THE RISING release a Christmas single

tsThe Rising release their Christmas single ‘This Special Time Of Year’ this coming Friday December 8.

You can hear and download it here

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MAGNUM announce new album Lost On The Road To Eternity

Magnum have confirmed the release of their absolutely enthralling new studio album ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’, as a digipack CD (with bonus 4 track live CD), double gatefold 180 gram purple vinyl LP (+ CD in paper sleeve), download and stream on Steamhammer/SPV on January 19th 2018.

‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’, which marks the major 20th studio album milestone on this illustrious group’s 40 year musical path, is one of Magnum’s most inspired, diverse, exhilarating and alluring albums ever. Reflecting on the reason for this new creative zenith, guitarist/songwriter Tony Clarkin recalls “As I had started to write the songs even before we embarked on our most recent tour, I subsequently had time to let my initial ideas sink in for a few weeks, which helped me realise that I was on the right path,” he says, looking back with satisfaction. “That was a good feeling which inspired me to write more powerful numbers. Apart from that, the usual Magnum formula applied: I go to the studio, try out ideas on the guitar or on the keyboards and do my damnedest to write the best Magnum song of all time.” As a result, ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’ contains eleven of arguably the best Magnum songs of all time, all additionally sparkling with the fresh inspiration brought to the table by consummate new band members Rick Benton (keyboards) and Lee Morris (drums).

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‘Without Love’, the first single, a strident, relentlessly driving groove-laden song with a subtly irresistible melody, glorious guitar riffs and catchy chorus, will totally tantalize the fans’ musical appetite when released on December 8th. After their headline appearance at the Giants Of Rock Festival in Minehead on January 26th 2018, Magnum will set off on a two month European headline tour in February, commencing with the following UK concerts:-

20th February         Bristol – Trinity
21st February          Cardiff – Tramshed
22nd February        Holmfirth – Picturedome
24th February          Manchester – Academy 2
25th February          Hull – Welly
26th February          Aberdeen – Garage
27th February          Glasgow – Garage
1stMarch                  Belfast – Limelight
2ndMarch                 Birmingham – Town Hall
3rdMarch                 Preston – Guildhall
4thMarch                  Nottingham – Rock City
7thMarch                  Leamington – Assembly
8thMarch                  Cambridge – Junction
9thMarch                  London – Islington Assembly Hall
10thMarch               Southampton – Engine Room
12thMarch               Brighton – Old Market

The album’s mighty title track features a duet between vocalist Bob Catley and Tobias Sammet, a kind of artistic thank-you by the Edguy/Avantasia front man in appreciation of Catley’s guest stint on various of Sammet’s releases. ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’ was also additionally enhanced by atmospheric arrangements courtesy of the Wolf Kerschek orchestra.

While much kudos must be attributed to original band members Tony Clarkin and Bob Catley for most of the musical prowess on ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’, a fair amount should be attributed to bassist Al Barrow, (who has been in the group since 2001), along with new keyboardist Rick Benton and drummer Lee Morris. Benton joined the Magnum camp in December 2016 to replace long-standing member Mark Stanway, while Morris took over from Harry James in the summer.

“Harry has two other bands, Thunder and Snakecharmer, and it became more and more difficult to coordinate our schedules,” Clarkin explains and confesses; “I must admit that I was reluctant to let him go, but after Lee had drummed for us for the first time and we realised that he adds even more rhythmic complexity to our songs, I’m more than happy with the line-up change.”

Clarkin feels just as positive about his new keyboardist Rick Benton; “Rick has brought a breath of fresh air and interesting ideas into the band. His style is carefully considered and he seems to know intuitively what enhances our material. You just have to give him a rough idea of the arrangement and he immediately comes up with a perfect solution. All you have to do is listen to and enjoy the atmospheric middle part of ‘Welcome To The Cosmic Cabaret’ to appreciate what a positive addition Benton is to the Magnum fold.”

The digipack CD version of ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’ will include a bonus live Cd containing 4 songs recorded at Magnum’s 2017 performance at the Leyendas Del Rock Festival in Alicante, Spain.

Single release for Crisis – Streets of London performed by Ralph McTell, Crisis Choir & Annie Lennox

Single released 4 December to raise money for homelessness as charity turns 50

To download the track for 99p click here:

smarturl.it/streetsoflondon

Legendary singer-songwriter, Ralph McTell, has re-recorded his timeless song, ‘Streets of London’, with a choir made up of clients from Crisis – the national charity for homeless people – and guest vocalist Annie Lennox, to raise money for the cause in the run up to Christmas. 

First penned 50 years ago, the classic single shares its birthday with Crisis, whose 50th anniversary also falls this December.

