This Day in Music – June 11, 1946 – John Lawton formerly of Uriah Heep’s birthday, leads to belated “happy birthdays” for Others!!

OutsiderI will admit that I was never a big Uriah Heep fan. I knew of them, and I have probably heard some of their music along the way, but none of it has made it into my music library. But I did notice yesterday, as I was looking through the new prog rock releases, that the Heep’s new album Outsider, was released. So I wasted time, unless you count the time between 1969 and now as wasted because I have not sought out Uriah Heep, going to Spotify to listen to it. Anyway, I really liked the album and maybe I’ll consider a part of the aforementioned time wasted! Now the reason that I really am mentioning this at all today is that today is the birthday of John Lawton. a former lead singer for the Heep. Lawton provided the vocals for the band between 1976 and 1980, which I obviously did not know before today and found out here at the band’s biography at Wikipedia

Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 and are regarded as one of the seminal hard rock acts of the early 1970s.[1][2] Uriah Heep’s progressive/art rock/heavy metal fusion’s distinctive features have always included a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal harmonies and (in the early years) David Byron’s quasi-operatic vocals.[3][4] Twelve of the band’s albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975)[5] while of the fifteen Billboard 200 Uriah Heep albumsDemons and Wizards was the most successful (#23, 1972).[6] In the late 1970s the band had massive success in Germany, where the “Lady in Black” single was a big hit.[7][8] Along with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep had become one of the top bands in the early 1970s – one of “The Big 4″ of hard rock.[9]k 

Mick BoxOk so then I went to the band’s website to find out a little more and I see is “Appy Birthday. Mick Box, from reading the band’s bio. I now know that Mick Box, lead guitarist is also the only original member of the band who is still an active member of the band!! But wait when’s his birthday.I went to Wikipedia to check and see that his birthday is June 9, 1947! I went back to two of the websites that I check for birthdays and  there is no mention of Mick…. then I went to This Day in Rock figuring  it has to be there…..hum….

  • 1941 – Jon Lord, Deep Purple
  • 1947 – Mitch Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • 1949 – George Burnell – Strawberry Alarm Clock
  • 1950 – Trevor Boulder – Uriah Heep

No, Mick Box…Mitch Mitchell and Jon Lord Ok but….George Burnell.???? Strawberry Alarm Clock???? (no offense intended George! By the way Happy Belated Birthday!) Oh well….from Wikipedia…..

Michael Frederick “Mick” Box (born 9 June 1947 in Walthamstow, East London, England) is the lead guitarist of British rock group Uriah Heep, having previously been a member of The Stalkers and Spice, both with original Uriah Heep vocalist David Byron.[1] He is the only member from the band’s founding in 1969 who is still active with the group. He currently resides in North London with his wife and son.

So Happy Belated Birthday – Mick Box – Trevor Boulder and Happy Birthday – John Lawton! Here’s Uriah Heep with the “Official Video” for “One-Minute” from Outsider……I do think I have to listen to this album some more and then to the band’s back catalog!!

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An Eclectic Music Day – A Little Folk, New Age and Prog from three great guitarists!

More New EverythinhSo today was an eclectic music day. I had to return to Lambertville today, so I loaded music on the iPhone from two different genres. First some folk music from a longtime favorite, Brooks Williams,  his latest release, More New Everything which is an EP. Then some New Age from guitarist Alex DeGrassi. I listened to those two albums on the way to the site. Then on the  way back, I listened to music from a third genre Prog Rock from the album Ravens and Lullabies from Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman. As I was listening on the way back, I thought about what tied all three of these albums from different genres together. The answer was that three of the four artist are exceptionally fine acoustic guitar players!!

I have enjoyed the music of Brooks Williams since his 1999 release Hundred Year Shadow. The first time I heard the album I thought “This is one damn good guitarist!! Brooks’ next release in 2000 was Little Lion his first all instrumental album and to this day it is one of my favorite guitar albums!!  Since those two albums, I’ve liked some of his releases better than others, so I have not picked up every album. But listening to More New Everything today I was hearing the Brooks Williams that I first enjoyed 13 years ago!! Some great songs and some great guitar!! Now i have to go back and listen to New Everything, since the tracks on More New Everything are left over from the New Everything session!! Because if these songs were left out, how good must New Everything be!!! I also need to go back and listen to some of the albums that I haven’t listened to over the years!!

