Het is tijd om te vieren! Om de dertigste verjaardag van Nuclear Blast kracht bij te zetten brengt het label een special fan box uit met één DVD en vier Digibook CD’s of zeven vinyl platen in een premium box met daarop klassiekers van Nightwish, Sabaton, Dimmu Borgir, Blind Guardian, Slayer, Accept, Kreator, Avantasia, In Flames, Anthrax, Blues Pills en vele anderen. Tijdloze krakers die naadloos samen gaan met hedendaagse nekbrekers en epische hymnen op deze drie decenia trip doorheen de geschiedenis van de metal.
De release staat gepland voor 27 oktober, voor de LP versie in exclusief groen vinyl in een oplage van 1000 exemplaren en kan je vooraf bestellen via onderstaande links.
7 vinyl albums: http://www.nuclearblast.de/262361
DVD & 4CD box: http://www.nuclearblast.de/262362
De collective bevat 86 nummers:
7 vinyl albums
01. Dimmu Borgir – Mourning Palace
02. Hypocrisy – Roswell 47
03. Children Of Bodom - Morrigan
04. Behemoth – Ov Fire And The Void
05. Hordes To War
06. Benediction – The Grotesque
01. Carcass – Unfit For Human Consumption
02. Kataklysm – In Shadows & Dust
03. Memoriam - Memoriam
04. Soilwork – As We Speak
05. Cradle Of Filth – Blackest Magick In Practice
06. Equilibrium – Born To Be Epic
01. Slayer - Repentless
02. Lamb Of God – Still Echoes
03. Testament – More Than Meets The Eye
04. Overkill - Ironbound
05. Exodus – Salt The Wound
06. Death Angel - Sonic Beatdown
01. Kreator – Gods Of Violence
02. Anthrax – For All Kings
03. Machine Head – Killers & Kings
04. Destruction - Thrash Till Death
05. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
06. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – Unter Der Asche
01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Blind Guardian - Fly
03. Helloween – Lost In America
04. Primal Fear – Seven Seals
05. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
06. Rage – The Devil Strikes Again
01. Sabaton – To Hell And Back
02. Edguy - Superheroes
03. Battle Beast – Over The Top
04. Metal Church – Killing Your Time
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Black Star Riders – Heavy Fire
07. Hammerfall – Hearts On Fire
01. Nightwish - Élan
02. Avantasia – Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose
03. Amorphis – Silver Bride
04. Eluveitie - Omnos
05. Sonata Arctica – The Wolves Die Young
06. Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody - Rosenkreuz
01. Therion – To Mega Therion
02. Epica – Never Enough
03. Twilight Force - Powerwind
04. Symphony X –Without You
05. The Kovenant – New World Order
01. In Flames – The End
02. Fear Factory - Dielectric
03. Pain – Call Me
04. Devil You Know – Shattered Silence
05. Mantar – Era Borealis
06. Grand Magus – Triumph And Power
01. Meshuggah – Future Breed Machine
02. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
03. Sepultura – I Am The Enemy
04. Killer Be Killed – Wings Of Feather And Wax
05. Discharge - Infected
06. Agnostic Front – The American Dream Died
07. Soulfly – We Sold Our Souls To Metal
08. Madball – Hardcore Lives
09. Rise Of The Northstar – Samurai Spirit
01. Blues Pills – Lady In Gold
02. Kadavar – Last Living Dinosaur
03. Witchcraft – It’s Not Because Of You
04. Graveyard – The Apple & The Tree
05. Crobot – Legend Of the Spaceborne Killer
06. Orchid – Wizard Of War
07.Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
01. Opeth - Sorceress
02. Enslaved – One Thousand Years Of Pain
03. Avatarium – The Girl With The Raven Mask
04. The Doomsday Kingdom – Never Machine
01. Suicide Silence - Doris
02. The Charm The Fury – Down On The Ropes
03. Forever Still – Miss Madness
04. Fallujah – The Void Alone
05. Fleshgod Apocalypse – In Aeternum
06. Aversions Crown - Ophiophagy
01. Thy Art Is Murder – Holy War
02. Carnifex – Drown Me In Blood
03. Despised Icon - Beast
04. Rings Of Saturn - Inadequate
05. All Shall Perish – There Is Nothing Left
06. Bury Tomorrow - Earthbound
DVD & 4CD box
CD1 (1992 - 2003)
01. Gorefest – State Of Mind
02. Benediction – I Bow To None
03. Meshuggah – Terminal Illusions
04. Hypocrisy – Roswell 47
05. Dimmu Borgir – Mourning Palace
06. Hammerfall - Trailblazers
07. Sinner – Devil‘s River
08. Destruction – The Butcher Strikes Back
09. Sinergy – The Bitch Is Back
10. Primal Fear – Angel In Black
11. Soilwork - Needlefeast
12. Kataklysm – Manipulator Of Souls
13. Immortal - Tyrants
14. Anthrax – What Doesn’t Die
15. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – Ride On
16. Helloween – Hell Was Made In Heaven
01. Exodus - Blacklist
02. Edguy - Mysteria
03. Death Angel – Thrown To The Wolves
04. Nightwish – Wish I Had An Angel
05. Wintersun – Winter Madness
06. Sonata Arctica - Wildfire
07. Agnostic Front – So Pure To Me
08. Gotthard – Anytime Anywhere
09. Therion – To Mega Therion
10. Subway To Sally - Sieben
11. Deathstars - Blitzkrieg
12. Rage – Turn My World Around
13. Threshold – This Is Your Life
14. Sonic Syndicate - Denied
15. Samael – Ave!
16. Nile – As He Creates So He Destroys
CD3 (2007 – 2011)
01. Avantasia – Another Angel Down
02. Eluveitie – Inis Mona
03. Testament – More Than Meets The Eye
04. Equilibrium - Snüffel
05. Pain – Monkey Business
06. Amorphis – Silver Bride
07. Epica – Burn To A Cinder
08. Overkill - Ironbound
09. Immolation – A Glorious Epoch
10. Blind Guardian – Ride Into Obsession
11. Accept – Pandemic
12. Forbidden - Hopenosis
13. Graveyard – No Good, Mr Holden
14. Sepultura - Spectrum
CD4 (2012 - 2017)
01. Slayer – Repentless
02. Sabaton – The Lion From The North
03. Kreator – Your Heaven, My Hell
04. Enslaved - Veilburner
05. Hatebreed – Nothing Scars Me
06. Kadavar – Doomsday Machine
07. Carcass – Noncompliance To ASTM F899-12 Standard
08. Behemoth – Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
09. Killer Be Killed – Wings Of Feather And Wax
10. Blues Pills - Jupiter
11. Machine Head – Now We Die
12. Cradle Of Filth – The Vampyre At My Side
13. Lamb Of God - 512
14. Thy Art Is Murder – Holy War
15. Opeth – Will O The Wisp
16. Paradise Lost – From the Gallows
01. Slayer – Repentless
02. Nightwish – Élan
03. Sabaton – Uprising
04. Accept – Teutonic Terror
05. Machine Head – Now We Die
06. Anthrax – Safe Home
07. Testament – Native Blood
08. Doro – Love’s Gone To Hell
09. Battle Beast – King For A Day
10. Avantasia – Lost In Space
11. Black Star Riders – Dancing With The Wrong Girl
12. Blind Guardian – A Voice In The Dark
13. Metal Church – Reset
14. Kreator – Civilization Collapse
15. Dimmu Borgir – Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
16. Cradle Of Filth – Heartbreak And Seance
17. In Flames – The End
18. Meshuggah – Bleed
19. Fear Factory - Dielectric
20. Children Of Bodom - Transference
21. Carcass – Unfit For Human Consumption
22. Kataklysm – Elevate
23. Soilwork – Death In General
24. Death Angel – Truce
25. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
26. Epica – Never Enough
27. Sonata Arctica – Flag In The Ground
28. Twilight Force – Flight Of The Sapphire Dragon
29. Amorphis – Sacrifice
30. Avatarium – Pearls And Coffins
31. Eluveitie – Omnos
32. Equilibrium – Blut Im Auge
33. Rise Of The Northstar – Samurai Spirit
34. Suicide Silence – You Can’t Stop Me
35. Soulfly - Archangel
36. Exodus – Blood In Blood Out
37. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
38. Grand Magus – Steel Versus Steel
39. Blues Pills – Lady In Gold
40. Graveyard – Hisingen Blues
41. Hell – On Earth As It Is In Hell
42. Korpiklaani – Rauta
43. Pain – The Great Pretender
44. Deathstars – All The Devil’s Toys
The first single, "Baby Coffee," earned most added honors at Billboard and hit the SiriusXM playlist ahead of Friday's album release, leading to a distribution deal.
DESTIN (18 August 2017): No sophomore slump for contemporary jazz-pop artist Michael J. Thomas, who released his second album, "Driven," on Friday on the Harbor Breeze Records imprint. The ten-song set burst out of the gate jolted by a wave of national airplay for the first single, "Baby Coffee," earning Billboard most-added honors in its debut week followed by an add at SiriusXM's Watercolors, leading the saxophonist-vocalist to sign a distribution deal for the project with Perry Music Group/Sony Music.
