Column from November 22nd, 1999 issue

Talented Chicago-based fusion guitarist Toshi Iseda is mixing his new CD "Rama" right now and is looking to have it released later this year. There's an extensive list of great names helping him out this time around including Andy West (from the Dixie Dregs), Mike Portnoy (from Dream Theater), Rod Morgenstein (from the Dixie Dregs, Winger and Rudess/Morgenstein), Jonathan Mover (ex GTR and now Joe Satriani band), well traveled Swedish keyboard player Jens Johanssen, Derek Sherinian (formerly of Dream Theater), John Petrucci (yet another Dream Theater man), and more besides. Most of Toshi's material is recorded with a seven-string guitar and is well worth checking out. More details from http://www.overthetop.com/ . Mixing of the new album is taking place at Steve Vai's studio "The Mothership" and as spoon as that's done, Toshi's going to start work on his third solo album which is tentatively titled "T2K - Twizted".

This week sees several new albums come out in Japan: Emerald Rain- "Age of Innocence", the always cool Niacin with a new one called "Deep" (which has one bonus track just for Japan), Shotgun Symphony- "Sea of Desire", The Corrs- "MTV Unplugged", and Lana Lane- "Best of Lana Lane Volume One" (sorry, don't know if that includes any new or rare tracks....).

People in Japan obviously want to be able to give UFO albums as Christmas presents as most of their back catalogue is being reissued. All have been remastered and the releases are due on December 8th. Some also include bonus tracks, they are: "Force it" (no bonus tracks), "Lights Out" (one bonus track), "Making Contact" (one bonus track), "Mechanix" (one bonus track), "Misdemeanor" (three bonus tracks), "No Heavy Petting" (no bonus tracks), "Obsession" (no bonus tracks), "Phenomenon" (no bonus tracks), "Strangers in the Night" (two bonus tracks), and "The Wild, Willing and the Innocent" (one bonus track).