31 August 2014

Soft Machine Legend Hugh Hopper 10-CD Set Of Unreleased Recordings To Be Released By Gonzo Multimedia


London, UK - Hugh Hopper and Soft Machine fans worldwide are rejoicing to the news of the pending release of HUGH HOPPER - DEDICATED TO HUGH, a 10-CD Archival Celebration of the music of bass guitarist, composer, Hugh Hopper comprised of previously unreleased Hi-Fidelity recordings. Compiled by Michael King, a Canadian Hugh Hopper Scholar, the CDs will be released individually, beginning with Volume One, entitled 'Memories'.

This ten part series is to compliment a heretofore large body of work (over sixty titles) by presenting previously unreleased concert and studio recordings, with a focus on Hugh’s compositions as performed by groups under his leadership. All proceeds are to benefit Hugh's Hopper's family.

HUGH HOPPER - DEDICATED TO HUGH 10-CD set features:

Volume 1 - Memories
Hugh introduces a selection of rare tracks from across his career

Volume 2 - Frangloband
Live at Triton Club, Paris 2004

Volume 3 - North & South
Co-credited with Scottish drummer Mike Travis (Gilgamesh)
Live in Aberdeen 1995

Volume 4 - Four by Hugh by Four
One-off quartet live at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, 2000

Volume 5 - Heart to Heart
Co-credited with guitarist Phil Miller (Hatfield/National Health/In Cahoots)
Studio duet performance, Amsterdam, 2007

Volume 6 - Special Friends
Rare concert recordings, 1992 through 1995, of Hugh's project with Phil Miller, Didier Malherbe (Gong), Pip Pyle & Elton Dean - a.k.a. Short Wave.

Volume 7 - Soft Boundaries
Triton, Paris concert recordings with Elton Dean, Sophia Domanich & Simon Goubet 2005

Volume 8 - Bass On Top
Improvised studio session with pianist Slava Ganelin & drummer Aahron Kaminsky, Israel 2007

Volume 9 - Anatomy of Facelift
Five live performances of Hugh's signature composition, Facelift, as performed by Soft Machine, 1969 through 1971. Includes extracts from Lois Frith's University Thesis: Anatomy of Facelift

Volume 10 - Was A Friend
Various rare tracks, including duets with drummers Chris Cutler (Henry Cow) & Seb Rockford and concluding with Hugh's final musical performance: Was A Friend, performed by Denis Colin Trio, 2008

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Hugh Hopper began his musical career in 1963 as bass guitarist in the Daevid Allen Trio alongside drummer Robert Wyatt. In 1964 Hugh founded The Wilde Flowers with his elder brother, Brian Hopper. Passing through their ranks were fellow Canterbury legends Kevin Ayers, Richard Sinclair, Robert Wyatt, and also Pye Hastings & Richard Coughlin who went on to form Caravan.  After dissolving the Wilde Flowers Hugh became the roadie for his friends, The Soft Machine, then a Avant-garden pop group and house band of London's UFO Club, alongside The Pink Floyd.

In 1969 Hugh replaced Soft Machine's original bassist Kevin Ayers, who left following two exhaustive American tours. Hugh's trademark bass sound (often delivered through fuzz boxes) and his compositions raised the music of Soft Machine to heights unmatched by their contemporaries. With the addition of saxophonist Elton Dean the 'classic quartet' developed a massively successful following in England and continental Europe, headlining numerous Festival's and producing the timeless and ground-breaking double album Soft Machine 'Third'.

After leaving the Soft Machine in 1973 Hugh worked with many pillars of the jazz-rock fusion scene such as Gary Boyle's Isotope, Alan Bowen's Gilgamesh, Stomu Yamashita's East Wind and Carla Bley's celebrated big band. He also co-founded quartets with fellow Soft Machine member, saxophonist Elton Dean, namely Soft Head & Soft Heap. In the 1980's, 90's and into the 21st century Hugh composed a wealth of extraordinary music for his own groups and participated in countless improvisational settings and guest appearances.

The music Hugh Hopper is a wonder to behold, a player of high distinction with trademark sound by turns gritty and gorgeous. Gonzomultimedia is honored to present this superb series celebrating the musical legacy of Hugh Hopper, for fans, friends and first time discovers.

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Vol. 1 – Memories – Now Available!

This is the first of a ten part series compiled by Michael King. He writes: “My first encounter with the music of Hugh Colin Hopper backdates to the summer of 1976. While visiting a friend I was intentional played a record titled Volume Two from a British rock group about whom I knew little, The Soft Machine. The experience was staggering and prompted a radical reappraisal for the conventions I had been conditioned to accept as ‘progressive’. Once smitten I undertook to follow and purchase a spate of seriously inventive record albums that Hugh Hopper released and appeared on, namely; Hoppertunity Box, Rogue Element, Soft Heap, Cruel But Fair and Two Rainbows Daily. Throughout these works I found Hugh’s textural bass guitar by turns anchored and animated the music with ample good taste. Here was a rarefied musician who avoided overplaying his instrument in favour of approaches reflecting his personal musical Zen”.

Technically, by processing his bass guitar with fuzz box, flanger, wha-wha, octave pedal effects, his use of tapes loops, and later on computer programming, Hugh constructed multilayer soundscapes with great attention to detail. His creative template embraced aesthetics well beyond the orthodox roles assigned to the bass guitar and its practitioner. As example, Hugh cleverly adapted the time altering effects of the repetitive tapes loops he was creating with two tape recorders in the early sixties - to his bass guitar - by playing such repeating patterns in real time. Furthermore, minimalist mutations and modularity often characterize the rhythmic, harmonic, melodic foundations of Hugh’s musical compositions (many displaying melody lines of uncommon length). These aspects, alongside a brilliant capacity to freely improvise, (dynamically from a whisper to a roar) distinguish Hugh Hopper as a consummate musician of great standing, one who thrived in myriad musical settings”.

This first volume has the strapline “Many Friends” and features a dazzling range of Hopper plus collaborators over a period of some thirty five years.

