Fugazi to release their first demos from 1988

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Fugazi are to release their first ever demo, just 26 short years after it was recorded.

The band’s record label, Dischord, broke the news yesterday via their website:

“In January 1988, after only ten shows, Fugazi decided to go into Inner Ear Studio to see what their music sounded like on tape. They tracked 11 songs, ten of which were ultimately dubbed to cassette tape and distributed free at shows, with the band encouraging people to share the recording.”

“The only song from the session that has been formally released was ‘In Defense of Humans’, which appeared on the State of the Union compilation in 1989. Now, some 26 years later, Dischord is releasing the entire demo including the one song (‘Turn Off Your Guns’) that wasn’t included on the original cassette. The record has been mastered by TJ Lipple and will be available on CD and LP+Mp3.”

“This release will also coincide with the completion of the initial round of uploads to the Fugazi Live Series website. Launched in 2011, the site now includes information and details on all of Fugazi’s 1000+ live performances and makes available close to 900 concert recordings that were documented by the band and the public.”

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Threshold reveal “For The Journey” cover art and tracklist

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Brit prog metal band Threshold have revealed the cover and tracklisting for their new album, For The Journey.

The album will be released on the 22nd of September with artwork having been designed by Polish surrealist artist Leszek Buinowski.

Keyboard player Richard West says: “For The Journey is one of our strongest albums and one of the most enjoyable to make. I’ve probably heard it a thousand times during the recording process but now that’s it’s over, I still can’t stop listening to it.”

The full tracklisting of For The Journey is:

“Watchtower on the Moon”
“Unforgiven”
“The Box”
“Turned to Dust”
“Lost in your Memory”
“Autumn Red”
“The Mystery Show”
“Siren Sky”
“I Wish I Could” (only available on digipack, vinyl and download versions)
“Lost in your Memory (Acoustic Version)” (only available on vinyl and download versions)

The band’s last album was 2012’s March Of Progress.

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Queen to release rare recording of 1974 concert

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The surviving members of Queen have confirmed that they are to release a rare recording of their landmark concert at The Rainbow.

Live At The Rainbow ’74 has been scheduled for release on the 8th of September in a variety of formats.

The show was originally recorded on the 31st of March 1974 and was due to be released after the concert, but Queen instead chose to release what became their breakthrough studio album, Sheer Heart Attack. The live recording has remained in the Queen archive for over 40 years.

The release will be available as a double-CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition, which will also feature a 60-page hardback book, memorabilia, concert program, poster, and more. Vinyl and digital versions will also be available.

A full tracklisting for the album is as follows:

Disc One: Live at the Rainbow, March ’74
1. “Procession”
2. “Father to Son”
3. “Ogre Battle”
4. “Son and Daughter”
5. “Guitar Solo”
6. “Son and Daughter (Reprise)”
7. “White Queen (As It Began)”
8. “Great King Rat”
9. “The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke”
10. “Keep Yourself Alive”
11. “Drum Solo”
12. “Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)”
13. “Seven Seas of Rhye”
14. “Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll”
15. “Jailhouse Rock (Medley)”
“Stupid Cupid (Medley)”
“Be Bop A Lula (Medley)”
16. “Liar”
17. “See What a Fool I’ve Been”

Disc Two: Live at the Rainbow, November ’74
1. “Procession”
2. “Now I’m Here”
3. “Ogre Battle”
4. “Father to Son”
5. “White Queen (As It Began)”
6. “Flick of the Wrist”
7. “In the Lap of the Gods”
8. “Killer Queen”
9. “The March of the Black Queen”
10. “Bring Back That Leroy Brown”
11. “Son and Daughter”
12. “Guitar Solo”
13. “Son and Daughter (Reprise)”
14. “Keep Yourself Alive”
15. “Drum Solo”
16. “Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)”
17. “Seven Seas of Rhye”
18. “Stone Cold Crazy”
19. “Liar”
20. “In the Lap of the Gods. . . Revisited”
21. “Big Spender”
22. “Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll”
23. “Jailhouse Rock”
24. “God Save the Queen”

DVD Bonus Tracks
1. “Son and Daughter”
2. “Guitar Solo”
3. “Son and Daughter (Reprise)”
4. “Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll”

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Marianne Faithfull releases details of new album, ‘Give My Love To London’

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Marianne Faithfull has released details of her new album.

Give My Love To London is scheduled for release in September and will feature lyrics by Faithfull and music from a host of well known artists.

On the record Faithfull will be backed by guest musicians Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, as well as Portishead’s Adrian Utley on guitar, keyboards from Ed Harcourt, Rob Ellis on drums, Dimitri Tikovoi on bass and a string quartet. The album has been produced by Rob Ellis and Dimitri Tikovoi, and has been mixed by Flood.

Marianne Faithfull will embark on a year long world tour this autumn in support of the release. Nick Cave, Roger Waters and Anna Calvi are amongst the other artists who have written music for the album.

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King Crimson to release the Blue Tapes

Starless and Bible Black CoverKing Crimson have revealed that they will release their Blue Tapes recordings.

Long sought after by fans, the recordings were made during the band’s Starless and Bible Black era, and were taken from performances by Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, John Wetton and David Cross during 1973 and 1974.

The tapes are to be included in a multi-disc box set entitled Starless, which continues a series of extensive live collection released by Fripp’s DGM Live label.

In a statment, DGM said: “DGM is pleased to confirm that an October release date has been set for Starless, a multi-disc CD/DVD-A/Blu-Ray boxed set featuring live and studio recordings from October 1973 to April 1974.

“This set will feature the first complete release of the Blue Tapes – the highest quality reel-to-reel direct to stereo/soundboard live recordings, with many appearing on CD for the first time.

“More details of the content will be announced nearer the time of release. If you were in the audience at any of the gigs listed and would like to share your memories of the concerts for possible inclusion in the booklet, drop a line to sidsmith@dgmlive.com as soon as possible.

“If you’re sitting on any pix, tapes or any other Crimson related items from this period, now is the time to get in touch and send them in.”

Meanwhile, Robert Fripp is gearing up a new version of King Crimson after a five-year hiatus. The seven-man lineup includes three drummers – Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Bill Rieflin – plus Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk and Mel Collins.

In September Fripp said of the new lineup: “The point is to have a conventional back line reconfigured as the front line, with Mel, Jakko and myself as back line. All the Crims have expressed great excitement.”

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