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Deadline Music To Release Anthology By Hard Rock Legends AXE – “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party In The Streets”!

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Deadline Music To Release Anthology By Hard Rock Legends AXE – “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party In The Streets”!

Los Angeles – Much to the excitement of rock fans worldwide, Deadline Music will be releasing a 2CD blockbuster career retrospective from one of the unsung heroes of classic hard rock who toured with every major metal act from Iron Maiden to KISS to Mötley Crüe, the indomitable AXE! The anthology includes the band’s biggest hit single “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party In The Streets,” plus select cuts from the much sought after first 2 studio albums and much more!

AXE was formed in 1978 from the ashes of a band called Babyface and began recording their first album, “AXE” in 1979 and started a tour that lasted until 1984. Their second album, “Living On The Edge”, followed in 1980. In 1981, AXE changed labels and recorded “Offering” for ATCO Atlantic featuring the hit “Rock and Roll Party In the Streets.” The song reached #59 on the Billboard charts of the most-played-songs in 1982, and became a nationwide rock anthem. After 19 months of touring with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, the Scorpions, ZZ Top and Motley Crue, it was time to record the fourth AXE album – “Nemesis”. Continued success meant more touring. Band leader Bobby Barth was seriously injured in a car crash that led to the disbanding AXE and later joining Blackfoot. After his stint with Blackfoot, Barth took his talents to Australia to join Angry Anderson (Rose Tattoo), hitting the Top 5 on the Australian charts.

The reformed 1997 AXE line up featured former Frank Zappa vocalist Bob Harris, Bobby Barth on guitars, Edgar Riley Jr on keyboards and original drummer Teddy Mueller plus bassist Blake Eberhard, and keyboardist Rob Lowe. To his credit, Bob Harris has performed with some of the greatest artists in the music industry. Covering vocals and keys for Frank Zappa, he proved his ability as an outstanding musician and writer. Blake Eberhard is one of Colorado’s premier studio and live bassists. He joined AXE after being hired by Barth for several recording sessions, and added a new dimension to the AXE sound. In the interim period between the band’s split and the reformation, Edgar Riley Jr had worked with Frank Zappa and had also played with several unidentified bands in the Southern states of America and Teddy Mueller had got involved in the publishing industry.

“AXE has been one of the greatest musical and personal adventures in my life. However, it was always bitter sweet, because the tragic death of Michael Osborne created the space that I later filled. I will always be thankful to my friend Mark Pinske for introducing me to Bobby Barth. From the start he (Bobby) mentored me into the band’s style and graciously included me in the writing process, and became one of my dearest friends for life. AXE has always been about the music – not the hype – and I feel honored to be a part of it.” – Bob Harris

A brand new AXE album, “AXE (Twenty Years From Home)” was released in September 1997 featuring re-recorded versions of choice tracks from each of the first four AXE albums, plus two from the recently released V record. For their 2001 album “The Crown” the group inducted new personnel guitarist Danny Masters and drummer Christian Teele. AXE would release a limited edition mini album “Live In America 1981” to commemorate their European 2001 tour dates. In the mid-2000’s, AXE reformed again including singer Bob Harris and adding new members, Brad Banhagel, David Landes. The band toured throughout the US and Europe.

Now AXE fans worldwide are rejoicing with the pending release of AXE’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party In The Streets – The Best Of”!

DISC 1
1. Life’s Just An Illusion
2. Hang On
3. Sympathize
4. Forever
5. Back On The Streets
6. Battles
7. Living On The Edge
8. Fantasy Of Love
9. First Time, Last Time
10. Carry On
11. Running The Gauntlet
12. For A Little While
13. Rock ‘n’ Roll Party In The Streets*
14. Steal Another Fantasy*
15. Jennifer*
16. Burn The City Down*
17. Now Or Never*
18. Holdin’ On*
19. Silent Soldiers*
20. BONUS TRACK: Bad Sometimes

