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Title - ‘Gleb Kolyadin’
Artist - Gleb Kolyadin

Following the success of two highly-praised albums with Iamthemorning, Russian virtuoso pianist Gleb Kolyadin affirms his musical authority with his debut, self-titled album on Kscope.

The record features a staggering who’s-who of performers, including: Gavin Harrison (King Crimson / Porcupine Tree) on drums; Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson) on bass; Theo Travis (Robert Fripp / Porcupine Tree / Steven Wilson) on flute and saxophone; the unmistakable voice and lyrics of Steve Hogarth (Marillion) alongside Mick Moss (Antimatter); and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) on additional keys.

1. “Insight”
2. “Astral Architecture” (featuring Mick Moss)
3. “White Dawn”
4. “Kaleidoscope”
5. “Eidolon”
6. “Into The Void”
7. “The Room”
8. “Confluence” (featuring Steve Hogarth)
9. “Constellation / The Bell”
10. “Echo / Sigh / Strand”
11. “Penrose Stairs”
12. “Storyteller” (featuring Jordan Rudess)
13. “The Best Of Days” (featuring Steve Hogarth)

The album is a collaborative piece with each musician recording their own parts separately, starting with Gleb recording himself on grand piano in Moscow Winter-Spring 2017 at the famed Mosfilm studio.

From the moment the keys of Gleb combine with the tempered drum work back bone of opening track ‘Insight,’ you know you’re listening to something special. Featuring Mick Moss (best known for his role in the band Antimatter), the lighter fare of ‘Astral Architecture’ is next, and is backed seamlessly by both ‘White Dawn’ and the more uptempo, playful fun of ‘Kaleidoscope.’

The mid-tempo, piano hipsway of ‘Eidolon’ is my own personal favorite of the new tracks, and that’s followed by the upbeat ‘Into the Void’ and then the musically full on ‘The Room,’ Featuring Steve Hogarth (Marillion), ‘Confluence’ is a massively engaging track. Combining the piano skills of Gleb entwined within the hushed vocal tones of Hogarth, the track is mesmerizing.

Next up is ‘Constellation / The Bell’, a strong track that resonates throughout , and that’s backed by the passionate ride of the trilogy within ‘Echo / Sigh / Strand’. Gleb’s playful key strokes are once again brought to the fore on the triumphant ‘Penrose Stairs’ (featuring Jordan Rudess), before the album rounds out with the preciseness of ‘Storyteller’, and then we get yet another magical musical outing from both Gleb and Hogarth on the first track to be revealed on this project, ‘The Best of Days.’

This self-titled work of musical genius was mixed and engineered by Vlad Avy, who also previously worked on the two Iamthemorning records.

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Title - ‘The Vintage Years: 1970-1991’
Artist - Wishbone Ash

Wishbone Ash, one of Britain's most enduring and best-loved rock acts, are to release a comprehensive deluxe 30 CD box set, The Vintage Years: 1970-1991 (strictly limited to 2,500 copies), through Madfish.

Loaded with rarities, memorabilia, a new interview and a lavish 156-page hardback book, a third of this new collection features previously unheard & unreleased material.

The contents of The Vintage Years box set include: Brand new cover artwork designed by Colin Elgie, the original designer behind the award-winning Live Dates sleeve artwork. All 16 studio albums, featuring bonus material including rare album outtakes, B-sides and 12 previously unreleased studio tracks, presented in mini-gatefold sleeves.

Three of the 16 albums are currently out of print on CD from I. R. S. : Nouveau Calls, Here to Hear and Strange Affair. 8 previously unreleased live albums from 1973-1980 on 11 discs. 3 original live albums: Live Dates, Live Dates Volume Two and Live in Tokyo.

All music has been remastered from the original multitrack and ¼" tapes, sourced from Martin Turner and Andy Powell's personal collections, and from the Universal Music and Atlantic archives.

A 156-page coffee table hardback book written by Classic Rock's Dave Ling, including personal photos, rare posters and flyers and collector's memorabilia.

A 36-page poster book, covering the early years through to Here to Hear. 4 reproductions of original posters for: Christmas at the Palace Dec 1973, Live Dates European tour - Hamburg Musikhalle 1974, Europe 1975 tour, and the Front Page News tour - Empire Pool Wembley 1977.

A facsimile MCA debut album promo pack and a 7" flexi disc for the single Blind Eye, the first of the 11 Japanese singles series, along with individually signed photos of each band member.

Disc: 1 - 1. Blind Eye (Wishbone Ash) 2. Lady Whiskey (Wishbone Ash) 3. Errors of My Way (Wishbone Ash) 4. Queen of Torture (Wishbone Ash) 5. Handy (Wishbone Ash) 6. Phoenix (Wishbone Ash) 7. Lady Whiskey (First Light Recording) 8. Roads of Day to Day (First Light Recording) 9. Blind Eye (First Light Recording) 10. Joshua (First Light Recording) 11. Queen of Torture (First Light Recording) 12. Handy (First Light Recording) 13. Errors of My Way (First Light Recording)

Disc: 2 - 1. Vas Dis (Pilgrimage) 2. The Pilgrim (Pilgrimage) 3. Jail Bait (Pilgrimage) 4. Alone (Pilgrimage) 5. Lullaby (Pilgrimage) 6. Valediction (Pilgrimage) 7. Where Were You Tomorrow (Pilgrimage) 8. Alone (Full Length Album Sessions Version with Vocals) 9. Alone (First Light Recording with Vocals) 10. Where Were You Tomorrow (Album Sessions Studio Version)

Disc: 3 - 1. Time Was (Argus) 2. Sometime World (Argus) 3. Blowin' Free (Argus) 4. The King Will Come (Argus) 5. Leaf and Stream (Argus) 6. Warrior (Argus) 7. Throw Down the Sword (Argus) 8. Jail Bait (Live from Memphis 1972) 9. The Pilgrim (Live from Memphis 1972) 10. Phoenix (Live from Memphis 1972)

Disc: 4 - 1. So Many Things to Say (Wishbone Four) 2. Ballad of the Beacon (Wishbone Four) 3. 3No Easy Road (Wishbone Four) 4. 4Everybody Needs a Friend (Wishbone Four) 5. Doctor (Wishbone Four) 6. Sorrel (Wishbone Four) 7. Sing Out the Song (Wishbone Four) 8. Rock 'N Roll Widow (Wishbone Four) 9. No Easy Road (1972 Single Version) 10. Blowin' Free (1972 Single Version)

Disc: 5 - 1. The King Will Come - June '73, Croydon, Fairfield Hall (Live Dates) 2. Throw Down the Sword - June '73, Newcastle, City Hall (Live Dates) 3. Rock 'N Roll Widow - June '73, Reading, University (Live Dates) 4. Ballad of the Beacon - June '73, Reading, University (Live Dates) 5. Baby What You Want Me to Do - June '73, Portsmouth, Guildhall (Live Dates) 6. The Pilgrim - June '73, Croydon, Fairfield Hall (Live Dates) 7. Blowin' Free - June '73, Newcastle, City Hall (Live Dates) 8. Jail Bait - June '73, Reading, University (Live Dates 9. Lady Whiskey - June '73, Reading, University (Live Dates) 10. Phoenix - June '73, Croydon, Fairfield Hall (Live Dates)

Disc: 6 - 1. Silver Shoes (There's the Rub) 2. Don't Come Back (There's the Rub) 3. Persephone (There's the Rub) 4. Hometown (There's the Rub) 5. Lady Jay (There's the Rub) 6. F*U*B*B (There's the Rub)

Disc: 7 - 1. Rest in Peace (Locked in) 2. No Water in the Well (Locked in) 3. Moonshine (Locked in) 4. She Was My Best Friend (Locked in) 5. It Started in Heaven (Locked in) 6. Half Past Lovin' (Locked in) 7. Trust in You (Locked in) 8. Say Goodbye (Locked in) 9. Bad Weather Blues 10. Chicago Tease

Disc: 8 - 1. Mother of Pearl (New England) 2. (In All of My Dreams) You Rescue Me (New England) 3. Runaway (New England) 4. Lorelei (New England) 5. Outward Bound (New England) 6. Prelude (New England) 7. When You Know Love (New England) 8. Lonely Island (New England) 9. Candlelight (New England)

Disc: 9 - 1. Front Page News (Front Page News) 2. Midnight Dancer (Front Page News) 3. Goodbye Baby Hello Friend (Front Page News) 4. Surface to Air (Front Page News) 5. 714 (Front Page News) 6. Come in from the Rain (Front Page News) 7. Right or Wrong (Front Page News) 8. Heart Beat (Front Page News) 9. The Day I Found Your Love (Front Page News) 10. Diamond Jack (Front Page News) 11. Come in from the Rain (Live)

Disc: 10 - 1. You See Red (No Smoke Without Fire) 2. Baby the Angels Are Here (No Smoke Without Fire) 3. Ships in the Sky (No Smoke Without Fire) 4. Stand and Deliver (No Smoke Without Fire) 5. Anger in Harmony (No Smoke Without Fire) 6. Like a Child (No Smoke Without Fire) 7. The Way of the World - Part 1 (No Smoke Without Fire) 8. The Way of the World - Part 2 (No Smoke Without Fire) 9. Time and Space (Album Session Outtake) 10. Firesign (Album Session Outtake) 11. Hard on You (Album Session Outtake) 12. John Sherry Jam (Album Session Outtake) 13. Sherriff of Sherwood (Album Session Outtake)

Disc: 11 - 1. F*U*B*B - Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza 1978 (Live in Tokyo) 2. The Way of the World -Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza 1978 (Live in Tokyo) 3. You See Red - Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza 1978 (Live in Tokyo) 4. Jail Bait - Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza 1978 (Live in Tokyo) 5. Blowin' Free - Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza 1978 (Live in Tokyo) 6. Bad Weather Blues (Live B-Side from 'You See Red' 12" Single) 7. Helpless (Live Single) 8. Blowin' Free (Live Single)

Disc: 12 - 1. Living Proof (Just Testing) 2. Haunting Me (Just Testing) 3. Insomnia (Just Testing) 4. Helpless (Just Testing) 5. Pay the Price (Just Testing) 6. New Rising Star (Just Testing) 7. Master of Disguise (Just Testing) 8. Lifeline (Just Testing) 9. Halfway House (Album Outtake - Claire Hamill Vocal) 10. Fast Johnny 11. Come on 12. Is Justice Done (Album Outtake) 13. The Bells Chime (Album Outtake) 14. Out on a Limb (Album Outtake) 15. Where You Been (Album Outtake) 16. Halfway House (Album Outtake - Martin Turner Vocal) 17. Football and Boxing (Album Outtake)

Disc: 13 - 1. Doctor - Hull City Hall, 1980 (Live Dates Volume Two) 2. Living Proof - Bristol Colton Hall, 1980 (Live Dates Volume Two) 3. Runaway - Wolverhampton Civic Hall, 1980 (Live Dates Volume Two) 4. Helpless - Wolverhampton Civic Hall, 1980 (Live Dates Volume Two) 5. F*U*B*B - London, Hammersmith Odeon, 1978 (Live Dates Volume Two) 6. The Way of the World (Live Dates Volume Two) 7. Lorelei (Live Dates Volume Two) 8. Persephone (Live Dates Volume Two) 9. (In All of My Dreams) You Rescue Me (Live Dates Volume Two) 10. Time Was (Live Dates Volume Two) 11. Goodbye Baby Hello Friend (Live Dates Volume Two) 12. No Easy Road (Live Dates Volume Two)

Disc: 14 - 1. Loaded (Number the Brave) 2. Where Is the Love (Number the Brave) 3. Underground (Number the Brave) 4. Kicks on the Street (Number the Brave) 5. Open Road (Number the Brave) 6. Get Ready (Number the Brave) 7. Rainstorm (Number the Brave) 8. That's That (Number the Brave) 9. Roller Coaster (Number the Brave) 10. Number the Brave (Number the Brave) 11. My Mind Is Made Up (B-Side) 12. Get Ready (Single Mix with Claire Hamill Backing Vocal) 13. Now or Never (Album Outtake - John Wetton) 14. Hard on You (Album Outtake)

Disc: 15 - 1. Engine Overheat (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)) 2. Can't Fight Love (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 3. Genevieve (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 4. Me and My Guitar (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 5. Hold on (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 6. Streets of Shame (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 7. No More Lonely Nights (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 8. Angels Have Mercy (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 9. Wind Up (Twin Barrels Burning (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 10. Cat and Dog Fight (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 11. Go for the Gold (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 12. Night Hawker (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)

Disc: 16 - 1. Cell of Fame (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 2. People in Motion (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 3. Don't Cry (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 4. Love Is Blue (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 5. Long Live the Night (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 6. Rocket in My Pocket (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 7. It's Only Love (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 8. Don't You Mess (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 9. Dreams (Searching for An Answer) (Raw to the Bone (No 10. MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 11. Perfect Timing (Raw to the Bone (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 12. She's Still Alive (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 13. Apocalypso (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 14. Valley of Tears (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 15. Nkomo (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock) 16. Talk to Me (No MCPS, Bought As Finished Stock)

Disc: 17 - 1. Tangible Evidence (Nouveau Calls) 2. Clousseau (Nouveau Calls) 3. Flags of Convenience (Nouveau Calls) 4. From Soho to Sunset (Nouveau Calls) 5. Arabesque (Nouveau Calls) 6. In the Skin (Nouveau Calls) 7. Something Happening in Room 602 (Nouveau Calls) 8. Johnny Left Home Without It (Nouveau Calls) 9. The Spirit Flies Free (Nouveau Calls) 10. A Rose Is a Rose (Nouveau Calls) 11. Real Guitars Have Wings (Nouveau Calls) 12. T-Bone Shuffle

Disc: 18 - 1. Cosmic Jazz (Here to Hear) 2. Keeper of the Light (Here to Hear) 3. Mental Radio (Here to Hear) 4. Walk on Water (Here to Hear) 5. Witness to Wonder (Here to Hear) 6. Lost Cause in Paradise (Here to Hear) 7. Why Don't We (Here to Hear) 8. In the Case (Here to Hear) 9. Hole in My Heart - Part One (Here to Hear) 10. Hole in My Heart - Part Two (Here to Hear) 11. Heaven Is (Album Outtake) 12. Bolan's Monument (B-Side) 13. Duffle Shuffle (Album Outtake)

Disc: 19 - 1. Strange Affair (Strange Affair) 2. Wings of Desire (Strange Affair) 3. Renegade (Strange Affair) 4. Dream Train (Strange Affair) 5. Some Conversation (Strange Affair) 6. Rollin' (Strange Affair) 7. You (Strange Affair) 8. Hard Times (Strange Affair) 9. Standing in the Rain (Strange Affair) 10. Chimes of Freedom (Album Outtake - Andy Powell Vocal) 11. Standing in the Rain (Album Outtake - Martin Turner Vocal) 12. Strange Affair (Album Outtake - Brass Mix) 13. Dream Train (Album Outtake - Brass Mix) 14. Rollin' (Album Outtake - Brass Mix) 15. Chimes of Freedom (Album Outtake - Andy Powell Vocal)

Disc: 20 - 1. The King Will Come (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 2. Warrior (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 3. Throw Down the Sword (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 4. Ballad of the Beacon (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 5. Rock 'N Roll Widow (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 6. Everybody Needs a Friend (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 7. Blowin' Free (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 8. Jail Bait (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)

Disc: 21 - 1. Doctor (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 2. So Many Things to Say (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 3. Baby What You Want Me to Do (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone 4. Phoenix (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 5. It Ain't Easy (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 6. Where Were You Tomorrow (Portsmouth 1973 - Wishbone Four 7. Live Dates Recording Tour)

Disc: 22 - 1. The King Will Come (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 2. Warrior (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 3. Throw Down the Sword (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 4. Ballad of the Beacon (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 5. Rock 'N Roll Widow (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 6. Everybody Needs a Friend (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four 7. / Live Dates Recording Tour) 8. Blowin' Free (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 9. Jail Bait (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 10. Doctor (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 11. So Many Things to Say (Southampton 1973 - Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour) 12. Baby What You Want Me to Do (Southampton 1973 - 13. Wishbone Four / Live Dates Recording Tour)

Disc: 23 - 1. Runaway (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour) 2. The King Will Come (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour) 3. Warrior (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour) 4. Lorelei (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour) 5. Persephone (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour) 6. (In All of My Dreams) You Rescue Me (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour) 7. Outward Bound (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour) 8. Mother of Pearl (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour) 9. Rest in Peace (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour) 10. Time Was (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour) 11. Bad Weather Blues (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour) 12. Jail Bait (Edinburgh 1976 - New England Tour)

Disc: 24 - 1. Blind Eye (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 2. Lady Whiskey (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 3. The King Will Come (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 4. Warrior (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 5. Throw Down the Sword (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 6. Front Page News (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 7. Sometime World (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 8. Goodbye Baby Hello Friend (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 9. Runaway (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 10. Phoenix (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 11. Jail Bait (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 12. Blowin' Free (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 13. Bad Weather Blues (Marquee Club 1977 - Front Page News Tour)

Disc: 25 - 1. Blind Eye (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 2. Lady Whiskey (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 3. The King Will Come (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 4. Warrior (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 5. Throw Down the Sword (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour) Front Page News (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour 6. Sometime World (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 7. Goodbye Baby Hello Friend (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 8. Runaway (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 9. Come in from the Rain (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 10. Jail Bait (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 11. Blowin' Free (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 12. No Easy Road (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour) 13. Bad Weather Blues (Newcastle 1977 - Front Page News Tour)

Disc: 26 - 1. The King Will Come (Bournemouth 1978) 2. Warrior (Bournemouth 1978) 3. Errors of My Way (Bournemouth 1978) 4. You See Red (Bournemouth 1978) 5. F*U*B*B (Bournemouth 1978) 6. The Way of the World (Bournemouth 1978)

Disc: 27 - 1. Phoenix (Bournemouth 1978) 2. Anger in Harmony (Bournemouth 1978) 3. Time Was (Bournemouth 1978) 4. Runaway (Bournemouth 1978) 5. Lady Whiskey (Bournemouth 1978) 6. Jail Bait (Bournemouth 1978) 7. Queen of Torture (Bournemouth 1978) 8. Blowin' Free (Bournemouth 1978) 9. Bad Weather Blues (Bournemouth 1978)

Disc: 28 - 1. Doctor (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour) 2. Blind Eye (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour) 3. Way of the World (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour) 4. Living Proof (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour) 5. The King Will Come (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour) 6. Lifeline (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour) 7. Insomnia (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)

Disc: 29 - 1. Phoenix (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour) 2. Blowin' Free (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour) 3. Queen of Torture (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour) 4. Helpless (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour) 5. Jail Bait (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour) 6. Bad Weather Blues (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour) 7. Too Much Monkey Business (Guildford 1980 - Just Testing Tour)

Disc: 30 - 1. Doctor (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour) 2. Lady Whiskey (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour) 3. Helpless (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour) 4. I Need People (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour) 5. The Pilgrim (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour) 6. Lookin' for a Reason (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour) 7. Runaway (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour) 8. The King Will Come (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour) 9. Phoenix (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour) 10. Blowin' Free (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour) 11. Jail Bait (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour) 12. Bad Weather Blues (Chelmsford 1980 - Blowin' Free Tour)

Talking about the release, founder member Martin Turner explains, “I looked after most of these tape recordings for decades, wondering when they would ever see the light of day and I am very glad that they will at last be available for everyone to hear.”

“I wanted to mix the live performances myself, but being a busy chap and not famous for my speediness, we decided to give it all to the wonderful Pete Reynolds whom I believe has done a brilliant job of mixing and remastering a massive collection of work. It’s almost like having one’s whole musical life in one box. It certainly represents the most comprehensive Wishbone collection that I know of and I hope you enjoy it.”

Andy Powell agrees, “It’s truly amazing to look back at the musically fertile 70s and 80s and wonder at the sheer amount of incredible creative output from our band. We had great roots and a really strong blue-print for success. I feel blessed to have played my part in it all and I’m truly thankful that it’s set the course for my entire life and all the music that’s followed, as the band continues to live on into the 21st century.”

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www.MartinTurnerMusic.com





Title - ‘Karma Obscur’
Artist - Shob

Talented bass player with many collaborations (Roger (Biwandu-Zawinul syndicate), Patrick Rondat (G3), PapaGuyo (Sly & Family Stone), J Halliday, Charles X, Eths…), Shob releases his second album Karma Obscur after the successful debut, Pragmatism.

An intense progressive rock/funk played live by amazing musicians, Karma Obscur is Jazz-Rock Fusion at its finest. Twisting and turning delightfully, never steering a course too unknown, in my humble opinion, Shob's sophomore album is already his best work.

1. “Hors D'oeuvre” (2:02)
2. “Straight Ahead” (5:25)
3. “Except I'm 65” (4:47)
4. “Enclosures” (5:19)
5. “Karma Obscur” (4:18)
6. “Rusty Dog” (5:36)
7. “The Right Move” (4:53)
8. “Green Elephant” (5:15)
9. “The Professor” (4:23)
10. “Divergence” (5:29)
11. “Action Mutante” (3:55)
12. “Dissection” (5:25)
13. “Sulfur” (5:03)

We begin with the appropriately entitled “Hors D'oeuvre”, a slap bass funk delight, that blends seamlessly into both the harder, more pronounced Blues bass of “Straight Ahead” and then the lush, R&B vibe of “Except I’m 65.”

The frenetic soul/blues “Enclosures” is up next and that’s followed by the title track, the terrifically paced “Karma Obscur.” The tempo comes down somewhat next for the late night jazz club appeal of “Rusty Dog”, before it’s picked right up again for the playful jazz notes of “The Right Move”. Some ferocious slap bass is back again for the brilliant “Green Elephant”, which is followed by the deliberately stop-start pace of “The Professor.”

Next up is “Divergence”, which is backed by another stand out track on this sophomore album, “Action Mutante.” The album then comes to a close with the jazz lite “Dissection”, before rounding out with the Blues organ , and guitar-backed beauty “Sulfur.”

Line-up: Shob - Bass, Guitar (3, 6, 7, 9-13), Additional Percussions With Morgan Berthet - Drums; Denis Cornardeau - Guitar (2-4, 8); Gabriel Druot - Guitar (5); Jean Loup Siaut - Guitar (10); Pierre Danel - Guitar (11); Jorris Guilbaud - Keyboards (6, 7, 10, 11); Vincent Vilnet - Keyboards (4, 12, 13); Tony Lavaud - Keyboards (2, 5, 8); Robin Magord - Keyboards (3, 9); Laurène Pierre Magnani - Vocals (3); Monkey D Beasty - Vocals (1); Rémy Béesau - Trumpet PJ Ley - Trumpet (3); Olivier Miqueu - Trombone; FM Moreau - Sax; Ludovic Lesage - Jumbe, Congas

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Title - 'One More Crooked Dance’
Artist - Jules Shear

For those not in the know, Jules Shear is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who wrote the Cyndi Lauper hit single "All Through the Night" and The Bangles' hit "If She Knew What She Wants". Oh, and he also charted a hit as a solo performer with "Steady" in 1985.

Today, Jules Shear isn’t being cagy when he insists he doesn’t know what the songs on his 13th studio album, One More Crooked Dance (Funzalo Records), and first since 2013’s Longer to Get to Yesterday are about!

He really doesn’t, at least without being able to consult a lyric sheet, which is nowhere in sight at the moment. With nary a guitar, bass or drum in earshot, Shear didn’t have to wander far from his longtime Woodstock, N.Y., home, corralling locals Pepe (piano), touring partner Molly Farley (vocals) and the legendary John Sebastian (harp) at his neighborhood health food store and somehow cajoling them to join him at his friend’s nearby home studio.

1. ‘Rules of the Game’
2. ‘Painkiller’
3. ‘Be With You’
4. ‘Don't Remember’
5. ‘Guessing’
6. ‘Looking For Me’
7. ‘The Hunter & the Hunted’
8. ‘A Color That Barely Exists’
9. ‘Oh Marlena’
10. ‘This Flame’
11. ‘Half Hearted Heart’
12. ‘When It's Right’
13. ‘Wrong Again’

On an album bass lined out by some dulcet piano playing, Shear opens with ‘Rules of the Game’ before gently (oh so gently) upping the tempo somewhat on the throaty ‘Painkiller’. The harmonica-opened ’Be With You’ is one of the best, for my money, on this album, and that’s back by both ‘Don’t Remember’ and the angelic, chorus like ‘Guessing.’

Next comes another great track on the thoughtful key work of ‘Looking For Me’ which Shear follows with the quietly beautiful ‘The Hunter and the Hunted’, the perky piano work of ‘A Color that Barely Exists’, and both ‘Oh Marlena’ and the playful ‘This Flame.’

‘Half-Hearted Head’ is a strong track, perhaps the strongest out of the 13, and that’s backed by the wonderful ‘When It’s Right’, before the new offering from Shear rounds out with the resounding ‘Wrong Again.’

Shear’s album might not be what you would want to play at a party, sure, I’ll give you that, but it’s definitely an album chock full of pure, unadulterated musical songwriter and lyrical genius. Which alone is worth it’s weight in gold in this busy, crowded business.

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Title - 'Under What Flag - A Tribute to Fad Gadget'
Artist - Various

For those not in the know, Francis John "Frank" Tovey, known also by his stage name Fad Gadget, was a British avant-garde electronic musician and vocalist.

He was a proponent of both new wave and early industrial music, fusing together a unique blend of pop structured songs mixed with mechanised experimentation.

As Fad Gadget, his music was characterized by the use of synthesizers in conjunction with sounds of found objects, including drills and electric razors.

His bleak, sarcastic and darkly humorous lyrics were filled with biting social commentary toward subjects such as machinery, industrialization, consumerism, human sexuality, mass media, religion, domestic violence and dehumanization while often being sung in a deadpan voice.

Now on Under What Flag (Cleopatra Records), a smattering of underground dark electronic artists pay tribute to the truly groundbreaking British avant-garde artists, Fad Gadget.

1. Bioassay – 'Collapsing New People'
2. Blakk Glass – 'Lady Shave'
3. Blicky – 'Ricky’s Hand'
4. Canter – 'The Box'
5. Charlatan – 'Fireside Favourite'
6. Cortex Defect – 'Back To Nature'
7. Cylab – 'Swallow It'
8. George Sarah – 'Arch Of The Aorta'
9. Labrynth – 'King Of The Flies'
10. Leæther Strip – 'Back To Nature'
11. Maleagant – 'Saturday Night Special (Threatened Brick In The Wall)'
12. Manufactura – 'Insecticide'
13. Microchip Junky – 'Insecticide'
14. Missing Witness – 'The Box'
15. NOIR – 'Back To Nature'
16. Pixelpussy – 'State Of The Nation'
17. Shrapnihil – 'Insecticide'

Blending electronics with found-object noise and deadpan vocals made Fad Gadget an influence on everyone from Depeche Mode, Liars, NIN and more. Inclusive here of performances by industrial icons Leæther Strip, LA-based composer George Sarah, NOIR feat. Athan Maroulis, et al, from the very start re: Bioassay's brilliant early '80s DM vibed 'Collapsing New People', on through to Shrapnihil's more goth industrialization on 'Insecticide', Under What Flag is a flashback to an era sadly gone by; but yet still warmly welcomed in most all our hearts.

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Title - 'Æppreciation II'
Artist - Leæther Strip

For those not in the know, Leæther Strip is a Danish musical project founded on January 13, 1988 by Claus Larsen whose influence has been most felt in the electronic body music and electro-industrial genres.

Leæther Strip was one of the earliest and most prominent acts on Germany's now defunct Zoth Ommog record label. After the demise of Zoth Ommog in 1999, Larsen signed to Bloodline Records, which only released a single before also going out of business.

In 2005 Leæther Strip signed with the Belgian-based label Alfa Matrix. On June 3, 2011, Larsen announced his split from Alfa Matrix in order to self-release future material.

In 2014, Leæther Strip brought us Æppreciation, a collection of songs performed in tribute to their favorite artists of all time. Now we have the follow up to that set, Æppreciation II (via Cleopatra Records).

1. 'Lady Shave' (Fad Gadget)
2. 'Beat My Guest' (Adam Ant)
3. 'Tainted Love' (Gloria Jones/Soft Cell)
4. 'Man in the Man' (Dave Ball)
5. 'You Spin Me Round' (Like a Record) (Dead Or Alive)
6. 'Holidays in the Sun' (Sex Pistols)
7. 'Heat' (Soft Cell)
8. 'View from a Bridge' (Kim Wilde)
9. 'Broken English' (Marianne Faithful)
10. 'Anal Staircase' (Coil)

An interesting collection of artists that wouldn't have sprung to my mind for such a collection of tributes by Leæther Strip to have chosen, but nonetheless, and for the most part, they work really rather well in these new formats.

Fad Gadget's 'Lady Shave' is a defining moment on the album and sets the tone perfectly for what's to come. Adam Ant's 'Beat My Guest' isn't as frenetic as the original, but nice enough, which is actually what could be said of most all the tracks, in truth.

Tracks like 'Tainted Love' (Soft Cell), 'You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)' (Dead Or Alive), Kim Wilde's 'View From A Bridge' and even the Sex Pistols' 'Holidays In The Sun' are all great renditions, but without any uproar behind them, tend to fall a wee bit flat mid way through.

That said, stand out cuts here are ones such as 'Man In The Man' (Dave Ball), 'Heat' (Soft Cell0< and the two tracks that round the album out: the wonderful, truly inspired 'Broken English' (Marianne Faithful), and the powerful 'Anal Staircase' from Coil.

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Title - 'Unbreakable'
Artist - Ali McManus

For those not in the know, Ali McManus, I'll allow Ali to introduce herself.

"My journey has been a series of twists and turns and I mean that literally. Life – and my body itself – have thrown me some serious curves. But music saved my life. One song means three minutes of no pain, and I can say things with song that I can’t speak in words alone."

"I don’t see myself as a person in a wheelchair. I see myself as a regular person who just happens to sit down all day. I don’t sweat the small stuff, and I believe positivity is the only way."

"I write songs that reflect my life, and I hope to connect with people through my lyrics and inspire with my message. Music has been my greatest healer. Through music, I have become UNBREAKABLE!"

Out now via Desert Dreams, Ali McManus’ debut album Unbreakable, produced by the legendary Jack Douglas, showcases a singer with a powerful voice; and not just a young girl suffering from a rare bone disorder.

1. 'Unbreakable'
2. 'Rhythm That Rhymes'
3. 'Breaking Free'
4. 'Wings'
5. 'Heart Shattered'
6. 'Home'

Beginning this delightful 6-track album with the title track, the piano balladry of 'Unbreakable', you know through each word sung, each lyric poured out, that Ali's heartfelt life story is coming forth.

Those most personal of feelings are indeed sewn throughout these new tracks, and come to the fore most noticeably within songs such as both 'Breaking Free,' and the simply stunning 'Home.'

A uniquely talented artist who has overcome more obstacles in her 20 young years than some people do in their entire lives, Ali McManus is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most talented songwriters and most beautiful-voiced of singers that I've personally heard in the past decade.

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Title - 'Velvet Groove'
Artist - Eric Valentine & Velvet Groove

This coming Valentine’s Day takes on greater significance for Eric Valentine who will drop his longtime-coming labor of love, Velvet Groove on his namesake day.

This collection of soul-soaked urban grooves and sophisticated contemporary jazz stylings is the first release from the drummer-multi-instrumentalist-songwriter-producer’s Velvet Groove, a creative community of musicians and recording artists spreading love and positivity through music and collaboration.

Drummer/Producer Eric Valentine's 1st single from his much anticipated project - one that features one of today's top charting artists, the sax of Keith McKelley - also brings to the fore the combined talents of: Adam Hawley (guitar); (piano); Benjamin Shepherd (bass); and Darrell Crooks on rhythm guitar.

1. 'Back to the Groove'
2. 'E. Love (Everlasting Love)'
3. 'Velvet Groove'
4. 'Back in the Day'
5. 'Mr. Z'
6. 'That Guy'
7. 'Velvet Groove Reprise'
8. 'Mi Sol'
9. 'Tis So Sweet' (for Wayman Tisdale)
10. 'Joy Inside My Tears'
11. 'Sixth Sense'
12. 'Joy Inside My Tears (Reprise)'
13. 'Reflections (Back in the Day Reprise)'

This delightful, atmospheric 13-track album brings us ten full songs and three reprises, all filled with beautiful, lush melodies and glorious R&B and soul vibes.

Inclusive of Valentine's wife on some tracks - 'E. Love' and 'Back in the Day,' each and every track is a showcase of one of the finest voices in the business today.

Featuring originals throughout, save for a stunningly delightful, and oh-so fresh take on Stevie Wonder’s brilliant 'Joy Inside My Tears,' it also comes complete with members of Wonder’s very own horn section in the mix.

Chock full of all those smooth jazz instrumental sounds mixing sweetly with Valentine's very own soulful vocals - everything that you've come to expect from the man, of course - Velvet Groove is just perfect as being the music you put on for that very special night you have planned, this upcoming February 14th.

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Title - 'Decadence'
Artist - Gong Expresso

For those not in the know, Pierre Moerlen's original Gong was an instrumental jazz fusion outfit led by French drummer and percussionist Pierre Moerlen, which developed as an offshoot of the psychedelic progressive rock band Gong, founded and led by Daevid Allen.

PM’s Gong was a major branch of the massive Gong tree. In the mid ’70’s drummer Pierre Moerlen separated from Daevid Allen marking an end to the Flying Teapot period and a powerful jazz/rock unit was formed and signed to Virgin Records. Pierre’s brother Benoit Moerlen, Hansford Rowe, Francois Causse, Allan Holdsworth were core members.

Many major guests joined them both on albums and touring. Mick Taylor, Mike Oldfield, and French violinist Didier Lockwood were key participants. Mike Oldfield occasionally used the PMG rhythm section for touring also calling on members for albums such as Ommadawn, Incantations, Exposed and Platinum.

Now Gong alumni Francois Causse and Benoit Moerlen and Hansford Rowe join HRIII guitarist Julien Sandiford for the recording of the new album by Gong Expresso titled Decadence.

Featuring: Hansford Rowe – bass; Benoit Moerlen – vibes, marimba; Julien Sandiford – guitar; and Francois Causse – drums, percussion, this new 8 track album (which was also launched using a Pledge Music campaign) is, for my money, already one of the best albums of 2018!

1. 'Decadence'
2. 'Zephyr'
3. 'Toumani'
4. 'Talisman'
5. 'The Importance of Common Things'
6. 'Eastern Platinum''
7. 'Frevo'
8. 'God Knows'

This delightful, atmospheric 8-track album brings us some very strong pieces, some great moments of what one can only assume to be improvisations, and all nurtured sweetly within the loving embrace of jazz fusion / jazz rock.

Says Hansford himself, “Decadence is the title tune on the new Gong Expresso album. Here the word means 'falling away.' I hope this tune and all the music on the album somehow addresses this in an unadorned, direct way."

"When I play with these 3 musicians I am convinced there is something special happening. Benoit Moerlen (vibes, marimba) and Francois Causse (drums, perc) and I began playing together in early 1977 in PM's Gong and our rapport is of the kind only long term relationships can provide."

"On the other hand Julien who is 25 has been alive less time than I have been playing with the others. Yet our musical relationship feels infinitely long. We are recording in two cities, Paris and Montreal."

"Francois' studio in Paris is a tuned percussion church and Piccolo Studios in Montreal is owned by Denis Savage who is co-producing with the band. He is known for his work with Celine Dion.”

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Title - 'Tiki Lounge Live'
Artist - MerrellFankhauser

For those not in the know, Merrell Fankhauser is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s with bands including the Impacts, Merrell & the Exiles, HMS Bounty, Fankhauser-Cassidy Band, and MU.

In addition, 12 songs recorded by Merrell & the Exiles were later released under the group name Fapardokly, even though that group never actually existed!

After moving to San Luis Obispo, California in his teens, he began playing guitar, and got his first break playing in movie theaters and talent shows.

In 1960, after one of these shows, he joined a local band The Impacts as lead guitarist. Their Ventures-influenced sound developed a strong following at the start of the surfing scene.

That surf vibe stayed with Fankhauser forever thereafter and now the legendary psychedelic surf guitarist returns with a live set inspired by his long running TV and radio show, Tiki Lounge!

1. Merrell – 'Fair Winds Blowin'
2. The Brymers – 'Love Of Rock N Roll'
3. Lindsey Ikeno – 'My Ipo'
4. Tim Fankhauser – 'Witch Doctor'
5. Merrell – 'Jungle Lo Lo Band'
6. Merrell – 'Sweet Janeita'
7. Merrell – 'Nawiliwili With You'
8. Merrell – 'Feelin Ok'
9. Merrell & Ed Cassidy – 'Out Of The Town'
10. Big John – 'Rockin Country'
11. Merrell – 'California Cosmic Jam'
12. Merrell – 'Tiki Lounge'

Opening with the upbeat 'Fair Winds Blowin' and backing that up with the Neil Youngesque 'Love Of Rock N Roll' from The Brymers, the album continues onward in various styles. Such as Lindsey Ikeno's island-styled 'My Ipo', which is followed by the husky vocal styling of Merrell's brothe Tim on the slow funk of 'Witch Doctor'.

Merrell takes the lead again on 'Jungle Lo Lo Band', the romantic hipsway of 'Sweet Janeita', the surf ride of 'Nawiliwili With You', and then the brilliant country-tinged 'Feelin Ok'.

Featuring a guest appearance by Ed Cassidy of Spirit, 'Out Of The Town' is a blues jam of the highest order and that's followed by the Johnny Cashesque 'Rockin Country' from Big John. The album then rounds out perfectly with the '60s flashback 'California Cosmic Jam', before the title track, 'Tiki Lounge'.

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Title - 'Ready For Me'
Artist - Madame Mayhem

My goodness! Madame Mayhem is a true rocker, that's for sure! With an eclectic style in every aspect of life, she wears her attitude to her music like a living goth couture mask, and thrusts it in your face whenever you dare peak into her musical world!

With her full force attitude, mayhem is also definitely the right word to describe this extreme artist. Following on from 2015's Now You Know, Madame Mayhem's new album Ready For Me is out in stores now.

1. 'WAR YOU STARTED'
2. 'WAKE UP (ENEMY)'
3. 'HURT ME'
4. 'INNOCENT'
5. 'ALL AROUND THE WORLD'
6. 'NUMBER ONE'
7. 'STAND UP'
8. 'SAY GO'
9. 'BEFORE YOU BURN'
10. 'ORIGINAL'
11. 'SLOW IT DOWN'
12. 'SO WRONG (LAY YOU TO REST)'
13. 'READY FOR ME'

As Mayhem herself explains, “All the songs on this album are super personal to me. About my frustrations, trying to get through the rough times, my anxieties and insecurities, some messed up stuff that has happened to me along the way, relationship devastation, you name it."

"I noticed it only afterwards that audiences are really getting 'the dirt' on me through this album. I was super honest, vulnerable, and didn't hold back during the writing process of these songs."

"Corey Lowery and I are a great team because he makes me feel comfortable to spill my guts during writing sessions, and during recordings, to re live these situations I am writing about so whoever is listening gets all of what we wanted to give."

The hard-hitting 'War You Started' kicks off this superb new album in perfect style and, in truth, the other tracks that make up this 13 long album, don't ever bow down either.

Another great track is 'All Around The World' where the feelings of it's always you against the whole damn world, always racing against time, and brought superbly to the fore.

'So Wrong (Lay You To Rest)' is another stand out here, and allows Mayhem to reveal some of her more dark, perhaps even messed up secrets, and then the album rounds out with the strong title track, 'Ready For Me’.

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Title - '24 Hours To Live'
Artist - Tyler Bates

Make no mistake, '24 Hours To Live' is yet another frenetic, fast-paced soundtrack from uber-composer, Tyler Bates, (Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick).

Currently a member of Marilyn Manson's touring band, Tyler got 'The Dark Prince' to lend a new unreleased song, 'God's Going to Cut You Down,' as an album only bonus. Indeed, the traditional hymn was popularized by Johnny Cash and Odetta and Marilyn's interpretation is utterly stunning here.

1. Africa Driving (2:54)
2. Check Point Shoot Out (1:25)
3. Mission Explained (5:10)
4. Assassination (2:14)
5. You Have 24 Hours (5:48)
6. Escape (1:49)
7. Bodies Everywhere (3:33)
8. Car Chase (2:07)
9. Sniper (3:35)
10. Brigade Detour (4:57)
11. Protocol (1:33)
12. Red Mountain (1:31)
13. Flashback (2:43)
14. Mass Shooting (1:32)
15. Family (2:02)
16. Crashing and Killing (2:11)
17. Boy Vision (1:28)
18. He Killed Your Wife (5:41)
19. Dying Again (1:33)
20. God’s Gonna Cut You Down (Marilyn Manson) (2:42)

'24 Hours to Live' is the 2017 American-South African science fiction action thriller film directed by Brian Smrz that follows a career assassin (Ethan Hawke) who is brought back to life for 24 hours to seek revenge and redemption.

As you would expect from a film detailed as such and from a composer renowned for his upbeat soundtracks, '24 Hours To Live' is very heavy on the action sequences - running, fighting, car chases, etc.) and so the music is willing obliging at those junctures.

The uplifting, stirring even opener 'Africa Driving' is quickly followed by what is expected throughout, and that's a total all out adrenaline burst of activity ('Check Point Shoot Out'), but then comes the sedate, quite, passive, thoughtful 'Mission Explained'.

