28 February 2018

Norwegian Art-Rock Prog Ensemble Gazpacho to Release New Studio Album Soyuz


Norwegian Art-rock progressive outfit Gazpacho are set to release their brand-new studio album Soyuz through Kscope on 18th May 2018.

Known for their distinctive art rock that balances tense and beautiful arrangements, sinister and soulful melodic lines, Gazpacho's Soyuz furthers their experimental output. To launch Soyuz the band have revealed their first single “Soyuz One”. Watch the video here:


A band who are used to seizing headlines with bizarre stories, including The Independent (UK) branding Molok as “An album that could destroy the world”, Gazpacho have a holistic approach to the album writing process, imbuing each with a captivating concept. The themes of Soyuz were born from the idea of how beautiful moments pass and cannot be “saved for later”, so within Soyuz are interconnected tales of people and lives “frozen in time”. Taking inspiration from a multitude of eras and subject matters, including the doomed Russian space capsule Soyuz and its iconic captain Komarov; the Tibetan Buddhist funeral practice in “Sky Burial”; the inclusion of the oldest recording of the human voice from 1860 and the Hans Christian Andersen inspired “Emperor Bespoke”.

Recorded at Krypton Planet & St. Croix Fredrikstad in Norway, engineered by Thomas Andersen, Kristian Torp and Mikael Kroemer, mixed by John Rausch and mastered by Sonovo Mastering's Thor Legvold. The artwork, designed by painter Antonio Seijas, is inspired by Russian Cold War colours and fonts from the Soyuz One flight era.

Soyuz Tracklisting 
1. Soyuz One
2. Hypomania
3. Exit Suite
4. Emperor Bespoke
5. Sky Burial
6. Fleeting Things
7. Soyuz Out
8. Rappaccini

Soyuz will be released on CD / LP and digitally (with pre orders receiving “Soyuz One” as an instant download) and is available to pre-order: http://smarturl.it/GazpachoSoyuz

Gazpacho have confirmed they will be taking Soyuz on the road this summer with a series of headline shows and an appearance at Be Prog! My Friend Festival in Barcelona, with more dates to follow

Soyuz Tour 2018
24/05 – NL -  Maastricht, Muziekgieterij,
25/05 – NL-  Uden, De Pul
26/05 – NL-  Zoetermeer, De Boerderij,
28/05 – UK - London, The Dome
31/05 – DE - Aschaffenburg, Colos-saal
01/06 - DE - Cologne Die Kantine,
02/06 – NL – Leeuwarden, Neushoorn,
23/06 – NO – Oslo, John Dee
30/06 – ESP – Barcelona, Be Prog Festival
For tickets see www.gazpachoworld.com



Gazpacho are:
Jan Henrik Ohme (vocals)
Thomas Andersen (keyboards, programming)
Jon-Arne Vilbo (guitars)
Mikael Krømer (violin, mandolin)
Kristian Torp (bass)
Robert Risberget Johansen (drums & percussion)

Follow Gazpacho online:
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www.gazpachoworld.com

Kscope: 1st floor, 52 Lisson Street, London, UK NW1 5DF

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27 February 2018

New Age Instrumental Review: Anne Trenning and Friends-Beautiful Song

Release Date: February 19, 2018
Label: Shadetree Records

Beautiful Song  is Anne Trenning’s fifth proper album. The “and friends” includes James Todd, Bill Leslie, David Meyer, Rick Dior, Jane Brendle, Ciro Hurtado, Jeff Oster, John Magnie (The Subdudes), Brandon Bush, Josh Daniel and Mark Schimick. That is a very impressive and talented group of friends!

Beautiful Song is a collection that includes five original compositions and six cover selections from a multitude of genres. The best part is that it is all done in Anne’s special way. Her talented fingers flow with a gracefulness and purpose throughout these eclectic offerings.

Anne’s talent is obvious from the very beginning and as she moves from strength to strength so does all of her guest musicians. Every contributing artist adds their distinct touch and own layer of instrumentation to make Anne’s piano playing deeper and brighter. It fits together so well.

I liked the Celtic flavored tracks such as the opener and title track. And with even more distinct Celtic influences, “Miller Gap“ caught my ear.  Moving from one country to next, “El Farol” has a definitive Spanish flair to it. Every song has the ability to transport you somewhere. If you have familiarity with the parts of the world that each track brings to mind, it will certainly get you there a lot quicker. And hopefully, sweet memories will fill your thoughts and spirit. And if you have not traveled to these lands it will inspire you to do so! Only powerful and convincing music can accomplish painting those pictures so clearly in your mind’s eye.

Anne Trenning and her talented guest musicians build a monument of music on the 11 tracks. The charm, colors and the multiflavored musical journeys are like going to your favorite sweet shop and enjoying some tasty delights. Each one has its own characteristics and ambiance, and I think that is why I appreciated it so much. 

Beautiful Song will hold you mesmerized from beginning to end.

4/5 Stars

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
February 27, 2018
Founder of:

Review Provided By New Age Music Reviews

Tracks:
 

01. Beautiful Song
02. Helpless (N. Young)
03. You Will Know My Love
04. El Farol (C. Santana)
05. Do I Hear Christmas?
06. Miller Gap
07. It’s A Great Day To Be Alive (D. Scott)
08. Hard Times Come No More
09. Building The Barn (M. Jarre)
10. If I Could Be With You
11. Go Light Your World (C. Rice)




25 February 2018

King Crimson Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016 3-Disc Set Now Available For Pre-order


Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016 is a new 3-disc set by King Crimson. Featuring a rendition of “Fracture,” one of the most acclaimed KC compositions and last performed live in 1974, the three-disc set will be released on April 6th and is available for pre-order now.

