Sunday, May 21, 2017

Emerson, Lake & Palmer To Reissue Last Three Studio Albums From the 70s

A new collection of classic Emerson, Lake & Palmer albums are being released on CD, vinyl and download by BMG this Friday, May 26. They include Works Volume 1, Works Volume 2 and Love Beach, three records that represent an important phase in the group’s remarkable career.

Their release is part of a comprehensive re-issues program by BMG that began early in 2016 to spotlight ELP’s legacy of nine studio albums as well as their various ‘live’ recordings and compilations.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer was one of the most successful and innovative British groups of the 1970s. Blending different styles from rock to classical and jazz they were pioneers of Progressive Rock.
The founder members were keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson, lead singer, guitarist and bass player, Greg Lake and percussionist and showman drummer Carl Palmer.

The group formed in 1970, made its debut at the Isle of Wight Festival, when their wild stage act and dynamic music stole the show. The trio went on stadium tours, sold over 40 million albums and enjoyed hit singles with "Lucky Man" and "Fanfare For The Common Man." ELP’S first seven albums were U.K. and U.S. chart hits. The first three Emerson, Lake & Palmer, (1970), Tarkus (1971) and Pictures At An Exhibition (1971) were all reissued last June.

Another set of releases featuring Trilogy (1972), Brain Salad Surgery (1973) and Welcome Back, My Friends, To The Show That Never Ends - Ladies And Gentlemen... (1974) was released last September.

All of ELP’s album tracks have been carefully re-mastered by world renowned studio engineer Andy Pearce and made available in a variety of formats. They include high quality CD, freshly cut vinyl LP and HD digital download. At the special request of the late Greg Lake, the LPs are presented on 140 gram vinyl to endure a superior, high quality sound. The CD booklets contain extensive liner notes with rare photographs and new band interviews by legendary rock journalist Chris Welch.

Works Volume 1

This double CD comprises all the material first released as a double vinyl album in March 1977. Now fully re-mastered, the 14 tracks include songs and instrumental pieces composed, arranged and recorded by the individual members of the group. These solo efforts were showcased on three sides of the original LP while the fourth side had two joint ELP compositions. Disc 1 of the CD set presented Keith Emerson’s ambitious "Piano Concerto No.1" performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It is followed by five of Greg Lake’s most melodic songs including "C’est La Vie" with lyrics by Pete Sinfield.

Disc 2 has dynamic instrumental pieces by Carl Palmer performed in a variety of styles with different musicians, among them Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. The great jazz composer Harry South is also present. Palmer also contributes a powerful new version of "Tank" first heard on the group’s debut album. Two major ELP works include the full version of their hit single ‘Fanfare For The Common Man’ and the extended concept piece "Pirates."

The double LP set replicates the original LP artwork and design, with embossed cover text and ELP logo. It contains the full 1977 album, remastered from the original analogue tapes.

Works Volume 2

Works Volume 2, a compilation first released in November 1977 offers another rich seam of ELP songs and instrumental performances. Among the 19 tracks on CD disc 1 are Keith Emerson’s raucous piano outings "Barrelhouse Shake Down" and single hit ‘Honky Tonk Train Blues’. They complement Greg Lake’s perennial hit "I Believe In Father Christmas" and Carl Palmer’s dramatic "The Enemy God" among the highlights of their contributions. CD 2 has atmospheric ‘live’ performances recorded during the group’s concert at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal Canada in August, 1977, including "Fanfare For The Common Man," "Knife Edge," "Pictures at an Exhibition" and the third movement of Emerson's "Piano Concerto" All tracks are re-mastered from original tapes, capturing ELP performing at the pinnacle of their career.

The single LP set replicates the original LP artwork and design, with embossed cover text and ELP logo. It contains the full 1977 album, remastered from the original analogue tapes.

