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Gravy Train back
Latest News - Music News
Tuesday, 26 September 2006
The term ‘Gravy Train’ by definition is Northern Slang for –‘An occupation or other source of income that requires little effort while yielding considerable profit’. As regards the closely related term ‘ to ride the gravy train’, it is said to be of American origin, but it did not reach common usage in the UK until the middle 1970s.

Ironically, the band of the same name Gravy Train also emerged in the early to middle 1970s. While they garnered a commendable live reputation on the British Progressive Rock scene and recorded four albums, their success rate did not befit their choice of name. ‘The Past Times book of Slang’ refers to the Gravy Train as being ‘Synonymous with easy money –especially from a well paid but undemanding job in politics, commerce or industry’, it is true to say that the band of the same name never quite equaled the fate of their illustrious moniker.

While they did not break the bank commercially, Gravy Train gathered a considerable following among British Progressive Rock audiences with incendiary live performances. Gravy Train recorded four albums their debut ‘Gravy Train’ from 1970 and its follow up effort ‘Ballad of A Simple Man’ emerged on Vertigo, while a switch to Dawn Records yielded two further albums ‘Second Birth’ and ‘Staircase to the Day’. Musically Gravy Train played melodic Progressive rock with the accent on hard rock riffing alternating with quieter moments with the flute high in the mix topped with solid personable vocals from singer/guitarist/chief songwriter Norman Barratt. Gravy Train eventually foundered in 1975 through a combination of bad luck, poor business decisions and lack of success. So much for quick fame and easy riches!

However, with renewed interest in British and European Progressive Rock of the early 1970’s, Gravy Train’s output has garnered a considerable amount of interest from collectors and music fans alike. Their albums ‘Gravy Train’, ‘Ballad of A Peaceful Man’, ‘Second Birth’ and ‘Staircase to the Day’ have all been re-released on CD to positive feedback.

Now in 2006, with this collection ‘Strength Of A Dream’ –ironically the first Gravy Train retrospective compilation, Gravy Train are at last given their place in the retrospective ranks and one of the UK’s best underground secrets is now firmly lodged within the public domain. ‘Strength of a Dream’ features ‘Second Birth’ and ‘Staircase to the Day’ in their entirety. Gravy Train however planned material for a fifth album, but it was not to be. However, the material that exists on tape, which was planned for the release, makes up for the most fascinating part of ‘Strength Of A Dream’.

At the time of writing, Gravy Train is far from derailed. They have regrouped and will soon record their first album in over 32 years.

(http://www.davalmusic.co.uk/gravytrain.htm)
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 September 2006 )
 
Xang new CD
Latest News - Music News
Monday, 25 September 2006
Bob Katz by Digtal Domain is mastering the new XANG CD "Destiny of a Dream". Xang's debut CD was a very appreciated one, despite it was only instrumental. The second CD by this talented band is a concept about WW1 and it's the continuation of the debut CD. All instrumental and dense.
Gallieo records are working on the artwork, which will be a special one as "The last of the lasts" is a concept album about WW1.
The CD is due in for release in November
Last Updated ( Monday, 25 September 2006 )
 
New Pineapple Thief CD
Latest News - Music News
Monday, 25 September 2006

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF:

The upcoming new Pineapple Thief album will be entitled Little Man and is to be released on the Cyclops label on November 27th.

Main man Bruce Soord had the following to say about his new creation:
"It's been a tough, contrasting year. But Little Man feels like the album I have been building up to writing since I started TPT back in 1999. I am very proud of it. If you get a fraction of what it means to me, then it was worth the hard work."

The official release date is set to be November 27th however pre-orders are due to be despatched in 3-4 weeks. Pre-orders will be accompanied by a special album launch flyer entitling you to a free badge! You will also have the chance to pick up your album at our launch party in Bristol on November the 4th.

 

Tracks for the album are: Dead In The Water, God Bless The Child, Wilting Violet, Wait, Run A Mile, Little Man, November, Boxing Day, God Bless The Children, Snowdrops, We Love You.
 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 October 2006 )
 
New Nektar lineup for tour & CD
Latest News - Music News
Monday, 25 September 2006

Not long now before Nektar fans ears can be tickled by the tones of the brand new studio album Book of Days with 7  new tracks :

 

1) Over Krakatoa -
2) The Iceman -
3 )King of the Deep -
4) Lamorna -
5) Dr Kool -
6) Where are you now? -
7) Book of Days Parts I & II.


After a long silence regarding line-up for 06/07 NEKTAR are pleased to let you know the expanded - definitive role-call for touring. This will be Albrighton - Howden - Adams - Dunnahoe - Mattern, an expanded 5 piece band, of incredible energy and talent.

Let us introduce you to:

DESHA DUNNAHOE:
Bass - Vocals [Multi-instrumentalist].

STEVE ADAMS:
Guitars Electric & Acoustic - Vocals
You can find out alot more about Steve at www.steveadams.net and www.screamingcat.net where you can sample his musical diversity and background.


STEVE MATTERN:
Keyboards
 

They join NEKTAR Original Band members

ROYE ALBRIGHTON:
Guitars Electric & Acoustic - Lead Vocals

and of course fellow original member and beating heart of NEKTAR,

RON HOWDEN:
Drums & Percsussion - Vocals


 
This expanded line up is sure to wow audiences around the world with an exclusive 100% NEKTAR show that takes the band where it wants to go for the future.

Let us know what you definately want to hear. NEKTAR are working to make sure that no two nights are identical. Different songs will be introduced on different nights, we will keep you guessing. There will be obvious and not so obvious staples to the musical banquet.

This tour initially covers the East Coast of the USA with some incursions into the Mid-West.

We look forward to seeing you all there.
West Coast - Southern and additional USA areas follow shortly but will start in late January 2007.

We are happy for anyone to take photos. To gain additional access please contact us and we will issue photo passes to a few at each show to enable greater access and coverage.

All shows on the tour will be recorded in Stereo from HQ ambient mikes and made available to the Collectors Corner. This is exclusive to Collectors Corner but will involve all 18 shows.

Book of Days Tour Merchandise will only be available on tour. Only overstocks will subseuentely be available in store.

US Dates are under the concert section

 

(http://www.nektar.us) 

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 September 2006 )
 
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