Richard Coughlan RIP – Richard Coughlan, founding member and drummer for Caravan for over forty three years, passed away on Sunday 1st December. Richard died at his home and had been in poor health for the last few years. » Read more
Ronald Shannon Jackson RIP – I somehow missed this bit of news last month, but legendary drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson left us on October 19, 2013 at the age of 73. In addition to his prominence in the free jazz arena, he was known for adding a muscular drive to fusion recordings of the wilder variety. He died of leukemia. » Read more
Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited tour 2014 – Steve Hackett has announced on his newsletter that the Genesis Revisited shows will resume in 2014 after successful 2013 in Europe and North America. He also let drop that he's working on his next solo album, a possible 2014 release. » Read more
Pete Haycock RIP – Legendary Blues guitarist Pete Haycock passed away on Wednesday October 30th. Pete was most famous for his time in The Climax Blues Band; especially for his self-penned massive worldwide hit "Couldn’t Get It Right." » Read more
Lou Reed RIP – Notable rock artist Lou Reed, who straddled the worlds of mainstream and avant-garde art, has died at the age of 71. He had undergone a liver transplant earlier this year, but his liver disease proved untreatable in the end. » Read more
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Serge Bringolf / Strave - Vision While there was only a year between Bringolf's first double LP Strave, and its follow up, the single LP Vision, the lineup changes were extensive – in fact only singer Mano Kuhn, a... (2013) » Read more
Spirits Burning & Clearlight — Healthy Music in Large Doses
(Gonzo Multimedia HST117CD, 2013, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-05-08Spirits Burning is the ongoing project of Don Falcone and guests, many of whom appear regularly on most of the releases, including members and ex-members of various space rock bands far and wide, including Hawkwind, High Tide, Gong, The Moor, Universal Totem Orchestra, and many more (too many to enumerate here, it would take up the entire review) as well as members of other past and present bands and projects that Falcone has been involved with, offering wide variety of instrumentation. Clearlight is of course keyboardist Cyrille Verdeaux, who contributes to nearly every track here. The way Spirits Burning works is that the music is passed around to the various participants (many over long distances) where each player contributes their parts, and then when all are done, Falcone edits and mixes the results into what finally gets released. There are a lot of cooks in this kitchen. The result is a potent blend of ideas from a large number of composers and players that can pretty much go anywhere, with elements of rock, jazz, psychedelic, symphonic prog, folk, and electronic music all surfacing at various times across the thirteen tracks presented here. This time out several of the tracks feature vocals and spoken parts (some in French, courtesy Verdeaux) and the overall program leans in more symphonic and jazzy directions than the heady psychedelia and space rock of some of the earlier Spirits Burning releases. The music has a high density factor, and although a casual listen on speakers will provide a good experience, only a close listen on quality headphones will reveal all the layers of sound and detail that have gone into each of these cuts. Much herein to recommend.