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What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?

Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.

Monday, 22 October 2018

NEW ALBUM FROM BARBARA DICKSON


Scottish music legend Barbara Dickson has recently completed a new studio album, “Through Line,” which is released on CD on Gonzo Multimedia UK. The project features some of Barbara’s favourite songs, from her early days as a singer on the Scottish folk circuit through to mainstream chart success in the ’70s and ’80s, re-recorded with the acclaimed Carducci String Quartet. Each of the nine tracks has been specially chosen by Barbara for the album with completely new arrangements by Jethro Tull legend John O’Hara who also produces. O’Hara is the orchestral conductor, pianist, keyboardist and accordion player for Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull. He also produced and arranged the # 1 Billboard charting 2017 album “Jethro Tull, the String Quartets.”

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Time And Tide 
CD - £7.99

In Good Company
2CD - £10.99

Live in Concert 1976/77
DVD - £10.99

7 Ages of Woman
CD - £9.99

Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
CD - £9.99

John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert
CD - £9.99

More Brecht Than Broadway
4CD Boxset - £49.99

Morning Comes Quickly
CD - £7.99

Answer Me
CD - £7.99

Winter
CD - £9.99

Che Faro
DVD - £10.99

B4 74 - The Folkclub Tapes
2CD - £10.99

Full Circle
CD - £7.99

Into The Light
DVD - £10.99

YES feat. ARW NEWS


Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman released their album Live At The Apollo last month, which was captured at the ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM JON ANDERSON AT GONZO
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM RICK WAKEMAN AT GONZO


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..


Starmus is a festival of music and astronomy on the beautiful island of Tenerife. It is the brain child of Garik Israelian (the astrophysicist who led the team which found the first observational..


On this extraordinary album, legendary keyboard player teams up with an Italian singer named Mario Fasciano. Stavros Moschopoulos  writes: 'Recorded on the Isle of Man, the CD contains 8 new..


With special guests  Various artists including: Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle etc..


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 f..


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..

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

Happy Birthday, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"AN OVERBALANCE OF ENJOYMENT"(Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
Your eyes can choose to discern or ignore/to edit experience or to censor
Your ears can close down to harsh and abrasive assaults /to wear earplugs
Your hands can hug and cuddle or slap and punch and clap
Your feet can walk towards or away from pleasurable experiences like that
You have choice in every moment/to whatever degree you will allow yourself
To allow your senses to let sunshine,enthusiasm,energy and joy to trespass
or to withdraw,become isolated,morose,alone ,enervated,depressed.
I could have walked one thousand footsteps towards or away from you
Even now,intimacy ,friendship and creative collaborations are still in view
it is just my eyes.They do not see as clearly nor as well-as they used to
My ears are full to distractions.My hands don't know what to do
I can no longer go on doing just exactly what i am used to.
"Choice in every moment"=seems the hardest thing to do.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Liberace Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO

The World of Liberace
DVD - £7.99

The World of Liberace
Book - £12.99



SPIRITS BURNING: French-Canadian review translated

http://www.profilprog.com/spirits-burning-alien-heat-review

CHRONIC / REVIEW CD
Imagine the head of the columnist that I am! I am here to review the new album SPIRITS BURNING and I did not know this training, yet it is their fourteenth discography effort, the first dating from 1999 which intervened on a title someone who has done quite a way since, Mister Steven Wilson himself. It is also more of a conglomerate with variable geometry as a real group, the common twenty years is the captain, as he defines himself, Don FALCONE using as name a smoky fire "a Space Rock Collective".  

