Rick Wakeman To Release New Studio Album

Revered keyboardist, songwriter and broadcaster Rick Wakeman will release his new solo album, 'Piano Portraits,' on CD and digitally on January 13, with 2LP vinyl to follow on February 3. Prompted by the enthusiastic reaction to his performance of David Bowie's "Life on Mars" on BBC Radio 2 earlier on this year, Wakeman has recorded a full solo piano album featuring a varied selection of music, including classic songs on which he originally performed. (PRNewsFoto/UMe)

Revered keyboardist, songwriter and broadcaster Rick Wakeman will release his new solo album, ‘Piano Portraits,’ on CD and digitally on January 13, with 2LP vinyl to follow on February 3. Prompted by the enthusiastic reaction to his performance of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” on BBC Radio 2 earlier on this year, Wakeman has recorded a full solo piano album featuring a varied selection of music, including classic songs on which he originally performed. (PRNewsFoto/UMe)

Multi-million-selling keyboard icon returns with ‘Piano Portraits’ on January 13

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Revered keyboardist, songwriter and broadcaster Rick Wakeman will release his new solo album, Piano Portraits, on CD and digitally on January 13, with 2LP vinyl to follow on February 3. Prompted by the enthusiastic reaction to his performance of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” on BBC Radio 2 earlier on this year, Wakeman has recorded a full solo piano album featuring a varied selection of music, including classic songs on which he originally performed.

Bucking the trend of orchestral projects, Piano Portraits captures both the technical virtuosity and lightness of touch that have become trademarks of Wakeman’s playing since he first made a name for himself in the 1970s. Recorded at The Old Granary in South Norfolk, the 15-track collection ranges from landmark David Bowie hits “Life on Mars,” which Wakeman recorded the original piano parts for, and “Space Oddity” to which he contributed mellotron; through The Beatles, Yes and Led Zeppelin; to classical pieces composed by Debussy and Tchaikovsky.

“I’ve been wanting to do a piano album for years and I spent quite a bit of time looking at everything from straight classical pieces to stuff that I’d played on in the past like ‘Morning Has Broken’ and ‘Life On Mars’,” Wakeman explains. “Plus pieces of music that I thought would work really well like ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and classics like ‘Clair de Lune.’ Nearly all of the tracks have a memory for me somewhere down the line and it just seemed to work.”

Rick Wakeman has carved out a fascinating, idiosyncratic career that has comfortably traversed multiple musical worlds. A classically trained pianist, he studied at the Royal College Of Music before going on to become a much in-demand session musician playing on a string of hit songs by the likes of Black Sabbath, Elton John, Cat Stevens and David Bowie.

Also well known as a member of progressive rock band Yes and as a hugely successful solo artist, Wakeman is without doubt one of the most original, entertaining and groundbreaking performers of his generation.

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Rick Wakeman:  Piano Portraits [CD; digital; streaming; 2LP vinyl]

01. Help!

09. Morning Has Broken

02. Stairway to Heaven

10. Summertime

03. Life on Mars

11. Space Oddity

04. I’m Not In Love

12. Dance of the Damselflies

05. Wonderous Stories

13. Clair de Lune

06. Berceuse

14. I Vow To Thee My Country

07. Amazing Grace

15. Eleanor Rigby

08. Swan Lake

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Capitol Records Signs The Bee Gees To Long-Term Worldwide Agreement Encompassing The Legendary Group’s Entire Catalogue Of Recorded Music

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Comprehensive marketing and sales campaigns for The Bee Gees’ illustrious catalogue to be conceived and executed by Capitol in conjunction with Universal Music Enterprises, Barry Gibb and estates of Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Bee Gees, one of the world’s most commercially successful and acclaimed bands in the history of popular music, has signed a long-term worldwide agreement with Capitol Records that encompasses the legendary trio’s entire catalogue of recorded music, it was announced today by Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett and Bee Gees founding member Barry Gibb.  In addition to 22 studio albums and several soundtracks, including the mega-selling Saturday Night Fever, the agreement includes the rights to numerous compilation albums, unreleased recordings and long-form audiovisual projects.

Capitol, in conjunction with Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), Barry Gibb and the estates of co-founding members Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb – will spearhead an array of comprehensive and forward-thinking sales and marketing campaigns designed to reinvigorate The Bee Gees’ illustrious catalogue.  As Steve Barnett explained, “The Bee Gees catalogue is one of the most esteemed and important bodies of work in the history of recorded music, and we are brimming with ideas that will remind fans of its brilliance and further the band’s legacy by introducing their music to new audiences.  All of us at the company are honored that The Bee Gees have chosen Capitol as their new home.”

According to Barry Gibb, “The whole family is overwhelmed by this new agreement. To be surrounded by the greatest record people and artists of all time is a very humbling experience. Wish my brothers were here to share it.”

Universal Music Group Chairman & CEO Sir Lucian Grainge commented, “There are few artists in history who have created a body of work so successful, diverse and timeless as Barry, Robin and Maurice. We’re delighted to welcome the incomparable music of the Bee Gees to the Universal Music Group family and we look forward to building upon their incredible legacy.”

Universal Music Enterprises President & CEO Bruce Resnikoff added, “The music of the Bee Gees appeals to music lovers in every corner of the globe, and it is an honor to work with this incredible catalog of recorded music. We look forward to showcasing their exceptional body of work and introducing them to a new legion of fans while staying true to their longtime, loyal audience.”