It's been seven years since Thomas issued his instrumental debut album, "City Beat," and six years since he made his vocal debut with the infectious standalone single "I Think About Amy," which peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard chart after a remix by two-time Grammy winner Paul Brown. "Driven" is his first collection to combine sax-led soul-jazz instrumentals and R&B-pop vocal tunes that showcase a voice that programmers and reviewers have compared to Michael Jackson and George Michael. It's a varied, exhilarating session written and produced by Thomas and longtime collaborator Shannon Wallace with additional tracks produced by Oli Silk, Trammell Starks and Music Man Dre Forbes.
"I got the bug to record a new album in 2014. I hadn't written anything new in a while and all of these melodies and lyrics were hitting me. However, the songs didn't all fit into one genre, but I recorded them anyway. I decided that this would be a passion project for me more than trying to write music that fits the traditional model," said the Destin, Florida-based Thomas, who is submitting "Driven" for Grammy nomination consideration. "I titled the album after one of the pop-oriented songs I wrote that has to do with staying driven and motivated to compete."
While "Baby Coffee" has all the makings of a late summer instrumental hit -percolating groove, stimulating funk beats and energizing horn-powered harmonies - Thomas opens the disc with the shimmering and slick "My Love," one of four vocal numbers. An empowering vocal drop adds street cred to "In America, You Can Do It!," an instrumental inspired by Thomas's alto sax and Gino Rosaria's glistening keyboards. "You Know You Got This" is another confidence-building instrumental. A Minneapolis-style old-school funk party meets disco vibe breaks out on "Girls Got Moves," a dance floor filler vocal tune that also closes the album in instrumental form. The percussive instrumental "Make Me Crazy" is an aggressive agitator that showcases Thomas trading barbs during an extended improvisational breakdown with trumpeter Paul Scurto. A congenial "Get Your Smooth On" benefits from a luminous anthemic chorus. Thomas caresses on the intimate "Say Goodbye" with a mix of heartbreak vocals and a tender soprano sax solo followed by the reassuring Quiet Storm instrumental affirmation "Never Gonna Leave You." The title track offers a take-no-prisoners attack on raw ambition as kinetic beats, incendiary horn and synth blasts, and a screaming electric guitar solo from Mark Jaimes (Simply Red) ignite this scorching vocal number.
Underneath the invigorating instrumental veneer and the pure power pop panache that make "Driven" a bright, vibrant and an assured listen, there is a vulnerable artist who struggled to overcome an intense personal crisis to complete the record.
"'Driven' is very personal and represents a particularly sensitive and difficult period that I endured emotionally. I started writing it in the midst of a romantic relationship. Tragically, she passed away and I didn't know if I could finish the album after dealing with depression in the aftermath. But I did and I continue to push forward. That's what I want the takeaway to be from this album."
The "Driven" album contains the following songs:
"In America, You Can Do It!"
"You Know You Got This"
"Girls Got Moves"
"Make Me Crazy"
"Get Your Smooth On"
"Never Gonna Leave You"
"Girls Got Moves" (instrumental)
For more information, please visit https://michaeljthomas.net.
Foto: met toestemming van Rick Scott.
KEEPING THE CLASSIC AMERICAN STRING BAND TRADITION ALIVE FOR A NEW GENERATION, NYC PHENOMENON - THE EBONY HILLBILLIES - STIR UP THE ORGANIC SOUL, FUNK, ROMANCE & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS ON THEIR LATEST ALBUM, ‘5 MILES FROM TOWN’
Launched on the streets of NYC, The Ensemble Has Performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center And Appeared on the BBC, ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Other Networks
THE EBONY HILLBILLIES
From the street corners of Manhattan to the hallowed stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to TV appearances on the BBC and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” The Ebony Hillbillies are a true phenomenon, reviving the lost art form and American legacy of string band music for a whole new generation.
Continuing to bring a fresh urgency to the genre for a 21st Century world in need of some deep musical education, the dynamic ensemble – led by Henrique Prince (fiddle, vocals) with Norris Bennett (banjo, mountain dulcimer, guitar, vocals), Gloria Thomas Gassaway (on vocals and bones), acoustic bassist William “Salty Bill” Salter (3x-Grammy winning co-writer of legendary pop hits like “Where is the Love” and “Just The Two of Us”), Allanah Salter (shaker, vocals), Newman Taylor Baker (washboard percussion) and A.R. on “cowboy” percussion kit - are releasing their latest full length album, 5 Miles From Town.
Infused with the Hillbillies’ trademark mix of pop, country, bluegrass, folk and jazz, the full length collection reflects a soulful, gritty and alternately funky, romantic and socially conscious place where toes are always tapping, percussion is slapping, fiddles are jamming, front porch chairs are rocking, banjos are plucking and voices are raised in determination and triumph.
Mixing lively instrumentals and vocals over the course of 11 tracks and 3 alternately playful and hard-hitting snippets/skits, the group performs everything from a down home fiddle jam (“Hog”), the gentle romantic cautionary tale "Fork in the Road” and an intimate cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” to the incisive social commentaries “Another Man Done Gone (Hands Up Don’t Shoot)” (about black men and police shootings) and “I’m on My Way To Brooklyn,” which rolls as a lighthearted NYC inspired spiritual until the end...and three gunshots.
The Ebony Hillbillies started out on the streets of Manhattan, but their vibe and influence has extended over the years to acclaimed live performances at legendary venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; appearances on the BBC, Good Morning America, NBC, CBS, etc., international music workshops and festivals, visual artist collaborations at museums (including The Whitney with phenom Kara Walker and The Smithsonian Museum), Guest school programs, Foot stomping and Hand-clapping Dance parties and more. In the digital era, they have sold thousands of hard copies of their four CDs – Sabrina’s Holiday, I Thought You Knew, Barefoot and Flying and 2015's Slappin’ A Rabbit – Live! – at their shows and via their globally popular website, www.theEbonyHillbillies.com
EH CONTACT INFO.
Please contact us directly at www.theEbonyHillbillies.com
Foto: met toestemming van Tom Estey
18-08-2017 BE, Eeklo @ Herbakkersfestival.
Cathubodua supporting Battle Beast:
19-08-2017 BE, Maasmechelen @ Jan Hertog.
19-08-2017 BE, Zottegem @ De Platte Batterie.
Air Raid + Cloven Hoof + Riot V:
25-08-2017 BE, Beveren Leie/Waregem @ 'T Klokhuis.
27-08-2017 BE, Charleroi @ Taverne Les Anges.
Poseydon + Elusion:
01-09-2017 BE, Oud-Turnhout @ Frietrock Fest.
Tempations for the Weak:
03-09-2017 BE, Oud-Turnhout @ Frietrock Fest.
Night supporting Dead Lord:
08-09-2017 BE, Roeselare @ De Verlichte Geest.
09-09-2017 BE, Roeselare @ De Verlichte Geest.
09-09-2017 BE, Geraardsbergen @ Gaverrock Fest.
Night supporting Dead Lord:
10-09-2017 NL, Nijmegen @ Doornroosje.
Carnation + Ostrogoth:
16-09-2017 BE, Gent @ Minus One.
Royal Jake + Stand For Truth:
16-09-2017 NL, Terneuzen @ De PIT.
29-09-2017 BE, Heule @ JC Den Ast/Pagan Night 2017.
30-09-2017 BE, Sint-Niklaas @ Den Eglantier/Judasfest.
Elusion + Solitude Within + Fabulae Dramatis:
30-09-2017 BE, Olen @ JH Den JOC(CD Releaseshow from Fabulae Dramatis).
30-09-2017 BE, Aarschot @ De Klinker(Album Releaseshow).
30-09-2017 BE, Landegem @ Meetjeslandegem 2 Fest.
04-10-2017 NL, Amsterdam @ Melkweg.
05-10-2017 NL, Eindhoven @ Effenaar.
Guilty As Charged:
07-10-2017 BE, Brugge @ Barock.
Elusion + Cathubodua:
07-10-2017 BE, Antwerpen @ Rocking Bull.
08-10-2017 BE, Brussel @ Botanique.
09-10-2017 BE, Mons @ Titans Club.
14-10-2017 BE, Roeselare @ Evil or Die Fest.
Bring On The Bloodshed:
14-10-2017 NL, Oostburg @ Kashfest.
The Agonist + Sirenia:
14-10-2017 NL, Nijverdal @ Cult Art Shop.
20-10-2017 NL, Purmerend @ P3.
God Is An Astronaut:
20-10-2017 NL, Leeuwarden @ Into The Void Festival.
The Agonist + Sirenia:
21-10-2017 BE, Roeselare @ De Verlichte Geest.
22-10-2017 BE, Antwerpen @ Trix Venue.
Guilty As Charged:
28-10-2017 BE, Oostkamp @ JOC Den Artisjoc.
28-10-2017 BE, Antwerpen @ Trix Venue.
31-10-2017 NL, Utrecht @ Tivoli.
03-11-2017 NL, Apeldoorn @ Brainstorm Festival.
WildHeart + Scarved:
04-11-2017 BE, Deerlijk @ MACC Fest/CC DE Wieken.
Cathubodua + Dyscordia + Grave Digger:
04-11-2017 BE, Geraardsbergen @ JH De Spiraal/Black-Out Bash Fest V.
04-11-2017 BE, Lens @ Neith Festival.
11-11-2017 BE, Antwerpen @ Zappa(CD Releaseshow).
25-11-2017 BE, Leopoldsburg @ BMU Pub-gig.
07-12-2017 BE, Leuven @ Depot.
