Yes are about to release a box set of seven live shows from their Fall 1972 US Tour, with a not so newly anointed Alan White on drums. The tapes are purportedly the source tapes for some of the 1973 Yessongs triple album and having been restored completely in the analog realm. The dates of the taps are as follows, with the same set list each night. A 2CD or 2LP sampler will also be released, and that's what I'll be in for.
31 Oct 1972: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"Esoteric Recordings are pleased to issue the first ever release of the legendary 1972 “lost” second album self by Fields. Following the album’s release the band’s line-up changed with the departure of ALAN BARRY and the arrival of Frank Farrell from Supertramp. This line-up recorded a follow-up album in 1972 that was perplexingly shelved by CBS Records and remained consigned to the vaults for over forty years.
Having reappeared after decades on the wonderful Space Rock Invasion tour in 2011, Joel Vandroogenbroeck has now teamed up with the Cleopatra/Purple Pyramid house band for a new Brainticket album, Past Present & Future:
"BT founder and leader Joel Vandroogenbroeck brought on board an exceptionally talented group of musicians to help bring his vision to life including UK Subs guitarist Nicky Garratt, Jürgen Engler of Die Kurpps, Jason Willer & Kephera Moon from Nik Turner’s band, and others!"
Sorry for that. Anger, disbelief, sadness, a rush of emotions. Of course, every train eventually pulls into the station one last time, and my thoughts are for those closest to him, and to his bravery.
I can't think of many (any?) from Daevid Allen's generation that have influenced so many, not just musically, but on that oh so slippery slope that I'll call “the spiritual level”. Perhaps that's why we all take the news so personal? I mean there's so many of us, and only one of him. Queue up “Zion my T-shirt” from the new album...
From the Tangerine Dream Facebook page:
"Edgar Froese 6 June 1944 – 20 January 2015
His son Jerome made the following announcement - Dear friends & colleagues, the Captain has left the ship ... I'm very sorry to inform you that my father Edgar Froese passed away on Tuesday afternoon (20th of January) in Vienna. And as you already know: Life plays no encores. Rest in peace Edgar, you will be sadly missed. RIP"
Suffice it to say, but TD were my introduction to electronic music, and Edgar was indeed, the captain of that ship. A true progressive, in every sense of the word.
Drummer and son Dylan Howe has released his take on some of David Bowie's Berlin-era music, on an album titled Subterranean: New Designs on Bowie's Berlin. Think of it as very much a jazzy brother to Phillip Glass' Low Symphony. Highest recommendations!
The new album from Gong I See You is up for preorder with spoiler samples on the Planetgong website. The album features Daevid Allen, plus Orlando Allen, Ian East, David Sturt, Fabio Golfetti and Kavus Torabi. Due early November on Madfish UK label. Our thoughts and positive energy are with Daevid Allen, who is currently going through treatment for a tumor on his neck, and his recovery.