Patty Griffin, among others. Wilson established herself as a groundbreaking recording engineer in Boston, working with a broad spectrum of artists from punk (Salem 66), to pop (New Kids On The Block), before becoming the pre-eminent producer of New England singer/songwriters – Bill Morrissey, Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Chris Smither.

During the long period between the demise of Knots and Crosses – a demise precipitated by their calamitous signing with Island Records – and the formation of Birdsong At Morning, Williams embarked on parallel careers in music production and academia. He served as musical director for Dar Williams and engineered a number of records for Patty Larkin, while earning a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Brown University. He is currently Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he also serves as the Richard and Nancy Donahue Endowed Professor of the Arts, and has published a number of scholarly chapters and journal articles, all while maintaining a presence as a creative, performing musician. In his spare time, he is also a certified yoga instructor.

The depth of experience present in every aspect of the band's work helps to explain the professional quality that exists in this totally DIY project. The group releases its own records, designs its packaging, and does much of the engineering and musical production work. Of course, like many indie-minded endeavors, Birdsong At Morning is assisted by extraordinarily talented friends – long-time collaborative partner Ben Wittman (Paula Cole, Laurie Anderson, The Story) plays drums, Greg's Talking to Animals compatriot Thomas Juliano frequently contributes guitar, and the band's last two albums were recorded with David Minehan (The Neighborhoods, Paul Westerberg, Aerosmith) at his studio Woolly Mammoth Sound, and mastered by Grammy award winning engineer, Adam Ayan.

Here's what the press has said about Birdsong at Morning: 

"Sweeping strings, gorgeous sonics, and soulful singing, Birdsong at Morning is the greatest act you've never heard of." – Electronic Musician 

"Art music both unpretentious and ravishing" – The Boston Herald 

"Birdsong at Morning's creative intents find full fruition, making 'A Slight Departure' a fascinating point of embarkation. Lovely indeed." – No Depression 

"A sprawling collection of poignant beauty delivered through Williams' keenly poetic eye. Simple and direct, carrying with it the breadth and depth of the kind of observation only an acute student of the world around him can deliver." – BMI MusicWorld 

"A remarkable convergence of lush, patient music and intriguing poeticism performed with conviction and grace." – Songwriter's Monthly 

In closing Alan has this to impart, "I think our listeners pick up and respond to the attention to detail that is put into the songwriting, arrangements, and recording. Nothing is assembled like a factory; everything is meticulously crafted, even when captured as complete performance elements. We think repeated listenings should reward with new perspectives, new discoveries. This mirrors the concept of small wonders revealing themselves on closer inspection that can be found in many of the song lyrics. And woven throughout is a sensitivity to the political conditions of the moment, and an underlying call to value the humanity in each and every one of us."

To purchase  Birdsong At Morning's "Signs and Wonders": 

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Alice Cooper Drum Legend Neal Smith Celebrates 10 Years of KillSmith With New Compilation “KillSmith Halloween”!


This year marks the 10th anniversary of legendary Alice Cooper drummer & RnR Hall of Fame Inductee Neal Smith's first "KillSmith" solo CD. To celebrate, Neal has created a new 12 song compilation CD called "Neal Smith-KillSmith Halloween," the best of KillSmith. It has 11 previously released KillSmith songs and features one brand new song called "Strychnine."

2018 not only marks the golden 50th anniversary of the original Alice Cooper Group, but it also marks the 10th anniversary of my "KillSmith" solo project. Since my last solo album "KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire," I have been wanting to put together a compilation CD of my scariest and best "KillSmith" songs. I have chosen 11 of my songs plus a brand new bonus track called "Strychnine," it's a killer! Get your downloads or CD's today! Happy Halloween to all of my sick things around the world! Play my "KillSmith Halloween" loud and let it scare the "HELL" out of you! - Neal Smith 
 


Neal Smith is best known worldwide for his innovative drumming and outrageous stage antics with the original Alice Cooper Group. His solid drumming is the hallmark sound behind such classic 1970's Alice Cooper hits as "School's Out," "I'm Eighteen," "Billion Dollar Babies" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy." Neal is also a prolific songwriter, who helped pen many of the groups best known songs. Alice Cooper was the first band to introduce theatrics to the rock and roll stage, the group has sold over 25 million records worldwide. Neal has six gold and five platinum records to his credit and has performed before millions on extensive grand world tours from the late 1970's to the present. Smith's trademark drum style can be heard on additional albums, including the Billion Dollar Babies Band "Battle Axe," The Plasmatics "Beyond The Valley Of 1984," Buck Dharma "Flat Out," Deadringer "Electrocution Of The Heart," Bouchard, Dunaway and Smith "Back From Hell" and "BDS Live In Paris," Cinematik "Cinematik" and "One Full Moon Away." And Neal's most recent critically acclaimed solo project KillSmith. Neal's KillSmith CD's "Sexual Savior," "KillSmith Two" and  "KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire," garnered praise from fans and critics worldwide. 

"KillSmith Halloween" Track List 

EVIL VOODOO MOON
DEATH BY THE NUMBERS
HOW DO YOU BLEED
CEMETERY OF THE DAMNED
SQUEEZE LIKE A PYTHON
THE KILLSMITH OVERTURE
THRILL THRILL THRILL SHOOT TO KILL
DIE FOR THE NIGHT
PANDEMONIUM
STRYCHNINE
DYNASTY OF DARKNESS
MONSTERS IN THE ATTIC

KillSmith Downloads, CD's & CD/Books Available NOW! 
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Legendary Scottish Singer Barbara Dickson Releases New Album “Through The Line” With Carducci String Quartet


Produced & Arranged by Jethro Tull legend John O'Hara featuring some of Barbara's favourite songs with completely new arrangements!

London – Scottish music legend Barbara Dickson has recently completed a new studio album, "Through Line," which is released on CD on Gonzo Multimedia UK. The project features some of Barbara's favourite songs, from her early days as a singer on the Scottish folk circuit through to mainstream chart success in the '70s and '80s, re-recorded with the acclaimed Carducci String Quartet. Each of the nine tracks has been specially chosen by Barbara for the album with completely new arrangements by Jethro Tull legend John O'Hara who also produces. O'Hara is the orchestral conductor, pianist, keyboardist and accordion player for Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull. He also produced and arranged the # 1 Billboard charting 2017 album "Jethro Tull, the String Quartets."

