Have a blessed Easter, fellow prog-lovers.
Stay healthy, my friends.
Have a blessed Easter, fellow prog-lovers.
Stay healthy, my friends.
More new music, live albums, reissues (regular, deluxe & super-deluxe) and even books about music heading our way between now and Christmas? Yep. Following up on my previous post, it’s another exhaustive sampling of promised progressive goodies — along with other personal priorities — below. Click on the titles for pre-order links — whenever possible, you’ll wind up at the online store that gets as much money as possible directly to the creators.
Andrew Keeling, Musical Guide to In the Court of the Crimson King, 10/50 Edition: composer/musicologist/online diarist Keeling’s revision of his 2009 book (the first of a series acclaimed by King Crimson’s Robert Fripp).
Marillion with Friends from the Orchestra: 9 Marillion classics re-recorded by the full band, the string quartet In Praise of Folly, flautist Emma Halnan and French horn player Sam Morris. Available on CD.
A Prog Rock Christmas: Billy Sherwood produces 11 holiday-themed tracks from the typical all-star cast (members of Yes, Utopia, Flying Colors, Renaissance, District 97, Curved Air and more). Download and CD available now; LP available November 1.
King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King (50th Anniversary Edition): featuring brand new stereo and surround mixes in 24/96 resolution by Steven Wilson. Available in 3 CD + BluRay or 2 LP versions. (Note that the new mixes will also be included in the Complete 1969 CD/DVD/BluRay box set, which has been delayed until 2020.)
Van Morrison, Three Chords and the Truth: 14 new songs from Van the Man, available in digital, CD or LP versions.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Colorado: the first Young/Horse collaboration since the 2012 albums Americana and Psychedelic Pill, available in CD or 2LP versions.
Easter here again, a time for the blind to see
Easter, surely now, can all of your hearts be free
What new music, live albums, and reissues (deluxe and otherwise) are heading our way between now and Black Friday? Check out the exhaustive (and possibly exhausting) sampling of promised progressive goodies — along with a few other personal priorities — below. Pre-order links are for CDs or combo packages; vinyl editions are frequently available from the same website.
— Rick Krueger
2018 is now a month past its halfway mark, and the year is somewhere in its middle age, and it will only continue to age until that fateful day, December 31, inevitably comes.
From the perspective of progressive rock, it’s been a solid year, but not an outstanding year–at least in terms of studio releases. Certainly, those released–from The Fierce and the Dead to Gazpacho to the Kalman Filter to Galahad to 3RDegree–have been excellent, to be sure. But, they’ve been few, especially compared to the re-releases and re-mastered and re-packaged.
Perhaps, 2018, in the end, will prove to be a moment of all of us catching our collective breath. Maybe what the Old Testament called “Selah,” pause.
… If you’re a prog fan, that is. Some of what’s in the forecast for the rest of the year:
3.2, The Rules Have Changed, Robert Berry’s one-man tribute to and posthumous collaboration with Keith Emerson; released August 10. Details and a teaser track here.
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, Star Clocks. I’ll be writing more about Stewart & Gaskin’s music soon; suffice to say it’s some of the best intellipop you’ve probably never heard. (With Gavin Harrison on drums, no less.) The new album is out August 17; pre-order it and investigate their back catalog at Burning Shed.
The Pineapple Thief, Dissolution. Bruce Soord and the TPT crew are joined by Gavin Harrison — him again! — as drummer and co-writer. Released August 31. Details and a teaser track here; check out Sonic Perspectives’ interview with Soord (which hints at a possible 2019 US mini-tour) here.
Soft Machine, Hidden Details. The pioneer psych/prog/jazz-rock collective is back for a 50th anniversary world tour — and they’re bringing a new album with them! Three members from the 1970s versions of the band plus sax/flute progger Theo Travis (Robert Fripp, Steven Wilson, David Gilmour) tackle new compositions and a couple of vintage classics. Released September 9; watch for a Soft Machine retrospective series from me during the run-up. Tour info here; pre-order options for the album and a sample track here;
Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman, Live at the Apollo. The “unofficial” version of the band (albeit one with two “classic era” members plus the musical mastermind of 90125) weighs in for the band’s 50th anniversary year. Released September 9 in various audio and video formats; details and a teaser here.
Coming soon from In Continuum: the debut album by Dave Kerzner’s new supergroup, with contributions from: vocalist Gabriel Agudo (Steve Rothery Band / Bad Dreams); guitarists Fernando Perdomo (Dave Kerzner Band), Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact) Randy McStine (Sound of Contact, The Fringe) and John Wesley (Porcupine Tree); drummers Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats), Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train, Spock’s Beard) and Derek Cintron; and special guests singer Jon Davison (Yes) and guitarist Steve Rothery. Release date TBA; more info here.
