New Kickstarter Campaign started offering rare Nektar memorabilia!
Nektar: The Legendary Rock Band are recording a new album! This is the first new studio album made in the United States since 1977!!
We put the old band back together to CELEBRATE the 50th ANNIVERSARY of NEKTAR!
The original members of Nektar; Derek “Mo” Moore, Ron Howden, and Mick Brockett are back. We’ve added Ryche Chlanda from Fireballet and the 78′ band, Randy Dembo from the 2005 band, and newcomer and world-class keyboard player, Kendall Scott.
The music for our new album “The Other Side” comes from the 1978 era when we were writing in Mo’s basement in Chatham, New Jersey. This music was put on pause for the last 40 YEARS and it’s now time to release it with new input and fresh ideas. The music is growing exponentially as we continue rehearsing and writing and letting it take us to new heights.
What are next steps for Nektar? The reason we are here on Kickstarter is to generate the necessary funds and freedom to do this album in a suitable manner without a record company. We would like to release a CD, a DVD on the “Making of the New Album,” and writing and tweaking of the music. A double-vinyl album, all with excellent artwork by our friend and collaborator, Helmut Wenske, the original artist in the tradition of classic Nektar. After the album is released, in 2020, we will make a Blu-Ray DVD with the light show so you, our fans, can have music and visuals that you can take home with you.
We also need to set up touring to bring the music and the visual light show to you throughout 2020. In order to give you, our fans, our unique experience, we need your help now!
In appreciation for your donations, Nektar would like to give back to you. Here are SOME of the items you will receive depending on the pledge you choose: Autographed CD’s and Advanced Digital Download MP3 of the new album “The Other Side” Original 1970’s Nektar Man Poster Classic Nektar Yellow T-Shirts with the Nektar Man Original 1970’s Nektar Man Artwork by Helmut Wenske – Original/Reproduction Posters and Classic Nektar Yellow T-Shirts Embroidered Blue Polo Shirt with Classic Nektar Logo Framed and Unframed Fine Art Prints of “Tab in the Ocean,” “Remember The Future,” “Recycled,” and “Sounds Like This” The Nektar Fine Art Print Collection Original Handwritten Nektar Lyrics that includes all notes and cross-outs Autographed Nektar Stationary from 1973 Your name on the new album credits Executive Producer credits VIP Seats and All-Access Passes Breakfast with Nektar in any town Nektar is playing live AND SO MUCH MORE!!!
What are other ways you can help? Thanks to various social media outlets; FaceBook, Instagram, and Twitter, you can show your support by sharing this campaign link to extend our reach to our wonderful fans around the globe who are loyal and love the Nektar experience. We so appreciate you and your efforts to help us!
The classic Nektar spirit is still very much alive, building on the band’s rediscovered popularity. The Nektar family is determined to continue bringing Nektar’s Music and Light Theater to YOU around the world. You’ve heard what we are doing. We would love you to be part of the experience and see you at our shows. It’s guaranteed to be EPIC! Your support means the world to us!
Thank you from all of us at Nektar….. Derek, Ron, Mick, Ryche, Randy, and Kendall
Nektar taking an in-studio break; Randy Dembo, Ryche Chlanda, Kendall Scott, Derek “Mo” Moore, Mick Brockett, Ron Howden – Photo Credit: Jay Petsko
Risks and challenges It is Nektar’s position to NEVER put you at risk. It’s simple – if we do not make our goal, you will never be charged. By you helping us meet our goal, we will ensure you receive the rewards we promised for each pledge.
In appreciation of your help, we will keep you, our fans, updated every step of the way. We will post regularly any changes in deadlines if they should arise, when limited quantity items are met, and our status of meeting our goal. If you have any questions, please message us directly through Kickstarter and we will respond as soon as possible.
As a bonus, we will provide you exclusive tidbits from the studio all the way to the completion of our project. YOU will be included in our experience!
Renaissance latest release “A Symphonic Journey” also available through Esoteric Recordings
Esoteric Recordings Release Expanded & Remastered Renaissance Titles “A Song For All Seasons,” “Ashes Are Burning” and “Prologue.” The band’s latest release “A Symphonic Journey” is also available through the label. Expanded & Remastered versions of Renaissance’s “Carnegie Hall,” “Scherezade” and “Novella.” are soon to follow!
Renaissance: “A Song For All Seasons” 3CD Remastered & Expanded Clamshell Box Edition
Released March 29, 2019.
