December 31, 2010
Are There any Special Plans For the 30th Anniversary of Phil Collins' Solo Career? His Management Chimes In

World of recently had a chance to speak with Genesis and Phil Collins' management about whether there were any special plans in the works for the 30th anniversary of Phil Collins' solo career in 2011 such as a complete video collection, new career spanning anthology, complete back catalog remasters, a b-side collection, or other archive type releases. Unfortunately, management reports that at the present time there are no such plans in the works.

December 31, 2010
Paul Young Fans: Sad Cafe and Mandalaband CD Re-issues Announced

In Japan, Disk Union has re-released the early Sad Cafe as 24-bit digital remasters as mini LP style CDs as part of the Legends of British Rock Series. These reissues include: Fanx Tara (catalog #
AIRAC-1604) which includes the bonus track "Bell Ends", Misplaced Ideals (catalog # AIRAC-1605) which includes the bonus track "I Wish This Night Would Never End", Facades (catalog # AIRAC-1606) which includes the bonus track "Time is So Hard to Find", Sad Cafe (catalog # AIRAC-1607), Live in Concert (catalog # AIRAC-1608) which includes the bonus track "I Believe (Love Will Survive)", Ole (catalog# AIRAC-1610) which includes the bonus track "Rat Race", as well as Mandalaband's Eye of Wendor (catalog# ARC-7340) as a mini LP style CD which includes three bonus tracks: "The Eye of Wendor", "The Witch of Waldow Wood", and "Silesandre."

In Europe, the Madalaband Eye of Wendor album has been re-issued as part of a new 2-CD anthology called Resurrection: Mandalaband I & II Remixed and Remastered. This compilation includes both Mandalaband albums (only Eye of Wendor on disc two features Paul Young). The new European version of Eye of Wendor in this compilation has 16 tracks (as opposed to 17 on the Japanese reissue).

December 24, 2010
WOMAD Shop offers 12 Peter Gabriel Albums in 12-Days Promotion; Uscita Available for Download

The WOMAD shop (which is run by Peter Gabriel's Real World Records), is offering a special promotion starting Christmas day and running for 12-days. Each day, a different Peter Gabriel album will be available as a high quality or Apple lossless digital download for 50% off from his solo debut through Scratch My Back. Please note: This applies to digital downloads only (not CDs or vinyl). They also offer titles by other Real World artists (also of note: these are NOT the reissues or expanded versions of the Gabriel catalog expected for release in 2011).

Also available for download only is Uscita, a special compilation of Peter Gabriel's music hand selected by Peter himself. Back in 2004, as part of the Music Industry Trust Awards, this compilation was given out to people who attended that event. While a pressed CD is not available (unfortunately), you can now get this special compilation via the WOMAD site as a high quality MP3 download or an Apple lossless download. Collector's should note that this compilation includes the hard-to-find 'Broad Mix' of the b-side "Curtains." 

December 24, 2010

New Interview with Genesis Photographer Richard Haines Now On-Line!

Photographer Richard Haines shot pictures of Genesis during key historical moments from 1973 to 1976, including during the making of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway album. Click here to read about Richard's work with Genesis and how you can view and even purchase some of these great pictures (many of which have NEVER been seen before) for your personal collection! World of will also be holding an exclusive contest in the new year where a lucky Genesis fan will win one of Richard's amazing pictures hand signed by the photographer himself! Check back for details very soon!

December 24, 2010

New Paul D'Adamo Contest Coming in January

In addition to the contest for one of Richard Haines' signed Genesis prints, we will also be running a second contest around the release of Paul D'Adamo's latest album, Tell Me Something. The album, as you may already know, features musicians including: Brad Cole, Daryl Stuermer, Chester Thompson, Luis Conte, Leland Sklar, Amy Keys, and other members of Phil Collins' touring band performing Genesis and Phil Collins tunes along with three original songs by D'Adamo. In celebration of the album's North American release, Paul has given us a couple of extra copies of his Something To Tell documentary on DVD (NTSC/Region 0) as well as a copy or two of the album to give away. More on this contest in January!

Expect additional contests on other artists in the coming months!

December 19, 2010

Things To Look Forward To In 2011...

