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Asia live bootlegs
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Written by RogorMortis   
Friday, 29 December 2006
The Four Original Members of ASIA have announced that three of the five 2006 UK dates will be available as official bootlegs as a limited edition release in early 2007 at the gift shop at OriginalAsia.com . These are quality live recordings sanctioned by the band, themselves. Advance orders can be placed here starting after January 10th.  In addition, a comprehensive 2-CD release of the best performances from each show will be released in mid 2007, and again will be available at this website.

As a small offering and a preview of the forthcoming UK live CDs, here is a soundbyte from the recent London show at Shepherds Bush Empire. In case you were wondering, Geoff's keyboard sound was emanating from his Keytar! Best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy holiday season.
Space Mirrors - Cyndee Lee
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Written by RogorMortis   
Friday, 29 December 2006
From the Space Mirrors website:

New Space Mirrors album is being recorded now and is titled "Majestic-12". This mystical album will guide you through the most enigmatic mysteries of the UFO and alien phenomenon. It will be the musical and lyrical journey through the most crucial mysterious events and UFO conspiracies of the 20th century. Be ready for the trip into the unknown, prepare yourself to face the facts you never heard of before, be ready for the revelations of the most well kept secrets of human civilization!

It will feature legendary saxophonist and performer Nik Turner (Hawkwind co-founder, Space Ritual band, Inner City Unit, Galaktikos, etc.), electric violin virtuoso Cyndee Lee Rule (Spaceseed, Scattered Planets, etc.), fantastic singer Martyr Lucifer from avant-garde extreme metal band Hortus Animae.

Album will consist of 12 tracks. All of the music is recorded. Nik Turner recorded sax, flute and voice for 5 tracks and it sounds superb! Cyndee Lee Rule recorded her Viper violin for 5 tracks also. Martyr Lucifer will enter the studio in January to record vocals for 6 songs. One more singer for a song will be revealed later. Amber and Alisa will do the rest of the vocals on the album.

The core of the band as always is Alisa Coral and Michael Blackman.

The full tracklist and other details will be revealed later. Stay tuned!

For more info, see the Space Mirrors site:

Nektar - More US and Europe dates 2007
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Written by RogorMortis   
Friday, 29 December 2006
Dates for US firste leg and new dates for Europe see below........
Starcastle signed to Progrock
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Written by RogorMortis   
Thursday, 28 December 2006

Rancho Santa Margarita CA, December 28th 2006 - Starcastle, the classic and highly respected American progressive rock band, will debut its first album of new material since 1978, Song of Times, on ProgRock Records.

The band had this to say: "Starcastle is thrilled to join with Shawn Gordon and ProgRock Records in the release of our new work.  We see this record as bridging our past and future, and are happy to be aligned with ProgRock, who represent so many fine and vital artists in this continually unfolding genre."

"Boy, what an honor and thrill it is to be able to put out this album.  I loved these guys when they hit the scene, never in my life did I think I'd get to work with them, especially with such an amazing album, I know you're going to love it.", said Shawn Gordon, President of ProgRock Records.

This new record features Starcastle's trademark vocal harmonies, twin guitars, fluid and driving bass playing, and grand synthesizer lines.
At the same time, the record has a more modern and rocking, less glossy feel than earlier Starcastle releases, more representative of their high energy live shows.  The songs and arrangements are tight and melodic, and there's even one (Babylon) that's mostly in 4/4 time!

Song of Times includes contributions from all the original
members:  Gary Strater (bass and vocals), Matt Stewart (guitars and vocals), Steve Tassler (drums, vocals and keyboards), Herb Schildt (keyboards), Steve Hagler (guitar and vocals), and Terry Luttrell (vocals, original REO vocalist)- alongside a number of new players and singers, including current Starcastle vocalist Al Lewis and guitarist Bruce Botts.

The record was mastered by Emily Lazar (Bowie, Lou Reed, Moby, etc).  The fantastic artwork by Ed Unitsky equals and surpasses the best of progressive rock artwork and packaging.

Starcastle formed in the late 1960's in Champaign Illinois.  They released four records on CBS/Epic Records:  Starcastle (1976), Fountains of Light (1976), Citadel (1977), and Real to Reel (1978).  Together these records have sold more than a million copies.  The middle two albums were produced by Queen/Cars/Darkness producer Roy Thomas Baker.

The band toured extensively into the 80's, appearing with such artists as Aerosmith, Foreigner, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, Ted Nugent, Rush, The Guess Who, Gentle Giant, Kansas, ELO, J. Geils, Styx, Peter Frampton, Hot Tuna, Blue Oyster Cult, Santana, Boston, Todd Rundgren, and of all bands- Sha Na Na!

Through a series of adventures and the passing in 2004 of bassist and driving light Gary Strater, this dedicated group of friends and associates have persevered to complete and release Song of Times, and are now looking forward to the new Starcastle's headlining appearance April 27th 2007 at the Rites of Spring Festival in Phoenixville, PA.

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