DISC 2
1. Heat In The Streets*
2. Young Hearts*
3. All Through The Night*
4. Eagle Flies Alone*
5. Let The Music Come Back*
6. Masquerade*
7. Magic (In Our Eyes)
8. Heroes and Legends
9. Burn Me Once Burn Me Twice
10. Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire
11. Any Place On This Highway (Is Home)
12. The Crown
13. Good Times
14. Torturous Game
15. Foolish Deception
16. BONUS TRACK: No Heroes

*Re-Recorded Versions

To purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Roll-Party-Streets-Best/dp/B00W4L0O36

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CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
http://www.CleopatraRecords.com


Superstar Vocalists From Both Sides Of The Pond Come Together For A Special Tribute To The Beatles!

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Superstar Vocalists From Both Sides Of The Pond Come Together For A Special Tribute To The Beatles!

Featuring performances by Heart’s Ann Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Asia’s John Wetton, Judy Collins, Jack Bruce, David Clayton Thomas and more!

Los Angeles, CA – An all-star gathering of musical luminaries bring their warmest performances to a brand new tribute album featuring 16 acoustic renditions of the best song’s by The Beatles! Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles offers heartfelt and inviting contributions by artists such as famed Heart vocalist Ann Wilson, who leads an elegant and meditative take on “Across The Universe,” while fellow Brit John Wetton belts out a passionate and playful version of “Penny Lane.” Another of the album’s highlights is a devastating interpretation of the mournful ballad “Eleanor Rigby” recorded by legendary Cream vocalist Jack Bruce just prior to his passing in late 2014. It was Bruce’s last recorded performance and a testament to the man’s prodigious talent and sincere passion for music. Other incredible performers include legendary Todd Rundgren, singer/songwriter Andrew Gold, Martha Davis of The Motels, ‘80s icon Howard Jones, Stephen Bishop and so many more. The entire project was overseen by producer extraordinaire Billy Sherwood (Yes), and will be made available to the public on April 28. Any Beatles fan worth their salt won’t want to miss it!

1. Across The Universe – Ann Wilson
2. Penny Lane – John Wetton
3. Eleanor Rigby – Jack Bruce
4. Blackbird – Liz Madden
5. Norwegian Wood – Andrew Gold
6. Hide Your Love Away – Todd Rundgren
7. All You Need Is Love – Helen Reddy
8. I’ll Follow The Sun – Judy Collins
9. And I Love Her – Howard Jones
10. Ticket To Ride – Felix Cavaliere
11. Let It Be – KC
12. Yesterday – David Clayton Thomas
13. Nowhere Man – Martha Davis
14. All I’ve Got To Do – Stephen Bishop
15. Something – Billy Sherwood
16. Hey Jude – Leo Sayer

Purchase the CD version: http://geni.us/KeepCalmBeatlesCD
Purchase the special bonus track version on iTunes: http://geni.us/KeepCalmBeatlesdigi

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
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glassonyonpr@gmail.com

CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
http://www.CleopatraRecords.com


Eclectic Pop Music Artist Anthony W. Rogers Releases ‘Smile-Era’ Influenced Sophomore Album On Limited 180 Gram Vinyl

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Eclectic Pop Music Artist Anthony W. Rogers Releases ‘Smile-Era’ Influenced Sophomore Album On Limited 180 Gram Vinyl

Cumberland, MD – Musician/multi-instrumentalist Anthony W. Rogers announces the release of his second solo album entitled WRONG. The new ten song collection of originals was performed and recorded entirely solo and is now available on limited 180 gram vinyl and download formats.

A stylistically diverse and decidedly homemade effort, Rogers recorded WRONG alone at his home in rural West Virginia from 2011-2014 through a multi-track recording layering all the instrumental parts and vocals.

Says Rogers, “It’s a process I’m used to from the old days and it fits the schedule of my life. On this recording, the cheap equipment I used and the way I used it, is really primitive by 2014 standards. I enjoy it that way. I get a certain perverse kick out of achieving sounds and sonics cheaply.”

