Saturday, March 17, 2018

MUSIC WORTH BUYING episode: Mary Gauthier's 'Rifles And Rosary Beads,' Moby's 'Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt'

On the newly-posted episode of MUSIC WORTH BUYING, TJR celebrates Mary Gauthier's Rifles And Rosary Beads, while Robert Kinsler champions the new Moby album Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "In Concert" DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Albums Due April 24, 2018

How about this news? Pretty cool that so many historic moments surrounding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be available for home viewing next month...
Robert Kinsler

Left to right: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh perform at the
30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2015.

“Watch out for the music. It should come with a health warning:
It can and should make you think the world can be a better place.”
-- Peter Gabriel



Available for the First Time at Retail on Any Format, the Four Hall of Fame Ceremonies Featured Include 53 Live Performances from Iconic Inductees Such as
Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Journey, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ringo Starr, Rush and Yes,
Rare Artist Collaborations and More! 

The DVD (4 Discs; $34.99srp) and Blu-ray (2 Discs; $39.99srp) Sets Will Be Available on April 24, 2018, Currently Available to Pre-Order Today; Also Available On Same Date Are
Five ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT Digital Albums ($9.99srp)
Available on iTunes, Amazon and Leading Digital Platforms

Members of Yes perform at the 32nd Annual Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2017.
FAIRFAX, VA (March 13, 2018) – Each year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors rock music’s pioneering figures during a prestigious, black-tie ceremony.  As the Hall of Fame enters its third decade, it’s these singular induction ceremonies -- featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s – that have become nearly as iconic as the artists they celebrate.  This April, Time Life and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame give home audiences front row seats to the four most recent incredible induction ceremonies with ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME:  IN CONCERT.

Never before available at retail on any format, these four memorable live concert events are filled with the kind of collaborations and jam sessions that have made Rock Hall concerts legendary.  With egos set aside -- in many cases original band lineups perform together for the first time in years -- inductees and friends take the stage to deliver once-in-a-lifetime performances, often with a truly mind-blowing combination of talent. 

Left to right: Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl
Crow and Carrie Underwood perform at the 29th Annual
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2014.
From the first induction ceremony in 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has sought to honor the top names in all genres of rock ’n’ roll,” says Joel Peresman, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.  “These ceremonies have provided unique once-in-a-lifetime moments as the inductees and presenters come together to celebrate the legacy of these artists and it’s a privilege to produce this important part of music history and to share it with you!”

This ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT, 2014-2017 set – a must-have for every music lover -- features poignant reunions, moving and often hilarious induction speeches, and 53 iconic performances. 

Among the unforgettable highlights on the DVD and Blu-ray sets:

·         Bruce Springsteen joining inductees E Street Band for the deep cut classic “E Street Shuffle” from the Boss’s second album, from 1973.
·         Legendary grunge-rock group Pearl Jam delivering thundering performances of  “Alive,” “Given to Fly” and “Better Man.”
·         The two surviving members of Nirvana joined on stage by Lorde, Annie Clark, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett for emotional renderings of the group’s biggest hits.
·         Cat Stevens performing a spine-tingling version of “Father & Son” that turned the massive Barclay Center quiet as a church.
·         Journey performs three classics: "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," "Lights" and "Don't Stop Believin’.”
·         Ringo Starr being welcomed into the Rock Hall with a little help from Paul McCartney.
·         Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos joining the band for the first time in 6 years tearing through their early hits including “Surrender” and “Dream Police.”
·         Five of the original members of Chicago performing on stage for the first time in 25 years.
·         Features complete Hall of Fame Induction speeches including Coldplay’s Chris Martin inducting Peter Gabriel and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich inducting Deep Purple.

Also on April 24, Time Life will release the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT Digital Album Collection.  Comprised of five digital releases respectively spanning the ceremonies from 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014, 2015 and 2016-7 (each priced at $9.99), they will contain the same groundbreaking live performances from the home entertainment sets, with bonus performances from Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Donovan, Dr. John, Heart, The Hollies, Darlene Love, Leon Russell, Small Faces/Faces, The Stooges, Tom Waits and others.  The digital releases will be available on iTunes, Amazon and all other leading digital retailers.