08-12-2017 BE, Hasselt @ Muziekodroom.
09-12-2017 BE, Gent @ Vooruit.
Blast From The Past Festival:
09-12-2017 BE, Kuurne @ Kubox.
14-12-2017 BE, Luik @ Reflector.
15-12-2017 BE, Antwerpen @ Trix.
16-12-2017 BE, Kortrijk @ De Kreun.
Guilty As Charged + Dyscordia:
16-12-2017 BE, Kuurne @ Buurthuis 't Senter/Gèsfakrock Fest.
Jinjer supporting Arch Enemy:
24-01-2018 BE, Antwerpen @ Trix Venue.
Hardcore day 13/10 - ARKANGEL (20th anniversary show) / ANGEL CREW / L'ESPRIT DU CLAN / BUN DEM OUT / 50 CALIBER / CROWSVIEW / MINDED FURY / HOLD THE CROWN
Metal day 14/10 - PRIMAL FEAR (20th anniversary show) / OSTROGOTH / THURISAZ (20th anniversary show) / REJECT THE SICKNESS / FIELDS OF TROY / FRACTURED INSANITY / Mr MYST / DECONSECRATE / NIL MISERANS
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31 augustus 1974….. een datum om nooit te vergeten en die ook in de toekomst nooit vergeten mag worden, een datum die niet meer weg te denken is uit de geschiedenislijn van Nederland.
Daarom beheert Museum RockArt in samenwerking met Stichting Norderney voor een belangrijk deel het cultureel erfgoed van de Zeezender Radio Veronica.
In Museum RockArt zal tot in lengte van jaren de geschiedenis van de Zeezender Radio Veronica een prominente rol blijven vervullen. Het behoort immers tot het Cultureel Nederlands Historisch Erfgoed.
Museum RockArt organiseert jaarlijks op 31 augustus de Zeezender Radio Veronica Dag waar we terug kijken deze periode met veel muziek en mooie verhalen.
Geopend van 11.00 tot 18.00 uur.
Entree € 7,50 per persoon
3151 XP Hoek van Holland
Unreleased Album Recorded Circa 1982 By Country Superstar BILLIE JO SPEARS Will Finally See The Light Of Day!
On August 18, Goldenlane Records is proud to release C’est La Vie, the LOST ALBUM from country singer Billie Jo Spears that has been rescued from the archives, remastered, and released here for the very first time! Music fans will know that Spears had an incredible 5 decade career beginning with a string of chart topping hit single in the late ‘60s & ‘70s including the #1 classic “Blanket On The Ground.” The tracks for C’est La Vie were recorded just on the heels of that massive success in the capital of country music, Nashville, TN, by producer John Blower for Double B Records. However, the recordings were shelved as Spears pursued a career revival across the pond in the UK where she became known as the “Queen Mother of Country Music.” C’est La Vie is an impressive album that includes Spears’ heartfelt interpretations of intimate ballads “Apart At The Dreams” and “I’m Not Good At Goodbye” plus a fantastic countrified take on Chuck Berry’s “(You Never Can Tell) C’est La Vie!” Fans of Billie Jo Spears and ‘80s country music will not want to miss out on this terrific treasure of an album!
1. (You Never Can Tell) C’est La Vie
2. Apart At The Dreams
3. I Can Hear Kentucky Calling Me
4. Why Don’t We Go Dancing
5. Reaching Out For Someone
6. When I Dream
7. 7 Lonely Days
9. That Wrong Road
11. Everytime Two Fools Collide
13. I’m Not Good At Goodbye
Buy the CD: https://www.amazon.com/Cest-Vie-Billie-Jo-Spears/dp/B0721Q8X39
Buy the digital version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cest-la-vie/id1266860744
VZW Nonsense (i.s.m. BICC 't Poorthuis) presenteert 31 oktober 2017: The Paladins (USA) en Dry Riverbed Trio (NL)
Photo credit: Stefan Meekers ©
The Paladins (USA)
The Paladins uit San Diego is één van de beste rock ’n roll-bluesbands die je live op het podium kunt tegenkomen. Ze combineren rockabilly en country uit de jaren vijftig met blues en jazz.
Hun rootsrock en rockabilly is al vijfendertig jaar gerijpt, als een goede whisky op een eikenhouten vat. The Paladins werd begin jaren tachtig opgericht op de middelbare school, door gitarist Dave Gonzales en contrabassist Thomas Yearsley.
Met grofweg 200 shows over de hele wereld verkreeg de band de reputatie als een van de hardst werkende bands van Amerika en bouwde ze zo een reputatie op als één van de meest iconische bands in het genre.
Na 3 passages op Blues Peer speelt de band nogmaals in Peer, het Memphis van de lage landen. Met onder de arm een fonkelnieuw album, New World, de eerste Paladins studioplaat in bijna 15 jaar!
The Paladins treden op in de originele bezetting: Dave Gonzalez (Gitaar/Zang), Thomas Yearsley (Upright Bass/Zang) en Brian Fahey (Drums) - www.paladinsband.com
Dry Riverbed Trio (NL)
Onder leiding van Rhythmn Chief Dusty Ciggaar op zang en gitaar speelt dit trio de sterren van de hemel met een heerlijke mix van authentieke rockabilly, country en blues uit de 40’s en 50’s. Dit trio, met ruime ervaring in diverse bands, brengt met jong enthousiasme en muzikale kunde een set om van te smullen.
Met Dusty Ciggaar (Zang/gitaar), Darryl Ciggaar (Drums/Zang) en Ronald Tilgenkamp (Upright Bass/Zang) - www.facebook.com/dryriverbedtrio
De Amerikaanse countryzanger Glen Campbell is dinsdag gestorven, zo berichten Amerikaanse media. De man was 81 jaar en leed al enkele jaren aan Alzheimer.
In België is hij vooral bekend met de hit “Rhinestone Cowboy”, ook bekend in de coverversie “Vreemde Vogels”, van Claire. Maar vooral in eigen land was Campbell een echte superster. Zijn loopbaan duurde meer dan zestig jaar, goed voor 45 miljoen verkochte platen en 21 top-40-hits. In 1968 verkocht de countryster zelfs meer platen dan The Beatles, schrijft het weekblad Rolling Stone.
Campbell was ook erg actief als sessiemuzikant en maakte zo deel uit van “The Wrecking Crew”, die tal van wereldhits hebben uitgevoerd, onder meer voor The Byrds, Elvis Presley, The Monkees, The Righteous Brothers en The Beach Boys. Voor die laatste groep verving hij Brian Wilson op tournee in 1964. Campbell acteerde ook even, in 1969 in de film True Grit, naast John Wayne.
In 2005 werd Campbell opgenomen in de Country Music Hall of Fame. Tijdens zijn afscheidstournee in 2011 werd de ziekte van Alzheimer bij hem vastgesteld.
Een onvervalste metalavond dient zich aan... Mastodon bestormt op 15 november de Ancienne Belgique, geflankeerd door Red Fang en Russian Circles! Dat wordt een avondje om u tegen te zeggen... De fans mogen zich daarnaast verheugen op een belangrijke gast en onafscheidelijke vriend van de band: Scott Kelly van Neurosis.
Met acht studioalbums op zak, mag Mastodon zich zonder twijfel één van de grote pijlers van de Amerikaanse metal-revival noemen. Sinds hun debuut ‘Remission’ (2002) krijgen Troy Sanders (bas/zang), Brent Hinds (gitaar/zang), Bill Kelliher (gitaar) en Brann Dailor (drums) de fans en de critici moeiteloos op hun hand. In april leverden ze een achtste meesterwerk af, dat meteen in de hoogste regionen van de Billboard Top Album Sales Chart te vinden was. Een prestatie die niet onopgemerkt voorbijging in de rockwereld. ‘Emperor of Sand’ is dan ook hun grootste succes tot nog toe. Na ‘Once More ‘Round the Sun’ (2014) en ‘The Hunter’ (2011) is het ook al hun derde langspeler die het tot in de top-10 van de Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart schopt.
Om deze mooie erkenning te vieren, tourt het viertal uit Atlanta dit najaar door Europa, vergezeld van Red Fang en Russian Circles, twee bands die het meer dan waard zijn om op tijd te komen! Red Fang is afkomstig uit Oregon en staat garant voor rasechte heavy metal, waarmee ze al vier intense platen uitbrachten. Russian Circles uit Chicago maakt post-metal met sludge-invloeden, en verzamelde met eveneens vier albums op de teller al een trouwe fanbase. Mastodon, dat voor het eerst sinds 2015 terugkeert naar de Europese zalen, verwent de fans en neemt goeie vriend en onafscheidelijke kompaan Scott Kelly mee, die ook al terug te vinden is op alle albums van de band sinds 2004. Wees erbij op 15 november in de AB! Tickets zijn verkrijgbaar vanaf donderdag 10 augustus om 10u.
DONDERDAG 10 AUGUSTUS, 10U
VASTE WAARDEN CENTRAAL OP NIGHT OF THE PROMS ‘CONTRAST’
MERKSEM – Het internationaal bekroonde muziekspektakel Night of the Proms, waar popartiesten hun nummers met groot orkest vertolken, kondigt op 10 augustus de eerste namen aan voor de concerten in Antwerpen en Hasselt. Voor het eerst wordt gewerkt met een thema: ‘Contrast’. Orkest, koor, band en backings zullen de Night of the Proms-beleving nog intenser maken door meer tussen het publiek op te treden.
