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Rock In Opposition 2007 France
Latest News - Concert News
Tuesday, 26 September 2006

France Event - April 13th, 14th & 15th 2007 
Maison de la Musique
Cap'Découverte - 81450 LE GARRIC (Carmaux) - France (680 km from Paris, 76 km from Toulouse)

Lineup as of now:

Friday April 13th
   
    ZAO

Saturday April 14th

    NeBeLNest
   
    Present

    Peter Blegvad Trio

    Faust

Sunday April 15th

    Guapo

    Mats/Morgan Band

    Present

    Magma


During the whole weekend there are Musical Workshops running.

Details at http://www.rocktime.org/rio

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 September 2006 )
 
Picchio Dal Pozzo remaster
Latest News - Music News
Tuesday, 26 September 2006
Picchio Dal Pozzo's album Abbiamo Tutti I Suoi Problemi has been remastered by Bod Drake and has been released by ReR. The sound is much warmer, detailed and full than the existing CD. and according to sources without the needless limiting.

AFAIK, the band was formed by Aldo de Scalzi (keys & vocals) and Roberto Romani (tenor sax & flute) in 1973, and their debut-album was released some two years later. It's a little gem really, with stuffed-up dadaesque renditions of impulses from the Canterbury scene (Wyatt & Hatfield), some vaguely Krautish traces, snippets of The Mothers of Invention, and that unmistakably mediterranian take on passion, whimsical romance and the power of thought. Charming and very beautiful.

The recordings released in 2001 by Cuneiform, "Camere, Zimmer, Rooms", were done live-in-the-studio after a period of political transition. At this point, the band performed at leftist rallies, conventions and even psychiatric institutions. The played on the same bill as Area, whose voice maestro Demetrio Stratos introduced them to L'Orchestra, a musical cooperative instigated by Stormy Six, to whom they got to be closely acquainted.

"Abbiamo Tutti..." was issued on the L'Orchestra label, andis one of the best "rock" albums ever made on Italian ground. Like SSix's "Macchina Maccheronica" and some of Roberto Colombo's and Opus Avantra's work, this record offers a rare example of truly through-composed progressive rock form Italy - as opposed to 90% of the otherwise "merely" arranged material coming from the big names of the time. Influences? Zappa, Nucleus, Henry Cow and Gentle Giant,  yet the album maintains some standards which is uncompareable to anything - mainly on the part of it's extreme melodic richness.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 September 2006 )
 
PFM at EL Paso Arts Festival
Latest News - Concert News
Tuesday, 26 September 2006

The International Hispanic Cultural Institute wanted an event that would showcase the artistic talents of Hispanics in the area. The result was the El Paso International Latino Arts Festival.
Now in its third year, the event has grown and attracts artists from all over the country, organizers said.

"This year's festival has more diversity and a larger number of outstanding quality performers from around the world," said Belen Robles, the institute's director.

Lowriders, live music, theater and regional artwork will be parts of the three-day celebration Friday-Oct. 1 at the El Paso convention center Downtown.

The celebration will begin Friday the 29th September with a free concert by Italian rock group Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) at the Convention Center Plaza.

The group first became popular in the '70s in Italy, Britain and the U.S. with hits such as "Harlequin," "Chocolate Kings" and "Dove Quando."

Other performers will include Pedro Kominik, who will sing jazz from the '40s and '50s on Sept. 30. Kominik, who recently released the album "Sexo, Sexo, Sexo," also appears on "Punto de Partida," which airs on Televisa.

The festival is part of the International  Latino Arts Celebration, a 10-day event Thursday-Oct. 8, which will feature art and cultural events.

 

PFM are at the moment in Mexico and are accroding to their own site doing the following gigs as PFM have a large fan base in Mexico:

 13 ottobre 2006
MAZATLAN MEXICO

12 ottobre 2006
CULIACAN MEXICO

29 settembre 2006
EL PASO TEXAS

28 settembre 2006
CHIHUAHUA MEXICO

27 settembre 2006
CIUDAD JUAREZ MEXICO

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 September 2006 )
 
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 )
 
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