Showing posts from March, 2009

No-Man - Mixtaped

'Mixtaped' concert DVD/CD, documentary and new No-Man material

The live recordings from the No-Man mini-tour of autumn 2008 are now complete in terms of audio soundtrack and visuals.

The band are planning a double DVD release in spring/summer 2009, which will be called 'Mixtaped'.

The DVD will feature a second disc comprising a detailed documentary on No-Man's history, written and produced by Richard Smith and featuring interviews with Tim and Steven, as well as several extras.

An audio CD of the best of the Bush Hall performances, also called 'Mixtaped', is likely to be released at a later date.

No-Man - Wherever There Is Light

No-Man will be releasing a new EP in summer 2009 (most probably in early May).

The EP will be called 'Wherever There Is Light' and will feature one previously released track plus new recordings and live audio/visual content (serving as a taster for the forthcoming live DVD).

The full tracklisting for the EP is:

Wherever There Is Light
Death Was California
Carolina Skeletons (live)
All The Blue Changes (live)
Wherever There Is Light (video)
All The Blue Changes (live video)

'Wherever There Is Light' is taken from last year's 'Schoolyard Ghosts' album (as is the accompanying video for the track) and features frequent band ally Theo Travis on flute and ex-American Music Club pedal steel guitarist Bruce Kaphan. All of the live tracks were taken from No-Man's concert at Bush Hall, London on 29th August 2008 and feature the full live band.

The new studio tracks were recorded at No-Man's Land during 2008 and 2009 and feature a guest performance by th…

The Icicle Works

In 1985 "The Small Price Of A Bicycle" was the second album of The Icicle Works after the critical acclaimed self tittled debut album of 1984, which featured the hit single Birds Fly (whisper to a scream).

The band consisted of:

Robert Ian McNabb - Vocals; Guitar; Keyboards.
Chris Layhe - Bass; Keyboards; Violin; Backing Vocals.
Chris Sharrock - Drums and Percussion

Jacques Loussier on Rapids
Lip Service - Brass on All The Daughters (of her father's house)

The album was produced by Wally Brill, engineered by Richard Manwaring with assistance of Jacques de Jacques. Hollow Horse produced by Hugh Jones. All The Daughters (of her father's house) produced by Geoff Muir and The Icicle Works, remix engineer, Gary Thomas.


Hollow Horse
Seven Horses
Assumed Sundown
Saint Sojourn
All The Daughters (of her father's house)
Book Of Reason
Conscience Of Kings

The Ward Brothers

On a recent CD hunt in Alkmaar I was able to collect some nice eighties albums again, which I will share over the next couple of weeks. The first album to share is of the band The Ward Brothers from Barnsley who made one album "Madness Of It All" for Siren Records in 1986. The band consisted of:

Dave Ward - Lead and backing vocals, percussion and drums
Derek Ward - Keyboards and programming
Graham Ward - Guitars and backing vocals

Guests on the album are:

Martin Bullard - Synth bass and keyboards (joined Smokie in 1988)
Wesley Magoogan - Saxophone on "Why Do You Run"
Louis Restro - Bass and additional keyboards on "Madness Of It All"

The album was produced by Mike Howlett and engineered by Steve Power.

"Madness Of It All" produced by Don Was with Frank Fillipetti. Engineered by Frank 'Sushi' Filipetti.
"Cross That Bridge" produced by Don Was. engineered by Phil Brown.

"Madness Of It All" recorded at Soundtracks and Righttracks,…

Vynil expansion

Last week I decided to check at a recycle shop in the village. I checked one about a month ago at Beverwijk, a nearby city, but that turned out negative. Coming home from work I decided to pop in. And I was suprised to find 11 12 inches, nearly all bands that weren't that known in the Netherlands during the eighties. And for just 75 cents each it was a bargain, considering the good condition most of them are in.

Have been playing some of them a lot these days. Blossom Child was the first one that became an instant favourite. I Pray is a great song with a nice bass line. The song was a hit in France. Also Roy White turned out very nice. The Sandman of Alan Rankine, known from The Associates, I already knew, as ABC of course.

Here you find some of the songs I was able to track down.