The music played by SPIRITS BURNING has this special is that we seem to participate in a giant jam session to be polite or a merry mess to be a little less polite. Some songs actually have a nice color worthy of the blue oyster, others seem straight out of the most violent and bizarre albums of HAWKWIND, others still show such a patchwork of influences it is difficult to classify, there are in there my good lady of ethnicity, the space, psychedelic, pop music of the eighties and even shades of dance music ( "in the Future" the fourth title). For fans of the New York group, we will quote the first track "Hothouse Flowers" just for the introductory guitar riff (Donald Roeser?) but also for singing, the ninth "Seven Finger Solution" or the twelfth "Learning To Art". The fans of the London band PDC fifth "Doomed", the seventh "Any Particular Interest" (where Michael MOORCOCK plays harmonica) or even the fourteenth "Quest For Bromley." Note that the tenth part "To Steal A Space Traveler," which is also one of the two longest of the album could be an unlikely collision between the two above-named courses. We'll leave the other titles in the appreciation of the audience. The fans of the London band PDC fifth "Doomed", the seventh "Any Particular Interest" (where Michael MOORCOCK plays harmonica) or even the fourteenth "Quest For Bromley." Note that the tenth part "To Steal A Space Traveler," which is also one of the two longest of the album could be an unlikely collision between the two above-named courses. We'll leave the other titles in the appreciation of the audience. The fans of the London band PDC fifth "Doomed", the seventh "Any Particular Interest" (where Michael MOORCOCK plays harmonica) or even the fourteenth "Quest For Bromley." Note that the tenth part "To Steal A Space Traveler," which is also one of the two longest of the album could be an unlikely collision between the two above-named courses. 

We'll leave the other titles in the appreciation of the audience. one of the longest of the album could be an unlikely collision between the two above-named courses. We'll leave the other titles in the appreciation of the audience. one of the longest of the album could be an unlikely collision between the two above-named courses. We'll leave the other titles in the appreciation of the audience.   
The second disc for a fan of instrumental music, then it's more sensitivity to my voice and unfortunately often misused, so my preference goes to the second CD that contains the same songs in the same order but in versions without words and where there are much less complete mess of the first cD (see above), in a nutshell, it is much more digestible. In summary an album to listen with very large ears to fully appreciate.




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Spirits Burning is one of the most unique entities in the space rock galaxy. The group consists of one main member, Don Falcone, and many other participants from various  bands and projects...


Healthy Music In Large Doses is the latest offering from the Spirits Burning space rock collective, this time featuring keyboardist Cyrille 'Clearlight' Verdeaux. Clearlight is a project of French son..

Sunday, 21 October 2018

THE GARDENING CLUB REVIEW

Acclaimed illustrator’s aural drawings add Arcadian colors to plastic decade.

Martin Springett may not be a household name even for those classic rock aficionados who can vividly recall the artwork of Ian Hunter’s self-titled solo debut which bore striking imagery without hinting at the visual artist’s own musical talents, yet the early ’80s saw the Canada-based British ex-pat come up with this album. Resolutely out of its time, “The Gardening Club” offered soft folk tinted with sci-fi proggery when the world was firmly latched onto synth-pop and couldn’t care less about a 12-string troubadour weaving romantic yarns about ancient heroes and interstellar wanderers – only to catch up with the record recently, when the veteran came up with a sequel.

Not that the original LP has lost any of its charm – full of dulcet, if intricate, instrumental passages such as “The Garden” but never shying away from electric fantasy which will drive “Andromeda” through a mellow nebulae towards the pastorale of “Rebirth” – one quirky enough to retain an art-rock aroma. Immediately creating adventurous atmosphere, the sweet strum of “Midnight Road” appears as inviting and unobtrusive as moonlight, while the drift can also get hilarious, as in the retro twang and croon covering “Mole Hole Blues” with harmonic patina and spilling its jazz into “The Traveller” whose sax-spiced dance is greased with cosmic funk along the way.

Closer to the city, and Martin’s approach will become playful, as “Three Days At Brighton” suggests in scintillating, effects-sprinkled terms. Still, gradually, the momentum is being dispensed with, so the West Coast-inspired reverie of “The Stone That Speaks” doesn’t impress, and the “Endersby” suite would find it difficult to engage the listener, especially when vocals lose a clear melodic direction in favor of lyrical musing, although guitar waves help the mood ascend to celestial heights. There is an exciting, cinematic promise to “The Riddle Overture” – one of a handful of demo-like bonus tracks which, all rather punchy, fall beyond the album’s context, yet hearing a subtle riff in “After The Glow” or finding funky fusion in “Upside Down Blackbird” – pieces that, had they been given a proper production polish, could make period pop chartbusters – is a pleasant surprise.

