The UK's leading big band, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, were chosen by producer Mike Valentine for his exploration into the sound differences between direct cut vinyl and a multi-track analogue tape recording and mix done of exactly the same event. The album had to be recorded live so he had to choose a selection of music which would be of the perfect length. Valentine chose a recording studio which not only had a superb sounding space, but also an engineer versed in the black art of cutting live vinyl. Ultimately, he chose Air Studios with engineers Jake Jackson and John Webber. The Syd Lawrence Orchestra led by Chris Dean perform music consisting of eight pieces from the big band era, the creations of Glen Miller, Artie Shaw, and Benny Goodman played live at Air Studios. That recording is now available on CD - enjoy!
Swedish Pop outfit Little Dragon have announced their fifth studio album "Season High". It is the band's fifth album and first since 2014's Grammy Nominated "Nabuma Rubberband". It was announced via BBC Radio 1 today. "Season High" contains the production efforts of various producers, including Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford. "High" and "Sweet" have been revealed as singles from the album.
Killer new studio disc by this bad-ass, heavy power trio from California featuring Jamie Purpora on guitar. On Dragon Lady, the 11th Interstate Blues disc to land, the band tears into a brain-damaging set of 10 excellent, powerful, hard-hitting, lead guitar dominated tracks that kick serious six string ass from start to finish. Purpora is a fierce axe rippin' animal who lays down the heavy guitar law on this intense, balls to the wall riff:monster. Highly recommended to fans of all the other Interstate Blues discs and to all the serious guitar rock fanatics worldwide who like to rock guitar heavy.
Chase the Dragon is the third studio album by the British melodic rock band Magnum. It was released in 1982 on Jet Records. Overseen by the Kansas producer Jeff Glixman, Chase the Dragon was the first recorded appearance by the new keyboard player Mark Stanway, although he had made his live debut at Magnum's appearance at the Reading Festival in 1980. The album was recorded over 13 days at Town House Studios in London, and the following year Tony Clarkin flew to Axis Studios in Atlanta to mix it. However, there was a two-year delay before the album's release in 1982.
On the back of such well received albums 'Albion' and 'Isla De Muerta', released a mere 6 months apart like their debut and follow up back in 1996, the UK's highly-rated melodic hard rock band Ten release their first EP for many years. Featuring exclusive artwork from Gaetano Di Falco, the EP also boast three previously unreleased tracks. These are no mere cast-off, but potential bone-fide classic, with 'Muskateers: Soldiers of the King' being right up their with the best historical Ten epics, while 'The Prodigal Saviour' and 'Is There Anyone With Sense' returns to the more melodic AOR of the debut. The EP also includes the European bonus track 'We Can Be As One', so for Japan and the Far East, there are 4 unreleased tracks…