giovedì 28 luglio 2016

Pink Floyd: The Early Years 1965-1972

Un sogno che diventa realtà per i fan dei Pink Floyd: The Early Years 1965 – 1972 è un box di ben 27 dischi per oltre 25 ore tra materiale audio e video, che uscirà il prossimo 11 Novembre.
Il contenuto, in breve, è di 10 CD, 8 Blu-Ray, 9 DVD, 5 singoli 7" più varie memorabilia (riproduzioni di poster, volantini, tour program, biglietti pubblicità da riviste); i dischi contengono brani inediti, remix, outtake, versioni alternative, brani dalle sessioni per la BBC Radio, brani live, apparizioni TV e mix quadrifonici; il tutto confezionato in 7 volumi a forma di libro.

Entrando più nei dettagli, i brani inediti sono 20, tra cui Vegetable Man e In the Beechwoods, mixati per la prima volta apposta per questa uscita; inoltre ci sono 7 ore di performance live inedite e oltre 5 ore di filmati da concerti.
E come se non bastasse ci sono anche i mix quadrifonici degli album Atom Heart Mother e Echoes, un remix di Obscured by Clouds fatto nel 2016, un mix 5.1 di Live in Pompeii e i filmati di More e La Vallèe.

Box (UK) / Box (Italia)

Tracklist completa del box:

CD 1:
1965 Recordings*:
  1. Lucy Leave*2.57
  2. Double O Bo* 2.57
  3. Remember Me* 2.46
  4. Walk With Me Sydney* 3.11
  5. Butterfly* 3.00
  6. I’m A King Bee* 3.13
  7. Arnold Layne 2.57
  8. See Emily Play 8.57
  9. Apples And Oranges 3.05
  10. Candy And A Currant Bun 2.45
  11. Paintbox 3.48
  12. Matilda Mother (2010 mix) 4.01
  13. Jugband Blues (2010 mix) 3.01
  14. In The Beechwoods (2010 mix) 4.43
  15. Vegetable Man (2010 mix) 2.32
  16. Scream Thy Last Scream (2010 mix) 4.43
Total: 50 mins, 32 secs 

Tracks 1-11 mono.
Tracks 12-16 stereo

*including Rado Klose on guitar and Juliette Gale on vocals on ‘Walk With Me Sydney’

CD 2:
Live in Stockholm 1967:
  1. Introduction0.25
  2. Reaction in G 7.18
  3. Matilda Mother 5.34
  4. Pow R. Toc H. 11.56
  5. Scream Thy Last Scream 4.00
  6. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 7.17
  7. See Emily Play 3.16
  8. Interstellar Overdrive 8.57

John Latham (studio recordings 1967)
    1. John Latham Version 1 4.32
    2. John Latham Version 2 5.06
    3. John Latham Version 3 3.45
    4. John Latham Version 4 2.59
    5. John Latham Version 5 2.48
    6. John Latham Version 6 3.17
    7. John Latham Version 7 2.36
    8. John Latham Version 8 2.49
    9. John Latham Version 9 2.38
Total: 79 mins, 13 secs 
Tracks 1-8 recorded live Sept 10, 1967 at Gyllene Cirkeln, Stockholm, Sweden
Tracks 9-17 recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, London, 20 October 1967
All tracks stereo

  1. Chapter 24: Syd Barrett in the Gog Magog Hills, Cambridgeshire, UK 1966 / Pink Floyd at EMI Studios, London, April 1967 3.40
  2. Nick’s Boogie: recording Interstellar Overdrive and Nick’s Boogie at Sound Techniques Studio, Chelsea, January 11, 1967 6.36
Live at UFO, The Blarney Club, London, January 13, 1967
  1. Interstellar Overdrive: ‘Scene – Underground’ UFO at The Blarney Club, London, January 27, 1967 4.15
  2. Arnold Layne: promo video. Wittering Beach, UK, early 1967 2.54
  3. Pow R. Toc H. / Astronomy Domine: plus Syd Barrett and Roger Waters interview: BBC ‘The Look Of The Week’ – BBC Studios, 9.22 London, May 14, 1967
  1. The Scarecrow: ‘Pathé Pictorial’, UK, July 1967 2.05
  2. Jugband Blues: ‘London Line’ promo video, 1967, London 2.58
  3. Apples And Oranges: plus Dick Clark interview: ‘American Bandstand’, Los Angeles, USA, November 7, 1967 4.51
  4. Instrumental Improvisation: BBC ‘Tomorrow’s World’, London, December 12, 1967 2.11
  5. Instrumental Improvisation: ‘Die Jungen Nachtwandler’, UFO, The Blarney Club, London, February 24, 1967 4.32
  6. See Emily Play: BBC ‘Top Of The Pops’ – partially restored BBC Studios, London, July 6, 1967 2.55
  7. The Scarecrow (outtakes): ‘Pathé Pictorial’, UK, July 1967 2.07
  8. Interstellar Overdrive: ‘Science Fiction – Das Universum Des Ichs’, The Roundhouse, London, 1967 9.33
Total: 57 mins, 59 secs 


