Saturday, September 24, 2016

Passings: Buckwheat Zydeco (1947 - 2016)

by VVN Music

Zydeco great Stanley Dural, Jr., better known as Buckwheat Zydeco, has died after battling lung cancer at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, LA. He was 68.

Buckwheat's manager, Ted Fox, announced his passing:
It is with deep sadness that I have to announce that our great, beloved leader Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Jr. has passed away. He died at 1:32 AM Louisiana time, keeping musician's hours right to the bitter end. I am grieving for my best friend and colleague of more than 30 years. But, as this great road warrior once said: "Life is a tour, and it’s all about how you decide to get where you’re going…I don’t want to ignore the bad things in life, but I want to emphasize the good things." Buck made everything and everyone he touched better and happier. RIP my dear friend, my brother.

His daughter, Tomorrow Dural, has created a fundraising campaign to help with medical and other expenses.

-- Ted Fox
Dural was born in Lafayette to a father who was a Creole accordion player; however, Buckwheat instead started playing the organ.

Even though he had a heavy Creole influence, Buckwheat preferred rhythm and blues and, by the late 50's, was playing with the likes of Joe Tex and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. In 1971, he formed Buckwheat and the Hitchhikers, a funk band, scoring a local hit with It's Hard to Get.

In 1976, Dural finally started to take an interest in Zydeco music and began backing the great Clifton Chenier. Two years later, he finally followed in his father's footsteps, taking up the accordion. In 1979, he started his own band and released his debut album, One For the Road.

Buckwheat's reputation grew as he released new music almost every year and continually toured. In 1988, he opened for Eric Clapton on his North American tour along with a twelve night stand at Royal Albert Hall in London. The exposure opened even more doors and he found himself playing with some of the greatest artists in the world along with having his music featured in a number of films.

Overall, Buckwheat released over two dozen albums during his 37 year recording career.

Dural was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013. He did recover enough to start touring again and played the New Orleans Jazz Festival earlier this year.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.

Bruce Springsteen Calls Donald Trump a "Moron"

by Newsdesk

Bruce Springsteen has added his name to the list of rockers opposed to Donald Trump, insisting the presidential hopeful is a "moron".

Like many Americans, the Born in the U.S.A. singer was stunned when the property tycoon and reality TV star won the Republican Party's nomination for U.S. leader, despite never holding a political position.

Trump will now face off with Democrat Hillary Clinton in November for the chance to replace Barack Obama in the White House, but his hard-hitting politics and views on immigrants, Muslims and women have turned many voters off - and Bruce is one.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Springsteen, who turned 67 on Friday, said, "The republic is under siege by a moron," referring to Trump.

"The whole thing is tragic," he added. "Without overstating it, it’s a tragedy for our democracy... The ideas he’s moving to the mainstream are all very dangerous ideas - white nationalism and the alt-right movement. The outrageous things that he’s done... these are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate."

A fervent Democrat, who was a big supporter of Obama throughout his two terms as president, Springsteen admits he'll be voting for Clinton in November: "I like Hillary," he says. "I think she would be a very, very good president."

And if she needs him on the campaign trail in the weeks ahead, he'll seriously consider being there for her, adding, "I think you have a limited amount of impact as an entertainer, performer or musician. I feel what I’ve done was certainly worth doing and I did it at the time because I felt the country was in crisis, which it certainly is right now.

"I don’t know if we've been approached or not to do anything at the moment. If so, I would take it into consideration and see where it goes."

Set List: U2 & Billy Idol @ iHeartRadio Music Festival, Las Vegas

by VVN Music

Last night was the first of two for the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with veteran artists U2 and Billy Idol taking the stage.

As with most of these "radio party" shows, most artists are only allowed time to sing three or four songs before the next act takes the stage with kept Idol to just a short set. He did hit on four of his best known songs although he left out his three highest charting hits, Mony Mony, Eyes Without a Face and Cradle of Love.

Miley Cyrus joined Idol for his set closing Rebel Yell.

Billy Idol's set list:
  • Dancing With Myself (from Don't Stop EP, 1981)
  • White Wedding (from Billy Idol, 1982)
  • Flesh For Fantasy (from Rebel Yell, 1983)
  • Rebel Yell (from Rebel Yell, 1983)
U2's set was longer at eight songs, an appropriate amount considering they were calling this their 40th anniversary show.

With the exception of Every Breaking Wave from their last album, Songs of Innocence, U2 kept to their better known songs. According to sources, With or Without You was scheduled to close their set but it was cut due to time. 
  • Desire (from Rattle and Hum, 1988)
  • Vertigo (from How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, 2004)
  • Elevation (from All You Can't Leave Behind, 2000)
  • Beautiful Day (from All You Can't Leave Behind, 2000)
  • Pride (In the Name of Love) (from The Unforgettable Fire, 1984)
  • One (from Achtung Baby, 1991)
  • Every Breaking Wave (from Songs of Innocence, 2014)
  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (from The Joshua Tree, 1987)
Also appearing Friday night was twenty one pilots, Sam Hunt, OneRepublic, Sia and Drake.  On the schedule for tonight's show are Tears for Fears, Usher and Sting along with Zedd, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Britney Spears and Cage the Elephant

Glenn Danzig Says the Misfits Reunion is Pretty Much Over

by VVN Music

Glenn Danzig has made it clear that people shouldn't be looking for anything else from the Misfits reunion.

