Sunday, August 10, 2014

CD Review: New Live Albums From Classic Rockers Emerson & Lake And Steve Hillage

Back in 2010, two progressive rocks legends, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, joined forces for a two-man live show, performing many classic ELP songs and a couple surprises thrown it. The show was a hugh success as the two explained the foundation of the songs and the night even featured a Q & A with the audience. Now the music from that night was released on July 14th by Cherry Red Records and was titled "Live At Manticore Hall." The ten-song release began the evening, appropriately with "From The Beginning," ELP highest charting single and the music sets the mood for the evenings events. The two musicians explain the meanings behind some of their most well-known songs, including King Crimson's "I Talk To The Wind" and "C'est La Vie," which Johnny Hallyday turned into a #1 in France. They cut down on the length of "Take A Pebble," which flows into the seventeen-minute piano/keyboard piece "Tarkus." The album closes with ELP's most well-known classic rock hit "Lucky Man." To find out more about this great new release, please visit

British guitar legend Steve Hillage is dipping back into the vaults for his latest release. On June 23rd, Gonzo Multimedia UK released "Steve Hillage Live At The Rainbow 1977." The concert followed the release of one of Hillage's most successful U.K. albums "Motivation Radio" and showcases Hillage's live appeal during his prime. Steve Hillage was also a founding member of the bands Gong, Khan and most recently System 7. The eleven-song release begins with the four-minute, funky instrumental "Octave Doctors," before getting the crowd going with a cover of The Beatles' "It's All Too Much." He continues with songs from his latest release, before diving back to his solo debut album with "The Salmon Song" and "Solar Musick Suite." He extends "Searching For The Spark" past the fifteen-minute mark, highlighted by Hillage's spacey vocals and outstanding guitar solo before finishing the evening with a cover of Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man." To find out more about this new release, please visit

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