Showing posts with label Psych Rock. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Psych Rock. Show all posts

6/30/2022

Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Alumni Jeff Cotton To Release His Debut Solo Album “The Fantasy Of Reality” On Madfish August 12, 2022

Jeff Cotton of Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band fame will be releasing his first ever solo album “The Fantasy of Reality” on Madfish on August 12, 2022.

After playing guitar, lap steel and vocals with the legendary Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, appearing on the ground breaking album “Trout Mask Replica” (under the pseudonym Antennae Jimmy Semens), as well as playing on “Strictly Personal” & “Mirror Man,” Cotton withdrew from the commercial music business for nearly 50 years. Using the island state of Hawaii as a home base, he emerges from his seclusion in 2022 with his first ever solo album; “The Fantasy of Reality.”

Whimsical, playful and tongue-in-cheek – Cotton delivers a psychedelic journey that will delight Beefheart devotees while bringing plenty of new ideas to the table across the sprawling 22 track, 66-minute runtime. “Trout Mask Replica” cover designer Cal Schenkel collaborates once again as he returns to contribute to the internal artwork of the album to continue the Captain Beefheart canon into the 2020s.

Across the decades, the Magic Band’s power and influence has only grown in might, and the cult following of 1969’s “Trout Mask Replica” still excites fans to this day, in part due to the mystery and enigma of members such as Antennae Jimmy Semens (aka Jeff Cotton). In 1967, Cotton was scoped by Don Van Vliet – Captain Beefheart himself, replacing Ry Cooder on guitar. He then went one to help craft some of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band’s most vibrant recordings and later contributed to the cult band MU.

Now blending together musical strands such as jazz, delta blues, Hawaiian and the avant-garde to create a melting pot of ideas, Cotton will astonish fans with his comeback.

The magic will continue on “The Fantasy of Reality,” which will be released on CD & Digital via Madfish with PRE ORDERS AVAILABLE HERE (https://jeffcotton.lnk.to/fantasyofreality)

Track List:
1. Does It Work For You
2. It Never Ceases To Blow My Mind
3. Ivy
4. Green Bamboo
5. He Made The Eagle
6. Elvirus
7. This Gentle Earth
8. All Things New
9. Crusin` Hamakua
10. Together We Sail
11. The Space Between Us All
12. On The Thread
13. Aloha
14. The Liberation Song
15. The Breeze Of Oblivion
16. Heavy
17. The Season Of The Awakening
18. Mother Earth Needs Healing
19. Together
20. Hear The Word
21. It Would Take An Angel
22. Clean In Nature`s Stream

For more information: https://www.madfishmusic.com/artists/jeff-cotton/

For hi-res images please see https://www.madfishmusic.com/media/jeff-cotton/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

4/12/2022

10cc Legends Godley & Creme Unreleased Album “Frabjous Days - The Secret World Of Godley & Creme 1967-1969” Available For Pre-order!

• First-ever issue of unreleased 1969 studio album from pre- Hotlegs/10cc duo Godley And Creme during their days as Frabjoy And Runcible Spoon.

• Classic UK late 60s psychedelic/folk sound recorded at Advision Studios with support from future 10cc colleagues Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart.

In mid-1969, legendary British R&B/psychedelic enabler Giorgio Gomelsky signed two Manchester-based art students, renaming them Frabjoy And Runcible Spoon.

Envisaging the pair as a British Simon And Garfunkel, Gomelsky recorded an LP with them for release on his Marmalade label. A pre-LP single appeared, but sadly the album’s release was cancelled after Giorgio spent the rent and staged a disappearing act.

53 years later, Grapefruit Records is thrilled to host this tantalizing missing piece of the pre-10cc jigsaw puzzle.

A hugely accomplished set, it incorporates impossibly fragile ballads like “Chaplin House” and “Today” alongside US West Coast-style rocker “Cowboys And Indians” and the Beatles-ish “It’s The Best Seaside In The World”.

“Frabjous Days” adds Gouldman’s sole Marmalade cut plus further late 60s material, including their early 1968 single as “The Yellow Bellow Room Boom”.

Housed in a stylish, previously unpublished 1969 Marmalade promo photo of the pair, the fabulous “Frabjous Days” is a digipak release with a 28-page booklet containing a new 6000 word essay and some extremely rare photos and memorabilia.

These songs sound like they were written and recorded before we were born…and in a sense they were. It’s the sound of two young art students messing around at weekends, stringing chords and words together for the sheer, explosive buzz of hearing what happens. There’s a thrill in not knowing what you’re doing but aiming high anyway and that, I believe, is exactly what’s going on in these recordings.” – Kevin Godley

Track Listing:
The Marmalade Sessions 1969
1 I’m Beside Myself (album version)*
2 Chaplin House*
3 Cowboys And Indians*
4 It’s The Best Seaside In The World*
5 Fly Away (Frabjoy & Runcible Spoon LP version)*
6 Take Me Back*
7 Today*
8 Hot Sun*
9 Virgin Soldiers*
10 The Late Mr. Late (GRAHAM GOULDMAN)
11 To Fly Away (Marmalade sampler LP version)
12 I’m Beside Myself (single version)
13 Animal Song
Bonus tracks (recorded 1967-1969)
14 Seeing Things Green
15 Easy Life
16 One And One Make Love*
17 Over And Above My Head*
18 Hello Blinkers
19 Goodnight Blinkers
*previously unreleased
1-7 Unreleased Frabjoy and Runcible Spoon album, recorded circa September 1969
8-9 Unreleased acetate of Graham Gouldman songs performed by Godley and Creme, recorded circa July 1969
10-11 From label sampler “Marmalade – 100% Proof”, Marmalade 643 314, released June 1969
12-13 Frabjoy And Runcible Spoon single, Marmalade 598019, released September 1969
14-15 “The Yellow Bellow Room Boom” single, CBS 3205, released January 1968
16-17 Unreleased acetate, recorded circa July 1968
18-19 Promo vinyl pressing for Blinkers nightclub IC 1215 circa late 1969

To pre-order: https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/godley-creme-frabjous-days-the-secret-world-of-godley-creme-1967-1969/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

1/15/2021

The “Daevid Allen Family Trust” (D.A.F.T) Preserves Daevid Allen’s Legacy of Poetry, Music & Hand Drawn Illustrations - Come and Be Daft!

In 2015 Gong legend Daevid Allen sadly passed away at the age of 77. He is survived by his four sons Toby, Orlando, Tali, & Ynys. Prior to his passing Daevid set up the “Daevid Allen Family Trust” or D.A.F.T. for short for his children. The aim and focus with D.A.F.T. is to preserve Daevid’s legacy of Poetry, Music & Hand Drawn Illustrations for the fans and future generations in one place.

And now we are happy to announce that 2021 is the year to be D.A.F.T!

First of all, the web store .... is now open selling a wide selection of official D.A.F.T. merchandise and music.

Secondly, we are also happy to announce that there will be a box set coming soon called “Deya Dreaming” which is a collection of unreleased music from Daevid’s time in Deia, Mallorca.

2021 promises to be a busy year with a lot more stuff to come!

Daevid Allen, who sometimes was credited as Divided Alien, Captain Capricorn and Dingo Virgin, was an Australian poet, guitarist, singer, composer and performance artist. He was co-founder of legendary music groups Soft Machine and Gong. He left Gong in 1975 to begin a solo career (though his first solo album, “Banana Moon,” was released in 1971 while he was still in the band). Daevid went on to release several innovative solo albums over the next 4 decades. His solo work also included collaborations with artists like Kramer, Acid Mothers Temple, and California-based bands University of Errors and Spirits Burning. Daevid would also record and tour with various incarnations of Gong throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s. Daevid continued to release numerous live sets and one-off collaborations in limited editions on various independent labels under his own and various group names up until his passing in 2015.

D.A.F.T. official website: https://www.musicglue.com/daevid-allen-family-trust-daft/

For more information: contact the UK Representative Chris Thomson on +44 7584 176565 or Thomson.chris@icloud.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

The “Daevid Allen Family Trust” (D.A.F.T) Preserves Daevid Allen’s Legacy of Poetry, Music & Hand Drawn Illustrations - Come and Be Daft!

