Introducing The Supergroup Sons Of Apollo!

For the past few months, rumors have been circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Now, the time has come to make the grand and highly anticipated introduction to their new band, SONS OF APOLLO.

Reuniting to form SONS OF APOLLO, Portnoy and Sherinian have joined forces with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force).

Their debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, will be released 20th October on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. An album teaser can be seen on InsideOutMusic’s YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/kPN2DttzlZQ

www.sonsofapollo.com
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On September 29th 2017 Gentle Giant will release “Three Piece Suite.”

Gentle Giant—Three Piece Suite is a specially curated selection of songs and compositions from the band’s first three albums (Giant, Acquiring the Taste, Three Friends) presented in both 5.1 surround sound and stereo. There are nine tracks from the albums, plus a pre-debut song, remixed by Steven Wilson. The choices were determined by the limited availability of multitrack master tapes from the era. Only a few songs from each album are known to exist as multi-tracks, with the rest presumably lost.

Three Piece Suite is available in the following formats:
*A two-disc digipak containing 96/24 animated Blu-ray plus CD.
*A single disc digipak CD.
*A two-disc gatefold LP in180g high-end vinyl.
*A digital download of the two disc Blu-Ray plus CD version.

Gentle Giant’s Three Piece Suite includes the songs “Giant,” “Nothing At All,” and “Why Not” from the first album Giant.
“Pantagruel’s Nativity,” “The House, The Street, The Room” from the second album Acquiring The Taste.
“Schooldays,” “Peel the Paint,” “Mr. Class And Quality,” and “Three Friends” from the album Three Friends completes the list of the original recorded material.
The band and Steven Wilson are including a previously commercially unreleased song “Freedom’s Child” taken from the first recording sessions with legendary producer Tony Visconti.

The liner notes by Interviewer Anil Prasad include reflections from Gentle Giant’s members about the writing and recording sessions.

Steven Wilson and Tony Visconti share their incredible observations about the early days of this unique collection of timeless music from one of progressive rock’s most influential bands.

Tony Visconti recounts:
“I was a very optimistic young man in 1970…I thought music like theirs would save the world from mediocrity. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into it. I championed their cause by becoming sympathetic to the point where I temporarily joined the band for both albums. I modified their arrangements and pulled off some stunning audio effects that gave their sound more depth and immediacy. The band knew I was on their side. I remember there is a great feeling of camaraderie during the sessions.”

Steven Wilson explains:
“To create the new mixes, I used Logic as the software and Universal Audio plug-ins, which provide emulations of classic analog outboard effects, channel strips, and old mixing desks…I used these tools to clean things up and bring out some more clarity, detail, and definition in some of the instrumental interplay. There was never a question of trying to outdo the original mixes, but offer different perspectives on them.”

Tony Visconti continues:
“In our own way, we’ve touched the ears, minds, and hearts of thousands of true believers.”

The band members, collectively, feel there are still good reasons its fans continue to enjoy Gentle Giant’s music and why it continues to be discovered by new generations.

For fans of Gentle Giant, Three Piece Suite is a must have. For fans of great musicianship and progressive rock, this is an incredible insight into the earliest days of this legendary band.

Pre-Order Links for Amazon & iTunes to be announced at https://www.facebook.com/gentlegiantband/.

Blu-ray BD50

The Steven Wilson Remixes
Giant
Nothing At All
Why Not?
Pantagruel’s Nativity
The House, The Street, The Room
Schooldays
Peel The Paint
Mr. Class and Quality?
Three Friends
Freedom’s Child

Audio Formats:
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
96/24 5.1 LPCM
96/24 Stereo LPCM

Instrumentals
Giant
Nothing At All
Why Not?
Pantagruel’s Nativity
The House, The Street, The Room
Schooldays
Peel The Paint
Mr. Class and Quality?
Three Friends
Freedom’s Child

Audio Format:
96/24 Stereo LPCM

Original Album Mixes
96/24 Stereo LPCM

Gentle Giant
Giant
Funny Ways
Alucard
Isn’t It Quiet And Cold?
Nothing At All
Why Not?
The Queen

Acquiring The Taste
Pantagruel’s Nativity
Edge Of Twilight
The House, The Street, The Room
Acquiring The Taste
Wreck
The Moon Is Down
Black Cat
Plain Truth

Three Friends
Prologue
Schooldays
Working All Day
Peel The Paint
Mister Class And Quality?
Three Friends

CD
Giant
Nothing At All
Why Not?
Pantagruel’s Nativity
The House, The Street, The Room
Schooldays
Peel The Paint
Mr. Class and Quality?
Three Friends
Freedom’s Child
Nothing At All (Steven’s 7inch Edit)

VINYL (180g High-End Vinyl 2 disc Gatefold Sleeve)
Side 1:
Giant
Nothing At All
Side 2:
Why Not?
Pantagruel’s Nativity
The House, The Street, The Room
Side 3:
Schooldays
Peel The Paint
Side 4:
Mr. Class and Quality?
Three Friends
Freedom’s Child
Nothing At All (Steven’s 7inch Edit)

Tom Slatter, Curry Talk, Forthcoming Album and Duo Gigs

Hello, You!
I’m typing this on a Sunday, after the most epic home-cooked curry. There are bound to be typos as most of my energy is currently being put into digestion. I’ll do my best to type something coherent through the paneer induced fug. My brain is currently secondary to my stomach.

