All posts by TJ Nelson

TJ Nelson is a regular CD reviewer and editor at Progressive Rock Central and World Music Central. She is also a fiction writer. Check out her book, Chasing Athena's Shadow. Set in Pineboro, North Carolina, Chasing Athena's Shadow follows the adventures of Grace, an adult literacy teacher, as she seeks to solve a long forgotten family mystery. Her charmingly dysfunctional family is of little help in her quest. Along with her best friends, an attractive Mexican teacher and an amiable gay chef, Grace must find the one fading memory that holds the key to why Grace’s great-grandmother, Athena, shot her husband on the courthouse steps in 1931. Traversing the line between the Old South and New South, Grace will have to dig into the past to uncover Athena’s true crime.

The Endless Possibilities of Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan

Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan – Small Town (ECM Records, 2017)

The American guitarist, composer and arranger Bill Frisell has produced some extraordinarily fine music over the span of his career that’s been both interesting and engaging, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard any of us in the music reviewing business sigh a bored little sigh and muttered sullenly, ‘Oh, Bill has put out another recording.’ With colossal collaborations with composer John Zorn and drummer Paul Motian, Mr. Frisell has wowed audiences and music fans with recordings such as Rambler, Lookout for Hope, works, This Land, Good Dog, Happy Man, Nashville, Ghost Town, The Intercontinentals, Beautiful Dremers, Big Sur and When You Wish Upon a Star. He’s lured listeners in with his take on jazz, folk, country and Americana.

Well, Bill is back! Teaming up with bassist and composer Thomas Morgan, Mr. Frisell is set to hit the musical streets with his latest Small Town, set for release on May 26th on the ECM Records label, and hit the musical highways for June and July tour dates at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Rochester Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, with a few extra performances in New Haven, Connecticut, Bay Shore, New York and Evanston, Illinois for good measure. So, you lucky folks within range of a venue you’ll need to hop in the car, grab the canoe and saddle up for some sweet jazz scenes this summer.

On the recording of Small Town it doesn’t take but a moment or two to pick up the vibe of this recording. Recorded live at New York’s Village Vanguard, Small Town positively sparkles with jazz goodness.

On playing at the Village Vanguard Mr. Frisell explains, “With all the notes that have been played there, the room is like a Gibson guitar from the 1940s – the history is in the molecules of the wood…We’re not pushing the walls back with volume, after all. You need to focus and get attention from the audience. You can get that at the Vanguard.”

With his own street creds that include collaborations with David Binney, Steve Coleman, Steve Cardenas, Gerald Cleaver, Jakob Bro, Masabumi Kikuchi and leading his own trio, Thomas Morgan has such recording to his name as Down Homeless with VNMG including Will Vinson, Peter Gabis and Steve Newcomb, Monsoon with Scott DuBois Quintet and David Liebman, Beauty Under Construction with Som Sum Sam, Pieces of Old Sky with the Samuel Blaser Quartet, To Fly to Steal with the Sylvie Courvoisier-Mark Feldman Quartet, Wislawa with the Tomasz Sanko New York Quartet and This Is The Day with the Giovanni Guidi Trio. On Small Town the pairing of Mr. Morgan’s bass and Mr. Frisell’s guitar seems easy, effortless and utterly enchanting.

“I asked Thomas to sit in with some of my groups,” says Mr. Frisell, “and we developed this rapport. Thomas has this way of almost time-traveling, as if he sees ahead of the music and sorts it all out before he plays a note. He never plays anything that isn’t a response to what I play, anticipating me in the moment. That sort of support makes me feel weightless, like I can really take off.”

He goes on to say, “Thomas and I are also similar in that we’re both quiet personalities. Whenever I play guitar, that’s my true voice. It’s not so dissimilar with Thomas, I think. Playing the bass is his natural way of expressing himself. And I’m going to steal a phrase from the saxophonist Charles Lloyd, who once said to me before a gig, ‘I’m really looking forward to singing with you.’ I think that way about playing with Thomas, too. He really plays the song, whether it’s a Fats Domino tune or something abstract – the energy comes from the same place.”