And that's how this soundtrack plays out, never really overloading with heavy, fast stuff, moreover serving us a well balanced musical meal of Tyler Bates at his very best; once again, and as usual.

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Title - 'The Long Road Home'
Artist - Jeff Beal

A Limited Edition 2CD set of just 500 copies, this quite brilliant 'The Long Road Home - National Geographic Original Series' soundtrack from sterling composer Jeff Beal is, most definitely, one for the musical ages.

Based on journalist Martha Raddatz's same-named best-seller, "The Long Road Home" dramatizes the heroism on the front lines of the Iraq War. On April 4, 2004 -- a day that came to be known in military annals as "Black Sunday" -- the 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood was brutally ambushed, an incident that changed the U.S. military's view of Iraq from a peacekeeping mission to a fight against domestic insurgents.

Across eight episodes, the series cuts between the battle in Iraq and the homefront in Texas, where wives and families anxiously await news for 48 agonizing hours. "The Long Road Home" is developed by Mikko Alanne and stars Michael Kelly, Jason Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto and Noel Fisher, Jon Beavers, E.J. Bonilla, Jorge Diaz, Darius Homayoun and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

Disc One:
1. The Mission (3:17) 2. The Long Road Home (1:32) 3. Israel & Lupita (:54) 4. The Ambush Begins (10:02) 5. Last Rites for Chen (4:05) 6. Riddell’s First Kill (2:00) 7. Leann & Gary Volesky (1:18) 8. Just a Boy (1:48) 9. Faith (4:39) 10. The Rescue Begins (4:30) 11. Narrow Streets (:52) 12. Start Making Calls (2:36) 13. It’s Too Late (1:43) 14. A Gathering Of Ravens (2:10) 15. Jassim (2:16) 16. Kids Moved Forward (:39) 17. Darkest Hour (6:11) 18. Young In Iraq (6:32)

Disc Two:
1. You Can Tell Them (2:41) 2. Rescue Misses (1:59) 3. Eric Enlists (4:25) 4. Miltenberger’s Ghost (2:21) 5. Crying Doesn’t Help (3:38) 6. Finding The Soldiers (5:09) 7. Here We Go (1:28) 8. Dreaming of Coming Home (5:58) 9. Hope (1:14) 10. A Thousand Steps (1:45) 11. Dream Of Me (2:03) 12. Another Mission (2:11) 13. Roll Call Of The Dead (2:18) 14. Taps — End Credits (:59) 15. Brothers In Arms (1:33)

As you would already fully expect from Jeff Beal, the album is extraordinary from start to finish. Both discs harbor some fine works of musical art, whereas both sides capture the density of the subject matter quite like nothing I've ever heard before.

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Title - 'Retrospective'
Artist - Hilary Hahn

Uber talented American violinist Hilary Hahn recently released the quite stunning Retrospective via Deutsche Grammophon, and rightfully so it's already grabbing the musical headlines for its candidness and emotional content.

The 2CD album showcases all of her recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, along with new, unedited live performance recordings, which provide the full immediacy of the concert experience.

CD1:
1.-3. "Violin Sonata in G major K 379", Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)†
4. "Blue Curve of the Earth", Tina Davidson (1952)†
5. "Mercy", Max Richter (1966)†
6. "Double Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D major BWV 1043", J. S. Bach (1685–1750) – ii Largo ma non tanto
7. "The Lark Ascending", Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)
8. "Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major K 526", Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) – iii Presto
9. "Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major op. 6", Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840) – iii Rondo

CD 2:
1. "Violin Concerto op. 36", Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951) – i Poco Allegro
2. "St Matthew Passion", J. S. Bach (1685–1750) – ii Aria: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder
3. "Violin Concerto" (Dedicated to Hilary Hahn), Jennifer Higdon (1962) – i 1726
4. "Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1", Charles Ives (1874–1954) – i Andante – Allegro vivace
5. "Godot", Hahn & Hauschka
6. "When A Tiger Meets A Rosa Rugosa", Du Yun (1977)
7. "Two Voices", Nico Muhly (1981)
8. "Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor op. 31", Henri Vieuxtemps (1820–1881) – ii Adagio religioso

LP 1:
1.-3. "Violin Sonata in G major K 379", Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)†
4. "Hilary’s Hoedown", Mark Anthony Turnage (1960)†
5. "Mercy", Max Richter (1966)†

LP 2:>br> 1. "The Lark Ascending", Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)
2. "Violin Concerto op. 36", Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951) – i Poco Allegro
3. "St Matthew Passion", J. S. Bach (1685–1750) – ii Aria: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder
4. "Violin Concerto" (Dedicated to Hilary Hahn), Jennifer Higdon (1962) – iii Fly Forward
5. "Stillness", Hahn & Hauschka
6. "Speak, Memory", Lera Auerbach (1973)
7. "Memory Games", Avner Dorman (1975)
8. "Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor op. 31", Henri Vieuxtemps (1820–1881) – ii Adagio religioso

† New Live Recordings

Note on LP 1: The Mozart sonata was recorded at a live performance and cut directly to the master disc.

This wondrous collection includes at least one track from each of her 12 Deutsche Grammophon albums and live recordings from Hahn's Meistersaal concert in Berlin, an event especially dedicated to her fans.

The recording includes the live performance of Mozart's Sonata KV 379, in addition to Max Richter's “Mercy” and Tina Davidson's “Blue Curve of the Earth,” with pianist Cory Smythe, from In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores.

The double-disc LP version, which has fewer tracks overall but incorporates some additional favorite tracks, replaces “Blue Curve of the Earth” with the live recording of Mark-Anthony Turnage's “Hilary’s Hoedown,” which is also from her Encores project.

So, and explaining this a little better, while one of the LPs contains the previously-recorded pieces, the other LP features a live 2016 performance of Hilary in recital with pianist Cory (Smythe), performing Mozart's Sonata For Piano And Violin In G Major, K.379 as well as two pieces from her Encores album, "Hilary’s Hoedown" by Mark-Anthony Turnage and "Mercy" by Max Richter.

In assembling this compilation, she listened to all of her DG recordings from beginning to end and realized that certain movements and pieces resonated particularly strongly with her musical trajectory.

In truth, having the first movement here on vinyl is a real treat, and, to me, a further step up in sound reproduction quality. I also enjoyed her SACD release of The Lark Ascending. I have several recording of that piece as I enjoy it a great deal and like hers best, so finally having it on vinyl is also a real treat, for the same reasons.

But, and I cannot assume that this is just my humble option, but "The Mozart Sonata" is just so beautiful. This track is almost worth the cost of the recording. Such technique and emotion showcases, even at Hahn's young age, that of a true master.

With the artwork for the album sourced from Hahn's very own fans, this makes this coming together of her best material something very, very special. Indeed, the 2LP version was recorded in the rare direct-to-disc technique which gives it that unique vinyl-only sound quality.

FYI: Until the 1940s most sound recordings were made by cutting directly to a master disc. With the direct-to-disc recording process used for LP 1 in the present release, Hilary Hahn has confronted the artistic and technical challenge involved in this particular recording technique.

Ergo, this is a technique that is nowadays used extremely rarely, not least because few artists have the requisite ability that such a direct-to-disc recording process necessarily presupposes. [JH]

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Title - 'Disintegrate Me'
Artist - Professor and the Madman

Interestingly enough, 'The Professor and the Madman' is an upcoming American-Irish drama film, based on the book The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester.

That said, it has nothing to do with (one assumes) this brand new supergroup of musical talents and their debut album, Disintegrate Me.

Inspired by Universal horror movies, the literature of Edgar Allan Poe, and the chaos of the world around them, the four veteran musicians who comprise PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN are ready for the curtain to rise on their world debut.

The group comprises co-frontmen Alfie Agnew and Sean Elliott, alongside the legendary rhythm section of drummer Rat Scabies and bassist Paul Gray.

1. 'Nightmare'
2. 'Space Walrus'
3. 'Wishes'
4. 'Faces'
5. 'Mirror'
6. 'Machines'
7. 'Useless'
8. 'Demented Love Song'
9. 'Electroconvulsive Therapy'
10. 'Christmas Eve' (Bonus Track)

They open with the balls to the wall retro punk of 'Nightmare', before heading into the Beatlesesque 'Space Walrus', a track that is, for my money, the highlight of the album. That's backed by the guitar pop of both 'Wishes' and the brilliant 'Faces', before the unexpected piano ballad 'Mirror' comes to the fore.

The frenetic guitars of 'Machines' is yet another great track to fire up on a car journey and that's followed by both 'Useless' and the lo-fi countrified 'Demented Love Song'. The album then rounds out officially with the wirey Oasisesque beauty 'Electroconvulsive Therapy,' but there's still time for them to sneak the simply brilliant bonus track 'Christmas Eve' in!

Co-produced by the band and David M. Allen (The Cure, The Damned, The Sisters of Mercy), Disintegrate Me's nine tracks (not counting the Xmas bonus cut) obviously encompass elements of British Invasion rock, Britpop, psych, Prog, power pop, and even country, all underpinned by the melodic punk energy that these guys have always possessed and shown live.

But don't think for one minute that this is music still destined to be resigned in people's minds as flashback fodder, for every single one of these tracks is urgent, is required, and is more raw and alive as anything in today's current so-called Top 40 chart.

www.professorandthemadman.com

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Title - 'Jazz, Groove & Attitude'
Artist - Under The Lake

2018 marks Under The Lake's 25th Anniversary and so why wouldn't they want to bring forth one of their best albums to date.

But more of that in a moment, for over the past 25 years, UTL has garnered many notable accomplishments including: nominations for Best Pop-Jazz Album and Best Pop-Jazz Group in the 1994 San Diego Music Awards; and “Up For Air” was listed by WBJB (NY/NJ) as one of the top 10 releases for 1996.

Black Entertainment Television's BET on Jazz included the song “The Slider” on their Jazz Discoveries CD released and distributed by BMG Direct (1997); Radio and syndicated broadcast of songs from both CDs nationally and internationally; and their 1994 release “Dive In” was listed as Chartbound for 5 weeks on Gavin's NAC tracking.

Indeed, Under The Lake's last release, "People Together" (2007) was on the Smooth Jazz Indie Radio Chart for 11 weeks and received radio airplay throughout the country. And so, as Under The Lake recordings continue to be heard streaming on Spotify, GooglePlay, and iTunes, released February 23rd, 2018, their brand new album Jazz, Groove & Attitude is here to claim even more awards and accolades.

1. 'Breaking Through'
2. 'Good Things'
3. 'November 30th'
4. 'George is His Name'
5. 'Fathers Day'
6. 'Second Time Around'
7. 'LJT'
8. 'Full Of Life'
9. 'I Just Can't Wait'
10. 'Rise and Shine'
11. 'September Groove'

The new album from Portland, OR's UTL (Keyboardist Jayson Tipp, Bassist Kenny Franklin, Guitarists Trent Baarspul or Evan Mustard, Drummer Brian Foxworth, saxophonist Nat Caranto and trombonist John Moak), and which also features David Evans on tenor sax, with special guest Joe Powers on harmonica), kicks off with the upbeat and funky 'Breaking Through', and backs that up with both the trumpets of 'Good Things' and the slip 'n' slide vibe of 'November 30th.'

The laid back approach to 'George is His Name' is a winner from start to finish and is backed by the mid-tempo funk and slap bass of 'Fathers Day.' Next up is one of my own personal favorites in the late night, smokey jazz club appeal of 'Second Time Around' which itself is followed by the deep heartfelt raw soul of 'LGT' and then the trumpets and organ come back to the fore on the longest track on the CD at just over seven minutes, 'Full Of Life.'

Next up is the vibrantly soulful 'I Just Can't Wait' and that's backed by the low and breezy 'Rise and Shine', with this terrific album coming to a close with the six minute trumpet epic, 'September Groove.'

In closing, Under The Lake does an excellent job of featuring their own individual style and instruments in a collaborative fashion, from the funky bass and drums to the guitar grooves, melodic keyboards and sexy saxophone. See them live whenever they come to your town and buy this, and all their previous CDs today.

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Title - 'Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham'
Artist - Steve Hackett

For those not in the know, Steve Hackett is an English musician, songwriter, singer and producer who gained prominence as the guitarist of the English progressive rock band Genesis from 1971 to 1977.

Hackett contributed to six Genesis studio albums, three live albums, seven singles and one EP before leaving to pursue a solo career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.

Hackett released his first solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte, while still a member of Genesis in 1975. After a series of further solo albums beginning in 1978, Hackett co-founded the supergroup GTR with another progressive guitarist, Steve Howe of Yes and Asia, in 1986.

The group released the self-titled album GTR, which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and spawned the Top 20 single "When the Heart Rules the Mind". When Hackett left GTR in 1987, the group disbanded.

Hackett then resumed his solo career. He has released albums and toured worldwide on a regular basis since.

On 26th January 2018, Inside Out Music released Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham, the new live release from the guitar legend.

Wuthering Nights was filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall during Hackett's recent, critically-acclaimed Genesis Revisited & Classic Hackett tour.

Available as Special Edition 2DVD + 2CD Digipak, Blu-Ray, Digital album and Blu-Ray in stereo and surround sound, this is a must-have for any prog fan.

Disc: 1
1. "Every Day"
2. "El Niño"
3. "The Steppes"
4. "In the Skeleton Gallery"
5. "Behind the Smoke"
6. "Serpentine Song"
7. "Rise Again"
8. "Shadow of the Hierophant"
9. "Eleventh Earl of Mar"

Disc: 2
1. "One for the Vine"
2. "Acoustic Improvisation"
3. "Blood on the Rooftops"
4. "In That Quiet Earth"
5. "Afterglow"
6. "Dance on a Volcano"
7. "Inside and Out"
8. "Firth of Fifth"
9. "The Musical Box"
10. "Los Endos"

DVD 1 - Concert Part 1:
1. "Every Day"
2. "El Nino"
3. "The Steppes"
4. "In the Skeleton Gallery"
5. "Behind the Smoke"
6. "Serpentine Song"
7. "Rise Again"
8. "Shadow of the Hierophant"

Bonus
Wuthering Nights, Live in Birmingham - Behind the Scenes Documentary (32:32)

DVD 2 - Concert Part 2:
1. "Eleventh Earl of Mar" *
2. "One For the Vine" *
3. "Acoustic Improvisation"
4. "Blood on the Rooftops" *
5. "In That Quiet Earth" *
6. "Afterglow" *
7. "Dance on a Volcano" *
8. "Inside and Out" *
9. "Firth of Fifth" *
10. "The Musical Box" *
11. "Los Endos" *

(* Genesis track)

Official Videos:
Behind the Smoke"
Fifty Miles from the North Pole"
West to East"

Indeed, this tour marked the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, Hackett's last album with Genesis which reached number 7 in the UK album chart. To celebrate Steve and his band played 5 of the best-loved tracks from this iconic album: "Eleventh Earl Of Mar", "One For The Vine", "Blood On The Rooftops", "In That Quiet Earth" and "Afterglow".

The quietly melodic 'Every Day' begins the live experience and is backed by the raging 'El Niño', a very cutting edge, sax-backed 'The Steppes', and then both a mid-tempo 'In the Skeleton Gallery' and a delightful 'Behind the Smoke'. 'Serpentine Song' has always been one of my favorite tracks from Hackett's musical history and that's backed by the dulcet 'Rise Again,' the terrifically ambient 'Shadow of the Hierophant,' and the track that ends the first disc, the 'Eleventh Earl of Mar' is, as always, a frenetic organ-backed track.

Out the box first on the second disc is 'Out for the Vine' which is followed seamlessly by some terrific, and rather breathtaking, albeit short at just .34 seconds, 'Acoustic Improvisation.' 'Blood on the Rooftops' is a study in acoustic guitar, and is backed by 'In That Quiet Earth', 'Afterglow', and both 'Dance on a Volcano' and 'Inside and Out.'

The first disc then comes to a close with the simply fantastic, and ten minute long 'Firth of Fifth', before finally rounding out with both the eleven minute long gem 'The Musical Box', and then the guitar powerhouse rockathon on 'Los Endos.'

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Title - 'Blue Rain'
Artist - Cary Heuchert

For those not in the know, Vancouver based singer-songwriter Cary Heuchert is one of the best artists-you've-never-heard-of that I myself have finally heard of!

Coming complete with an extensive progressive rock history, like many musicologists, Cary is also a gifted recording artist in his own right.

On what has turned out to be an incredible debut (although he did release Nocturna And Other Stories beforehand), Blue Rain, Cary reaches into his assortment of musical past experiences and loves and brings forth an album that persons the best elements of both rock and pop. Not stopping there, he also lovingly includes elements of folk-rock, psych-pop, and even clearly improvisational moments too.

The self-produced debut sees Cary playing all I the instruments himself, with each song featuring different instrumentations, with multi-tracked songs aplenty, all played entirely in his very own studio. A long process, for sure, but one that provides us, the listener, the (new) fan with a musical experience that's as honest, as raw, as heartfelt as quite like anything I've heard in the past decade.

From start to finish, Blue Rain is a completist's album of music. For example, on the title track alone, Cary plays acoustic 12-string, something he's always obviously loved the sound of, and a Roland guitar synthesizer for harmony. Oh, and by the sound if it, a fretless bass.

“Every Morning Comes” is a quietly passive cut, whilst one of my favorite tracks, “The Girl Of Dreams” incorporates a delightful '60s vibe along with an ethnic backbeat. Quite clearly inspired by groups such as Pink Floyd, Spirit, Traffic, Family and others, next on Cary's debut album is “Rainfall,” which keeps to the overall theme of the album, and that's backed by both the keyboard-infused “Winterlude” and the acoustic/electric guitar work on “Not Just Another Day.”

Stand out track “Maoershan” is up next and wow, what a cut it truly is. “Maoershan,” which is actually the Mandarin Chinese name for a mountain in Heilongjiang province, a place that Cary knows all too well, heavily leans into the mellotron, thusly giving it a sound that becomes unique to the overall recording. “Lost In Your Dream” has a defiant Moody Blues vibe to it, whereas the optimism of the folk-oriented "Someday” is beyond delightful.

Rounding out the album is, funnily enough, another optimistic track in “Ode To The Sun", where both the Mellotron brass and organ provide a stunning contrast to one another.

Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk

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Title - 'Atoms'
Artist - Bonefish

For those not in the know, the bonefish (Albula vulpes) is the type species of the bonefish family (Albulidae) , the only family in order Albuliformes ... wait, hang on just one dang minute, this is a CD review, not the bloody fishing channel!

OK, so with that now said, this Bonefish is a rock band from Stockholm, Sweden and was formed in 2010 by singer/songwriter Bie Karlsson whom have a long career with chart selling Swedish’ bands T-Shirts and Docenterna.

On their second full length album, Atoms, Bonefish is taking their '70s and '80s influences well into the 21st century in Max Lorentz’ fine and innovative production.

Sure, some of their blues flavors have been toned down, but the foundation of these 11 brand new compositions are still pure Americana, that's for sure. Clearly more polished, sculptured with art rock and Brit rock influences within their cores, each track is vibrant and as warranted to the scene as the next, of that have no worries.

1. 'Atoms'
2. 'Another Day'
3, 'Fallen in Love'
4. 'Old Town Fisherman Blues'
5. 'Potential Loss of Faith'
6. 'Sister'
7. 'Kissing In The Rain'
8. 'I See Your Heart'
9. 'Hey Hi Ho'
10. 'Salt and Crome'
11. 'Crappy Eyes'

The mid-tempo, twisting and turning sounds of the title track open the album and that leads seamlessly to the more pop lock, late '80s fun of 'Another Day', with the '60s vibe of 'Fallen in Love' following along close behind. One of my own personal favorites is the storytelling of 'Old Town Fisherman Blues', which is backed by both the jangly guitars of 'Potential Loss of Faith' and the darkly upbeat 'Sister.'

The tempo reduces for the gentle hipsway of 'Kissing In The Rain' which is then backed by the mid-'90s feel of 'I See Your Hear' and then the inner turmoil of where we are in life within 'Hey Hi Ho.' This quite stunning new album then rounds out with the slow guitar blues ballad of 'Salt And Crome' and then a song they obviously had so much fun recording, 'Crappy Eyes.'

Bonefish are: Bie Karlsson, lead vocals and guitar, Matte Norberg, guitar and backing vocals, Rasmus Rasmusson, drums, percussion and backing vocals, Anders Nylle Thoor, Bass and lead vocals.

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Title - 'Electric Eyes'
Artist - Thor

For those not in the know, Thor (stylized as THOR) is a heavy metal band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Thor started out as a concept band in 1973. They used the names "Thor", "Centaur" and "Mikl Body Rock". These entities were the brainchild of Jon Mikl Thor, a vocalist, musician and body building champion who won titles such as Mr. USA and Mr. World Canada.

He decided to combine muscle with music. In every show Jon Mikl Thor would appear as "Thor The Rock Warrior". Mikl Body Rock aka "Thor" toured throughout North America seeking fame and to garnish enough attention to secure a record deal. The press dubbed them "Kings of Muscle Rock" or "Warriors of Gladiator Rock".

Now out as a wonderful archive release, Electric Eyes is a true gift from the metal Gods! The unreleased album from metal heroes Thor was recorded in 1979 as a follow-up to their blockbuster debut Keep The Dogs Away and features some never before heard recordings.

These very same tracks bridge the gap perfectly between Thor's glam rock beginnings and his later evolution into full heavy metal in the early '80s! With original cover art by comic book artist, Ken Landgraf, who has worked for both DC and Marvel, Electric Eyes is a pure delight for all fans of not only Thor, but this genre of music.

1. 'Special Flight'
2. 'She's a Fancy Lady'
3. 'Interception'
4. 'Wild Thing'
5. 'Electric Eyes'
6. 'Twitch (Let's Go)'
7. 'Storm'
8. 'Poison'
9. 'The Door (Face Behind My Mask)'
10. 'Gladiator Romp'

Recorded in 1979, then inexplicably shelved, this what-would-have-been sophomore album showcases the transitional changes they made to their music perfectly. Less glam, more heavy, guitar centric, Electric Eyes' 10 tracks are all solid and are all worthy of having actually been that sophomore album release.

Now nearly some 40 years on and the always brilliant Cleopatra Records ave secured the rights to the recording and have released it for everyone to enjoy. Chock full of a more conventional rock/metal than their debut, you can also hear the rumblings of a band trying to find that musical comfort zone within each track.

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Title - 'Damo Suzuki & Jelly Planet'
Artist - Damo Suzuki & Jelly Planet

For those not in the know, Kenji Suzuki, better known as Damo Suzuki, is a Japanese musician who has been living in Germany since the early 1970s and is best known as the former lead singer of the German krautrock group Can.

As a teenager, Suzuki spent the late 1960s wandering around Europe, often busking. When Malcolm Mooney left Can after recording their first album Monster Movie, Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit encountered Suzuki busking in Munich, Germany, whilst the two were sitting outside at a street café. They invited him to join the group, and he did, performing with them that evening.

Suzuki was with Can from 1970 to 1973, recording a number of well-regarded albums such as Tago Mago, Future Days and Ege Bamyasi. Suzuki's first vocal performance with Can was "Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone" from Soundtracks. His freeform, often improvised lyrics, were sung in no particular language.

He returned to music in 1983, and currently leads what is known as "Damo Suzuki's Network" – as he tours, he performs live improvisational music with various local musicians, so-called "Sound Carriers".

This brand new release, Damo Suzuki & Jelly Planet finds Damo performing a fully improvised set in studio with German experimentalists Jelly Planet. Incredible sonic quality and authentically mind-blowing explorations of the outer edges of space rock, each and every one of the tracks will have you mesmerized.

1. Wildschweinbraten (27:59)
2. Venushügel (34:51)

From the innovative vocalist of legendary Krautrock group, Can, comes this incredible album that combines all he is known for along with a stunning side step into the musical world of Jelly Planet. This CD/ digital / 2 LP set may well only have 2 tracks, but both are half-hour journeys into pure, unadulterated improvisational Krautrock territory.

For those unaccounted with Damo, what you get here is a variation of feedback drone combining perfectly with slow pulse movements, all lovingly wrapped within the confines of a motor beat and, at times, swooping modulators set to various distinctions.

As we head into the second of the tracks, this musical form is continued - for, if it ain't broke, don't fix it - but this time adds more deep bass patterns, synths, and even some legendary Damo vocal mumbles. Deep and low, at first, throughout the track they start to rise, to grown in front of our very ears, as the quirky guitars and dulcet grooves begin to take ahold.

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Title - 'This Burning Sun'
Artist - Peter Galperin

For those not in the know, the multi-talented Peter Galperin writes songs about the people, places and things he loves, with a healthy combination of humor, skepticism, and honesty.

Indeed, he fully admits to what he doesn't understand and questions what he already knows, in a unique musical style that fuses world rhythms with rock, country and folk melodies.

Recorded in 2017 in Nashville at the 515 Studio with Chip Hardy (production), Smith Curry (pedal, lap steel and electric guitar), David Dorn (piano, organ), Rodney Lewis (bass), Wes Little (drums and percussion), Britt Savage (bkgd vocals) and Robert Aaron (sax), his brand new album ThisBurning Sun is a musical testament to the songwriting skills that Galperin harbors.

1. 'Normal To You'
2. 'King of You and Me'
3, 'I Been Told'
4. 'On Higher Ground'
5. 'Don't Look Back'
6. 'Hey, What Can You Do'
7. 'Lost Our Way'
8. 'One More Smile'

Engineered by Trevor Golden and Bobby Holland, the 8 tracks are of the highest storytelling nature that you quickly find yourself not only humming or singing along, but agreeing to Galperin's lyrical observations. Whether they be on life or the planet, love or the complexities of relationships, This Burning Sun covers them all and more.

A gentle key organ opening brings us one of the best tracks on this new album, the upbeat, observantly revealing ballad 'Normal To You' and backs it with both the drum-backed, jaunty storytelling of 'King of You and Me' and the lo-fi 'I Been Told'.

'On Higher Ground' is a happy, whistling song and makes you smile every time you hear it and is followed by the guitar rock of 'Don't Look Back' and then the finger-snapping' ditty 'Hey, What Can You Do.'

The album then comes to a close with a beautiful act of musical climate storytelling on 'Lost Our Way' and then the lovelorn, initially low key, initially low vocal, harmonica-driven 'One More Smile.'

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Title - 'Zürich / Lausanne'
Artist - Brainticket

For those not in the know, Brainticket is an experimental European krautrock band most active in the early 1970s, and known for its use of exotic instruments and jazz-inspired compositions.

Nowadays, the only constant member has been Belgian musician Joel Vandroogenbroeck. The band continues to perform concerts and release albums in the 2000s.

Out now via Cleopatra Records are two full-length, and previously unreleased live recordings spanning 2CDs and featuring the founder of pioneering electronic behemoth, Brainticket, Joel Vandroogenbroeck!

Zürich / Lausanne includes compositions not found on any other album and combine everything that you know and have loved over the years about the band now in one incredible live 2CD package.

DISC 1: Live in Zürich – February 4, 1983
1. Flight In The Rings Of Saturn
2. Seventh Dance To Relativities / For Papa
3. Dark Star

DISC 2: Live In Lausanne – October 20, 1984
1. Bali Loop
2. Matter Matters
3. Markus’ Interlude
4. DoubLinn
5. Black Sand

In 1980, Belgian-born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Joel Vandroogenbroeck revived his early ‘70s avant-garde electronic act Brainticket alongside longtime member Willy Seefeldt, jazz musician Hans Deyssenroth, and Swiss jazz & electronic aficionado Bruno Spoerri.

Three years later the quartet would perform their very first show in a landmark performance at the “Computer und Musik” symposium in Zürich, Switzerland.

Though long a part of Brainticket lore, this concert has never before been released on a commercial format and now comes perfectly paired with an equally historic performance in 1984 at the Théatre de Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Inclusive also of Vandroogenbroek and Spoerri plus Peter Fürst, both of these full-length concert recordings contain improvisations and compositions not found anywhere else and, from start to finish and a pure musical joy to behold.

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Title - 'The Lost Tapes'
Artist - Buddy Rich

For those not in the know, Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.

Widely considered one of the most influential drummers of all time and known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed, Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" during his career.

Indeed, he performed with many bandleaders, most notably Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Count Basie, and even led his own big band.

Rich also played for Presidents Roosevelt, Kennedy and Reagan as well as the Queen of England. He was a featured soloist with Boston Pops and London Philharmonic and was the recipient of a Grammy Presidents Merit Award.

In April 1985 — two years before his untimely passing — Buddy Rich and his band recorded a concert at One Pass Productions’ King Street Studio in San Francisco.

Thought to be destroyed in a fire and lost, Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes is a historic preservation and restoration project. The producers recovered the masters in 1990 and went about restoring the original surround sound track of the last concert Buddy Rich recorded before he passed away in 1987.

1. "Mexicali Nose"
2. "Willowcrest"
3. "‘Round Midnight"
4. "Cotton Tail"
5. "New Blues"
6. "Tee Bag"
7. "The Red Snapper"
8. "West Side Story (Medley)"

From start to finish this live performance is a true joy to behold. Inclusive of such musically demanding chart hits as "Mexicali Nose, "Willowcrest, "The Red Snapper" and Bill Reddie's superlative arrangement of the "West Side Story (Medley)" - that includes two of Buddy's breathtaking extended drum solos - just hearing these alone would have been Heaven enough for me.

But there's so much more, of course, for Rich rounds out with Monk's "'Round Midnight", Ellington's "Cotton Tail", Don Piestrup's "New Blues", and even Mike Manieri's "Tee Bag". This last track being the actual last one ever to be performed by Buddy, pianist Bill Cunliffe and bassist Dave Carpenter.

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Title - 'Earthbound: 40th Anniversary Edition' [CD/DVD]
Artist - King Crimson

For those not in the know, King Crimson are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968.

In fact, King Crimson have been influential both on the early 1970s progressive rock movement and numerous contemporary artists.

Indeed, the band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history of which 21 musicians have been members; since October 2017 it has consisted of Robert Fripp, Jakko Jakszyk, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, Jeremy Stacey and Bill Rieflin.

Nowadays, Fripp is the only consistent member of the group and is considered the band's leader and driving force and with the band having earned a large cult following, they were ranked No. 87 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

The just released Earthbound is the twelfth release in the acclaimed King Crimson 40th anniversary series. The CD features an expanded 12 track version of the original five track album with the DVD featuring the 12 track expanded album in 24/96 hi-res stereo audio plus the Summit Studios performance in a new stereo mix and in quadraphonic.

CD:
1. 21st Century Schizoid Man
2. Peoria
3. The Sailor’s Tale
4. Earthbound
5. Groon

Mastered by Robert Fripp and Simon Heyworth at Sanctuary Mastering, 2002

Bonus Tracks:
6. Pictures Of A City (8/3/72, Milwaukee)
7. Formentera Lady (8/3/72, Milwaukee)
8. Cirkus (26/2/72, Orlando)

Mastered by David Singleton at DGM, 2017

DVD:
Original album sequence extended - 4 additional tracks for DVD - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48)

Summit Studios: New Stereo Mix
PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48)

Schizoid Men
PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48)

Original vinyl transfer
PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48)

Summit Studios: New Quad mix
DTS 5.1 Digital Surround

As all their devoted fans will already know, this is the only surviving multi-track performance from the 1972 tour. Furthermore, the DVD features the album length "Schizoid Men" sequence of edits of 21st Century Schizoid Men taken from the Ladies of The Road live album.

As for the album itself, this live recording known as Earthbound was released in 1972 as a budget record shortly after the line-up that recorded it had broken up. As aforementioned, it contains the band's first official live release of their signature song "21st Century Schizoid Man", and an extended live version of their 1970 non-LP B-side "Groon". It also contains two improvised tracks with scat vocals from Boz Burrell.

So, just what did we think of Earthbound the first time of hearing it? Well, to me, it was King Crimson let loose, uncontrolled for want of a better word. A wall of sound is put up time after time here, allowing them to forsake their previous outings where a more finessed sound was their core.still an album for the ages, believe it or not.

Robert Fripp – electric guitar
Boz Burrell – bass guitar, vocals
Mel Collins – alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, mellotron
Ian Wallace – drums

A transfer of the original vinyl album completes the audio selections and this release is also presented as a digipak format in a slipcase with new sleeve notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith along with rare photos and archive material.

As aforementioned, Earthbound: 40th Anniversary Edition continues the highly collectable King Crimson series, and in some great style, as hearing these songs again, in such luxurious quality, is like Heaven on a stick for this prog fan.

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Title - 'The Diary of Patrick Xavier'
Artist - Stu Hamm

For those not in the know, the story behind this new album from Stu Hamm is rather wonderful.

As noted on his Indiegogo fundraising page for it, he began looking to raise the money to record this album, a complete and new project, due to finding a diary in a hotel in Italy on day.

The author, Patrick Xavier, had been going through many things that were completely different at the time to Hamm's own life, but at exactly the same time as what Hamm himself had been going through on his latest journey.

Furthermore, what Hamm held in his hands back then was a diary of an American who, after life-changing events, had decided to travel for 18 months to find…???...and to keep a journal of his physical, emotional and spiritual journey.

Ergo, Hamm's deeply personal and rather intriguing, and appropriately entitled new album, The Diary of Patrick Xavier is a collection of solo bass work based on his own real life experiences - and one amazing coincidence, of course, one day in that aforementioned hotel room.

Stu Hamm has been the go-to bass player for the world's great musicians. Time spent playing with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani has cemented his place among the greats and gave him the platform to display his pioneering bass techniques to adoring crowds worldwide.

This new album is going to only further endorse just what a stunning and complete bass musician he truly is and once the live shows kick in, and he showcases to the public each night the quality of his work - both old and new - I wouldn't be surprised if a major label deal is put across his table to sign soon thereafter.

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Title - 'Creatures of Love'
Artist - Andy Wickett & World Service

For those not in the know, Andy Wickett (once known as Fane in the 1970s) is a singer-songwriter from the Birmingham area, who was a member of Duran Duran in 1979.

indeed, more than that, Wickett actually wrote most of 'Girls on Film' and 'Rio' before leaving Duran Duran; both of which he rerecorded with Ray Bronner the guitarist for Blues legends John Lee Hooker and Freddie Roulette.

Wickett's career started in 1976, singing and playing in the band TV Eye, followed by Duran Duran, The Xpertz and World Service. He has played concerts supporting The Clash, U2, Culture Club, Duran Duran, Burning Spear and Gregory Isaacs, also producing and writing albums with Asian artists Nusrat Ali Fateh Khan and DCS.

Now the original vocalist for the new wave icons Duran Duran, who has built a solid music career in his hometown of Birmingham recording and performing both as a solo artist and with his band World Service, has just released his debut solo CD, Creatures of Love.

1. 'Border Song'
2. 'Make It'
3. 'Kingdom'
4. 'The Good Die Young'
5. 'Darleen'
6. 'Evidently'
7. 'Ain't No One'
8. 'Children of the Night'
9. 'Creatures of Love'
10. 'Preacher Man'
11. 'Take Me to the City'

Chock full of lush, pop sounds built on classic-sounding lines, Wickett's solo debut is, quite easily, as good as they come. The hipsway of the opener, 'Border Song' is backed seamlessly by the lo-fi Gospel sounds of 'Make It' and then the euphoric 'Kingdom.'

'The Good Die Young', an ode to Billy May, is up next and is followed by the translucent vibe of 'Darleen', which in turn is backed by both the upbeat, perky pop of 'Evidently' and then 'Ain't No One.' One of my own personal favs is the fun pop rock flow of 'Children of the Night', which is followed by the title track.

The album then comes to a close with the finger-snapping' urgency of 'Preacher Man', with the album rounding out with the old-school swing vibe of 'Take Me to the City.' With all the tracks unsurprisingly wrapped lovingly within the heart and soul of the '80s, Creatures of Love is an album laid bare on synth strong and well-crafted pop songs - just as you would always hope to expect from the man who brought the world 'Rio'.

In closing, and hot on the heels of last year's monumental release (on RSD vinyl) of the original 1979 demos Duran Duran cut with Wickett prior to the entrance of Simon Le Bon, Wickett and World Service's new album is truly magnificent and a wondrous venture back into the musical genre that he obviously still enjoys so very much.

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Title - 'No Mercy'
Artist - Karney

For those not in the know, Anna Karney has been making great music for many years, performing across the US and collaborating with many talented and notable artists.

She has put out several singles and EPs as a solo artist and together with her band, and now has just released the fifth full-length Karney album of original songs entitled No Mercy.

1. 'No Mercy'
2. 'Wild Green'
3. 'Restless Wind'
4. 'Same Song'
5. 'I Got Mine'
6. 'Speed of a Bullet'
7. 'Not Lost'
8. 'Hold On'
9. 'Beautiful Day'
10. 'I Got the Light'
11. 'Manifest Destiny'
12. '9 Lines - In the 21st Century'

Keeping her mind on social justice and positive messages, Anna Karney's lyrical content offers a sardonic and sometimes straightforward approach to many of the issues facing people today, with a message of hope resonating throughout every song she writes.

The title track opener is like listening to The Pretenders at the height of their fame, and that's backed by the Eastern-backed, balls out rocker 'Wild Green' and then the lo-fi countrified 'Restless Wind.' The mid-tempo 'Same Song' is next and is backed seamlessly by both 'I Got Mine' and the frenetic guitar fest 'Speed of a Bullet'.

'Not Lost' is another countrified cut and is followed by the upbeat 'Hold On', with another of my fav tracks, the storytelling of 'Beautiful Day' along next. The jangly guitar and pert horn combo on the uplifting 'I Got the Light' is then backed by the rocker 'Manifest Destiny', before the album comes to a close with the grunge-lite '9 Lines - In the 21st Century'.

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Title - 'Live at Montreux, 1975'
Artist - Charles Mingus

For those not in the know, Charles Mingus was one of the all-time great jazz bass players, but he was also an innovative composer and a leader with a clear vision of where he wanted to go and, in truth, little sympathy for those who couldn’t keep up with him.

As a young jobbing bass man in the forties he played with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, and his idol Duke Ellington. In the fifties he pursued a solo career and launched his own record label.

After a brief withdrawal from music in the late sixties he returned, seemingly reinvigorated, in the early seventies playing in a quintet. Unfortunately in 1977 he was diagnosed with a crippling disease, which confined him to a wheelchair up until his death in 1979, but didn’t stop him composing.

This just-released new 2CD entitled Live at Montreux, 1975 concert, recorded (of course) at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 20,1975, primarily features considerably extended versions of tracks from the pair of albums Changes One and Changes Two that were released in 1974 together; with workouts on a couple of old standards Goodbye Pork Pie Hat and Take The “A” Train.

CD: 1
1. Devil Blues
2. Free Cell Block F Tis Nazi U S
3. Sue's Changes

CD: 2
1. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
2. Take The "A" Train

The line-up that night featured Charles Mingus on bass with Don Pullen on piano, Dannie Richmond on drums, George Adams on tenor sax, and Jack Walrath on trumpet. For the track Goodbye Pork Pie Hat they are joined on stage by the great Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax and Benny Bailey on trumpet.

As you would fully expect from the Hall of Fame iconoclastic composer, arranger, pianist, and double bassist Charles Mingus, Live at Montreux, 1975 is an album that you can easily lose yourself deeply within the moment they start playing.

Having listened to these CDs twice through now, back to back, it's as if each of the rousing, heartfelt treatments created there that night slowly, but surely raise their own musical bar as the concert progresses.

Much like as with the propulsive saxophone riffing, at the same time Mingus is urging the musicians to go higher, faster and stronger. I mean, just their rendition of Good Bye Pork Pie Hat alone will grab your soul, believe me.

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Title - 'Hangman' (Soundtrack)
Artist - Frederik Wiedmann

'Hangman' is the story of a grizzled detective (Al Pacino) and a criminal profiler (Karl Urban) who pursue a serial killer whose crimes are inspired by a children's game called Hangman.

The soundtrack has been composed by the highly talented young German composer, Frederik Wiedmann. Out now via Varese Sarabande, 'Hangman' is as taut a set of compositions as the actual play out of the movie.

1. The Hangman (1:49)
2. The First Victim (3:55)
3. Only Blood Left Behind (2:44)
4. Joey (2:37)
5. Suicide Attempt (1:00)
6. Underneath the Cross (1:42)
7. An Old Case (3:07)
8. 11 PM Murder (2:40)
9. Slaughterhouse (3:05)
10. The Letter V (2:40)
11. The Replica (2:53)
12. No Rest (4:10)
13. Inches Away (2:20)
14. Seven More People (1:34)
15. My Own Reasons (2:42)
16. The Girl in the Alley (1:54)
17. The Apartment (3:31)
18. One Scar Is Not Enough (5:13)
19. I Failed You (4:51)
20. Archer (3:47)
21. The Letter (:35)

Each of the 21 tracks encapsulate their moments on screen perfectly and embrace the jobs given to them by Wiedmann perfectly. The opening track, for instance, 'The Hangman' is a brilliantly stirring, edgy work of musical art, much like the sombre, stirring 'An Old Case', the chilling 'Slaughterhouse', and the longest track at over five minutes, the simply pulsating 'One Scar Is Not Enough'.

Wiedmann composed the scores for the 2014 films Sniper: Legacy as well as Field of Lost Shoes. Wiedmann also composed the score for the 2007 film Return to House on Haunted Hill (building on Don Davis' score from the first film for some scenes).

As of 2012, he is responsible for composing the score to the television series Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Beware the Batman. Most recently, he composed the score for "Tremors 5: Bloodline" and Shut In.

