March 2012

March 18, 2012
Steve Hackett/Chris Squire Squackett CD Coming In May; Multiple Formats Will Be Available For Hackett Collectors

According to the official Steve Hackett site, the Squackett project featuring Steve Hackett and legendary prog rock bassist Chris Squire (from the band Yes) will be released on May 28th in Europe through Esoteric Records (the album will have North American distribution as well). The album will be released in the following formats: Standard CD (Catalog #EANTCD 1002), Limited and Numbered Vinyl Edition (catalog # EANTLP 1002), and Limited Edition 2-Disc Deluxe Edition with hardback cover & 5.1 surround bonus disc (catalog # EANTCD 2002).

The Track Listing:
1. A Life Within a Day
2. Tall Ships
3. Divided Self
4. Aliens
5. Sea of Smiles
6. The Summer Backwards
7. Storm Chaser
8. Can't Stop the Rain
9. Perfect Love Song

As reported here last month, the official Hackett site also confirms the limited edition Record Store Day 7" single for "Sea of Smiles" (edit)/"Perfect Love Song." Details can be found in the February News Section of this site.

March 18, 2012
Phil Collins' New Book On Historic Alamo Artifacts Available For Pre-Order!

Phil Collins' new hardcover book featuring pieces of his prized collection of historic Alamo memorabilia is now available for order. The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey (
1933337508, 978-1933337500) is published by State House Press and is receiving rave reviews. One reviewer goes so far as to call it "Phil Collins' gift to Texas."

According to the press release, "Here, for the first time in history, are the artifacts, relics, and documents that compose the Phil Collins collection, available in a beautifully designed color book shot-through with stunning photography and crisply rendered illustrations. Collinsís prose takes the reader through the joys of being a collector as he lovingly describes what each piece in this impressive assemblage means to him. Photographer Ben Powell of Austin brought these items to vivid relief, and artist Gary Zabolyís masterful pen-and-ink drawings breath life into the items. Essays by Texas historians Bruce Winders, Don Frazier, and Stephen Hardin provide the historical background to the collection and help make this into a work of art that also serves handily as a serious research tool." You can also watch a brief 3+ minute promotional clip about the new book here (included in the promo clip is a snippet of a rare Phil Collins instrumental tune called "Head Held High").

March 18, 2012

Naxos Reconfirms The North American Release Date For Tony Banks' New Orchestral CD

As reported here back on March 11th, we initially reported last month that Tony Banks' new orchestral CD, SIX Pieces for Orchestra, would be released on April 24th in North America. More recently, other sites began reporting that the North American release was pushed up to April 2nd. As release dates as always subject to change, WOG rechecked with the record company, Naxos. As of Friday, Naxos has reconfirmed that the April 24th release date is still correct.

March 11, 2012

Conflicting Release Information Circulating About North American Tony Banks Orchestral CD

Last month, we reported courtesy of Naxos, the label releasing the forthcoming Tony Banks orchestral CD Six Pieces for Orchestra, that the North American release date was tentatively set for April 24th. Now, a few places are reporting a release date of April 2nd. We have reached out to Naxos to confirm whether the street date for the North American has, in fact, changed. Release dates change all the time, so this is certainly possible (and it would bring the North America release closer to the previously announced UK release date of March 26th). Once we know for certain, we will post it here.

March 11, 2012

Official Phil Collins Site Posts World-Wide Release Dates For Phil Collins' Video; Japanese Release Also Confirmed

Although this site reported the U.K. and North American release dates several weeks ago, the official Phil Collins site has now posted the majority of the European and the North American release dates for Phil Collins' forthcoming DVD and Blu-Ray Disc, Live in Montreux. They also put to rest concerns of some fans that the DVD version wasn't going to be available in all markets.
Territory  Blu-Ray Disc DVD
UK March 26th April 30th
USA/Canada March 27th March 27th **
Germany March 23rd March 23rd
Ireland March 23rd April 27th
France March 27th March 27th
Benelux March 26th March 26th
Scandinavia March 26th March 26th
Italy March 27th March 27th
Poland March 26th April 2nd
South Africa March 26th March 26th
Spain March 26th March 26th
Austria March 23rd March 23rd
Switzerland March 23rd March 23rd

Another release date not included on the Phil Collins site are the Japanese release dates. The Japanese issues with be released on the Verita Note label on April 4, 2012 on Blu-Ray Disc (catalog # VQXD10029) and DVD (catalog# VQBD10079).

Important Note: The U.S. release on DVD was later changed to May 1, 2012. The initial information provided on the official Phil Collins site was incorrect.

March 3, 2012

Phil Collins' Classic ...But Seriously Album Tentatively To Be Released As A 24k Gold Audiophile CD in April
  According to the President of Audio Fidelity Records, the label will reissue an audiophile 24k Gold CD remaster of Phil Collins' ...But Seriously album (catalog #: AFZ-135) in April (pre-order coming soon!). As with the Audio Fidelity audiophile editions of Face Value; Hello, I Must Be Going!; and No Jacket Required, these are all remastered limited numbered editions. The label president also reported that the final batches of Face Value and No Jacket Required will be shipped soon from the warehouse, finishing off the complete run of 5,000 copies in the series of each of those titles. Once those are sold by retailers, these classic audiophile editions will be gone forever!

As reported here previously, the Audio Fidelity label also has plans in the works to reissue an audiophile 24k Gold CD for the first self-titled Mike and the Mechanics album in the near future as well (although no exact release date has been determined yet). This is, of course, the Mechanics album with hits like "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)", "Taken In" and "All I Need is a Miracle."

March 2, 2012
Want More New Blood Live? It's Coming Soon on Compact Disc!

If Peter Gabriel's latest studio album, New Blood (on CD and double LP), and his New Blood Live in London video on Blu-Ray Disc, 3D-Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray Disc/DVD combo pack, DVD, and/or limited edition DVD/CD/Blu-Ray Disc/3D-BluRay Disc package were not enough, you can now pre-order New Blood Live in London on a 2-CD set! The new CD version will be released by Eagle Rock on April 24, 2012 in North America. Pre-order your copy here!

March 2, 2012

Steve Hackett Provides Updates On New Live Album, New Genesis Tribute Project, A New Single, and More!

In a mass-distribution e-mail from Steve Hackett's camp, we've learned that Steve has a number of things in the pipeline for fans. First, Steve will be releasing a new live album taken from the recent batch of UK tour dates. No specific details are known yet, but I am certain more will be revealed very shortly.

Next, Steve announced that on May 20th, there will be a special one-off show called 'Past & Present' at the Islington Assembly in London, England. According to Steve, "Itíll embrace early Genesis days / Voyage of the Acolyte material and then spin forwards to celebrate the two most recent albums and will also include a number not previously performed. Itís in aid of CHILDLINE ROCKS. The child support theme is also reflected in the single that comes out the day after the show, Enter the Night which was influenced by the story of Peter Pan." Hackett will also do a few tour dates with Djabe later this month (visit the official Steve Hackett site for details).

If a special live show, a new single, and a forthcoming live album are not enough, Steve also shares that he is working on a Genesis Revisited II studio project with yet to be named special guests (of course, a follow up to the popular Genesis Revisited project from the '90s). Plus, re-confirmation that the Squackett album with Chris Squire (from the rock band Yes) will be released "late spring."

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