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Video of the week
Frank Bornemann, Mastermind of ELOY, about the vinyl release of his rock opera on Jeanne d’Arc. Available since December 8, 2017. More about the album
Quote of the week
“From the founding days of Fairport Convention, through the No.1 single ‘Woodstock’ to the glorious recordings by Plainsong and his countless superb solo records, Iain Matthews’ music has been a part of my life for more than fifty years. ‘Like A Radio’ is right up there with the best of the Iain Matthews catalogue. Lyrically sharp and beautifully produced, the album is a gem.”
Bob Harris (BBC 2, former host of the “The Old Grey Whistle Test” – also known as “Whispering Bob”) about the upcoming new album “Like A Radio” of MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT 2.0. Scheduled for release in February 2018.
Live performances of Manuel Göttsching are rare. In summer 2018, after a long time, it is the Northern part of Germany that has the pleasure to see “The Göttfather” as The Guardian named him, to play live. Those who live in Düsseldorf and around were able to witness a solo performance of “E2-E4″ on November 16, at the Tonhalle. With this composition being named after the most popular opening in chess, Göttsching had laid an important foundation for electronic music genres. Today, “E2-E4″ is considered one of the fundamental records of electronic music, and Manuel Göttsching is getting late but well-deserved honor. Recently, the relaxed sounds highlighted a video campaign for a well-known French fashion label – after the artist himself had been photographed for a new German men’s fashion magazine. Also this year, Göttsching having celebrated his 65th birthday in September, received a different kind of praise: The German postal service presented two stamp motives with his picture, and upcoming next year is a show in the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. More
Never let it be said that Iain Matthews is one to dwell on past successes. With the new edition of MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT, Iain Matthews is getting back a piece of his own past taking it into the here and now. But maybe this time was necessary until Matthews was ready to continue his musical journey with MSC.
He looked for fresh musicians and formed the band completely anew. MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT 2017 was supposed to sound modern but also build an arc to the band’s past. The concept of the band’s founder Iain Matthews is fully working: In conceiving and assembling this unique group of spirited and likeminded players, Matthews has once again surpassed all expectations. The musicianship and commitment are second to none and the sumptuous, soaring vocal harmonies instantly bring to mind the 60’s version of the band.
On January 26, 2018, MIG Music starts the new year with a sensational Rockpalast recording of blues heavyweight Muddy Waters. In December 1978, at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, the “Hoochie Coochie Man” was still at the height of his creative power. Nobody could have foreseen that only five years after, he would meet his maker. On that evening McKinley Morganfield, so his real name, made once again clear why so many rock stars see him as the father of modern blues. His mighty vocals and his splendid style on stage fascinated the audience. Muddy’s guitar playing on the Fender Telecaster especially comes into full effect with his typical slow blues solos – and seldom had Muddy such a hot sound as in this TV recording of the WDR. The song selection of the evening consisted of several of his biggest hits, but also of less performed titles.
Muddy Waters had a great ear for talent and accordingly nearly always an excellent backing band. But the band accompanying him from 1974 to 1980 that you hear on the DVD was one of the very best.
Marius Tilly is a musical wanderer between worlds who has made up his own crossover atlas from maps of blues, punk, soul, and psychedelic rock starting in the Ruhr area, Germany. He is on a constant quest to find new routes. With Tilly’s fourth album “Words From The Wilderness” the journey heads to daring arrangements, sometimes steep musical theories, unheard sounds and new personal insights about the world. The album appears to be more courageous, more profound and also a bit more serious than its predecessor “Nebula Rising” – more like a glass of whiskey on the rocks than a freshly tapped pilsner.
Over decades, from the roots, blues has grown to such a huge genre tree that it is not necessary for his leaves and fruit to resemble one another. In Scandinavia bands like the Blues Pills or Siena Root revive the essence of blues-influenced hard rock for the nth time. In the US home of the blues, thanks to Jack White, Rival Sons or Black Stone Cherry strong new branches grow from the great heritage. More
At the International Film Festival Madrid in summer this year, Patricia Vonne’s music video “Huerta de San Vicente” already won the Best Animation award. That is the second time for this song! In 2009 the song featured on Vonne’s album “Firebird” and her Spanish compilation album “Viva Bandolera”, was the “Grand Prize” winner in the Latin category for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. In the song, Patricia Vonne pays homage to the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. Third time’s the charm – so the chances for the video at the San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival seem quite good.
