Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Been Some Good Listening!

There have been some very good new releases over the last few weeks or so. Also the last batch of Peter Hammill remasters have just been released. I forgot how good those albums are!

Bill Nelson ~ Return To Jazz Of Lights
Almost as good as last years very wonderful “The Alchemical Adventures of Sailor Bill”. On the strength of his current work he is definitely hitting a bit of a peak. This is original and beautifully played stuff. “Getting The Holy Ghost Across gets a CD release very soon, at last!

Manning ~ Anser’s Tree
I need to do a full review of this. Guys most ambitious album yet, both musically and thematically. Barely a year since his last, how he maintains this quality is astonishing. I even get a name check! Ta.

Jakko M. Jakscyck ~ The Bruised Romantic Glee Club
I have been waiting for this for a while and just got it. So not had a chance to fully digest the 2CD’s of material on offer. The first CD is original stuff, the 2nd covers by some of his favourite artists, i.e. Henry Cow, King Crimson and Soft Machine. The version of “Islands” is beautiful and may be the definitive version. Good to hear Dave Stewart back on keyboards too!

Rocket Scientists ~ Revolution Road
Erik Norlander, who I am a fan of, features here on this 2CD gem. Very melodic,
wonderful playing and production. Stuffed with gorgeous prog and absolutely no filler at all!

Iona ~ The Circling Hour
For me, their best without a doubt. Surprised by how punchy this is.

Coming up, newbies by Spocks Beard, Pineapple Thief and Loreena McKennitt.


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