LED ZEPPELIN - The Last Remaster?
"That's it," my ass! Jimmy Page has charmingly told us about the new editions of "Presence", "In Through The Out Door" and "Coda". With "The Complete BBC Sessions" the 72-year-old Englishman once again enters the Remasters-Ring and adds eight songs to the live recordings from the late 60s and early 70s as well as a lot of discussion needs. We report what awaits the fan and discuss with Jimmy Page the new extended and revised re-release - possibly the last remaster.
THE BEATLES - Always on the move
Exactly 50 years ago, the Beatles ended their touring career. The film documentary "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years", which appeared in cinemas on 15 September, shows how four young guys from Liverpool thrilled millions of people around the world with their concerts and were fed up with touring after more than 500 concerts. The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl", an acoustic summary of three legendary concerts in Los Angeles, was released a week before.
JOHN COLTRANE - How a jazz monument changed rock
There was a time when rock was already in full swing, but the electric guitar was still in its infancy. More than a few crisp riffs and here and there a pointed solo over a few bars was not possible. It was a saxophonist who taught the guitarists the flute tones. And not only that, he also created the space that after him only guitarists could fill. On the occasion of his 90th birthday we follow the traces that the US jazz musician John Coltrane, who died in 1967, has left in rock music.
JOE BONAMASSA - The supreme discipline
Albert, B.B. and Freddie King are hard to get past as a blues player. Why not take an offensive approach is what the 21st century blues king Joe Bonamassa thought when he set off on his "Three Kings" tour last year. But not only about the live recording "Live At The Greek Theatre" of this tour we talked to the New Yorker: A tour in honour of the British guitar kings Beck, Page and Clapton is just finished, and new albums with Beth Hart and Black Country Communion are upcoming.
OPETH - Into the world of the sorceress
The former death metal artists Opeth undertake with their twelfth studio album "Sorceress", just like with their predecessors "Heritage" (2011) and "Pale Communion" (2014), extensive expeditions into the sound worlds of the seventies, where the progressive world of magic was most colourful. However, they always sound today. The Swedish formation has matured over the years with its Spiritus Rector Mikael Åkerfeldt.
MARILLION - Prog-Protest
Four years after "Sounds That Can't Be Made" Marillion return with an amazing album: At the heart of "F E A R - Fuck Everyone And Run" are three longtracks, which are catching the listen because of their social criticism. The band explores the possibilities offered by the combination of music and politics as rarely before. The result is a demanding, yet immensely fulfilling synthesis of message, craft and emotion. "It's our protest album," Steve Hogarth makes clear.
VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR - End open
Van der Graaf generator do not want to be disturbed at present. At least they announce this with the title of their new album - at least the fifth since their surprising comeback in 2004. And band head Peter Hammill doesn't exclude that "Do Not Disturb" could be followed by further releases. In an interview he reveals much about the current state of the extraordinary progressive rock formation. While former member David Jackson reminds how the reunion of the highly fragile construct Van der Graaf Generator came about.
KANSAS - Today a Phoenix
Kansas are one of the longest serving prog bands and still today a guarantor for thrilling concerts. The group was once seen as an American answer to Yes, but from the very beginning it sought its own profile. With their new recording "The Prelude Implicit" - the first one in 16 years - the completely new formation (since 2014 with singer Ronnie Platt) shows that they still have a lot on their plate.
URIAH HEEP - Remember the time
Mick Box, guitarist and only remaining founding member of Uriah Heep, is happy that he can finally present the back catalogue of the enduring formation in an appealing form. With "...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble", "Salisbury" and the compilation "You Turn To Remember" the time travel starts. And the 69-year-old Englishman reminisces.
The prisoner of Belfast - VAN MORRISON would rather be a veterinarian...
It's been over 30 years since the little, corpulent man spoke to a German magazine. Not because he has something against the country where he earned his first musical spurs in the early 60s (with the Monarchs), but simply because he doesn't like interviews. Not at all. Getting him in front of the microphone anyway is a real puzzle...
Too good to be brave - MEAT LOAF says goodbye...
Marvin Lee Aday alias Meat Loaf invited the press to the noble Regent-Hotel in Berlin's Mitte to explain to every single journalist that "Braver Than We Are" is his strongest album so far. "I mean it completely seriously, it's the best thing I've ever done. It's all in flux on this record, so it's even stronger than 'Bat Out Of Hell'." The 68-year-old singer talks himself into rage, fidgets with the LP cover of "Braver Than We Are" and explains all the tracks without being asked.