Small Town is going to hook listeners from opening track of Paul Motian’s “It Should Have Happened a Long Time Ago” through to the sleek version of Lee Konitz’s “Subconscious Lee” to the jaunty “Wildwood Flower” to the deep soulful sounds of Mr. Frisell’s composition and title track “Small Town” through to recording’s closing track “Goldfinger,” yeah, that “Goldfinger” from the Bond films. Fans get the goods with the Dave Bartholomew, Fats Somino and Pearl King composition “What a Party” and the Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan joint effort “Poet – Pearl.”

There’s no putting on airs, no impertinence and no rush to get anywhere on Small Town. Sleek lines turn elegant or edgy with a simple turn of phrase from these two masters. Impossibly rich and rewarding, Small Town is musical ride on the endless possibilities of guitar and bass and what shakes loose on that ride.

Buy Small Town

Former Aphrodite’s Child Member and Solo Performer Dies

Demis Roussos
Demis Roussos

 

Demis Roussos, former progressive rock group Aphrodite’s Child and solo singer, died January 25, 2015. Mr. Roussos died at Ygeia Hospital in Athens, Greece. Struggle with weight issues for many years, Mr. Roussos has suffered ill effects and had been hospitalized for some time with an undisclosed condition. He was 68.

Born Artemois Ventouris Russos on June 15, 1946 in Alexandria, Egypt to a Greek father and an Egyptian mother, started out his musical career in Greece with the group The Idols at the age of 17. He would soon hook up with Evangelos Papathanassiou, more popularly known as Vangelis, and Loukas Sideras, both who would become fellow band mates of Aphrodite’s Child in 1967. Starting out as a singer for the group, Mr. Roussos also took up playing bass guitar for the group. The group would find success in Europe before signing a record deal with Philips S.A. and finding an international following with the 1968 release of End of the World, the 1969 release of It’s Five O’Clock and the popular 1972 release of 666, which propelled the group to cult status.

 

Aphodite's Child
Aphrodite’s Child

 

Despite the break up of Aphrodite’s Child, Mr. Roussos would continue to collaborate with Vangelis that resulted in the 1970 release of Sex Power, the 1977 album Magic, the vocal adaptation “Race to the End” or “Tu Libertad” from the film Chariots of Fire and the song “Tales of the Future” from the soundtrack to the 1982 film Blade Runner.

Mr. Roussos embarked on a solo career during the 1970s and 1980s and garnered success with the hits “Forever and Ever,” “Quand Je T’aime” and “When Forever Has Gone.”

In 2013, Mr. Roussos received France’s Legion of Honor medal for his life’s collected work.

Swiss Surrealist Artist H. R. Giger Dies at 74

H.R. Giger
H.R. Giger
Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer H.R. Giger died Monday, May 12, 2014. Mr. Giger, perhaps best known for his design of the monster in the science fiction film Alien by Ridley Scott, died at a Zurich hospital, succumbing to injuries due to a fall according to Sandra Mivelaz, the administrator of the H.R Giger Museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland. Mr. Giger was 74.

Born Hans Rudolf Giger in February 5, 1940 Chur, Switzerland, Mr. Giger would go on to pursue an art career that would include work on such films as Dune, Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Batman Forever and Prometheus, as well as album cover artwork for Celtic Frost, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Danzig, Triptykon and Clepsydra. He also designed the stage sculpture for Mylene Farmer’s Mylenium Tour, completed the interior design for the Giger Bars in Switzerland, the Maison d’Ailleurs in Yverdon-les-Band and the Museum H. R. Giger in Gruyeres, as well as worked on the Dark Seed and Dark Seed II adventure computer games.

 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery (1973)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery (1973)

 

Magma - Attahk (1978)
Magma – Attahk (1978)

 

Clepsydra - Hologram (1991)
Clepsydra – Hologram (1991)

 

Mr. Giger’s special effects team earned an Academy Award for Best Achievement for Visual Effects for the film Alien and earned a spot in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013. Mr. Giger’s books include, H.R. Giger’s Necronomicon, H.R. Giger’s Necronomicon II, H.R. Giger’s Retrospective: 1964-1984, H.R. Giger’s Biomechanics and H.R. Giger’s Film Design. His design for the 1981 Debbie Harry recording of Koo Koo was included Rolling Stone Magazine’s 1991 list of top 100 album covers of all time.

 

Debbie Harry - Koo Koo (1991)
Debbie Harry – Koo Koo (1991)

 

No announcements have been made regarding services or a memorial for Mr. Giger.