In 2015 Gong legend Daevid Allen sadly passed away at the age of 77. He is survived by his four sons Toby, Orlando, Tali, & Ynys. Prior to his passing Daevid set up the “Daevid Allen Family Trust” or D.A.F.T. for short for his children. The aim and focus with D.A.F.T. is to preserve Daevid’s legacy of Poetry, Music & Hand Drawn Illustrations for the fans and future generations in one place.

And now we are happy to announce that 2021 is the year to be D.A.F.T!

First of all, the web store .... is now open selling a wide selection of official D.A.F.T. merchandise and music.

Secondly, we are also happy to announce that there will be a box set coming soon called “Deya Dreaming” which is a collection of unreleased music from Daevid’s time in Deia, Mallorca.

2021 promises to be a busy year with a lot more stuff to come!

Daevid Allen, who sometimes was credited as Divided Alien, Captain Capricorn and Dingo Virgin, was an Australian poet, guitarist, singer, composer and performance artist. He was co-founder of legendary music groups Soft Machine and Gong. He left Gong in 1975 to begin a solo career (though his first solo album, “Banana Moon,” was released in 1971 while he was still in the band). Daevid went on to release several innovative solo albums over the next 4 decades. His solo work also included collaborations with artists like Kramer, Acid Mothers Temple, and California-based bands University of Errors and Spirits Burning. Daevid would also record and tour with various incarnations of Gong throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s. Daevid continued to release numerous live sets and one-off collaborations in limited editions on various independent labels under his own and various group names up until his passing in 2015.

D.A.F.T. official website: https://www.musicglue.com/daevid-allen-family-trust-daft/

For more information: contact the UK Representative Chris Thomson on +44 7584 176565 or Thomson.chris@icloud.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

1/07/2021

New SYD BARRETT Tribute Celebrates 50 Years Since The Release of “The Madcap Laughs” and “Barrett”

“LOVE YOU – a tribute to SYD BARRETT” celebrates 50 years since the release of “The Madcap Laughs” and “Barrett”. The double CD box will be released by the prestigious English label Gonzo Multimedia on the 6th of January, 2021. 75 years exactly from Syd’s birth. “LOVE YOU” is a song recorded by Syd in 1970. It’s included in “Barrett”, the second solo album of his.

The new tribute also includes two particularly significant bonus tracks too: “Astronomy Dominé” and “Vegetable Man” characterizing the beginning and the end of Syd’s Floydian era.

Every single note in these two CD’s has been expressed with love. Love shown by the artists who took part by arranging Syd’s music in their own way.

Our project is to collect, for the first time, all the songs Syd Barrett recorded after his experience with Pink Floyd. To realize it we invited many artists from various parts of the world - Italy, Mexico, France, Ireland, UK, USA, Sweden, Japan, Belgium Germany, The Netherlands - and asked them to choose one song and rearrange it in their own way.

Among them and without detracting from the others, we would like to mention:  

Luca Ferrari: journalist and writer; one of the first in the world to publish fanzines, articles and books about Syd.

Dave Harris: former lead singer of “Fashion” he is well known to Pink Floyd fans thanks to ZEE:IDENTITY, the album he released in 1984 – and  recently reprinted - together with Pink Floyd’s keyboard player Richard Wright.

John Cavanagh: Voiceover artist, broadcaster, musician, record producer, writer and performer. He is the author of the book “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” about the making of the first Pink Floyd album. The book was published in 2003 in the UK and then translated in many languages; Italian and Chinese among them.

Men On The Border: Swedish band devoted to Syd’s repertoire. In 2016 they took part in “Syd Barrett - A Celebration Concert” at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge.

Boris Savoldelli: a gifted vocal performer who is always challenging his “vocal instrument” with new and original ways of singing.

Dario Antonetti: musician from 1984 to today with Kryptästhesie, Gli Acidi Tonanti, Effetto Doppler, Inossidabile Orchestra Valsecchi, La Svolta Psichedelica, La Forma delle Nuvole. Producer of The Vegetable Man Project (a tribute to Syd Barrett focused on the song “Vegetable Man.” Lots of artists from all over the world took part and rearranged the song in their own way. 6 CD’s and a 10” vinyl EP were released between 2002 and 2009).

Nino Gatti: for 40 years historian, expert, biographer and collector of Pink Floyd. He has published fanzines and collaborated with various publications both in Italy and abroad. Author of several books about Pink Floyd and their members, both in his own name and together with The Lunatics. His activity also covers many websites devoted to the band.

On the artwork side:

Ian Barrett: Syd’s nephew; he is a fine visual artist and Jewellery designer. He creates unique jewels using meteorites, fossils and other rare materials.

Matteo Regattin: author of the beautiful graphic novel “Syd Barrett Jugband Blues. A graphic trip on the tracks of Syd Barrett”.

We would like to mention every single musician involved in this tribute, of course. Thanks to their passionate contribution this project has become true.

Track Listing:

CD 1
1 - TERRAPIN - ANDREA ACHILLI (Italy)
2 - NO GOOD TRYING - LUNA PARK (France)
3 - LOVE YOU - EUGENE (Italy)
4 - NO MAN'S LAND - HUMUS (Mexico)
5 - DARK GLOBE - BLUEMOSAIKO (Italy)
6 - HERE I GO - MAX ZARUCCHI (Italy)
7 - OCTOPUS - SHERPA (Italy)
8 - GOLDEN HAIR - IN THE LABYRINTH (Sweden)
9 - LONG GONE - BARYOGENESIS (Italy)
10 - SHE TOOK A LONG COLD LOOK - ALANJEMAAL (Italy)
11 - FEEL - HIS MAJESTY THE BABY (Italy)
12 - IF IT'S IN YOU - HENRIETTA AND THE FIVES (Italy)
13 - LATE NIGHT - DUNCAN MAITLAND (Ireland)
14 - OPEL - GALERIE 65 (USA)
15 - DOLLY ROCKER - THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE (Italy)
16 - WORD SONG - QUARTO STATO DELLA MATERIA (Italy)
17 - SWAN LEE - HIBUSHIBIRE (Japan)
18 - LET'S SPLIT - MICHELE GENTILE (Italy)
19 - TWO OF A KIND - DAVE HARRIS & ZEUS B HELD (UK)
20 - ASTRONOMY DOMINE - BORIS SAVOLDELLI & UMBERTO PETRIN (Italy)

CD 2:
1 - BABY LEMONADE - ST 37 (USA)
2 - LOVE SONG - LA FORMA DELLE NUVOLE (Italy)
3 - DOMINOES - SULA BASSANA (Germany)
4 - IT IS OBVIOUS - STEREOKIMONO (Italy)
5 - RATS - PHOSPHENE (UK)
6 - MAISIE - THEEUNFORESEEN (Belgium)
7 - GIGOLO AUNT - THE AIRWAVES (Sweden)
8 - WAVING MY ARMS IN THE AIR / I NEVER LIED TO YOU - LUCA RAIO (Italy)
9 - WINED AND DINED - KABLE (USA)
10 - WOLFPACK - KEEPER OF ATLANTIS (USA)
11 - EFFERVESCING ELEPHANT - BOTTI & PAVONI from GREENWALL (Italy)
12 - BIRDIE HOP - TRESPASSERS W (The Netherlands)
13 - LANKY PART 1 - ALFREDO LONGO feat. SEBA PAVIA
14 - MILKY WAY - MEN ON THE BORDER (Sweden)
15 - BOB DYLAN BLUES - JOSS COPE (UK)
16 - RHAMADAN - MORNING SCALES THE MOUNTAIN (USA)
17 - VEGETABLE MAN - NICK BENSEN (USA)

For more information: https://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/products/syd-barrett-love-you-2cd

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

New SYD BARRETT Tribute Celebrates 50 Years Since The Release of “The Madcap Laughs” and “Barrett”

“LOVE YOU – a tribute to SYD BARRETT” celebrates 50 years since the release of “The Madcap Laughs” and “Barrett”. The double CD box will be released by the prestigious English label Gonzo Multimedia on the 6th of January, 2021. 75 years exactly from Syd’s birth. “LOVE YOU” is a song recorded by Syd in 1970. It’s included in “Barrett”, the second solo album of his.