1. Memories – Hugh Hopper’s Demo with Soft Machine
Hugh Hopper, bass guitar/acoustic guitar;
Mike Ratledge, piano/organ; Robert Wyatt, drums/vocals
Recorded August 6th, 1969. Regent Studios, London, U.K

2. Was A Friend – Hugh Hopper Franglo Band
Patrice Meyer, electric guitar; Pierre Olivier-Govin, saxes;
Hugh Hopper, bass guitar; Francois Verly, drums
Recorded May 29th, 2004. St. Jean-aux-Bois, France

3. Shuffle Demons – North & South
Steve Kettley, tenor saxophone; Paul Flush, keyboards;
Hugh Hopper, bass guitar; Mike Travis, drums/percussion
Recorded August 23rd, 1995. Aberdeen, Scotland

4. Playtime – Hugh Hopper Interprets Alan Gowen
Hugh Hopper – computer programming
Recorded circa 2002. Whitstable, U.K.

5. Debonaire – Hugh Hopper Franglo Band
Patrice Meyer, electric guitar; Pierre Olivier-Govin, saxes;
Hugh Hopper, bass guitar; Francois Verly, drums
Recorded May 29th, 2004. St. Jean-aux-Boix, France

6. MGH – Hugh Hopper & Nigel Morris
Hugh Hopper, fuzz bass; Nigel Morris, drums/percussion
Recorded circa 2002. California and Whitstable, U.K.

7. Long Piece – Hugh Hopper Computer Collage
Hugh Hopper + Many Friends = Many Surprises
Recorded circa 2002. Whitstable, U.K.

For more information: http://www.hugh-hopper.com/

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30 August 2014

Progressive Rock Review: Farpoint-Paint the Dark

Release Date: 17thJune 2014
Label:   10T Records

I am no stranger to the band, Farpoint, as they have been featured several times on the radio show after I stumbled across them with the 2003 album, Grace, and more recently with the superb 2011 release, Kindred. Now, landing on The Ancient One’s desk is album No 6, Paint the Dark. Farpoint hail from as far back as 1997, which makes them veterans in comparison with some bands, but relative newcomers compared to others. The music of Farpoint is relatively difficult to pigeonhole, which I tend to view as a “good thing,” mainly because to put a band in a particular category may, in fact, be to the detriment of the spread of the band. They have honed several styles that have influenced them and their music transcends several genres including prog, folk, rock, Celtic, classical and even shades of New Age and bluegrass. (Yes, I did indeed use the term bluegrass!)
The band is a 5 piece made up of Kevin Jarvis (guitar, keyboards, mandolin and backing vocals), Rick Walker (drums, percussion and backing vocals), Frank Tyson (bass and backing vocals), Dean Hallal (lead/backing vocals and rhythm guitar) and Abby Thomson (lead/backing vocals and keyboards). Kevin and Rick were founder members, although only Kevin has been present for all 17 years Farpoint have been in existence. Frank joined in 1999, Dean in 2006, with Abby being the newest recruit, joining in 2011. There are a couple of guests also appearing on the recording and they are Christi Hunter Brownlow on violin and Jennifer Meeks Weich on flute.
Paint the Dark is a 9 track album with a total playing time in excess of 60 minutes, with the final track, “Power” being the shortest on offer on the album at 2:56 minutes. The longest of the available tracks is track 7, “Vision Quest,” running on past the 12 minute mark. (12:16)
The opening track, “Up To You” (7:45) is an up-tempo affair which initially reminded me of early Rush, but this moves into some superb harmonized vocals from Dean Hallal and Abby Thomson over an acoustic guitar theme. Beautiful keyboards and electric guitar themes move the track into a rockier sound but those vocal harmonies soar over the music. There is a return to the keyboards/guitar passage around the 5 minute mark and the constant changes within the music certainly grab the attention. The 7+ minutes actually pass very quickly and this track forms an excellent starting point for the album.
Track 2, “Part of Me” (4:30) takes the acoustic/electric guitar style from the opener and with some superb little guitar runs between Abby’s voice, there is almost a folky feel to the music. The acoustic guitar passages after the 3 minute mark interspersed with those electric guitar moments are very satisfying.
“Gone” (7:44) has a gentle acoustic start which slowly leads into the “laid back” vocal style of Dean with some lovely guitar passages and strings/violin washes. A different style of track, but somehow maintaining the Farpoint sound and also has a little of both vocalists with Dean being the more prominent.
There are little “hooks” running through this track which reel you in very quickly. The last couple of minutes have a very Pink Floyd style guitar sound soaring over the bass/drums with those strings/violins adding to the atmosphere.
Next up is an almost “poppy” style song,”Half A World Away” (5:17), very catchy, but a bit lightweight in comparison to previous tracks, although there is still some of that exquisite electric guitar work. There then follows another change of style with the track “Who Are You” (6:04) which has a superb piano as the lead throughout the track and works amazingly well behind Abby’s voice, before there is a more insistent guitar which drives the track along. The strings also add to the atmosphere of this track.
“Stand” (8:18), “One More Sunset” (5:39) and “Power” (2:55) all demonstrate superb musicianship and remain firmly footed in the gentler side of this genre of music. There are times when, I feel, it would not have been difficult for any of the musicians to “let rip” but the band are restrained throughout but never does this let the music down in any way.
The longest track on offer, “Vision Quest” (12:15) has a spacey feel to the start before the violin suggests an almost medieval scenario, also supported by the drums, and slowly the pace picks up with some superb guitar work behind the violin/strings and the track then settles with acoustic guitar and keyboards. Around the 3 minute point there is a soaring electric guitar passage leading into a terrific acoustic guitar section, with the violin and electric guitar acting as backup and this section also sees the vocals reappear. There is a very country feel to this section with terrific drumming and keyboards. Just prior to 7 minutes, the track merges into sweeping synths with stunning acoustic guitar work and then a majestic flute passage with an electric guitar filling in the background. Terrific interplay between the acoustic and electric guitar moves the track back into the “country” feel again. Some wonderful spacey sounds return after the 11 minute mark and that electric guitar is so “floydesque” as it takes the track out.
Paint the Dark is a superb album and a worthy successor to Kindred. Paint the Dark is an album that transcends many different genres, mentioned in the introduction, throughout the 9 tracks. Once the album has finished, your mind is filled with all sorts of little hooks that have embedded into your brain almost without you being aware of it happening. Stunning playing by all the band highlights the fact that all the band members obviously enjoy what they are doing and that feeling leaps out the speakers at you.
Very simply, a “must have” album, Paint the Dark gets both “One to Buy” and “The Experience will last Forever” stickers on the cover and also comes with an instruction to “clear a space on your CD shelves as quickly as possible.”

