November 21, 2002

SEE THE FLASH

It became clear that the reunited FLASH line-up differs from the one behind the classic ’70s albums. There are three veteran players on-board: Ray Bennett, Colin Carter and Mike Hough but no Peter Banks this time around. So the guitar duties are handled by Mr Bennett, who prefers six strings over four these days, and bass is handed over to Clint Bahr.

In Ray’s own words,
“We will be getting a keyboard player, probably someone from a well-known prog rock background. The band will be based in New York and should be ready to perform early next year. The recording plans at the moment are for a new studio album and a live album”.

You can read about FLASH reunion – and much more – in Bennett’s interview to be published on the site in the next two weeks.

TO THE ONE WHO KISSED THE SKY

With mass attention drawn to the news on the George Harrison Memorial Concert to be played on November 29th, the Jimi Hendrix sixtieth birthday celebrationwhich will take place on November 27th in Los Angeles, is to feature all-stars line-up as well. The performers are: Noel Redding, LOVE – yes, fronted by Arthur Lee – and members of the ELECTRIC PRUNES and IRON BUTTERFLY. And there’s another Hendrix tribute scheduled three days earlier, in Seattle, with participants to include BAND OF GYPSYS, Buddy Guy and members of EARTH WIND AND FIRE.

CHAMPAIGN BUBBLERS

“The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983” is a new title in the KING CRIMSON Collectors’ Club catalogue. Out in December, the album is a collection of material recorded between “Beat” and “Three Of A Perfect Pair”. Not that it made to the latter album, though… Anyway, the die-hard Crimheads will, no doubt, be delighted to listen to all the bits ‘n’ pieces.

1. San Francisco
2. Tony Bass riff
3. Sequenced
4. Steinberger Melody
5. Fragmented
6. Not One Of Those
7. ZZZZ’s
8. Reel 3 Jam
9. Robert and Bill
10. Say NO
11. Robert’s ballad
12. Heat In The Jungle
13. Grace Jones
14. Adrian looped

MANY MORE OF THEM LIVE NEXT DOOR

As the saying goes, Tell me your friends and I’ll say who you are. Jools Holland is a star, but his friends are superstars. Last year’s “Small World Big Band” featured many of those including George Harrison who contributed a song called “Horse To The Water.” The success of the album and his BBC show made Jools continue, and here’s “Small World Big Band Volume Two: More Friends” out now – and it rocks and rolls and swings. And the performers and songs are as follows:

1. Sam Moore and Sam Brown –
Together We Are Strong
2. Norah Jones – In The Dark
3. Edwin Starr – Snowflake Boogie
4. Bryan Ferry – The Only Face
5. Dionne Warwick – What Goes Around
6. Tom Jones –
Don’t You Kiss My Cheek
7. Chrissie Hynde – Out Of This World
8. THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA –
Rock Me In The Cradle Of Your Love
9. STEREOPHONICS –
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
10. Huey (FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS) –
Fly Me To The Moon
11. Badly Drawn Boy –
The Can Is Open
12. Ray Davies –
Yours Sincerely, Confused Of N10
13. Jools Holland – Tuxedo Junction
14. Robert Plant –
Let The Boogie Woogie Roll
15. Jeff Beck – Drown In My Own Tears
16. Ruby Turner – Count Me In
17. Marianne Faithfull –
You Got To Serve Somebody
18. Jools Holland / Chris Barber / Guy Barker –
Anglegrinder Blues
19. Beverley Knight – Change Is Gonna Come
20. George Benson –
Teardrops From My Eyes
21. Jimmy Cliff – Dreams
22. Bono –
If You Wear That Velvet Dress 

DECLARE THE PENNIES ON YOUR EYES

It seems, the first song dealing with politics recorded by a pop artist was THE BEATLES’ “Taxman”. There, George Harrison named the guilty, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath. Now, following that same route, Kenney Jones, formerly drummer with SMALL FACES and THE FACES, has come up with a song called “Mr Brown” to have a go at the Chancellor, Gordon Brown.

An anti-stealth taxation single was recorded – and will soon be released – with a band comprised of Robert Hart (ex-BAD COMPANY) on vocals, Rick Wills (ex-FOREIGNER) on bass and Gary Grainger (worked with Rod Stewart and Roger Daltrey) on guitar.

BOYZ STIL MAKE NOIZE

Whoever still keeps an eye on what SLADE do, has all the reasons to be glad because November 25th is the release date for the band’s new album, “Cum On Let’s Party.” Dave “Superyob” Hill trades his licks exactly as back then, and Don Powell hits the skins with the same power, but don’t expect Noddy Holder or Jim Lea to have dropped by. It’s rock ‘n’ roll, yet it’s far far away from what’s been before.

1. Cum On Let’s Party
2. Johnny Played The Guitar
3. Run Run Rudolph
4. Merry Xmas Now!
5. Black And White World
6. Hold On To Love
7. Take Me Home
8. Wild Nites
9. I Hear Ya Callin’
10. Red Hot
bonus track
11. Some Excercise

November 21, 2002

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