About Time Life
Time Life is one of the world's pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. For more information, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625), visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@rock_hall) and Instagram (@rockhall).



Type: DVD (4 Discs)/Blu-ray (2 Discs)
Running Time: 674 mins.
Genre:  Music
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (16 x 9)
Audio:  Dolby Digital 5.1/Stereo 2.0

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Moody Blues to release 'Days Of Future Passed Live' on blu-ray, DVD and CD on March 23, 2018

I count The Moody Blues as one of the greatest 1960s-spawned artists still performing today. Along with The Zombies and John Fogerty, they continue to deliver potent and powerful performances well into the 21st century! Now comes word that The Moody Blues have an exciting release coming out next week in connection with the 50th anniversary of their seminal album 'Days Of Future Passed.' Get all the details below...

The Moody Blues' 'Days Of Future Passed Live'
is set to be released via Eagle Rock Entertainment on Friday, March 23, 2018



Photo credit: Patricia Seaton
On March 23, 2018, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Days Of Future Passed Live by The Moody Blues on DVD, Blu-ray and 2CD.  Filmed in high definition, this title captures The Moody Blues delivering an incredible performance of Days Of Future Passed live in its entirety with a full orchestra.  This stunning concert includes: “Nights In White Satin”, “Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)”, “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)”, “Isn’t Life Strange”, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”, “Question”, “Ride My See-Saw”, and many more.
The Moody Blues’ classic 1967 album Days Of Future Passed is regarded as one of the foundation stones of the progressive rock genre. In 2017, the band headed out on the album’s 50th Anniversary Tour which included the wonderful show captured here at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto, accompanied by a full orchestra. The concert begins with the band by themselves performing a selection of classic Moody Blues tracks before they are joined by the orchestra to perform Days Of Future Passed plus a couple of fantastic encore tracks. The Bonus Feature, entitled “Remembering Days Of Future Passed”, delivers brand new interviews with Justin HaywardJohn Lodge and Graeme Edge discussing the making of this classic album.
The Moody Blues -- Justin Hayward (guitar, vocals); John Lodge (bass, vocals); Graeme Edge (drums, percussion)– are joined on stage by Norda Mullen (flute, guitar, percussion, vocals); Julie Ragins (keyboards, percussion, guitar, saxophone, vocals); Alan Hewitt (keyboards, vocals); Billy Ashbaugh (drums, percussion)and Elliot Davis (musical director, conductor and co-arranger).  The live show also features the voice of Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons on the two spoken word tracks: “Morning Glory” and “Late Lament”.
Days Of Future Passed Live is without doubt the definitive live version of this much-loved album and will be treasured by fans of The Moody Blues for years to come.
Part One – The Moody Blues In Concert (CD Disc 1)
1) I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)   2) The Voice   3) Steppin’ In A Slide Zone   4) Say It With Love   5) Nervous   6) Your Wildest Dreams   7) Isn’t Life Strange   8) I Know You’re Out There Somewhere   9) The Story In Your Eyes
Part Two – Days Of Future Passed Live (CD Disc 2)
10) The Day Begins   11) Morning Glory   12) Dawn (Prelude)   13) Dawn Is A Feeling   14) The Morning (Prelude)   15) Another Morning   16) Lunch Break (Prelude)   17) Peak Hour   18) Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)   19) Evening (Time To Get Away)   20) The Sun Set (Prelude) 
 21) The Sun Set   22) Twilight (Prelude)   23) Twilight Time   24) Late Lament   25) Nights In White Satin   26) The Night (Finale)
27) Question   28) Ride My See-Saw

Kacey Musgraves announces headlining Oh, What A World: Tour With Dates starting In Europe

Here is a media release that landed in my inbox this morning. If you are going to the Stagecoach Festival in Indio next month, make sure to catch Kacey Musgraves. She is a fantastic artist and I enjoyed her set there in 2015.