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Up To You, Gone, Vision Quest

Tracks:
Up To You
Part Of Me
Gone
Half A World Away
Who Are You
Stand
Vision Quest
One More Sunset
Power

Jim “The Ancient One” Lawson-Sr. Reviewer Prog Rock Music Talk

August 30, 2014

Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk


29 August 2014

Classic Rock Ensemble Vespers Nine To Release Debut CD 'True Story'


Miami, FL - Much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, classic rock ensemble Vespers Nine will be releasing their eagerly awaited debut CD 'True Story' on September 27, 2014. Vespers Nine, a five member premier classic rock band based out of South Florida, launched in late 2012. Made up of well-seasoned musicians, the band is a versatile, high energy rock band, that also writes and performs it's own original music. Musical influences include Foreigner, Journey, Heart, The Beatles, Queen, Van Halen, Styx, Rush, Metallica and Boston to name only a few.

The entire 'True Story' album was recorded at AfterHours Recording Studio, in North Miami, and all songs were produced by the accomplished and renowned music producer, Hal Batt. The recording of the album spanned over the course of several months, with sessions running sometimes as short as several hours, to well up to 12 to 14 hours straight, for several days in a row, in some cases.

Says bassist Gricel Julie Dosal, “There is no cumulative meaning or concept for the CD as a whole other than five musicians coming together for the love of rock music and the inspiration it brings. The desire to form an alliance built primarily as a vehicle that allowed for free creative expression; an outlet for creative energy that each member was searching for, and which made this band's formation easy. A true labor of love that came together quite naturally. A very inspired and collaborative effort of five individuals with similar musical tastes and influences that lent itself to a seemingly effortless flow of ideas when it came to songwriting. Each song written became a story reflecting the band's growth and evolution at the time it was written. So in essence, if one had to describe the concept behind the CD, it is essentially the True Story of the group's desire to write, play and explore music as first and foremost, a labor of love.”

Along with the CD release, Vespers Nine has filmed a new video for the song “Forever Yours”, which is primarily a story of love and hope. It represents a similar theme as does the name of the band, Vespers Nine; that being, everlasting devotion. The video was completely shot in South Florida, by acclaimed filmmaker, David Liz, a native Floridian, as are all of the band members, but one. The storyline was conceptualized by lead singer, John Simon and bassist, Gricel Julie Dosal, with the help of Liz, who together formed a visual message of unending commitment, loyalty, devotion and love.

Watch the video here: http://vespersnine.com/Videos.html

Vespers Nine was recently featured in the PBS television debut episode of 'The Gig' - like a local version of VH1's 'Behind the Music' docu-series but without the drama - which began as a four-minute web episode last spring and has evolved into a 30-minute TV program. WPBT is looking to make "The Gig'' a full-fledged series next year. Cameras capture band members laying tracks in a North Miami recording studio, where they explain how Heart, Metallica and Toto became their musical influences. (If you're wondering about the band's name, members explain that it came from a poem by S.T. Coleridge.)

Gricel explains, “During one recording session, a local PBS television show titled 'The Gig' was filmed in studio, highlighting Vespers Nine, which was used to create the pilot for the series designed to showcase up and coming musical talent. The show featured Vespers Nine, with shots of the band laying down tracks to the songs 'Heart Wide Open' and 'Waiting For You', as well as interviews and a subsequent performance before a live studio audience shot at a later date.”

Vespers Nine features:

JOHN SIMON (Lead and background vocalist), a seasoned musician fronting the band's lead vocals, offers an amazing full range voice and brings an ability to sing just about anything to the band. His versatility, vocal power and control allows the group to do a wide range of musical styles, while always maintaining a rock feel. John is also an accomplished drummer and percussionist.

JAMES MARTINEZ (Lead and rhythm guitarist, background vocalist), is also a well seasoned player who, with his wealth of live performance experience, adds his unique playing style that includes fierce solos, and everything from heavy crunch rhythm parts, to haunting clean sounds - running the gauntlet of guitar. All in all, James incorporates a dazzling array of guitar techniques and sheer intensity into the songs that he has written or collaborated on. His facility on the fretboard brings about piercing and emotive soloing that is nothing less than captivating. James also adds harmony vocals to Vespers Nine during live performances.

JESSE RIVAS (Lead and rhythm guitarist), also a well-seasoned guitarist, is known for his ability to blend heavy, intense guitars with melodically nuanced song structure. Well versed in music, through his formal musical education, Jesse's playing is both intense and dramatic, with fast tempos and harmonized leads, but he can just as easily streamline to a more commercial and expressive range. This versatility shows in his broad writing and playing style that lends itself well to a band that enjoys covering many stylistic bases.

GRICEL JULIE DOSAL (Bass player, lead vocalist and background vocalist), brings years of live performance, writing and studio recording experience to the band. Gricel's playing brings a groove, tightness and melody to the band with her emphasis on time and feel that helps bond the rhythm foundation. Her style locks easily in with the drums and always effectively bridges that gap between guitars and drums. Gricel's playing locks in a solid groove helping to keep the band's impeccable time and sets the foundation for the other melodic instruments. As a second lead vocalist, Gricel (younger sister to lead vocalist, John Simon) adds her own particular vocal style and range, along with her own distinct resonance when taking on the occasional lead vocals. However, being the younger sibling of the lead vocalist, it's the background harmony vocals which are a highlight of the group. Due primarily to the fact that natural sibling compatibility works extremely well with vocals harmonies, Vespers Nine enjoys a genuine advantage with well-blended vocal harmonies.

GEORGE DOSAL (Drummer and percussionist), brings extensive knowledge from his many years in cover and original bands, along with much studio and live performance experience. His diverse and distinct style is formed from a variety of influences that range from rock, hard rock, progressive rock, jazz, Latin and everything in between. George is highly adaptable to any and all styles of rock, which allows for his ability to layer styles and add flavor to the band's music; he is an integral part of the Vespers Nine sound.

In support of the 'True Story' CD release, Vespers Nine is currently writing new original material to record in-studio, in preparation for future shows. In closing Gricel has this to impart, “Very simply, we wish to remind people that although the world has its myriad of problems and there is no lack of negativity, our music generally strives to bring a message of hope, strength and inspiration. The underlying message always being to never cease the desire to search for the source of your ambitions and always keep the faith in whatever you do.”

Vespers Nine CD Release Party!

On Saturday, September 27th, 2014, Vespers Nine will be hosting a CD release party concert for 'True Story', which will feature Jack Russell's Great White, Guest Star, Liverpool's Phil Kenzie (Recording and Touring Artist From The Beatles, Eagles, Rod Stewart, Al Stewart etc. Credited to over 130 top charted albums). Plus, Special Guests Appearances!