  1. Point Me At The Sky 3.40
  2. It Would Be So Nice 3.46
  3. Julia Dream 2.34
  4. Careful With That Axe, Eugene (single version) 5.46
  5. Song 1, Capital Studios, Los Angeles, 22 August 1968  3.19
  6. Roger’s Boogie, Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, 22 August 1968 4.35
BBC Radio Session, 25 June 1968:
  1. Murderotic Woman (Careful With That Axe, Eugene)   3.38
  2. The Massed Gadgets Of Hercules (A Saucerful Of Secrets) 7.18
  3. Let There Be More Light 4.32
  4. Julia Dream 2.50
BBC Radio Session, 20 December 1968:
  1. Point Me At The Sky 4.25
  2. Embryo 3.13
  3. Interstellar Overdrive 9.37
Total: 59 mins, 14 secs 

‘Tienerklanken’, Brussels, Belgium, 18-19 February 1968:   22.28
  1. Astronomy Domine
  2. The Scarecrow
  3. Corporal Clegg
  4. Paintbox
  5. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  6. See Emily Play
  7. Bike
  8. Apples And Oranges: ‘Vibrato’, Brussels, Belgium, February 1968 3.03
‘Bouton Rouge’, Paris, France, 20 February 1968:   13.35
  1. Astronomy Domine
  2. Flaming
  3. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  4. Let There Be More Light
  1. Paintbox: ‘Discorama’, Paris, France, 21 February 1968 3.40
  2. Instrumental Improvisation: ‘The Sound Of Change’, London, UK, March 1968 2.15
  3. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun: ‘All My Loving’, London, UK, 28 March 1968 2.40
  4. It Would Be So Nice (excerpt): ‘Release-Rome Goes Pop’, Rome, Italy, April 1968 1.21
  5. Interstellar Overdrive: ‘Pop 68’, Rome, Italy, 6 May 1968 6.59
‘Tienerklanken – Kastival’, Kasterlee, Belgiu, 31 August 1968:
  1. Astronomy Domine 3.48
  2. + Roger Waters interview
‘Samedi et Compagnie’, Paris, France, 6 September 1968:    5.31
  1. Let There Be More Light
  2. Remember A Day
  3. Let There Be More Light: ‘A L’Affiche du Monde’, London, UK, 1968 1.53
‘Tous En Scene’, Paris, France, 21 October 1968:     6.39
  1.  Let There Be More Light
  2. Flaming
  1. Let There Be More Light: ‘Surprise Partie’, Paris, France, 1 November 1968 6.35
  2. Point Me At The Sky: Restored promo video, UK, 1968 3.19
Total: 84 mins, 18 secs 


