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Anderson / Stolt - 'Invention of Knowledge' submitted for Grammy consideration

The much heralded partnership of Anderson/Stolt, featuring Prog Icon Jon Anderson (Yes) and Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) resulted in the release of the critically acclaimed album 'Invention of Knowledge' earlier this year.  The album marked the return of Jon Anderson to the sound he created with the legendary group Yes.

InsideOut is pleased to announce that the album has also been submitted for consideration in the following categories for the 59th Grammy Awards.  Nominations will be announced Dec 6th.

Album of the Year

Best Rock Album

Best Recording Package


Catch up on the album's singles "Knowing" and "Know" here:





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New Age/World Review: Micki Free-The Native American Flute as Therapy

Release Date: October 28, 2016 Label: Mysterium Music Website Music created by those who have mastered the Native American Flute are in command of something very special. The Native American Flute as Therapy by Micki Freeis clear about what you are getting right from the start. This is a guided meditation by the artist Micki Free with the sounds of the flute, running streams, and a guide to another state of consciousness, including a short explanation of each track telling exactly what certain elements can accomplish.
For instance, the track “Lavender Kiss,” goes through a short dissertation on the uses of Lavender and what it can treat, depression and anxiousness to mention a few. I found the entire presentation as one of the most original and different I have had the pleasure to enjoy and experience. “Lavender Kiss” is not a typical track however; the flute is consistently soothing and leading the way, while the other instrumentation is an acoustic guitar and organ. It is like modern ro…

Pre-YES Music Legends Mabel Greer's Toyshop To Release New Single From Forthcoming Album!

New single “Big Brother, Little Brother” to be released December 1, 2016!
London, UK - Pre-YES music legends Mabel Greer's Toyshop has found a novel way of releasing new musical works. The band will release one track per month for eight months starting today. The songs will be initially available as downloads and buying all eight songs will qualify for a free CD and booklet at the end.

Since founding members Clive Bayley and Bob Hagger reunited, the band have written and produced this second album inside 2 years. The first offering “New Way Of Life” was co-produced by the bass player of YES, Billy Sherwood, who also featured on the album playing bass and keyboards. Tony Kaye, original organist for Mabel Greer and for YES, also played on “New Way Of Life”.

“No need to wait another year for fresh new Mabel Greer sounds, we would like our audience to slowly savor the songs one at a time, rather than trying to digest the whole album in one sitting”, said composer, singer and guitarist…

Holiday Vinyl LP Review: Elvis Presley-Merry Christmas Baby - RSD Exclusive

Genre: Holiday/Blues Release Date: November 25, 2016 Label: RCA/Legacy Website
With the Holidays upon us once again we have an opportunity to hear some new music and old standards. And some artists should never give it a thought to release an album of Christmas songs. It reminds me of the year the Metal God Rob Halford released one just because he always wanted to. The results were horrific, it probably should have been released as a Halloween joke to all metal heads. At this point I regress... 

Well there are artists, or legends I should say, that have some great recordings that they have released over their long and productive careers, and in this case, we are talking about the iconic Elvis Presley.

RCA/Legacy dug into the archives to release a special Record Store Day limited edition of Merry Christmas Baby in random red and green vinyl. Mine came in green and it is beautiful vinyl with fantastic music and select tracks from the king.

Vinyl is growing exponentially, and along with that, r…

Bay Area Rock Songstress Karney to Release Her New Singles Vol. 2: Restless Wind w/ Same Song This Fall

Upcoming Full-Length Album Renditions To Be Released Early 2017
San Francisco - Karney is a San Francisco-based singer/songwriter that has been making great music for many years, performing across the US and collaborating with many talented and notable artists. Keeping her mind on social justice and positive messages, her lyrical content offers a sardonic and sometimes straight forward approach to many of the issues facing people today, with a message of hope resonating throughout every song she writes. Karney is digitally releasing a handful of new songs between August and the end of 2016 in support of her upcoming full-length album Renditions, due out in early 2017.

While Karney’s eclectic songwriting is based in solid musicianship, her new material echoes a diverse set of musical influences. She will release a series of digital EP’s, featuring a few different renditions of her new songs on each, through her own independent record label, Karney Music & Sound. The second in the s…

New Age Instrumental Review: Karen Olson- A Hero’s Journey

Release Date: August 28, 2016 Label: Innerview Records Website
Karen Olson has released a new album titled A Hero’s Journey. Most recently I featured a select track on my Rate The Tracks site.“Inner Wanderings” was the stream provided. And that served as a taste of what was available on the full recording. The track suggests the human condition and what we find when we look inside for the truth. 

The main instrument is the viola throughout this extraordinary recording. Admittedly, featuring a stringed instrument as the lead would be and is most difficult. Ms. Olson accomplishes this with a distinctness and quality that is exemplary.High praise goes to her collaborator Crispin Barrymore as well for helping to make this project what it evolved into.

I particularly enjoyed the use of the layers of keyboards to accentuate and put an exclamation point on her musicianship.