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Title - 'The Commuter' (Soundtrack)
Artist - Roque Banos

From the director of The Shallows and Non-Stop comes his newest action thriller, 'The Commuter'.

Liam Neeson stars as a businessman who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy to uncover the identity of a targeted passenger during his train commute home.

The movie also stars Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill, Patrick Wilson and Elizabeth McGovern.

The soundtrack has been composed by the highly acclaimed composer Roque Banos (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe). Out now via Varese Sarabande, 'The Commuter' is a speeding train of a soundtrack that accompanies the journey of the actual commuter perfectly.

1. A Commuter’s Trip (5:02)
2. Back Home Down (4:33)
3. One Little Thing (3:17)
4. They Are Watching You (2:50)
5. Murdered For Help (4:10)
6. Zone 7 Tickets (4:21)
7. A Suspicious Man (2:02)
8. The Seek Starts (3:45)
9. A Beautiful Family (4:17)
10. Moving Vagons (4:34)
11. Do Not Stop The Train (4:02)
12. Finding The Witness (4:32)
13. The Train Wreck (4:36)
14. I Won’t Let Them Hurt You (9:02)
15. Who Is Prince? (5:42)
16. The End Of The Line (5:01)

Each of the 16 tracks, as hinted to above, fit this cinematic train ride just perfectly. Sometimes you can get just a so-so score to accompany such a high speed flick, but not here. For here, Banos has woven together one of the best scores in the past decade.

The opening track, for instance, 'A Commuter’s Trip' is a sheer jaunty delight to behold, whereas the vibrant 'Murdered For Help' and the pulsating, edgy duo of both 'Moving Vagons' and 'Do Not Stop The Train' enable the listener to stay close to the edge of their collective seats.

Roque Baños López (born 1968) is a Spanish music composer whose place of birth is Jumilla, a municipality in the Spanish region of Murcia. Baños graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music in 1995 and has since scored both Spanish and English-language films.

He has received numerous awards for his compositional work, including the Spanish Goya Award for Best Original Score in both 2008 and 2009.

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Title - 'E.B. White's Charlotte's Web' (Soundtrack)
Artist - Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman

For the first time ever, the beloved animated classic 'E.B. White's Charlotte's Web' is available on CD, featuring music and lyrics written by the legendary duo of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman aka The Sherman Brothers.

The stellar cast of 'Charlotte's Web' who sings on this record includes Debbie Reynolds, Agnes Moorhead, and Paul Lynde.

The Sherman Brothers won two Oscars in 1965 for Mary Poppins and wrote music for classics such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Magic Of Lassie and Tom Sawyer.

1. Main Title (Orchestra) (2:05)
2. There Must Be Something More (Fern)
3. I Can Talk (Wilbur & Goose) (2:16)
4. Chin Up (Charlotte & Wilbur) (2:10)
5. Mother Earth And Father Time (Charlotte) (2:28)
6. We've Got Lots In Common (Wilbur, Barnyard Animals & Charlotte)
7. A Veritable Smorgasbord (Templeton & Goose) (3:54)
8. Deep In The Dark (Charlotte/Charlotte's Web Male Choir) (3:18)
9. Chin Up March (The Marching Band)
10. Zuckerman's Famous Pig (Barbershop Quartet, Chorus & Band)
11. Charlotte's Farewell (Mother Earth And Father Time) (Charlotte)
12. End Title (Orchestra & Chorus) (2:15)

This quite stunning audio CD release by Varese Sarabande is the first of its kind for the soundtrack of 'Charlotte's Web', in my humble opinion. The actual recording quality is in glorious stereo, and sounds just so crystal clear, so vibrant that it's like I'm hearing it all for the very first time.

Funnily enough, and with that said, there are slight differences in the songs that i've noticed now. Such as an extra verse with a chorus that is not present in the film, and some of the tracks have dialogue at the beginning. That said, I'll take the additional elements every single day as it only enhances the overall listening experience.

I guess my only gripe is that the entire soundtrack runs for only 28 minutes long, but if this is all there ever was, and now it all sounds o much more lush, so much more bountiful, then I'll gladly take it.

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Title - '21 Jump Street' (Soundtrack)
Artist - Peter Bernstein

'21 Jump Street' focused on Officer Tom Hanson (Johnny Depp) and his band of agents in the special Jump Street division who would go undercover to infiltrate local schools and put a stop to crime to keep students safe from corrupt influences.

The 21 Jump Street team was a mixed group which included the wise cracking Officer HT Ioki (Dustin Nguyen), the brilliant Officer Judy Hoffs (Holly Robinson Peete), the streetwise Officer Doug Penhall (Peter DeLuise) and, in latter episodes, the renegade Officer Dennis Booker (Richard Grieco).

'21 Jump Street' was among the fledgling Fox TV network’s biggest breakout hits and made stars of the young cast, especially Johnny Depp and Richard Grieco.

Like everything else about the show, the score became something new in the history of television. “The cast, stories and music were all aimed at a new generation of viewers largely ignored by series television of the time and helped launch the careers of many young directors and actors including its top billed star Johnny Depp,” explained Peter Bernstein.

The music itself was also revolutionary in how it was recorded. Bernstein composed anywhere between 12 and 20 minutes of music per episode, as explained in the albums extensive liner notes by Jim Lochner, working from his home studio set up in his spare bedroom – a rarity at the time - using mostly samples, a bank of synthesizers, with an occasional acoustic overdub.

As the series evolved through the years, so did the music. “It got a little darker as time went on, more emotional,” Bernstein said. “In the beginning, I think it was enough to have some rhythm going on. As time went on, everybody was digging deeper and the series changed. The music reflected that.”

Disc One:
1. 21 Jump Street (Theme) (2:28) Performed by Holly Robinson (Liam Sternberg) Produced by Peter Bernstein IRS single 53468, 1988 2. Hansen (2:16) 3. Mean Streets (2:05) 4. Worst Night Of Your Life (:59) 5. The Teacher (1:05) 6. Bad Influence (1:03) 7. Holly (1:26) 8. Requiem (1:55) 9. Riffing (2:55) 10. Has To End (1:01) 11. Low And Away (1:52) 12. This Generation (1:24) 13. Goin’ To School (2:23) 14. On The Road (2:45) 15. Rainbow (2:07) 16. After School Special (2:56) 17. A Big Disease (2:04) 18. Higher (:34) 19. Besieged (2:19) 20. The Body (1:37) 21. Christmas Day (2:27) 22. I’m OK (2:07) 23. The Best Years (1:14) 24. Cory And Dean (1:57) 25. Animals (2:08)

Disc Two:
1. Date With An Angel (2:07) 2. Cruising With Angels (2:25) 3. Currency (1:42) 4. Our Choice (1:16) 5. The Dragon (1:09) 6. What About Love (1:21) 7. Nemesis (2:29) 8. Hell Week (2:39) 9. Loc’d Out, Part 1 (1:28) 10. Loc’d Out, Part 2 (2:12) 11. 1000 Points Of Light (1:42) 12. High (2:26) 13. Hope (1:07) 14. Eternal (1:52) 15. It Ain’t So (1:10) 16. A New Age (2:12) 17. Come From The Shadows (1:41) 18. Your Man (1:46) 19. Parental Guidance (1:13) 20. Heart (2:02) 21. Everyday (1:34) 22. One More Chance (1:37) 23. Poison (1:38) 24. Back To School (:56) 25. Crossfire (1:20)

A limited edition of just 1,200 copies. this incredible 2CD release of '21 Jump Street', the original TV show is as much a joy to listen to now as it was hearing the cuts interspersed within the scenes back then.

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Title - 'The Last Post' (Original TV Soundtrack)
Artist - Solomon Grey

Set in the mid-sixties in Aden (Yemen), 'The Last Post' centers on the lives of a Royal Military Police unit and their families, in the last days of the British Empire.

The show has been created by Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice, Silk, Undercover) and stars Jessica Raine, Jessie Buckley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Ben Miles and Jeremy Neumark-Jones.

The process of crafting the soundtrack for 'The Last Post' was unusual in that Solomon Grey (Joe Wilson and Tom Kingston) made frequent visits to the filming location in South Africa, writing and recording.

The resulting score features both electronic and classical orchestral instrumentation, creating a rich dystopian sonic landscape that befits the story.

Joe from the band also appears as an actor in 'The Last Post', playing a pivotal role in the series.

"Once filming began we were working closely with the sound recording team on set, using wild-tracks and anything that seemed to give us an interesting start-point for the music," Solomon Grey explains.

"We found these 'field recordings' so useful in creating a bespoke soundscape that was unique to this project and it was so much more fun working like that!"

1. 'Clouds - Theme'
2. 'Sky'
3. 'Redsky'
4. 'Thirst'
5. 'Hydrogen'
6. 'Leaves'
7. 'White'
8. 'Moths'
9. 'Steel - Nowhere'
10. 'Monkey'
11. 'Sapphire'
12. 'Fields'
13. 'Sand'
14. 'Nighttime'
15. 'Clouds (piano reprise)'
16. 'Water'

This quite stunning 'The Last Post' soundtrack blends Solomon Grey’s signature epic electro-orchestral sound with influences from Arabian music so seamlessly and is quite like nothing I've heard in the past few years within this genre.

It is always a pleasure when a film or TV drama manages to successfully combine the visuals with the soundtrack and 'The Last Post', and Solomon Grey especially, certainly manages that.

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Title - 'Love Is Stronger Than Smoke and Fire' (Single)
Artist - Sydney Brown

'Love Is Stronger Than Smoke and Fire,' a recently released song written and recorded by San Francisco singer-songwriter Sydney Brown and Grammy-winning Bay Area producer Narada Michael Walden, is raising money to benefit victims of California’s fires from late last year.

Brown is the 16-year-old daughter of Willie Brown, former San Francisco mayor and California State Assembly speaker and Walden has been a successful and prominent musician, singer and songwriter for more than three decades.

Written because it’s her home, the teenager couldn’t help but feel the pain of those burned by wildfires that raged through the state in October 2017. So when Sydney was writing a song with the legendary Narada Michael Walden, whom she’d first met seven years earlier, at the very beginning of her musical career, she knew the right person to turn to.

As a result, the smoldering dance number turned into something larger, much more spiritual and passionate – compassionate even – on a completely different level.

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Title - 'Ballads of Captivity and Freedom'
Artist - George St. Clair

Part western balladeer, part borderland chronicler, songwriter George St. Clair is a master of conjuring feelings and images of lives past and present.

Growing up on the high plains of Texas put George in touch with the vastness of the American West, and his songs evoke the dry deserts, rolling grasslands, and high mountains of his West Texas homeland.

Living for the past several years in the UK has given him a renewed perspective on the land where he grew up, and these reflections take shape in Ballads of Captivity and Freedom.

1. 'Tularosa'
2. 'The Places Where They Prayed'
3. 'Autumn 1889'
4. 'Corridors'
5. 'Good Times'
6. 'Cynthia'
7. 'Up to Fail'
8. 'Cimarrones'
9. 'New Mexico'
10. 'Pedro Páramo'
11. 'Talking Mesquite'

This really lovely new album kicks off in fine style with the countrified bounce of 'Tularosa' ("I know all the right ways to get it wrong"), and backs that up with the evolutionary harken back within 'The Places Where They Prayed' and then the gentle guitar ballad, 'Autumn 1889'. The beat is picked up and becomes a finger-snapping', foot-tappin' affair for 'Corridors' which is followed by the piano-led 'Good Times.'

'Cynthia' is a stunning act of balladry storytelling, and is followed by the jangly guitar work of 'Up to Fail', and then one of my own personal favs, the mid-tempo country pop of 'Lie to Them'. 'Cimarrones' is another beautiful track and is backed by the train-a-rollin' feel of 'New Mexico', and then the album comes to a close with both the in-depth storytelling of 'Pedro Páramo', before rounding out with the live one take, 'Talking Mesquite.'

George St. Clair’s family background of ranching and wildcat oil prospecting spurred him to probe the controversial history of that part of the world in his songwriting.

He grew up in and around places where vicious battles were fought over the possession of land, and where large numbers of indigenous people were corralled into encampments.

George’s bilingual mother made sure to regularly take her children deep into Mexico, where they learned Spanish and acquired a broad view of what it means to be American.

www.georgestclairmusic.com

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Title - 'Film Music Works: 2005 -2017'
Artist - Sergio Moure de Oteyza

Karonte Records has released a special collection celebrating the film music compositions of Sergio Moure de Oteyza (EXTINCTION, LOBOS SUCIOS aka DIRTY WOLVES).

Entitled Film Music Works, the double-album set features an extensive booklet containing an in-depth article about his career, written by David Rodríguez.

The release is a celebration of the first 12 years of a composer who is currently one of Europe’s brightest rising stars.

Fresh off Sergio’s moving works for both EXTINCTION and LOBOS SUCIOS, this collection is an examination of the many intricate facets of his style. Thus, Film Music Works: 2005-2017 is both a work of passion for Karonte Records and the composer himself.

CD 1:
1. 'Yew Forest' (De "Dirty Wolves")
2. 'Candela Death' (De "Dirty Wolves")
3. 'The Plot' (De "Dirty Wolves")
4. 'Manuela' (De "Dirty Wolves")
5. 'Welcome To Harmony' (De "Extinction")
6. 'The Farewell' (De "Extinction")
7. 'The Siege' (De "Extinction")
8. 'A New Home' (De "Extinction")
9. 'Somos Gente Honrada' (De "Somos Gente Honrada")
10. 'Perdóname' (De "Somos Gente Honrada")
11. 'Inicio' (De "Tesis Sobre un Homicidio")
12. 'Destrucción' (De "Tesis Sobre un Homicidio")
13. 'Laura' (De "Tesis Sobre un Homicidio")
14. 'El Cuerpo' (De "El Cuerpo")
15. 'Tienes Que Ayudarme' (De "El Cuerpo")
16. 'Todo Lo Malo' (De "El Cuerpo")
17. 'Final' (De "El Cuerpo")
18. 'Gaze Of The Stones' (De "El Cuerpo")
19. 'Todo Es Silencio' (De "Todo Es Silencio")
20. 'Ida y Regreso de Fins Malpica' (De "Todo Es Silencio")
21. 'En el Embarcadero' (De "Todo Es Silencio")
22. 'Títulos' (De "Retornos")
23. 'Accidente' (De "Retornos")
24. 'Velatorio' (De "Retornos")
25. 'Viaje' (De "Retornos")
26. 'Despedida' (De "Retornos")

CD 2:
1. 'Lobos de Arga' (De "Lobos de Arga")
2. 'La Maldición' (De "Lobos de Arga")
3. 'La Segunda Maldición' (De "Lobos de Arga")
4. 'La Madre' (De "Secuestrados")
5. 'La Huida' (De "Secuestrados")
6. 'Nuestra Casa' (De "Secuestrados")
7. 'Un Buen Hombre' (De "Un Buen Hombre")
8. 'No Te Lo Puedo Decir' (De "Un Buen Hombre")
9. 'Llueve' (De "Un Buen Hombre")
10. 'Introducción' (De "Inconscientes")
11. 'Vals de los Disfraces' (De "Inconscientes")
12. 'Nos Espera una Nueva Vida' (De "Inconscientes")
13. 'Tango Inconscientes' (De "Inconscientes")
14. 'Créditos' (De "Mayon Volcano")
15. 'Erupción' (De "Mayon Volcano")
16. 'Celebración' (De "Mayon Volcano")
17. 'Por la Mañana' (De "Mayon Volcano")
18. 'Time Rojak' (De "Time Rojak")
19. 'La Batalla Desconocida' (De "La Batalla Desconocida")
20. 'Railway To Heaven' (De "Railway To Heaven")
21. 'Tibet' (De "Railway To Heaven")
22. 'Iguana Hunter' (De "Iguana Hunter")
23. 'Absent' (De "Absent")

“It is a very carefully considered edition which we have been working on this diligently for almost a year,” said Sergio. “With a booklet of nearly 50 pages, there are extensive comments on all my soundtracks to help give the listener a better understanding of the works. This is also coupled with a very extensive text about my music written by the amazing David Rodríguez. I was incredibly honored to work on the this celebration”.

There was so much hear it even extended beyond the selection music fans would expect. “This recording includes a lot of music that had not been released before, including themes from the film HERE’S THE DEAL (2013), and music from some shorts and documentaries like RAILWAY TO HEAVEN. This compilation is nowhere near the end of the journey, but rather a brief stop, a looking back on all these years of music and a look forward towards what’s to come,” Sergio added.

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Title - 'Lady Bird' (Soundtrack)
Artist - Jon Brion

For those not in the know, Jon Brion is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and composer.

He performed with The Excerpts, The Bats, and The Grays before becoming an established producer and film score composer and has since produced music for artists like Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Aimee Mann, Brad Mehldau, of Montreal, Rufus Wainwright, Robyn Hitchcock, and Sky Ferreira.

His film scores include Hard Eight (1996), Magnolia (1999), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and I Heart Huckabees (both 2004), ParaNorman (2012), and Lady Bird (2017). He released his debut solo album, Meaningless, in 2001.

And talking about 'Lady Bird', it is an American comedy-drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Lois Smith.

Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, it is a coming-of-age story of a high-school senior (Ronan) and her turbulent relationship with her mother (Metcalf).

This quite stunning 'Lady Bird - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' contains 23 freshly-composed tracks by Brion and although it runs only a short 27 minutes, is definitely already one of my fav's for 2018.

1. Title Credits
2. Sign Up
3. Drive Home
4. LB / Danny
5. Pick Up
6. Lady Bird Kiss
7. Rose Garden
8. LB Steals Math Grade Book
9. Thanksgiving in Sacramento
10. Coffee Shop
11. Hope
12. More Hope
13. Consolation
14. Hope Against Hope
15. Model Homes
16. Maybe
17. Looking Forward
18. Summer in Sacramento
19. Packing Up
20. Leaving
21. Hope?
22. Reconcile
23. Lady Bird

Opening with the breezy 'Title Credits', where and orchestral intro combines with a rather nice brass section and brings forth a lovely catchy rhythm, each track thereafter is as delicate, as poignant, as real and as raw as the next.

Personally, my favourite track of the 23 is toward the end, 'Leaving,' as is goes somewhat, well, deeper than the others. Sure it's a wee bit more melancholy than most the others, but it still remains buoyant and stays within the musical lines of the score overall.

www.JonBrion.net

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Title - 'Celtic Thunder X' [Double Deluxe Edition]
Artist - Celtic Thunder

For those not in the know, Celtic Thunder is an Irish singing group and stage show known for its eclectic, theatrical style show.

The group is backed by the Celtic Thunder Band on their concert tours, and their live shows are known for the use of dramatic set pieces (often invoking symbols of ancient Celtic mythology), visual effects, and highly choreographed staging.

Since the original group's formation in 2007, Celtic Thunder has released fourteen albums as well as ten live performances on DVD, three of which were split into two releases.

And now we get Celtic Thunder X, a Deluxe Double CD and Deluxe Double DVD celebrating the multi-platinum Irish group's 10th Anniversary.

This brand new special was filmed in Dublin on October 30th, 2017 at the Helix Theatre and features new ensemble songs including "Sons of Light", "Toora, Loora, Lay", "The Wild Rover", "Right All Right", and "Castle on the Hill" followed in the second act by nostalgic fun songs like "Celebration", "I'm a Believer", "Seasons in the Sun" and "Rise Again" in addition to traditional Irish songs like "Ireland's Call" and more.

1. Sons of Light (5:12)
2. Only Time (2:52)
3. The Galway Girl (3:13)
4. Toora Loora Lay (2:55)
5. The Crow on the Cradle (3:02)
6. I Useta Lover (2:35)
7. The Wild Rover (2:59)
8. Phil the Fluter's Ball (2:40)
9. The Streets of London (3:16)
10. Right, All Right (2:36)
11. Lannigans Ball (3:08)
12. The Voice (3:20)
13. Castle on the Hill (3:19)
14. Celebration (2:43)
15. A Thousand Years (3:28)
16. Bye Bye Baby (2:46)
17. When I Was Your Man (3:32)
18. I'm a Believer (2:49)
19. On the Street Where You Live (3:14)
20. Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) (2:54)
21. Season's in the Sun (3:02)
22. L-O-V-E (3:05)
23. The Devil Went Down to Georgia (3:35)
24. Without You (3:18)
25. Rise Again (3:37)
26. Ireland's Call )3:05)

Captured live at the Helix Theatre in Dublin, this is quite an incredible live recording of a group that has been taken to the Irish hearts as much as Guinness or the harp!

Out now via Sony Legacy Recordings, Celtic Thunder X showcases a group still chock full of maturity and loyalty to the musical cause. Listening to and seeing Emmet, Ryan and Kelly do their thing, even though they've all embarked on solo careers, is a joy to behold, truly.

Also, Michael O’Dwyer is a great fit with these lads and with Damian back, and all grown up, they use both to good advantage. Personally, I loved “Seasons of the Sun” - on the standards side and “Toora Loora Lay” on the Irish side.

Emmet’s “Crow on the Cradle” gave me chills while “Phil the Fluter’s Ball” made me smile, just as Neal’s “Finnegan’s Wake” did. Both do such a great job on character songs.

And who can stop from tapping their toes through “Lannigan’s Ball!” Michael’s “Without You” was excellent as well. I miss the Keegan’s though, it has to be said, sorry. Anyway, overall, it was also great to see Seamus Brett at the keyboards, violin and even an accordion - what a talented musician! And what a talented bunch of lads Celtic Thunder truly are.

www.CelticThunder.com

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Title - '17th Avenue Revival'
Artist - The Oak Ridge Boys

For those not in the know, The Oak Ridge Boys are an American country and gospel vocal quartet and were founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet.

They became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s and their name was officially changed to The Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s. They remained a gospel group until the mid-1970s, when they changed their image and concentrated on country music.

The line up which produced their most world-famous and most well-known country and crossover hits (such as "Elvira", "Bobbie Sue", and "American Made") consists of Duane Allen (lead), Joe Bonsall (tenor), William Lee Golden (baritone), and Richard Sterban (bass).

Golden and Allen joined the group in the mid-1960s, and Sterban and Bonsall joined in the early 1970s. Aside from an eight-year gap (1987–95) when Golden left the group and was replaced, this line up has been together since 1973 and continues to tour and record.

Now The Oak Ridge Boys are back with a brand new Lightning Rods Records release entitled 17th Avenue Revival, produced by Dave Cobb, which will be released on March 16th, 2018.

This is the group’s second project with Cobb, who produced the Oaks’ The Boys Are Back album in 2009. Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe, Jamey Johnson, and Brandy Clark all penned tracks on the new album, recorded at Studio A on 17th Avenue in Nashville.

Cobb’s vision included no vocal stacking and very few overdubs during production. For two of the songs, the Boys gathered around one microphone and let the harmonies shine on the new collection.

In addition, and in typical Oak Ridge Boys fashion, the group set a unique precedent by presenting the Country Music Hall of Fame with a special Edison cylinder recording of 'Brand New Star,' the first track from their new album.

1. 'Brand New Star' (Aaron Raitiere & Mando Saenz)
2. 'There Will Be Light' (Jamey Johnson, Larry Shell & Buddy Cannon)
3. 'God’s Got It' (Charlie Jackson)
4. 'I’d Rather Have Jesus' (Rhea Miller & George Beverly Shea)
5. 'Walk In Jerusalem' (Traditional /Public Domain)
6. 'Where He Leads Me I Will Follow' (Ernest W. Blandy / Public Domain)
7. 'Pray To Jesus' (Brandy Clark & Shane McAnally)
8. 'If I Die' (Ashley Monroe & Vince Gill)
9. 'Let It Shine On Me' (Vince Gill & Ashley Monroe)

The Gospel finger-snappin' country blues of 'Brand New Star' is a pure joy to behold and is backed seamlessly by both the piano ballad 'There Will Be Light' and the upbeat, rowdy 'God's Got It.' The more sedate 'I'd Rather Have Jesus' is a stand out track and is followed by the gentle hipsway of 'Walk In Jerusalem.'

The timeless Gospel track 'Where He Leads Me I Will Follow' is beautifully orchestrated here by the Oaks, and is backed by the uplifting 'Pray to Jesus' ("We pray to Jesus and we play the lotto, 'cause there ain't but two ways we can change tomorrow"). The mournful storytelling of 'If I Die' is up next and then the album rounds out with the raw truth and belief of 'Let It Shine On Me.'

www.oakridgeboys.com

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Title - 'Six String Quartets'
Artist - Elena Ruehr

For Guggenheim Fellow composer Elena Ruehr the appeal of the string quartet lies in the ability of four instruments to express an infinite range of emotional possibilities, to communicate across time.

Her six string quartets attest to her enthusiasm for musical time-travel: echoes of Perotin, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Schoenberg and jazz are there, but the musical language is purely her own.

Elena's Six String Quartets are a magnum opus, three of them commissioned by the Cypress String Quartet, two by the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and one an ASCAP Award winner.

Sumptuously scored and full of soaring melodies and piquant harmonies, released this past February 16th, 2018 via AVIE Records, Six String Quartets featuring Laura Harrington are as good, as clean, as vibrant as I've heard such works in the past decade.

CD 1:
String Quartet No. 5 (Bel Canto) (26:25)
Commissioned by the Cypress String Quartet
1. I. Rebels in the vents (1:18)
2. II. Three generals (1:05)
3. III. Esmeralda and Joachim (2:37)
4. IV. The accompanist dies (1:39)
5. V. Simon Thibault makes coq au vin (0:50)
6. VI. Gen translates for Roxanne (2:54)
7. VII. Carmen studies grammar (2:56)
8. VIII. Gen arranges a meeting (1:35)
9. IX. Cesar sings (1:15)
10. X. In the garden (10:19)

String Quartet No. 3 (23:32)
Commissioned by the Rockport Chamber Music Festival
11. I. Clay Flute (3:55)
12. II. The Abbey (8:55)
13. III. How She Danced (4:12)
14. IV. Bell Call (6:31)

String Quartet No. 1 (20:49)
Winner ASCAP Award
15. I. Patterns (7:39)
16. II. Interlude (3:35)
17. III. Let’s Sit Beneath the Stars (5:27)
18. IV. Estampie (4:09)

Total time CD 1: 70:57

CD 2:
1. Song of the Silkie (String Quartet No. 2) (15:21)
Commissioned by the Rockport Chamber Music Festival
String Quartet No. 6 (23:20)
Commissioned by the Cypress String Quartet
2. I. Restless (7:15)
3. II. For Todd (3:20)
4. III. Idée fixe (7:30)
5. IV. Finale (5:18)

String Quartet No. 4 (30:31)
Commissioned by the Cypress String Quartet
6. I. Sonata: Introduzione; Andante con moto (7:27)
7. II. Aria: Andante (7:04)
8. III. Minuet: Grazioso (7:57)
9. IV. Finale: Allegro molto (8:04)

Total time CD 2: 69:24

Listening intently to Ruehr's work here allows you to be transported to a whole other plane. One where her music, these string works are the only sustainable life source and where you would feel lost without it in your life.

Throughout these works, where each one develop's from relatively simple structures, such as a five-note motif, two perfect fifths a half-step apart, a ten-note phrase and such, your enjoyment levels escalate along with their individual evolution.

As you would expect, each track comprises gentle flowing melodies with tides, dynamics, and warm harmonies making these six string orchestral pieces wholly and continually attractive and satisfying.

www.ElenaRuehr.org

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Title - 'Elgar Bruch Violin Concertos'
Artist - Rachel Barton Pine

For those not in the know, in both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people.

Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research.

She plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire, thrilling audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.

Pine debuted with the Chicago Symphony at age 10, and was the first American and youngest ever gold medal winner of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. Indeed, The Washington Post wrote that she "displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon."

Pine tours worldwide as a soloist with prestigious orchestras, has an active recording career, and has run The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation since 2001 which provides services and funding to promote classical music education and performances.

In conjunction with the release of her brand new classical work of art, Elgar Bruch Violin Concertos (her 36th album and fourth for AVIE Records), it should be known that Pine was just 11 when she first performed Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra!

She has performed it many times since then, and now, 32 years later, she's recording this work for the first time. It's paired with an unlikely partner, Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto, but don't allow that to sway you connoisseurs away from the fact that what Pine has brought forth here today on this new album is nothing short of stunning.

Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)
Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61
1. I. Allegro (18.07)
2. II. Andante (13.00)
3. III. Allegro molto (20.01)

Max Bruch (1838 – 1920)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
4. I. Vorspiel: Allegro moderato (8.28)
5. II. Adagio (8.57)
6. III. Finale: Allegro energico (7.48)

Total time: 76.23

It's also interesting to note that this recording is actually dedicated to the late Sir Neville Marriner, who died suddenly in 2016 at 92. "Yes, this was going to be Sir Neville Marriner's first recording of the Elgar", Pine herself explains. "He was going to do this album with me. We had previously recorded the complete Mozart concertos together a few years ago and were planning to reunite for these two concertos."

"When he was a young violinist, Sir Neville had studied the Elgar with his teacher, Billy Reed, the great London concertmaster who had been the very violinist that Elgar consulted while writing the piece."

"Sadly, he passed away right before the session, and so I was like, 'Oh, no, what are we going to do?' But thankfully Andrew Litton was able to step in, and I am so grateful that he did such a wonderful job, and it really worked out well."

Observationally, sure the pairing here of the Max Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Elgar Violin Concerto is not the most obvious coupling that could have first sprung to mind, but as Chicago-based Pine obviously approached both works with the same physical manner of playing, her unique styling has allowed them to blend rather seamlessly.

www.RachelBartonPine.com

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Title - 'On The Race Track; Expanded Edition'
Artist - Precious Wilson

Following on from BBR’s re-issues of Eruption’s first two releases, Hot Shot Records are proud to present the expanded and re-mastered edition of On The Race Track by Precious Wilson.

Complete with extensive liner notes and several extended disco versions of the classic Eruption singles this is a must have for all R&B, Disco, Dance and Pop fans.

Precious Wilson started out as a backing singer for the all-male group Eruption. The group enjoyed their first minor success when they won a talent competition in 1975, and then went on to record the song "Let Me Take You Back in Time".

Shortly after, the lead singer left the group, and Precious Wilson stepped forward to front the band.

The group then relocated to Germany in 1976, and the following year in 1977, while on the road touring in Germany, Eruption was introduced to German producer Frank Farian who booked them to work with Boney M as their backing band, and as their support act on Boney M's first European tour.

Frank Farian then went on to sign them to Boney M.'s label, Hansa Records, Farian released the single "Party Party" but it was their disco cover version of Ann Peebles' "I Can't Stand the Rain" from their first album which broke big, giving them a UK #5 hit and a US #18 hit.

After a second album and another hit single with Neil Sedaka's "One Way Ticket" (UK #9), Precious Wilson left the group to pursue her solo career.

Wilson's debut single as a solo artist was a cover version of Sam & Dave's "Hold On I'm Coming", released in August 1979. Produced by Frank Farian and set to a funky disco-beat, the single reached #45 in the Dutch charts.

The song was also included in Boney M.'s No. 1 album Oceans of Fantasy which also yielded a guest performance by Wilson on the opening track "Let It All Be Music".

She co-wrote the title song of her debut album "We Are On the Race Track", also produced by Farian, was completed during 1980 on Hansa Records. It was released in October, heralded by the single "Cry to Me" which Wilson performed on TV, backed by the band that she created called Sky Train.

In October 1981, she released a cover version of "I Need You" which peaked at #6 in Switzerland where her popularity was strong. In Germany, it reached #39.

In the summer of 1982, the electro-pop track "I Don't Know" was released, followed by her second album "All Coloured in Love". The album was released with a different track selection in the UK, Italy and France under the name Red Light followed by several different single releases in the various territories.

Hot on the heels of the then Aerobic craze and Farian's success with its current album Aerobic Fitness Dancing, the theme song "Let's Move Aerobic (Move Your Body)" was rush-released with Wilson's vocals in March '83.

Her third album "Funky Fingers" (December 1983), consisting of two side-long medleys of soul standards, was released with minimal support. In 1985, she signed with Jive Records and teamed up with multiple producer teams for the album, including American songwriter, Monte Moir, a musician and song-writer, best known as a member of Prince Rogers Nelson's band, The Time.

The following year Precious Wilson released several singles; launching "I'll Be Your Friend" (a U.S. Top 40 R&B hit), the theme song from the Michael Douglas movie "The Jewel of the Nile",( which was the sequel to the movie "Romancing The Stone"), and "Nice Girls Don't Last" ("Love Can't Wait" in the U.S.).

1. WE ARE ON THE RACE TRACK
2. CRY TO ME
3. STOP RUNNIN’
4. STAY BY MY SIDE
5. YOU AIN’T GOT LOVE
6. IF I LOVED YOU LESS
7. TOGETHER FOREVER
8. MR. PILOT MAN
9. FUNKY DANCER
10. KILLING ME SOFTLY

BONUS TRACKS:
11.HOLD ON, I’M COMING (Single Version)
12.I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN* (12” Long Version)
13.ONE WAY TICKET* (12” Disco Version)

* ERUPTION featuring PRECIOUS WILSON

Released in 1980 her debut album maintained the singer’s popularity, especially across mainland Europe. First single "Cry To Me", a disco-fied cover of the Solomon Burke R&B hit from ’62, ideal for Wilson’s rich voice, reached number 3 in Switzerland and the album's second single, "We Are on the Race Track", reached #11 there in early 1981.

Indeed, the title track and second single, co-written by Wilson, "We Are On The Race Track", is about negotiating the so called Rat Race. A mid-tempo dancer with a light, Caribbean feel and complete with race car engine effects just missed out on the Swiss top ten.

Listening to each track again today on this wonderful re-release, it's hard to fathom where the years have gone - and why music doesn't sound as good, as polished, as incredibly well sung as these tracks all do.

For me, the highlights amongst the gems would be "If I Loved You Less", "Stop Runnin'", "Stay By My Side" and a stunning rendition of the Roberta Flack classic, "Killing Me Softly" rounding out the original album.

The three expanded edition tracks are lovely to hear also, but more so the two 12" versions of both "I Can't Stand The Rain" and "One Way Ticket". Precious' stand alone vocals combined with the smooth, timeless even production values of this album make On The Race Track as delightful to hear today as I'm sure it was back when it first came out.

www.preciouswilson.com

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Title - 'Sarah, Sarah: The Anthology'
Artist - Jonathan Butler

As part of its well-received and critically acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is truly proud to present Sarah Sarah – The Anthology, a highly satisfying retrospective of internationally-recognized recording artist, award-winning musician, songwriter and global performer Jonathan Butler’s work from 1985-1990 for Jive Records.

Soul R&B performer Jonathan Butler was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, and eventually signed to Jive Records in 1977. Later relocating to the UK, he enjoyed a high profile and several hit singles and albums across the 1980s.

The brand new 2CD release entitled Sarah Sarah: The Anthology contains all of Jonathan’s US and UK charted singles including the much-loved title track, 1987’s ‘Lies’ (a global pop/R&B hit, featured here in an extended version), 1988’s ‘Take Good Care Of Me’, an extended version of the Top 10 US R&B hit, ‘There’s One Born Every Minute (I’m A Sucker For You)’ and 1989’s ‘More Than Friends’.

The anthology (compiled by David Nathan with assistance from Amar Naik) also includes a number of key album cuts from Jonathan’s five Jive albums, notably ‘Love Hurts So Bad’, making its CD debut worldwide, quiet storm favourite ‘Love Songs, Candelight And You’, a stunning duet with gospel star Vanessa Bell Armstrong on ‘True Love Never Fails,’ and as a bonus, a 1999 cover of Jr. Walker’s classic ‘What Does It Take (To Win Your Love For Me)’ with acclaimed Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer.

CD 1:
1. Baby Please Don't Take It (I Need Your Love)
2. I'll Be Waiting for Your Love
3. Crossroads Revisited
4. Haunted By Your Love
5. 7th Avenue South
6. Love Hurts So Bad
7. Afrika
8. Gentle Love
9. Song for Jon
10. If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) - JONATHAN BUTLER with RUBY TURNER
11. Lies (Extended Version)
12. Take Good Care of Me
13. Holding on
14. I Miss Your Love Tonight
15. Going Home
16. Love Songs, Candlelight and You

CD 2:
1. One More Dance
2. Barenese
3. Say We'll Be Together
4. There's One Born Every Minute (I'm a Sucker for You) (Extended Version)
5. More Than Friends
6. Sarah Sarah
7. Take Me Home
8. True Love Never Fails - JONATHAN BUTLER with VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG
9. Melodie
10. It's So Hard to Let You Go
11. All Grown Up
12. No Strings, No Ties
13. Sing Me Your Love Song
14. Heal Our Land
15. Welcome Home
16. What Does It Take (to Win Your Love for Me) - CANDY DULFER featuring JONATHAN BUTLER

In truth, Sarah, Sarah is a mixed bag of Butler's earlier '80s recordings, but that said, this beautifully packaged double album does also come chock full of some still incredible to listen to funky grooves and ballads.

Most all definitely locked into the whole '80's era of synth-pop, Butler's success was no mere fluke, as this incredible 32 track compilation clearly showcases.

Containing a nice mix of soul, smooth jazz, and funky guitar when called for, each and every song here is as good as what went before it. If you listen closely enough, some of the pop tracks are infused with that South African guitar sound he is now so proud to prominently display in his music.

Excellent notes by renowned US writer Justin Kantor include extensive quotes from Jonathan; and first class remastering (Nick Robins) and artwork (Roger Williams).

www.jonathanbutler.com

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Title - 'Ricochet Heart'
Artist - Alannah McCready

Growing up, University of Wisconsin alum Alannah McCready allowed her Saint Paul roots to lead her to hockey, which eventually earned her a scholarship to play on the UW women’s team that won the 2009 NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Championship.

But regardless of that and where such an accolade could have taken her on the ice, and with her mother having roots in Oklahoma, country music had always nestled deeply within her heart.

McCready, now living in Atlanta, GA has put together her brand new sophomore album, Ricochet Heart, due for release on April 27th, 2018.

Chock full of countrified guitar riffs aplenty, along with dashes of raw soul and pop blues, the rhythms may well be primal, but they sure elicit that well earned knee-jerk appreciative response from the listener, that's for sure.

With her lyrical content distinctly, shall we say, erring on the side of girl power, her views and standpoints from and about life most definitely embedded into the heart on her sleeve, McCready knows the kind of sound she wants to bring forth and, for the most part, isn't afraid to bring us all into the mix.

The opening track on the album, 'Enemies With Benefits,' is also, for my money, one of her best and with lyrics such as “I don’t like you, I never will, but you’ve got a body like a Coupe de Ville” free flowing gracefully, well, who amongst us hasn't encountered that particular relationship conundrum.

Other stand out cuts are the soulful title track 'Ricochet Heart', which twists and turns down all the most delightful country lanes, the summer radio jam 'Steal a Ladder', and the age old heel down hard, twist, turn, spin, dancefloor vibe of 'Last Girl Standing'.

www.AlannahMcCready.com

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Title - 'Dance Scandal At The Gymnasium!'
Artist - The Claudettes

Piano, snarling bass and sultry vocals have a blues-punk brawl at the studio of Black Keys producer Mark Neill.

On their head-spinning new album Dance Scandal At The Gymnasium!, The Claudettes summon early blues, '60s pop-soul and Cramps-like psychobilly as they introduce the line up that's been touring for two years: piano, drums, ''Bass VI'' guitar and three singers.

Revved-up raves 'Influential Farmers' and 'Taco Night Material' and garage-soul stompers 'Don't Stay with Me' and 'Give It All Up for Good' sit alongside transfixing ballads 'Pull Closer to Me' and 'Death and Traffic.'

Look behind the eclectic tracks, though, and you'll find a common thread: a search for humanity behind the vitriol and cracked communication of the Internet Age. And need anything more be said about the timely prescience of 'Naked on the Internet'.

1. 'Don't Stay with Me'
2. 'November'
3. 'Give It All Up for Good'
4. 'Naked on the Internet'
5. 'Pull Closer to Me'
6. 'Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium'
7. 'Bill Played Saxophone'
8. 'Influential Farmers'
9. 'Death and Traffic'
10. 'Total Misfit'
11. 'Taco Night Material'
12. 'Utterly Absurd'

The band recorded at Soil of the South for 10 days, tapping Neill's vast knowledge and collection of vintage equipment. Neill, who shuns building tracks in Pro Tools, had the band play again and again until the take arrived. Marxophones, mellotrons, fuzz pedals and percussion helped finalize Neill's sonic visions.

Opening track 'Don't Stay with Me' is, as mentioned, is a swarmy soul stomper to its core, and is backed by both the swirling 'November' and the upbeat, perky 'Give It All Up for Good'. The rapid fire 'Naked on the Internet' is easily one of my personal favorites and is followed by the subtle ballad 'Pull Closer to Me' and then along comes another dynamite track in the form of the title track.

'Bill Played Saxophone' is then backed by the speeding train vibe of both 'Influential Farmers' and 'Death and Traffic' along next. The album then comes to an all-to-soon close with 'Total Misfit', the fun 'Taco Night Material', and then rounds out with 'Utterly Absurd'.

This is The Claudettes' first album with seductive singer Berit Ulseth. "She went to the New School in NY for jazz vocals, but she's got a tone you can't learn," says Claudettes pianist/songwriter Johnny Iguana (who toured with Junior Wells, Otis Rush and punk-organ band oh my god). "Sometimes she reminds me of 'I Feel the Earth Move' Carole King, and she's got this Patsy Cline lushness to her voice."

www.TheClaudettes.com

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Title - 'Little Dark Age'
Artist - MGMT

For those not in the know, MGMT is an American rock band formed in 2002 in Middletown, Connecticut. It currently consists of Andrew VanWyngarden (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, percussion) and Ben Goldwasser (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion).

