Mark Murdock’s new prog release “Visitors From Another Planet” featuring a cast of visiting prog earthlings like drummer Ric Parnell of Atomic Rooster/Spinal Tap, drummer Ron Howden, bassist Derek ‘Mo’ Moore, both from the band Nektar, also drummer Alan Childs of David Bowie, guitarist Fernando Perdomo, guitarist Katsumi Yoneda of French TV, guitarist Joe Berger, vocalist Tim Pepper of TheId and more…
Mark Murdock, best known as the drummer in Peter Banks (YES) Empire Mark lll, The New Empire with Fernando Perdomo, Cymbalic Encounters with Brand X members. Mark most recently released a solo record, “The Phoenix Has Risen” and with Nuclear Bird’s “Tyrannical Megalomanic.” Mark sees his new creation “Visitors from Another Planet” as a “further contribution to the Arts with new dimensions and atmospheres not explored on my previous works.”
“Visitors from Another Planet” Track Listing: 1. Visitors from Another Planet 2. Time Travelers from the Future 3. The Purveyors of Underworld Ideas 4. The Tarnished Mirror 5. False Algorithms 6. Forgotten Episodes 7. The River of Illusion 8. Somewhere and Nowhere 9. Adapted for Theater 10. Sub-Reactional Stratospheric Complex 11. Friction 12. Shadows that Stood Between the Lies 13. In Speculation
Artists: Mark Murdock – drums, synthesizer & gongs Tim Pepper – lead vocal Ric Parnell – drums & percussion on 2, 4 & 13 Alan Childs – drums on 3 Ron Howden – drums on 6 & 7 Fernando Perdomo – guitar on 1, 4, 7, 9 & 11 Derek ‘Mo’ Moore – bass on 7 Joe Berger – lead guitar on 11 & alien voice on 1 Katsumi Yoneda – guitar on 5, 6, 9 &13 Dave Juteau – guitar on 1, 2, 8 & 12 Preston Murdock – guitar on 3 and 7 Kenta Shimokuni – bass Rod Farlora – bass on 10 Jeff Curry – bass on songs 2, 3, 6, 8 & 12
All songs composed, produced, mixed and mastered by Mark Murdock Artwork by Jiro Oshima Copyright 2021
The classic line-up performing together for the first time in 31 years!
The Gong Family Unconvention at the Melkweg club in Amsterdam in November 2006 was a unique 3-day event in which all the surviving original members of this legendary psychedelic band came together and, after performing their own individual sets, performed once again as Gong. This climactic and joyful 2hr 16min Gong live set was beautifully captured for this DVD video and for the first time CD audio recording! This was the last time that Gong played with the full “classic” line-up (minus just Pierre Moerlen on drums, who died the year before).
The line-up for this unique and special performance:
Daevid Allen – Guitar, Voice Gilli Smyth – Voice, Space Whisper Steve Hillage – Guitar Didier Malherbe – Flute, Soprano Sax, Duduk Theo Travis – Tenor Sax Tim Blake – Synthesiser, Voice Miquette Giraudy – Synthesiser Mike Howlett – Bass Chris Taylor – Drums
Tracklist: 1. You Can’t Kill Me (from the album ‘Camembert Electrique’) 2. Radio Gnome Invisible (from the album ‘Flying Teapot’) 3. Tomorrow Afternoon (I Am Your Fantasy) (from ‘Camembert Electrique’) 4. Dynamite / I Am Your Animal (from ‘Camembert Electrique’) 5. Flute Salad (from the album ‘Angel’s Egg’) 6. Oily Way (from ‘Angel’s Egg’) 7. Outer Temple (from ‘Angel’s Egg’) 8. Inner Temple (from ‘Angel’s Egg’) 9. Zero The Hero and the Witch’s Spell (from ‘Flying Teapot’) 10. I Am Your Pussy (from ‘Flying Teapot’) 11. Tropical Fish (from ‘Camembert Electrique’) 12. Selene (from ‘Camembert Electrique’) 13. I Never Glid Before (from ‘Angel’s Egg’) 14. Prostitute Poem (from ‘Angel’s Egg’) 15. Magdalene (from the album ‘Zero To Infinity’) 16. A Sprinkling of Clouds (from the album ‘You’) 17. She Is the Great Goddess (Magick Mother Invocation) (from ‘You’) 18. Master Builder (from ‘You’) 18. The Isle of Everywhere (from ‘You’) 18. You Never Blow Yr Trip Forever (from ‘You’)
Release date on Fri Nov 5th – the 15th Anniversary of the Gong performance.
