9/06/2023

Greg Lake “Magical” Solo Career Spanning Limited Edition 7 CD Box Set Released November 10th on Manticore Records Through Spirit of Unicorn Music

A CELEBRATION OF THE SOLO CAREER OF ONE OF BRITAIN’S MOST REVERED SINGER SONGWRITERS.

FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY GARY MOORE, TOTO, CLARENCE CLEMONS, ROBERT FRIPP, STEVE HOWE, GEOFF DOWNES, KEITH EMERSON, COZY POWELL, CARL PALMER AND MORE.

STRICTLY LIMITED EDITION DELUXE 91-TRACK 7-CD
10” x 10” BOX SET WITH 64 PAGE DISPLAY BOOK FEATURING UNSEEN IMAGES AND INTERVIEWS WITH MANY OF HIS COLLABORATORS

While perhaps best known as the singer, lyricist, composer, bass player, guitarist and producer for one of the most significant and best-selling bands of the 1970s, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake was a highly respected singer-songwriter releasing solo and collaborative material spanning four decades. He was also an incredibly in-demand musician playing with The Who, Ringo Starr and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Greg Lake “Magical” is a limited edition seven-disc set that brings together Greg’s solo studio and live material for the first time, along with collaborations with Toto, Gary Moore, Asia, Geoff Downes, Keith Emerson, King Crimson, ELP, Emerson, Lake & Powell and many more.

Presented in a 10” x 10” box, the limited edition seven-CD set has a 64 page coffee table book featuring extensive notes for each album along with unseen photos from the Lake family archive as well as sleeve notes by Jerry Ewing, Editor of Prog Magazine, who speaks with many of Greg’s collaborators about this once-in-a-generation artist.

“Magical” features Greg’s two solo albums, including his hard rock-infused debut, featuring Gary Moore.  Also included are two live albums, including “Songs of A Lifetime” where Greg covers artists such as The Beatles & Elvis Presley as well as a stunning version of The Impressions/Curtis Mayfield classic “People Get Ready”, all of whom inspired him to become such a celebrated songwriter.

The set also features rare tracks and live recordings such as Greg fronting King Crimson supporting The Rolling Stones at the legendary Hyde Park show in 1968, three previously unheard slices of FM Radio gold recorded in the early 80s with Toto,  along with songs from his time with Asia, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Greg Lake Band, Greg Lake’s Ride The Tiger, Emerson & Lake and one of Greg’s first ever recordings fronting The Shame in 1967.

This incredible collection of Greg’s career has been curated with his family’s full involvement and blessing, who have opened their archive to allow for the inclusion of rare material. All the audio within the set has been mastered from the best available sources by renowned engineer Andy Pearce.

Greg Lake “Magical” is a worthy tribute to a unique talent.

The only music worth creating is music that comes from the heart” - Greg Lake

Greg, you are the man” - Ringo Starr

Track list:

CD ONE: Greg Lake
Nuclear Attack
Love You Too Much
It Hurts
Black And Blue
Retribution Drive
Long Goodbye
The Lie
Someone
Let Me Love You Once
For Those Who Dare

CD TWO: Manoeuvres
Manoeuvres
Too Young to Love
Paralysed
A Woman Like You
I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love Tonight
It is You, You Gotta Believe
Famous Last Words
Slave To Love
Haunted
I Don’t Know Why I Still Love You

CD THREE: From the Underground Vol. 1 - The Official Bootleg
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Touch and Go
King Crimson - A Man, A City
The Shame - Don't Go Away Little Girl
Greg Lake - Medley: Still, You Turn Me On / Watching Over You
Greg Lake And Band - Daddy
Greg Lake And Band - Retribution Drive
Asia With Greg Lake - Heat of The Moment
Emerson, Lake & Powell - The Score
Shy Limbs - Love
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Affairs of The Heart
Emerson, Lake & Powell - Learning to Fly
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Lucky Man
Greg Lake And Band - 21st Century Schizoid Man

CD FOUR: From the Underground Vol. II - Deeper into The Mine. An Official Greg Lake Bootleg
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Black Moon
Greg Lake’s Ride the Tiger - Check it Out
Greg Lake’s Ride the Tiger - Love Under Fire
Greg Lake With Toto - Cold Side of a Woman
Emerson, Lake & Powell - Step Aside
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Preacher Blues
Greg Lake - Hold Me
Greg Lake And Band - Heart on Ice
Greg Lake’s Ride the Tiger - Blue Light
Greg Lake With Toto - You're Good with Your Love
Greg Lake With Toto - You Really Got a Hold on Me
King Crimson - Epitaph
Greg Lake Band Featuring Gary Moore - Fanfare for The Common Man

