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Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Vangelis to you barbarians) still can’t read a note of music, apparently, but he has written plenty of it: psychedelia and prog (e.g. the landmark Aphrodite’s Child album 666), electronica… ambient, jazz and orchestral music… but mainly, lots and lots of glorious music, as evidenced by the humungous box set coming your way on February 3rd. Delectus collects just the Vertigo and Polydor albums (remastered under his personal supervision) and throws in a bunch of bonus tracks and b-sides. You also get three of the albums he made with Jon Anderson (after declining the latter’s invitation to replace Rick Wakeman in Yes) under the Jon & Vangelis handle,  memorable couplings of his electronica and Anderson’s angelic vocals.

The resulting thirteen (!) discs come housed in a lavish box alongside a 64-page book booklet comprising essay and rare photographs. No wonder you won’t get much change out of a hundred quid!

Albums and Track Listing:

EARTH: 00600753682081
1.            Come On
2.            We Are All Uprooted
3.            Sunny Earth
4.            He-O
5.            Ritual
6.            Let It Happen
7.            The City
8.            My Face In The Rain
9.            We Are All Uprooted
10.          A Song

1.            Apocalypse des animaux – Générique
2.            La petite fille de la mer
3.            Le singe bleu
4.            La mort du loup
5.            L’ours musicien
6.            Création du monde
7.            La mer recommence

CHINA: 00600753682104
1.            Chung Kuo
2.            The Long March
3.            The Dragon
4.            The Plum Blossom
5.            The Tao Of Love
6.            The Little Fete
7.            Yin & Yang
8.            Himalaya
9.            Summit

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SEE YOU LATER: 00600753682128
1.            I Can’t Take It Anymore
2.            Multi-Track Suggestion
3.            Memories Of Green (which later turned up in the Blade Runner soundtrack)
4.            Not A Bit – All Of It
5.            Suffocation
6.            See You Later
7.            Neighbours Above
8.            My Love
9.            Domestic Logic 1

ANTARCTICA: 00600753682142
1.            Theme From Antarctica
2.            Antarctica Echoes
3.            Kinematic
4.            Song Of White
5.            Life Of Antarctica
6.            Memory Of Antarctica
7.            Other Side Of Antarctica
8.            Deliverance

MASK: 00600753682166
1.            Mask: Movement 1
2.            Mask: Movement 2
3.            Mask: Movement 3
4.            Mask: Movement 4
5.            Mask: Movement 5
6.            Mask: Movement 6

OPERA SAUVAGE: 00600753682111
1.            Hymne
2.            Rêve
3.            L’enfant
4.            Mouettes
5.            Chromatique
6.            Irlande
7.            Flamants roses

CHARIOTS OF FIRE: 00600753682135
1.            Titles
2.            Five Circles
3.            Abraham’s Theme
4.            Eric’s Theme
5.            100 Metres
6.            Jerusalem
7.            Chariots Of Fire

SOIL FESTIVITIES: 00600753682159
1.            Soil Festivities: Movement 1
2.            Soil Festivities: Movement 2
3.            Soil Festivities: Movement 3
4.            Soil Festivities: Movement 4
5.            Soil Festivities: Movement 5

1.            Invisible Connections
2.            Atom Blaster
3.            Thermo Vision


SHORT STORIES: 00600753682180 (Jon & Vangelis)
1.            Curious Electric
2.            Each And Every Day
3.            Bird Song
4.            I Hear You Now
5.            The Road
6.            Far Away In Baagad
7.            Love Is
8.            One More Time
9.            Thunder
10.          Play Within A Play

PRIVATE COLLECTION: 00600753682203 (Jon & Vangelis)
1.            Italian Song
2.            And When The Night Comes
3.            Deborah
4.            Polonaise
5.            He Is Sailing
6.            Horizon
7.            Song Is

THE FRIENDS OF MR. CAIRO: 00600753682197 (Jon & Vangelis)
1. I’ll Find My Way Home
2. State of Independence
3. Beside
4. The Mayflower
5. The Friends of Mr. Cairo
6. Back To School
7. Outside Of This (Inside of That)
8. One More Time
9. Thunder
10. Play Within A Play

There are 4 bonus tracks, the previously unreleased:
Neighbours Above – 2015 Remastered version – Bonus track for See You Later
The other bonus tracks are:
My Love – 2015 Remastered version – Bonus track for See You Later
Domestic Logic 1 – 2015 Remastered version – Bonus track for See You later
Song Is (Jon & Vangelis) – 2015 Remastered version – Bonus track for Private Collection
Previously released on singles, they make their CD debut here.

Delectus will be available from all good record stroes from 4th Feb but if you can’t wait that long, it’s possible to pre-order the box set at
Vangelis Website:

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“Muted Melodies Fill The Echoing Hall…” New STEVE HACKETT Album, 2017 UK Tour Details

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Guitar god Steve Hackett continues to wave his Prog flag high with a new album (it doesn’t seem five minutes since Wolflight.) The Night Siren, his 25th solo studio set, is released on 24.03.17. through InsideOut Music (Sony), supported by a 15 date “Genesis Revisited / Classic Hackett” UK tour in April / May, culminating in a show at The London Palladium that is just about sold out at the time of writing.

Wed 26th          Dublin, Vicar Street
Fri 28th             Cardiff, St. David’s Hall
Sun 30th           Reading, Hexagon

Mon 1st            Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Wed 3rd            Sheffield, City Hall
Thurs 4th          Bristol, Colston Hall
Fri 5th               Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Sun 7th             Liverpool, Philharmonic
Mon 8th            Portsmouth, Guildhall
Wed 10th          Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
Thurs 11th        Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
Sat 13th            Oxford, New Theatre
Sun 14th           Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Tues 16th          Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Wed 17th           Sage, Gateshead
Fri 19th             London, Palladium

Tickets available from and venue box offices.

