NEWS IN THE WORLD OF GENESIS - January 2002

January 31, 2002
Genesis Webmaster Shares Results of Today's Meeting On Archive Releases

According to a posting on the Talk Section of the official Genesis site today, yesterday's meeting with Tony Smith about future Genesis archive releases looks promising. Here is what the webmaster has revealed: 

"1. I am to get quotes for CD issues of Acting Very Strange and Wicked Lady for speedy re-issue;
2. We plan to extend the range of merchandise (i.e. both in terms of products and albums/tours covered);
3. I am putting together a budget for an Archive Club to be based, hopefully, on a schedule of 4 Live and one rehearsal/outtakes/demos CD and one DVD a year.
4.  We will use the results of the current survey to decide which tours/albums to choose for the initial releases.  We will then search the archives at the Farm and elsewhere for relevant material.  This will then be listened to in order to find the best selections.
5.  If everything pans out the Club may be up and running by the summer with the re-issues c. Easter."

January 30, 2002
Genesis Webmaster To Meet With Tony Smith Regarding Archive CDs

According to the official webmaster for the Genesis site, he will be meeting with Tony Smith, the band's manager, tomorrow to discuss the possibility of new archive releases. Hopefully, the results of this meeting will be known soon.

January 29, 2002
Official Genesis Site Polls Fans For Potential Archive CDs

A poll has been added to the official Genesis site to query fans about potential live and studio archive releases and what types of recordings fans want. If you haven't already, go cast your vote! It sounds like the official releases of more rare recordings may actually become a reality!

January 29, 2002
Gabriel Site Confirms Remaster Releases

The official Peter Gabriel site was updated today and reconfirmed that the remastered version of Peter's Shaking The Tree: 16 Golden Greats would be released in February. The site says that the rest of the remasters are tentatively due by the end of April (Does anyone want to hold their breath?).

January 28, 2002
Phil Collins Officially Joins Sir McCartney, Elton, and Jagger For Golden Jubilee

As reported here back on August 9th, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times of India and The Evening Standard have confirmed that Phil Collins has officially agreed to participate in the Queen of England's Golden Jubilee events this summer. The concert, which will take place on June 3rd at Buckingham Palace, will accommodate approximately 12,000 fans who will be selected by a series of ballots and competitions. The performers in the concert's "super group" are a literal who's who of rock including: Mr. Collins, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, and others. The event is said to be the idea of former Beatles Producer George Martin. The BBC, who have exclusive rights to the event, will be broadcasting the concert to over 100 million fans worldwide.

January 28, 2002
Hackett Sheet Music Now Available For Download!

19 of Steve Hackett's songs have been transcribed by Theo Cheng and are now available for download from the official Steve Hackett site. The sheet music comes in three formats: straight transcription (unmarked), transcription with finger positions (marked), and simplified guitar tablature (tab). The sheet music is in PDF format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat to read these files. 

The sheet music is 2.50 each (approximately $4.00 U.S.) or you can get the entire lot of 19 pieces for 25.00 (approximately $40.00 U.S.). If you purchase the entire set of 19 songs, you have the option of getting the files on a CD or downloading them. If you purchase the sheet music individually, downloading is your only option. Among the songs transcribed are Hackett classics like "Black Light", "Calmaria", "Momentum", and the Hackett signature tune (and Genesis classic) "Horizons." Hopefully, more titles will follow. Stay tuned! 

January 28, 2002
New 2 CD Hackett Compilation Planned For February

A new 2 CD Steve Hackett anthology, called The Genesis Files, is scheduled for release in Europe on February 18, 2002 (catalog #: SMDCD382) on a division of Snapper Music. The release has a tentative U.S. release date of February 19, 2002 (catalog #: 636551438223). 

Track Listing:

1. Firth of Fifth
2. Watcher of The Skies
3. Riding The Colossus
4. Rise Again
5. Valley of The Kings
6. Time Lapse At Milton Keynes
7. Your Own Special Way
8. Fountain of Salmacis
9. For Absent Friends
10. Twice Around The Sun

1. Horizons
2. Prizefighters
3. Camino Royale
4. I Know What I Like
5. Dja Vu
6. Waiting Room Only
7. Dance On A Volcano
8. The Steppes
9. In That Quiet Earth
10. Los Endos

For more information on this release click here.

January 28, 2002
Genesis Webmaster Says Collins' Album Due In November; Possible New Official Site In The Works

Despite a report by Reuters claiming an end of summer release, a posting made by the official Genesis webmaster says Phil's next solo effort will be released around November with a first single to be possibly released in September (which seems like a long time in advance to release a single to me!). In any case, there is apparently also discussion to establish Phil's own official presence on the world wide web. We will keep you posted on what happens...

