Mixing of the new Elegant Simplicity album has been going really well, only 4 more songs to complete! I'm amazed at the range of material recorded. Anyway, for a full-length pre-mix of one of the instrumental numbers, please go to our mySpace page and have a listen to the song, called Mood #10. It's a fab rhodes and guitar workout, with a great guitar tone set against a semi-funky backbeat! Think Jeff Beck on the Wired album for an idea of what it sounds like. It's five minutes long. Please have a listen if you get the chance.
The one and only Jon Anderson has captivated and thrilled audiences for more than 35 years. He has one of the most recognizable and copied voices in modern music. And as co-founder and lead singer for the legendary progressive band, Yes, he has penned some of rock's most endearing and timeless music, including Roundabout, Wondrous Stories, Long Distance Runaround, and more. Indeed, Jon Anderson has been and continues to be a major influence and driving force behind the modern music scene. Jon's fans now have the rare opportunity to experience his music and career like never before. Welcome to Live From La La Land, the newest album from Jon Anderson. "Live From La La Land" was recorded at the famed Roxy in Los Angeles, California during Jon's 2006 solo tour. A beautiful double CD set, "Live From La La Land" boasts Jon performing many fan favorites, including Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Your Move, And You And I, and other hits from Yes; I'll Find My Way Home and State Of Independence recorded during his partnership with Vangelis; solo pieces like White Buffalo, Buddha Song, and Piano Songs; and much more.
Gourishankar have a new album: titled as "Second Hands", the CD was released on March 15, 2007, by Unicorn Records. The album has been mastered by Richard Addison and features the artwork of Jonas Ekman. MP3 samples can be heard on the Unicorn Records website.
Dreadnaught has over the course of its decade-long career continually pushed the envelope down to the shredder with genre-busting albums such as "The American Standard" (Red Fez Records) and "Live at Mojo" (Comet Records). A 10-year retrospective featuring cuts from the trio's entire catalog as well as new tracks, "High Heat & Chin Music" is set for a May 1 release.
"The Safenzee Diaries", the brand new double live CD release by Frogg Cafe, was officially released on April 10, 2007. 10T Records has already shipped retail stock to Burnside Distribution to ensure that the band's first official live release is available through most major retailers, including Borders Books & Music, Barnes & Noble, Newbury Comics, Everyday Music, Virgin Records and hundreds more, including all major online retailers like Amazon, CD Universe, and CD Now. Order your copy today!
IQ: Work is now progressing well on the writing of the new IQ album, and the band plan to start recording in June with a view to a release in late September/early October. The two tracks already aired Frequency and Already Gone have been extremely well received at the recent live shows and the band hope to unveil more new material at their festival appearances in the summer. The "Forever Live" DVD, although virtually complete, the release of the DVD has now been postponed until late 2007 to avoid it delaying the new IQ album.
IQ Live Dates:
To facilitate the writing of the new album, it was originally planned that there were to be no IQ live shows before the autumn. However following offers too good to miss, the following shows are now confirmed:
May 5th 2007: Tiana Prog Festival - near Barcelona, Spain
(IQ will be headlining this event)
July 21st 2007: Loreley "Night Of The Prog" Festival - near Koblenz, Germany
(IQ will be special guests on the Saturday night with the original Asia line-up headlining
Other acts lined up for the following day include Jethro Tull, Fish and Pendragon)
September 16th 2007: Montreal Pierre Peladeau Center
A more extensive tour will follow in November / December to promote the new album.
Martin Orford has made considerable progress with his new album "The Old Road" in recent months, and apart from the lyrics on a couple of songs, the album is completely written now, and all the drums recorded. John Wetton, Andy Edwards and Irish fiddle player Colm Murphy have all been in the studio during February contributing great sessions, with more guests lined up. Martin is confident that the album will be released in time for the IQ tour in November.
Steve Thorne (UK) - "Emotional Creations Part II"
Fresh from a hugely successful appearance at the recent Marillion Convention and a great support tour with It Bites, Steve Thorne has also found time to finish his latest studio opus, "Part Two: Emotional Creatures". Building on the top-class songwriting exhibited on Part One, this is a much darker and atmospheric work, which will perhaps appeal even more to a prog rock audience. Once again, Steve has assembled a star-studded cast of guest musicians including Tony Levin (King Crimson), Geoff Downes (Asia), Nick D'Virgilio and Dave Meros (Spock's Beard), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), John Mitchell (Arena), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) and IQ's very own Martin Orford. "Part Two: Emotional Creatures" can be purchased from the GEP Online Store.
Mystery (Canada) - "Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face"
Unicorn Records have announced the return of the band Mystery:
Nine years after the release of the world acclaimed album "Destiny?", Mystery is finally back with a new album called "Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face". This is Mystery's first full-length album that features new singer Benoit David. Benoit had joined Mystery not too long after Gary Savoie left the band and had participated in the recording of Hey You! Performed by Mystery on the Pink Floyd tribute album "Signs of Time" and the song, Visions of Paradise, also performed by Mystery on the Moody Blues tribute album "Higher and Higher". The new album will be released on 15th May 2007. Track listing: As I Am (5:41), Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face (5:58), Snowhite (4:07), Travel to the Night (8:38), The Scarlet Eye (5:35), The Third Dream (6:11), Voyage to the Other Side (6:24), The Sailor and the Mermaid (5:23), The Awakening (11:12),
The Preacher's Fall (3:30). Total Time 62:42. Mystery is: Michel St-Pere (electric & acoustic guitars, bass; keyboards); Benoit David (vocals), Steve Gagne (drums) and Patrick Bourque (additional bass).
The Finnish Progressive Music Association Colossus together with Musea Records will release a concept album (3 CDs) based on "Inferno" - the first cantica of the Italian epic poem The Divine Comedy. The 34 cantos of "Inferno" are assigned to 34 bands, namely: Combination Head (UK), Yesterdays (Hungary), Little Tragedies (Russia), Lady Lake (Holland), Greenwall (Italy), Nemo (France), Nexus (Argentina), Atlantis1001 (Italy), Flamborough Head (Holland), Colossus Project (Italy), Court (Italy), Willowglass (UK), Wicked Minds (Italy), Brighteye Brison (Sweden), Matthijs Herder (Holland), Trion (Holland), Ars Nova (Japan), Il Castello Di Atlante (Italy), Groovector (Finland), CAP (Italy), Ozone Player (Finland), Sinkadus (Sweden), Viima (Finland), Notabene (Italy), Entrance (Chile), Advent (USA), Contrappunto Project (Italy), Armalite (Italy), Corte Aulica (Italy), Raimundo Rodulfo (Venezuela), Taproban (Italy), Tempano (Venezuela), Nathan Mahl (Canada) and Simon Says