PFM Releases Marconi Bakery Boxed Set

Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) has a new boxed compilation titled Marconi Bakery
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) has a new boxed compilation titled Marconi Bakery

Acclaimed Italian progressive rock band Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) has a new boxed compilation titled Marconi Bakery (SonyBmg). The 3-CD set includes digital remastered versions of the original LPs Photos of Ghosts, L’isola di niente and The world became the world with 7 bonus tracks. The package includes a 60-page book.

The set will also be available in a 4-LP vinyl format.

Track listing:

Disc 1
1 River of Life
2 Celebration
3 Photos of Ghosts
4 Old Rain
5 Il Banchetto
6 Mr 9 ‘Till 5
7 Promenade the Puzzle
8 21st Century Schizoid Man (Live)
9 La Carrozza Di Hans (Live At Reading Festival)
10 Mr 9 Till 5 (Live)

Disc 2
1 L’isola Di Niente
2 Is My Face On Straight
3 La Luna Nuova
4 Dolcissima Maria
5 Via Lumiere
6 Is My Face On Straight (Live)
7 Cleveland Keyboard Jam (Live)

Disc 3

1 The Mountain
2 Just Look Away
3 The World Became the World
4 Four Holes In the Ground
5 Is My Face On Straight
6 Have Your Cake and Beat It
7 Four Holes In the Ground (Live)
8 La Carrozza Di Hans (Live)

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VIII Strada’s Babylon

VIII Strada - Babylon
VIII Strada – Babylon

VIII Strada – Babylon (Fading Records, 2015)

Italian band VIII Strada seems to have two personalities, a fabulous progressive rock band with memorable moments and a hard rock band that has nothing new to say.their latest album, Babylon, features great symphonic progressive rock keyboards and vocals combined with hard rock and heavy metal guitars.

Unquestionably, the best work throughout the album are the keyboard solos and arrangements of Silvano Negrinelli along with Tito Vizzuso’s lead vocals.

The lineup includes Tito Vizzuso on vocals; Daniele Zigliani on guitars and backing vocals; Silvano Negrinelli on piano, keyboards, and backing vocals; Sergio Merlino on bass and backing vocals; and Riccardo Preda on drums and backing vocals. Guest: Andrea Negrinelli on backing vocals.

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Anderson & Stolt Release ‘Know’ Video

Jon Anderson
Jon Anderson

 

Anderson/Stolt, the collaboration between Jon Anderson (Yes) and Roine Stolt (Kaipa, (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic), have released a new music video titled ‘Know’. The song appears in the duo’s acclaimed first album, ‘Invention of Knowledge‘ (InsideOut Music). The video was created by Jon’s daughter, photographer Deborah Anderson.

 

Jon Anderson & Roine Stolt - Invention of Knowledge
Jon Anderson & Roine Stolt – Invention of Knowledge

 

Jon Anderson recently picked up the Prog God award, presented to him by Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin of ARW at the Progressive Music Awards 2016 in London.

 

The Enid to Begin the second half of the “In The Region” Tour

In the Region of the Summer Stars
In the Region of the Summer Stars

British progressive symphonic rock band The Enid is set to begin the he second part of the “In The Region of the Summer Stars” Tour. The next concert will take place in Bristol on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016. The set also includes “Gateway”, “Chaldean Crossing”, ‘Mayday Galliard”, “Sheets of Blue’, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “Dark Hydraulic”.

Concert dates

22nd September:The Fleece, Bristol

23rd September: Pocklington Arts Centre (near York)

1st October: Court Theatre, Tring

4th October: The Musician, Leicester*

6th October: The Ferry, Glasgow – Tickets available from Box Office: 01698 360085

Van Der Graaf Generator to Release “Do Not Disturb”

Van Der Graaf Generator - Do Not Disturb
Van Der Graaf Generator – Do Not Disturb

Acclaimed progressive rock band Van Der Graaf Generator is set to release a new album titled “Do Not Disturb” (Esoteric Antenna /Cherry Red) on September 30, 2016.

“Do Not Disturb” is Van Der Graaf Generator’s 13th studio album and was recorded at the end of 2015 and the Spring of 2016. The lineup includes Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton and Guy Evans.

Avant-Garde Music Developed in Various Directions

Joseph Lamm & Music Hypnotica - Andean's Ascent
Joseph Lamm & Music Hypnotica – Andean’s Ascent

Joseph Lamm & Music Hypnotica – Andean’s Ascent (Jefferson House Communique, 2016)

Experimental album by a trio that combines sound collages, industrial rock, minimalism, trance and world music elements. It could work perfectly for an avant-garde installation although in this case, it’s the companion to the book Andean’s Ascent.

The lineup includes Elliott Lamm on acoustic, electric and slide guitars, piano, bass, soundscapes; David Price on keyboards, loops, bass, elixir and rhythm; and Joseph Lamm on vocals, percussion, and electromagnetic throat.

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Justin Hayward to Release “Live In Concert at the Capitol Theatre” DVD

Justin Hayward - Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre
Justin Hayward – Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre

Justin Hayward is set to release a DVD titled “Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre” on September 23rd, 2016. The intimate live performance features the legendary Moody Blues vocalist, guitarist, and composer.