TRACKLIST A NEWLY RE-MASTERED 3 CD EXPANDED CLAMSHELL BOXED SET EDITION OF THIS CLASSIC RENAISSANCE ALBUM
FEATURING 15 BONUS TRACKS INCLUDING THE ENTIRE CONCERT RECORDED AT THE TOWER THEATER, PHILADELPHIA IN DECEMBER 1978 RELEASED IN FULL FOR THE FIRST TIME
WITH ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET WITH A NEW ESSAY AND A REPRODUCTION OF THE ORIGINAL ALBUM POSTER
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded 3CD clamshell box edition of the classic album, “A Song for All Seasons” by RENAISSANCE. Released in March 1978, the album featured the song “Northern Lights”, a Top Ten hit single in the UK and Europe, and was a successful hit album in the UK, USA and Canada. By the late 1970s the line-up of highly gifted vocalist Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford (acoustic and electric guitars), John Tout (keyboards, vocals), Jon Camp (bass, acoustic & electric guitars, vocals) and Terry Sullivan (drums, percussion) had recorded a series of acclaimed albums that fused classical music influences with progressive rock and had earned a loyal following in Europe and had enjoyed wider success in the United States and Japan.
Working with producer David Hentschel (who had also produced the albums “A Trick of the Tail” and “Wind and Wuthering” for Genesis), the material on “A Song for All Seasons” was some of the most carefully crafted work of the band’s career. Flying in the face of the prevailing musical fashions of the time, “A Song for All Seasons” would be the band’s most successful album in Europe and is one of their best-loved works.
This expanded edition has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features 15 bonus tracks, including the previously unreleased promotional edit and a “Top of the Pops” recording of “Northern Lights”, along with a BBC Radio session from August 1978 and a further two CDs comprising the entire concert recorded at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia on 4th December 1978, appearing in full on CD for the first time, with an additional 55 minute’s worth of unreleased tracks.
The release also features an illustrated booklet with a reproduction of the band’s 1978 US tour programme and new essay. The set also includes a reproduction of the original album poster given away with the initial pressing of “A Song for All Seasons”.
DISC ONE: “A SONG FOR ALL SEASONS” RE-MASTERED 1. OPENING OUT 2. DAY OF THE DREAMER 3. CLOSER THAN YESTERDAY 4. KINDNESS (AT THE END) 5. BACK HOME ONCE AGAIN 6. SHE IS LOVE 7. NORTHERN LIGHTS 8. A SONG FOR ALL SEASONS BONUS TRACKS 9. NORTHERN LIGHTS PROMOTIONAL SINGLE EDIT (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ON CD) 10.DAY OF THE DREAMER – BBC SESSION – 19TH AUGUST 1978 11.MIDAS MAN – BBC SESSION – 19TH AUGUST 1978 12.THE VULTURES FLY HIGH – BBC SESSION – 19TH AUGUST 1978 13.NORTHERN LIGHTS – “TOP OF THE POPS” VERSION (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
DISC TWO: LIVE AT THE TOWER THEATER, PHILADELPHIA – 4th DECEMBER 1978 1. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND (LIVE 1978) 2. CARPET OF THE SUN (LIVE 1978) 3. THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND (LIVE 1978) 4. OPENING OUT (LIVE 1978) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED) 5. DAY OF THE DREAMER (LIVE 1978) 6. MIDAS MAN (LIVE 1978) – LIVE AT THE TOWER THEATER, PHILADELPHIA – 4th DECEMBER 1978
DISC THREE: 1. NORTHERN LIGHTS (LIVE 1978) 2. A SONG FOR ALL SEASONS (LIVE 1978) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED) 3. TOUCHING ONCE IS SO HARD TO KEEP (LIVE 1978) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED) 4. ASHES ARE BURNING (LIVE 1978) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
Renaissance: “Ashes Are Burning” Remastered & Expanded Edition
TRACKLIST NEW REMASTERED & EXPANDED EDITION OF THE CLASSIC 1973 ALBUM BY RENAISSANCE
FEATURING THREE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIVE BONUS TRACKS RECORDED FOR BBC RADIO IN 1974
FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND LINER NOTES WITH EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re- mastered and expanded edition of the classic 1973 album by Renaissance, “Ashes Are Burning”. Formed in 1969 by former Yardbirds members Jim McCarty and Keith Relf, by the 1971 Renaissance had undergone a series of line-up changes and had evolved into a completely different band from the one that had recorded the albums “Renaissance” and “Illusion”. By June 1972 Renaissance had signed to EMI’s Sovereign label and had settled into a line-up featuring the highly gifted vocalist Annie Haslam, John Tout (keyboards, vocals), Jon Camp (bass, vocals), Terry Sullivan (drums, percussion) and Rob Hendry (guitar, mandolin, vocals) who recorded the album “Prologue”, featuring material written by Michael Dunford (a member of the group who had decided to eschew performing with the band to concentrate on song writing) and lyricist Betty Thatcher.