Mixed from the original multitracks discs one and two feature the complete first and second sets from the evening’s show. Disc three includes a series of soundscapes edited into newly sequenced pieces. Drawn from the introduction music (composed/improvised afresh for each night) & featuring Robert Fripp, Mel Collins & Tony Levin, this essential component of current live KC shows also receives its most complete presentation to date. In addition, the third disc includes the long awaited live recorded debut of “Fracture” by the 2016 line-up as performed in Copenhagen.

• Three CDs featuring the complete concert from Vienna on Dec. 1st 2016 mixed from the original multi-track tapes
• CDs Presented in concert sequence with discs 1 & 2 featuring the complete first and second sets.
• CD 3 features Vienna encores plus the long awaited live recorded debut of “Fracture” by the 2016 line-up as performed in Copenhagen
• CD3 also features a series of soundscapes edited into newly sequenced pieces. Drawn from the introduction music (composed/improvised afresh for each night) & featuring Robert Fripp, Mel Collins & Tony Levin, this essential component of current live KC shows also receives its most complete presentation to date.
• Presented in a 4 fold-out digifile package with 16 pages booklet featuring tour photos & notes by David Singleton & housed in a slipcase

Disc One:
First Set: (Vienna, 2016)
1 Walk On: Soundscapes: Monk Morph Music Of The Chamber
2 Hell Hounds of Krim
3 Pictures of a City
4 Dawn Song
Suitable Grounds for The Blues
5 VROOOM
6 The Construkction of Light
7 The Court of the Crimson King
8 The Letters
9 Sailors’ Tale
10 Interlude
11 Radical Action II
12 Level V

Disc Two:
Second Set: Vienna, 2016
1 Fairy Dust Of The Drumsons
2 Peace: An End
3 Cirkus
4 Indiscipline
5 Epitaph
6 Easy Money
7 Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row
8 Red
9 Meltdown
10 Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part Two
11 Starless

Disc Three:
Encores and Expansions,
1 Fracture
2 Heroes
3 21st Century Schizoid Man
4 Schoenberg Softened His Hat
5 Ahriman's Ceaseless Corruptions
6 Spenta's Counter Claim

Mel Collins: Saxes & flute
Robert Fripp: Guitar & keyboards
Tony Levin: Basses, stick, voice
Pat Mastelotto: Drums,
Gavin Harrison: Drums
Jakko Jakszyk: Guitar & voice
Bill Rieflin: Keyboards
Jeremy Stacey: Drums & keyboards

At first glance, documenting King Crimson would appear to be fairly straightforward: record everything, document everything, issue a release from each tour or, when relevant. With the current touring band(s) that has resulted in an early, partial set from 2014 (Orpheum), a fan favourite Official Bootleg (Toronto 2015), a complete set list audio & video extravaganza with live/virtual studio listening options (Radical Action, 2016), an EP (Heroes, 2017) & the most recent (& current fan favourite), Official Bootleg (Chicago, 2017). It was always part of the plan that an official release would be taken from the 2016 European tour & the Vienna concerts were duly mixed & produced by Chris Porter, David Singleton & Robert Fripp in early/mid 2017 with a view to being released in Autumn 2017 (as happened in Japan).

But King Crimson evolves, changes, morphs as relentlessly as the Soundscapes which open each concert and, when the early half of the US tour produced the Chicago “snapshot” live tapes & with another leg to the USA tour ending for the latter half of the year, DGM opted to issue Chicago as soon as possible in Europe & the USA, temporarily postponing Vienna for a 2018 release.

Although it was a difficult decision to take, substituting a fully mixed, planned for months, release for an entirely different type of album, (Chicago was an ‘Official Bootleg’ taken directly from soundboard tapes), that decision had one further important ramification. Where the Japanese edition of Vienna had, as a bonus for local fans, live tracks from the 2015 Japanese tour, the additional time gained via the release of Chicago, allowed DGM to research & mix a live recording of “Fracture” – a key performance at a number of 2016 European shows & a piece that had not been performed since 1974 – for inclusion on the Vienna set. The recording featured is from Copenhagen in September 2016. There was also time to consider how the, often over-looked, unique to each evening Soundscape performances which open each concert, could be presented in recorded form. The result is a trio of pieces, drawn from nine separate concerts & edited ‘THRaKaTTaK’ style, featuring Robert, Mel & Tony.

King Crimson continues to re-invent & re-imagine both itself & its music; the kind of thing that once would have been called a “progressive” approach. It’s an approach that has benefited band members and listeners alike from January 1969 & continues with tours of Europe & Japan in 2018, the band’s 49th year.

To pre-order King Crimson Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016 3-Disc Set:
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Progressive Rock Review: Royal Architect-Et In Arcadia Ego (LP)

Release Date: August 19, 2017
Label: Independent

Royal Architect released their debut Et In Arcadia Ego in August last year. The band is led by Matthew Graboski (guitars/pianos/vocalist). His musical history runs deep with the band OHO, who have several releases to their credit. While OHO is hailed as Baltimore's answer to Pink Floyd on the band's website, the latest band has yet to form an identity.

