Thirty years after the tragedy, National Geographic retraces the story of the Space Shuttle Challenger through rarely seen images, videos and news reports.
Halfway the Seventies the Dutch progrock formation Plackband was founded with this line-up: Kees Bik (vocals, Mellotron), Ronald Brautigam (guitar and vocals), Michel van Wassem (keyboards and vocals), Albert de Keijzer (bass and Moog-pedals) and Tom van der Meulen (drums and percussion). Unfortunately musical disputes lead to the demise in '82. Until then they never got the opportunity to record an album, only a single entitled "Seventy Warriors/Some Party" (from '78, nowadays a collector's item). In 2000 Plackband reunited and released in the original line-up the live-CD "The Lost Tapes", including all their best songs…
For those of you not familiar with this great musician, let's inform you that he has played in legendary bands such as SORCERY, GIUFFRIA etc. and has also appeared in some movies and TV shows. This CD is his personal work and is loaded with high class AOR and melodic hard rock music. If you are a fan of Guiffria (both records) and also a fan of House Of Lords, this one must be in your collection as soon as possible.
When Oscar Pettiford first arrived in Germany in September 1958, he could scarcely believe the enthusiasm with which his music was received there. Not that he had been short of success to that point - he had been a pioneer of bebop in the quintet of Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach even before Charlie Parker's breakthrough. It was the dawn of a new jazz era and with it the bass became a solo instrument. These sessions resulted in a set of unique recordings, standards mostly, which provided the alternating ensembles with a harmonic basis from which to launch into improvisation.
Born Don Vliet, Captain Beefheart was one of modern music's true innovators. The owner of a remarkable four-and-a-half-octave vocal range, he employed idiosyncratic rhythms, absurdist lyrics, and an unholy alliance of free jazz, Delta blues, latter-day classical music, and rock & roll to create a singular body of work virtually unrivaled in its daring and fluid creativity. While he never came even remotely close to mainstream success, Beefheart's impact was incalculable, and his fingerprints were all over punk, new wave, and post-rock.