Not a star yet, American guitarist Ramin Partovi‘s name may be familiar to those who saw him in a band on “Squirrel & Donkey Show” or were passengers of a commercial flight which he captained, yet if elite musicians treat him with respect that should mean something. Having a relationship fall apart 11 years ago, Ramin came up with a song and, later on, with an idea of inviting various players to perform on its structure. Titled “27” now – as there are exactly this number of its versions – the piece spans a double album now, and among Partovi’s friends featured on “27 Faces Of A Broken Heart” – as the record’s called – are such jazz luminaries as Simon Phillips and Jimmy Johnson who, alongside Carl Verheyen, drive most of the tracks, Oz Noy, Mike Stern and Scott Henderson.
As was expected, the title of PROCOL HARUM‘s box set "Still There'll Be More" that was recently released by Esoteric had to be taken literally, and June 29th will see more of the band’s albums reissued in remastered and expanded form. With the gaps in the group’s discography to be obviously filled later, the resurgence of “Grand Hotel,” “Exotic Birds And Fruit” and “The Prodigal Stranger” are more than welcome.
If the last of the three receives only a few bonus cuts, the first boasts not only additional tracks but also the DVD with the ensemble’s appearance on Belgian TV in 1973, while the second will be turned into a 3CD box comprised of the album and two concert recordings, one of those previously unheard – at least, in official form.
For all his adventures with and without THE DAMNED, Rat Scabies has never really ventured to other pastures under his own name. There were two singles – a 1980 take on Dylan’s “This Wheel’s On Fire” credited to THE RAT AND THE WHALE, and “Let There Be Rats” which Scabies released four years later – but no albums. Until now – or, to be precise, until May 18th, when “P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt)” will see the light of day. Lid down over the course of a few years and familiar to those who followed the veteran’s website where most of this material appeared in demo form, the record is to be made available on CD and colored vinyl to please any punk, and not only punk, aficionado. Continue reading →
Colin Carter is one of those artists who could be much bigger than they were if they only wanted to. This singer prefers to keep his profile rather low, even though the records Carter cut with FLASH, their first album in particular, are considered classics now, and not only because it was Peter Banks’ band. In the later years, the ensemble occasionally played live, and there was a new longplay, 2013’s "Flash - Featuring Ray Bennett & Colin Carter" – but, unlike his partner Ray, Colin has never taken a solo route. Until now, that is.
One of the most famous pieces comprising the CURVED AIR canon, “Vivaldi” – that appeared on the band’s second album, 1970’s “Air Conditioning” – had been composed by Darryl Way before the ensemble emerged on the scene, in 1968. And now, to mark its 50th anniversary, the veteran violinist decided to expand that classical experience and progress from the Italian maestro’s influence to a full-on interpretation of his most popular opus. Out in May 4th, “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons In Rock” is poised to be more impressive than its predecessor "Myths, Legends And Tales" and is likely to become a favorite with many fans of crossover.