Het huisorkest, dat voortaan speelt onder de naam ‘Antwerp Philharmonic Orchestra’, vormt traditioneel de spil van de 25 shows in Europese steden als Antwerpen, Hasselt, München, Hamburg en Rotterdam. Daarnaast staan nog andere concerten op het programma van het APO, dat ook werkt aan educatieve projecten rond klassieke en popmuziek.
Voor het derde jaar op rij speelt het orkest onder leiding van de Braziliaanse dirigente Alexandra Arrieche en neemt Kobe Ilsen de rol van gastheer op zich. Het 24-koppig huiskoor Fine Fleur, John Miles, backing vocals The Pretty Vanillas en de vaste band NOTP Backbone zijn uiteraard ook van de partij.
De eerste 3 soloartiesten en de klassieke act voor de Belgische line-up worden op 10 augustus aangekondigd.
Contrast als centraal thema, vaste waarden op de voorgrond
Binnen het thema ‘Contrast’ pakt Night of the Proms dit jaar uit met een nieuwigheid. In plaats van het koor, het orkest en de band enkel op het groot podium te laten zitten, worden zij dit jaar dichter bij het publiek gebracht.
“Onze orkestleden zijn voor vele fans even grote sterren als de andere muzikanten die we op Night of the Proms verwelkomen. Zij breien de uiteenlopende mix van hedendaagse en klassieke muziek naadloos en virtuoos aan elkaar”, legt Lode Vereecke van productiemaatschappij PSE-Belgium uit.
“We staan er soms niet meer bij stil dat onze muzikanten zowat 3 uur op het podium zitten en dat ze met zovelen, met meer dan 100, zijn. Dat blijft zelfs in grote zalen als het Sportpaleis en de Ethias Arena een uitzonderlijk gegeven. Voor ons als producent is dit inmiddels de normaalste zaak van de wereld, maar voor het publiek is het net die grootsheid die indruk maakt en overdondert”, gaat Lode Vereecke verder. “Dit jaar gaan we, op vraag van het publiek, die muzikanten dichter bij de toeschouwers zelf brengen. Uit onderzoek blijkt namelijk dat de fans een sterkere connectie willen maken met onze vaste waarden. Binnen het thema ‘Contrast’ gaan we onze muzikanten een duidelijker gezicht geven in de show. Hoe we dat gaan doen en hoe we het thema verder zullen uitwerken, verklappen we de komende maanden.”
Over Night of the Proms
Night of the Proms is een muziekspektakel met optredens van artiesten uit uiteenlopende genres, vermengd met klassieke muziek. Het concept werd al internationaal bekroond met een Emmy Award, een Goldene Kamera en een Live Entertainment Award. Het evenement werd door meer dan 10 miljoen bezoekers bijgewoond in Europa en de Verenigde Staten.
Night of the Proms is sinds 1985 een jaarlijks weerkerend evenement in het Sportpaleis. Dit jaar trekt het spektakel voor het tweede jaar ook naar de Ethias Arena in Hasselt. Night of the Proms is een productie van PSE-Belgium en speelt in november en december 2017 25 shows in diverse steden in België, Duitsland, Nederland en Luxemburg.
Night of the Proms 2017, in Ethias Arena Hasselt op woensdag 22 november om 20.30 uur, in Sportpaleis Antwerpen op donderdag 23, vrijdag 24 en zaterdag 25 november om 20.30 uur. Kaarten van 26 tot 52 euro. Bestellen via Tele Ticket Service 070/345.345 (max. € 0,30/min.), vanuit NL: 0900-45.000.45 (€ 0,45/min.) of www.notp.com/belgie. Groepstarieven en groepsboekingen (+20 personen) via 03 400 60 44 of firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On the heels of her debut radio release “Act Like A Lady”, iHeartRadio has selected British country artist Fiona Culley for their August Digital Artist Integration Program. As a featured single, the spot will run 3-4 times per day across iHeartRadio’s 126 country stations’ digital streams online. Produced by Tyler Cain and Zachary Maloy and written by Maloy, Culley and Jennifer Schott, the ‘addictive’ (B-Sides & Badlands) and ‘infectious’ (The Country Note) tune has also been added to Spotify’s premiere country playlist, ‘Wild Country’ HERE.
"The rock-esque style in the way of heavy guitar and drums blends beautifully with the slight rasp in Culley’s voice; add in the clever lyrics and the tune becomes infectious. She may speak with an English accent, but she sings like a cross between Carrie Underwood and Ann Wilson of Heart, thus setting herself up for a fruitful career."- The Country Note
For more information on Fiona Culley, visit http://www.fionaculley.com
About Fiona Culley
Hailing from Staffordshire, England, Culley made the move to Nashville in 2012 and diligently began writing, recording and honing her craft. Having been named the ‘Adele of Country’ by industry vet and hit producer Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Martina McBride, Sara Evans), Culley first raised eyebrows when her cover video of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” received more than 2 million views overnight. VH1 caught wind of the Culley’s stripped back take on the song and named it one of VH1’s Top 5 Cover Videos to Watch.
Culley recently recorded a duet with superstar and Grammy award-winning artist Darius Rucker, “Life On The Line.” Co-written by Culley, Darius, Cain and Meghan Linsey, “Life On The Line” is the theme song of a Lionsgate film of the same name starring John Travolta, Kate Bosworth and Sharon Stone which premiered in theatres on Nov. 18th. Rolling Stone Country exclusively premiered the music video for “Life On The Line.”
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CELEBRATED BiRDMAN SOUNDTRACK COMPOSER ANTONIO SÁNCHEZ RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM, BAD HOMBRE, AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 29
Native-Mexican, Now U.S. Citizen Draws Inspiration from Domestic Politics for New Music
Solo Project Composed, Performed, Recorded, Engineered and Produced Exclusively by Sánchez
Sánchez-Composed Soundtrack for New EPIX Show Get Shorty Premieres August 11
Riding the crest of a musical wave that began with his Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated score for Alejandro González Iñárritu's Academy Award-winning film, BiRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), followed by soundtracks composed for director Fernando León de Aranoa's Política, Manual de Instrucciones, and EPIX network's Get Shorty (premiering August 11), drummer/composer Antonio Sánchez returns with his most personal work to date, Bad Hombre (available September 29), his first true solo album - composed, performed, recorded, engineered, and produced exclusively by Sánchez.
Bad Hombre aligns its powerful musical message with a socio-political alert, based on Sánchez's concern for his country, his fellow American citizens, as well as those of his native Mexico. As spewed from the mouth of "The Combover Con Artist," the "Short-Fingered Vulgarian," a/k/a, President Donald J. Trump, Bad Hombre is also a call to arms.
"Becoming an American citizen was a very proud moment for me," Sánchez says. "I've been in this country for almost 25 years and I truly believe it's a unique country of immigrants of different races, backgrounds and religions that can ultimately coexist. But Donald Trump has agitated a false, misguided sense of nationalism that has slammed minorities' backs against the wall. His constant conspiracy theories about voter fraud are nothing but a plan to implement widespread voter suppression."
Self recorded in his new home studio, surging from Sánchez's subconscious, Bad Hombre is an impassioned suite of solo drumming improvisations shot-through with electronic textures that create fireworks of self-expression and fervent self-purging-another ingenious turn from the gifted 45-year-old musician.
"I've been taunted and bullied countless times on social media because I openly oppose Trump's views and policies and I'm very vocal about it," Sánchez adds. "When the trolling would take its ugliest shape, it would be about my Mexican heritage and about how we're a bunch of leeches that suck on the government's resources. About how they (the aggressors) surely paid for my education and or that we don't pay taxes and then it would only go lower from there."
While Bad Hombre reflects this current Dark Age, Sánchez's deepest feelings also expose an alter ego of sorts, a composer of turbulent, soothing, and occasionally malevolent electronic music atmospheres. (Think Miles Davis' Live-Evil meets Squarepusher's Music Is Rotted One Note paired to The Orb's Cydonia and Pan Sonic's Atomin Paluu). Left to his singular devices, Bad Hombre unleashes some of the most visceral and varied drumming of Sánchez's career, propelled by all the fiery passion of a battle cry. Bad Hombre confirms Antonio Sánchez-the solo drummer-as-storyteller-as one of the most gifted and innovative musicians of his generation.
"A lot of artists are not open about their political views, but to me it's part of the artist's duty," he says. "To speak up and make people think. Either literally or through art."
With the American presidential election looming, Sánchez found comfort and inspiration in the music of eclectic electronic artists. Listening to Bibio, Bjork, Little Dragon, Bonobo, Hiatus Kaiyote, Beck, Aphex Twin, Baths, and Boards of Canada stimulated Sánchez to compose "soundscapes that wouldn't necessarily work in a more conventional jazz setting. The amount of layering I was able to create opened up infinite sonic possibilities and I soon realized the only obstacle would be my own creativity."
Simultaneously, the "banality of evil" as personified in Donald Trump's candidacy set Sánchez's feelings ablaze.
"Art is a reflection of life," Sánchez says. "A surprising level of anger, frustration and awareness had grown in me due to the US political situation. The rise of Donald Trump and his xenophobic and racist rhetoric against Mexicans and other minorities troubled and angered me deeply because I'm a native Mexican and there was no other way interpret his rhetoric but as an insult and a threat. That experience dictated what kind of story this album would tell.