The artist released more albums further down the line, yet this one – reissued with a richly illustrated booklet – remains Springett’s finest hour… At least until the aforementioned sequel is out.

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The Gardening Club
CD - £9.99

SPIRITS BURNING REVIEW


SPIRITS BURNING & MICHAEL MOORCOCK – An Alien Heat

Gonzo 2018

SPIRITS BURNING & MICHAEL MOORCOCK - An Alien Heat
SPIRITS BURNING &
MICHAEL MOORCOCK –
An Alien Heat
The debauchery of science and the strength of love as brought from the End of Time into morality of song.
Michael Moorcock has kept an ephemeral presence on rock scene since 1975’s "Warrior On The Edge Of Time" saw his novel set to music, yet the concept of “An Alien Heat” harks back to en even earlier era, to the author’s 1972 book of the same title, a part of “The Dancers at the End of Time” trilogy. Back to sci-fi escapism, it’s space that’s being explored here – and not an inner one which Don Falcone’s project SPIRITS BURNING delved in on "The Roadmap In Your Head"but external expanse where members of the HAWKWIND and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT families feel at home. All this and the leader’s keyboards allowed the motley ensemble to create an organic experience – riveting as a songs cycle, if not amounting to a sonic spectacle per se.
It’s quite an infectious trip, from the light, yet powerful and playful, pulse of “Hothouse Flowers” – delivered by Buck Dharma and stricken with cowbell by Albert Bouchard who also supplied drums and vocals on most of the tracks – to “Old Friends With New Faces” whose lulling strum is shot through with Steve York’s anxious bass. It’s also naturally adventurous, and although the record’s events may seem unclear to those alien to Moorcock’s novels, the music will visit a few unexpected places during the album’s course. While Falcone’s classical piano elevates the otherwise narrative-focused “Virtue & Mrs. Amelia Underwood” and exotica weaves its wonder into “Quest For Bromley” alongside Anne Marie Castellano’s mesmeric wail, Andy Darby’s axe rocks the prog haze of “Thank You For The Fog” and Richie Castellano’s six strings sprinkle cosmic funk over the lucidly insidious “In The Future.” More so, country rears its head over the harder edge of “Any Particular Interest” – but it’s the ivories-led velvet vaudeville behind “Dark Dominion” that’s the obscure beacon of this work where Andy Shernoff has a field day before Cyrille Verdeaux’s strings turn “Seven Finger Solution” into a comical oratorio directed by Joe Bouchard’s voice.
There’s orchestral depth to many of the pieces – revealed in its entirety on the bonus disc housing the album’s instrumental mix, stripped of theatricality which shapes “Soirée Of Fire” and other storyline-propelling songs, but Moorcock’s own blues harp is ever-prominent, as is Jonathan Segel’s violin infusing the likes of “Doomed” with folksy sensibility. In such grandeur, the epic “To Steal A Space Traveller” takes sweet polyphony from Ken Pustelnik-driven motorik charge to reflective passages and back again, and ultimately makes the record a traditional art-rock offering. Solid, rather than ephemeral, “An Alien Heat” is heartwarming.
****
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Spirits Burning is one of the most unique entities in the space rock galaxy. The group consists of one main member, Don Falcone, and many other participants from various  bands and projects...


Healthy Music In Large Doses is the latest offering from the Spirits Burning space rock collective, this time featuring keyboardist Cyrille 'Clearlight' Verdeaux. Clearlight is a project of French son..

HAWKWIND NEWS


Speaking to The Guardian newspaper nearly ten years ago about the concept of creativity and the music of Hawkwind, Dave Brock said “I mean, we ...