In the live line-up it consists of VanWyngarden, Goldwasser, Will Berman (drums, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals), Simon O'Connor (bass guitar, backing vocals), and James Richardson (lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals).

Originally signed to Cantora Records by the nascent label's co-founder, NYU undergrad Will Griggs, MGMT later signed with Columbia and RED Ink in 2006 and released their debut album Oracular Spectacular the next year.

After the release of Oracular Spectacular Asti, Richardson and Berman joined the core band in the studio for Congratulations, which was released on April 13, 2010.

In January 2011 they began work on their eponymous third studio album which was released on September 17, 2013, and was released as an early exclusive on Rdio on September 9, 2013.

Little Dark Age is the long awaited new album from MGMT. The album is produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela, Blood Orange), and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala) and was recorded at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, NY.

1. "She Works Out Too Much"
2. "Little Dark Age"
3. "When You Die"
4. "Me and Michael"
5. "Tslamp"
6. "James"
7. "Days That Got Away"
8. "One Thing Left to Try"
9. "When You're Small"
10. "Hand It Over"

This highly anticipated and well worth the wait, brilliant new album includes the previously released title song "Little Dark Age," and the tracks "When You Die" and "Hand It Over."

Sure all the tracks are as great as each other, but with each of these new cuts also being accompanied by stunning video clips online, well, how damn cool is that!

Kicking off in simply stunning PSB-style with "She Works Out Too Much", that's backed seamlessly by both the synth-heavy beauty of a title track and then the hyper, soaring, vibrant "When You Die."

"Me and Michael" (which centers around the unexpected closure of a close friendship), is one of the few mid-tempo synth pop ballads of the album and that's followed by the upbeat pop-lock fun of "Tslamp." The languid "James" is up next and although not one of my favorites amongst this new bunch, it still manages to fit in (just).

The freeflowing synth-happy orchestrations of "Days That Got Away" is along next and that's backed by the excellent '80s pop flow of "One Thing Left to Try". This simply terrific album then rounds out with the one true ballad of the selection, "When You're Small", and then comes the delightfully lush musical ride, "Hand It Over."

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Title - 'Complete Phase 4 Recordings'
Artist - Leopold Stokowski

For those not in the know, Leopold Anthony Stokowski (18 April 1882 – 13 September 1977) was an English conductor of Polish and Irish descent.

One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th Century, he is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and for appearing in the film Fantasia.

He was especially noted for his free-hand conducting style that spurned the traditional baton and for obtaining a characteristically sumptuous sound from the orchestras he directed.

Stokowski was music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of the Air and many others.

He was also the founder of the All-American Youth Orchestra, the New York City Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Stokowski conducted the music for and appeared in several Hollywood films, including Disney's Fantasia, and was a lifelong champion of contemporary composers, giving many premieres of new music during his 60-year conducting career.

Stokowski, who made his official conducting debut in 1909, appeared in public for the last time in 1975 but continued making recordings until June 1977, a few months before his death at the age of 95.

Leopold Stokowski recorded 23 LPs for Decca’s “Phase Four” label between 1964 and 1973. All this material has been released on CD before (by Decca and Cala), but this is the very first time everything has been released in a single box (21 CDs + 2 bonus CDs).

CD1:
1. Inspiration: Great Music for Chorus and Orchestra
2. Norman Luboff Choir and New Symphony Orchestra of London

CD2:
1. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade
2. London Symphony Orchestra ∙ Erich Gruenberg (violin)

CD3:
1. MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition
2. New Philharmonia Orchestra

CD4:
1. TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty Selections
2. New Philharmonia Orchestra

CD5:
1. VIVALDI: The Four Seasons
2. New Philharmonia Orchestra ∙ Hugh Bean (violin)

CD6:
1. WAGNER: Orchestral Music from "The Ring"
2. London Symphony Orchestra

CD7:
1. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.5
2. New Philharmonia Orchestra

CD8:
1. HANDEL: Messiah Excerpts
2. London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

CD9:
1. MUSSORGSKY: Night on the Bare Mountain ∙ STRAVINSKY: The Firebird Suite
2. London Symphony Orchestra

CD10:
1. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9 - "Choral"
2. London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

CD11:
1. BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique
2. New Philharmonia Orchestra

CD12:
1. TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo & Juliet ∙ MUSSORGSKY: Boris Godunov Symphonic Syntheses
2. L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

CD13:
1. TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture ∙ BORODIN: Polovtsian Dances ∙ STRAVINSKY: Pastorale
2. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
CD14:
1. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.5 ∙ SCHUBERT: Symphony No.8 - "Unfinished"
2. London Philharmonic Orchestra>

CD15:
1. DEBUSSY: La Mer ∙ RAVEL: Daphnis & Chloe ∙ IVES: Orchestral Set No.2 ∙ MESSIAEN: L'Ascension
2. London Symphony Orchestra

CD16:
1. FRANCK: Symphony in D Minor
2. Hilversum Radio Philharmonia Orchestra

CD17-18:
1. Sixtieth Anniversary Concert
2. Wagner ∙ Debussy ∙ Glazunov ∙ Brahms ∙ Tchaikovsky ∙ Chopin ∙ Schubert ∙ Byrd ∙ Clarke ∙ Duparc ∙ Rachmaninov (bonus)
3. London Symphony Orchestra

CD19:
1. ELGAR: Enigma Variations
2. Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

CD20:
1. J.S. BACH: Orchestral Transcriptions
2. Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

CD21:
1. SCRIABIN: Le Poeme de L'Extase ∙ RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnol
2. Czech Philharmonic Orchestra ∙ New Philharmonia Orchestra

CD22:
1. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.7
2. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

CD23:
1. Bonus Disc: Leopold Stokowski – A Memoir

Listening to all this incredible, simply divine music, and it should come as no surprise to learn that Leopold Stokowski was a relentless innovator. Always experimenting with orchestral seating, he once famously lined up the string basses across the rear of the stage and, in an early instance, massed all the violins on the left side of the orchestra, the cellos on the right.

Spread across these 23 discs is some of the finest music of its time and, perhaps even, ours here today. Imagination and creativity run rife throughout each album captured together here in this wondrous, and Limited Edition box-set collection for the very first time.

Indeed, Stokowski was also one of the very first modern conductors to give up the use of the baton. Replacing it was rather easy for him too as Stokowski simply employed a graceful, almost hypnotic set of his own hand gestures to work his magic.

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Title - 'The Unreleased Mozart Radio Broadcasts'
Artist - Ferenc Fricsay

For those not in the know, Ferenc Fricsay (9 August 1914 – 20 February 1963) was a Hungarian conductor who from 1960 until his death, was an Austrian citizen.

Fricsay was born in Budapest in 1914 and studied music under Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Ernst von Dohnányi, and Leo Weiner. With these and other faculty at the Budapest Academy of Music he studied piano, violin, clarinet, trombone, percussion, composition and conducting.

Fricsay made his first appearance as a conductor at age 15, substituting for his father at the podium of the Young Musicians Orchestra of Budapest. In 1930, at the age of 16, he succeeded his father as conductor of the Young Musicians Orchestra.

On graduating in 1933, Fricsay became repetiteur for the chorus of the Budapest Opera, then, from 1933 to 1943, he was music director of the Szeged Philharmonic Orchestra in the third largest city in Hungary; he also served as director of its military band from 1933.

In 1942, he was court-martialed by the government of Miklós Horthy for wanting to employ Jewish musicians, and for having "Jewish blood" himself (according to reliable reports, his mother was Jewish).

When the Nazis occupied Hungary in 1944, the chief editor of the Szeged daily newspaper warned Fricsay that the Gestapo planned to arrest him; he and his wife, Marta (nee Telbisz) and three children Marta, Ferenc and Andras, avoided this fate by going underground in Budapest.

Fricsay was known for his interpretations of the music of Mozart and Beethoven, as well as that of his teachers Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály. His 1958 recording of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is featured in the movie A Clockwork Orange.

He conducted without a baton, according to the entry in New Grove, but "confounded the adverse critics of this technique by the extreme clarity and precision of his performances," to which it also ascribes "a dynamic spirit" and "vividness of character in familiar classics."

Symphony no 1 in E flat major, K 16 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1764; London, England

Symphony no 4 in D major, K 19 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1765; London, England

Symphony no 5 in B flat major, K 22 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1765; Netherlands

Symphony no 6 in F major, K 43 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1767; Vienna, Austria

Symphony no 7 in D major, K 45 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1768; Vienna, Austria

Symphony no 8 in D major, K 48 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1768; Vienna, Austria

Symphony no 9 in C major, K 73 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria

Symphony no 23 in D major, K 181 (162b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria

Symphony no 27 in G major, K 199 (161b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria

Concerto for Bassoon in B flat major, K 191 (186e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1774; Salzburg, Austria

Sinfonia concertante for Winds in E flat major, K 297b (K Anh 9) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1778

Cassation in G major, K 63 "Final-Musik" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1769; Salzburg, Austria

Serenade for Winds no 11 in E flat major, K 375 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria

Eine musikalischer Spass, K 522 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria

Serenade no 6 in D major, K 239 "Serenata notturna" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria

Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 10 in F major, K 247 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria

Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 17 in D major, K 334 (320b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1779-1780; Salzburg, Austria

Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Sull' aria...Che soave zeffiretto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Suzanne Danco (Soprano), Rita Streich (Soprano)
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Suzanne Danco (Soprano)
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble: RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republic

Fricsay considered Mozart to be ”the greatest musical thinker ever to have lived”, and used his radio broadcasts to lay the foundations for a better understanding of his music. Hence this incredible, truly incredible work of musical art to the great man himself, The Unreleased Mozart Radio Broadcasts.

Spread lovingly over 4 CDs, and inclusive of two bonus arias with Suzanne Danco and Rita Streich, this previously unreleased collection is a gem to behold, of that have no doubt.

The discs feature radio broadcasts (1951-1954) uncovered in the archives of Deutschlandfunk Kultur now newly remastered and made available for the first time since the '50s, and features the RIAS (Radio in the American Sector) Symphony Orchestra Berlin; the first orchestra to be founded in post-war Berlin.

Overall, given that all these recordings were not only made back in the early to mid-'50s, but that they were recorded over the air, so to speak, I have to honestly say my expectations for sound quality were not too high.

But boy, was I genuinely surprised and proved wrong as right from the off, the sound is polished, crisp even and as I progressed they never once faltered. Yes, color me genuinely and thoroughly impressed by these previously-unreleased recordings, that's for darn tootin' sure!

For me personally, I kind of enjoyed the early Mozart symphonies more than the latter ones. Again, that's just my own humble opinion, but maybe you think differently. Regardless, there's a lot of Mozart via Fricsay to go around on these 4 discs, believe me.

• 4-CD hardback presentation (notes in E/G/F) including:
1. A short text by Fricsay himself, providing insight into his connection to Mozart and his music.
2. A new note from Wolfgang Stähr “Difficult But Wonderful Years: Fricsay In Berlin” about the founding of the RIAS Symphony Orchestra and Fricsay’s special relationship with them.

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Title - 'Journey To Mozart'
Artist - Daniel Hope & Zrcher Kammerorchester

For those not in the know, Daniel Hope (born 17 August 1973, Durban, South Africa) is a British-Irish classical violinist.

That said, Hope is actually of German descent, as his grandparents, formerly from Berlin, escaped Nazism. His father is the novelist Christopher Hope, FRSL, and his mother Eleanor Hope worked as an assistant to Yehudi Menuhin.

At age six months, his family moved from South Africa to London, because of his father's anti-apartheid views. In the UK Hope was educated at Highgate School and studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Stoke d'Abernon.

In 2011 he was appointed Visiting Professor in Violin by the Royal Academy of Music, where he had studied under Zakhar Bron and gained a diploma (DipRAM) and a fellowship (FRAM).

Hope became the violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio in 2002. His burgeoning career led to his decision to leave the Beaux Arts Trio, which in turn led to the decision to disband the ensemble. The Beaux Arts Trio, with Hope as the final violinist in the history of the ensemble, gave its final concerts in August 2008.

Hope has served as an associate artistic director of the Savannah Music Festival. In April 2015 he was named the new music director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, effective in 2016.

On March 16, 2018, at the conclusion of a joint performance by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and New Century Chamber Orchestra at which he served as concertmaster, Hope was announced as the latter ensemble's new music and artistic director.

Hope plays the 1737 Guarneri "ex-Lipinski" violin. He presented the 2013 documentary film The Secrets of the Violin, which explored the history of violin making from Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri to modern makers like Samuel Zygmuntowicz.

On his brand new album, Journey to Mozart, Daniel Hope turns to core classical repertoire again, exploring the world of Mozart, as well as composers that inspired him and vice versa.

GLUCK Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30
[01] Dance of the Furies
[02] Dance of the Blessed Spirits

HAYDN Violin Concerto in G major Hob. VIIa:4
[03] 1. Allegro moderato
[04] 2. Adagio
[05] 3. Allegro
[06] MYSLIVECEK Violin Concerto in D major - 2. Larghetto

MOZART Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major K 216
[07] 1. Allegro
[08] 2. Adagio
[09] 3. Rondeau. Allegro
[10] MOZART Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E major K 261
[11] SALOMON Romance for Violin and Strings in D major
[12] MOZART Piano Sonata in A major K 331 ? 3. Alla turca

Journey to Mozart is a very personal exploration of the composer’s world, that includes not only favourite works by the master, but also music by contemporaries, including Haydn, Myslivecek and Gluck.

The album consists of two popular Violin Concertos by Haydn and Mozart, as well as the famous Mozart Adagio in E-Major. Indeed, with this album Daniel Hope continues his fruitful relationship as musical director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

It has to be said that this brand new album is, without a shadow of a doubt, some of the best work that Hope has brought forth in his career. An honest, humble opinion of mind, granted, but I dare to think differently once you enter into Haydn.

Here backed splendidly by the infamous Zrcher Kammerorchester (Zurich Chamber Orchestra), Hope's solo work blends seamlessly amongst the gentle, yet flourishing hipsway of what the Orchestra bring forth to back him up with at all times.

Indeed, the album ends with a magnificent arrangement of the famous Alla turca, newly arranged for Violin and Orchestra. A true, stunning stand out cut off this wondrous album, to be sure, it only goes to shine a more deserved spotlight on the entire work of music art overall.

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Title - 'Claude Debussy'
Artist - Daniel Barenboim

For those not in the know, Daniel Barenboim (born 15 November 1942) is an Argentine-Israeli pianist and conductor who is a citizen of Argentina, Israel, Palestine, and Spain.

He is the general music director of the Berlin State Opera, and the Staatskapelle Berlin; he previously served as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and La Scala in Milan.

Barenboim is known for his work with the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra, a Seville-based orchestra of young Arab and Israeli musicians, and as a resolute critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

Just release, now Daniel Barenboim performs the music of Claude Debussy on his latest release with Deutsche Grammophon.

Achille-Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918), known since the 1890s as Claude-Achille Debussy or Claude Debussy, was a French composer. He and Maurice Ravel were the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, although Debussy disliked the term when applied to his compositions.

He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed.

1. Estampes (3) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903; France

2. Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890/1905; France

3. La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910; France

4. Elégie by Claude Debussy
Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915; France

5. Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909-1910; France

One of the most important artists of our time, Daniel Barenboim's ode to his beloved composer is a stunning collection of Debussy pieces in time for the French composer’s centenary.

Inclusive of such works as Estampes, Suite bergamasque and Preludes, Claude Debussy is a classical work of art from start to finish. Indeed, if you ever get the chance, perhaps beforehand or after having listened to this recording, check out 'Daniel Barenboim plays & explains Debussy' on DVD (March 9th, 201, EuroArts Music International).

Just yet another wonderful, this time visual piece that will be seen in 2018 as a range of releases, starting off with this personal collection of the maestro to celebrate the Debussy 100th anniversary year.

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Title - 'Beethoven: The Piano Concertos'
Artist - Vladimir Ashkenazy

For those not in the know, Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy (born 6 July 1937) is an internationally recognized solo pianist, chamber music performer, and conductor.

He is originally from Russia and has held Icelandic citizenship since 1972, and has lived in Switzerland since 1978. Ashkenazy has collaborated with well-known orchestras and soloists.

In addition, he has recorded a large storehouse of classical and romantic works. His recordings have earned him five Grammy awards plus Iceland's Order of the Falcon.

Just released via Decca Classics is Beethoven: The Piano Concertos, a wondrous 3CD+Blu-ray compilation of the complete Ashkenazy/Solti set of Beethoven concertos.

Showcasing the range of Ashkenazy’s tone, whilst allowing us to bathe in the lush spotlight of Sir Georg Solti’s accompaniment is like Heaven on a stick.

CD 1 (65:24)
PIANO CONCERTO No.1 in C Major, Op.15
1 1. Allegro con brio
2 2. Largo
3 3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)
PIANO CONCERTO No.2 in B Flat Major, Op.19
4 1. Allegro con brio
5 2. Adagio
6 3. Rondo (Molto allegro)

CD 2 (70:34)
PIANO CONCERTO No.3 in C Minor, Op.37
1 1. Allegro con brio
2 2. Largo
3 3. Rondo (Allegro)
PIANO CONCERTO No.4 in G Major, Op.58
4 1. Allegro moderato
5 2. Andante con moto
6 3. Rondo (Vivace)

CD 3 (40:05)
PIANO CONCERTO No.5 in E Flat Major Op.73 – "EMPEROR"
1 1. Allegro
2 2. Adagio un poco mosso
3 3. Rondo (Allegro)

Blu-ray
The complete cycle is presented on a single Blu-ray Audio disc for 24-bit Hi-Resolution playback + 3 CDs.

+ Hardback book with texts in English + French + German

This breath taking 3CD + 1 Blu-ray set is a digital re-mastering at 96kHz/24-bit of the original "Stereophonic" London recordings from 1973. The sound is crisp and clear, and enhances the masterful technique of Vladimir Ashkenazy and Sir Georg Solti's well-paced leadership.

You would never know you were listening to an ADD rather than a direct digital recording. The dynamic range of this digital re-mastering is far superior to the original LPs, the pianissimos are very soft and vibrant, and the fortes take your breath away.

To be blunt, these recordings of the Beethoven piano concertos were some of the finest and now that they are on CD, and digitally remastered, well, the sound is simply superb.

The Chicago Symphony under the baton of Sir George Solti provide a wonderful backdrop to the meticulous pianism of Vladimir Ashkenazy. The pianist recorded these concertos three times, but this compilation is the most profound, in my humble opinion, of course.

In closing, I especially like the piano as Beethoven wears well on any instrument; but especially the piano. Indeed, I never tire of hearing Beethoven - whether Sonatas or Partitas, Piano Concerti or symphonies.

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Title - Bruckner: Symphony no4 / Wagner: Lohengrin Prelude
Artist - Andris Nelsons & Gewandhausorchester

For those not in the know, Andris Nelsons is a Latvian conductor who is currently also the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Nelsons was born in Riga. His mother founded the first early music ensemble in Latvia, and his father was a choral conductor, cellist, and teacher.

At age five, his mother and stepfather took him to a performance of Wagner's Tannhäuser, which Nelsons refers to as a profoundly formative experience: "...it had a hypnotic effect on me. I was overwhelmed by the music. I cried when Tannhäuser died. I still think this was the biggest thing that happened in my childhood."

As for his subject matter, Josef Anton Bruckner, he was an Austrian composer and organist best known for his symphonies, masses, Te Deum and motets.

The first are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, strongly polyphonic character, and considerable length.

Bruckner's compositions helped to define contemporary musical radicalism, owing to their dissonances, unprepared modulations, and roving harmonies.

Released on February 16th, 2018 via Deutsche Grammophon, Andris Nelsons’ latest release with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, is Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 / Wagner: Lohengrin Prelude.

[1] Wagner: Prelude to Act I from Lohengrin, WWV 75
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major, WAB 104 “Romantic“ (Version 1878/80)
[2] 1. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
[3] 2. Andante, quasi allegretto
[4] 3. Scherzo (Bewegt) – Trio (Nicht zu schnell. Keinesfalls schleppend)
[5] 4. Finale (Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell)

Featuring Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 and the Prelude to Act 1 from Wagner’s Lohengrin, it was recorded live in concert and is the second instalment in a multi-album Bruckner series on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Indeed, Deutsche Grammophon will release the next two Bruckner Symphonies with Andris and his new orchestra. Andris has already successfully embarked on a journey exploring the sound world of Anton Bruckner’s iconic symphony cycle with the already much acclaimed recording of Symphony No. 3 – released in May 2017.

Here on one of the most wonderful works of classical that I've truly heard in many a year, Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony is known as his “Romantic” Symphony.

Ergo, Bruckner himself chose this term after starting work on it in January 1874. “The music gives us an insight into Bruckner’s psyche and allows us to sense what he was feeling and thinking at the time of the work’s composition,” says Nelsons, "and there is no denying that the symphony’s musical language is unusually personal and intimate.”

Here on Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 / Wagner: Lohengrin Prelude, Andris Nelsons' enthusiasm for the composer is boundless. Bringing a wondrous youthful energy, fluidity and rhythmic impulse to each movement, he manages to still stay on course and never once allows Bruckner’s monumental sound to be drowned out or, heaven forbid, lost.

Indeed, by including selected instrumental works by Wagner in the Bruckner Symphony Cycle, his idea is to demonstrate the influences but more importantly their differences, for clearly the two men could not have been more disparate in character.

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Title - 'Má Vlast'
Artist - Smetana,Jiří Bělohlávek & Czech Philharm

For those not in the know, Bedřich Smetana was a Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style which became closely identified with his country's aspirations to independent statehood.

He has been regarded in his homeland as the father of Czech music. Internationally he is best known for his opera The Bartered Bride and for the symphonic cycle Má vlast, which portrays the history, legends and landscape of the composer's native land.

Jiří Bělohlávek CBE was a Czech conductor. He was a leading interpreter of Czech classical music, and became chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 1990, a role he would serve on two different occasions during a combined span of seven years.

He also served a six-year tenure as the chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2012.

He gained international renown and repute for his performances of the works of Czech composers such as Antonín Dvořák and Bohuslav Martinů, and was credited as "the most profound proponent of Czech orchestral music" by Czech music specialist Professor Michael Beckerman.

Released via Decca Classics this past February 23rd, 2018, Má Vlast has been brought out again, this time as rather stunning Japanese SHM-CD pressing.

Mà Vlast (My Homeland)
No. 1, Vyšehrad (The High Castle)
No. 2, Vltava (The Moldau)
No. 3, Šarka
No. 4, Z ceských luhu a háju (From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests”
No. 5, Tábor
No. 6, Blaník

Re-released in memoriam to the great, Jiří Bělohlávek, we once again get to hear the wondrous Czech conductor and his beloved orchestra perform a definitive 'Má Vlast'.

In one of his last recording with the Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek conducts a heartfelt account of Smetana's great set of symphonic poems. Indeed, this is an authoritative recording of 'Má Vlast' performed by musicians with an innate understanding of the music of their homeland.

Listening to it all unfold, the always-beautiful Czech Philharmonic play with emotion, somewhere between very romantic and dramatic, but somewhere glorious at the very same time.

Smetana's symphonic poem cycle is based on six movements which, the second is ever-famous as "The Moldau". This cycle (as in name), tells about Czechoslovakia's historic lands and legends. Known as a very famous river there, it is also my own personal favourite of the pieces.

"Blanik" is yet another incredible movement and tells the story of a mountain which becomes the army's shelter while they're awaiting the "war alarm". But this movement ends with a triumphant finale, which includes the main "Vysherad" and "God's Warriors" chorale also. Stunning, simply stunning, even today.

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Title - 'Stravinsky: Chant Funèbre, Le Sacre du Printemps'
Artist - Riccardo Chailly & Lucerne Festival Orchestra

For those not in the know, Riccardo Chailly Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI is an Italian conductor. He started his career as an opera conductor and gradually extended his repertoire to encompass symphonic music.

His undertaking here now on this just-released Stravinsky: Chant Funèbre, Le Sacre du Printemps via Decca Classics is the great Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky.

A Russian-born composer, pianist, and conductor his is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.

On this quite stunning new album, Ricardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra bring brilliance, detail and precision to Stravinsky works that include the rediscovered 'Chant Funèbre' (Funeral Song).

[1] Chant funèbre, op. 5 (Funeral Song)
[2] Feu d'artifice, op. 4 (Fireworks)
[3] Scherzo fantastique, op. 3
[4]-[6] Le Faune et la Bergére, op. 2 (The Faun and the Shepherdess)
I. La Bergére (The Shepherdess)
II. Le Faune (The Faun)
III. Le Torrent (The River)
[7]-[20] Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)

The story goes that in 2015, an early piece by Stravinsky, lost for over a century, made headlines when it was rediscovered among a pile of manuscripts in the St Petersburg Conservatory.

'Chant Funèbre' was composed in 1908, after the death of Stravinsky’s teacher Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and it received a single performance at a concert in the conservatory the following January.

But then the score and parts disappeared, and though Stravinsky himself remembered it as one of the best of his early works, the assumption was that it had been destroyed during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

For me, listening to this piece (which only lasts 10 and a half minutes) for the first time ever just before this review, and whilst typing it out, once again, 'Chant Funèbre' is a wondrous, twirling work of musical art that showcases Stravinsky’s journey towards the three ballet scores for Diaghilev that would make his name.

Backed seamlessly by three other early pieces – Fireworks and the Scherzo Fantastique, and the tiny Pushkin settings of Le Faune et la Bergère (in which the mezzo Sophie Koch is the subtly nuanced soloist) – there truly isn't a musical note out of step here (as one would fully expect though, of course).

'Chant Funèbre' is followed by an equally wondrous piece entitled 'Le Sacre du Printemps' (The Rite of Spring), but for my money, it takes a wee bit too long to get going. Measured, perhaps a little too much, its detail is phenomenal, don't get me wrong, but not as convincing a work of art as 'Chant Funèbre'.

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Title - 'Home'
Artist - Kian Soltani & Aaron Pilsan

For those not in the know, Kian Soltani made his international breakthrough at the age of nineteen with acclaimed debuts in the Vienna Musikverein’s Goldener Saal and at the Hohenems Schubertiade.

He attracted further worldwide attention in April 2013 as winner of the International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki where he was hailed by Ostinato magazine as “a soloist of the highest level among the new generation of cellists”.

In December 2017, Soltani was awarded the prestigious Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and as part of the Lucerne Festival 2018 will perform in concert with the Vienna Philharmonic.

On his debut Deutsche Grammophon album, Home, cellist Soltani traces his musical roots in works by Schubert, Schumann and Iranian composer Reza Vali.

In truth, and as we are all fully aware, there are plenty of young cellists out there, but, and in my humble opinion (although it's been said many times now before me also), very few as versatile as Kian Soltani.

FRANZ SCHUBERT
Sonata In A Minor, D.821 „Arpeggione“
[1] 1. Allegro moderato
[2] 2. Adagio
[3] 3. Allegretto

FRANZ SCHUBERT
[4] Nacht und Träume, D 827 (Version for Cello and Piano)

ROBERT SCHUMANN
Fantasiestücke, Op.73
[5] 1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
[6] 2. Lebhaft, leicht
[7] 3. Rasch und mit Feuer

ROBERT SCHUMANN
Adagio und Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70
[8] 1. Langsam, mit innigem Ausdruck
[9] 2. Rasch und feurig

ROBERT SCHUMANN
Myrthen, Op.25 (Version For Cello And Piano)
[10] 24. Du bist wie eine Blume

REZA VALI
Persian Folk Songs (dedicated to Kian – world premiere recording)
[11] 1. Longing
[12] 2. In Memory Of A Lost Beloved
[13] 3. The Girl From Shiraz
[14] 4. Love Drunk ("Mastom Mastom")
[15] 5. In The Style Of An Armenian Folk Song
[16] 6. Imaginary Folk Songn
[17] 7. Folk Song From Khorasan

A quite remarkable cellist, with a piercingly beautiful tone and utterly pure intonation, his debut Home is one of the most aptly titled collections of music that I've come across for the longest time.

For Soltani truly does feel at home with these compositions, his want, his will, his belief that he can make them the best they can ever be as apparent as anything else throughout.

Together with his accompanist Aaron Pilsan, Soltani has produced a debut album that has a clear central theme and yet treats each piece as an independent work of art.

For on Home, he travels from Romanticism, with its desire to emulate European folk music, to a living composer’s take on Persian folk traditions. Beginning with works by Schumann and Schubert he rounds off the album with music by Reza Vali; a friend of the family who, like the Soltani's, emigrated from Iran.

Indeed, for Soltani’s pianist Pilsan too, the subject of home and ancestry has personal resonances: his father is Romanian, but like Soltani, Pilsan grew up in Vorarlberg.

Home has an earthly tone of much warmth, so much depth of beauty, of yearning, of things lost, but ultimately stand alone moments of both nobility and virtuosity. All things very unique for such a young cellist to own, let alone begin to discover on his debut album - and yet, here he is.

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Title - 'Germanico In Germania'
Artist - Nicola Porpora

For those not in the know, @Germanico in Germania@ is an opera in three acts composed by Nicola Porpora to an Italian-language libretto by Nicola Coluzzi.

It premiered in February 1732 at the Teatro Capranica in Rome with an all-male cast. The leading male roles were taken by two of the most prominent castrato singers of the 18th century—Domenico Annibali as Germanico and Caffarelli as his nemesis Arminio.

The female roles were portrayed by castrati en travesti. The opera's story is a fictionalised account of the Roman general Germanicus and is set in Germania Inferior during 14 AD. Germanico in Germania was very popular in its day but fell into obscurity until it was revived in 2015 at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.

In this world premiere recording, Germanico In Germania, just released via Decca Classics as a 3CD set, Max Emanuel Cencic unearths Porpora’s opera.

Supported by a world-class cast, including star soprano Julia Lezhneva, and Capella Cracoviensis under the baton of Jan Tomasz Adamus, the entire performance was performed on period instruments.

Led here by the aforementioned countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic, his combination of beautiful, pure tone and passionate delivery has made him one of today’s most sought after singers.

Born in 1976 in Zagreb, Cencic’s extensive CD catalogue has won many awards, including eleven prizes for his Faramondo, four for a recital of Handel arias, and Germany’s prestigious Echo Klassik prize for his Duetti album.

He also sang the role of Valentiniano in the recording of Gluck’s opera Ezio, which also won an Echo Klassik prize, as did Leonardo Vinci’s Artaserse (all Virgin Classics).

But it's what they have chosen to do here with the opera as a whole that has astounded everyone concerned with the recording. Originally created for performance by a virtuosic all-male cast of castrati in Rome, the two male characters that support Max are now performed by female singers (Nesi, astringently androgynous, and Bennani prettily boyish).

Sure, and spread over three CDs, the music is challenging and some arias definitely shine brighter than others, but what his rival Handel was BEWST known for in London in the 1730s most assuredly still transcends here today.

All in all, Germanico In Germania is superbly sung and conducted by Jan Tomasz Adamus. Indeed, Baroque opera lovers need not hesitate for this is going to take immediate pride of place in your classical music library, of that have no doubt.

Notes, plot summary, and pictures of four of the six performers in the recording sessions can be found in the beautiful color booklet that accompanies this 3CD set, with the libretto and English translation in a separate booklet.

Disc: 1
1. Sinfonia - Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 2. Adagio - Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 3. Menuetto - Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 4. "Miseri oh Dio! noi siam perduti" - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 5. "Serba costante il core" - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 6. "Ecco s'appressa il vincitor superbo" - Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 7. Sinfonia Scene 2 - Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 8. "O Germanico invitto" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Dilyara Idrisova, Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 9. "Rivolgi a me le ciglia" - Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 10. "Per vincere, signor, la sua fierezza usa del tuo potere" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Hasnaa Bennani, Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 11. "Questo è il valor guerriero d'un'anima romana?" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 12. "Germanico fu troppo facile in condannarmi" - Hasnaa Bennani, Julia Lezhneva, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 13. "Al sole i lumi pria mancheranno" - Julia Lezhneva, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 14. "Chi più di me felice?" - Hasnaa Bennani, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 15. "Splende per mille amanti un bel sereno volto" - Hasnaa Bennani, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 16. "Venga di Roma il messaggier" - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 17. "A lei, che il mondo adora" - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 18. "Perché a danno di Roma" - Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 19. "Nocchier, che mai non vide l'orror della tempesta" - Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 20. "Lascia Rosmonda" - Dilyara Idrisova, Julia Lezhneva, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 21. "Se sposa d'un Romano" - Julia Lezhneva, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 22. "Ecco la donna altera" - Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 23. "Qual turbine" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 24. "Dunque sarà pur vero che lasciar tu non voglia sì barbaro pensiero?" - Dilyara Idrisova, Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 25. "Sposa infelice, sventurata figlia" - Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 26. "Son qual misero naviglio" - Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus

Disc: 2
1. "Romani invitti" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 2. "Ingiustissime stelle, avete vinto!" - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 3. "Empi, se mai disciolgo" - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 4. "Dopo la gran battaglia a te ritorno" - Hasnaa Bennani, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 5. "Se dopo ria procella" - Hasnaa Bennani, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 6. "Or ch'arde l'aspra e sanguinosa pugna" - Dilyara Idrisova, Julia Lezhneva, Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 7. "Il padre mi sgrida" - Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 8. "Si sdegna il padre" - Julia Lezhneva, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 9. "Veder vicino il suo contento" - Julia Lezhneva, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 10. Marcia - Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 11. "Questo è il felice giorno" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Hasnaa Bennani, Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 12. "Nasce da valle impura vapor che in alto ascende" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 13. "Cieli! Il mio sposo è questo" - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 14. "Parto, ti lascio, o cara" - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 15. "Dovunque volgo, o misera, le ciglia" - Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 16. "Priva del caro sposo" - Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 17. "Pur ti riveggo alfin, diletto amante" - Hasnaa Bennani, Julia Lezhneva, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 18. "Serbami la tua fede" - Hasnaa Bennani, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 19. "O del mio caro ben voci gradite" - Julia Lezhneva, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 20. "Sorge dall'onde" - Julia Lezhneva, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 21. "Segeste, e come soffre la tua Germania la vittoria nostra?" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 22. "Scoglio alpestre in mezzo all'onde" - Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus

Disc: 3
1. "Giungi a tempo, Rosmonda...Eccomi un'altra volta a te davante" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 2. "Temi lo sdegno mio, perfido traditore" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 3. "Fido Segeste" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Julia Lezhneva, Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 4. "Dite, che far degg'io?" - Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 5. "Già l'affetto di sposa" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Julia Lezhneva, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 6. "Per un momento ancora" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 7. "Qual tristo evento mai" - Hasnaa Bennani, Julia Lezhneva, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 8. "Se possono i tuoi rai vedermi ognor penar" - Julia Lezhneva, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 9. "Quanto esser cauto deve un infelice amante" - Hasnaa Bennani, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 10. "Serbare amore e fede" - Hasnaa Bennani, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 11. "Nemica del valor barbara sorte!" - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 12. "All'aura fosca e grave" - Dilyara Idrisova, Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 13. "Empi" - Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 14. "Ecco ch'è giunto al fine il momento fatal della tua morte" - Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 15. "Se viver non poss'io" - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Dilyara Idrisova, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 16. "Ecco il bosco funesto" - Julia Lezhneva, Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 17. "Saggio è il cultor" - Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 18. "Vieni superbo e mira la gran pompa terribile e funesta" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Dilyara Idrisova, Hasnaa Bennani, Julia Lezhneva, Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 19. "Vindice Dea" - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 20. "E ancor l'ultime voci" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Dilyara Idrisova, Hasnaa Bennani, Julia Lezhneva, Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus 21. "Sì verrà l'amico giorno" - Max Emanuel Cencic, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Dilyara Idrisova, Hasnaa Bennani, Julia Lezhneva, Juan Sancho, Capella Cracoviensis, Jan Tomasz Adamus

Max Emanuel Cencic (Germanico)
Julia Lezhneva (Ersinda)
Dilyara Idrisova (Rosmonda)
Mary-Ellen Nesi (Arminio)
Juan Sancho (Segeste)
Hasnaa Bennani (Cecina)
Capella Cracoviensis (orchestra)
Jan Tomasz Adamus (conductor)

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Title - 'Verdi'
Artist - Joseph Calleja

For those not in the know, Joseph Calleja, (born 22 January 1978) is a Maltese tenor. He began singing at the age of 16, having been discovered by tenor Brian Cefai and continued his studies with Paul Asciak.

At 19, he made his operatic debut as Macduff in Verdi's Macbeth at the Astra Theatre in Gozo and went on to become a prize winner at the Belvedere Hans Gabor Competition the same year.

In 1998, he won the Caruso Competition in Milan and was a prize winner in Plácido Domingo's Operalia International Opera Competition in 1999.

Calleja's first solo recital disc, Tenor Arias, was released in 2004 and he followed that up in 2005 with The Golden Voice. In 2011, his third solo album Joseph Calleja – The Maltese Tenor reached second overall position on the German charts and debuted at number one in the US Billboard Classical Traditional chart.

His 2011 DVD of La traviata from the Royal Opera House and co-starring Renée Fleming was nominated for a Grammy award.

His muse here for his latest album release, Verdi, just released via Decca Classics, is Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi. An Italian opera composer, Verdi was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron.

Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him. By his 30s, he had become one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.

1. Aida - Se quel guerrier io fossi!..Celeste Aida
2. Il Trovatore - Ah sì ben moi
3. Di quella pira
4. La forza del destino - La vita è inferno...Oh, tu che in seno agl'angeli
5. Invano Alvaro
6. Don Carlo - È lui! desso! L'infante!... Dio, che nell'alma infondere
7. Otello - Già nella notte densa
8. Oh! Mostruosa colpa!... Sì, per ciel marmoreo, giuro!
9. Dio! mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali
10. Niun mi tema

For this all-Verdi collection, Calleja collaborates with the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, conducted by Ramón Tebar, to explore the light and dark in Verdi’s heroic tenor roles from Otello, La Forza del Destino, Don Carlo, Il Trovatore, Aida. He is also joined by guests soprano Angela Gheorghiu and baritone Vittorio Vitelli.

Now two decades into a stellar international career, for my money Verdi (which has a run time of 63 minutes) is a quite brilliant new album, and one that clearly demonstrates Calleja's increasing versatility as a singer.

The shimmering vibrato, reminiscent of the great Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, is still there, but it is less pronounced than in Calleja's earlier works. His fine lyric tenor voice can also be compared favourably with such giants as John McCormack, Tito Schipa and Jussi Bjoerling, if I may be as humble to suggest.

In closing, Joseph Calleja's voice here on Verdi (or on anything he puts his musical mind to, in truth) is just wonderful. Full of clear diction, beautiful tone and deep feeling, it is always a pleasure to have Calleja alongside me - whether it be at home or in the car.

Joseph Calleja (tenor), Vittorio Vitelli (baritone), Angela Gheorghiu (soprano), Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Ramón Tebar.

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Title - 'Visions Of Prokofiev'
Artist - Lisa Batiashvili

For those not in the know, Lisa Batiashvili is a Georgian violinist who has resided in Germany and France since she was 12 years old and who has performed across Europe and the United States.

Born in Tbilisi where her father was a violinist and her mother was a pianist, she began learning violin with her father from age four. The family left Georgia in 1991 when she was 11 years old, and settled in Germany.

She later studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Mark Lubotsky, her teacher in Hamburg, had been a student of David Oistrakh, for whom Shostakovich wrote his violin concertos.

Already with 11 albums to her name, now Lisa Batiashvili brings forth the impressive, and highly challenging work, Visions Of Prokofiev.

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was a Soviet composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.

His works include such widely heard works as the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the suite Lieutenant Kijé, the ballet Romeo and Juliet – from which "Dance of the Knights" is taken – and Peter and the Wolf.

A Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet, op. 64
1. Allegro pesante
Arr. for solo violin and orchestra by Tamás Batiashvili

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major op. 19
2. Andantino
3. Scherzo. Vivacissimo
4. Moderato

Grand Waltz from Cinderella, op. 87
5. Allegro
Arr. for solo violin and orchestra by Tamás Batiashvili

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor op. 63
6. Allegro moderato
7. Andante assai – Allegretto
8. Allegro, ben marcato

Grand March from The Love for Three Oranges, op. 33
9. Tempo di Marcia
Arr. for solo violin and orchestra by Tamás Batiashvili

Just released via Deutsche Grammophon, and featuring the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, after the outstanding critical acclaim of her previous album, Tchaikovsky & Sibelius Violin Concertos with Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim, Batiashvili's rather masterful version (it simply has to be said) of Prokofiev's two violin concertos (in another first class musical partnership) is a joy to behold, from start to finish.

Inclusive of her rather unique talent to turn standard repertoire into something new, fresh, elegant and special, Visions Of Prokofiev immediately allows the listener to rediscover Prokofiev through her very own eyes, so to speak.

A superb and energetic rendition of Prokofiev's violin concertos is what you would hope for and is definitely what you get, as well as arrangements of other pieces, of course.

As for the overall sound, well, it's crystal clear and the enthusiasm and passion, combined with Batiashvili's obvious devotion to the work as a whole, is abounding here, truly.