Says Barbara, "The Carducci are wonderful, talented people and a pleasure to meet. This is a completely different avenue for me and I'm very excited with the results. The album will have lots of familiar music that people will know as well as some lesser-known favourites of my own."

Barbara Dickson is a Scottish singer whose hits include "I Know Him So Well," "Answer Me" and "January February." She has placed fifteen albums in the UK Albums Chart from 1977 to 2018, and had a number of hit singles, including four which reached the Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart. The Scotsman newspaper has described her as Scotland's best-selling female singer in terms of the numbers of hit chart singles and albums she has achieved in the UK since 1976.

She is also a two-time Olivier Award-winning actress, with roles including Viv Nicholson in the musical "Spend Spend Spend," and she was the original Mrs. Johnston in Willy Russell's long-running musical "Blood Brothers." On televison she starred as Anita Braithwaite in "Band of Gold."

Track listing
  1. January, February
  2. In the Night
  3. Lord Thomas of Winesberry
  4. The West Coast of Clare
  5. Cam' Ye O'er Frae France?
  6. The Caravan Song
  7. Boulder to Birmingham
  8. I Could Fall
  9. Easy Terms

To purchase Barbara Dickson's "Through The Line":

Barbara Dickson's official website: http://www.barbaradickson.net/

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Iconic Jethro Tull Guitarist Martin Barre Releases New Album Roads Less Travelled


Martin Barre, best-known as guitarist in Jethro Tull - one of the biggest selling prog bands of all time, releases his new solo album Roads Less Travelled on Cleopatra Records on October 12, 2018.

Barre has developed his own distinctive style within the framework of Jethro Tull, and his instantly recognizable and original sound form the basis of this album. Roads Less Travelled features 11 original tracks by Barre, which reflect the last 50 years of his esteemed musical career.

Reflecting on the tracks & recording of the album, Barre says "I've concentrated on improving my songwriting over the last few years and as a result, I am really pleased with this new CD. Although my playing has a lot of space in the music, I've worked a lot harder on the arrangements and lyrics. My goal is to have a CD that keeps the listener from beginning to end. 'Roads Less Travelled' reflects my belief in taking music somewhere new."

Barre's solo on Jethro Tull's 1971 hit "Aqualung" has been repeatedly voted as one of the top guitar solos of all time. Barre has been cited as an important influence by many virtuoso players, including Joe Bonamassa, Steve Vai & Jo Satriani and can count the likes of Mark Knopfler and Geddy Lee amongst his many fans. 

Track Listing: 
1. Lone Wolf
2. Out of Time
3. On My Way
4. Roads Less Travelled
5. Badcore Blues
6. Seattle
7. For No Man
8. (This Is) My Driving Song
9. You Are An Angel
10. Trinity
11. And The Band Played On

While all the songs showcase his exceptional electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin playing, the Martin Barre Band also shine throughout. A long-time resident of Devon, Barre's band features several local musicians: Dan Crisp (vocals), Alan Thomson (bass/fretless bass), Darby Todd (drums), Becca Langsford (vocals/backing vocals), Josiah J (Percussion/Hammond), Aaron Graham (drums), Alex Hart (vocals/backing vocals) Buster Cottam ("stand up" bass).
 

About Martin Barre 

Barre was the guitarist for rock band Jethro Tull from 1969 – 2012. Jethro Tull have sold an estimated 60 million albums worldwide, with 11 gold and 5 platinum albums among them and were described by Rolling Stone as "one of the most commercially successful progressive rock bands." Barre appeared on all but their debut album during his 33 year stint with Tull and is the longest-serving member after Ian Anderson.

For four decades, Barre's career focused on Jethro Tull but in the 1990s Barre began to perform as a solo artist and has since released 7 solo studio albums. On these recordings, Barre combined rock and guitar-oriented fusion in his sound.

Martin's guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition; he was voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on "Aqualung." His playing on the album Crest of a Knave earned him a Grammy award in 1988.

In addition to his Jethro Tull and solo work, Martin has worked live with many other artists including: Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

To purchase: 

Martin Barre's official website: www.Martinbarre.com 
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Todd Rundgren Nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2019!


Spirit of Harmony Foundation Founder and President Todd Rundgren has been nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The RRHOF is offering fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning October 9 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 9, 2018, fans can visit rockhall.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a "fans' ballot" that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees.

Fans will need to login to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

Please click here for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's bio page about Todd.

For the SOHF webpage on the latest Todd news, please click here.
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GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA – New album “ET EX” out NOW; Introductory interview and album teaser launched!



Progressive rock instrumentalists GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA from Stockholm, Sweden are releasing their newest, 5th studio album entitled "ET EX" today via InsideOutMusic worldwide.

The album's final track-listing reads as follows:

GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA - "ET EX" (47:30):
1. Veras tema (03:37)
2. The Shortcomings of Efficiency (07:41)
3. Square 5 (07:02)
4. Over and Out (04:36)
5. Artefacts (05:56)
6. Capercaillie Lammergeyer Cassowary & Repeat (06:58)
7. Brus från stan (01:36)
8. Fundament (09:59)
 
Next to an initial Digipak CD format and the Digital Album format, "ET EX" is also be available as 180gr. LP (with the entire album on CD as bonus) on black vinyl, but also as strictly limited runs on clear vinyl (100x copies via IOM webshop / CM Distro) and on silver vinyl (200x copies via the band directly).
 
Order "ET EX" it its various formats here: https://gostaberlingssaga.lnk.to/ETEX
 
Check out the two singles released so far for "ET EX" here:
"Capercaillie Lammergeyer Cassowary & Repeat": https://youtu.be/C9114EuateI
"The Shortcomings of Efficiency": https://youtu.be/aUuGW9GWsnU
 
And you can now also check out an introductory interview with GBS as well as a teaser for "ET EX" here:

The music of GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA is an incredibly dynamic Nordic instrumental adventure, tilting from melodic, starkly beautiful lines shimmering like an aurora borealis over the desolate Arctic tundra, to powerful and aggressive riffs reminiscent of glacier calves crashing into rugged Scandinavian fjords.
Over the years the band's music has been compared to King Crimson, Goblin and Radiohead, mixed into their very own and peculiar sonic universe.

GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA was formed in 2000 in the Stockholm suburb of Vällingby, taking its bandname from one of the most famous works in Swedish literature, the debut novel of Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, which was published in 1891. To date GBS have released 4 albums as follows: "Tid Är Ljud" (translated "Time Is Sound") in 2006, "Detta Har Hänt" (translated "This Has Happened") in 2009, "Glue Works" in 2011 and most recentlly "Sersophane" in late 2016 via the band's own label Icosahedron Music.
 
GBS have now teamed up with InsideOutMusic as new worldwide label partner to launch their fifth studio album entitled "ET EX", which was recorded throughout a year-long period from May 2017 until May 2018 in various studios with the help of producer Daniel Fagerström and mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering (Björk, The Mars Volta). Stay tuned for more news on GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA coming soon…

GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA – Live:
Dec 2, 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden - Södra Teatern + Henrik Palm
Jan 18, 2019 – Malmö, Sweden - Plan B
Jan 19, 2019 – Göteborg - Folk
More dates to be announced soon…
 
GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA – Line-Up:
Alexander Skepp - Drums & Percussion
David Lundberg - Fender Rhodes, Mellotron & Synthesizers
Gabriel Tapper - Bass Guitar & Moog Taurus
Rasmus Booberg - Guitars & Synthesizers

GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA Online:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC online:
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Keyboardist Tim Morse To Release New Album “Tim Morse III”


Songs about spiritual epiphanies, longing, friendship and loss 

Much to the excitement of Prog fans worldwide, keyboardist Tim Morse will be releasing his 3rd album "Tim Morse III" featuring songs about spiritual epiphanies, longing, friendship and  loss. The original idea for Tim's third album was that it would be a completely solo project where he would play all the instruments and sing all the vocals. However, even at the demo stage he missed the input of others, and decided to bring in some of his favorite musicians for cameo appearances (mostly drummers and guitarists). 

Says Tim, "I'm not really a multi-instrumentalist - I'm a pianist and guitarist. By extension I play other keyboards, bass and a little bit of percussion.  Anyone can play drums as good as I can! You can hear me play everything on one song 'The Marquis' and I play most of the instruments on 'My Ally' and 'Talisman' as well.

"It was very important to me to get to the 'emotional core' of the songs on this recording and so I looked for ways to eliminate some of the fiddling about - don't get me wrong, this is still a progressive rock album - but I wanted to make sure the message was clear.  My work with The Mangoes and the music of some of my favorite recording artists like Field Music and Kevin Gilbert influenced this approach.  Also, I knew from the start that there would be a vinyl release and so that was an exciting aspect of the project. It's been a dream of mine since I was thirteen to release a vinyl album of my original music and it's finally coming true! I'm very proud of the songwriting on 'III,' I definitely feel that it features some of my best work."

When the writing was finished Tim decided that it was essential to record on as much vintage gear as possible - Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes electric piano, Mini-Moog, and Mellotron samples. He spent a day at the Oakland Vintage Synthesizer Museum tracking songs with all kinds of analog synthesizer goodness (including the mighty Moog Taurus Bass pedals).

Says Tim, "On this recording I wanted to find the right balance between structure and improvisation. Of course, all of my solos were improvised (most of them are first takes done on the original demos), but even parts that might seem structured were done one pass on the fly. I believe that adds a vital feel to the music. I also kept a lot of scratch tracks where some precision may be sacrificed because the feel of the music was right."

Most of the recording was done in Tim's home studio (and others contributed parts from their project studios). However, he did track drums at Andrew Glasmacher's Studio 12 West in Utah over a few days. Also, all of the lead vocals were recorded at Paradise Studios with Craig Long. Craig is a mini-local legend in northern California, having worked with multi-platinum acts like Cake, Tesla, Bobby Brown, Tony, Toni, Tone! and many others. Tim wanted his expertise for the vocal sessions and Craig also made important contributions to the mix and did the final mastering of "Tim Morse III."

Watch the video for "The Mary Celeste": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeN88tIBTU4 

 


Tim Morse began his instrument instruction at a young age and started composing immediately upon picking up the guitar. He later moved onto the piano and studied as a music composition major, writing extended pieces such as a string quartet and two piano sonatas. During this time Tim performed with various rock and fusion bands and played on many recording sessions. Tim's first album of original music was entitled "Transformation" and was released in 2005. The album was well received by the Progressive Rock community and recognized as an original voice, in the tradition of Yes and Genesis, yet recorded and performed with a modern edge.

His second album "Faithscience" was released in 2012 and musically it picked up where "Transformation" left off, continuing to explore the best of Progressive Rock. In addition to this release Tim became a member of the Jerry Jennings band and formed The Mangoes with Bret Bingham. The Mangoes released their debut album in 2014 and it was embraced for its pop sensibility and quirky humor.

Tim Morse is also a published author and his book "Yesstories" has sold over 20,000 copies worldwide. His book "Classic Rock Stories" was published by the St. Martin's Press and was featured on the Howard Stern show. He has also written for music magazines over the years including Mix, Guitar World, Keyboard and Bass Player.

"Tim Morse III" will be released on CD and digital download on October 22, 2018 by Cymbalick Music. There will be a limited edition vinyl LP release of the album in January 2019. Plans for live performances in support of the new album release are in the works.

In closing Tim has this message for listeners: "I'm always grateful when anyone takes the time to listen to my music, whether they loved it or were critical of it. In this modern age of endless distractions it is a lovely thing when someone will truly listen to music."

To purchase: 
"Tim Morse III" will be available on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, etc.
*Anyone ordering CDs or LPs on timmorse.com will get a free promotional bonus disc with cover songs, demos, alternate tracks, etc.

Official website: http://timmorse.com/ 
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Curved Air Announces Third Volume of its Ongoing Rarities Series With The Second British Rock Meeting 1972 – OUT NOW!



Legendary Prog band Curved Air is pleased to announce the third volume of its ongoing rarities series with The Second British Rock Meeting 1972 – OUT NOW!

The sound quality is of an astonishing fidelity for a live recording from the early 1970s and features the only known recordings of the band improvising!

The last track is an extended jam and a version of the band's hit "Vivaldi" – lasting well over 30 minutes!

