First off, a big apology to people whove been stopping by the AOR Basement site (http://www.ifb.co.uk/~aorb/) expectantly looking for new reviews. Pressures of work have held me back from getting new stuff up there. Hopefully thatll be rectified soon
Old pompsters should be looking forward to a double dose of new stuff from Starcastle! Mixing of an album tentatively titled "Chronos" is nearing completion itll feature rare and unreleased tracks recorded over the last 20 years . The "new" Starcastle with original vocalist Terry Luttrell and bassist Gary Stater has been recording all new material too, though they havent shopped for a record deal as yet .
Not content with releasing two albums in Japan in the last two months ("Live in Japan" and a new version of "Love is an Illusion" with bonus tracks) Lana Lane has yet another album coming at the end of October called "Ballads Collection". Three tracks are remixed from "Curious Goods" (Clouds, Heart of Dawn, and Take Breath) but the rest are all new recordings. Among the new ones are covers of the Rocket Scientists "Avalon" and "Stardust for Lana", an acoustic version of "Through the Fire" a cover of The Beatles "Across the Universe" and four other tracks.
Over in New Jersey Colie Brice has left Phantoms Opera to concentrate on his solo career. Hes intending to set up his own label and distribute his material directly over the internet. More details from his home page at http://www.colie.net
Couple of things that have caught my attention this week are the "new" album from Eric Johnson and Al Di Meolas newie. The Eric Johnson "Seven Worlds" is actually is first, previously unreleased album from 1978 thats really good. A couple of tracks were reworked on his Reprise-backed debut "Tones", and the direction on "Seven Worlds" is pretty much identical, showing him to be well ahead of his time. If you know what a good jazz rock guitar album is youll dig Al Di Meolas new one, "The Infinite Desire". He explores some world music themes on a couple of tracks, and Steve Vai even guests , more details from the label at http://www.telarc.com/.