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JONESY : Waltz For Yesterday – The Recordings 1972-1974

Jonesy was a British prog outfit that released 3 albums in the ’70s. Lead by singer/guitarist John Evan-Jones, the band released their classic debut album No Alternative in 1972. The line-up here consisted of Jones, along with American born keyboardist James Kaleth, drummer Jim Payne, and bass player Dave Paull. Both Paull and Payne had previously been in National Head Band with Lee Kerslake (pre Uriah Heep), Paull would also play on Ken Hensley’s Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf album. Anyway, No Alternative is perhaps the band’s most sought after record, featuring the band’s best know track “Ricochet”. It also featured stand-out cuts like “Mind Of The Century”, the wild epic title track, and the ballad “Heaven”. Four of the cuts on the debut clock in at (near) 8 minutes or longer! No Alternative takes up disc one, and includes the short instrumental “Reprise” added on.

By the time the band recorded their 2nd album John Evan-Jones remained, along with Kaleth, and joining them were Jones’ brother – Trevor, on bass, Plug Thomas on drums (Thomas had brief spells with Screaming Lord Sutch and Supertramp), and Alan Bown on trumpet and percussion. Ray Russell was also brought in to do some orchestral arranging. 1973’s Keeping Up was much more laid back, with more emphasis on vocals, harmonies, keyboards, flutes, strings… gone are the heavy guitar pieces. But some fine songs in “Masquerade”, “Questions And Answers”, and the ballad “Song”, which should made a good single. Disc 2 adds the single version of “Ricochet” and it’s B-side “Every Day’s The Same”. Disc 3 comprises of the band’s last album released in late 1973 – Growing, as well as the band’s final album Sudden Prayers Make God Jump. The latter was never released until years later from a cassette, but here it is taken (as are all the albums) from the original master tapes. Growing featured most of the same line-up, and producer Rupert Hine was brought in as well. This album was more upbeat from the previous album, with tracks like “Can You Get That Together?”, “Know Who Your Friends Are”, and the title track. The band’s final album Sudden Prayers Make God Jump (who comes up with these titles?) featured a new line-up. Joining the Jones bothers were drummer David Potts, keyboard player Ken Elliott (ex of Second Hand, and later played with Arthur Brown), and Bernard Hagley on sax & flute (he had played on Growing, and previously Tranquility). This last album is probably the band’s most experimental, lots of different instrumentation, vocal harmonies, and unique songs, kinda rivalling some of the stuff Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come was doing in the early ’70s. Jonesy were a very overlooked gem of the British prog scene of the early ’70s; none of their albums would get released in North America and they contained no big hits, but are well worth checking out through this CD box set. *Comes with a 16 page colored booklet, with liner notes penned by Mark Powell.

KEITH EMERSON : His life and legacy illustrated and celebrated

The legendary keyboard giant remembered; stories, tributes, rare and unseen photographs

A lavish, fully illustrated book in which family, friends, colleagues, and fans talk to author Chris Welch about the life, work, and legacy of Keith Emerson from before The Nice and ELP through 3 to The Keith Emerson Band. Illustrated throughout with previously unseen photos from family, friends, and professional photographers, this official celebration will tell the remarkable tale of Keith’s musical evolution, his personal relationships, and the creation of his astounding musical legacy. Includes new interviews with Keith’s children, ex-wife, close personal friends, Mari Kawaguchi, Carl Palmer, Rick Wakeman, Lee Jackson, Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, Alan White, Dave Kilminster, Marc Bonilla, Rachel Flowers, Darius Brubeck, Geoff Downes, and others.

The book draws on the private Emerson family archives for photographs of Keith at home, at work and play. Close family and friends share memories and stories from throughout his life, revealing the true man, while fellow musicians from the worlds of prog, rock and classical attest to Keith’s talent and dedication, while others who worked with him tell of his spirit, generosity and sense of humor.

Keith Emerson celebrates the life and legacy of the man who first played the Hammond organ like a lead guitarist, introduced the European classical music tradition to rock fans with The Nice and helped create the template for prog rock with the very first Moog synthesizers with ELP. He also wrote movie soundtracks, performed with world-renowned jazz musicians, and toured the world as a solo artist. All of that and more is explored in this deluxe book.