January 26, 2002
Peter Gabriel's REMASTERED Greatest Hits Now Available For Pre-Order!

Peter Gabriel's Shaking The Tree: 16 Golden Greats is now available for pre-order with a planned release date of February 5th in the USA! Pre-order your copy now!

January 23, 2002
New Chat Section On The Official Genesis Site

The new Chat Section on the official Genesis site is up and running. Check it out!

January 23, 2002
Peter Gabriel's OD2 Lands Major Deal With Microsoft

Peter Gabriel's online music distribution company, OD2, has signed a deal to supply music from some of the world's biggest artists to users of Microsoft's UK website. OD2 is one of the UK's most successful internet music companies and the deal will see songs by artists including Dido, Santana, Craig David and Phil Collins available to buy online through MSN.co.uk starting in February. OD2 has also announced that it is to provide the world's first music downloads by Wap phone in a scheme to launch in France.

In the Microsoft deal, users will get access to the catalogues of record companies including BMG, EMI, Warner and hundreds of independent labels, who have struck partnerships with OD2. For more on this story click here.

January 23, 2002
Daryl Stuermer Participates In NARAS Showcase

The Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) will present a New Artist Demo Showcase on January 28, 2002. Daryl will join the panel of local and national industry professionals to select a winner. The showcase will be hosted at the Miramar Theater, 2443 N. Oakland Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 6:30-9 p.m. Artist are urged to submit their demos ASAP. For entry forms, prize list and other contest information click here.

January 23, 2002

More Info On The Gabriel Plays Live Controversy/Rumors

According to Real World, Peter Gabriel's own label, they had this to say about the Plays Live remaster: "It is more then likely to be the double album rather then the highlights. This will be confirmed very shortly and all should become clear."

So, you want more news on this issue? OK! The information below was provided by Virgin Records (Gabriel's European distributor) courtesy of Time Lapse Records:

"Feb 25th- tentative release date for Shaking the Tree, remastered version in standard jewel case (this will obviously be released as a 'taster' for the other titles). This one will have the following catalog number: Virgin Records PGTVDR 6." 

"May 6th - the following titles are coming out (I'm guessing that these will also be in standard jewel cases and the Japanese miniature sleeve versions will either be issued before or after these are released):" 

PETER GABRIEL 1 (Virgin PGSDX 1) 
PETER GABRIEL 2 (Virgin PGSDX 2) 
PETER GABRIEL 3 (Virgin PGSDX 3) 
PETER GABRIEL 4 (Virgin PGSDX 4) 
PLAYS LIVE (2CD) (Virgin CDPGDX 100) 
BIRDY (Virgin CASCDX 1167) 
PASSION (Virgin RWCDX 1) 
SO (Virgin PGSDX 5) 
SHAKING THE TREE (Virgin PGTVDX 6) 
US (Virgin PGSDX 7) 

Time Lapse added, "Now, as far as I can tell, the reason for the different catalogue number used on Shaking the Tree, is because the initial release will be a budget priced CD whereas the later release will be slightly higher (no idea why!)"

As always, release dates (especially in the world of Peter Gabriel) are subject to change.

January 22, 2002
Rumors That The Newly Remastered Gabriel Plays Live Is Only A Highlights CD Are False

According to a source at Universal Music Group (the distributor of Peter Gabriel's albums in the USA), rumors announced by a fan on the official Genesis website that the up-coming remastered version of Plays Live will be a highlights version (and not the complete album) are apparently false. Further, a second confirmation that the new version of Plays Live will not be abridged was also verified earlier today for the UK release by Time Lapse Records, a commercial music store based in England.

January 21, 2002
Ray Updates Fans On His Activity... 

Ray Wilson says that he is just back from Italy. He hopes to return to Italy again in July for a gig or two. Ray is also working on other gigs as well, including Shepherds Bush Empire in London sometime in May and, possibly, the Cavern in Liverpool among many others in and around England and Scotland. Germany dates may also be in the works. 

Ray will leave for New York on February 3rd, and hopes to come back with some good material for a new album (with a planned release around September).

January 19, 2002
Plans For Genesis Live Archive CDs Disclosed By Official Webmaster

On the discussion forum section (a.k.a. Genesis Talk) of the official Genesis site, the webmaster revealed that he has proposed releasing live archive recordings progressively on a club basis (similar to what King Crimson has done for their fans) to Tony Smith, the band's long-time manager. The webmaster shared that there could be an estimated six releases per year which would be pressed in limited quantities (or for whatever the demand required). At this time, he suspects that these releases will not be available "going out for general use." In other words, when these titles do go on sale on the official site, you might not want to wait too long to grab a copy or you just might miss out!

