May 21, 2009


At the beginning of the month, good folks of Metal Mind announced the forthcoming release of  John Wetton‘s 2CD+DVD box set “Agenda/Amorata/Amata” which combines three of the veteran’s previously released titles on the label under one lid. Officially released, it must be stated, as all the Metal Mind products, as the Polish enterprise deals not only with heavy matters but presents live recordings of the finest Brit progressive bands captured on-stage in Poland.

Then, though, Wetton’s management issued quite a strange statement: “We want to make fans aware of an unauthorized John Wetton box set scheduled for release in late May. The release in question features three CDs <color=”yellow”>(sic!) from Metal Mind Productions. The package is NOT authorized by John nor John’s management, and action is being taken to prevent the release. As always, if you hear of a John Wetton product that is not mentioned on his site, it is wise to avoid it. That said, there IS“Amata” in Wetton’s cybershop. Go figure, but old John seems to be not so right.

So the label followed this with their own message, “Metal Mind Productions has full rights to release this box. Those rights were clearly stated in a contract signed by Metal Mind Productions and John Wetton during his concerts which were recorded in Poland back in 2003. We feel very uncomfortable about John Wetton’s new management being unaware of this agreement. As this clearly is a misunderstanding, the planned release date of the box remains unchanged”. Here’s the real deal!


It’s never say never wil Paul Rodgers who fronts BAD COMPANY again, even though their Summer US tour will be limited to 10 dates. Then, it’s going to be solo again as Paul and Brian May said Rodgers has parted company with QUEEN – on friendly terms and without ruling out future collaborations on special occasions such as charity performances.


Meanwhile, Paul Rodgers’ vocals are to grace the first solo album by his old friend and his band’s former guitarist Howard Lease. Mostly known for his work with HEART through the ’70s and well into the ’90s, Leese’s licks were featured on Stuart Smith’s  Heaven And Earth project whose next album Howard went on producing, and it’s there that he met Joe Lynn Turner and Keith Emerson, both joining the all-star line-up of “Secret Weapon” scheduled for release on July 3rd. That’s what’s on it:

1. Alive Again (feat. Joe Lynn Turner)
2. Heal The Broken Hearted (feat. Paul Rodgers)
3. Hot To Cold (feat. Deanna Johnston and Joe Lynn Turner)
4. French Quarter (feat. Keith Emerson)
5. 33 West Street (feat. Paul Reed Smith)
6. The South Summit (feat. Duke Fame)
7. Rada’s Theme
8. Vine (feat. Jimi Jamison)
9. In These Eyes (feat. Keith St. John)
10. Vermilion Border
11. I’ve Been Leavin’ You (feat. Andrew Black)
12. Somewhere (Theme From West Side Story)


Salvo Music continues its glorious PROCOL HARUM 40th Anniversary Series, and now there’s news on the bonus tracks that enrich the original content of the next five CDs:

A Salty Dog (1969)
Goin’ Down Slow
Juicy John Pink (live in the USA, April 1969)
Crucifiction Lane (live in the USA, April 1969)
Skip Softly (My Moonbeams) / Also Sprach Zarathustra (live in the USA, April 1969)
The Milk of Human Kindness (take 1, raw track)

Home (1970)
Still There’ll Be More (take 3, raw track)
Whaling Stories (raw track)

Broken Barricades (1971)
Broken Barricades (long fade, raw track)
Simple Sister (raw track)
Poor Mohammed (backing track)
Song For a Dreamer (King Jimi) (backing track)

Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (1972)
Luskus Delph (B-side, live)
Simple Sister (rehearsal)
Shine on Brightly (rehearsal)

Grand Hotel (1973)
Grand Hotel (raw track without orchestra)
Bringing Home The Bacon (raw track feat. Dave Ball)

May 21, 2009

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