3/21/17

Guitar Legend Allan Holdsworth 12 CD Box Set Collection and Accompanying Double CD Collection

THE MAN WHO CHANGED GUITAR FOREVER Box Set
EIDOLON-a 2-CD Best Of To Be Released on Manifesto Records on April 7th.

Los Angeles, CA-based Manifesto Records will release a new, complete 12-CD box set by guitar innovator, jazz, and progressive rock legend Allan Holdsworth titled The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever, along with a 2-CD updated and expanded “best of” collection selected by the artist, titled Eidolon.

Manifesto Records referenced the box set’s seemingly portentous title from the cover story title featuring Holdsworth in Guitar Player magazine’s April 2008 edition. Given his humble nature, Holdsworth is a bit embarrassed by the title and finds the notion that he changed “guitar forever,” somewhat overblown—more befitting of names like Orville Gibson, Leo Fender, or Ned Steinberger.

Holdsworth, born in Bradford England in 1946, embarked on a solo career as composer and bandleader exclusively in 1979. Holdsworth’s career as producer, bandleader, and lead composer is documented in this box set, and with the artist’s 28-track selection of favorites in Eidolon. Both packages include extensive liner notes, and an updated 2016 interview with Holdsworth discussing each release, his history, and approach to the instrument.

From 1982 through 2003, Holdsworth recorded a dozen albums that have been lovingly put together for The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever collection. Featured on the box set are eleven remastered studio albums, starting with the 1982 studio release, Allan Holdsworth, I.O.U., and the archival 2003 live release, Then!, recorded live in Tokyo in 1990. All feature additional bonus tracks added for special editions or the original Japan releases, along with the original artwork and studio credits. Also included are the Grammy-nominated Road Games, (1983), Metal Fatigue (1985), Sand (1987), Secrets (1989), Wardenclyffe Tower (1992), Hard Hat Area (1993), None Too Soon (1996), The Sixteen Men of Tain (2000), and Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie (2001).

Holdsworth has been recognized by many of the world’s most accomplished and unique rock and jazz guitar virtuosos. Luminaries including Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Joe Satriani, Tom Morello universally expressed reverence and astonishment at Holdsworth’s pioneering approach to his playing and vast vocabulary of “uncommon” chord voicings.

He further expanded the guitar’s orchestral potential with a range of electronic effects, then moved on to become one of the early innovators of guitar-based synthesizer controllers. In the nearly five decades Holdsworth has been touring, collaborating, and recording, he has created an immense sonic and musical legacy.

In the ‘70s he played with legendary Miles Davis drummer, Tony Williams and Cream bassist Jack Bruce as the band Lifetime, and toured with Soft Machine. He worked with former Yes and King Crimson drummer, Bill Bruford’s first solo project, Feels Good To Me, and subsequent recordings with Jean-Luc Ponty, and Gong. Bruford suggested Allan for the progressive-rock “supergroup,” U.K., which, along with Bruford, also featured John Wetton and Eddie Jobson. Both The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever and Eidolon will become precious to those who love the world’s great guitarists. Fans of deeply unique, sonically rich and pristine recordings of great musicians taking their music to the next level and beyond, will also be in awe of these collections.

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Amazon Preorder Links: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever
https://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Changed-Guitar-Forever/dp/B01N5P4DLD/ref=pd_bxgy_15_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=114FQBNT8G0S6NJR2KE9

Eidolon
https://www.amazon.com/Eidolon-Allan-Holdsworth/dp/B01MZ9MJN8/ref=pd_bxgy_15_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01MZ9MJN8&pd_rd_r=WRMTGKTVCWHHRABY2813&pd_rd_w=XGPWl&pd_rd_wg=pntBS&psc=1&refRID=WRMTGKTVCWHHRABY2813

Anne & Her Artists Remember Chuck Berry

  When you lose someone you love, you tend to compare notes with friends.  Four of my artists and I have things to say about Chuck Berry’s impact on our works.

