|Mooky, my uncle and aunties girl kitty, could be my date!|
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
|Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White; 2011.|
I haven't posted in a period but I'm back now with something now that's there something to write about after getting writers block here and TV Quick USA while NY Retail Roundup seldom runs out of ideas. This is why some people just have one blog! This is supposed to be the flagship too.
The loss of Chris Squire this past year left Yes without any original members still in the band (Peter Banks passed a couple years before, and their surviving former colleagues Jon Anderson, Tony Kaye and Bill Bruford have all left the band more than once already). Billy Sherwood was selected by Squire himself to come back and take over on bass. Many have slated Yes for carrying on in this manner and the fandom are torn as they have been for almost a decade since Anderson last left again.
There have been two volumes of the live release Like It Is from their current label Frontiers who fill the void of not having even existed yet in the old days to have signed the bands by releasing live albums from Yes, Asia (Geoff Downes does double duty while Steve Howe will focus on Yes and solo from here on out), Def Leppard and others. Yes' 1971-72 and 1977 albums were revisited and the next tour will do the same for 1973 and 1980. Half of Tales of Topographic Oceans and all of Drama plus encores are being planned for this year and I would hope there would be an official album and DVD dedicated to Squires memory (the last one was already prepared by the time he had gone). It'd be too easy to just get a bootleg and with more security at shows one would be lucky to sneak in a quick video on a mobile phone and I wouldn't dare do such a thing; also, I'm no Wayne Isham or Bob Clearmountain so I can't do a proper job anyway). If they decide to have a go, then I hope they will come to the new amphitheatre across town to tape and film as the Grandstand where several past lineups have played across the street sadly went the way of the Rainbow and Marquee. Now Roger Dean has to paint a new cover as only he can. More on this in due time.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
|Managed to get this on mp3 before my old service snuffed it.|
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Sunday, August 2, 2015
|Japanese mini-LP remaster without any bonus tracks.|
Ride Into the Sun (original version)
Getcha Rocks Off (EP version)
Overture (EP version and demo)
Heat Street (originally on a bootleg)
Rock Brigade (Nick Tauber version)
See the Lights (previously unreleased)
Glad I'm Alive (demo and Tauber versions)
Wasted (single version)
Hello America (B-side single version)
Good Morning Freedom (studio and live versions)
When the Walls Came Tumbling Down (demo)
Travellin' Band (live)
High 'n' Dry
Bringin' on the Heartbreak (1984 synth remix)
Me and My Wine (original and remix despite little difference in sound)
Last years US deluxe edition should receive an international release as I just have the original EU CD myself.
Promises (video mix)
Under My Wheels
I Am Your Child
("Burnout" and "Worlds Collide" from the Australasian edition or EU B-sides are already on the Slang remaster as they were taken from that albums sessions)
X (the most recent original album of the lot that needs an upgrade)
Kiss the Day
Long, Long Way to Go (acoustic version)
10x Bigger than Love
Gimme a Job
Perfect Girl ("Gravity" demo)
Love Don't Lie (demo)
Let Me Be the One (demo)
How Does It Feel?
Action (live) (studio version of Sweet cover on Retro Active)
Dear Friends (Queen cover by Sav)
Space Oddity (RIP David Bowie)
Rebel Rebel (also a Bowie cover although from the X period this fits the pattern here better)
When I'm Dead and Gone
Elected (live) (Alice Cooper cover recorded during Adrenalize tour)
No Matter What (live) (studio version of Badfinger cover also on Rock of Ages Pan-American comp)
Little Wing (Hendrix cover with Hothouse Flowers)
American Girl (Tom Petty cover)
Search and Destroy
It remains to be seen whether or not these will come out in the forseeable future as the band are in a bit of a row with Universal over the rights and have considered re-recording their hits note by note (which other people have done in the studio with their songs in the past) and a couple are now available on mp3. The rights to Slang were reverted back to the band and they reissued it recently in the US through their label there Mailboat (founder Jimmy Buffett also left Universal when his new label became sister to the old one when Universal bought PolyGram, Leppards former home). Also focus now is on the bands new long-awaited new studio album now available.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
|Not too shy shy to say this is one of the albums I did, but it's hush hush (eye to eye)!|
Read later article as to why I won't be able to upgrade any more tracks for a bit and it's not because of Martin Orford.