As You Drift AwayThe second album that I turned on was Alex deGrassi’s  2008 release As You Drift Away:Lullabies On Guitar. Hum I didn’t see the complete title of this very good album, that was doing a good job of relaxing me this morning on the last leg of my trip! From AllMusic

….AS YOU DRIFT AWAY is a collection of both classic and original lullaby songs, ideal for late-night unwinding or early-moring chilling-out in addition to lulling young children to dreamland. A fine, discerning addition to an already extensive body of work, AS YOU DRIFT AWAY is one of those rare recordings that transcends age and genre. doing a good job of putting me to sleep on the last leg of my trip this morning.From AllMusic:. Read More

 

Ravens & LulllabiesThe last album actually connects to the second album because of the title and the acoustic guitar of Gordon Giltrap. . The album is Ravens & Lullabies a collaborative album from Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman. The album is probably one-half instrumental and the other half vocals and also one-half Gitrap and the other Wakeman. in turn Wakeman alternates between some beautiful piano work and his steady organ work. The only things that I really didn’t like were a few of the vocals and some of the lyrics. The lyrics seemed a little simplistic at times, at least to me. The other musicians that join Giltrap and Wakeman on the album include: Paul Manzi of Oliver Wakeman Band and Arena on lead vocals, Johanne James of Threshold plays the drums, and Steve Amadeo the bass. Benoit David of Mystery and Yes contributes a guest vocal on “From The Turn Of A Card”.

This album has been on the iPhone for a while and this is really the first extended listen that I’ve given the album and I’ve come away impressed by both artists – Giltrap’s guitar work and Wakeman keyboards are both outstanding. Now if the lyrics were a little better??

All and all, it was a fine musical journey today Here’s Gordon and Oliver performing “Ljw” from Ravens and Lullabies”

 

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2013 Prog Rock – Symphonic Prog from the UK’s The Inner Road – Ascension!

The Inner RoadThe other sub-genre of Prog Rock that I find myself drawn to is symphonic prog. The other night when The Inner Road’s latest album Ascension was streaming from progstreaming in the background. As I was reading, I found myself stopping and listening to the music several times!! So the album went on the iPhone and I have been enjoying it since then.

The Inner Road is a  symphonic instrumental prog rock band from the UK (Reading/Brighton) composed basically of  two members Steve Gresswell on keyboards and current guitarist Jay Parmar. Parmar takes the place of Phil Braithwaite who provided the guitar work on the band’s début album Visions released in 2011. Gresswell was a member of Coalition a neo-prog band when he began writing a more symphonic style prog rock  that he didn’t think fit the band, so he formed The Inner Road. In the short time they have been on the scene  The Inner Road has already established a worldwide fan-base.

Steve is the primary writer for The Inner Road. When needed for recording and live performances Steve collaborates with other musicians. As I wrote previously, for the latest album Steve is recording with Jay Parmar.  From Jay’s website:

Jay is a professional guitarist, composer and producer. Inspired to play guitar by the six-string mastery of Iron Maiden in the 1980s, and highly influenced by Dokken/Lynch Mob guitar virtuoso George Lynch, Steve Vai, Steve Stevens, and others,as a solo artist Jay is now signed to Steve Vai’s record label Digital Nations, which released his highly acclaimed 2012 album ‘Circle Of Fire’.

AscensionAscension according to the band’s website “is a “heavier” style of prog rock and is immersed in feel, emotion and depth”.

Once again I will let tszirmay Special Collaborator at Prog Archives tell you about the album..

