Tuesday, September 18, 2018

BRYAN FERRY Live in Athens (11/9/2018). The setlist and more...

  A few days ago, Bryan Ferry gave a live gig in Athens at the ancient odeon of Herodes Atticus, that lies in the shadow of Acropolis.
  As I wrote in a previous post, I went to see his performance and I must say that it was a very good one! I have seen Bryan Ferry with Roxy Music and solo in the past, so I knew what to expect more or less.
  Despite his age (he is over 70 years old), he played for almost 2 hours, and his performance was really good. The setlist was mostly based on songs from his days with Roxy Music, which was a very good thing, especially for people like me who preferes his older stuff.
  The theater was packed, since the concert was sold out almost a month before, and as far as I understood everybody enjoyed it. 
 Because I knew the setlist beforehand, I was kind of surprised with the absence of Do the Strand and the addition of Editions of You in the end...
Here you can check the complete setlist:

The Main Thing (Roxy Music)
Slave To Love
Don't Stop The Dance
Ladytron (Roxy Music)
Out Of The Blue (Roxy Music)
Oh Yeah (Roxy Music)
Casanova (Roxy Music)
Tokyo Joe
Bitter-Sweet (Roxy Music)
A Waste Land / Windswept
Bete Noire
Stronger Through The Years (Roxy Music)
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob Dylan)
My Only Love (Roxy Music)
In Every Dream Home A Heartache (Roxy Music)
If There Is Something (Roxy Music)
Re-Make/Re-Model (Roxy Music)
More Than This (Roxy Music)
Avalon (Roxy Music)
Love Is The Drug (Roxy Music)
Virginia Plain (Roxy Music)
Let's Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison)
Jealous Guy (John Lennon)
Editions Of You (Roxy Music)

Monday, September 10, 2018

DAVID CROSS & DAVID JACKSON: Another Day (2018). My point of view...

I think I should begin this, by introducing these two excellent musicians to those who don’t know them. 
  David Cross was the violin player of King Crimson, during the years 1972 – 1974 and participated in the albums Larks Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black and Red. Further than King Crimson, he played with many famous musicians and recorded lots of solo albums.
  David Jackson has been the saxophone player and a former member of Van Der Graaf Generator, until 2008. He also played with lots of musicians during his long career, like Peter Gabriel and Peter Hammill for example.
  This year, the two David’s decided to unite their musical forces and the result was the album Another Day that was released a few months ago.
  Another Day is an all-instrumental album, having as basic instruments the electric violin by David Cross and the saxophones of David Jackson, accompanied by bass, keyboards and drums. The style of the album is Jazz-Rock and it is not so easy to listen to, especially if you are not familiar with this specific music style. Personally speaking, I found it difficult to get used to it, and I’m not sure if I can appreciate it to the level it should be appreciated.
  There are some beautiful and melodic songs included here, like for example Going Nowhere, Millenium Toll and Anthem for Another Day, mixed with some others more Jazzy ones, which I didn’t like so much to be honest.
  I can say that I would recommend this album in general, because, as I wrote above, it’s not an easy one. But there are some wonderful moments, where the talent of those great musicians shine, and for that reason, I will give 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

GFreedom's Juke Box No.231

Hello all!
  After almost 1.5 months, my usual Saturday "Jukebox" post is back. Those who are following my blog know that almost on every Saturday morning I am posting here my weekly Top-5 song list for you. The list is followed by the YT links, so you can listen to the songs immediately, assuming that you are interested of course...
So, from all the songs I've listened to during this week, these are the ones I chose:
TONY BANKS: Prelude to a Million Years (5 - 2018)
NEIL YOUNG: Like a Hurricane (American Stars & Bars - 1977)
MAGGIE BELL: A Woman Left Lonely (Queen of the Night - 1974)
LOREENA McKENNITT: Sun, Moon and Stars (Lost Souls - 2018)
BLUES PILLS: Lady in Gold (Lady in Gold - 2016)
By clicking on the following YT links you will be able to listen to the songs that are included in my list.
Enjoy the music and have a great Weekend.
Thank you!
TONY BANKS: Prelude to a Million Years
NEIL YOUNG: Like a Hurricane
MAGGIE BELL: A Woman Left Lonely
LOREENA McKENNITT: Sun, Moon and Stars
BLUES PILLS: Lady in Gold

Friday, September 7, 2018

Prog n Roll's special show, including the presentation of the Rock Opera Giordano Bruno by OAK is now available on our Mixcloud page.