*Registering at http://www.keithemersonbook.com will ensure a special discount when pre-order begins, allow people to have a name printed in the book and be a part of this unique project.

http://www.keithemersonbook.com  Hardback : Classic £40/$45 Signature £250/$275  224 pages, 50,000 words 200 photographs 

03/’22

NEKTAR – The Other Side

NEKTAR began in Hamburg, Germany in 1969 and released a number of classic progressive rock albums in the ’70s, such as A Tab In The Ocean, Remember The Future, Down To Earth, and Recycled. Through many line up changes, a break up in 82, and reformations since 2000, plus the loss of founding member (singer/guitarist) Roye Albrighton in 2016. The band now based in the US, recently released a new CD/DVD package of their 2020 album. *See the press release below for more details.

THROUGHOUT THE 1970S NEKTAR RELEASED A SERIES OF ACCLAIMED ALBUMS, SCORING CHART SUCCESS IN GERMANY (WHERE THE BRITISH BAND WAS BASED) AND LATER IN THE USA (WHERE THE BAND RELOCATED).

FOLLOWING THE PASSING OF ORIGINAL GUITARIST / VOCALIST ROYE ALBRIGHTON IN 2016, FELLOW FOUNDER MEMBERS DEREK “MO” MOORE (BASS, VOCALS), RON HOWDEN (DRUMS, VOCALS) AND MICK BROCKETT (LYRICS, VISUAL CONCEPTS) REUNITED, ALONG WITH RANDY DEMBO (BASS, 12-STRING GUITAR), RYCHE CHLANDA (GUITAR, VOCALS) AND KENDALL SCOTT (KEYBOARDS) TO RECORD

CHLANDA ORIGINALLY RECORDED WITH NEKTAR IN 1978, AND FOR ‘THE OTHER SIDE’, THE BAND UPDATED SOME OF THOSE IDEAS WHICH EVOLVED IN THE BASEMENT OF MOORE’S HOUSE IN NEW JERSEY WITH RON HOWDEN. THE 1978

UNRECORDED SONG ‘SKYPILOT’ HAS EVOLVED INTO ‘SKYWRITER’ IN 2019. ‘I’M ON FIRE’ IS THE MUSICAL ADAPTATION OF A POEM WRITTEN BY MO FOR HIS SOON-TO-BE WIFE, NICKI, DURING THAT SAME TIME PERIOD.

THE CLOSING TRACK, ‘DEVIL’S DOOR’, WAS ORIGINALLY PERFORMED LIVE IN 1974, BUT NEVER FEATURED ON A NEKTAR ALBUM. UPDATED AND RECORDED FOR THIS ALBUM, THE SONG FEATURES THE PRESENCE OF THE LATE ROYE ALBRIGHTON ON THE INTRODUCTION TO THE TRACK, WHOSE WONDERFUL GUITAR PART WAS TAKEN FROM A LIVE SOUNDBOARD RECORDING MADE IN 1974.

KENDALL SCOTT’S DISTINCTIVE AND VERSATILE KEYBOARD PRESENCE HAS ENHANCED THIS CONSIDERABLY, WHILE RANDY DEMBO, WHO ORIGINALLY JOINED NEKTAR IN 2004, BRINGS THE SOUND TOGETHER WITH 12-STRING AND BASS GUITARS, ROUNDING OUT THE INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGEMENTS. RON HOWDEN HAS BEEN A CONTINUAL DRIVING FORCE OF THE BAND, WEATHERING ALL VERSIONS OF NEKTAR SINCE ITS CONCEPTION IN 1969. WITH MICK BROCKETT NOW BACK IN THE FOLD (WITH HIS VISUAL CONCEPTS AND IDEAS AS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE BAND MAKING THE MUSIC AND LIGHT THEATRE A REALITY). ‘THE OTHER SIDE’ IS A STUNNING ALBUM FROM A LEGENDARY BAND

Disc One:

1. I’m On Fire 2. Skywriter 3. Love Is / The Other Side 4. The Light Beyond 5. Look Thru Me 6. Y Can’t I B More Like U. 7. Drifting 8. Devil’s Door

Disc Two: DVD

The Making Of The Other Side : A Documentary About The Making Of The Album And The Reunion Of Nektar

*Also recently released was a live recording from 1973 titled Sounds Like Swiss – check out this link for the press release – https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/24446559/posts/11257

