Zeitgeist is a collaborative music endeavor led by Happy The Man legend Frank Wyatt featuring members of the progressive rock bands Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, and the Pedal Giant Animals Project. Zeitgeist started out as an idea for a Happy The Man reunion CD, but evolved to include other musicians Frank has performed with during his career. The music has been produced in the studios of the respective artists and at Frank’s Crafty Hands Studio. This unique gathering of such great musicians has delivered a beautiful and exciting musical experience.
The Artists: Frank Wyatt: Compositions, Keyboards, Engineering, Project Management Stan Whitaker: Guitars and Vocals Kit Watkins: Keyboards Rick Kennell: Bass Guitar Mike Beck: Percussion Cliff Fortney: Vocals Ron Riddle: Drums David Rosenthal: Keyboards Joe Bergamini: Drums Bill Brasso: Drums David Hughes: Bass Guitar Chris Mack: Drums Peter Princiotto: Orchestration, Sitar Andrew Colyer: Keyboards Michael Phipps: Artwork
“The album’s concept turned into a sort of ‘goodbye, or one last swing at it’ as I had been diagnosed with the big ‘C’ and told I was short on time. I had no idea the project would take so long! I’m five years out of warranty now and still kicking. Perhaps the project has been what’s kept me going; I’ve been too stubborn to give up on completing it. I plan more work already… music is great medicine. Recording the music was a great joy but very difficult to coordinate as everyone performing lives in another state. I was constantly having to put things on hold as one treatment or another made me too sick to function, but the result, I believe, has validated the struggle. The guys all delivered amazing performances. The project musicians are all friends I have played with over the span of my career. They all generously donated their time and talent for the project, and I am so thankful for them.” ~ Frank Wyatt
Track listing 1. Zeitgeist 2. Leaving 3. Twelve Jumps 4. Eleventh Hour 5. The Approach 6. Fred’s Song 7. To Venus (Perelandra Mvt. I, Andante) 8. The Green Lady (Perelandra Mvt. II, Allegretto con moto) 9. The Golden Feast (Perelandra Mvt.III, Allegro) 10. Blessed Be He (Perelandra Mvt. IV, Presto)
In closing Frank has this message to impart, “Don’t surrender to the daily fog and fear. We are all moving forward on our journey and I am going to keep writing and recording music as long as I am able. It is my voice.”
In order to promote this upcoming release, a new video clip directed by Tomasz Pulsakowski / Sightsphere & Animatic is being launched today here:
Polish progressive Rock masters RIVERSIDE will soon be releasing a special edition 2CD+DVD version of the “Wasteland” album on November 29th, 2019 via InsideOutMusic.
The ”Wasteland – Hi-Res Stereo and Surround Mix” 2CD+DVD (as pictured above!) will come as Digipak format with Slipcase and includes a DVD bonus disc of “Wasteland” as Hi-Res Stereo 24bit version and as Surround Mix (4.1), plus 3 video clips. This special edition also contains 5 previously unreleased acoustic tracks/versions on a separate CD. Here is the exact tracklisting for the 3-Disc release:
CD 1 – “Wasteland” Album (50:58 min.):
1. The Day After (01:48) 2. Acid Rain (06:03) 3. Vale Of Tears (04:49) 4. Guardian Angel (04:24) 5. Lament (06:09) 6. The Struggle For Survival (09:32) 7. River Down Below (05:41) 8. Wasteland (08:25) 9. The Night Before (03:59)
CD 2 – “Acoustic Session” (26:48 min.):
1. Vale Of Tears – Acoustic (05:18) 2. Out Of Myself – Acoustic (03:57) 3. 02 Panic Room – Acoustic (03:26) 4. River Down Below – Acoustic (05:01) 5. Wasteland – Live Intro (09:00)
DVD (122:20 min.):
“Wasteland” Hi-Res Stereo (50:58 min.): 1. The Day After (Hi-Res Stereo) (01:48) 2. Acid Rain (Hi-Res Stereo) (06:03) 3. Vale Of Tears (Hi-Res Stereo) (04:49) 4. Guardian Angel (Hi-Res Stereo) (04:24) 5. Lament (Hi-Res Stereo) (06:09) 6. The Struggle For Survival (Hi-Res Stereo) (09:32) 7. River Down Below (Hi-Res Stereo) (05:41) 8. Wasteland (Hi-Res Stereo) (08:25) 9. The Night Before (Hi-Res Stereo) (03:59)
“Wasteland” Surround Mix (50:58 min.): 1. The Day After (Surround Mix) (01:48) 2. Acid Rain (Surround Mix) (06:03) 3. Vale Of Tears (Surround Mix) (04:49) 4. Guardian Angel (Surround Mix) (04:24) 5. Lament (Surround Mix) (06:09) 6. The Struggle For Survival (Surround Mix) (09:32) 7. River Down Below (Surround Mix) (05:41) 8. Wasteland (Surround Mix) (08:25) 9. The Night Before (Surround Mix) (03:59)
Video-Clips (20:24 min.): 1. Lament (Official Video) (06:11) 2. River Down Below (Official Video) (05:40) 3. Wasteland (Official Video) (08:33)
RIVERSIDE checked in with the following comment:
“We’re coming closer to the big finale of our “Wasteland” adventure. The surround edition of the album with a bonus “Acoustic Session” EP will be out very soon, and the final concerts of the “Wasteland Tour” have already been announced for March and April 2020. But let’s start with the new clip to our title composition, created by our friends from Sightsphere.