CD 1:
‘More’ album non-album tracks
  1. Hollywood (non-album track)    1.21
  2. Theme (Beat version) (Alternative version) 5.38
  3. More Blues (Alternative version) 3.49
  4. Seabirds (non-album track) 4.20
  5. Embryo (from ‘Picnic’, Harvest Records sampler) 4.43
BBC Radio Session, 12 May 1969:
  1. Grantchester Meadows 3.36
  2. Cymbaline 3.38
  3. The Narrow Way 4.48
  4. Green Is The Colour 3.21
  5. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 3.26
Live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, 9 August 1969:
  1. Interstellar Overdrive 4.20
  2. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
CD 2:
Part 1: ‘The Man’, Amsterdam, 17 September 1969
  1. Daybreak (Grantchester Meadows) 8.14
  2. Work 4.12
  3. Afternoon (Biding My Time) 6.39
  4. Doing It 3.54
  5. Sleeping 4.38
  6. Nightmare (Cymbaline) 9.15
  7. Labyrinth 1.10
Part 2: ‘The Journey’, Amsterdam, 17 September 1969
  1. The Beginning (Green Is The Colour) 3.25
  2. Beset By Creatures Of The Deep (Careful With That Axe, Eugene) 6.27
  3. The Narrow Way, Part 3 5.11
  4. The Pink Jungle (Pow R. Toc H.) 4.56
  5. The Labyrinths Of Auximines 3.20
  6. Footsteps / Doors 3.12
  7. Behold The Temple Of Light 5.32
‘Forum Musiques’, Paris, France, 22 January 1969:    19.25
  1. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
David Gilmour interview
  1. A Saucerful Of Secrets
  1. ‘The Man’ and ‘The Journey’: Royal Festival Hall, London, rehearsal, April 14, 1969: 14.05
   Afternoon (Biding My Time)
   The Beginning (Green Is The Colour)
   Beset By Creatures Of The Deep
   The End Of The Beginning (A Saucerful Of Secrets)
Essencer Pop & Blues Festival, Essen, Germany, October 11 1969:   19.14
  1. Careful With That Axe, Eugene
  2. A Saucerful Of Secrets
Music Power & European Music Revolution, Festival Actuel,        27.53
Amougies Mont de l’Enclus, Belgium, 25 October 1969:
      6. Green Is The Colour
  1. Careful With That Axe, Eugene
  2. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  3. Interstellar Overdrive with Frank Zappa 11.26
Total: 71 mins, 14 secs 


CD 1:
  1. Atom Heart Mother live in Montreux, 21 Nov 1970 17.58
BBC Radio Session, 16 July 1970:
  1. Embryo 11.10
  2. Fat Old Sun 5.52
  3. Green Is The Colour 3.27
  4. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 8.25
  5. If 5.47
  6. Atom Heart Mother with choir, cello & brass ensemble 25.30
CD 2:
Unreleased tracks from the ‘Zabriskie Point’ soundtrack recordings:
  1. On The Highway 1.16
  2. Auto Scene Version 2 1.13
  3. Auto Scene Version 3 1.31
  4. Aeroplane 2.18
  5. Explosion 5.47
  6. The Riot Scene 1.40
  7. Looking At Map 1.57
  8. Love Scene Version 7 5.03
  9. Love Scene Version 1 3.26
  10. Take Off 1.20
  11. Take Off Version 2 1.12
  12. Love Scene Version 2 1.56
  13. Love Scene (Take 1) 2.16
  14. Unknown Song (Take 1) 5.56
  15. Love Scene (Take 2) 6.40
  16. Crumbling Land (Take 1) 4.09
  17. Atom Heart Mother Early studio version, band only   19.15
Total: 67 mins, 9 secs 
DVD 1:
An Hour with Pink Floyd:
KQED, San Francisco, USA, 30 April 1970:
  1. Atom Heart Mother 17.37
  2. Cymbaline 8.38
  3. Grantchester Meadows 7.37
  4. Green Is The Colour 3.31
  5. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 9.09
  6. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 12.37
Total: 59 mins, 9 secs 
Audio only:
Atom Heart Mother album original 4.0 Quad mix 1970:
  1. Atom Heart Mother 23.42
  2. If 4.31
  3. Summer ’68 5.29
  4. Fat Old Sun 5.24
  5. Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast 13.01
Total: 52 mins, 7 secs 

DVD 2:
‘Pop Deux – Festival de St. Tropez’, France, 8 August 1970:
Part 1:
  1. Cymbaline (sound check) 3.54
  2. Atom Heart Mother 13.46
  3. Embryo 11.23
Part 2:
  1. Green Is The Colour/
  2. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 12.21
  3. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 12.07
Roland Petit Ballet, Paris, France, 5 December 1970:
  1. Instrumental Improvisations 1,2,3 live in the studio 3.28
  2. Embryo 2.39
Blackhill’s Garden Party, Hyde Park, London, UK, 18 July 1970:
9. Atom Heart Mother with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble/John Alldis Choir


  1. Nothing Part 14 (Echoes work in progress) 7.01
BBC Radio Session, 30 September 1971:
  1. Fat Old Sun 15.33
  2. One Of These Days 7.19
  3. Embryo 10.43
  4. Echoes 26.25
Total: 67 mins 1 sec 
‘Aspekte’ feature   9.51
  1. Interview + Atom Heart Mother (extracts)