“Ascension” is The Inner Road’s second album, coming quite rapidly on the heels of 2011′s remarkable “Visions”, an instrumental symphonic masterpiece that garnered rave reviews worldwide, yours truly included, in total rapture. As is always the case with momentous albums, how do you get it done again without falling into repetitive formula yet still keeping the creative spirit alive and well? On this stunning sophomore release, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Steve Gresswell has joined up with guitarist Jay Parmar, whose style differs greatly from previous fret colleague Phil Braithwaite’s more Latimer-esque elegance, preferring a distinctly obvious oriental style, infused with dazzling harder sizzles recalling axe maestros Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. As much as Visions was way more pastoral, almost Anthony Phillips ?like, this new album is positively bursting at the seams with razor sharp , sledgehammer riffs that have a palpable Andalucian feel, the Moorish tinges are frequent and ultimately very satisfying. A new direction with even more accomplished symphonics is a laudable adventure and rewards the demanding audiophile with unlimited bliss. While preferring real drums to the programmed variety, it must be said that the mechanical beat box is well crafted and does not diminish in any way the eloquent music being presented…..

In summary….

….Just like the preceding ‘Visions’, The Inner Road have crafted another memorable progressive avenue of instrumental splendor, full of playful exploits and dreamy atmospherics. This time the mood was more animalistic and impulsive, creatively aggressive and sonically impressive. I cannot fathom anyone not being impressed with this dream work, I daresay even our prog-metalloid cousins would enjoy this immensely and intensely. Certainly Symph fans but also guitar fan boys will rise to the applause! Of course, the artwork is spectacular once again, offering up a prog collector’s fantasy of audio and visual art forms.  5 Elevators   Full Review

 

Here is the title track “Ascension” from The Inner Road…now what was that Jay Parmar album I need to check out – oh yeah – Circle of Fire!

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2013 Prog Rock from Norway’s Neo-Prog Band – Airbag – The Greatest Show on Earth

The Greatest Show on EarthSo on Thanksgiving my son Andrew and I were talking about Prog Rock and the fact that I seemed to enjoy all of the Neo Prog that I listened to, He said that I should listen to a band that he has been listening to for a while Airbag. So on the way home I found Airbag on MOG and downloaded their latest album – a few seconds into the album I knew that they were NOT the right Airbag. When I got home I looked at MOG again and found a 2009 release Identity which seemed better, put it on the phone sat back and said “Yes” these are the prog-rockers! And once again Dad likes Neo-Proggers!!

 

Here’s some information about the band from the ProgArchives:

 

Norwegian outfit AIRBAG refer to 2005 as being their formative year. These high school friends have been playing together under this moniker before that as well – they were actually formed in 1994, and the current line-up has ben in place since 1999 – but for the band 2005 heralds the start, or perhaps fresh start, as a band.

 

In 2009 they were signed by Karisma Records, and their debut album Identity was issued. This time as a regular commercial production. The release of their debut effort saw the band withdraw their previous EPs, as many of the tracks on those efforts found their way onto their first full length venture – albeit in more or less refined versions.

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At their Facebook page I read: Airbag’s music is perhaps best described as scenic, epic rock or, as legendary Classic Rock Magazine said: “Reminiscent of a late-nite, laid-back Pink Floyd”.

The band’s third album The Greatest Show on Earth was recently released. The album follows two very successful releases, the aforementioned Identity that was released in 2009 and All Rights Removed released in 2011. Based on the first two albums Airbag has built a solid reputation with the press and fan base that has led to the band playing at several major festivals and on double-bills with major acts like: Marillion, Anathema, Pineapple Thief, Riverside, RPWL and Gazpacho. (Note to Edward – check out – Anathema, Pineapple Thief and Gazpacho.)

So yesterday, I found The Greatest Show on Earth at Spotify and gave it a listen and I  like it and  it is reminiscent of Pink Floyd, but I do think that they make the music sound different enough that they stand on their on!!