While headlining C2C: Country to Country Festival at London’s famed O2 Arena on Saturday, broadcasted live by BBC 2 Radio, Kacey Musgraves exclusively announced to a sold-out crowd of more than 14,000 fans that she’ll soon return on a headlining world tour of her own. The Oh, What A World: Tour will kick off in countries across Europe this fall, including The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland, with Kacey headlining London’s legendary Wembley Arena on October 27th (see full list of European dates below). Pre-sales for the European leg of the tour will begin this Wednesday, March 14thvia and tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, March 16thwith additional global dates to be announced soon.

Kacey will embark on the Oh, What A World: Tour in support of her highly-anticipated fourth studio album Golden Hour, available March 30th. Ahead of release, Kacey has introduced Golden Hour with singles “Butterflies” and “Space Cowboy,” which have been met with critical acclaim from everyone including TIME, Rolling Stone, CMTThe FADER, Consequence of Sound, Vulture, and Paste, with NPR declaring “she’s relaxed into the sound she'd already designed, going deeper beneath its sparkly, vintage-tinted surface and further cultivating her innate commitment to clarity and craft” and Noiseyproclaiming “it's clear that the Texan is still the most talented songwriter in mainstream pop-country.” “Space Cowboy” was highlighted on Spotify’s New Music Friday and was hailed as one of 2018’s best songs so far by Stereogum. Kacey is set to debut more new music from Golden Hour on TODAY March 30 and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 4. These appearances follow Kacey’s performance of “Space Cowboy” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Both “Butterflies” and “Space Cowboy” are available instantly upon pre-ordering Golden Hour here (see full track listing below).

Kacey is currently on The Breakers Tour with Little Big Town, and she will play Stagecoach Festival on Saturday, April 28, 2018. She will join Harry Styles on his U.S. tour this summer, including 2 nights each at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ The Forum, before kicking off her headlining Oh, What A World: Tour. For full list of dates, visit
Golden Hour Tracklist
1.   Slow Burn
2.   Lonely Weekend
3.   Butterflies
4.   Oh, What a World
5.   Mother
6.   Love Is a Wild Thing
7.   Space Cowboy
8.   Happy & Sad
9.   Velvet Elvis
10. Wonder Woman
11. High Horse
12. Golden Hour
13. Rainbow

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Score Some Soundtracks

A slew of wonderful new soundtracks are out now and worth discovering. I also caught the airing of a new documentary on Queen over the weekend and share thoughts on that special...

Title: Charlotte's Web (Varèse Sarabande Records)
You might like if you enjoy: The Sherman Brothers, Debbie Reynolds, Agnes Moorehead
Tell me more: Forty-five years after its release, the 1973 animated film version of E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" remains a favorite of children of all ages. A large part of the enduring magic of the film is the soundtrack with its wonderful music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman (The Sherman Brothers' outstanding work includes Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "The Jungle Book"). Having just been released for the first time on audio CD, Charlotte's Web endures as a joyous set of tuneful and lovingly-delivered songs by the fabled likes of Henry Gibson, Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde and Agnes Moorehead. The range of material ranges from funny and light-hearted tunes ("A Veritable Smorgasbord," "End Title") to decidedly more probing material ("There Must Be Something More," "Deep In The Dark/Charlotte's Web"). Particularly stirring is "Charlotte's Farewell (Mother Earth and Father Time)" that continues to resonate as powerfully as ever. A true classic. Information:

Title: 21 Jump Street: Original Television Soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Composer Peter Bernstein, 21 Jump Street, Peter Gabriel
Tell me more: The latest installment of Varèse Sarabande Records' ongoing series of soundtracks, 21 Jump Street: Original Television Soundtrack features more than 80 minutes of music from the popular police procedural starring Johnny Depp that originally ran from 1987 to 1991. In addition to the buoyant '80s-styled theme song (sung by Holly Robinson), the wealth of tracks composed by Peter Bernstein captures the dramatic span of groundbreaking music used across the series' 100+ episodes. While synthesizers are typically the most prominent sound heard, the use of acoustic instruments adds flavor and depth to the material. The moody "Holly," rhythmic "Riffing," luxurious "Christmas Day" and catchy blues-meets-synth gem "Date With An Angel" are among the infectious selections that grace the winning title. Fans of "21 Jump Street" are advised to move quickly. Released in late February, only 1,200 copies of the limited edition 2CD set will be sold. Information:

Title: The Commuter  Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Composer Roque Banos, Hans Zimmer
Tell me more: Spanish composer Roque Banos' ethereal and stirring score is the perfect fit for the action thriller The Commuter. The 2018 movie (which stars actor Liam Neeson) is enhanced by Banos' compositions, which all work even apart from the film as evidenced by the lure of the soundtrack across its 16-track span. Things begin beautifully with the ethereal "A Commuter's Trip" and ultimately there is a wide range of emotions with Banos finding a perfect mix of quiet incidental music and dramatic symphonic colors (including the edgy "Do Not Stop The Train" and explosive "Who Is Prince?") across 75 fast-moving minutes. Information:

Title: 24 Hours To Live  Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Tyler Bates, Hans Zimmer
Tell me more: Tyler Bates' score for 24 Hours To Live further enhances his burgeoning legacy. Already recognized for his top-tier soundtracks for "300," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "John Wick," his latest work creates the proper mix of dramatic tension (just listen to the aptly-titled "You Have 24 Hours" and "Crashing and Killing") and lyrical moodscapes ("Red Mountain," "Sniper" and "Flashback" in particular). Marilyn Manson's version of the gothic-Americana hymn popularized by Johnny Cash  "God's Gonna Cut You Down" — serves as the disc's fitting finale. Information:

Title: Queen Rock The World (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: Queen
Tell me more: Last weekend PBS SoCal aired a fascinating documentary titled Queen Rock The World. The footage that comprised the majority of the special was shot during the making of Queen's sixth studio album News of the World as well as on the subsequent North American tour that included 26 dates over six weeks in 1977, but only recently re-discovered and put together into a must-see documentary. With acclaimed host BBC host Bob Harris ("The Old Grey Whistle Test") doing the interviews, the hour-long special offered a number of special moments including studio recording sessions, backstage chats and energetic concert footage. Hopefully this special will be released soon.

Robert Kinsler

Friday, March 09, 2018

New Jimi Hendrix "Both Sides of the Sky" out today - watch "Lover Man" music video


March 9 – Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings have released Jimi Hendrix’s new album Both Sides of the Sky today on CD, digital, and as a numbered 180-gram audiophile vinyl 2 LP set. NPR Music recently declared, “No rock figure before or since could breathe fire like Hendrix does, on his beloved well-known albums and on the assortment that is Both Sides of the Sky.” For the occasion, director John Vondracek has created a music video for “Lover Man,” a single from the album.

Watch “Lover Man” video here:

This previously unissued version of “Lover Man,” which UNCUT deemed “a weaponised piece of funk, with Buddy Miles in particularly thunderous form,” was recorded at the Record Plant in New York on December 15, 1969 by Hendrix’s then recently assembled new band: Billy Cox on bass, Buddy Miles on drums and, of course, Hendrix on guitar and vocals. The session took place two weeks before the trio introduced itself to the world via four triumphant New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day concerts at the Fillmore East, which would ultimately yield the live album Band of Gypsys (1970) as well as its, critically acclaimed follow up, 2016’s Machine Gun

Heralded by Relix as “both a historically valuable document . . . and a treat musically,” Both Sides of the Sky, the album home of “Lover Man,” is the third volume in a trilogy of albums intended to present the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in Jimi Hendrix’s archive. It follows Valleys of Neptune (2010) and People, Hell and Angels (2013), which both achieved top 5 chart ranking on Billboard’s Top 100 album chart. Recorded between January 1968 and February 1970, and featuring guest appearances by Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter and Lonnie Youngblood, Both Sides of the Sky contains 10 unreleased tracks. The project was co-produced by Eddie Kramer, Jimi Hendrix’s recording engineer on all of his albums made during his life, along with Janie Hendrix and John McDermott.