For the past nine years or so, around this time of year, we like to look ahead to the new year to remind fans of just a few of the releases and tours we already know we can look forward to hearing or seeing in the future. Some of these releases include:

1. Paul Carrack - 2011 European tour (in support of his 2010 A Different Hat album)
2. Phil Collins - Limited edition, numbered 24k gold digitally remastered CD issue of No Jacket Required - February 2011
3. Phil Collins - Free reading/live symphonic performance as part of the 175th anniversary of the Alamo -  March 5, 2011
4. Peter Gabriel - New Blood (tentative album title of orchestral versions of Peter Gabriel songs) - spring 2011 
5. Peter Gabriel - New Blood concert DVD/live album release (details still unconfirmed)
6. Peter Gabriel - back catalog reissues, including an expanded 25th anniversary version of So (these reissues may include variations of the original album art work - details still largely unconfirmed)
7. Steve Hackett - new (yet untitled) studio solo project - 2011
8. Steve Hackett - "Squackett" (working title) project with Chris Squire of the band Yes - 2011
9. Steve Hackett - 2011 European tour
10. Anthony Phillips - Missing Links 1-3 (budget priced compilation) - January 2011
11. Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces 9 & 10 (budget priced compilation) - January 2011
12. Mike Rutherford - Mike & The Mechanics - The Road CD - April 2011
13. Mike Rutherford - Mike & The Mechanics - 'Hit the Road' Tour of Europe - April/May 2011
14. Ray Wilson - Ray Wilson/Stiltskin ("hard rock" studio album and tour) - Autumn 2011

As with any pre-release information, this information may be subject to change or delay (Especially, in the case of the Peter Gabriel New Blood album release, which sounds like its still being worked on!). In any case, based upon this early list, it appears that we may have many new pieces of 'product' to look forward to in 2011!

December 19, 2010
Paul Carrack To Appear On the BBC in December

Carrack fans should note that Paul Carrack will be performing live on the BBC in the U.K. Scheduled performances for broadcast include:

Monday, December 20th BBC Big Band special (pt1) Radio 2 (recorded at the Town Hall in Brimingham, England)
Monday, December 27th BBC Big Band special (pt2) Radio 2 (recorded at the Town Hall in Brimingham, England)
Tuesday, December 28th BBC Breakfast TV

According to the BBC, the first Big Band Special will feature holiday favorites "Rudolph The Red Noses Reindeer", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Winter Wonderland", and "Let it Snow." The second Big Band Special
will feature a live set which includes: "How Long", "It Ain't Over", "Moon River" and "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying." Paul Carrack is, of course, promoting his latest album, A Different Hat (available as a download, CD, deluxe CD+DVD, and now even as an LP!), with these performances, but you can also get his take on these Christmas favorites on his holiday album, Soulful Christmas and Winter Wonderland.

December 16, 2010
Audiophile CD Remaster of Phil Collins' No Jacket Required Available For Pre-Order!
  The Audio Fidelity 24k Gold CD remaster of Phil Collins' classic No Jacket Required album is now available for pre-order! This limited edition, individually numbered slipcase edition was first announced here back in October. This new collectible pressing of No Jacket Required was remastered specifically for this release by Engineer Steve Hoffman. The album remains one of Collins' most successful solo projects, including massive hit singles like "Sussudio", "One More Night", "Don't Lose My Number" and "Take Me Home." This audiophile version of No Jacket Required is tentatively scheduled to be released in North America in February 2011.

December 12, 2010
New Paul Carrack Download Only Single Available

Paul Carrack has released a new digital download only single for his new version of "It Ain't Over" featuring David Cullen and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This new single features both the Radio Mix and an exclusive Extended Mix that is not available on Carrack's new album, A Different Hat, which is available as an album download, a standard CD, or a deluxe CD+DVD (PAL/Region 0) version with special packaging (as reported previously).

December 12, 2010

Two Additional Anthony Phillips Compilations Slated For Release In Europe For 2011

Much like the prior budget priced '2 in 1' CD reissues for Anthony Phillips' back catalog in Europe, it has been announced that Phillips' Missing Links Volumes 1 through 3 and Private Parts & Pieces 9 (Dragonfly Dreams) and 10 (Soiree) will be reissued as specially priced collections. As with the majority of these reissues, the albums are not remastered, but its a great way to purchase these albums at a very reasonable price! Both titles are scheduled for release at the end of January. Both collections feature new and/or slightly modified artwork with the Missing Links collection featuring the newer artwork featured on the now out of print Japanese only Disc Union pressings from a few years back and Soiree featuring new artwork completely! To purchases these and other Ant '2 in 1' reissues, check out the Anthony Phillips section on the Shopping Section of this site!

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