This Live at the Circle Room date has been issued before, but the bonus material of the same band from a later date makes this an extra special set. For starters, the Circle Room, in the Hotel La Salle in Milwaukee, was the town's premier jazz spot in 1946. The first 17 tracks on this CD come from four performances between September 21 and 25 of that year. Cole, with Oscar Moore and Johnny Miller, had begin his singing career in earnest, and playing in front of a lounge crowd seemed like the most natural thing in the world for him. Indeed, as bottles click, and the periodic murmur of voices in the foreground appear in the mix, the listener will be transported into Cole's magical space. From Ellington's "C Jam Blues," to "I'm in the Mood for Love," "I'm Thru With Love," and "Sweet Georgia Brown," the Cole trio kicks it with grace and elegance.
On their third album, Shivering King and Others, Dead Meadow continues to prove just how apt their name is, crafting vast guitar epics that have all the beauty and strangeness of a frostbitten field at midnight. While both their self-titled debut and Howls From the Hills showed power and promise, they were still defined and confined by the heavy influence of forebears such as Zeppelin and Hendrix, as well as by contemporaries such as Bardo Pond. On this album – which is also their Matador debut – Dead Meadow seems to have found their own voice and pared their music down until it reflects nothing but their essence. The stunning opener, "I Love You Too," proves this immediately: based on a riff that's equally heavy and haunting, it unfolds over seven minutes, ebbing and flowing with squalling solos and Jason Simon's moody, reverb-cloaked vocals.
MANILLA ROAD - The epic metal legends lead by Mark Shelton are back again! On 30 June 2017, the new studio album "To Kill A King" will be released at Goldencore Records in 3 different configurations: - GCR 20111-2 (Standard Edition in Digipack) - GCR 20111-1 (double vinyl including an exclusive bonus track in tube bag with CD) - GCR 20111-2D (Deluxe box, with flag, storm lighter, plectrum and Digipack CD) Not counting the live albums, "To Kill A King" is now the eighteenth studio album by the inventors of Epic Metal from Wichita / Kansas. With the album they celebrate their anniversary year "40 Years Of Manilla Road". The iconic Metalheads left the underground scene only five, maximum six, years ago. Before, performances at festivals such as Sweden Rock, Hellfest and Bang Your Head were just as unusual as participating in the "700000 Tons Of Metal Cruise" in 2016. In spite of everything not Manilla Road have changed, but the scene and listening habits of metal heads and rockers. In their fortieth year, the band is finally at the right time and the right place to unite the underground with the conventional rock and metal scene.