“I thought he was just great.”
-Allan Holdsworth 

“I saw Chuck Berry open for Frank Zappa, Oct. 8th, 1971 at the New Haven Arena with Syracuse legends Bobby Comstock and the Counts backing him up (and they were damn good too, no ‘sloppy back-up band” from my hometown)… and I recall thinking, “This is the greatest rock’n’roll show I have ever witnessed.”
-Gary Lucas  

“Chuck Berry was the TRUE king of Rock’n’Roll! A revolutionary performer with a dynamic stage presence. He created the duckwalk, revolutionized slide guitar and rock guitar soloing. He created the blueprint that we follow to this day. Long live the king!”
-Joe Deninzon    

“Chuck Berry: Took the classic slide guitar double stop and simplified it to its orgiastic essence.
Chuck Berry shaped the vocabulary of rock n roll with a wizard smile and the flesh of a single finger.
Chuck served it up smoking hot, real and golden brown to a mass audience of sex-crazed pubescent malcontents,
Chuck exposed the dark and grinning demonic scatalogical backside of the American Dream,
He transformed Ida Red to Maybelline in a brilliant stroke of Commercial Pop Art savvy.
He made us shiver with joy at the sound of of his libidinous luminosity.
Chuck also tortured 3 generations of mercenary pick-up bands who shit in their pants just trying, in vain, to please him.”
-Phoebe Legere

“I’ve stolen so much from him.I loved that he created the phrase ‘motorvating over the hill.’ I stole that for a Motivational article I posted; Wayne Kramer wrote me a note, and gave me thumbs up. I’ve stolen from Wayne, too!  Hail hail rock and roll!”
—Anne Leighton

3/14/17

Allan Holdsworth Record Release Party, April 4 in Venice, CA

Please share this downloadable flyer of Allan's Record Release Party in Los Angeles County on April 4.
Manifesto Records is presenting a special record release party for Allan Holdsworth on Tuesday, April 4, at 8:30 PM, at the Del Monte Speakeasy in the Venice Townhouse.
The Venice Townhouse is at 52 Windward Ave., in Venice.
Allan's band features Virgil Donati (drums), Steve Hunt (keyboards), and Evan Marien (bassist).
Opening is Cameron Morgan.
This is a 21 and over show.
Admission is $20.
the venue phone is 310-392-4040.
The website is www.townhousevenice.com
Tickets are available online at nightout.com/events/alan-holdsworth/tickets
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/503430859827506/

Allan Holdsworth has two reissue packages coming out on April 7. There is his 12 CD Box Set, THE MAN WHO CHANGED GUITAR FOREVER and a 2-CD retrospective, EIDOLON, which features songs handpicked by the maestro, himself.

Guitar innovator, jazz, and progressive rock legend Allan Holdsworth career as producer, bandleader, and lead composer is documented in this box set, and with the artist’s 28-track selection of favorites in Eidolon. Both packages include extensive liner notes, and an updated 2016 interview with Holdsworth discussing each release, his history, and approach to the instrument.   

From 1982 through 2003, Holdsworth recorded a dozen albums that have been lovingly put together for The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever collection. Featured on the box set are eleven remastered studio albums, starting with the 1982 studio release, Allan Holdsworth, I.O.U., and ending the archival 2003 live release, THEN!, recorded LIVE IN TOKYO in 1990.  All feature additional bonus tracks added for special editions or the original Japan releases, along with the original artwork and studio credits. Also included are the Grammy-nominated ROAD GAMES, (1983), METAL FATIGUE (1985), SAND (1987), SECRETS (1989), WARDENCLYFFE TOWER (1992), HARD HAT AREA (1993), NONE TOO SOON (1996), THE SIXTEEN MEN OF TAIN (2000), and FLAT TIRE: MUSIC FOR A NON-EXISTENT MOVIE (2001). 

Holdsworth has been recognized by many of the world’s most accomplished and unique rock and jazz guitar virtuosos. Luminaries including Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Joe Satriani, Tom Morello universally expressed reverence and astonishment at Holdsworth’s pioneering approach to his playing and vast vocabulary of “uncommon” chord voicings.  

