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Richard Page "Goin' South"


RICHARD PAGE has announced a new solo release, available immediately via digital or CD via his website:

Richard states: “I have a new album of songs I'm excited to share with you. After a couple of songwriting trips to Nashville, I found myself really liking what I came up with there. This is the outcome of those sessions. I hope you enjoy.“

Produced by: Richard Page

Mixed by: Frank Rosato

Engineered: Frank Rosato, Richard Page, Chris Papastephanou & James Page

Musicians: Gregg Bissonette, Tim Pierce, Doug Livingston, Kim Bullard

Tracks: Southern Wind, Turn Out the Light, Diamonds, Two Roads and Four Headlights, Me and My Guitar, Everybody's Hometown, Another Day Gone By, Don't Know Why I Miss You, Heaven Is Right Now, This Side of the Soil


10th Anniversary CD Reissue & First Time Vinyl Release Of The Landmark Pink Floyd Tribute Album Back Against The Wall!


Los Angeles, CA - In 2005, Purple Pyramid Records released one of the most ambitious and extraordinary undertakings in music history, a monumental gathering of progressive rock superstars including members of King Crimson, ELP, The Doors, Jethro Tull, Yes, Toto, Styx and others who came together to recreate Pink Floyd’s epic art rock opera, The Wall!

Produced by the multi-talented Billy Sherwood and dubbed Back Against The Wall, the project garnered tremendous praise and earned its place among discerning fans of both Pink Floyd and the prog rock genre as a whole. Now, 10 years after, on January 20th Purple Pyramid proudly presents a 10th anniversary re-issue of the CD set featuring all new artwork and 5 bonus remixes. Plus, for the first time ever, this amazing recording will be available on vinyl in a deluxe gatefold jacket 2LP set! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of rock music history - get Back Against The Wall!

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DISC 1 1. In The Flesh? feat. Adrian Belew, Alan White & Steve Porcaro 2. The Thin Ice feat. Ian Anderson & Tony Levin 3. Another Brick In The Wall Part 1 feat. Steve Morse & Billy Sherwood 4. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives feat. Billy Sherwood & Vinnie Coliauta 5. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 feat. Fee Waybill, Ronnie Montrose & Mike Porcaro 6. Mother feat. John Wetton, Adrian Belew & Alan White 7. Goodbye Blue Sky feat. Steve Howe & Billy Sherwood 8. Empty Spaces feat. Billy Sherwood & Robby Krieger 9. Young Lust feat. Glenn Hughes 10. One Of My Turns feat. Tommy Shaw 11. Don’t Leave Me Now feat. Tommy Shaw & Robby Krieger 12. Another Brick In The Wall Part 3 feat. Steve Lukather & Tony Levin 13. Goodbye Cruel World feat. Billy Sherwood & Tony Levin

DISC 2 1. Hey You feat. John Wetton, Steve Lukather, Tommy Shaw & Alan White 2. Is There Anybody Out There? feat. Adrian Belew & Billy Sherwood 3. Nobody Home feat. Rick Wakeman 4. Vera feat. Tommy Shaw & Steve Howe 5. Bring The Boys Back Home feat. Billy Sherwood & Jay Schellen 6. Comfortably Numb feat. Chris Squire & Alan White 7. The Show Must Go On feat. Adrian Belew & Vinnie Coliauta 8. In The Flesh feat. Billy Sherwood, Steve Porcaro & Vinnie Coliauta 9. Run Like Hell feat. Jason Chefe, Dweezil Zappa & Tony Kaye 10. Waiting For The Worms feat. Billy Sherwood, Tony Levin & Vinnie Caliauta 11. Stop feat. Billy Sherwood 12. The Trial feat. Malcolm McDowell 13. Outside The Wall feat. Billy Sherwood

BONUS TRACKS 14. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Electro Remix) 15. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (House Remix) 16. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Radio Remix) 17. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Dub Remix) 18. Comfortably Numb (Blackburner Remix)

Donna Summer "ST" reissue!


DONNA SUMMER gained prominence during the 1970s disco era, propelled by her incessant and creative driving force behind the genre’s global popularity, rightly earning the title “Queen Of Disco” and becoming one of the most successful recording artists of the entire decade. Donna was the first Artist to have three consecutive Double-Albums reach No. 1 on the US Billboard charts and also became the first artist to achieve four No. 1 singles in a thirteen month period. Donna’s catalogue has sold more than 130 Million units worldwide and this re-issue campaign of seven of her later albums, prove that she was able to accommodate new musical and production styles as the decade progressed.

Donna Summer became the first Artist signed to the new Geffen Records label in 1980 and released her first album – ‘THE WANDERER’ - for the label in the same year. The second album released for the label was the 1982 classic ‘DONNA SUMMER’, which saw her enter new territory, with production duties taken over by Quincy Jones. This proved to be a masterstroke of the highest degree on David Geffen’s behalf, as the next album that Quincy produced was Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. The album’s r&b/pop dynamic featured a ‘Who’s Who’ of the genre, which can be seen from reading through the album credits, from the album’s lead single ‘Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)’, to the All Star Chorus on the Jon & Vangelis written ‘State Of Independence’, the James Ingram vocal harmonies on ‘Mystery Of Love’, the Bruce Springsteen-penned and performed ‘Protection’ and ‘(If It) Hurts Just A Little’ featuring Shalamar’s Howard Hewett, with a synth-vocal performance that he repeated on Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ on (‘PYT’), the track being heavily sampled in 1999 by Cassius in ‘Cassius 1999’.

