Royal Hunt to release Cast In Stone

How to progress and yet keep the identity which took over 25 years to establish? How to create the ever-evolving – and at times rather complicated – musical compositions and wrap it up in an accessible format with that recognizable sound? Royal Hunt does it with ease and now – with their 14th studio album – proves once again that creativity and staying true to yourself can work hand-in-hand and produce some astonishing results: will you please welcome the ultimate proof of that – “Cast in Stone”… the album you’ll be listening to again, again and again. – Royal Team
Royal Hunt’s “Cast In Stone” Deluxe CD Book is a unique album experience: a hardcover book including the studio album on CD and a bonus CD (TBA) – all in a cardboard box. The package includes the online extension – Access to video/photo and textual updates, behind the scenes, secret listening parties and shopping for individual items.

“Greg Lake Live In Piacenza” Limited Box Set, CD & Vinyl Now Available!

For Immediate Release

“Greg Lake Live In Piacenza” Limited Box Set, CD & Vinyl Now Available!

Manticore Italy Records is proud to announce the release of “Greg Lake Live In Piacenza” Limited Box Set, CD & Vinyl! Recorded in sound-demonstration quality this is the documentary of Greg Lake’s last tour, recorded on November 28, 2012, in a sold-out Teatro Municipale in Piacenza. It was a very special, magical evening, as Greg remembered in his outstanding autobiography, Lucky Man. The audience was so warm and he gave such a passionate performance. The Mayor of Piacenza and all the municipality attended the concert and went on stage thanking Mr. Lake for opening the “Musiche Nuove in Piacenza” festival. The concert was a triumph and eventually on January 9, 2016, the trustees of Conservatorio Nicolini of Piacenza gave Greg Lake the first honorary degree ever given by a Conservatorio.

This is a wonderful record, bringing the “Songs Of A Lifetime” project to its highest point. Exclusively for this concert, Greg performed with 3 special guests: Le Orme’s leader Aldo Tagliapietra, ex PFM and Acqua Fragile’s great vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti and the young talented Annie Barbazza, making the Piacenza show even more special and rare. It was Greg’s wish that a precious, audiophile limited edition would re-launch his Manticore Label.

One outstanding memory I have of performing Songs Of A Lifetime show in Europe was on 28 November 2012 in the small city of Piacenza in Italy. The concert took place at a wonderful theatre there, the Teatro Municipale, which looks rather like La Scala in Milan with beautiful gold balconies and crystal chandeliers. I love Piacenza, and the Conservatorio di MusicaGiuseppe Nicolini there awarded me an honorary degree in 2016 for the way that King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer helped to bring classical music into young people’s lives – what an honor.

The show at Teatro Municipal was recorded and I decided to release a special collector’s edition of it on vinyl. Somehow the event, the feeling of the music and the atmosphere all seem to be suited to being reproduced in this analog way.

Max Marchini recorded and produced the concert in Piacenza and together with Max I decided to restore Manticore Records label for the production and distribution of high-quality vinyl recordings. – Greg Lake, from “Lucky Man – The Autobiography”


(photo by Franz Soprani)

“Greg Lake Live In Piacenza” is available as:
1) very limited double premium audiophile vinyl in 700 hand-numbered copies, gold hot foil lettering.
2) very limited CD in 1600 hand-numbered copies, gold hot foil lettering.
3) very limited Box Set in 500 hand-numbered copies, gold hot foil lettering containing: double vinyl in clear audiophile edition, CD in audiophile gold limited edition, 10 in-folio photographic prints, original concert poster and ticket, exclusive video DVD documentary of the concert, Greg Lake logo sticker.

Produced by Greg Lake and Max Marchini
Recorded by Alberto Callegari
Mixed and mastered at Elfo Recording Studios, Tavernago (PC)
Post Productions by Greg Lake and Annie Barbazza.

Tracklist:
01. 21st Century Schizoid Man
02. Lend Your Love To Me Tonight
03. From The Beginning
04. Heartbreak Hotel
05. Epitaph/In The Court Of The Crimson King
06. I Talk To The Wind
07. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
08. Touch And Go
09. Trilogy/Still… You Turn Me On
10. I Believe In Father Christmas
11. Shakin’ All Over
12. C’est La Vie
13. People Get Ready
14. Lucky Man (featuring Annie Barbazza, Bernardo Lanzetti, and Aldo Tagliapietra)
15. Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression, part II)

Visit Manticore Italy Records to purchase “Greg Lake Live In Piacenza”: www.manticorerecords.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Announcing: Joyful Noise Holiday Party Vol. 1 “Snowflathe Series”

Christmas music is usually the worst… But we’re trying to change that.

Last weekend we hosted the annual Joyful Noise holiday party at our headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. However, this year we did something a little different: we invited our artists to join the party, and record holiday songs on-site.

Artists such as Yoni Wolf, Richard Edwards, Oneida, Dumb Numbers, Jad Fair and others showed up to the party and recorded exclusive holiday songs that we are releasing on snowflake-shaped 7″ lathe-cut records (aka “Snowflathes”).

Each release is limited to just 100 copies and is hand-made by us here at JNR. Each purchase includes a digital download of ALL NINE tracks, and 100% of the net proceeds will go to benefit The Fund for Global Human Rights.