“Wasteland” is without a doubt one of our most important releases, thanks to which the band was born again. We’d like to thank all of you who have made it possible.“
The 5 previously unreleased acoustic tracks/versions of the “Acoustic Session” will also made available as separate Digital EP on November 29th, 2019 as well.
The pre-order for both upcoming RIVERSIDE releases starts today and here:
The dates for RIVERSIDE’s next European tour in February & March 2020 are as follows:
RIVERSIDE – WASTELAND WITH THE SUN TOUR 2020 26.02. Madrid (Spain) – MON Live 27.02. Barcelona (Spain) – Salamandra 1 29.02. Milano (Italy) – Legend Club 01.03. Treviso (Italy) – New Age Club 03.03. Lubljana (Slovenia) – Kino Šiška 05.03. Zagreb (Croatia) – Tvornica Kulture 06.03. Novi Sad (Serbia) – Pozorište Mladih 07.03. Thessaloniki (Greece) – Principal Club Theater 08.03. Athens (Greece) – Gagarin 205 Live Music Space 10.03. Istanbul (turkey) – Zorlu PAC 11.03. Sofia (Bulgaria) – Music Jam Club 12.03. Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic Club 13.03. Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – /FORM SPACE 15.03. Budapest (Hungary) – Barba Negra Tickets: https://riversideband.pl/en/with-the-sun-tour-2020
RIVERSIDE – “I’m Your Private Wasteland Tour 2020” 16.04. Wrocław (Poland) – A2 17.04. Gliwice (Poland) – Arena Gliwice 18.04. Kraków (Poland) – Studio 19.04. Warszawa (Poland) – Progresja 25.04. Gdańsk (Poland) – Stary Maneż 26.04. Poznań (Poland) – Sala Ziemi
Following the release of Dissolution,The Pineapple Thief announce their new concert album Hold Our Fire captured during their 16-date European headline tour in September 2018.
Holding up a mirror to our chaotic, social media-fixated society, Dissolution is a modern masterpiece that pulses with charged emotion – the perfect album for the times.
Hold Our Fire features eight concert performances of Dissolution tracks, including the singles “Far Below“, “Try As I Might“, “Threatening War” & “Uncovering Your Tracks“, as well as “3000 Days” from 2010 studio album Someone Here is Missingwith extra guitars from new guitarist George Marios.
The band’s virtuoso drummer, also known for his work with Porcupine Tree and King Crimson, Gavin Harrison reveals more about their performances for Hold Our Fire“I feel this live recording really captures the energy and spirit of the band playing together in front of a great enthusiastic crowd.”
It’s a feeling shared by frontman, composer and guitarist Bruce Soord“It’s a great souvenir from such a memorable tour. I am really looking forward to taking the show over to North America in November and mixing the record reminded me just how much fun we have playing live.”