Anthony Rogers is a long retired veteran of the local tri-state music scene in many rock and jazz bands in his youth. Rogers continued to blaze his trail through the Washington DC area writing recording and performing original music with local favorites The Now and Ten Below-a band which originated in Frostburg. Besides playing on several recordings while in DC, Tony also performed as drummer on several occasions behind legendary DC vocalist and Grammy winner Eva Cassidy and in several other jazz combos.

WRONG was prepared for release with Chris Biondo (Cassidy’s musical collaborator) at his facility in Kensington Md. Rogers also recorded with Biondo as engineer on Rogers’ 1994 solo debut ‘Identifiction’.

Tony relates that, “I did most all of the mixes at home except for ‘Keep Holdin On’’which we re-did at Chris’. On the way in, I walked past his multiple Emmy awards he won for his TV music (Nat Geo, TLC, etc). He has the best ears and intuition of anyone I’ve been lucky enough to be around. He knows what I’m going for. I trust him and his opinion completely.”

Although there are no plans presently to return to live performance at this time, this album signals a return to recording activity. “I’m better off to use what very little time I have recording creating and writing. I have a full life outside of this. It takes a lot of sustained focus,” says Tony.

Those lucky enough to hear the dizzying and stylistic effort seem to favor the harmony laden wistful look-back track, “White Beach” (about Rogers’ home town); the closer – “Johnny/Janie” a 1950’s influenced let’s runaway theme sung masterfully by his then nine year old children Audrey and Joe Rogers (“People really seem to like this one. It’s easy to understand”); to the more adult themed guitar feedback drenched tribute to his tragically deceased childhood friend Mitch Sanders, “Crunch” (“It’s kind of a twisted blues song for a twisted situation”); and finally, the centerpiece mystical acoustic quasi-prog penultimate track…”Wash” (“the main lyrical gist of the whole record, really”).

As to the influence of Smile, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, Tony says that “there is no question that the vocal arrangements that Brian did in his heyday are so firmly imprinted on my mind from my youth, it is an integral part of me and my own sound. I bought all the Beach Boys bootlegs, tape trading, past masters stuff since the 70s-Smile is a pillar of modern musical achievement. Brian would be prominent on MY own personal musical Mount Rushmore.”

Says Rogers, “This was designed to be an LP. A two-sided, two-part, two-gals record album. The vinyl package is beautiful. This was made for vinyl people. Top notch 180 gram heavy vinyl, great color artwork, inner sleeve, and lyric insert. The idea is to get out your headphones, play side one, then take a break and then do side two. Like two separate EPs. No CDs this time (like ‘Identifiction’). With downloads, Ipods, phones, even CDRs, you can make your own.”

WRONG is certainly one of a kind… and you can get copy in most cool independent stores in the mid Atlantic/Pennsylvania area and the great Solar Mountain Records in Keyser,WV.
WRONG is also available through the standard download sources (iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon). WRONG is the first release on the Wildflow Unlimited record label which seeks to feature and promote artists on vinyl.

To listen to tracks from WRONG:

To purchase:
CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/anthonywrogers
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wrong/id961124565
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SQ0MFT0/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp
UK Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wrong-Explicit-Anthony-W-Rogers/dp/B00SRF2V5C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423153891&sr=8-1&keywords=anthony+w+rogers+wrong

Direct contact for 180 gram Solar Mountain Records, Keyser, WV. 304 788-1055,
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SOLAR-MOUNTAIN-RECORDS/179968760251

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Guitar Legend Adrian Belew Presents Newest Music In An App – FLUX by belew

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Guitar Legend Adrian Belew Presents Newest Music In An App – FLUX by belew

Nashville, TN – Guitar legend Adrian Belew has just released his newest music – and it’s like nothing you’ve experienced before. FLUX by belew™ is music that is never the same twice…think about that for a moment. This new revolution in music provides listeners with a mobile “listening experience” that blends music and art all in one accessible iOS application. Now you have access to hundreds of combinations of new Adrian Belew songs, snippets and sound bites that have been cut up, randomized and reassembled in a way that’s surprising and unique. The app embodies the future of technology and taps into what we love most about the Internet and social media: it’s always changing and moving forward. Developed in Amsterdam by MOBGEN and recorded by Belew himself, the musical roulette engine within FLUX by belew randomly connects sounds and beautiful visuals together using different algorithms to produce endless variations.