Danzig reunited with original Misfits member Jerry Only and long time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, along with drummer Dave Lombardo, for two reunion shows at Riot Fest Denver and Riot Fest Chicago.  After the first show, Only told Rolling Stone that he felt the reunion could go on past the pair of shows:
I want it to continue. I know Doyle wants it to continue. I know Glenn wants it to continue. We just have to be big enough people to make it continue. And that’s where we’re at. Whatever it takes. We’re going into our 40th anniversary so the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Eventually, Doyle’s got to write a new album; I’ve got to write a new album; Glenn’s got to write a new album. Why don’t we work together and make the greatest album ever? 
That plan doesn't seem to be part of Danzig's priorities as he has told the New York Times "If there’s going to be another Misfits record, I’d probably have to write the stuff and I’ve got a full plate, so I don’t know."

He also stated that he agreed to the reunion after seeing some of his contemporaries pass away. "I’ve seen a lot of musicians dying too young recently, like Bowie and Prince. That just got in my head. People had been trying to get us to reunite for a long time, anyway. I said that if we’re going to do it, we might as well do it now while we’re all in really good shape."

You Can Now Buy the Music That Was Sent Billions of Miles Into Space on Voyager

by VVN Music

In 1977, NASA launched the Voyager missions, each of which contained a golden record containing the music, sounds and languages of earth in the hope that an alien culture would find the craft and listen.

Up until now, there were only twelve copies of that record, one on Voyager 1, one on Voyager 2, one given to then president Jimmy Carter and nine that were distributed around NASA.

Recently, David Pescovitz of Boing Boing put up a Kickstarter to raise money for the release of 2,500 copies of the music and sounds on the Voyager discs to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the launch.

The $98 box set will come in a gold-foil inlaid box with three translucent gold vinyl LPs and a hardbound book with images, essays and ephemera from the project. A digital download card will also be included to get all of the audio in MP3 or FLAC format along with a lithograph of the golden record cover diagram printed in gold metallic ink on archival paper.

Three pieces of popular music are included, Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven's Melancholy Blues and Blind Willie Johnson's Dark Was the Night.

The set also has a very important pedigree as Timothy Fields, the man who produced the original golden record, was in the studio for the remastering of the audio.

The track list for The Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition:
  • Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement, Munich Bach Orchestra, Karl Richter, conductor
  • Java, court gamelan, "Kinds of Flowers," recorded by Robert Brown
  • Senegal, percussion, recorded by Charles Duvelle
  • Zaire, Pygmy girls' initiation song, recorded by Colin Turnbull
  • Australia, Aborigine songs, Morning Star and Devil Bird, recorded by Sandra LeBrun Holmes
  • Mexico, El Cascabel, performed by Lorenzo Barcelata and the Mariachi México
  • Johnny B. Goode, written and performed by Chuck Berry
  • New Guinea, men's house song, recorded by Robert MacLennan
  • Japan, Shakuhachi, Tsuru No Sugomori (Crane's Nest) performed by Goro Yamaguch
  • Bach, "Gavotte en rondeaux" from the Partita No. 3 in E major for Violin, performed by Arthur Grumiaux
  • Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria, no. 14. Edda Moser, soprano. Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor
  • Georgian S.S.R., chorus, Tchakrulo, collected by Radio Moscow
  • Peru, panpipes and drum, collected by Casa de la Cultura, Lima
  • Melancholy Blues, performed by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven
  • Azerbaijan S.S.R., bagpipes, recorded by Radio Moscow
  • Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, conductor
  • Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C, No.1. Glenn Gould, piano
  • Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, First Movement, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor
  • Bulgaria, Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin, sung by Valya Balkanska
  • Navajo Indians, Night Chant, recorded by Willard Rhodes
  • Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs, The Fairie Round, performed by David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London
  • Solomon Islands, panpipes, collected by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service
  • Peru, wedding song, recorded by John Cohen
  • China, ch'in, Flowing Streams, performed by Kuan P'ing-hu
  • India, raga, Jaat Kahan Ho, sung by Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar
  • Dark Was the Night, written and performed by Blind Willie Johnson
  • Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina, performed by Budapest String Quartet
  • Greetings from the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kurt Waldheim
  • Greetings in 55 languages
  • United Nations greetings
  • Whale greetings
  • The Sounds of Earth: “Music of the Spheres” by Laurie Spiegel, Volcanoes, Earthquake, Thunder, Mud Pots, Wind, Rain, Surf, Crickets, Frogs, Birds, Hyena, Elephant, Chimpanzee, Wild Dog, Footstepts, Heartbeat, Laughter, Fire, Speech, The First Tools, Tame Dog, Herding Sheep, Blacksmith, Sawing, Tractor, Riveter, Morse Code, Ships, Horse and Cart, Train, Tractor, Bus, Auto, F-111 Flyby, Saturn 5 Lift-off, Kiss, Mother and Child, Life Signs, Pulsar

