September 2011

September 30, 2011
Paul Carrack Announces New Download Only Single From Forthcoming Album

Paul Carrack's new album may not yet be released, but the first single, "Time to Move On", will be available October 23, 2011 as a download only single in North America.

September 30, 2011
Peter Gabriel To Perform Exclusive Show For BBC Radio 2 in the UK

Peter Gabriel will perform an exclusive show at the Mermaid Theatre in London, England on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. (UK time) with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Gabriel will perform songs from his forthcoming album, New Blood and forthcoming DVD and blu-ray disc, Peter Gabriel - New Blood: Live in London. The performance will air, at least in part, on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. (UK time) exclusively on BBC Radio 2. If you happen to be in the UK in October, you can also visit the BBC site for your chance to win tickets to this special performance! To get more information on the New Blood album and the New Blood: Live in London video, visit the August News section of this site.

September 29, 2011

Steve Hackett Confirms Rumors of a 2012 North American Tour

It had been the subject of much fan speculation, but Steve Hackett has confirmed that he is potentially looking at June and July for some possible North American tour dates in support of his latest release, Beyond The Shrouded Horizon. While no further information is available just yet on the North American tour, you can get additional information about Steve's current European tour at his official site.

September 26, 2011

Engineer Steve Hoffman Talks About His 2011 Remaster of Phil Collins' Hello, I Must Be Going!
Engineer Steve Hoffman posted some comments about the forthcoming 24k gold audiophile CD remaster he recently completed of Phil Collins' second solo album from the original analog master tapes for the Audio Fidelity label. "Hello, I Must Be Going!, recorded and mixed in analog in 1982, was pretty easy to work on in mastering, for one reason. Phil and his management love what Audio Fidelity has done with Phil's 'sound' on the other two Gold CD's (Face Value and No Jacket Required) and our condition that 'the original tapes would be used' was (with a bit of anxious waiting) was accomplished. The masters, stored in the UK, came directly from Phil's management and with them in the loop, we in the mastering studio could clearly hear what Phil and Hugh were going for in the studio. Our goal was to translate that to digital, all the while respecting the original intent of the sound picture, not forgetting that the compromises that were made in '82 to get this to vinyl were no longer in play. That meant that the "extra sharp" bite of some of the songs no longer had to be toned down to be cut correctly on a phonograph record. However, Stephen Marsh and I did not want to kill anyone's eardrums by leaving the mixes totally unworked."

"In mastering these 30 ips tapes we wanted a full, rich sound, mindful of the fact that Phil didn't always want that. He likes stark, moody sounds sometimes and to "warm up" something like that in mastering would be the biggest type of betrayal of the original intent of the recording."

"Marsh and I worked at it until we nailed it with just the right amount of depth, warmth and lifelike sound and I believe we have faithfully reproduced what Phil and Hugh were going for back in 1982, but with the amazing tonality reproduction of the best Audio Fidelity sound. The crucial, magic midrange is here on our version and not in hiding like on most other releases of this album down through the years, especially the versions released in the United States that used the third generation Atlantic EQ'd cutting dub..."

Pictures of the original master reels
of Phil Collins' Hello, I Must Be Going!

September 25, 2011
Ray Wilson Box Set with Exclusive Track Available Now!
  September 9, 2011 saw the release in Europe of Ray Wilson's new box set Genesis vs. Stiltskin. This 4-disc Box Set includes the new 2011 Stiltskin album, Unfulfillment, plus Ray Wilson's Genesis Classic Project, Live in Poznan, a 21-track live album with the Berlin Symphony Ensemble with a bonus 8-track live DVD (not to be confused with Ray's prior 1 CD album, 2010's Genesis Klassik). This Genesis vs. Stiltskin box set includes an exclusive bonus track on the Stiltskin Unfulfillment disc, a "Midnight Mix" of the song "The 7th Day!"

September 25, 2011
Genesis' Debut Album To Be Reissued (Again)
Another reissue of Genesis' debut album, From Genesis to Revelation, is slated for October 31, 2011 in Europe. As with the other reissues of this album that have surfaced over the past several years, this release is an officially licensed product from the owner of these recordings, but its not approved by Genesis or their management. This 19-track reissue is not the most complete version ever released (some have had more than 19 tracks), but I'm pleased to see the use of the artwork, which was featured on one of the earlier LP reissues of the first album, many years ago.   

September 10, 2011
Phil Collins' Hello, I Must Be Going! To Be Released As Limited Edition Audiophile 24k Gold CD
  Audio Fidelity will reissue Phil Collins second solo album, Hello, I Must Be Going!, as a remastered, limited numbered edition audiophile 24k gold CD on October 18th in North America. Pre-order your copy today by clicking here! Previously, Audio Fidelity has released Phil Collins' Face Value and No Jacket Required as audiophile CD reissues. As reported here previously, the audiophile label plans to reissue Mike and the Mechanics self-titled debut album in the coming months.


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