Love Beach

A single CD Deluxe Edition of the group’s seventh studio album Love Beach comprises 2017 remastered versions of all 7 tracks from the original 1978 LP. Among many new songs that refreshed ELP’s sound for the modern era are "All I Want Is You," "Love Beach" and "The Gambler." Also featured is a 20-minute extended concept piece, the four part "Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman" written by Keith Emerson and Pete Sinfield. Greg Lake talks about the significance of the album in liner notes that became his last ever interview.  Additional bonus material includes some fascinating Love Beach rehearsal tracks, providing a compelling insight into the group at work in the studio.

The single LP set replicates the original LP artwork and design. It contains the full 1978 album, remastered from the original analogue tapes.

These albums are dedicated to the memories of Keith Emerson  and Greg Lake, who both passed away in 2016.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Morrison Hotel Gallery To Be Official Gallery For Monterey Pop Festival 50th Anniversary

The Who by Henry Diltz, Monterey Pop Festival, 1967

Another Planet Entertainment and Goldenvoice in association with the Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation have announced that Morrison Hotel Gallery is now the official gallery for the 50th anniversary celebration of The Monterey Pop Festival.

Morrison Hotel Gallery will be on-site at the 50th anniversary festival (June 16 - 18) with a pop-up gallery that will feature over 50 photographic prints of the artists that performed at the 1967 festival. Fans will be able purchase any of these prints.

The dream of bringing together artists on the cutting edge of music in the name of charity, developed into what would become one of the seminal concerts in rock history. With the war in Vietnam on the world stage, cultural awareness and protest took a form of "music, love and flowers" with 170,000 people gathered at the Monterey Fairgrounds. The festival, produced by Lou Adler and John Phillips, was a peaceful gathering and a groundbreaking experience that has impacted generations.

"Morrison Hotel Gallery is honored to be the official gallery, and part of the anniversary celebration of the historic Monterey Pop Festival. That's what our gallery is all about  the music, the history, the culture. It's what we and all the photographers we work with, represent, and it's coming full circle, 50 years later to the day, on the same spot," says gallery co-owner Timothy White.

Morrison Hotel Gallery co-owner and founder Henry Diltz  also the official photographer for Monterey Pop 50 years ago  will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs. A number of photographers represented by Morrison Hotel Gallery, who were also at the original Monterey Pop Festival, will be there to celebrate. Even filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, the man behind the Monterey Pop movie, will make an appearance.

There will also be a Monterey Pop exhibit at the NYC gallery that runs from June 16 - July 3.

The three-day music celebration event will take place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds from June 16 - 18  50 years to the day and on the exact same spot of the 1967 festival.

The festival schedule and ticket information can be found here.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Singer Chris Cornell Of Soundgarden & Audioslave Dies At 52

Chris Cornell, the voice and frontman of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died overnight in Detroit at the age of 52. He was discovered just past midnight at the MGM Grand Detroit, according to city police.

No cause of death has been released, pending a medical examiner's report.

"His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause," Brian Bumbery, Cornell's representative, says in a statement. "They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time."

A Detroit Police Department spokesman tells multiple media outlets that Cornell's death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

Cornell played a seminal role in the origins of grunge music, founding Soundgarden in 1984 with Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto. Together with other Seattle natives Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, the band — and Cornell's voice — would go on to define a sound that cherry-picked elements of punk and metal and distorted them into a distinctive brew all their own.

At Soundgarden's peak of popularity in the mid-1990s, the band's album Superunknown earned a Billboard No. 1 debut and a Grammy nomination for best rock record.

After the band broke up in 1997, Cornell pursued a solo career — though only for a few years. By 2001, he had helped found the supergroup Audioslave with several members of Rage Against the Machine.

Audioslave released three albums before disbanding in 2007, as well.

In 2012, Soundgarden returned with its first studio album since 1996. The band continue to tour; Cornell's body was reportedly discovered after their May 17 show in Detroit.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wishbone Ash Welcome New Guitarist

Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, recently announced a line-up change. After more than a decade of making albums and touring the world with the band, guitarist Muddy Manninen has left to pursue his own musical interests.