Hamburg, Germany, 25 February 1971
Brass & Choir conducted by Jeffrey Mitchell

  1. A Saucerful Of Secrets (extract)
Offenbach, Germany, 26 February 1971
‘Cinq Grands Sur La Deux’    17.55
Abbaye de Royaumont, Asnierès-sur-Oise, France, 15 June 1971
  1. Set The Control For The Heart Of The Sun
  2. Cymbaline
  3. Atom Heart Mother (extract) 3.12

‘Musikforum Ossiachersee’, Ossiach, Austria, 1 July 1971
Brass & Choir conducted by Jeffrey Mitchell

‘Get To Know’   6.23
Randwick Race Course, Sydney, Australia, 15 August 1971
  1. Careful With That Axe, Eugene
Band interview
’24 hours – Bootleg Records’, London, UK, 1971
  1. Documentary including Pink Floyd  and manager Steve O’Rourke 2.27
‘Review’, London, UK, 1971  3.37
  1. Storm Thorgerson & Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell interviewed re: record cover design
  1. One of These Days (‘French Windows’) 4.17
Ian Emes animation created July 1972, Birmingham, UK
  1. Atom Heart Mother (extract, in colour): 5.10

‘Musikforum Ossiachersee’, Ossiach, Austria, 1 July 1971
Brass & Choir conducted by Jeffrey Mitchell

  1. Atom Heart Mother: ’71 Hakone Aphrodite 15.11
Open Air Festival, Hakone, Japan, 6-7 August 1971
Total: 68 mins 3 secs 
Audio-only material:
  1. Echoes original 4.0 Quad mix 1971 23.35

Obscured By Clouds 2016 Remix  
  1. Obscured By Clouds 3.03
  2. When You’re In 2.31
  3. Burning Bridges3.30
  4. The Gold It’s In The…3.07
  5. Wot’s…Uh The Deal5.09
  6. Mudmen 4.18
  7. Childhood’s End 4.33
  8. Free Four4.16
  9. Stay
Recording Obscured by Clouds, Château d’Hérouville,
France, 23-29 February 1972
  1. Wot’s…Uh The Deal: with recording session photos 5.04
  2. Pop Deux: Documentary recording Obscured By Clouds 7.14
+ David Gilmour and Roger Waters interview
Brighton Dome, UK, 29 June 1972  16.44
  1. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  2. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 
Roland Petit Pink Floyd Ballet, France, news reports 1972-73
  1. Actualités Méditerranée, Marseille, 22 November 1972 3.29
  2. JT Nuit – Les Pink Floyd, Marseille, 26 November 1972 3.04
  3. JT 20h – Pink Floyd, Paris, 12 January 1973 3.01
  4. Journal de Paris – Les Pink Floyd, Paris, 12 January 1973 5.03
  1. Poitiers – Autour Du Passage Des Pink Floyd 4.27
Concert set up news report – France, 29 November 1972
Live At Pompeii (with 2016 5.1 Audio Remix)
  1. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 6.40
  2. A Saucerful Of Secrets 10.09
  3. One Of These Days 5.58
  4. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 10.24
  5. Echoes 26.10
Total: 107 mins 27 secs 


BBC Radio Session, 25 September 1967:
  1. Flaming 2.42
  2. The Scarecrow 1.59
  3. The Gnome 2.08
  4. Matilda Mother 3.20
  5. Reaction in G 0.34
  6. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 3.19
BBC Radio Session, 20 December 1967:
  1. Scream Thy Last Scream 3.35
BBC Radio Session, 2 December 1968:
  1. Baby Blue Shuffle In D Major 3.58
  2. Blues 4.59
  3. US Radio ad 0.22
  4. Music from The Committee No. 1 1.06
  5. Music from The Committee No. 2 3.25
  6. Moonhead 7.16 live on 1969 BBC TV moon landings broadcast
  7. Echoes 24.10  live at Wembley 1974
Total: 72 mins 35 secs 

DVD/Blu-ray 1:
  1. Arnold Layne (Alternative version) 2.56
Hampstead Heath and St. Michael’s Church, Highgate, London, UK, March 1967
  1. ‘P1 – P wie Petersilie’ 16.52

Stuggart, Germany, 22 July 1969

     Corporal Clegg

     Band interview

A Saucerful of Secrets

  1. Atom Heart Mother 3.46
‘Bath Festival of Blues & Progressive Music’, Shepton Mallet, UK, 27 June 1970
  1. ‘Kralingen Music Festival’ 10.16
Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 28 June 1970