1. Try As I Might (live) [04:49] 2. Threatening War (live) [06:43] 3. Uncovering Your Tracks (live) [04:38] 4. All That You`ve Got (live) [03:26] 5. Far Below (live) [04:46] 6. Not Naming Any Names (live) [02:16] 7. White Mist (live) [10:35] 8. Shed A Light (live) [05:44] 9. 3000 Days (live) [07:17]
Bruce Soord – guitars and vocals Gavin Harrison – drums Jon Sykes – bass Steve Kitch – keyboards George Marios – guitars and backing vocals (live)
Mixed by Bruce Soord (drums mixed by Gavin Harrison)Mastering by Steve Kitch
Sacramento, CA — November 6th, 2019 — Sacramento based progressive metal project LUNARare back with a new single from the sophomore studio album Eidolon, out on November 8th via Divebomb Records. Premiering today is animated video for “Comfort” which features guest appearance by Haken’s Richard Henshall, who plays an enticing guitar solo. Watch the video on YouTube
Alex Bosson, drummer and founder of LUNAR, commented:
“I’m very excited to get to debut the song ‘Comfort’ from the new album. Already, this early on, it seems to be a fan favorite. I think it has a good diversity with some aspects of pop, rock and, of course, metal and I think it turned out really well. Plus getting to have a guest solo by Rich Henshall of HAKEN is a big honor for me. The video was done by Miles Skarin of CRYSTAL SPOTLIGHT and he did such a phenomenal job! I hope everyone out there enjoys the song and the video as much as I do!”
LUNAR has been around since 2013. Bosson and guitarist/singer Ryan Erwin’s goal to create the genre-defiant music resulted in releases of a debut EP Provenance(2014) and a full-length album Theogony(2017).
In the Spring of 2018, Erwin unexpectedly passed away, but Bosson decided to continue on the project using this tragedy as an inspiration. The resulting release, Eidolon, is a concept album based around the cycle of life and death, and the stages of grief endured by those left behind.
The core line-up besides Bosson features bassist Ryan Price and singer Chandler Mogel, who previously appeared on Theogony, in addition to NovaReign’s guitarist Balmore Lemus. Eidolonalso includes guest contributions from members of Leprous, Haken, Caligula’s Horse, Fallujah, Thank You Scientist, among others.
Second studio album Eidolon out on November 8th via Divebomb Records
RUFFYUNZ is a partnership between Randy Pratt (Cactus/The Lizards), Emmy winning engineer JZ Barrell, and singer Ed Terry and a collection of drum and guitar masters. Guest artists include guitar legend Pat Travers and drummer T.C. Tolliver from The Plasmatics. The songs are mainly about sex, animalistic sex, with a couple of “Dark Dread” numbers thrown in for bad measure.
“Funky, Heavy & Tight” is RUFFYUNZ credo!
Bassist Randy Pratt on bass, pedals and riffs and is best known for his work with The Lizards & Cactus. Singer Ed Terry has sung live with Stevie Wonder, Sister Sledge, John Oates, Sissy Houston, Slash and recorded with John Lennon, Keith Richards, Talking Heads, Simply Red, Little Steven, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, David Lee Roth, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner! JZ Barrell handles recording, engineering, mixing and arranging…he earns his writing credits. Jesse Berlin is the band’s “go-to-first guitarist” usually and helps set a bedrock with embellishments.
The band’s concept is to use “known” drummers and guitarists as guests on their records. Once the guest guitarist has done his or her thing, Jesse trades solos with them…and he really throws down the gauntlet, as he SHREDS!!
Says Randy, “The songs are written bass/drums first, creating a lot of grooves and BIG RIFFS. From decades of reading Bass Player magazine, it seems most song writing bassists don’t write on bass…so I hope that gives us a bit of a unique vibe….plus my ever growing collection of uncommon effect pedals, not intended for bass, influence the way I play and the stuff I come up with. After the sessions, my partner JZ Barrell arranges the music into more defined song form. Usually, Ed Terry writes his vocals and lyrics, quickly, and records them at his home studio. Amazingly, it seems like we go with his first takes 90% of the time! Also, he writes most of his vocals to bass and drums, which is ‘different’, too, isn’t it? Josh and I produce the records. Then guitar is added to make the compositions come alive, searching for that sweet spot where James Brown and Black Sabbath collide.”
RUFFYUNZ next record is in the works now with and exciting new cast of guest players!
Limited Edition 30-Disc Box Set Released December 6, 2019
Authorised by all band members
Madfish proudly present the ultimate box set of Gentle Giant music – Unburied Treasure. Highly regarded in the prog-rock world for the 12 albums they released between 1970 and 1980, this comprehensive set sees the band’s catalogue augmented by 15 new concert albums: seven never previously released, seven never previously officially released and one never previously released on CD. The 30-disc total also includes two posthumous live/outtake albums and a Blu-ray bonus disc. Also included are books, posters, replica promotional items and much more.
