New music from The Complete BBC Sessions, an updated and newly remastered version with eight unreleased BBC recordings and including three rescued from a previously “lost” session from 1969, is coming on September 16. Pre-order your copy here: http://www.ledzeppelin.com
September continues to bring a bountiful harvest of new and exciting music.
Meat Loaf, the rock legend who along with songwriter/producer Jim Steinman broke sales records with the classic multi-platinum albums “Bat Out of Hell” and “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell,” announces their reunion on the new album “Braver Than We Are” featuring 10 new Steinman songs performed as only Meat Loaf can! The project also showcases another reunion with vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito ( vocalists from the smash hit “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” ) on the epic song and first single ‘Going All The Way’.
Who Needs the Young
Going All The Way Is Just the Start (A Song in 6 Movements)
Speaking In Tongues
Loving You’s a Dirty Job (But Somebody’s Gotta Do It)
Ian Hunter’s forthcoming studio album, Fingers Crossed (September 16th) unveils ten new, self-penned songs including his much-anticipated homage to David Bowie ‘Dandy’. Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, the record features his magnificent Rant Band and is the follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed When I’m President.
1. That’s When the Trouble Starts
4. Fingers Crossed
5. White House
6. Bow Street Runners
8. Stranded in Reality
9. You Can’t Live in the Past
10. Long Time
1969 was pivotal for my life as I graduated high school that year. The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair changed the world. Rock albums from Led Zeppelin and Santana pushed multi-dimensional sound.
Then 1970 ushered in the era of the singer/songwriter with Sweet Baby James by James Taylor. Contrast that soft music genre with the electric jazz fusion of Miles Davis‘s Bitches Brew.
The capstone of the music period from 1967-1971 was 1971. This year rose prominently in the music of our heart. I loved the dichotomy of Alice Cooper’s Love It To Death versus Nantucket Sleighride by Mountain.
We are privileged to receive invites to “free” private concerts at Mohegan Sun as Momentum members. The latest concert we thoroughly enjoyed was Peter Frampton on Sunday June 12th.
This was my third time seeing Peter Frampton in concert in 41 years. I always liked the Humble Pie Rockin the Fillmore live recording. I interviewed Peter backstage at Staples High School in 1975. He was promoting the Frampton studio album that started his meterotic rise the following year with Frampton Comes Alive. I found him gracious to grant an hour of his time while he tuned his guitar. I got a private concert before the rest of the audience that night 😉
(I scanned my past article from The Entertainer music newspaper that I wrote for in the mid-70s. I also sold ads for them, making 40% per ad in those days. Sorry it is grainy and has my ink edits.) —> Peter Frampton
I next saw Frampton with my son at the Sixth Annual Jammy Awards in 2006 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Peter Frampton joined Guster and worked on material from Guster’s new album Ganging up the Sun. Martin Sexton also joined them for a version of Frampton’s “Do You Feel Like We Do.”
Considering that the June 12 show was free I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. He didn’t disappoint as Peter Frampton and his band played strong for 90 minutes plus a three song encore. His guitar playing has reached another dimension of excellence. He played a cover version of Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden that knocked me out.
I was quite impressed with the instrumental songs he played from the Fingerprints album, which was awarded a Grammy Award in 2007. Frampton was on the mark. He’s a true professional as was his stellar band.
Since I posted about Leslie West’s upcoming album, Soundcheck I have been listening intently to Mountain, Cream and the supergroup in between, West, Bruce and Laing.
I recall the early 70’s on WNEW-FM, NY City’s progressive rock station. It was Scottso, Scott Muni who premiered West, Bruce and Laing in November, 1972. I had just started attending community college. We had a student lounge with a Marantz receiver connected to a Bose shelf speaker. I would arrive there early because it was a superior sound system to the hi-fi I had in my bedroom.
West, Bruce and Laing was a hardcore rock trio performing with piss and vinegar. I loved the tradeoff between Bruce and West. They were equally strong vocalists. Corky Laing’s drumming style accented their interplay.