"We're living in one of the worst times in American political history," he adds. "The intolerance and hate that minorities are experiencing daily in America is extremely dangerous when implemented by some of Trump's most fervent and troubled followers. Friends of mine have suffered verbal and physical abuse. This level of animosity doesn't equal the principles that this country is meant to espouse."
Creating atmospheres with Native Instruments software and treating his drums with exotic muffling techniques and added percussion, Sánchez developed Bad Hombre's textural palette within an improvisational framework.
"Bad Hombre is an experimental project in that it's a complete departure from anything I've ever done in the past as a drummer, composer, producer and engineer," Sánchez says. "I didn't have a blueprint; it was all new to me. It was a steep, stressful, intriguing, and an amazingly fun learning curve.
"I recorded hours upon hours of solo drum improvisations," he recalls. "Grooves, solos, textures, anything I could come up with spontaneously. Sometimes my goal was to simply speed-up or slow-down, to see how that would make me play. Or I would only allow myself to play certain elements of the drum kit for effect. Then I took the improvisations and began editing the tracks into more concise pieces and adding layers of electronic instruments on top."
Determined to give voice to his Mexican heritage, Sánchez initially turned to Mariachi music, then the work of his 92-year-old Grandfather, Ignacio López Tarso-arguably the most revered working actor in all of Mexico-sampling his spoken words for opening track, "Bad Hombre Intro."
"You're hearing grandpa telling tales about the Mexican revolution with an excellent Mariachi band backing him up. That is very close to my heart. And it's amazing to hear his voice reciting poetry backed by my drums opening the record."
Also on "Bad Hombre Intro," Sánchez originally quoted Trump, saying 'We have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out,' sampled from a presidential debate.
"That phrase is so offensive to Latinos and so absurd," Sánchez says. "I wanted to have it in plain sight for people to be reminded of its absurdity, its malice and the character of its creator. Unfortunately, lawyers and label executives advised against it so I ended up replacing it with my voice and distorting it in a similar way as to how people that are being hunted or persecuted might sound on radio or TV answering his phrase. We're letting him know that we, 'The Bad Hombres,' have no intention of going anywhere."
"Bad Hombre is a continuation of BiRDMAN in way," Sánchez states. "After I realized the power of drums in a cinematic context I wanted to see where I could take it. And using electronic instruments gave me unlimited possibilities. It almost felt like writing in color compared to the standard of way of writing for musicians, which is more black and white. The sheer limitless possibilities, sonically speaking, opened a whole new world.
"Bad Hombre has been one of the most liberating endeavors I've experienced as a musician," Sánchez says. "My only constraint was my imagination. I had unlimited resources in my home studio; I could work at any time. Not having to deal with conventional melodies, chord changes, and forms inspired me-this all came from improvisation. It was like having an alter ego. The Bad Hombre."
When not recording or touring with renowned jazz guitarist/composer Pat Metheny, with whom the drummer shares a 17-year relationship, Sánchez maintains a demanding schedule with his own group, Migration.
Sánchez has recorded five albums as a leader including two with Migration, including 2013's New Life and 2015's The Meridian Suite. Sánchez's trio turn, Three Times Three (with John Scofield, Brad Mehldau, Joe Lovano, Christian McBride) was released in 2014, as well as the award-winning BiRDMAN soundtrack that same year, each release further expressing Sánchez's compositional mastery of conventional forms.
Sánchez recently scored ten episodes of the EPIX network series, Get Shorty, and is also preparing his next release, Channels of Energy, a collaboration with Vince Mendoza and the WDR Big Band performing his compositions (playing drums, as well).
Antonio Sánchez · Bad Hombre
Label: CAM JAZZ · Release Date: September 29, 2017
For more information on Antonio Sánchez, visit antoniosanchez.net
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Amper 23 jaar oud en reeds drie studioalbums op het palmares. Met een vierde onderweg! Voor ‘Hearts That Strain’, voorzien voor 1 september van dit jaar, trok Jake Bugg naar de studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Hij nam er zijn nieuwe songs op met enkele van de beste muzikanten in de populaire muziekgeschiedenis; Gene Chrisman en Bobby Woods en Grammy Award-bekroonde producers David Ferguson en Matt Sweeney. “Nashville is mad. Everybody plays out there. You go around somebody’s house for a few beers and just jam with them”, aldus Bugg. Eén van de artiesten waarmee hij aan het jammen ging, was The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Hij leverde een bijdrage voor drie nummers op de nieuwe plaat, waaronder de luchtige opener en eerste single “How Soon The Dawn”.
Op ‘Hearts That Strain’ is nog steeds dezelfde gouden stem en hetzelfde uitzonderlijke songwriterstalent te horen als op de nummers die Jake Bugg groot maakten, “Lightning Bolt”, “Two Fingers”, “Seen It All”, “Broken”... Op het nieuwe studioalbum is het nog even wachten, maar je kan de jonge wolf binnenkort wel live aan het werk zien, want op zaterdag 19 augustus speelt hij de mainstage van Pukkelpop plat. En er is meer, want vandaag kondigt Jake Bugg ook zijn terugkeer naar onze zalen aan. Op zaterdag 28 oktober brengt hij zijn ‘Solo Acoustic Tour’ naar de Arenbergschouwburg in Antwerpen. Een intieme akoestische set, die je niet mag missen! Tickets voor dat concert zijn beschikbaar vanaf volgende week vrijdag 11 augustus om 10u
VRIJDAG 11 AUGUSTUS
(PRIJS INCL. SERVICEKOSTEN)
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JAKE BUGG SHARES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO ‘HOW SOON THE DAWN’
ALBUM ‘HEARTS THAT STRAIN’ OUT SEPTEMBER 1st
UNIQUE ACOUSTIC SOLO SHOW AT ARENBERGSCHOUWBURG OCTOBER 28th
28.10 ARENBERGSCHOUWBURG ANTWERPEN
Jake Bugg releases his stunning new album ‘Hearts That Strain’, recorded in Nashville, September 1st on Virgin EMI. The first taste of which is the breezy single ‘How Soon The Dawn’, a collaboration with Dan Auerbach that was premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, August 2nd. Watch the video for ‘How Soon The Dawn’ HERE.
Working with Grammy Award winning producer David Ferguson and Matt Sweeney, Jake recorded the album in Nashville with some of the best players in the history of popular music. As part of American Sound Studio’s legendary house band The Memphis Boys, Gene Chrisman and Bobby Woods provided the chops on such pivotal records as Dusty In Memphis, In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds and Dark End Of The Street, cutting their teeth in sessions with Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick.
“They’re old guys but they’re amazing,” Jake says. “It was ten to five and then that’s it. They'd pack up and we’d done two or three tunes. It was a mad vibe being from England and meeting these absolute legends and then cutting some tracks with them.”
Jake Bugg will step out for an intimate solo acoustic tour. In Belgium he will play in the beautiful Arenbergschouwburg in Antwerpon October 28th. Tickets go on sale August 11th. Check out the tour dates HERE.
Listen to ‘How Soon The Dawn’: HERE.
TRACKLISTING ‘HEARTS THAT STRAIN’
How Soon The Dawn
In The Event Of My Demise
Man On The Stage
Hearts That Strain
I Can Burn Alone
Every Colour In The World
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Op donderdag 17 augustus organiseert Brightfish, de regie voor bioscoopreclame, in samenwerking met Ozark Henry een uniek event in cinema: een volledig audio-onderdompeling in de wereld van Ozark Henry.
Niet alleen zullen bioscoopbezoekers een groot deel van het nieuwe album ‘US’ te horen krijgen in magistraal 3D-geluid. Ook krijgen zij de documentaire van Dimitri Van Zeebroeck over Ozark Henry op het grote scherm te zien.
Voor deze documentaire - “Music for the Film that Never Was” - volgde regisseur Van Zeebroeck anderhalf jaar lang de zanger tijdens de opnames van z’n vorige album ‘Paramount’. Dat album was het eerste dat werd opgenomen met de ‘immersive sound’ technologie.
Muziek in surround geluid beleven
Piet Goddaer, de man achter Ozark Henry, is één van de drijvende krachten achter deze vernieuwende manier van muziek beleven. Hij praatte al op meerdere nationale en internationale congressen over de impact van surround geluid en hoe de muziekbeleving zo een extra dimensie krijgt. Voor hem moet de luisteraar geplaatst worden tussen de muzikanten, op het podium, volledig omgeven door zang en muziek.
En nu, voor het eerst, kan het Belgische publiek die ervaring zelf beleven in de bioscoop. Het evenement zal worden ingeleid door Piet zelf.
Legendary AOR singer/songwriter (Emmy Award winning recording artist) and melodic rock icon STAN BUSH to release his 13th studio album, Change The World, on September 22nd via L.A. Records/Cargo Records worldwide.
The “Change the World” album also includes “Warrior”, featured in the Shadow Warrior 2 game. The title track “Change the World”, one of Stan Bush’s best songs contains a message of hope and unity. “Born to Win” and “Live Your Dream” are songs about winning and believing in yourself. “The Story of Love” is a power-ballad about how confusing love can be. Another amazing song is the closing track, “The Secret” which contains a powerful message of love. The all-time classic Stan Bush songs “The Touch” and “Dare” from “Transformers: The Movie” round out this masterpiece of an album. Look for Stan Bush to break through to a worldwide audience with this gem of an album!
