About a year ago, when we reported on Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, recording an album with Rick Rubin producing and Richard Thompson adding guitar, it wasn’t known that the result would be a half-covers record. Yet is is. “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone,” out on October 27th, features, alongside, Yusuf originals, a very interesting selection, including “The Devil Came From Kansas” from PROCOL HARUM’s "A Salty Dog" and Edgar Winter’s “Dying To Live” as well as traditionals “You Are My Sunshine” and, rearranged for a title track, “Take This Hammer” plus “Big Boss Man” as popularized by Elvis.
Sad news came in of a passing of John Gustafson, one of the best bass players on this planet and one of the nicest persons around. A stalwart of a Liverpool scene, where he was a mainstay of THE BIG THREE and sometimes played with THE BEATLES, Gus was mostly known for his stint with IAN GILLAN BAND and singing Simon Zealotes in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” although his playing reached much wider, and ROXY MUSIC’s “Love Is The Drug” is just one of famous pieces featuring his four strings.
Robert Fripp has always maintained that KING CRIMSON are a living entity and has never shied away from meddling with the band’s legacy when it came to getting under its recorded skin. The best proof of the vitality of such an approach are CRIMSO’s mammoth box sets of recent years that provide the massive value for their price when similar packages of lesser artists go the dinosaur way. But, with KC alive and well again – and sporting the line-up which is the mix of old and new members – there’s a smaller release on sale to also bring together the group’s past, present and future. “The Elements Of King Crimson Tour Box” is comprised of a 24-page booklet and two rarities-filled discs.
Recently, when these pages reported on the unveiling of the forthcoming George Harrison box set, “The Apple Years 1968-1975″, the contents of its DVD weren’t disclosed. Now, they are, and it looks like the visual section of this collection – unlike that of its predecessor/prequel, “The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992″, which contained a nice number of videos – isn’t that special. Those who hoped for the footage from ex-Beatle’s 1974 tour will be hugely disappointed, as there’s none of it; perhaps, it’s being saved for some other occasion. A pity, really. What’s in there doesn’t serve up much viewing pleasure and unseen materials.