My three favorite tracks came in succession “Life Force,” “Inner Wanderings,” and Heaven’s Gate.” They seemed intrinsically l…

Mott The Hoople Legend Ian Hunter Releases 30-Disc Anthology Box Set Stranded in Reality

Featuring rare and previously unreleased recordings and film!
London, UK - The career of the British rock great and Mott the Hoople icon Ian Hunter is celebrated with this 30-disc Anthology box set, Stranded in Reality, containing a swathe of rare and previously unreleased recordings and film. Compiled and curated by Ian and recognised Hunter-Mott biographer Campbell Devine, the project is the ultimate celebration of the artist’s hugely influential and sparkling solo work. Covering the years 1975 to 2015, Stranded in Reality comprises 17 original albums on 19 CDs, 9 “new” discs of intriguing rare and unreleased tracks plus 2DVDs.

All of Ian’s classic solo albums are contained in the box set including expanded Anniversary Editions of Ian HunterAll-American Alien BoyYou’re Never Alone with a Schizophrenic and Welcome to the Club, plus special unique bonus track discs of Short Back n’ SidesAll of The Good Ones Are TakenThe Artful DodgerStrings AttachedShrunken Heads and When …

Curved Air Rarities Series Vol. 2 "Curved Space & Infinity" Now Available!

London, UK - “Curved Space & Infinity”, the second volume of the CURVED AIR RARITIES SERIES, is now available! These TWO separate albums, packaged together are a must for fans of the legendary Prog band and instrumental improvisational music!

This instrumental double CD set is the only Curved Air release not to feature lead singer Sonja Kristina, but has been released with her full support and blessing.

The line-up on “Curved Space”, which was previously released as Francis Monkman's “Jam” but now features two previously unreleased bonus tracks, includes Francis Monkman (guitar), Florian Pilkington-Miksa (drums) and Rob Martin (bass).

Francis Monkman commented “I'm pleased that the ‘Jam CD’ has been transmuted into a Curved Space release. An entirely collaborative effort, I was never keen for it to be released in the guise of a solo album, but there seemed to be no viable alternative at the time. Listening to it now, it seems to me to sound as fresh as ever - indeed it wa…

Concert Review: Almost Queen

Almost Queen Rocks The Colonial Theater
November 19, 2016
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

http://www.almostqueen.com/


Tribute bands have become commonplace in the world of music. Some are fantastic representations of the original bands and others get by somehow. Last night at the Colonial Theater was an example of a group of musicians honing their skills and presentation to make you believe it was Queen performing. They are not just a cover band as the DJ from Live 95.9 told the crowd, they bring you the Queen Experience!


Almost Queen certainly sounded more than almost. This was a truly amazing performance by these talented individuals. The lineup is as follows: Joseph Russo as Freddie Mercury, Steve Leonard as Brian May, Randy Gregg as John Deacon and John Cappadona as Roger Taylor. It is uncanny how Russo is a dead ringer for Freddie and sounds just like him. What are the chances of that happening? Well believe it, this is the stuff that fairy tales and dreams are made of. Russo was a good stu…

King Crimson / Asia Legend John Wetton Releases "Official Bootleg Archive Vol 1" Six CD Set! OUT NOW!

London, UK - John Wetton is best known as lead singer and bassist of Asia, UK and the Red-era of King Crimson, with an extensive solo catalogue. The “Official Bootleg Archive” collects together three of Wetton's previously released “Official Bootlegs” - which have been out of print for nearly 10 years!

The “Official Bootleg Archive Vol 1” six CD set's audio has been remastered and includes new artwork, fully approved by John Wetton. The set is the seventh title released on John Wetton’s own Primary Purpose imprint via Cherry Red Records.

As a singer, bassist and songwriter, John Wetton initially rose to fame in King Crimson and the third album that line-up released was Red, cited by so many artists as a core influence. After his period with King Crimson, Wetton co-founded UK and later he was the frontman and co-principal songwriter of the supergroup Asia, his biggest commercial success. The band’s self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world in 1982 and …

EXCALIBUR: The Celtic Rock Opera of Alan Simon Returns Feat. Michael Sadler, Martin Barre, Maggie Reilly, John Helliwell & Others For Its Next ARENA Tour of Germany in December 2016!

​(Photo credit: Christian Roch)
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The legendary story of King Arthur will return to 11 German and 1 Swiss arenas in December 2016 for ALL NEW rock opera! A trailer for the tour can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e27yccjux1k

The creator of Excalibur, Alan Simon, said this of the tour: “Excalibur is back, with a full orchestra, special guest cast members, an aerial dancer along with King Arthur and Merlin as they battle evil forces. I have written an all new show, with a story set 1000 years after the famous legends we performed in 2011, and everything is ready to be unleashed on new audiences. This is the first Excalibur tour in nearly five years!”

Building on the 2009 shows (to up to 12,000 people per night) and subsequent arena tours in 2010 and 2011 in Germany, this new tour re-unites key members of the Excalibur cast, along with new special guests for an orchestral rock extravaganza expected to thrill and amaze concert goers!