Coming soon from King Crimson: Based on the liner notes in Crimson’s 2018 Tourbox, we can anticipate: a reissue/revamp of the band’s 2001 album, The ReConstruKction of Light; a related, more exhaustive box focusing on the era of the ProjeKcts and the Double Duo Crimson, Heaven and Earth; and a fresh concert set from the current Crims, Live in Mexico. Release dates TBA. Meanwhile there have been rumblings from Robert Fripp ruling out Europe for Crimson’s 50th anniversary tour in 2019. Does that rule in the USA? Stay tuned …
Coming soon from Marillion: deluxe edition of Clutching at Straws (release date TBA); mass market reissues of the Racket Records live sets Happiness is Cologne, Popular Music (U.S. release in September), Live in Glasgow and Brave Live (U.S. release in November). Clutching rumors to be found in the Lucy’s Friday Questions group on Facebook; live reissue info is here and here.
Coming soon from Steven Wilson: Home Invasion Live at the Royal Albert Hall, with guest appearances by Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree), Mark Feltham (Talk Talk), Dave Kilminster and Ninet Tayeb. (Oh, and a Bollywood dance company). Release info for the video TBA; details here.
Bonus round from the Pink Floyd camp: Nick Mason expects to tour the USA next year with his new band Saucerful of Secrets. The group’s set of early Pink Floyd classics (from the albums Piper at the Gates of Dawn through Obscured By Clouds) went down a storm in London earlier this summer; they embark on a European tour in September. More info on the band and Mason’s box set reissuing his solo albums here.
— Rick Krueger
A brief review of Marillion, ALL ONE TONIGHT: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL (Racket Records, 2018). Blu-ray.
I stupidly violated two of my own rules recently, and, not unpredictably, I regretted both “indiscretions” immediately. First, whenever a band I love releases a new album and it’s available on blu-ray, I always buy the blu-ray. The sound quality of blu-ray done properly is just extraordinary, at least to my untrained ear. Second, whenever Marillion offers a deluxe version of a new release, I buy the deluxe edition. Stupid, stupid me. When Marillion announced its release of ALL ONE TONIGHT, I unthinkingly ordered the CD version. I feel so deeply in love with it that I decided to order the blu-ray version of it, only to realize that had I originally just ordered the deluxe version of ALL ONE TONIGHT, I would’ve had the CD and the blu-ray in one gorgeous package.
Bless me, Father Prog, for I have sinned. . . . Ok, confession over.
This just appeared on social media. I can’t recommend this album highly enough.
Once again thanks to you all for being part of our pre-order campaign for
F E A R.
The album is now 18 months old and we are still surprised and overwhelmed by the positive reactions that we are still getting from you all.
The songs have been especially well received at our live shows and we thank you, as ever, for your continued support.
We are sending this message today as we have some leftover stock from the campaign which we have now decided to sell.
We are going to sell these at the same prices that were charged during the campaign.
CD (£12.00 plus postage) –
CD Signed (£18.00 plus postage) –
CD Special Edition (£30.00 plus postage) –
CD Special Edition Signed (£38.00 plus postage) – www.marillion.com/shop/albums/fearplcd21341265.htm
h, Ian, Mark, Pete and Steve
The good folks of The American Conservative allowed me to indulge one of my greatest loves and write about the 2018 re-release of Marillion’s BRAVE, remixed by Steven Wilson. Whatever your politics, please head over there to check it out.
“The Cold War is done, but those bastards will find us another one.”
This cry might have come from any current reader of The American Conservative alive in the early 1990s—well, maybe without the bastard part. But still, an anguished expression from Russell Kirk or Pat Buchanan? Why not? After all, as TAC editor Bob Merry recently and wisely noted, so many so-called conservatives of the early 1990s “kicked Reagan to the curb” the moment they inherited the Republican Party. And it seems they kept kicking, mutating a military that came into existence solely to defeat the Soviets into a world peace-keeping force, a new Delian League. The bastards did find us another one.
And then: “They’re here to protect us, don’t you know. So get used to it. Get used to it.”
James Bovard or Virginia Postrel? Or some other grand libertarian of a quarter of a century ago? Why not?
Actually, the words are prog rock lyrics from Marillion’s album Brave (1994).
I recently had the chance to ask my friend, Stephen Humphries (Boston Globe, Prog, Christian Science Monitor), about his thoughts on Marillion’s BRAVE. He graciously responded with this beautiful reply. Enjoy.
I was a sophomore at Hillsdale college the first time I heard Marillion’s Brave. I’d been aware of the band since its 1985 breakthrough album, Misplaced Childhood, because I’d heard the hits on the radio. But I only became an ardent fan following the release of the band’s landmark release, Season’s End, with new vocalist Steve Hogarth in 1989. (Perhaps the only time in rock history that a replacement singer has bettered his excellent predecessor.)