The concert captured on video took place on October 20, 2014 in Clearwater, Florida. It was videotaped by award-winning filmmaker and composer David Minasian.
The DVD includes the bonus music video The Wind of Heaven

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Rikard Sjöblom Band with special guest Necromonkey at Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse

Rikard Sjöblom
Rikard Sjöblom

 

NJProghouse will present Rikard Sjöblom Band with special guest Necromonkey on October 15, 2016 at at Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse in Dunellen, New Jersey.

Rikard Sjöblom is the multi-instrumentalist and vocalist of the now-legendary progressive rock band Beardfish. Sjöblom recently released a solo album titled The Unbendable Sleep (2016). Unlike his entirely instrumental 2006 debut album Cyklonmannen, The Unbendable Sleep showcases Sjöblom’s extraordinary vocal range, complex-yet-catchy keyboard melodies, and guitar work.

In addition to his solo work, Sjöblom is the most recent addition to English progressive titans Big Big Train, having performed keyboards, guitars, accordion, and backing vocals on the band’s 2016 album Folklore.

The lineup will include Rikard Sjöblom on guitar, keyboards, and vocals; Petter Diamant on drums; and Rasmus Diamant on bass.

 

 

Necromonkey is the project of founding (and former) member of the much-admired Swedish progressive rock band Änglagård, drummer and multi-instrumentalist Mattias Olsson, and multi-instrumentalist David Lundberg of the eclectic Swedish progressive band Gösta Berlings Saga. The discography includes A Glimpse Of Possible Endings, Show Me Where It Hertz, and Live At Pianos, NYC.

 

2:00 p.m.
Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse
745 Bound Brook Rd
Dunellen, NJ 08812
Phone: (732) 529-4464
Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/2602608

Significant Dot

Karmakanic – Dot (InsideOut Music, 2016)

One of the great Swedish progressive rock bands is back with a superb album titled “Dot.” How can you go wrong with a 23-minute suite titled “God, the Universe and Everything Else No One Really Cares About, Part 1”. The album was inspired by a text by the famous American author and astronomer Carl Sagan where he talked about how small and insignificant we are in this massive universe.

The first track on Dot is a brief sound effect intro that leads into the monumental piece ‘God Part 1.’ This suite uses the pop-style vocal hooks used by progressive bands like Big Big Train and Echolyn featuring beautiful male/female vocal harmonies and state of the art instrumental symphonic progressive rock sections that showcase the talent of Karmakanic’s members. It’s packed with masterful keyboard and guitar work.

Track 3, ‘Higher Ground’ begins with more of the happy pop vocal music sensibility although the band shifts to full progressive rock mode on the second part of this 10-minute piece, with memorable guitar, piano, and synth melodies and a beautiful harmony vocal conclusion.

‘Steer By The Stars’ is a much shorter song that feels like a classic rock song with sing-along vocals. It has a Todd Rundgren feel on the vocal side. “This 4-minute song stands in contrast to the 30 minute epic that is on the album,” says band leader Jonas Reingold. “I like the Yin and Yang philosophy; dark, bright, complex, simple. It has always been a real thread throughout the musical history of Karmakanic. It showcases Göran Edman at his best, Gentle Giantish vocal harmony arrangement with a stunning lead performance. This is also my very first compositional collaboration with my long time buddy Andy Tillison, he also recorded some awesome Hammond organ for the track. Start the engines and steer by the stars, it might take you to places never seen before.”

Track 5 begins with a lovely fretless bass melody. It’s a brilliant song with epic guitar and notable lead and harmony vocals.

The album ends with ‘God Part 2’ which begins with cinematic orchestration that leads into ballad-style vocals. The piece builds up very nicely with drums, synths, jazz-style fretless bass and vocals. The final part is an epic conclusion with majestic keyboards and electric guitar solo.

Karmakanic
Karmakanic

The lineup on “Dot” includes Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) on fretted and fretless bass, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and vocals; Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen) on lead vocals; Morgan Ågren (Casualties Of Cool, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) on drums; Lalle Larsson (Agents Of Mercy) on keyboards; Nils Erikson on lead vocals; Andy Tillson on Hammond organ; Krister Jonsson on electric and acoustic guitars; Andy Bartosh on electric guitars; Ray Aichinger on saxophone and flute; Christine Lenk on backing vocals; Alex Reingold on backing vocals; and Norah Reingold on backing vocals.

The album artwork for Dot was developed by Hugh Syme, who has in the past made covers for Rush, Aerosmith and Iron Maiden. The album is available as a CD/DVD with live performances from Rosfest 2012, The Making Of Dot and Interviews; vinyl LP with CD; and digital download.

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The Enid and Joe Payne Go Separate Ways

Joe Payne
Joe Payne

In a press release signed by Max Read, Jason Ducker, Dominic Tofield, Zach Bullock and the Enid household, British progressive rock band The Enid announced that vocalist Joe Payne and The Enid have gone their separate ways.

The Enid added that “it is time for something darker, heavier, more extreme and relevant to an impending tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, The Enid indicated that they are extending the popular “In the Region of the Summer Stars” this fall.

Progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, ambient electronic music and beyond