CD FIVE: Songs of A Lifetime
21st Century Schizoid Man
Lend Your Love to Me Tonight
Songs Of a Lifetime Tour Introduction
From The Beginning
Tribute To the King
Heartbreak Hotel
Epitaph/The Court of The Crimson King
King Crimson Cover Story
I Talk to The Wind
Ringo And the Beatles
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
Touch And Go
Trilogy
Still... You Turn Me On
Reflections Of Paris
C’est La Vie
My Very First Guitar
Lucky Man
People Get Ready
Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt. 2

CD SIX: Live in Piacenza
21st Century Schizoid Man
Lend Your Love to Me Tonight
From The Beginning
Heartbreak Hotel
Epitaph/In the Court of The Crimson King
I Talk to The Wind
Ringo And the Beatles
Touch And Go
Trilogy / Still... You Turn Me On
I Believe in Father Christmas
Shakin’ All Over
C’est La Vie
People Get Ready
Lucky Man
Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression, Part II)

CD SEVEN: Emerson / Lake - Live from Manticore Hall
From The Beginning
Introduction
I Talk To The Wind
Bitches Crystal
The Barbarian
Take A Pebble
Tarkus
C’est La Vie
Pirates
Moog Solo / Lucky Man

To pre-order: https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/greg-lake-magical-7cd-10x10-box-set/

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

9/05/2023

IDC Emerges as One of San Francisco’s Most Trusted Partners for Live Music and the Independent Artist Community

San Francisco, CA – In business for almost 20 years, INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION COLLECTIVE is a marketing, distribution, and event production company headquartered in San Francisco. IDC has produced hundreds of live events in and around the San Francisco Bay Area and has executed successful music marketing campaigns for a diverse array of independent labels and artists. For more information, please visit their recently redesigned official IDC website at www.independentdistro.com

IDC partnered with Illuminate The Arts (illuminate.org) and the SF Recreation and Parks Department in 2021 to bring free live music to San Francisco, together hosting over 500 concerts across the city at venues including the Golden Gate Park Bandshell (goldengatebandshell.org), along the GGP JFK Promenade, and at Union Square (visitunionsquaresf.com). Hundreds of artists have been hired to bring joy through live music to hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors, with free shows held across San Francisco almost every weekend throughout 2023! All performances are curated and booked by Steffen Franz and his team at IDC, who have emerged as one of the city’s most trusted partners for live music.

IDC founder Steffen Franz has decades of experience producing large-scale events, bringing his technical prowess and management skills to many national and local brands and non-profit organizations including SONY (SIE), UCSF, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Google, Facebook/Meta, Prometheus, Asana, Hitachi, City of Hope, and GAP Corporate Summit. Steffen also produces the annual conference for Women In Product, a major women-focused nonprofit organization, and is the technical director for all AfroTech Executive events.

IDC also provides a set of unique and valuable services to help independent labels and artists strategize, market, and distribute their own releases. IDC maintains long-standing business relationships with an assortment of retailers, publicists, radio promoters, social media experts, graphic designers, videographers and editors, and various other industry professionals that can be hired to work on any project.

With their innovative IDC PROMO service, IDC strategizes customized and cost-effective marketing and distribution campaigns to yield tangible results for an agreed upon budget. IDC Promo campaigns can be targeted around music releases (single, EP, and full-length), as well as other products and general brand building. Please feel free to send IDC any information about your project or releases here. (https://independentdistro.wufoo.com/forms/idc-promo-request-for-information/)

IDC has executed successful campaigns for some great new projects in 2023, including the powerful new full-length album Creatures In The Garden from Bay Area rock songstress Karney, showcasing an incredible blend of soulful and dreamy acoustic arrangements, easy indie rock beats, dusty distortion, and winding bass lines, all as Karney weaves images of nature throughout. This release is currently featured on the front page of IDC’s website.

Earlier this year saw Pardon The Interruption bring a powerful energy and a unique sound to their sophomore album Hot N’ Fresh, which finds the band in full stride with nine original tracks mining every corner of the indie-pop-funk spectrum.