The band had just released its Phantasmagoria album at the time and the line-up was:
Sonja Kristina
Darryl Way
Francis Monkman
Florian Pilkington-Miksa
Mike Wedgwood

The booklet features a written introduction by Francis Monkman, who mastered the audio and curated the release personally, along with two essays written by attendees at the festival and previously unseen pictures. 

Francis recalls the concert: "Listening to the recording, I was at first puzzled that we'd decided to start the set with Everdance, especially as I had some kind of hazy memory of waiting in the dank pre-dawn gloom, trying to persuade my fingers to work in preparation for our customary opening with It Happened Today. But the uncertainty of the initial holding pattern rhythm, together with Sonja's plaintive "what shall we do?" triggered the realisation that we had arrived on stage and plugged in, only to find that the guitar was for some now-long-forgotten reason not working. So we had to decide quickly once it became clear it wasn't going to be fixed in a hurry. And what you hear is the upshot..." 

These recordings capture a unique set from the band's heyday, their only recorded improvisations and all in unbelievable sound quality for a festival in the early 70s!

1. No-Guitar Blues (3:33)
2. Everdance / Cheetah / Vivaldi (7:40)
3. Phantasmagoria (3:34)
4. Melinda (More or Less) (3:11)
5. Over And Above (11:32)
6. The Germersheim Jam / Vivaldi (31:47)

To Purchase: 

Official website: www.curvedair.com 
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/CurvedAir 
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Small Faces “Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake’’ 50th Anniversary Deluxe-Editions


Immediate Records and Charly Records To Release 50th Anniversary Deluxe-Editions of London rock legends' 1968 psychedelic masterpiece across various formats 

Immediate Records and Charly Records are to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Small Faces' much loved third album "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" with the release of a variety of new and very special deluxe editions across various formats (including deluxe triple 180-gram red, white & blue coloured vinyl LP box-set and a comprehensive 3CD+1DVD earbook set) on 26th October 2018.

To order Small Faces "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake'' 50th Anniversary Deluxe-Editions:  

The 180-gram vinyl LP formats have been newly mastered at half-speed for optimum sound quality and pressed in conjunction with Optimal : Media in Berlin and The Vinyl Factory in London from restored original Immediate Records tape sources. Originally recorded during 1967 and 1968 by Glyn Johns at Olympic Studios, Trident and Pye Studios, the expanded editions of "Ogdens'' also feature rare material from the archive of surviving Small Faces member Kenney Jones.

"On 'Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake' you can still hear it's a real band firing on all cylinders, great dynamics and everyone equal in their musicianship. The story within concerned an amazing journey and it was exactly the same for us too - a fantastic journey" - Kenney Jones, 2018 

All editions have been prepared under the watchful eye of Small Faces reissue producer and Immediate Records label manager Rob Caiger with remastering engineer Nick Robbins (Soundmastering Ltd) and vinyl cutting engineer Matt Colton (Alchemy Mastering) and approved by Kenney Jones.

Talking about the mastering process for this 50th Anniversary, reissue producer Rob Caiger says: "Listening back to the original first pressing of 'Ogdens' on both mono and stereo, we've captured a lot more purely because we can do so much more with the technology we have now, cutting more information to the vinyl than was able to be done back in the day because of the limitations of technology then."

Remastering engineer Nick Robbins stresses how important it was for the new editions to stay true to the original LP: "I'm not concerned with how it might sound in the context of a modern recording. I think that's a mistake. I think it's much more important to bear in mind the context of its period rather than think 'Most records these days are really whizzy so I should make this the same.' No, you don't do that - that would be a mistake. The records have their time and sound has its time. And it's important to remain true to that."

Mastering Engineer Of The Year Award winner 2018, Matt Colton explains the half-speed cutting process to produce a 33 1/3 rpm LP: "Cutting at half-speed offers a better transient and dynamic response, more defined and accurate sound, extended low frequency and smooth high frequencies. Basically, the band really kicks arse on the half-speed cut in a way that it doesn't cutting at normal speed. The sound fills the room, Kenney's kick drum is punching you in the chest, the guitars are pushing the amps to the edge of distortion with a beautiful blues tone and it just delivers a more musical experience. There's more power there than cutting at normal speed and that is really satisfying."

A red, white & blue coloured vinyl 180-gram half-speed mastered 3LP box-set (Immediate IMBX012) boasts a new softback 12" x 12" 72-page book full of Gered Mankowitz photos, original artwork, rare memorabilia, in-depth sleevenotes and interviews conducted with band members over many years by journalist & writer Mark Paytress, plus introduction by Kenney Jones. LP1 consists of the original mono mix of "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake," LP2 features the album's original stereo mix, whilst LP3 boasts a plethora of rare tracks released for the very first time on vinyl, all providing a fascinating snapshot of this key period in the acclaimed British band's career.

The comprehensive new 3CD+1DVD earbook set (Immediate IMEB012) comprises both original mono and stereo versions of the album together with a third CD that boasts an expanded version of the vinyl box-set's bonus LP disc, additionally featuring gems such as the rare American single versions of "Mad John" and "The Journey" plus the much sought after mono "Afterglow Of Your Love" (Alternate Single Mix), previously only released as a long sold-out 7" vinyl single for Record Store Day 2015 and made available here on CD for the first time. The contents of the vinyl book are also reproduced while this edition's DVD boasts a real gem; although "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" was never attempted live (in part due to its sheer complexity), the band did perform seven of the album's twelve tracks on one occasion - the 21st June 1968 edition of BBC TV's Late Line-Up Colour Me Pop show. This BBC TV studio performance is included on the new box-set's DVD. Previously only available in grainy quality on a long-deleted VHS video release and as part of a hard-to-find DVD compilation, this new box-set's audio & visual DVD content has been cleaned-up and is presented here in the best quality possible.

All editions have been assembled by Grammy-Award winning graphic designer Rachel Gutek who has had access to the Immediate Records original artwork files.
 