Jason Butcher (drums,vox), Ryan Finnerin (bass) and Tim Yungwirth (guitars, RTG, percussion) round out the band. Additional musicians include Denny Finnerin (vox), Kelly Butcher(vox) and Christopher Freeland (percussion).

The title means the following: Et in Arcadia ego (also known as Les bergers d'Arcadie or The Arcadian Shepherds) is a 1637–38 painting by Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665). It depicts a pastoral scene with idealized shepherds from classical antiquity clustering around an austere tomb.  

In this case, however, the meaning is different for the band…

Matthew Explains: I took the title from the book Blood Meridian. The phrase is engraved on the main antagonist's rifle and is a reference to a specific notion "even in your paradise I (death) am near. This character fashions himself a regular harbinger of death.

So right out the gate, the album becomes a cerebral entity with the title and names of the songs. But that is ok with me, I had something to learn. The bonus is the band sent me the high-quality vinyl pressing of the album. This was greatly appreciated as I have been amassing vinyl at an alarming rate the past few years. It seems many others have as well around the world and that is a good thing for bands and music business overall.

Graboski reminded me of Widespread Panic's John Bell. That is a compliment from where I sit as I think they are an amazing band. His vocals have that whiskey soaked vocal style that you hear in the blues quite often. There is one big difference however, this is progressive rock. The music comes at you fast. It is very interesting, and at times complex and I know it must be difficult to play by any stretch. Most notably I found the guitar playing at very high level consistent throughout the listen.

It is definitely progressive as the opener "Draco Volans," another word I was unfamiliar with, sets the pace. In case you were interested, Draco Volans is the common flying dragon, a species of lizard prevalent in Southeast Asia. Its skin allows it to fly very similarly to the flying squirrel. So, needless to say, I have some interesting thoughts going through my head at this point. I listened to the album first before venturing into the unknown so I am not sure if any of that information would have made more sense to me if I had the knowledge prior to listening. 

None of that matters to me because what I heard I really enjoyed. This is very good music. I heard elements of many genres swirling around Graboski's vocals including blues, rock, and jazz. It is comparable to having a full course meal then sprinkling pepper all over each dish to give it that extra flavor, in this case, oomph. The word eclectic is appropriate when discussing the output of Royal Architect. "This Cloak," which clocks in at 6:33, leads off the B side of LP. It clearly defines what prog rock is all about. It is a variable kaleidoscope of sounds. After hearing that one track I see where this band can develop further and reach new heights.

If you are wondering about the colorful cool cover? The artist is Graboski's 3-year-old daughter Delilah. I guess you have to start them young and provide encouragement. Talent for the arts is either in the genes or it isn't. It looks like this young lady is off to a good start with her color schemes.

There is a lot of good music on this album to digest. It is never cut and dried due to the variances in pace and instrumentation. That is a good thing in my estimation if you are attempting, and this case succeeding, to record something progressive and ultimately different. Et In Arcadia Ego is a solid and consistent rocking group of songs. This band should be very encouraged to get in the studio and record again soon.

4/5 Stars

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
February 25, 2018
Founder of:

Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk


Tracks:
 

1. Draco Volans 
2. As Above So Below   
3. Echoes from the Cleft in Bedlam 

4. Afternoon Phantoms
5. Dentes Ventus
6. This Cloak
7. Vespers
8. Let the Knives Sing    
9. Ignis Est In Sanguine Meo

 

24 February 2018

Classic Rock Legends Wishbone Ash Hit the Open Road on Spring US Tour


Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, will be coming to the States in April 2018 on the Open Road Tour. True to its name, the tour will see the band clocking some serious miles as they return to America's Southern swath, from North Carolina and Florida to California. Longtime fans and new converts alike will revel in the group’s signature twin-guitar mastery and powerhouse rhythm section as they present classics spanning their career.

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash is gearing up for its 50th anniversary on the heels of a limited-edition deluxe 30-disc box set, “Wishbone Ash: The Vintage Years,” available April 2018 through Madfish Records while supplies last.

True road warriors, each year these British rock legends log around 30,000 miles, roughly equivalent to circumnavigating the earth. “We are breaking with our usual U.S. tour schedule and hitting the road early in 2018 to take in some cities that we haven’t been to for quite some time,” says founding member Andy Powell (guitar/lead vocals). “The tour will be heavy on Southern dates like North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and then into Texas, Arizona and, finally, California.”

In the fall, the band will return to North America for some Canadian shows. “Everyone is rested and fighting fit, and looking forward to introducing new audiences to wunderkind Mark Abrahams on guitar, while hopefully surprising folks with some tunes from the vaults,” Powell says.

Abrahams, who replaced 12-year veteran Muddy Manninen last summer, will be trading licks with Powell; he’s already been earning rave reviews from fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Longtime rhythm section Bob Skeat on bass and Joe Crabtree on drums continue to provide the solid groove that is their hallmark.

Through the years the band has delved into various musical genres, from folk, blues and jazz to pedal-to-the-metal rock and electronica. Whatever the style, Wishbone Ash’s hallmark is the distinctive twin-melodic lead guitar interplay that has influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden and, more recently, Opeth.