January 18, 2002
More News On Up-Coming Genesis Tribute CD

The latest Genesis tribute album, In Too Deep - A Tribute To Genesis, will be released in Europe on Cherry Red Records on March 4th. As World of Genesis.com reported back on January 5th, the U.S. release is still scheduled for release on February 5th. More to follow...

January 18, 2002
Reuters Report Says Collins' New "Experimental" CD To Be Released By The End of The Summer

Reuters, an international news agency, just reported a story on the Phil Collins unplugged charity event this month (which was posted here on World of Genesis back in October!). In their news article, a new quote by Collins reveals that Phil plans to have his new solo album out by the end of the summer. Collins describes the up-coming album as being "far more experimental" as it marks the first time he used a computer for composing and mixing.

January 17, 2002
Rumors Spread That Gabriel's Remasters Might Not Be Completely 'Definitive'

A fan post to the Genesis website claims to have official knowledge that the up-coming remastered version of Peter Gabriel's Plays Live will be slimed down to a highlights version rather than the complete double disc set. Further, there are claims of the release date changing, with all titles scheduled for an April release (instead of staggered starting in February and finishing in April). I have contacted Peter Gabriel's "people", Virgin Records, and Universal Music Group (distributor of his label in the USA) for confirmation or denial of these rumors. Once these comments have been addressed, I will let you know.

Special thanks to Phil Morris for contacting me about this. I should get an official response shortly.

January 16, 2002
Gabriel Gives Fans Their First Glimpse of His Remastered Back Catalog

Today, the official Peter Gabriel site offers us the first glimpses of his newly remastered back catalog. In addition to all of the titles previously mentioned, it appears that the Birdy soundtrack has also been digitally remastered. So, now every Gabriel album from his debut through Us (with no exceptions) will be released between February and April 2002. Interestingly, despite what the Virgin Eden website previously claimed, the Gabriel remastered CDs pictured are in standard jewel cases rather than LP style sleeves. 

January 13, 2002
Carrack Continues Promotional Campaign In Europe

Paul will be in Sweden on the 15th of January to perform on Go'kvll" (Good Evening) on TV2, and also in Germany January 28th through February 2nd to promote the release of Satisfy My Soul (his last album).

January 13, 2002
Paul Carrack Plans Tour Dates With Supertramp In The UK

Paul has announced two UK tour dates with Supertramp in July at Hyde Park and Cardiff Castle. Check out the Tour Dates Section for details.

January 13, 2002
New Genesis Talking Shop Unveiled On  The Official Genesis Site

The official Genesis Webmaster has unveiled the new and improved Talking Shop on the band's site. It is a HUGE improvement over the old one. Check it out!

January 12, 2002
Gabriel's "Dog One" Now Available For Pre-Order!

As reported back on January 5th, Gabriel bassist Tony Levin's up-coming album, Pieces of The Sun (catalog # 72438-11626-2), is due out February 12th. The album includes the rare track "Dog One" which was actually written by Peter Gabriel himself. If you would like to get a copy, you can now pre-order it buy clicking here.

January 12, 2002
Official Genesis Site Asks Fans To Identify Bootleg Titles For Possible Official Live Archive Releases

The Webmaster of the official Genesis site has asked that Genesis fans review the list below of recordings currently in the band's possession. They would like to know which titles exist on bootleg and what the sound quality is like. This is the first indication of what we might see released in the band's official live archive CD series (which is something they have talked about since the inception of the latest official site in late July 2001). 

The list is a partial sample of tapes in Phil Collins' personal collection. Some titles were omitted from the list due to the fact that bootlegs of those shows are known to exist, and the webmaster is interested in material not already 'out there' as a basis for suggestions to Hit & Run (the band's management). As a matter of interest, there were 38 pages of video tapes (as well as a load of PC live audio). So, perhaps, if these archive CDs sell well, we can look forward to many more titles in the future!

The audio tapes include:
Hartford 13.9.83
Budapest 18.6.87
Shepperton rehearsals 22.7.83
Chicago 5,7,8,9,10.10.86
LA 14, 16.10.86
Philadelphia 24.9.86
Paris Bercy 1.6.87
Detroit 20.9.86
Hanover 7.6.87
Philadelphia 29.6.86
Toronto 22.9.86
Montreaux 16.5.87
Montreal 16.2.87
Osaka 19.3.87
Tokyo 14.3.87
London 2.8.87
Hanover 92
Philadelphia 27.11.81
Sydney 15.12.86
Wind & Wuthering rehearsal 76
Headley Grange rehearsal 74
Acton rehearsal 76
Old Croft writing 79
Turin 2.74
PSL rehearsal w/Bruford 76
Showco rehearsal 78
Shepperton rehearsal 78
Shepperton rehearsal 80
Hammersmith rehearsal for MK+ Gabriel 29.9.82
Rehearsal with Chester T 12.3.76
Quebec 14.4.76
Rotterdam 29.6.77
Memphis (?) 16.9.83
Miami 17.12.83
LA 13.1.84
Greensboro' 11.12.83
Norfolk (?) 10.12.87
Cleveland 4.12.83
Cleveland (?) 11.12.81

Please send replies to info@genesis-music.com if you know if any of the above shows are available on bootleg and what the quality is. Please do not request specific shows, that is NOT the purpose of this posting. Thanks!

