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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

RAINMAN RECORDS Launches 'British Live Performance Series' with Glen Campbell & Rick Wakeman


RAINMAN RECORDS Launches 'British Live Performance Series' with Glen Campbell & Rick WakemanLos Angeles-based label RAINMAN RECORDS is excited to announce the "British Live Performance Series," an eclectic mix of artists captured live in England. Recorded between 1979 and 1991, the series covers a wide array of artists and music styles including classic rock, pop and contemporary hitmakers. The first two CDs, out September18, are powerful shows from the iconic country singer Glen Campbell and British prog-rock keyboardist Rick Wakeman. DVDs of most shows will become available as well.

"We're excited to be bringing these U.K. shows to a U.S. audience," says Rainman Records president Ron Rainey, whose roster includes the entire Alvin Lee catalog, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, John Kay & Steppenwolf and Billy Dean, as well as management for the Marshall Tucker Band. "When I first heard these recordings, I knew immediately we had to release them. They deserve to be heard."

The Glen Campbell show is the now-retired legend's first live album in 14 years, and was recorded in 1990 at the Dome in Doncaster, England. Backed by the Jeff Dayton Band, it features his biggest hits like "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix." The inclusion of Paul McCartney's worldwide chart-topper "Mull Of Kintyre" allows Campbell to show off his instrumental prowess...on the bagpipes! In complete contrast, Jimmy Webb's "Highwayman" and Ralph McTell's "Streets Of London" are performed solo, with simple guitar backing. The last-named in particular is an understated standout and has become a big fan favorite.


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Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known for hi..


Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and composer best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock ..


Musician, producer and former Yes member Billy Sherwood has put together what he’s dubbed “the biggest super group of progressive rock players ever assembled,” to form ..



26 tracks in all, of which 10 are previously unreleased (these including an epic version of Matthew the Man - live in Tokyo 2001 and Beijing - widescreen remix from Iona, and other unreleased tra..

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