This re-mastered re-issue, is packaged in a sumptuous case-bound book, containing the original full album credits and acknowledgements, newly authored liner notes by noted US writer Christian John Wikane, with brand new interviews with Bruce Sudano, James Ingram, Greg Phillinganes, Brenda Russell and Richard Page, as well as the lyrics, as included in the original LP and features the original studio album with non-album ‘B’ side and extra singles mixes.

Christophe Coline "C'est plus la peine"


6 years after "Septembre et quelques kilomètres", his first acclaimed album, the french singer/musician/songwriter Chritophe Coline reveals his new song "C'est plus la peine". Christophe grew up listening to pop (Neil Finn et Crowded House, Richard Ashcroft et the Verve, Prefab Sprout, Fleedwood Mac, Colin Blunstone, Laurent Voulzy, America…) and his works has been inspired by American Songwriters such as James Taylor, Paul Simon, Josh Rouse or Jonatha Brooke.

You can now download and discover "C'est plus la peine" at Souncloud and iTunes!

Nate Williams "Got To Let Go"


Nate Williams is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, born in Bangor, North Wales. Growing up in a musical family, Nate’s love of music began at an early age. Taking part in the local brass band in Beaumaris, he had access to and array of instruments from the age of 5, trying his hand at piano, drums and tuba. Continuing this multi-instrumentalism throughout his music career, Nate released his debut album Got To Let Go, on which he plays all of the instruments, as well as arranging and producing the album. Got To Let Go, released on October 1st 2014, reached number 7 in the R&B/Soul chart on iTunes on the week of release and received glowing reviews from critics, with SoulCuts declaring “Nate Williams has delivered 2014’s best UK soul album” and Music Vein writing “I’m tipping Nate Williams for a MOBO Award next year – yes you heard it here first!”

As well as working on his own project, Nate has also been busy as a session musician. In 2014, Nate played for Eliza Doolittle, supporting Gary Barlow on his arena tour, performing to huge crowds in sold out venues such as the O2. He’s also played for Katy B, making the rounds on the summer festival scene, playing at T in the Park, Benicassim and Car Fest. In 2014, Nate also performed with the highly talented Vula Malinga, who performs on one of the tracks on his album, supporting Robert Glasper in the Hammersmith Apollo. Recently, he has performed his own material supporting Soul/R&B artists Bilal and Frank McComb respectively at London’s Jazz Café. Nate has also written and arranged for London based Funk band, Bassment Project. Alongside these projects Nate has taught at some of London’s top contemporary music colleges, teaching subjects such as Production, Arranging and Music Theory. More recently, Nate is focussing on Production, working with talented up and coming artists set to release material in 2015.

Nate Williams's "Got To Let Go" is available on iTune, souncloud  and for physical cd you can contact Nate at [email protected]

KANSAS "Miracles Out Of Nowhere"


Miracles Out of Nowhere (DVD/CD) is the documentary film that tells the uplifting true story of the classic rock band KANSAS and its climb from impossible obscurity to stadium headliners. Directed by Emmy-nominated Charley Randazzo, the documentary features the original KANSAS lineup, revisiting Topeka together for the first time in more than 30 years, where music mogul Don Kirshner first discovered them. Miracles Out of Nowhere also features interviews with country music icon Garth Brooks, legendary Queen guitarist Brian May, acclaimed producer Brendan O Brien, Rolling Stone journalist David Wild, and more.

Miracles Out of Nowhere (DVD/CD ) will also come with a companion audio disc of greatest hits and deep album cuts complete with excerpts from the film that serve as a commentary for each track included on the disc.

Message from James Taylor in support to French people...


"Je serai à Paris bientôt dans le cadre d’une tournée en France qui aura lieu en mars. J’ai le cœur lourd après avoir suivi les évènements bouleversants qui se sont déroulés à Paris. Nous sommes tous profondément touchés par les témoignages de compassion et de condoléances venant de partout dans le monde et de la part de tout être de conscience.

Les mots ne suffisent pas pour exprimer le lien que je ressens avec les victimes de cette injustice ainsi qu’avec leur familles et leurs proches.

Ensemble, nous ne pouvons qu’espérer que leur souffrance ne sera pas pour rien, qu’elle servira à nous rappeler de toutes les libertés si précieuses pour lesquelles les victimes ont perdu leur vie: la liberté de l’expression, de la presse et la priorité de la loi.

Je ne peux qu’espérer également que cette tragédie, qui avait pour intention de nous éloigner des uns des autres, puissent nous rapprocher."

James Taylor

"As our visit to Paris approaches, in anticipation of our French tour this March, we have followed, with a heavy heart, the dreadful unfolding of events in Paris. We are moved by the outpouring of compassion, across the world, by all people of conscience.