“The band basically lives together year-round on the road, so we have a very strong level of communication that translates in our performances and recordings,” says Powell. “We’ve come to an era where the industry has to pigeonhole a band as Classic Rock, Prog Rock, Heritage Rock and so on. The truth is that we have always kept our options open and always relied on the musicianship of the players to lead the way. It’s fun to be stylistically diverse and this has, in its way, contributed to our longevity.”

Wishbone Ash has to its credit 24 original studio recordings, 11 live albums and five live DVDs along with a DVD rockumentary (“This is Wishbone Ash”). Released April 2018, “The Vintage Years” 30-disc box set, three-and-a-half years in the making, is a special collection dedicated to the band's output from 1970 to 1991, including all 16 studio albums, three live albums, eight previously unreleased live shows from 1973 to 1980, a 156-page coffee-table hardcover book and an assortment of memorabilia. Also now available are the first official re-releases in decades of “Twin Barrels Burning” from 1982 and “Raw to the Bone” from 1985, plus definitive editions with all new 2017 remasters.

In 2015, Powell released his musical memoir, “Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior,” co-written with renowned Irish music journalist Colin Harper and now available in Kindle and Apple iBook formats. “It’s quite an undertaking to put 46 years of being a touring musician in this one band into book form,” he says. “I’ve seen a lot of changes in the music business and the world in general, as you can imagine.”

There is no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than The Ash. Be sure to catch them on the Open Road US Tour in April 2018. Tour dates and more information can be found at www.wishboneash.com.

Wishbone Ash US Tour Dates
April 2018
03 - Harvester Performance Center - Rocky Mount, VA
04 - Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC
06 - City Winery Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
07 - Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts - Melbourne, FL
08 - Skippers Smokehouse - Tampa, FL
11 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
13 - Keys Lounge - Fort Worth, TX
14 - Sam's Burger Joint - San Antonio, TX
15 - One World Theatre - Austin, TX
18 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
19 - Railhead, Boulder Station Hotel Casino - Las Vegas, NV
20 - Canyon Club - Agoura Hills, CA
21 - The Rose - Pasadena, CA
22 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
25 - Yoshi's Jazz Club - Oakland, CA
26 - The Fox - Redwood City, CA

For more information: www.wishboneash.com

North American Booking: Steve Ozark, Ozark Talent (785) 760-3143, OzarkTalent@gmail.com

Press Inquiries: 
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New Age Instrumental Review: Pam Asberry-Seashells In My Pocket

Release Date: October 13, 2017
Label: Independent

Artist like Pam Asberry inspires me. I always travel a road to inner peace and inspiration with new age music, this time it was different.

Pam taught piano for 40 years and never believed she could create her own music. She finally decided to write her first song and one thing led to another and now we have her first album Seashells In My Pocket. That experience is a lesson to us all. A door will not open if you don’t make an attempt to open it. You must do the initial work to walk through it and to get to the other side. 

I see that the beach and the ocean provided Pam with plentiful material to create her first album. The 13 tracks offered on her maiden voyage, are all about the ocean, its surrounding and solitude and clear thinking it provides those seeking it. It most certainly worked for her in many ways. Pam creates some simple and effective melodies throughout this recording. It is simple in regard to it being one instrument which is not a take away from the compositions she presents.

A lot of this music is very restful and healing, which is perfect for meditating or just sitting and listening, allowing your mind to empty. There are some tracks that do change the mood and atmospheres as well. For example, “Dunn's River Falls” picks up the pace considerably. It was like listening to a rolling tide hitting the shore via her piano. That is what I envisioned however she had something else in mind which was a river flowing into a fall. I was focused on the piano playing then letting it take me to wherever it wanted. That is what any listener would do I am sure.

The absolute beauty and personality of music like this will allow you to create your own movie in your mind then your soul creates a path. Instrumental piano music is singular yet diverse in its purpose. It lets us create something new in each song. It was like Pam handed me a virtual paintbrush and I decided to create my own masterpiece alongside her own. Simplistic, picturesque and personal - that is an encapsulation of Seashells In My Pocket.

4/5 Stars

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
February 24, 2018

Founder of:

Review Provided By New Age Music Reviews

Tracks:

01. Cozumel Blue Waters
02. Wishing Stones
03. Island Cathedral
04. Sleepy Tide
05. Moonlight over Moorea
06. Dunn's River Falls
07. Palm Trees Sway
08. Mysterious Caverns
09. Cadillac Mountain Sunset
10. The Mermaid's Tears
11. Monterey Morning
12. Ocean Stars
13. Sailing Home
 

23 February 2018

Original Vocalist For DURAN DURAN Andy Wickett's New Album CREATURES OF LOVE Now Available on CD!


Los Angeles, CA - Known as the original vocalist for UK New Wave icons Duran Duran, Andy Wickett has built a solid musical career in his hometown of Birmingham, England, recording and performing both as a solo artist as well as with his band World Service. Now, Wickett & co. have released a new album digitally via Cleopatra Records, which follows last year’s monumental release of the original demos Wickett cut with Duran Duran prior to Simon Le Bon taking over vocal duties. Creatures Of Love is truly a passion project for Wickett, compiling original songs that had the Birmingham Mercury calling the album “A groove-laden journey through the world of pop. There wasn’t a song I didn’t love. Great atmosphere and hook lines at every juncture.”

