January 22, 2009


Sometimes not everything goes down according to the original plan but that doesn’t mean all changes for worse. There’s another singer in SAVAGE PARADISE, a new band Mario Parga came up with in the company of stellar cast of former ALCATRAZZ bassist Tim Luce, pianist Eric Ragno well-known for his stint with TAKARA, and drummer Kevin Valentine who used to play with CINDERELLA. Instead of ex-BLACK SABBATH Tony Martin, a new singer stepped to the fore to record the ensemble’s debut album, even more famous warbler by the name of Graham Bonnet who Mario played with before. Here’s the statement from the guitarist:
“Tony was unable to record the new SAVAGE PARADISE album due to various other commitments that all came up at the same time. We’re still good friends and will undoubtedly work together in the future, and I wish him great success with his own projects. I’ve know Graham for over twenty years during which time we’ve been very good friends, he’s like an older brother to me. We’ve worked on several recordings together but never played in the same band so we’re both looking forward to working within SAVAGE PARADISE. Graham doesn’t need any introductions, everyone knows what a unique and totally amazing voice he possesses and I’m very excited and pleased to have him onboard”.
Well, we’re all looking forward to it. But, man, what about the Bonnet-Martin duet? This won’t be hard for Tony to lay down one track, will it?


Some years ago most CAMEL albums have been overhauled during the remastering process to include extra material, but on March 23rd released will be new re-issues of three of the band’s mid-’70s classics much more expanded. They’re so difficult to resist buying so some extra dough will surely be required. Here’s what’s on…

The Snow Goose (1975)

Disc 1

1. The Great Marsh
2. Rhayader
3. Rhayader Goes To Town
4. Sanctuary
5. Fritha
6. The Snow Goose
7. Friendship
8. Migration
9. Rhayader Alone
10. Flight Of The Snow Goose
11. Preparation
12. Dunkirk
13. Epitaph
14 Fritha Alone
15. La Princesse Perdue
16. The Great Marsh Reprise
17. Flight Of The Snow Goose (single edit)
18. Rhayader (single edit)
19. The Snow Goose / Freefall
(live at The Marquee)

Disc 2

1. Rhayader Goes To Town (BBC Radio One)
2. Sanctuary (BBC Radio One)
3. The Snow Goose (BBC Radio One)
4. Migration (BBC Radio One)
5. Rhayader Alone (BBC Radio One)
6. Flight Of The Snow Goose (BBC Radio One)
7. Preparation (BBC Radio One)
8. Dunkirk (BBC Radio One)
9. Epitaph (BBC Radio One)
10. La Princesse Perdue (BBC Radio One)
11. The Great Marsh (BBC Radio One)
12. Selections from The Snow Goose
(“Old Grey Whistle Test”)

Moonmadness (1976)

Disc 1

1. Aristillus
2. Song Within A Song
3. Chord Change
4. Spirit Of The Water
5. Another Night
6. Air Born
7. Lunar Sea
8. Another Night (single)
9. Spirit Of The Water (demo)
10. Lunar Sea
(live at The Hammersmith Odeon)

Disc 2

1. Song Within A Song
2. Rhayader
3. Rhayader Goes To Town
4. Air Born
5. Chord Change
6. The White Rider
7. Preparation / Dunkirk
8. Another Night
9. Lady Fantasy
(all – live at The Hammersmith Odeon)

Rain Dances (1977)

1. First Light
2. Metrognome
3. Tell Me
4. Highways Of The Sun
5. Unevensong
6. One Of These Days I’ll Get An Early Night
7. Elke
8. Skylines
9. Rain Dances
10. Highways Of The Sun (single)
11. First Light (BBC “Sight & Sound”)
12. Metrognome (BBC “Sight & Sound”)
13. Unevensong (BBC “Sight & Sound”)
14. Skylines (BBC “Sight & Sound”)
15. Highways Of The Sun (BBC “Sight & Sound”)
16. One Of These Days I’ll Get An Early Night (BBC “Sight & Sound”)


Yusuf Islam is continuing his drift back into the clever pop world he once inhabited as Cat Stevens, and this year will see him put out a new record, a follow-up to “An Other Cup” from three years ago. This will be textured more acoustically, mainly with only voice and guitar. Still untitled, the record is to be introduced via the “Boots & Sand” single featuring Dolly Parton and Paul McCartney who touched on that in the 2008’s exclusive interview for this site. The video to the song was shot by Jesse Dylan, his Bobness’ son.

January 22, 2009

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