The album itself features the core classic Prokofiev (violin concertos), as well as selected movements of his famous ballets with their very recognizable tunes (Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, The Love for Three Oranges), newly arranged for Solo Violin and Orchestra by Tamás Batiashvili, Lisa’s father.

CD Purchase Link

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Title - 'Handel Arias'
Artist - Franco Fagioli

For those not in the know, Franco Fagioli is an Argentinian operatic countertenor. Born in Argentina, Fagioli initially studied piano and then singing at the Superior Art Institute of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

He began his international career in 2003, when he won the Bertelsmann singing competition ‘Neue Stimmen’ in Gütersloh, Germany.

Franco Fagioli has since made regular appearances at opera houses in Buenos Aires, Karlsruhe, Bonn, Zurich, Essen and Genoa, at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. He has also been invited to perform at a number of festivals, including those in Halle, Ludwigsburg, Innsbruck and Froville.

He has worked with conductors like Rinaldo Alessandrini, Alan Curtis, Gabriel Garrido, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, José Manuel Quintana, Marc Minkowski, Riccardo Muti and Christophe Rousset.

His sixth solo works album (and his second album as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist) is entitled Handel Arias and has just been released via Deutsche Grammophon.

1. Agitato (04:24)
2. Frondi Tenere (00:47)
3. Ombra mai fu (03:24)
4. Crude Furie (03:55)
5. Cara Sposa (08:48)
6. Venti, Turbini (04:06)
7. Se Potessero (06:47)
8. Sento Brillar (06:45)
9. Pompe Vane (02:53)
10. Dove sei (06:19)
11. Se in fiorito (08:40)
12. Scherza Infida (11:13)
13. Dopo Notte (07:28)
14. Ch'io Parta (04:14)

Accompanied by the baroque ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro, this is the album Handel lovers have been waiting for: A handpicked selection of Handel opera arias that Franco Fagioli, one of the most outstanding countertenors in our days has chosen himself.

As for his muse here today, George Frideric Handel was a German, later British, Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well-known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos.

Handel received important training in Halle-upon-Saale and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712; he became a naturalised British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and by the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.

As one can instantly tell from just the opening compositions found here on this exquisite new Handel Arias release, Handel is unavoidably linked to Franco’s career and he defiantly brings a unique approach to the composer in this studio recording.

Indeed on Handel Arias, Fagioli performs twelve arias that explore the wide range of affetti musicali that are typical of Baroque operas in general and of Handel’s vocal music in particular.

“Handel is quite simply a must for every countertenor,” Franco himself has been quoted as saying. “Although I’d already sung many of his operas onstage, I hadn’t previously recorded the arias for an entire album.”

A rather stunning tribute to Handel from Fagioloi, Handel Arias is one of those albums that once in your player and coming through your speakers, you just never want to end. Luckily not a short recording either, the album is, for my money, one of Fagioli's best to date.

CD Purchase Link

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Title - Karl Böhm - The Operas: Complete DG Recordings
Artist - Karl Böhm

For those not in the know, Karl Böhm was an Austrian conductor.

Considered particularly gifted in his interpretations of Wagner and Mozart, he has been described by one critic as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century.

Karl Böhm - The Complete Opera & Vocal Recordings is an uber impressive, and long overdue 70 CD box-set (in a lift-off box featuring new liner notes by Richard Osborne), presenting Karl Böhm’s complete vocal recordings on Deutsche Grammophon.

Including studio productions as well as timeless live recordings from Vienna, Salzburg and Bayreuth, it also comes complete with additional spoken word recordings (in German) with Böhm detailing his relationships with Richard Strauss, Mozart and the Vienna Philharmonic.

This indepth, and fully resounding box-set also contain one full disc of recordings new to CD (English synopsis for CD 70, "A Life Retold" available online), along with the 1944 Ariadne auf Naxos (CDs 45-46) available digitally for the first time ever also.

Taking a look at this incredibly impressive 70 CD Box-Set (complete track listing below), we instantly discover that seven (7) CDs are devoted to non-operatic works. Agreed that most were already included in DG's two previous Big Böhm Boxes, but they still make up the full package very nicely here.

However, and with that said, the opera recordings that Böhm made for Decca and Philips are omitted (both companies + DG are owned by Universal). Decca had 1950's Mozart and Richard Strauss, plus a 1972 'Die Fledermaus' with the Vienna Philharmonic.

More importantly, Philips had the 1966-67 Wagner Ring from Bayreuth. It was actually recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, but not released (supposedly due to pressure from Herr von Karajan). Instead, it was eventually licensed to Philips.

At any rate, it’s good to see these recordings back into circulation again, especially since the majority of them have gone out of print. A glance at the track listing at the back of the box confirms Böhm as an Austro-Germanic repertoire specialist: the overwhelming majority of the pieces are from composers of that heritage, while the remaining non-Germanic pieces are by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky, whose symphonies were heavily influenced by the Austro-Germanic symphonic tradition.

Certainly these works were Böhm’s forte: Böhm’s gravely serious approach to music-making, often striving for directness and emphasizing musical structure and integrity at the expense of surface beauty and thrills, suited the music he chose to conduct to the hilt.

And of course he had some of the greatest orchestras in the Austro-Germanic repertoire at his disposal: most of these pieces were recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic, with the Tchaikovsky delegated to the London Symphony Orchestra and the Schubert 9th and some Beethoven overtures to the Staatskapelle Dresden.

A final word on the presentation: these 70 discs are housed in a sturdy, glossy box with a lift-off lid. Sadly no sign of DG’s old-school yellow banner swathing its way around and across it, but that's ok. Also, the cardboard sleeves of the 70 discs are unique to each of the operas whereas the booklet is simply awash of photos of Böhm; mostly unsmiling, but that's just how he was.

Disc: 1
1. Overture 2. "Jetzt, Schätzchen, jetzt sind wir allein" 3. "Der arme Jaquino! Ich war ihm sonst recht gut" 4. "O wär ich schon mit dir vereint" 5. "Marzelline, ist Fidelio noch nicht zurück?" 6. "Mir ist so wunderbar" 7. "Höre, Fidelio" 8. "Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben" 9. "Ihr könnt das leicht sagen, Meister Rocco" 10. "Gut Söhnchen, gut" 11. Marsch 12. "Drei Schildwachen auf den Wall" 13. "Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!" 14. "Hauptmann! Besteigen Sie mit einem Trompeter..." 15. "Jetzt, Alter, jetzt hat es Eile!" 16. "Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?" 17. Aber Marzelline! Früher, da war ich der gute 18. "O welche Lust, in freier Luft den Atem leicht zu heben!" 19. "Nun sprecht, wie .."-"Ach Vater, eilt"-"Verwegner .." 20. "Leb wohl, du warmes Sonnenlicht"

Disc: 2
1. "Gott! Welch Dunkel hier! - In des Lebens Frühlingstagen" 2. "Wie kalt ist es in diesem unterirdischen Gewölbe" 3. "Er erwacht" 4. "Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten" 5. "Alles ist bereit" 6. "Er sterbe! Doch er soll erst wissen" - "Vater Rocco! Der Herr Minister ist angekommen" - "Es schlägt der Rache Stunde" 7. "Meine Leonore, was hast du für mich getan" 8. "O namenlose Freude" 9. Ouvertüre "Leonore III" op. 72a 10. "Heil sei dem Tag"

Disc: 3
1. Kyrie eleison 2. Christe eleison 3. Kyrie eleison 4. Gloria in excelsis Deo 5. Qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis 6. Quoniam tu solus 7. In gloria Dei Patris, Amen 8. "Amen, Amen, in gloria Dei Patris" / "Quoniam tu solus..." 9. Credo in unum Deum 10. Et incarnatus est 11. Et ascendit in coelom 12. Et vitam venturi saeculi 13. Amen, et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen 14. Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus, Deus Sabaoth 15. Pleni sunt coeli et terra 16. Praeludium 17. Benedictus, qui venit in nomine Domini 18. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi 19. Dona nobis pacem 20. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi

Disc: 4
1. Kyrie 2. Gloria 3. Credo

Disc: 5
1. Sanctus: Praeludium 2. Agnus Dei

Disc: 6
1. "Langsam, Wozzeck, langsam!" 2. Verwandlung. Orchester-Nachspiel 3. "Du, der Platz ist verflucht!" 4. Verwandlung. Orchester-Nachspiel und beginnende Militärmusik 5. "Tschin Bum...! Hörst Bub? Da kommen sie!" 6. Verwandlung. Orchester-Überleitung 7. "Was erleb' ich, Wozzeck?" 8. Verwandlung. Orchester-Einleitung 9. "Geh einmal vor Dich hin..." 10. Orchester-Einleitung - "Was die Steine glänzen!" 11. Verwandlung 12. "Wohin so eilig, geehrtester Herr Sargnagel?" 13. Verwandlung - Überleitende Takte und Kammerorchester- Einleitung - "Guten Tag, Franz" / "Ich seh' nichts" 14. Verwandlung -Überleitende Takte und Orchester-Vorspiel 15. "Ich hab' ein Hemdlein an, das ist nicht mein..." 16. Verwandlung - Orchester-Nachspiel (Walzer) 17. "Oh! oh! Andres! Ich kann nicht schlafen" 18. Und ist kein Betrug in seinem Munde erfunden worden 19. Verwandlung - Orchester-Nachspiel 20. Dort links geht's in die Stadt

Disc: 7
1. Verwandlung - Orchester-Überleitung 2. Tanzt Alle; tanzt nur zu...! 3. Verwandlung - Orchester-Nachspiel 4. Verwandlung - Orchester-Epilog: Invention über eine Tonart (D minor) 5. Verwandlung - Orchester-Epilog: Invention über eine Tonart (D minor) 6. Hereinspaziert in die Menagerie 7. "Darf ich eintreten?" / "Mein Sohn!" 8. Introduktion "Gnädige Frau..." / Canon "Sie bekommen mich noch lange nicht" / Coda "Wie ist dir?" 9. Melodram "Machen Sie auf!"/Canzonetta "Auf einmal springt er auf" /Recit.:"Noch nicht wieder zur Besinnung gekommen?"/Duett: "Kannst du die Wahrheit.." 10. Arioso "Ich möchte tauschen mit dir, Toter!" /Inter- ludium und Trio: Canon "Wollen Sie mir zuhaken" 11. Verwandlungsmusik 12. "Eva?" / "Befehlen?" / Duettino "Ich finde, du siehst heute reizend aus" / 1. Kammermusik 13. "Den hab' ich mir auch ganz anders vorgestellt" 14. "Was tut denn Ihr Vater da?" Sonate "Wenn ich ihr Mann wäre" 15. Monoritmica "Nun?" / "Du hast eine halbe Million geheiratet" 16. Verwandlungsmusik 17. Verwandlungsmusik

Disc: 8
1. Sie glauben nicht 2. Gott sei Dank, dass wir endlich zuhause sind 3. "Die Matinée wird, wie ich mir denke" 4. Introduktion "Wo ist der denn hin?"/ "Du Kreatur, die mich durch den Straßenkot zum Martertode schleift!" 5. Lied der Lulu "Wenn sich die Menschen um meinetwillen umgebracht haben" 6. Nieder, Mörderin, in die Knie! 7. Arietta "Du kannst mich nicht dem Gericht ausliefern!" 8. Filmmusik 9. "Er lässt auf sich warten" 10. Sie wollten der verrückten Rakete noch Geld geben 11. Melodram "Hü, kleine Lulu" 12. "O Freiheit! Herrgott im Himmel!" / Hymne "Durch dieses Kleid empfinde ich deinen Wuchs" 13. Variationen (Lulu-Suite 14. Adagio (Lulu-Suite)

Disc: 9
1. Presto omai l'Egizia terra 2. "V'adoro, pupille" 3. "Tu la mia stella sei" 4. Va tacito e nascosto 5. "Che sento? Oh Dio!" 6. Se pietà di me non senti 7. Dall'ondoso periglio 8. Quel torrente, che cade dal monte 9. "Piangerò la sorte mia" 10. Non è si vago e bello il fior nel prato 11. Caro! Bella! Più amabile beltà

Disc: 10
1. No.1 Einleitung/Rez.: "Seht wie der strenge Winter..." 2. No.2 Chor: "Komm, holder Lenz!" 3. No.3 Rez.: "Vom Widder strahlet jetzt" 4. No.4 Arie: "Schon eilet..." 5. No.5 Rez.: "Der Landman hat sein Werk vollbracht" 6. No.6 Terzett und chor: "Sei nun gnädig..." 7. No.7 Rez.: "Erhört ist unser Flehn" 8. No.8a Freudenlied: "O wie lieblich ist..." 9. No.8b Chor: "Ewiger, mächtiger, gütiger Gott" 10. No.9 Einleitung/Rez.: "In grauen Schleier" 11. No.10 Arie/Rez.: "Der munt're Hirt" 12. No.11 Terzett und Chor: "Sie steigt herauf" 13. No.12a Rez.: "Nun regt und bewegt" 14. No.12b Rez.: "Die Mittagsonne" 15. No.13 Kavatine: "Dem Druck erlieget" 16. No.14 Rez.: "Willkommen jetzt" 17. No.15 Arie: "Welche Labung" 18. No.16 Rez.: "O seht!" 19. No.17 Chor: "Ach, das Ungewitter" 20. No.18 Terzett und chor: "Die düstren Wolken"

Disc: 11
1. No.19a Einleitung/Rez.: "Was durch seine Blüte" 2. No.19b Rez.: "Den reichen Vorrat" 3. No.20 Terzett mit Chor: "So lohnet die Natur" 4. No.21 Rez.: "Seht, wie zum Haselbusche" 5. No.22 Duett: "Ihr schönen aus der Stadt" 7. No.24 Arie: "Seht auf die breiten Wiesen hin!" 8. No.25 Rez.: "Hier treibt ein dichter Kreis" 9. No.26 Chor des Landvolks und der Jäger: "Hört, hört" 10. No.27 Rez.: "Am Rebenstocke" 11. No.28 Chor: "Juchhe! Juchhe!" 12. No.29a Einleitung 13. No.29b Rez.: "Nun senket sich" 14. No.30 Kavatine: "Licht und Leben sind geschwächet" 15. No.31 Rez.: "Gefesselt steht der breite See" 16. No.32 Arie: "Hier steht der Wand'rer nun" 17. No.33 Rez.: "So wie er naht" 18. No.34 Lied mit Chor: "Knurre, schnurre, knurre" 19. No.35 Rez.: "Abgesponnen ist der Flachs" 20. No.36 Lied mit Chor: "Ein Mädchen, das auf Ehre hielt" 21. No.37 Rez.: "Vom dürren Osten dringt" 22. No.38 Arie/Rez.: "Erblicke hier, betörter Mensch" 23. No.39 Terzett und Doppelchor: "Dann bricht der grosse Morgen an"

Disc: 12
1. Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'n 2. Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen 3. Wenn dein Mütterlein 4. Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen 5. In diesem Wetter 6. Um Mitternacht 7. Ich atmet' einen linden Duft 8. Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder 9. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen 10. Rhapsody For Alto, Chorus, And Orchestra, Op.53

Disc: 13
1. Ouverture 2. "Quando avran fine omai" 3. "Padre, germani, addio!" 4. "Radunate i Troiani" 5. "Non ho colpa" 6. "Ecco il misero resto de' Troiani" 7. "Godiam la pace" 8. "Prence, signor, tutta la Grecia oltraggi" 9. "Estinto è Idomeneo?" 10. "Tutte nel cor vi sento" 11. "Pietà! Numi, pietà!" 12. "Eccoci salvi alfin" 13. "Vedrommi intorno" 14. "Cieli! che veggo?" 15. "Il padre adorato" 16. Intermezzo: Marcia 17. "Nettuno s'onori"

Disc: 14
1. Siam soli; odimi Arbace 2. Non più. Tutto acoltai 3. Non Temer, amato bene 4. "Se mai pomposo apparse" 5. "Se il padre perdei" 6. "Qual mi conturba i sensi" 7. "Fuor del mar" 8. "Chi mai del mio provò" 9. "Idol mio, se ritroso" 10. "Odo da lunge armonioso suono" 11. "Sidonie sponde!" 12. Placido è il mar...Vattene prence 13. "Pria di partir, oh Dio!" 14. "Qual nuovo terrore! 15. "Eccoti in me, barbaro Nume!" 16. "Corriamo, fuggiamo"

Disc: 15
1. "Solitudini amiche" 2. "Zeffiretti lusinghieri" 3. "Principessa, a' tuoi sguardi" 4. Spiegarti non poss'io 5. "Cieli! che vedo?" 6. "Deh resta, o cara" 7. "Sire, alla reggia tua" - 8. "Sventurata Sidon!" 9. "Se colà ne' fati è scritto" 10. "Volgi intorno lo sguardo" 11. "O voto tremendo" 12. Marcia 13. "Accogli, o rè del mar" 14. "Stupenda vittoria!" 15. Padre, mio caro padre!...Ferma, o Sire, che fai? 16. "Idomeneo cessi eser re" - "O ciel pietoso!" 17. "D'Oreste, d'Aiace" 18. "Popoli, a voi l'ultima legge" 19. "Scenda Amor, scenda Imeneo"

Disc: 16
1. Ouvertüre 2. "Hier soll ich dich denn sehen" 3. "Aber wie soll ich in den Palast kommen?" 4. "Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden" 5. Fort ist er 6. "Solche hergelaufne Laffen" - "Was bist du nur für ein Mensch!" - "Erst geköpft, dann gehangen" 7. Geh nur, verwünschter Kerl 8. "Konstanze, dich wiederzusehen" 9. Schnell, treten Sie beiseite 10. "Singt dem großen Bassa Lieder" 11. Nun Konstanze, immer noch traurig? 12. "Ach ich liebte, war so glücklich" 13. Weißt du, was du wagst? 14. "Marsch! Trollt euch fort!" 15. Oh, das Zanken, Befehlen und Murren 16. "Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln" 17. Zärtlichkeit! Schmeicheln! 18. "Ich gehe, doch rate ich dir" 19. "Welcher Kummer herrscht in meiner Seele" 20. Mein bestes Fräulein 21. "Martern aller Arten"

Disc: 17
1. Pst, Blondchen, pst! 2. "Welche Wonne, welche Lust" 3. Nun schnell, liebstes Blondchen 4. "Frisch zum Kampfe" 5. Holla, hier geht es ja lustig zu 6. "Vivat Bacchus! Bacchus lebe!" 7. Wahrhaftig, das muß ich gestehen 8. "Wenn der Freude Tränen fließen" 9. "Ach Belmonte! Ach, mein Leben!" 10. Kommen Sie, bester Herr 11. "Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke" 12. "Alles liegt auf dem Ohr" 13. "In Mohrenland gefangen war" 14. Sehen sie nur, bester Herr 15. "Ha, wie will ich triumphieren" 16. Was gibt's Osmin? 17. "Welch ein Geschick.." "Ha, du solltest für mich sterben" 18. Herr, es ist aus 19. "Nie werd' ich deine Huld verkennen"

Disc: 18
1. Overture 2. "Cinque... dieci... venti..." 3. "Cosa stai misurando" 4. "Se a caso Madama la notte ti chiama" 5. "Or bene, ascolta, e taci" 6. Bravo, Signor padrone! (Figaro) 7. "Se vuol ballare, signor Contino" 8. "Ed aspettaste il giorno fissato a le sue nozze" 9. "La vendetta, oh, la vendetta" 10. "Tutto anchor no ho perso" 11. "Via resti servita, madama brillante" 12. Va'là, vecchia pedante (Susanna, Cherubino) 13. "Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio" 14. "Ah, son perduto!" 15. "Cosa sento! tosto andate" 16. "Basilio, in traccia tosto" 17. Giovani liete, fiori spargete (Coro) 18. Cos'è questa commedia? (Conte, Figaro, Susanna) 19. Giovani liete, fiori spargete (Coro) 20. "Evviva!" 21. "Non più andrai" 22. "Porgi amor" 23. Vieni, cara Susanna (Contessa, Susanna, Cherubino) 24. Quanto duolmi, Susanna (Contessa, Susanna, Cherubino) 25. "Voi che sapete" 26. "Bravo! che bella voce!" 27. "Venite... inginocchiatevi..."

Disc: 19
1. "Quante buffonerie!" - "Chi picchia alla mia porta?" (Contessa, Susanna, Cherubino / Contessa, Conte, Cherubino) 2. "Che novità!" 3. "Susanna, or via, sortite" 4. "Dunque, voi non aprite?" 5. "Aprite, presto, aprite" 6. Oh guarda il demonietto! (Susanna) 7. "Tutto è come io lasciai" 8. "Esci, ormai, garzon malnato" - "Susanna!... Signore!" 9. Signore, cos'è quel stupore? (Susanna, Conte, Contessa) 10. Susanna, son morta (Contessa, Susanna, Conte) 11. Signori di fuori son già i suonatori (Figaro, Conte, Susanna, Contessa) 12. Conoscete, signor Figaro (Conte, Figaro, Susanna, Contessa) 13. "Ah! signore" ... "Cosa è stato?" (Antonio, Conte, Susanna, Contessa, Figaro) 14. Vostre dunque saran queste carte (Antonio, Conte, Figaro, Susanna, Contessa) 15. "Voi signor, che giusto siete" 16. "Che imbarazzo è mai questo" - "Via, fatti core" 17. "Crudel! perchè finora" 18. "E perchè fosti meco" 19. "Hai già vinta la causa!" 20. "Vedro mentr'io sospiro" 21. "E decisa la lite" 22. "Riconosci in questo amplesso" 23. "Eccovi, o caro amico" 24. "Andiamo, andiam, bel paggio" 25. "E Susanna non vien!" 26. "Dove sono i bei momenti" 27. "Io vi dico, signor" - "Cosa mi narri!" 28. "Sull'aria ... Che soave zeffiretto" 29. "Piegato è il foglio..." 30. "Ricevete, o padroncina" 31. "Queste sono, Madama" 32. Ecco la marcia ... andiamo 33. Amanti costanti, seguaci d'onor (Due donne, Coro) 34. Eh già, solita usanza (Conte, Figaro) 35. Andate, amici (Conte, Coro)

Disc: 20
1. "L'ho perduta... me meschina!" 2. "Barbarina, cos'hai?" - "Madre... Figlio." 3. "Il capro e la capretta" 4. "Nel padiglione a manca" - "E Barbarina.. chi va là?"- "Ha i diavoli nel corpo" (Barbarina / Figaro,Basilio, Bartolo / Basilio, Bartolo) 5. "In quegli anni in cui val poco" 6. "Tutto è disposto" 7. "Aprite un po' quegli occhi" 8. "Signora, ella mi disse" - "Madama voi tremate" (Susanna, Marcellina / Susanna, Figaro, Contessa) 9. "Giunse alfin il momento" 10. "Deh vieni, non tardar" 11. "Perfida! e in quella forma meco mentia?" 12. "Pian pianin le andrò più presso" 13. Ecco qui la mia Susanna (Conte, Susanna, Figaro, Cherubino, Contessa) 14. Tutto è tranquillo e placido (Figaro, Susanna) 15. Pace, pace, mio dolce tesoro 16. "Gente, gente, all'armi"

Disc: 21
1. Overture 2. "Notte e giorno faticar" 3. "Leporello, ove sei?" 4. "Ah! del padre in periglio" 5. "Ma qual mai s'offre, oh Dei" 6. "Fuggi, crudele, fuggi!" 7. "Orsù, spicciati presto" 8. "Ah! chi mi dice mai" 9. "Chi è là?" 10. "Madamina, il catalogo è questo" 11. "In questa forma dunque" 12. "Giovinette, che fate all'amore" 13. "Manco male, è partita" 14. "Ho capito, signor sì!" 15. "Alfin siam liberati" 16. "Là ci darem la mano" 17. "Fermati, scellerato!" 18. "Ah, fuggi il traditor" 19. Mi par ch'oggi il demonio si diverta (Don Giovanni, Don Ottavio, Donna Anna / Donna Elvira) 20. "Non ti fidar, o misera" 21. "Povera sventurata!" 22. "Don Ottavio... son morta!" 23. "Or sai chi l'onore" 24. "Come mai creder deggio" 25. "Dalla sua pace"

Disc: 22
1. "Io deggio ad ogni patto" 2. "Fin ch'han dal vino" 3. "Masetto... senti un po'..." 4. "Batti, batti, o bel Masetto" 5. "Guarda un po' come seppe questa strega" 6. "Presto, presto... pria ch'ei venga" 7. "Tra quest'arbori celata" 8. "Bisogna aver corragio" 9. "Riposate, vezzose ragazze" 10. "Eh via, buffone, non mi seccar" 11. "Leporello!" 12. "Ah! taci, ingiusto core" 13. "Amico, che ti par?" 14. "Deh! vieni alla finestra" 15. "V'è gente alla finestra" 16. "Non ci stanchiamo" 17. "Metà di voi qua vadano" 18. "Zitto... Lascia ch'io senta... Ottimamente" 19. Ahi, ahi! La testa mia! 20. "Vedrai, carino" 21. "Di molte faci il lume" 22. "Sola, sola in buio loco"

Disc: 23
1. "Dunque quello sei tu" 2. "Ah! pietà, signori miei!" 3. "Ferma, perfido; ferma" 4. "Il mio tesoro intanto" 5. "In quali eccessi" (K. 540c, Recitative) 6. "Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata" (K. 540c, Aria) 7. "Ah! ah! ah! questa è buona!" 8. "O statua gentilissima" 9. "Calmatevi, idol mio" 10. "Crudele? Ah no! mio bene!" 11. "Non mi dir, bell'idol mio" 12. "Ah, si segua il suo passo" 13. "Già la mensa è preparata" 14. "L'ultima prova" 15. "Don Giovanni, a cenar teco m'invitasti" 16. "Ah! dov'è il perfido?"

Disc: 24
1. Overture 2. "Notte e giorno faticar" 3. "Leporello, ove sei?" 4. "Ah! del padre in periglio" 5. Ma qual mai s'offre, o Dei 6. "Fuggi, crudele, fuggi!" 7. "Orsù, spicciati presto" 8. "Ah! chi mi dice mai" - "Udisti? qualche bella" 9. "Chi è là?" 10. "Madamina, il catalogo è questo" 11. "Giovinette, che fate all'amore" 12. "Manco male, è partita" 13. "Ho capito, signor sì!" 14. "Alfin siam liberati" 15. "Là ci darem la mano" 16. "Fermati, scellerato!" 17. "Ah, fuggi il traditor" 18. "Mi par ch'oggi il demonio si diverta" 19. "Non ti fidar, o misera" 20. "Povera sventurata!" 21. "Don Ottavio... son morta!" 22. "Or sai chi l'onore" 23. "Dalla sua pace" 24. "Io deggio ad ogni patto" 25. "Fin ch'han dal vino"

Disc: 25
1. "Masetto... senti un po'..." 2. "Batti, batti, o bel Masetto" 3. "Guarda un po' come seppe questa strega" 4. "Presto, presto... pria ch'ei venga" 5. "Tra quest'arbori celata" 6. "Bisogna aver corragio" 7. "Riposate, vezzose ragazze" 8. "Eh via, buffone, non mi seccar" 9. "Leporello!" 10. "Ah! taci, ingiusto core" 11. "Amico, che ti par?" 12. "Deh! vieni alla finestra" 13. "V'è gente alla finestra" 14. "Metà di voi qua vadano" 15. "Zitto... Lascia ch'io senta... Ottimamente" - 16. Ahi, ahi! La testa mia! 17. "Vedrai, carino" 18. "Di molte faci il lume" 19. "Sola, sola in buio loco"

Disc: 26
1. "Dunque quello sei tu" 2. "Ah! pietà, signori miei!" 3. "Ferma, perfido; ferma" 4. "Il mio tesoro intanto" 5. "In quali eccessi, o numi" 6. "Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata" 7. "Ah! ah! ah! questa è buona!" 8. "O statua gentilissima" 9. "Calmatevi, idol mio" 10. "Crudele? Ah no! mio bene!" 11. "Non mi dir, bell'idol mio" 12. "Già la mensa è preparata" 13. "L'ultima prova" 14. "Don Giovanni, a cenar teco m'invitasti" 15. "Ah! dov'è il perfido?"

Disc: 27
1. Ouverture 2. "La mia Dorabella" 3. E la fede delle femminine 4. "Scioccherie di poeti" 5. "Ah, guarda, sorella" 6. "Vorrei dir, e cor non ho" - "Stelle! Per carità, signor Alfonso" 7. "Sento, o Dio, che questo piede"-"O cielo! Questo è il tamburo funesto" 8. "Bella vita militar!" 9. "Non v'è più tempo, amici"-"Di scrivermi ogni giorno"- "Dove son?"-"Son partiti" 10. "Soave sia il vento" 11. "Non son cattivo comico" 12. Che vita maledetta (Despina, Fiordiligi, Dorabella) 13. "Ah, scostati!" 14. "Smanie implacabili che m'agitate"-"Signora Dorabella" - 15. "In uomini, in soldati" 16. "Alla bella Despinetta" 17. "Che sussurro! Che strepito!" 18. "Come scoglio immoto resta" 19. "Non siate ritrosi" 20. "E voi ridete?" 21. "Un'aura amorosa" 22. "Ah, che tutta in un momento" 23. "Si mora, sì, si mora" 24. "Eccovi il medico"

Disc: 28
1. Come si muovono 2. "Andate là, che siete due bizzarre ragazze" 3. "Una donna a quindici anni" 4. "Prenderò quel brunettino" 5. Secondate, aurette amiche...Cos'è tal serenata 6. "La mano a me date" - "Oh che bella giornata!" 7. "Il core vi dono" 8. "Barbara! Perché fuggi?" 9. "Ei parte... senti... ah no!" 10. "Per pietà, ben mio, perdona" 11. "Amico, abbiamo vinto!" 12. "Donne mie, la fate a tanti" 13. "Ora vedo che siete" 14. "Come tutto congiura" 15. "Fra gli amplessi in pochi istanti"-"Ah, poveretto me, cosa ho veduto!"-"Vittoria, padroncini!" 16. "Tutti accusan le donne" 17. "Fate presto, o cari amici" 18. "Benedetti i doppi coniugi" 19. "Miei signori, tutto è fatto" 20. Richiamati da regio contordine

Disc: 29
1. Overture 2. "Zu Hilfe! Zu Hilfe!" - Dialog "Wo bin ich?" 3. Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja...He da! 4. Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön...Rüste dich mit Mut 5. O zittre nicht...Ist's auch denn Wirklichlkeit 6. Hm! hm! hm! hm! (Papageno, Tamino, Die drei Damen) 7. Du feines Täubchen, nur herein!...Bin ich nicht ein Narr 8. Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen (Pamina, Papageno) 9. "Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn" 10. "Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton" 11. Schnelle Füße, rascher Mut (Pamina, Papageno, Monostatos, Chor) 12. Es lebe Sarastro! Sarastro lebe! (Chor, Pamina, Sarastro, Papageno, Monostatos, Tamino)

Disc: 30
1. Marsch der Priester...Ihr eingeweihten Diener 2. "O Isis und Osiris" - Dialog:"Eine schreckliche Nacht" 3. "Bewahret euch vor Weibertücken" - Dialog "He, Lichter her!" 4. "Wie? Wie? Wie?..." - Dialog:"Tamino! Dein standhaft männliches Betragen hat gesiegt" 5. Alles fühlt der Liebe Freuden...Zurück! 6. Der Hölle Rache...Morden soll ich? 7. In diesen heil'gen Hallen...Tamino! - Pst! 8. Seid uns zum zweitenmal willkommen...Tamino, woollen 9. Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden (Pamina) 10. O Isis und Osiris...Prinz, dein Betragen 11. Soll ich dich, Teurer...Tamino! Willst du mich den 12. Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen...Da bin ich schon

Disc: 31
1. Bald prangt, den Morgen zu verkünden (Die drei Knaben, Pamina) 2. "Der, welcher wandelt diese Straße voll Beschwerden" 3. Tamino mein, o welch ein Glück (Tamino, Pamina, die Geharnischten) - 4. "Papagena! Papagena!" 5. Nur stille, stille, stille, stille! 6. Die Strahlen der Sonne vertreiben die Nacht (Sarastro,Chor) 7. Ouvertüre 8. "Da schlägt die Abschiedsstunde" 9. "Bester Jüngling" 10. "Ich bin die erste Sängerin" 11. "Jeder Künstler strebt nach Ehre"

Disc: 32
1. Overture 2. "Ma che? sempre l'istesso" 3. "Come ti piace imponi" 4. "Amico, il passo affretta" 5. "Deh se piacer mi vuoi" - "Amico, ecco il momento" 6. "Deh prendi un dolce amplesso" 7. Marcia 8. "Serbate, oh Dei custodi" 9. "Te della patria il Padre" - "Basta, basta, oh miei fidi" 10. Marcia 11. "Adesso, oh Sesto, parla per me" 12. "Del più sublime soglio" 13. "Non ci pentiam" 14. "Ah perdona al primo affetto" 15. Che mi rechi in quel foglio? 16. "Ah, se fosse intorno al trono" 17. "Felice me!" - "Ancora mi schernisce?" 18. "Parto, ma tu ben mio" 19. "Vedrai, Tito, vedrai" 20. "Vengo... aspettate... Sesto!..." 21. "Oh Dei, che smania è questa" 22. "Deh conservate, oh Dei" - "Sesto!"

Disc: 33
1. "Sesto, come tu credi" 2. "Torna di Tito a lato" 3. "Partir deggio, o restar?" 4. "Se al volto mai ti senti" 5. "Ah grazie si rendano" 6. + tutto colà d'intorno 7. "Tardi s'avvede" 8. Annio, che rechi? 9. "Tu fosti tradito" 10. "Che orror! che tradimento!" - "Ingrato!" 11. "Quello di Tito è il volto!" 12. E pur mi fa pietà 13. "Deh per questo istante solo" 14. "Dove s'intese mai più contumace infedeltà?" - "Publio. - Cesare." 15. "Se all'impero" 16. Publio, ascolta! 17. "S'altro che lagrime" 18. "Ecco il punto, oh Vitellia" 19. "Non più di fiori" 20. "Che del ciel, che degli Dei" 21. Pria che principio 22. "Ma che giorno è mai questo?" 23. "Tu, è ver, m'assolvi, Augusto"

Disc: 34
1. 1. Introitus: Requiem/2. Kyrie 2. 3. Sequentia: Dies irae 3. 3. Sequentia: Tuba mirum 4. 3. Sequentia: Rex tremendae 5. 3. Sequentia: Recordare 6. 3. Sequentia: Confutatis 7. 3. Sequentia: Lacrimosa 8. 4. Offertorium: Domine Jesu 9. 4. Offertorium: Hostias 10. 5. Sanctus 11. 6. Benedictus 12. Agnus Dei/Lux aeterna

Disc: 35
1. "Wie schön ist die Prinzessin Salome heute Nacht!" 2. "Nach mir wird Einer kommen" 3. "Ich will nicht bleiben" 4. "Siehe, der Herr ist gekommen" 5. "Jauchze nicht, du Land Palästina" 6. Laßt den Propheten herauskommen 7. "Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher jetzt voll ist?" 8. "Er ist schrecklich" 9. "Wer ist dies Weib, das mich ansieht?" 10. "Jochanaan! Ich bin verliebt in deinen Leib" 11. Dein Leib ist grauenvoll 12. "Zurück, Tochter Sodoms!" 13. Niemals, Tochter Babylons, Tochter Sodoms...Niemals! 14. "Wird dir nicht bange, Tochter der Herodias?" 15. "Lass mich deinen Mund küssen, Jochanaan!" 16. "Du bist verflucht" 17. "Wo ist Salome?" 18. "Salome, komm, trink Wein mit mir" 19. "Siehe, die Zeit ist gekommen" 20. "Wahrhaftig, Herr, es wäre besser, ihn in unsre Hände zu geben!" 21. "Siehe, der Tah ist nahe" 22. O über dies geile Weib, die Tochter Babylons

Disc: 36
1. "Tanz für Mich, Salome" 2. Salome's Dance Of The Seven Veils 3. "Ah! Herrlich! Wundervoll, wundervoll!" 4. "Salome, ich beschwöre dich" 5. "Salome, bedenk, was du tun willst" 6. Gib mir den Kopf des Jochanaan! 7. "Es ist kein Laut zu vernehmen" 8. "Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund" 9. "Sie ist ein Ungeheuer, deine Tochter" 10. "Ah! Ich habe deinen Mund geküsst, Jochanaan"

Disc: 37
1. "Wo bleibt Elektra?" 2. "Allein! Weh, ganz allein." 3. "Elektra!" / "Ah, das Gesicht!" 4. "Ich kann nicht sitzen und ins Dunkel starren" 5. "Es geht ein Lärm los." 6. "Was willst du? Seht doch dort!" 7. "Ich will nichts hören!" 8. "Ich habe keine guten Nächte." 9. "Wenn das rechte Blutopfer unterm Beile fällt" 10. "Was bluten muß? Dein eigenes Genick"

Disc: 38
1. "Orest! Orest ist tot!" 2. Platz da! Wer lungert so vor einer Tür? 3. "Nun muß es hier von uns geschehn." 4. "Du! Du! Denn du bist stark! Wie stark du bist" 5. "Nun denn, allein!" 6. "Was willst du, fremder Mensch?" 7. Wer bist denn du? 8. Orest! Orest! Es rührt sich niemand! 9. "Du wirst es tun? Allein? Du armes Kind?" 10. "Seid ihr von Sinnen" 11. "Ich habe ihm das Beil nicht geben können!" 12. "He! Lichter!" 13. Helft! Mörder! 14. "Elektra! Schwester!" 15. "Ob ich nicht höre?" 16. Elektras Tanz 17. "Elektra!" / "Schweig, und tanze."

Disc: 39
1. Introduction 2. "Wie du warst!" 3. Der Feldmarschall sitzt im krowatischen Wald 4. "Selbstverständlich empfängt mich Ihro Gnaden" 5. Macht das einen lahmen Esel aus mir? 6. "I komm' glei" 7. "Di rigori armato il seno" - 8. "Mein lieber Hippolyte" 9. "Da geht er hin" 10. "Ach! Du bist wieder da!" 11. "Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding"

Disc: 40 1. Introduction 2. Ein ernster Tag, ein großer Tag! 3. "In dieser feierlichen Stunde" 4. "Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren" 5. "Ich kenn' Ihn schon recht wohl" 6. "Jetzt aber kommt mein Herr Zukünftiger" 7. Hab' nichts dawider 8. Mit Ihren Augen voll Tränen 9. "Herr Baron von Lerchenau!" 10. "Da lieg' ich!" 11. "Ohne mich, ohne mich, jeder Tag dir so bang"

Disc: 41
1. Introduction and Pantomime 2. "Hab'n Euer Gnaden noch weitre Befehle?" 3. "Nein, nein, nein, nein! I trink' kein Wein" 4. Wie die Stund' hingeht 5. "Halt! Keiner rührt sich!" 6. "Ihre hochfürstliche Gnaden, die Frau Fürstin Feldmarschall" 7. Ist halt vorbei 8. "Mein Gott, es war nicht mehr als eine Farce" 9. Heut oder morgen oder den übernächsten Tag 10. "Marie Theres'!" - "Hab mir's gelobt, Ihn lieb zu haben" 11. "Ist ein Traum, kann nicht wirklich sein"

Disc: 42
1. Introduction - "Wie du warst! Wie du bist!" 2. Er Katzenkopf, Er Unvorsichtiger! 3. "Selbstverständlich empfängt mich Ihro Gnaden" 4. "Hat Sie schon einmal mit einem Kavalier" 5. "I komm' glei..." - "Drei arme adelige Waisen" 6. "Di rigori armato il seno" 7. "Als Morgengabe" 8. "Da geht er hin" 9. "Ach! Du bist wieder da!" 10. "Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding"

Disc: 43
1. Introduction 2. "Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren" 3. "Ich kenn' Ihn schon recht wohl" 4. "Jetzt aber kommt mein Herr Zukünftiger" 5. "Wird Sie das Mannsbild da heiraten" 6. "Herr Baron von Lerchenau!" 7. "Da lieg' ich!"

Disc: 44
1. Introduction And Pantomime 2. "Hab'n Euer Gnaden noch weitre Befehle?" 3. "Die schöne Musi!" 4. Er ist es! Es ist mein Mann! 5. Bin glücklich über Massen 6. "Leopold, wir gehn!" 7. "Mein Gott, es war nicht mehr als eine Farce" 8. "Marie Theres'!" - "Hab mir's gelobt, Ihn lieb zu haben" 9. "Ist ein Traum, kann nicht wirklich sein"

Disc: 45
1. Mein Herr Haushofmeister! 2. Hier finden Euer Gnaden die Mamsell Zerbinetta 3. Hast ein Stückerl Notenpapier? 4. Ihnen allen habe ich eine plötzliche 5. Nein, Herr, so kommt es nicht 6. An Ihre Plätze, meine Damen und Herrn! 7. Sein wir wieder gut - Musik ist eine heilige Kunst

Disc: 46
1. Overture 2. Schläft sie? 3. Wo war ich? Tot? 4. Ein Schönes war: hiess Theseus 5. Ach, so versuchet doch ein kleines Lied 6. Es gibt ein Reich 7. Die Dame gibt mit trüben Sinn 8. Großmächtige Prinzessin 9. Hübsch gepredigt! Aber tauben Ohren! 10. Ein schönes Wunder! 11. Circe, kannst du mich hören? 12. Theseus! Nein, nein! 13. Gibt es kein Hinüber?

