Archive for April 22nd, 2013

‘Write music, rather than songs’: Ian Gillan on Deep Purple’s breakthrough moment with Now What?!

‘Write music, rather than songs’: Ian Gillan on Deep Purple’s breakthrough moment with Now What?!

Deep Purple has returned with one of its most complete recordings in recent memory, and it all began when Ian Gillan and Co. were discussing whether they should even attempt a studio effort like Now What?!

Something Else! sneak peek: Emily Bear, “Blue Note” from Diversity (2013)

Emily Bear plays her piano with a finely nuanced touch, with both her comping left hand and a right hand that can cascade notes like sand pouring out of your hands. The song, her own, is a circular figure to which she discreetly adds graceful touches

‘It’s a pretty daunting task’: Yes’ Geoff Downes on following Rick Wakeman, and avoiding the capes

‘It’s a pretty daunting task’: Yes’ Geoff Downes on following Rick Wakeman, and avoiding the capes

When Geoff Downes was invited, along with fellow Buggles co-founder Trevor Horn, to join Yes just before 1980’s Drama, the keyboardist was taking over a seat once warmed by the legendarily talented, and memorably caped Rick Wakeman.

Quattro – Popzzical (2013)

It’s classical. No, wait. It’s contemporary jazz. Sure, but that’s not exactly it, either. Latin pop? That, too. In fact, Quattro’s deliciously uncategorizable forthcoming album Popzzical includes all of that, but ultimately fits somewhere in between.

‘Died a death’: Mick Fleetwood on the surprising early fan response to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

‘Died a death’: Mick Fleetwood on the surprising early fan response to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

1977’s Rumours, it’s worth noting, wasn’t always the best-selling album in Fleetwood Mac’s career. In fact, not long after they finished it, Mick Fleetwood says the group attempted to perform the project sequentially — with disastrous results.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Gloria’s Eyes” (1992)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Gloria’s Eyes” (1992)

Here’s a great example of how Bruce’s live performance can transform a song. “Gloria’s Eyes,” the studio version is nothing special. A guy-loses-girl story set to a rolling guitar figure/blues changes thing.