He further expanded the guitar’s orchestral potential with a range of electronic effects, then moved on to become one of the early innovators of guitar-based synthesizer controllers. In the nearly five decades Holdsworth has been touring, collaborating, and recording, he has created an immense sonic and musical legacy.     

Both THE MAN WHO CHANGED GUITAR FOREVER and EIDOLON will become precious to those who love the world’s great guitarists. Fans of deeply unique, sonically rich and pristine recordings of great musicians taking their music to the next level and beyond, will also be in awe of these collections.    

Allan Holdsworth online: facebook.com/allanholdsworthmusic/

3/8/17

Elliott Murphy: "Could have written a novel, but wrote an album" is now obsolete! :)

ELLIOTT MURPHY BOOK ADVISORY

In addition to his thirty-five albums and a globe spanning forty-four year career in music, ELLIOTT MURPHY has written and published two novels MARTY MAY & POETIC JUSTICE, a collection of short stories PARIS STORIES, and a book of poetry FORTY POEMS IN FORTY NIGHTS that are all receiving rave reviews. Join his ever increasing throng of delighted readers - visit the ELLIOTT MURPHY author page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Elliott-Murphy/e/B004MQG6P6/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1488489154&sr=1-2-ent
OR BITLY: http://amzn.to/2lMcsmQ

Downloadable photo art of Elliott's books at https://www.flickr.com/photos/8320698@N05/albums/72157611847817960/page2

www.ElliottMurphy.com

3/7/17

Ian Anderson: Tour. New Album: The String Quartets

“Loco (Locomotive Breath),” from the new JETHRO TULL- STRING QUARTETS’ album by Ian Anderson and the Carducci String Quartet, just premiered at billboard.com. “Loco” is a string quartet arrangement of “Locomotive Breath” Jethro Tull’s 1978 hit of the group’s album, BURSTING OUT. CLICK HERE to read Billboard's new interview with Ian, conducted by renown music journalist Gary Graff. ​ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7708994/jethro-tull-string-quartet-locomotive-breath-premiere?utm_source=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

The STRING QUARTETS’ version is an instrumental features violin, viola, cello and bass, and Ian Anderson on flute. It was arranged by Ian’s keyboardist John O’Hara, whose mission was to “delve deeper and offer a new imagining of each piece. An orchestrator’s job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work.” O’Hara also felt “a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song.”

Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. With nearly 50 years’ history, the band has performed more than 3,000 concerts in 40 countries, playing 100+ concerts each year. Now, Ian Anderson, John O’Hara, and the Carducci Quartet are set to release Jethro Tull - The String Quartets, a collection of 12 re-imagined Tull classics, allowing Tull fans and classical music connoisseurs to enjoy the band’s vast catalog in a new way.

About The Carducci Quartet:  Winners of international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition, this Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC.  Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. The Carducci Quartet are highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, and are regularly invited to perform new works.

The album will be available in the U.S. on March 24, 2017 via The End Records/BMG. CLICK HERE to reserve your physical copy today!

01. In the Past (Living In The Past)
02. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You’re a Woman / Reasons For Waiting)
03. Bungle (Bungle In The Jungle)
04. We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major)
05. Farm, the Fourway (Farm On The Freeway)
06. Songs and Horses (Songs From The Wood / Heavy Horses) **
07. Only the Giving (Wond’ring Aloud)
08. Loco (Locomotive Breath)
09. Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song) **
10. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green)
11. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells) **
12. Aquafugue (Aqualung)

After the album’s release, Ian Anderson will return to the United States this May, June, August, and November to present multi-media JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson concerts in the Mountain States, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the Midwest, Florida. He will be accompanied by Tull members David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), and Scott Hammond (drums). Please see below for concert dates and ticket links.  More shows to be announced.

JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson - U.S. Tour
05/23: Red Butte Garden Amphitheater, Salt Lake City, UT
05/26: Red Rocks Amphitheater; Morrison, CO (with the Colorado Symphony)
05/27: Route 66 Casino; Legends Theatre, Albuquerque, NM  
05/28: Plaza Theatre PAC; El Paso, TX  
05/30: Smart Financial Centre; Sugar Land (Houston), TX  
05/31: ACL Live at the Moody Theater; Austin, TX 
06/01: Choctaw Casino, Choctaw Grand Theater; Durant, OK  
08/08: Bethlehem MusikFest, Bethlehem, PA
08/15: Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC
08/17: Interlochen, Interlochen, MI
08/18: Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, Grand Rapids, MI
08/19: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
08/20: Caesars Windsor - The Colosseum,Windsor ON
08/22: First Niagara Presents Tuesday in the Park, Lewiston, NY
11/1: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
11/4: Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theatre, Mashantucket, CT
11/5: France-Derrick PAC-Hippodrome, Baltimore, MD
11/7: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL
11/8: Walt Disney Theater, Orlando, FL
11/9: The Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
11/10: Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, FL

www.Jethro Tull.com
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3/4/17

Phoebe Legere's Heart of Love Album

Heart of Love is Phoebe Legere’s 17th collection of original songs; she continues to build on her legendary reputation as an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and artist.

Studs Terkel at NPR called Phoebe Legere “an American original” whose “beautiful voice will take your breath away.”

Phoebe Legere, from an Acadian/Cajun and Native American family, has been playing Americana with “La Famille Legere Band” since she was five years old. Her cousin Ray Legere, a Canadian bluegrass/acoustic fiddling and mandolin legend, joins her on this album.

Heart of Love album is a paean to freedom from the outlaw ecstasy of life on the road to the changes in relationships. Legere writes songs that are folk-country tall tales. Legere twists grief into humor and counters existential angst with a whoop of joy. The song “Heart of Love” is about being on the road, and “Men From Boys” is the freedom to choose an inspirational loved one. “Hello Friday,” which features Phoebe’s powerful piano chops, is the freedom we all need to enjoy the weekend.

Legere deals with family, romance, disillusion, birth, homecoming and death, such as “Mama,” “Brother (Love Is Everywhere),” and “NY Nightmare.”

Her French-English “Cajun Moon” begins with Legere singing a chanson about a woman in a hurricane; then she suddenly changes the channel to spin a yarn about riding an alligator while making love and drinking bourbon out of a to-go cup! “OK Cupid” is a song about computer dating with a surprising twist.

Legere’s Native American heritage is the basis for much of her flashing nature imagery: In “Blue Canoe Blues,” we hear her singing in Abenaki, the language of her ancestors.

On “Wrong Honky Tonk,” Legere plays masterful honky tonk piano throughout, and wields her accordion like a spiritual sword.

Phoebe brings it home on Hank Williams’ classic song, “Jambalaya,” adding new lyrics and some French singing to the song.

Known for her singing, and piano and accordion playing, Legere’s down-to-earth Lightnin’ Hopkins-influenced blues guitar playing can be heard on the Heart of Love album. She has surrounded herself with some of the best musicians in the business including Dave Malachowski (Guitar, Savoy Brown Blues Band, Shania Twain), Eric McDonald (Mandolin), Ray Legere (violin), Paul Smitty Smith (Lap Steel Guitar), Rob Mitzner (drums), and Dae Bennett (background vocals).

Legere’s voice goes easily from a “soprano of winsome sweetness” to a “low down blues growl.”

Legere has performed thousands of shows, from Country Fairs to NPR, from Folk Festivals to the Pow Wow circuit, from Songwriter Circles to a CBS Sunday Morning feature about winning First Runner-Up in “America’s Hottest Accordionist Contest” in Branson, MO. Her live performances have included opening for David Bowie’s National Tour, and recently for Activist signer-songwriter John Hall, and blues greats The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Martin Barre (Jethro Tull guitarist).

Phoebe Legere’s previous radio hits have included: “Trust Me,” “Marilyn Monroe,” and “Amazing Love.”

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www.PhoebeLegere.org
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