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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

King's X are to call their new album 'Go Tell Somebody'. It's being produced by Michael Wagener, and should be out later in the year.

AOR Heaven proudly presents the re-issue of Skagarack mastermind Torben Schmidt's much sought after solo album A Bit On The Side as a limited pressing of 1000 units incl. the video clip for Love On Sale as a bonus. Initially released on Epic Records in 1991 the album features Kee Marcello (Europe, Easy Action) on guitar and continues the classic AOR style of the first two Skagarack albums with a slightly rockier edge.
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PRESS RELEASES

Billboard.com Exclusive: Traveling Wilburys Reborn With Rhino

After being out of print for more than a decade, the two studio albums from all-star band the Traveling Wilburys will return to the marketplace in a variety of formats June 12 via Wilbury Records/Rhino, Billboard.com has learned.
"Traveling Wilburys Volume 1" and "Traveling Wilburys Volume 3" will be available together in one package with bonus tracks and a DVD of rare footage, as a deluxe linen-bound edition, a vinyl set and a digital bundle. The DVD boasts a 24-minute documentary and five music videos.
The Wilburys formed in 1988 after Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison assembled at a California studio to record a B-side for the Harrison single "This Is Love."
The resulting song, "Handle With Care," was instead released under the Wilburys name, with the artists posing as a band of brothers. It went on to reach No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the "Volume 1" album hit No. 3 on The Billboard 200. The reissued version of the album includes the previously unreleased tracks "Maxine" and "Like a Ship."
Orbison died in late 1988 before a second album could be completed; it was eventually released as "Volume 3" in 1990. The set is expanded here with the B-side "Runaway" and "Nobody's Child," which was released on a benefit album for Romanian orphans.

GIG NEWS

SYMPHONY X
May
25 - New York, NY at B.B. Kings
July (with Sanctity and Echoes Of Eternity)
16 - Montreal, Quebec at The Medly
17 - Quebec City, Quebec at L'Imperial
18 - Toronto, Ontario at The Opera House
20 - Cleveland, OH at Peabody's
21 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock
22 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room
23 - Sauget, IL at Pop's
24 - St. Paul, MN at Station 4
27 - Seattle, WA at El Corazon
28 - Porland, OR at Roseland Grill
29 - San Francisco, CA at Slim's
30 - Anaheim, CA at House of Blues
31 - West Hollywood, CA at House of Blues
August
3 - Ft. Worth, TX at Ridglea Theater
4 - San Antonio, TX at White Rabbit
5 - Houston, TX at Meridian
REVIEWS

Ex-Wise Heads ‘Holding up the Sky’

Ex-Wise Heads (great pun!!!) are Colin Edwin and Geoff Leigh. I guess I’m the wrong guy to review this stuff as it is so not my kind of music. But now I’m here I have to write what I think. And I just question whose kind of music this is. It’s basically some ambient electronic rhythms with flutes/sax over the top. Although the musicianship is of a high standard I just find the overall sound dated, overly earnest and ultimately no fun. And I would certainly lower the volume on my iPod (embarrassed) if someone were standing anywhere near me – it’s the kind of music your dad, if he were an ageing hippy into the worst kind of world/ambient/new age music around, might listen to – thank god my dad is not!

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Steve Lenton

Cathy Williams & Geoff Leigh ‘Mirage’

This album also features Geoff Leigh, this time in collaboration with Cathy Williams. Again so much sincerity went into this recording, but again it is the overall sound I shrink from. Again the musicianship is good and Cathy’s voice is great, but all the elements it takes from various nations’ music can be appreciated more in original recording from such countries themselves – and there are plenty such recordings around.

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Steve Lenton

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