Melodic Revolution Records Releases “Sands of Time A Music Revolution 2006/2021” as Tribute to 15-year Music History

Where has the time gone? We cannot believe it ourselves; it seems like yesterday that launched a record label to give a voice to those that needed to be heard. We discovered Echoes Landing on an old social network and fell in love with their self-titled debut leading to our decision to build Melodic Revolution Records (MRR) to promote that album. The band would later change their name and is better known as Scarlet Hollow who are still with MRR. To date we have released a single, an EP and two full-length releases in addition to two solo albums by these talented musicians. 

This was just the beginning; we now celebrate our fifteenth anniversary with over 100 releases to date.

As a thank you to our supporters old and new, we have assembled a special digital release, “Sands of Time A Music Revolution 2006/2021”.  We hope that this release will provide our listeners the opportunity to rediscover music that you may have forgotten about and discover music you may have never heard. 

We consider all music progressive that has a new and cutting-edge sound and doesn’t follow the formulaic patterns of mainstream music. “Sands of Time A Music Revolution 2006/2021” is a testament that not all great music must be released via mainstream record labels. What you will experience it is an album that represents our slogan “Music you didn’t know you would love”.  The album starts with the very first artist/band that we signed to the label and ends with our latest signing. 

Although the sequencing of the album is straightforward; it was not an easy task to curate the songs for this release. Our first thought was to use the songs that grabbed our attention which resulted in the signing of an artist/band. However, after months of consideration and deliberation, we decided to showcase fan favorites.

This album is an excellent representation of where we started, where we have been, and where we are going. “Sands of Time A Music Revolution 2006/2021” also includes music by many fantastic artists from our sub-label PeacockSunrise Records, which is firmly in the where we are going category. PeacockSunrise Records is a natural progression of us and is still in its infancy but growing fast.

“Sands of Time A Music Revolution 2006/2021” is not for sale, but as of today it is available for full streaming. Each track has a link which will provide more band and album information and in most cases links for more music and ways to support the artist/band. Sadly, some of these artist/bands may no longer be together; they may have morphed into other bands or may not even be in this business of creating music.

We would like to dedicate this release to some people that were very important to us and our history. First, we would like to dedicate this album to Phil Naro who was part of over a dozen releases including DDRIVE, Unified Past, When Friends Come Out and Play, Colin Tench Project, Corvus Stone, King Friday, Kings, Backhand among others.

The second dedication goes out to Colin Tench who released many albums, singles and EPs with Andres Guazzelli, Corvus Stone, The Minstrel’s Ghost, Andy John Bradford’s’ Oceans5, Colin Tench Project, Halo, Transmission Rails and more. 

And to Peter Jorgensen, we had just started our musical partnership earlier in the year with the release Immaterial Witness by his band Phoen1x. There were plans on releasing many more. 

Thank you for sticking with us over the years and being part of this journey. If not for you… MRR and its family of artists would not exist. We look forward to serving you for many years to come.

Thank you for sticking with us over the years and being part of this journey. If not for you… MRR and its family of artists would not exist. We look forward to serving you for many years to come.

Nick Katona President and Founder 
Melodic Revolution Records and PeacockSunrise Records


Released November 21, 2021 

Catalog No. MRRDR 201175 
Album Art by Nick Katona, Zene Háza, Florida 
Ⓒ 2006/2021 Melodic Revolution Records and PeacockSunrise Records. All rights reserved.

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Clive Nolan & Oliver Wakeman’s “Dark Fables” To Be Released November 5, 2021

Clive Nolan & Oliver Wakeman’s “Dark Fables” will be released on November 5, 2021. This standalone release was originally the third CD from Clive Nolan and Oliver Wakeman’s “Tales By Gaslight” box set released earlier this year.

“Dark Fables” contains over 30 minutes of music conceived for the abandoned “Frankenstein” album which would have joined the duo’s “Jabberwocky” and “Hound Of The Baskervilles” collaborations. As with the previous albums, “Dark Fables” features the duo’s virtuosic keyboard playing with sublime performances from Gordon Giltrap, Paul Manzi (The Sweet, Arena, Oliver Wakeman Band). Andy Sears (Twelfth Night), Karl Groom (Threshold), David Mark Pearce (Oliver Wakeman Band, Munroe’s Thunder) and Charlotte Dickerson.

