Paul Brett is back with SAGE

October 16, 2014

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One of the best 12-string guitarist in the world, whose session work includes classics by THE STRAWBS and Roy Harper, Paul Brett‘s been at the music’s forefront and backend for some 50 years, yet most people heard of him as a leader of PAUL BRETT’S SAGE. The band’s three albums, released in the early ’70s, as well as single “3D Mona Lisa,” are regarded now as classics, too. Nobody thought, though, that the ensemble would return in 2014 with their fourth LP. Yes, LP, as “Emergence” has seen the light of the day not only on CD but also on the limited-edition vinyl; it’s a new release on Viral Discs & Downloads, the label Paul co-founded with Tom Newman, whose "The (Secret) Life Of Angels" launched their enterprise.

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THE ROLLING STONES dig into their vault

October 15, 2014

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“From The Vault” is a title of a new archive series from THE ROLLING STONES who have two new titles out in November, on the 3rd and 17th of the month, in a variety of formats, including Blu-ray, DVD, DVD/2CD and DVD plus 3LP. The first, “Hampton Coliseum – Live In 1981,” finds the band at the top of their stadium pomp and athletic bluster, while the second one, “LA Forum – Live In 1975,” is of much more interest to a fan and a regular music lover alike as it documents the tour when the group had only introduced Ronnie Wood in the line-up and, curiously didn’t perform “Satisfaction.” Both shows are lengthy and riveting, though; hopefully, there’ll be more tapes from the ’70s further down the line.

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Steve Hunter: search for a perfect pitch

October 13, 2014

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For all his studio and onstage brilliance, Steve Hunter rarely appears on-screen, notable exclusion being a few Alice Cooper and Lou Reed full-length videos, and to see the guitarist play his own jazz-tinged creations has always been nigh on impossible – until now. “Tone Poems Live” is a title of the veteran’s new CD and DVD recorded last summer in Los Angeles by a small, yet tight-but-loose, group which consisted of Hunter and his old compadres: bassist Tony Levin and keyboardist Phil Aaberg, who share Steve’s experience in Peter Gabriel’s band, and drummer Alvino Bennett. The quartet delivered as if they were in front of public, no overdubs or corrections, and revisited most of the six-stringer solo LPs, including “The Deacon” and “Swept Away,” alongside Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” – that Hunter turned instrumental on 2013’s "The Manhattan Blues Project", as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Riviera Paradise” and Marvin Gaye’s immortal “What’s Going On,” all bearing Steve’s poetic mark.

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Dave Davies goes on a time warp

October 9, 2014

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A sense of one’s mortality sometimes results in a spur of creativity, and it’s surely like this with Dave Davies who, having suffered a stroke, made a recovery and feels confident enough to resist the lucrative temptation of his former band, THE KINKS, reunion. Instead, the guitarists reaps his own thing and, on October 28th, follows last year’s assertive "I Will Be Me" with another album, “Rippin’ Up Time.” 
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