Thanks to Blogger “New Prog Releases’ for the listing of Consent Under Coercion. He does a great job listing and cataloguing prog releases. A clever wee filter system on the web site lets users browse by Year, Country, Sub Genre, Labels and Formats. Nice.
The special Dutch release of Consent Under Coercion will be available for order from 28 July 2017. The album, featuring the bonus track Ujezd Tarantella (Taste The Fear) sung in Dutch, will be available for download only and exclusively on www.brianjohnstone.com
As part of a special release of Consent Under Coercion for the Netherlands we just recorded a Dutch vocal version of Ujezd Tarantella. We recorded the vocals a few days ago plan to get the song remixed and re-mastered fairly quickly to meet the Dutch release of the alum of 30 July.
I’m still buzzing. I have just returned from a totally inspirational and educational week at the Chris Difford 2017 Song Writing Retreat.
It was a privilege an an honour being among such a range of supremely talented songwriters and musicians.
It was great fun, inspiring, creative and humbling working with these guys. Never before have I been in the presence of such an amount of awesome creative musical talent in the one place.
I finally got Consent Under Coercion on to Apple Music. It’s now available for streaming on Apple Music (via CD Baby) and a few other sources. Of course the best place to stream the music (or even pay a few quid to download the entire album) is on my website at www.brianjohnstone.com
If you are old school you can even order a physical CD with lovely printed cover and a CD jewel case to sit amidst your impressive music collection.
No vinyl though. I couldn’t fit the the whole of the song/suite ‘The Course of Empire’ as it’s too long for one side of vinyl. You gotta love digital.
While in Los Angeles recently I was recording some backing tracks for my new album I bumped into Jimmy Zavala. Better known as Jimmy Z (and his band Z Tribe) he is best known for his legendary harmonica and sax work with The Eurythmics, Etta James, Bon Jovi, Dr Dre, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Yes and more.
A perhaps less known factoid is that Jimmy famously played the harmonica solo on one of Yes’ best ‘rock guitar’ tracks ‘Love Will Find Way’ from album The Big Generator. A mouth organ on a Yes track? Gasp! Absolutely.
It is doubled with a guitar solo performed by Trevor Rabin but the solo demonstrates superbly how to mix instrument styles and techniques which can appear, at first sight, not to sit well together.
A classic American blues instrument mixed with classic UK progressive rock music? You bet. That is the very essence of progressive rock in my opinion: ie music that shows signs of progression; do some thing new, shake it up, lots of influences, defy expectations, challenge preconceptions.
Not only is Jimmy great harmonica player but he is also an excellent sax player, writer and singer, educator, blogger and deliverer of workshops.
He is also a great singer with a great delivery and a deep rich soulful voice which has (in my ears) echoes of Greg Lake and Dave Lee Roth. You can hear some of his work at www.ztribe.com
I am hoping to work with Jimmy Z in future which would make for awesome, new and interesting sounds.
An interview I did with Progshine (the prog rock network) a few months back. Thanks to Diego for flying the flag.
A review by the online service Prog Rock Music Talk.