October 24, 2016

Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Launches “Phantom of the Opera” Pledge Music Campaign

“Phantom of the Opera” Box Set - get signed items, merchandise and events exclusively here on PledgeMusic.

London, UK - Exclusive to PledgeMusic – For the first time on DVD the Lon Chaney silent movie “Phantom of the Opera” with Rick Wakeman’s Soundtrack together in a Limited Edition Box Set with a signed and numbered certificate.

The legendary 1925 Lon Chaney film is brought to life with a specially commissioned Rick Wakeman soundtrack. This is the first time this version of the film has been issued on DVD, as such the images have been fully restored and the sound track lovingly remastered.

The DVD also has several bonus features;

Rick Wakeman commentary
Christopher Lee introduction
Rick and the Phantom – featurette
Originally trailer

The soundtrack double CD is the original Rick Wakeman unedited soundtrack and contains the original mixes of the songs which are different to what eventually appeared on his album “Phantom Power”.

Special Limited Edition boxset contains:

Single DVD
Double CD
Signed by Rick Wakeman and numbered certificate
2 x Reproduction Lon Chaney 10˝ x 8˝ photos
4 x A4 Reproduction “Lobby Cards Taken from the original artwork
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There will only be 250 of these manufactured.

There are additional items, merchandise and a special screening of the film available too!

NOTE Release Date 2nd of December for all items except the vinyl which will be delayed until February 2017due to long manufacturing lead times and the screening which is planned for January 2017

All prices include Postage and Packaging.

1) Double CD / Single DVD of The Phantom of The Opera. – SIGNED by Rick Wakeman
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2) The “Phantom of the Opera” Double 180g Vinyl – Gatefold signed by Rick Wakeman. There will only be 250 signed and the pressing will be limited to 500
Due to long manufacturing lead times the Vinyl will not be shipped until February 2017.
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3) “Phantom of the Opera poster Signed by Rick Wakeman. There are only 50 of this item available
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4) 2CD/1DVD – “Phantom of The Opera”
NTSC/PAL Region 0
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5) “Phantom of the Opera” Album download on MP3 or FLAC
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6) Exclusive T-Shirt
New design just for pledgers.
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7) Special Screening of the “Phantom of the Opera” 
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A very special screening will take place in January, the exact date is TBC but the plan is to have the screening on a weekend ….. at The Regent Street Cinema the birthplace of British Cinema — in 1896 it became the very first place in Britain to show moving pictures when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe was presented to a paying audience. It is a landmark venue for the British film industry and provides a historic setting.

8) VIP Ticket to the screening of “Phantom of The Opera” 
Early access to watch the set up.
Q & A with Rick and the team.
Preferential seating.
To take place in January, the exact date is TBC but the plan is to have the screening on a weekend ….. at The Regent Street Cinema the birthplace of British Cinema — in 1896 it became the very first place in Britain to show moving pictures when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe was presented to a paying audience. It is a landmark venue for the British film industry and provides a historic setting.
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9) Platinum Ticket. + AccessPass
This very special Pledge includes all of the following.
Early access to watch the set up.
Q & A with Rick and the team.
Preferential seating.
Box Set
And a Curry at a restaurant with Rick and the team after the screening.
It will be in January, the exact date is TBC but the plan is to have the screening on a weekend ….. at The Regent Street Cinema the birthplace of British Cinema — in 1896 it became the very first place in Britain to show moving pictures when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe was presented to a paying audience. It is a landmark venue for the British film industry and provides a historic setting.
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Catch Rick Wakeman on tour with ARW (Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman) this Fall 2016! http://www.arw-tour.com/

Rick Wakeman's official website: http://www.rwcc.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

October 18, 2016


Featuring Percy Jones, Neil Citron, Frankie Banali & others!

Chicago/Los Angeles – Declassified Records announced today the newest album from progressive fusion legends “BangTower” entitled “With N With Out”, is now available for official Pre-Order from PledgeMusic. The highly anticipated 13 track sophomore album, due for retail release December 6, marks the first full length CD since the internationally acclaimed 2010 debut "Casting Shadows”. The link to the Pre-Order campaign can be found at

Returning to the BangTower “2” project are original members, fretless bass legend Percy Jones of “Brand X”, Los Angeles “Drum-Guru” Walter Garces of “The Electric Prunes”, and Grammy winning musician, engineer and producer Neil Citron. In addition, the album features tracks with drummers Frankie Banali of "Quite Riot" and Rodger Carter of "John 5”, bassist Robbie "Pag" Pagliari of "Ohm", Joan Fraley of the “Rave” and Jon Pomplin of Declassified Records. Also appearing on the record are musicians Justin Stone, Chris Colovus and Josh Greenbaum.

Exclusives available only from the Pre-Order campaign include rare and unique autographed items, limited edition merchandise, fan interaction opportunities, ability to have their name on the CD liner notes, immediate digital downloads, early shipment of the record, plus regular updates and more.