Almanac: September 24, 2016

  • 1893 - Blind Lemon Jefferson (d. 1929)
  • 1931 - Anthony Newley (d. 1999)
  • 1933 - Mel Taylor (Ventures) (d. 1996)
  • 1940 - Barbara Allbut (Angels) (76)
  • 1941 - Linda McCartney (d. 1998)
  • 1942 - Gerry Marsden (Gerry & the Pacemakers) (74)
  • 1942 - Phyllis Allbut (Angels) (74)
  • 1944 - Rosa Lee Hawkins (Dixie Cups) (72)
  • 1946 - Carson Osten (Nazz) (70)
  • 1946 - Jerry Donahue (Fotheringay, Fairport Convention) (70)
  • 1946 - Kjell Asperud (Titanic) (70)
  • 1952 - Mark Sandman (Morphine) (d. 1999)
  • 1955 - Lane Brody (61)
  • 1962 - Cedric Dent (Take 6) (54)
  • 1965 - Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot) (51)
  • 1969 - Shawn Crahan (Slipknot) (47)
  • 1971 - Peter Salisbury (Verve) (45)
  • 1971 - Marty Cintron (No Mercy) (45)
  • 1972 - Queen Pen (born Lynise Walters) (44)
  • 1991 - Peter Bellamy (Young Tradition) - Suicide (47)
  • 2002 - Tim Rose - Heart attack during operation (62)
  • 2003 - Rosalie Allen - Congestive Heart Failure (79)
On This Day
  • 1957 - The film Mister Rock and Roll, the biography of Alan Freed and starring Alan Freed, premiers in New York.
  • 1962 - Elvis Presley received an invitation to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in the U.K. but Colonel Tom Parker turned it down. Parker was an illegal Dutch immigrant and was afraid that he wouldn't be allowed back in the U.S.
  • 1965 - Bob Dylan opened a U.S. tour in Austin, TX.
  • 1967 - Traffic played live for the first time in London.
  • 1976 - The Sons of the Pioneers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
  • 1977 - The first Elvis Presley National Convention was held in Memphis, TN.
  • 1988 - James Brown is arrested for allegedly threatening a women's meeting with a handgun and having an hour chase with police.
  • 1988 - Baillie & The Boys made their Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 1993 - Steven Adler of Guns N' Roses reached a settlement of $2.5 million with the band over his firing.
  • 1995 - The Charlatans were arrested by 24 police officers after coming off a flight from to New York, accused of trying to disrupt the plane's flight path, drunkenness and other infractions.
  • 1997 - A student who killed two pupils and a teacher at a school in Washington claimed he was reenacting scenes from the Pearl Jam video Jeremy.
  • 1997 - Brenda Lee, Harlan Howard and Cindy Walker were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 1998 - Steven Adler, formerly of Guns N' Roses, was sentenced to 150 days in prison for beating two women and a probation violation.
  • 1999 - Hank Williams was the subject of the first country music symposium at the Smithsonian Institute.
  • 2003 - The Dave Matthews Band played for almost 100,000 in New York's Central Park.
  • 2007 - A bronze plaque was dedicated near the spot where John Denver's plane crashed. 
  • 2012 - Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) and Carin Kingsland
  • 2010 - Nancy Wilson and Cameron Crowe (filed by Wilson)
  • 1962 - The Ballad of Jed Clampett - Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and Jerry Scoggins
  • 1962 - So Long/You're Smarter Than Me - Patsy Cline (Final EP)
  • 1973 - Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn (single)
  • 1977 - Come Sail Away - Styx (single)
  • 1979 - The Long Run - Eagles
  • 1982 - 1999 - Prince (single)
  • 1984 - No More Lonely Nights - Paul McCartney (single)
  • 1990 - Rust in Piece - Megadeth
  • 1991 - Nevermind - Nirvana
  • 1991 - The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 1997 - CMA Awards
    • Entertainer of the Year - Garth Brooks
    • Song of the Year, Single of the Year - Strawberry Wine - Deana Carter
    • Album of the Year - Carrying Your Love With Me - George Strait
    • Male Vocalist - George Strait
    • Female Vocalist - Trisha Yearwood
    • Vocal Duo - Brooks & Dunn
    • Vocal Group - Diamond Rio
    • Musician - Brent Mason
    • Horizon Award - LeAnn Rimes
    • Vocal Event - It's Your Love - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
    • Video - 455 Rocket - Kathy Mattea
  • 1971 - Dick Cavett Show - John Lennon
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1966 - Cherish - Association (3 weeks)
  • 1977 - Best of My Love - Emotions (1 week (4 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1983 - Tell Her About It - Billy Joel (1 week)
  • 1988 - Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1960 (Mono Albums) - String Along - Kingston Trio (5 weeks)
  • 1988 - Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses (3 weeks (1 previous week at number 1))

