Saturday, November 29, 2008
Sophie is expecting her second child in April 2009 and plans to release her fourth album sometime in July/August. Her official myspace site also features two unreleased tracks "Off And On" and "Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer"
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Some people just sail through their driving test and if you're one of those people then good luck to you. I'm not one of them. I'd already failed twice this year (September and October) and there were times when I doubted myself and wondered if this was something that I just couldn't do. To be able to prove myself wrong has been a huge confidence boost and VERY cathartic.
Apologies to my friends for keeping quiet about this (I've been trying to take pressure off myself, I hope you understand) and big thanks to my driving instructor and fellow Wolves supporter Dave Marsh for teaching me and giving me confidence when I didn't have any.
It's the best early birthday prezzie I could have had. It hasn't quite sunk in yet!! I'm now off to buy that Genesis box set in the post below...!
Saturday, November 08, 2008
This set consists of Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound & The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway as CD/DVD sets, featuring new stereo mixes of the original albums on CD, along with a DVD that includes the original album in 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital Surround Sound.
As if all that weren't enough the set has a wealth of video footage, new interviews with band members filmed exclusively for these reissues, photo galleries featuring rare pictures and tour memorabilia AND a whole CDs worth of rare tracks. Fabulous stuff.
Further details can be found here:
Saturday, November 01, 2008
At this time of year I find my musical tastes changing too. I find myself moving away from the sunny pop/rock/soul/dance that I played in the summer and towards music that is deeper, mystical and that I connect with more emotionally. For me this means Yes, seventies Genesis, Kate Bush, Mostly Autumn, Blackmore's Night, Peter Gabriel and newer bands like Wishing Tree and Breathing Space. With this in mind, this entry is slightly prog-tastic so if that's not your bag (man!) then you may want to look away now...
Panic Room - Plans were afoot to film the Cardiff gig of the group's current tour and include it as a DVD with a 'special edition' of the group's second album. Hope that materialises. Further details can be found on the Panic Room forum here:
Breathing Space - I wanted to bring your attention to the official site for this band, which features Iain Jennings & Livvy Sparnenn who are also a members of Mostly Autumn. On the last Mostly Autumn album ('Glass Shadows') there was a very moving song called "Tearing At The Faerytale" which was about Livvy's Dad, Howard Sparnenn, who at the time had been diagnosed with a brain tumour. Sadly Howard passed away earlier this year and a tribute to him can be found here:
Electric Light Orchestra - An ever-cryptic message on the 'Face The Music' website states the following:
"On the list is an ELO Single Box Set (or three), expanded & remastered editions of "Zoom", "Xanadu", "The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach)" & "ELO's Greatest Hits". Plus there's unfinished business for the 2001 remasters of "Eldorado", "Discovery", "Time" and "Secret Messages" as all need to be upgraded with improved packaging & additional bonus tracks"
Sounds interesting huh?! Also in the pipeline is a 5 CD Idle Race retrospective, an Idle Race BBC Sessions CD and a reissue of Jeff Lynne's "Armchair Theatre". Watch this space as they say...
Status Quo - Release "Pictures: 40 Years Of Hits" on 3rd November. It comes as a 4 CD set, 2 CD edition, 2 CD + DVD Deluxe Edition and a USB edition (is it me or was it easier when it was just LP & cassette!). Anyway full track listings for all formats can be found here:
Quo also release their first Christmas single "It's Christmas Time" on 1st December.
Nina is my friend on myspace. As well as being the biggest Rick Wakeman fan that you will ever meet she also has her own You Tube Channel showcasing her rather splendid Yes related artwork. If you have a moment please pay it a visit: