Waters, Gilmour have Q3 in the pink

Solo works from Pink Floyd veterans Roger Waters and David Gilmour highlight the psychedelic music releases coming to market in 2015's third quarter. Other key releases come from Steppenwolf, Procol Harum, the Nice, Tame Impala, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Roger Waters' long-awaited -- and frequently delayed -- rerelease of "Amused to Death" will finally happen July 24 on all major formats, including 200-gram vinyl, Blu-ray Audio and hybrid SACD. Analogue Productions' revival of the Waters concept album features remastered audio by longtime Waters-Pink Floyd collaborator James Guthrie. The Blu-ray and SACD boast a 5.1 surround remix. The Blu-ray double-disc edition includes a CD with a straight version of the album, as well as the surround and stereo … [Read more...]

‘Miles at the Fillmore’: uncut 1970 brew

"Miles Runs the Voodoo Down," the song title went. And so he did, playing dark and spellbinding music in Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditoriums over a two-year period in the early 1970s. "You can hear that anger and darkness and the craziness of everything that was still in the air from the '60s when this music was made," says the guitarist Carlos Santana, a Fillmore regular and witness to the eruption of the electric Miles Davis. Even today, Santana remains awestruck by Davis' psychedelic proto-funk, as is made clear in his liner notes to a significant restoration of the old live album "Miles Davis at Fillmore" that's due from Columbia/Legacy in March. Davis' psychedelic period began, more or less, when "Bitches Brew" was recorded in 1969. He'd been absorbing psychedelic soundscapes, … [Read more...]

Ginger Baker stirs up Jazz Confusion

Even while pounding out the heaviest of psychedelic rock, drummer Ginger Baker touched on his jazz influences -- down to the double bass setup he copped from Louie Bellson. At 74, the drummer of top psychedelic-era bands Cream and Blind Faith has resurfaced with his jazz combo, crossing the U.S. for a half dozen dates in October. Baker's last high-profile visit to the States came eight years ago, with the Cream reunion shows at Madison Square Garden in October 2005. Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion brought the drummer back to New York for a gig at the Iridium club. "What you get ... is essentially African cross-rhythms through the filter of a pianoless jazz group -- or vice versa," the New York Times noted in its Ginger Baker review. "It's not fussy, as the heavy, elegant rhythm … [Read more...]

‘Lotus’ flowers again: Santana live classic

Santana fans' loyalties are rewarded in October and November with a quartet of 180 gram vinyl releases -- paced by a 40th anniversary edition of the live adventure "Lotus." That triple-disc recording made in the summer of 1973 captures the "Welcome"/"Caravanserai" band ("the New Santana") in its jazz-rock-fusion glory, performing in Osaka, Japan. Some critics consider "Lotus" among the best live recordings made in the rock era. Of the dozens of Santana albums, Rolling Stone gives five stars to only two -- "Lotus" and "Abraxas." "Lotus" long was a sought-after import, initially released as a triple-LP set out of Japan (1974). It featured superb art direction with a multilevel fold-out cover of psychedelic bent, reflecting Carlos Santana's immersion in spirituality. (The set … [Read more...]

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