"They were the most complete pop group for me. They had everything - they were amazing players that all had the same influences. The image, the haircuts, blimey they were even all the same height. A kinda dream band that everyone would want to be in" - Paul Weller 

The Small Faces story starts in July 1964 with vocalist & guitarist Steve Marriott, bassist Ronnie Lane and drummer Kenney Jones all sharing a bill at the Albion in Rainham, Essex as part of their own respective bands. Marriott, Lane and Jones met up again months later in a local music shop - the J60 Music Bar - and struck up a conversation whereby they discovered a shared love of American blues and R'n'B. Marriott was invited to play live with Lane & Jones' that evening in Bermondsey but following a particularly rowdy show where Marriott smashed up the venue's piano, they were sacked and ended up planning a new band together - the beginning of the Small Faces.

The band's rise was stratospheric, with the new group playing their first out of town show at Peter Stringfellow's Mojo Club in Sheffield in July 1965, accepting a residency in London's Cavern Club in Leicester Square and signing with heavyweight manager Don Arden before releasing a debut single, "What'cha Gonna Do About It," on Decca Records in August, which quickly ascended to No.14 in UK Singles Chart. When third single "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" reached No.3 five months later and their eponymously-titled debut LP also reached No.3 in the UK in the summer of 1966 (and with original keyboard player Jimmy Winston leaving the band at this point to be replaced by Ian "Mac" McLagan), the Small Faces had truly arrived.

Acrimoniously splitting from manager Don Arden, the band made an inspired move when they signed to Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate stable in February 1967. Oldham saw Marriott/Lane as the obvious replacements for the Jagger/Richard songwriting team that had thus far helped afford the fledgling record label its insouciant cool (and big hits). Liberated by the move to their new independent confines, the band could now completely spread their wings; releasing a well-received, accomplished first LP (again entitled "Small Faces") for Immediate in June 1967, also finding the time to reflect that summer's psychedelic reverberations two months later via non-album Top 3 hit single, "Itchycoo Park," before finally blasting it out of the park in December 1967 with the astonishing single "Tin Soldier," their first collaboration with newly-signed Immediate label mate P.P. Arnold.

The band were at something of a strange juncture as they entered Olympic Studios, London with engineer Glyn Johns in late-1967 to commence the recording of their third long-player. The credibility afforded 'rock' acts as opposed to those considered mere 'pop' was still of crucial importance at this time in British music history and, having already achieved four UK Top 10 singles in 1966 (including a No.1 hit with the mighty "All Or Nothing") plus three Top 10 singles in the first few months of 1967, the pressure was now somewhat on to make that leap to timeless authenticity by delivering a truly great album. To add to the pressure, Immediate Records was suffering cashflow problems, inter-band relationships had become strained following a period of extensive overseas touring with The Who and the band's frontman Steve Marriott was constantly questioning the group's place in the musical firmament.

The decision was made to stop touring and give the band time to write a bigger record - the four musicians spent February 1968 working up tracks on three different boats cruising up and down the Thames, studio time was unlimited and the band members also took the opportunity to relocate to the countryside from the inner city, a new domestic scene perfectly captured in Andrew Loog Oldham's choice of first single from the forthcoming album, "Lazy Sunday" (Steve Marriott had wanted to release the heavier "Song Of A Baker" with "Lazy Sunday" as the B-side, but Loog Oldham stuck to his guns). Having rowed with a member of The Hollies, both accusing the other of never singing in their own natural accents, Marriott quite deliberately ramped up his vocal cockney tones on the single which reached No.2 on its release in April 1968.

"One of the great English rock LPs" - Mojo   

The Small Faces' third studio album, "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake," was released by Immediate on 26th May 1968, soon sitting pretty atop the UK Album Chart where it enjoyed a six week reign at No.1 that summer. The LP was housed on its original release in a round circular sleeve featuring a replica of the Thomas Ogden metal tobacco tin that inspired the album's title. "Ogdens'' was a proper game-changer - a brave British psychedelic rock statement that oozed jaw-dropping rock, soul and R'n'B, played by four remarkable young musicians completely at the top of their game. Whilst side one dazzled with the sheer power of Ronnie Lane's "Song Of A Baker" and the heavy soul of Marriott's "Afterglow" (belatedly reworked into the band's final official studio single, "Afterglow Of Your Love") plus a liberal dash of Cockney knees-up on aforementioned first single "Lazy Sunday" and "Rene," the LP's second side premiered the band's six-song fairytale of Happiness Stan and his quest to find the missing section of the crescent moon, the six track cycle linked via narration by comedian Stanley Unwin, his words suitably twisted into odd shapes via his unique, surreal 'Unwinese' linguistics.

"Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" was the landmark album that the Small Faces had always threatened to make - both a critical and commercial highpoint and one that would finally afford them the real rock credibility that had thus far slightly eluded them. The album's whole was something truly psychedelic and new - at times almost childlike in its innocence, but at the same time infused with the band members' complex emotions and already slightly world-weary experiences. It seems incredible that this was a group a mere three years away from its humble beginnings in the sweaty East End pubs & R'n'B clubs of its birth.

A major influence on acts such as Led Zeppelin, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Blur and Oasis and almost universally acclaimed on its initial release in May 1968, "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" has gone on to appear in countless best album polls (it was voted #59 in Q Magazine's Top 100 Greatest British Albums Ever poll in 2000 and was voted into Mojo's Hall Of Fame) whilst The Guardian more recently described the album as, "A groundbreaker."

In addition to these new 50th Anniversary deluxe editions of "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" on 26th October 2018, surviving band member Kenney Jones has also recently published an acclaimed autobiography, "Let The Good Times Roll," via Blink Publishing, writing extensively about his time drumming with the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who (amongst others), speaking openly about his own personal cancer battle and his continued work to raise awareness via the Prostate Cancer UK charity and his own Rock 'n' Horsepower charity events.

