This spring, Steven Wilson performed a series of shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where the prog avatar – with the help of Ninet Tayeb on a few numbers – played a good portion of “To The Bone” as well as the chosen cuts from his previous records and the PORCUPINE TREE back catalogue. The reviews were raving, and those who couldn’t make it to those evening, will soon have a chance to experience, to an extent, the atmosphere that reigned there and then. On October 26th, Wilson is to release “Home Invasion – In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall”: the recording of what looks like the March 29th set list – as a package of 2CDs and DVD or Blu-ray.
There was a great Canadian band in the ’70s, called CRACK OF DAWN; or, it would be more correct to say, there is a great band, because last year this group have not only made a proper comeback, but also followed-up on their debut record, with a new one. The release of “Spotlight” became a good reason to meet COD’s sax player Alvin Jones, and talk about music and life beyond and behind the tunes.
This year marks the jubilee of JETHRO TULL, and it would be strange if , having taken care of commemorative compilations and the 40th anniversary “Heavy Horses” reissue – mentioned here – Ian Anderson, whom this scribe saw on-stage last month, forgot about the band’s first album, “This Was” which deserves deluxe treatment no less than its sequels. And on November 9th, the group’s debut will indeed be out in the by now familiar book format, with three CDs and a DVD offering various mixes, including Steven Wilson‘s ones, if not a lot of rarities. Hopefully, there’ll be more of those next year, when “Stormwatch” – rumored to be handled by Wilson as well – is out again. Continue reading →
Unbelievably, but it’s been 20 years since John Lennon’s“Anthology” box set saw the light of day and showed how previously unreleased content can be packaged to provide an immersive, arresting experience. And now, on October 5th, the same experience will get wrapped around “Imagine” – the ex-Beatle’s most glorified solo effort – that’s to be out in a variety of formats: a single CD, 2CD and 2LP expanded editions and a deluxe 6-disc box, all of this accompanied by – available separately but also overseen by Yoko Ono – book on the album’s creation, and a DVD/Blu-ray combining the restored “Imagine” and “Gimme Some Truth” films.
It’s been quite a long time since STRAY released a record, the band’s latest being a live one, but the ensemble’s leader Del Bromham carries on on a solo path, and October 12th will see the issue of the guitarist’s third album under his own name. Titled “White Feather” and dedicated to the veteran’s daughter who tragically passed away fairly recently, it may be Bromham’s defining work outside of the collective he’d steered for decades, because it’s deeply introspective – a poignant reflection on existence itself and even on politics, full of memorable melodies and harking back to the classic era.