BangTower was intended to bring together musicians and friends from different genres, disciplines and physical locations, by using a combination of leading edge digital technology along with traditional studio recording. The result from this expanded circle of talent from all over the country is another unique musical document of creative exploration. Blending multi-platinum record sellers, Grammy winners, session artists and music legends along with music teachers and students working together towards the goal of creating the most joyous and interesting music possible.

BangTower “With N With Out” 
1. Hello I’m Here
2. PCH
3. Chipotle
4. Soul to Sole
5. Roger Wilco.., And Out
6. Uncle Floyd
7. Kitty’s Real Groove
8. My Fathers Smile
9. McGown’s Pass
10. This is My Town
11. 6/8 Primate
12. Good Bye N Good Nite

13. – Bonus – (limited edition CD Only) – “Holiday track”
13. – Bonus – (Digital Only) – “Hair of the Dog” (Single)

The tracks on “With N With Out” have a unique personality that reflects and challenges each player’s technique and style, pushing the edge of their musical “comfort zone” while remaining a true joy to play and listen to. Although every composition is an exceptional stand-alone masterpiece, each song remains an integral part of the overall context and feel of the album and the project.

The special limited edition CD version of the new record “With N With Out” will also contain a bonus “holiday track” featuring Percy Jones, Walter Garces and Neil Citron, which was originally recorded in 2013 but never officially released until now.

The new BangTower record “With N With Out” is Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Neil Citron. Released by Declassified Records; Jon Pomplin Executive Producer.

For more information on the new BangTower album, visit:
PledgeMusic Pre-Order – www.pledgemusic.com/Bangtower
Official Website - www.BangTower.com
FaceBook – www.facebook.com/Bangtower
Twitter – www.twitter.com/BangTower
YouTube – www.youtube.com/bangtower

Press Inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158,

Label/Distribution Inquiries: Declassified Records:
Official Website – www.declassifiedrecords.com
Face Book – www.facebook.com/DeclassifiedRecords
Twitter – https://twitter.com/JonPomplin

October 13, 2016

Supertramp Founding Member & King Crimson Songwriter Richard Palmer-James Releases Debut Solo Album “Takeaway” OUT NOW!

London, UK - Supertramp founding member & King Crimson songwriter Richard Palmer-James has released his debut solo album “Takeaway”! An English songwriter & guitarist, Richard is best known for having written lyrics to several songs by the progressive rock group King Crimson in the early 1970s.

Says Richard, “Having spent the last few decades writing words for other people to sing, and thus being obliged to comply with the ambitions and sensibilities of others, I wanted to present a collection of songs that are uncompromisingly my own.

“I've been trying them out in club and pub appearances as a singer/songwriter, and they seem to work, but I'm very curious to see what sort of reaction this album production, which was realised with the indispensable help of a few talented colleagues from the Munich music scene, might elicit.

“The recordings differ stylistically from most of the stuff I worked on as a hired hand - probably because I enjoy playing acoustic instruments and writing pieces which involve storytelling.”

Richard Palmer-James got his start in the music business playing in various Bournemouth bands: The Corvettes, The Palmer-James Group (formed with Alec James), Tetrad, and Ginger Man, all of which also included John Wetton on bass and vocals. He was a founding member of Supertramp; he played guitar, sang vocals and wrote the lyrics for their self-titled debut album under the name Richard Palmer and co-wrote the lyrics of the song “Goldrush”, a song written during his days in the band and finally recorded on their 2002 album “Slow Motion”.

Richard wrote lyrics for three of King Crimson's albums: “Larks' Tongues in Aspic”, “Starless and Bible Black”, and “Red”. He did not participate in any of King Crimson's recordings, but worked with John Wetton and David Cross after Robert Fripp disbanded the group in 1974.

Richard has lived in Munich since the early 1970s. He worked in Munich on the composition and production of music for films and TV until his activities as a lyricist – for such diverse acts as King Crimson, La Bionda, Mireille Mathieu and Haddaway, among others – took priority, resulting in over 400 published titles. In the 90's, however, he returned to playing guitar regularly, and with the help of the resonator guitar and mandolin began to rediscover in blues and folk music the sources of his
musical inspiration.

In 1978 Richard was visited by John Wetton and W.J. Hutcheson, who were his bandmates in Tetrad, and they recorded as “Jack-Knife” an album with the German drummer Curt Cress in 10 days called “I Wish You Would”. He also wrote the English lyrics for the Italo Disco inventors La Bionda.

In 1997 he released a CD with former bandmate John Wetton under the title “Monkey Business”, a compilation of unreleased material including some songs that were recorded for the first time in studio, like a King Crimson tune called “Doctor Diamond”. In 2015 “I Wish You Would” and “Monkey Business” were released together as a twofer and that continues to be available via this link: http://geni.us/OVtK2P

Today Richard makes his living mainly as a lyricist and performing on guitar live. In support of his new album, Richard Palmer-James will be playing showcase concerts in the UK and Germany.

