Lately, BRAND X have been on a roll. With no studio albums released since their 2016 reformation, the band are ready to issue a second concert document in two years. A follow-up to “But Wait… There’s More!” (not available for review) but significantly different and shorter, “Locked & Loaded” which will be out on May 4th, was recorded on June 11th, 2017 at Longs Park Amphitheater, PA and features veterans John Goodsall and Percy Jones give a new spin to their classics in the company of keyboard player Chris Clark, percussionist Scott Weinberger and new drummer Kenny Grohowski. Knowing the ensemble’s improvisatory approach, it’s safe to say this is going to be a blast. Continue reading →
While the reissue of this project’s live version remains in contractual limbo, 1974’s “The Butterfly Ball And The Grasshopper’s Feast” – credited to Roger Glover And Friends but written in significant part by Eddie Hardin – will emerge anew as a box set on resurrected Purple Record in April. Remastered and expanded, the fine collection of kids-oriented pieces is comprised of three discs now, with the original album on the first one – that, like previous CD editions, has the “Little Chalk Blue” single among its tracks, alternative versions and a dedicated radio special on the second, and a replica of the “Love Is All” EP on the third.
Having started out in 1978 as a collection of tracks that didn’t fit album agenda and out-takes, Anthony Phillips‘ “Private Parts & Pieces” series soon took a serious life of its own and numbers eleven volumes to the date, the latter released in 2012. These progressively standalone, concept suites, works of sheer beauty and exquisiteness, make a part of the artist’s reissue programme on Esoteric Recordings and have been divided into three box sets. The first saw the light of day back in 2015, the second (sadly, not made available for review) followed in 2016, and now it’s the turn of the final one, scheduled for April 27th.
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.