The album was produced, engineered and mixed by Holger Fath at The Barn Studios, Moorpark, CA and mastered at Aftermaster Audio, Hollywood, CA.
Stan Bush - Lead vocals and backing vocals
Holger Fath - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Tom Walsh - Drums
World-class rock singer, Stan Bush is best known for his song “The Touch” featured in “Transformers: The Movie”. An anthem for Transformers fans around the world, “The Touch” was also featured in the movie “Boogie Nights”, on Chuck (NBC), and American Dad (Fox), The Goldbergs (ABC), Guitar Hero, and the Saints Row IV game. Stan Bush was inducted into the Transfomers Hall of Fame in 2014.
In 1997 Stan Bush won an Emmy Award for Best Original Song, "Til I Was Loved By You". Another of his songs "Capture the Dream" was featured in the 1996 Olympics. His tracks were used in two Jean-Claude Van Damme films: "Kickboxer", a major film sequel to the action adventure film, "Bloodsport." Stan Bush has written with many top songwriters like Jonathan Cain (Journey), Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams; Aerosmith), and Paul Stanley of Kiss. Stan Bush has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Kevin Godley Begins PledgeMusic Campaign For New Solo Album “MUSCLE MEMORY” & Seeks Musical Collaborators
10cc/Godley & Creme legend Kevin Godley is starting a PledgeMusic campaign for his highly anticipated new solo album “MUSCLE MEMORY.” What makes this album special, along with being his very first solo album, is that it will be comprised of collaborations between Kevin and, as yet, a cast of unknown musicians submitting instrumental tracks that he can turn into songs.
Kevin Godley's PledgeMusic campaign will have digital, CD and LP versions of the album available plus other merchandise and live experiences in the form of a workshop, video shoot visit and listening party/Q&A.
View the project here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/kevin-godley-muscle-memory
Write and record with me:
Recently something happened that eclipsed any songwriting techniques I'd learned in 10cc or Godley & Creme. Out of the blue, I was sent 2 recorded instrumental tracks with requests to write melodies and lyrics and turn them into songs. Both tracks came from people I'd never met and still haven’t.
We communicated by email and all I did was load their tracks into Garageband and react to them vocally. Experiencing this kind of remote collaboration and its results has been transformational for me, as I believe I've recorded 2 of my best ever songs and “MUSCLE MEMORY,” as I'm calling the album, will be about opening this collaborative door a lot wider.
It's my first time out fronting a record so it's exciting and daunting in equal measure but it's something I've wanted to do for a long time and with your help I intend to make it count. The idea is to work on 10 new tracks that inspire me and share the copyright 50/50 with each writer or co-writers. It's that simple.
Please send me your music:
That's any genre, any tempo, any mood, but please don’t send me anything too predictable! I thrive on unusual structures and sounds. Tracks must be original, instrumental recordings, ideally lasting between 3 and 5 mins and should be uploaded as stereo mixes to: email@example.com
Just to be really clear…submissions are open to anyone. That's new and emerging acts through to established musicians. I've already had interest from a few significant artists but my selection process will be totally democratic so I won't be revealing any names until I've listened to everyone and everything and begun to select my 10 collaborators.
The timeline of the release will depend on the submissions, but I plan to have the album released in the first half of 2018 and will be posting regular updates along the way to keep you informed of its progress.
Around the album's release I'll be opening the door for both creatives and fans to be a part of the album recording process, with live events taking place which you can Pledge to be a part of.
Thanks for reading!
Terms & Conditions for submissions:
- Each submission must be an original recording made by the submitter in a stereo WAV format and ideally be around 3-5 minutes long.
- All submissions must consist of 100% original content, composed by the submitter. No covers or samples are to be included.
- The submitter must have retained and own all rights associated with the composition and must have sole rights to the material submitted.
- Audio stems must be available.
- The submission must not have previously been published or included in any other published work.
- The submitter agrees that any submitted work may form the basis of a joint collaboration with KG.
- KG does not guarantee working with any particular party with regards to their submission, but in the instances that he does, the revised/reworked “Collaboration Composition” (CC) will become the joint property of both KG and the submitter.
- All publishing copyrights to Collaboration Content will be owned 50:50 between KG and the owner/submitter of the original material.
- Any publishing income derived from the publishing of or any use of the Collaboration Content, will be split 50:50 be-tween the parties.
- The submitter agrees to allow any and all collaborative compositions to be used by KG for the purpose of creating an audio track and/or album.
- The level of collaborative interaction between KG and collaborators will be down to KG’s discretion.
- All submissions must be made via WeTransfer.com to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact details in the message. Please do not approach KG directly.
Workshop: Join Kevin Godley part way through recording the album and add your own voices and sounds to some of the tracks. He will record you, demo his studio techniques and talk guests through the record’s progress. The evening will conclude with an informal Q&A session.
Video Shoot Visit: Visit the set or location during the shooting of a video for a key album track and maybe get the opportunity to appear on-camera as an extra.
Album Playback and Q&A: Attend an exclusive Album Playback with Kevin Godley to hear the finished record before anyone else and take part in an informal Q&A session about the recording of the new album. Date and location TBC.
Singer Johnny Rawls Boards the Soul-Blues Express on New CD, Waiting for the Train, Coming September 15
Catfood Records announces a September 15 release date for Waiting for the Train, the new CD from Blues Music Award-winning singer Johnny Rawls. Produced by multi-Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines, Waiting for the Train was recorded at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, with additional recording at Bessie Blue Studio in Stantonville, Tennessee. On the new disc, Rawls is backed by his long-standing recording unit, The Rays: Johnny McGhee – guitar; Bob Trenchard – bass; Richy Puga – drums; Dan Ferguson – keyboards; Andy Roman – alto/tenor sax; Mike Middleton – trumpet; Nick Flood – baritone/tenor sax; Joel Chavarria – trombone; with Jon Olazabal – percussion; and backing vocals by Janelle Thompson and Shakara Weston.
Waiting for the Train features six originals (five co-written by Rawls and one by labelmate James Armstrong and Bob Trenchard), with Johnny adding his own distinctive vocal stamp on songs previously recorded by Wilson Pickett (“I’m in Love”), Bob Dylan (“I Shall Be Released”), Tyrone Davis (“Turning Point”) and Syl Johnson (“We Did It”).
Some background on the players on Waiting for the Train: Jon Olazabal, the percussionist, is a member of popular Southern California band The Dirty Heads, who’ve hit it big headlining festivals and touring coast-to-coast. Background singers Janelle Thompson and Shakara Weston are members of the Neo Soul group S4TG. Johnny McGhee was an L.A. - Motown session player before joining LTD. Richy Puga, Dan Ferguson, Andy Roman and Bob Trenchard have been together since the group Kay Kay and Rays started 20 years ago. Johnny Rawls is traveling to Europe three times in 2017 and still playing 150 dates a year. His last CD, Tiger in a Cage, reached #1 on the Living Blues Radio Chart and remained at #1 for 14 weeks on the Roots Music Soul Blues Chart. It also made the Downbeat Magazine Critic's Best of the Year Poll list, just as his two previous albums did.
About Johnny Rawls
Born in the southern Mississippi town of Columbia, and raised in Purvis and Gulfport, Johnny Rawls - while still in high school - was already backing such stars as Z.Z. Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and The Sweet Inspirations when they toured in his area. In his early 20s, Rawls was hired by the legendary deep soul singer, O.V. Wright, as his band director. After Wright died in 1979, Rawls kept the band together and toured for several years with Little Johnny Taylor and others.
By 1985, Johnny Rawls was touring as a solo artist and had made his first solo recording. In 1994, he recorded the widely acclaimed album, Down to Earth, with L.C. Luckett on the Rooster Blues label. After a second Rooster Blues album with Luckett, Rawls recorded a number of albums for JSP before starting his own label. Rawls first met Catfood Records president Bob Trenchard in 1997 and the two have worked on a number of projects together since then, culminating when he released his first album for the label, No Boundaries, in 2005
Rawls garnered previous Blues Music Award nominations for his albums Heart and Soul in 2007, and Red Cadillac in 2009. Both Red Cadillac and Ace of Spades were nominated for Album of the Year by Living Blues and his last six albums have all charted top ten on blues charts with Red Cadillac reaching #1 on the Living Blues Radio Play Chart. Ace of Spades hit the #4 spot, remaining in the top 20 for three months.
Johnny’s 2012 CD, Soul Survivor, garnered him two more Blues Music Award nominations and followed Memphis Still Got Soul (2011), which received three. He’s been nominated numerous times in both the Soul Blues Male Artist and Soul Blues Album categories by The Blues Foundation, and his Ace of Spades CD won the BMA in 2010 as “Soul Blues Album of the Year. In 2014, he was voted Living Blues magazine’s “Male Blues Artist of the Year” and three of his albums have won the Living Blues “Critics' Choice Southern Soul Album of the Year.”
Johnny Rawls photo: http://www.markpuccimedia.com/Johnny-Rawls-by-Dusty-Blues.jpg
For more information, visit www.catfoodrecords.com and www.johnnyrawlsblues.com.
Release Date for New CD from The Original Blues Brothers Band featuring Steve Cropper & “Blue Lou” Marini,
Severn Records announces an October 6 release date for The Last Shade of Blue Before Black, the new album from the legendary Original Blues Brothers Band, featuring guitarist Steve Cropper and sax player “Blue Lou” Marini, with special guests Eddie Floyd, Joe Louis Walker, Paul Shaffer, Dr. John, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Joe Morton.