More about Mr. Giger at https://giger.com/gigerframeset.php

British Fantasy Artwork Maestro Patrick Woodroffe Dies at 74

Patrick Woodroffe presenting his artwork at Flight of Fantasy Exhibition in 2012 at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro - Photo by Bernie Pettersen
Patrick Woodroffe presenting his artwork at Flight of Fantasy Exhibition in 2012 at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro – Photo by Bernie Pettersen

British artist, painter and sculptor Patrick Woodroffe died on May 10, 2014 due to a short illness according to family and friends. Known throughout the art, music and science fiction community for his colorful surrealistic painting, Mr. Woodroffe created images for album cover art, books and collaborated on the images for the film Never Ending Story II, as well as creating sculpture for at the Gruyeres Castle in Switzerland. Mr. Woodroffe was 74.

Born Patrick James Woodroffe in 1940 in Halifax, West Yorkshire, he attended and graduated from the University of Leeds in 1964. Despite a showing of pen and ink drawings at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Mr. Woodroffe did not pursue a full time art career until the early 1970s. He would go on to show paintings and etching, eventually dipping into the fantasy album cover art for progressive rock acts Strawbs, Greenslade, and Pallas; as well as rock bands Judas Priest and Stratovarius.

 

Strawbs - Burning for You
Strawbs – Burning for You (1974)

 

Greenslade - Time and Tide (1975)
Greenslade – Time and Tide (1975)

 

Pallas - The Sentinel (1983)
Pallas – The Sentinel (1983)

 

One of Patrick Woodroffe’s most iconic works was The Pentateuch of the Cosmogony, a beautifully-illustrated hardback book and double vinyl album released in 1979, imagined and written and illustrated by Mr. Woodroffe, with music written and performed by Dave Greenslade.

 

Dave Greenslade - The Pentateuch of the Cosmogony (1979)
Dave Greenslade – The Pentateuch of the Cosmogony (1979)

 

He later produced books like Mythopoeikon, The Second Earth: The Pentateuch Re-told, Benign Icons, A Closer Look: The Art Techniques of Patrick Woodroffe and Tinker: The Adventures of the Hole Eating Duck. He also did artwork and models for Mike Batt’s version of Lewis Carroll’s Hunting of the Snark and produced artwork for the Hallelujah Anyway and The Forget-Me-Not-Gardner projects. He earned two Locus Awards for Best Non-Fiction and Best Art Book.

No announcements have been made regarding services or a memorial for Mr. Woodroffe.

More about Patrick Woodroffe at http://www.patrickwoodroffe-world.com/past.htm

The Delicious Dark World of Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas

Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas - Other World
Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas – Other World
Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas

Other World (Cherry Red Records, 2014)

At first listen the slide down the rabbit hole of Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas’s Other World seems easy, but it isn’t long before Hammill and Lucas start to manhandle you at their leisure and manhandle in a very good way. With rough licks and delectable shoves, Hammill and Lucas are taking you where they want to go because you are not in charge of this journey. Other World is an escapist’s dreamland.

Co-composing and playing all the music on Other World, singer, songwriter, guitarist and composer Peter Hammill and guitarist and composer Gary Lucas teamed up for this 2012 collaboration as a result of a 1973 backstage meet after a solo performance by Hammill. Peter Hammill, of Van Der Graaf Generator fame, has carved out an impressive career that includes recent solo recordings Silent Corner & the Empty Stage, Nadirs Big Chance, Consequences, Fools Mate and Chameleons in the Shadow of the Night. Equally impressive Gary Lucas, of Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley, has goodies of his own like Cinefantastique, The Ordeal of Civility with God and Monsters, Songs to No One with Jeff Buckley, The Edge of Heaven and Beyond the Pale. The collaboration on Other World has pleased the pair, so much so that they are looking to set up some live performance dates.

Lucas explains the initial inspiration for the collaboration, “…through the miracle of the internet we re-connect and Peter was as keen as I was to collaborate, inviting me up to Bath, where we spent a couple days recording in his home studio/laboratory. It was a total dream for me.”

Peter Hammill says of the process, “When Gary arrived at my studio in January 2012 we didn’t exactly have a grand plan about what we were about to attempt. He’d told me that he had some pieces which might be worth working on and that he’d also look forward to creating some improved sonics to which I might add something. For my part I’d prepared some looped pieces, some experimental sound washes and I, too, had a couple of bare-bone song ideas. Fundamentally, though, we probably thought we’d have done well if we managed to get an EP of some sort out of the session.”