Another notable 2023 release came from Michael Vincent, a well-known SF Bay Area singer/songwriter and recording artist whose new album Electric Fox displays a range of genres including power pop, alternative, blues, Americana/roots music, and even edgier garage rock influences while always maintaining that signature Michael Vincent feel.

IDC has also marketed and released other incredible new artists and music releases over the last year including The Beautiful Losers album San Francisco; the new Night Feel Good EP from Donovan Plant & The Leafs; the debut full-length album Oceans Will Never Keep Us Apart from DJ and producer Converse Basin; a series of singles and EPs from hip hop and pop artist Sheridan; the new album 3 from experimental psych rock group Revolushn; the cover single “You’re A Friend Of Mine” from Bay Area favorite Dan Ashley together with original co-writer and Grammy winner Narada Michael Walden; and the transformative debut full-length album Bodega Flowers from New York rocker Mark Duda!

Visit the recently redesigned official IDC website at: www.independentdistro.com

Please feel free to send IDC any information about your project or releases through the IDC Request for Information (RFI) Form. (https://independentdistro.wufoo.com/forms/idc-promo-request-for-information/)

For more information please call or email IDC at: (415) 292-7007 – newmusic@independentdistro.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR: (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

9/01/2023

Prog Legends Nektar “Remember The Future” 4CD/Blu-Ray Box Set Released November 24, 2023

A NEW 4CD / BLU RAY BOXED SET 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THIS CLASSIC ALBUM.

NEWLY REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES

FEATURING NEW 5.1 SURROUND SOUND AND STEREO MIXES OF THE ALBUM ALONG WITH A PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIVE CONCERT FROM JANUARY 1974, THE 1973 QUAD MIX AND ADDITIONAL VIDEO CONTENT OF THE REMEMBER THE FUTURE PROMOTIONAL FILM, THE FILM OF WINGS FOR BBC TVs OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST AND THE LIVE PERFORMANCE OF “DESOLATION VALLEY / WAVES” FOR THE TV SHOW.

WITH ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET AND NEW ESSAY

First released in November 1973, the album was a conceptual piece comprising a musical cycle divided into two parts and was recorded at Chipping Norton Studios in England. “Remember the Future” became the band’s most successful album, being a chart hit in Germany, but also reaching number 13 on the US Billboard charts without the band having ever toured America. It was a pivotal album for the band and broke them to a wider audience and remains one of Nektar’s most well-known and highly regarded works.

This 50th Anniversary edition comprises 4 CDs and a multi-region Blu Ray disc and features a newly remastered original stereo mix of the album along with and additional two CDs featuring a previously unreleased concert recorded at the Stadthalle, Munster, Germany in January 1974 and stunning new 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo mixes of the album from the original multi track tapes. Also included on the Blu ray disc are the original 1973 Quad mix and additional video content comprising of the rare “Remember the Future” promotional film, the film of “Wings” shown on BBC TVs Old Grey Whistle Test and a live performance of “Desolation Valley / Waves” for the same TV show.

TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE
Remember the Future – The 50th Anniversary remaster
1 Remember the Future Part One
2 Remember the Future Part Two
Bonus track
3 Let it Grow (Live Erbach, Germany April 1973)

DISC TWO
Remember the Future – The 50th Anniversary stereo remix
1 Remember the Future Part One
2 Remember the Future Part Two
Bonus tracks
3 Lonely Roads (German promo single version)
4 Let it Grow (German promo single version)

DISC THREE
Live at Stadthalle, Munster, Germany 28th January 1974
Previously unreleased
1 King of Twilight
2 Desolation Valley
3 A Day in the Life of a Preacher
4 Cast Your Fate

DISC FOUR
Live at Stadthalle, Munster, Germany 28th January 1974
Previously unreleased
1 Odyssee
2 That’s Life
3 Fidgety Queen
4 Ron’s On
5 Show Me the Way
6 Little Boy
7 Need Love
8 Smile / Lonely Roads
9 Let it Grow

DISC FIVE
Remember the Future
96 kHz / 24-bit 5.1 Surround Sound mix / stereo remix / original stereo mix / 1973 Quad mix
1 Remember the Future – Part One
2 Remember the Future – Part Two
Visual content
1 Remember the Future – (promotional film 1973)
2 Wings (BBC TV “Old Grey Whistle Test” – 10th July 1973)
3 Desolation Valley / Waves (BBC TV “Old Grey Whistle Test” – 23rd October 1973)

To pre-order: https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/nektar-remember-the-future-4cd-blu-ray-box-set/

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

8/31/2023

Featured Artist Track: Monster Taxi-Reflect

 Genre: Chill-Ambient

Release Date: August 4, 2023

Label: Independent

Website

Some artists enjoy creating alter egos or clandestine bands to pursue something different. Jason Klein is one of those people, but I don’t think he will be undercover for too long with his latest track, “Reflect” as Monster Taxi. You may think with a name like that, it would be something that rocks, right? Well, think again and have a listen.

