Iona new studio album progresses: Jo, Frank, Troy and Dave are all together at Dave's studio working on material for the new studio album. Dave comments: "We had a great time all together, and it really feels like we've broken the back of the work on the album now. The material is gelling together splendidly, with a nice mix of songs and instrumental passages. The general theme, which comes across throughout the tracks is the preciousness of the gift of life, which we've been given. I think the album will make a very positive statement to this effect. There are a couple of tracks, which we still need to complete the writing of, but apart from that we've just got to complete recording what we've already written. We were able to get down loads of finished takes on the latest session together - including finished vocals on a few tracks. We hope, all being well, that Jo will be recouperated from her operation enough to be able to complete recording her vocals on the album by mid October. In the meantime, the rest of us will be beavering away aiming to complete most of the rest of the recording before then."
Meanwhile, Troy and Dave's new duo album "When Worlds Collide" is now in stock at their distributors, Voiceprint.
The long awaited DVD of Nekropolis 23 (Peter Frohmader: 5-str.bass, fretless bass / Udo Gerhards: piano, synthesizer / Holger Roder: drums, gongs / Matthias Friedrich: violin / Chris Karrer: violin, guitar) is out now. Titled "Tidal Shift", the DVD features 10 tracks (82 min, no overdubs) plus 1 experimental movie (23 min).
9/16 Friday: Backstreet Blues, Rockville Center, NY - 10pm
(2 big sets with: School Bus Yellow)
10/21 Friday: Mr. Beery's, Bethpage, NY - 9:30pm
(with: Lewd Buddha)
10/22 Saturday: General Clinton Pub, Oneonta, NY - 10pm
(2 big sets)
11/11 Saturday: Nectar's, Burlington, VT - 9pm
Gargantua (Marcin Borowski - drums, Matylda Ciolkosz - violins, Leszek Mrozowski - bass, Pawel Kubica - keybords, Bartek Zeman - guitar) are working on their second album. It should be ready for the spring of 2006. The music is close to RIO.
Plus, Mike + The Mechanics - "Hits" and New Album "Rewired" OUT September 13th on Rhino Records
New York, NY: On September 13th, Rhino Records released the 3 CD career-spanning "Genesis Platinum Collection" and "Genesis Video Show" as well as a new album and a hits collection from the side project Mike + The Mechanics.
"Genesis Platinum Collection" is the first and only retrospective to cover both Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins eras. The four hours of music on three CDs is the most comprehensive collection to date featuring everything from earlier Gabriel-era favorites like "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" to Top 40 hits like "Hold On My Heart" and Billboard Top 10 chart smashes "Invisible Touch". "Follow You Follow Me" and "Counting Out Time" are a few of the 24 newly remixed tracks. Favorites "I Can't Dace", "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" and "Turn It On Again" round out the set. A twenty-page booklet with liner notes by Hugh Fielder accompanies the discs. Founded in the late '60s in Surrey, England, Genesis rose out of the ashes of earlier bands formed by schoolmates Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Michael Rutherford, and Anthony Phillips (who departed after 1969's Trespass, the album providing the final track on this stellar retrospective). Guitarist Steve Hackett soon signed on, as did drummer/vocalist Phil Collins, who'd later emerge (as would Gabriel) as a solo superstar. Following Gabriel's 1975 departure, Genesis grew from a progressive art-rock outfit into one of the biggest arena rock acts ever, with a long string of platinum-sellers and chart smashes.
Additionally, all of the Genesis promo videos will be released for the first time on DVD with "Genesis Video Show. The digitally remastered videos include MTV staples "Land of Confusion", "Invisible Touch", and "I Can't Dance" as well as the 1999 version of "Carpet Crawlers" featuring Gabriel. Rare BBC footage of "Paperlate" is also included.
Simultaneously, Genesis bassist/guitarist Rutherford reunites with Paul Carrack for the first Mike + The Mechanics album since 1999, Rewired. "Rewired" finds Mike + The Mechanics in top form with nine powerful new original songs including the driving electronic track "One Left Standing (Version A)," the sublime ballad "If I Were You", and the adventurous title track. Re-mastered versions of Top 10 singles "The Living Years", "Silent Running" and "All I Need Is A Miracle" are three of the 13 favorite tracks on another new disc 'Hits'.
Pink Floyd - 2005 - "1966-1967 DVD"
Available for the first time on DVD: Deluxe packaging
Original line-up: Syd Barrett - Nick Mason - Roger Waters - Rcihard Wright
Features Nick's Boogie (11:50) & Interstellar Overdrive (16:46)
Includes contemporary interview footage with key figures in art, music and film
"Pink Floyd 1966-1967 DVD" is a fascinating insight into the early world of one of Rock's biggest bands. Made by movie maestro Peter Whitehead, the film features rare full length performances from the classic late 60s Pink Floyd line-up at Sound Techniques London and the legendary '14 Hour Technicolor Dream Extravaganza' gig in April 1967 at Alexandra Palace. Additional footage captures swinging sixties London and features interviews with Mick Jagger, Michael Caine, David Hockney and Julie Christie. The Alexandra Palace footage includes performance art by Yoko Ono and a Sgt. Pepper-era John Lennon taking in the festivities. (John and Yoko had not then met.)
Fish - 2005 - "Bouillabaisse 2CD"
Fish - one of the most successful progressive rock singers since Peter Gabriel with Genesis, Fish has enjoyed worldwide success and hits both during his time fronting Marillion and also throughout his subsequent solo career. Now for the first time Snapper bring you "Bouillabaisse", a special edition 2CD set encompassing his whole career. The discs reflect the contrasting natures of his sound with disc 1 focusing on his ballads while the second disc highlights his harder rocking side. As well as featuring all the best tracks from his solo years "Bouillabaisse", also includes the massive Marillion hits: Kayleigh, Lavender and Incommunicado.
Mercyful Fate - 1983/2005 - "Melissa" Special Edition CD/DVD
DVD includes unreleased live concert footage, with commentary from King Diamond.
CD includes "Melissa" remastered, with 6 bonus tracks, expanded artwork and extensive liner notes.
Related reviews: >Mercyful Fate, >King Diamond
Soulfly - 2005 - "Soulfly" 2-CD Special Edition
34 Tracks, includes B-sides and unreleased music from the original album sessions, live tracks, 24-page booklet and extensive liner notes.