Track List:
1. Border Song
2. Make It
3. Kingdom
4. The Good Die Young
5. Darleen
6. Evidently
7. Ain’t No One
8. Children Of The Night
9. Creatures Of Love
10. Preacher Man
11. Take Me To The City

Buy the album here: 
CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/andy-wickett-world-service-creatures-of-love-cd/
Digital: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/creatures-of-love/id1301595207?ls=1&app=itunes

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21 February 2018

Virtuoso Blues/Rock Guitarist Paul Nelson Announces 2018 North American Tour Dates


Paul Nelson is recognized as one of today's most talented guitarists and live performers. Nelson not only has the distinction of being the hand-picked guitar protégé, bandmate and producer to legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter but he has toured the world over performing and or recording alongside an endless who's who list of top artists including Eric Clapton, Slash, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Robben Ford, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, James Cotton, Joe Perry, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Popper, Dr. John, Larry Carlton, Leslie West, Joe Bonamassa, Sonny Landreth, Dickey Betts to Joe Walsh and more... Paul will be touring the US & Canada this winter/spring 2018.

“What else can we say about Paul Nelson except...Chops Deluxe.” - Guitar World Magazine

“An A-List guitar player...one of the most technically dazzling players around today.” - Guitar Magazine

“He's a soulful player who has chops to burn. The word 'ferocious' comes to mind, or 'take no prisoners'” - Vintage Guitar Magazine

Paul Nelson US/Canada Tour Dates

02/17/18 - Daryl's House, Pawling, NY
02/24/18 - Factory Underground, Norwalk, CT
03/09/18 - World Live Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
03/17/18 - FTC, Fairfield, CT
03/22/18 - The Slippery Noodle Indianapolis, IN
03/24/18 - Chrome Lounge, Omaha, NE
03/25/18 - Byrons Bar, Pomeroy, IA
03/28/18 - Zoo Bar, Lincoln, NE
03/30/18 - Knuckle Heads Saloon, Kansas City, MO
03/31/18 - The Third Base, Springfield, IL
04/06/18 - Cadillac Lounge, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
04/07/18 - Peters Players, Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada
04/14/18 - Chans, Woonsocket, RI
04/27/18 - Lizzie Rose Music Room, Trenton, NJ
05/04/18 - Uncle Bos, Topeka, KS
05/05/17 - Round Barn Festival, Kirksville, MO
05/06/18- Buddy Guy's Chicago, IL
05/09/18 - Paradise Inn, Gulf Breeze, FL
05/11/18 - Englewoods on Dearborn, Englewood, FL
05/12/18 - South Street Naples, FL
05/17/18 - Terrafermata, Stuart, FL
05/18/18 - The Barrel Room, Fort Myers, FL
05/19/18 - The Funky Biscuit,  Boca Raton, FL
05/20/18 - Earl's Hideaway, Sebastion, FL
06/01/18 - Big Beat Dallas, Hwy 61 Stage - Irving, TX
06/02/18 - Big Beat Dallas, Hwy 61 Stage - Irving, TX
06/03/18 - Big Beat Dallas, Hwy 61 Stage - Irving, TX
08/17/18 - Madams Organ, Washington, DC

A multi-Grammy nominated artist, Paul Nelson received a Grammy award for his work performing on and producing Winter's Step Back Megaforce/Sony release, winning “Best Blues Album of the Year” and the BMA “Blues Music Award” for “Best Blues/Rock Album.” Step Back reached #16 on the Billboard top 200, staying at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts for weeks. He is also a recipient of the Blues Foundation's KBA “Keeping The Blues Alive Award.”

Nelson and his music have reached millions with appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and via the award-winning documentaries: “Down and Dirty - The Johnny Winter Story” and “Sideman: Long Road to Glory” (feat: Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Hubert Sumlin).

Nelson's latest project “Badass Generation,” on Sony Records, still maintains his unmistakable connection to the Blues, but it also finds the guitarist showing powerful songwriting combining his many other musical influences that his fans have come to expect, making him one of music's most respected and influential contemporary artists.

Staying at #1 on the “Hot New Releases” charts for months Nelson's latest project “Badass Generation” on Sony Records still maintains his unmistakable connection to the Blues, but it also finds the guitarist showing his many other musical dimensions fans have come expect considering him one of music's most respected and influential contemporary artists...

“Love this album - the sound and the energy. Gorgeous, searing guitar work. Like a blow torch!” - Wall Street Journal

“The Paul Nelson Band Rocks. Period.” - Goldmine Magazine

Paul Nelson and Warren Haynes at the Great South Bay Music Festival on Long Island:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpMET3fmaHA&feature=share

Official website: www.paulnelsonguitar.com
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20 February 2018

Rock Legend TODD RUNDGREN Headlines Cleopatra Records First Ever SXSW Showcase!


Los Angeles, CA - One of the few remaining truly independent, privately owned record labels in existence today, L.A.-based Cleopatra Records has been championing underground music and outsider artists since its inception in 1992. Now, the label has teamed up with the biggest music festival dedicated to discovering and promoting new talent, SXSW, to announce the first ever official Cleopatra Records showcase. Headlining this special event is legendary songwriter/producer/guitarist, Todd Rundgren, an artist well known for pushing the boundaries of rock and pop with his distinctive flair for the eccentric and unusual. Todd’s newest album, White Knight, was released by Cleopatra Records in May of last year and features guest performances by Trent Reznor, Robyn, Joe Satriani & more.