Gentle Giant members – Malcolm Mortimore, Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman & Gary Green – reunited to unbox the first-ever copy of Unburied Treasure in front of fans at the 20th anniversary of GORGG (Global On-Reflection Giant Gathering) in New Jersey, USA, October 2019.
Giant emerged from the ashes of chart hitmakers Simon Dupree and the Big Sound to become standard-bearers of the Seventies progressive movement. Their career often paralleled Genesis, their neighbours in the record racks, but while they frequently fought shy of commerciality – largely due to their pop past – and paid the price in sales terms, their uncompromising attitude won them a strong following in continental Europe.
They also enjoyed cult status in the States. When Frank Zappa was asked in 1978 who he was currently listening to, he namechecked Queen and Gentle Giant. (Coincidentally, Roy Thomas Baker not only engineered Giant’s earliest sessions but went on to produce the iconic “Bohemian Rhapsody”.)
Strictly limited to 2,000 copies, this lavishly presented collection is clad in Bob Venables’ new artwork, based on the iconic sleeve created by illustrator and Bowie alumnus George Underwood for the band’s Vertigo label debut in 1970. That full album has been remixed for this release’s Blu-ray disc by prolific rock musician Steven Wilson, whose reputation for remixing prog-rock classics in recent years is second to none. The remix is available in high resolution 96/24 Stereo LPCM, 96/24 5.1 surround LPCM and DTS-HD 5.1 surround mixes, and the instrumental mixes for every track are also included.
The foundation of the set is the dozen albums officially released during Gentle Giant’s 11 years as a recording act – but, for all their studio skills, Giant’s musical abilities were given freest rein on stage. Yet only one live album, 1977’s double vinyl Playing The Fool, was issued in their lifetime, so fans will be in seventh heaven at the prospect of 15 unreleased sets. Covering almost every period of the band’s existence, they allow the individual members’ multi-instrumental abilities to be appreciated to their fullest extent.
Arrangements were changed and refined from tour to tour, including many segues and medleys, so these concert recordings offer year-by-year evidence of the band’s progression. All the music, live and studio, has been remastered by Pete Reynolds, acclaimed for his work on the Wishbone Ash box of 2018.
The audio experience is enhanced by a magnificent 136-page coffee table book. This combines rare photographs and memorabilia with a painstakingly researched history by Alan Kinsman. A fan for 45 years, he has achieved the near impossible by interviewing all members of the band in depth, including Phil Shulman who left brothers Derek and Ray to pilot the band in 1973 after providing much of the initial impetus. The result is a must-read that will unlock many mysteries, clear up misunderstandings and finally give the music the context it deserves.
Also exclusive to this limited-edition set are:
A band photo signed by the classic line-up of Derek Shulman, Ray Shulman, Gary Green, Kerry Minnear and John Weathers.
An exclusive 96-page tour history book compiled by Jack Skelly offering informed commentary on the live recordings, set lists, on-the-road memorabilia and more.
Two replica posters, one from Giant’s debut gig in 1970 and the other promoting 1974’s classic The Power And The Glory album.
Replicas of album giveaway items: the Playing The Fool LP booklet (included with the initial pressing only) and the Giant For A Day mask.
A replica of the jigsaw used to promote the Missing Piece album.
The chance to win a reproduction of Giant’s rarest ever piece of memorabilia – a screen-printed mirror produced to promote The Power And The Glory; only 100 were originally created. A golden ‘missing piece’ included at random in one box set may be traded in by the lucky winner for this coveted item.
For too long prog-rock’s best-kept secret, Gentle Giant finally achieved wider recognition in 2015, upsetting the odds to scoop Prog magazine’s coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. Two years later, their home city of Portsmouth honoured their achievements both as a band and individually by inducting them into the Hall of Fame at the Guildhall; Derek went on to become a leading record-business figure, Ray a noted producer. Unburied Treasure is further recognition that this was a band ahead of its time, and one whose unwillingness to compromise has ultimately enhanced its legacy.
“Giant always set out to have a good time and to make sure the audience had a good time,” says drummer John Weathers. “We’d always go on and see if we could play better than we did the night before. I can’t wait to see this definitive box set.”
Derek Shulman would “like Gentle Giant to be remembered as a group with integrity. It wasn’t done for any other reason than simply being together playing music and challenging ourselves to be better. We hated compromise, and we had a lot of integrity in terms of what the music was about.”
For fans of quality progressive rock, Unburied Treasure is the motherlode.