By April 1973 Rob Hendry had departed the band and Michael Dunford rejoined on acoustic guitar in a guest capacity to record the album that would break Renaissance to a wider audience, (particularly in the USA), “Ashes Are Burning”. Featuring such classic material as “Can You Understand”, “Carpet Of The Sun”, “At The Harbour” and the epic title track (featuring Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash on electric guitar). Released in October 1973, “Ashes Are Burning” would establish Renaissance as one of the finest symphonic progressive rock acts.
This Esoteric Recordings edition has been re-mastered from the original Sovereign Records master tapes and adds a previously unreleased thirty minute live performance for BBC Radio One’s In Concert programme in 1974 (recently discovered in the archives).
The booklet features a new essay and exclusive interviews with Annie Haslam and Terry Sullivan and fully restores the original album artwork.
1. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND 2. LET IT GROW 3. ON THE FRONTIER 4. CARPET OF THE SUN 5. AT THE HARBOUR 6. ASHES ARE BURNING
BONUS TRACKS (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED) 7. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND (LIVE -BBC RADIO “IN CONCERT” 1974) 8. LET IT GROW (LIVE -BBC RADIO “IN CONCERT” 1974) 9. ASHES ARE BURNING (LIVE – BBC RADIO “IN CONCERT” 1974)
TRACKLIST NEW REMASTERED & EXPANDED EDITION OF THE CLASSIC 1972 ALBUM BY RENAISSANCE
FEATURING ONE BONUS TRACK PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ON CD
FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND LINER NOTES WITH EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic 1972 album by Renaissance, “Prologue”. Formed in 1969 by former Yardbirds members Jim McCarty and Keith Relf, Renaissance had by 1971 undergone a series of line-up changes and had evolved into a completely different band from the one that had recorded the albums “Renaissance” and “Illusion”.
By June 1972 Renaissance had settled into a line-up featuring the highly gifted vocalist Annie Haslam, John Tout (keyboards, vocals), Jon Camp (bass, vocals), Terry Sullivan (drums, percussion) and Rob Hendry (guitar, mandolin, vocals). The album “Prologue” was recorded in June and July 1972 and featured material written by Michael Dunford (a member of the group who had decided to eschew performing with the band to concentrate on song writing) and lyricist Betty Thatcher. Featuring such classic material as the album title track, “Kiev”, “Spare Some Love” and the epic “Rajah Kahn”, “Prologue” was also notable for the presence of guest musician Francis Monkman (of Curved Air) who would play VCS 3 synthesiser on “Rajah Khan”. The album would pave the way for the future success of Renaissance and would effectively be regarded as the band’s first true album.
This Esoteric Recordings edition has been re-mastered from the original Sovereign Records master tapes and adds the rare single version of “Spare Some Love” as a bonus track (appearing on CD for the very first time). The booklet features a new essay and exclusive interviews with Annie Haslam and Terry Sullivan and fully restores the original album artwork.
1. PROLOGUE 2. KIEV 3. SOUNDS OF THE SEA 4. SPARE SOME LOVE 5. BOUND FOR INFINITY 6. RAJAH KAHN
BONUS TRACK 7. SPARE SOME LOVE (SINGLE VERSION) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ON CD)
TRACKLIST A WONDERFUL NEW LIVE SET COMPRISING 2 CDS & A DVD (NTSC / REGION FREE) SET OF LIVE RECORDINGS MADE IN CONCERT IN OCTOBER 2017 IN THE USA WITH THE RENAISSANCE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
FEATURING CLASSIC MATERIAL
INCLUDES AN ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET WITH QUOTES FROM ANNIE HASLAM
RENAISSANCE PERFORMING TWO EXCLUSIVE CONCERTS IN TOKYO 17th & 18th SEPTEMBER 2018
Symphonic Rock Recordings is delighted to announce the release of a new 2 CD and DVD live album by Renaissance, “A Symphonic Journey”. This wonderful recording captures in sound and vision a very special concert staged at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA, USA on 27th October 2017. Renaissance perform an extensive set of classic material with the Renaissance Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble especially formed for a series of American concerts.
Annie Haslam comments: “Renaissance has touched so many hearts across land and sea, for what seems to be most of a lifetime now, in the performance of this exquisite and unique music. I cannot imagine my life apart from being the ‘voice’ of Renaissance, to carry our message out into the world. For a long time now it has been a dream of mine for Renaissance to perform ‘live’ again with an orchestra, but the how and when of this was unclear. I felt however, deep inside that it would one day come to pass.
“I was filled with pride and overwhelmed with emotion when we finally stepped onto the stage for this performance. To look over my shoulder and see all of the classical musicians with their instruments, brought back my vivid memory of our orchestral performance forty years ago in London, of Renaissance at The Royal Albert Hall with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
“Renaissance band members Rave Tesar, Mark Lambert, Leo Traversa, Geoffrey Langley and Charles Descarfino are impeccable on this DVD in their performance of the timeless music. In the culmination of a perfect blend with the Renaissance Chamber Orchestra who graced our stage, how wonderful it was and is to be able to share this incredible, unforgettable evening with our loyal supportive fans who have accompanied us on this musical-spiritual journey”.