Friday, September 23, 2016

Bruce Springsteen, Dwight Yoakam, Kansas, David Bowie Top the New Releases By Veteran Artists For the Week


Led Zeppelin Hit Highest Spot on British Albums Chart in 37 Years; Shakin' Stevens & Ian Hunter Also Have Multi-Decade Bests

by VVN Music

Veteran artists claim nine of the top twenty albums on the British top twenty this week with a flurry of new releases and a number of holdovers.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds hold at number 2 for a second week with Skeleton Tree while Led Zeppelin debuts at 3 with The Complete BBC Sessions. For Zeppelin, that is the highest they have been on the British charts in 37 years going back to 1979's In Through the Out Door which went to number 1. Since that time, their best showings were Coda (1982 / #4), Mothership (2007 / #4) and Celebration Day (2012 / #4).

The Complete BBC Sessions is also the top selling Vinyl Album along with Rock & Metal Album this week.

Usher debuts at 7 with Hard II Love, a major fall for the singer as he had a run of five albums, dating back to 1997, that had made it to the British top 3. Of those albums, 8701 (2001), Confessions (2004) and Here I Stand (2008) went to number 1, Raymond v. Raymond (2010) hit number 2 and Looking 4 Myself (2012) peaked at 3.

The rest of the veteran artists in the top twenty are holdovers. The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl drops just 3 to 4 in its second week while Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend moves up 13 to 9 in its 739th week on the chart. The Nation's Favourite Carpenters Songs drops 6 to 12, Better Than We Are by Meatloaf 4 to 14, Barbra Streisand's Encore fell 11 to 15 and ELO's All Over the World goes up from 17 to 20.

Shakin' Stevens, who was running in the top 15 at mid week, ended up debuting at 22 with Echoes of Time, but that is still good enough to give him his highest charting album since 1983's The Bop Won't Stop went to 21.

Also scoring a multi-decade best is Ian Hunter and the Rant Band whose Fingers Crossed premiers at 36. Hunter has only had two albums that have done better, his 1975 solo debut Ian Hunter (#21) and 1976's All American Alien Boy (#29).

Petula Clark opens at 70 with From Now On. Clark has released over sixty albums, ten of which made the British top 100. Of those ten, this album is the lowest she has place and her last album, 2013's Lost In You, went to 24.

Finally, Madeline Peyroux debuts at 96 with Secular Hymns which, like Clark, is the lowest charting set of the six albums that she has put on the British top 100. The album, however, at the top of the Jazz & Blues Albums chart.

This week's top five albums in the U.K.:
  1. Wild World - Bastille
  2. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  3. The Complete BBC Sessions - Led Zeppelin
  4. Live at the Hollywood Bowl - Beatles
  5. Cartwheels - Ward Thomas
On the singles side, there is finally a bit of change. The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey remain at number 1 with Closer; however, James Arthur jumps from 25 to 2 with Say You Won't Let Go. Last week's 2 and 3, Let Me Love You by DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber and Cold Water by Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and M0 each fall one spot while Calvin Harris debuts at 5 with My Way.

On the Physical Singles chart, the Pet Shop Boys are at the top with Say It To Me.

Almanac: September 23, 2016

  • 1867 - John Lomax (musicology & folklorist) (d. 1948)
  • 1905 - Tiny Bradshaw (d. 1958)
  • 1926 - John Coltrane (d. 1967)
  • 1930 - Ray Charles (d. 2004)
  • 1935 - Les McCann (81)
  • 1939 - Roy Buchanan (d. 1988)
  • 1940 - Tim Rose (d. 2002)
  • 1943 - Julio Iglesias (73)
  • 1943 - Steve Boone (Lovin' Spoonful) (73)
  • 1943 - Wallace Scott (Whispers) (73)
  • 1943 - Walter Scott (Whispers) (73)
  • 1943 - John Banks (Merseybeates) (d. 1988)
  • 1947 - Neal Smith (Alice Cooper) (69)
  • 1947 - Mary Kay Place (69)
  • 1947 - Pat Alger (songwriter, singer) (69)
  • 1949 - Bruce Springsteen (67)
  • 1956 - June Forester (Forester Sisters) (60)
  • 1958 - Danielle Dax (58)
  • 1959 - Martin Page (57)
  • 1962 - Don Herron (BR5-49) (54)
  • 1970 - Ani DiFranco (46)
  • 1972 - Jermaine Dupri (44)
  • 1972 - Sarah Bettens (K's Choice) (44)
  • 1977 - Rachael Yamagata (39)
  • 1979 - Erik-Michael Estrada (O-Town) (37)
  • 1985 - Diana Oritz (Dream) (31)
  • 1974 - Robbie Mcintosh (Average White Band) - Heroin overdose (24)
  • 1974 - Gil Turner (41)
  • 1982 - Jimmy Wakely - Heart failure (68)
  • 1989 - Bradley Kincaid (member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame) (94)
  • 1995 - Booker T. Laury - Cancer (81)
  • 2003 - Roy Horton (Pinetoppers, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame) (78)
  • 2004 - Roy Drusky - Lung cancer (74)
  • 2006 - Etta Baker (93)
On This Day
  • 1966 - The Rolling Stones opened a U.K. tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London with opening acts the Yardbirds and Ike & Tina Turner.
  • 1967 - The Mothers of Invention played live for the first time in the U.K. At Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • 1970 - Mick Jagger and Bianca Macias met for the first time at the Paris Olympia.
  • 1980 - Bob Marley collapsed on stage during a concert in Pittsburgh, PA. It was the last time Marley appeared on stage.
  • 1980 - David Bowie opened in The Elephant Man on Broadway.
  • 1991 - Izzy Stradlin left Guns N' Roses and was replaced by Gilby Clarke.
  • 1996 - Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA released her autobiography As I Am.
  • 1997 - The Rollings Stones opened the U.S. leg of their Bridges to Babylon Tour in Chicago.
  • 1998 - The first Lilith Fair concert is held outside the U.S. at Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • 1998 - Elvis Presley, Tammy Wynette, George Morgan and Bud Wendell were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2004 - Corey Taylor of Slipknot had to issue a statement saying that he wasn't dead after a Des Moines DJ reported his passing.
  • 2006 - Vince Gill and Alison Krauss recorded an edition of CMT Crossroads. 
  • 2007 - Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks and Buck Owens were inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. 
  • 1935 - Bob Wills' first recording session with the Texas Playboys
  • 1952 - Kaw-Liga, Your Cheatin' Heart, Take These Chains From My Heart - Hank Williams (last commercial recording session)
  • 1957 - Silhouettes - Rays (single)
  • 1967 - People Are Strange - Doors (single)
  • 1972 - All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople (single)
  • 1978 - Double Vision - Foreigner
  • 1997 - Candle in the Wind - Elton John (U.S. Single)
  • 2003 - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - OutKast
  • 2003 - Some Devil - Dave Matthews (solo debut)
  • 1998 - CMA Awards
    • Entertainer of the Year - Garth Brooks
    • Song of the Year, Single of the Year - Holes in the Floor of Heaven - Steve Wariner (song shared with Billy Kirsch)
    • Album of the Year - Everywhere - Tim McGraw
    • Male Vocalist - George Strait
    • Female Vocalist - Trisha Yearwood
    • Duo - Brooks & Dunn
    • Group - Dixie Chicks
    • Musician - Brent Mason
    • Horizon Award - Dixie Chicks
    • Vocal Event - You Don't Seem to Miss Me - Patty Loveless and George Jones
    • Video - This Kiss - Faith Hill
  • 2006 - Americana Awards
    • Artist of the Year - Neil Young
    • Album - Childish Things - James McMurtry
    • Song - We Can Make It Here - James McMurtry
    • Instrumentalist, Lifetime Achievement Award (Instrumentalist) - Kenny Vaughan
    • New/Emerging Artist - Greencards
    • Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award - Charlie Daniels
    • Lifetime Achievement Award (Executive) - Barry Poss
    • Lifetime Achievement Award (Performer) - Alejandro Escovedo
    • Lifetime Achievement Award (Producer/Engineer) - Allan Toussaint
    • Lifetime Achievement Award (Songwriting) - Rodney Crowell
    • President's Award - Mickey Newbury
  • 1950 - Eddy Arnold Show (debut on NBC Radio)
  • 1956 - Circus Boy (NBC) - Mickey Dolenz (lead as a child actor)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1957 - That'll Be the Day - Crickets (1 week)
  • 1967 - The Letter - Box Tops (4 weeks)
  • 1972 - Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis (3 weeks)
  • 1989 - Girl I'm Gonna Miss You - Milli Vanilli (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1961 (Stereo Albums) - Judy at Carnegie Hall - Judy Garland (9 weeks)
  • 1978 - Grease - Soundtrack (2 weeks (7 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1989 - Girl You Know It's True - Milli Vanilli (2 weeks)
  • 2006 - B'Day - Beyonce (1 week)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Steve Hillage to Release 22-CD Career Spanning Box Set

via Press Release

Searching For The Spark is a 22-disc box set celebrating the work of award-winning guitarist, Steve Hillage.

Since he began playing guitar in the early 1960s, through his time with Gong and beyond as a solo artist and one half of System 7, Steve Hillage has embodied what it means to be a truly progressive musician.

One of the most respected and beloved players arising from the Canterbury Scene, Searching For The Spark shines a spotlight on his solo work, chronicling his very first recording in 1969 through to 1991's self-titled debut with System 7.

In addition to gathering his eight solo albums, Searching For The Spark also houses seven albums of live material and no less than four discs of demos and archive recordings, many previously unreleased, direct from Steve's own personal collection.

Brimming with rare photos, press clippings, reviews and commentary from Hillage himself, the box set includes a lavish, hardback 188 page book documenting Steve’s life and times written, with Steve's full co-operation, by acknowledged Gong expert, Jonny Greene.

