2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the album "The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown". The "Fire" contained on it alone sold a million times as a single. The eccentric frontman's band couldn't follow this success, which is why The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown were quickly hailed as a one-hit wonder. The influence that Brown's appearance, voice and rock theatre had on prog, shock rock and heavy metal is often overlooked.
On the back of Genesis' first live album was this little picture of a bold looking man. Below the lines: "This album is dedicated to Richard Macphail who left April, 1973" Hardly any fan knew who it was at that time. Many believed that this man had died. Far from it, Richard Macphail, close friend and tour manager of the early Genesis, is among us. At 68 he has now written down his memories in "My book of Genesis". "Even so people know I'm still alive."
Paul McCartney brought a lot with him from his long life journey. With full pockets, he gets on the train at the "Egypt Station" and looks back with relish. A Beatle who has long been more than a former member of a legend knows how to enjoy life to the full. This quality can be heard on the seventeenth solo album of the famous Englishman.
A first studio product of them is yet to come. But as a live act, the Yes formation around Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman has been convincing all along since 2016. The recording "Live At The Apollo" now documents for the first time the stage qualities of the Yes fission product. It raises the question of the true guardians of the rich heritage of progressive rock pioneers.
The British quartet XTC around the songwriter team Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding is still a legend twenty years after their last album - at least among initiates. The group's sound is unique: melodiousness meets experimental sounds, sixties nostalgia meets new wave aesthetics. And each of their records offers its own unique approach to their sound universe. But XTC also stand for an unorthodox band history, determined by strange voltes.
A cover album by Ann Wilson (68), completely without Led Zeppelin songs. This is surprising at first glance, and that is why it is worth asking for. We also want to know why she recorded a cover album again. After all, 2007 saw the release of "Hope & Glory" - the "Immigrant Song", of course - a complete work with cover versions. And we need to shed some light on the rumor jungle around Heart.
eclipsed: An album with cover versions of you, and there's no Led Zeppelin song on it. That's surprising!
The US guitarist Marc Ribot loves provocation. On his new albums "YRU Still Here" with his band Ceramic Dog and "Songs Of Resistance 1942-2018" with an illustrious crowd of guests he directed his anger against political grievances in the USA. Marc Ribot is an edgy guy. At the end of the eighties he played in the jazz bands The Lounge Lizards and Jazz Passengers and lent his woodcutter guitar playing to Tom Waits and Elvis Costello. His clash of punk and jazz resembled crashes without survivors. Patience is not one of his virtues. None of his own bands have lasted for more than two albums.
The rugged landscapes of Abruzzo with its national parks and nature reserves are the home of the Italian psychedelic band Sherpa, which, after the cheerful, almost cheerful debut "Tanzlinde" (2016), now follows the dark successor "Tigris & Euphrates". Singer and guitarist Matteo Dossena explains the reasons for the change of mood and the concept behind the new work.
eclipsed: The new album "Tigris & Euphrates" is much darker than its predecessor "Tanzlinde". What made you do it?
The French drummer Manu Katché has already swung his sticks for Peter Gabriel, Sting and other greats of demanding pop. The resulting experience in hitting melodic arcs and thinking in manageable song formats also benefits him with his jazz albums.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.