Steven Wilson Remixes Yes in Hi-Res

I awoke this morning from a stimulating dream about Yes and progressive music. It was an unusual dream in that I visualized  listening to a Yes recording with much of the dream focused on a woodcut edition of Roger Dean album art. I think this was all due to looking at Yes hi-res recordings on the Pono Music Store before I went to bed last night ;)

I sat down with my breakfast this morning and searched the Pono Music Store once again. My searches focused on the Yes Relayer recording in 192/24 resolution format. I’m confident the cover art in my dreams was Relayer. I must confess I know very little about that recording nor I have ever listened to it. I toyed with the idea of purchasing and downloading the Pono edition of the recording when I saw a side note inquiring if this recording was the recent Steven Wilson remix. I learned from the Official Yes Website that the Steven Wilson edition contained far more content in the Blu-Ray/CD edition and was 96/24 hi-res.

Steven Wilson has been the point person since 2009 remixing the Four Horsemen of Progressive Rock King Crimson, Jethro Tull, ELP, and Yes. His precision engineering and keen ear has increased the listening experience of many classic recordings.

Steven Wilson’s 2015 focus will be to support his next recording, Hand. Cannot. Erase. which becomes available March 3rd, 2015. I am considering the Blu-Ray Hi-Res release.

Steven Wilson placed reasonably priced tickets on sale for the USA/Canada leg of Tour 2015. I’d love to see him perform. It could be a dream come true ;)

Hope For The Future By Sir Paul McCartney Out Now On Vinyl

Sir Paul McCartney is a creative music genius when it comes to technology expression. His willingness to take collaborative risks with unique artists and entertainment alternatives keeps him ever-present. Sir Paul McCartney is blessed with multiple expressive artistic outlets, songwriting, painting and a sharp command of technical expression.

Sir Paul McCartney has performed with such luminary artists as Nirvana, Kanye West and now has released “Hope For The Future” on 12″ vinyl. The song was written by Paul for the record-breaking video game ‘Destiny’ from Bungie, Inc.(Activision).

The vinyl tracklisting is as follows:

SIDE A:
A1) Hope For The Future (Main)
A2) Hope For The Future (Thrash)
A3) Hope For The Future (Mirwais Mix)

SIDE B:
B1) Hope For The Future (Beatsession Mix)
B2) Hope For The Future (Jaded Mix)

The vinyl also comes with a download card featuring all five tracks.

Ballad of the Skeletons – Allen Ginsberg, Sir Paul McCartney, Lenny Kaye and Phillip Glass

Ballad  of the Skeletons

Talk about your collaborations, this one was special.

The single The Ballad of the Skeletons, was Allen Ginsberg’s last recorded release, it is his musical masterpiece and deserves to be considered one of the most passionate, powerful, and articulate performances in the history of rock.

Allen Ginsberg Raps on this recording. Refer to the Allen Ginsberg and Paul McCartney performance video below to get a fuller sense of the mutual respect and dignity each man shared for the other.

Videos

‘A Ballad of American Skeletons’ was performed by Allen Ginsberg and Sir Paul McCartney for an evening of poetry and performance at The Royal Albert Hall promoted by Goldmark entitled ‘The Return of the Reforgotten’ in 1995.

“Ballad of the Skeletons” with music by Philip Glass and Paul McCartney playing guitar.  The recording was a follow up to Allen Ginsberg’s “Ballad of the Skeletons”

 

 

 

 

Harry Everett Smith – Avant-Garde Museologist

We benefit from musicologists who have an adept skill of collecting, recording and documenting  American musical heritage. Three of the musicologists I respect in this vein are Alan Lomax, Samuel Charters and Harry Smith.

Harry Everett Smith is primarily known as the anthologist of the multi-volume Anthology of American Folk Music for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. The Anthology was comprised entirely of recordings issued between 1927 (the year electronic recording made accurate reproduction possible) and 1932, the period between the realization by the major record companies of distinct regional markets and the Depression’s stifling of folk music sales. Released in three volumes of two discs each, the 84 tracks of the anthology are recognized as having been a seminal inspiration for the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960 (the 1997 reissue by the Smithsonian was embraced with critical acclaim and produced two Grammy awards).

Smith with headphones at Ginsberg’s apartment. 437 East 12th St. NYC, Winter 1987 [Photo by Brian Graham] Courtesy the photographer

Harry Smith’s Archives reside at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California. There are three major content resources available to help further your understanding of Harry Everett Smith’s prolific art collections.

Internet Resources

1. Harry Smith Symposium at the Getty

2. Harry Smith Archives

Published Resource

3. The Book In Print – Harry Smith, The Avant-Garde In The American Vernacular, Edited by Andrew Perchuk and Rani Singh

Constituting a first attempt to locate Smith and his diverse endeavors within the history of avant-garde art production in twentieth-century America, the essays in this volume reach across Smith’s artistic oeuvre.

The Last Ship Reflections

As the 2014 sands of time drain out I reflect upon a recent afternoon spent witnessing my passion.

The passionate venture with the arts was the Broadway musical, The Last Ship, Sunday December 28th, my 63rd birthday.  I was blessed to attend the event at the Neil Simon Theater with my loving wife and our son. No man could have been happier or prouder than I.

The play features Sting as Jackie White along with a superb cast and a wonderful staged production. I imagine it equally challenging and rewarding for Sting to shepherd his music compositions safely out to sea.

There are many fine moments from the musical etched in my memory. These pictures from the musical capture them well.

The story is compelling as Sting’s compositions weave the tale further inside the adventurous heart.

I listen to both Sting’s “The Last Ship” Deluxe Edition CD and the original Broadway score this day. Savoring a glorious time spent with gifted artists and the theater.

2014 in review

Thank you for letting me be myself again. A blessed and safe New Year 2015 to you and yours. I appreciate your readership and interest in my music blog

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