“Had anyone told me in 1978 that in 2017 I would still be traveling around the world and playing with the Blues Brothers’ Band, I would have said they were out of their minds,” says “Blue Lou” Marini. “But, amazingly here we are with a new CD and still playing all over the world. This album is a true labor of love and I’m so proud of the organic way it came about. We really wanted to honor our history and to include some of our favorite musicians that we’ve worked with and loved over the years. We have the legends, Eddie Floyd and Dr. John, plus our original band leader, Paul Shaffer and the great bluesman Joe Louis Walker.
“We also have Tom ‘Bones’ Malone playing and arranging, and cameos from Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy and Joe Morton, a star from our second movie. We are also thrilled to have former members David Spinozza on guitar, Birch Johnson on trombone, and my steady sub, Baron Raymonde on alto sax.”
The Last Shade of Blue Before Black was produced by Lou Marini, Steve Cropper and The Original Blues Brothers Band and recorded at IWII Studios in Hoboken, NJ, by Jay Messina.
“We wanted to present some new original material and do some tunes that hearkened to our past,” declares Marini. “This is a live CD, with everyone recording at once, mostly first or second takes and live vocals and solos. The only overdubs were some baritone sax parts and a few minor fixes. We were blessed with a fantastic studio that suited us so well, IIWII in Hoboken, New Jersey, and the world’s greatest engineer and friend to all, Jay Messina.
Essentially begun as a one-time musical skit that debuted on NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live” in 1978 and fronted by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as Jake and Elwood Blues, the band became an overnight sensation, spawning numerous TV appearances, hit albums, two blockbuster movies and global touring.
“I think the power and joy of this great band that has been playing together for so many years is evident,” states Marini. “We love each other and love making music together. Everyone played their asses off on this CD and none more so than our wonderful bassist, Eric Udel. Eric died tragically in September from a fall here in NYC. He was a great musician and a sunny, funny man whom we all loved. We dedicate this album to him as well as our other fallen and still greatly missed brothers, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn” and Alan ‘Mr. Fabulous’ Rubin.
“I’ve often said that the OBBB is the world’s greatest part-time job because of you, our fans. We’ve gotten to see the world and enjoy it in your company. We’ve eaten and drank with you, especially the latter, and you have treated us like kings. Enjoy this music and for God’s sake, PLAY IT LOUD!”
The Original Blues Brothers Band are: Steve “The Colonel” Cropper - guitar; John “Smokin’ John” Tropea – guitar; Eric “The Red” Udel – bass; Lee “Funkytime” Finkelstein – drums; Leon “The Lion” Pendarvis – organ; Rusty “Cloudmeister” Cloud - clavinet, Wurlitzer, piano and organ; Steve “Catfish” Howard – trumpet; Larry “Trombonious” Farrell – trombone; Lou “Blue Lou” Marini – saxophones; Bobby “Sweet Soul” Harden – vocals; Tommy “Pipes” McDonnell - vocals and harmonica; and Rob “The Honeydripper” Paparozzi - vocals and harmonica.
The Last Shade of Blue Before Black Track Listing and Additional Credits
1. Baby, What You Want Me To Do - Music & lyrics by Jimmy Reed (Conrad Music/The Seeds of Reed Music, BMI) Arranged by Lou Marini Bobby, Tommy and Rob-vocals, John Tropea-guitar solo, Rob Paparozzi-harp, Tom Malone-trumpet, Baron Raymonde-alto sax
2. Cherry Street - Music & lyrics by Delbert McClinton, Kevin McKendree & Gary Nicholson (East Folks Music, BMI/ASCAP). Arranged by Lou Marini Tommy “Pipes’ McDonnell-lead vocal, Birch Johnson-trombone, Baron Raymonde-alto sax & solo
3. On a Saturday Night - Music & lyrics by Eddie Floyd & Steve Cropper (Irving Music, BMI) Arranged by Tom Malone Eddie Floyd-lead vocal, Tom Malone-baritone sax
4. Itch and Scratch - Music & lyrics by Ronald Hayes & Toby King (Gulf Coast Music LLC) Arranged by Lou Marini and The Original Blues Brothers Band Bobby “Sweet Soul” Harden-lead vocal, Rob, Tommy & Rusty-background vocals, Baron Raymonde-alto sax
5. Don’t Go No Further - Music & lyrics by Willie Dixon (Hoochie Coochie Music, BMI) Horn arr. by Lou Marini, rhythm arr. by The Original Blues Brothers Band Joe Louis Walker-lead vocal, Rob Paparozzi-chromatic harp, Tommy McDonnell harp solo, Steve Howard-trumpet solo, Matt “Guitar” Murphy-guitar solo
6. You Left the Water Running - Music & lyrics by Dan Penn, Rick Hall & Oscar Franks (Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc., BMI.) Arranged by Tom Malone Bobby “Sweet Soul” Harden-lead vocal, Tommy, Rob & Lou-background vocals, Lou Marini-tenor sax solo, Tom Malone-baritone sax, David Spinozza-acoustic guitar
7. Don’t Forget About James Brown - Music & lyrics by Eddie Floyd (Irving Music, BMI) Arranged by Leon Pendarvis Eddie Floyd & Tommy “Pipes” McDonnell-lead vocals, Baron Raymonde-alto sax, Tom Malone-baritone sax, Larry Farrell-trombone solo
8. Sex Machine - Music & lyrics by James Brown, Bobby Byrd & Ronald Lenhoff (Dynatone Publishing Co., BMI.) Arranged by Paul Shaffer & Tom Malone Paul “The Shiv” Shaffer-lead vocal and piano solo, David Spinozza-guitar, Tom Malone-trumpet
9. Your Feet’s Too Big - Music by Fred Fisher, lyrics by Ada Benson with extra lyrics by Fats Waller (Morley Music Co/Sony ATV Tunes LLC, ASCAP) Arranged by Lou Marini and The Original Blues Brothers Band Rob Paparozzi-lead vocal & bass harmonica, Rusty Cloud-piano solo, Lou Marini-clarinet
10. 21st Century Baby - Music & lyrics by Rob Paparozzi (Robodripper Tunes, SESAC) Arranged by John Tropea Rob Paparozzi-lead vocal, Baron Raymonde-alto sax, Tom Malone-trumpet & baritone sax
11. Blues in My Feet - Music & lyrics by Rusty Cloud (Stousefouse Music, BMI) Rusty Cloud-lead vocal, Tom Malone-baritone sax, Rob Paparozzi-harp solo
12. Qualified - Music & lyrics by Jessie Hill & Malcom Rebennack (Warner-Tamerlane Publishing OBO Skull Music, ASCAP) Arranged by Lou Marini Dr. John “The Nite Tripper”-lead vocal and piano, Bobby, Tommy, Rob & Rusty -background vocals, Birch Johnson-trombone, Baron Raymonde-alto sax, Lou Marini-baritone sax & tenor sax solo
13. I Got My Mojo Working - Music and lyrics by Preston Foster (ARC Music/Dare Music, Inc., BMI) Arranged by Lou Marini Rob Paparozzi, Bobby Harden, Joe Morton & Tommy McDonnell-lead vocals, The Original Blues Brothers Band-background vocals, Rusty Cloud-organ solo, Tom Malone-trumpet
14. The Last Shade of Blue Before Black - Music & lyrics by Lou Marini (Hip Pickles Music ASCAP) Arranged by Lou Marini and The Original Blues Brothers Band Lou Marini-lead vocal, Bobby, Tommy, Rob & Rusty-background vocals, John Tropea-guitar solo, Lou Marini-tenor sax solo
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Rounder Records has announced the release date for Gregg Allman's final studio album. Southern Blood arrives everywhere on Friday, September 8th. NPR already premiered the album's first song, "My Only True Friend".
Hear “My Only True Friend” HERE.
Southern Blood is now available for pre-order. A special and unique part of the deluxe package and the first run of the vinyl will be the inclusion of a painting that Allman and his daughter Layla commissioned from visual artist Vincent Castiglia. The beautiful portrait Castiglia painted was made with Gregg's actual blood in the paint. The process served as inspiration for the album title.
Southern Blood serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock & roll throughout the past four decades. Allman's first all-new recording since 2011's GRAMMY® Award-nominated solo landmark, Low Country Blues, the album is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's career, an emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn, meant to serve as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers. Allman collaborated on his closing project with manager and dear friend Michael Lehman and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Don Was, a longtime acquaintance and staunch supporter committed to helping the rock icon actualize his very specific aspirations.
A further key to Allman's vision for Southern Blood was his decision to record at the world-renowned FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. Alongside its own fabled history, the legendary studio occupied a momentous place in Allman's personal back pages.
ABOUT GREGG ALLMAN
Gregg Allman was undoubtedly among rock and roll's greatest and most significant artists, his soul-fired and still utterly distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in all of American music. From his founding role in the one and only Allman Brothers Band to his long and storied solo career, Allman consistently proved himself to be an iconic singer/songwriter and exceptional practitioner of the American blues tradition. Allman accrued a remarkable list of honors over his five decade career, including the ABB's 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. Allman detailed his brilliant career in 2012's acclaimed memoir, My Cross To Bear. Now available in both hardcover and paperback, the New York Times bestseller chronicles an astonishing life and creative journey burdened by unimaginable loss, alcohol and drug addiction, told with clear-eyed wisdom and sharp hindsight.
