25 giugno 2019

Un ritratto di Warrick Sony e Kalahari Surfers è proposto in questi giorni da Noah Berlatsky per Bandcamp, con un breve ragguaglio sulle sue ultime attività: "Sony just completed his masters degree in fine art, on sound and social control in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. He’s planning to pursue a PhD examining totalitarian regimes, especially in Russia. And he’s working on getting more of his discography online, including a 2009 collaboration with Greg Hunter of The Orb, called Turntabla. After more than 35 years, Kalahari Surfers continues to treat music as a route to political education."


24 giugno 2019

Fu l'ultima volta che Daevid Allen prese parte ai concerti della Glissando Guitar Orchestra, da lui fortemente ispirata ma guidata in verità da 'Shankara' Andy Bole: era il 18 maggio 2013 al Midlands Arts Centre di Birmingham (Regno Unito), e con Allen e Bole c'erano Brain Abbott, Kev Hegan, Will Greenwood, Steve Pond, Dani Speakman e Steve Bemand. Documentazione audio e video di quella sera è ora su Bandcamp e YT: The 7 Drones Live.


23 giugno 2019

E ci sarà presto la riedizione in box dei tre titoli Soft Machine pubblicati dalla Harvest tra il 1975 e il 1978: Bundles (1975), Softs (1976) e Alive And Well, Recorded In Paris (1978). Se ne occupa Esoteric Recordings.

Re-mastered 3CD clamshell boxed set featuring all three Soft Machine albums released on the Harvest label between 1975 and 1978, with replica album sleeves and a poster. The hugely popular Bundles featured a line-up of Mike Ratledge (keyboards), Karl Jenkins (Oboe, Piano, Soprano Sax), John Marshall (Drums), Roy Babbington (Bass) and guitar great Allan Holdsworth. By the time Softs was recorded, the line-up included Karl Jenkins John Marshall, Roy Babbington and new members John Etheridge (Guitar) and saxophonist Alan Wakeman. The album contained the final appearance on a Soft Machine album by Mike Ratledge (who contributed to Ban-Ban Caliban and Song of Aeolus). Soft Machine’s final album for Harvest was Alive And Well, Recorded In Paris. The band’s line-up had changed once more and comprised Karl Jenkins (Piano, Electric Keyboards, Synthesiser), John Marshall (Drums), John Etheridge (Acoustic and Electric Guitars) and new members Steve Cook (Bass Guitar) and Ric Sanders (Violin). The album was the result of several nights of excellent concerts staged at Le Palace Theatre in Monmartre, Paris in July 1977.