January 11, 2002
Steve Hackett Live 2001 DVD Update - Good News/Bad News

First, the good news. The video masters for Steve Hackett's performance from Buenos Aires on his 2001 South American tour have been obtained by Hackett's Camino label and are in the process of being mixed for DVD in 5.1 sound. Now, the bad news. The South American TV studio that filmed the event has destroyed the extra, unused footage which was planned for optional multi-camera angles on the DVD. As a result, the DVD will be limited to the already edited version from the actual broadcast. Still, news that this DVD is officially in the works is great news for Hackett fans! More news on this DVD will follow shortly.

January 11, 2002
Steve Hackett Keeps Busy In 2002

According to Steve Hackett's Manager, here is what is currently going on in the Hackett camp in early 2002:  

1. 2001 Live DVD (see above) currently being mix - release date anticipated later this year
2. Tokyo, Budapest, and one U.S. tour date(s) are in the works (previously announced here and listed in the Tour Dates Section).
3. Steve's next rock album is also in progress with some initial recordings already done. Pace on this project is expected to pick up once the tour dates are finished and his new studio is completed.
4. Steve's acoustic/covers album with Jim Diamond and other guests is temporarily shelved. More news will follow on this when available.
5. There are still no plans to release Steve's Outwitting Hitler soundtrack on Camino Records. The entire soundtrack consists of 15 minutes of new music, so for now, this project is also shelved.

Stay tuned for more news on all of Steve's projects!

January 11, 2002
Updates On Reissues of Rutherford's Acting Very Strange and Banks' Wicked Lady CDs

The official Genesis Webmaster is currently putting together a budget for review to reissue the Acting Very Strange and Wicked Lady solo albums on compact disc. If agreed upon, he plans to commission the artwork and get the necessary mastering work done in the next few weeks and ready the albums for pressing. He expects to have this process completed, if approved, within the next two months. More news to follow on this... Stay tuned!

January 11, 2002
Official Genesis Site Updates In The Works

The official Genesis Webmaster is working diligently to complete a new Talk Forum for the site which he expects to be done by the weekend. Many people have complained about all of the pop-up ads and slow-to-load banners on the forum currently used (which is provided by Bravenet, a third party not associated with Hit & Run Management or Genesis). The GW assures that this will no longer be an issue with his newly developed version. Once completed, he then plans to turn his attention to a new chat room for the site. Bravo, GW!

January 10, 2002
Mike Rutherford Mixes New Tracks At The Farm For Planned Autumn Release

According to The Sun, Mike Rutherford is mixing some new songs at The Farm with Blur's Alex James. It is anticipated that the album will be released in the Autumn. This information was confirmed by the Webmaster for the official Genesis site.

January 7, 2002
Paul Carrack Christmas Show Available On-Line

For those who missed it, excerpts from the WDR Rockplast Christmas gig featuring Paul Carrack are now available on-line for your listening pleasure.

January 5, 2002
Peter Gabriel's "Dog One" Available In February

Gabriel fans can look forward to the release of long-time bassist Tony Levin's new album, Pieces of The Sun (catalog # 72438-11626-2), on February 12th. The album includes the song "Dog One," a previously unreleased song penned by Peter Gabriel. I received a promotional copy some time ago, and the album offers an eclectic mix of tunes a la King Crimson along side of a few sweeping contemporary instrumentals. Pre-order information will follow soon!

January 5, 2002
New Genesis Tribute Coming In February

Yet another Genesis tribute album is to be released on February 5th in the U.S. Not much is known at this point about which artists have contributed to this project; however, none of the major labels have said that they are behind it (eg. Sony, WEA, UMG, etc.), so it is most likely an independent release with less "mainstream" talent. If you would like to pre-order a copy of this up-coming release click here.

January 5, 2001
New Merchandise To Be Available On The Official Genesis Site Soon

According to the official Genesis site, new band merchandise will be available as soon as next week exclusively through their website. Among the items initially included are t-shirts for The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Selling England By The Pound, and a rather self-promoting 'Genesis-Music.com' polo shirt.  

January 2, 2002
Anthony Phillips To Spend January In The Studio

According to the official Anthony Phillips website, Ant is currently working on a couple of new Library music projects for Atmosphere Music.  As with all of Ant's Library music, this material won't be commercially available.  Work on these projects is scheduled for most of January.

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