Airbag_Pressphoto_1-300x225The current line-up for the band is:

Bjørn Riis / Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Bass
Asle Tostrup / Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Henrik Fossum / Drums
Jørgen Hagen / Programming, Keyboards
Anders Hovdan / Bass

In his review at ProgArchives tszirmay: a SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborato writes that the album is

Atmospheric, dense, exciting, powerful and intoxicating, Airbag has arrived with a furious riposte, adding their grain of salt to the 2013 treasure trove, a deluge of stupendous releases. The artwork is spellbinding, very Storm Thorgerson/Hipgnosis and is a pure delight that complements the music inside. This band deserves to be considered up there with all the recent leading contenders (Haken, Deeexpus, Nine Stones Close, Galahad, Big Big Train etc’.) as a purveyor of quality progressive music.

and that:

Guitarist Bjorn Riis is a tremendously gifted player, as well as composing energetic space prog arrangements that have a modern sheen on a trusted and proven formula, there is also a lot of attention to detail which perhaps was a previous omission, the sophomore All Rights Removed being just a few inches away from perfection. Here little things abound such as some Roxy Music-like tightness on ‘Redemption’, a phenomenal track that also features a swirling guitar solo amid tempestuous walls of resonating riffs, frantic drumming and heartfelt vocals. ‘Silence Grows’ is sleek and more obviously from the Darker Side (sic), organ trembling nicely with wistful vocals and slashing Gilmourian guitar crescendos, the beat binary and solid. It’s a shorter ballad that has a familiar sound and yet still displays interesting aspects, with lots of bombast and grandiose wallop. Full Review

The album received an overall rating of 3.96 out of 5 with 40% of the ratings being 5 star which means that the album is an: Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music.

So check them out at:

Airbag Website
Karisma/Dark Essence Records
Facebook:Airbag
ProgArchives: Airbag
Amazon The Greatest Show on Earth

Here’s the title track from the latest release – “The Greatest Show on Earth”

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Life’s Soundtrack – Prog from Paris – The Black Noodle Project – Ready to Go!

ready to goSo one way a band catches my attention is by their name. One band that caught my attention today through their name was the Black Noodle Project. I stumbled across the name at New Prog Rock Releases when I was searching for new music and once I saw the name I knew I had to check them out. The band released a new album Ghosts & Memories (you can watch a preview of the album here) on November 15th but I have yet to see that album at any music site like MOG or Spotify. I did find their 2011 release Ready to Go which I put on the iPhone. The album became part of yesterday’s soundtrack. It took a few tracks but with each track I thought,more and more ”hey I like these guys: . and by the time arrived at “Ready to Go Part 2″ I wanted to explore the rest of the band’s discography!! Here’s what I found out about the bans when I returned home…..from the Prog Archives.

- The Black Noodle Project was rooted in 2001 and started as a one man project with Jérémie Grima as the brainchild. He was born in the suburb of Paris and was to record personal musical wishes totally disconnected from a band inspiration. After a few months of searches some tracks came out. In the middle of 2002, The Black Noodle Project started to become a genuine band. Jérémie created songs and songs until proposing a demonstration full of 11 tracks. Against all odds, some labels ovated the album “Dark Smiles”. It finally landed on the desk of a French label Musea Records which propose to manage the distribution on the French market in 2003. Recording a new album became the very first motivation for Jérémie. With the help of Bertrand Pinsac and Laura Sénéchal, Jérémie decided to create a label based on partnership relations called B-Smile Records. Under this name, albums were produced in an independent way and The Black Noodle Project was its first signature. And then the second album “And Life Goes On.” was launched in 2005. During the recording Jérémie asked friends as musicians to give their experience and lead the album to perfection. Thus, Arnaud Rousset drummer for the band Brainstore, Antony Létevé, bass guitar for the band Spectrum of Oblivion. and Matthieu Jaubert on keyboards joined Jérémie lead guitar and vocals. “And Life Goes On.” was recorded at the Art Evolution studios in Vanves during the hottest nights of the last summe Read More 

Black Noodle Project

Here’s the line-up of the musicians on Ready to Go:

 Jeremie Grima / guitar, vocals,
- Anthony Leteve / bass guitar,
- Sebastien Bourdeix / guitar,
- Fabrice Berger / drums,
- Matthieu Jaubert / keyboards, vocals

Ready to Go has received a 3.73 rating (out of 5) at ProgArchives with 57% of the ratings laeling the album as an Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(55%)

And now for some morning music from The Black Noodle Project – “Ready to Go Part 2″ I know it’s long but give it a listen because remember they grow on you – well – at least me!

