Paco de Lucía RIP – Another sad passing in the world of music: one of Spain's greatest guitarists has died. In addition to being a pivotal figure in the revived popularity of flamenco music, Paco de Lucía was known around the world for work with musicians outside flamenco, most notably John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, and Larry Coryell. » Read more
Banco lead singer dies in car accident – The sad news has come to us that Francesco di Giacomo, lead singer of the classic Italian band Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, died today, 21 February, 2014, in an automobile accident in the Zagarolo area of Rome. » Read more
Latest News from Shawn Phillips – There have been some recent rumors that Shawn quit recording and performing live. All of these rumors are false. Shawn has a new booking agency and web site. » Read more
Sonic Rock Solstice Festival 2014 – "3 days of amazing Space rock prog & blues" is set for the weekend of June 20-22 at Penmaenau Farm, Builth Wells in central Wales. Tickets are already on sale. » Read more
Rosfest 2014 – RoSfest is in its eleventh year, with this year's event being held in the aptly named Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The festival takes place on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2014. Regular seat tickets go on sale February 21st 2014 at twelve noon through the Majestic Theater Box Office. » Read more
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Masque - Third Ear/Third Eye Third Ear/Third Eye is the brazen Japanese quintet's first CD release (following a couple of cassette releases in the late 80s, plus contributions to the Canterbury Edge and Jazz Rock sampler... (1999) » 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.