ORDER HERE
If you’d prefer a digital-only option, you can donate/download over at BANDCAMP.
Here’s the track-listing:

Dumb Numbers – “X-Mas Time in the Mountains” (Palace cover)
Oneida – “Christmas with the Freaks”
Sedcairn Archives – “Flake Drem”
Richard Edwards – “Jesus Christ” (Big Star cover)
Jad Fair – “The Snow Day”
Psychic Temple – “We Got to Have Peace” (Curtis Mayfield cover)
Yoni Wolf – “Rock of Ages” (Christian hymn)
Stranger Cat – “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Mariah Carey cover)
Bobby Burg – “Little Bobby Boy”

About The Fund for Global Human Rights:

Since 2003, the Fund for Global Human Rights has had one goal: to move human rights forward by providing resources and tools to the people and organizations on the ground who have real potential to generate transformational change, with a focus on the most vulnerable—women and children, racial, ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTI people—because they bear the brunt of violence and discrimination and have the most to gain from transformational change.

The Fund for Global Human Rights amplifies the critical work of frontline human rights activists by providing funds, training and mentoring, and opportunities for collaboration to help these courageous individuals and organizations make real progress.
Have a good holiday y’all. We love you.
<3 JNR

Classic 1983 Prog Album By The Gardening Club Reissued With Bonus Tracks!

Gonzo Multimedia has reissued the debut album by the Gardening Club! Originally released in 1983, this Prog influenced record was “the right album at the wrong time.” It has now been re-released with an additional five studio tracks complementing the albums original twelve tracks.

The CD package sports the original Gardening Club cover and includes a 24 page illustrated lyric booklet, created especially for this re-release by musician/artist, Martin Springett.

Says Martin, “I am thrilled that this music is finally seeing the light of day. I felt at the time that it was special, the perfect marriage of my art and music, influenced as I was by all the classic Prog music of my youth, and the wonderfully over the top and imaginative packaging. I have been in Canada for many years now, but as many listeners have told me, I have retained my ‘English sound.’”

“The record sounds like the ‘70s; channels the aesthetic and narrative attributes of Middle Ages poetry and art; was released during the heyday of futurist pop, and is now being reimagined more than 30 years later.” – Jeff Low, Broken Pencil

“Now this is that classic prog rock sound that we all love so deeply and dearly…Just a gorgeous, inimitable, eternal album, that deserves to live forever.” – Julian Ryan, Discogs.com

Martin Springett was born in the U K but moved with his family to Canada in 1965. In 1969 in Vancouver he recorded an album of settings of Tolkien’s poems from Lord Of The Rings and the Hobbit. Alas, Christopher Tolkien did not allow the record to be released. Martin played in bands and toured in Canada and the US, but returned to England in 1971 to seek a record deal. He toured in Europe with a band called Gateway Driver, based in Hanover. Upon returning to Canada, a move to Toronto meant entering a new musical landscape and a Vancouver pal, Don Geppert, now a respected engineer in the Toronto music scene worked with Martin on an LP called The Gardening Club, which was released in 1983. Martin has continued to write create and record music in the intervening years, releasing six independent CDs.

Martin and his bandmates, Norm Macpherson, producer and guitarist, and James Macpherson, drums and synths, recently completed a new Gardening Club album called The Riddle. Martin is now putting the finishing touches on the art that will accompany this record.

To purchase The Gardening Club: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/artists/7049/Martin%20Springett

For more information: http://gardeningclubmusicandart.ca/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Billion Dollar Babies, Feat. Original Alice Cooper Group Members, First Ever Live Show – Flint 1977 Now Available!

Featuring Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway & Neal Smith!

Alice Cooper was undoubtedly one of the major rock artists of the 1970s and 80s. However, what is less well known is that originally the man now known as “Alice” was called Vince and he was the lead singer of a band called “Alice Cooper.” The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton (lead guitar), Michael Bruce (rhythm guitar, keyboards, main songwriter), Dennis Dunaway (bass guitar), and Neal Smith (drums). Furnier legally changed his name to Alice Cooper and has had a solo career under that name since the band became inactive in 1975. The Alice Cooper Group played their final show on April 8, 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bruce, Dunaway, and Smith would go on to form the short-lived band Billion Dollar Babies, producing one album titled “Battle Axe” in 1977. While occasionally performing with one another and Glen Buxton, they would not reunite with Alice until October 23, 1999, at the second Glen Buxton Memorial Weekend for a show at Cooperstown in Phoenix (Buxton having died in 1997). This is a recording of the Billion Dollar Babies first ever live show on July 6, 1977, in Flint, Michigan, and what a show it was!

Tracks:
I Miss You
Rock n Roll Radio
Love is Rather Blind
Rock Me Slowly
Alice Cooper Medley: No More Mr. Nice Guy/Neal Smith solo/Elected/Eighteen/School’s Out
Battle Axe Suite: Ego Mania
Battle Axe
Nights in Cracked Leather/Sudden Death/Winner
Too Young
Billion Dollar Babies

To purchase Billion Dollar Babies First Ever Live Show – Flint 1977 (CD): http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/16073/Billion_Dollar_Babies-First_Ever_Live_Show_-_Flint_1977.html

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Tom Slatter releases Murder and Parliament

Hello you!

Just a little note to let you know that my new instrumental album, Murder, and Parliament, is out today.

It is twists and turns and noise, drums, and guitars and violin, beeps and bangs and crashes, lulls and roars and explosions. It is grooves and discords, dissonance and bliss. It is rock and roll and noise and melody.

It also comes in this lovely digipack thing which I happen to think looks lovely.

You can stream the whole thing at this link: Click here!

Thanks for listening.

Tom Slatter

PS. London people, here’s a last minute thing for you. Gareth and I are playing a set at Masquerade at the Boston Music rooms, Tufnell Park on Sunday afternoon. We’re on about 2 pm as part of a prog rock all-dayer. We’re a last-minute stand-in for another act who couldn’t make so not much notice, but it’ll be great. Here’s the link: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/385377

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