Proceeds to benefit The Bicol Clinic Foundation Boca Raton, Florida. With two clinics in the Philippines, the BICOL CLINIC FOUNDATION founded by local physician, Dr. Mitchell Schuster, is dedicated to providing medical care and disaster relief services to villages and rural areas worldwide. In addition to the Philippines, Dr. Schuster and his disaster relief team through their missions have reached and served those in the Philippines, Nepal, Niger, Somalia and Sri Lanka.

Hosting the event is South Florida's Classic Rock & Clear Channels own Andy Preston.

Tickets may be purchased at www.seasidemusicmgmt.com or at the door, day of event.
Where: Crest Theater, 51 N. Swinton Ave Delray Beach, Florida
When: Saturday, September 27th, 2014 from 8-11pm - After Party (Ocean Breeze Room) 11-12pm

To purchase Vesper Nine's 'True Story' CD:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/vespersnine1

For more information: http://vespersnine.com/

Management:
SeaSide Music Management
www.seasidemusicmgmt.com
561-350-3867

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Progressive Rock Review: Strattman-The Lie of the Beholder

Release Date: 17thJune 2014
Label:   10T Records

Roy Strattman is a multi-instrumentalist and composer and his debut release, which has just appeared on my desk, is entitled The Lie of the Beholder. I did think that I had come across the name before, and with a little searching, I realized that Roy is the guitarist and joint composer in the prog band, Little Atlas. Little Atlas have issued 4 albums to date and the Ancient One was lucky enough to review the latest, Automatic Day

The record label describes Roy’s music as “a tour-de-force of cutting edge progressive rock, complex tense and shot through with dark and menacing textures alternating with unexpected stabs of beauty and organic calm.” The Lie of the Beholder therefore has a lot to live up to, and I have been tasked with deciding whether or not the album has been successful.

Although The Lie of the Beholder is a solo album, Roy, who plays guitar, keyboards and sings, did have a little help along the way. The album also features Nick D’Virgilio from Big Big Train on drums, Ricardo Bigai from Little Atlas on bass, together with a guest appearance from Steve Katsikas, also from Little Atlas, on piano and cajon. The cajon is a 6 sided box shaped percussion instrument from Peru.

The Lie of the Beholder is an 11 track album with a total running time of around 56 minutes. The longest and shortest tracks on offer are track 3 “A Candle in the Sun” and track 4 “Jaded,” playing for 7:40 minutes and 2:33 minutes respectively.

Opening tracks on any album have a tremendous job to do, in that they pave the way for the rest of the album, so how does “A Better World” (5:59) fare? The track opens up with some Spanish style guitar, the atmosphere changes via a spacey section with “astronaut” voices then the track explodes a la Porcupine Tree/IQ before settling back into more delicate Floyd style areas. This is both a hard hitting track and a laid back track neatly packaged. Synths, mellotron and urgent/angry guitar slashes permeate around a very “Gilmouresque” vocal section. “A Better World” is an opening track that that promises the listener that they are about to hear an amazing album.

“Caught inside the Rain” (6:11) is more psychedelically styled and contrasts the opening track beautifully. More mellotron and those urgent/menacing guitar riffs drive the third track, “A Candle in the Sun” (7:40) which is a hugely atmospheric slab of a track effortlessly shifting from the gentler to the more urgent areas. 

Two shorter, out and out rockier tracks follow in “Jaded” (2:32) and “The Scene of the Crime” (3:29) before another shift in direction raises its head in “Detonation” (5:11). A very gentle introduction belies the ruthless assault that is impending. Terrific guitar over keyboards suddenly ascends vertically into a heavy workout for the band. A beautiful vocal settles the proceedings down, but the “darker” side bubbles away in the background before reappearing. This is an imaginative track that sweeps in and out of the dark and light areas.

Almost right on cue, there is another diverse move in the music into an almost pastoral styling with “Solace” (5:35) which highlights acoustic guitar and flute/mellotron. This is a very melodic track which stands apart from the rest, simply because it is so different. This is followed by the title track “The Lie of the Beholder” (6:05) and we have re-entered the “darker, more menacing” side of the band, before a more gentle outro passage which seems to end very abruptly, but as the following track is “Connection Lost” (3:51), perhaps it is an attempt at some wry humor.

The penultimate track, “No Way Home” (5:48) is accessed via a beautiful acoustic guitar and electric guitar passage, great vocals, and just after the minute mark, an elevation of the sound before a return to the intro themes. Another step into the rougher side of Strattman, then slides back into the gentle phases and wheels back and forth. This track is another example of a powerful piece of writing and playing. 

A very mellow, almost understated track, “The Fire Dies” (3:48) sees the album out. Slower and certainly catchy, this is perhaps an unexpected ending to The Lie of the Beholder, but one which seems to work in all sorts of ways. This track seems to wrap the album up in such a way, that you want to reach out and press play again and settle back for another run-through.

The Lie of the Beholder, which seamlessly moves from light into shade and tranquil into heavy, shows that Roy has not just made another Little Atlas album and called it a solo album, he has shown that he can provide a very different atmosphere. 

The Lie of the Beholder is an album that gets inside your head within a few listens and certainly merits both the “One to Buy” and “The Experience will last Forever” stickers on the cover. The advice is to give the album a few listens and then smile happily as you part with some of your hard earned cash without any regrets.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: A Better World, Candle In The Sun, The Fire Dies

Tracks:
A Better World
Caught Inside The Rain
A Candle In The Sun
Jaded
The Scene Of The Crime
Detonation
Solace
The Lie Of The Beholder
Connection Lost
No Way Home
The Fire Dies

 


Jim “The Ancient One” Lawson-Sr. Reviewer Prog Rock Music Talk

August 29, 2014

Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk

28 August 2014

UK Punk Legends The Vibrators Get Back To Their Roots With Their Newest Album Punk Mania!


Los Angeles, CA - The Vibrators, one of the only surviving UK punk bands from the class of 1977, make a storming return on fully charged batteries, bringing us Punk Mania - Back To The Roots, set to be released September 16th on Cleopatra Records! 14 killer reminders (plus 3 more on the CD) as to why Knox, Eddie & Co. have built a long, successful career on their razor sharp riffs and rousing hooks!