The set also includes unused pieces from their “The Hound Of The Baskervilles” album; “The Man Called Sherlock”, which was the original version of the “Overture”, and “221B”, inspired by Sherlock Holmes’ famous address in Baker Street. In addition, the release also features Rick Wakeman narrating the “Jabberwocky Poem” in full, a perfect way to round off the twists and turns of another Nolan/Wakeman project!

Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Arena) and Oliver Wakeman (YES, Strawbs) first combined their considerable keyboard and compositional talents to create the two aforementioned rock opera/concept albums in 1999 and 2002. Peter Pracownik was the creative behind the original “The Hound Of The Baskervilles” artwork 20 years ago and has employed his talents again for the sleeve of “Dark Fables”.

You can listen to the single release, “Why Do You Hate Me” on Olivers YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/hHgejgg5Wy4

Track Listing:

1 The Overture
2 I’d Give You Anything
3 The Mirror
4 Elizabeth
5 Why Do You Hate Me?
6 The Wedding Approaches
7 Time Passe
8 A Descent Into Madness
9 221B
10 The Man Called Sherlock
11 The Baker Street Irregulars
12 The Jabberwocky

To purchase: https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/clive-nolan-oliver-wakeman-dark-fables/

For more information:
Twitter: @OliverWakeman
Website: www.oliverwakeman.co.uk
YouTube: Oliver’s YouTube Channel
Facebook: Oliver on Facebook

TRANSPORT AERIAN RELEASES SKYWOUND

Photo by Linde Van Syngel

Melodic Revolution Records is thrilled to annouance that Belgian progressive rock project Transport Aerian, known for its acclaimed works Darkblue (2015) and Therianthrope (2017) is back with the new lineup and the new album Skywound.
Skywound is a concept album whose main themes are focused on the tragedy of an ordinary loving couple caught in the turbulent events of the world preparing for the war and standing on the brink of global catastrophe. It reviews the global problems, ranging from political to spiritual from the perspective of a human: the story behind the album concept could be about each and every one of us. It combines the elements of classic prog and contemporary heavy and experimental music, exploring the vintage production designs, post-modernist tint in lyrics, and is made as a seamless piece of music, in the tradition of progressive rock albums that are meant to do the same as Skywound does – to tell the story.
Album will be released as a limited edition double-digipack with a booklet artwork exclusively designed by award-winning Belgian artist Hans Boeykens (most known by his graphic novel Aleize) and will be available worldwide both as a CD and on all digital platforms.

The lineup for Skywound and the live performances features contemporary composer and pianist Umut Eldem, Gent’s young and gifted drummer Paul De Smet, Transport Aerian’s long-term partner, experimental guitar player Stefan Boeykens, and Hamlet himself who is in charge of the project since its creation.

Tracklisting

1. Shall Not Be (Hamlet)
2. At The Cliff (Hamlet)
3. Fracture I (Boeykens)
4. Lunatic (Boeykens)
5. Latgalian Gothic (Hamlet) 6. Falling 20 (Hamlet)
7. Fracture II (Boeykens)
8. Kuznetsov (De Smet)
9. Fracture III (Boeykens) 10. The Effect (Boeykens) 11. Moses (Boeykens)
12. Fracture IV (Boeykens) 13. Skywound (Hamlet)

All lyrics by Hamlet.
Music as mentioned in the tracklist, arrangements by Hamlet and Transport Aerian.
Produced and engineered by Hamlet.
Photography by Linde Van Syngel.

Hamlet: vocals, bass guitar, electric guitars (4,13), programming (2,5,13)
Stefan Boeykens: electric and acoustic guitars, programming (4,9,10)
Umut Eldem: keyboards, electric organ, and piano
Paul De Smet: drums, violin (5,6), programming (8)

Rachel Bauer: additional vocals (2,5,13), narration (2,3,7,9,13)

Transport Aerian Online
Website: http://transportaerian.net
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/transportaerian.music/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/transportaerianproject
Bandcamp: https://transportaerianmrrartist.bandcamp.com

Melodic Revolution Records Online: 
Website: https://mrrmusic.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelodicRevolutionRecords/ 
Bandcamp: https://myrevolution.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melodicrevolutionrecords/ 
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ROBEONE 6th SOLO ALBUM HALOS AND DOGS OUT NOW!