ALL ALBUM FORMATS NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER HERE: http://smarturl.it/ImmediateStore 

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Prog/Cinematic Metal/Hard Rock Project, Orissa Unveil Video Featuring Contortion and Dance Performance

PROGRESSIVE/CINEMATIC ROCK PROJECT
ORISSA
COMBINES CONTORTION AND LIVE PERFORMANCE ON
"BLUE COMMUNION" 



"Dark imagery from the cosmos projects the writer’s lines in a new style of lyric video that reads as digitally mastered ancient scrolls. " (All Things Go)

"...haunting multi dimensional feel...and easily lets us know that Orissa has conquered their own unique style and release music that stands out in today’s scene." (Metal Nexus)

The album received rave features from Alternative Press, Prog Sphere, Metal Nexus, Guitar World, among other tastemaker blogs, and now, Orissa welcomes a eye-catching video that breathes life into the album, "that defies routine mundane labeling as it blazes its own fusion-derived  trail." (Riff Relevant) Orissa "has conquered their own unique style and release music that stands out in today's scene."(Metal Nexus)

Mixed by Sahaj Ticotin, (RA; Meytal Cohen; Adekain; September Mourning) and mastered by Paul Logus, (Stone Sour; Steel Panther; Shadows Fall) the LP showcases, "progressive metal that demonstrates remarkable mastery." (Codifiers) Dodini, graduated with honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and completed his masters at the Biella Conservatory's Scuola Niccolo Paganini in Biella, Italy. Orissa's live band is a roster of NYC's finest musicians from Trans Siberian Orchestra, Neal Morse Band, Stratospheerius, Book Of Mormon, Dyed In Grey, Haakons Fault, Emergence and Astronaut Down.

Orissa was created in 2010  by Dodini, a virtuoso singer, guitarist and bassist, who writes, arranges and performs all the parts on Orissa's records.  Born out the of desire to explore inner creative space and create a distinctive, cathartic, deeply personal and therapeutic art, Dodini abandoned the strictly classical background and delved into his own songwriting, fusing his classical training with his love for jazz, balkan and other ancient rhythmic traditions; these styles translated into Dodini's immersion into metal and progressive music, as the genres carry numerous parallels. Orissa released its debut EP, Omens in 2012; on which Dodini played all the instruments and was backed by Dan Walsh (drums). Omens was mixed by Stacey O'Dell, (Killcode, Panzie, Awaken), and mastered by Chris Muth of Taloowa. Orissa launched two additional singles in 2013 as, The Musical Offering. They were mixed and mastered by Patrick Derivaz, (Jon Scofield, Jeff Buckley, Meshell Ndegeocello), and released to support a Kickstarter Campaign. In turn, the Kickstarter raised over $20K to fund the  upcoming album, Resurrection, which features Dodini's vocal and instrumental arrangements and performances as well as drummer Jason Gianni, (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Neal Morse, Book Of Mormon). In 2016, Orissa brought the music from the studio to the stage when Dodini attracted the best musicians from NYC's progressive, metal and rock communities.

Stay tuned for more announcements from Orissa, including a number of new videos from Resurrection.  Soundcrave Magazine declares, "this is more than just metal. I hope the world is ready for this."

Psychotic Waltz first headliner ProgPower Europe 2019



Californian prog metallers Psychotic Waltz have been announced as the first headline act for ProgPower Europe 2019. They join already-announced British prog rockers Voices From The Fuselage, Australian proggers Teramaze and Andalucian prog metallers Persefone on the bill.

"Psychotic Waltz are on our list for a long time. With a new album to come, we are pleased to finally have them on stage at ProgPower Europe in 2019. Psychotic Waltz is one of these bands that is still missing on our list of bands that have played the festival before. But now, after 20 years it finally will happen, it definitely will be one of the highlights."

The original line-up of Psychotic Waltz reunited in 2011 after a break of nearly 15 years. The band are currently writing material for a new studio album, which will be their first since 1996's Bleeding. The band plan to enter the recording studio in Spring 2019.

ProgPower Europe 2019 will take place in the first weekend of October, Friday 4 – Sunday 6 October. Psychotic Waltz will headline the event on Saturday October 5.

European Festival Awards
ProgPower Europe 2018 is nominated for European Festival Awards for 'Best indoor festival' en 'Best small festival'.

You can help us out to give your votes, possible until November 30: 


Weekend tickets on sale

You can order already your weekend tickets for ProgPower Europe 2019. So far we already welcome visitors from The Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg and Brazil. 

terça-feira, novembro 13, 2018

Music Legend Eddie Jobson To Release “1971-1979 The Band Years” 2CD Set


Includes performances by Bryan Ferry, Frank Zappa, Robert Fripp, Simon Phillips, Terry Bozzio, Allan Holdsworth, John Wetton and Bill Bruford! 

Nominated for 2019 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his innovative work along with Roxy Music, Eddie Jobson is considered the definitive musicians' musician. "1971-1979 The Band Years" is the first of five planned compilation albums, one for each decade of Jobson's outstanding career as an award-winning composer and internationally acclaimed keyboardist and electric violinist. 

This first double-CD release features tracks from Jobson's band years in the '70s, including his work as a member of Curved Air, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa & The Mothers, and UK - the progressive-rock supergroup he co-founded with John Wetton, Allan Holdsworth and Bill Bruford. Classic tracks include Curved Air's "Metamorphosis," written by Jobson at the age of 17; Roxy Music's "Out of the Blue"; and UK's "In The Dead of Night." All tracks have been digitally remastered for this special compilation.

Includes performances by Bryan Ferry, Frank Zappa, Robert Fripp, Simon Phillips, Terry Bozzio, Allan Holdsworth, John Wetton and Bill Bruford.

2CD and 8-page booklet with personal liner notes for all 21 tracks

DISC 1

1)  Spanish Dream [live synthesizer solo from 1971 - Age 16]
2)  Metamorphosis [Curved Air album "Air Cut"]
3)  Armin [Curved Air album "Air Cut"]
4)  On a Still Night [Eddie Jobson - early solo recording]
5)  Yesterday Boulevard [Eddie Jobson - early solo recording]
6)  As The World Turns [Bryan Ferry - non-album track]
7)  She Sells [Roxy Music album "Siren"]
8)  A Song for Europe [Roxy Music album "Stranded"]
9)  Out of the Blue [Roxy Music album "Country Life"]
10) Läther [Frank Zappa - live recording]
11) In The Dead of Night [UK album "U.K."]
12) By The Light of Day [UK album "U.K."]
13) Presto Vivace & Reprise [UK album "U.K."]

