April 20, 2019

Tangerine Dream: "In Search of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973 – 1979" box set

The five albums that were released by German experimental electronic group Tangerine Dream when they were signed to Virgin will be released in a new box set: In Search of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973 – 1979. The set includes Phaedra (1974), Rubycon (1975), Ricochet (1975), Stratosfear (1976), Encore (1977), Cyclone (1978), and Force Majeure (1979). Comes with a hardcover book and 2 Blu-Rays with previously unreleased audio and video content.

he remastered audio (stereo and 5.1) was mixed by Steven Wilson. The video captures the band at a 1976 German TV performance and BBC Old Grey Whistle Test broadcast of a show at Coventry Cathedral.

April 19, 2019

Neil Young and Phil Baker: new book "To Feel the Music"

Pono, the high end digital audio project by Neil Young, was discontinued in 2017, but he is not giving up. A new book, To Feel the Music, tells the back story and hits the shops in September. Co-author Phil Baker posted a statement on his website:

Neil Young and I coauthored this story about Neil’s single most passionate pursuit: Bringing high-quality audio back to music lovers, who have been forced to settle for compressed, digital files that rob songs of their original warmth. It’s also the story of our efforts to design and market the Pono music player, a low cost product that delivers high quality audio at an affordable price. It’s a book that will find a receptive audience among music fans as well as business people and those interested in product development.

April 18, 2019

The Brighton Beat: NY State dates

Funky afro-beat big band The Brighton Beat have a couple of dates lined up in their home state New York. They made a video on a boat for their song Changing Elevators while they were on tour in Maine.

Kapok: show in Haarlem

Dutch jazz trio Kapok are back from their hiatus - babies happened and one of its members travelled across the globe. They will blow away the cobwebs and dust with an improv show in Haarlem @ Philharmonie on May 3rd.