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Life’s Soundtrack – Running Smoothly with Neo-Prog from Wales’ – Also Eden

Also EdenSo back on Monday night (the warmest of this week) I put on my headlamp and ventured out for a four mile run, I created a new route that kept me from crossing or being on any major roads during the run. Overall the run was pretty good and though I always slow down when it’s dark my split times were really not that bad!  Overall the course measured  4.13 miles and my time was 41:48 for an average pace of 10:07 minutes per mile. The soundtrack for the run was  [Redacted] the latest release from a Neo-Prog Rock band that hails from Wales in the United Kingdom

Also Eden are a 5-piece South-West UK progressive rock band comprising vocals, keyboards, guitars, bass and drums. Influenced by traditional progressive rock music such as Genesis and Yes along with the more modern progressive sounds of Porcupine Tree and the Flower Kings, the band was initially formed as a recording project in 2005 by Huw Lloyd-Jones (vocals) and Ian Hodson (keyboards/vocals). With the addition of Simon Rogers (guitars/vocals), Ralvin Thomas (bass) and Mark Hall (drums), the band sound began to take evolve, culminating in the 2006 release “About Time”. About Time has since received many favourable reviews, and the band’s live appearances helped win new audiences both in the UK and on the Continent following live performances at Summers End Festival 2005 and 2006, and ProgFarm (Bakeveen, Holland) in 2006.

And from their website we read….

  Also Eden are a rock band who take their inspiration from a wide variety of artists, including many that have been categorised over the years as “progressive” – Genesis, Yes, Marillion, IQ, Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, The Flower Kings and so on – along with other influences as diverse as Ultravox, The Police and Cream. Focused always on strong songwriting, the band constantly evolves its sound, and the luxury of its own studio enables the organic development of albums such as the “hugely ambitious” (Geoff Barton, Classic Rock) and widely acclaimed 2011 release on F2 Records, Think Of The Children!.

Also Eden Redacted   According to their website the current line-up for the band is: Rich Harding: vocals/guitar/keyboards Simon Rogers: guitars/vocals Howard ‘H’ Sinclair: keyboards/vocals Graham Lane: bass/vocals Lee Nicholas: drums I really enjoyed their music but once again listening to a band for the first time during a run does not do them justice, especially, when it’s dark out and I” have to concentrate more on the road than the music. But I’m sure that the album will get a more thorough listening to over the next few weeks! The one thing that I am finding as I explore Prog Rock one of the su-genres that I like is Neo-Prog there are several bands within that sub-genre that have made their way into my library!! So check them out at the website or at the following locations: Facebook Reverbnation Here’s the band performing “Chronologic” from [Redacted]

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The Other Half of this Morning’s Soundtrack – Prog Rockers from Wales – 25 Yard Screamer!!

25 Yard ScreamerSo like I wrote earlier today,  this morning’s soundtrack was a little eclectic, as I listened to two albums at the opposite ends of the musical spectrum. The first was Herb Alpert’s new album Steppin’ Out and at the other end of the spectrum was a progressive rock album from a trio from the UK 25 Yard Screamer. I found 25 Yard Screamer’s name among the new prog rock releases early this morning.. Their new album is titled Something that Serves to Remind or Reward. A quick trip to MOG returned only the band’s 2011 release Until All are One. So that one went on the iphone and played in the background as I worked away, and it certainly made trying to figure out how to get NJDEP approval for our client more pleasant!! A little about the band from the ProgArchives:

25 YARD SCREAMER is a trio based in Wales, UK, and was founded by chance in 2002 when Nick James (vocals, guitars) needed to get hold of some musicians for a showcase gig. Matt Clarke (bass) and Donal Owen (drums) were able to help out; and they hit it off so well that the creation of a band was called for.