“I wanted to involve art and nature in the recordings – not just songs and music but also the feeling of life itself, where things are different all the time,” says Belew. He intends to keep adding to FLUX to make it truly an ever-evolving experience.

Adrian’s newest music in the FLUX by belew app is currently available for iPhones and iPads through the iTunes store for $9.99.
For more information go to: http://bit.ly/flux_belew

FLUX:FX is a multi-effect audio processor app for the iPad that lets you ‘play’ your effects. Innovative, intuitive and exciting, FLUX:FX lets you manipulate any audio signal into something entirely new, and redefines the possibilities of audio design and live performance in an app with an almost unlimited range of effect options. FLUX:FX is a truly authentic digital platform for designing your sound. Featuring more than 30 modular effects blocks, a master Performance view with 1-touch interaction, an advanced Edit view with multi-touch and full assignment possibilities, and an innovative Sequencer view to bring motion to the audio signal, this app allows the user to easily create previously unheard sounds. Fully compatible with Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and MIDI, FLUX:FX is made to connect seamlessly with existing live rigs and studio workflows.

Full details on the FLUX:FX application can be found at flux.noii.se, and tutorial videos can be seen here.

ABOUT ADRIAN BELEW
Adrian Belew is the world’s greatest experimental whammy twang bar, czar rhino, stunt guitarist extraordinaire. With a resume that features some of the biggest names in music including David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Nine Inch Nails, King Crimson, Talking Heads, Paul Simon and Tori Amos, Adrian is famous for pushing the boundaries of the guitar in both technical and tonal exploration. Today, Adrian Belew lives in Nashville, TN, touring the world and focusing on music and visual art that expands into the digital world through his latest creations, FLUX by belew and FLUX:FX.

Adrian Belew’s official website: http://www.adrianbelew.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdrianBelew

Contact:
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Legendary YES Singer/Songwriter Jon Anderson and Counting Crows Matt Malley To Release Charity Single “The Family Circle”

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Legendary YES Singer/Songwriter Jon Anderson and Counting Crows Matt Malley To Release Charity Single “The Family Circle”

London, UK – GONZO Multimedia is proud to announce the release of a new charity single “The Family Circle” by legendary YES vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson and former Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley. The money received from the single will go to the following charities: Flutie Foundation – http://www.flutiefoundation.org (Jon Anderson), Sahaja Yoga Meditation – http://www.sahajayoga.org (Matt Malley) and National Autistic Society (Rob Ayling, GONZO Multimedia president)

“ ‘Family Circle’ came together when Matt sent me the beautiful music earlier this year. I sang the song and lyric idea and sent it back to Matt, thanking him for the great energy. Eventually, Matt added some more sounds and the haunting guitar solo. We decided to have all sale proceeds go to our respective charities. It’s a pleasure to release this around Thanksgiving time, reminding us of our connection with our families and how our children keep us together, bonding our love of life.” – Jon Anderson

“Not only am I a fan of Jon’s voice but I’m a fan of his fearless spiritual outlook which appears in all of his music. A mutual friend said we should meet and got us in touch and after talking a little, Jon said, ‘So send some music!’ – so I had a cup of my best Darjeeling tea, went into my studio and came up with the instrumental arrangement that you hear on ‘Family Circle’. I sent the file up to Jon and it came back with his marvelous voice, lyrics…everything that brought the song to becoming fully realized.” – Matt Malley

Jon Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the original lead vocalist and creative force behind YES. Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the ground-breaking album ‘Fragile’ as well as the series of epic, complex pieces such as “Awaken”, “Gates of Delirium” and especially “Close to the Edge” which were central to the band’s success. Additionally, Anderson co-authored the group’s biggest hits, including “I’ve Seen All Good People”, “Roundabout”, and “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. In addition, Jon Anderson had great success with a series of albums he did with Vangelis, and most recently released the critically-acclaimed solo album entitled “Survival and Other Stories” (GONZO Multimedia). In the fall of 2014 Jon Anderson teamed up with jazz violin legend Jean-Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band.

