Robert Berry has been around for ages, with a solid body of work under his belt, yet the American artist seemed to have entered collective consciousness only in 2018, when "The Rules Have Changed" – an album credited to 3.2, a new version of a band called 3 – saw the light of day. 3, of course, was the group in which the 27-year-old Robert joined forces with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer back in 1988.
Neither that creative union nor the previous attempt to work alongside Steve Howe in GTR turned Berry into a star he could have been if he pursued a solo path; nothing could derail it either. In the following three decades, the veteran has released a string of high-quality records, yet his latest offering somehow eclipsed it all: it was Emerson’s last-ever work, even though Keith’s parts had been withdrawn and Berry played all the instruments on the album, proving once again his versatility and talent.
The word “iconic” has long become a generic term for anything vague familiar to masses, yet when it comes to strictly visual arts images caught in the lenses of Baron Wolman are truly akin to the worship-warranting objects. From Woodstock to Altamont, from psychedelic London to hippie Frisco – the legendary photographer has been everywhere at the right time. And if you try to recall portraits of Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix, of Syd Barrett or Jim Morrison, of LED ZEPPELIN or SANTANA, chances that you think of Wolman’s work are high. One would assume master such as Baron and Instagram operate on different levels, yet the veteran embraced this platform in quite an arresting way, the results of it getting issued soon as “My Generation”: a book of classic snapshots of classic rock artists.
As is customary nowadays, it didn’t take long for Paul McCartney to follow up his last year’s “Egypt Station” with an expanded edition – in addition to the pricey collector’s box set that was out a few months ago. Why buy an initial pressing, then, if there are more goodies always on the way if you wait a little longer? This would get in the way of a record’s char action but… So the “Explorer’s Edition” of the ex-Beatle’s album, out on May 17th, will feature, alongside the already familiar songs, a bunch of extra tracks – some recorded live, some cut in a studio in the same time-frame – on a second disc. A completist’s delight, yet nothing more.
This year should see the release of “Mr. Nelson: On The North Side” – a documentary dedicated to Prince‘s ’60s and ’70s, the film that will feature a stellar cast of the Purple One’s friends and followers, including Billy Gibbons and Chaka Khan, Orianthi and Randy Bachman. Unexpectedly, among them is Robby Krieger, who wrote a song for the movie. Voiced by the inimitable Macy Gray, it’s titled “Music Speaks Louder Than Words” and was laid down at the former THE DOORS guitarist’s Horse Latitudes studio.
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Even though Mike McGear never wanted to be accused of riding his older brother, Paul McCartney‘s coattails – that’s why he adopted a pseudonym – when it came to recording a follow-up record to his solo debut, the two decided to work together. To work on a single which soon enough grew into an album where not only the entire WINGS played – and ex-Beatle co-wrote most of the tracks – but also Mike’s colleague from GRIMMS, Vivian Stanshall, made an appearance. The result was close to a pop masterpiece, and June 28th will see its reissue – adorned with a poster and, what’s more important, expanded to include single cuts and a lot of previously unheard pieces, gathered on the set’s second CD.