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VINvFKQ_z50

YES – The Quest

The 2nd YES album to featured Jon Davison on vocals. I never did give it’s predecessor much of a chance [but have picked it up while enjoying this new one]. The 2nd video released “Future Memories” I really liked right away, and that got my interest. It is still the stand out song here, for me, a classic Yes ballad, and if the band ends tomorrow Jon Davison will have left an amazing mark with this one. Lead off track / video “The Ice Bridge” is a strong track as well, love Geoff Downes bright keyboards throughout this number, with the intro briefly reminiscent of ELP, and elsewhere this song reminds me a bit of Saga, and love Steve Howe’s riff and solo. Davison and Billy Sherwood co-write and share vocals on the upbeat “The Western Edge”. Though much of this album is near ballads or acoustic numbers, it is a pretty uplifting set of songs, as The Quest according to guitarist and producer Steve Howe – “The Quest is a strong album with a common theme: posing the great questions of life and finding that we have our destiny within our own hands.” The band also pays tribute to The Beatles in the track “Mystery Tour”. YES also pays homage to their won past according to Geoff Downes – “There’s a lot of retro sounds, reminiscent of some of the early Yes recordings. I was really a big fan of Tony Kaye, his style of Hammond playing, and even going back to the Drama album, the basic keyboard instruments – like the Hammond organ and acoustic piano – have really come out on this album..” The album also includes orchestra on a couple of tracks – Howe’s “Dare To Know” – “I wanted to augment what Yes does – To have something as beautiful as an orchestra was really appealing, and that was done remotely in Macedonia. Paul K. Joyce did the arranging for me.” The orchestra was also used on the Davison / Sherwood track “Minus The Man”. Howe’s “Leave Well Alone” is an epic Yes tune with a classy mix of vocals, and plenty of changes, and I’m pretty sure I hear a nod to “Starship Trooper” later on in.

As I’ve said previously, I never was a huge Yes fan, and post 90125 albums were hit and miss with me, but I did like The Ladder, and going back recently [upon hearing this] really liked Fly From Here, so I will put The Quest up there as my next favorite Yes album, despite being fairly laid-back, overall. There are a few songs that have jumped out at me, and there is lots to still get in to here. For all that’s been said of the line-up being without a few founding members, I am quite happy with this and look forward to more.

The Quest comes in various formats, colored vinyl, a box set… Beautifully packaged in Roger Dean artwork again.

https://yes-band.lnk.to/TheQuest?fbclid=IwAR0n1ojd5KpLGNPU-vwkJx1GlMlGeDF3jkxyr8LiGCpSs5Ob_0sAB9vyhyw

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KJ, 11/’21

YES – Release New Video from The Quest

YES launch video for ‘Future Memories’

I’ve picked up almost every Yes album over the years, and since the ’80s I often wondered if I was picking up Yes albums more so for the Roger Dean artwork than the music, which (for me) didn’t always grab me from album to album. The first 2 singles from The Quest I enjoyed, and the new video/single for the ballad “Future Memories” is the most likeable and memorable Yes song in decades. Jon Davison, who joined the band in 2012, penned the song and delivers a fantastic vocal, with such a great melody. The video itself appears to be a tribute to the band’s collaboration with Roger Dean over the past 50 years, as it features images of the album covers he’s done for the band, flowing along with band member pics, colors, and ongoing paint strokes.

15th October 2021: YES, who are Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood, recently released their new studio album The Quest on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music The album was produced by Steve Howe. “Much of the music was written in late 2019 with the rest in 2020. We commissioned several orchestrations to augment and enhance the overall sound of these fresh new recordings, hoping that our emphasis on melody, coupled with some expansive instrumental solo breaks, keeps up the momentum for our listeners,” said Steve.


Today the band are please to reveal a video for the track ‘Future Memories’, watch it now here: 


‘The Quest’ also sees its physical release in North America, as of today. Pick up your copy here: https://yes-band.lnk.to/TheQuest
The album has also been hitting charts worldwide, find a selection of them below:
#7 German Album Charts, #20 UK Album Charts, #1 UK Rock Album Charts, #5 Swiss Album Charts, #8 Japanese International Weekly Charts, #23 French Physical Album Charts, #37 Belgian National Album Charts, #54 Dutch Album Charts, #60 Italian Album Charts.