DISC 2

1)  Alaska [UK album "U.K."]
2)  Time to Kill [UK album "U.K."]
3)  Nevermore [UK album "U.K."]
4)  Danger Money [UK album "Danger Money"]
5)  The Only Thing She Needs [UK album "Danger Money"]
6)  Rendezvous 6:02 [UK album "Danger Money"]
7)  Caesar's Palace Blues [UK album "Danger Money"]
8)  Carrying No Cross [UK album "Danger Money"]

Release date November 16, 2018 

To purchase Eddie Jobson's "1971-1979 The Band Years" 2CD Set: 

EDDIE JOBSON 

Classical prodigy and teen star — Award-winning film composer — "A musical genius" (Editor-in-chief of Emmy magazine) — Electronic music innovator — Nominated for 2019 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — World music and jazz record producer — Lecturer on The Art & Science of Music — Electric violin virtuoso — Award-winning pianist

With an international reputation as the definitive musicians' musician, British musician Eddie Jobson has been recognized as a musical genius since childhood. As a piano and violin prodigy, he was awarded a Diploma of Distinction by London's Royal Academy of Music at the age of 8, performing with his first professional orchestra at age 10. At 16, he was appointed as the Young Persons' Representative to the British Government's Arts Council and, the same year, performed his debut concert at the University of Newcastle - one of the first live concerts to feature the electronic music synthesizer. By age 17 he had acquired a worldwide record deal with Warner Bros. to record his first full album, playing violin, synthesizer and piano.

Transitioning away from classical music and still only 17, he became orchestrator for British singer Bryan Ferry, leading to Jobson becoming a full member of the influential art-rock group Roxy Music, contributing to their first number-one album as synthesist and groundbreaking electric-violinist.  Eddie's proficiency in re-sculpting and professionalizing the Roxy sound played a major role in the band's success and their considerable influence on the likes of U2, The Talking Heads and many of the '80s new wave rock/pop groups. Jobson's early pioneering work as a teen, along with the other Roxy members and fellow synthesist Brian Eno, has resulted in a nomination for 2019 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Remaining in the rock and jazz world after Roxy, Eddie - still only 21 - was "discovered" by American music icon Frank Zappa and flown to Los Angeles to replace both jazz greats George Duke on keyboards and Jean-Luc Ponty on violin, in Zappa's only four-piece lineup. Returning to England in 1978 after several albums and world concert tours with Zappa, Jobson then formed the internationally acclaimed progressive-fusion band UK with jazz-guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, King Crimson vocalist John Wetton, and original Yes drummer Bill Bruford. The UK albums, along with his other work with King Crimson, Yes, Jethro Tull and with members of Deep Purple and The Who, established Jobson not only as one of the top keyboardists in rock, but also as, arguably, the top rock violinist in the world.

In the 1980s, Eddie put rock music and concert touring aside and focused on electronic music and the innovative world of computer music. He created the first music video to feature CGI, as well as the world's first album performed entirely on the Synclavier Music Computer. Featured in TIME magazine, this critically acclaimed album was one of the very first all-digital CD releases.

The 1990s saw Jobson move into the world of television and film scoring - an award-winning side-career that culminated in him becoming choral director for Disney on two major movies and the soundtrack composer on numerous films, TV shows and 3D theme-park experiences. Fascinated with all musical forms, he left the world of Hollywood in 2000 and formed a musicians' label called Globe Music as a vehicle for producing a diverse array of jazz and world-music artists. This period also saw Eddie working with the Tuvan throat singers; composing for and conducting both the City of Prague Philharmonic and The Bulgarian Women's Choir, and also functioning as the choir's spokesperson at Harvard University and on multiple classical radio broadcasts.

An unexpected return to the concert stage in 2008, saw Jobson perform to a festival audience of more than 200,000 people in Kazan, Russia, leading to ten more years of world tours until his permanent retirement from live concerts in 2018. In 2017, Jobson received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Progressive Music Awards in London.

Five new double-CD releases are being released to commemorate Jobson's almost fifty years as one of the world's most respected musicians. Eddie is also currently producing six video lectures on The Art and Science of Music.

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A Life In YES: The Chris Squire Tribute Featuring Members of YES, Renaissance, Marillion, Blackmore's Night, Curved Air, Toto and others!


Feat. Todd Rundgren, Steve Porcaro (Toto), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Patrick Moraz (Yes/The Moody Blues), Steve Stevens, Dweezil Zappa, and more!

Los Angeles - Purple Pyramid Records is releasing A Life In YES: The Chris Squire Tribute; A heartfelt and masterful musical salute to the longtime bassist of prog rock legends YES, Chris Squire!

Produced by Squire's friend and frequent collaborator, and current bassist in YES, Billy Sherwood with amazing contributions from Todd Rundgren, Steve Porcaro (Toto), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Patrick Moraz (Yes/The Moody Blues), Steve Stevens, Dweezil Zappa, and more!

"Needless to say this record is near and dear to my heart, Chris and I were friends for decades and his loss was epic. I wanted to honor his spirit, his writing, his bass work… And so I set forth to create this record. Everyone who participated lifted the project and did it out of the deepest respect and love for Chris." -  Billy Sherwood

Includes 2 bonus tracks: one from the prog supergroup The Prog Collective, and one from the massively popular Pink Floyd tribute album Back Against The Wall!

Available on both CD and vinyl!

Track List:
1. Jon Davison & Patrick Moraz - On The Silent Wings Of Freedom
2. Steve Hogarth & Larry Fast - Hold Out Your Hand
3. Annie Haslam - Onward
4. David Sancious & Steve Stevens - South Side Of The Sky
5. Sonja Kristina - The Fish
6. Steve Porcaro & Steve Hackett - The More We Live - Let Go
7. Jon Davison & Tony Kaye - Parallels
8. Nikki Squire & Dweezil Zappa - Owner Of A Lonely Heart
9. Todd Rundgren, John Wesley & Tony Kaye - Roundabout
10. Candice Night & Brian Auger - Don't Kill The Whale
BONUS TRACKS
11. The Prog Collective - The Technical Divide
12. Chris Squire - Comfortably Numb

To purchase:
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King Crimson's David Cross & No-Man's Andrew Booker's Unreleased 2006 Album “Ends Meeting” - Now Available!



London - David Cross was a member of King Crimson during the 1970s and Andrew Booker was a member of No-Man, Sanguine Hum and Peter Banks's Harmony in Diversity.

This PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED STUDIO ALBUM was recorded in 2006 but had not seen a release until now.

David Cross said of the release "I met Andrew some years ago when the David Cross Band were touring with Pete Banks's Harmony and Diversity. Andrew was the drummer with that band and we got together after the tour to record some tracks. This eventually turned into the album we're releasing. Andrew brought a great deal of creativity and high level production skills to the project and is one of those people who make it easy to play - a wonderful talent!"

