Friday, November 7, 2008

Getting your holiday wish list together...

Out on Tuesday (November 11th) is the third and final box set featuring newly remastered and expanded Genesis albums. The seven-disc collection called Genesis 1970-1975, features the band's studio sets Trespass (1970); Nursery Crime (1971); Foxtrot (1972); Selling England By The Pound (1973); and The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974). The set is rounded out with a DVD of era-appropriate performances, recently conducted interviews, and other material.

Strangely, the band's 1969 debut album From Genesis To Revelation is not included in the set.

Tony Banks is still hopeful for a string of reunion shows with the band's classic '70s five-man lineup featuring him, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett, and former frontman Peter Gabriel. Banks told Billboard, "We've never said never about it. I know Phil would be quite happy with the idea of just playing the drums; it would be quite fun for him. Mike and I are certainly happy to do it. I know Steve is keen as well. I think it'd be down to Peter more than anyone else . . . (I'd like to) do a sort of best-of from that era. You want to do things like 'Supper's Ready,' I think, and 'The Musical Box,' definitely."

Stephen Stills is looking forward to the upcoming released of his 1970 sessions with Jimi Hendrix. The songs and jams that will make up the project were discovered by Graham Nash while archiving Stills' work for a box set.

Stills talked about the joint sessions which took part during the recording of his 1970 self-titled debut, and shed some light on the already bootlegged, legendary unreleased track, "White N-----." He joked to Mojo, "I wasn't sold on the lyric, but it's out there and no one's complained yet, so to hell with it! Jimi thought it was great -- he wanted to call it 'Black Honky!' That was the whole point -- it was a giggle, but also post-racist. Color? Big deal."

Stills says that he and Hendrix were always trading licks and guitar tips with each other, and recalls that Hendrix turned him on to restringing lefty guitars for righties for a better sound.

Hendrix author and expert Brad Tolinski told that fans of both artists are in for a special treat once the album is released: "In 1970, both Jimi and Stephen were in their creative prime, so there is every possibility that these recordings could be quite good and historically significant. There is no doubt that anyone interested in either Hendrix or Stills, or great guitar playing in general, will want to hear this collaboration."

There has been no release date for the untitled Stills-Hendrix album, which is being released with the full cooperation of the Hendrix estate.

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