Their Facebook page indicates that their hometown is Carmarthen in Wales. Okay here;s a geography time out to discover where in the world is Carman Sandiego? No that’s not right, but it’s where my mind took me!! Anyway, here’s what Wikipedia says about Carmarthen…

Carmathen

Carmarthen (/ˌkɑrˈmɑrðən/ kar-mar-dhən; Welsh: Caerfyrddin pronounced [kɑːɨrˈvərðɪn]) is a community in, and the county town of, Carmarthenshire, Wales. It is sited on the River Towy 8 miles (13 km) north of its mouth at Carmarthen Bay.[1] In 2001, the population was 14,648.[2]

 

carmethan castle

Carmarthen Castle

Carmarthen lays claim to being the oldest town in Wales but the two settlements of Old and New Carmarthen were only united into a single borough in 1546.[3] Carmarthen was the most populous borough in Wales between the 16th and 18th centuries and was described by William Camden as “the chief citie of the country”. However, population growth stagnated by the mid 19th century as more dynamic economic centres developed in the South Wales coalfield.[3] Currently, Carmarthen is the location of the headquarters of Dyfed-Powys Police, the Carmarthen campus of the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David and the West Wales General Hospital.

Until We All Are One Now back to Until We All Are One, which I am giving a second listen as I am typing – “Jeremiah” the opening track just finished and all I can say is Wow! That was a good one – nice guitar work and a lot or variety throughout the 12 minute plus song!! Actually, I thought I was well into the second song until I heard “Jeremiah” and realized that the first song was still going!! Some more great guitar and now some good drumming from Donal Owen on the second track “All God’s Toys”.  Nick James’ vocals have been strong on both tracks. More guitar on “Whorus”  Ok so I could sit here and write all night about each track or you could just go and check them out for yourself!!   If you want another review you can read one  here at the Sea of Tranquility You can also check out 25 Yard Screamer at: Facebook MySpace BandCamp As for me, I’m on the look out for that new release!! and let’s go “Into the Night” with some live 25 Yard Screamer –  25 Yard Screamer Live @ CRF 2007 Blacklight 2

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Life’s Soundtrack – Norway’s Prog Rockers Kerrs Pink’s latest – Mystic Spirit – Powers Another Good Run!

There’s good news and bad news from last night’s run. The good news is the headlamp that I bought the other day works great. It makes the road visible to me and me visible to drivers! The bad news is that now I have no excuse for not running when it gets dark at five o’clock!! Last night’s run was pretty good. The first mile was 9:30 and the rest were around 9:50 minutes plus! Kerrs PinkThe soundtrack for the run was a new to me Prog Rock band from Norway Kerrs Pink. I listened to their latest release Mystic Storm. Now since I didn’t know much about the band (what’s new!} my first stop was Wikipedia. I was doing two things at the same time I just typed Kerrs Pink in the search box clicked when Kerr’s Pink appeared and this is what I found out!

Kerr’s Pink is a potatocultivar in wide production in Ireland and the United Kingdom and many other countries. Although often quoted as an “Irish potato” (where it was introduced in 1917), the cultivar was actually created by J. Henry of CornhillScotland, in 1907. In 2002, it accounted for 25% of potato production in the Republic of Ireland[1] making it the nation’s second largest variety.Kerr’s Pink potatoes have a distinctive pink colour with deep eyes. They are quite floury and starchy. They are very good for mashing and boiling but can also be chipped.

Not a Norwegian Prog Rock band!! So I figured I better get to the Prog Archives to learn about the band!! Here’s what I read…..

KERRS PINK plays a Progressive rock music mixing Scandinavian folklore and refined English art-rock music like CAMEL (“Mirage” era). It also includes fabulous dialogs between three guitars, a flute and two keyboards. “Tidings” (2002) is its fifth album, with a new lead singer (And splendid female backing vocals), and a new keyboardist added to F. RUUD’s keyboards. The band’s music has always been a clever and subtle mix of Scandinavian folk music (Some melodies and rythms), and Progressive rock music. The themes are stamped by their great melodic and instrumental beauty with nice guitar soli and keyboards parts: mixing influences like CAMEL or PINK FLOYD amongst others. Read More

My last stop was to the Kerrs Pink website where I read about the album Mystic Spirit.