Matt Malley is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter who is best known for co-founding the multi-platinum selling rock band Counting Crows back in the early 90’s. He appears as bassist on their biggest hit records and songs. In 2004 Matt retired from the band so he could work from his studio at home and be with his family. He is a student of the Indian Slide Guitar and a fan of Progressive Rock, Celtic Folk, World and Indian Music.

Listen to a sample of the track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hATdN-XMBSQ

To purchase Jon Anderson & Matt Malley’s “Family Circle”: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/family-circle-single/id911786898

Read GONZO Weekly’s 100th issue! http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-100.html

Jon Anderson’s official website: http://www.JonAnderson.com
Matt Malley’s official website: http://www.malleyablemusic.com

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

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“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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Prog Icon Neal Morse To Release Eagerly Anticipated New Solo Album ‘Songs From November’

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Prog Icon Neal Morse To Release Eagerly Anticipated New Solo Album ‘Songs From November’

Cross Plains, TN – Much to the excitement of Prog fans worldwide, Neal Morse will be releasing his eagerly anticipated new solo album ‘Songs From November’ on Aug. 19, 2014! Even a style as broad and accepting as Progressive Rock has its boundaries. Prog icon Neal Morse decided to break that mold and create a challenging new album. ‘Songs From November’ may be his bravest outing to date. Musically, creatively, and production-wise, it’s like nothing he’s ever done. Can you handle it?! It’s an album of “normal” songs! Songs even your friends might like!

Says Neal, “I listen to a lot of different kinds of music for various occasions…prog albums when I really want to focus on intricate music…sometimes jazz and classical. But many times I find myself attracted to ‘feel good’ singer-songwriter albums like a Jackson Browne or Graham Nash record. So one day I thought to myself…I’d like to make an album like that! ‘Songs From November’ is that album.”

Morse wrote most of the songs during a flood of ideas in November, 2013. He recalls, “They just kept pouring out that month…I don’t really know why…but it was great!” After the epic Transatlantic world tour was completed in March 2014, Morse set out to make ‘November’ a reality. And he would craft it differently than anything before.

Says Neal, “I could’ve gotten together with a bunch of studio musicians in Nashville and banged this thing out, but I felt like the thing to do was to get together with this young drummer named Gabe Klein and work on it as a team. He is only 18 years old and amazing! We had a great time recording these songs and many more. We actually recorded twice as many songs as we needed and picked the best ones. It was the first time I’ve ever done that and it was very fruitful. I sent out 21 songs to a bunch of different people that I trust and chose from their lists. So that was also a totally new approach for me.”

The final 11 songs are among the best that Neal has ever composed – and the most surprising you will hear. In reinventing himself, he was ready to explore uncharted territory. Are you?

‘Songs From November’ is Produced by Neal Morse and Engineered and Mastered by Rich Mouser.

To purchase: http://www.Radiantrecords.com

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

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ROCKTIMES Review – Anderson/Wakeman – The Living Tree In Concert