In an extraordinary recording career that took off in 1967 with their hit single, “New York Mining Disaster 1941,” and continued into the 21st Century with their final album, This Is Where I Came In, in 2001, The Bee Gees – brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb – sold more than 220 million records worldwide and earned their stature as one of the biggest selling groups of all time.  Recording 22 studio albums and numerous soundtracks – including the monumentally-successful and best-selling soundtrack of all time, Saturday Night Fever – The Bee Gees infused popular culture with dozens of worldwide hit singles that featured their singular and highly-influential three-part harmonies.  They achieved nine #1 and 23 Top-Ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever,” and “Stayin’ Alive” from Saturday Night Fever, plus “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart,” “I Started A Joke” “One,” “Lonely Days,” “Words,” and numerous other classics.

Their soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever is one of the biggest-selling and culturally significant albums of all time, having sold more than 40 million copies around the world, spawned four Bee Gees global hits and reinvigorated the trio’s earlier hits “Jive Talkin'” and “You Should Be Dancing.”  The album was added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress in 2013 for long-term preservation, having been cited for its cultural, artistic and historic importance.

Among the countless awards and accolades bestowed upon The Bee Gees are eight Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and a Legend Award from the World Music Awards.  They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Dance Music Hall of Fame.  All three brothers were appointed Commanders in the Order of the British Empire in 2001.

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Jimmy Buffett’s Classic Albums, ‘Songs You Know By Heart’ & ‘A-1-A,’ Available Back On Vinyl For First Time In Decades

Jimmy Buffett's classic albums, 'Songs You Know By Heart' and 'A-1-A,' have been released back on vinyl via Geffen/UMe, making the timeless records available for the first time in decades on the format they were originally released on. (PRNewsFoto/Geffen/UMe)

Jimmy Buffett’s classic albums, ‘Songs You Know By Heart’ and ‘A-1-A,’ have been released back on vinyl via Geffen/UMe, making the timeless records available for the first time in decades on the format they were originally released on. (PRNewsFoto/Geffen/UMe)

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Jimmy Buffett’s classic albums, Songs You Know By Heart and A-1-A, have been released back on vinyl via Geffen/UMe, making the timeless records available for the first time in decades on the format they were originally released on.

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Jimmy’s beloved greatest hits album, Songs You Know By Heart, has remained a perennial favorite since it was released in 1985 and has sold more than seven million copies. Buoyed by his trademark single, “Margaritaville,” its success acknowledged at the time of release with the winking subtitle, Jimmy Buffett’s Greatest Hit(s), the album collects some of the songwriter’s best known songs including “Cheeseburger In Paradise,” “A Pirate Looks At Forty,” “Come Monday” and “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor.” These iconic tunes have become a part of our collective memory and fixtures in Jimmy’s sold-out concert tours. The album is a perfect primer for those just discovering Jimmy or for Parrotheads that want to replace their worn out copy.

Jimmy’s fifth album, A-1-A, named for the beach access road that runs on and off U.S. 1 in Florida, was released in 1974. Described by All Music Guide as one of his “classic ’70s albums that established his persona,” and “a perfect introduction to his music,” the record is filled with the breezy, laid-back melodies and songs of surf, sun and good times that Jimmy has become known around the world for. From the carefree, autobiographical romp of “Life Is Just A Tire Swing” to the twangy, tongue-in-cheek “Door Number Three,” written with Steve Goodman, to the topical shuffle of “Migration,” it’s easy to hear why the album is considered one of Jimmy’s best.

Jimmy also has a brand new Christmas record guaranteed to get you in the holiday mood. Tis The SeaSon, released October 28 on Mailboat Records, features many classic Christmas favorites, as well as three new songs written especially for the album. The 13-track record also includes an updated Parrothead version of “The 12 Days Of Christmas.”

ABOUT JIMMY BUFFETT

Singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett has become a legend of popular culture as the composer of such classic songs as “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday” and “Cheeseburger In Paradise.”  He has recorded over fifty albums, most of which have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. His sold-out concert tours are an annual rite of summer for his legions of fans, affectionately known as Parrotheads, many of whom are professionals by day and who dress in spectacular and outrageous tropical outfits and headwear when Jimmy comes to town.

Born in the Gulf Coast town of Pascagoula, Mississippi, he was raised in Mobile, Alabama. He is a fourth-generation sailor and fisherman, a pilot, a surfer, and a frequent traveler to remote and exotic places of the world, having become addicted to National Geographic magazine as a child. The lyrics to many of his songs are influenced by his travels all over the globe.

As a best-selling author, he is one of only nine authors in the history of the New York Times Bestseller List to have reached #1 on both their fiction and nonfiction lists. Jimmy has received two Grammy nominations, numerous Country Music Association awards and was the recipient of one of the nation’s highest songwriting honors when he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

And now Jimmy is heading into the Theatre world.  The idea of turning Margaritaville into a musical has been percolating for quite a while but now it’s gearing up to make its debut. The musical will have its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, in La Jolla, California, in May 2017. It will feature the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, from an original story, and includes both new songs and the most-loved Buffett classics.

Speaking of Buffett classics, the most famous of them all, “Margaritaville” has been inducted into the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame for its cultural and historic significance. Only those recordings that have influenced and inspired both music creators and fans for generations are considered for this most special honor.

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