In addition to Rundgren, the showcase will also bring together some of the label’s newest acts including dreamwave artist Pastel Ghost, whose first album Abyss has been reissued by Cleopatra and will also see their forthcoming album released later this year on the label. Alternative metal cabaret act from Mexico, Descartes A Kant, partnered with Cleopatra for their newest album Victims Of Love Propaganda in May of last year while L.A.’s own death rock architects, Egrets On Ergot, released Surfeit Of Germütlich last October. Electronic duo United Ghosts will issue their Cleopatra debut later this year while local Texas band Nite, consisting of twin brothers Kyle and Myles Mendez, saw their newest release Reborn launched in July of 2016. Each of these bands demonstrates the label’s fondness for uniquely creative acts and a commitment to supporting truly artist-driven music.

The official SXSW showcase for Cleopatra Records will be held at Elysium in downtown Austin, TX on March 15th. The first band will start at 8pm.

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New Age-Meditation-Chill Review: Valerie Romanoff-Healing Music Volume 2

Release Date: October 10, 2017
Label: Valrock Music

There is a lot to know about Valerie Romanoff. The multi-instrumentalist has been involved in music since she was a child. Valerie was also the co-founder of the group Starlight Orchestras in 1998. Her resume is impressive and as I was soon to find out, so is her recorded music.

This is what Valerie has to say about music:
“Music has the power to heal, transform, evoke emotion, underscore and enhance our lives. By consciously aligning with elements of music, we can affect deep changes in our world.” -Valerie Romanoff

I completely agree with her and have been advocating the healing abilities of music for many years in my reviews. 

After playing several different instruments, Valerie fell in love with the guitar. On Healing Music Volume 2 she plays the guitars, piano, synth and provides the chanting. Stevin McNamara adds a most beautiful sitar to give the music a distinct worldly feel. Tom Rossi adds the flute, kora, percussion and chanting as well. The entire album was produced and composed by Valerie.

I fell right into this album like it was a natural thing to do. All the instruments that are intermingled into each track give it a nice rhythm and vibe. I found it very relaxing and pleasing, so much so, it felt like I was smiling from the inside out. Now that feels really good! 

I found this recording an instrumental wonder, the combination of instruments is very complex. It is mixed to perfection and the production is top notch from start to finish.  Keep in mind this is two-disc set so there is a lot of music offered. With 17 tracks in total and only a few under 5 minutes in length. With that thought in mind, it raises the bar for keeping you focused on the music, all of it. This is why I found it amazing how appealing all of it was. The main reason is that it was done in the most diverse way possible. The entertainment factor is in place, then comes all the other pleasantries available while listening.

Most notably, the guitar gives it all a modern chill feel to it and the other instruments support that with layers of percussion, sitar, flute and at times chanting. For my listening tastes it is the guitar lines that give it that extra soft but effective edge and energy that takes my interest to another level entirely. One of the best examples is track 4 “Dawn of Tao.” It runs for 17 minutes and 42 seconds. It is like a magnum opus of instrumental, new age, meditation, chill, and rock all brought together into one tight package. It held my interest all the way through and when it ended, I knew that I wanted to hear more. I also need to hear Volume 1 now. Nobody wants to start with 2 but in this case, I am glad that I had the opportunity and became aware of this fantastic music.

If there is such a thing as meditation that knows how to rock (softly) then this is it. If you were in search of that sort of diversity then look no further than Healing Music Volume 2.

5/5 Stars

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
February 20, 2018

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Tracks: 
01. Pink Skies Over Still Water
02. Pink Skies Over Waves
03. Beyond the Bend
04. Dawn of Tao
05. Backdrop
06. Moving Glass    
07. OM Shanti Shalom
08.  Prelude Went Beyond The Bend
09. Pink Skies Over Still Water
10. Pink Skies Over Waves    
11. Beyond The Bend
12. Dawn of Tao
13. The Bend
14. Backdrop
15. Moving Glass 
16. OM Shanti Shalom
17. Prelude Went Beyond

 

19 February 2018

Chris Squire's FISH OUT OF WATER Limited Edition Boxed Set & 2CD Set To Be Released April 27, 2018!


Official limited edition deluxe boxed set includes 2CD, 2DVD, 1LP and 2x7-inch singles!

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of an official limited edition deluxe boxed set of Yes founder CHRIS SQUIRE's legendary 1975 solo album FISH OUT OF WATER. Recorded in the late Spring and Summer of 1975 whilst Yes was on hiatus as members recorded their respective solo albums, FISH OUT OF WATER was a breath-taking work, and equal in standard to any Yes album in terms of sheer invention and creativity. The album was essentially a collaboration between Chris Squire and his friend Andrew Pryce Jackman, a gifted arranger who had been a member of The Syn, Squire's pre-Yes group. The sessions saw contributions from former Yes drummer BILL BRUFORD, Yes keyboard player PATRICK MORAZ and noted musicians MEL COLLINS and JIMMY HASTINGS. Released in November 1975, FISH OUT OF WATER was a Top 30 chart hit in the UK and made the US Billboard Top 75 album chart, going on to sell nearly 500,000 copies worldwide.