He adds, “From the first note it became clear that we were on exactly the same wavelength and the project unfolded with seamless speed. After a couple of days we knew that we had the makings of the album.”

Flashing brilliant with acoustic and electric guitars, vox, effects and found sounds, Hammill and Lucas lure you in with the folksy, singer/songwriter feel of the opening “Spinning Coins” before doling out a dose of twangy dark on “Some Kind of Fracas.” The feel of being down the rabbit hole soon becomes apparent with the electronica laced neo-hippy folk on “Of Kith and Kin” against the craggy sharpness of “Cash.”

Once you hit instrumentals “Built From Scratch” and “Attar of Roses” it’s just best to give yourself over and surrender to the goodness. But Hammill and Lucas aren’t done with you with the blues edged “This Is Showbiz” and the fantastical “Reboot” with its beyond the edge vocals. “2 Views” comes out of nowhere and surprises with its lushly caressing vocals. The guitar meatiness of “Means to an End” will certainly have fans begging for more and that’s not just because it’s really short. “Slippery Slope” ends the CD and the delicious journey with lanky guitar lines that seem to hover in an electronica heavy space.

Other World grabs your hand and pulls you into the delicious dark.

Buy Other World in North America

Buy Other World in Europe

Stylish And Striking Jimmy Herring

Jimmy Herring - Subject to Change Without Notice
Jimmy Herring – Subject to Change Without Notice
Jimmy Herring

Subject to Change Without Notice (Abstract Logix, 2013)

If all you guitar fanatics haven’t gotten the memo, guitarist Jimmy Herring has a new recording, Subject to Change Without Notice, out on the Abstract Logix label. For those of you not in the know and might need a little convincing, Mr. Herring was a founding member of Col Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Frogwings, did a stint with Jazz is Dead, collaborated with Phil Lesh, did another stint with The Other Ones, founded Project Z and later joined Widespread Panic after the death of guitarist Mike Houser.

With credits on such recordings as Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Calling, Out of the Madness, Blue Light Rain, Croakin’ at Toad’s, Project Z, Endangered Species, Free Somehow, Dirty Side Down and the solo recording Lifeboat, Mr. Herring is perhaps best known for his career in rock music, but he’s equally enthusiastic about dipping into jazz, jazz fusion and instrumental rock. And, hey, he also plays the saxophone.

Subject to Change Without Notice is good…super-duper good…okay, I might have drooled a little. Guest artists like Bill Evans, Bela Fleck, Tyler Greenwell, Carter Herring, John Keane, Nicky Sanders and Ike Stubblefield just might clue listeners into the plummy fabulousness contained on Subject to Change Without Notice.

Opening with the Django Reinhardt inspired “Red Wing Special,” Mr. Herring and company dazzle with the up-tempo number with Etienne Mbapple and fiddler Nicky Sanders get a fair number of sassy licks in. Subject to Change just gets better with the wide open sky feel of “Kaleidoscope Carousel” that’s kicked up a notch by Mr. Herring on guitar and Matt Slocum on organ.

Other goodies include “Aberdeen” with Ike Stubblefield on organ, a twangy version George Harrison’s “Within You, Without You” with cello provided by Carter Herring and the deliciously funky “Miss Poopie” with Mr. Stubblefield on organ that is so good that even the most reluctant will be trying to find their smooth moves.

On “Emerald Garden” Mr. Herring pulls out the acoustic guitar to Mr. Keane’s lanky lines on the pedal steel. Listeners get a jazz fix with “12 Keys” and a healthy dose of Bill Evans on tenor saxophone, as well as Carter Herring on cello, John Keane on pedal steel, Etienne Mbapple on bass, Jeff Sipe on drums and Matt Slocum on keys in addition to Mr. Herring on “Hope.”

Perhaps my favorite is the kicky “Curfew” with Bela Fleck playing banjo. Subject to Change closes with the bluesy, jazzy, funk of “Bilgewater Blues” that positively reeks of kickass goodness.

Threaded through with Mr. Herring’s richly wrought guitar licks, Subject to Change Without Notice is smart, stylish and striking, effortlessly tugging the lines of rock, jazz, blues, funk and Americana and weaving the lot into something hopelessly delicious.

