RENAISSANCE bootlegs turn legit

January 28, 2015

renlogoDuring their first run, RENAISSANCE released only one concert album, 1976’s “Live at Carnegie Hall,” and though some more have been out since the late ’90s, none of those documented the band’s earlier period. This niche couldn’t stay unfilled, so collectors’ interest to bootleg recordings thrived. But now two of the most popular tapes of the kind are given an official release. First, coming from London, is “DeLane Lea Studios 1973″: scheduled for February 3rd, it features, alongside the ensemble, two guests, pre-“Year Of The Cat” Al Stewart and WISHBONE ASH’s Andy Powell, who also played on a studio version of “Ashes Are Burning.” The second, “Academy of Music 1974,” that will hit the shelves on March 31st, was laid down in New York on May 17th of the titular year. Unique documents, and the quality is rather good.

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Demis Roussos passes away

January 26, 2015

Demis RoussosA fantastic artist who was successful in crossing over from apocalyptic psych-prog of APHRODITE’S CHILD, where he sang and played bass, Demis Roussos found fame delivering, in an instantly recognizable vibrato,  such memorable songs as “Forever And Ever” and “From Souvenirs To Souvenirs.” That’s what made the Greek warbler dear to many a home around the world, including Soviet bloc, without alienating his art-rock following who were hoping for a someday new collaboration between Roussos and Vangelis. That’s not to be now. Goodbye, Demis.

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WHITESNAKE: first ever full bio

January 24, 2015

Whistesnake's Fantastic Voyage

Whistesnake’s Fantastic Voyage

After almost four decades in existence, and given their immense popularity all around the world, it’s rather surprising that, to this date, there’s never been a full depiction of David Coverdale‘s endeavors beyond his DEEP PURPLE start. Thankfully, this omission’s been corrected by now that famous Canadian rock writer Martin Popoff has released a tome titled “Sail Away: WHITESNAKE‘s Fantastic Journey” that tells the story of the band which rose from a one singer’s blues vision to the trend-setting behemoth.

The author has interview pretty much everyone connected to the group, including their priapic-joking leader, his original twin-guitar motor of Micky Moody and Bernie Marsden, bassist Neil Nurray, drummer Ian Paice and producer John Kalodner, so there’s hardly an area that remains unhighlighted – save for the future as WHITESNAKE, with a new guitarist in place, are gearing up for a new record in 2015. Must be a riveting read.

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Edgar Froese, farewell

January 23, 2015

Edgar FroeseNow one can wonder if Edgar Froese felt the end was nigh when, last year, he decided to put a brake on TANGERINE DREAM’s concert action, but no, the veteran musician couldn’t know that, and his passing on January 20th was totally unexpected and shocking to many a fan of the electronic pioneer. Always a visionary, Froese saw art as an extension of one’s personality, and that’s how Edgar finished our interview:

“The essence of what I have learned about writing and performing music is the authenticity you are faced with in your day-to-day work. No matter what other people or even critics will say, you have to follow your own direction which not necessarily has to be a straight line to success; sometimes it will be a curly, dramatic curve you have to go, but that’s the only way to leave a little landmark of brave respect to others and to the dimensions of your own capability.”

There’s a lot to tell about the artist’s political position and literary disposition, but it’s best now to listen to to Edgar Froese’s music, the whole lot of it. Goodbye, meister.

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