The highlight of this limited edition deluxe boxed set is a stunning new 5.1 Surround Sound mix (exclusive to this set on an NTSC / Region Free DVD), along with a new stereo mix, from the original multi-track master tapes by JAKKO JAKSZYK and a new re-master of the original 1975 mix by Paschal Byrne. FISH OUT OF WATER also includes four bonus tracks of the single edits of “Lucky Seven” and “Silently Falling”, along with both sides of the 1981 single by CHRIS SQUIRE and ALAN WHITE; “Run With the Fox” and “Return of the Fox” (appearing on CD for the first time).

The boxed set also includes a replica 180 gram gatefold LP with poster of FISH OUT OF WATER (mastered and cut from the original tapes at Abbey Road studios), along with two seven inch singles of “Lucky Seven” b/w “Silently Falling” and “Run With the Fox” b/w “Return of the Fox”, both in picture sleeves. To complete the content is a visual DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring the 1975 FISH OUT OF WATER promotional film featuring the songs “Hold Out Your Hand” and “You By My Side”, along with a 2006 interview with Chris Squire conducted by Jon Kirkman and a 2006 audio commentary by Chris Squire. Finally, the set also contains a 36-page book with an essay by Sid Smith featuring exclusive interviews with BILL BRUFORD, PATRICK MORAZ, GREGG JACKMAN and JAKKO JAKSZYK.

Also available as a 2CD set which features a stunning new Stereo mix from the original multi-track master tapes by JAKKO JAKSZYK and a new re- master of the original 1975 mix by Paschal Byrne.

Always justly proud of his first solo album, it was Chris Squire's long held wish that a 5.1 Surround mix would be undertaken of the work someday. This Esoteric Recordings edition finally brings this to fruition and is a fitting tribute to the artistry of Chris and his collaborator, Andrew Pryce Jackman.

Track  Listing:

DISC ONE: CD

FISH OUT OF WATER
THE NEW STEREO MIX
1. HOLD OUT YOUR HAND
2. YOU BY MY SIDE
3. SILENTLY FALLING
4. LUCKY SEVEN
5. SAFE (CANON SONG)

DISC TWO: CD

FISH OUT OF WATER
THE ORIGINAL 1975 MIX
1. HOLD OUT YOUR HAND
2. YOU BY MY SIDE
3. SILENTLY FALLING
4. LUCKY SEVEN
5. SAFE (CANON SONG)

BONUS TRACKS
6. LUCKY SEVEN (SINGLE VERSION)
7. SILENTLY FALLING (SINGLE VERSION)

CHRIS SQUIRE & ALAN WHITE:
8. RUN WITH THE FOX
9. RETURN OF THE FOX

DISC THREE: DVD

FISH OUT OF WATER
THE NEW 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX (96 KHZ / 24-BIT)
THE NEW STEREO MIX (96 KHZ / 24-BIT) RE-MASTERED ORIGINAL STEREO MIX (96 KHZ / 24-BIT)

1. HOLD OUT YOUR HAND
2. YOU BY MY SIDE
3. SILENTLY FALLING
4. LUCKY SEVEN
5. SAFE (CANON SONG)

DISC FOUR: DVD

FISH OUT OF WATER
VISUAL CONTENT
1. FISH OUT OF WATER 1975 PROMOTIONAL FILM FEATURING HOLD OUT YOUR HAND YOU BY MY SIDE
2. 2006 INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS SQUIRE BY JON KIRKMAN
3. 2006 FISH OUT OF WATER

AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH CHRIS SQUIRE

DISC FIVE: LP

FISH OUT OF WATER
180 GRAM GATEFOLD VINYL LP WITH POSTER

SIDE ONE
1. HOLD OUT YOUR HAND 2. YOU BY MY SIDE
3. SILENTLY FALLING

SIDE TWO
1. LUCKY SEVEN
2. SAFE (CANON SONG)

DISC SIX: 7″SINGLE

LUCKY SEVEN
7” SINGLE IN PICTURE SLEEVE
CHRIS SQUIRE:

SIDE ONE
LUCKY SEVEN (TOM DOWD EDIT)

SIDE TWO
SILENTLY FALLING (SINGLE VERSION)

DISC SEVEN: 7″SINGLE

RUN WITH THE FOX
7” SINGLE IN PICTURE SLEEVE
CHRIS SQUIRE & ALAN WHITE:

SIDE ONE
RUN WITH THE FOX

SIDE TWO
RETURN OF THE FOX

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18 February 2018

Instrumental New Age Reviews: Robin Spielberg-On the Edge of a Dream - Music for Dreaming, Relaxation, Contemplation, Meditation, Medical

Release Date: March 2, 2018
Label: playMountain Music

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On the Edge of a Dream - Music for Dreaming, Relaxation, Contemplation, Meditation, Medical Therapies is Robin Spielberg’s 18th album. That is a lot of recorded music! Piano-based music requires an imaginative mindset in order to give a potential listener some variety. A lot of this type of music seamlessly flows into each other making it sound like one piece of music. I find in most cases I feel that way because of my own tastes and interpretations, this could be entirely different for each listener.

Sometimes things come to you in your life at just the right time. For me it always comes with purpose, a good reason whether it is positive or negative. That is the way life is, however, it is all how you look at what is happening. This is where dreams come into it for me. This album is all about the dream state. Most recently I have had some amazing clear dreams and last year I started keeping a journal. This is exactly what Robin does and she wanted to share her dreams through the music of the piano. The other purpose in my estimation is that this music could help you to not only relax but get to a point where you are ready to enter the dream state or possibly all the way to REM stage. All of this I have found fascinating. I also believe that dreams are a window into your soul and we can learn lessons or be warned through them. It clarifies things and opens the door to change.