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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
2DVD/2CD - £29.99

Space Ritual Live 
2CD1DVD - £19.99

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

REPLY TO SENDER
HEAT OF YOUTH REMINDS ALL WHO TOUCH THE MEMORY OF YOUTH
Stillness.Farm Tractor.Metal vs Earth.Earth breaks.Metal exhausting
SUMMER YOUTH.WINTER WISE.DRINKING IN THE AFTERNOON LIGHT
Winter sleeps in.Wakes in Spring.Waiting for winter/i fell into Fall.Froze.
ONE.ALONE.NEVER ALONE(ALWAYS EARTH &SKY/WITNESS IN SILENCE
City is sounds.Anonymous.Alone.Sunflowers are not perennials.Children ditto.
DRINK FROM THIS STILLNESS.THIS SLOWNESS WILL DISAPPEAR
You cannot ride back.Wide screen country skies/make cities smaller.
BROUGHT UP ON THE LETTER "T"(NOW ALIGNED WITH COFFEE
Black as Fate.Sealed in plastic.Heated Planet.
THE GRUDGES WE CARRY(ARE HEAVY &DULL)
They remind us the little we can fit into time.Even when we release
More fills the vacuum.Emptiness has weight.As has time.
WHAT WE HAVE IN COMMON(ONLY WHAT WE WILL REMEMBER
Less&less every reading.Memory always selective.
EYE FOCUS UPON MY STATION MASTER GRANDFATHER
On his death bed.Big bellied Irish.None of his medicines could save him.
I look at all my diabetes medicines.They all tell me-there is no cure.
CONJURING UP MY MAGICAL FRIENDS(WHEN THEY WERE BRIGHT&BEAMING
It is not that they are dull now/More gone to another dimension/where we can no longer

Sleep with them..Just dream...

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Eleggua, Oggun y Oshosi - Yoruba Andabo

Being Sunday I always post sacred music. The name of the deity may change, or even the deity Him/Herself but the spirit remains the same.

LEONARD COHEN NEWS


'So little to say / So urgent / to say it, is the whole of one poem by the late Leonard Cohen. The poem is called “My Career.” Like so much of Cohen's ...

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Friday, 19 October 2018

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: AMERICA - Ventura Highway



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Hits - 50th Anniversary Edition
CD - £9.99

LEONARD COHEN THINGUMYBOBS


After Kanye West dominated the new news cycle with a same-day rants at the White House and a Washington DC Apple store, singer-songwriter ...


Written by the incomparable poet, songwriter and singerLeonard Cohen, “Hallelujah” has been performed by more than 200 artists including Cohen ...

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HAWKWIND NEWS



With the likes of Lemmy from Motorhead and Cream's Ginger Baker passing through the band, Hawkwind has been home to more than 40 musicians, ...


SPACE-ROCK veterans Hawkwind are on their travels, and not only that, they have ... The whole album is a bit different from the usual Hawkwind fare.


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Space Ritual Live - Special Edition
2DVD/2CD - £29.99

Space Ritual Live 
2CD1DVD - £19.99

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

COLLETERAL DAMAGE
WOODY ALLEN,AL FRANKEN,GARRISON KEILOR
We no longer hear their voices in our global village
(not to mention those actors accused /whose careers have been terminated..
There are degrees of shame and guilt,and legal standards of proof
Accusations alone are the stuff of slander,and muddy the pool
when real sexual predators cruise the ranks of Hollywood (and Washington)
"Low-hanging fruit"is the harvest of finger-pointing accusers
some of whom have been accused of the same behavior as they condemn.
The personal lives of writers has long been in contrast to their work.
Roman Polanski accused of underage sexual exploitation -
yet he continues to create in exile.I want to hear from victims -
as well as those they accuse.@the moment,the media are judge and jury and executioner
Why not ask the people -what will they do with an adulterous Christian President?


BARBARA DICKSON IN THE NEWS


Barbara Dickson on her love of Norfolk as tour comes to county ... Scottish Singer Barbara Dickson OBE chats to Louisa Baldwin about her new full ...

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM GONZO
Time And Tide 
CD - £7.99

In Good Company
2CD - £10.99

Live in Concert 1976/77
DVD - £10.99

7 Ages of Woman
CD - £9.99

Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers
CD - £9.99

John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert
CD - £9.99

More Brecht Than Broadway
4CD Boxset - £49.99

Morning Comes Quickly
CD - £7.99

Answer Me
CD - £7.99

Winter
CD - £9.99

Che Faro
DVD - £10.99

B4 74 - The Folkclub Tapes
2CD - £10.99

Full Circle
CD - £7.99

Into The Light
DVD - £10.99
 

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