At the young age of 70, Robert has just released his 6th solo recording, ROBEONE on LABEL.  The keyboardist says, “Robeone is short for Robeoneknobe– a nickname I got years ago at work for being a huge ‘Star Wars’ fan. It stuck and I decided to use it for my music name.’” 

ROBEONE’s Six instrumental keyboard compositions effortlessly flow into different styles of New Age, Jazz, Prog, and Fusion music.  Robert uses a range of keyboard gear including Moog, Mellotron, Kurtzweil, Moog, Mellotron, Yamaha, Roland, Korg, Kurtzweil, Ensonic Roli Seaboard, EMU, and Ashun Sound Machine.   He says: “It’s my wish that this music will take my listeners away from the current times into a musical journey that serves as an opportunity to feel better.”     

Robert has been recording since the early 1970s with progressive rockers Mayson on Bearsville Records, pop-rock acts The States on Chrysalis and Boardwalk Records, the eclectic Tony Romero’s Vortex on Melodic Revolution Records, and the progressive rock group ZOOM with Paul Landry on New Age Music Planet Records. He’s worked with a number of artists—including notables Ronnie Spector and keyboards for Johnny Nash when “I Can See Clearly Now” was a hit.  He played keyboards for the Award-Winning documentary Soundtrack “The Fiery Narrows – Following The Path Of John Charles Fremont.”  

Robert continues to collaborate with many artists…. Recently he had a solo set at ProgStock and will be performing solo, as well, this spring 2022 at RoSFest.  The ProgStock promoters dubbed Robert as the Patron Saint for the Bob Moog Foundation, for connecting them with that North Carolina-based non-profit!     

HALOS AND DOGS

1.    Don’t Ever Stop Your Heart

2.    Morning Rush

3.    Yesterday Again

4.    Turn Off Your Brain Part 2

5.    Clusters

6.    Halos

Robert Schindler Online
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Robeone/100049615850020/
Bandcamp: https://robeone.bandcamp.com/album/halos-and-dogs

Legendary Kansas Violinist and Vocalist Robby Steinhardt’s Solo Album Not in Kansas Anymore to be Released October 25, 2021

The Prog Opera Event of the Year

Robby Steinhardt and Solar Studios announce Robby’s first and only solo recording, Not in Kansas Anymore. Release date: October 25th, 2021.

You know him as the legendary violinist, vocalist, and frontman for the band KANSAS, recording 9 albums that reached gold, platinum, and double platinum status, and is now making another mark on the world with his first and only solo album.

The new album, Not in Kansas Anymore is a powerful, well-thought-out offering of Prog Rock magic. Timely songs with incredible arrangements and virtuoso performances. Robby’s vocals and signature electric violin come through on this continuous work labeled a “Prog Opera”.

In his only interview for the project, he spoke with Bill Shafer of PBS. Steinhardt was asked what the meaning behind the title Not in Kansas Anymore was. Steinhardt responded, “It’s not slight against the band, no never! My time with Kansas defined a big part of my life, of which I am very proud of. Ever since The Wizard of OZ, those words have become an American axiom for moving forward, you can never go back etc.” Robby laughed, “I guess it has a special meaning when it is fixed to me.”

The album, produced by Michael Thomas Franklin, is his latest production since the highly acclaimed Jon Anderson 1000 Hands Chapter One. Franklin used a similar approach using a large cast of renowned musicians to lend their talents. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Steve Morse of Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs, Billy Cobham of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Bobby Kimball of Toto, Chuck Leavell of The Rolling Stones, Liberty Devitto (Drummer on Billy Joel’s hits), Jim Gentry, Pat Travers, Billy Ashbaugh (Moody Blues/Pat Benatar), Lisa Fischer (longtime vocalist for The Rolling Stones), 1000 Hands members Michael Franklin, Tommy Calton, Tim Franklin, Jocelyn Hsu, Rayford Griffin and Benoit Lajeunesse and many others including Orchestra and Choir.