Disc: 47
1. "Mein Herr Haushofmeister!" 2. Hier finden Euer Gnaden die Mamsell Zerbinetta 3. Hast ein Stückerl Notenpapier? 4. Ist schon geschehn. Wir sind bereit 5. Nein, Herr, so kommt es nicht 6. "An Ihre Plätze, meine Damen und Herrn!" 7. "Sein wir wieder gut" - "Musik ist eine heilige Kunst" 8. Overture 9. "Schläft sie?" 10. Wo war ich? Tot? 11. Ein Schönes war: hiess Theseus 12. Ach, so versuchet doch ein kleines Lied 13. "Es gibt ein Reich" 14. "Die Dame gibt mit trüben Sinn" - "Wie sie sich schwingen"

Disc: 48
1. "Großmächtige Prinzessin" 2. "Hübsch gepredigt! Aber tauben Ohren!" - "Eine Stör- rische zu trösten" 3. "Ein schönes Wunder!" 4. "Circe, kannst du mich hören?" 5. Theseus! Nein, nein! 6. "Gibt es kein Hinüber?"

Disc: 49
1. Orchestral Introduction 2. "Mein Herr Haushofmeister!" 3. "Du allmächtiger Gott!" 4. "'Die ungetreue Zerbinetta und ihre vier Liebhaber':"' 5. "Ein Augenblick ist wenig" 6. "Sein wir wieder gut" 7. Overture 8. "Schläft sie?" 9. Wo war ich? Tot? 10. "Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen, Zagen"

Disc: 50
1. "Es gibt ein Reich" 2. "Die Dame gibt mit trüben Sinn" - "Wie sie sich schwingen" 3. Großmächtige Prinzessin, wer verstünde nicht 4. Hübsch gepredigt aber tauben Ohren 5. Ein schönes Wunder! 6. Circe, Circe, kannst du mich hören? 7. Das waren Zauberworte!

Disc: 51
1. Licht über'm See 2. Amme, wachst du? 3. Ist mein Liebster dahin? 4. Wie soll ich denn nicht weinen? 5. Amme, um alles, wo find' ich dein Schatten 6. Erdenflug 7. Dieb! Da nimm!...Reiss ihn nach hinten...Zu hilfe" 8. Sie aus dem Hause 9. Dritthalb Jahr bin ich dein Weib 10. Was wollt' ich hier? 11. Ach, Herrin, süße Herrin! 12. Hat es dich blutige Tränen gekostet 13. Mutter, Mutter, laß uns nach Hause! 14. Trag' ich die Ware selber zum Markt...Ihr Gatten in

Disc: 52
1. Komm bald wieder nach Haus, mein Gebieter 2. Was ist nun deine Rede, du Prinzessin...O Tag des 3. Orchesterzwischenspiel 4. Falke, Falke, du Wiedergefundener 5. Es gibt derer, die haben immer Zeit 6. Schlange, was hab ich 7. Ein Handwerk verstehst du sicher nicht...Um Nahrung für mich gräme dich nicht! 8. Wer da? 9. Sieh - Amme - sieh 10. Wehe, mein Mann! 11. Es dunkelt, daß ich nicht sehe zur Arbeit 12. Es gibt derer 13. Das Weib ist ire

Disc: 53
1. Schweigt doch, ihr Stimmen! 2. Mir anvertraut 3. Auf, geh nach oben, Mann 4. Fort von hier! 5. Wehe, mein Kind 6. Sterben! Sterben 7. Vater, bist du's? 8. Weh mir! Erfüllt der Fluch! 9. Wenn das Herz aus Kristall 10. Trifft mich sein Lieben nicht 11. Nun will ich jubeln 12. Vater, dir drohet michts

Disc: 54
1. Die Karten fallen besser als das letzte Mal 2. Sie wollen alle Geld! 3. "Matteo!" - "Zdenko! Du! Bist du allein?" 4. Ich danke, Fräulein 5. Aber der Richtige, wenn's einen gibt für mich 6. Das ist der Schlitten vom Elemer 7. Was hast du denn? 8. Lasst uns allein, meine Töchter 9. Bin nicht in der Lage, länger zu warten! 10. Hab' ich geträumt? 11. Mein Elemer!

Disc: 55
1. Das ist ein Engel 2. Sie sehn nicht aus wie jemand 3. Sie wolln mich heiraten, sagt mein Vater 4. Und du wirst mein Gebieter sein 5. Der Ball begehrt nach seiner Königin 6. Sind Sie allein? 7. Und jetzt sag ich Adieu 8. Ein Feigling bin ich - 9. Einleitung

Disc: 56
1. Über seine Felder 2. Ich gratuliere Ihnen, Herr Leutnant 3. Pap! - Zdenka! Was für ein Aufzug! 4. Sie gibt mir keinen Blick, sie sagt nicht gute Nacht 5. Das war sehr gut, Mandryka

Disc: 57
1. Potpourri 2. Ei, die Ehre, die Ehre! 3. Da eine in deine Takelage 4. "Ah! Mein Stock!" - "Gnädiger Herr!" 5. O Gott, war das ein saurer Empfang! 6. Nicht an mich, Geliebter, denke 7. Sehr rechtschaffen gedacht, junger Herr 8. "Seid ihr bereit?" - Finale 9. Den Paraderock mit den versilberten Schnüren! 10. Euer Gnaden gehorsamster Diener! 11. Werte Damen, seid willkommen! 12. Sir Morosus wird Euch dankbar sein 13. So stumm, mein Kind

Disc: 58
1. Anhiero gestatte ich mir 2. Potz Deubel, so hat die alte Hur' 3. Nehmt's nicht so streng 4. Du bist so still 5. Was geht hier vor? 6. Du süssester Engel 7. Einleitung 8. Hier die Spiegel, die Konsolen 9. Sento un certo non so che 10. Seine illustre Lordschaft 11. Willst du wirklich mich nicht kennen? 12. Finale "Teurer Ohm! Nicht länger kann ich" 13. Alles Frohe, alles Schöne 14. Wie schön ist doch die Musik

Disc: 59
1. Orchestereinleitung - "Kleontes!" / "Adrast" 2. O bleib, geliebter Tag! 3. Leukippos, du? 4. "Daphne!" / "Mutter!" / "Wir warten dein" 5. Ei, so fliegt sie dahin 6. Seid ihr um mich, der Hirten alle? 7. Ich grüße dich, weiser, erfahrener Fischer 8. Was führt dich her im niedern Gewande?

Disc: 60
1. Dieser Kuß - dies Umarmen 2. Trinke, du Tochter! 3. Furchtbare Schmach dem Gotte! 4. Zu dir nun, Knabe! 5. Jeden heiligen Morgen 6. Unheilvolle Daphne! 7. Was erblicke ich? 8. Daphnes Verwandlung "Ich komme - ich komme" 9. Mondlichtmusik

Disc: 61
1. Introduction 2. Bezaubernd ist sie heute wieder 3. Bei sanfter Musik schläft sich's am besten 4. Der Strom der Tränen trug mich fort 5. Die Bühne ist fertig 6. Da ist sie! Ich eile, sie zu begrüssen 7. Ihr geht. Entließ schon die Macht 8. Ein schönes Gedicht! 9. Lassen Sie ihn bewähren 10. Meine Prosa verstummt 11. Hier ist er! 12. Wie schön sind die Worte, kaum mehr kenn' ich sie 13. Verraten hab' ich meine Gefühle 14. Diese Liebe, plötzlich geboren 15. Wir werden die Schokolade hier im Salon einnehmen 16. Welch' köstliche Begegnung 17. Wir kehren zurück in die Welt des Salons 18. 1. Tanz: Passepied - Was sagt ihr? 19. 2. Tanz: Gigue - Ich bin fest entschlossen 20. 3. Tanz: Gavotte 21. Fuge - Tanz und Musik stehn im Bann des Rhythmus 22. Eine Oper ist ein absurdes Ding

Disc: 62
1. "Bevor sein Leben erloschen" 2. Duett der italienischen Sänger 3. Das Hudigungsfestspiel, die grandiose 'azione teatrale' 4. Er ist heroisch und hochdramatisch 5. Hola! Ihr Streiter im Apoll! 6. La Roche, du bist groß! La Roche, du bist monumental! 7. Ihr hörtet die mahnende Stimme 8. Das ist mehr als eine Versöhnung 9. Wählt doch einen Vorwurf, der Konflikt schildert 10. Auf Wiedersehen, Flamand! 11. Das war ein schöner Lärm 12. Herr Direktor ... Wo kommen Sie her? 13. Mondschein-Musik 14. "Wo ist mein Bruder?" 15. "Kein andres, das mir so im Herzen loht" 16. "Ihre Liebe schlägt mir entgegen" 17. "Du Spiegelbild der verliebten Madeleine"

Disc: 63
1. Overture 2. 1. Introduktion. "Hojoje! Hojoje! Hallojo! Ho!" 3. "Kein Zweifel! Sieben Meilen fort!" 4. "Mit Gewitter und Sturm aus fernem Meer" 5. "Die Frist ist um" - "Ew'ge Vernichtung, nimm uns auf" (Holländer, Mannschaft des Holländers) 6. 3. Szene, Duett und Chor. "He! Holla! Steuermann" 7. "Durch Sturm und bösen Wind verschlagen" 8. "Südwind! Südwind!" 9. "Mit Gewitter und Sturm aus fernem Meer" 10. Introduction 11. 4. Szene, Lied und Ballade. "Summ und brumm, du gutes Rädchen" 12. "Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an 13. Hilf, Himmel! Senta! Senta! (Mädchen, Mary, Erik, Senta) 14. 5. Duett. "Bleib, Senta! Bleib nur einen Augenblick!" 15. "Mein Herz, voll Treue bis zum Sterben"

Disc: 64
1. Fühlst du den Schmerz (Senta, Erik) 2. "Auf hohem Felsen lag ich träumend" 3. 6. Finale. "Mein Kind, du siehst mich auf der Schwelle" 4. "Mögst du, mein Kind, den fremden Mann willkommen heißen" 5. "Wie aus der Ferne längst vergang'ner Zeiten" 6. "Wirst du des Vaters Wahl nicht schelten?" 7. "Verzeiht! Mein Volk hält draußen sich nicht mehr" 8. Entr'acte 9. 7. Szene und Chor. "Steuermann, laß die Wacht!" 10. "Johohoe! Johohoe! Hoe! Hoe!" 11. 8. Finale. "Was mußt ich hören" 12. "Willst jenen Tag du nicht dich mehr entsinnen" (Kavatine) 13. Verloren! Ach, verloren! 14. Erfahre das Geschick, vor dem ich dich bewahr' (Der Holländer, Erik, Senta, Daland, Mary, Chor)

Disc: 65
1. Prelude. Langsam und schmachtend 2. "Westwärts schweift der Blick" 3. "Frisch weht der Wind der Heimat zu" 4. "Weh, ach wehe! Dies zu dulden" 5. "Auf! Auf! Ihr Frauen!" 6. "Herr Tristan trete nah!" 7. "Tristan! - Isolde! Treuloser Holder!"

Disc: 66
1. Prelude 2. "Hörst du Sie noch?" 3. "Isolde! Geliebte! - Tristan! Geliebter!" 4. "O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe" 5. "Einsam wachend in der Nacht" 6. "Lausch, Geliebter!" 7. "Doch unsre Liebe, heißt sie nicht Tristan und - Isolde?" 8. "So starben wir" 9. "Rette dich, Tristan!" 10. "Tatest du's wirklich?" 11. "O König, das kann ich dir nicht sagen"

Disc: 67
1. Prelude 2. "Man hört einen Hirtenreigen" 3. "Kurwenal! He!" 4. "Hei nun! Wie du kamst?" 5. "Noch losch das Licht nicht aus" 6. "Noch ist kein Schiff zu sehn!" 7. "Bist du nun tot?" 8. "O diese Sonne!" 9. "Ich bin's, ich bin's" 10. "Kurwenal! Hör!" 11. "Mild und leise wie er lächelt" (Isoldes Liebestod)

Disc: 68
1. Già nella notte densa (Love Duet) 2. "Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund" 3. 1. "Meine sehr verehrten Damen und Herren ..." 4. 2. "Ich möchte nun einzelne Äußerungen ..." 5. 3. "Den schöpferischen Akt rationell zu erfassen ..." 6. 4. "Ein spezielles Problem ..." 7. 5. "Um das Bild vom schöpferischen Geist ..." 8. 6. "Nach dem Komponisten Strauss ..." 9. 7. "Eine besonders wichtige Frage in der Musik ..." 10. 8. "Nun möchte ich Ihnen, meine Damen und Herren ..." 11. 9. "Drei Jahre nach der von mancherlei Unheil 12. 10. "Sodann erinnere ich mich mit besonderer Freude ..." - 13. 11. "Folgen Sie mir jetzt, meine Damen und Herren ..." 14. 12. "Straussens Memorandum ..."

Disc: 69
1. Ansprache des Dirigenten an die Presse anlässlich der Gesamtaufnahme von Mozarts "Don Giovanni" in Prag 2. Ouverture 3. 1. "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart gilt meine große Liebe ..." 4. "Grazie di tanto onore" 5. 2. "Richard Strauss hasste als Dirigent jede überflüssige Bewegung ..." 6. "Ach Belmonte! Ach, mein Leben!" 7. 3. "Sicher ist hier und da der Einfluss Joseph Haydns zu spüren ..." 8. Die Strahlen der Sonne vertreiben die Nacht (Sarastro,Chor) 9. 4. "Über eines habe ich mir bei der Mozart-Interpretation noch nie Gedanken gemacht ..." 10. "Mora, mora" 11. 5. "Oder das Tempo der großen Susannen-Arie im letzten Akt ..." 12. "La mano a me date" 13. 6. "Das Bild von der Persönlichkeit Mozarts war von einer Generation ..." 14. "Don Giovanni, a cenar teco m'invitasti" 15. 7. "Nichts wäre abwegiger ..." 16. Karl Böhm spricht über seine Beziehung zu den Wiener Philharmonikern

Disc: 70
1. Early Years in Graz 2. First Conducting Experiences 3. Munich, Darmstadt and Alban Berg 4. Dresden, Richard Strauss and Mozart 5. Strauss as Conductor and Composer 6. Interlude in Vienna 7. Mozart's Genius 8. The Vienna State Opera Destroyed and Rebuilt

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Title - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 Pathétique
Artist - Tchaikovsky

For those not in the know, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (25 April/7 May 1840 – 25 October/6 November 1893), often anglicized as Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, was a Russian composer of the romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire.

He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, bolstered by his appearances as a guest conductor in Europe and the United States. Tchaikovsky was honored in 1884 by Emperor Alexander III, and awarded a lifetime pension.

Released this past February 2nd, 2018 on luxurious 3 vinyl LP's, Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 "Pathétique" is now, and quite easily, one of my favorite new vinyl releases in-house.

1. Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36
2. Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64
3. Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -"PathÉTique"

To my mind, there has never been a more legendary set of Tchaikovsky's last three symphonies than these 1960 interpretations.

Performed so magnificently by the great Yevgeny Mravinsky and "his orchestra" the Leningrad Philharmonic, viewing these recordings as anything less than spectacular, thrilling, or simply deeply moving, let alone definitive, is pure madness!

Mravinsky pushes the music and the orchestra to the absolute limit in every way, and by all rights, both the music and the playing should fall apart, but they don't.

Instead, what emerges is so revelatory, so shocking in its beauty, intensity, passion, and even wildness. There is a *truth* to these performances that makes you feel like this is exactly what Tchaikovsky intended to say, and wanted us to hear, that makes it difficult to imagine there is any other valid approach.

Mravinsky's performances here of the 4th and 5th are revelatory and spectacular. Yet best of all to my ears (if that's even imaginable) is the recording of the 6th. Mravinsky's performance of the 6th is not simply as good as the others, but even more so, it sets off shockwaves.

There is such an intensity to this 6th that it's impossible for me to listen to it and not be moved to tears, every single time. The pain is real and visceral, as are all the other emotions that Tchaikovsky conveys, including joy, sorrow, momentary triumph, and ultimate tragedy.

Again, and not just to my mind folks, but this is one of the greatest recorded legacies in all of classical music, and essential listening.

Anyone who loves Tchaikovsky and does not hear these performances is cheating themselves out of one of the greatest musical experience imaginable.

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Title - 'Mozart: Requiem' (Vinyl LP)
Artist - W. A. Mozart

For those not in the know, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era.

Born in Salzburg, Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty.

At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position.

He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his early death at the age of 35. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized.

He composed more than 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence is profound on subsequent Western art music. Ludwig van Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote: "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years".

Released this past February 2nd, 2018 on a luxurious vinyl LP, Mozart: Requiem is now playing (again) as I type this review, and I have to say I am loving it (all over again).

Side A:
1. 1. Introitus: Requiem/2. Kyrie
2. 3. Sequentia: Dies irae
3. 3. Sequentia: Tuba mirum
4. 3. Sequentia: Rex tremendae
5. 3. Sequentia: Recordare
6. 3. Sequentia: Confutatis
7. 3. Sequentia: Lacrimosa

Side B:
1. 4. Offertorium: Domine Jesu
2. 4. Offertorium: Hostias
3. 5. Sanctus
4. 6. Benedictus
5. Agnus Dei/Lux aeterna

I note above that I'm loving it all over again on vinyl, as perhaps serendipity accompanies youth more than it does old age, for when I was young I wandered into my university record shop looking for a Mozart Requiem, my first.

I was familiar with Karl Böhm's Die Walküre from Bayreuth and liked it and saw this vinyl set with stickers of awards it had received in Europe and I bought it. Such trust!

Well, it paid off. 50 years later it is still at the top of my Mozart Requiem pile, albeit superseded lately by Christian Thielemans's splendid recording from Munich. What I have loved about Böhm's recording of this masterpiece is his serenity, yes, serenity... Karl Böhm!

He has an unjustified reputation of being quick, heartless and dry in his recordings, stemming by and large from his fleet-footed and invigorating traversal of The Ring cycle at Bayreuth, a famous recording, still one of the top two in my estimation, along with Solti's, and his Tristan und Isolde from the same source.

His Mozart Requiem is rather slower than most and of a deep devotion rarely encountered in this piece. It's the darkest, most solemn and perhaps most moving of them all. The opening is deeply mournful and touching, not simply poignant and lovely, though it is those things as well.

The balance of the performance travels along those lines, never approaching the glibness of Rossini's Stabat Mater, which it often has in other conductor's hands, or the simply pretty and shallow. Mozart was sad when he composed this piece. Somehow I think he sensed his end being near and his usual bonhomie and roistering ways had come to a screeching halt in the face of ... Eternity.

Böhm has the great advantage, as well, with a quartet of the finest soloists possible for that day. Edith Mathis, Julia Hamari, Wielsaw Ochman and Karl Ridderbusch. Other recordings boast fine soloists as well, notably Peter Schreier's on Philips, with Margaret Price, Trudeliese Schmidt, Francisco Araiza and Theo Adam, perhaps the best all round team.

But Böhm's deeply probing yet subtle approach to this work is unique. There is none of Karajan's grand-standing or Bernstein's melodramatics here, both fine recordings (all THREE of Karajan's actually).

The Requiem is one of those pieces that should be represented by multiple recordings in any serious library. This is one of them, now lovingly brought back on vinyl, along with Thielemann and one of Karajan's and probably several others depending upon individual taste. (PM)

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Title - The Beautiful Voice (20th Anniversary Vinyl 2LP)
Artist - Renée Fleming

For those not in the know, Renée Fleming (born February 14, 1959) is an American opera singer and soprano whose repertoire encompasses Richard Strauss, Mozart, Handel, bel canto, lieder, French opera and chansons, jazz and even indie rock.

Fleming has a full lyric soprano voice and she has performed coloratura, lyric, and lighter spinto soprano operatic roles in Italian, German, French, Czech, and Russian, aside from her native English.

She also speaks fluent German and French, along with limited Italian. Her signature roles include Countess Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, the title role in Dvořák's Rusalka, the title role in Massenet's Manon, the title role in Massenet's Thaïs, the title role in Richard Strauss's Arabella, the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, and the Countess in Capriccio.

Released this past February 16th, 2018 on luxurious vinyl LP, The Beautiful Voice (20th Anniversary Vinyl 2LP) is now filling the air around me from the record player and it has brightened up this wintery day to no end.

LP 1:
1. "Depuis le jour"
2. No.14b Air des bijoux: "Ah! Je ris de me voir"
3. Je marche sur les chemins...Obéissons quand leur voix appelle)
4. 4. Songs My Mother Taught Me
5. Last Rose of Summer
6. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (Doretta's Dream Song)
7. Glück, das mir verblieb (Mariettalied)

LP 2:
1. "In trutina"
2. 4. Morgen
3. 14. Vocalise
4. Nr.10 Csárdás: "Klänge der Heimat"
5. Vilja-Lied
6. 9. Epilogo
7. 2. Bailero

Once again Renee Fleming presents glorious collaborations in a compelling performance. The overall conception is one of beauty and unequivocal direction of line.

Fleming begins with "Louise: Depuis le Jour." The spacious long phrases are profoundly evocative and the vocal timbre is crafted with glowing, long-breathed generosity.

My most cherished performance is "Songs My Mother Taught Me",(A favorite of Joan Sutherland's) from the Gypsy Melodies Op.55, No.4. It is delighting in sweet textural clarity and brimming over with an infectious sense of inner purpose.

Followed by "Martha: Last Rose of Summer," and "Doretta's Dream Song", Fleming sings with such a level of imagination which is rare enough, but once heard it never leaves you. "Carmina Burana: In Trutina", is absolutely angelic and sung with such radiant inwardness.

In "Morgen" Op. 27 No.4, Fleming sings with such a special resonance and is, as ever, superb in the quality of her tone, the clarity of diction and innate comprehension of lieder.

Fleming fills "The Merry Widow" with supple lyricism, elegance and singing at a pleasing lilt capturing its gentle energy. The overall performances culminate with "Chants D'Auvergene: Ballero".

Fleming's phrases are conveyed with both elegance and intensity. The pacing is eager but never hectic and the accompaniments are scrupulous in their sensitivity.

The nuanced dynamics are breathtaking and there is no denying the incandescence of the climaxes. In closing, and as I'm sure you fans of hers will already know, but whatever Renee Fleming sings, makes for a delightful encounter; and this wondrous, 20th Anniversary Vinyl 2LP release from Decca Classics is no exception.(RV)

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Title - Paddington 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Artist - Dario Marianelli

For those not in the know, Dario Marianelli (born June 21, 1963) is an Italian film composer, known for his frequent collaborations with director Joe Wright.

Marianelli was born in Pisa, Italy. He composed the soundtracks for The Brothers Grimm (2005), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), and Anna Karenina (2012); for the last three of these he received Oscar nominations for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score.

In 2008, Marianelli won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the score of Atonement.

Marianelli has collaborated with the director Joe Wright five times, on Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, The Soloist, Anna Karenina and Darkest Hour.

'Paddington 2' is a 2017 British-French-American live-action/CGI animated adventure comedy film directed by Paul King and starring Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant & Hugh Bonneville. Indeed, as one can guess, it is also a sequel to the 2014 film and it’s based on the Paddington Bear books created by Michael Bond.

With a delightful original motion soundtrack score having been created by Dario Marianelli, what's rather lovely about it is if you close your eyes whilst the tracks play, you can actually see cheeky Paddington at work / play / mischief.

1. Windsor Gardens
2. The Pop-Up Book
3. A Shave, Sir? A Light Pomade
4. Window Cleaning
5. Rub and Scrub
6. The Book Is Stolen
7. A Letter from Prison
8. It's Only One Red Sock
9. Madame Kozlova's Story
10. One Orange at a Time
11. An Unusually Attractive Nun
12. Marmalade Chefs
13. Love Thy Neighbour - Tobago and d'Lime
14. The Break-In
15. Jungle Jail
16. Escape Waltz
17. Lost and Found
18. Race to Paddington Station
19. The Steam Trains
20. Bullseye-Henry
21. Splash
22. Happy Birthday Aunt Lucy
23. Jumping the Line - Tobago and d'Lime

Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

The first film was composed by Nick Urata, this one by the aforementioned Dario Marianelli and what the latter has done here is lull you into Paddington's new world with a lovely cosy opening, before the music gets a tempo shift.

Chock full of a lot more light hearted moments and yeah, sure some drama pieces, all are still very quite upbeat and happy sounding, nonetheless. Inclusive of various genres and styles of key work, overall the score is very pleasing and should have Marianelli rightfully back for the third chapter, one assumes.

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Title - 'Human Music' (Vinyl)
Artist - Solomon Grey

For those not in the know, Solomon Grey is the band and incorporates composers Tom Kingston & Joe Wilson.

Joe Wilson and Tom Kingston don’t draw a line between the music they make as a band and the scores they compose for film and TV. Or if they do, it’s a faint one.

As Solomon Grey, the classically-trained long-time friends have a sensual, cinematic sound that is their calling card for both, a beguiling blend of synths and orchestration that can evoke any emotion, capture tiny moments in time and summon scenes both real and imagined.

Fresh from their latest big-budget, TV-screen success as composers of the soundtrack to BBC One’s 'The Last Post' - Peter Moffat’s lavish, six-part, 1960s-set drama - Solomon Grey are back being a band, but only their focus has shifted.

Human Music, their second album (and here for review as a glorious vinyl record), is as powerful and ambitious, as visual and visceral as their sought-after soundtrack work.

1. The Weight
2. Closed Door
3. Wonderful World
4. Gaslight
5. Elements
6. Inside Outside
7. Willow House
8. Clouds
10. The Game
11. In Love
12. Departed

Listening to Solomon Grey's music for the first time, you might think that given such tracks as both "The Weight" and "Elements" that Grey’s soundscapes are the noise an orchestra would make if it was led by the Slash!

But you would be wrong - kinda sorta. As we've since discovered, the album was actually made partly as a reaction to the passing of Wilson’s mother, and so the songs where singing is involved, incorporated, well, they are fittingly for the lyrical subject matter, both mournful and rather bleak at times also.

Captured through soundscapes of various degrees of raging electronica, the tracks on their sophomore album all speak for themselves. The layers to be found here in each and every song are amazing and it has to be said that there's not much else out there today that sounds quite like these guys and what they are doing.

Such a stand out track would be "Gaslight", which is a song that starts out with just a stoic moment or two of piano, before a thinly veiled vocal comes in. From there, and as it builds, it's musical backdrop coming to the fore more and more, just over halfway through and it's suddenly challenged for the spotlight by some pounding vocals - that then hanker on back to whispers.

With instrumental tracks their collective go to also, moments such as both "Clouds" and "Departed" are transcendent works of musical art, masterpieces even. Mined for as much worldly emptiness as possible, given the aforementioned subject matter, these electric soundwaves make Human Music one of my Top 10 albums of 2018 thus far.

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Title - For Ever More: Live at London Shepherd's Bush
Artist - The Mission

For those not in the know, The Mission (known as The Mission UK in the United States) are an English gothic rock band formed in 1986.

Initially known as The Sisterhood, the band was started by frontman Wayne Hussey and bassist Craig Adams (both from The Sisters of Mercy), soon adding drummer Mick Brown (Red Lorry Yellow Lorry) and guitarist Simon Hinkler (Artery and Pulp).

Aside from Hussey, the line-up has changed several times during the years and the band has been on hiatus twice.

Releasing on March 30th, 2018, via Cherry Red Records (UK), For Ever More: Live at London Shepherd's Bush is a historic musical account of The Mission spread over an incredible 5 CDs.

Between Wednesday 27th of February and Saturday 1st of March 2008, The Mission took to the stage on four consecutive nights to perform a memorable and momentous collection of gigs, performing live in their entirety – The First Chapter, God’s Own Medicine, Children and Carved In Sand, plus an unbelievable second show on their final night, performing The Mission’s hits and fan’s favorites.

The First Chapter, originally released in 1987 includes the singles ‘Serpents Kiss’ and ‘Garden of Delights’. Gods Own Medicine, originally released 1986 and reaching no.4 in the UK charts includes the singles ‘Stay With Me’, ‘Waste Land’ and ‘Severina’.

Children, originally released in 1988 and reaching no.2 in the UK charts includes the singles ‘Tower of Strength’ and ‘Beyond The Pale’. Carved In Sand, originally released in 1990 and reaching no.7 in the UK charts includes the singles ‘Butterfly On A Wheel’, ‘Deliverance’, ‘Into The Blue’ and ‘Amelia’.

For Ever More: Live at London Shepherd's Bush is fully endorsed by the band themselves, and containing full sleeve-notes from Metal Hammer and Classic Rock journalist, DJ and presenter Natasha Scharf.

Disc: 1 (The First Chapter - Wednesday 27th, February 2008)
1. Tomorrow Never Knows
2. Serpent's Kiss
3. Over the Hills and Far Away
4. Naked and Savage
5. Garden of Delight
6. Afterglow
7. Wishing Well
8. Wake (RSV)
9. The Crystal Ocean
10. Like a Hurricane
11. 1969
12. Dancing Barefoot
13. Beyond the Pale
14. Shelter from the Storm

Disc: 2 (God's Own Medicine - Thursday 28th, February 2008)
1. Wasteland
2. Bridges Burning
3. And the Dance Goes on
4. Grip of Disease
5. Dance on Glass
6. Stay with Me
7. Island in a Stream
8. Love Me to Death
9. Severina
10. Let Sleeping Dogs Die
11. Blood Brother
12. Deliverance
13. Garden of Delight
14. Evangeline
15. Sacrilege

Disc: 3 (Children - Friday 29th, February, 2008)
1. Beyond the Pale
2. A Wing and a Prayer
3. Fabienne
4. Divided We Fall
5. Heat
6. Heaven on Earth
7. Dream on
8. Like a Child Again
9. Child's Play
10. Hymn (For America)
11. Forevermore
12. Black Mountain Mist
13. Breathe
14. Kingdom Come
15. Tower of Strength

Disc: 4 (Carved In Sand - Saturday, 1st March, 2008)
1. Amelia
2. Hands Across the Ocean
3. Into the Blue
4. Paradise (Will Shine Like the Moon Tonight)
5. Butterfly on a Wheel
6. Sea of Love
7. Grapes of Wrath/Lovely
8. Bird of Passage
9. Belief
10. Hungry As the Hunter
11. Deliverance
12. Like a Child Again
13. Mr Pleasant
14. Serpent's Kiss
15. Wasteland

Disc: 5 (Bonus Disc - Saturday, 1st March, 2008)
1. Like a Hurricane
2. Over the Hills and Far Away
3. Bridges Burning
4. Dance on Glass
5. Stay with Me
6. Island in a Stream
7. Love Me to Death
8. Dream on
9. Fabienne
10. Severina
11. Wake (RSV)
12. Forevermore
13. 1969
14. Shelter from the Storm
15. Tower of Strength

The first live performance of The First Chapter is, at its heart, nothing short of a Goth rock opera of tracks. Gathering, as the album itself did, the material released on the first two EPs released through the Chapter 22 label, the highlights here for me are both "Over the Hills and Far Away" and the quite brilliant to hear live Neil Young belter, "Like a Hurricane".

Then comes what is, in my humble opinion, the best Mission album by a long shot in God's Own Medicine. One made of pure rock to hear these songs live is a pure unadulterated joy. Sure Wayne's voice is probably the weakest part of the Mission live at this juncture - it breaks when he screams in Blood Brother, and wavers in Garden of Delight - but he still manages to carry the songs.

Next up is the live version of another of their more solid albums, Children. The album, much like the live show, flows beautifully from the opener Beyond The Pale, to the closing Tower Of Strength. There is certainly bombast in these live recordings, but the ridiculous Led Zep rip-off "Black Mountain Mist" could've easily been left off both this set and the actual album.

For their more commercial stab at music, Carved In Sand, Wayne's live vocals are actually on the up here tonight. Maybe having warmed up to this performance by tackling all the other nights beforehand, there's a new a fluidity, a vulnerability, even a femininity, that infuses so much of the Mission's work during this set.

Done live, wow, "Butterfly on a Wheel" demonstrates so clearly more than the album version, where love both breaks and heals the wings. The flower crushed under the snow will rise again in the Spring. However, the irony of "Amelia", the opening cut, is of a more direct nature. "Daddy can love you more than Mummy can," screams Wayne in the guise of an incestuous father.

And it's those impassioned vocals, full of evil, pain, desire and guilt, all at the same time, and the strong beat, relentlessly belt out the irony of lust masquerading as paternal love, that embrace the Bonus Disc of live tracks also culled from their last night.

Infused with a feeling of flesh - sensual and suffering - there's actually something of Jesus in Wayne and these live performances from back in 2008. And while that one's sinking in, there's a lot of poetic irony in the man, which relates back to the rich tradition of ballads, poems, and laments, all laid bare on a bed of melodic rock songs within breathtaking symphonic arrangements.

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Title - 'Days of Future Passed Live' (2CD)
Artist - The Moody Blues

For those not in the know, although I would assume that figure isn't too high, The Moody Blues are an English rock band formed in Birmingham, England in 1964.

They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive rock.

The band became known internationally with singles including "Go Now", "Nights in White Satin", "Tuesday Afternoon", and "Question". They have been awarded 18 platinum and gold discs. The Moody Blues have sold 70 million albums worldwide.

Indeed, they will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

The aforementioned Moody Blues classic 1967 album Days Of Future Passed is regarded as one of the foundation stones of the progressive rock genre. It has even been described as a "landmark" and "one of the first successful concept albums" ever.

In 2017, the band headed out on the album's 50th Anniversary Tour including the wonderful show captured at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto accompanied by a full orchestra. Released now via Eagle Rock Records, Day of Future Passed Live is not only on double CD, but also in both Blu-ray and DVD formats.

CD 1:
Part One The Moody Blues In Concert
Introduction
1. I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
2. The Voice
3. Steppin' In A Slide Zone
4. Say It With Love
5. Nervous
6. Your Wildest Dreams
7. Isn't Life Strange
8. I Know You're Out There Somewhere
9. The Story In Your Eyes

CD 2:
Part Two Days Of Future Passed Live
10. The Day Begins
11. Morning Glory
12. Dawn (Prelude)
13. Dawn Is A Feeling
14. The Morning (Prelude)
15. Another Morning
16. Lunch Break (Prelude)
17. Peak Hour
18. Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
19. Evening (Time To Get Away)
20. The Sun Set (Prelude)
21. The Sun Set
22. Twilight (Prelude)
23. Twilight Time
24. Late Lament
25. Nights In White Satin
26. The Night (Finale)
Encore:
27. Question
28. Ride My See-Saw

The concert begins with the band by themselves performing a selection of classic Moody Blues tracks before they are joined by the orchestra to perform Days Of Future Passed in its entirety, plus a couple of fantastic encore tracks.

Featuring narration performed by Jeremy Irons and, on the Blu-ray and DVD versions of this wondrous release, atmospheric projections galore that, one and all, transport you back to the psychedelic era of their classic 1967 record, this new live show is as good as it gets now for all fans of The Moody Blues.

Including the iconic hits “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon”, among others, the show pays homage to the band’s five decades of musical influence and showcases their groundbreaking foray into progressive rock.

And aside from their noted hits segment of the show, this retelling of the entire Days of Future Passed is truly magnificent. The entire album's music featured psychedelic rock ballads, all brought forth from the mind of the great singer-songwriter and guitarist Justin Hayward, sure, but for me it was always the Mellotron (played by keyboardist Mike Pinder) that had be hooked. An influential work of the counterculture period, and one of the defining documents of the blossoming psychedelic era, along with being one of the most enduringly popular albums of its era, Days of Future Passed Live (2CD) is, without a shadow of a doubt, the definitive live version of this much loved album.

The Moody Blues: Justin Hayward (guitar, vocals); John Lodge (bass, vocals); Graeme Edge (drums, percussion).

With: Norda Mullen (flute, guitar, percussion, vocals); Julie Ragins (keyboards, percussion, guitar, saxophone, vocals); Alan Hewitt (keyboards, vocals); Billy Ashbaugh (drums, percussion); and Elliot Davis (musical director, conductor and co-arranger).

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Title - 'Sebastiana'
Artist - Richard Bacelar

For those not in the know, Brazilian composer and pianist Ricardo Bacelar first came to the music world's attention when he released his debut album In Natura in 2001.

An album with classical impression and manifestation, his sophomore effort, Concerto para Moviola (Concerto for Moviola), was a live album, recorded in 2015 during the Guaramiranga Jazz and Blues Festival at the Via Sul Theater, Fortalezea, Ceara, Brazil.

Just released this past March 30th, 2018 (via Bacelar Productions), Richard Bacelar now brings us his third album, and most ambitious yet, the beautiful, and stunningly creative Sebastiana.

1. 'A Volta da Asa Branca' (4:06)
2. 'Suco Verde' (4:13)
3. 'Nothing Will Be as It Was' (feat. Maye Osorio) (4:05)
4. 'River of Emotions' (0:45)
5. 'Menina Baiana' (4:21)
6. 'Somewhere in the Hills' (feat. Andrea Mangiamarchi) (3:57)
7. 'Partido Alto' (4:06)
8. 'Parts of Me' (0:41)
9. 'Sambadouro' (feat. Rose Max & Ramatis Moraes) (4:05)
10. 'Oh Mana Deixa Eu Ir (Caicó Cantiga)' (4:19)
11. 'Sebastiana' (4:57)
12. 'Depois dos Temporais' (5:01)
13. 'Vento de Maio' (4:01)
14. 'Sernambetiba, 1992' (feat. Cesar Lemos) (4:46)
15. 'The Best Years' (1:10)

We begin with the freeflowing 'A Volta da Asa Branca' (The White Wing Tour), and that's backed seamlessly by both the drum centric 'Suco Verde' (Green Juice), and then the truly beautiful 'Nothing Will Be as It Was'. Featuring the smooth, sultry, soulful vocalist Maye Osorzio and pedal steel guitarist Steve Hinson, they combine to bring us the most perfect, loving cover of a song by Brazilian artist Milton Nascimento.

The .45 second interlude entitled 'River of Emotions' has you begging for more the moment it comes to its short end, and is backed by the upbeat jazz styling of 'Menina Baiana'. A song originally by Gilberto Gil, the original samba rhythm has been tempered down here by Bacelar, to allow his piano to redefine those once more overly playful moments.

Up next is one of my favorites on this delightful and rather charming new album, the stunning jazz classic 'Somewhere in the Hills.' Performed in the past by Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Sergio Mendez, et al, Bacelar's version is sung by vocalist Andrea Mangiamarchi. Allowing it to breathe nicely with a '40s vibe, Mangiamarchi's vocals are spot on and allow the song to ooze that still adored styling of a decade long since gone.

Next up is the trumpetlicious rendition of 'Partido Alto' (High Party). Featuring Jose Sibaja's trumpet, it's followed by another quick .41 second piano interlude ('Parts of Me'), before the hipsway of 'Sambadouro' is unleashed. Featuring Brazilian vocalists Rose Max and Ramatis Moraes, it is backed by the cool vocal approach of Bacelar on 'Oh Mana Deixa Eu Ir (Caicó Cantiga).' A song with an amazing musical history, and originally a simple classical piano moment, Bacelar now gives it a more contemporary jazz feel; which works tremendously well.

The fast-paced, yet lovingly contained title track 'Sebastiana' is up next. Written in 1953 by Rosil Cavalcanti in partnership with Jackson do Pandeiro, here Bacelar has seemingly done everything he can to alter the DNA of it, and yet still allows the track's originality to shine through. Ergo, this beautiful, well known, much adored track's new arrangement allows it to have, in my humble opinion, a new lease of life also.

The melodies incorporated within 'Depois dos Temporais' (After the Storms) are delightful also. A more methodical Brazilian song, this version features Gabriel Fernandez on Bandoneón and that's backed by 'Vento de Maio (Wind of May)', a track composed by Brazilian songwriter, singer and guitarist Lô Borges.

'Sernambetiba, 1992' brings together the creative forces of both Bacelar in conjunction with Cesar Lemos, and then the album rounds out with the summer garden sounds, birds tweeting, piano interlude. A mighty fine, and contemplative final epilogue of just over one minute, 'The Best Years' is the most perfect way to end this new musical project.

For his Brazilian reinterpretations and originals, Bacelar assembled an International crew of musicians from Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and the United States.

From Brazil Cesar Lemos (bass, guitar), Maria and Sara Queiroz Bacelar (percussion), vocalists Rose Max, and Ramatis Moraes, from USA vocalist Maye Osorio and guitarist Steve Hinson, from Venezuela Anderson Quintero (drums, percussion) and vocalist Andrea Mangiamarchi, from Cuba Yoel Del Sol (percussion), from Colombia Channo Tierra (accordion) and Jose Sibaja (trumpet, flugelhorn), from Peru Jesus Rodriguez (percussion and Charango), from Argentina Gabriel Fernandez (Bandoneón).

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Title - 'Like A Radio'
Artist - Matthews Southern Comfort

For those not in the know, Iain Matthews is an English musician and songwriter. He was a singer with Fairport Convention before forming his own band, Matthews Southern Comfort, which had a UK number one in 1970 with a cover version of Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock".

Born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, Matthews was known in the 1960s as Ian McDonald, then as Ian Matthews. In 1989, he reverted to the original spelling of his first name.

Influenced by both rock and roll and folk music, he has performed mainly as a solo act, although he was a member of Fairport Convention during the early period when they were heavily influenced by American folk rock.

He later had a solo career and led the bands Plainsong, Hi-Fi, No Grey Faith, More Than A Song, and the aforementioned Matthews Southern Comfort.