Released by G-Wave Records through UK distributors SRD. Digital release via Ingrooves (North and South America) and Orchard (UK & rest of world).
California multi-instrumentalist and composer Rachel Flowers will be releasing her eagerly awaited new solo album on October 1, 2021. Rachel demonstrates with her latest effort that she truly is, as the title suggests, “Bigger on the Inside.” As a composer, Rachel seamlessly weaves together elements of progressive rock, jazz, classical, and pop music with cinematic orchestrations, soaring melodies, and virtuosic playing. Top this off with Rachel’s 3 1/2 octave vocal range and her uncanny ability to explore universal themes ranging from love, joy, and hope to depression, bullying, and fear of an uncertain future with sensitivity and optimism, and you have an album that is destined to stand the test of time.
Says Rachel, “I was inspired by composers and bands like Ambrosia, Frank Zappa, and Keith Emerson while writing the songs on ‘Bigger on the Inside.’ Some songs were inspired by or even heard in dreams. Others were improvised during the recording process. Sometimes just hearing a new piano sound can lead to inspiration. Some of my lyrics just come from my imagination and others come from real experience.”
Rachel Flowers is recognized worldwide as a multi-instrumentalist and composer whose music spans multiple genres.
She first gained recognition for her talent as a young child and has been admired and mentored by those at the top of their field including Greg Lake, Keith Emerson, Dweezil Zappa, Conductor Terje Mikkelson, and a series of jazz greats, most notably Herbie Hancock. As a teenager she won numerous awards as a pianist and flutist, and has matured to perform and record on the global stage.
The award winning documentary “Hearing Is Believing” was produced about her unusual life and talents.
Among Rachel’s recording credits are her solo albums “Listen” (2016) and “Going Somewhere” (2018), “Music From the Soundtrack: Hearing is Believing” (2017), collaborations with Michael Sadler of Saga and fusion band Stratospheerius, and appearances on the albums of Telergy and Marcelo Paganini. Rachel is prominently featured on “Keith Emerson – Beyond the Stars,” and the much awaited CD and DVD set, “Fanfare For The Uncommon Man: The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert.”
Rachel continues to defy expectations, refusing to be pigeonholed by genre or by instrument. Her classical piano training started when she was only 4 years old. At 9 she discovered jazz and was immediately transfixed by the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Ella Fitzgerald. As varied as her musical background had already been, hearing Emerson, Lake & Palmer proved to be a turning point. Rachel was captivated by keyboardist Keith Emerson’s innovative integration of classical and jazz elements in a rock setting, and he became a musical role model.
While her favorite instruments continue to be piano and organ, she is also classically trained on the flute and plays the guitar, bass, saxophone, and Chapman Stick.
Says Rachel, “I’ve always wanted to create music that had those big sounds that I love. I was excited to incorporate more of the organ on this album, using my Nord C2D and Electro 4D as well as pipe organ sound libraries to get that iconic tone I was looking for. There is also a lot of electric guitar on this album. I was inspired by Steve Vai, John Mayer, Steven Wilson, and of course Adrian Belew, who was a direct inspiration for the opening track.”