The new tribute also includes two particularly significant bonus tracks too: “Astronomy Dominé” and “Vegetable Man” characterizing the beginning and the end of Syd’s Floydian era.

Every single note in these two CD’s has been expressed with love. Love shown by the artists who took part by arranging Syd’s music in their own way.

Our project is to collect, for the first time, all the songs Syd Barrett recorded after his experience with Pink Floyd. To realize it we invited many artists from various parts of the world - Italy, Mexico, France, Ireland, UK, USA, Sweden, Japan, Belgium Germany, The Netherlands - and asked them to choose one song and rearrange it in their own way.

Among them and without detracting from the others, we would like to mention:  

Luca Ferrari: journalist and writer; one of the first in the world to publish fanzines, articles and books about Syd.

Dave Harris: former lead singer of “Fashion” he is well known to Pink Floyd fans thanks to ZEE:IDENTITY, the album he released in 1984 – and  recently reprinted - together with Pink Floyd’s keyboard player Richard Wright.

John Cavanagh: Voiceover artist, broadcaster, musician, record producer, writer and performer. He is the author of the book “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” about the making of the first Pink Floyd album. The book was published in 2003 in the UK and then translated in many languages; Italian and Chinese among them.

Men On The Border: Swedish band devoted to Syd’s repertoire. In 2016 they took part in “Syd Barrett - A Celebration Concert” at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge.

Boris Savoldelli: a gifted vocal performer who is always challenging his “vocal instrument” with new and original ways of singing.

Dario Antonetti: musician from 1984 to today with Kryptästhesie, Gli Acidi Tonanti, Effetto Doppler, Inossidabile Orchestra Valsecchi, La Svolta Psichedelica, La Forma delle Nuvole. Producer of The Vegetable Man Project (a tribute to Syd Barrett focused on the song “Vegetable Man.” Lots of artists from all over the world took part and rearranged the song in their own way. 6 CD’s and a 10” vinyl EP were released between 2002 and 2009).

Nino Gatti: for 40 years historian, expert, biographer and collector of Pink Floyd. He has published fanzines and collaborated with various publications both in Italy and abroad. Author of several books about Pink Floyd and their members, both in his own name and together with The Lunatics. His activity also covers many websites devoted to the band.

On the artwork side:

Ian Barrett: Syd’s nephew; he is a fine visual artist and Jewellery designer. He creates unique jewels using meteorites, fossils and other rare materials.

Matteo Regattin: author of the beautiful graphic novel “Syd Barrett Jugband Blues. A graphic trip on the tracks of Syd Barrett”.

We would like to mention every single musician involved in this tribute, of course. Thanks to their passionate contribution this project has become true.

Track Listing:

CD 1
1 - TERRAPIN - ANDREA ACHILLI (Italy)
2 - NO GOOD TRYING - LUNA PARK (France)
3 - LOVE YOU - EUGENE (Italy)
4 - NO MAN'S LAND - HUMUS (Mexico)
5 - DARK GLOBE - BLUEMOSAIKO (Italy)
6 - HERE I GO - MAX ZARUCCHI (Italy)
7 - OCTOPUS - SHERPA (Italy)
8 - GOLDEN HAIR - IN THE LABYRINTH (Sweden)
9 - LONG GONE - BARYOGENESIS (Italy)
10 - SHE TOOK A LONG COLD LOOK - ALANJEMAAL (Italy)
11 - FEEL - HIS MAJESTY THE BABY (Italy)
12 - IF IT'S IN YOU - HENRIETTA AND THE FIVES (Italy)
13 - LATE NIGHT - DUNCAN MAITLAND (Ireland)
14 - OPEL - GALERIE 65 (USA)
15 - DOLLY ROCKER - THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE (Italy)
16 - WORD SONG - QUARTO STATO DELLA MATERIA (Italy)
17 - SWAN LEE - HIBUSHIBIRE (Japan)
18 - LET'S SPLIT - MICHELE GENTILE (Italy)
19 - TWO OF A KIND - DAVE HARRIS & ZEUS B HELD (UK)
20 - ASTRONOMY DOMINE - BORIS SAVOLDELLI & UMBERTO PETRIN (Italy)

CD 2:
1 - BABY LEMONADE - ST 37 (USA)
2 - LOVE SONG - LA FORMA DELLE NUVOLE (Italy)
3 - DOMINOES - SULA BASSANA (Germany)
4 - IT IS OBVIOUS - STEREOKIMONO (Italy)
5 - RATS - PHOSPHENE (UK)
6 - MAISIE - THEEUNFORESEEN (Belgium)
7 - GIGOLO AUNT - THE AIRWAVES (Sweden)
8 - WAVING MY ARMS IN THE AIR / I NEVER LIED TO YOU - LUCA RAIO (Italy)
9 - WINED AND DINED - KABLE (USA)
10 - WOLFPACK - KEEPER OF ATLANTIS (USA)
11 - EFFERVESCING ELEPHANT - BOTTI & PAVONI from GREENWALL (Italy)
12 - BIRDIE HOP - TRESPASSERS W (The Netherlands)
13 - LANKY PART 1 - ALFREDO LONGO feat. SEBA PAVIA
14 - MILKY WAY - MEN ON THE BORDER (Sweden)
15 - BOB DYLAN BLUES - JOSS COPE (UK)
16 - RHAMADAN - MORNING SCALES THE MOUNTAIN (USA)
17 - VEGETABLE MAN - NICK BENSEN (USA)

For more information: https://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/products/syd-barrett-love-you-2cd

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

12/04/2020

The Encyclopædia Hawkwindia The Ultimate Guide to More Than Fifty Years of Hawkwind by Dave Thompson Now Available!

ALMOST 600 PAGES OF BRAIN DAMAGE!

The Encyclopædia Hawkwindia is the ultimate guide to more than fifty years of Hawkwind, from the first show in August,1969, to the next scheduled gig in February, 2021.

Arranged alphabetically, the encyclopædia contains over 1,750 entries, from “Abducted” to ZZZ, and includes every song… every single… every album… every band member… dancers… festivals… spin-offs… side projects… solo albums… live shows… support bands… cover versions… venues… characters… crew… record labels… managers… reissues… compilations… tributes… culture… friends and relations…. and more.

More than seventy interviews, many undertaken specifically for the encyclopædia, include recollections, anecdotes and personal details from such icons of Hawkwind history as founder members Dave Brock and Nik Turner, classic line-up mainstays Lemmy, Robert Calvert, Stacia and Del Dettmar, and a host of names from throughout the band’s long history - Alan Davey, Paul Rudolph, Adrian Shaw, Huw Lloyd Langton, Bridget Wishart, Mr Dibs, Simon House and more.

There are entries for members’ pre- and post-Hawkwind projects - Magic Muscle and Krel, Smartpils and Spirits Burning.

For like-minded travellers through space rock and beyond - Michael Moorcock and Motörhead, the Pink Fairies and Gong.

For the Bath Festival and the Battle of the Beanfield, Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Cheops.

200 illustrations include vintage press cuttings, memorabilia, art and rare photographs from musicians’ personal collections.

PDFs for review and author interviews can be requested from hawkwind_encyclopaedia@yahoo.com.

To purchase: https://hawkwindencyclopaedia.wordpress.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dave Thompson is author of over 150 books, mostly on music, but other themes besides.

He is co-author of autobiographies by Nik Turner, photographer Bob Gruen, Motown legends Eddie and Brian Holland, New York Doll Sylvain Sylvain, Heartbreaker Walter Lure, The Yardbirds’ Jim McCarty, Fairport’s Judy Dyble, folkie Steve Ashley and Nektar’s Roye Albrighton (forthcoming). He also wrote the official tenth anniversary history of Fruits de Mer Records.

Thompson has written at length about Space Rock, Glam Rock, Industrial, Goth, Alternative and Punk, including biographies of David Bowie, the Sweet, Sparks, Genesis, Jeff Beck, Robert Plant, Deep Purple, Rozz Williams (forthcoming) and Cream.