Now, and some 50 years since that initial Matthews Southern Comfort album, Matthews has just released his quite brilliant new album, Like A Radio via MVD Audio, this past February 23rd, 2018.

1. 'The Thought Police'
2. 'Like A Radio'
3. 'The Age Of Isolation'
4. 'Bits And Pieces'
5. 'Darcy Farrow'
6. 'Crystals On The Glass'
7. 'Been Down So Long'
8. 'Jive Pajamas'
9. 'Phoenix Rising'
10. 'To Love'
11. 'Right As Rain'
12. 'Chasing Rainbows'
Bonus Tracks:
13. 'Something In The Way She Moves'
14. 'A Heartless Night'
15. 'Your Cake And Eat It'

An album that is a definitive bow down and worship testament to the timeless quality of Americana themes, both here today and in days gone by, Like A Radio's 12 tracks are as much required listening now as any of Matthews' work was back then.

Joined by multi-instrumentalist Bart Jan Baartmans, keyboardist Bart de Win and singer/songwriter Eric Devries, they all combine to evoke a folk-rooted, vocal harmony-laden musical era that still lives and breathes successfully today. Albeit one that might have lost is radio play popularity over the past few decades, Americana is most definitely still around and judging by this new album, ready for a new burst of life.

The slow melodic climb of 'The Thought Police' kicks everything off nicely and that's backed by the storytelling of the title track, and then the restlessness of 'The Age of Isolation.' The mid tempo 'Bits and Pieces' is a perky joy to behold and is followed by the dulcet piano workings of both 'Darcy Farrow' and Moody Bluesesque 'Crystals on the Glass.'

The ravished story of 'Been Down so Long' is backed by the finger-snappin' fun of 'Jive Pyjamas' and then comes the languished beauty of 'Phoenix Rising.' A '60s vibe is brought more to the fore on 'To Love', before the pace is tempered back down on the lovelorn ballad 'Right as Rain.' The album then comes to a close with the mid tempo bounce of 'Chasing Rainbows,' which, as it turns out, is the most perfect track to close on, tempo wise.

That said, there are also some delightful bonus tracks here to be enjoyed. Indeed, the three additional remakes are from earlier MSC releases (including James Taylor's 'Something in the Way She Moves'), and mean that the album's run time fantastically clocks out at just over an hour.

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Title - 'Jazz: Outside The Box'
Artist - David Garfield

For those not in the know, David Garfield is a renowned American keyboardist, songwriter, and producer who performs in the Los Angeles music scene.

Furthermore, he has recorded with Smokey Robinson, Cher, Larry Carlton, Steve Lukather, Spinal Tap, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, Eros Ramazzotti, and The Rippingtons, and has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Boz Scaggs, Oleta Adams, Brenda Russell, Natalie Cole, and Michael Bolton. Released this past March 23rd, 2018 via Creatchy Records, his long awaited first full length album, Jazz: Outside The Box instantly showcases an extensive and diverse slant to the genre that has been so welcoming to Garfield all these years.

1. 'Fragile'
2. 'Harvest Time (Acoustic)'
3. 'In a Sentimental Mood'
4. 'Roxanne'
5. 'Song for My Father (Full-Length)'
6. 'Rainbow Seeker (Acoustic)'
7. 'Stolen Moments'
8. 'Voodoo Gumbo / Citizen Coryell'
9. 'East Lou Brew'
10. 'Sophisticated Lady'
11. 'Red Baron'
12. 'Country Preacher'
13. 'Prophecy'
14. 'My Favorite Things'
15. 'Song for My Father (Radio Version)'
16. 'Red Baron (Alternate Version)'
17. 'Harvest Time (Extended Version)'

Listening to the tracks contained on Jazz: Outside the Box, it's very evident that this whole project has been a true labor of love for the keyboardist. Word has it that Garfield actually recorded more than four discs worth of music for this on-going Outside the Box project, which means there are many more tracks to be discovered down the line; one can only hope.

“All my life, I’m just trying to make music that I really believe in and can get really excited about," Garfield explains. "It’s never fit into one particular category thus, in many ways, I’ve spent my whole music career outside the box."

"It’s never been intentional and it’s not like I’m trying to be different just to be different. I’m just trying to be creative while striving for the highest level of musical and artistic integrity. In the long run, my career has taken place outside the box,”, he adds.

The opening track, a cover of Sting's 'Fragile' is a haunting exposition of the original track. Stripping it down to its bare core essential, and with vocalist Michael McDonald providing one of his most naked of vocals, the song is a true highlight amongst many gems.

Inclusive of a perky little Latin jazz underbelly groove, 'In a Sentimental Mood' allows percussionist and bandleader Poncho Sanchez to gently introduce congas and shakers to the mix, whereas the astoundingly brilliant 'Roxanne' will have you sitting back, kicking back, and closing your eyes to enhance the whole melodic mood.

An unerring trumpet bass line kicks throughout the track, but it's not long before a band swings into the familiar tones of the song. Garfield is at his best here on this track, for my money, and when the backing vocals turn up to support it all, well, Robbie Wyckoff’s lead is only enhanced upon their lush voices. Including some of the final recordings from the late guitarist's Larry Coryell and Chuck Loeb, and combining new and fresh treatments of songs from Sting, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Joe Sample and Billy Cobha, trust me when I say you're gonna want to own this CD for your long car journeys.

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Title - 'Lovesick'
Artist - Romain Virgo

For those not in the know, Romain Virgo (born 24 January 1990) is a singer from Jamaica, specializing in the lovers rock style of reggae music and past competitor of local music competition called Rising Star competition in 2007, two months before his graduation from high school in St. Ann, Jamaica.

Having previously released both Romain Virgo RV (2010) and The System (2012), both on VP Records, Romain now releases his brand new, and long-awaited album, Lovesick (once again thru VP Records).

1. 'Face To Face'
2. 'Lovesick'
3. 'Cruise'
4. 'In This Together'
5. 'Day In Day Out'
6. 'Cannot Close My Eyes'
7. 'Sweet Liar'
8. 'Unbreakable'
9. 'Trouble'
10. 'Hold On'
11. 'Will You Be There'
12. 'Now'
13. 'Still'
14. 'Heartbeat'
15. 'Stay With Me'
16. 'Caress Me'

Listening to Lovesick, which I've now done twice through and back to back, it's hard not to want to snuggle up to this music and hope the feelings of goodwill and love last forever within you. In the many twists and turns of romance and relationships, Romain Virgo represents a young man who has experienced it all and now has a dynamic story to tell. So buy this new CD, put it on, sit back and allow his story infused with all the goodness the Caribbean can provide wash lovingly over you tonight.

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Title - 'Memories in Rock II' (2CD+DVD)
Artist - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

For those not in the know, Rainbow (also known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow or Blackmore's Rainbow) is a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, active from 1975 to 1984, from 1993 to 1997, and from 2015 to the present.

They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio's American rock band Elf, but after their first album, Blackmore fired the backing members and continued with Dio until 1979.

Three British musicians joined in 1979 — singer Graham Bonnet, keyboardist Don Airey and then former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover — and this line-up gave the band their commercial breakthrough with the single "Since You Been Gone".

Over the years Rainbow went through many line-up changes with no two studio albums featuring the same line-up. Other lead singers Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White would follow, and the project consisted of numerous backing musicians.

A pioneer to power metal, the band's early work primarily featured mystical lyrics with a neoclassical metal style, but went in a more streamlined, commercial direction following Dio's departure from the group.

Following the successful 2016 shows in Germany (Monsters Of Rock) and the UK, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow played three British shows in June 2017, which were recorded for this set, the highly impressive, and musically sonic from start to finish, Memories in Rock II (2CD+DVD).

Together with Ronnie Romero (vocals), Jens Johansson (keys), Bob Nouveau (bass), David Keith (drums), Candice Night and Lady Lynn (backing vocals), the legendary guitarist performed a first-class mixture of classic Rainbow and Deep Purple tracks, which was exactly what the fans had requested.

CD 1:
1. 'Over the Rainbow'
2. 'Spotlight Kid'
3. 'I Surrender'
4. 'Mistreated'
5. 'Since You've Been Gone'
6. 'Man on the Silver Mountain / Woman from Tokyo'
7. '16th Century Greensleeves'
8. 'Soldier of Fortune'
9. 'Perfect Strangers'
10. 'Difficult to Cure'
11. 'All Night Long'
12. 'Child in Time'

CD 2:
1. 'Stargazer'
2. 'Long Live Rock'n'roll / Lazy'
3. 'Catch the Rainbow'
4. 'Black Night'
5. 'Carry on Jon'
6. 'Temple of the King'
7. 'Smoke on the Water'
8. 'Waiting for a Sign (Brand New Song)'

Releasing April 6th, 2018 via Minstrel Hall Music, Ritchie Blackmore's brilliant guitar work can never be duplicated and is clearly a highlight of every track, but there will also be many Dio, Bonnet or Turner fans who will be very pleasantly surprised - nay, convinced - by Ronnie Romero's incredibly powerful vocal performance.

Complete with all the profoundly loved and adored Deep Purple hits lovingly wrapped within the old school Rainbow cuts and the chart hits they had with Bonnett at the vocal helm, listening to new boy Ronnie Romero on vocals and wow, you can close your eyes and be listening to a man who sounds like he's been part of the Rainbow set up for 50 odd years!

A name put in front of ringleader supreme Ritchie Blackmore by his wife Candice one night whilst she was surfing YouTube, the trouble was at the time that Rainbow had dissolved as a musical entity for Blackmore. It was now all about Blackmore's Night with his beloved Candice.

But then it crossed Blackmore's mind that perhaps if he could resurrect a new version of Rainbow that Romero might well slot in rather perfectly. And listening to Romero sing all these classic hits and album cuts on this new CD, and watching his energy and passion for the project seep through his pores on the DVD, and you know that Blackmore made the right choice - for us all!

This quite brilliant new live collection, that blends audio recordings with live footage, also provides an hour of backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes moments, let alone that aforementioned brand new studio recording 'Waiting for a Sign.'

DVD:
Ritchie Blackmore Interview
Ronnie Romero Interview
Jens Johansson Interview
Bob Nouveau Interview
David Keith Interview
Candice Night Interview
Lady Lynn Interview
Dave David Interview
Andreas Bock Interview
Michael Bockmühl Interview
Bonus Backstage Clip
'I Surrender' 2017 - Backstage Clip

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Title - 'Botanical Gardens'
Artist - Don McLean

For those not in the know, Don McLean (72) is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie”, “Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”, “Castles in the Air”, “And I Love You So” and “Crying”.

Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notably Madonna‘s No. 1 recording of “American Pie” in 2000 and George Michael’s version of “The Grave” in 2003, sung in protest at the Iraq War.

Now, in 2018, a new chapter starts as Don McLean releases his new album Botanical Gardens on March 23rd, 2018.

1: 'Botanical Gardens'
2: 'The Lucky Guy'
3: 'A Total Eclipse of the Sun'
4: 'The Waving Man'
5: 'When July Comes'
6: 'You're All I Ever Had'
7: 'Rock and Roll Your Baby'
8: 'I've Cried All the Tears That I Have'
9: 'Ain't She a Honey'
10: 'The Kings of Fools'
11: 'Grief and Hope'
12: 'You've Got Such Beautiful Eyes'
13: 'Last Night When We Were Young'

His 19th studio album, and his first in 8 years, Botanical Gardens was recorded in Nashville, but inspired by the Sydney gardens of the same name.

As he puts it, “The inspiration for the project started years ago when I would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney Australia near the Opera House. I would dream young dreams and it was a comfort and an inspiration. I was always young inside, like we all are, and I felt it again there.”

The joyous, upbeat title track opens up this rather wonderful new album in perfect style, and is backed seamlessly by the guitar-heavy, rock and roll duo of both 'The Lucky One' and then 'A Total Eclipse of the Sun.' One of my favourite bouts of storytelling here, it's followed by the true tale (one assumes) of 'The Waving Man', with another gem, the stoic piano ballad 'When July Comes' along next.

Another piano ballad, albeit more dedicated to his past lyrical memories, more melodic, more cute, is 'You're All I Ever Had', which is followed by a quick change of pace on the guitar-led beauty 'Rock and Roll Your Baby.' The mid-tempo twang of 'I've Cried All the Tears That I Have' could well be a decades old embedded country riff, and is backed by the laid back, summer sunshine vibe of 'Ain't She a Honey' ("Ain't she a ripper, with a buckle and zipper").

The profound 'The Kings of Fools' is up next and sees McLean slip back into his old lyrically comfortable shoes, with 'Grief and Hope' following. Then comes the best ballad on the album by a long shot, the truly stunning 'You've Got Such Beautiful Eyes', before the album rounds out with another piano ballad, the contagiously sentimental 'Last Night When We Were Young.'

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Title - 'Together / Farewell Album'
Artist - The New Seekers

For those not in the know, The New Seekers are a British-based pop group, formed in 1969 by Keith Potger after the break-up of his group, the Seekers.

The idea was that the New Seekers would appeal to the same market as the original Seekers, but their music had rock as well as folk influences.

They achieved worldwide success in the early 1970s with hits including "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", "You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me" and "Beg, Steal or Borrow".

Releasing on April 13th, 2018 via Cherry Red Records (UK), their pair of 1974 albums, Together / Farewell Album have both now been digitally remastered into a two CD set.

Containing a wonderful pair of albums from the '70s hitmakers, this is also the very first time on CD for both of them.

Disc: 1
Together:
1. FRIENDS MEDLEY: A: FRIENDS B: WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
2. YOU’RE THE ONE
3. CRYIN’ TIME
4. THE GREATEST SONG I’VE EVER HEARD
5. I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL OVER YOU
6. BROTHER LOVE’S TRAVELLING SALVATION SHOW
7. YOU WON’T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME
8. MELTING POT
9. FIRE & RAIN MEDLEY: A: FIRE & RAIN B: MY SWEET LORD C: DAY BY DAY
10.HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE
11.BRAND NEW DAY
12.COME ON WORLD
13.VADO VIA
14.DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE

BONUS TRACKS
15.GOODBYE IS JUST ANOTHER WORD
16.WE’VE GOT TO DO IT NOW
17.SONG FOR YOU AND ME
18.DOWN BY THE RIVER

Disc: 2
Farewell Album
1. SING HALLELUJAH
2. INSPIRATION
3. ALL I WANNA DO
4. EVERYBODY’S SONG
5. SOMEBODY WARM LIKE ME
6. OLD FASHIONED SONG
7. ALL PULL TOGETHER KIND OF WORLD
8. LOVE AND SUNSHINE
9. PERFECT LOVE
10.I WANNA BE THE STAR OF THE SHOW
11.SAD SONG
12.OH MY JOE

BONUS TRACKS: PETER, PAUL & MARTY
13.ME & MY GUITAR
14.RIDE A HORSE

BONUS TRACKS: PETER DOYLE
15.RUSTY HANDS OF TIME
16.AND SO IN LIFE

Together hit #12 in the UK National Chart in March 1974 (and includes the #1 single 'You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me' (Ireland #1, Australia #5) and the #5 hit 'I Get A Little Sentimental Over You' (Ireland #9, Australia #12).

This latter song, featuring Paul on lead vocals, became a success by peaking at No.5 in the UK chart. Indeed, to coincide with their split, the group performed a farewell tour. The final show was performed in May 1974 and drew in a massive audience.

As noted, the album also contained their recent hit, but none of the other 1973 releases, which had not featured on any studio album. Although it did include an American single 'The Greatest Song I've Ever Heard', which had been released several months earlier while Doyle was still with the group.

Farewell Album was, as the title suggests, the final album from the original period of the band, released in September 1974. Having disbanded before it was released, they had managed to record a number of songs for Polydor before, which the label used here.

Indeed, two of the twelve tracks had been earlier recordings however, with one single being released from the album, called "Sing Hallelujah." The single stalled outside the official top 50 in the UK at No.65, and as the album received no promotion from the group, it similarly failed to chart.

Listening to it again today, and noticing that 10 of the 12 tracks feature female leads, the album is still rather beautiful, overall soothing in tone to listen too, as one would have expected. A while member Marty Kristian features on lead for just two of the songs, the lack of male vocal input - had the album been marketed correctly at the time - wouldn't have stopped it from being another chart hit for them; of that I'm sure.

A total of eight bonus tracks have been added across the two albums including ultra-rare tracks by the spin off Peter Paul & Marty incarnation as well as two from late vocalist Peter Doyle, all making their debut on CD here.

Rare 45's such as 'We've Got To Do It Now' and 'Song For You And Me' have also been included and the booklet contains detailed liner notes by the group's official webmaster Nic Culverwell, alongside pictures of all associated sleeves from around the globe.

www.cherryred.co.uk

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Title - 'The Road Home'
Artist - Santa Fe Desert Chorale

For those not in the know, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale was founded in 1982 by artistic director Lawrence Bandfield. He chose Santa Fe with the belief that the city's artistic reputation would provide visibility to the group. Banfield led the Chorale until 1998.

From 1999 to 2004 the director was Dennis Shrock, who had previously been the choral director of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Indeed, in 2002 they started a year-round program for children (ages 7 to 14), which also holds public performances.

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale did not have a director for their 2008 Summer season, using four prospective directors, as well as three guest conductors. Since 2009, their official director has been Joshua Habermann, who was one of the four finalists tried during the 2008 season. Habermann also directs the Dallas Symphony Chorus.

During the Winter, 2011 season, the Chorale debuted a second group, named Desert Chorale II composed of students from the University of New Mexico, in addition to singers from the main group. Desert Chorale II was formed by Habermann as a means of providing training to singers outside of a university setting.

Released this past March 16th, 2018 via Avie Records, and after 36 years of music, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale is finally putting their music on CD.

Taking its title from Stephen Paulus’ a cappella choral piece, The Road Home celebrates the diverse and ever-changing influences that make up American culture by featuring repertoire by immigrant and native-born Americans, ranging from mid-19th-century Shaker music to jazz, folk and classically inspired works by leading 21st-century choral composers.

Joseph P. Webster (1819 – 1875) arr. Aaron Humble
1. In The Sweet By and By (3.06)
Shaker Music
2. The Lark (0.52)
3. The Nightingale’s Song (0.42)
4. Deal Gently with Thy Servants (4.23)
5. Encouragement (2.33)
Heavenly Home: Three American Songs
arr. Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970)
6. Unclouded Day (2.20)
7. Angel Band (6.14)
8. Hallelujah (3.27)
Sydney Guillaume (b. 1982)
9. Dominus Vobiscum (7.08)
Jake Runestad (b. 1986)
10. Reflections (7.15)
Morten J. Lauridsen (b. 1943)
Excerpts from Mid-Winter Songs
11. Lament for Pasiphaë (4.34)
12. Mid-Winter Waking (1.44)
13. Intercession in Late October (6.02)
Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)
14. The Road Home (3.30)
Kirchner
15. I’ll Be On My Way (3.35)
Sammy Fain (1902 – 1989)
16. I’ll Be Seeing You (2.25)
arr. Phil Mattson

Total time: 59.58

The 24-voice, professional Santa Fe Desert Chorale, one of the most distinguished American vocal ensembles, makes its commercial recording debut with beautiful and assured performances, led by the aforementioned artistic director Joshua Habermann.

Recorded, October 23-24, 2017 at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas, USA, produced by Elizabeth Ostrow, and with the Recording Engineer & Editor talents of Brad Michel at the helm, The Road Home is a stunning, simply magnificent work of orchestral art.

Simple Shaker songs from the mid-19th century are performed in both their original, pure forms along with moments of shining solo vocal brilliance. Add to that some extraordinary arrangements by Shawn Kirchner, and Morten Lauridsen’s “Mid-Winter Songs” representing the best of contemporary American choral music, well, what more could you want from just one recording.

“It’s really a monumental achievement,” Desert Chorale executive director Janice Mayer has since said. “It was largely based on a program we did in 2016 called ‘American Voices.’”

“These are more challenging works, and they’re more spare and very delicate and require excellent musicianship,” she continues.

“Our singers come from all over the country; from Boston to Oregon to Miami to Los Angeles. Last year, we had 26 states and two foreign countries. The recording will allow us to reach an international audience.”

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www.DesertChorale.org





Title - 'Brahms: String Quartet No. 2; Bartók: SQ No. 2'
Artist - Ariel Quartet

For those not in the know, the Ariel Quartet formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago when its members were middle-school students, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award.

The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the rigorous chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts in addition to their busy touring schedule.

Released this past March 16th, 2018 via Avie Records, the Ariel Quartet, distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, makes its debut recording, Brahms: String Quartet No. 2; Bartók: String Quartet No. 1, pairing two giants of the string-quartet world, Béla Bartók and Johannes Brahms.

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2
1. I . Allegro non troppo
2. II. Andante moderato
3. III. Quasi Minuetto, moderato; Allegretto vivace
4. IV. Finale: Allegro non assai

Béla Bartok (1881 – 1945)
Quartet No. 1, Sz, 40 (Op. 7)
5. I. Lento
6. II. Allegretto Introduzione; Allegro
7. III. Allegro vivace

Total time: 65:43

Both composers stand as significant pillars of the youthful Quartet’s two-decade-long journey. Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria.

His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.

Béla Viktor János Bartók was a Hungarian composer, pianist and an ethnomusicologist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest composers (Gillies 2001).

Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology.

This release is the first in a projected series pairing the quartets of Bartók and Brahms. Which, on paper, let alone real life, might seem an odd pairing. On one hand you have Brahms' warm-textured late Romanticism, whilst on the other hand you have Bartók's lean-textured Modernism.

But, that said, it does work and how, for the Ariel Quartet approach both pieces with some rather spot on perfect, and precise detailing, always careful of keeping both sets of works brimming with singularity of expression.

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www.ArielQuartet.com





Title - 'Roses - Remixes & Rarities'
Artist - Haywoode

For those not in the know, Haywoode (Sidney Haywoode, London) is an English female singer who is best known for the 1986 UK Top 20 hit single, "Roses".

Although she later also recorded under the name Sid Haywoode, Haywoode trained from an early age at London's Corona Stage Academy.

Her career started with modelling, dancing and acting roles in British television shows like The Gentle Touch and was a regular as a Hill's Angel on The Benny Hill Show. She also featured in movies including Ragtime and Superman.

Among singing, dancing and modelling roles in the West End theatre (Bubbling Brown Sugar), she joined Flick Colby's Zoo, as a professional dancer performing weekly on BBC One's Top of the Pops. She was approached a year later to record a demo by Sony CBS Records offering a deal.

Her debut single, "A Time Like This", reached the Top 5 in the US Hot Dance Club Play Chart, and established her distinctive brand of soulful funk/pop.

Via a succession of singles – including some tracks produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman - tracks like "You'd Better Not Fool Around", "I Can't Let You Go" and "Getting Closer" (later covered by Kylie Minogue) immediately out her on the music map.

In July 1986, with the song "Roses," she hit the top 20 in the UK music charts and her debut album Arrival (released soon after "Roses") included Haywoode's cover version of Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover".

Due to popular demand from her '80s fans in 2011, Haywoode released an album named Bounce Back, collaborating with different producers in Australia, Netherlands, Italy and United States.

Following Cherry Pop’s well-received Special Edition reissue of Haywoode’s debut album Arrival, this new 2CD compilation brings together many sought-after mixes of her classic '80s singles, plus B-sides, rarities and unheard recordings from throughout her CBS tenure.

Remastered and compiled direct from the original CBS master tapes, Roses: Remixes & Rarities marks the first time that the majority of tracks have ever been made available on CD.

Additionally, this collection features four previously unreleased masters, including 1984’s ‘Divided Love’ and, from 1986, ‘Play With Boys’ and Bryan “Chuck” New’s full-length remix of ‘I’m Your Puppet’.

CD 1:
1. ROSES (Michael Barbiero 12” Mix) *
2. I CAN’T LET YOU GO (Detroit Extended Mix)
3. A TIME LIKE THIS (Nick Martinelli 12” Mix)
4. I’M YOUR PUPPET *
5. DIVIDED LOVE +
6. PLAY WITH BOYS +
7. MY KIND OF HERO *
8. TAKE ME UP TO HEAVEN *
9. SLOW BURN *
10.YOU’D BETTER NOT FOOL AROUND (Original Mix)
11.TEASE ME (Extended Version) *
12.A TIME LIKE THIS (Remix) *
13.I CAN’T LET YOU GO (The Thigh & Mighty Re-Mix) *
14. ROSES Extended (U.S. Remix)
15.I’M YOUR PUPPET (Extended Version) *

CD 2:
1. I CAN’T LET YOU GO (Original 7” Mix)
2. A TIME LIKE THIS (Nick Martinelli 7” Mix) *
3. ROSES (U.S. 7” Remix)
4. SLOW BURN (Extended Version) *
5. MY KIND OF HERO (Extended Version) *
6. TAKE ME UP TO HEAVEN (Extended Version) *
7. A TIME LIKE THIS (Extended Version Part 2) *
8. I’M YOUR PUPPET (12” Remix) +
9. I CAN’T LET YOU GO (Detroit Dub Mix) *
10. ROSES (Dub Version)
11. A TIME LIKE THIS (Dub)
12. YOU’D BETTER NOT FOOL AROUND (Instrumental)
13. I CAN’T LET YOU GO (Instrumental)
14. THE HAYWOODE MEGA-MIX: Getting Closer / Roses / A Time Like This / I Can’t Let You Go / Single Handed *

* First time on CD
+ Previously unreleased

Growing up in the '80s, and being a fan of everything it musically brought forth, Haywoode was already in my head, as a name, but not as a songstress. So listening to this wondrous compilation CD of hers today has brought her hits all flooding lovingly back to me, I have to admit.

Via a succession of singles - including two forgotten gems by then-little-known underground dance producers Stock Aitken & Waterman - 'You'd Better Not Fool Around' and 'Getting Closer' - it wasn't long before full international chart success finally struck for Haywoode with 'Roses' in July 1986.

To put it simply, Haywoode's singing voice was just perfect for the music featured on this CD from that time. It proves, without a shadow of a doubt, that not only was she vocally talented, but in the videos, easy on the eye too.

Haywoode's music throughout this double CD collection will quickly transport you to much happier times, her sound one that will never be repeated. The music of the '80s had one thing that makes it unique from music from any other decade - it was all built on a rhythm of joyous, dancefloor energy.

Featuring four previously unreleased masters, including 1984's 'Divided Love' and, from 1986, 'Play With Boys' and Bryan "Chuck" New's full-length remix of 'I'm Your Puppet', fans of Gloria Estefan, Miami Sound Machine, Kylie Minogue and similar artists, will simple adore losing themselves in Haywoode's sounds, once more (I know I did).

With direct input from Sid Haywoode herself, this release boasts an extensive booklet containing her personal commentary, a fully illustrated discography, lyrics and previously unseen shots from the archive of esteemed photographer Johnny Rozsa.

Together with the Special Edition reissue of Arrival, this companion release makes all Haywoode’s CBS recordings available via Cherry Pop and is a must-have for all '80s pop, dance and boogie aficionados.

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Title - 'The Age of Remix' (3CD Edition)
Artist - Bronski Beat

For those not in the know, Bronski Beat is a British synth pop trio which achieved success in the mid-1980s, particularly with the 1984 chart hit "Smalltown Boy", from their debut album The Age of Consent, which was their only US Billboard Hot 100 single.

All members of the group were openly gay and their songs reflected this, often containing political commentary on gay-related issues.

The initial line-up, which recorded the majority of the band's hits, consisted of Jimmy Somerville (vocals), Steve Bronski (keyboards, percussion) and Larry Steinbachek (keyboards, percussion).

However, Somerville left Bronski Beat in 1985, and went on to have success as lead singer of The Communards and as a solo artist. He was replaced by new vocalist John Foster, with whom the band continued to have hits in the UK and Europe through 1986.

But then Foster left Bronski Beat after their second album, and the band used a series of vocalists before dissolving in 1996.

Steve Bronski, the only original member, now leads a revived touring version of the band, and alongside '90s member Ian Donaldson, has recorded new material for release.

Released March 30th, 2018, via Cherry Red Records (UK), The Age of Remix: 3CD Edition is a strictly limited edition 3-disc dance remix companion set to the recent Bronski Beat release The Age Of Reason.

CD 1:
1. NO MORE WAR (LEÆTHER STRIP REMIX)
2. IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO (MAZAI REMIX)
3. LOVE & MONEY (SCANDALL ‘N’ ROS REMIX)
4. JUNK (HATIRAS’ SPACEDISCO REMIX)
5. HARD RAIN (CEV’S REMIX)
6. A FLOWER FOR DANDRA (ROB MOORE REMIX)
7. SMALLTOWN BOY (GETTOBLASTER REMIX)
8. HEATWAVE (DWAYNE MINARD HOUSE MIX)
9. WHY? (GABRY VENUS REMIX)
10. I’LL BE GONE (MATHEY B REMIX)
11. RUN FROM LOVE (DIRTY DISCO MAINROOM REMIX)
12. NEED A MAN BLUES (ZURRA REMIX)
13. SCREAMING (DEANNE CLUB MIX)

CD 2:
1. SMALLTOWN BOY (DARIO TRAPANI REMIX)
2. LOVE & MONEY (OGGIE B REMIX)
3. IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO (VINCENT CAIRA REMIX)
4. JUNK (BABERT REMIX)
5. WHY? (HP VINCE DUB)
6. CLOSE TO THE EDGE (MVZZIK REMIX)
7. RUN FROM LOVE (SORDID SOUNDZ DUB)
8. HARD RAIN (SPACE CITY REMIX)
9. A FLOWER FOR DANDARA (JOSE JIMENEZ REMIX)
10. STARS (PEOPLE THEATRE’S MILKY WAY MIX)
11. I’LL BE GONE (INTERFACE REMIX)
12. SMALLTOWN BOY (BABERT REMIX)

CD 3:
CONTINUOUS MIX BY SORDID SOUNDZ FEATURING:
SMALLTOWN BOY (BABERT REMIX)
NEED A MAN BLUES (ZURRA REMIX)
LOVE & MONEY (OGGIE B REMIX)
HEATWAVE (DWAYNE MINARD HOUSE MIX)
I’LL BE GONE (MATHEY B REMIX)
WHY? (QUBIQ DEEP CLUB MIX)
HARD RAIN (CEV’S REMIX)
RUN FROM LOVE (DIRTY DISCO MAILROOM REMIX)
CLOSE TO THE EDGE (MVZZIK REMIX)
A FLOWER FOR DANDARA (JOSE JIMENEZ REMIX)
IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO (DIGITAL ANODYNE REMIX)
STARS (PEOPLE THEATRE’S HAPPINESS MIX)
JUNK (TWEAKA TURNER TECH HOUSE MIX)

This enormous (both tracklisting and actual run time) album features the much loved electronic act’s most recent singer; the powerful soul-pop, multi octave ranged Stephen Granville.

The Age Of Remix reorientates Bronski Beat’s recent The Age Of Reason album – itself a contemporary remake of Bronski Beat’s landmark debut album The Age Of Consent (are you keeping up with all this ... good, then I'll continue) – for the electronic dancefloor of today.

Featuring no less than 25 full throttle, all new and previously unreleased remixes from a plethora of current crack dance floor remixers, The Age Of Remix is a celebration of the continuing impact and relevance of one of the most venerated, era-defining and important albums of both synth-pop and LGBT history.

Personally, for me, I loved the original album, thought the follow-up was a decent, and inventive stab at some nice reworkings (and also allowed them to showcase their new singer), but I don't quite know why they needed to bring this 3CD set out of remixes; if I'm being brutally honest.

I genuinely get, and can appreciate, that on both the last album and this 3CD set that Bronski Beat are still paying homage to the origins of the original line-up, here through an inventive and inspired reworking of their landmark debut album, but the question still remains why?

Why not a new album and move on? Sure, and again, somewhat crucially, they also present a template for the future direction of this latest Bronski Beat line-up, but why harp back to this debut, when they had already nodded to it on Age of Reason?

Anyway, that all aside, listening to all these songs aplenty here, and it's evidently clear that new singer Stephen Granville's vocals, and even range is somewhat smoother than Sommerville's. Not that that is a bad thing, no, but it does mean we get a more relaxed, less chased set of tracks here on these first two CDs.

Back in its day, Age of Consent was a right royal pioneering gay rights album. Wearing its distained contempt for different age of consent laws for different sexes proudly on its sleeve, Bronski Beat revolutionized what could be called, in essence, "punk" for the era.

For me, the standout tracks here (no matter who sings them or what kind of a remix has been entwined around and within them) are "Smalltown Boy", which documents the isolation and coldness a gay teen feels when coming to terms with his sexuality; "Why?", which is sung with a kind of sneer, implicating the lazy-minded and the just plain ignorant in the persecution of simple love; and also "Junk", which highlights, with samples from commercials running at the time, the excesses of consumerism and the 'nouveau riche' mentality so prevalent and preferred in the '80s.

The third disc in this deluxe 3 1/2 hour set is a bonus continuous mix by Sordid Soundz, also known as Bronski Beat programmer Ian Donaldson, which itself contains some exclusive snippets of further previously unreleased mixes.

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Title - 'Firepower'
Artist - Judas Priest

For those not in the know, Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969 and, as a band, have sold over 50 million copies of their albums to date.

They are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time and despite an innovative and pioneering body of work in the latter half of the 1970s; where the band struggled with indifferent record production, repeated changes of drummer, and lack of major commercial success or attention until 1980, when they adopted a more simplified sound on the album British Steel, it actually helped shoot them to rock superstar status.

The band's membership has seen much turnover, including a revolving cast of drummers in the 1970s, and even the temporary departure of singer Rob Halford in the early 1990s.

The current line-up consists of Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis.

The band's best-selling album is 1982's Screaming for Vengeance with their most commercially successful line-up, featuring Halford, Tipton, Hill, guitarist K. K. Downing, and drummer Dave Holland. Indeed, both Tipton and Hill are the only two members of the band to appear on every album.

Released March 9th, 2018 via Sony Music Distribution, Firepower is the 18th studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest. It is the first studio album since 1988's Ram It Down to be produced by Tom Allom, and the first one with Andy Sneap as co-producer.

The album sold around 49,000 copies in the United States within its first week of release, debuting at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the band's highest-charting album in the US.

A lot of people (metal heads) here in the office are saying this is the best Priest record since Painkiller. It's true. I'm a huge Priest fan, but even I'm very picky when it comes to Priest recordings.

With all my favorite bands, there are tracks on most albums that I don't carry over onto playlists. For example, as superb as both Priest's Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith are (true classics), they have some tracks that just don't do it for me.

But all of Painkiller makes onto my playlists. Even Painkiller's weakest track, "Metal Meltdown," has some things that recommend it - breakneck speed, screaming vocals.

Well, so it is with this brand new release of theirs, the incredibly impressive Firepower. So far, I haven't ditched any of its tracks and there have also been some stand outs come quickly to the fore also re: "Firepower," "Lightning Strikes," "Guardians/Rising from the Ruins," and even "Traitor's Gate."

These tracks hang with the best of Priest's work. Even less intense songs like "Flamethrower" and "Lone Wolf" are super solid rockers. The performances are terrific (Halford sounds fantastic) and the production is excellent (put this team on a remix/remaster of Redeemer of Souls!), which can only lead me to end with this: Firepower is an album of outstanding performances and song writing.

CD Purchase Link

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Title - 'Visions: Coast to Coast Connection'
Artist - Bob Holz

For those not in the know, composer/drummer/producer Bob Holz is an alumni of Berklee School of Music, where he majored in performance and composition with teachers Gary Chaffee and Michael Gibbs.

He went on to study privately with Dave Weckl and Billy Cobham and also found a mentor in drummer Wilby Fletcher Jr.( McCoy Tyner).

Fletcher shared his wealth of knowledge and experience with Holz over a 15 year time span up until his untimely death in 2010.

Holz has composed and recorded numerous live and studio recordings, movie sound tracks and theatrical productions, but is perhaps is still best known for his work on the Show Your Love movie soundtrack (directed by Edward J. Bruno for VCA films).

Holz has also toured extensively as a band leader (The Bob Holz Band) and even played at the 1999 Woodstock Music Festival in New York. He also performed along with Dr. John at a coveted awards ceremony at the 2006 M&T Jazz Festival in Syracuse, NY, amongst other prestigious artists and events.

In 2017, Bob released his 5th album, entitled Visions and Friends (which featured Larry Coryell, Randy Brecker, Ralphe Armstrong, Alex Machacek and Billy Steinway) and now he quickly follows that up with his brand new album, the quite stunning Visions: Coast to Coast Connection.

Released on February 23rd, 2018 via MVD Audio, Visions: Coast to Coast Connection, complete with special guest Stanley Clarke, utilizes dreamy sonic landscapes to create a brilliant concept album.

1. 'Split Decision'
2. 'Espresso Addiction'
3. 'Next In Line'
4. 'Jammin' Man'
5. 'Richie's Trip'
6. 'Pink Fur'
7. 'West Coast Blues'
8. 'Light & Dark'
9. 'Spanish Plains'
10. 'Flat Out'

Beginning in typically soaring style, 'Split Decision's perky, upbeat energy is just perfect to kick this whole album of ambiance off with and is backed seamlessly with both the delightfully sung 'Espresso Addiction' (dedicated to Larry Coryell) and the soft trumpet sounds of 'Next In Line.'

Those trumpets get turned up a wee bit for the brilliant 'Jammin' Man', which in turn is backed by the flawless beauty of 'Richie's Trip'. My own personal favorite here is the lo-fi jazz funk wonderment of 'Pink Fur', which is followed perfectly by the guitar work on 'West Coast Blues'.

Leveraging the bass talents of Stanley Clarke, Holz has created a masterpiece carved out of beautiful and haunting melodies and incredible drumming.

"I really enjoyed playing Bob's music very much," Clarke has since said. "Great players along with great compositions is always a winning combination!”

The whole album mood is taken underground for some dusky late night jazz club sounds courtesy of the aptly titled 'Light & Dark,' before the delicate flamenco guitar work of 'Spanish Plains,' and album closer 'Flat Out,' round out the musical experience in style.

Offical CD Purchase Link

www.bobholzband.com

Bob Holz @ Twitter





Title - 'Evil Enough'
Artist - Tara Lynch

For those not in the know, female metal guitarist/vocalist Tara Lynch is set to release a stunning debit album, entitled Evil Enough, this upcoming April, Friday the 13th!

Featuring members of Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Vince Neil, Tony MacAlpine, Yngwie Malmsteen and Dokken!Los Angeles, Tara Lynch is a guitarist, composer, vocalist and songwriter who delivers heavy metal thunder with prominent melodic guitar riffs.

Shredding leads and giving us her powerhouse vocals at every turn, Evil Enough is a melodic metal album that grows on you pay after play, of that have no doubt.

With Lynch herself having written all the songs on this highly impressive debut album, her style of guitar slinging, along with those aforementioned vocals, means that even with an all-star backing band, it's still Lynch who steals the show here.

1. 'Evil Enough'
2. 'Antidote'
3. 'Exit the Warrior'
4. 'Banished From My Kingdom'
5. 'Kringeworthy'
6. 'Gui-Tara Rises'
7. 'Unbreakable'
8. 'Enigmatic'
9. 'Trustless'
10. 'Feckless Lock'

“The entire ‘Evil Enough’ album is a musical autobiography," Lynch herself has said. "Very often, the term ‘blood, sweat and tears’ is used as a metaphor to describe the work one puts into something that they are 110% invested in. This would be an accurate metaphor where I am concerned."

"It has been a tremendously emotional journey into my own soul in order to both write the lyrics that explain my experiences, as well as write the melodies to convey the feelings involved within each experience.”

“This album has been a labor of love and an important part of both my personal and musical growth process," she adds. "At the end of the day, it’s an album that I am extremely proud of and I really hope it touches people out there in the world who can relate to it and that it can help them know they’re not alone.”

Inclusive of a massively impressive line-up of all-star musicians aiding her along her musical journey - Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio), Tony MacAlpine (solo/PlanetX), Phil Soussan (Ozzy/Billy Idol), Mark Boals (Dokken/Yngwie Malmsteen), Brent Woods (Vince Neil/Sebastian Bach), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), and Björn Englen (Quiet Riot/Yngwie Malmsteen), Evil Enough (produced by Brent Woods) is one of those metal albums that you just can't get out of your head once heard (and nor should you).

Digital Album Purchase Link

www.TaraLynch.com

Tara Lynch @ Twitter





Title - 'AmeriKKKant'
Artist - Ministry

For those not in the know, Ministry is an American industrial metal band, founded in 1981 by Al Jourgensen in Chicago, Illinois. Originally a synth-pop outfit, Ministry shifted its style to become one of the pioneers of industrial metal in the mid-to-late 1980s.

The band's line-up has gone through many changes throughout its history, with Jourgensen remaining the only constant as the band's main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist.

Notable musicians who have contributed to the band's studio or live activities include Paul Barker, Martin Atkins, Bill Rieflin, Chris Connelly, Nivek Ogre, Mike Scaccia, Rey Washam, Paul Raven, Tommy Victor, Jason Christopher, Tony Campos, Burton C. Bell and DJ Swamp.

Ministry found mainstream success in the late 1980s and early 1990s with three of their studio albums: The Land of Rape and Honey (1988), The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste (1989) and Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (1992), with the former of the two certified gold and the latter certified platinum by the RIAA.

The 1996 follow-up album, Filth Pig, was also critically acclaimed but did not repeat the success of its predecessors; the album did, however, earn Ministry its highest chart position on the Billboard 200, peaking at number nineteen.