To purchase Richard Palmer-James “Takeaway”: 
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/ZR3zt3
iTunes: http://geni.us/w3t8

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

October 9, 2016

Swedish Prog Legends Kaipa DaCapo Feat. Guitar Icon Roine Stolt To Release First New Studio Album In 35 Years - “Dårskapens Monotoni”!

Sweden - Prog dreams do come true! Legendary '70s Swedish Prog ensemble Kaipa DaCapo featuring guitarist Roine Stolt will be releasing a new album “Dårskapens Monotoni” on October 10th on Foxtrot Records!

In the mid 70's the band Kaipa was one of the main acts on the Swedish music scene, alongside groups like Kebnekaise, Samla Mammas Manna, Hoola Bandoola, Bo Hansson, Made in Sweden. Four young men devoted all their time  to the band Kaipa, with regular touring and recordings between the years 1974-1978. Kaipa did many shows, over 100 each year and many live broadcasts on national radio and television. They recorded 3 albums for the DECCA label and were often compared to international contemporary giants of the genre, like GenesisYESPink Floyd and Focus.

Three of the original members have now re-united and play the music from the most popular albums from their 1970's catalogue, now together with two new younger members - trying to be faithful to the vibe and  sound and 70's style. Ingemar BergmanTomas Eriksson and Roine Stolt carry the  torch forward from the 70's - Roine, perhaps the most well know now within progressive circles - with recent success with his own bands “Transatlantic” & “The Flower Kings” - with almost one million albums sold. Lately also as a member of Steve Hackett’s touring band  and most notably on a brand new successful collaboration with Jon Anderson of YES - “Invention of Knowledge” - released June this year to thunderous reviews. The duo are working on a follow up to that album - with possible live shows of Anderson & Stolt Orchestra in 2017.

June 2016 saw Kaipa DaCapo record brand new material for the first time in more than 35 years. This is the first full length album with new Kaipa DaCapo music from these gentlemen - recorded in a state of the art studio in a very organic and old fashion way - 5 guys playing the music together in a recording studio.

Kaipa is:
INGEMAR BERGMAN: Drums, Percussion
TOMAS ERIKSSON: Rickenbacker & Fender Bass
ROINE STOLT: Guitars,Vocal, Moogbass
MICHAEL STOLT: Lead Vocal, Guitars, Keyboards
MAX LORENTZ: Hammond Organ,Mellotron, Moog, Keyboards,Vocals

With Guests:
LUDDE LORENTZ: Saxophones (6)
PETER LINDBERG: Steelguitar (3,7)

1. Dårskapens Monotoni 10:30
2. När Jag Var En Pojk 10:40
3. Vi Lever Här 6:20
4. Det Tysta Guldet 10:20
5. Spår Av Vår Tid 5:40
6. Tonerna 17:20
7. Monoliten 5:45

Produced & Mixed By Roine Stolt
Fenix Recordings, Varnhem, Sweden
Engineer: Lasse Hallbäck
Album artwork: Rick Jacobi

Watch the album preview: 

To purchase Kaipa DaCapo's “Dårskapens Monotoni”: http://www.flowerkings.se/

For more information:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kaipadacapo
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/kaipadacapo

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

October 7, 2016

NYC Prog Ensemble IZZ To Release New Album “Ampersand, Volume 2”

IZZ set to release their new album, “Ampersand, Volume 2”, on October 11th, 2016. Comprised of 12 brand new studio tracks, “Ampersand, Volume 2” contains songs that highlight the band’s passion for songwriting, melody and diversity of styles and sounds.

From the band: 

Sometimes music is just music. Songwriters and artists create works about which they are passionate. Sometimes these works fall into a certain category; sometimes they don’t.

Ampersand, Volume 2 is a brand new IZZ album. These are songs that reflect our passion for songwriting and our exploration of music created at once from both the heart and the head.

Ampersand, Volume 2 is the perfect vehicle for these songs because, until now, they have been orphans. Just as the tracks on the first volume of Ampersand did not find a home on any previous IZZ album, these songs have been biding their time, waiting for their moment. Now they have it.

We hope you enjoy listening to these songs as much as we enjoyed crafting, arranging and recording them. While these songs may not fit into a specific category, we trust that you will agree that they fit into the category known as IZZ.

“Ampersand, Volume 2” will be available for download on iTunes, Amazon.com and all other digital download retailers on October 11th. Physical copies of the “Ampersand, Volume 2” CD, (including a limited amount of autographed copies of the CD) will be available starting the week of October 24th in North America directly from the IZZ website: www.izzmusic.com. For international purchase of the CD, please visit www.izzmusic.com for a listing of international vendors.

“Ampersand, Volume 2” Track Listing:

1. Penelope
2. Fine
3. Burn (If You Let It)
4. Take Me by the Hand
5. The Telephone
6. Forever
7. Hail Double Knob, Children of Mars
8. Again and Again
9. 84th and Amsterdam
10. Ascension in Time
11. Spellbound in the Vortex
12. Ready to Go

Watch the lyric video for “Fine”: 

twitter: @izzmusic
Email: info@doonerecords.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com