Thompson’s journalism and music writing has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Goldmine, Record Collector, Mojo, Alternative Press, Rolling Stone, Spin, Melody Maker, Zig Zag, huH, Seattle Times, Music Week and others.

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

The Encyclopædia Hawkwindia The Ultimate Guide to More Than Fifty Years of Hawkwind by Dave Thompson Now Available!

ALMOST 600 PAGES OF BRAIN DAMAGE!

The Encyclopædia Hawkwindia is the ultimate guide to more than fifty years of Hawkwind, from the first show in August,1969, to the next scheduled gig in February, 2021.

Arranged alphabetically, the encyclopædia contains over 1,750 entries, from “Abducted” to ZZZ, and includes every song… every single… every album… every band member… dancers… festivals… spin-offs… side projects… solo albums… live shows… support bands… cover versions… venues… characters… crew… record labels… managers… reissues… compilations… tributes… culture… friends and relations…. and more.

More than seventy interviews, many undertaken specifically for the encyclopædia, include recollections, anecdotes and personal details from such icons of Hawkwind history as founder members Dave Brock and Nik Turner, classic line-up mainstays Lemmy, Robert Calvert, Stacia and Del Dettmar, and a host of names from throughout the band’s long history - Alan Davey, Paul Rudolph, Adrian Shaw, Huw Lloyd Langton, Bridget Wishart, Mr Dibs, Simon House and more.

There are entries for members’ pre- and post-Hawkwind projects - Magic Muscle and Krel, Smartpils and Spirits Burning.

For like-minded travellers through space rock and beyond - Michael Moorcock and Motörhead, the Pink Fairies and Gong.

For the Bath Festival and the Battle of the Beanfield, Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Cheops.

200 illustrations include vintage press cuttings, memorabilia, art and rare photographs from musicians’ personal collections.

PDFs for review and author interviews can be requested from hawkwind_encyclopaedia@yahoo.com.

To purchase: https://hawkwindencyclopaedia.wordpress.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dave Thompson is author of over 150 books, mostly on music, but other themes besides.

He is co-author of autobiographies by Nik Turner, photographer Bob Gruen, Motown legends Eddie and Brian Holland, New York Doll Sylvain Sylvain, Heartbreaker Walter Lure, The Yardbirds’ Jim McCarty, Fairport’s Judy Dyble, folkie Steve Ashley and Nektar’s Roye Albrighton (forthcoming). He also wrote the official tenth anniversary history of Fruits de Mer Records.

Thompson has written at length about Space Rock, Glam Rock, Industrial, Goth, Alternative and Punk, including biographies of David Bowie, the Sweet, Sparks, Genesis, Jeff Beck, Robert Plant, Deep Purple, Rozz Williams (forthcoming) and Cream.

Thompson’s journalism and music writing has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Goldmine, Record Collector, Mojo, Alternative Press, Rolling Stone, Spin, Melody Maker, Zig Zag, huH, Seattle Times, Music Week and others.

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

11/19/2020

British ‘60s Psychedelic Legends Nirvana's ‘Songlife’ The Vinyl Box Set 1967-1972 To Be Released by Madfish Music on February 26, 2021

First time appearance of all 6 Nirvana albums together in one deluxe vinyl box set including the never before released 1972 LP ‘Secrets’

On February 26th 2021, Madfish Music will release Nirvana ‘Songlife’ 1967-72, a 6 LP vinyl Deluxe Box Set housing all 5 of the band’s pioneering studio albums – ‘The Story Of Simon Simopath’, ‘All Of Us’, ‘Dedicated To Markos III aka Black Flower’, ‘Local Anaesthetic’, ‘Songs Of Love And Praise’ - alongside the never before released 1972 LP ‘Secrets’. Nirvana were essentially the duo of Irishman Patrick Campbell-Lyons and Greek Alex Spyropoulos – who, following a chance meeting in London during the summer of 1966, took a long, strange trip together.

It’s the first time the band’s recorded output has ever been collated together on one release and is an engrossing body of work to explore. These albums sit comfortably with some of the other great works of the time – the Zombies, The Kinks and the Pretty Things included. And whilst Nirvana are most famous for their British psychedelic classic ‘Rainbow Chaser’, as the music contained here displays, there was so much more to them than just that celebrated single, for they reached far and wide into the musical strato-sphere with a technicolour vision.

Four of the original albums have been remastered from their original ¼ inch tapes and the box itself comes with a 52-page booklet featuring liner notes from renowned author Peter Doggett, interviews with Patrick & Alex from Nirvana, full discography, rare newspaper clippings, previously unseen pho-tos, posters and sleeves, and an exclusive Gered Mankowitz print signed in-dividually by the band. Of key interest to fans will be the ‘Secrets’ album which was only recently unearthed in its entirety, its origins began as a musical score that Nirvana had planned on bringing to London’s Theatres and stages in the early Seventies.  

Nirvana’s story remains a wonderful tale of artistic ambition and entwined within it lies a roll call of supporting cast heroes that includes The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic, Chris Blackwell, Salvador Dali, Francoise Hardy, Tony Visconti, and many more.

The enduring beauty of Nirvana is that over 5 decades since their paths crossed, Patrick and Alex remain good friends to this day with both of them residing in Greece. Says Patrick Campbell-Lyons, “Now, as young elderly men, I can say with pride and joy that our friendship is as strong as it was fifty years ago. We see each other often, here in Athens, and respect each other’s creative space. And once in a while we write and record a new song together. Those moments are special, like our friendship.” 

Full product information & tracklisting: https://www.madfishmusic.com/artists/nirvana/

Released by Madfish Music on February 26th 2021

Album Pre-Order: https://nirvanaband.lnk.to/Songlife

For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/nirvanasonglife
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Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

11/17/2020

Banging Colours “Hallucinogenic Treasures from the Convolution of an Imaginative Brain” Compilation To Be Released December 4, 2020

The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. On this occasion, many rare finds from the London Underground music scene found their way into the public ear again. Now, with a little delay, perhaps the most important rediscovery from the time of Swingin’ London is available: Iapetus presents this compilation for the first time, “Hallucinogenic Treasures from the Convolution of an Imaginative Brain” is a comprehensive review of the work of the legendary British band Banging Colours.

“Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys or “Freak Out” by the Mothers of Invention had already been announced the year before, but 1967 was the Year of Great Change in rock and pop. From “Sgt. Pepper” to “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” from “Are You Experienced” to “Surrealistic Pillow,” unprecedented sounds broke into pop music and redefined what popular music is and can be. In place of hit production came the work on the album. The setlist of performances no longer consisted of a string of singles; instead, the musicians experimented live with their material and sounded out the possibilities of rock music in long improvisations. The studio itself became an instrument for expanding musical boundaries, and drug-induced changes in consciousness manifested themselves in psychedelic sound.

During the short period of their existence in London from 1967 to 1969, Banging Colours featuring keyboarder and singer Manny Wolfe was considered one of the most important and influential bands of their time. Performances at the U.F.O. Club and in Middle Earth established their reputation as a cult band by British psychedelia fans. Joint performances with the main acts of the scene consolidated this status as well as their innovative light show, which gave the band its name.

Matthias Derer has meticulously searched and rummaged through the archives of record companies, radio stations and film studios, bringing to light some amazing things. More treasures than ever hoped for could be recovered, in almost all cases in the form of original tapes of the individual tracks and in far better quality than feared. Markus Reuter has remixed them with great devotion and has given these pearls of the psychedelic era, which were considered lost, new radiance. The result is a fascinating testimony of probably the most creative period of rock music.

Album 1 of the compilation brings together studio recordings from almost two and a half years, from the first and only single that not only sings about London’s underground scene but also became its secret anthem, to songs from various album projects from 1967 to 1969. The material was written entirely by the band’s head Manny Wolfe and bears his compositional signature.

Album 2 includes jams and studio live sessions and shows the band from a slightly different side: it impressively documents their impartiality and freedom to improvise freely, leaving the three-minute format suitable for radio light years behind.