In connection with the release of Both Sides of the Sky, an all-star band featuring Hendrix bassist Billy Cox (whose efforts are heard on the album) and blues legend Buddy Guy will be performing a Jimi Hendrix song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this upcoming Tuesday, March 13. The band is rounded out with Experience Hendrix Tour veteran Mato Nanji, Buddy Guy drummer Tim Austin, and the Slide Brothers

Partnering with Experience Hendrix is world famous menswear designer John Varvatos. In connection with the album’s release, he has created a Jimi Hendrix Both Sides of the Sky t-shirt featuring exclusive artwork, available to purchase today at John Varvatos stores, online, and with retail partner Bloomingdales. Additionally, the 2LP vinyl version of the album will be sold in select John Varvatos locations. 

Order Both Sides of the Sky
Both Sides of the Sky tracklist: 
1)    Mannish Boy*
2)    Lover Man*
3)    Hear My Train A Comin’*
4)    Stepping Stone*
5)    $20 Fine*+
6)    Power Of Soul^
7)    Jungle*
8)    Things I Used to Do#
9)    Georgia Blues++
10)  Sweet Angel*
11)  Woodstock*+
12)  Send My Love To Linda*
13)  Cherokee Mist*
 *Previously unreleased
^ Previously unavailable extended version
+Featuring Stephen Stills
#Featuring Johnny Winter
++Featuring Lonnie Youngblood
Produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world's foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most significant musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Across a variety of platforms, the label has revolutionized the catalog market, offering contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.

Founded by James 'Al' Hendrix, Jimi's father, in 1995, Experience Hendrix has been run, since its inception, by the family members handpicked by Al during his tenure as Chairman. It is the official family company charged with managing the music, name, image and likeness of Jimi Hendrix. As a part of their daily operations, Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix oversee Jimi's timeless legacy on a worldwide basis.

Roger Joseph Manning Jr. set to release first new music in 10 years

I was very excited to hear that the talented Roger Joseph Manning Jr. is set to return with new music. Here is a media release that landed in my inbox today...