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

    A Saucerful Of Secrets

  1. ‘The Amsterdam Rock Circus’ 35.41
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22 May 1972

Atom Heart Mother

     Careful With That Axe, Eugene

     A Saucerful Of Secrets 

The Committee – (Feature Film)   55.18
Score by Pink Floyd
Total: 124 mins 49 secs 

DVD/Blu-ray 2:
‘More’ feature film   1.56.00
‘La Vallée’ (Obscured By Clouds) feature film  1.45.00
Total: 3 hours 41 mins 

brano o versione inedita

— Arnold Layne C/W Candy And A Currant Bun
— See Emily Play C/W The Scarecrow
— Apples And Oranges C/W Paintbox
— It Would Be So Nice C/W Julia Dream
— Point Me At The Sky C/W Careful With That Axe, Eugene

Box (UK) / Box (Italia)


lunedì 11 gennaio 2016

Muore David Bowie, il suo ultimo clamoroso colpo di scena

David Bowie è morto nella notte tra il 10 e l'11 Gennaio a 69 anni, dopo una lotta di 18 mesi contro il cancro.
E' questa la notizia che si è diffusa stamattina, confermata sui social network anche dal figlio di Bowie, e che arriva come un fulmine a ciel sereno ai milioni di suoi fan ancora entusiasti per il suo ritorno di appena due giorni fa, nel suo 69° compleanno, con l'album "Blackstar".
Così come Bowie è riuscito a tenere segrete le lavorazioni dei suoi due ultimi album, è riuscito a nascondere pubblicamente la sua malattia, e anche se negli ultimi videoclip si era notato il suo dimagrimento, nessuno poteva immaginare le sue condizioni e pensare che quelli sarebbero stati i suoi ultimi videoclip; anche lo stesso annuncio di non voler fare tour promozionali per Blackstar è stata interpretata come una conseguenza dei suoi problemi di cuore.
Uno degli artisti inglese più amati e idolatrati nel mondo, viene adesso pianto da milioni di fan ma anche di appassionati di musica che ne riconoscono la grandezza, l'istrionicità e la capacità di reinventarsi continuamente diventando uno dei punti di riferimento della scena musicale mondiale. Se ne va così il Bowie umano e comincia la sua leggenda.

venerdì 8 gennaio 2016

Wonderful Crazy Night, il nuovo album di Elton John

Il nuovo album di Elton John, intitolato “Wonderful Crazy Night”, uscirà il 5 Febbraio 2016.
Prodotto dallo stesso Elton insieme a T-Bone Burnett (produttore dei due precedenti album, The Union e The Diving Board), l’album vede il ritorno della Elton John Band dopo 9 anni, cioè dall'album del 2006 The Captain and the Kid (i due album successivi sono stati invece suonati da sessionmen).
Infatti tutti i brani dell’album vedono Elton accompagnato dai musicisti che suonano con lui nei concerti: gli storici Davey Johnstone (chitarre) e Nigel Olsson (batteria), insieme a Matt Bissonette (basso), Kim Bullard (tastiere) e John Mahon (percussioni); inoltre in cinque brani (non è ancora chiaro se in questo numero siano comprese delle bonus track) ci sarà alle percussioni anche un altro membro storico, Ray Cooper.

I formati fisici dell’album saranno i seguenti:

Tracklist edizione standard:
1. Wonderful Crazy Night [3:13]
2. In The Name Of You [4:33]
3. Claw Hammer [4:22]
4. Blue Wonderful [3:37]
5. I’ve Got 2 Wings [4:35]
6. A Good Heart [4:50]
7. Looking Up [4:06]
8. Guilty Pleasure [3:38]
9. Tambourine [4:17]
10. The Open Chord [4:04]
[durata totale 41:15]

Bonus track nell'edizione deluxe:
1. Free And Easy [3:55]
2. England And America [3:50]
[durata totale 49:00]

Bonus track nell'edizione super-deluxe:
1. Free And Easy
2. Children’s Song
3. No Monsters
4. England And America

Come sempre tutti i brani sono scritti da Elton su testi di Bernie Taupin.
La copertina dell’album vede un primo piano di Elton con dietro un quadro di Mariah Robertson intitolato “268”, di proprietà dello stesso Elton (infatti si pensa che la foto sia stata scattata a casa sua); l’autore della foto di copertina, così come delle foto del booklet e del libro fotografico del box, è Juergen Teller, famoso fotografo di moda tedesco che aveva già collaborato con Elton in altre occasioni.