Both showcase the extraordinary lineup of Banging Colours: Bas Ricken, whose powerful and soulful playing was acknowledged by the major drummers of his time, is the pulse in which the colours are banging. Pekka Jokinen on bass is an exceptional phenomenon: Seldom in this era has a bassist shaped the overall sound of a band as much as he did. On these recordings he not only proves that he lives up to his idol Paul McCartney and is on the cutting edge of his time, but he also shows himself to be a harbinger of a new type of bass player, as he was later embodied by Chris Squire or John Wetton in the 70’s. You don’t have to be a music expert to imagine what a brilliant career Young Patel could have had on the guitar if fate hadn’t objected. He effortlessly freed himself from his roots, the R‘n’B, without ever having to deny his musical origins. Especially his interaction with Keith Friedell is one of the most exciting elements of Banging Colours. While Young lets the blues flow in, Friedell makes the wide field of swing and gypsy jazz fertile for psychedelic proliferation. His virtuosic playing leaves its mark on the band and contributes significantly to the incomparable sound of Banging Colours. The creative centre around which this ensemble of exceptional musicians is grouped is Manny Wolfe, who not only wrote all the songs but also lends them the psychedelic sound carpets on organ, piano and mellotron as well as his unusual voice. At the moment he is writing an autobiographical story of Banging Colours, and it will be interesting to see if more treasures of the band will be salvaged in the course of this.

But not only the acoustic side of this rediscovery is interesting. In the course of extensive research, Matthias Derer has also succeeded in making the work of one of the most important graphic artists of his time partially accessible again. Wes H. Bernatt was not only a friend of the band and designer of their record covers, posters and the band logo, but also one of the most creative draftsmen and illustrators in London in the late 60’s. His contribution to psychedelic art and graphic design was unjustly forgotten. Bernhard Wöstheinrich’s revision of the album covers for this compilation brings Bernatt’s merits back into focus.

This compilation is a major act and an important contribution to the history of music, which gives an idea of the importance of Banging Colours. A must for all fans of the 60’s and lovers of psychedelic music.

Release Date: December 4, 2020

To purchase: www.bangingcolours.bandcamp.com

For more information: Iapetus Media, info@iapetus-media.com, www.iapetus-media.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

8/14/2020

Massive 7CD Box Set Celebrates The Life & Talents Of Original HAWKWIND Guitarist, HUW LLOYD-LANGTON!


Los Angeles, CA - Fans of the widely revered and hugely influential guitar player, Huw Lloyd-Langton, have one helluva reason to celebrate! Purple Pyramid Records, a division of Cleopatra Records, Inc., is proud to announce the first ever CD box set of Lloyd-Langton’s stunning work, which will be available everywhere starting August 28. Primarily known as the original guitarist for British space rock legends Hawkwind, Lloyd-Langton appeared on some of that band’s seminal releases including their 1970 self-titled debut as well as 1980’s Levitation and 1981’s Sonic Attack. After splitting from the group in the mid ‘80s, Lloyd-Langton built a significant solo career as The Lloyd-Langton Group as well as numerous side projects including one that featured fellow Hawkwind alumni Simon King. This deluxe box set covers this fruitful period with 7 individually packaged discs containing more than 8 complete studio albums plus bonus tracks, acoustic recordings and more, all packaged in a clamshell box with a 20-page full-color booklet filled with informative liner notes and photos!

Order the box set here: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/huw-lloyd-langton-anthology-7-cd-box-set/


Track List:

DISC 1
Solo Acoustic Recordings (1971)
1. Got a Love (Blues)
2. I Can See It All Again
3. Things Just Ain't the Same
4. Sleep
5. The Morning Dove's Song
6. Damn Shame (Solo Acoustic Version)
7. Seasons
8. Love You Wear a Pretty Face
9. Painted Evergreen (a/k/a Night Air)
10. Little Girl (Solo Acoustic Version)
11. Battle of Battles
Magill with Pete Scott, John Clark & Rob Rawlinson (1973)
12. Rag Man
13. Feed Your Friends With a Long Handled Spoon
14. I Can't Be Satisfied
15. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Jawa with Simon King & Nic Potter (1979)
16. Rocky Paths
17. Jealousy
18. Heart Of Stone
19. Damn Shame
20. Dark Dark Night

DISC 2
The Lloyd Langton Group ‎– Night Air (1985)
1. Night Air
2. Before Is Over
3. Got Your Number
4. Painted Evergreen
5. Für Kirsty
6. Diseased Society
7. Alien Jiggers
8. Lonely Man
9. Candle Burning
10. Lunar-Tic
BONUS TRACKS
11. Wind Of Change (7" single A-side 1983)
12. Outside The Law (7" single B-side 1983)
13. Working Time (7" single A-side 1983)
14. I See You (7" single B-side 1983)
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– Like An Arrow... (Through The Heart) (1986)
15. Strange Times
16. I Could Cry
17. Like An Arrow...
18. So Long Waiting
19. On The Move

DISC 3
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– Like An Arrow... (Through The Heart) (1986)
1. No Man's Land
2. Voices That Fade
3. Wars Are The Hobby There
4. Take A Back Step
5. In Their Eyes
6. Can You Feel
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– Time Space And LLG (1988)
7. It's A Work Of Art
8. Walk A While In The Sun
9. Spoonful Of Justice
10. Mirror Image
11. Could Be A Poor Man
12. Market Of Death
13. Can We Be Free
14. Night Crusader
15. I Can See The Day-Break
16. City Of The Future

DISC 4
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– Elegy (1991)
1. Shine A Light
2. The Night Is Young
3. Nature Calls
4. Damn Shame
5. Little Girl
6. Bird Of Fantasy
7. Farewell
8. Angel Of Ice And Steel
9. Crazy Days
10. Elegy
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– River Run (1994)
11.  Dancing
12.  All Jigged Up
13.  Suffer In Silence
14.  In The Distance
15.  The Wall Came Tumbling Down
16.  Louise

DISC 5
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– River Run (1994)
1. River Run
2. Waiting
3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
Huw Lloyd-Langton ‎– On The Move (1997)
4. Got Your Number
5. I Could Cry
6. Wrong Streets
7. On The Move
8. Move Over Lady
9. Finally Finding
10. Farewell
11. Just The Same
12. No Participation
13. Outside The Law
14. Lonely Man
15. Off The Cuff
BONUS TRACKS
16. Big Boss Man

DISC 6
Huw Lloyd-Langton ‎– On The Move (1997)
1. Shame, Shame, Shame
2. Rollin' And Tumble
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– Chain Reaction (1999)
3. Jealousy
4. Sleepless
5. Tell Me
6. Dedications
7. Love They Said
8. Chain Reaction
9. Jerry's Caribbean Adventure & Cardboard City
10. Talk To You (Part 1)
11. Talk To You (Part 2)
12. Free
13. 5 To 4
14. Three Spirits
15. Shirley's Blues
16. Who Went Before

DISC 7
Huw Lloyd-Langton's LLG ‎– Hard Graft (2011)
1. Huw's Intro To Hard Graft (Part 1)
2. Hello Friend
3. A Dream
4. PDT - Photo Dynamic Therapy
5. Hey Mama
6. My Eyes See Only The Sea
7. So Long Too Long
8. Strange Flower
9. Hard Graft (Part 2)
BONUS TRACKS - Huw's Blues
10. So Long Baby
11. Slow Train A Coming
12. Cowboy Blues

Press inquiries: 
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com


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Los Angeles CA 90025
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Massive 7CD Box Set Celebrates The Life & Talents Of Original HAWKWIND Guitarist, HUW LLOYD-LANGTON!


Los Angeles, CA - Fans of the widely revered and hugely influential guitar player, Huw Lloyd-Langton, have one helluva reason to celebrate! Purple Pyramid Records, a division of Cleopatra Records, Inc., is proud to announce the first ever CD box set of Lloyd-Langton’s stunning work, which will be available everywhere starting August 28. Primarily known as the original guitarist for British space rock legends Hawkwind, Lloyd-Langton appeared on some of that band’s seminal releases including their 1970 self-titled debut as well as 1980’s Levitation and 1981’s Sonic Attack. After splitting from the group in the mid ‘80s, Lloyd-Langton built a significant solo career as The Lloyd-Langton Group as well as numerous side projects including one that featured fellow Hawkwind alumni Simon King. This deluxe box set covers this fruitful period with 7 individually packaged discs containing more than 8 complete studio albums plus bonus tracks, acoustic recordings and more, all packaged in a clamshell box with a 20-page full-color booklet filled with informative liner notes and photos!