Musical Highlights from Searching For The Spark include:
  • Over 40 minutes of previously unavailable material from 1972's Khan mkII line-up.
  • Numerous rarities from Hillage's archive of demo recordings ranging from pre-Fish Rising through to post-For To Next.
  • Unfinished tracks from the '80s and numerous demos leading up to System 7 also shed new light on Hillage's pioneering work as a composer and ambient musician.
Searching For The Spark is an ambitious, immensely detailed retrospective.

For existing fans, it offers unprecedented access to the guitarist's archives. For the new generations coming to Hillage through his ongoing work with System 7, it provides everything needed to explore Steve's unique musical universe. For old and new admirers alike, everything from his formative years to his mature work as an unflinchingly forward-looking musician is gathered together in one truly encyclopaedic collection.

Searching For The Spark is nothing less than the definitive statement upon an impressively rich and diverse career.

The set includes:
  • Arzachel
  • Khan's Space Shanty, 1972
  • All eight of Hillage's classic Virgin Records solo albums – Fish Rising, L, Motivation Radio, Green, Open (and Studio Herald), Rainbow Dome Music, Open, For To Next (and its companion And Not Or) – plus bonus tracks.
  • System 7 (first album)
  • Live in Deeply Vale, 1978
  • Two BBC performances from The Paris Theatre recorded in December 1976 and November 1979
  • Eight CDs featuring recordings taken from Steve's personal archive, including four superb concert performances (Brighton Dome November 1977, Munich April 1979, Hammersmith Odeon November 1979, The Steve Hillage Band Live At The Gong Family Unconvention 2006) and four discs (Sparks Volumes 1-4) packed with previously unheard and unreleased tracks, demos and alternate takes
Accompanying the recordings is a magnificent 188 page 32,000 word coffee table book. Written and assembled by Steve Hillage and Gong family expert Jonny Greene, the book contains hundreds of rare and previously unseen photographs and cuttings.

In addition there are three reproduction promo posters, two lyric booklets, a high quality enamel badge, a 60 page scrap book containing more photographs and cuttings, and a certificate of authenticity signed by Steve Hillage and his creative partner Miquette Giraudy.

Please note that this superb Steve Hillage package is strictly limited to 2500 copies globally!

The track list:

Disc 1 (Arzachel - Arzachel (1969))
  • Garden Of Earthly Delights
  • Azathoth
  • Soul Thing
  • Leg
  • Clean Innocent Fun
  • Metempsychosis
Disc 2 (Khan - Space Shanty (1972))
  • Original Album
    • Space Shanty
    • Stranded
    • Mixed Up Man Of The Mountains
    • Driving To Amsterdam
    • Stargazers
    • Hollow Stone
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Break the Chains
    • Mixed Up Man of the Mountains (First Version)
Disc 3 (Fish Rising (1975))
  • Original Album
    • Solar Musick Suite
    • Fish
    • Meditation Of The Snake
    • The Salmon Song
    • Aftaglid
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Pentagrammaspin (2006 Remix)
    • Aftaglid (Power Trio Backing Track)
Disc 4 (L (1976))
  • Original Album
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man
    • Hurdy Gurdy Glissando
    • Electrick Gypsies
    • Om Nama Shivaya
    • Lunar Musick Suite
    • It's All Too Much
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Eight Miles High (Backing Track)
    • Maui (Early Version of Palm Trees)
    • Shimmer
Disc 5 (Motivation Radio (1977))
  • Original Album
    • Hello Dawn
    • Motivation
    • Light In The Sky 
    • Radio
    • Wait One Moment 
    • Saucer Surfing
    • Searching For The Spark
    • Octave Doctors
    • Not Fade Away (Glid Forever)
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Leylines To Glassdom (T.O.N.T.O. Version)
    • The Salmon Song (Power Trio Backing Track)
    • The Golden Vibe (Alternate Mix)
Disc 6 (Green (1978))
  • Original Album
    • Sea Nature
    • Ether Ships
    • Musik Of The Trees 
    • Palm Trees (Love Guitar)
    • Unidentified (Flying Being)
    • U.F.O. Over Paris
    • Leylines To Glassdom
    • Crystal City
    • Activation Meditation 
    • The Glorious Om Riff
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Unidentified (Flying Being) [Live at Glastonbury 1979]
    • Not Fade Away (Glid Forever) [Live at The Rainbow Theatre 1977] 
    • Octave Doctors [Live at Glastonbury 1979]
    • Meditation Of The Snake (Alternative Mix)
Disc 7 (Live Herald (1978))
  • Original Album
    • The Salmon Song [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
    • The Dervish Riff [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
    • Castle In The Clouds/Hurdy Gurdy Man [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
    • Light In The Sky [Live at Oxford Poly May 1978]
    • Seaching For The Spark [Live at The Marquee Club August 1978]
    • Electrick Gypsies Solar Music Suite [Live at The Rainbow Theatre November 1977] 
    • Radiom/Lunar Musick Suite/Mediation Of The Dragon [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
    • It's All Too Much/The Golden Vibe [Live at Oxford Poly May 1978]
  • Bonus Tracks:
    • Solar Music Suite [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
Disc 8 (Rainbow Dome Music (1979))
  • Garden Of Paradise
  • Four Ever Rainbow
Disc 9 (Studio Herald (1978) / Open (1979))
  • Studio Herald
    • Talking To The Sun
    • 1988 Aktivator
    • New Age Synthesis (Unzipping The Zype)
    • Healing Feeling
  • Open
    • Earthrise
    • Open
    • Definite Activity
    • Getting Better
    • Day After Day
    • Getting In Tune
    • Don't Dither Do It
    • The Fire Inside
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Don't Dither Do It (1974 Power Trio Backing Track)
    • Four Ever Rainbow (Part 3 Alternative Mix)
Disc 10 (For To Next / And Not Or (1983))
  • For To Next
    • These Unchartered Lands
    • Kamikaze Eyes
    • Alone
    • Anthems For The Blind
    • Bright Future
    • Frame By Frame
    • Waiting
    • Glory
  • And Not Or
    • Before The Storm
    • Red Admiral
    • Serotonin
    • And Not Or
    • Knights Templar
    • Still Golden
Disc 11 (System 7 - System 7 (1991))
  • Sunburst
  • Freedom Fighters
  • Habibi
  • Altitude
  • Bon Humeur
  • Fractal Liaison 
  • Dog 
  • Thunderdog
  • Listen
  • Strange Quotations
  • Miracle
  • Over And Out
Disc 12 (BBC Radio 1 in Concert 1976)
  • BBC Radio 1 in Concert 1976
    • The Salmon Song
    • Hurdy Gurdy Glissando
    • Meditation Of The Dragon
    • It's All Too Much
    • Encore: Not Fade Away (Glid Forever)
  • Bonus Tracks
    • Aftaglid [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
    • Electrick Gypsies [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
    • Not Fade Away (Glid Forever) [Live at The Rainbow Theatre March 1977]
Disc 13 (BBC Radio 1 in Concert 1979)
  • Electrick Gypsies
  • New Age Synthesis (Unzipping The Zype)
  • Light In The Sky
  • Unidentified (Flying Being)
  • Radio
  • 1988 Aktivator
  • Crystal City
  • The Glorious Om Riff
  • It's All Too Much