Hello all!
  Near the end of Prog n Roll's previous season, we did a very special show, which was including an extended presentation of the excellent Rock Opera Giordano Bruno by the Italian project OAK. The playlist was including many songs taken from the Rock Opera, but also other songs from modern and older Prog bands and artists.
  We had the honour to have on our chatbox many musicians, including Jerry Cutillo, the mastermind behind OAK, Gertrude Roth (his manager), Sonja Kristina of Curved Air, Ben Bell of Gandalf's Fist and David Jackson of Van Der Graaf Generator. We had a very big crowd that night, so please forgive me if I forget some names.
During the show, we provided our listeners lots of information about the life and the work of Giordano Bruno, we had a music quiz, we played parts of the interview we conducted with Jerry
  Because some people missed it and/or because some others might want to listen to it again, I decided to upload the whole show on Prog n Roll's page on Mixcloud.
Cutillo and in general we had a blast! Everybody had a great time, including us.
Further than this Rock Opera, you will find many more special shows on our Mixcloud page, so take a look if you like.
Here's the link: https://www.mixcloud.com/ProgandRoll/
In case you are interested, here's the complete playlist of that show:

TUMBLETOWN: One Giant Stage / MOSTLY AUTUMN: Once Round the Sun / MARCO DE ANGELIS: Keep Going / Interview with Jerry Cutillo Pt.1 / OAK: La Cena Delle Beffe / CELLAR NOISE: Underground Ride / CURVED AIR: Easy / OAK: Diana Morgana / PFM (Feat. PETER HAMMILL): Sea of Memory / Interview with Jerry Cutillo Pt.2 / OAK: Dreams of Mandragora / CARAVAN: Hello Hello / BAROCK PROJECT: A Winter’s Night / OAK: Circe / OAK: Nothing is Easy (music quiz) / JETHRO TULL: Mother Goose / THE SAMURAI OF PROG: Growing Up / Interview with Gerlinde Roth / OAK: The Globe / OAK: Danse Macabre / CAMEL: Air Born / OAK: Campo de Fiori – Reprise / VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR: Man Erg.

 I hope you will enjoy it.
Thank you.

Monday, August 27, 2018

LOREENA McKENNITT: Lost Souls (2018). My review...

   A few months ago the famous Canadian musician, singer and composer Loreena McKennitt, released her 10th studio album, named as Lost Souls. 
  It is kind of an important release, because it is the first album (since The Ancient Muse - 2006), that is including her own material, and not cover versions of traditional songs.
  For those who are familiar with her music, probably know already that it is impossible for her to release a bad album. Not that all her albums are masterpieces, but they have some quality standards that can’t be ignored.
  The same stands for Lost Souls, which is a really beautiful, melodic and easy going album, including the usual ingredients of McKennitt’s music. Strong doses of Celtic traditional music, mixed with Mediterranean tunes, a plethora of instruments, and of course, her beautiful voice.
  Lost Souls consists of – mostly – older and unreleased material of hers, so the listener will experience a variety of styles and sounds, “polished” with the usual Ethnic varnish.
  The instrumental performance is inspirational, and McKennitt’s voice has never sounded so good. And because no Loreena McKennitt's album is complete without instrumentals, the two that are included here, Sun, Moon and Stars and Manx Ayre are exquisite.
 In case you are interested, the album is available in CD and Vinyl edition. 
  With this album, Loreena McKennitt invites us into a beautiful travel, from the Irish cloudy landscape, up to the Mediterranean coastline. Do not hesitate to try it! Because Loreena McKennitt is back and the world is a better place…
                 My Rating: 4.0 (out of 5.0) stars.
Here's a sample: Sun, Moon and Stars

Friday, August 24, 2018

BIG BIG TRAIN: Merchants of Light (Live) (2018). My review...

  To those who are following the “modern” Progressive Rock scene, the name of Big Big Train should be very familiar. It is one of those bands that have seen their reputation grow with each passing year. Despite that the band has been active since the early 90’s, the truth is that they have become extremely popular among the Prog Rock followers during the last decade; mostly with the release of the albums English Electric Part  1 & Part 2 and Folklore.
  Big Big Train is a band that gives live performances not so often. So, the 3 live gigs that they gave last year at Cadogan Hall, London, became sold-out immediately. And those gigs were followed by this live album, that has been recorded during these 3 concerts.
  Merchants of Light can be found as double CD, including 16 tracks, and a very detailed and “rich” booklet. You also have the option of the 3-vinyl box set, or simply the digital version.
  The 16 track set is pulled from the band’s last 5 albums, Grimspound, Folklore, The Underfall Yard and English Electric I & II. (But 9 out of the 16 songs are from Folklore and Grimspound). (Also,  I was surprised to see that they didn’t include any song from their latest album The Second Brighter Star, which came out just a few months after Grimspound).
  The album opens with a string overture, before kicking into a rocking version of Folklore. Right after that, it’s time for the wonderful 12-minute-long epic Brave Captain, which happens to be one of my favourites. Song after song the band becomes better and better, until we reach to Swan Hunter, which is one of the best songs this band ever recorded and one of the album’s highlights.
  David Longdon’s voice is excellent, and the whole band gives a flawless performance. And when I say “the whole band” I mean 10 people on stage, including a horn session. And despite the difficulties, the mix and the production are simply excellent, and the album sounds perfect!
  Merchants of Light is not just a live album, it is an experience.  It captures one of the world’s best modern Progressive Rock bands at their very best.
 My Rating would be between 4.0 and 4.5 (out of 5.0) stars.
BIG BIG TRAIN: Swan Hunter (Live 2017)