Check out the infectious rockers “Blackout,” “I Wish I Had A Gun,” and the neo-classic “Love Like Diamonds.” The CD version adds 3 bonus tracks including a rip roaring version of the Flamin’ Groovies classic “Slow Death” and lots more! Punk Mania - Back To The Roots stays true to its name. Expertly produced and mixed by original bassist Pat Collier, and featuring guest guitar on 5 tracks by Nicky Garratt of The UK Subs.

The band’s North American tour kicks off September 11th. Don’t miss them!

Punk Mania CD track list:
1. Retard
2. Blackout
3. Love Like Diamonds
4. No Sweat
5. Bleed To Death
6. The Ohio
7. She’s A Girl
8. Rats
9. Turn The Radio On
10. Harness
11. Just Be True
12. The Other Foot
13. I Wish I Had A Gun
14. Fix
BONUS TRACKS
15. Slow Death
16. Get Me A Beer
17. On My Way To Hell

The Vibrators 2014 USA Tour:

Thu. 11 Sept. POMONA (CA), Characters
Fri. 12 Sept. VENTURA (CA), Billy O's
Sat. 13 Sept. LOS ANGELES (CA), Airliner
Sun. 14 Sept. SALENAS (CA), Casa Sorrento
Mon. 15 Sept. FRESNO (CA), Elverano
Wed. 17 Sept. SACRAMENTO (CA), Cafe Colonial
Thu. 18 Sept. SAN FRANCISCO (CA), Parkside
Fri. 19 Sept. RENO (NV), Ground Zero
Sat. 20 Sept. PORTLAND (OREGON), Flabtown
Sun. 21 Sept. SEATTLE (WA), Studio 7
Wed. 24 Sept. OMAHA (NE), Brothers
Thu. 25 Sept. MINNEAPOLIS (MN), The Cause
Fri. 26 Sept. LOMBARD (IL), Brauer House
Sat. 27 Sept. CHICAGO (IL), Red Line Tap
Sun. 28 Sept. MILWAUKE (WI), Charters
Mon. 29 Sept. DES MOINES (IA), Vaudeville Mews
Tue. 30 Sept. MISHAWAKA (IN), Smith's Downtown
Wed. 1 Oct. PITTSBURG (PA), Belvedere's
Thu. 2 Oct. CLEVELAND (OH), That's Class
Fri. 3 Oct. LONG BRANCH (NJ), Brighton Bar
Sat. 4 Oct. BROOKLYN (NJ), Trash Bar
Sun. 5 Oct. BOSTON (MA), Midway Cafe
Mon. 6 Oct. PHILADELPHIA (PA), Dobb's
Tue. 7 Oct. MURFSBORO (NC), Zakk's
Thu. 9 Oct. BIRMINGHAM (AL), Zydeco
Fri. 10 Oct. ST. PETERSBURG (FL), Fubar
Sat. 11 Oct.MIAMI (FL), Churchill's
Sun. 12 Oct. JACKSONVILLE (FL), Jack Rabbit's
Wed. 15 Oct. NEW ORLEANS (LA), Siberia
Thu. 16 Oct. HOUSTON (TX), E. Downtown Warehouse
Fri. 17 Oct. DALLAS (TX), Three Links
Sat. 18 Oct. AUSTIN (TX), The Parlor
Sun. 19 Oct. TULSA (OK), The Yeti
Tue. 21 Oct. MIDLAND (TX), Blue Max
Thu. 23 Oct. PHOENIX (AZ), George + Dragon
Fri. 24 Oct. LAS VEGAS (NV), Double Down
Sat. 25 Oct. LONG BEACH (CA), Alex's Bar
Sun. 26 Oct. LOS ANGELES (CA), Redwood Bar

To order the CD on Amazon: http://geni.us/1Sg0
To order the digital version on iTunes: http://geni.us/3P0P

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Instrumental Ambient Rock/Soundtrack Review: Kim Halliday-Halflight

Release Date: November 11, 2014
Label: Ravello Records

The first time I heard Kim Halliday’s Halflght it got my attention. Kim is a multi-talented artist covering many different industries and his partner Martin Lister was as equally talented. Unfortunately Kim lost his longtime friend and collaborator in May this year. 

Kim plays guitars, keys, and also provides words, contributes loops, programing and arrangements. Martin did all of the same except he did not provide words, however he did play the drums. They both cover an immense amount of ground in one recording. What I found so pleasing is how they put it all together.

My son walked in while I was playing the CD and said “This sounds like movie music,” and I replied it is! To me actually it is more than that. The blend of guitars, keyboards, loops and programming with just enough percussion makes for a great listen. At times I could understand the words and others I couldn’t but that did not take away anything from my experience, it all still moved me. It certainly does not hurt starting off listening that I love instrumental music and soundtracks such as this.

All the tracks are full of colorful expressions of emotions and energy, some clear and other spaces dark and unknown are presented then at times there is clarity and beauty. All of this is waiting to be discovered in each and every track. The musicianship is absolutely brilliant and at times breathtaking.

Halflight reminded me of one of my favorite albums at times, David Bowie’s Low. I am referring to the instrumental sections of that particular album where Brian Eno was so influential. I found it difficult to pull out any specific tracks as stand outs because I found the entire recording so absorbing. It flowed like a river and then came at me like an avalanche of sound and textures. I really appreciated the guitar especially as it must be difficult to match up to the rest of the sounds at times, so it all makes sense and can translate into something for the listener.

I had no problem processing this music; I found it beautiful, intriguing and thought provoking. The thought patterns it invokes and how each track title lines up with the music I found interesting. What it actually made me feel and think at any particular moment was a journey itself. For my ears, that is what I enjoy the most, the entire process going in then how it comes out with each thought. After it was finished I felt the primary reason for creating this music made sense…validation, the most important thing for artist to hear.

4.5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: ALL

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Write A Music Review Founder

August 28, 2014

Review Provided By Write A Music 

Tracks:
01.Fabric, Torn, Time, Slips
02.Cold Moon 
03.Otherworld   
04.Creepers
05.Hellingly Hospital
06.Bedsit Window/Telephoto
07.Only A Game
08. B104-82
09. Winter In Mitte
10.Halflight
11.Deluge
12.Gillespie Road
13. Drift
14. Varosha
15. High On The H&C
16. MEFF
17. 7 Deaths
 

27 August 2014

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Virgil Guitars Makes Unprecedented Leap On Kickstarter


Tampa, FL - An artist and guitarist since the 1970's, Virgil Mandanici set out to make guitars that would be exceptional in tone and playability first and foremost. After 35 years of playing guitar, he decided it was time to craft guitars that would feel, play and look better than anything anyone has ever played before – thus Virgil Guitars was born! As a master craftsman, Virgil has drawn his building career from several luthiers over the past several years to make these incredible guitars. The inlay and appointments on his guitars are simply a testament to his attention to detail.