Progressive Rock Gift Guide

Syndone – La Bella è la Bestia (The Beauty is the Beast)
Progressive Rock Central brings you a gift guide for fans of progressive rock. We’ve found a boatload of new goodies, as well as some old favorites.

Current Progressive Rock Scene

For a taste of the current progressive rock scene, we feature here the albums that appear in the Best Progressive Rock Album of the Year reader’s poll at Progressive Rock Central:

Highlights this year include the double set Genesis Revisited II by Steve Hackett, the triple album and hardcover book Charles Darwin by XII Alfonso, English Electric Part One by Big Big Train, the critically acclaimed Viljans Oga by Anglagard, the outstanding La Bella è la Bestia (The Beauty is the Beast) by Italy’s Syndone, Echolyn by popular American prog band Echolyn, Senna by Mahogany Frog, Woodlands by Barrett Elmore, Crush of Night by IZZ, The Enid Live with The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Weather Systems by post rock band Anathema, Blueprint by Australia’s Sebastian Hardie, The Missing Fireflies by the legendary Italian band Locanda delle Fate, X by Dutch veterans Focus, the impressive Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble by Kotebel, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Chapter One by Hostsonaten, and The Next World by electric violin wizard Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius.

Anglagard – Viljans Oga
Other prog fan favorites this year include Momentum by the prolific Neal Morse, Skies Darken by Citizen Cain, Banks of Eden by The Flower Kings, Félicité Thösz by Magma, Thick as a Brick 2 by Ian Anderson, The Black Chord by Astra, Map Of The Past by It Bites, Invicta by symphonic rock masters The Enid, Trouble With Machines by the new sensation District 97, Underjordisk Tusmørke by Tusmørke (Norway), The Book Of Dreams by Mangala Vallis, Covered Mirror – Volume One: Smooth As Silk by Unitopia, Vittjar by Kaipa, O Arquiteto by Quaterna Requiem, March Of Ghosts by Gazpacho, Moments by Ioearth, The World is a Game by Mystery, The First Day by Karcius, AttosecondO by Alphataurus, Consequences by Peter Hammill, Alt by Van Der Graaf Generator, Made in Belgium by Aranis, One Eye On The Sunrise by Nine Stones Close, In a cold embrace by Battlestations, Animales Invisibles by former Galadriel guitarist Manoel Macia, and Out of the Beardspace III by Out of the Beardspace.

Books about Progressive Rock

We continue with books:

Rock Progressivo Italiano: An introduction to Italian Progressive Rock
Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture
Beyond and Before: Progressive Rock since the 1960s
Progressive Rock Reconsidered
The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock
Prophets & Sages: 101 Great Progressive & Underground Rock Albums [Paperback]
Citizens of Hope and Glory: The Story of Progressive Rock
Progressive Rock Guitar (Book & CD) by Glenn Riley
Progressive Rock Drumming BK1+CD by Alfred
101 Songs To Discover From The Seventies by James Mccarraher
Mountains Come Out of the Sky: The Illustrated History of Prog Rock (Book) by Will Romano
Rock Progressivo Italiano: An introduction to Italian Progressive Rock by Andrea Parentin

Progressive Rock Gifts

Progressive Rock The Rest Is Silence… Mens T-shirt
Got Progressive Rock? Music Musical Instrument Sports Golf Embroidered Embroidery Polo Shirt
Got Progressive Rock? Music Musical Long Sleeve Cotton T-Shirt Tee Shirt by Fastastic Long Sleeve Shirts
I Love Progressive Rock Music Mens Hoodie
Progressive Rock The Rest Is Silence… Mens T-shirt
Progressive Rock ON AIR Music Mens Hoodie
Progressive Rock – Equalizer Mens Hoodie
Progressive Rock – Lp Mens T-shirt
Sweatshirt Black ” I Love Progressive Rock
Stop – In This Area Only Listen To Progressive Rock Music Mens Hoodie
CAPS BLACK EMBROIDERY I LOVE PROGRESSIVE ROCK CLASSIC
T-Shirt Light Blue ” Progressive Rock … Plugged To The Sound
Progressive Rock The Rest Is Silence… Mug
Progressive Rock – Lp Mug
Canvas Tote Bag Black ” I Love Progressive Rock
“PROGRESSIVE ROCK ST ” STREET SIGN
EXCLUSIVE PARKING ” FOR PROGRESSIVE ROCK STARS “ PARKING SIGN
Progressive Rock – Smiley Mug
STOP ” CENTRAL ZONE OF PROGRESSIVE ROCK “ PARKING SIGN –