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Almost to the day of the year after was “The Living Tree” appeared, Gonzo Multimedia has now produced the first part of the subsequent tour “Project 360″ as a CD on the market.”The Living Tree In Concert, Part One” was recorded in late autumn 2010 in the UK.According to rumors, “… Part Two,” the subsequent concert tour of the U.S. record in the spring of last year.
“The Living Tree,” the two ex-Yes Man presented only with its two ‘instruments’, voice and keyboards – there was definitely something! The basics were developed on a joint tour in 2006. The shooting began in early August 2010 for a CD that originally exclusively at the merchandising stand above Tour should be available. (It is thought better of it …) The images sent electronically to the two across the Atlantic back and forth. It speaks for its compositional and studio technical skills that so was in such a short time an album.
Arranged with piano, synths and acoustic guitar, the songs on “The Living Tree In Concert, Part One” small, mostly balladic art become. Jon Anderson’s unique voice floats over Rick Wakeman atmospheric, never to close more advisable sound architecture. This reduction comes mainly benefited the Yes-four songs that are seeded from any ballast, presenting a completely new appearance. This works even better as “South Side Of The Sea” [Note: here “Southside” titled!], Sometimes worse, as with the somewhat messed up, interpreted as a reggae “Time And A Word” – sometimes even grandiose: “And You And I “and” Long Distance Runaround run “the other songs loose from the rank.
The two parts of “The Living Tree” exude musical New Age feel-good atmosphere.Lyrically shines through again and again Anderson’s tendency for esoteric. The rest of the songs I like much better in person. “Morning Star”, “23/24/11” and especially “House of Freedom” are full of atmosphere-density high-caliber, which produce just by a more penetrating feeling thrifty instrumentation. In the booklet, the two musicians describe each other as soulmates who would complement each other compositionally ‘blind’. This is unusual when listening to this live album perfectly understandable. They merge into a Totaltiät that takes the attentive listener captive.
Understandable, the decision appears to bring out any double-CD, but instead split up “The Living Tree In Concert” appearing in two separate discs. After barely an hour is one thing but not killed by the easily digestible musical fare
An equally unusual and fascinating album is “The Living Tree In Concert, Part One” has become. No music for the rapid consumption ‘in between’ – who would have expected such a thing seriously by Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman.
If one of the esoteric stuff sometimes benevolently hides, one has – to suit the momentary season – the ‘soundtrack’ for a relaxing evening by the fireplace in the player.

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Wishbone Ash interview Andy Powell

Interview:

1. Thank you very much for taking your time to make an interview with It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine. You are very active these days and will be releasing a brand new album titled Elegant Stealth on the 25th November. Are you excited about it? We all are and can’t wait to hear the album!

It’s my pleasure to talk with you. Yes, we are extremely excited about the release of the CD Elegant Stealth. We all feel we’ve done some extra good work here and are eager to know what folks think.

2. Tell me about the process of recording and producing your latest album? What can you say about the concept behind the album?

We started writing 2 years ago and actually produced a rockumentary style DVD about that process. It didn’t hurt that we were in a very conducive location – an old manor house in Normandy, France.

Then we had some more writing sessions at my place in Connecticut last summer. Finally we got to our studio in Lancashire England, last November, to produce the basic tracks and some vocals. Some more overdubs were done back at my place in the USA. In addition, work was also done in the UK and in Helsinki, Finland by my co guitarist, Muddy Manninen. It’s been a real global affair! A labour of love, you might say.

The main concept behind the album was to write and record, together as a band, to capture the creative thing as we jammed out and worked collectively. We hoped that we’d get more of a stage vibe going and I believe we have got close to that spontaneity.

3. You also have a new documentary out. Please share a few words about it!

As mentioned, it was recorded in France. The video crew and producer were French and very experienced in this kind of thing, having worked with musicians in Africa and France, but never with a rock band originating from England. At first, you can see us slightly uncomfortable with having cameras there 24/7, but pretty quickly we became oblivious to them and settled down to working on producing new material.

4. I know you will start your tour in 2012. Are you excited to be on the stage? Will you be presenting only the new album or will you also add your amazing stuff from the past?

Myself and the guys in the band are always excited about being on stage. It really has to be that way, otherwise why do it? We really do love what we do. We’ll certainly preview a few new songs from the album as well as some of the classics from the band’s long past. We understand that folks want to bask in memories of the old days as well as check out our new stuff, hopefully.