TRACKLISTING ‘SOUTHERN BLOOD’
1. My Only True Friend
2. Once I Was
3. Going Going Gone
4. Black Muddy River
5. I Love the Life I Live
7. Blind Bats and Swamp Rats
8. Out of Left Field
9. Love Like Kerosene
10. Song for Adam feat. Jackson Browne
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The musical career of The Incomparable Joe Thomas spans over seven decades. During that time, he performed throughout the world, gaining notoriety, acclaim and adoration internationally.
Joseph Samuel Thomas was born to Frank Thomas and Sarah Pryor Thomas on May 31, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey. Born with extraordinary musical talents, Joe was blessed by God with the gifts of the spoken and written word.
After witnessing his older brother Frank play musical instruments, Joe realized one of his many callings in life. He learned how to play alto and soprano saxophone, trombone, flute and piano organically, by eye and by ear. He taught himself how to write music. At fifteen, with his older brother’s guidance, he began to play professionally in small local clubs. He met the fabulous James Moody, who was playing with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. Moody told Joe to pursue his craft and Joe did just that, going on to play with some of the world’s most iconic jazz legends.
A three-year stint in the United States Army interrupted his career. Wounded in combat in the Korean War, Joe was awarded the Purple Heart in honor of his service to this country. Returning to his purpose and passion in the United States, Joe helped form a group called “The Rhoda Scott Trio.” Along with Rhoda and Joe, drummer Bill Elliott was featured in that group. The group stayed together for three years, making two albums together.
Joe then formed his own group and made nine albums. He was featured on the flute and saxophone. He appears on several other albums including some of Jimmy McGriff’s. Two of his albums have been re- issued as CD’s: “Plato’s Retreat” and “Masada.” His entire catalog of exemplary work will be released for the Joe Thomas Legacy.
To many musicians and artists, Joe was affectionately known as “The Ebony Godfather.”
Joe performed at venues all over the world, including the prestigious Blue Note, Birdland, The Key Club, Carlos One, The Cave, Count Basie’s, La Détente, Smalls Paradise, and multiple cruise lines. Joe was one of the “All-Stars” invited to play at the Pythodd Club in Rochester, New Yorkand at Pine Grill Buffalo, New York reunions. Other notables who performed at these jazz festivals were: Charles Erland, Hank Crawford, Jimmy McGriff, Nat Adderly, Houston Person, Etta Jones, and many others. Joe performed with the legendary Carrie Smith, blues and gospel singer on three jazz festival cruises.
The funeral services are
Sat, August 5, 217 1pm
Woody Funeral Home
163 Oakwood Ave,
City of Orange, NJ 07050
For further information, please contact:
THE JOE THOMAS LEGACY
Elissa Gabrielle of Elissa Gabrielle Entertainment
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Ancienne Belgique, Brussel
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De excentrieke broers Ron en Russel van Sparks hebben een nieuw nummer uitgebracht als eerbetoon aan één van de grootste Franse zangeressen uit de geschiedenis. 'Edith Piaf (Said It Better than Me)’ is de derde single uit hun langverwachte nieuw album 'Hippopotamus’ dat ze op 16 september komen voorstellen in de AB.
"Like all great Sparks songs, the brothers deliver their sermon standing atop a mountain of grandiose orchestration, investing its undepleted energy with a joyousness that has come to define its work across 45 years.” LA Times
Eerder brachten ze de single 'What The Hell is This Time?’ uit ' - "een vaak gebruikte zin wanneer mensen luisteren naar een nieuwe Sparks-song", volgens bandlid Ron Mael.
De broers Ron en Russel Mael vormen de harde kern van Sparks, een band die sinds de jaren 70 bezig is met een frisse mix van glamrock, synthpop en dance. Sparks heeft grotendeels zijn bekendheid te danken aan de lp 'Kimono My House’ en de wereldhit 'This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us’. Ze hebben al samengewerkt met onder andere Telex, Les Rita Mitsouko en recent nog Franz Ferdinand met wie ze twee jaar geleden in een uitverkochte Ancienne Belgique stonden.
Op 16 september komt Sparks opnieuw naar de AB met de Hippopotamus Tour.
Tickets via greenhousetalent.be.
(Press photo provided by Greenhouse Talent)
50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF ROLLING STONES’ THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST COMING SEPTEMBER 22 FROM ABKCO
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones album Their Satanic Majesties Request, ABKCO Music is releasing a limited edition deluxe double vinyl/double hybrid Super Audio CD (compatible with all CD players) package on September 22. The set contains both the stereo and mono versions of every song, all newly remastered by Bob Ludwig. Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th Anniversary will include Michael Cooper’s original 3-D lenticular cover photograph, featuring the band in peak psychedelic regalia.
Originally released in December of 1967, Their Satanic Majesties Request is the first self-produced album in the Stones’ vast catalog. Experimental in nature, it was such a departure from the band’s rhythm & blues roots that it threw critics for a loop. Initially derided by Rolling Stone Magazine for being “too infused with the pretentions of their musical inferiors” (namely the Beatles), the record was simultaneously lauded by DownBeat with a five star review declaring the album “a revolutionary event in modern pop music.”* Over the ensuing decades, it has proven to be a highly influential body of work; generations of bands have covered Satanic songs, from punk legends The Damned, Bad Brains, and Redd Kross, to hard rockers KISS and Monster Magnet, as well as indie taste makers Cibo Matto and Arcade Fire. Music from the album can be heard in Wes Anderson’s directorial debut Bottle Rocket.
The title was derived from a pun based on the inside of British passports at the time which read, “Her Britannic Majesties Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Requests and Requires . . .” Their Satanic Majesties Request was recorded in pieces between February and October of 1967. It was a tumultuous period for the Rolling Stones – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones were arrested for drug possession, with Jones spending three weeks in a nursing home. Stones’ original manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham quit halfway through recording sessions, leaving the band to finish the album on their own. A chaotic spring European tour that involved a riot in Poland also interrupted work flow. Very rarely were all five members in the studio at the same time but despite these impediments, Charlie Watts recalled, “The sessions were a lot of fun because you could do anything. It was so druggy—acid and all that.”
Grammy award winning music historian Rob Bowman writes in the liner notes for the new set, “Their Satanic Majesties Request should be recognized as an important stepping stone in the Rolling Stones’ development from an r&b-inspired band to the inventors of modern rock for the 1970s.” Falling between Between the Buttons and Beggars Banquet, it was the first of their albums to have identical tracklists in the U.S. and UK. Satanic Majesties’ ten tunes are saturated with studio effects, non-traditional instruments such as mellotron and theremin, ambient sounds created using oscillators, string arrangements by John Paul Jones (who went on to help establish Led Zeppelin the following year) and more percussive devices than can be named. “Citadel” foreshadowed the direction towards straight-forward rock the Stones would take, while “2000 Light Years From Home” and “She’s a Rainbow” (a minor hit in the U.S.) capture the band in all its psychedelic glory at that moment in time. They remain the only two songs from the album the band has ever played live. “Sing This All Together,” its looser reprise “Sing This All Together (See What Happens),” “Gomper” and “On With the Show” transition from traditional song structure to free form freakout – a trademark of that era, also heard on records by the Mothers of Invention and Pink Floyd.
Offered as a single just before the album’s release, “In Another Land” is the only song in the Rolling Stones canon both written and sung by Bill Wyman, who took advantage of the fact that he was the lone member who showed up to the studio one day. The Small Faces happened to be recording next door, so Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane were invited to contribute backing vocals, with Marriott also providing 12-string acoustic guitar. With Brian Jones on mellotron, Stones cohort Nicky Hopkins on harpsichord and Charlie Watts on drums, Mick and Keith laid down backing vocals, making it a complete Stones affair.
Michael Cooper, who had created the immaculate art for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band earlier in 1967, was hired by the Stones to make something equally striking for the cover of Their Satanic Majesties Request. All four Beatles’ likenesses can be seen popping out of flowers, surrounding a photograph of Charlie, Keith, Mick, Brian and Bill in technicolor garb. Cooper used a rare 3-D camera, employing lenticular technology – when the cover is tilted, the image changes, and every member except for wizard-hatted Mick appear to be moving their heads. Reproduction of the lenticular cover proved costly, and it was eliminated from many subsequent pressings of the album, being replaced by a still image. Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th Anniversary restores the original lenticular art, and the discs are housed in a bespoke fold out album limited edition numbered package with a 20 page book including more of Michael Cooper’s photos from the original session, expanding on what the record-buying public saw in 1967.
Their Satanic Majesties Request was originally mixed in both stereo and mono, as was standard practice in 1967. The limited edition 50th anniversary edition will include the entire album on 180 gram vinyl in stereo, another 180 gram vinyl record in mono, and two hybrid Super Audio CDs (one in stereo and one in mono). Each of these discs includes the entire musical content in both Super Audio CD (SACD) as well as standard CD, providing for complete backward and forward hardware compatibility. The discs will play flawlessly on any SACD compatible or standard CD player. In an SACD player, the laser pick-up automatically reads the SACD layer in Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format, while a standard CD player’s laser pick-up will automatically read through the SACD layer to the CD layer in Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) format. Recently remastered by eleven time Grammy winner Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, the SACD audio is the exact product of his work.