“It's been a very rewarding relationship with some great work being laid down, from Clan Destiny to Blue Horizon.” said bandleader Andy Powell (guitar, lead vocals). “We sincerely thank Muddy and wish him good luck on his solo project, currently well under way.”

Jumping into the fray as Muddy's replacement – and the ninth in a long and illustrious line of guitar players that form part of the fabled Wishbone Ash twin-lead section – is Mark Abrahams, who has been preparing for this gig since the tender age of 9, when he first picked up a guitar and started to figure out some of those well-known lines that have inspired generations of guitar players.

“It was the sound of the twin lead guitars that first caught my attention. The sound was different to any other music I had heard up until that point,” Mark said. “A couple of years after my first discovery of Wishbone Ash, my dad had a couple of VHS videos of the reunion gigs, and I would sit and watch them for hours. I was hooked!”

“I'm happy to say Mark's a Les Paul and Strat man; these two guitars have always been an important part of Wishbone's sound,” Powell said. “He also plays Elvidge Custom Guitars.”

The owner of Vision Guitars in Castleford, Yorkshire, UK, Mark has worked in musical instrument retail since leaving Leeds College of Music in 1997. Most recently with Yorkshire band Coyote, Mark has played 100 dates a year, and has toured with Ron Thal (ex-Guns N' Roses) and Graham Oliver, Steve Dawson's version of Saxon.

Mark's debut performance with Wishbone Ash will be at the upcoming Sweden Rock festival (June 9), alongside the likes of Kings X, Aerosmith and the Scorpions.

“I've been overwhelmed by the response from Wishbone Ash fans, and I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to you all for the positive comments and 'welcomes' to the band,” said Mark. “Thank you! It means a lot to this Yorkshire lad who's just had the dream of a lifetime come true.”

“It's going to be an exciting new phase for Wishbone Ash,” said Powell. “Come and check us out on the road as we welcome Mark Abrahams into the band.”

For more information: visit www.wishboneash.com and follow the band on Facebook @wishbone.ash.official, Twitter @wishboneash_com and Instagram.

Monday, May 15, 2017

U2 Revisits 'The Joshua Tree' On U.S. Tour

With evocative montages of the American west scrolling on screens behind them, U2 kicked off the U.S. leg of their "Joshua Tree" tour on Sunday with a few jabs at the new political landscape.

The tour was billed as a look back at the band's 1987 breakthrough album The Joshua Tree with its globe-spanning hits "With Or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

U2 started with one of their even earlier songs, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and its opening lines "I can't believe the news today", before roaring through "New Year’s Day," "Pride," and all of The Joshua Tree played in the order of its tracklist.

Bono largely steered clear of the overt references to President Donald Trump that had peppered his performances during the election campaign. But more guarded references to modern-day events kept breaking through.

"Some of you think that the dream is dead. Maybe that dream is just telling you to wake up," Bono said during "Pride,." as the words of Martin Luther King were projected behind him.

The screen switched to images of models in front of a faded American flag and vast desert landscapes.

Other scenes showed the destruction in Syria and a girl there appealing for help.

Speaking about the band's charitable organization One, which fights poverty, Bono urged the crowd to "organize" for change.

"Nothing scares ... politicians like people getting organized. That's how it should be, the government scared of the people, not the other way around," he said.

The lead singer gave a shout out to Bill and Melinda Gates, who were both in the sold-out audience at Seattle's CenturyLink Field venue, hailing them as "luminary figures" for their charitable work.

The band saved more recent hits for the encore, belting out "It's a Beautiful Day" and "Elevation" as Bono called on women to "unite to rewrite history as her-story".

Bono also acknowledged Mother's Day, dedicating the song "Ultraviolet" to "women who stood up or sat down for their rights, who insisted, resisted, persisted for their rights."

U2 will play 33 shows to 1.7 million people during the Joshua Tree tour. The tour is also the top-selling concert in the U.S. this summer, according to ticket seller StubHub, with most shows already sold out.