5. Let’s go back into the late 60’s. Were you or others in any bands before forming Wishbone Ash?

Yes. I was in bands from the age of 12 actually, and always, in my own naive way, treated it as a professional thing, even at that young age. During my teens, I was in a succession of bands in the provinces around London. Mostly they were 4 piece rock outfits and then also what we called soul bands. There were at least 2 of these which specialized in Stax and Motown style music – Sam and Dave, Otis Reading, Marvin Gaye, James Brown – that kind of thing. We used to have great singers and some of my friends from those bands have also gone on to have careers in music but ironically, one of the singers is now a TV presenter for a fishing show having had a successful career in business!

Speaking for the others in the band now, I believe it was definitely the same for them. I know they played in bands as teenagers. We all got the music bug at a young age.

6. What are some of the nicest memories from producing and recording your debut, Pilgrimage and Argus?

Being young and free in London. It was a great time to be alive, producing your own music. The music business was really exploding and London was the epicenter of it. Pilgrimage was pretty much us just going into a studio with a great engineer and producer and playing. It was was essentially our stage set. That was Pilgrimage. I believe it was recorded and mixed in a very short time – 10 days maybe. We were getting more experienced at recording.

Argus was a different thing. We were conscious that folks were expecting a bigger statement on this, our third album, so we took our time writing and mapping out the musical direction. The band was starting to think big. We’d been to America and played big stadiums and in the UK, we’d played summer festivals and the Town Hall circuit, so we needed music that had a bigger statement about it. We had a great manager, Miles Copeland, and by then, we’d really got comfortable with Derek Lawrence our producer, and Martin Birch, our engineer.

Everything about Argus was epic in a way, even the cover art, and it became a huge seller and really defined us as a band. I felt we really worked as a unit on that album. It was a true group effort with everyone’s role being clearly defined, yet very open ended. Martin Turner handled most of the lyrics. I handled arrangements and many guitar parts, but we all overlapped into each others’ territory. Drummer Steve Upton, wrote the very poetic lyric to Leaf & Stream and Ted Turner came up with the iconic riff in the King Will Come, as well as the whole opening section to Time Was and the song Jailbait. I wrote the bass part in Sometime World as well as the vocal melody. Martin came up with guitar lines. The harmony vocal lines and song melodies were a sometimes overlooked but integral part of the sound of this very special album. There were great, great guitar solos by yours truly and my harmony twin, Ted Turner, and some killer opening riffs and guitar lines like Blowin’ Free and Throw Down the Sword. Actually some great song endings too.

No one person could have produced that record on their own . It was us truly melding as a band. Great openness, great creativity, a kind of collective consciousness, mutual respect and subsequently now, great memories. We actually, and finally sounded cool – I remember thinking at the time 😉 The public obviously also thought that because the record sold millions around the world.

7. You saw the whole world while touring. Do you have any particular memories or should I say stories you would like to share with us?

Oh my – let me see. The first time in America was special because I’d grown up in the UK in the 50s which was really quite drab. We were trying to recover from a war. But, we’d seen this magical place called America, on our TV screens. I remember when color TV came in, so to finally visit the place, traveling on BOAC I can remember the light – it was like Technicolor all over again but this time for real. I was sitting on Miami Beach and I can remember pinching myself to make sure this was finally, actually real. America meant and still means a lot to me. We toured with the Who, I remember as well as Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Quicksilver Messenger Service. Sounds like ancient hippy history, doesn’t it?

Visiting Russia was something also. We were there in the depths of winter. I never realized it could get so cold. The Neva river was frozen solid. There were like icebergs on it. People had it rough. On the other hand we saw the Hermitage Museum and all the splendors of St. Petersburg / Leningrad. We had junior KGB acting as interpreters. They were very dour and you weren’t allowed to leave your hotel room without supervision.Our security at the shows was the army. They were rough with the kids. But there was such an outpouring of emotion that we’d gone there.

