September 2, 2007


Recently, there was a bit of a hype about “Rick Wakeman Video Vault” DVD collection, but now the news turn sour. That’s what DME – and all who’d ordered the set for the princely sum of 99 bloody pounds – received the following latter from Voiceprint:

“As you have no doubt noticed – the Wakeman Video Vault has arrived in a less than perfect condition; the box being of poor quality and the labelling done incorrectly. This is due to circumstances beyond our control, but we have come up with a solution to rectify it. Take the mis-labelled DVDs out of their cases, wrap them up and ship to us. When the new – correctly labelled – discs arrive here, we will ship them out to you, along with the originally planned and improved box. We estimate a turnaround of approx 28 days. We apologise for this mess – it is due to errors at Sony and therefore beyond our control. We value our customers and can only thank you in advance for your patience in dealing with this matter.”

What impudence! That’s beyond any understanding. Why a customer who’s paid should spend more money on getting the good back to the label? Why an independent label blames a major for such a fault? Why this happens again? Back in 2002, the booklet to Wakeman’s “Treasure Chest” CD box was said to have been destroyed in a fire and promised to be sent out, signed by Rick, at a later date. That never happened, and now Voiceprint are back at it. Doesn’t Rick Wakeman do himself a big disgrace placing his gems with the label?..


Martyn Hanson has finished writing his eagerly awaited book on COLOSSEUM“Time Machine” that follows on the heels of his GROUNDHOGS tome and now reached the proofreading stage. That’s what the acclaimed author sent in:
“I am off to British Library Sound Archive to hear demos for the “Daughter Of Time” that Dick Heckstall-Smith‘s son, Arthur, donated. It also includes the COLOSSEUM version of “Pirate’s Dream” that was recorded for Dick’s solo album a few months after the band demised. In fact, they recorded a few tracks at Advision for the 4th studio album that never was.”
As Martyn had an access to almost all the band members and associates, this undoubtedly will be a great read.


The good rarely turns for the better, more often it goes worse, but not this time. There was a Sandy Denny “Live At The BBC” 2CD set planne, and now it had been expanded to a ful box containing 3CDs and a DVD, out in the end of August. Not so much by the way of the visuals here, yet when it comes to the audio, these recordings should complete the collection of four recent Sandy remasters and two box sets: old one, “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”. and the relatively new, “A Boxful of Treasures”. Now all that’s still to be released is the "Fotheringay 2" album.

As for the BBC tapes, this is what’s on them:

Disc 1: In Session

Folk Song Cellar, 02.12.66
1. Fhir ir Bhata
2. Green Grow The Laurels
Cellar Full of Folk, 06.03.67
3. Hold On To Me Babe
4. Blues Run The Game
Bob Harris, 24.8.71
5. Late November
6. The Optimist
7. Crazy Lady Blues
8. The Lowlands of Holland
Bob Harris, 25.10.72
9. It Suits Me Well
10. The Music Weaver
11. Bushes And Briars
12. It’ll Take A Long Time
John Peel, 11.9.73
13. Solo
14. Like An Old-Fashioned Waltz
15. Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
Bob Harris, 14.11.73
16. Until The Real Thing Comes Along
17. Whispering Grass
18. Dark Of The Night
19. Solo


Disc 2: In Concert

Paris Theatre, London 16.3.72
1. Northstar Grassman
2. Sweet Rosemary
3. The Lady
4. Bruton Town
5. Next Time Around
6. Blackwaterside
7. John The Gun
Sounds On Sunday, 14.11.73
8. The Lady
9. Bushes And Briars
10. It Suits Me Well
11. Blackwaterside
12. The Music Weaver
13. The Sea Captain
14. John The Gun
Interview, 1972


Disc 3: DVD

One In Ten: Sandy Denny 15.09.71
1. The North Star Grassman And The Ravens
2. Crazy Lady Blues
3. Late November

bonus material:
Sandy’s personal diaries
Photo gallery

Disc 4: Off Air

BBC World Service 06.67
1. This Train
2. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
3. The Last Thing On My Mind
4. You Never Wanted Me
My Kind Of Folk, 26.06.68
5. Been On The Road So Long
6. The Quiet Land Of Erin
Spinners TV show, 22.04.71
7. The Nightingales (with Mick Groves)
8. Black Water Side (with Richard Thompson)
Sounds of the ’70s
9. North Star Grassman & The Ravens
Old Grey Whistle Test, 13.06.72
10. The Lady
11. It’ll Take A Long Time


