February 2013

February 22, 2013
Phil Collins To Appear On A Cappella Group's New Album This May

  According to Express in the UK and Skope in the U.S., Phil Collins with join Dolly Parton, Rob Thomas, Sarah Bareilles, Jason Mraz, Take 6, and Seal on the forthcoming album by a cappella group, Straight No Chaser. The album, Under The Influence, is slated for release on May 7th in North America (on Atlantic/Atco Records) and May 13th in the UK. We don't have a track listing yet to know what song Phil is doing with the group. The only track that's been confirmed as of today is Sarah Bareilles' track with the group, which is a cover of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back." More details on the rest of the album should surface soon.

A pre-order link for Amazon and/or other fine retailers should be available in the coming weeks long before the scheduled May release.

February 22, 2013
Chester Thompson To Appear At Free Clinic/Performance Next Week!

Durham reports that Chester Thompson will participate in a free drum clinic/performance as part of the Ontario Christian Music Festival on February 28th at the Durham Christian Academy auditorium, 2038 Nash Road, Courtice, Ontario, Canada (doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the clinic starting at 7 p.m.). Voluntary donations by attendees are being accepted.

February 22, 2013

Steve Hackett To Appear on Up-Coming Nick Magnus Album

Nick Magnus (Steve Hackett's former band mate) has confirmed that he is busy at work on a new solo album with a planned release for later this year. Magnus has confirmed that both Steve Hackett and Hackett's band mate Rob Townsend appear on the project. For those less familiar with Nick's solo work, I recommend trying out Hexameron, which also features Hackett and is without question my favorite of his projects.
Children of Another God is another of Nick's albums you may enjoy if you like Hexameron (which also features Hackett).

February 22, 2013
Ray Wilson Personally Provides Update on Forthcoming CD/DVD Project

Tonight, Ray Wilson
records the first part of the 20 Years and More CD and DVD release (details on this release are below) which he says will be available in late May. Wilson explained, "The first part is more acoustic, recorded with piano, Steve and me on vocals and acoustic guitars and a string quartet..." The second part, with the full band, will be recorded live at Radio Trojka, Warsaw, in April and will be released in November this year" (details on this can be found below on the Radio Trojka performance as well). "We hope to have around 40 songs on both discs, including live versions of some songs from the new studio album, Chasing Rainbows, which is still scheduled for release on April 19th."

February 22, 2013
Peter Gabriel Chats The Astronauts At the International Space Station; Treated To Tribute From Space!

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford of NASA, Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA and Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency were treated to a late afternoon call from Peter Gabriel on February 20th during a visit to the Johnson Space Center's ISS Flight Control Room at Mission Control in Houston, Texas.

Gabriel and his family were the guests of astronaut Ron Garan during a tour of the center's facilities. Gabriel discussed life and work on orbit with the three crewmembers and was treated to a few chords of music from Hadfield (including a brief cover of "In Your Eyes"), who is never far from his guitar aboard the orbital laboratory. More than likely, this is the farthest from Earth "In Your Eyes" have ever been performed. It was certainly a version Mr. Gabriel won't forget any time soon!


February 18, 2013
SHM-CD Reissues Announced For Genesis Back Catalog Titles in Japan

Toshiba-EMI in Japan will reissue the Genesis albums: Trespass (catalog # VJCP-98015), Nursery Cryme (catalog # VJCP-98016), Foxtrot (catalog # VJCP-98017), Selling England By The Pound (catalog # VJCP-98018) and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (catalog # VJCP-98019) as limited edition SHM-CDs in mini-LP sleeve CD packaging on April 24, 2013. These SHM-CD reissues are exclusive to Japan. Additional SHM-CD Genesis back catalog titles will be announced for reissue later this year in Japan.

For those unfamiliar with the format, the high quality SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing, SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc, allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players.

February 18, 2013

Paul Carrack to Appear on New Beatles Tribute Album

According to the BBC, on February 11th, Paul Carrack, Mick Hucknall, Joss Stone, and The Stereophonics are among artists who re-recorded The Beatles' Please Please Me at Abbey Road Studios in the UK on the album's 50th anniversary. The musicians had just 12 hours to complete the work, mirroring the marathon single session that resulted in the Beatles' debut album. They used the same studio, with all the tracks recorded in order. The session was filmed for a 4-hour BBC session called 12 Hours To Please Please Me.

February 18, 2013
Details On Ray Wilson's Forthcoming Album, Single and Re-launched Website
Chasing Rainbows, Ray Wilson's forthcoming album, will be released April 19th. One song from the 12-track album, "She's A Queen," was released on YouTube for Valentine's Day (see to your right). We will also hear a second song from Chasing Rainbows before April 19th. The song "Easier That Way" will be released in March as the first single. 

Ray Wilson is also going to play a special show in Katowice, Poland on February 22, 2013. Called 20 Years And More, it will be recorded for a CD and DVD production. Ray will also perform his 20 Years And More show live on Radio Trojka in Warsaw, Poland on April 14th.


February 11, 2013
Ray Wilson Re-Records Genesis Classic with Steve Hackett

According to a post from Ray Wilson on Facebook, Sunday, February 3, 2013 the former Genesis Calling All Stations front man spent the day re-recording the Genesis classic "Carpet Crawlers" for a forthcoming Steve Hackett release. No further information about this forthcoming Hackett album is available at this time. More details will be announced here when known.

February 11, 2013
Steve Hackett Shares New Insight Into Darktown CD Reissue And Bonus Tracks

Last month, Steve Hackett announced the reissues of his solo catalog (formerly on Camino Records) from 1983's Bay of Kings to 2008's Tribute, with the first seven titles released in digipack sleeves on February 25, 2013 on Hackett's Wolfworks Records. In addition, Hackett has now shared that the new reissue of 1999's Darktown has three bonus tracks: "Flame" (4:21), "Coming Home To The Blues" (6:13), and "Fast Flower" (4:32). For more information on the first batch of seven reissues, check out the January News Section of this site.

February 11, 2013
Peter Gabriel Cover Featured On The Voice Project Compilation
  Peter Gabriel has contributed a cover version of Tom Waits' "In The Neighborhood" for the Voice Project's Home Recordings, Volume One. The project is available now and you can get your copy by clicking here

The album features additional contributions by Angélique Kidjo, Joseph Arthur (who does a cover of Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey"), Garrison Starr, Joe Purdy, Billy Bragg, and Mike Mills among others.

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