Progressive Rock DVDs

Electric Garden 2011: Live At The Progressive Rock Festival Starring Various
The Ultimate Progressive Rock
Progressive Rock: The Ultimate Collection
Progressive Rock Anthology
Progressive Rock / Rock Legends (John Wetton, Focus, Curved Air, Barclay James Harvest a.m.m.)
Ultimate Drum Lessons: Progressive Rock Starring Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Chris Pennie and Gregg Bissonette

Yes related items

Books


Yes: Close To The Edge by Chris Welch
Yes: Close To The Edge by Chris Welch
Music of Yes: Structure and Vision in Progressive Rock
Grumpy Old Rock Star
YesTales: An Unauthorized Biography of Rock’s Most Cosmic Band, in Limerick Form
The Extraordinary World Of Yes
Yesstories: Yes In Their Own Words
Yes: Perpetual Change

DVDs

YES: Union Live
Yes: Classic Artists
Yes – Yesspeak (35th Anniversary)
Yes – Songs from Tsongas – 35th Anniversary Concert
Yes: The Directors Cut
Yes – Symphonic Live (DVD & CD)

Gifts

Yes – In a Word: Yes
Yes – T-shirts – Band
YES Relayer album Charcoal gray 2-sided tee
Yes – Tales from the Topographic Ocean – 2 1/4″ Button / Pin
Yes – T-shirts Band
Yes – Dragonfly – 13X19 Poster
Yes Rock Music Band Sticker – Red, Orange, Yellow Logo
Yes Handbill Poster Cool Word Art With Band Shot
Yes – Yessongs LP Rock Clock

Box Sets

Inside Yes Plus Friends and Family by Yes (2006)
In a Word: Yes (1969 – ) by Yes (2002)

Genesis related gifts

Books

Genesis: Chapter and Verse
Bill Bruford The Autobiography
Turn It On Again: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, and Genesis
Genesis: The Gabriel Era (Rock Retrospectives) by Bob Carruthers
Genesis: The Complete Guide to Their Music
Peter Gabriel: In His Own Words (In Their Own Words)
Genesis: Inside & Out (1967-2000) by Robin Platts

DVDs

Genesis – The Video Show
Genesis: When In Rome Live 2007
Genesis – The Video Show
Genesis: Live at Wembley Stadium Starring Genesis and Phil Collins
Genesis – Turning It On Again (40th Anniversary Edition) Starring Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, et al.
Genesis – Inside Genesis 1975-1980 Starring Genesis
Genesis: Up Close & Personal

DVD/CD Box Set

Genesis Live 1973-2007 (8 CD/3 DVD) [Box set]

Gifts

Photo Jigsaw Puzzle of Music – Genesis fly out for US Tour 1974
Genesis – Vintage Photo Ringer T-Shirt
Genesis – Album Collage T-Shirt
Genesis – Box Set T-Shirt
Genesis – Live 07 Tour T-Shirt
Genesis Full Band 8″x10″ Color Concert Photo
Genesis Art Poster PRINT Unknown 10×8
Genesis Art Poster PRINT Unknown 8×10
Genesis – Self Titled (S/T) LP Rock Clock
Genesis – …And Then There Were Three… LP Rock Clock

Pink Floyd related goodies

Books

Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd by Mark Blake
Pink Floyd The Music And The Mystery by Andy Mabbett
Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd by Mark Blake
Pink Floyd by Barry Miles
The Making of Pink Floyd: The Wall by Gerald Scarfe and Roger Waters
Echoes: The Complete History of Pink Floyd by Glenn Povey
Mind Over Matter 4: The Images of Pink Floyd by Storm Thorgerson and Peter Curzon
Pink Floyd (New Edition) by Marcus Hearn
Ultimate Guitar Play-Along Pink Floyd Book/2CDs by Pink Floyd – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0739050443?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0739050443&linkCode=xm2&tag=musidelmund-20
Tearing Down The Wall: The Contemporary Guide to Decoding Pink Floyd – The Wall One Brick at a Time by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff

Gifts

Pink Floyd – Animals LP Rock Clock
Pink Floyd Wall Calendar: The Dark Side of the Moon by Aquarius
Pink Floyd Decal Dark Side Of The Moon Car Sticker
Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon Rock Roll Music Band Embroidered Iron On Patch
Pink Floyd The Wall sew-on cloth patch
Pink Floyd Black Decal Pig Car Truck Bumper Window Sticker
Pink Floyd – 1.25″ Pinback Button Set (set of 4)
Impact Men’s Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon T-Shirt

Pink Floyd – Flying Pig T-Shirt
Pink Floyd The Wall T-Shirt
Impact Men’s Pink Floyd Animals Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Pink Floyd – T-shirts – Mens Vintage
Wish You Were Here Burnt T-Shirt
Flying Pig T-Shirt
Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon Album Cover Spinner Key Chain
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Black Flexfit Hat/Cap
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Messenger Bag
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon Poster Print
Pink Floyd – Berlin Wall Poster Print, 23×35 Collections Poster Print
Pink Floyd Ceramic Mug Dark Side of The Moon, Multicolored, 12-Ounce
Pink Floyd Poster The Wall Screaming 24×36″
Pink Floyd Plastic Travel Mug, Multicolored, 16-Ounce
Pink Floyd Animals Mug

DVDs

The 16 CD Pink Floyd Discovery Box Set
Pulse Starring David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Guy Pratt
Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here Starring Roger Waters, Nick Mason and David Gilmour
Pink Floyd: The Wall (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) Starring Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson, et al.
Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (Director’s Cut) Starring David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason
Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here Starring Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason
Reflections and Echos
Whatever Happened To Pink Floyd?
Pink Floyd – Then And Now

Box Sets

The 16 CD Discovery Box Set by Pink Floyd
The Dark Side Of The Moon – Immersion Box Set by Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here – Immersion Box Set by Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon – Immersion – Collectors Box – 6 Disc Set
Pink Floyd: Another Great Gig in the Sky by Pink Floyd – Box set

Emerson Lake and Palmer, including new reissues

Books

Endless Enigma: A Musical Biography of Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Do You Wanna Play Some Magic?: Emerson, Lake and Palmer: In Concert 1970-1979 by Garry Freeman
Emerson, Lake and Palmer: The Show That Never Ends by George Forrester, Martyn Hanson and Frank Askew
Pictures of an Exhibitionist: From the Nice to Emerson Lake and Palmer – The True Story of the Man Who Changed the Sound of Rock by Keith Emerson

Gifts

Keith Emerson “ELP” Rock Iconz Limited Edition Sculpture
Emerson Lake & Palmer – T-shirts
additional Emerson Lake & Palmer – T-shirts
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Trilogy (Face Shot) – 2 1/4″ Button / Pin
more Emerson Lake & Palmer – T-shirts
Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) – Works Volume 1 LP Rock Clock
Photo Mug – Emerson, Lake and Palmer – 1972 from PA Photos
High Voltage Festival 2010 – ZZ Top Emerson Lake Palmer 16x12in Matted Music Print
Keith Emerson “ELP” Rock Iconz Limited Edition Sculpture

DVDs

Emerson Lake & Palmer – 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert
Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Beyond the Beginning
Emerson Lake & Palmer – Live at Montreux
Masters from the Vaults – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
ELP Emerson Lake & Palmer – The Definite Critical Review (Double-DVD Video)

Box Sets

From the Beginning
A Time and A Place
Pictures At An Exhibition (Special Edition)
Manticore Vaults 1
Manticore Vaults 2
The Manticore Vaults, Vol. 3
Original Bootleg Series From Manticore Vaults 4
Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Gentle Giant

Books

Gentle Giant – I Lost My Head: Chrysalis Years 1975 – 1980
Gentle Giant: Acquiring The Taste by Paul Stump

DVD

Gentle Giant – GG at the GG: Sight and Sound in Concert
Giant on the Box: Deluxe Edition: DVD/CD

Box Sets

I Lost My Head: Chrysalis Years 1975 – 1980 by Gentle Giant
Under Construction by Gentle Giant
Scraping the Barrel by Gentle Giant
Three Friends by Gentle Giant
Interview in Concert by Gentle Giant

