The Trip were but one of many Italian bands combining rock, classical, jazz, pop and folk to produce what is now known as the Italian rock renaissance. They are another three man classical rock band in the realm of the Nice and Le Orme. All four of their albums are completely different and bear the stamp of another international group or movement. "Caronte" was considered their best album by psych collectors. On their third, "Atlantide", The Trip looks squarely at Emerson, Lake & Palmer for inspiration. The both are recommended to ELP or Le Orme fans.
Trip Shakespeare unfortunately went unnoticed in their time and more unfortunately have remained in obscurity, but they were lucky enough to record in a time when major labels took greater chances with music and would more often indulge ambitious projects. Lulu is the group's defining set, a result of inspired and talented musicians with an expense account to afford their aspirations and enough sense to exploit it appropriately. Why then did this record go through the ringer almost completely unnoticed and why did the reviews the album received tend to be overly critical? Part of the answer has to do with the timing of its release. 1991 was the great embrasure of the grunge movement when Nirvana's Nevermind set the decade-long trend for the popular music charts. The release of a melodically complex and romantic pop masterpiece with lush vocals was entertained by neither the critics nor the masses, and no doubt A&M had lost much of the majesty they found in Trip Shakespeare when they were signed two years previous, which is a shame since Shakespeare's leader, Matt Wilson, was at the height of his poetic optimism and the melodic hooks he wrote with his brother Dan Wilson are complex, plentiful, and on par with the classics of pop music's innovation.
Lutz Rahn was born on October 11th 1951 in Hamburg, Germany. He played in the jazzrock band Capricorn before joining the known German progrock band Novalis in 1971 until 1985 when Novalis disbanded. Between 1973 (LP Banished Bridge) and 1983 (Sternentaucher) Lutz Rahn made 10 album with Novalis. In 1978 Lutz Rahn delivered a solo album entitled Solo Trip featuring 8 pleasant, light-weighted symphonic/electronic/pop songs. Solo Trip is a pleasant effort that evokes JM Jarre and features wonderful, varied work on keyboards, from sparkling Fender Rhodes piano and soaring string-ensemble to majestic Mellotron and fine synthesizer flights.
Aurora Orchestra, together with conductor Nicholas Collon, is an innovative, energetic and talented ensemble. It has already amassed a good amount of praise from the critics, quickly establishing itself as the most significant new British chamber orchestra in a generation. Collon by himself is also making waves, increasingly in demand as a guest conductor in the UK and abroad. This album features a straightforwardly American repertoire selection, interspersing the core repertoire with some beautifully arranged folk/pop songs inspired by the theme.
At 52 years of age, Iggy Pop was on tour in Europe promoting his Avenue B album in December 1999 when he performed the concert presented here as Live at the Avenue B. That's actually "Live @ the A venue B," as the credits put it, or at the AB venue, i.e., the Ancienne Belgique Theatre in Brussels, Belgium. In a set lasting nearly 90 minutes, Pop and his four-piece backup band, usually known as the Trolls, run through some Avenue B material, some of it spoken word, with the singer sitting on the stage floor and strumming an acoustic guitar, along with selected tunes from earlier albums such as The Stooges, Raw Power, Lust for Life, Blah Blah Blah, Instinct, and Brick by Brick, and rock & roll standards like "Shakin' All Over" and the show-closing "Louie, Louie." (The Kingsmen's hit version of the latter might not have had the dirty lyrics everybody thought it did, but Pop's rendition certainly does.) …
This noticeable niche library pays a tribute to contemporary American electronic pop bands such as The Postal Service or Figurine, influenced by Cologne-based eletronic music record label Kompakt. A blend consisting of elements borrowed from trip hop, blended with new wave inflected sounds, characteristic 80's synthetizers, new unexpected grunge and atmospheric tones, glitchy electronics and video game beeps of every sort. An absolute must-have…
A comprehensive and unique sonic pleasure on 2 CD with 35 top songs, original and authentic performances signed by a wide range of artists from the music scene. Travel back in time with Marianne Faithfull, Terry Hall, Take That, Francois Feldman, Elton John, Charles & Eddie, Errol Brown and many more!!!