Andrew Booker said of the release, "David and I recorded only once together. I had come prepared with several sounds and tonal themes set up on the electronic drums, hoping to catch a little of the magic I had seen watching him with his band a few months earlier. I got that in spades. As I listened to David's endlessly inventive phrasing, track after track, I knew we were capturing something special. Soaring and searing, or serenely soothing, even 12 years later I still find bits of it breathtaking, music for electric violin and electronic percussion in an arid North African heat-haze."  

The seven new tracks on this album showcase the talents of Cross & Booker and will appeal to the fan-bases of both artists and the bands they have been in. It's an innovative meeting of minds.

1. LOOPSCAPE A
2. THE SHAKES RATTLED
3. SLEEK
4. SPARED BHANGRA
5. WORSHIP THE GOURDS
6. ENDS MEETING
7. LOOPSCAPE B

To purchase Cross & Booker's "Ends Meeting":

David Cross official website: https://www.davidcrossband.com/
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Knight Area D-Day album crowdfunding


Help us reach our crowdfunding goal!

On June 6th 1944, world history reached one of its turning points. A massive invasion of allied forces reached the Normandy coast in a desperate attempt to gain a stronghold on nazi-occupied territory, a first step towards the liberation of Europe and the end of WWII. Many gave their lives and countless were injured, but their sacrifices have laid the cornerstone of today's society and freedom. This day is known as D-Day.

Knight Area would like to dedicate its 7th studio album to D-Day, telling the story of the brave people who fought for our freedom, in this hell on earth of which the outcome was all but certain. If you believe that this story is important to tell and to be heard by thousands of listeners, we would like to invite you to contribute by funding our project.

You can help us to give the new album the quality it deserves by making a donation. And at the same time, you can win some great Knight Area items! What to think about:

Handwritten lyrics by Mark Smit
The brand new and unreleased Heaven And Beyond On Tour DVD
Guitar and bass lessons by Mark and Peter
The Heaven and Beyond live tour backdrop
Various items used by the band live on stage
The unique Painted Nicky B Bass Guitar of Peter Vink

Go to our special crowdfunding site now and check out the available items!




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The Tangent launch video for "The Adulthood Lie"



THE TANGENT, the progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison, will release their 10th studio album 'Proxy' on November 16th, 2018. Recorded during the band's tour with Karmakanic in 2017/18, which saw them with more chances than normal to work together on the record - hotel writing sessions, van discussions, soundcheck ideas - all of which have allowed the band to make an album that is as organic as they have ever achieved since their formation 15 years ago.

Now they are pleased to launch an animated video for an excerpt of the track "The Adulthood Lie," which you can see here: https://youtu.be/5DtN0MpF6Js

Andy Tillison comments: "'The Adulthood Lie' is a song from the new album "Proxy" by The Tangent. It comes in two flavours... one (the album version) which is a sixteen minute long Prog Rock Epic made out of anything but Prog Rock sounds... and the "single" version which is released today. The 'single' gives no real indication of what actually happens on the album version, but takes the form of a dancey Ibiza style pop song. These two versions work together well as a demonstration of what Progressive Rock still can be.  Hear the single (with its cult game-like lyric video), and then hear the album to find out where it goes next!"

Background Magazine (NL) comments of the track: "I would go as far as to say this song is one of the most exciting things I have heard in a long, long time. The album is worth the money just for this track alone. It pulses with energy... The chorus is to die for"
Listen to the previously released track 'A Case of Misplaced Optimism' here: https://youtu.be/U1L13hM4_ck

'Proxy' is now available as limited CD digipak, 180g vinyl + CD (including several coloured vinyl versions) & as digital download.

Pre-Order the album here: www.insideoutmusicshop.com

 Andy Tillison comments: "Our belief is that Progressive Rock music is still a valid and viable musical form in 2018 and will continue to be so. Our band has always sought to take on board things from the present and add them to that magical mix. We don't claim to be offering the FUTURE. We just claim to be offering one set of possibilities. Ours. Now."

 'Proxy' is a riot of juxtaposing styles, presented in a really direct manner and despite being firmly rooted in the stylistic traits of the Progressive Rock Genre takes some unexpected turnoffs and a major swerve. The albums kicks off with a trademark Tangent prog fantasia based around growling Hammonds, shrieking Synths, whirling guitars and sharp percussive bass  - influences of ELP, Egg, Hatfield & the North, Caravan and Camel proudly worn on their sleeves.  This 16-minute title track eventually becomes a protest song about the continuing wars that share their name with the song.

But this album features no overall concept. The second track is a sun-drenched Mediterranean fusion instrumental, more Chick Corea than Che Guevara.  And the third track is referred to by the band as an attempt to find the missing link between Porcupine Tree and Jamiroquai.  By the time we reach the centrepiece epic track 'The Adulthood Lie', the rulebook has been left behind and the band are trying to fix the car with whatever is at hand.

The Tangent came of age some time ago now. After 15 years with a constant presence on the periphery of the scene, this album is the next step on the road from a band who have painstakingly revered and recreated the past, with one eye on the future.



The album will be available as a limited CD digipak, Vinyl LP + CD & as digital download. The full track-listing is as follows:

1.Proxy
2.The Melting Andalusian Skies
3.A Case of Misplaced Optimism
4.The Adulthood Lie
5.Supper's Off
6.Excerpt From "Exo-Oceans" (Bonus Track)

The album features the following players:
Andy Tillison – Vocals, Lyrics, Keyboards, Composer
Jonas Reingold (The Sea Within, Steve Hackett Band) – Bass Guitar
Theo Travis (Soft Machine, Travis-Fripp) – Sax & Flute
Luke Machin (Maschine, Francis Dunnery Band) – Guitar
Steve Roberts (ex Magenta, Godsticks) – Drums
With special guest: Goran Edman (Karmakanic) - Vocals

'Proxy' follows the release of 2017's 'The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery' which received fantastic reviews upon release:

"Eloquent, far-reaching prog" - Prog Magazine
"sophisticated and spot on" – Classic Rock
"This is essential listening" – Powerplay

The Tangent online:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC online:
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