February 20, 2002


With Tolkien saga-inspired albums coming in as of recently from the likes of Bob Catley, MOSTLY AUTUMN and GLASS HAMMER, it’s just surprising that the next in line is the one who should have been the first, Jon Anderson. Talking to “Entertainment Weekly”, the YES-man said, “I just re-read [the book] last year when I heard they were doing the movie. I got together with a musician who works on 17th-century music, and we wrote half a dozen songs that we sent to the producers.” Let’s wait for the angelic voice to sing of the Hobbits.


Jonathan Mover, the sticksman behind many a rock band, is to put out a compilation of his session work recordings that have not been released to the date, including material from GTR, Steve Howe, Steve Hackett, ACTION, MARILLION and others going up the line to the drummer’s early tapes.


It’s been some four years since the title of this outing from John Wetton first popped up. Eventually, “Live in Argentina” double CD is on the way to the eager fans’ hands. The recording harks back to 1996 when Wetton’s band comprised Martin Orford on keyboards and flute and Thomas Lang on drums.


The year of 2002 marks the 20th anniversary of the first ’80s supergroup, ASIA, and to celebrate the issue, Universal Music plan to release a 2CD ASIA retrospective that is to include all the tracks from the first three albums with all the B-sides and the tracks recorded in 1990 for “Then And Now” album. The release date for the USA is April 16th.


The first ever book on Ritchie Blackmore’s RAINBOW, titled “Rainbow Rising”, is nearly completed by Michael Heatley and Roy Davies to be published by Helter Skelter Books on Rainbow in April. The book tracks down the band’s history spread over 288 pages with colour photos, all members’ biographies, gear details and gig listings.


Contrary to earlier information, George Harrison won’t be knighted posthumously, apparently due to Britain’s rules of protocol not allowing such a honour. A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s office said on the occasion, “The rules state that posthumous honors are only awarded for acts of valor. There are absolutely no plans to change that and we have never indicated that there are.” To set the record straight, William Chapman, the Secretary of Appointments at 10 Downing Street, wrote an open letter stating, “The Prime Minister may not recommend posthumous awards to the Order of the British Empire. I can assure you that this rule has not changed and that there is no truth in newspaper reports that a knighthood is to be bestowed on the late George Harrison.”


January 29th saw the first JETHRO TULL line-up re-united. Ian Anderson, Mick Abrahams, Glenn Cornick and Clive Bunker not only were filmed for DVD that’s to be released this April but rehearsed and recorded three tracks from the band’s debut album, “This Was”: “A Song For Jeffrey”, “Someday The Sun Won’t Shine For You” and “My Sunday Feeling”.


“Views” was the title of the legendary artist Roger Dean‘s book, printed for the first time in 1976. Now this is the title of the first ever film portrait of the man whose paintings graced the covers of YES, URIAH HEEP, ASIA and many more rock legends – that’s why the DVD is being released by Classic Rock Legends and presented by Rick Wakeman. It’s a chance to have a new glimpse at the famous works and see some of them animated. The interviews for the project come from Roger’s musicians friends: Steve Howe, 
Ken Hensley ,Mick Box and John Wetton, as well as art critics, fans, and the master himself. Extra features include extended interviews with Dean, Howe and Wakeman and live performances by the latter, HEEP and ASIA.


There’s a new compilation from Steve Hackett out, following the guitarist’s post-GENESIS career with tracks from Hackett’s recent studio and live albums, drawing mainly on material off "Genesis Revisited" and "Tokyo Tapes"  and including rare version of “Horizons”.

CD 1:

1. Firth Of Fifth
2. Watcher Of The Skies
3. Riding The Colossus
4. Rise Again
5. Valley Of The Kings
6. Time Lapse At Milton Keynes
7. Your Own Special Way
8. The Fountain Of Salmacis
9. For Absent Friends
10. Twice Around The Sun

CD 2:

1. Horizons
2. Prizefighters
3. Camino Royale
4. I Know What I Like
5. Deja Vu
6. Waiting Room Only
7. Dance On A Volcano
8. The Steppes
9. In That Quiet Earth
10. Los Endos

February 20, 2002

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