Order the box set here: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/huw-lloyd-langton-anthology-7-cd-box-set/


Track List:

DISC 1
Solo Acoustic Recordings (1971)
1. Got a Love (Blues)
2. I Can See It All Again
3. Things Just Ain't the Same
4. Sleep
5. The Morning Dove's Song
6. Damn Shame (Solo Acoustic Version)
7. Seasons
8. Love You Wear a Pretty Face
9. Painted Evergreen (a/k/a Night Air)
10. Little Girl (Solo Acoustic Version)
11. Battle of Battles
Magill with Pete Scott, John Clark & Rob Rawlinson (1973)
12. Rag Man
13. Feed Your Friends With a Long Handled Spoon
14. I Can't Be Satisfied
15. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Jawa with Simon King & Nic Potter (1979)
16. Rocky Paths
17. Jealousy
18. Heart Of Stone
19. Damn Shame
20. Dark Dark Night

DISC 2
The Lloyd Langton Group ‎– Night Air (1985)
1. Night Air
2. Before Is Over
3. Got Your Number
4. Painted Evergreen
5. Für Kirsty
6. Diseased Society
7. Alien Jiggers
8. Lonely Man
9. Candle Burning
10. Lunar-Tic
BONUS TRACKS
11. Wind Of Change (7" single A-side 1983)
12. Outside The Law (7" single B-side 1983)
13. Working Time (7" single A-side 1983)
14. I See You (7" single B-side 1983)
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– Like An Arrow... (Through The Heart) (1986)
15. Strange Times
16. I Could Cry
17. Like An Arrow...
18. So Long Waiting
19. On The Move

DISC 3
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– Like An Arrow... (Through The Heart) (1986)
1. No Man's Land
2. Voices That Fade
3. Wars Are The Hobby There
4. Take A Back Step
5. In Their Eyes
6. Can You Feel
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– Time Space And LLG (1988)
7. It's A Work Of Art
8. Walk A While In The Sun
9. Spoonful Of Justice
10. Mirror Image
11. Could Be A Poor Man
12. Market Of Death
13. Can We Be Free
14. Night Crusader
15. I Can See The Day-Break
16. City Of The Future

DISC 4
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– Elegy (1991)
1. Shine A Light
2. The Night Is Young
3. Nature Calls
4. Damn Shame
5. Little Girl
6. Bird Of Fantasy
7. Farewell
8. Angel Of Ice And Steel
9. Crazy Days
10. Elegy
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– River Run (1994)
11.  Dancing
12.  All Jigged Up
13.  Suffer In Silence
14.  In The Distance
15.  The Wall Came Tumbling Down
16.  Louise

DISC 5
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– River Run (1994)
1. River Run
2. Waiting
3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
Huw Lloyd-Langton ‎– On The Move (1997)
4. Got Your Number
5. I Could Cry
6. Wrong Streets
7. On The Move
8. Move Over Lady
9. Finally Finding
10. Farewell
11. Just The Same
12. No Participation
13. Outside The Law
14. Lonely Man
15. Off The Cuff
BONUS TRACKS
16. Big Boss Man

DISC 6
Huw Lloyd-Langton ‎– On The Move (1997)
1. Shame, Shame, Shame
2. Rollin' And Tumble
Lloyd Langton Group ‎– Chain Reaction (1999)
3. Jealousy
4. Sleepless
5. Tell Me
6. Dedications
7. Love They Said
8. Chain Reaction
9. Jerry's Caribbean Adventure & Cardboard City
10. Talk To You (Part 1)
11. Talk To You (Part 2)
12. Free
13. 5 To 4
14. Three Spirits
15. Shirley's Blues
16. Who Went Before

DISC 7
Huw Lloyd-Langton's LLG ‎– Hard Graft (2011)
1. Huw's Intro To Hard Graft (Part 1)
2. Hello Friend
3. A Dream
4. PDT - Photo Dynamic Therapy
5. Hey Mama
6. My Eyes See Only The Sea
7. So Long Too Long
8. Strange Flower
9. Hard Graft (Part 2)
BONUS TRACKS - Huw's Blues
10. So Long Baby
11. Slow Train A Coming
12. Cowboy Blues

Press inquiries: 
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com


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Los Angeles CA 90025
www.CleopatraRecords.com

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7/28/2020

UK Music Legends The Pretty Things Announce New Album “Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood” - The Final Recordings Of Phil May and Dick Taylor


photo credit: Judy Totton

Cult British band The Pretty Things have announced their new album “Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood” will be released on 25th September via Madfish Music. Please see below for a comment from the band’s management and the full album press release.

Mark St John, Manager of The Pretty Things: 
On May the 15th 2020, Phil May, the lead singer with “The Pretty Things” died…. Despite his well-documented ill-health, his death was unexpected and resulted from a tragic accident and not his embedded health condition. His is a catastrophic loss and has been felt and acknowledged across the world of music and the arts.

At the time of his death, he was hugely excited and enthused about the impending release of the first-ever, all-acoustic “Pretty Things” album, which had been completed before his death.

I wrote the press release below, on the 5th May, just nine days before he died. We have left it unchanged – it remains as relevant to the record - and particularly to Phil and his connection to it, as it was while he was still alive and looking forward to performing these dark songs live and walking a new tightrope of performance…..

They will now never be heard live with Phil’s voice, and maybe never at all, but that does not diminish this remarkable record which will stand as a final tribute to one of the most significant artists of his generation, and beyond.


photo credit Mark St John

THE PRETTY THINGS – “BARE AS BONE, BRIGHT AS BLOOD” – THE NEW ALBUM.
On December 13th, 2018, following a sold-out show at London’s O2 Indigo, The Pretty Things retired from live, electric performances, after 55 years of touring and recording, due to the ill-health of lead singer, Phil May.

This was not something that the band, or their fans, wanted, but it was unavoidable, given the circumstances. At the time, there was already a new, electric album well underway, but this was shelved as it was clear that the band would never be able to perform any of these recordings. At the time of the retirement, some sort of return, possibly in a stripped-down, acoustic format was not entirely discounted, but it was not expected, due to the health issues, surrounding Phil May and also to the general lack of appetite that the bands’ two principals - Phil May and Dick Taylor - had always shown for acoustic performance as a mainstay for their work.

However, during 2019 there was a significant sea change in attitude within the band and, early in the year, the band, together with manager and producer, Mark St. John, returned to the studio and took the first, tentative steps toward the making of a new album, this time in an entirely acoustic format. The album - now completed and entitled “Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood” – is a genuine first for a band that has been knocking down the walls with their aggressive and memorable, electric live performances for more than 55 years.

This record has little in common with their past work, save that, like so many “Pretty Things” records and projects, it is wholly unique and an absolute first. Arguably, this record is as ground-breaking as the band’s seminal Rock Opera and psychedelic masterpiece – “S. F. Sorrow” – which is acknowledged as rock music’s first Rock Opera. The levels of inspiration, imagination, originality and musicality displayed are at an equivalent high; in many ways, perhaps, because the whole record is a totally exposed, stripped down, acoustic project, principally featuring only the two band members. For them, this was an arduous and unfamiliar task, relying solely on their fundamental talents and undertaken without the support, comfort and benefit of the thundering band that had underpinned their work for so many years.

This is work stripped bare and reflects the frailties and insecurities of gathering age, ill health, painful failure and memorable success. It is a reflection on two long, long lives in art and music that have always been at the cutting edge, and that have always worked as they did at the very start, in their teenage years. “Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood” does not allow for that luxury. This is not a pair of old rockers, still the oldest swingers in town. This is the work of two, old men, who are acting their age, maybe for the first time ever. If their health and energy is depleted, their skill, insight and experience is not, with the result that they have made a remarkable, exciting, unexpected and thought-provoking record, that is, against all the odds, another singular “first” for The Pretty Things.