Photo credit: Tim Manning
March 9, 2018 -- “It’s been 24 years since Jellyfish last harmonized, 22 since Imperial Drag last rocked, 21 since The Moog Cookbook synthesized, 15 since TV Eyes electrified, 11 since Malibu computerized, and 10 since my last solo album, CATNIP DYNAMITE, had you all singing and drumming along unashamedly behind the steering wheel of your car. And still, my fans are right here with me, waiting patiently in support of my next move.” – ROGER JOSEPH MANNING JR.
Well, fans, the time has finally come for that next move! ROGER JOSEPH MANNING JR. will release not one, but three pieces of music on May 18 as part of an elaborate PledgeMusic campaign. 
A four-song solo EP of brand new songs, GLAMPING, will be available on CD, purple vinyl and digital download. He’s also re-releasing a Deluxe Edition (CD/digital download) of his 2006 LAND OF PURE IMAGINATION album, which will include three bonus tracks: “What You Don’t Know About The Girl,” “Sleep Children,” and “’Til We Meet Again.” These songs were previously included in the album’s counterpart, SOLID STATE WARRIOR, which was only released in Japan. Last, but not least, MANNING’s 2009 CATNIP DYNAMITE will be available as a CD and digital download.
The extensive PledgeMusic campaign offers fans a wide selection of exclusive and one-of-a-kind items from MANNING’s personal archives, including outfits worn during his time with Jellyfish. Most notably, the vintage 1960 pants, cape and parasol outfit seen on the cover of their BELLYBUTTON debut album and “The King Is Half Undressed” music video, as well as the crushed velvet zebra 1970s dress coat from the “That Is Why” video. Also available will be promotional materials from his Japanese tours, signed and decorated handwritten lyric sheets, and four different keyboards used throughout his career. All pre-orders come with the AccessPass, which will give fans exclusive updates. 
"I’m doing it this way as a big experiment,” MANNING explains. “One of the reasons I’ve been most excited about jumping back into doing more original music, and getting back in the saddle again after 10 years of various life trajectories, is due to sites like PledgeMusic, and how they help projects like mine come to fruition. These kinds of Pledge campaigns seem to do really well for a certain level of artist -- and this really, really seems to meet my needs. We had no middle-ground fans in Jellyfish. They completely understood what we were doing. I’ve found my fans to be the most loyal fans out there, and that’s a worldwide thing. I look forward to seeing their support for this EP, and how they're going to react to all of the extras I plan on offering through PledgeMusic."
About the songwriting process behind GLAMPING, MANNING says, "It’s very natural and very gratifying for me. I like the architecture and assembly process of it all -- getting a song from its raw form of acoustic piano and vocal into this whole other world. I love that process, even though it can be very time-consuming for someone like me. It’s like putting together a sonic jigsaw puzzle."
Upon its release, The Big Takeover described CATNIP DYNAMITE as “…a perfectly strong statement…” While Goldmine hailed, “With CATNIP DYNAMITE, MANNING acrobatically flips from genre to genre, employing classical elements, like strings and such, and the electric-guitar crunch of power-pop to marvelous effect, while building up around it all an ornate architecture of piano and other kinds of keyboards.”
ROGER JOSEPH MANNING JR. has enjoyed a long and fruitful career as a touring keyboardist, most notably with Beck (for the past 22 years), session player, arranger, and producer. His arranging career began in 1989 when he began arranging string, brass, wind and vocal ensembles for his first band, Jellyfish, on Virgin Records which he co-founded. He co-wrote and co-produced the two Virgin releases, BELLYBUTTON and SPILT MILK. Out of the ashes of Jellyfish arose his second co-founded project, Imperial Drag, on Sony's WORK Group label, from 1994-97, which saw overwhelming overseas success, particularly in England and Japan. From 1995-97, he co-founded the all-vintage electronic duo known as The Moog Cookbook. This group was started solely as a means of having a forum to express its love for the bygone era of vintage synthesizers and exotic keyboards. Ultimately, it became his calling card for longtime friend and collaborator, Beck. At this time, MANNING began his almost 20-year and still-active relationship as Beck’s sideman, touring the world and recording upwards of five critically acclaimed albums, including the 2014 album, MORNING PHASE, on which MANNING both played keyboards and sang, won 2015 Grammy® Awards in both the “Best Rock Album and “Album Of The Year” categories. By 1997, MANNING’s career as a freelance session keyboardist, songwriter, arranger and background vocalist was in full swing. Over the last 20 years, he has contributed keyboards to hundreds of pop/rock albums, played on numerous films and TV soundtracks, composed for commercials and radio spots, enjoyed a long run as a remixer, and toured extensively with other artists. Over the past decade, he has been involved with many large-scale orchestral arranging projects, including Nate Ruess' first band, The Format, and his second band, fun.. His success with Nate Ruess’ projects reawakened MANNING’s love for arranging and more offers soon followed. His arranging career re-launched in 2012 when he was asked to work on Nate's duet with Pink! for the 2012 smash, “Learn to Love Again,” produced by Grammy® Award-winning producer Jeff Bhasker. Later that year, MANNING was invited by producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen to arrange on Paramore’s double-Platinum selling 2012 self-titled release. Most recently, he contributed four orchestral arrangements to Morrissey’s latest offering, LOW IN HIGH SCHOOL. In the past years, MANNING has contributed to albums by Adele, Eric Clapton, HAIM, The Killers, Johnny Cash, Diana Ross, Glen Campbell, Fitz & The Tantrums, Neil Diamond, Interpol, Blink 182, and Cheap Trick
About PledgeMusic:
PledgeMusic is a global next-generation music company and fan marketplace dedicated to and enabling artists to build communities, harvest new fans, create exciting ways to connect fans into every promotional opportunity from pre-order through touring and “down” cycles, while presenting their creative vision far beyond just “click and play.” The company has offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Nashville.