The band has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, and performed at several notable music festivals, including participating in the second annual Lollapalooza tour in 1992 and co-headlining Big Day Out in 1995.

Ministry was dissolved in 2008 after 27 years of recording and performing, and Jourgensen had since stated that they would never reunite. However, the band announced a reunion in August 2011, and has released three more studio albums since then: Relapse (2012), From Beer to Eternity (2013), and the just-released AmeriKKKant (2018).

Their first in 5 years, AmeriKKKAnt (which you could have pre-ordered through PledgeMusic.com, ununlocking access to exclusive updates, content and merchandise), is without a shadow of a doubt, Al Jourgensen’s anti-love letter to Donald J Trump!

1. 'I Know Words'
2. 'Twilight Zone'
3. 'Victims of a Clown'
4. 'TV5/4Chan'
5. 'We’re Tired of It'
6. 'Wargasm'
7. 'Antifa'
8. 'Game Over'
9. 'AmeriKKKa'

Released via Nuclear Blast Records (worldwide) on March 9th, 2018, the 9 track album, overall, was a little disappointing to me. Noticeably containing some highly commendable, and pure Ministry tracks, mostly it is Jourgensen's endless rants against, well, anything and everyone here that weigh the lyrics down.

Containing a slew of repetitive segments interspersed with some rather uneven pacing, I can definitely say that Ministry's live energy does not come to the fore here at all.

Sure their signature roar, their massive guitar riffs, jackhammer beats, spoken-word samples and all that comes with that are here for the undertaking, but a sense of frsh air is most definitely not.

Unleashing, primarily or wholly, depending on how you view some of these tracks, a massive fist of revolutionary rock at the current President, Ministry's 14th studio album, by using as many Trump samples as he does throughout the album, you might be forgiven for thinking that our President was a co-writer of AmeriKKKant (he wasn't, just for the record!)

Inclusive of a rather lovely and very colourful 20-page lyric booklet, AmeriKKKant isn't for everyone, maybe not even all Ministry fans, but it is an album for those of us with reasonable expectations of a band once-Gods.

CD Purchase Link

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Ministry @ Facebook





Title - 'Both Sides of the Sky' (180 gram Vinyl 2LP)
Artist - Jimi Hendrix

On March 9th, 2018, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, proudly release Both Sides of the Sky, a dynamic new Jimi Hendrix album featuring 13 studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970.

This album completes a trilogy of albums [with Valleys Of Neptune and People, Hell & Angels] presenting the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in the Hendrix archive.

The loose theme for Both Sides of The Sky is most definitely collaboration and so, as one would hope / expect, there is a lot of that taking place.

1: 'Mannish Boy'
2: 'Lover Man'
3: 'Hear My Train a Comin'
4: 'Stepping Stone'
5: '$20 Fine'
6: 'Power of Soul'
7: 'Jungle'
8: 'Things I Used to Do'
9: 'Georgia Blues'
10: 'Sweet Angel'
11: 'Woodstock'
12: 'Send My Love to Linda'
13: 'Cherokee Mist'

The feverish guitar work of a wondrously re-imagined Muddy Waters 'Mannish Boy' kicks this brilliant 180 gram double vinyl album off perfectly and is backed seamlessly by both the frenetic guitar work of what would be a favorite concert staple, 'Lover Man,' and then one of the longest tracks on the album (and deservedly so) at just over seven minutes, the pulsating, yet noticeably stripped down 'Hear My Train a Comin'.

Next up is the trippy, yet fluidly loose guitar work of an alternative take on 'Stepping Stone' which is followed by the deep blues of the Stills penned, Buffalo Springfield cut '$20 Fine', the swirling guitar sounds of 'Power of Soul,' and then the laid back jaunt of 'Jungle'. The blues stomp of 'Things I Used To Do' is yet another stand out track here, as are both the longest track, 'Georgia Blues' (sung by Lonnie Youngblood) and the brilliant guitar-lite melodies of 'Sweet Angel.'

This fantastic, absolutely incredible double vinyl LP then continues on with the upbeat Hammond organ play of 'Woodstock' (which features Stephen Stills on organ and Hendrix on bass), before finally coming to a close (sadly) with the taut guitar ballad 'Send My Love to Linda' (although spliced together from different takes, it does have a feel of should-have-been-left-alone to it before the end), and then the jangly, electric sitar studio jam, 'Cherokee Mist'.

Both Sides Of The Sky was mixed by Eddie Kramer, the engineer for all of Hendrix's albums throughout the guitarist's lifetime, and produced by Janie Hendrix, Kramer and John McDermott.

The album will be released on multiple formats including CD, digital, and as a numbered 180 gram audiophile vinyl 2LP.

Vinyl 2LP Purchase Link

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Title - ‘More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows'
Artist - Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers

For those not in the know, Joe Grushecky is a rock musician in the United States known for his work with the Iron City Houserockers in the late 1970s and early 1980s; and for his works since the late the 1980s with his act Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers; and for his solo career.

In 1976, Joe Grushecky a relative of Isabel, a high school special education teacher, started the Brick Alley Band. Grushecky's new band was a typical bar band. They signed to Cleveland International Records in 1977, who rechristened them the Iron City Houserockers.

The band's first album was Love's So Tough, released in 1979, and was a fair success. Their next album, Have a Good Time but Get out Alive! (released in 1980), was a bigger success.

Two more albums followed, Blood on the Bricks in 1981 and Cracking Under Pressure (1983 as The Houserockers). By 1984, the band wasn't selling many records anymore and they were dropped by MCA Records. They broke up shortly thereafter.

After the breakup of the Iron City Houserockers, Grushecky returned home to Pittsburgh where he retook his teaching job (which he still holds). He also began to sharpen his songwriting. He released a single entitled "Good Bye Steeltown". Finally, in 1989, he fully re-emerged with his new act, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers.

Grushecky's first new album since the Iron City Houserockers days was Rock & Real, released in 1989. It would be followed by seven more albums, including 1995's American Babylon, which was produced by Bruce Springsteen.

Grushecky's more recent albums include Fingerprints (2002), A Good Life (2006), East Carson Street (2009), We're Not Dead Yet - Live at the New Hazlet Theater (2011), and Somewhere East of Eden (2013), but now he's back with the highly impressive More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows.

Listening to the album now and it's obvious that Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers have been hard at work for a while on constructing one of the most solid, multi-playable albums I've heard, and enjoyed, in the past decade.

Joining Grushecky on the album is guitarist Danny Gochnour, bassist Jeff Garrison, and drummer Joffo Simmons, as well as a certain person that Grushecky has known for years. “My son, Johnny, who was born a Houserocker, steps into a new role as producer along with our soundman, Brian Coleman, and long-time producer, Rick Witkowski," Grushecky reveals. "Together, they have fashioned a sound that is both fresh and familiar.”

Released on Schoolhouse Records this past March 30th, 2018, and with a year and a half of writing and recording having gone into this record, they finally settled on 11 new songs and a cover of the old gospel tune, 'Ain’t No Grave.'

1. 'More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows'
2. 'Got To Go To Work Today'
3. 'That's What Makes Us Great' (featuring Bruce Springsteen)
4. 'Burn Us Down'
5. 'One Beautiful Night'
6. 'Blood, Sweat And Beers'
7. 'The Voice'
8. 'Work In Progress'
9. 'Rev It Up'
10. 'Hell To Pay'
11. 'Ain't No Grave'
12. 'Don't Mourn For Me Like That'

Also, being the first studio Houserocker record since 2009, Joe and the guys decided to ask for the support of their loyal legion of fans in bringing this album to commercial life.

Recognising they needed help in bringing the attention to it that they thought it deserves, and rightly so, they created a Pledge Music campaign for it (see below).

This meant that for all their fans who have continued to support them for the last 40 years or so, by pre-ordering, they were all able to receive exclusive updates from the guys throughout the campaign via the AccessPass that comes with every purchase.

In addition to the new album, in their pledge store you can purchase live performances, items from their personal collections, and other exclusive merchandise.

As for the record that you'll get thereafter, well, as mentioned, More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows is a phenomenally tight album that will rock you from morning til' night, if you allow it to infect your brain!

Pledge Music Campaign Purchase Link

www.JoeGrushecky.com

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Title - 'Lover Man / Foxy Lady' (Limited Vinyl Single)
Artist - Jimi Hendrix

On March 9th, 2018, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, proudly release Both Sides of the Sky, a dynamic new Jimi Hendrix album featuring 13 studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970.

Released ahead, and as a teaser to the incredible double 180 gram vinyl LP, this brilliant Limited Edition (500) 7" Single, 'Lover Man' is just perfect for all avid collectors of vinyl.

Recorded on December 15th, 1969, the B-Side is a live version of 'Foxy Lady,' recorded November 10th, 1967 in the Netherlands.

With regard the A-Side, 'Lover Man's story is that just two weeks before their triumphant New Year's concerts at the Fillmore East in NYC [yielding both 1970's Band Of Gypsys and 2016's sequel Machine Gun], Hendrix gathered with Cox and Miles to cut this dynamic rendition of what had become a favorite concert staple.

A killer, funky to the core, blues track with Billy Cox on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums, 'Lover Man' has one of the tightest, and yet tempestuous grooves that I've ever heard!

This exclusive 7" single vinyl release is backed elegantly with the previously unreleased live version of 'Foxy Lady'. Produced by Janie Hendrix, John McDermott and Eddie Kramer, this version (featuring Band Of Gypsys), was seen as the strongest recorded version.

'Lover Man' / 'Foxy Lady' (Limited Edition 7" Single) Purchase Link

'Both Sides of the Sky' Vinyl 2LP Purchase Link

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Title - 'Sons And Lovers: Expanded Edition'
Artist - Hazel O'Connor

For those not in the know, Hazel O'Connor is a British singer-songwriter and actress who became famous in the early 1980s with hit singles 'Eighth Day', 'D-Days' and 'Will You', as well as starring in the film Breaking Glass.

Her film debut was in Girls Come First in 1975. She became prominent as an actress and singer five years later in 1980 when playing the role of Kate in the film Breaking Glass, and performing its accompanying soundtrack.

Her performance as Kate won her the Variety Club of Great Britain Award for Best Film Actor. She was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.

The film's soundtrack album featured songs written and performed by O'Connor and reached number 5 in the UK Albums Chart. It had a 38-week chart run and was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry.

Several tracks from the album were released as singles, the most successful being the previously mentioned 'Eighth Day' and 'Will You' which both reached the UK Top 10.

Subsequent albums released by O'Connor included Sons and Lovers (which featured the UK Top 10 hit single 'D Days'), Cover Plus, Smile, Private Wars and Five in the Morning.

O'Connor also collaborated with other artists, and made appearances in the video for Mick Karn's "The Sound Of Waves" and a cameo appearance in the 1983 Eurythmics video, "Who's That Girl?".

The aforementioned Sons And Lovers is now being released as an incredible expanded package in a deluxe digi-pack with a richly illustrated lyric booklet containing an introduction from Hazel OfConnor herself.

This expanded edition of Hazelfs landmark post-punk album contains three versions of the lead UK top ten single eD- Daysf; the album version, the better known Tony Visconti remixed version and the lesser known alternate eNewf version dating from 1981.

eD-Daysf, also known as eDecadent Daysf had been inspired by Hazel visiting a fledgling New Romantic nightclub in Londonfs eWest Endf and viewing the poseurs and gpeople looking very bizarreh of that new musical movement.

In many ways, Sons & Lovers is very much a bridge between epunkf and the enew wavef and, without a shadow of a doubt, is one of Hazel's best to date.

1. 'D-DAYS'
2. 'WAITING'
3. 'WHO WILL CARE?'
4. 'ZOO'
5. 'GIGOLO'
6. 'DO WHAT YOU DO'
7. 'SONS AND LOVERS'
8. 'GLASS HOUSES'
9. 'AINfT IT FUNNY'
10. 'DANNY BOY'
11. 'BYE BYE'
12. 'TIME (AINfT ON OUR SIDE)'

BONUS TRACKS:
13. 'AINfT IT FUNNY' (LIVE)
14. 'SUFFRAGETTE CITY' (LIVE)
15. 'D-DAYS' (7 VISCONTI VERSION)
16. 'TIME IS FREE' (ORIGINAL e79 VERSION)
17. 'D-DAYS' (ALTERNATE f81 eNEWf VERSION)

We kick off brilliantly with the uber vibrant 'D-DAYS' which she backed with both the jaunty 'WAITING' and the trippy storytelling of 'WHO WILL CARE?'. The languishingly Bowie-esque 'ZOO' is then followed by the fervent sax-led 'GIGOLO', the passive new wave poetry of 'DO WHAT YOU DO', before the upbeat sax adorned title track is laid out before us.

The punchy 'GLASS HOUSES' is the followed by my all-time favorite HO song, the brilliant 'AINfT IT FUNNY', with her haunting rendition of 'DANNY BOY' along next. The original album then rounds out with the fun 'BYE BYE', and then finally the tell-it-like-it-is live breakdown of 'TIME (AINfT ON OUR SIDE).'

Amongst the five bonus track rarities included in this deluxe package are two live tracks from a celebrated 1980 live concert at the Dominion Theatre in London; a reworking of the album track eAinft It Funnyf and a spirited cover version of David Bowiefs eSuffragette Cityf which features Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran who, at that time, were Hazel OfConnorfs support act.

These tracks were originally featured as the B-sides of the 12h single of eTime (Ainft On Our Side)f, the second track to be taken as a single from the album. Another bonus track rarity is the very first version of eTime Is Freef that had been the B-side of Hazel OfConnorfs pre-eBreaking Glassf debut 1979 single.

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Title - 'Gustav Holst: The Planets'
Artist - Richard Strauss & Sprach Zarathustra

For those not in the know, William Steinberg (Cologne, August 1, 1899 – New York City, May 16, 1978) was a German-American conductor.

Steinberg was born Hans Wilhelm Steinberg in Cologne, Germany. He displayed early talent as a violinist, pianist, and composer, conducting his own choral/ orchestral composition (based on texts from Ovid's Metamorphoses) at age 13.

In 1914, he began studies at the Cologne Conservatory, where his piano teacher was the Clara Schumann pupil Lazzaro Uzielli and his conducting mentor was Hermann Abendroth. He graduated with distinction, winning the Wüllner Prize for conducting, in 1919.

He immediately became a second violinist in the Cologne Opera orchestra, but was dismissed from the position by Otto Klemperer for using his own bowings. He was soon hired by Klemperer as an assistant, and in 1922 conducted Fromental Halévy's La Juive as a substitute. When Klemperer left in 1924, Steinberg served as Principal Conductor.

He left a year later, in 1925, for Prague, where he was conductor of the German Theater. He next took the position of music director of the Frankfurt Opera. In 1930, in Frankfurt, he conducted the world premiere of Arnold Schoenberg's Von heute auf morgen.

William Steinberg's famous readings of Strauss' (with Sprach Zarathustra) Holst's The Planets is now newly remastered at 24-bit/192kHz from the original 4-track tapes and presented on Blu-ray Audio in 4.0 Surround + CD in DigiPack format.

Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934)
The Planets, Op. 32

1. Mars, The Bringer Of War
2. Venus, The Bringer Of Peace
3. Mercury, The Winged Messenger
4. Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity
5. Saturn, The Bringer Of Old Age
6. Uranus, The Magician
7. Neptune, The Mystic
Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176

8. Einleitung
9. Von den Hinterweltlern
10. Von der groben Sehnsucht
11. Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften
12. Das Grablied
13. Von der Wissenschaft
14. Der Genesende
15. Das Tanzlied - Das Nachtlied
16. Das Nachtwandlerlied

What does it mean to say that a certain recording is "definitive?" Surely not that it is the only way to play a certain piece, but rather, that the interpretation is so utterly convincing, while the playing is at the same time so utterly assured, that it becomes an totally absorbing and uplifting experience; a reference by which others can be judged.

Holst himself recorded The Planets (surely his must be considered "definitive" too in some sense, though that recording is rarely mentioned). Whether or not Steinberg heard that recording, he arrives at tempo choices often very close to the composer's own.

Tempo is so crucial, and getting it wrong in one movement can let down the entire performance. Boult's famous reading(s) is/are let down by too-slow tempos in Mars, which rob it of forward momentum and power. Likewise Dutoit's famous reading, and others, slow Saturn far too much, burying the melodic line underneath their massive plodding.

But Steinberg is simply perfect throughout. Mars is menacing, powerful, and swaggering. Venus is peaceful, tranquil, elegant and beautiful, without ever settling into the torpor that hurts so many versions, such as Yoel Levi's or Levine's. Mercury flits, scampers, and then blooms like a brief sunset.

Jupiter is all that it should be--not tense or rushed, as it almost sounds with Levin or some others, but jolly, merry, and full of boisterous energy. Saturn too, and the remaining movements, could not be better.

The orchestral playing of the Boston Symphony is amazing in its virtuosity, and the wonderful acoustics of their hall lend color to the winds, weight to the basses, and a beautiful sheen overall.

The recording dates from the '60s, but given the outstanding acoustics in which it was recorded, it shows its age only in a slight thickening in the treble, whereas if recorded today it might be a little more delicate and transparent. But the age of the recording is not and should not be an obstacle to anyone wanting to hear the best (alright, one of the best) Planets there is.

I wouldn't say that the Strauss Zarathustra here is "definitive," but it's an involving and exciting one. Instead of a luxurious wallow in lush orchestral tones, Steinberg provides a driving, sweeping performance that is often very dramatic and makes a great coupling for his Planets. (LTL)

These recordings remain mementos of Steinberg's brief tenure as the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Music Director. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first performance of 'The Planets' this new recording includes notes on Steinberg & the BSO and an essay on quadrophonic recording.

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Title - 'Nostalgia' (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Artist - Laurent Eyquem

The film - starring Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn, Patton Oswalt, Catherine Keener, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern, John Ortiz, and James LeGros - follows the lives of people connected through loss, examining the human process of finding love and solace in the artifacts and memories we share with each other.

Award winning French composer, Laurent Eyquem ('I'm That Man,' 'Riley's Peak,' 'Momentum,' 'USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage'), handles the score and boy, does he do it eloquently.

1. Opening Theme (3:01)
2. A Life In Pictures (1:28)
3. The Granddaughter (1:56)
4. Lives Lived (3:33)
5. The Decision (2:18)
6. Ready To Say Goodbye (3:12)
7. An Empty Life (2:24)
8. The Letters (1:47)
9. Emptiness (3:01)
10. The Absence (4:20)
11. Moving On (3:32)

Not a long score, but one that resonates from start to finish nonetheless, 'Nostalgia' is a movie, let alone a soundtrack that will stay with you long after the cinematography and music have finished playing.

The score, which contains lots of piano (ie: "Opening Theme") and cello solos, with side ventures from both strings, and even a rather breathtaking trumpet solo of the first aforementioned track returning occasionally, continues on with the hauntingly playful "A Life In Pictures" and backs that up with "The Granddaughter."

"Lives Lived" is another stoic, yet thoughtfully paced piano moment, and that's followed by the stirring "The Decision," the runaway piano of "Ready To Say Goodbye," the gently soaring "An Empty Life," and then both the quieter cello moments of "The Letters," and the solemn keys of "Emptiness."

The soundtrack then wraps up with a quite stunning "The Absence", the longest track on the album at just over four minutes, it will stay with you even when the music has finished, and then culminates with the hopefully stirrings of "Moving On."

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Title - I Kill Giants (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Artist - Laurent Perez Del Mar

Based on the award-winning comic by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura, 'I Kill Giants' tells the story of a girl named Barbara who struggles with life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters. The film adaptation stars Zoe Saldana and Madison Wolfe.

The soundtrack features music from London Grammar and score by respected French composer Laurent Perez del Mar ('The Red Turtle').

1. Barbara (4:50)
2. Gift Of Gold (1:49)
3. I Kill Giants (1:42)
4. Under The Stars (Performed by London Grammar) (3:56)
5. Giants (2:25)
6. The Forest (2:13)
7. Karen (1:29)
8. Under The Water (5:14)
9. Fight The Forest Giant (4:48)
10. Everything Is Gonna Be Alright (3:41)
11. Another Giant Is Coming (4:50)
12. Searching For Her (2:18)
13. I Have To Go (5:39)
14. Thousand Times (1:39)
15. The Forest Giants (:56)
16. Mum (2:18)
17. Something So Strong (Performed by Rasmus Walter) (3:25)

The score opens with the theme for “Barbara”, which has to be said is a stirring, yet vibrantly haunting cut if ever there were. The orchestral beauty "Gift of Gold" is next and is backed seamlessly by the gently playful title track.

"Under The Stars" from London Grammar is an odd cut to throw into this orchestral-based soundtrack, but then the blustery "Giants" showcases not only how good Del Mar is, but gets the soundtrack back on track. The soaring, Disneyesque "The Forest" is one of the best cuts here and is backed by the paced piano beauty "Karen", with ethereal "Under The Water" along next.

The pacey "Fight The Forest Giant" is next, then comes the quietly uplifting "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright", "Another Giant Is Coming," another outstanding piano piece in "Searching For Her," and then both "I Have To Go" and the short, but sweet "Thousand Times."

The barely a minute long "The Forest Giants" is then backed by yet another brilliant composition, this time the haunting and yet melodic "Mum," before the entire soundtrack is brought to a close with the (in my humble opinion) out of place here "Something So Strong (performed by Rasmus Walter).

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Title - 'Origins' [2CD]
Artist - Lisa LaRue

For those not in the know, Lisa LaRue began playing keyboards as a small child, her grandmother noticing she was playing "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" the Nancy Sinatra hit, on her toy Magnus Chord organ.

Later sought out by shopping malls and department stores as a young girl, she started writing her own songs and designing her own 'album covers.'

This led and inspired her for her future careers, which also include graphic design.

Before setting out for a record contract, she collaborated with Gilli Smyth of Gong on a self-released 'tape' titled "Dreamscapes." "Dreamscapes" was released by the U.S.-arm of Voiceprint, and soon after, she began label shopping for a longer-lasting deal.

A composer and keyboardist, LaRue became the first female artist signed to the Sound of America Records label (SOAR) Natural Visions sublabel.

Her debut release was titled "Beloved Tribal Women," produced by Will Alexander (keyboard tech to Keith Emerson, Herbie Hancock, and many other great keyboard players).

Since, she has released "Children's Songs in the Cherokee Language," "That Ol' Sofkee Spoon," "Ama," "Transformation 2012," "World Class" released as Lisa LaRue Project 2K9, "Fast and Blue" and “Sussuration” with 2KX, and “Sonic Landscapes” with Federico Fantacone.

She has also appeared on recordings by others, including Oliver Wakeman Band guitarist, David Mark Pearce ("Strange Ang3ls" album), Head Transfer Process (Stargazer), and Esquire with Nikki Squire ("Stay Low").

Recently signed to Melodic Revolution Records, keybordist & composer Lisa LaRue is set to release her new album Origins this very month. A 2CD set, it celebrates 25 years and 11 releases by LaRue.

Indeed, Origins features some of the best musicians in the business: John Payne (Asia, GPS), Michael Sadler (Saga), Mitch Perry (Talas, Aerosmith), Gilli Smyth (Gong), Don Schiff (Rocket Scientist, Kracked Earth), Federico Fantacone (Orchestre Celesti) John Baker (Forever Twelve, Mars Hollow) as well as Steve Adams, Brenda K, Michael Wheeler, Merrill Hale, Svetlan Raket (Par Lindh Project), John “Yafke” Timothy, and Michael Alvarez.

CD 1:
1. 'Kituwa'
2. 'Hurtful Words'
3. 'In Camera'
4. 'Beautiful Illusion'
5. '256 Leagues Above New Orleans'
6. 'Sea of Unity'
7. 'Lament of the Cherokee / Ruins of Home'
8. 'Golden Birds Wrapped Within'
9. 'Recurring Dream'

CD 2:
1. 'Jam Jehan Nima'
2. 'Prometheus'
3. 'Aspiration'
4. 'Sussuration'
5. 'Lemniscate'
6. 'Just Waiting For'

Listening to both CDs, back to back (as you should also do, of course, it's crystal clear that LaRue's musical perspective is unique, and delightfully rich in both tone and soul.

Her Prog rock style is highly influenced by her Native American roots, of that have no doubt, but as a listener new to her work (such as myself), or someone who has followed her career avidly, you just can't stop yourself from getting lovingly drawn into her mystical and avant-garde approach.

The rousing, guitar-led opener 'Kituwa' is also one of my favorites from this double set, and is backed by the dulcet piano of 'Hurtful Words,' the tranquil, soft prog of 'In Camera,' and then both the soaring 'Beautiful Illusion,' and then the softer '256 Leagues Above New Orleans.'

The lush 'Sea of Unity' is then backed seamlessly by the cello-led beauty 'Lament of the Cherokee / Ruins of Home,' before the stirring 'Golden Birds Wrapped Within' and then more soft prog in 'Recurring Dream bring the first disc to a close.

The mid-tempo, drumtastic 'Jam Jehan Nima' is first out the cannon and that's followed by the gently trippy 'Prometheus.' Complete with chimes and a very delicate Italian flavor, up next is 'Aspiration.' A very atmospheric, joyfully noisy at times composition, with a lovely tranquil finale, that's backed by the serene 'Sussuration.'

The second disc is then brought to a close with the uplifting, water's edge vibe of 'Lemniscate', with the playful spoken word track 'Just Waiting For' bringing the whole 2CD set to a close.

“This album brings together all of the messages of all of my albums," LaRue herself imparts. "Heritage and culture, bringing people together from around the world, giving each other creative outlets, and finding your spirit means you've made peace with the world and yourself.”

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Title - 'The Circle of Confusion of Tongues'
Artist - Babal

For those not in the know, and according to their very own pitch, the circle of confusion of tongues is redolent of jazz/funk fusions ensouled with multi-pitched vocal layers and extreme guitars; unexpected arrangements encourage you to follow the radical folk-tales as they shift from spine roads to byways and ditches.

From brooding melancholic meadows to high-rise hell, describing bourgeois lifestyles, fear of death, Addiction and insanity, block-paving, voluntary work and the overwhelming need to re-invent ourselves to survive the pandemonium of the modern first world construct.

Phew, well then, that clears that all up, right! That said, it kinda sorta does, if you read not only their lines of explanation, but generously between them also. The Circle of Confusion of Tongues is the fourth album from the UK's highly impressive psych art rock band, Babal ... and perhaps their best yet.

They add that you then, following along with their original train of thought above, re-emerge on a spectacular flyover, to find you went through the car wash on the way ... through the pressured layers ... you've got the bends ...

Right ... well ... ok, now you've lost me, but at least the music speaks for itself here on this brilliant, inspired even new album.

1. 'Teeth of The Universe'
2. 'Amanda'
3. 'He's Got The Bends'
4. 'The Crooked Path'
5. 'Stolen Breath'
6. 'Monkey On My Back'
7. 'The Foot High Guy'
8. 'Partakers'
9. 'Volunteers'
10. 'The Great Overwhelm'
11. 'Skating on the Pond'
12. 'Block Pave Me Over'

Drums that lead seamlessly into some funky guitar are how we are introduced to what is the best track on the album for me, 'Teeth of The Universe.' Embracing a Living Colour vibe throughout, but especially here, Babal then follow that up with the drum-led 'Amanda,' the trippy jam session 'He's Got The Bends,' then both the all-out, yet still melodic psych rock of 'The Crooked Path' and 'Stolen Breath.'

The frenetic guitar of 'Monkey On My Back' is yet another stand out cut and is followed by the more down low, NIN thematically crawling approach of 'The Foot High Guy.' The album brings us another wonderful track in 'Partakers,' with the atmospheric 'Volunteers,' the drum-led and searing guitar of 'The Great Overwhelm.'

The album then comes to a close with the Church-like, choiresque 'Skating on the Pond' which is then backed by the revealing storytelling of 'Block Pave Me Over.'

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Title - 'Thunderbird'
Artist - Thunderbird

For those not in the know, Canadian-Aussie rockers Thunderbird have, once again, rebooted the classic hard rock sound of the late '70s and early 80s here on their brand new self-titled third album, Thunderbird.

Thunderbird - Marc LaFrance, Vocals/Producer; Rob Becker, Bass; Kelly Stodola, Drums/Producer; and Brice Tabish, Guitars - is a collection of short stories, where LaFrance is singing the songs as different characters. Fundamentally telling their tales via a gallery of rogues from the dark side.

Recorded in Vancouver BC, produced by Marc LaFrance and Kelly Stodola and mixed by famed engineer Mike Fraser, Thunderbird is simply chock full of songs are inspired by classic hard rock. Combining heavy guitars, blistering solos, driving rhythms and cultured vocals, this third outing is, for my money, their best yet.

1. 'Liar (Fool's Gold)'
2. 'Little Jenny'
3. 'Star'
4. 'Rain'
5. 'Into The Sun'
6. 'Painted Lady'
7. 'Revolution'
8. 'Man Of Clay'
9. 'I'm With You'
10. 'On The Brink'
11. 'King Rat'
12. 'Vampire'

A choir-like opening to 'Liar (Fool's Gold)' (featuring the band's former guitarist Rod 'Doc' Coogan on it's incredible guitar solo) bleeds quickly into the drum and guitar-led real feel of the track. Sounding like an early version of Rainbow (one of my all-time favorite bands, I'll have you know), that is then backed by both the heavier 'Little Jenny,' and then the '80s rock band riffs of 'Star.'

That vibe continues seamlessly on into 'Rain', which is backed by the frenetic guitar and vocal combo of 'Into The Sun.' The systematic, and well devised rock heavy 'Painted Lady' is one of my favorite tracks here, and is followed by both 'Revolution' and then the only true ballad of the set, 'Man Of Clay.'

The thunder is brought back on 'I'm With You', which in turn is backed by the foot-tapper 'On The Brink.' Another brilliant cut is the mid-tempo gem 'King Rat,' with the album then being rounded out perfectly with the last track, the rocker 'Vampire.'

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Title - 'Soyuz'
Artist - Gazpacho

For those not in the know, Gazpacho are an art rock band from Oslo, Norway. The original core band of Jan-Henrik Ohme (vocals), Jon-Arne Vilbo (guitars) and Thomas Andersen (keyboards, programming, producer) started making music together in 1996 and the band has since expanded with Mikael Krømer (violin, co-producer), Robert R Johansen (drums) and Kristian Torp (bass).

Gazpacho's music has been described by one critic as being "classical post ambient nocturnal atmospheric neo-progressive folk world rock". Indeed, their music has been compared to A-ha, Radiohead, Marillion and Porcupine Tree (and rightfully so, in truth).

Recorded at Krypton Planet & St. Croix Fredrikstad in Norway, engineered by Thomas Andersen, Kristian Torp and Mikael Kroemer, mixed by John Rausch and mastered by Sonovo Mastering’s Thor Legvold, Gazpacho's brand new album is entitled Soyuz. Releasing May 18th, 2018 via Kscope Records, the eye-catching artwork is designed by painter Antonio Seijas, and is actually inspired by Russian Cold War colors and fonts from the Soyuz One flight era.

The themes of Soyuz were born from the idea of how beautiful moments pass and cannot be “saved for later”, so within Soyuz are interconnected tales of people and lives “frozen in time”.

Taking inspiration from a multitude of eras and subject matters, including the doomed Russian space capsule Soyuz and its iconic captain Komarov; the Tibetan Buddhist funeral practice in 'Sky Burial'; the inclusion of the oldest recording of the human voice from 1860 and the Hans Christian Andersen inspired 'Emperor Bespoke'.

1. 'Soyuz One'
2. 'Hypomania'
3. 'Exit Suite'
4. 'Emperor Bespoke'
5. 'Sky Burial'
6. 'Fleeting Things'
7. 'Soyuz Out'
' 8. 'Rappaccini'

With what seems at first like a gentle, beating heartbeat, the album opens with the quite stunning 'Soyuz One,' a track that I could personally listen to over and over again. So beautiful. So delicate. That's followed seamlessly by the more upbeat melodies of 'Hypomania,' and the both the unadulterated ambiance of 'Exit Suite,' and the dulcet piano work of the art folk ballad 'Emperor Bespoke.'

The most interesting track on the new album for me is the gentle musical swirls of 'Sky Burial' which is backed with the simply beautiful 'Fleeting Things.' Sadly, the album then comes to a close with both the artful masterpiece 'Soyuz Out,' and then wraps with the thoroughly fascinating 'Rappaccini.'

Simply put, Soyuz is an album that grows and exposes more depth the more spins you give it. In fact, I couldn't rate it highly enough. It's a multi-layered piece of musical art and the musicianship is quite extraordinary.

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Title - 'Continuance'
Artist - Shawn Phillips

For those not in the know, Shawn Phillips, one of music’s most daring, influential and enigmatic figures, has announced the release of his new album, Continuance, via Tunecore Distribution.

The record – Phillips' 25th solo effort – sees the genre-bending singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist, who was once described by Bill Graham as “the best-kept secret in the music business,” mixing hard rock, blues, funk, jazz, classical and New Age into an enthralling, singular style of expression.

1. 'Life'
2. 'The Force that We Call Life'
3. 'Tribute To D'
4. 'Man With A Gun'
5. 'Furious Desperation'
6. 'C'mon Round'
7. 'Song for A Thief' 9. 'In Grace We Intend'
10. 'Dancing In Survival'
11. 'Mirror Of Light'
12. 'Some Thing's Will Never Change'

"I have always worked at producing the finest quality music that will appeal to everyone who hears it," Philips himself has expressed. "Because of the facilities I will be working in, I expect this project to have outstanding production and musicians. It will be a soundtrack to your life!"

Having launched it via a Kickstarter campaign page (see below), Phillips now is seeing the fruits of his musical labors. For not only are his peers lauding the 12 track gem, but each and every track has been put together so lovingly that it's hard to believe that we had to wait so long to hear them.

This American folk-rock musician, primarily influential in the 1960s and 1970s and now with 25 albums to his name, may have worked with such music notables as Donovan, Paul Buckmaster, J. Peter Robinson, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bernie Taupin and more, but here on Continuance he is most assuredly making some of the best music in his career.

I mean, just listening to songs here such as the thunderous storytelling of a world gone wrong in 'Man With A Gun,' or the smooth, melodic sand shifting air of 'Mirror Of Light,' will have you putting this CD on repeat, believe me.

Indeed, this knack of storytelling with a melodic backing is truly brought to the fore on the stunning trio of 'The Force That We Call Life,' 'Dancing In Survival,' and 'In Grace We Intend,' with the stand out track here, for my money, the stunningly inventive, and quite brilliant combination of sounds captured within 'Bach To The Fusion.'

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Title - 'One'
Artist - Colin Carter

For those not in the know, Colin Carter - best known as the lead vocalist for Prog icons Flash, featuring guitar legend Peter Banks - is now releasing his debut solo album, appropriately entitled One.

A diverse collection of light and dark electric rock, with a little funk, some nightclub swing, an angular Dylanesque shuffle, a 30's Berlin cabaret song, a grand dramatic rock ballad, a Lennon-like lullaby and some flat out driving rock and more, One is as good as it gets within this genre that Carter has embedded himself, trust me.

1. 'Wings'
2. 'Reachin' Out'
3. 'Highway To Oblivion'
4. 'Star Crossed'
5. 'Cafe Elektric'
6. 'Underground'
7. 'Munich Song'
8. 'Obsession'
9. 'Tortuga Tonight'
10. 'Sleeping With You'

Opener 'Wings' is a fluent old 1970's soft rocker if ever there was, and that's backed by both a Pink Pantheresque smooth groove in the form of 'Reachin' Out' and then the first prog rock outing, 'Highway To Oblivion.'

The upbeat ballad 'Star Crossed' is next and that's backed by the aforementioned 1930's Berlin cabaret song, 'Cafe Elektric.' The jangly guitars of 'Underground' make this one of my own personal favorites and that's backed seamlessly by the prog darkness of 'Munich Song.'

The mid-tempo psych trip of 'Obsession' is then backed by the Renaissance-flavored 'Tortuga Tonight,' with the album coming to a close with the sweet guitar work of 'Sleeping With You.'

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Title - 'Parachutes in Hurricanes'
Artist - David Fitzpatrick

For those not in the know, Guitarist/Songwriter David Fitzpatrick - who has led Milwaukee’s Dave Fitzpatrick Band for decades - will release his first major solo work entitled Parachutes in Hurricanes on Daystorm Music this coming April 27th, 2018.

Known for his production résumé, musician/engineer/producer Gary Tanin (Jack Spann, Sam Llanas, Roger Powell, Daryl Stuermer) was recruited to collaborate on Fitzpatrick’s solo opus; and trust me when I say, the man did an incredible job.

Nearly three years in the making, many musicians provided their artistry along with core members of David's band. Indeed, Fitzpatrick and Tanin spent countless session hours crafting the melodies and arrangements that resulted in the compositions on this brilliant album.

1. 'Lost on the Same Street'
2. 'Long Way Down'
3. 'Half A Mile'
4. 'How I Wish'
5. 'All In Tonight'
6. 'Your Ghost'
7. 'Money Isn't Everything'
8. 'So Happy With You'
9. 'Bed Of Roses'
10. 'If I Could'
11. 'Done To Me'

The storytelling of the opening track, 'Lost on the Same Street' is Fitzpatrick at his songwriting best (he wrote all the songs on the album, seven of which were co-written with Tanin), and with his gritty, soulful voice at the helm, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Little Steven had made an appearance on it!

'Long Way Down' slows the rock roll, before the mid-tempo 'Half a Mile,' and it's interplay of vocals, guitar and organ, ensure that the track will become an instant favorite of yours. The wistful vocal on 'How I Wish' will have you yearning for more tracks like this to be included, and that's backed by the harmonious 'All In Tonight.'

The mellow vibe continues onward with the brilliant, gentle guitar work of 'Your Ghost,' which in turn is followed by yet another (in my humble opinion) Little Steven nod on 'Money Isn’t Everything.' The fun and jazzy 'I’m So Happy' is another pure delight to behold here (man, I love me some horn line), and that is backed by the tremolo guitar and organ combo of 'Bed Of Roses.'

The album then rounds out with both the all-too-short pop bounce of 'If I Could,' and then the piano driven 'Done To Me' being the most perfect of book end to the magnificent Fitzpatrick storytelling hour.

Embodying the heart and soul, nay, the essence of the Milwaukee musician’s perspective and outlook, Parachutes in Hurricanes showcases a most talented musician clearly at his very best.

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Title - 'Guitar Masters Collection'
Artist - Various

For those not in the know, Grammy award-winning producer Brian Tarquin is an American multi-Emmy Award-winning guitarist/composer and producer of the Guitar Masters Series featuring Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Jimmy Page, Santana, BB King and Joe Satriani.

He is also known for his work as a smooth jazz artist and a music composer receiving 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series and also received Emmy nominations in 2001, 2002 and 2004.

Indeed, Tarquin has sold more than 150,000 albums through his career in the USA. He wrote the theme music for MTV's Road Rules, as well as producing music for many other TV shows such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "TMZ on TV", America's Next Top Model, ABC's Making The Band, Extra, Alias and the Keanu Reeves film The Watcher.

In 2014, Tarquin produced, engineered and composed Guitars for Wounded Warriors, which showcases Tarquin’s guitar prowess alongside other guitarists such as, Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Gary Hoey, Bumblefoot (Guns N' Roses), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Chris Poland (Megadeth) and Chuck Loeb (Fourplay). [The album features exclusively released tracks inspired by military soldiers who fought for the USA.]

Now Tarquin does it again with the just released Guitar Masters Collection, out now via Purple Pyramid Records. A wondrous collection that, once again, features some cream of the crop guitarists - such as Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Stonley Clarke, Zakk Wylde, and more - the 10 track CD is as good as it gets in this genre, of that have no doubt.

1. 'Skippy'
2. 'Tocar Modera'
3. 'Funk Me Tender'
4. 'I Wish'
5. 'Hair'
6. 'Tarquinius Maximus'
7. 'Mother Load'
8. 'Ricarda'
9. 'Antilla'
10. 'Blue Wind'

We kick off in a jazz funk style with 'Skippy' (Allan Holdsworth & David Hines) and that's backed by the heavier 'Tocar Modera' (Larry Coryell & Brian Tarquin, and then the brilliantly funky, and my own personal favorite track here, 'Funk Me Tender' from Steve Vai & Randy Coven.

The gentle funk of Stevie Wonder's 'I Wish' now has some growl and edge to it from Zakk Wylde & Randy Coven, and that's followed by Graham Central Station's '70s throwback vibe of 'Hair' (here by Stanley Clarke & Joe Satriani), and then the soaring guitar work of ''Tarquinius Maximus' by both Chris Poland & Brian Tarquin.

The stirring "ballad," if you wish to call it such, 'Mother Load' is yet another stand out cut here from both Leslie West & Randy Coven, and then the quite stunning 'Ricarda' by Hal Lindes comes to the fore. The American-English guitarist and film score composer, who in 1979 played guitar with the rock group Darling, really turns this collection on its head with his flamenco styling.

The album is then rounded out with the gentle 'Antilla' (Allan Holdsworth & David Hines), and then ends on a high flying note (no pun intended) with 'Blue Wind' by Billy Sheehan, Doug Doppler & Brian Tarquin.

With liner notes from editor in chief of Guitar Player magazine, the players here, both known and unknown, are staggeringly skilled, and the tunes are new or reworked with additional vibrancy.

CD Purchase Link

www.BrianTarquin.com





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