A major disappoinment descended on the URIAH HEEP fans. The band’s new album, “Wake The Sleeper”, their first in nine years, is delayed. Instead of this month, it’ll be out – hopefully – in January. Here’s what the veterans’ manager, Simon Porter, writes:
“As a result of the purchase of Sanctuary Records by Universal Records, we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the release of the forthcoming album. It would be commercial suicide to release such an important album for the band during a transitional takeover period between record labels. Quite simply, it would be a case of the album being released just for the sake of it without any cohesive promotion or marketing campaign in order to give the album the best shot that it richly deserves. Releasing later in the year would additionally mean that we would be fighting for racking space on the shelves with all the major Christmas releases.”
So maybe it’s best to wait a little bit longer in order to give the CD a mighty push. Anyway, the album’s tracklisting is revealed already:

1. Wake The Sleeper
2. Overload
3. Tears Of The World
4. Light Of A Thousand Stars
5. Heaven’s Rain
6. Book Of Lies
7. What Kind Of God
8. Ghost Of The Ocean
9. Angels Walk With You
10. Shadow
11. War Child


There surely will be another Paul McCartney live DVD one day sooner or later, as Macca releases one after each tour now, but meanwhile, for a change, Paul has a download only live EP out now, titled “The iTunes Festival” which was recorded in London in July. Nothing special, as you can see:

1. Coming Up
2. Only Mama Knows
3. That Was Me
4. Jet
5. Nod Your Head
6. House Of Wax

But the 3DVD set “The McCartney Years”, due out on November 13th, is something special indeed as it’s a collection of all the veteran’s promotional videos and more, with exclusive commentary from the man himself. The clips on the first two discs can be watched both in chronological order and as playlists personally arranged by Paul, while the third platter is dedicated to the live footage from the WINGS 1978′ “Rockshow” film, still to be released on the DVD in its entirety, 1991’s “Unplugged” MTV perrformance and 2004’s Glastonbury Festival’s concert. As of extras, there will be behind-the-scene features, “Let It Be” from Live Aid, archive interviews, alternative versions of some videos and full-length 2005 documentary “Creating Chaos at Abbey Road.. A treasure trove and a dream come true.

Disc 1:

1. Tug Of War
2. Say Say Say
3. Silly Love Songs
4. Band On The Run
5. Maybe I’m Amazed
6. Heart Of The Country
7. Mamunia
8. With A Little Luck
9. Goodnight Tonight
10. Waterfalls
11. My Love
12. C-Moon
13. Baby’s Request
14. Hi Hi Hi
15. Ebony And Ivory
16. Take It Away
17. Mull Of Kintyre
18. Helen Wheels
19. I’ve Had Enough
20. Coming Up
21. Wonderful Christmastime
1. Juniors Farm
2. Band On The Run
3. London Town
4. Mull Of Kintyre 2
5. The Southbank Show

Disc 2:

1. Pipes Of Peace
2. My Brave Face
3. Beautiful Night
4. Fine Line
5. No More Lonely Nights
6. This One
7. Little Willow
8. Pretty Little Head
9. Birthday
10. Hope Of Deliverance
11. Once Upon A Long Ago
12. All My Trials
13. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man
14. Press
15. No Other Baby
16. Off The Ground
17. Biker Like An Icon
18. Spies Like Us
19. Put It There
20. Figure Of Eight
21. C’Mon People
1. Parkinson
2. So Bad
3. Creating Chaos At Abbey Road

Disc 3:

Rock Show
1. Venus And Mars
2. Rock Show
3. Jet
4. Maybe I’m Amazed
5. Lady Madonna
6. Listen To What The Man Said
7. Bluebird
MTV Unplugged
8. I Lost My Little Girl
9. Every Night
10. And I Love Her
11. That Would Be Something
12. Jet
13. Flaming Pie
14. Let Me Roll It
15. Blackbird
16. Band On The Run
17. Back In The USSR
18. Live And Let Die
19. Hey Jude
20. Yesterday
21. Helter Skelter
22. Sgt. Pepper’s LHC Band
1. Live Aid
2. The Superbowl XXIV

September 2, 2007

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