A prominent mover of Canterbury scene, guitarist Phil Miller passed away in October 2017 having left a great cache of unissued recordings, both live and studio, that he wanted to be made available to everyone free of charge. Such a generous will had to be carried out, so the guitarist’s family asked Doug Boyle, his friend and fellow master of six-string magic, to curate Miller’s archive, and now some of it, by DELIVERY and IN CAHOOTS, can be accessed at the “The Legacy” website.
Much more is going to be added there, either for listening only or, where copyright allows, download, including scores of Phil’s oeuvre. It’s a genuine treasure trove for a great music aficionado to delve in and also find delight in reading stories, looking at photos and remembering the one who got away too early.
It’s been a long time since Beth Hart issued “Live At Paradiso” album back in 2005, and 2014’s “Live In Amsterdam” saw the soul belter share the stage with Joe Bonamassa, so there’s a lot of her solo material that piled up to be presented to those unable to attend the American singer’s concert. So here’s a nice reason for Beth to issue “Live From New York – Front And Center” on April 13th, a CD/DVD set which, strangely, has more songs on its audio disc than the visual one containing a cut absent from its companion piece. All in all, it’s a nice cross-section of most of Hart’s albums.
This month should host a fiftieth anniversary of LOVE AFFAIR’s “Everlasting Love” reaching the peak of charts, and Steve Ellis – one of the best rhythm-and-blues singers that Blighty produced – having become a star he deserved to be. Only it’s not the time for a celebration; fanfares will sound on April 20th, when “Boom! Bang! Twang!”, the veteran’s new album, is supposed to hit the shelves. Appearing seven years down the line after "Ten Commitments" and rather hot on the heels of the WIDOWMAKER anthology which served to remind the vocalist is able to handle heavier material alongside soul, this record finds Steve deliver a heady mix of covers and originals, some featuring Ellis’ famous friends.
Given his genius, it’s fairly surprising that George Harrison‘s songs are relatively rarely covered by other artists, and Randy Bachman would be one of the first to concur. It’s equally surprising, though, given the heavy slant of THE GUESS WHO and BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE founding member’s oeuvre, that the Canadian rocker dedicates an entire album to The Quiet Beatle. Out on March 2nd, “By George – By Bachman” focuses on the tracks Harrison composed for The Fab Four, but also includes his solo composition and a number he co-wrote with TRAVELING WILBURYS, while bits and pieces of his other songs are strewn across the record.
It’s been almost two years since these pages reported the news about the collaboration between David Cross and David Jackson, but it took some time for the former KING CRIMSON violinist and erstwhile VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR sax player to finally have results of their joint venture ready for release. Some people might hear some of this material from the stage, because the veterans didn’t limit their creative union to the studio, yet the album titled “Another Day” will be released on March 16th. Laid down in a quartet format, the record is to become the focus of the ensemble’s tour – and that’s where the most teasing improvisations can happen.