New Molland Promotion Video
A production company has finished a music video for "Isn't That A Dream" from
Joe Molland´s recent CD "This Way Up". Molland´s Independent Artists will be offering that DVD for sale. There is a sample at the Joey Molland website to view.
December 23 - Thanks to Rick Kellogg
December 23 - Thanks to Rick Kellogg
George Loses Battle With Cancer
George Harrison lost his battle with cancer Thursday (Nov. 29), dying at the home of a friend, Gavin De Becker, in Los Angeles at 1:30 p.m. Harrison's wife Olivia and son Dhani, 24, were by his side. Harrison was 58.
"He died with one thought in mind -- love one another," said De Becker, as quoted in Reuters. The former Beatles' guitarist -– dubbed the "quiet Beatle" for his low-key demeanor -– had been in and out of hospitals for treatment of lung, throat, and brain cancers over the past few years. Most recently, he was treated at Staten Island University Hospital in November.
Reports surfaced in July that Harrison was on his death bed, shortly after he had brain surgery in Switzerland (allstar, July 23), and months after he had undergone an operation for cancer of the lung at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in May. Harrison also fought for his life after an intruder stabbed him several times at his home in December 1999 (allstar, Dec. 30, 1999).
Though ill, Harrison kept busy musically: He played slide guitar on former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman's recent single, "Love Letters" (from his current two-CD set Double Bill), lent his trademark weeping guitar to former Traffic member Jim Capaldi for his forthcoming single, "Anna Julia," and worked with pianist/British television host Jools Holland on a new single, "A Horse to Water," for Holland's Small World, Big Friends.
A full obituary and recap of Harrison's life and career will follow in allstar shortly. Check back for information on funeral arrangements and/or memorial services as well.
November 30 - Carrie Borzillo - Vrenna
Mike Gibbins Charity -Single
Following the tragic events in the US over recent weeks, Mike Gibbins has decided to put his efforts into releasing a CD single: "Dream Harder". All profits from the sale of this CD will be donated to the American Red Cross. Recorded in Exile Music's new premises, Mike again is joined by Rick Warsing on his first release for almost a year. Please purchase this CD to help the American Red Cross help America. $7 (plus shipping and handling): Badfinger - Mike Gibbins
October 4 - Mike Gibbins.com
All Things Must Pass - Rereleased
For Badfinger fans this reissue of George Harrison's 1970 album is of special interest, since the band contributed to the album on acoustic guitars. But of course this also a great album on its own.
If you assembled George Harrison's Beatles contributions from 1966 on, you'd have an album that could arguably hold its own with the band's loftiest achievements. Just as John Lennon and Paul McCartney shed their mop-top skin, the "Quiet Beatle" was making dramatic strides as a songwriter and guitarist, embracing the exotic sounds of Indian music, the ideals of Eastern philosophy, and forging a musical kinship with one Eric Clapton. It's no wonder, then, that Harrison's three-LP All Things Must Pass, originally released in November 1970, is widely viewed as the crown jewel of all Beatles solo efforts. The remixed and remastered 30th-anniversary edition offers a wealth of Harrison gems and Phil Spector's sweeping wall-of-sound production in full-on Technicolor, with bonus tracks (including a newly recorded "My Sweet Lord," the only unnecessary new element) and new liner notes from Harrison. Spector's sonic trademarks -- blaring horns, larger-than-life bottom end, and miles-upon-miles of reverb -- put an exclamation point on Harrison's grand, life-after-Beatles affirmations "Wah-Wah" and "What is Life," but the quietest moments found Harrison at his most expressive and inventive. The album-opening "I'd Have You Anytime" (co-written with Bob Dylan) sways delicately with a jazzy undercurrent and the heart from "Something" still attached to Harrison's sleeve. Dylan's influence touched "Apple Scruffs," the friendly kiss-off to Beatle-dom, while Harrison made the rafters shake with spirituality on "Awaiting on You All." Thirty years removed, what is most impressive about All Things Must Pass is that Harrison's distinctly uncompromising musical vision resonates loudest: over the reality of the post-Beatles existence, the religious themes, and a collaborator (Clapton) who was falling madly in love with his wife.
George has written some new liner notes which featured the following: "Rest in Peace Mal Evans, Carl Radle, Pete Drake, Pete Ham, Tom Evans and two of the O'Hara-Smith singers, Betty and Cyril.
February 1 - Thanks to Pat Berkery
Badfinger VH-1 to air on November 5
VH-1 will be airing a Behind The Music documentary on Badfinger. VH-1 has finally hammered out a deal with Apple and Warners and the special has been scheduled tp premiere on November 5, 2000 at 11 A: EST with repeat airings at 9 PM and 11 PM.
Paul McCartney has finally been interviewed about Badfinger ( Sept. 22 1999 ) , answering a few questions by complimenting Pete Ham and teloing some stories about the song "Come and Get It"
George Harrison did not want to participate. Apparently the topic is still painful for him to discuss because of his close friendship with Pete Ham and the circumstances surrounding Allen Kleins's failure to keep the group on Apple Records.
Dan Matovina was hired as a creative consultant for Badfinger, as it was his book and meetings with the executive director in Los Angeles that secured the show. He negotiated to get the promo films and photos from Apple for the program, after VH-1 were turned down by them initially. Dan has also discovered mamy other rare films and TV appearances of The Iveys/Badfinger. He travelled to the U.K. and conducted follow-up interviews for the program, picked out the Apple photos at their offices, and conducted "motion control" sessins in the U.S.
More than twenty people have been interviewed, among them the former Badfinger members Mike Gibbins, Ron Griffiths, Joey Molland and Bob Jackson. The director Mike MacNamara has wanted to hear many different sides of the complex tale of Badfinger. He will interpret his own final edit of the program. He has expressed to Dan Matovina that he intends to focus on Stan Polley and Bill Collins' involvement. be´sides the obvious Beatles connections and the tragic suicides.
October 18 - Thanks to Brando, Jesper and Dan
Great Reviews For Head First> and Pete Ham During 2001
During searches for reviews of Badfinger´s last Pete Ham album Head First I have found following interesting comments:
“Ham’s “Lay Me Down” could have easily put the band back into top 40 circulation.”
“Musically, the band are still firing on all cylinders, as 'Lay Me Down', 'Moonshine' and 'Passed Fast' all prove.”
“Badfinger completed their best album in 1975”
“"Lay Me Down" revolves around a stunning melody with ferocious guitars and powerful drums supporting a sweet lead vocal and chorus.!”
“The music on this album is among Badfinger's finest.”
“The band's fabled pop genius still shines through, especially on "Lay Me Down," "Keep Believing," and "Turn Around."”
“Badfinger overcame the dispirited atmosphere enough to make Head First worthy of their reputation.”
“Head First was the last recording made with the band’s founder and driving force Pete Ham.”
Mike Gibbins´ First Album To be Reissued - Remastered with Bonus-Tracks
Exile studios have finally completed it's upgrade to a full 24 track digital recording studio, but still keeping the classic touches like an original hamond organ along with a leslie speaker, and a whole host of new state of the art equipment. The future looks bright for all of Mikes new material plus collaborations.
Official launch...Re-mastered Mike Gibbins solo album: A Place In Time, featuring 2 bonus songs: Believe Me and Bahamas
December 16 - Mike Gibbins.com
Matted Spam a Big Success!
From Keith James I´ve received this note:
October 10 - Thanks to Keith James
Badfinger's "Director's Cut"