Former Hawkwind bassist, Alan Davey shows no signs of slowing down, not only did he release four different projects this year, but one final album has made it way out before the end of the year. Davey's progressive rock Hawkestrel recently released a new holiday album titled "SpaceXmas" on CD, digitally and on limited edition splattered Christmas color vinyl. Helping Davey on this new album are some rock legends, like Glenn Hughes, Rick Wakeman and Robby Krieger just to name a few. The twelve track album begins with the Vocally-charged ballad "O Holy Night" and the hard-rock instrumental delivery of "We Three Kings." The album also includes a pair of holiday originals, like the simple, acoustic touch of "It's A Wonderful (Funny Old) Life" and a fun, progressive rock version of the "Twelve Days Of Christmas," renamed "Twelve Daze Of Drinxmas." In between, you get Christmas classics like "Little Drummer Boy," "O Come All Ye Faithfull" and "Jingle Bells" reworked and reignited with a special spaced-out rock touch that makes these renditions truly original and exciting to listen to over and over again. To find out more about Hawkestrel and their latest release "SpaceXmas," please visit hawkestrel.bandcamp.com.
Another new holiday release, is the deluxe edition of legendary keyboardist Rick Wakeman's "Christmas Variations" album. This year, Rick is celebrating the album's 20th anniversary by reissuing it with a pair of bonus tracks on digipak CD and as a special edition double-vinyl set. Rick's amazing talents on the keyboards tug at the holiday heart strings with gentle renditions of "Silent Night" and "Away In The Manger." He also delivers some emotional versions of traditional classical hymns, like "Christians Awake Salute The Happy Morn" and "While Shepherds Watched Their Flock By Nights." The two bonus tracks, include the beautifully soaring touch of "Silent Prayer" and an exceptional live piano version of "Amazing Grace," recording at the Lincoln Cathedral in 2018. To find out more about the new deluxe edition of Rick Wakeman's "Christmas Variations" album, please visit rickwakeman.bandcamp.com.