eclipsed No. 175 / 11-2015

NEIL YOUNG - The Indomitable

Even as a young singer, as a representative of the hippie generation, Neil Young didn't mince his words. And he has remained the most controversial, sometimes in the best sense of the word uninhibited spirit of rock music: The Canadian, who turns seventy on November 12, shows no signs of age-mild. In the following we show why it is so important that "the old man" is still there.

JEFF LYNNE'S ELO - Alte Schule

It's a small sensation: 14 years after "Zoom" Jeff Lynne dares a new attempt with the Electric Light Orchestra. That consists beside him only of keyboarder Richard Tandy and has little to do with the bombastic sound of the 70's, but could, so speculate record company, management and artist, the quite big throw become. After all, nostalgia is the order of the day and Lynne herself is as old school as you can be.

KEITH RICHARDS - Breakfast of the Gods

After the celebrations and activities surrounding the 50th anniversary of the biggest rock'n'roll band in history, their guitarist Keith Richards took the time to release a new solo album. He also prepares himself for his next studio gang with the Stones. Where does he get the strength from? Among other things from the daily Joint, which he allows himself to get up.

MINIMAL MUSIC - A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose

"I'm obsessed with repetition." The one who said this is one of the pioneers of minimal music. La Monte Young's early works are also characterized by the constant repetition of simple musical patterns. Together with a handful of other composers, he is regarded as a pioneer of a style whose irresistible pull of sound has deeply influenced rock and pop music. We take the eightieth birthday of La Monte Young and Terry Riley as an opportunity to recall this fascinating frontier and its influences on popular music.

PHIL COLLINS - Withdrawal from retirement

Four years' early retirement are enough. Phil Collins is planning to withdraw from the retreat. With an iron will, he fights the pain. The problem of the former Genesis drummer and front man: a complicated nervous disease that simply doesn't want to get better. It is uncertain when he will actively intervene again. For this he is currently actively promoting the new edition of his eight solo albums.

PETER GABRIEL - Self-discovery, Phase I to IV

Peter Gabriel left Genesis on August 15, 1975. A two-year retreat from the music business followed, which the singer used to plan his solo career. It was supposed to be a break with his past. From the four albums he released between 1977 and 1982, all of which bear the significant title "Peter Gabriel", we can see the development of a vision unparalleled in popular music. On the occasion of the re-release of the first four albums on vinyl, eclipsed sets off on a search for traces.

JOE JACKSON - Der Stadtneurotiker

4x4 - in Berlin, New York, Amsterdam and New Orleans the Englishman Joe Jackson recorded four songs each for his new work "Fast Forward". And when Jackson tackles something, he does so out of complete conviction and seldom without a concept. He hasn't been as convincing as on his first album of self-written songs in seven years.

MOGWAI - "I don't want to play in a jam band"

It's the epitome of the postrock/new art rock band. Groups like Mono or Explosions In The Sky are strongly influenced by him. Of course, no one could keep up with him. Now the Scottish quintet Mogwai celebrates its 20th birthday - and presents itself and its fans with a welcome exhibition of their work, which traces the stylistic fine-tuning of the formation, once infamous for its bizarre volume.

SAGA - Risky Puzzle

If you think that Saga will mix her albums according to a formula once found, you will misjudge the adventurous spirit of the group. This one flashes up every now and then, and the respective result surprises not only fans and critics, but also sometimes catches the record company of the progressive pop rock formation on the wrong foot. The album "Generation 13" represents such a case. EarMusic is now reissuing this as a remaster in the course of the saga-release campaign.

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE - A brief history of electronic music

In the seventies and eighties, he was something of a pop star among electronic pioneers. Lately, he's been getting a little quieter. But Jean-Michel Jarre is as productive as ever. He has invested a great deal of work and time in his latest project, Electronica. He was able to persuade several colleagues to cooperate on this matter close to his heart. So this is the last studio work of Edgar Froese at the same time.

Lavalampen-Lambada - With a crazy psych sound MEN FROM S.P.E.C.T.R.E. could conquer the dancefloor

. The English Spectre means "Schemen", "Phantom" or "Geist" in German. In bond movies like "fireball," it was short for a criminal organization. The new bond that the whole world is waiting for even bears the title "Spectre". What could be a better promotion for the five bad guys of the Swiss formation Men From S.P.E.C.T.R.E.?

Hitchcock in slow motion - The Doom specialists AVATARIUM present their opus magnum

"The idea for Avatarium was actually born out of a beer mood", laughs Marcus Jidell (ex-Evergrey, ex-Royal Hunt), guitarist of the Stockholm band. "At a party Leif [Edling; Candlemass] and Mikael Åkerfeldt [Opeth] wanted to start a Doom project. But since Mikael had a lot to do with his band, it didn't work out at first. Leif then wrote some songs relatively quickly and I helped him to record the numbers - I think they were 'Moonhorse', 'Lady In The Lamp' and 'Boneflower'.