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John McLaughlin: Where Fortune Smiles

Read "Where Fortune Smiles" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

L'invito che Tony Williams fece a John McLaughlin, chiamandolo a New York per far partire l'intensa avventura musicale denominata 'Tony Williams Lifetime,' arrivò proprio quando lo stesso McLaughlin aveva magicamente trovato un suo punto di equilibro. Dopo aver lasciato intravedere interessanti bagliori nell'eccellente disco Things We Like di Jack Bruce (registrato a Londra a fine agosto ...


Torrid Zone - The Vertigo Recordings 1970-1975

Label: Esoteric Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD 1: [Elastic Rock]: 1916; Elastic Rock; Striation; Taranki; Twisted Track; Crude Blues (Part One); Crude Blues (Part Two); 1916 - The Battle Of Boogaloo; Torrid Zone; Stonescape; Earth Mother; Speaking For Myself, Personally, In My Own Opinion, I Think; Persephone’s Jive. [We'll Talk About It Later]: Song For The Bearded Lady; Sun Child; Lullaby For A Lonely Child; We’ll Talk About It Later. CD 2: [We'll Talk About It Later (continued)]; Oasis; Ballad Of Joe Pimp; Easter 1916. [Solar Plexus]: Elements I & II; Changing Times; Bedrock Deadlock; Spirit Level; Torso; Snakehip’s Dream. CD3: [Belladonna]: Belladonna; Summer Rain; Remadione; May Day; Suspension; Hector’s House. [Labyrinth]: Origins; Bull Dance; Ariadne; Arena. CD 4: [Labyrinth (continued)]: Exultation; Naxos. [Roots]: Roots; Images; Caliban; Whapatiti; Capricorn; Odokamona; Southern Roots And Celebration. [Under The Sun]: In Procession; The Addison Trip; Pastoral Graffiti; New Life; A Taste Of Sasparilla. CD 5: [Under The Sun (continued)]:Theme 1 - Sasparilla; Theme 2 - Feast Alfresco; Theme 3 - Rites Of Man. [Snakehips Etcetera]: Rat’s Bag; Alive And Kicking; Rachel’s Tune; Snakehips Etcetera; Pussyfoot; Heyday. CD 6: [Alleycat]: Phaideaux Corner; Alleycat; Splat; You Can’t Be Sure; Nosegay.


Article: Album Review

Ian Carr: Torrid Zone - The Vertigo Recordings 1970-1975

Read "Torrid Zone - The Vertigo Recordings 1970-1975" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Cherry Red Records and its subsidiary labels excel in reissues; especially so with their occasional jazz-related box sets. Memorable examples include the 6-CD Jack Bruce collection, Can You Follow?, (Esoteric Recordings, 2008), Turtle Records--Pioneering British Jazz 1970-1971 (RPM, 2015) and most recently Gordon Beck—Jubilation! (Turtle Records, 2018). Now they've done it again with a painstakingly assembled ...


War Dance

Label: Esoteric Recordings
Released: 2018
Track listing: Wardance; Major Keys; Put It That Way; Castles; Fighting Talk; The Inquisition; Star Maiden / Mysterioso / Quasar; Last Exit.


Fish Out of Water (Deluxe Edition)

Label: Esoteric Recordings
Released: 2018
Track listing: CD1 (New Stereo Mix by Jakko M. Jakszyk): Hold Out Your Hand; You By My Side; Silently Falling; Lucky Seven; Safe (Canon Song).

CD2 (Original 1975 Stereo Mix Re-Mastered): Hold Out Your Hand; You By My Side; Silently Falling; Lucky Seven; Safe (Canon Song); Lucky Seven (bonus, single mix); Silently Falling (single version); Run With The Fox (bonus with Alan White, A-side of 1981 single); Return of the Fox (bonus with Alan White, B-side of 1981 single).