In support of Rachel’s new album release she will be performing at ProgStock on October 1 – 3, 2021 (https://www.progstock.com/2021/). On November 6, 2021 Rachel opens for Asia featuring John Payne at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey, and she is slated to perform at Synthplex, the “All Things Synthesizer” electronic music festival & gear expo, on October 27 – 30, 2022 at the Los Angeles Burbank Airport Convention Center.
Rachel’s future plans include completion of a jazz album, and a jazz/hip-hop fusion album, both started during the pandemic. There are no release dates as yet. Plans to record with a live orchestra are currently in discussion.
In closing Rachel has this to impart to her listeners, “The message I would like my listeners to come away with is that there will be darkness, but you can fly, you can love, you can be loved, and the darkness is only temporary.”
Italian guitarist/songwriter Marco Mattei unveils his first solo album, an original mix of prog-rock, dream-pop, folk and world music entitled “Out of Control” on 7D Media/Third Star Records on November 19, 2021.
Featuring Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel), Fabio Trentini (Le Orme, Markus Reuter), Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, XTC), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth), Clive Deamer (Portishead, Radiohead, Robert Plant)
“Out of Control” is a multi-facet collection of intense, emotional songs. Marco creates a multi-layered, original sound utilizing a wide range of electric and acoustic guitars together with guitar loops, bouzouki and resonator guitars, supported by lifelong friends and globally acclaimed musicians. The musical texture is further enriched with a variety of acoustic/ethnic instruments such as Irish whistle, flute, fiddle, mandolin, pedal steel guitar, sitar and tambura played by a collection of musicians from all parts of the world.
The lyrics of this concept album revolve around things we cannot control such as the place and time we are born, the color of our skin or the people we meet during our life.
Says Marco, “Yes, this is a concept album about things we cannot control. The key insight is the realization that many aspects of what we perceive to be defining our identity are not under our control. And the main message is that this realization should lead to a change of perspective: as we put ourselves in other people’s shoes, we allow ourselves to become more open and empathic. The other aspect of it is that we cannot control the hand we are dealt with, but we can surely decide how to play it. Beside my passion for music, spreading this message of empathy and inclusion is one of the things that motivates me.”
Marco Mattei was born and raised in Civitavecchia, Italy. Very passionate about music from an early age, as a teenager he studied jazz guitar with Max Rosati while developing a deep interest in the creative vision and complexity of prog rock music. He joined DeBlaise, a new prog local band, contributing to the songwriting of their EP “By Common Consent” and to many years of live music. He also co-founded “The Snowdogs” a Rush tribute band.
As he earned his master’s degree in Electronics and MBA, he also developed an interest in sound engineering and design and attended advanced audio engineering and music production programs. Marco lived in six different countries in three different continents, exploring cultural differences, picking up musical influences and learning the value of diversity. He currently lives in the USA and continues to explore different musical styles as a composer, musician and producer, collaborating with artists from all around the world.
In closing Marco has this to impart, “Listen to the album multiple times and you will keep finding new dimensions to it. Pay attention to the lyrics and consider the perspective that, as we realize that many aspects of what we perceive to be defining our own identity are not under our control, we should tend to be more tolerant, empathic, and inclusive.”
“Out of Control” will appeal to listeners of Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Paul Simon.