 

When I loaded the MP3 in iTunes, it came up as trip-hop. As we all know, that program can be way off at times. In this case, some of those elements are on the track and, more importantly, the essential rhythm and movement that drives everything along nicely.

 

“Reflect” has an exciting melody with a terrific bass line. The keyboards/electronics are as ambient and chill as it gets. The sounds did make my ears very happy, and there was a good feeling inside, like when your heart and soul smile. I listened a few times and wondered why it had to end. Is this a precursor to more of the same at some point? I sure hope so because this is fantastic music with a nice groove.

 

The track already has over 7k monthly listeners on Spotify, with an upward trajectory that must be very pleasing to Mr. Klein.


You can read more about Monster Taxi here https://www.monstertaxi.com 

and learn where this man is coming from and where he is going. From what I can see, it looks like the right direction!



Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-NAMR Founder

August 30, 2023




8/30/2023

Guitar Legend Juan Carlos Quintero Releases New Album “Desserts”

As with all good meals, the sweets are the most memorable!

It’s no wonder that guitar legend Juan Carlos Quintero’s critically acclaimed chart-topping 2022 release, “Table For Five,” segues so effortlessly to the sequel – the new album, “Desserts”…

Quintero’s new album expands the music menu producing tasty treats while skillfully blending authentic grooves – originating from South American & Caribbean regions – culminating in a thread of meaningful performances honoring the beauty and breadth of Latin-Jazz traditions! Enticing gems include “The Gift,” “All or Nothing At All,” “How Insensitive,” “Tangerine,” “A Night in Tunisia,” “Along Came Betty” & crowd favorite, Van Morrison’s “Moondance”!

Says Juan, “For me, the experience producing this music brought me closer to my parents in so many ways…It’s been 10 years since we lost dad and I think of him daily…looking back, I can remember him playing the piano and working out the hit melodies of the time…little did I know then I would be doing the same years later…the message is check out your parents, remember them and preserve their melodies…”

The album features music from the early 1960s and focuses on traditional Latin rhythms to serve as the foundation for all the arrangements performed. As with the last album, the music features Quintero’s electric jazz guitar along with the backing by his extraordinary band: Eddie Resto (upright bass), Aaron Serfaty (drums), Joey DeLeon (Percussion), Joe Rotondi (piano). The album was recorded and mixed by Talley Sherwood and mastered by Peter Doell.

This seasoned Quintet never disappoints as it navigates an array of well-crafted classics re-imagined with newly fine-tuned arrangements! Led by JCQ’s signature guitar voice, the music transcends protocols merging stylish overtures in company with traditions of romance, charm & melody.

This party is seated and sticking around for more! Now serving desserts… A seamless follow up that converts to a staggered double-album experience prompted by “Table For Five” – It’s the final course topping off a delicious five-star feast! Bon app├ętit!

Here’s what the press has said about Juan Carlos Quintero:

A comfortable middle ground between authentic Latin roots, and contemporary, polished tones” – Jazz Times

By virtue of imagination as well as style, Quintero clearly out classes many of his modern Latin guitar-strumming contemporaries… Quintero sets high standards with cross-cultural sound… One of the best” – Los Angeles Times

By tracing his heritage back to Colombia, Quintero has forged ahead with personality and style.” – JAZZIZ Magazine

JCQ’s brand of world beat, Latin flavored pop/jazz provides a highly rhythmic, passionate guitar voice that captures the energy and excitement of his live performances” – Latin Style Magazine

To Purchase: https://lnk.to/juancarlosquintero_desserts

For more information: www.juancarlosquintero.com

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

Digital Marketing/Distribution: A-Train Entertainment/Bob Williard/bob@a-train.com

Radio Promotions: New World ‘n’ Jazz/Neal Sapper/neal@newworldnjazz.com

Management: Amy Worthington - Innerknot Management email: amydgm@aol.com