    Disc 14 (Live At Deeply Vale, July 1978)
    • Saucer Surfing
    • Searching For The Spark
    • Octave Doctors 
    • The Salmon Song 
    • Crystal City
    • Radio 
    • Palm Trees
    • Light In The Sky
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man
    • Lunar Musick Suite
    • Sun Song (Reprise)
    • Activation Meditation
    • The Glorious Om Riff
    Disc 15 (Live At The Brighton Dome, November 1977)
    • Octave Doctors
    • It's All Too Much
    • Light In The Sky
    • Radio
    • Aftaglid
    • Electrick Gypsies
    • The Salmon Song
    • Solar Musick Suite (Part 2)
    • Motivation 
    • Saucer Surfing
    • Searching For The Spark
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man
    Disc 16 (Live at Schwabinger Brau, Munich, April 1979)
    • The Salmon Song
    • New Age Synthesis (Unzipping The Zype) 
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man
    • Unidentified (Flying Being)
    • The Dervish Riff
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man
    • Motivation
    • 1988 Aktivator
    • Crystal City
    • Activation Meditation
    • The Glorious Om Riff
    • Meditation Of The Dragon
    • It's All Too Much
    • Encore: Electrick Gypsies
    Disc 17 (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon November 1979)
    • The Fire Inside
    • 1988 Aktivator
    • Crystal City
    • Activation Meditation
    • The Glorious OM Riff
    • Day After Day
    • Getting In Tune 
    • Palm Trees
    • New Age Synthesis (Unzipping The Zype)
    • Healing Feeling
    • Open
    • Saucer Surfing
    • Searching For The Spark 
    • It's All Too Much
    • Encore: The Salmon Song
    Disc 18
    • Live At The Gong Family Unconvention, November 2006
      • Hello Dawn
      • It's All Too Much
      • Aftaglid
      • Solar Musick Suite Part 1
      • The Salmon Song
      • These Unchartered Lands
    • Bonus Tracks
      • Palm Trees [Live at the Sonesta Koepelkerk December 1979]
      • New Age Synthesis (Unzipping The Zype) [Live at the Sonesta Koepelkerk December 1979]
      • Healing Feeling [Live at the Sonesta Koepelkerk December 1979]
      • Solar Musick Suite (Early Version) [Live with Gong at Hammersmith Palais October 1974]
    Disc 19 (Sparks Volume 1)
    • Goblin [1970 Demo made in Canterbury]
    • Escape Of The Space Pirates [1971 Khan Demo and Early Versions]
    • Hollow Stone (Acoustic Demo) [1971 Khan Demo and Early Versions] 
    • Stargazers (Guitar Demo) [1971 Khan Demo and Early Versions]
    • Canterbury Sunrise [1972 Rehearsal Recording from Khan Mk II with Dave Stewart]
    • Madman's Rap [1972 Rehearsal Recording from Khan Mk II with Dave Stewart]
    • Wiring Out The Ground Loosely Now [1972 Rehearsal Recording from Khan Mk II with Dave Stewart]
    • Five Piece [1972 Rehearsal Recording from Khan Mk II with Dave Stewart]
    • The Dervish Riff [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording]
    • The Golden Vibe [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording]
    • Water Trip [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording] 
    • Leyline Drips [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording] 
    • Pre-Glid [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording]
    • Hanging Lead [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording]