It is hard to put in words how deeply we feel the connection with the victims of this tragic injustice, with their families and loved ones. May their suffering not be in vain.

May it serve to remind us all of the precious liberties for which they have been so cruelly sacrificed: freedom of speech, of the press and the rule of law.

May what was intended to tear us apart rather bind us together."

James Taylor

Thanks to Ellyn Kusmin, Samuel Legitimus.


Toto "XIV"


Frontiers Music Srl has announced a March 20th release date for TOTO XIV in Europe, with The UK and Oceania on March 23rd and North America on March 24th. The album will hit retail globally, with specific dates for territories in Asia, South America and others to follow.

The new album is a realized vision three plus decades in the making exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective genius of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. TOTO XIV is the band’s first album of new material since 2006’s Falling In Between.  However, the band personally considers the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars.

Keyboardist Steve Porcaro reveals, "This is opposite of going through the motions.  We are treating this like it is Toto V, our follow-up to TOTO IV. We just want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. Be true to ourselves and make the best music we can.  Entertain people which is what we were put on this Earth for."  Keyboardist David Paich reflects, "I think of TOTO as a unit and a band that carries a responsibility when it goes out there in to the public consciousness. There is so much negativity and darkness that I think you have to be as Quincy Jones puts it, 'beams of light that blast through the darkness'." 

As they began the process of a return the studio, all of the principle long-term members brought their A-game to the table.  Guitarist Steve "Luke" Lukather offers, "When you put us in a room, and everybody brings in their pieces, the next thing you know it all fits together. Everybody's performances are top notch.  We are really bringing our best out, forcing ourselves to make personal best choices, what's best for the music. I'm really excited to hear what people think." 

Singer Joseph Williams adds, "We are talking about a band where everybody is a writer, and everybody is a lead singer, and everybody is a player. All involved brought this trio to the table where it could just live on its own." 

Founding bassist David Hungate returns to the fold, about whom Luke simply offers, "No one plays like David Hungate." Drums were performed by Keith Carlock who's commitments to Steely Dan prohibit him from participating in the 2015 World Tour. Shannon Forest will be behind the kit, who was a part of the band's 2014 North American run. Luke offers, "Shannon is a world class drummer and we are honored to have him back with us." The sessions were co-produced by CJ Vanston, who Paich looks upon as, "everything a producer is supposed to be and more - a musician’s producer."  Vanston states, "There have never been better musicians on the planet, especially in a band together.  This is an amazing record and I am completely thrilled to be a part of it. This is a dream job for me." 

Porcaro offers an additional thought stating, "I think the band is hit upon a very healthy creative tension for this project.  I'm very excited about it."  For Williams he reflects, "Just imagine being able to stand on stage in front of enormous crowd of people, and you are playing great music with the best musicians in the world, and you look around, and they are some of your best friends in the world.  It's the best feeling any person could have."  For Porcaro he shares, "It is kind of hard to find words of what it means to have a smile on your face to go to work every day and we have the fans to thank for that - so thank you."

The band will hit the ground running with an extensive European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals. The itinerary begins in Glasgow on May 21, and takes Toto through the UK, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, and Belgium.  A North American tour will follow in the summer of 2015. 

As individuals, the band members’ imprint can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a HALF A BILLION albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with 225 Grammy nominations. TOTO sold 35 million albums, and today continue to be a worldwide arena draw staging standing room only events across the globe.  They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles, and 35 plus years in to a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base.  It is not an exaggeration to estimate that 95% of the world's population has heard a performance by a member of TOTO

Toto also continues to raise awareness for ALS, for their brother and friend, Mike Porcaro, who has been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease. The band commits energies towards fundraising for Police and Fire Departments of California and the Fallen Heroes Initiative, and help the United Nations in their humanitarian endeavors through music.

Walk for freedom...


As the world knows, France has lived a week of horror. We will all stand and face terrorism. Tomorow, the westcoast rendez-vous staff will be part of the walk organized in Paris dedicated to the victims and to defend freedom of speech. 

Carl Franklin "Been A While"


Groove. Funk. Gospel-flavored blues with blackened creole spice. Soul singing. Chunky horns. John Scofield on guitar. That’s what!

From Pwop Studios in New London, CT, comes another great album produced by Carl Franklin, only this time it’s all his! Carl released ”Lifeboat To Nowhere” with the Franklin Brothers in 2011. He has appeared with Garth Hudson and Tommy Ramone on Chris Castle’s Americana Masterpiece, ” Last Bird Home”. As well, Carl produces numerous bands in the New London area where the scene is thriving.

”Been A While” has 6 Franklin originals, including ’Chain Reaction’, a Franklin Brothers collaboration with the great John Scofield, and 3 covers. Of note is the funked-up Beatles hit, ’Drive My Car’. It takes balls to attempt a Beatles cover and pull it off, but, well, it just rocks.

Every song has groove. The last song,’ Out Of Your Way’, is a true story ballad that may just bring tears to your eyes.

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at HEMIFRAN