King Crimson (including the 15 CD or so Lark’s Tongue …)

Books

King Crimson A Discography by Brendan James
Bill Bruford The Autobiography by Bill Bruford
When In Doubt, Roll! by Bill Bruford

Gifts

King Crimson – T-shirts 1, T-shirts 2 , and T-shirts 3
Earthbound LP Rock Clock
King Crimson Poster Band Shot The Power to Believe
In the Wake of Poseidon LP Rock Clock
King Crimson Band Member 8″x10″ Color Concert Photo
Photo Mug of King Crimson. Photographed 1974, from Granger Art on Demand

DVD

21st Century Guide to King Crimson 1: 1969-1974
King Crimson: Live in Argentina
King Crimson: Eyes Wide Open
Bill Bruford: Bruford & the Beat
King Crimson : Live in Japan

Box Sets

In The Wake Of Poseidon: 40Th Anniversary – CD+DVD
Lizard (CD + DVD Audio) – Extra tracks
Red – CD+DVD 30th Anniversary Edition
In The Court of The Crimson King (5CD+1DVD)
Lark’s Tongues in Aspic
21st Century Guide to King Crimson 1: 1969-1974
21st Century Guide to King Crimson 2: 1981-2003
The Condensed 21st Century Guide to King Crimson: 1969-2003 by King Crimson

Camel box set

Rainbows End: A Camel Anthology 1973-1985, includes live tracks

Premiata Forneria Marconi

Books

10 Anni Live 1971 – 1981 by PFM
Premiata Forneria Marconi by Jesse Russell and Ronald Cohn

Box Sets

10 Anni Live 1971 – 1981 by PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi)

Caravan

DVD

Caravan: The Anthology

Box Sets

World Is Yours by Caravan –
Caravan: The Ultimate Collection (3pc)

Steven Wilson

Gifts

Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning
Steven Wilson Computer Mousepad

Grace For Drowning (Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set)

Porcupine Tree: Arriving Somewhere

IQ

DVD

Stage

Subterranea: The Concert

Music

The Wake 25th Anniversary Box Set

IZZ

DVD

IZZ Live

Echolyn

DVD

Stars & Gardens

Driving Towards the Daylight

Joe Bonamassa – Driving Towards the Daylight
Joe Bonamassa

Driving Towards the Daylight (J & R Adventures, 2012)

Be prepared because Joe Bonamassa’s latest recording Driving Towards the Daylight is a right jab, a left hook, and a roundhouse kick all rolled into one. Kick ass to the core and laced with savage licks, Driving Towards the Daylight goes a long way to prove that rock music still has got the moves, and with some sharp elbows, and that the blues are just as deadly as the edges of a broken bottle. And, baby, it’s all good – deeply, deliciously good.

Coming on the heels of a 2011 Best Rock Blues Album for his Dust Bowl release and an appearance with Billy Gibbons and Derek Truck for Freddie King’s induction into the Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Mr. Bonamassa is hitting the airwaves with his 13th recording on his own J & R Adventures label along with producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley of Black Cowes, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin fame.

Pooling a collection of Bonamassa originals and goodies by the likes of Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon and Tom Waits, Driving Towards the Daylight sizzles in familiar Bonamassa tradition. The wicked guitar licks, razor sharp vocals and sneaky, low down rhythms on this recording are enough to make one drive too fast, drink too much and love the wrong person.

Opening with “Dislocated Boy” before moving on to such goodies like “Stone in My Passway,” “Who’s Been Talking?” with an spoken intro by Howlin’ Wolf himself, “I Got All You Need” and “Lonely Town Lonely Street,” fans get well-deserved doses of Mr. Bonamassa’s signature guitar brilliance and his edgy vocals. Add to that a little dobro, organ, brass and Anton Fig’s percussion, well, it just doesn’t get any better.

Bonamassa fans can soothe their ravaged souls with tracks like “Driving Towards the Daylight,” “A Place in My Heart” and the deftly bluesy “New Coat of Paint.” If that weren’t enough there’s the spectacularly good closing track “Too Much Ain’t Enough Love” with vocals by Jimmy Barnes and rhythm guitar by Brad Whitford.

Wrapped tighter than a bunch of Hell’s Angels on Saturday night and saucier than a juke joint honey, Driving Towards the Daylight is unabashedly good.

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