To mark the occasion, Crisis’ homeless clients and staff from across the country came together to form an 88-strong choir to sing alongside McTell and guest vocalist Lennox. The choir was conducted by Only Men Aloud’s Tim Rhys-Evans, while the recording also features Fairport Convention’s Richard Thompson on guitar.

One of the most recorded songs of all time, ‘Streets of London’ has been covered by over 200 artists including Cat Stevens and Glen Campbell. The song has long been associated with homelessness, with its lyrics speaking of lonely figures walking through Surrey Street Market in Croydon, where Crisis now has a centre. The latest version is an emotional gem, featuring lush orchestration and soaring choral harmonies alongside McTell’s trademark baritone.

The single is being released to raise money for Crisis and help support some of the thousands of people facing homelessness this Christmas, many of whom will have nowhere to turn as the winter months close in. As well as opening 13 centres for over 4,000 homeless guests over Christmas, the charity works year-round to help people out of homelessness, as well as campaigning for changes that will end homelessness once and for all.

Ralph McTell said:

“It’s 50 years since I wrote Streets of London and it saddens me that the issues raised in the song are still so relevant today. When the idea of a single to support Crisis was mooted, I was very pleased that it might help raise awareness of the charity’s work and the wider issue of homelessness. I have been performing a Christmas concert in aid of Crisis for a few years now; inspired by its commitment to improving the circumstances of so many.

“I was also thrilled that the wonderful Annie Lennox was prepared to lend her voice to a new recording, and when I discovered that Crisis had its own choir, it offered the perfect opportunity to create a new and exciting version of a song so many people know.”

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said:

“Our heartfelt thanks go to Ralph McTell, Annie Lennox and all Crisis clients and staff who lent their voices to this record. The vital funds and awareness it will raise will help us support even more people facing homelessness this Christmas. 

“It’s 50 years since Crisis was founded as an urgent response to an unacceptable situation – and it’s nothing less than a tragedy that we are still here today when homelessness should be a thing of the past.

“This collaboration between our clients and Ralph McTell can help us to raise awareness of the similar crisis we’re facing 50 years on. But homelessness isn’t inevitable and we’ll continue to work to ensure we won’t be needed in another 50 years’ time.”

To download the track for 99p click here: smarturl.it/streetsoflondon

BIG BIG TRAIN Christmas song

Big Big Train will be releasing a Christmas single on December 8th 2017.

The single is called Merry Christmas and will be released on limited edition 7-inch snow white vinyl (with a gatefold cover), digipack CD, high-resolution and standard-resolution download, and streaming. The vinyl, CD and high-resolution download versions of the release will feature a ‘b’ side called Snowfalls.

The promotional film for Merry Christmas was recently premiered by Prog magazine and can be viewed here:

The film features actor Mark Benton who says:

‘When Big Big Train asked me to get involved with the video for Merry Christmas, I didn’t need much convincing. I’m a big fan of the band and love the way they tell stories through their beautifully crafted songs. The video was great fun to shoot and hopefully really conveys the Christmas message’.

Alongside Big Big Train’s full line-up which performed recently at the band’s three sold-out shows at Cadogan Hall in London, Merry Christmas features the beautiful singing of The Chapel Choir Choristers of Jesus College, Cambridge.

Big Big Train vocalist David Longdon says: ‘Merry Christmas is a song about rediscovering our childlike belief in the magic of Christmas, despite living in an over commercial and sometimes cynical world. After all, what wouldn’t you give to believe again, like you believed back then?’

The artwork for Merry Christmas has been painted by Sarah Louise Ewing and will also feature on a new range of Christmas cards.

Merry Christmas is available to pre-order now from the band’s official stores:

https://www.burningshed.com/store/bigbigtrain/ (for vinyl and CD pre-orders)

http://www.themerchdesk.com (for vinyl, CD, Christmas cards and other merchandise)

Merry Christmas is also available to pre-order from Amazon, HMV and other good online and high-street record stores.

The high-resolution (24/96) download version of Merry Christmas will be available to buy on
Big Big Train’s Bandcamp shop on the 8th December:

https://bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com/

A donation to the Night Stop homelessness charity will be made for every copy of the vinyl, CD, download and Christmas card sold.

More Christmas gift ideas can be found in Sarah Louise Ewing’s shop, including Grimspound cufflinks and a beautiful Telling the Bees Pendant (25% of proceeds from pendant sales will go to The Bee Cause, a campaign which seeks to reverse the decline of bees in the UK.)

Best wishes,
Andy, Danny, Dave, David, Greg, Nick, Rachel & Rikard

MERRY CHRISTMAS by Big Big Train

Three times Progressive Music Award winning band, Big Big Train, will be releasing their first Christmas single on December 8th 2017.

