Momentum Builds for the Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman Project

Momentum builds for Yes fans as news circulates on Facebook Fan Pages and discussion forums about the eventuality of an ARW music project which features Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin.

Courtesy of Janet Lynne Mocarsky

As a Yes fan, this is the nucleus I am most eager to assimilate. Call me a purist but I prefer Jon Anderson’s signature vocals set against a richly laden progressive rock backdrop.

Unofficial logo, fan design (Creds to Ben Metcalf, Winston Arntz)

All three artists have shared tidbits about the ARW project through their Websites. There will be a brand new ARW studio album later this year. A U.S. tour projected to begin in October (U.K./Europe, February/March 2017). An announcement about the tour logistics and hopefully more published soon.

Rick Wakeman: The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur 2016

It’s an honor to offer financial assistance to progressive rock composer/keyboardist, Rick Wakeman‘s initiative. He just launched a crowd-funding project on PledgeMusic, “The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur 2016”.

“I have always had in mind re-recording and performing an extended version of King Arthur as it has only ever been performed three times in the UK. I am delighted to now have the opportunity to do this and especially so with the help of the fans and my campaign on PledgeMusic……and if all goes well, maybe one day put it back on ice! In the meantime, I’m Iooking forward to the première performance at the O2 in London on June 19th as part of the Stone Free Festival.”
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The new recordings will be free of the studio limitations and single disc duration of the original and the new record will be a double album as it was originally intended to be.
There will also be new artwork by Roger Dean and the album will be available on a 2 x CD format, limited edition 2 X 12″ LP, and high resolution quality digital download, this new recording includes all the original music and also five new pieces of music all in the style of the original recording.

By ordering your copy of this new recording of The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur on PledgeMusic, you’ll also gain access to recording updates, bonus content, video clips and much more.

The Lumineers Second Album – Cleopatra

I applaud The Lumineers for taking their time to produce their second album, Cleopatra. 

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I absolutely love their debut album, The Lumineers. I reach for it often and it never fails to enchant me.

I am eager to own and play Cleopatra when it drops on April 8th. Until that time I’ll have to satisfy my curiosity with the teaser track, “Ophelia” ;)

The Monkees New Album Good Times, coupled with a 50th Anniversary Tour

I get nostalgic when it comes to The Monkees. This summer marks the 50th anniversary of their NBC television show and the release of their début single.

The group will celebrate by releasing their new album ‘Good Times!’ and embarking on an extensive North American tour. The album has a hard release date of June 10th.

The album will feature new songs by Noel Gallagher, Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard and many more. Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne serves as producer on the new LP.

Partial Track Listing (with songwriters noted)

Final Version To Be Announced Soon

“Good Times!” (Harry Nilsson)

“You Bring The Summer” (Andy Partridge)

“Terrifying” (Zach Rogue)

“Me & Magdalena” (Ben Gibbard)

“She Makes Me Laugh” (Rivers Cuomo)

“Love To Love” (Neil Diamond)

“I Know What I Know” (Michael Nesmith)

Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and songwriter/producer Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne) Hartford, January 16.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-monkees-plot-50th-anniversary-tour-new-lp-good-times-20160205#ixzz3zJxZm57A

The Five Satins & New Haven, CT

I love that the Five Satins got their start in the basement of a Catholic Church in New Haven, Connecticut. I was reading the latest issue of The Catholic Transcript, which featured a front page article about the church’s role in the recording of the  Five Satins hit, “In The Still of the Night” (St. Bernadette Church takes note of its position in doo-wop history).

This building poster on Chapel Street honors New Haven notables, the Five Satins.

 

A Celebration for Ray Manzarek – February 12th, 2016

I think of Ray Manzarek often. I found him to be a very approachable artist. I met Ray Manzarek several times before and after performances. I miss his spirit and soulful intellect.

We wish we could attend the celebration for Ray Manzarek.  Robby Krieger, John Densmore, and an all-star band will be performing play in Ray’s memory at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on February 12th, Ray’s 77th birthday. Robby and John will also be joined by some very special friends throughout the evening.

All proceeds will benefit Stand Up To Cancer.

Eat That Question – Frank Zappa In His Own Words

Zappaphiles Unite. It appears later in 2016, perhaps the Fall, this documentary film will be released to cinemas, online and as a DVD purchase option. I am eager to learn about Frank Zappa directly.

Eat That Question – Frank Zappa In His Own Words, 2016 ▪ Profile ▪ 88 Minutes. Directed by Thorsten Schütte. Starring Frank Zappa.

Miles Ahead Biopic Trailer

Psyche, the first trailer for the Don Cheadle film, Miles Ahead that I crowd funded on Indiegogo has been released (see link below).

Miles Ahead will premiere in NY and LA on April 1st. I can’t wait to get my reward DVD of the movie after it releases.

The movie is electric fusion. Don Cheadle you are Oscar bound!

Music by Herbie Hancock, Nuff Said.

Miles Ahead Biopic Trailer (Be sure to expand the video to full screen, after the advertisement)

 

The History of Rock and Roll, Volume 1, 1920-1963 by Ed Ward – Flatiron Books

One of the first music journalists I encountered on a regular basis in Rolling Stone magazine was Ed Ward. I loved his insightful record reviews. He had a significant influence on my album purchases in 1970, which was a foundation year in rock music.

I found his reviews articulate and representative. He avoided the critic egotist personality in his writing. I can pretty much say Ed Ward was a what he wrote, I actually heard kinda guy.

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Ed Ward will be publishing a definitive work with Flatiron Press, The History of Rock and Roll, Volume 1, 1920-1963 sometime in the Fall of 2016. I’ve added his book to my “must have music journalist list”.

I’m looking forward to your labor of love Ed ;)

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Coming Thru To You, The Live Recordings 1970 – 2004 Box Set – Arthur Lee & Love

Coming Through To You by Arthur Lee and Love is a 4CD boxset collection of rare live recordings from 1970-2004 released by RockBeat Records and produced by David Skye, with the blessing and participation of Diane Lee.

The cover artwork is designed by illustrator William Stout, internationally renowned as one of the first rock-n-roll bootleg cover artists.