Il primo singolo per lanciare l'album è stato il brano “Looking Up”, un rock’n’roll allegro e vivace, che oltre al classico pianoforte riporta in primo piano la chitarra elettrica; il testo è un inno all’ottimismo, che consiglia di guardare alla vita con occhi diversi e di smetterla di piangersi addosso.

Un secondo singolo, uscito a dicembre, è la title-track dell'album, ovvero "Wonderful Crazy Night", un pezzo pop uptempo caratterizzato da una predominanza di tastiere, che racconta di una folle e meravigliosa notte trascorsa da una coppia e che verrà ricordata per sempre; in questo brano Elton abbandona il suo classico pianoforte per suonare invece un pano elettrico, raddoppiato dal lavoro del tastierista Kim Bullard.

Il terzo singolo infine, uscito il 6 Gennaio, è "Blue Wonderful", un mid-tempo con la presenza dei cori della band, uno dei marchi di fabbrica della Elton John Band degli anni 70; il testo inneggia a qualcosa di un colore blu, un meraviglioso blu, ma non è stato ancora chiarito se ci si riferisca al colore degli occhi di una persona o a quello del cielo e del mare o di qualcos'altro. In questo senso i fan di Elton si sono già scatenati nelle più disparate interpretazioni, senza però arrivare ancora a una conclusione certa.

Le prime dichiarazioni di Elton in proposito affermano che le 14 canzoni dell’album (bonus track incluse) sono state registrate in soli 17 giorni, in quanto il ritmo di lavoro è stato di circa un brano al giorno; nel dettaglio, Elton ogni giorno scriveva un brano nuovo e subito dopo lo registrava con la band in una o due take, quindi in un’atmosfera quasi dal vivo. Elton conferma che si tratta di un album gioioso e ottimista, che riflette il suo attuale stato d’animo, e che si ispira molto agli anni 70; ovvero, pur essendo stato registrato nel 2015, è un album che ci riporta alle sonorità degli anni 70; Elton conclude dicendo che è molto orgoglioso di questo album (così come degli altri suoi ultimi) e che si augura solamente che alla gente piaccia.

Da altre fonti come il canale Instagram di Elton e il blog di Davey Johnstone, sappiamo inoltre che Elton e la band hanno registrato in una prima sessione svoltasi nei primi giorni di Febbraio, mentre una seconda sessione che ha visto anche l’aggiunta di Ray Cooper si è svolta ad Aprile.

Fonte: Elton John Italia

Blackstar, il regalo di compleanno di Bowie ai suoi fan

Oggi 8 Gennaio i fan di David Bowie possono festeggiare doppiamente: sia per il 69° compleanno del Duca Bianco sia per l’uscita del suo nuovo album, il 26° di studio, intitolato Blackstar (in realtà il titolo è simboleggiato proprio dal disegno di una stella nera), che esce a tre anni esatti dal precedente e acclamato The Next Day
Prodotto ancora una volta da Tony Visconti, l’album è stato registrato anche a casa di Bowie a Manhattan, e secondo le dichiarazioni dello stesso Visconti l’obiettivo stavolta è stato quello evitare il rock a tutti i costi: per questo motivo infatti è stata reclutata una band di musicisti jazz che l’artista ha visto per caso in un concerto a New York e che ha in seguito contattato per email; di conseguenza l’album promette di essere sperimentale e dai suoni ricercati, e già la stampa lo ha definito potenzialmente il suo lavoro più strano.

Già nelle scorse settimane sono state anticipate due delle sette nuove tracce: la title-track, della durata di dieci minuti, destinata alla serie tv The Last Panthers, e il brano “Lazarus”, tratto invece dal musical omonimo composto da suoi classici ed inediti che già il mese scorso ha debuttato a New York; in entrambi i casi i brani sono stati accompagnati da videoclip visibili su Youtube.
Inoltre nel nuovo album ci sono altri due brani già usciti in precedenza, "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)"
e "'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore", che vengono però qui riproposti in una versione differente in quanto riregistrati.

Al contrario delle tendenze recenti che vogliono per ogni uscita almeno un’edizione deluxe con bonus track aggiunte rispetto all’edizione standard, Blackstar esce in un’unica edizione a 7 tracce sia in CD che in vinile; l’unico bonus spetta alla versione digitale, che aggiunge il video della title-track.