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Steve’s final album with Genesis, Wind And Wuthering, these gigs will showcase several tracks from that one alongside other Genesis standards, some of them never previously performed by Steve in a solo context, as well as classic Hackett and new material from The Night Siren.

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The Night Siren: Full Track Listing:

1.      Behind the Smoke
2.      Martian Sea
3.      Fifty Miles from the North Pole
4.      El Niño
5.      Other Side of the Wall
6.      Anything but Love
7.      Inca Terra
8.      In Another Life
9.      In the Skeleton Gallery
10.    West to East

The Night Siren will be available in the following formats:

Special Edition CD/Blu-Ray Mediabook featuring 5.1 surround sound mix & making of documentary: 88985410452
Standard Jewel case CD: 88985410462
Gatefold black 2 LP  vinyl + CD: 88985410471
Digital Download

Steve is claiming (and has he ever let us down before?) that this is his strongest album yet, a heartfelt statement against the polarising forces currently at work in the world. Appropriately then, as well as usual suspect collaborators such as Roger King, Nad Sylvan, Rob Townsend, Amanda Lehmann, Dick Driver and Gary O’Toole, featured world musicians include Israeli and Palestinian singers / peace activists Kobi and Mira, Azerbaijanian Malik Mansurov on the Tar and Troy Donockley on Celtic Uilleann, as well as other Middle Eastern, Asian and Latin American contributors.

Steve Hackett: “This latest waxing represents a bird’s eye view of the world of a musical migrant ignoring borders and celebrating our common ancestry with a unity of spirit, featuring musicians, singers and instruments from all over the world. From territorial frontiers to walled-up gateways, boundaries often hold back the tide. But while the night siren wails, music breaches all defences. To quote Plato, ‘When the music changes, the walls of the city shake’.”

Yes indeedy.


Plato (left) and Aristotle debating the respective merits of Foxtrot and Spectral Mornings, yesterday…

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Wayward Sons Carry On: This Just In From Our KANSAS Correspondent…


Can Americans really play Prog? The very idea Styx in the throat of some traditionalists. What about Kansas? Are they Prog… or Pomp Rock… or Symphonic Rock… or Melodic Rock… or Harmonic Rock? Well, you’ve had fifteen albums from them to help you make your mind up, most recently last year’s The Prelude Implicit (their first in 16 years!) Now the track Rhythm In The Spirit has been lifted from that and coupled with a live concert video in support of their long-awaited European return with appearances at select summer festivals. To wit…

9th June – Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
6th July – Peace & Love Festival, Borlange, Sweden
16th July – Night of the Prog Festival, Sankt Goarshausen, Germany
29th July – Burg Herzberg Festival, Herzberg, Germany
30th July – Ramblin Man Fair, Maidstone, UK

Watch Rhythm In The Spirit now at

“It’s been a long time since we’ve made a one song concert video and we had a great time doing it!” the band tell us: “Rhythm in the Spirit was our unanimous first choice and we are very happy with how it turned out.”

Here’s what some others have had to say about the current sound of Kansas:

“Listening to The Prelude Implicit, you hear echoes of everything that Kansas has been – the heartland prog-rock group, the rowdy bar band, the group with the chart hits, the hard-edged version from the late Eighties.” (Rolling Stone)
“A roller coaster distillation of all the hard rock, prog, pop and orchestral elements that made Kansas the most unlikely world-beaters of the 1970’s.” ( Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine)
“This album will remind you why these guys collect Gold and Platinum albums time and time again.” (Classic Rock Society)


The Prelude Implicit’ is available as CD, 180g gatefold double vinyl & digital download.

The album features 10 all new tracks written by the band and co-produced by Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, and Richard Williams.  The signature Kansas sound is evident throughout… Ronnie Platt’s soaring lead vocals, David Ragsdale’s blistering violin, Williams and Rizvi’s rocking guitar riffs, the unmistakable sound of David Manion’s B3 organ and keyboards, Ehart’s thundering drums, and Billy Greer’s driving bass and vocals.

The president of their new label, Thomas Waber,  says “Kansas is the biggest and most important Prog band to come out of the United States. I grew up listening to them, and their music is part of my DNA.  The Prelude Implicit undoubtedly adds to their already impressive musical legacy.  I can’t stop listening to it, and we are proud to be releasing the album.” “This is definitely a Kansas album” agress founder guitarist Richard Williams. “Whether it is the trademark Prog epic like The Voyage of Eight Eighteen, biting rocker such as Rhythm in the Spirit or mindful ballad like The Unsung Heroes, there is something on this album for every kind of Kansas fan.  After years of pent-up creativity, the entire band is very proud of The Prelude Implicit.”

Lead Vocalist Ronnie Platt adds” “Recording The Prelude Implicit was an incredible experience and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It is my hope that, knowing the intense listeners that Kansas fans are, the continuity yet diversity of this album will be pleasing to them.”

“Without a doubt, this is a new musical beginning” offers Ehart, explaining the album’s title. Tattoo artist Denise de la Cerda executed the oil painting of the front and back cover, depicting a Phoenix flying from the past into the future.


The Prelude Implicit Track Listing:
1.) With This Heart
2.) Visibility Zero
3.) The Unsung Heroes
4.) Rhythm in the Spirit
5.) Refugee
6.) The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
7.) Camouflage
8.) Summer
9.) Crowded Isolation
10.) Section 60

Kansas will be debuting songs off The Prelude Implicit this autumn, live in concert, as part of their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour.  More information at


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