The special guests on th…

Swedish Keyboard Legend Pär Lindh Launches New Ensemble "TRITON" The NICE Legacy of ELP & PLP

Sweden – Swedish keyboard legend Pär Lindh is launching his new band “TRITON”: The NICE Legacy of ELP & PLP. The new ensemble was created to honor the legacy of The Nice, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the Pär Lindh Project.

Says Pär, “My band Pär Lindh Project or PLP in short was struck by the passing of our beloved singer Magdalena Hagberg in 2007. She died from cancer and this was a terrible blow to the band from which PLP could never really recover.

“Thus we have a situation today of three great keyboard driven bands that are no more. The Nice, ELP and PLP. In 1995 I played with Lee Jackson and Brian Davidson and we were going to form The New Nice but due to lack of financial backing it didn't happen.

“To keep the legacy of these three unique bands alive I have decided to begin touring under the name TRITON and the concept The Nice Legacy of PLP & ELP. The idea is that because all three above bands no longer exist we want to keep their legacy going as there is just an…

Instrumental Jazz/World Review: Pablo Embon-Funky Side of The Road

Release Date: December 19, 2016 Label: Independent Website

The last album I heard from Pablo Embon was The World Within back in March. It rapidly became the most read review and remains at #1 on my Write A Music Review site. So, at this point my expectations are already set, I expect more of same…great music, quality sound and a good mixture of genres. So now we have the arrival of Funky Side of The Road coming out in December. It lived up to my expectations in every way possible.

Some of the tracks serve as a good jam session and others have more middle of the road run times. The mixture of jazz, rock and world is very enticing to a listener seeking a variety of sounds or all of them combined. Pablo keeps it fresh and moving from start to finish on this recording. There is a lot to take in amongst the 12 instrumental tracks on Funky Side of The Road. The operative phrase that is best suited to encapsulate this project is “variety is the spice of life.” Pablo puts ample amounts of spice in…

Jazz Fusion Orchestra BANDZILLA Feat. Guest Appearances By Randy Brecker & Leo Sayer To Release Long-Awaited Second Album "BANDZILLA RISES!"

“BANDZILLA RISES!!! Sounds great!” - Pat Metheny 
Los Angeles - What happens when a group of top studio musicians get together in their free time? A unique mixture of sophisticated composition, passionate improvisation, scathing social commentary and biting humor, BANDZILLA play furious funk, sleazy soul, punk jazz and heartfelt ballads. Led by acclaimed composer/arranger/guitarist Richard Niles, the 25-piece jazz-fusion orchestra was originally formed in the studio to play on the seminal Grace Jones track ‘Slave To The Rhythm’. Since then, Niles & BANDZILLA have performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, James Brown, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Pet Shop Boys, Michael McDonald, Cher and Tina Turner.

Says Richard, “When I formed BANDZILLA, I used the hottest young studio players in London, a band of ‘monsters’: BANDZILLA. We were featured as the house band on a British TV series and released our first album, “Blue Movies” to great critical acclaim. As well as being t…

Rock Legends Lucifer's Friend Release First New Studio Album "Too Late To Hate" In Three Decades! OUT NOW!

London, UK - Much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, rock legends Lucifer's Friend have released their new studio album titled “Too Late To Hate”! This is the band's first true NEW STUDIO ALBUM since 1981!

Lucifer's Friend reformed in 2015 and since then has been playing high profile festival concerts such as the HEADLINE act on 4 Sound Stage the SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL and at the ROCK OF AGES and LORELEY festivals too. The band features core original members John Lawton (ex-URIAH HEEP), Peter Hesslein and Dieter Horns along with long term members Jogi Wichmann and Stephan Eggert.

“ 'Too Late To Hate'....the new studio album, was recorded off the back of our 'comeback' performance at the Sweden Rock Festival. The impetus we gained after recording 4 new studio tracks for the 'Awakening' album was what we needed. Plus the feedback from the 'Live At Sweden Rock Festival' CD, brought about a feeling that we could take on some 'unfinishe…

Holiday Instrumental/Acoustic Review: Tom Caufield-I Heard It Was Christmas Day

Release Date: September 6, 2016 Label: Bohemian Embassy Website
Hearing Holiday music is reserved for the season in which it is celebrated right? Well that is not always the case. At times there is that rare recording dedicated to Christmas classics that can be listened to at any time of year. Tom Caufield’s I Heard It Was Christmas Day happens to be one of those albums.
Caufield easily strums and picks his way into your heart and mind with expert six-string playing. He creates superb textures and intimate sounds that draw you in and keep you.

“I Heard It Was Christmas Day” has a prolific name and the kind of diversity in playing that I found very impressive. Along with Tom’s playing there are some bells jingling in the background that sound like a horse drawn sleigh. It all created a picture in my mind, like a classic Norman Rockwell painting set to this most beautiful and tasteful music.

“Silent Night” was always a song that gave me chills and touched my soul. Tom’s playing is well thoug…