May 29, 2003


If there ever was a legendary unreleased album, it must have been THE BEACH BOYS’ “Smile”. Originally planned as a follow-up to 1966’s classic “Pet Sounds” and preceded by the “Good Vibrations” single, the project didn’t take off, although the band’s mastermind, Brian Wilson, recorded some much-bootlegged material, which hinted on a masterpiece. Whether those demos will see the light of day is a million-dollar question, yet February 2004 is to see Brian perform the entire song collection – as well as songs from his forthcoming album – at The Royal Festival Hall in London. That will be four nights, less than last year when the same venue hosted “Pet Sounds Live” for six evenings.


When Classic Rock Productions announced the forthcoming release of the WISHBONE ASH  live album “Bona Fides” on CD and DVD later in the year, it caused some confusion, because the band’s last studio outing has a title of “Bona Fide”. That was a mistake, says the label’s recent update, and the recording of the Mean Fiddler show now bears a working title of “Wishbone Ash – Almighty Blues, Live In London”.


He played with BODAST, had Hendrix in awe when with TOMORROW, rocked the ’80s with ASIA and GTR, yet shoot to fame with YES. Now the dinosaurs are on tour, and with the trek coming to an end, this autumn is to bring the first record by Steve Howe’s REMEDY, the project veteran master pursuea his vision of prog, blues and jazz perfect blend with. The artwork by Roger Dean is imminent as well.


Meanwhile, the YES camp has another offering for fans to be drooling about, as they could taste the first fruit of 
Chris Squire and Billy Sherwood’s CONSPIRACY
back in 2000. Now, there’s a new one, called “The Unknown”, the title reflecting all the information available at the moment.

1. Conspiracy
2. Confess
3. New World
4. 1/2 A World Away
5. There Is No End
6. The Wheel
7. Premonitions
8. The Unknown


In recent interview George Harrison’s son Dhani has lifted the veil on the state of his father’s catalogue re-issue programme. It appears, there will be some classic albums released next year, including two TRAVELLING WILBURYS albums and featuring bonus material excluded from 1979’s “George Harrison” and a couple more records. As for previously unreleased stuff, the are an “Anthology” in the works and a DVD.


There were quite a few live albums from THE WHO through the years, but this one is special, as “Live At The Royal Albert Hall” may be the very last recording featuring their great late bassist John Entwistle play alongside Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. Committed to tape on November 27, 2000, the concert staged to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust saw the band, rounded off with Ringo’s son Zak Starkey on drums and a long-time keyboard warrior John “Rabbit” Bundrick, joined violinist Nigel Kennedy, Bryan Adams, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, STEREOPHONICS’ Kelly Jones and PEARL JAM’s Kelly Jones for a great performance, which is documented now on 2 CD and 3 CD sets.

1. I Can’t Explain
2. Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
3. Pinball Wizard
4. Relay
5. My Wife
6. Kids Are Alright
7. Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand
8. Bargain
9. Magic Bus
10. Who Are You
11. Baba O’Riley
12. Drowned
13. Heart To Hang Onto
14. So Sad About Us
15. I’m One
16. Getting In Tune
17. Behind Blue Eyes
18. You Better You Bet
19. Real Me
20. 5.15
21. Won’t Get Fooled Again
22. Substitute
23. Let’s See Action
24. My Generation
25. See Me Feel Me/Listening To You
26. I’m Free
27. I Don’t Even Know Myself (*)
28. Summertime Blues
29. Young Man Blues (*)
* – on 3 CD set only

May 29, 2003

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