Track list 1. WOULD I BE ME 2. PICTURE IN A FRAME 3. MORE INTENSE 4. I’LL BE BORN 5. LULLABY FOR YOU 6. ANYMORE 7. TOMORROW 8. VOID 9. ON YOUR SIDE 10. AFTER TOMORROW 11. HIDDEN GEMS 12. GONE
Released November 19, 2021
Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Guitar Loops, Resonator, Bouzouki, Electric Bass, Bowed Electric Bass, Vocals, Shaker, Electronic and Acoustic Percussion, Samples and Programming: Marco Mattei Vocals: Dave Bond (1,3,9), Matthew Brown (2), Felix Brandt (4,5), Barak Seguin (6), Richard Farrell (8) Drums and Percussion: Jerry Marotta (1,9,11), Pat Mastelotto (2), Chad Wackerman (8), Clive Deamer (3), Matt Crain (6), Gianni Pierannunzio (7), Salvatore Mennella (12), Matilde Mattei (Shaker on 7) Bass: Tony Levin (1,2,9), Fabio Trentini (8), Gabriele Bibbi Ferrari (12) Duilio Galioto: Synths, Moog, Wurlitzer, Piano, Mellotron (3,8,9) Paolo Gianfrate: Keyboards (6) Dave Bond: Mandolin (1) Marco Planells: Sitar (1) Paul Johnson: Flute and Whistle (4) Diederik van den Brandt: Pedal Steel (5) Rob Wakefield : Violin (5) Max Rosati: Lead Electric Guitar (8) Mauro Munzi: Reverse Piano (9)
All tracks written by Marco Mattei, except for “Gone” by Andy Timmons.
Recorded in many corners of the world including Italy, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, India and the United States.
Mixed by Marco Mattei, except for: Would I be me, mixed by Jeff Jacobs and Marco Mattei More Intense, mixed by Chris Brown and Marco Mattei
Mastered by Marco Mattei except for Void, mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios
Produced by Marco Mattei
Third Star Records A Division of 7D Media Seattle, WA
Drumming legend, composer and producer Carmine Appice has joined forces with multi-instrumentalist and rising studio star Fernando Perdomo to form The Appice-Perdomo Project, whose debut album Energy Overload will be released September 24, 2021. The first single, Rocket To The Sun, dropped on August 31.
“I had a ball writing and recording with Fernando,” says Carmine Appice. “What a great talent he is. He is awesome on every level; as are the songs on Energy Overload! Adds co-musician Fernando Perdomo: “Carmine and I were introduced to each other roughly one year ago by Tom Dowd’s daughter Dana. We instantly hit it off musically, sending files to each other and co-writing. Within the first six months, we had more than an albums worth of material written, arranged and recorded. We had a blast making the music on Energy Overload. It is our hope that the energy that was created for this record is contagious to those that listen to it.”
Carmine Appice is best known for co-founding Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and King Kobra. As a drummer and composer, he has worked extensively with Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart and Ted Nugent, and remains on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Drummers of All-Time list. Fernando Perdomo, the son of Cuban immigrants, quickly launched a successful career as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and session musician upon moving to Los Angeles in 2012. He was recently featured in the film ECHO IN THE CANYON, where he recorded and performed with Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, Jakob Dylan and many others.
There is a reason for the ‘?’ and that is because some people don’t understand Krautrock!
Now, I don’t profess to be an expert in the field, having just got turned on to more than Amon Duul II and Tangerine Dream! Faust, Popul Vuh and Ash Ra Tempel were all a mystery to be explored which I am doing at the moment!
When you start looking a a new (to you) musical genre I assumed (maybe wrongly) that everyone gravitates to Wikipedia (I do). So I did!
I found loads of new Krautrock bands to explore! Can , Neu, Guru Guru, Cluster and Nektar!
Hang on a sec, NEKTAR – Krautrock?
I have loved Nektar since I was about 14, about the same time I fell in love with that brilliant Welsh band Man!
Let’s just examine Nektar: Members: Roye Albrighton Derek Moore Alan (Taff) Freeman Ron Howden
Which one of them sounds German?
To be fair I know where the confusion comes from, it’s all to do with the fact that Nektar were formed in Hamburg in 1969 and stayed there!
On the cover of the vinyl version of Man’s album ‘Back Into The Future’ is the phrase: “Thanks to Nektar for coming to England” and on the cover of Nektar’s ‘Remember the Future’ is the legend “Thanks for Man for coming to Germany”!
If Nektar are Krautrock – then possibly so are Man!