Al momento non sono però annunciati concerti per promuovere l’album, confermando ancora una volta il fatto che probabilmente il Duca, che già nel 2004 ebbe dei problemi cardiaci in tour, non ha intenzione di tornare a cantare dal vivo.


1.    "Blackstar" 
2.    "'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore"     
3.    "Lazarus" 
4.    "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)"     
5.    "Girl Loves Me"     
6.    "Dollar Days"     
7.    "I Can't Give Everything Away"

CD (UK) / CD (ITA)


lunedì 12 ottobre 2015

Queen: 'A Night At The Odeon' To Be Released On November 20th

December 24, 1975. London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Onstage at this legendary venue, the four members of Queen are bringing to a close a ground-breaking show, transmitted live on BBC TV, and also bringing to a climax the most eventful and exciting year in their careers so far – one that has taken them from the UK to America to Japan, sealing their transition from ambitious upstarts into one of the biggest and most important bands of the era - and beyond.
Forty years later, this groundbreaking show officially takes to the World Stage. On November 20, Queen - A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975 is released through Virgin EMI. As well as a live recording of this legendary gig, the packages also include extra-special bonus features for the Queen fans.

Featuring 15 tracks from their first four albums, plus covers of four classic rock’n’roll staples delivered with characteristic panache, A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975 captures a band in full flight and radiating megawatts of self-confidence.

The Christmas Eve show was the climax of the 26-date ‘Queen Invite You To A Night At The Opera Tour’, which had begun mid-November and had already seen the band play four nights at the same venue a month earlier.

By the time the band returned to Hammersmith on Christmas Eve, they were truly firing on all cylinders. No expense had been spared, from the stellar light show which lent a spectacular visual element to the night’s proceedings to the suitably lavish white Bechstein grand piano which had been hired especially for this show. Nor had the band themselves overlooked the finer sartorial details. Freddie Mercury sported two different satin cat suits – one black one white – during the show, designed by Wendy deSmet with the singer’s input. Similarly, Freddie had painted the nails of his left hand black for the occasion, while Brian May had his (at the time) trademark white nails.

 It was also the tour when they first unleashed the soon-to-be-legendary Bohemian Rhapsody on an unsuspecting public – to a rapturous reception.

The Christmas Eve show stood as more than just a concert. It was simultaneously broadcast in stereo on BBC Radio 1 and on the BBC 2 television institution The Old Grey Whistle Test (the show’s host Bob Harris introduced the band onstage). Luckily, although the TV cameras were turned off before the band returned for their second encore, and consequently video footage of Seven Seas Of Rhye and See What A Fool I’ve Been doesn’t exist – the audio team did continue recording and so the CD and LP formats do feature the entire show.
As a result of the coverage, the show was heavily bootlegged in subsequent years, appearing under such unlikely titles as Command Performance, Rhapsody In Red, Christmas At The Beeb, Cardiac Arrest and Halfpence.
With the issue of A Night At The Odeon this legendary show has finally been given the pedestal it deserves, delivered in fitting style, featuring an incredible new audio mix in stereo and 5.1 surround-sound plus an absolute state-of-the-art restoration of the video.
As well as audio and visual footage of the gig, the DVD and SD Blu-Ray versions feature two special bonus features – 'Looking Back At The Odeon’, a brand new 22-minute documentary featuring a previously unseen interview with Brian May and Roger Taylor by Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Bob Harris about the 1975 Hammersmith Odeon show, plus the rarely seen Live At The Budokan – Japan 1975 footage, featuring three songs (Now I'm Here, Killer Queen and In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited) recorded during their legendary tour of the Far East.

The Super Deluxe Box Set also includes a never-before-heard recording from the pre-show soundcheck – something that no one outside of the band themselves knew existed until now.