The single is called Merry Christmas and will be released on 8th December on 7-inch snow white vinyl (with a gatefold cover), digipack CD, high-resolution and standard-resolution download and streaming. The vinyl, CD and high-resolution download versions of the release will feature a ‘b’ side called Snowfalls.

The artwork for Merry Christmas has been painted by Sarah Louise Ewing and will also feature on a new range of Christmas cards.

A donation to the Night Stop homelessness charity will be made for every copy of the vinyl, CD, download and Christmas card sold.

Merry Christmas is available to pre-order now from the band’s official stores:

https://www.burningshed.com/store/bigbigtrain/ (for vinyl and CD pre-orders)

http://www.themerchdesk.com (for vinyl, CD, Christmas cards and other merchandise)

Merry Christmas is also available to pre-order from Amazon, HMV and other good online and high-street record stores.

The high-resolution (24/96) download version of Merry Christmas will be available to buy on Big Big Train’s Bandcamp shop on the 8th December:

https://bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com/

Big Big Train vocalist David Longdon says: ‘Merry Christmas is a song about rediscovering our childlike belief in the magic of Christmas, despite living in an over commercial and sometimes cynical world. After all, what wouldn’t you give to believe again, like you believed back then?’

Alongside Big Big Train’s full line-up which performed recently at the band’s three sold-out shows at Cadogan Hall in London, Merry Christmas features the beautiful singing of The Chapel Choir Choristers of Jesus College, Cambridge.

Bass player Greg Spawton: ‘We wanted Merry Christmas to be a proper Christmas song. Christmas music needs a choir, a brass band and, of course, sleigh bells’.

The promotional film for Merry Christmas features Mark Benton and will premiere on 1st December.

Best wishes,
Andy, Danny, Dave, David, Greg, Nick, Rachel & Rikard

JEFF LYNNE’S ELO ANNOUNCES 2018 UK & EURO TOUR

Following triumphant performances in Oberhausen, Amsterdam and Zurich in 2016, as well as a sold out UK arena tour including London’s Wembley Stadium in June 2017, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have announced today that they will be returning to the UK and Europe for an extended run of shows in 2018. The newly announced shows will see the legendary band play 19 dates across the continent through September and October.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO play the following UK & EURO Arena dates in Autumn 2018:

September 2018

Wed 12 Stockholm, Ericsson Globe Arena
Fri 14 Oslo, Spektrum Arena
Sun 16 Copenhagen, Royal Arena
Tue 18 Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena
Wed 19 Berlin, Mercedes Benz Arena
Fri 21 Munich, Olympiahalle
Sun 23 Vienna, Stadhalle
Tue 25 Mannheim, SAP Arena
Thu 27 Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome
Sun 30 Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena

October 2018

Wed 03 Glasgow, SSE Hydro Arena
Fri 05 Manchester, Manchester Arena
Tue 09 Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
Wed 10 Birmingham, Arena Birmingham
Mon 15 Leeds, First Direct Arena
Wed 17 London, O2 Arena
Tue 23 Liverpool, Echo Arena
Wed 25 Dublin, 3Arena
Fri 26 Belfast, The SSE Arena

Tickets go on General Sale Friday November 17 at 9:00am local time.

Looking ahead to the new shows, Jeff said; “Our audiences are amazing. It’s like they’re in the group. We can’t wait to play for them again.”

More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had twenty six UK Top 40 singles, making Lynne’s sweeping productions some of the most recognisable music of the last forty years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide.

June’s stunning Wembley Stadium gig is being immortalised in the live DVD ‘Wembley Or Bust’ out November 17th. In ‘Wembley or Bust,’ we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd.

http://www.JeffLynnesELO.com

KINO – remastered ‘Picture’ to be issued on vinyl for the first time

Kino – the band formed by John Mitchell (Lonely Robot, Frost*), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), John Beck (It Bites) & Chris Maitland (ex-Porcupine Tree), released their much-loved debut album ‘Picture’ back in 2005. Now the album has been remastered by John Mitchell, and will be issued on vinyl for the very first time on the 17th November 2017, as well as returning to digital and streaming services.

Mitchell had this to say: “The Kino ‘Picture’ album has been unavailable for a while but a lot of people have been asking about it so it’s clearly got a place in a lot of people’s hearts which is wonderful. It was never released on vinyl previously so it’s great that Inside Out have made that happen. A lot of people have also asked whether there will be a new Kino album one day….that’s a good question and one day it may be answered.”

‘Picture’ is available on Gatefold 180g black 2LP, including the CD as bonus, as well as digital download. Pre-order your copy here

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