The fine stop-motion animation was inspired by Patricia’s visit to Huerta de San Vicente in Granada, Spain, García Lorca’s former summer residence where he wrote many of his works. Patricia is now in the studio to record her new studio album with producers Rick Del Castillo and Michael Ramos featuring co-writes with Alejandro Escovedo, Joe King Carrasco & Willie Nile, among others.
“ELOY is back,” states Audio, one of Germany’s main magazines for Hi-fi equipment – and the German media is impressed about the comeback. We are talking about the CD “The Vision, the Sword and the Pyre” which was released in August this year. “The new album is the opus magnum of the German art rock legend“, writes Rocks magazine. ELOY, the flagship of German progressive rock is back indeed and with a lot of noise.
After a longer period having predominantly worked as a producer Mastermind Frank Bornemann has dropped his very first rock opera which according to German collector’s mag Good Times “can absolutely be compared to Pink Floyd’s The Wall or The Who’s Tommy in quality.”
In thirteen songs he unfolds the life of French national heroine Jeanne d’Arc with historic precision and lots of emotion. Everybody who has heard it is either raving or – in case that prog operas or Eloy are not really on his aural menu – at least comments with deep respect.
Fantastic topics are trending these days. MIG Music as well is getting a colourful and lush sci-fi fantasy adventure off to a start: the concept album entitled “Welcome To Wonderworld” by HEAVEN’S SAPPHIRE (street date Dec. 1, 2017).
The masterminds behind the project are Sven Bergmann and Oliver Bartkowski who present their first album collaboration with own compositions. The music is a fine synthesis from rock and pop with classical and jazzy elements while the dramatic mixture of vocal and instrumental passages is perfectly supporting the narrative.
The main focus is on the planet Wonderworld far beyond the solar system. Unknown plants, huge flying animals and strange creatures live side by side with humanoid inhabitants on this peaceful biotope twice the size of earth. They successfully trade in their own flower and plant creations as their blossoms contain a magical dust that rejuvenates the body short-term. However, they suffer from unfriendly climate conditions of extreme heat and cold. More
With our new Rockpalast release we delve into the realm of folk rock: RICHARD THOMPSON, top-class guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire, awarded and honoured many times, defined the English version of the term folk rock with FAIRPORT CONVENTION before he went on a solo path. Quite a few of his songs like “Down Where The Drunkards Roll” or “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” are regarded as classics by now and have been interpreted by a number of artists of a variety of genres.
Twice the WDR recorded one of his shows, and it is odd that no further invitations occurred. On the 10th of December in 1983, RICHARD THOMPSON and his companions delivered a concert longer than one and a half hour for the Rockpalast in Hamburg which everyone obviously relished. Only six weeks later, the WDR recorded another concert on occasion of the MIDEM. The difference between Hamburg and Cannes was noticeable: A considerable spacious stage and the audience in plush armchairs but with an identical set list minus the encores. Also, the band was only nearly the same. The 2DVD/3CD digipak will be out now on November 3, 2017. More
VANILLA FUDGE celebrate their 50th anniversary in style – with another musical rock monument: the album „Live At Sweden Rock 2016“ (to be released November 3, 2017). What began in April 1967 in the Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead/ N.Y., does still possess the same charisma a good 50 years later in the rather quiet Swedish town of Norje near Sölvesborg in front of more than 35,000 enthusiastic fans: heavy psychedelic slightly progressive rock blended with classic citations and elements.
With temporal and musically excessive cover versions which the band left their distinctive mark on (a heavy blues soaked steady rhythm), VANILLA FUDGE not only entered the international charts at that time. Their versions of the Tamla Motown classic “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (Supremes) or Junior Walker’s “Shotgun” as well as the FUDGE’s version of McCartney’s “Eleanor Rigby” electrified a whole generation of musicians and fans alike.
“Blood, sweat and tears, but our album is finally done.” – Wucan, July 2017
With the release of their debut album in autumn 2015, WUCAN from Dresden crossed the magic threshold between an insider’s tip to a celebrated newcomer. “Sow The Wind” is an energetic heavy rock statement which despite all its directness is not above kraut rock extravaganza. Afterward, they went on tour. With each of the nearly 120 shows in Germany and Europe, the number of fans increased continuously.
The force of nature that Wucan brings to the stage shall also be reflected on their second album which is being recorded at the Berlin Big Snuff Studios. “Reap The Storm” will redeem even more what the band promises live: a massive rock sound, clear and organic at the same time, music for modern hippies and those who wish to become one.