Says Virgil, “After playing guitar for over 35 years, I knew what I was looking for in tone and how a neck should feel and had been willing to go to any length to achieve the 'perfect' guitar fit for myself, and ironically, other players. On certain models, they come with a DVD that shows the birth of my guitars starting out with a chunk of wood all the way to a music video – I do every step of this process by myself, in-house. Since they are "One-offs",  there will NEVER be two guitars alike, so all owners of a Virgil Guitar will have their own unique tone and feel. I also make different guitars to fit different budgets, since most players to not want too much ornamental appointments on their guitars”.

Virgil's 1st guitar, the "Dueling Dragons" was featured in the September 2013 issue of Guitar World (http://www.guitarworld.com/it-might-get-weird-mandanici-s-best-friend-virgil-dueling-dragons-guitar ) and he did quite well selling the guitar to a collector in 2012 for $17,000.00 USD. Virgil has made 17 guitars to-date, making each one totally unique of the others.

Virgil had experienced a slowdown in sales over the past year as so many other builders have in the custom guitar building industry and decided to take a different approach. "I had spent my first few years as a builder developing my skills and spending most of my profits on state-of-the-art equipment, processes and supplies to build up an inventory but this year, things have slowed down so much, I wasn't able to allocate any monies towards advertising." says Virgil. In comes "Kickstarter". Virgil saw an opportunity to get his name out there and get busy making at least something via a Kickstarter campaign.

Kickstarter is one of several "public funding" websites that is an all-or-nothing system to raise moneys to achieve a specific monetary goal and usually has people offering items for visitors to make "pledges". Virgil launched his campaign on August 7th, 2014 and within the first 48 hours of the campaign he not only reached his goal, but jumped up to a whopping 210% of his goal of $5000. This was due to an anonymous person pledging to a $10,000.00 guitar that includes 12 frets of inlay and a round trip plane ticket to pick up the guitar next year. Says Virgil "We were ecstatic! I about fell over seeing things excel so early on in the campaign and we have had an overwhelming response to all of the things I am making for people with pledges starting at only $1 to help me reach my dreams and get these guitars known by the world. I am making wood guitar picks, fretboard key chains and my original 'Fretboxes', offering guitars that start at $2600 - oh, and 2- $10,000 guitar builds!"

Virgil's Kickstarter campaign ends on September 6th, 2014 and he has been getting people to commit to his project because they believe in what he's doing and agree that the guitars he builds really need to be seen by the world. As of the writing of this article, Virgil's campaign was at 260% of goal and he's still pushing for the stars.

Here is the link to his Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/virgilguitars/this-is-virgil-guitars

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Contact info:
Virgil Mandanici
Virgil Guitars
813-695-3860
virgil@virgilguitars.com
www.virgilguitars.com
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/virgilguitars
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VirgilGuitars
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/VirgilGuitar

Blues Rock Review: Eric Clapton and Friends-The Breeze-An Appreciation of J.J. Cale

Release Date: July 29, 2014
Label: Bushbranch Surfdog

When it comes to guitarist, it is hard to do better than Eric Clapton.  Some might say there is no one better.  The former member of influential bands such as The Yardbirds and Cream, Clapton has come together with other music stars to pay tribute to a fallen friend.  J.J. Cale was a singer and song writer, who was one of the founders and main driving force behind what is known as the Tulsa sound, a mix of jazz, blues, rock, and country.  His songs have been covered by the likes of Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, Phish, John Mayer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Johnny Cash.  

A year after he died of heart failure in 2013 at the age of 74, Eric Clapton gathered other music greats to pay their respects by covering Cale’s songs.  Joining Clapton on this album are Tom Petty, Mark Knoplfer, Don White, John Mayer, Derek Trucks, and Willie Nelson.  

Eric Clapton takes the reigns solo on the first track. “Call Me the Breeze” is not only the perfect song to open this album, but it is also the perfect introduction to the music and sound of J.J. Cale.  From the very beginning, it is simply enchanting, and captures exactly what Cale meant when he referred to his style of music as “laid back.”  Its carefree attitude makes it a choice selection in these end of summer days.  Tom Petty joins Clapton on “Rock and Roll Records,” making for a smooth and pleasant song. Clapton and John Mayer come together for the bluesy “Lies.”

Don White adds a sensual atmosphere to the low-key “Sensitive Kind.”  Clapton returns for a great rendition of “Cajun Moon.” It has some pop and sizzle to it and brings the tempo back up.  Twinging with a sense of melancholy, “Magnolia” is an emotional, heartbreaking love song.  Petty and Clapton bring the mood back up with some wonder guitar harmony on “I Got the Same Old Blues.”  “Songbird” is a remarkable, standout song thanks to the distinct and powerful vocals of Willie Nelson.

Clapton and White share vocal duties on “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me),” a hopping up-beat country song.  Tom Petty does his best to steal the show on “The Old Man and Me” with his quiet, whispery vocals.  Mark Knopfler, White, and Clapton make their case for best song on the album with the lively and harmonious “Train to Nowhere.”  It also has a killer harmonica on it.  Mayer returns one last time on “Don’t Wait” for some searing guitar work. Featuring Derek Trucks and Christine Cale, “Crying Eyes” brings the album on home for a strong finish.    

Eric Clapton and Friends’ The Breeze (An Appreciation of J.J. Cale) is a wonderful album and tribute to a fallen friend.  It does its job of not only honoring the man’s life work, but it also the type of album that can bring in a new generation of fans.  This album is truly a labor of love done by friends. 

4.5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Call Me the Breeze, Songbird, Train to Nowhere

Tracks:
01.Call Me The Breeze
02.Rock and Roll Records
03.Someday
04.Lies
05.Sensitive Kind
06.Cajun Moon
07.Magnolia
08.I Got The Same Old Blues
09.Songbird
10.Since You Said Goodbye
11.I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
12.The Old Man and Me
13.Train to Nowhere
14.Starbound
15.Don’t Wait
16.Crying Eyes 


Brian McKinnon

August 27, 2014

Review Provided By Write A Music Review

23 August 2014

Heavy Metal Review: Judas Priest-Redeemer of Souls

Release Date: July 8, 2014
Label: Epic

It’s hard to imagine that 6 years has passed since Judas Priest released their double album Nostradamus. Some fans found that a tough one to swallow because they tried something different. I applauded it and thought it was a true masterpiece. Then K.K. Downing retired and we thought what now? Then another live album arrived titled A Touch of Evil a year later introducing their new guitarist Richie Faulkner. Again I thought this was another good move for the band to keep things rolling and Faulkner seemed to be a good fit. Once Faulkner got his chops down and did some touring with the band it was time to step back into the studio to see how that worked without Downing for the first time.