Kerrs Pink launches this fall’s their 6th album: “Mystic Spirit” which is in the genre of 70′s prog rock spiced with elements of Norwegian folk tunes. As in previous productions the sound is characterized by guitars, but this time they´ve also applied flute, tuba, timpani and accordion! And extensively, the legendary keyboard instruments: MiniMoog, Mellotron, Taurus bass pedals not to mention the Hammond C3.   New is also the vocalist Eirikur Hauksson gratifying agreed to participate in the project. He puts his unmistakable rock imprint on the album that otherwise has taken a long time to complete. Eirikur also appears with Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) and Magic Pie. Drums and bass are recorded “live in studio”, which means that the band sounds far more lively than previous productions

You can certainly see that English is not their first language, but I tell you the language  that their music speaks is just fine!!

kerrspink_releaseconcertOn stage Kerrs Pinks set up are a seven-man strong band consisting of:(from Kerr’s Pink) Eirikur Hauksson – Lead Vocals Harald Lytomt – Guitars Hans J. Kvisler – Guitars Per Langsholt – Bass, bass pedals, backup vocals Glenn Fosser – Keyboards, backup vocals Lasse Johansen – Keyboards Magne Johansen – Drums, backup vocals

 I listened to the album again today I really, really like this album so really nice Symphonic Prog. The album is one of my favorites of the year!! So check it out!! Since I can’t find any current youtube videos and I don’t really have time tonight to make on, here’s a link to the track e “The Storm” at MOG!! You can also check out some live performances from 2002 here at their website! You can also check out some cool pictures and stuff at the Kerrs Pink Facebook Page

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New Prog from Sweden’s The Flower Kings – Desolation Rose

The Flower KingsOne of my son Andrew’s favorite bands is (are sounds better) The Flower Kings Over the years, I’ve listen a few times to their albums and have found them to be just ok. After listening to their latest release, Desolation Rose I am reconsidering my assessment and may just have to go back and listen to the other albums from these guys. Hell at their website I read….

They are regarded by many as one of the leading, if not THE leading, progressive rock outfit of the new millennium. The Flower Kings are led by progrock icon, guitarist, vocalist, composer, producer Roine Stolt into a world of unlimited musical fantasy and flair. Playing it’s first ever live date in August 1994 as a result of the interest in Stolt’s solo album “The Flower King”, the band quickly became somewhat of a phenomenon in the progressive rock community for everyone that once loved bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis, Zappa, UK, Utopia, Yes, ELP, King Crimson or Focus.   The band quickly finished the first proper band recording “Back In The World Of Adventures” released 1995 on it’s own label “Foxtrot Records” and played shorter tours in Europe the same year, the ball started rolling…just a bit. Building on the success of albums like “Retropolis” & the already classic double CD’s “Stardust We Are” and “Flower Power” they toured Europe, Japan & South America and started to build a worldwide following. Continue Reading 

Desolation RoseOk so what about their new album . So far I’ve listened to the album a couple of times and I am really enjoying the album!! Here’s what Roine Stolt of the band said about the album back in September:

“Being somewhat of a political statement, the epic theme of “Desolation Rose” is a logical step in a time where perpetual war, famine, environmental threats, religious conflicts dominate the media and our minds. This is a time to wake up and the music on this album takes you on a journey where you are forced to questions what the mainstream media feed us and to rethink your whole world view on all of the above. This is in many ways a typical Flower Kings album but we have also taken it into another realm where we do take chances and where you may struggle to get into the music – or the lyrics – but trust me when I say that you will be rewarded, as this may be our most involved, important and interesting album ever.”

Sources and Links

Artist Website Facebook Myspace Reverbrnation IPhonw.Android App Here’s the official lyric video for the song “Desolation Road”

P.S. I have added a Prog Rock forum to my site.(others to follow)  Please take a moment register and tell me how you feel about this album and maybe some of the new prog rock you are listening to!! The link to the forum is at the top of the sidebar!

