KATE BUSH - Pop Music Experimental Object
Kate Bush, who turned 60 in July, is one of the most innovative, experimental and influential artists in pop history. Her career is marked by unorthodox decisions, the urge for artistic freedom and at the same time the need to close oneself off to the public. The English artist is cranky, she has shifted and blown the boundaries of pop music while still preserving a sense of the sellability of her music. On the occasion of the re-release of her complete work we look at the experimental moment of Catherine Bush, CBE.
ROGER WATERS - Soldier, Narrator, Devil
Although Roger Waters presented his first opera "Ça Ira" a few years ago, he is usually not regarded as a classical composer. However, the now 75-year-old already came into contact with classical works in the school choir of his hometown Cambridge and later became enthusiastic about Hector Berlioz' "Symphonie fantastique". Waters' latest classical coup is a new recording of Igor Stravinsky's anti-war piece "L'histoire du soldat". Interesting: Waters does not appear as a musician, but as a speaker.
DONNY MCCASLIN - The perfect blowjob
Donny McCaslin has been one of the hottest saxophonists in the USA since contributing to David Bowie's album legacy "★". The 52-year-old Berklee graduate gained important experience with jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas and the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Since his solo album "Casting For Gravity" McCaslin has developed an independent style that draws on fusion, art rock and electronic dance music. He goes one step further with his latest work "Blow.", on which he also picks up influences from alternative rock.
NAZARETH - probationary period passed
FOREQUARTERS Even if Nazareth has been on stage for about five years without her grating voice Dan McCafferty, the real turning point is the new studio work "Tattooed On My Brain": For the first time in their 50-year history, the Scottish band went into the studio with another singer than McCafferty. Carl Sentance has been the new frontman for a good three years now and has successfully completed his probationary period with the album. Founding member Pete Agnew raised both thumbs during the conversation.
POND - VEB Berlin School
Wolfgang Fuchs was the electron microck pioneer of the GDR. After years as a classical rock drummer he turned to electronic rock and prog with his project POND and became the eastern equivalent of the internationally acclaimed Tangerine Dream. The Berlin musician, who turns 70 on 7 December, is still active and has released the double album "40 Jahre POND (Das Jubiläumskonzert)" on his label PONDerosa on the occasion of the band's anniversary in 2018.
ROINE STOLT'S THE FLOWER KING - Flowers to Gold
Even if the Flower Kings, one of the most important retro-prog bands of the nineties, no longer exist: Creative head Roine Stolt is as active as ever. Under the somewhat unwieldy project name Roine Stolt's The Flower King, the Swede has drummed together several (ex-)flower kings as well as colleagues from other groups for "Manifesto Of An Alchemist". With them he has recorded an album that is as varied as ever, the lyrics of which often reflect the world situation.
CHANDELIER - New Nut Noise
Chandeliers did not belong to the greats of the Neoprog scene of the early nineties. But the quintet from Neuss had its fans. In fact, Chandelier didn't have to hide their sound from international luminaries like Marillion, IQ or Pendragon. Now the narrow back catalogue of the band appears again in two stages, digitally mastered by Eroc.
MARK KNOPFLER - The thick head
Every two years a new album and a tour: The former boss of Dire Straits is as reliable as a Swiss watch. And so persistent that nothing gets him upset - neither the reunion tour of his old band nor the introduction to the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. The 69-year-old Scot just does his thing, and that, as his new album "Down The Road Wherever" shows, is still damn good.
NEKTAR: Don't remember the future
When Roye Albrighton died in 2016 after a long illness, the future of nectar was uncertain. The surviving hull formation had with drummer Ron Howden only one founding member left in their ranks. But Howden was in bad health. Then there was bassist Tom Fry, in the band since 2014. And of course keyboarder Klaus Henatsch, who had been working with Albrighton since 2007. But would that be enough for a new edition of the band? Now she presents her latest studio work "Megalomania".
GRETA VAN FLEET - The life insurance of the Rock
There is a rumour that rock music is dead or watered down by pop music, windy producers and the music industry. In this respect, the only thing that remains is a look back through back catalogue publications, reunion tours and autobiographies from a supposedly better time. All nonsense, as Greta Van Fleet proves: The quartet from Michigan proves to be the guardian of the Grail and maybe even the future of rock. eclipsed singer Josh Kiszka has been interviewed in Los Angeles.
ACE OF CUPS - Indian Summer of Love
At the end of the sixties, during the Summer of Love, Ace Of Cups, founded in San Francisco in 1967 and a friend of the Grateful Dead, were the first pure women's rock band to cause a sensation with an extraordinary style mix that even inspired Jimi Hendrix. But her debut album has only just been released, after more than half a century. A second studio work will follow in 2019, as her guitarist Denise Kaufman announced to eclipsed.
GENESIS - 40 Years "...And Then There Were Three..."
There were only three left. During the last tour Steve Hackett had decided to leave Genesis. He was frustrated, as he considered his share of output to be too small and his contributions to be underestimated. For Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, his decision was not as shocking as Peter Gabriel's departure two years earlier. They wanted to give the Prog battleship a new sound anyway, a more radio-ready paint job. So "...And Then There Were Three..." became the band's most pop album to date.
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