It was a very sad day when we said an enforced goodbye to the astounding electric band that was The Pretty Things in December 2018. It is a very happy day to see them back, finally as the old men they truly are, and finally comfortable to release the young men that, for such a long, long time, they were. “Bare as Bone, Bright as Blood” – the remarkable and unexpected new album by The Pretty Things, still the tainted, dark royalty, banished from the rock establishment.

“Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood” will be released on CD, gatefold 2xLP on red vinyl and digitally and is available to pre-order now. (https://theprettythings.lnk.to/BareAsBoldBrightAsBlood)

The first singles to be taken from the new album are the double A-side of “The Devil Had A Hold On Me” & “To Build A Wall” and are available to stream now. (https://open.spotify.com/album/57gCumw0Pj2ih9ALzfa8Sc?si=2hoAw1IeTsShEG0BpMoIAw)



Track listing:
1. Can`t Be Satisfied [03:04]
2. Come Into My Kitchen [04:17]
3. Ain`t No Grave [03:58]
4. Faultline [04:22]
5. Redemption Day [05:22]
6. The Devil Had A Hold Of Me [04:16]
7. Bright As Blood [04:44]
8. Love In Vain[04:17]
9. Black Girl [02:37]
10. To Build A Wall[04:25]
11. Another World [03:56]
Bonus Track:
I`m Ready [03:43]

Press Quotes:

“Mr. May’s snarling vocals and rebellious persona helped make his band, the Pretty Things, an influential part of the 1960s British scene.” - The New York Times

“The man David Bowie listed as God in his address book stuck two fingers up at rules about music, sex and life itself – and made the most glorious noise doing it” - The Guardian

“May’s yowling vocals were as ferociously potent as anything recorded during the 1960s British beat boom.” - The Times

“Although the Pretty Things did not achieve the fame of many of their peers in the UK rock scene, they were beloved by musicians, including Aerosmith and, most famously, David Bowie” - Pitchfork


Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Pretty-Things-115515605226
Website: http://www.theprettythings.com/
Label: https://www.madfishmusic.com/
For more hi-res images : www.madfishmusic.com/media/theprettythings

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

UK Music Legends The Pretty Things Announce New Album “Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood” - The Final Recordings Of Phil May and Dick Taylor


photo credit: Judy Totton

Cult British band The Pretty Things have announced their new album “Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood” will be released on 25th September via Madfish Music. Please see below for a comment from the band’s management and the full album press release.

Mark St John, Manager of The Pretty Things: 
On May the 15th 2020, Phil May, the lead singer with “The Pretty Things” died…. Despite his well-documented ill-health, his death was unexpected and resulted from a tragic accident and not his embedded health condition. His is a catastrophic loss and has been felt and acknowledged across the world of music and the arts.

At the time of his death, he was hugely excited and enthused about the impending release of the first-ever, all-acoustic “Pretty Things” album, which had been completed before his death.

I wrote the press release below, on the 5th May, just nine days before he died. We have left it unchanged – it remains as relevant to the record - and particularly to Phil and his connection to it, as it was while he was still alive and looking forward to performing these dark songs live and walking a new tightrope of performance…..

They will now never be heard live with Phil’s voice, and maybe never at all, but that does not diminish this remarkable record which will stand as a final tribute to one of the most significant artists of his generation, and beyond.


photo credit Mark St John

THE PRETTY THINGS – “BARE AS BONE, BRIGHT AS BLOOD” – THE NEW ALBUM.
On December 13th, 2018, following a sold-out show at London’s O2 Indigo, The Pretty Things retired from live, electric performances, after 55 years of touring and recording, due to the ill-health of lead singer, Phil May.

This was not something that the band, or their fans, wanted, but it was unavoidable, given the circumstances. At the time, there was already a new, electric album well underway, but this was shelved as it was clear that the band would never be able to perform any of these recordings. At the time of the retirement, some sort of return, possibly in a stripped-down, acoustic format was not entirely discounted, but it was not expected, due to the health issues, surrounding Phil May and also to the general lack of appetite that the bands’ two principals - Phil May and Dick Taylor - had always shown for acoustic performance as a mainstay for their work.

However, during 2019 there was a significant sea change in attitude within the band and, early in the year, the band, together with manager and producer, Mark St. John, returned to the studio and took the first, tentative steps toward the making of a new album, this time in an entirely acoustic format. The album - now completed and entitled “Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood” – is a genuine first for a band that has been knocking down the walls with their aggressive and memorable, electric live performances for more than 55 years.

This record has little in common with their past work, save that, like so many “Pretty Things” records and projects, it is wholly unique and an absolute first. Arguably, this record is as ground-breaking as the band’s seminal Rock Opera and psychedelic masterpiece – “S. F. Sorrow” – which is acknowledged as rock music’s first Rock Opera. The levels of inspiration, imagination, originality and musicality displayed are at an equivalent high; in many ways, perhaps, because the whole record is a totally exposed, stripped down, acoustic project, principally featuring only the two band members. For them, this was an arduous and unfamiliar task, relying solely on their fundamental talents and undertaken without the support, comfort and benefit of the thundering band that had underpinned their work for so many years.

This is work stripped bare and reflects the frailties and insecurities of gathering age, ill health, painful failure and memorable success. It is a reflection on two long, long lives in art and music that have always been at the cutting edge, and that have always worked as they did at the very start, in their teenage years. “Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood” does not allow for that luxury. This is not a pair of old rockers, still the oldest swingers in town. This is the work of two, old men, who are acting their age, maybe for the first time ever. If their health and energy is depleted, their skill, insight and experience is not, with the result that they have made a remarkable, exciting, unexpected and thought-provoking record, that is, against all the odds, another singular “first” for The Pretty Things.

It was a very sad day when we said an enforced goodbye to the astounding electric band that was The Pretty Things in December 2018. It is a very happy day to see them back, finally as the old men they truly are, and finally comfortable to release the young men that, for such a long, long time, they were. “Bare as Bone, Bright as Blood” – the remarkable and unexpected new album by The Pretty Things, still the tainted, dark royalty, banished from the rock establishment.

“Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood” will be released on CD, gatefold 2xLP on red vinyl and digitally and is available to pre-order now. (https://theprettythings.lnk.to/BareAsBoldBrightAsBlood)

The first singles to be taken from the new album are the double A-side of “The Devil Had A Hold On Me” & “To Build A Wall” and are available to stream now. (https://open.spotify.com/album/57gCumw0Pj2ih9ALzfa8Sc?si=2hoAw1IeTsShEG0BpMoIAw)



Track listing:
1. Can`t Be Satisfied [03:04]
2. Come Into My Kitchen [04:17]
3. Ain`t No Grave [03:58]
4. Faultline [04:22]
5. Redemption Day [05:22]
6. The Devil Had A Hold Of Me [04:16]
7. Bright As Blood [04:44]
8. Love In Vain[04:17]
9. Black Girl [02:37]
10. To Build A Wall[04:25]
11. Another World [03:56]
Bonus Track:
I`m Ready [03:43]

Press Quotes:

“Mr. May’s snarling vocals and rebellious persona helped make his band, the Pretty Things, an influential part of the 1960s British scene.” - The New York Times

“The man David Bowie listed as God in his address book stuck two fingers up at rules about music, sex and life itself – and made the most glorious noise doing it” - The Guardian

“May’s yowling vocals were as ferociously potent as anything recorded during the 1960s British beat boom.” - The Times

“Although the Pretty Things did not achieve the fame of many of their peers in the UK rock scene, they were beloved by musicians, including Aerosmith and, most famously, David Bowie” - Pitchfork


Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Pretty-Things-115515605226
Website: http://www.theprettythings.com/
Label: https://www.madfishmusic.com/
For more hi-res images : www.madfishmusic.com/media/theprettythings

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

7/09/2020

‘80s New Wave Legends A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS Release Remix Of Rare ROBERT CALVERT Track!