DVD1 (New High Resolution 5.1 Surround [DTS 96/24 & Dolby AC3] and Stereo [24/96] Mixes by Jakko M. Jakszyk, Re-Mastered Original Mix [24/96]: Hold Out Your Hand; You By My Side; Silently Falling; Lucky Seven; Safe (Canon Song).

DVD2 (Visual Content): Fish Out of Water Promotional Film, featuring "Hold Out Your Hand" and "You By My Side" (10:46); 2006 Chris Squire Interview with Jon Kirkman (41:49); 2006 Fish Out of Water Audio Commentary by Chris Squire (53:39).

Vinyl Content: LP (Original Stereo Mix Re-Mastered, released November 1975): Side One: Hold Out Your Hand; You By My Side; Silently Falling. Side Two: Lucky Seven; Safe (Canon Song). 7" Single-1, Side One: Lucky Seven (Single Mix); 7" Single-1, Side Two: Silently Falling (Single Version). 7" Single-2 (Chris Squire & Allan White), Side One: Run With The Fox; 7" Single-2 (Chris Squire & Allan White), Side Two: Return of the Fox.


Article: Year in Review

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...


Article: Album Review

Colosseum II: War Dance

Read "War Dance" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Colosseum was established in 1968, following drummer Jon Hiseman--who sadly passed away in 2018 --and saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith's affiliation with Graham Bond's Organisation, and John Mayall's now historic Bluesbreakers collective. As history dictates these bands became proving grounds for artists such as guitarists John McLaughlin (Graham Bond) and Eric Clapton (Bluesbreakers) amid others notables too numerous ...


Article: Album Review

Chris Squire: Fish Out of Water (Deluxe Edition)

Read "Fish Out of Water (Deluxe Edition)" reviewed by John Kelman

If ever there were an album that deserved the deluxe treatment, it would be Fish Out of Water (Atlantic, 1975), which would turn out to be (more or less) the only solo album ever released by Yes co-founder and electric bass trailblazer Chris Squire. There was a special remastered edition released in 2007 by Castle Music, ...


Where Fortune Smiles

Label: Esoteric Recordings
Released: 2017
Track listing: Glancing Backwards (For Junior); Earthbound Hearts; Where Fortune Smiles; New Place, Old Place; Hope.


Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks From Echo Observatory

Label: Esoteric Recordings
Released: 2017
Track listing: Disc 1 - Annunciation; Sounding the Ritual Echo; Sleep; Near East; Emak Bakia; My Intricate Image; Endless Orchids; The Heat in the Room; Another Willingly Opened Window; Vanishing Parades; Glass Fish (For the Final Aquarium); Cubical Domes; Ashes of Roses; The Shadow Garden; Opium. Disc: 2 - The Asylum; Waltz; The Fairground; Doctor Caligari; Cesare the Somnambulist; Murder; The Funeral; The Somnambulist and the Children; Caligari Disciplines Cesare; Caligari Feeds Cesare; Caligari Opens the Cabinet; Jane Discovers Cesare; The Attempted Murder of Jane; The Dream Dance of Jane and the Somnambulist; Escape Over the Rooftops; The Unmasking; The Shot; The Cabinet Closes. Disc: 3 - Overture; The Family; Sisters and Sedan Chairs; In the Forest of Storms; The Castle; The Gates; The Corridor; The Great Hall; Dreams (The Merchant Sleeps); Fear (The Merchant Wakes); The Rose and the Beast; Magnificent (The White Horse); Beauty Enters the Castle; The Door; The Mirror; Candelabra and Gargoyles; Beauty and the Beast; Transition No. 1; Transition No. 2; The Hunt; The Gift; The Garden; Transition No. 3; Transition No. 4; The Tragedy; Transition No. 5; The Enchanted Glove; Tears As Diamonds (The Gift Reverses); The Beast in Solitude; The Return of the Magnificent; Transition No. 6 (The Journey); The Pavilion of Diana; Transformation No.1; Transformation No. 2; The Final Curtain.


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