Glenn Danzig‘s love for vintage rock is no secret – after all, he was privileged to indulge it by writing songs for Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash – but the American punk’s connection to Elvis Presley was vividly manifested only one, in his “Legacy” TV special. Yet five years down the line, the veteran releases – on April 17th – the album titled “Danzig Sings Elvis” and feauturing his interpretations of the King’s classics such as “Love Me” and, most importantly, deep cuts like “Pocketful Of Rainbows” that only true fans cherish.
Despite their popularity, there hasn’t been a lot of concert recordings from COLOSSEUM‘s first lifespan. 1971’s "Live" being the only official on-stage release from the band. No wonder that the gap was filled with bootlegs which the fans pored over for years, despite the not-always-great sound quality. This is about to change now, with the issue of four formers bootlegs, from 1969 to 1971, capturing the Jon Hiseman-led ensemble in their element and exposing some trackspreviously unheard in such an environment – like their take on “With A Little Help From My Friends” or “Mandarin” from the group’s debut.
It’s been a decade and a half since David Sancious last released a new studio album, and “Eyes Wide Open” that’s out now is more than welcome. It’s an interesting one as well, because, from "Forest Of Feelings" on, the American multi-instrumentalist’s oeuvre was always exploring romantic themes, while his fresh pieces and the record’s artwork suggest emotional investment in current state of affairs. Four songs and four instrumentals on offer were laid down with the help of such renown drummers as Vinnie Colaiuta and Will Calhoun who also had a hand in writing this material.
He may have entered most people’s life as a co-writer and singer of “In The Mystery” on Allan Holdsworth’s seminal “Metal Fatigue” but Paul Korda – who died on March 11th at the age of 72 – had become part of British music scene much, much earlier. Introspective singer-songwriter like his friend Cat Stevens, Korda scored his first hit in 1967 with “The Time Has Come” – penned for P.P. Arnold – even though Paul’s own debut “Go On Home” didn’t enter the charts. Branching out into production and taking care of the young Jon Anderson, he used THE SMALL FACES as his backing band but, after a stint as a member of the “Hair” musical cast and Elkie Brooks’ vocal partner on DADA’s sole LP, Korda started his own career in earnest.
Largely ignored on arrival, PLUTO‘s sole album, out in 1971, has pride of place in many a connoisseur’s household now that that British band’s record is considered a cult classic, the original heavy prog LP fetching hefty sums if in great condition. Those who loved it didn’t dare to hope there could be a sequel – even the musicians themselves weren’t prone to such a dream – yet here it is, scheduled for April 24th release. And it’s not an archive item: “Journey’s End” features a dozen new numbers on vinyl, and seven more cuts on CD, among them two concert pieces – one familiar from that old LP. Unfortunately, half of the classic quartet has passed away, yet guitarists Alan Warner and Paul Gardner are still with us, and they enrolled a few friends to help them come up with the goods.