Previous video singles from The Quest include “Dare To Know” and “The Ice Bridge”

https://youtu.be/hhzKdB6ftsc
https://youtu.be/PbGEa7ju8bg

The Quest was recorded across the globe, The sessions took place in the UK with Steve Howe, Geoff Downes & Jon Davison, while Alan White & Billy Sherwood got together in the studio in the US. “Billy Sherwood and myself did all the rhythm sections, bass and drum, in America,” says Alan White, “down in Los Angeles at Uncle Studios, where he works a lot. It helps when you’ve got a good place to work,” Alan laughs, “and Billy’s really good on the recording desk, so we got things down relatively quickly. I spent quite a while studying the music before I went down to LA so I was prepared.”

The Quest is also now available for pre-order on various formats, including a Limited Deluxe Box-Set that features a Gatefold 180g 2LP on exclusive colored vinyl, 2CD+Blu-ray Digipak (featuring 5.1 mix & backing tracks), 36-page perfect bound booklet, enamel pin badge, 60x90cm poster, slipmat & hand-numbered certificate of authenticity, all housed in a rigid lift-off box.

Containing 11 songs, 8 on the main CD with 3 extra tracks on a bonus CD, The Quest will also be available as Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook, 2CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP+2CD & as Digital Album. Order now here: https://yes-band.lnk.to/TheQuest

CD1: 01. The Ice Bridge 7.01, 02. Dare To Know 6.00, 03. Minus The Man 5.35, 04. Leave Well Alone 8.06, 05. The Western Edge 4.26, 06. Future Memories 5.08, 07. Music To My Ears 4.41, 08. A Living Island 6.52
CD2: 01. Sister Sleeping Soul 4.51, 02. Mystery Tour 3.33, 03. Damaged World 5.20

Formats are: Limited Edition Deluxe 2LP & 2CD plus Blu-ray Box-set, Limited Edition 2CD & Blu-ray Artbook, Gatefold 2LP & 2CD plus LP-booklet, 2CD DigipakDigital Album.

The current line-up of YES was completed in 2015 when Billy Sherwood replaced founder member Chris Squire, at Squire’s insistence, as he bravely fought a losing battle with leukemia. Since then, YES have concentrated on touring with their Album Series tours, each featuring a classic YES album in its entirety. During this period YES have released three live albums Topographic Drama – Live Across America (2017), Yes Live 50 (2019) and The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas (2020)

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Yes Announce New Album ‘The Quest’

10/’21

Marillion : The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Tour – November 2021 

British progressive band Marillion bring their The Light At The End Of The Tunnel tour to the stages of Britain with a 10-date tour in November culminating in 2 nights at the London Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.  

Steve Hogarth says: “No, it isn’t a train coming the other way, it is in fact, The Light at the End of the Tunnel.   We spent our time IN the tunnel writing our twentieth studio album. 
 
We will tour in the UK in November and debut one or two new tracks, along with what we feel is the best of our (let’s face it) huge catalogue. 
 
Our fans are legendary creatures of faith and enthusiasm – some say obsession – so we can’t wait for that feeling of reunification as we return from the wilderness, to the stage.  The light is gonna feel good.” 

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Tour November 2021: 

Sunday 14th Nov  Hull City Hall 

Monday 15th Nov Edinburgh Usher Hall 

Wednesday 17th Nov  Cardiff St David’s Hall 

Thursday 18th Nov Manchester Bridgewater Hall 

Saturday 20th Nov Cambridge Corn Exchange 

Sunday 21st Nov Birmingham Symphony Hall 

Tuesday 23rd Nov Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 

Wednesday 24th Nov Bath Forum 

Friday 26th Nov London**  Eventim Apollo Hammersmith (seated) 

Saturday 27th Nov London** Eventim Apollo Hammersmith (standing) 

**Please note the Apollo Hammersmith shows will be – one night seated and one night standing. 

Tickets are available from: www.myticket.co.uk/artists/marillion 

MARILLION are: Steve Hogarth – lead vocals, lyrics, keyboards, percussion, Steve Rothery – electric guitars, acoustic guitars, Pete Trewavas – Bass, Guitar, Backing Vocals, , Mark Kelly – keyboards, and Ian Mosley – drums, percussion. 

The band’s latest studio album’s are 2016’s F.E.A.R. [Fuck Everyone And Run], and 2019’s With Their Friends From The Orchestra. The band is currently working on An Hour Before It’s Dark – for 2022 release.

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