India was amazing. Such extremes of poverty and then on the other hand, great wealth. Overwhelming visually, but incredible in every way. We are one of the few rock bands to have toured there. I have a book full of memories of those trips there. It was a very special experience and even today, there are people who write to me who remember coming to our concerts there.

8. What are your future plans, besides going on the tour?

I want to write a book someday, and produce a solo CD.

9. I’d like to thank you once again for taking the time and effort to answer my questions! Would you care to send a message to all of your fans and readers of It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine?

Yes, I want to know what drugs you are all on 😉
Seriously, thanks for your support for one of Britain’s treasures, Wishbone Ash. As John Lennon said “I’ll wear it gratefully”.

Interview made by Klemen Breznikar / 2011
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Original YES Vocalist Jon Anderson To Play Select South American Concerts

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Jon Anderson To Play Select Concerts In South America

11/22/2011 – Asheville, NC – Music legend and original YES vocalist Jon Anderson will be playing a series of select solo concert dates this December in South America. Jon Anderson, who has one of the most recognizable voices in music, and is best known for his work with YES, Vangelis and Kitaro, as well as his innovative solo efforts, recently completed a successful tour of the east coast in the US with fellow YES member Rick Wakeman. Jon’s South American solo tour promises to deliver an exciting mixture of material from his prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic YES songs, along with new compositions from his new CD ‘Survival & Other Stories’.

Jon Anderson South American 2011 Tour Dates:

12/03/2011 – Floripa Music Hall – Florianopolis, SC, Brasil
12/07/2011 – Teatro Oriente – Providencia, Santiago, Chile
12/09/2011 – Teatro Bourbon Country – Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil
12/10/2011 – Bolshoi Pub – Goiania, GO, Brasil
12/13/2011 – Citibank Hall – Sao Paulo, SP, Brasil

Jon recently released an epic musical work entitled “OPEN.” A return to the long-form composition that Jon Anderson is best known for, (“Close To The Edge”, “Gates of Delirium”, “Revealing” and “Awaken”), OPEN is a 21-minute exhilarating musical journey; a pioneering effort that weaves intricate melodic and harmonic themes within a classical music framework whilst showcasing Anderson’s iconic vocals and timeless melodies throughout. In many ways OPEN is a return to Jon Anderson’s musical roots, as YES music continually flows through his veins, making it only natural to revisit now and again. Coupled with wonderful orchestration by his neighbor and good friend Stefan Podell, messages of peace, love, light and freedom are further explored within OPEN, making listening an uplifting and joyous experience!

” ‘Forever taken to that place of understanding,’ are the first lyrics of ‘OPEN’, as though I am always remembering my true musical journey. To create this work, I sat with my 19th Century guitar and strummed ideas last spring 2010. Songs just poured out of me that week, and before I knew it I had created a long form musical idea, and with the help of Stefan Podell’s powerful orchestration, we put together what is now ‘OPEN.’

It has 4 movements all intertwined, and seems to have a life of its own. For those who love this kind of music, I feel so happy to present it as one of many I hope to create over the coming years. My love ‘Janee’ has helped in production with her unique musical observations and her angel voice. I am so happy and thankful… Many Blessings.” Jon Anderson – October 2011

Jon Anderson’s OPEN is available as a digital download and can be obtained at:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/open-single/id474552662?ls=1

In other news, Jon Anderson and fellow former YES member Rick Wakeman have released ‘Anderson / Wakeman – The Living Tree In Concert Part One’ CD on Gonzo MultiMedia. The legendary duo performed a series of successful concerts in the UK in 2010 in support of their critically acclaimed CD release ‘The Living Tree’, and recorded several of the performances. The CD can be obtained at http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk

For more information on Jon Anderson’s upcoming South American tour go to http://www.jonanderson.com/tour.html

Jon Anderson ‘Survival & Other Stories’ available through Voiceprint Records
http://www.voiceprint.co.uk, http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Other-Stories-Jon-Anderson/dp/B004XIQHWU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308606761&sr=1-1

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