“A Symphonic Journey” captures on two CDs and a DVD (NTSC / Region Free) the magic of the concert and features such classic material as “Trip To The Fair”, “Carpet Of The Sun”, “Mother Russia”, “A Song For All Seasons” and “Ashes Are Burning” and is a fine souvenir of a perfect musical evening.
DISC ONE: 1. PROLOGUE 2. TRIP TO THE FAIR 3. CARPET OF THE SUN 4. AT THE HARBOUR 5. GRANDINE IL VENTO 6. SYMPHONY OF LIGHT
DISC TWO: 1. KALYNDA 2. ISLAND 3. MOTHER RUSSIA 4. SONG FOR ALL SEASONS 5. ASHES ARE BURNING
DISC THREE: DVD 1. PROLOGUE 2. TRIP TO THE FAIR 3. CARPET OF THE SUN 4. AT THE HARBOUR 5. GRANDINE IL VENTO 6. SYMPHONY OF LIGHT 7. KALYNDA 8. ISLAND 9. MOTHER RUSSIA 10.SONG FOR ALL SEASONS 11.ASHES ARE BURNING NTSC / REGION FREE
Iconic California psychedelic rock legends The Chocolate Watchband celebrate the release of their new album “This Is My Voice” (released by Dirty Water Records), led by founding and current members, vocalist David Aguilar and guitarist Tim Abbott, plus Gary Andrijasevich on drums. Second generation fans, guitarist Derek See and bassist Alec Palao (Grammy-nominated producer/ historian ), bring their enthusiasm and love for the music to the table to help weave THE sound which both faithfully recreates the sonic energy and tone of the original recordings, as well as giving a rare edge to new material that is a logical progression to the bands legacy.
Documented as influencing legendary bands far and wide within the psych, garage, and punk scene for the past 50 years, their live performances sizzle with the same outrageous audacity of the late 60s scene they helped usher into the San Francisco Bay area ballroom scene. The group was also seen as featured bands in the 1967 cult films “Riot on the Sunset Strip” and “The Love-Ins”, and their powerful stage presence continues to the present day in a timeless stage show which is oozing electric cool-aid energy. Critics have noted the Chocolate Watchband was America’s answer to the Rolling Stones!
While the bands’ music was a cherished secret of record collectors for many years, the music is now available to be heard by everyone, which has ushered in a new fourth generation of fans around the world, who hear the Watchband sound as it has reverberated into the psyche of the class of 2018 psychedelic bands.
Their newest songs resonate with genuine political rebellion in our current times, which can be heard in the lyrics of the new song “Judgment Day”.“I wrote ‘Judgment Day’ as the country was still in recovery,” says lead vocalist and founding member David Aguilar of the days following the 2008 market crash. “Families were living in their cars. It was a terrible time for the American dream. It resulted in the anger that put the current president into the White House. The Who were wrong, Americans can get fooled again!”
The band will be hitting the road in 2019 in support of their new album “This Is My Voice” with plans for a string of European tours and select US dates. Are YOU gonna be there?
Here’s what the press has said about The Chocolate Watchband’s new album:
“This is the revival band you’ve been looking to add to your rotation” – Pittsburgh Magazine
“Together they’ve created a record that deviates from the Watchband’s first phase of raunchy groovers and tender space-outs, opting for a more modern rock sound, yet without sacrificing their keen ear for anthemic songwriting and memorable melodies”- The Stranger
“This is My Voice isn’t so much a comeback as it is a continuation; the sound of one of the psych-rock era’s most dynamic outfits rolling its sleeves up, stirring its creative juices, and getting down to business” – Artist Home
Long regarded as one of the premier musicians in the world, David Sancious was an original member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, toured and recorded with Peter Gabriel, Sting, Seal, Eric Clapton, Jon Anderson and a long list of A-level musicians. He also created groundbreaking music with his band Tone.
After a long absence from recording, David has embarked on his 9th recording entitled “Eyes Wide Open,” an 8 song project featuring legendary names such as Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and Prince alumni Michael Bland (drums) and Sonny T. (Thomson) (bass). A mix of instrumental and vocal music reminiscent of David’s group Tone, “Eyes Wide Open” takes a contemporary stance by addressing today’s issues head-on through David’s signature sound.
All pledgers receive a digital download of the recording with their pledge (also available in high-resolution 96K 24bit). The campaign will also be offering signed and unsigned audiophile 180-gram vinyl and CDs, remastered versions of landmark recordings “True Stories” and “Just as I Thought” (both remastered in 2000), rare photos and posters of David with Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel, as well as behind the scenes videos, T-shirts, interactive updates, gear used by David on tour, and much, much more, all of which will only be available through PledgeMusic!!
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