Talking of curry, I visited David Elephant, founder of my record label, in his office The Spice Inn, Stratford last week. Among other things we discussed the next new music, I’ll be releasing. Yes, the mythical ‘secret project’ will be unleashed upon an unsuspecting and indifferent world in just a matter of months. Tremble ye mighty, for it shall humble your ears.

But not yet. Patience, patience.

Anyway, gigs have started! Gigs!

Yes, that’s right, the first Tom Slatter Duo gig (we’re not calling it the Tom Slatter Duo, that’s an awful name) has taken place. It was a lovely gig in Darlington, UK. I have written a blog post about it in which i explain exactly how rock n roll Gareth and I are (hint: not very):

I first worked with Gareth when we both played on a track called Wounds from Mike Kershaw’s last album. When I mentioned online that I was gearing up to get gigging again, Gareth offered his services, which I thought sounded grand. I have a lot of songs, particularly on Happy People, that just can’t work as a solo song. …Read more 

As I mention in the blog, the gig has also been reviewed, so there’s another write-up to read over here.

What’s more, Emma the promoter has sent me a live recording. It’s just the unedited feed from the sound desk, and being an acoustic gig that means it isn’t a perfect recreation of the sound. You can hear both guitars and the vocal, however, so here is a link to the mp3 of the opening track:

Happy People Live in Darlington (MP3)

A great night, and yes I did glare at Gareth once or twice.

Anyway, the next gigs are:

1st August Supporting The Far Meadow at the Horns in Watford
5th August The Surrey Steampunk Convivial in New Malden

All the links to tickets and so on are at this link.

Midsummer Madness

Last weekend I went to see Mothertongue, and to do away with ‘fan’ Tony, who had been going far too far with bad puns over on The Tom Slatter Immoral Support Group. Alas, I was not as successful as I hope:

Tony claims he’s a fan of my music. That might be the case, though if you can decipher this sub-Joycean melange of a review you more clever than I. He is, however, guilty of the most egregious, violent punning on the internet….Read more

Still Happy

Happy People is selling quite nicely, but of course, there are still copies. You can get your mitts on a copy, or stream the whole thing over here.

Thanks for listening!

Tom Slatter
www.tomslatter.co.uk

Europe to release new studio album “Walk The Earth” on the 20th October 2017

Europe is very pleased to announce the release of their new studio album “Walk The Earth” on the 20th October 2017 via our own Hell & Back label through Silver Lining Music.

The album cover features original artwork by famed Los Angeles artist Mike Sportes of Filth Mart

Joey: “We were in the studio a few days into recording and Dave (Cobb, Producer) comes in wearing this very cool T-Shirt with one of Mike’s designs on it. Immediately we knew we had to check Mike’s other work and have him come up with an exclusive design for us based on the vibe of the album. We are very proud to have his amazing artwork as the Walk The Earth album cover!’

The track listing for the album will be:

1. Walk The Earth
2. The Siege
3. Kingdom United
4. Pictures
5. Election Day
6. Wolves
7. GTO
8. Haze
9. Whenever You’re Ready
10. Turn To Dust

The album was recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios in London with Grammy winning producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) who as most of you know, also produced War Of Kings.

Europe Is
Mic Michaeli – Keys
John Levén – Bass
Joey Tempest – Vocals
John Norum – Guitars
Ian Haugland – Drums

We are back on the road in the UK with Deep Purple later this year and this will, of course, be the first time you will hear tracks from ‘Walk The Earth’ Live.
UK Dates are below

Fri 17th Nov 2017 Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham UK
Sat 18th Nov Manchester Arena, Manchester UK
Mon 20th Nov Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff UK
Wed 22nd Nov The SSE Hydro, Glasgow UK
Thurs 23rd Nov The o2 Arena, London UK

For tickets see http://europetheband.com

European Tour Dates for November and December to be announced imminently together with more posts with information and cool insights leading up the album’s release – so keep watching this space!

October 20th everyone….pre-order links for the album coming soon!!

// Europe

ifsounds Founder Dario Lastella Releases Mela Rossa A Companion Novel To The Album Red Apple

On November 6th, 2012 ifsounds releases the ambitious concept album the Red Apple just 40 days prior to the real possibility of Armageddon as predicted by the Mayans.

For over a 1,000 years, many people around the world including Scientists feared of a global catastrophe predicted by the Mayans, this fear which could end the human race is always with us.

Dario Lastella from the Italian progressive rock band ifsounds wrote a concept album and a novel inspired by a global madness scenario. “Mela Rossa” is a choral novel which describes the four different corners of the world during the last days of a fatal 2012: Italy, Argentina, Mongolia, and the USA.

According to Dario, The novel is mainly about human feelings and behavior and about the management of the power. What is true and what is false? Who can we trust? Who could “ride the gravy train” of an end-of-the-world scenario? Does the threat come from the outer space? Are they the aliens? Or are we the real threat for the human race?

In 2017 Dario’s novel Mela Rossa, the companion to the album Red Apple is published in Italian by Planet Book.
Purchase Mela Rosa | Amazon Italy | Planet Book |

 

ifsounds Red Apple was inspired by the novel written by Dario Lastella, the CD was published and released in 2012 by Melodic Revolution Records.

 

Purchase Red Apple
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