This was one of the stranger recordings issued by Konnex at the time, in that the band listed as playing 4,4,4 (in five parts) isn't the only band on the record. After the quartet's five selections are played through, a new band consisting of Stevens with violinist Nigel Coombes and guitarist Roger Smith improvises "Surfaces" for over 23 minutes! There is no information on the front cover to denote such a thing. Oh well, those Brits. As for the seasoned quartet on "4,4,4," strange, haunting, and beautiful are the words that describe the result of their latest collaboration.
Rewired is the sixth studio album by Mike + The Mechanics, released in 2004. This was the first album released by the band following the death of the co-lead singer Paul Young. Partly because of this, the album was credited to "Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack". It is the only Mike + The Mechanics album to date with only one lead vocalist. The album was released in the UK as a standalone single CD and as a limited edition CD/DVD combo. The limited edition 2-disc set comprises the 9-track CD album plus a 10-track bonus PAL formatted DVD. The DVD includes 10 videos in total (a video for each track plus an extra single version video for 'One Left Standing' entitled 'Rabbit'). Each video has been created by new and talented film makers from around the world and includes animation and live action movies.
The ensemble of the Instant Composers Pool, or ICP, improvises for 45 years now on the highest level. "These guys can swing like madmen and then all of a sudden play the most sensitive ballads" according to trumpetplayer Dave Douglas.This is really an improvisational monster with ten heads!
When Tobias Haslinger published Franz Schubert's Schwanengesang, D 957 in 1829, he combined two sets of Lieder on texts by Ludwig Rellstab and Heinrich Heine, with Schubert's final song, Die Taubenpost, a setting of a poem by Johann Gabriel Seidl. This established the standard order for most performances of Schwanengesang, though for this 2015 BIS release, baritone James Rutherford and pianist Eugene Asti have included Herbst, D 945, a song composed in 1828 that is sometimes inserted in recitals.
On the back of an enormous publicity campaign, Frankie Goes to Hollywood dominated British music in 1984. Frankie's dance-pop borrowed heavily from the then-current Hi-NRG movement, adding a slick pop sensibility and production. What really distinguished the group was not their music, but their marketing campaign. With a series of slogans, T-shirts, and homoerotic videos, the band caused enormous controversy in England and managed to create some sensations in the United States.