British organist Kit Downes is set to release a new album titled Obsidian (ECM records) on January 19, 2018. Obsidian features Kit Downes on church organs and Tom Challenger on tenor saxophone.
In November 2016 producer Sun Chung followed Downes to three English churches: the Snape Church of John the Baptist, Bromeswell St Edmund Church and Union Chapel Church in Islington, London. Downes played the church organs in these very different acoustic spaces. Most of the album is solo organ work. He is joined on one piece, “Modern Gods” by saxophonist Tom Challenger.
British progressive symphonic rock band The Enid has a new album titled Live At The Citadel, recorded in St. Helens, October 2017.
The live performance includes classic and recent the Enid musical pieces, including Mayday Galliard, Ondine, When the World is Full, Death, The Lovers, Cortege, Humoresque, Spring, Fand, and Chaldean Crossing.
The lineup includes Robert John Godfrey on keyboards, Zachary Bullock on keyboards and Jason Ducker on guitars.
Suspiria was originally released in 1977. The new set is available in two versions, a standard edition and a limited 150 copy hand-numbered edition.
Both versions contain a faithful reproduction of the original soundtrack in LP format and MC; a 10-inch LP with rare and unreleased tracks on clear red vinyl; a CD + DVD set. The CD includes the original soundtrack with bonus tracks, while the DVD carries a documentary with interviews with Dario Argento and Goblin.
The set also features two 64-page books, in Italian and English language, with detailed analysis of the “Suspiria” movie and soundtrack, written by Fabio Capuzzo.
The limited ‘peacock version’ contains a foam interior exclusive design with a carved “Suspiria” logo; a certificate of authenticity; and an exclusive handcrafted ‘peacock feather stiletto,’ reproducing an object handled by the protagonist Suzy in the final scenes of the movie.
Dark progressive rock band L’albero del veleno has a new album titled “Tale of a Dark Fate.” The Italian band is deeply inspired by horror movies from the 1960s through the 1980s and Italian bands like Goblin and various Italian horror film composers.
The current lineup includes Nadin Petricelli on keyboards; Lorenzo Picchi on guitars; Michele Andreuccetti on bass; and Marco Brenzini on flute.
American avant-garde progressive rock band Inner Ear Brigade has a new album titled Dromology.
The album features Bill Wolter on guitar; Chris Lauf on drums; Stephen Wright on bass; Melody Ferris on vocals; Ivor Holloway on tenor, alto and soprano saxophone; Eli Wallace on keyboards; Theo Padouvans on trumpet; Andrew Vernon on keyboards; David Shaff on trumpet; and Aheron Wheels Bolsta on tabla.
British label Esoteric Recordings has announced the release of “Sleeping for Years,” a 4-CD boxed of music by proto-progressive rock band Atomic Rooster. The collection comes in a clamshell packaging featuring all the recordings made by Atomic Rooster on the classic albums Atomic Rooster, Death Walks Behind You, In Hearing of Atomic Rooster, Made In England and Nice n’ Greasy aas well as singles “Tomorrow Night” and “Devil’s Answer.”
Atomic Rooster was formed by former Crazy World of Arthur Brown members Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer. Their self-titled first album was recorded in 1970 with Nick Graham on bass, vocals & flute, but the band soon fractured when Carl Palmer departed to join Emerson Lake and Palmer. In his place came Paul Hammond on drums and guitarist and vocalist John Du Cann. This line-up recorded the successful hit singles Tomorrow Night & Devil’s Answer and the album Death Walks Behind You in 1971. Later that year, vocalist Pete French was added to the their line-up for the classic album In Hearing of Atomic Rooster.
Covering every track released by the band in the 1970s, Sleeping For Years is a newly re-mastered collection and also features six rare alternate versions and demos.
The boxed set includes an illustrated booklet with a new essay by Malcolm Dome featuring exclusive interviews with Nick Graham, Pete French, Steve Bolton and Chris Farlowe.
Cuneiform Records has announced the release of the first ever Art Zoyd box set. The collection titled Art Zoyd, 44 ½ years of music will be available November 24th, 2017.
Art Zoyd is a highly influential French progressive rock band. They are part of a subgenre known as RIO (Rock In Opposition), a set of artists that play avant-garde rock influenced by progressive rock experimentalists such as Magma as well as contemporary classical music composers.
The boxed set contains 8 CDs of live recordings covering the years 1972-2004 and four CDs of studio recordings, sketches and outtakes from 1980-2005. There are also two DVDs, one is comprised of historical television appearances from the late 1970s into the end of the 1980s and the other DVD disc includes the entire performance of Art Zoyd’s celebration at the RIO Festival.
The box and all elements were designed by British graphic artist Max Franosch.
Guitar maestro John McLaughlin and his band 4th Dimension have a new live album recorded at Ronnie Scott’s. The band will touring the United States and Mexico in November and December 2017.
Meeting of the Spirits Tour
11/1/17 Buffalo, NY
11/2/17 Albany, NY
11/3/17 New York,
11/4/17 Port Chester, NY
11/5/17 Providence, RI
11/8/17 Boston, MA
11/9/17 Philadelphia, PA
11/10/17 Newark, NJ
11/11/17 Washington DC
11/12/17 Raleigh, NC
11/15/17 Ann Arbor, MI
11/17/17 Chicago, IL
11/18/17 Chicago, IL
11/19/17 Indianapolis, IN
11/21/17 Nashville, TN
11/22/17 Atlanta, GA
11/24/17 Jacksonville, FL
11/25/17 Clearwater, FL
11/27/17 New Orleans, LA
11/30/17 Austin, TX
12/1/17 Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
12/5/17 Seattle, WA
12/6/17 Portland, OR
12/8/17 San Francisco, CA
12/9/17 Los Angeles, CA
Esoteric Recordings has recently released a re-mastered and expanded version of the classic 1970 album “Daughter of Time” by British band Colosseum.
Originally released on the Vertigo label in December 1970, “Daughter of Time” was Colosseum’s third studio album, with a new lineup: Jon Hiseman on drums; Dave Greenslade on organ and vibes; Dick Heckstall-Smith on saxophones; Dave “Clem” Clempson on guitar, vocals; Mark Clarke on bass; and Chris Farlowe on lead vocals.
This new edition of “Daughter of Time” contains three bonus tracks recorded at Lansdowne studios in London in May 1970 and August 1971. The Esoteric Recordings edition fully restored the original album artwork. It includes an illustrated booklet with a new essay and exclusive interviews with Dave Greenslade and Clem Clempson.
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