    • Melting Leadatron [1973 at the Gong House, Sens - a Cappella Echo Guitar Recording]
    Disc 20 (Sparks Volume 2)
    • Don't Dither Do It [1974 Pre-Fish Rising Home Demo]
    • All The Time In The World [1974 Pre-Fish Rising Home Demo]
    • Beginning To See The Light [September 1974 Fish Rising Sessions and Additional Tracks]
    • Fish [September 1974 Fish Rising Sessions and Additional Tracks]
    • Light In The Sky [September 1974 Fish Rising Sessions and Additional Tracks]
    • Electrick Gypsies [September 1974 Fish Rising Sessions and Additional Tracks]
    • Aftaglid (Tambura Backing Track Mix) [September 1974 Fish Rising Sessions and Additional Tracks]
    • Pentagrammaspin [September 1974 Fish Rising Sessions and Additional Tracks]
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man (Early Version) [1976 L Demo in the Chicken Loft]
    • It's All Too Much [1976 L Demo in the Chicken Loft]
    • Om Nama Shivaya [1976 L Demo in the Chicken Loft]
    • Electrick Gypsies [1976 L Demo in the Chicken Loft]
    • Hurdy Gurdy Glissando [1976 L Demo in the Chicken Loft] 
    • Lunar Musick Suite (Part 2) [1976 L Demo in the Chicken Loft] 
    Disc 21 (Sparks Volume 3)
    • Hurdy Gurdy Glissando (Gliss a Cappella) [1976 Rough from Todd Rundgren's Studio]
    • Hurdy Gurdy Man (Backing Track First Take) [1976 Rough from Todd Rundgren's Studio]
    • Light In The Sky [Spring 1977 Red Demo]
    • Radio [Spring 1977 Red Demo]
    • Searching for The Spark [Spring 1977 Red Demo] 
    • Saucer Surfing [Spring 1977 Red Demo]
    • Hello Dawn [Spring 1977 Red Demo]
    • Not Fade Away (Glid Forever) [Spring 1977 Red Demo]
    • Don't Dither Do It [Spring 1977 Red Demo]
    • Sea Nature [Spring 1977 Green Demo]
    • Ether Ships [Spring 1977 Green Demo] 
    • Unidentified (Om Orgoniser) [Spring 1977 Green Demo]
    • Leylines To Glassdom [Spring 1977 Green Demo]
    • Musick Of The Trees [Spring 1977 Green Demo]
    • Beginning To See The Light [Spring 1977 Green Demo]
    • Healing Feeling [Spring 1977 Green Demo]
    • The Fire Inside [Summer 1979 Open Demo at Crofton Cottage]
    • Getting In Tune [Summer 1979 Open Demo at Crofton Cottage]
    • Give It Some Heft [Summer 1979 Open Demo at Crofton Cottage]
    • The Snakecharmers Ball [Summer 1979 Open Demo at Crofton Cottage]
    Disc 22 (Sparks Volume 4)
    • Time Lines [1983 Single B-Side (Studio Pre-Mix)] 
    • Before The World Was Made [1983 Single B-Side (Studio PreMix)]
    • Explosion [1980-82 Unfinished Track]
    • Rescue Mission [1980-82 Unfinished Track] 
    • Infomaniac [1980-82 Unfinished Track] 
    • Forgotten Pleasure [1980-82 Unfinished Track] 
    • No Fret [1980-82 Unfinished Track]
    • Never Let You Go [1980-82 Unfinished Track]
    • Everest [1980-82 Unfinished Track] 
    • Congo Glide [1980-82 Unfinished Track]
    • Bird's Eye View [1980-82 Unfinished Track]
    • Crystaline [1980-82 Unfinished Track]
    • The Aperture [1980-82 Unfinished Track] 
    • Set The Controls To The Heart Of The Sun [1989-90 System 7 Demo] 
    • Spanish Castle Magic [1989-90 System 7 Demo]
    • Bon Humeur (Demo) [1989-90 System 7 Demo]
    • Strange Quotations (Demo) [1989-90 System 7 Demo]
    • Floating World [1989-90 System 7 Demo]
    • Work It Out [1989-90 System 7 Demo]
    • Glid [1989-90 System 7 Demo]
    • Future Fifths [1989-90 System 7 Demo]