Queen - A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975 is available on the following formats:

  • 1 CD (see below for tracklist):
Amazon UK  

  • 1 DVD (see below for tracklist):

  •  1 BluRay SD (see below for tracklist):

  • CD + DVD (see below for tracklist):
Amazon UK  

  •  CD + BluRay SD  (see below for tracklist):
Amazon UK 

  • double LP  (see below for tracklist):

  • box superdeluxe with: CD + DVD + BluRay SD + 12"single Bohemian Rhapsody / Now I'm Here (soundcheck) + 60 page hardback book containing previously unseen photographs, reproduction of ticket from the concert, concert programme, badges, tour itinerary, tour poster, pass:
Amazon UK  

Tracklist CD/LP:
1. Now I'm Here
2. Ogre Battle
3. White Queen
4. Bohemian Rhapsody
5. Killer Queen
6. The March Of The Black Queen
7. Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise)
8. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
9. Brighton Rock
10. Guitar Solo
11. Son And Daughter
12. Keep Yourself Alive
13. Liar
14. In The Lap Of The Gods... revisited
15. Big Spender
16. Jailhouse Rock / Stupid Cupid / Be Bop A Lula / Jailhouse Rock (reprise)
17. Seven Seas Of Rhye
18. See What a Fool I've Been
19. God Save The Queen

Tracklist DVD/BluRay:

1. Now I'm Here
2. Ogre Battle
3. White Queen
4. Bohemian Rhapsody
5. Killer Queen
6. The March Of The Black Queen
7. Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise)
8. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
9. Brighton Rock
10. Guitar Solo
11. Son And Daughter
12. Keep Yourself Alive
13. Liar
14. In The Lap Of The Gods... revisited
15. Big Spender
16. Jailhouse Rock / Stupid Cupid / Be Bop A Lula / Jailhouse Rock (reprise)
17. God Save The Queen
(Bonus tracks)
1. Looking back at the Odeon (22 min documentary)
2. Now I'm Here (live at the Budokan, Tokyo 1st May 1975)
3. Killer Queen (live at the Budokan, Tokyo 1st May 1975)
4. In The Lap Of The Gods... revisited (live at the Budokan, Tokyo 1st May 1975)

venerdì 25 settembre 2015

35th Anniversary Edition of The Alan Parsons Project ‘The Turn of a Friendly Card’ with unreleased bonus tracks

The 35th Anniversary Deluxe edition of ‘The Turn of a Friendly Card’ by The Alan Parsons Project will be released on 6th November 2015. 
The 2CD package includes re-mastered original album (a brand new remaster, overseen by Alan Parsons), 17 previously unreleased bonus tracks (including Eric Woolfson’s songwriting diary home demos) plus 10 bonus tracks and new 20-page booklet with lyrics, notes on the making of the album and rare photos. Also available a limited edition vinyl 7” of three single edits.

1. May Be A Price To Pay
2. Games People Play
3. Time
4. I Don’t Wanna Go Home
5. The Gold Bug InstrumentalThe Turn Of A Friendly Card
6. The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Part One)
7. Snake Eyes
8. The Ace Of Swords
9. Nothing Left To Lose
10. The Turn Of A Friendly Card(Part Two)
11. May Be A Price To Pay (Intro Demo)
12. Nothing Left To Lose (Basic Backing Track)
13. Nothing Left To Lose (Chris Rainbow VocalOverdub Compilation)
14. Nothing Left To Lose (Early Studio Version with Eric’s Guide Vocal)
15. Time (Early Studio Attempt)
16. GamesPeople Play (Rough Mix)
17. The Gold Bug (Demo) 

1. May Be A Price to Pay (Eric's Songwriting Diary)
2. Games People Play (Eric's Songwriting Diary)
3. Time (Eric's Songwriting Diary)
4. I Don’t Wanna Go Home (Eric's Songwriting Diary)
5. The Turn of a Friendly Card (Eric's Songwriting Diary)
6. Snake Eyes (Eric's Songwriting Diary)
7. Nothing Left to Lose (Eric's Songwriting Diary)
8. TOFC/ Snake Eyes/ I Don’t Wanna Go Home (Eric's Songwriting Diary)
9. May Be A Price to Pay (Early Version - Eric Guide Vocal & Unused Guitar Solo)
10. Games People Play (Early version - Eric Guide Vocal)
11. Time (Orchestra & Chris Rainbow Backing Vocals)
12. The Gold Bug (Early Reference Version)
13. The Turn of a Friendly Card Part 1 (Early Backing Track)
14. Snake Eyes (Early Version - Eric Guide Vocal)
15. The Ace of Swords (Early Version with Synth “Orchestration")
16. The Ace Of Swords (Early Version with Piano on Melody)
17. The Turn of a Friendly Card Part Two (Eric Guide Vocal and Extended Guitar Solo)
18. Games People Play (Single Edit)
19. The Turn of a Friendly Card (Single Edit)
20. Snake Eyes (Single Edit)

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