There is no doubt that science has a fascination with the different stages of dreaming. What I have learned through my own research has opened the door to an entirely different attitude about the subject. So how does music, particularly Robin’s new release, come in to play? I think this music is perfect for the dreaming experience before, during and after. So, during those three stages, you can utilize this beautiful music. Of course, there are more useful ways to use the music as a tool - for simple relaxation, contemplation or meditation. As I mentioned earlier, certainly the music can guide you beyond the meditative state into dreaming, particularly if you are listening with a good pair of headphones or earbuds (Bose makes a terrific set of earbuds that are reasonably priced on eBay).

On the Edge of a Dream is another example of how music can integrate with your daily life. The workspace I am in daily allows us at times to put on music like this recording. It can help you to de-stress as you continue with your multitude of tasks. If you are in an office setting you should try it, it really helps!
 
Another bonus offered for your experiences with this music is a dream journal, which can be purchased separately or as a companion item with the CD. I highly recommend getting both. It starts with the 14 tracks on the CD, then writing down what happened in your dreams. This process will allow a lot of insight you previously did not have. It is all part of a spiritual growth you can initiate if you choose.

I am grateful that artists like Robin Spielberg are willing to share their blessings with us, and shed some light on a human process that many folks are not looking at enough. On the Edge of a Dream could be the start of a new beginning. You can begin as a casual listener then evolve to meditation then dream interpretation. A tremendous wealth of information about your life and the future days ahead is at your disposal (there is a lot of info out there). And who would have thought one recording could lead to so much personal development? I highly recommend this path for those who are already aware and for those seeking more awareness.

5/5 Stars

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
February 18, 2018
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Tracks: 
01. On the Edge of A Dream  
02. We Meet Again
03. Drifting
04. Spellbound  
05. Nightfall
06. The Secret Path  
07. Stargazing
09. Illusion
10. Into The Night  
11. Safe and Sound  
12. Meeting Monet
1.  We Meet Again (Recurring Dream)
14. Blue Moon Rising

16 February 2018

Rock Review: Scorpions-Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best of Rock Ballads

Release Date: November 24, 2017
Label: Sony Legacy

Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs, Pawel Maciwoda, and Mikkey Dee are the Scorpions. It has been four decades since the song "Born To Touch Your Feelings" was released for the first time. If you are into them or were, there is something here to relish. This music will remind you of the good times (I hope).
Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best of Rock Ballads is 17 tracks of pure Scorpions at their rock ballad best. I have always loved to rock out to their tracks like "The Zoo, " "Rock You Like A Hurricane" etc. I have to admit I never think of ballads when discussing these iconic rockers.

It is collections like this that help you to relive those great rocking ballads, done the way only Klaus could sing them and the band could play them. It also makes you realize that the band was not one dimensional. They have always been a solid musical unit with a massive worldwide following. That comes as no surprise and it is a tribute to their staying power and mass appeal.

This is goose bump time people, this music hits you straight in the heart. It will have you smiling, laughing or crying all in one listen. That is how emotional I get when I hear this great music. What makes this release so special besides everything I just mentioned?  The fact that there are new updated versions of tracks, acoustic takes, and completely new tracks, which gives it more oomph than a run of the mill greatest hits release. So needless to say, there is more than enough material to keep your interest from beginning to end.

The leadoff and title track set the bar high and they never lose that focus and maintain that standard on each offering. I have a few favorites like "Still Loving You" and "Wind Of Change," which are the "Comeblack Versions." Those two tracks just put me away. What great music, feelings, and vocals. When “The Smoke Is Going Down” (2015 Remaster) is no slouch either - so spot on and filled with passion. At concerts, it was time to break out the disposable lighter time back in the day and now its cellphones in flashlight mode.

Then there are some tracks I have never heard and absolutely loved. "Send Me An Angel" (New Acoustic Version 2017) is excellent. And the next treat for my ears was closing out the album with two brand-spanking new tracks "Melrose Avenue" and "Always Be With You."

This is a superb package of the old, new and redone (very well) tracks. If you are a Scorpions fan you will love this collection and if you are a rock fan I am sure you will find plenty of appreciation for this collection. The musicianship is outstanding the sound quality will knock your socks off.

5/5 Stars

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
February 14, 2018
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Tracks: 
01. Born To Touch Your Feelings ("MTV Unplugged" Studio Edit)
02. Still Loving You ("Comeblack" Version)
03. Wind Of Change ("Comeblack" Version)
04. Always Somewhere (2015 Remaster)
05. Send Me An Angel (New Acoustic Version 2017)
06. Holiday (2015 Remaster)
07. Eye Of The Storm (Radio Edit)
08. When The Smoke Is Going Down (2015 Remaster)
09. Lonely Nights
10. Gypsy Life
11. House Of Cards (Single Edit)
12. The Best Is Yet To Come
13. When You Came Into My Life ("MTV Unplugged" Studio Edit)
14. Lady Starlight (2015 Remaster)
15. Follow Your Heart (New Full-Band Version 2017)
16. Melrose Avenue (New Song)
17. Always Be With You (New Song)