For years, it was a matter of apocrypha: the recording by a short-lived formation WMWM which stood for drummer Robert Wyatt, keyboardist Dave McRae, saxophonist Gary Windo and contrabass player Ron Mathewson. The first two of them had been the members of MATCHING MOLE who were to add the third one in 1973 and make a new album – a project that wouldn’t come to a fruition because of the former SOFT MACHINE driver breaking his back – while the fourth member proved to be a volatile factor. He performed with the band a few times, yet on April 14th, 1973, couldn’t make it, so Windo, the ensemble’s mastermind, called on CARAVAN’s Richard Sinclair who brought a cassette recorder with him. So that’s where “One Night Stand,” out now, came from, and that’s why there’s a changed acronym of the quartet’s name.
May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015
It was a short-lived line-up of RAINBOW that took to the road in 1979, soon after the band’s fourth studio album, “Down To Earth,” had seen the light of day. And it was an interesting one as, fronted by Graham Bonnet, the band hang in there between their old, gloomy romantic material, and new, commercially-inclined songs, with a lot of soloing thrown in for good measure. This era of Ritchie Blackmore’s ensemble is in the focus of forthcoming releases from Purple Pyramid Records. Out now, the first platter in the series is “Denver 1979″ which is available on red, green and blue vinyl housed in holographic gatefold sleeve, in a limited run, which should be followed by live documents from Long Island and Chicago dates, and, on August 21st, a deluxe 3CD box “Down To Earth Tour 1979″ with all three concerts.
May 11, 2015
Up there with the likes of Keith Emerson and Dave Greenslade has never strived for flash performance, yet it was the keyboard player’s grand approach that helped Jon Hiseman realize his COLOSSEUM vision and, while Dave used to share the ivories action in his own GREENSLADE, it was him who spread the elegance all over it, as well as a few solo albums and soundtracks. Film work entered the picture around the time of 1975’s "Cactus Choir" and filled the gap between 1979’s “The Pentateuch Of The Cosmogony” and “From The Discworld” from 1994, the year when COLOSSEUM made a welcome comeback. And it’s this period that Greenslade’s “Time To Make Hay – A Collection Of Original Recordings,” a demos bundle to be out on July 6th on Angel Air, spans.