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Tom Newman – The Faerie Symhony

The Faerie Symphony by Tom Newman was released 44 years ago in 1977!

Tigermoth Records release Tom Newman CD : The Faerie Symphony II on May 30th along with a special CD EP Dance Of The Stem. The Faerie Symphony II features guest appearances by Jade Warrior’s Jon Field and Magenta’s Robert Reed, who has worked with Newman on his Sanctuary series of releases.

The composer and Tubular Bells producer releases his follow up to the acclaimed 1977 release of The Faeire Symphony. The original album was amongst Steven Wilson’s Top 10 Concept albums you may have missed. Tom Newman was instrumental in the early birth of Virgin Records and worked on several of their acts including Gong and Henry Cow, before co-producing the million selling album Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield, with whom he went on to produce many albums including Platinum, Amarok and Tubular Bells II. The new album features guest appearances by Jon Field of Jade Warrior and Robert Reed of Magenta/Sanctuary.

Tom Newman explains: «This piece of work, coming as it does, closer to the happy, secure closing of my life, than at the dim insecure beginning, somehow, now to me, seems to represent a fairly accurate précis of the world as it might feel too many of my contemporaries.  I am open to feedback and constructive criticism, no holds barred, but it must be remembered that this album is not intended to be comfortable, predictable or commercial!».

The EP features re workings of songs from his first original solo album Fine Old Tom and Faeirie Symphony, along with a new song Shenandoah, and a special 20-minute version of the classic Dance Of The Theena Shee. Tom Newman is also currently writing his biography that recounts many stories of his involvement in the glory days of the 1970s and 1980s.

These include being present at the final performance of The Beatles , hearing Mike Oldfield record the famous piano intro to Tubular Bells, recording the demo’s for an embryonic version the band Asia featuring Jason Bonham and jamming with Stuart Copland, Mike Oldfield and Jeff Lynne (who he didn’t recognize ) in LA. The album and EP are available to pre-order from www.tigermothshop.co.uk

Tom Newman was born in 1943 in the United Kingdom, Tom Newman has a varied career as musician, collaborator, composer and producer. He initially started with the band called Playboy formed in the early 60’s playing mainly R & B and skiffle sounds. This line up went on to form the band July and had some measurable success in Europe, particularly Spain. Their self-titled release is still one of the most highly, valuable sort after albums of the late 60’s.Following July’s breakup in 1969 Newman began working as a guitar session player and solo recording artist.

In the early 1970’s Tom Newman became resident and prime builder of Richard Branson’s Virgin Manor Studio’s in Oxford and began working, producing/collaborating with Mike Oldfield on the Tubular Bells project. Enthusiasts of Mike Oldfield will fondly recall great moments these two artists shared alongside another well-known personality, Vivian Stanshall making the album. After a single studio album at Virgin, Newman signed up with Decca for his much praised Faerie Symphony after starting his own studio called Argonaut in 1976. Faerie Symphony was regarded by some pundits to be one of the last true progressive LP’s to come out in the 70’s.

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (5513 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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