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We are absolutely delighted that Matthew Fisher has agreed to extend his association with Angel Air Records.
Matthew Fisher is a Hammond organist, singer-songwriter, musical arranger, producer and the man who composed the enduring classic organ melody for the 1967 hit single A Whiter Shade of Pale.
He is a founder member of the band, Procol Harum. In addition to establishing Procol Harum’s signature sound with his distinctive Hammond organ playing style (which he describes as “Bach meets Booker T & the MGs”), he frequently contributed to the band’s first three albums as a composer, beginning with the band’s first album, the self-titled Procol Harum, for which he composed the haunting instrumental work Repent Walpurgis.
Matthew’s musical credentials soon brought him guest performances with fellow musicians, including the Move, Joe Cocker and David Bowie (the concert at the Rainbow Theatre in 1972).
Matthew went on to write and record as a solo artist with albums Journey’s End (1973), I’ll Be There (1974), the self-titled, Matthew Fisher (1979) and Strange Days (1980). A collection of musical ideas he recorded “for fun” in his own 24 track studio was released under the title A Salty Dog Returns which is available on Angel Air (SJPCD389) as is Matthew Fisher / Strange Days CD (SJPCD510).
Along with many other talented musicians involved with our label we re-welcome Matthew and look forward to our continued relationship.
Brian Adams, MD Angel Air Records
Angel Air are delighted to re-welcome Robin George to an extended period of contract to the label. Apart from the existing albums available on the label (and web site) Robin has brought with him a further batch of albums that will be available soon on all digital stores and a brand new album, Dangerous Daze that will be released on CD later this year.
Robin George has worked with many more artists and projects than most realise, and during the ‘80s he built up a name for himself as a guitar player, musician, producer, songwriter and solo artist.
Robin had teamed up with Pete Haycock and the core members of the LovePower and Peace sharing album to reform a true supergroup. The band also features Mel Collins (The Rolling Stones/ Eric Clapton), Charlie Morgan (Elton John/ Kate Bush), Jacquie Williams (Sister Sledge/ M People) and Charlie Charlesworth (Dangerous Music). The superb album, Broke Heart Blues was mixed by award winning sound engineer, Klaus Bohlmann, the beginning of a long term partnership with Robin which continues to this day. Klaus has since mixed and mastered 9 albums for Robin.
Dangerous Music 2 was also released on Angel Air. Produced by Gus Dudgeon, Robin and Daniel, it features Pino Palladino, Daniel Boone, Charlie Morgan and Chris Thompson.
Robin’s recent projects include producing the sharing project, LovePower and Peace, which features over sixty artists from the worlds of Rock, Blues, Soul and Pop who all donated their time and talents. 100% of all profits go directly to three worthwhile charities. The project features, amongst others, members of Alice Cooper, AC/DC, UFO, Asia, Diamond Head, Motorhead, Uriah Heep, Duran Duran, Mott the Hoople, Marshall Law, the Climax Blues Band as well as solo artists Ruby Turner, Arthur Brown, Jaki Graham, Charlie George, Freya Copeland and Vix Fuzzbox.
Then came Lockdown. Robin spent ‘Rockdown’ recording & mastering 9 albums, aided and abetted by Charlie Morgan and Klaus Bohlmann, which Angel Air Records is now releasing. An Asia 2 CD/DVD is waiting in the wings along with Robin George and Glenn Hughes Sweet Revenge album ready for an official release. There are more eagerly awaited CDs hot off the press, Robin George & Roxstar Legends.
Artists’ bands include:
Thin Lizzy Led Zeppelin The Who AC/DC Asia Uriah Heep King Crimson UFO
Judas Priest Trapeze Magnum the Byron Band Diamond Head Life
The Climax Blues Band Renaissance Quireboys Dangerous Music
Angel Air Records now has on its roster Surreal Six String (Instrumental), Heartlines (Acoustic) Robin George Euro Tour Live, Rocking LovePower charity album and the superb, brand-new album, Dangerous Daze, written and recorded 2021-2022, are due for release.
Brian Adams and his son Terry, the owners of The Store For Music Ltd, have purchased the company and label Angel Air from the original owners Peter and Shirley Purnell who set it up 25 years ago. The label, which operates under the motto, “Where the artiste has a voice”, has a catalogue of hundreds of global CD and DVD releases from many heritage artistes and individual musicians from many genres.
The Store for Music plans are to expand all activities for the label where it may not be represented and similarly merge the activities of Angel Air for any benefits to The Store for Music.
The team said, “We understand that it will be a hard job to follow such a successful period from Peter & Shirley, but it is one that we look forward to. We hope to have the same kind of relationships with the artistes and managers as they did, whilst we continue to build and develop the catalogue into the future adding some of the artistes’ ‘hidden gems’ “.
The Store for Music and Angel Air are now based in Hatch Farm Studios, Hatch Farm, Chertsey Road, Surrey KT152EH
The Store For Music contact:
Stephen SPAZ Schnee chats with British musician Jerry T. Jones (AKA Lushi) from GLAMWEAZEL about their new compilation album The Great Unknown plus his time as one of the driving forces behind ’80s band ONE THE JUGGLER. He talks about working with Mick Ronson, being influenced by David Bowie and the Kinks and so much more!
Interview from the BEACH BLANKET FORT BINGO podcast: www.buzzsprout.com/158544
In 2016, the legendary guitarist and composer Gordon Giltrap underwent two lots of major surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. He recovered remarkably well from both surgeries and has since been able to return to his life as a working musician.
Gordon decided as a way of saying thank you to the surgeons and nursing team at the hospital, he would create an album from a previous release with additional new tracks to raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity.
The end result is a remarkable work entitled Heartsongs featuring major artists from the rock world who played on the opening track and the closing track. Names familiar to many like, Brian May of Queen, Midge Ure, Steve Howe from Yes, Neil Murray from Black Sabbath, Simon Phillips from Toto, and last but not least that national treasure Rick Wakeman.
Whilst putting the album together Gordon’s son Jamie tragically passed away. This album is dedicated to his memory.
“Souled Out” is taken from Glamweazel’s forthcoming album “The Great Unknown”, released in September on Angel Air Records.
“Neil Young In The Dark” is taken from The Ugly Guys’ new album “Senior Moments”, available from Angel Air Records.
9th March – Legends of Rock – Gt Yarmouth – Del Bromham’s Blues Devils – Book Tickets
Steve will be performing all over the UK as part of The Sensational 60′s Experience – see him live at the following dates:
4th The Regent Ipswich 01473 433100
5th Alexandra Theatre Birmingham 0844 8713011
9th Belgrade Theatre Coventry 024 7655 3055
10th The Hexagon Reading 0118 9606060
11th Assembly Hall Worthing 01903 206206
12th The Concert Hall Stevenage 01438 363200
18th Westcliffe Theatre Clacton On Sea 01255 43 33 44
19th The Auditorium Grimsby 0844 8713016
27th The Spa Bridlington 01262 401400
1st De Montfort Hall Leicester 0116 2333111
2nd Queens Theatre Barnstaple 01271 324242
8th The Forum Theatre Billingham 01642 552663
9th The Forum Theatre Billigham 01642 552663
11th Central Theatre Chatham 01634 338338
*Herman’s Hermits to be replaced by The Fortunes
UK TOUR DATES
30th October Concorde, Eastleigh,
6th November Mercury Theatre, Colchester,
14th November Robin 2, Wolverhampton,
17th December Palace Theatre, Southend