Thursday, June 21, 2012

Inbox Update: The Zombies, Bill Nelson, Van Der Graaf Generator and more!

I haven't even had time to fully enjoy a stack of new CDs piling up by my stereo and a bunch of downloads waiting in the wings and there looms more great music on the horizon. No rest for the weary...

Live At Metropolis Studios - The Zombies, Bill Nelson, Van Der Graaf Generator and more

Convexe Entertainment Announces Summer 2012 Release Of Live At Metropolis Studios, London Series On CD / DVD  
Featuring intimate concerts from Van Der Graaf Generator, The Zombies, Bill Nelson, John Lees' Barclay James Harvest, Caravan, and Roy Harper  
Recorded in 2010/2011 at Metropolis Studios in London, England 
Filmed in HD, Recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound

Convexe Entertainment is excited to announce the upcoming release of Live At Metropolis Studios, London, a series of 6 concerts recorded in 2010/2011 at the famed Metropolis Studios in West London, featuring Van Der Graaf GeneratorThe ZombiesBill NelsonJohn Lees' Barclay James HarvestCaravan, and Roy Harper.

Each of these legendary acts performed in front of a small audience in a unique and ambient setting, resulting in a spectacular collection of concerts filmed in HD and recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound. Each concert in the series will be released on CD/DVD* in summer 2012.

(*Due to extended running times, the Bill Nelson & Van Der Graaf Generator releases will include two CDs.)

The first three concerts in the series will be released on August 7, featuring Van Der GraafGeneratorThe Zombies, and Bill Nelson.

The second installment, featuring Caravan, John Lees' Barclay James Harvest, and Roy Harper, is slated for Fall 2012 release.

August 7

Van Der Graaf Generator / 2-CD & DVD

Alongside King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator was one of the greatest progressive rock acts of the late '60s and '70s.  In December 2010, the original 3 member lineup of Peter HammillHugh Banton and Guy Evans made an extremely rare UK appearance at Metropolis Studios, performing to an ecstatic crowd in an intimate atmosphere.  Fractured time signatures, Hammill's fervent and occasionally terrifying vocals, the complexity of the band's music, the inscrutability of their all adds up to a unique and inimitable performance.  The DVD includes revealing interviews with all three band members.

Set List: Interference Patterns / Nutter Alert / Your Time Starts Now / Lemmings / Lifetime / Bunsho / Childlike Faith / Mr. Sands / Over The Hill / We Are Not Here / Man-Erg

The Zombies / CD & DVD

Since their formation in the '60s, The Zombies have not only enjoyed UK Top 10 and U.S. Top 5 Hits, but have grown to a cult status, with contemporary artists like Paul Weller and Dave Grohl naming them for favourite/influential albums and songs.  In January 2011, The Zombies performed a superb set to 120 enraptured guests packed into Metropolis Studios.  Led by founding membersColin Blunstone and Rod Argent, the group performed a veritable 'Best Of' the Zombies.  Blunstone's unique voice dazzled for the concert, which included classics like She's Not There and Time Of The Season, as well as individual Argent/Blunstone hits like What Becomes Of The Broken HeartedHold Your Head UpSay You Don't Mind and I Don't Believe In MiraclesBlunstone and Argent are interviewed on the DVD, which also includes footage of the band reception after the show.

Set List: I Love You / Can't Nobody Love You / Mystified / What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted / Any Other Way / A Rose For Emily / Care Of Cell 44 / This Will Be Our Year / Beechwood Park / I Want Her, She Wants Me / Time Of The Season / Whenever You're Ready / Tell Her No / I Do Believe / Say You Don't Mind / Hold Your Head Up / I Don't Believe In Miracles / She's Not There / Summertime

Bill Nelson / 2-CD & DVD

Almost exclusively a studio artist (over 80 albums/mini albums since the early '70s), an acknowledged creative genius, and one of the revered rock guitar experimentalists, Bill Nelson has collaborated with David Sylvian, Yellow Magic Orchestra and been the driving force behind Be Bop Deluxe, and Red Noise.  At the end of March 2011, Bill Nelson and the Gentlemen Rocketeers, along with one hundred plus guests, populated Studio A at Metropolis for a rare one-off concert.  Wielding an array of gorgeous-looking guitars, Nelson and his cohorts treated those present to a dynamite concert reminiscent of the Marquee club in its heyday.   Performing a number of rarely heard Bebop Deluxe numbers, this blistering fourteen song set from the band, which covers much ofNelson's career to date, is a feast for Nelsonophiles (not to mention electric guitar fetishists).  DVD extras include an interview with Nelson and a sublime four track solo set.

Set List: The October Man / Night Creatures / God Man Slain / Contemplation / Lady You're A Strange Girl / Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape / Furniture Music / Do You Dream In Colour / Ships In The Night / Lovers Are Mortal / Maid In Heaven / Sister Seagull / Wonder Of The Moment / Panic In The World / Beyond These Clouds The Sweetest Dream / Golden Dream Of Circus Horses / A Dream For Ian / For Stuart

Fall 2012

Caravan / CD & DVD

Canterbury's finest, Caravan reformed especially for this December 2010 concert at Metropolis' Studio A, delivering an electric performance which included many favourites from their 25 album, 40+ year career.  The DVD includes interviews with the band and audience members, and captures the magic of that historic night.

Set List: Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss / And I Wish I Were Stoned / Golf Girl / Smoking Gun (Right For Me) / The Unauthorised Breakfast Item / Nightmare / Hello Hello / Give Me More / Fingers In The Till / I'm On My Way / Nine Feet Underground

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest / CD & DVD

One of Europe's most legendary progressive rock bands, John Lees' Barclay James Harvest gave an epic performance at Metropolis Studios in December 2010 in front of 120 fans, with no one in the room standing more than ten feet away from a band that has played to hundreds of thousands.  The band performed classics like Child Of The Universe, Mocking Bird, Poor Man's Moody Blues, The Poet/After The Day, Hymn and Medicine Man.  The DVD includes a rare interview with founding member John Lees.

Set List: Nova Lepidoptera / Child Of The Universe / Poor Wages / Mocking Bird / Summer Soldier / Poor Man's Moody Blues / Ursula / Ancient Waves / Medicine Man / The Poet/After The Day / Hymn

Roy Harper / CD & DVD

One of the UK's foremost singer-songwriter-guitarists, Roy Harper mesmerized 120 guests in April 2011 at London's Metropolis Studios.  His breathtaking performance and an absorbing interview that he gave afterwards are all captured on this release.  Hailed by Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, beloved by fans after nearly half a century of performance, it would not be unreasonable to apply the term "legendary" to Roy Harper.   For this special concert, he performed songs spanning his entire recording career.  There are very few live performances by Roy Harper available on DVD (+CD), and none as captivating as this.

Set List: One Man Rock And Roll Band / Twelve Hours Of Sunset / Don't You Grieve / Another Day / Pinches Of Salt / Highway Blues / Commune / Hallucinating Light / Frozen Moment / The Green Man / Me And My Woman / When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease

The Live At Metropolis Studios, London series is a truly unique collection of releases, capturing some legendary acts in an intimate setting delivering some unforgettable performances.  A must-have for fans of progressive rock! 

The Convexe Entertainment label is a subsidiary of Conveyor Canada Inc., a wholly owned Canadian distribution company partnered with Universal Music Canada. Now in its fifth year,Conveyor represents both Canadian and international labels domestically and abroad

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