The songs provide powerful lyrics, hard to forget choruses, combined with crafty playing. All this combined with Franklin’s lavish and complicated arrangements makes listening toNot in Kansas Anymore a wonderful hour well spent. The stunning album artwork created by Tom Lupo of Magnificent Pictures and subliminal song quotes from the Wizard of OZ are another added feature to this complex Prog Opera. Currently, four videos are in the works.

Promo video: 

Not in Kansas Anymore, Digital Download, CD and preorder LP with free Digital Download can be found at: www.robbysteinhardtofficial.com 


Robby was a big fan of local vinyl vendors. Here is where you will be able can to find LPs and CDs locally 
www.solarmusic.com/

Bill Shafer Growing Bolder at PBS
Growing Bolder episode featuring Robby in 2018 before he started the project can be found here: https://growingbolder.com/stories/robby-steinhardts-unlikely-incredible-journey/

Big Big Train – announce new album ‘Welcome to the Planet’

Photo credit: Sophocles Alexiou

Six months after the release of the critically acclaimed album ‘COMMON GROUND‘, Big Big Train are pleased to announce a new album ‘WELCOME TO THE PLANET’, due out on January 28th, 2022 on their own label, English Electric Recordings.

The band have recorded a video announcing the new album, which you can watch here:

Big Big Train founder Gregory Spawton explains the short time between albums: “The experience of the pandemic has shown us that we need to make the best use of our time on Earth. With that in mind and with new band members on board giving us a fresh head of steam, we decided on a speedy return to the studio to write and record Welcome To The Planet.”

As with ‘COMMON GROUND’, ‘WELCOME TO THE PLANET’ sees Big Big Train retain their progressive roots but also take influence from all spheres of music. The album’s opener ‘Made From Sunshine’, co-written by guitarist Dave Foster and singer David Longdon, has guitar lines redolent of Johnny Marr and vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Finn Brothers/Crowded House, with violinist Clare Lindley sharing lead vocals with Longdon.

 You can listen to “Made From Sunshine” here: 
https://open.spotify.com/album/6Z579wYn2sy57IbCQQsfmA?si=YtCJW0eQTmGiTSzn_vM1yQ
and here:
https://youtu.be/SCJbOlUNQVs

Elsewhere on the album, keyboard player Carly Bryant gets her first Big Big Train writing credit and lead vocal on the captivating title track. The two recent singles ‘The Connection Plan’ and ‘Lanterna’ are included along with a winter themed song ‘Proper Jack Froster’, a bittersweet tale of childhood. The album is completed by the delicate acoustic ‘Capitoline Venus’, the beautiful ‘Oak And Stone’ and a pair of dazzling instrumentals, ‘A Room With No Ceiling’ and ‘Bats In The Belfry’, written by guitarist/keyboardist Rikard Sjöblom and drummer Nick D’Virgilio respectively.

You can listen to the previous singles here:

Lanterna: 
https://youtu.be/ZJzbRZAU4xo

BIG BIG TRAIN ‘WELCOME TO THE PLANET’

Part One
Made From Sunshine
The Connection Plan
Lanterna
Capitoline Venus
A Room With No Ceiling

Part Two
Proper Jack Froster
Bats In The Belfry
Oak And Stone
Welcome To The Planet

‘Common Ground’ is available at these sites:
https://burningshed.com/store/bigbigtrain
https://bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com

For their March 2022 UK tour, which will be their most extensive to date and which will culminate with a show at the prestigious London Palladium, David Longdon (lead vocals, flute), Nick D’Virgilio (drums, vocals), Rikard Sjöblom (guitars, keyboards, vocals), Greg Spawton (bass), Carly Bryant (keyboards, guitars, vocals), Dave Foster (guitars) and Clare Lindley (violin, vocals) will be joined by a five piece brass ensemble. In addition to two further UK shows in September, the band expects to announce North American and continental European tour dates shortly.

UK TOUR MARCH 2022 TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT 
https://myticket.co.uk/artists/big-big-train

BIG BIG TRAIN online:
www.bigbigtrain.com
https://www.facebook.com/bigbigtrain/
https://twitter.com/bigbigtrain