Nektar “…Sounds Like Swiss” Live in Switzerland 1973 CD/DVD Available October 1, 2021
Unearthed audio and video recordings from legendary progressive rock band Nektar captured live in Switzerland, 1973. Includes an hour-long concert videotaped for Swiss TV’s Kaléidospop, unseen since its original broadcast. The two CDs include the audio portion of the TV show as well as a complete show soundboard audio recording from the Pavilion des Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland in May 1973.
Housed in a beautiful 4 panel digipak, this CD/DVD set is an epic, historical document showcasing the bands early innovative and pioneering sound that remains as vital and influential as ever.
Booklet includes liner notes by bassist and founding members Derek “Mo” Moore and Mick Brockett. The band’s line up for these legendary performances in fact features all five original members – the late Roye Allbrighton on guitar and vocals, Derek “Mo” Moore on bass and vocals, Allan “Taff” Freeman on organ and vocals, and Ron Howden on drums and percussion in addition to Mick Brockett handling the visual tapestry that was such a key component of the “Music and Light Theatre” that the band was presenting at the very height of progressive rocks main sequence during the mid-70’s.
“I have known of its existence since we did this concert in 1973 and have never been able to find it. To have this unearthed after all these years is fantastic and takes me immediately back to that time. It was great to be allowed to contribute what was needed to bring this about. Roger Houdaille of ‘Think Like a Key’ did a great job in putting this together” – Derek “Mo” Moore
No, I’m not the Central Scrutinizer, if I was I’d get the bloody sack cos I’ve been back and gone again that many bloody times!
No excuses but suffice it to say I have been flat on my back for at least 8 weeks (on and off) but I am now back and able to stand and even sit for extended periods, like longer than 10 minutes!
I jest – I am fully functional once more!
Well, when I say ‘fully functional’ that is not strictly true as to get me back to somewhere near normal (an impossible task) my meat and two veg has been reduced to meat and one veg! I’m sure you didn’t want to know that but hey ho!
No jokes thank you, my mates have exhausted all of those!
Sorry, no photos this blog (‘thank fuck for that’ I hear you all say) but hopefully normality (whatever that is) is in the process of being restored!
The fourth full-length studio album by the critically acclaimed prog rock bandAnyone entitled In Humanity will be released on October 12 (Pre-Order on Sept 12).
This new double album marks a major shift towards a highly progressive direction with founder Riz Story performing all instrumentation in a rare display of virtuosity, as well as producing, mixing and mastering. Featuring a guest lead vocal appearance by YES vocalist (and former Anyone member) Jon Davison on the song Misanthropist.
Says Riz, “This album was conceived as a soundtrack to my feature film (and novel) of the same title and so it is highly conceptual and dynamic. The story takes place in the future when mankind has made the earth uninhabitable and venture into the cosmos to find a planet that is even more beautiful than earth, which they immediately begin to destroy. I wanted to explore the outer limits of my creativity and musicianship and pushed myself to play all the instruments, particularly the drums, in a way that was experimental and exploratory. Most all of the playing was improvised, and therefore came from a place free of thought or design. All told, I’ve been working on this album for almost a decade.”
Anyone was formed by Riz Story, along with Jon Davison (Yes) and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) in the early 90’s in Laguna Beach, California. Hawkins and Davison were replaced by the time the band signed with RoadRunner Records in 2000. Their self-titled debut album received much critical acclaim including a 5-star rating from Rolling Stone. In October of 2016 the single Fly Away was featured in Story’s debut feature film “A Winter Rose” and became the most listened to rock song in America on digital formats, hitting #1 on the DRT National Airplay Rock Chart.
The album will be available in download, streaming and CD on over 200 digital distributors including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.
TRACK LISTING 1. Elations 2. The Disappearing Everything 3. Apocalypse 4. The Pale Blue Dot 5. Emergence 6. Don’t Swallow Tomorrow 7. Whole World’s on Fire 8. Transfiguration 9. On the ending earth… 10. Misanthropist 11. The Madness 12. In Humanity 13. Curtain Call