So now we have Redeemer of Souls which by all accounts is a return to form and I could not agree more. There are three editions of this release available, the regular one CD package, the deluxe two CD set and the double vinyl LP version. I decided, as I always do, to go for the gusto and get the deluxe CD version. I was glad I did as I found out the bonus CD is like an entirely different album, not some out takes or unreleased live material (like most bonus tracks are). I also received the LP version for review which was another added bonus that I welcomed. 

The album art by Mark Wilkinson is eye catching and prolific and very “metal” so we are off to a good start. As the album begins then explodes with the onset of the opener “Dragonaut,” Halford belts out “Welcome to my world of steel, master of my domain, cower as the pain’s unsealed, disasters where I reign.” You get the idea; the heavy metal music that goes hand in hand with the lyrics is a guarantee. How else would we want it? This music is like a battering ram straight between the eyes, perfect!

How many metal albums have 5 tracks that nearly reach the 10 minute mark? You will be hearing one if you pick this up. The first CD is powerful set with some excellent musicianship and being a long time Priest fan and one of their biggest supporters I was not disappointed in one track. The title track is amazing, sweeping, energized heavy metal; it does not get any better than that track. “Halls of Valhalla” is another beast, an epic track with all the glory of a warrior’s promise to reach the place of their calling after doing what they were destined to do, die in battle. Halford remains a wonder at his age and his ability to sing a song just as he always did. Priest would be a shadow of itself without him at the helm and we all know that.

The interplay of Faulkner and Tipton is quite the pairing and every bit as satisfying as the previous lineup. You cannot deny how strong this release is. Let us not forget the rock solid bottom end of this lineup with Ian Hill (bass) and Scott Travis (drums). Perhaps one of the best examples of that powerful duo on display is the hammer of the gods coming down in “Sword of Damocles.” If you were wondering, that phrase is a figure featured in a single moral anecdote, an allusion to imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power.

“March of the Damned” continues along the same lines as the preceding tracks. Its thunderous bass lines and juggernaut drums followed by beefy hard rock guitars are well suited to the doom and gloom of the lyrical content. And so it goes throughout the first disc, like a steamroller on mission, wave after wave of heavy metal comes at you. It is classic Priest jugging along at their very best. The first CD is relentless in its power and scope. This is a showcase of a heavy metal band hitting its stride and shining at all positions. By now I am wondering when I will hear a weaker track or one that I can say I don’t really like but that time never arrives. “Cold Blooded” and “Metalizer” continue to hammer away at your consciousness shaking you down inside and out. If you turn up the stereo with this music you are subject to shaking walls and shattered ear drums so heed the warning my metal head friends…or just go ahead and crank it and enjoy, I did.

What may come as a big surprise to fans are the bluesy roots in “Crossfire.” It is Priest because you have Halford on the vocals but if you had a different vocalist you would not know it was the same band. I have to say I thought the change was welcome and I loved the song. Some of it has the patented heavy riffs entering the mix but this one is real different and it shows how talented and diverse these musicians can be. This band is certainly not one dimensional.

The bonus CD was intended to be enjoyed as an entirely different album and it sounds that way. This is more of the classic Priest during the earlier years such as British Steel. The energy and power does not subside a bit so don’t worry. What you get is another side of Priest but the volume does not get turned down one iota.

As I made my way through the second disc, I became even more exhilarated by what I was hearing. “Snakebite” is excellent with Halford spewing out the venom of the past, giving the new fans a taste of where this band came from so long ago. It’s only four tracks but they pack a powerful punch and it’s well worth the additional investment to add them to your collection.

I also listened to the 180 gram vinyl edition of the album (minus the bonus tracks) and it sounds fantastic. You won’t be missing anything here; there is no sacrifice for quality of sound. Judas Priest sounds good in any format however this type of music is well suited to vinyl and it always was. 

This heavy metal carries on the tradition of Judas Priest and it will surely bring in more fans by the masses once they hear this music. It is one of their strongest efforts since the release of Screaming for Vengeance in 1982. If you love metal just make sure you get this!

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Redeemer of Souls, Sword of Damocles, Crossfire

Tracks:
Disc: 1


01. Dragonaut
02. Redeemer of Souls
03. Halls of Valhalla
04. Sword of Damocles
05. March of the Damned
06. Down in Flames
07. Hell & Back
08. Cold Blooded
09. Metalizer
10. Crossfire
11. Secrets of the Dead
12. Battle Cry
13. Beginning of the End


Disc: 2


1. Snakebite
2. Tears of Blood
3. Creatures
4. Bring It On

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Write A Music Review Founder

August 23, 2014

Review Provided By Write A Music



22 August 2014

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Levon Been Pays Tribute To Late Father's Legendary Band The Call!


Los Angeles, CA – Much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Levon Been pays tribute to his late father, Michael Been, with an unforgettable live performance fronting his father's legendary band The Call in the upcoming live DVD / CD 'The Call Live Tribute With Robert Levon Been' (available September 2nd, 2014 via Label Records/Lightyear/Caroline).

"It's difficult to sum up what this show meant to me, but it was also just such a natural primal reaction to wanting to share the music and the joy we felt playing these songs together with more than just the 4 of us. The very first time i played with Scott, Dickie, and Jim in rehearsal together there was such an overwhelming love for the songs and the spirit that it couldn't just end there. We had to take it as far as we could go, to create an echo that would carry us all.' - Robert Levon Been

“What a joy it has been to reconnect with the band and the fans. I don't know how Robert pulled this off, but there were times during the show that I was not sure what year it was” – Jim Goodwin

Check out the premiere of the video for “I Still Believe”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzlNMBFEakg

While The Call (Michael Been, Tom Ferrier, Jim Goodwin and Scott Musick) got their official start in Santa Cruz, CA in 1979, its roots as a band go back to Michael Been's childhood in Oklahoma City, where seeing Elvis Presley perform on television changed the course of his life. That early interest in musical performance inspired his career, from the very beginning performing at the age of seven on local radio and television programs, to his eventual move to Chicago at the age of 16, where he was drawn into the blues scene by Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Junior Parker. Been eventually made his way to California, where he connected with drummer Scott Musick, as well as Tom Ferrier (guitar, vocals) and Jim Goodwin (keyboards, vocals) to form The Call.