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Morning Music – New Prog Rock from the Steve Paine’s – Legend – Spirit

Spirit2   So this morning I found and listened to the album Spirit by the Prog Rock band Legend, and on first listen I came away very, very impressed by the band. that, Steve Paine created way back in 1988. The band’s first album, Light in Extension was released in 1990. That album was followed in 1993 with the release of Second Sight and their third and maybe best known album Triple Aspect was released in 1996. Then the band disappeared from 1998 until 2008 when…

LEGEND’s return began in 2008 as Steve Paine and John Macklin made plans to see if anybody still remembered LEGEND and if there was still enough of a Prog Rock scene to warrant reforming the band. To this end Steve Paine re-mixed and re-mastered songs from the bands first three albums, Light in Extension, Second Sight and Triple Aspect, the result was a CD Anthology Ritual Echo released in 2009. Although only a limited run on CD the album proved to be popular and all was set fair for LEGEND’s return proper with a new album. So Steve Paine dusted off his plans for Cardinal Points which were originally conceived in the mid 90s and began a re-write and the search was on for the previous band members. In the meantime Steve Paine also resurrected the original masters from the band’s Playing with Fire concert video from 1992. Originally in the hopes of releasing the original footage on DVD but the project proved too costly. So instead in 2010 Playing with Fire was released for the first time on CD.. Read More

Because of the diversity of the sound and the many influences on their music the band is often compared to a variety of artists including: Jethro Tull, Curved Air, Rush, Clannad, Jefferson Airplane, Nightwish, Loreena McKennitt, Marillion, and Steeleye Span, not to mention, myriad others. Not a bad group of acts to be compared to, eh??? The Prog Archives says: LEGEND transcends such genre categorisations such as Neo Prog, Prog-Folk, Heavy Metal etc. They have a unique sound of their own. And from New Prog Rock Releases - Spirit ”contains five tracks of Legend’s unique blend of Prog that combine influences as diverse as Folk, World, New Age and Metal in a spellbinding tapestry of words and music.” Spirit their recently released album, was the album that I listened to this morning…..from their website,,,,

In some respects ‘Spirit’ is a natural evolution from the critically acclaimed ‘Cardinal Points’ in that it retains a theme throughout its five songs. However sonically Legend have moved on again, this album is harder with a distinctly metal edge to many of the songs and the vocal range and articulation of Beck Sian’s vocals add a hitherto unexpected dimension to the music. And if that is not enough the album also features some Choral Sections to add yet more depth to the already epic sound.   In certain paths of western mysticism Spirit is considered the fifth element that which binds the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Indeed Spirit is symbolised by the fifth point on the pentagram. But what does it mean? Spirit: the non-physical part of a person which is the seat of emotions and character; the soul Is one of the definitions from The Oxford English Dictionary and it is this aspect of Spirit that this album explores. The events that forge the character. The situations we all face and that change us all, sometimes for good or for ill but always in ways we never expect. Read More 

Legend PaineThe musician line-up for Spirit is: Beck Sian – vocals Steve Paine – keyboards & bass Paul Thomson – electric & acoustic guitars John Macklin – drums & percussion

Here’s a portion of the Five-star review at the Prog Archives from tsz Airmay a SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Specialist at the Archives.

Legend is a band in constant progression, defining their unique sound with every release. I really enjoyed Cardinal Points, one of the finest prog discs in my special collection. With ‘Spirit’, the band has returned with an effort that once again challenges the listener to new heights of appreciation. I immediately noticed a few personnel changes with bassist Dan Nelson, Mr. So & So guitarist Dave Foster and Kerry Parker being replaced by the returning maestro Paul Thomson and new lung Beck Sian, who has a hurricane of a voice and owner of a solid solo career in the UK, ‘imagine a very acoustic Kate Bush meets Loreena McKennitt with just a hint of Bjork / Tori Amos’. As you know, I am a sucker for female vocals, currently in love with Resonaxis’ Brooke Shelley, so keeping the Legend tradition was a blessing with the introduction of such an amazing voice. ‘..Good show! Full Review

Here’s the video for the opening track of Spirit “Leap of Faith”

LEAP OF FAITH – The opener deals with those times whether expected or not, the moment we have to make a decision, one that may alter the course of everything and it is like many important decisions one that is made without full foresight of the consequences. It can be as simple as the instant decision to trust a stranger in need or the choice to begin a relationship, to take a chance. But it is a decision once made that cannot be turned back. Read More

so check them out! As for me, I think I will be checking out their release Cardinal Points!

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