More Calvert remixes coming from Xiu Xiu, Die Krupps, Peter Hook, Small Black, The KVB, Soft Kill, Black Plastic feat. Richard Butler of Psychedelic Furs, Xeno & Oaklander, Sixth June, and more!

Los Angeles, CA - Robert Calvert was easily one of the most charismatic and enigmatic figures to emerge out of London’s psychedelic rock scene of the 1960s & 70s. He was a poet, lyricist, visionary and vocalist most known for his work with the legendary Hawkwind but also his highly acclaimed solo albums and collaborations with Brian Eno, Arthur Brown, Motörhead’s Lemmy, Jim Capaldi and others. Yet Calvert’s legacy and contributions have been too little explored due perhaps to his debilitating mental health issues that plagued him throughout his career as well as his early departure from Spaceship Earth at the tender age of 43. But now a group of young electronic artists alongside some heavy-hitting veterans attempt to shed new light on Calvert’s futuristic genius by remixing his rare mid-80s recordings.

First up is the inimitable Mike Score, the mastermind behind one of the most iconic acts of the 1980s, A Flock Of Seagulls, who brings out all of the forward-thinking, avant garde beauty in Calvert’s “Over The Moon.” In Score’s capable hands, the track becomes at once more catchy and more sinister. Check out the equally haunting video shot specifically for this remix by filmmaker Vicente Cordero of Industrialism Films (with a guest appearance by Score himself):


Stream the single: https://orcd.co/robert_calvert_a_flock_of_seagulls_remix

The single will also be released August 14 on a special limited-edition series of colored 7” vinyl in PINK, WHITE, PURPLE or RED. The 7” also contains another phenomenal remix of the song by experimental noise band Xiu Xiu.

Order the 7” here: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/robert-calvert-over-the-moon-limited-edition-colored-7-vinyl/

Also be on the lookout for a full-length Robert Calvert remix project to be released later this year featuring a host of supremely talented electronic artists including Xiu Xiu, Die Krupps, Joy Division’s Peter Hook, Small Black, The KVB, Soft Kill, Black Plastic feat. Richard Butler of Psychedelic Furs, Xeno & Oaklander, Sixth June, and more - courtesy of Cleopatra Records!

Press inquiries: 
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com


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Los Angeles CA 90025
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‘80s New Wave Legends A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS Release Remix Of Rare ROBERT CALVERT Track!


More Calvert remixes coming from Xiu Xiu, Die Krupps, Peter Hook, Small Black, The KVB, Soft Kill, Black Plastic feat. Richard Butler of Psychedelic Furs, Xeno & Oaklander, Sixth June, and more!

Los Angeles, CA - Robert Calvert was easily one of the most charismatic and enigmatic figures to emerge out of London’s psychedelic rock scene of the 1960s & 70s. He was a poet, lyricist, visionary and vocalist most known for his work with the legendary Hawkwind but also his highly acclaimed solo albums and collaborations with Brian Eno, Arthur Brown, Motörhead’s Lemmy, Jim Capaldi and others. Yet Calvert’s legacy and contributions have been too little explored due perhaps to his debilitating mental health issues that plagued him throughout his career as well as his early departure from Spaceship Earth at the tender age of 43. But now a group of young electronic artists alongside some heavy-hitting veterans attempt to shed new light on Calvert’s futuristic genius by remixing his rare mid-80s recordings.

First up is the inimitable Mike Score, the mastermind behind one of the most iconic acts of the 1980s, A Flock Of Seagulls, who brings out all of the forward-thinking, avant garde beauty in Calvert’s “Over The Moon.” In Score’s capable hands, the track becomes at once more catchy and more sinister. Check out the equally haunting video shot specifically for this remix by filmmaker Vicente Cordero of Industrialism Films (with a guest appearance by Score himself):


Stream the single: https://orcd.co/robert_calvert_a_flock_of_seagulls_remix

The single will also be released August 14 on a special limited-edition series of colored 7” vinyl in PINK, WHITE, PURPLE or RED. The 7” also contains another phenomenal remix of the song by experimental noise band Xiu Xiu.

Order the 7” here: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/robert-calvert-over-the-moon-limited-edition-colored-7-vinyl/

Also be on the lookout for a full-length Robert Calvert remix project to be released later this year featuring a host of supremely talented electronic artists including Xiu Xiu, Die Krupps, Joy Division’s Peter Hook, Small Black, The KVB, Soft Kill, Black Plastic feat. Richard Butler of Psychedelic Furs, Xeno & Oaklander, Sixth June, and more - courtesy of Cleopatra Records!

Press inquiries: 
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com


CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
www.CleopatraRecords.com
Facebook @Cleopatrarecords
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5/05/2020

Guru Guru Legend Mani Neumeier & Okinawa Friends Release GALAPAGOS


Even after his 80th birthday, Mani Neumeier, a famous drummer from Germany who is familiar with “Mani-san,” and is still active with solo various projects including GURU GURU, has visited Okinawa and its beaches. There he played with coral percussion. Heavenly swaying in the south, with prog and free musicians participating, led by guitarist Ishihara, who manipulates from low-pitched to roaring, ambient to noise, and Kengo Sakamoto, who is one of the 100 views of Koenji, gathered as if invited by the sound. Together they formed a psychedelic jam band. This work was recorded in Urasoe City, Okinawa Prefecture in February 2019. Their first Taiwan tour in February 2020 this year received critical acclaim.

Mani Neumeier: Drum, Plate percussion
Takeshi Ishihara: Right Guitar
Halls: Left Guitar
Uechi Gacha Kazuya: Right Bass
Kengo Sakamoto: Left Bass

1. Galapagos
2. Sitting on the Banyan Tree
3. Groove Club Shuffle
4. Aka Roots
5. Goya boys
6. Kiiro Roots
7. Sango Beach
8. Midori Roots

For more information: http://mani-neumeier.de/guruguru/guru_10_shop.htm

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Guru Guru Legend Mani Neumeier & Okinawa Friends Release GALAPAGOS


Even after his 80th birthday, Mani Neumeier, a famous drummer from Germany who is familiar with “Mani-san,” and is still active with solo various projects including GURU GURU, has visited Okinawa and its beaches. There he played with coral percussion. Heavenly swaying in the south, with prog and free musicians participating, led by guitarist Ishihara, who manipulates from low-pitched to roaring, ambient to noise, and Kengo Sakamoto, who is one of the 100 views of Koenji, gathered as if invited by the sound. Together they formed a psychedelic jam band. This work was recorded in Urasoe City, Okinawa Prefecture in February 2019. Their first Taiwan tour in February 2020 this year received critical acclaim.

Mani Neumeier: Drum, Plate percussion
Takeshi Ishihara: Right Guitar
Halls: Left Guitar
Uechi Gacha Kazuya: Right Bass
Kengo Sakamoto: Left Bass

1. Galapagos
2. Sitting on the Banyan Tree
3. Groove Club Shuffle
4. Aka Roots
5. Goya boys
6. Kiiro Roots
7. Sango Beach
8. Midori Roots

For more information: http://mani-neumeier.de/guruguru/guru_10_shop.htm

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

4/21/2020

Legendary 1960's Psychedelic Garage-Band The Chocolate Watchband Release New Video HOPE


The Chocolate Watchband, the 60's legendary psychedelic garage-band from the San Francisco Bay Area, has released a new video today free to the world. As all of us face new challenges that may force us to reckon with future waves of the Covid-19 virus, to survive this experience we need HOPE so that we will prevail.

Watch the video:


To all you fans of the Watchband out there quarantined from friends and loved ones, for all of you out there still working and supporting our country, for all you doctors, nurses, health care providers, governors and mayors working together to protect their people, National Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical aid providers and volunteers, mental health providers, teachers teaching from home and leaders of faith, all you delivery truck drivers and store workers keeping food and necessities on the shelves, for all you Fed-X, UPS and postal workers delivering necessities to those confined to their homes and journalists who tell us the TRUTH, this song is dedicated to YOU!

And thank all of you for your continuing support of our latest release “This is My Voice” available now in vinyl, CD and down load at www.thechocolatewatchband.com

David-Timmy-Derek-Alec-Gary

For more information: www.thechocolatewatchband.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com