The Legendary Pink Dots — 25th Anniversary Single
(Some Fine Legacy SFL 004, 2006, 7 inch)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2007-03-012006 marks the 25th anniversary of The Legendary Pink Dots and the band toured extensively in the US and Europe this spring and summer. It is rare occurrence that a band remains together this long and continues to record and perform. To commemorate this milestone, the Dots issued a vinyl single only sold at their concerts. The 25th Anniversary Single is in two formats, a limited edition of pink vinyl and a regular issue in black vinyl. Side A contains "Legacy" that was first issued on the Chemical Playschool 1+2 double cassette in 1981. Side B is the Dots reinterpreting "Legacy" 25 years later. Aside from the obvious differences in sound quality resulting from technology advances since 1981, the music is really only related by the title. The original "Legacy" is a song about a strained relationship between a young couple and documents a band beginning to define its sound. The 2006 version begins as a continuation of the song but immediately shifts to a soundscape of found sounds and synths that eventually becomes a pseudo-argument between Edward Ka-Spel and distorted electronics. You can feel the tension and hurt feelings. Obviously, after 25 years, the relationship is now over. Then the song comes full circle and returns to the refrain from the original. This single is for the diehard fan, and not the place to begin exploring the band.
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more