Despite having their initial demos rejected by all the major labels, the band found themselves in demand by nearly every major producer in America. The Call's debut album was ultimately produced by Hugh Padgham (David Bowie, The Police) and the band were suddenly opening acts for major artists including Peter Gabriel and Simple Minds.

The Call were signed to Mercury, Elektra and MCA, and released seven critically acclaimed albums over the next eight years, featuring several iconic hit songs including “Let The Day Begin” and “I Still Believe (Great Design).” In 1997, after a seven year break, the band reformed to release the album Heaven & Back, before disbanding once more. Michael Been began serving as sound engineer for his son Robert Levon Been's band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but passed away from a heart attack while working backstage at the 2010 Pukkelpop festival in Belgium.

Now after twenty years, The Call reunited at legendary Los Angeles venue The Troubador and gave an incredible live performance with Robert Levon Been stepping into his father's role and joining Musick, Ferrier and Goodwin for the one-of-a-kind event. For Robert - who grew up going out on the road with The Call anytime he had a break from school - the performance offered the chance to honor his musical legacy and perform nearly a dozen and a half songs from the band’s esteemed catalog. And for original members Musick, Ferrier and Goodwin, the show allowed them the opportunity to honor their friend and their own musical legacy while revisiting a bond they thought was gone forever.

“The Call was always about a deep spiritual connection and an examination of life from an intense personal perspective. Now, we have the son doing a tribute to his father that has taken it to a new level...a truly joyous noise after a 25 year silence.” - Jim Goodwin

'The Call Live Tribute With Robert Levon Been' will be available as a DVD+CD Deluxe Set on September 2nd 2014 and will also be available on CD, 180 gram double vinyl, and digitally (with 5 extra bonus tracks).

Preview the trailer for the release here: http://youtu.be/THtDzZY1ogs

http://www.the-call-band.com/

To purchase:
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https://itunes.apple.com/album/id901579778 (Deluxe)
https://itunes.apple.com/album/id902718374 (Standard)

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21 August 2014

“Sin City - A Dame To Kill For” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack To Be Released


Camarillo, CA - Movie aficionados and soundtrack buffs are ecstatic with the release of “Sin City - A Dame to Kill For” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on CD by Marshall Blonstein's Morada Music. “Sin City - A Dame To Kill For” is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2005 international smash, “Sin City”. “Sin City” grossed 74 million dollars in the U.S. and 158 million dollars worldwide. The new film is directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and follows the neo-noir crime action that made “Sin City” a great success.

The soundtrack is produced, composed and performed by Robert Rodriguez and Carl Thiel with a special Bonus track titled “Skin City” with vocals by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.

The film stars Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Ray Liotta, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson, Stacy Keach, Lady GaGa, Juno Temple, Crystal McCahill and Eva Green among others.

The CD booklet contains a stunning selection of movie stills and character photos including the now infamous Eva Green poster image that has been banned by the Motion Picture Association of America's censors as inappropriate and “too racy” to be displayed in theaters.

Rodríguez has directed many groundbreaking film sagas and box office winners that have gone on to cult status beginning with “El Mariachi,” “Desperado,” “From Dusk 'Til Dawn” and the “Spy Kids” movies.

Frank Miller is best known for his dark comic book stories and graphic novels.

TITLE: “Sin City - A Dame to Kill For” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ARTIST: Robert Rodriguez & Carl Thiel including Steven Tyler on “Skin City”.
Street Date: August 19, 2014

For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/sin-city-dame-kill

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DREAM THEATER to Release “Breaking the Fourth Wall” DVD on September 30

Dream Theater in 2014
Grammy-nominated progressive metal titans–have announced the release of Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House), a live Blu-Ray / DVD set of the band’s one-of-a-kind performance from the Boston Opera House on March 25, 2014. Produced by the band’s own John Petrucci, filmed and directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux, and mixed and mastered by Richard ChyckiBreaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) is over 2 hours in length, capturing the special evening, which featured guest performances from The Berklee College of Music Orchestra and Choir. Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) arrives September 30th.

The collection will be available in multiple configurations including Blu-Ray, a 2 DVD set, and a webstore deluxe exclusive Blu-Ray/3 CD set with poster, all currently available for pre-order via the Roadrunner Records webstore. Furthermore, Dream Theater have premiered a video of The Looking Glass (Live) taken from Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) which can be streamed on the band’s official YouTube Channel. All pre-orders for the webstore exclusive will receive an instant download The Looking Glass (Live).

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci commented on the special event saying, “In many ways, this was a huge homecoming for the band given the history of Dream Theater’s origins and ties with Berklee. With John and I both being alumni and Mike having been a professor at the college for 10 years, we saw the opportunity to perform together with the students of Berklee as a tremendous thrill and honor. We are extremely grateful for everyone’s hard work in making this special event a reality and to all who participated.” He continued, “All of the Berklee College instrumentalists and vocalists did an outstanding job that night and it was awesome to have one of its students, Eren Başbuğ orchestrate and conduct them live at the Opera House after having been a part of our latest studio release in the same capacity. Dream Theater has always had a great connection to the city of Boston and we knew that against the backdrop of the beautiful Opera House, this would end up being a historic stop on our Along For The Ride world tour and an evening most definitely worth capturing on video. Beautifully filmed and directed by Pierre Lamoureux and brilliantly mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki, this is in my opinion, a major highlight in our nearly 30 year career as a band. We are eagerly anticipating its release this fall and really hope that everyone enjoys it!

This past year Dream Theater earned a second Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance” for the single The Enemy Inside from their current self-titled worldwide smash album (released September 24, 2013 on Roadrunner Records). Dream Theater made a spectacular debut this past fall, topping Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart while simultaneously entering at #7 on the overall Billboard 200. The extraordinary chart position marked the group’s third consecutive top 10 debut, and also saw Dream Theater making top 5 chart debuts in Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Holland, and Finland, as well as top 10 debuts in Denmark, Austria, and Norway, with career high debuts in the United Kingdom and Australia. The band recently announced new tour dates which will see them bring their spectacular live show to South America, Asia and Australia later this fall.

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